City Press http://www.citypress.co.za The home of City Press online Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:12:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Daley Blind rescues a point for Man Utd http://www.citypress.co.za/sport/daley-blind-rescues-point-man-utd/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=daley-blind-rescues-point-man-utd http://www.citypress.co.za/sport/daley-blind-rescues-point-man-utd/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:12:32 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=135609 Daley Blind's late second half strike helped a lacklustre Manchester United salvage a 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns in the Premier League.

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Daley Blind’s late second half strike helped a lacklustre Manchester United salvage a 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns in the Premier League.

United, who have now gone six games without an away win in the Premier League, their worst run for 18 years, looked sloppy in the opening stages tonight and Stephane Sessegnon’s well-executed finish put the home side ahead at halftime.

Substitute Marouane Fellaini equalised for United two minutes after the break but Saido Berahino put West Brom back in front before Blind’s low strike in the 87th minute.

A draw for United keeps them sixth with 12 points from eight games, while West Brom move up to 14th with nine points.

In the absence of suspended captain Wayne Rooney, United boss Louis Van Gaal opted to start Robin van Persie as a lone striker with Adnan Januzaj, Juan Mata and Angel Di Maria willing runners in behind.

But West Brom supplied the attacking intent early on and they took the lead on eight minutes when Andre Wisdom broke down the right-hand side and slid a pass into Sessegnon, who rifled a first-time shot past David de Gea from the edge of the area.

West Brom continued to expose gaping holes in United’s midfield but Di Maria did provide some light relief for the visitors when his swerving shot was palmed away by Boaz Myhill.

Van Gaal introduced Fellaini in place of Ander Herrera at halftime and the towering Belgian scored his first goal for United just after the break when he shrugged aside Joleon Lescott and powered a shot into the top corner.

But Berahino restored West Brom’s advantage on 66 minutes when the young striker collected Chris Brunt’s pass and raced clear off the United defence before calmly slotting the ball past De Gea to score his sixth league goal of the season.

In search of an equaliser, Colombian Radamel Falcao came on for Mata and United came close to levelling things up when Van Persie’s right-footed volley came back off the post.

With time running out Netherlands international Blind popped up on the edge of the box and hit a precise low shot past Myhill to recuse a point and spare United’s blushes.

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Anni Dewani wanted divorce, says cousin http://www.citypress.co.za/news/anni-dewani-wanted-divorce-says-cousin/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=anni-dewani-wanted-divorce-says-cousin http://www.citypress.co.za/news/anni-dewani-wanted-divorce-says-cousin/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:56:27 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=135607 Slain honeymooner Anni Dewani wanted out of her marriage to British businessman husband Shrien in 2010, her cousin told the Western Cape High Court.

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Slain honeymooner Anni Dewani wanted out of her marriage to British businessman husband Shrien in 2010, her cousin told the Western Cape High Court today.

Sneha Mashru, the State’s seventh witness, was adamant that she and Anni were like sisters and that Anni often confided in her about the rocky relationship.

Francois van Zyl, for Shrien Dewani, seemed to offer a different version during cross-examination and said that while the couple fought, they loved each other dearly.

He asked Mashru whether the marriage was arranged or whether they got engaged because they loved each other.

She responded that Anni had her doubts about the marriage and together they composed an e-mail to Shrien in which she explained her doubts.

The couple also had conversations on the phone, in which he promised to be less controlling.

Mashru said it was not an arranged marriage and they went ahead with their engagement after that contact because she thought he would change his ways.

Van Zyl asked whether Anni loved Shrien.

“Yes, she did, in the beginning. The way he was in the beginning, she did love him,” she replied.

Mashru said the couple had their issues leading up to their wedding in October 2010 but that she still loved him. However, she said they had a lot of problems.

“That is why after the wedding, when they came back from India, Anni and I were talking about a divorce because she felt like she could not live with Shrien,” Mashru said.

She apparently did not want to go to South Africa with Shrien, and Mashru convinced her to go, promising her she would transfer money to her Swedish bank account if she needed a way out.

Mashru said that even after they had married in India, Anni wanted to spend her time with her and not her husband.

