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Why did Nxasana leave the NPA?

Why did Nxasana leave the NPA?

In Bedfordview, Joburg, the attorney representing the former head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), Mxolisi Nxasana has said he will not explain why Nxasana has now resigned. On Sunday, The Presidency confirmed that Nxasana was leaving the NPA after a planned inquiry into his fitness for office was cancelled at the last minute. During an earlier edition of the Midday Report, the person who was due to chair that inquiry – Advocate Nazeer Cassim – had said that speaking 'prima facie', he believed that Nxasana was of an independent mind. EWN's Barry Bateman was at the press conference held by Nxasana's attorney, Busani Mabunda:

We didn't get a straight answer to the straight question of what was the reason behind Nxasana leaving the NPA? It was clear that Mabunda was there on instruction. He did say the exit was reached via a settlement, but he did not disclose what the amount was, but did confirm he wouldn't be paid anything more than he would make if he were to finish his term.

Comair's court tussle with Treasury

A Monday ruling in the High Court in Pretoria has been made against Comair’s bid to declare Treasury’s loan guarantees to SAA unlawful. Comair had claimed that these continued subsidies paid by government to SAA made it impossible for other private airlines to operate at a profit in our domestic market. Comair CEO, Erik Venter:

The implications for Comair are that we are going to still be dealing with the same old SAA that we've been dealing with for the last 20 years. What's come out of the ruling is that the Minister of Finance has been given the power to bypass Parliament, even without rationale to pass decisions. Another thing that came out of this is that government policy does not need to be complied to by government itself.

'People need to respect these animals are wild' - Dr Platzhund on lion mauling

Confirmation this morning that the lion involved in the death of an American tourist at the Lion Park in Honeydew, Joburg on Monday, will not be put down. CapeTalk and 702's resident animal expert and a veteranian specialising in animal behaviour, Dr Platzhund:

I would say it is totally normal behaviour (by the lion) in response to what that person did. I am thrilled that this animal is not being put down because this about not respecting the fact that these animals are still wild. If people are in an open Land Rover or in a closed vehicle, the lions cannot see that you are individuals within a vehicle - they just perceive of the entire vehicle, because their eyesight isn't very good, but their ability to detect movement is the most superior in the animal. So if someone may have been gesturing which could have triggered the attack.

DA demands Zuma appear before Nkandla ad hoc committee in Parly

A demand this morning from DA leader Mmusi Maimane that President Jacob Zuma himself appear before the ad hoc committee on Nkandla that Parliament is due to set up this afternoon. Last week, Police Minister Nathi Nhleko said he had found that the chicken run, the pool, and the visitors' centre at the President’s home were security features and that he should not have to pay back any of the government money spent on Nkandla. Maimane remains steadfast in the DA's pursuit to hold President Zuma accountable:

Everyone here has spoken about this report, except the principle benefactor - the President. We reject this report, we think it is biased and unconstitutional and putting South Africans in a position where we are being made to believe that a swimming pool can in fact be a security feature in the form of a 'fire pool'.

Fifa statement on Concaf on behalf of SA for 2010 bid

Confirmation in the last hour or so from football’s world governing body Fifa that it did make a payment to the American governing body Concacaf as part of our hosting of the 2010 World Cup. It says that payment was approved by the South African government. EWN Editor, Jean Smyth runs through a letter from the South African football authority Safa showing these details:

The initial statement out from Fifa this morning confirms neither the SG Jérôme Valcke nor any senior leadership - meaning Sepp Blatter is excluded - were involved in this initiative. But the letter from Safa would indicate that Jérôme Valcke did know about this.

New lab for investigating skin lightening creams

This week will see the launch of a new labarotory investigating skin lightening creams that could contain ingredients that harm your skin. UCT's Head of Dermatology, Professor Nonhlanhla Khumalo:

This is a comprehensive laboratory that will look at everything to do with hair, so it's not just for skin lightening products. It's going to also be looking at toxins that we apply to our skin. Cosmetic producers don't have to declare what toxins they might put into products, but you could through getting annexures - lists of ingredients - but unfortunately, not everyone bothers to get these annexures, because some people say they are expensive and the problem is that this industry is self-regulated.


This article first appeared on 702 : Why did Nxasana leave the NPA?


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