Xenophobic attacks linked to other forces - again
ANC Chairperson Baleka Mbete believes there are other forces at work who are orchestrating the xenophobic attacks. Mbete says the government believes there is a plot to discredit the country in the international community. During this volatile period, State Security Minister David Mahlobo had earlier spoken of a singular hidden force:
I do need to clarity something firstly: there's not even a single quotation where I spoke of a single force doing something. One issue is the genesis on the attack of foreign nationals, which was an industrial dispute at Isipingo (in KwaZulu-Natal). Secondly, the stability of our own country as a sovereign state is being looked at. We are looking at these incidents to see where they might be linked. As a responsible State Security Agency, we also have to look at the issue of land invasions throughout the country, and we have to address these, especially when they are done illegally.
Meanwhile, the country’s migration policy is under review following the attacks. President Jacob Zuma says he will holds talks with other countries on migration. Senior Researcher with Wits' African Centre for Migration and Society, Roni Amit:
We don't really have a cohesive migration policy: what we have is very reactive, and it's all in sort of bits and pieces. There's a lot of misinformation out there when it comes to migration. A lot of the problems that we have out there that are blamed on migrants are actually deeply rooted. We should also look at the issues that plague people that cause them to migrate and the perception that there's an influx of migrants needs to be addressed, because most migrants don't bring economic drain, but rather bring economic benefits to a country.
Four arrests made in Sithole murder case
A fourth person has been arrested in connection with the murder of Mozambican national, Emmanuel Sithole. All four have appeared at the Alexandra Magistrate Court. Photographs of Sithole being attacked while pleading for his life were published in the Sunday Times, spreading shockwaves around the country. EWN's Mia Lindeque:
The four accused have now formerly appeared in the dock today and have been charged with murder and robbery. It was a very emotional day today, with the Sithole family present as well. When asked how they (the Sithole family) feel about this and the international attention this has brought them, they broke down.
Cold Case: State concludes case
In the Palm Ridge Court, the so-called 'cold case' has reached an important milestone: the state has closed its case and all three accused have now applied to be acquitted. Those who followed the Shrien Dewani murder trial will know that he was acquitted after launching a 'Section 174' application, arguing that the prosecution had failed to prove its case. This is the same mechanism being used by the accused in the Betty Ketani case, but the outcome is yet to be decided by the judge. Ketani was kidnapped and killed more than fifteen years ago, but arrests in the case were only made twelve years later. EWN's Alex Eliseev:
we're three years now into this case and since arrests were made: we're talking at least 60+ court days, a number of witnesses. Evidence has been given on the three remaining accused. The State has finally concluded and close it's case, but what remains now is the Section 174 application from the three accused, and they want to be set free.
Economy concerns from xenophobic attacks
The government is concerned that the xenophobic attacks will destabilize the country, but as the government tries to deal with the attacks what affect has this had on business and economic growth? Chief Strategist at Investment Solutions, Chris Hart:
I think it gets rattled a bit, but the JSE is sitting quite high right now, so I think it's more the informal economy that's been rattled, but one shouldn't overlook the informal economy because that's where a lot of needed growth could come from. If you have a growing economy that's on a positive trend, these issues become far diminished.
The case for euthanasia in South Africa
Should a terminally ill person have the right to choose when to die? The Pretoria High Court is expected to hear the case of Robin Stransham-Ford who is suffering from terminal prostate cancer. He says his life has deteriorated and he suffers severely. Executive Committee Member and Founder of DignitySA, Sean Davison:
We believe the current law of the country doesn't reflect the current mood of the country. The law currently doesn't respect a person's right to die, even those that are well informed on the issue. All of the countries that have made this law haven't shown any abuse of the law. 40% of people who approve an assisted death don't take up the option - it's about knowing you have the option, even if you don't ultimately take it. Why should a person have to go to another country to die? They should have the right to die right here at home.
Egypt's Morsi sentenced
An Egyptian court has sentenced ousted President Mohamed Morsi to 20 years in prison over protester deaths in 2012. After he was elected to power, he was removed by the military and put on trial. EWN Africa's Jean-Jacques Cornish:
He won two elections and the 2012 was when there were protests against him, with the Muslim Brotherhood maintaining that he wasn't ruling properly. He took action against demonstrators and a number of them died. He faces charges with regards to this and members of the military; leaking state secrets to Qatar and news outlet, Al Jazeera - all of these things he will have to face.
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