Van Zyl said his client would testify that both families had to pack 29 suitcases, weighing 225 kilograms, of goods from the wedding and that Anni assisted her husband and relatives.

Her cousin replied that she told Anni to spend time with Shrien and his family because she was a Dewani but that she had not been keen.

The two went for massages and spent time at the pool, catching up on their lives.

Deputy Judge President Jeanette Traverso asked her why she was not keen.

“Anni told me that they didn’t get on very well and she told me this while we were at the pool. She went to have lunch with him and then she came back to the pool and said ‘it felt very stiff between us’.”

Mashru had earlier told the court that a few days before the marriage, she and Anni had gone to visit Shrien in an Indian hospital because he was ill.

She said Shrien had been very upset that they came to visit because he had ordered them not to. Anni and Shrien argued in the hospital while Mashru waited in the cab.

Van Zyl said his client had food poisoning and that he had severe diarrhoea and vomiting.

“He was regularly soiling his bed. He didn’t want visitors at the time. He didn’t mind Anni at the time but he was upset when you arrived,” the lawyer said.

“A grown man soiling his own bed — that is what upset him.”

Mashru remained certain that Shrien was upset at seeing Anni in the hospital, not just her.

Her cross-examination continues.

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Zuma can pay Nkandla debt without bailout – IFP http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/zuma-can-pay-nkandla-debt-without-bailout-ifp/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=zuma-can-pay-nkandla-debt-without-bailout-ifp http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/zuma-can-pay-nkandla-debt-without-bailout-ifp/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:52:25 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=135600 President Jacob Zuma's backers should rather donate money to the needy than attempt to bail him out, says the IFP.

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President Jacob Zuma’s backers should rather donate money to the needy than attempt to bail him out, says the IFP.

“President Zuma is not poor, he can afford to pay his debt,” Inkatha Freedom Party secretary general Sibongile Nkomo said in a statement.

“With his monthly salary, he can afford to pay all his debt without any bailout.”

She said Zuma could not accept an offer to pay back the money spent on his Nkandla homestead, as this would mean he acknowledged that it constituted unlawful spending of public funds.

The Sunday Times reported that KwaZulu-Natal tycoon Philani Mavundla had offered to raise funds and settle Zuma’s Nkandla “debt”.

Nkomo said Zuma’s so-called backers would be wasting their money.

“There are many people in our country who are in desperate need of food and shelter, therefore these so-called good Samaritans should divert their goodwill to help those in need, as they are the ones who deserve assistance.”

In March, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found that Zuma had derived undue benefit from the upgrades and recommended that he pay back a portion of the money.

Zuma declined to do so, and instead waited for the outcome of another investigation by the Special Investigating Unit.

The SIU blamed Zuma’s architect Minenhle Makhanya for inflating the costs of the Nkandla project, and filed a civil claim against him for R155m in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on August 11.

Makhanya has hired high-profile lawyers to contest the case.

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Magistrate tells ‘dog’ to date ’16-valve girls’ http://www.citypress.co.za/news/magistrate-tells-horny-dog-date-16-valve-girls/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=magistrate-tells-horny-dog-date-16-valve-girls http://www.citypress.co.za/news/magistrate-tells-horny-dog-date-16-valve-girls/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:09:36 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=135595 A Mpumalanga magistrate has called a man a dog for attacking his cousin with a slasher when she denied him sex.

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A Mpumalanga magistrate has called a man a dog for attacking his cousin with a slasher when she denied him sex.

The accused, Sifiso Nkuna, 22, of Mangweni village near the Swaziland and Mozambican border, was sentenced in the Tonga Magistrate’s Court today to 150 days’ imprisonment with an option to pay a fine of R1500.

He was found guilty of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and contravening a protection order, after attacking his cousin Thembi Lushaba, 32, also from Mangweni, in August this year.

“Sir, the victim, who is related to you, is 10 years older than you. You are like a dog that eats every piece of meat it comes across. According to the document I have here, when you were born she was 10 years old and she was also responsible for taking care of you and now you have an affair with her,” magistrate Sam Nkuna told his namesake.

The magistrate said Nkuna should date women his age.

“If you continue dating old women, or drinking too much, your level of sexual intercourse will drop and you won’t have babies. Let me give you advice that dating your relative will make you have kids with disabilities in life. Please date 16-valve girls, not skorokoros,” said the magistrate.

