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Celebrating Chris Hani - 22 years on

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Hani remembered 22 years after assassination

In Ekurhuleni is the unveiling of a new monument dedicated to former SACP leader Chris Hani who was killed on this day twenty two years ago. EWN's Govan Whittles notes some comments made by Hani's widow, Limpho Hani at the ceremony:

Mrs Hani says that the media doesn't conduct proper research before putting out articles, including how a woman who'd claimed to be Chris Hani's daughter, was in fact proven not to be by the Department of Home Affairs. The woman had referred to herself as Vanessa Hani but is in fact a woman named Phindile Madonsela from Mozambique. She does appear quite angry, saying that the media want to pour mud over the name of Chris Hani - comments that people like Gwede Mantashe enjoyed very much, as they were seen laughing. President Zuma hasn't spoken yet, because he had to go to a wreath-laying ceremony and will later be here to unveil a monument in Boksburg for Chris Hani.

Former footballer implicated in truck hijacking

In the Boksburg Magistrates Court this morning is a scheduled appearance by a group of men accused of hijacking a truck. Police have said one of the accused is a former football star.EWN's Barry Bateman:

We understand that the 10 accused have been transported to court. We do expect an appearance this afternoon over the attempt to hijack a cigarette truck.

Criminalising irresponsible imaging on the net

A suggestion this week from the Film and Publications Board (FPB) is that it will soon be able to take action against people who put naked photographs of other people on Twitter or Facebook or those who post videos of fighting by school children. Chief Operations Officer at the FPB, Sipho Risiba:

In relation to people posting naked pictures of other people - the right to freedom of expression is limited in so far as it infringes on the rights of other people. The act of humiliation and attack needs to be identified and these people need to face the arm of the law.

Zoo Lake rates paid by community after eviction

In Joburg, the final general meeting of the Zoo Lake Bowling Club is due to be held on Saturday after the club was evicted from its premises at Zoo Lake by the Joburg Property Company. Past President of the Zoo Lake Bowling Club, Graeme Walker:

Consistent with good corporate governance - and the fact that we are not able to resolve the issues despite trying to get in contact with the Johannesburg Property Company post eviction on the 16th of December - the rate payers now have to pay in excess of R50 000 per month to maintain the bowling greens, to what end, we don't know. The community and members are confused as to what is happening at what's an institution around here, as the 3rd oldest bowling club in South Africa.

Did Joemat-Peterson kill energy plans?

A report in the Business Day newspaper this morning is that it appears the Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Peterson is refusing to allow four separate initiatives to go ahead that would each generate more power. The report suggests that she is blocking the update of the Integrated Energy Plan, the Intergrated Resource Plan, the Gas Utilisation Master Plan and the fourth round of renewable energy bids. Director of UCT's Energy Research Centre, Dr Harald Winkler:

These plans are all important and with the fuel crisis, renewable energy sources are needed for delivering energy. There is the Gas Utilisation Master Plan - the so-called 'Gump - that was said to be engineered in March last year and the plans still haven't been drawn up.

Property pricing losing steam?

A comment on Thursday by FNB property economist John Loos is that growth in property prices may be running out of steam because of a slowing economy. Property economist and professional valuer at Rode & Associates, Erwin Rode:

The available information would support such a notion. The most important drivers of house prices are economic growth and interest rates. Heading for a period of stagnation - partly because of Eskom, but other factors - and interest rates, it's virtually a certainty that interest rates would have to rise because we will be forced to follow rising interest rates in America to protect ourselves as well.

Adv. Madonsela defends her findings as binding

The Public Protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela has said she believes a high court ruling that her findings are not binding was wrong. Madonsela was speaking at the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival. Constitutional Law expert, Professor Shadrack Gutto:

My interpretation of the Constitution and, the Public Protector Act, National Key Points Act and others indicate that she has a very strong case, particularly with regards to remedial action, in terms of what she has found and all state institutions would have to abide by that. The court ruling is rather vague and needs to be properly interrogated at a higher level, whether at the Supreme Court of Appeals or the Constitutional Court, but I would rather it actually went to the Constitutional Court directly.

Ready For Hillary, world?

Several claims this morning that Hillary Clinton is going to announce this weekend that she’s running for president in the US. US political expert, Brookes Spector:

They are rolling this one out a little bit of a time, but they do have to move at some point. Once you sign a lease for the campaign for the Headquarters, you really do need to declare your candidacy. You really have to get into gear to raise your funds very quickly and she may have the mechanisms in place but the raising actually has to take place. She's probably going to make the announcement within the next week.

Benaud lauded for embodying 'spirit of cricket'

News overnight that the legendary Australian cricketer and commentator Ritchie Benaud has died at the age of eighty five. He was probably the best known commentator of his age. Cricket commentator, Aslam Khota:

Very authoritative, and he also embodied the spirit of cricket. When he was a young captain for the Australian cricket team was - when he met with the opposing captain - was they would put the spirit of cricketing first and put sportsmanship first. I think that's what he will be remembered for.

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