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Midday Report Live Blog 3rd October, 2014

The rundown: the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says it now has proof that its Deputy Head Advocate Nomgcobo Jiba has been admitted as an advocate. Jiba had previously appeared to refuse to provide proof of her admission – despite being asked to do so.

Now the NPA says that the high court in Mthatha has sent a copy of her admission certificate. It shows she became an advocate in 2010.

Former Senior Prosecutor at the NPA and current Justice Spokesperson for the DA, Glynnis Breytenbach:

2010 is terribly recent and I’ve known Ms Jiba for many years and prior to 2010, she occupied various positions including State Advocate and Senior State Advocate. It appears while it was a requirement initially for people to be admitted as advocates to occupy those posts, at some point, those requirements were relaxed, for various reasons. The requirement of being and admitted advocate and having an LLB for the Deputy Director post was relaxed by – if I remember correctly - Leonard McCarthy to accommodate one particular person.

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On to delights for readers in transit: the Cape Town International Airport has a Flybrary, which works on an honour system – in other words, you don’t pay for books, you just exchange them. ACSA Spokesperson Deidre Hendricks:

The Flybrary is very much like our typical community libraries, except that the primary users are people who are travelling – passengers – so there’s no librarian, it’s an honesty system where you swop out your books. If you’re meeting somebody at the airport and you’ve come a little bit early, and you’ve got time to kill, you’re welcome to pop into the Flybrary. You find something interesting, feel free to take it home with you, but please on your next visit, make sure that you drop something else off.

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Meanwhile,are we going to keep the lights on?: a comment from National Planning Commissioner Prof. Anton Eberhard on the Thursday edition of the Midday Report noted that our electricity crisis is likely to last for much longer than previously thought. Eskom Spokesperson Tony Scott:

2020 is the Vaguely Unpleasant case scenario. The power constraint could last up until the next 5 years, but that obviously depends on a growth and demand for electricity. It also depends on how well we progress with getting Medupi and Kusile online. Our existing power stations’ performance has deteriorated over the last years because we were skipping maintenance to keep the lights on. In 2013, we’ve changed the strategy to a sustainability strategy where we’ll insist on doing the maintenance at power stations.

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Further afield in Hong Kong: Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has now offered to hold talks with protesters – but through one of his deputies – after sit-ins and demonstrations have brought the territory to a halt for the last week. Acting Head of the Centre for Chinese Studies at the Universityof Stellenbsoch Dr Ross Anthony:

“China basically had 2 choices ahead of it, prior to these events: either to allow Hong Kong voters the proper suffrage they were offered earlier or to renege on certain aspects of it. They did renege I think in fear that the democratic spirit may spread into mainland China and this appears to have backfired on Beijing in the sense that these protests have grown in numbers. Now Beijing is in a different situation and would have to work out how to appease these protesters to a certain degree.”

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