In the townships a “16-valve”, derived from the Volkswagen car engine, normally refers to a younger woman, while a “skorokoro” means an older vehicle.

Before he was convicted, Nkuna told the court that his cousin was lying about the assault.

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‘Mr Malema, you’re making my work difficult’ http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/mr-malema-youre-making-work-difficult/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mr-malema-youre-making-work-difficult http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/mr-malema-youre-making-work-difficult/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:28:25 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=135593 National Assembly sergeant-at-arms Regina Mohlomi pleaded with Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema and his fellow MPs to leave the House on August 21, MPs heard.

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National Assembly sergeant-at-arms Regina Mohlomi pleaded with Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema and his fellow MPs to leave the House on August 21, MPs heard today.

Testifying before Parliament’s powers and privileges committee, Mohlomi gave her account of what happened after National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete instructed her to remove “members of this House who are not serious”.

“I spoke to Mr Malema in Sepedi and told him that the presiding officer has spoken. Mr Malema responded by… [saying], ‘We are not going anywhere’,” said Mohlomi said.

“I then started almost pleading, I think. I said: ‘Mr Malema, please it’s very difficult for me to do this part of my work … please don’t make it even more difficult for me’.”

After Malema and his fellow MPs refused to leave, Mohlomi briefly left the chamber to speak to the head of the Parliamentary Protection Service.

“When I got outside, some of her staff were outside. I looked and did not see her. I was quite anxious not to be outside the chamber for too long. I went back almost immediately,” testified Mohlomi.

She said she did not know who called the uniformed police officers she saw in the chamber after Mbete suspended proceedings.

When questioned about how she knew who to remove from the House, as the Speaker had not named members, Mohlomi said she was “clear on who the Speaker wanted to be removed…”

“My instruction was to take members that were disrupting, as I understood, proceedings of the House,” she said.

“What I saw and heard was that members of the EFF were standing up, they were shouting. Some of them were banging on the tables, on their benches even though the Speaker said you [EFF MPs] are not recognised.”

Mohlomi denied her actions had ulterior motives.

“I’m convinced that what I attempted to do on that day was simply to carry out an instruction by the… Speaker of the House. I don’t know of anything untoward.”

Four other witnesses are expected to give evidence on certain instances where they played a role in engagements during the period just before the suspension of the sitting until the adjournment of the House.

They include Telecommunications Minister Siyabonga Cwele, State Security Minister David Mahlobo, African National Congress deputy chief whip Doris Dlakude, and Democratic Alliance deputy chief whip John Steenhuisen.

Malema and his colleagues face charges of disrupting and displaying contempt for the National Assembly after shouting “pay back the money” at President Jacob Zuma.

This was after Malema questioned the president about Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s directive to reimburse the state for luxuries added during upgrades to his Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal.

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Our kids’ TV sucks http://www.citypress.co.za/columnists/kids-tv-sucks/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=kids-tv-sucks http://www.citypress.co.za/columnists/kids-tv-sucks/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:45:35 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=134947 It seems that kids’ TV is filled with endless, bad-quality, ‘nutritionally empty’ foreign shows with little real-life relevance to South African children. Thinus Ferreira laments the state of kids’ programming

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It seems that kids’ TV is filled with endless, bad-quality, ‘nutritionally empty’ foreign shows with little real-life relevance to South African children. Thinus Ferreira laments the state of kids’ programming

You can now buy fish for dinner that comes with a green list index to show you how environmentally sustainable it is, snacks carry nutritional labels to warn about tartrazine, and you can even check if your water bottle is “BPA free”.

Yet, TV for children – for impressionable young minds – provides no indicator or consumer label about its actual “nutritional” value.

Viacomjust added two more pay TV channels to the playpen of MultiChoice’s DStv – Nicktoons and Nick Jr – a growing telly kindergarten that also includes Disney, Turner Broadcasting, the BBC’s CBeebies and AMC Networks’ JimJam air. Openview HD has eToonz+ and StarSat carries BabyTV, JimJam, and Smile of a Child.

While the number of kids’ TV channels on pay-TV keeps growing (while the hours of youth programming on public and free-to-air channels keeps diminishing) the vast majority of what is shown happens to be foreign content – American and British – with little real educational value or real-life relevance to a South African child.

The British Mister Maker on CBeebies is wonderful, teaching children in an entertaining way to craft simple things from everyday households objects. Yet sadly even the little things like buttons, ribbons, glitter, glue or an egg box isn’t as readily available in the average working class South African home.

There’s precious little quality kids programming on South African television with local resonance, that teaches, uplifts and entertains.

Yet five year olds and 12 year olds are bombarded with “another special Halloween” episode, thundercats, penguins, Johnny Bravos, werewolves, Teletubbies, and teenage witches like Sabrina.

Instead of The Flintstones, South African television needs more Takalani Sesame. Takalani was an excellent South Africanised adaptation of an American educational and entertaining format – customised for our little eyes.

How about a black Powerpuff girl? Or Lebo’s Laboratory instead of Dexter’s?

Mindless entertainment
From next month, Disney will add commercials to the Disney Junior channel with the support of MultiChoice.

The same company was fined earlier this year by the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of SA for showing a scary horror promo the commission found “violated the rights of parents and caregivers of smaller children”.

And that’s Disney – supposedly the best of the kids’ TV brands.

Equally lamentable is the downward spiral of youth TV on public TV. The second season of Signal High, a “mini-sodes” edutainment drama on SABC 2 in the Hectic Nine-9 time slot, is a lone bright beacon of what our youth TV should be. Signal High is locally produced, has relevance, addresses real topics like bullying, loyalty, peer pressure and the stresses kids face, and does so in an entertaining way.

No investment
With such minor investment kids programming, it is no wonder the SABC and e.tv schedules are loaded with junk TV like Transformers Animated, Hannah Montana, Zorro Generation Z and Pokemon.

The danger with the unperturbed “McDonaldisation” of South Africa’s kids’ TV is that we’re going to end up with generations of children who were TV-fed little more than Boomerang’s Scooby-Doo Halloween episodes and Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Ask any good mum and she will tell you – to grow a healthy child, you really do need some veggies on every plate, even better if they were grown in your own garden.

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Sekgala’s suicide a story of ‘frustrated black artist’ http://www.citypress.co.za/news/frustrated-black-artist-thabiso-sekgala-leaves-legacy/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=frustrated-black-artist-thabiso-sekgala-leaves-legacy http://www.citypress.co.za/news/frustrated-black-artist-thabiso-sekgala-leaves-legacy/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:51:48 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=135587 The late Thabiso Sekgala has been described as a distinctive storyteller who forged relationships with his subjects and communities.

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A distinctive storyteller who forged relationships with his subjects and communities.

This is how John Fleetwood, head of the Market Photo Workshop, today described talented photographer and artist Thabiso Sekgala who died on Wednesday.

Although details about his death are still sketchy, Fleetwood confirmed that the talented artist had committed suicide.

The news of Sekgala’s passing shocked friends and colleagues who had crossed paths with him during his illustrious career that spanned just under a decade.

Photographic artist and friend Sabelo Mlangeni said Sekgala was a trusted soldier and a colleague who stood up for what he believed in.

“We faced the same struggles as black photographers and we shared our frustrations about our struggles in in an industry that does not honour black artists,” he said today.

Mlangeni said Sekgala’s death should be seen as a statement of a frustrated black artist who wanted to be treated with dignity and respect in a country and industry where black artists are treated unequally and at times unfairly.

Mlangeni said he found comfort in that although Sekgala died young, he had left his family a legacy through his celebrated work.

“It is now my responsibility as his friend to continue his legacy for respect and continue on a solid foundation laid by this committed artist and soldier.”

The Johannesburg-born artist, who studied photography at the Market Photo Workshop from 2007 to 2008, had recently returned from a year-long International Studio Programme residency at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Germany.

Fleetwood said a memorial service for Sekgala would be held on Thursday at their offices in Newtown, Johannesburg.

Sekgala was awarded the Tierney Fellowship at the Market Photo Workshop in 2010 and his work has since been exhibited in London, France, Belgium and Germany. He was also nominated for the Paul Huff Award.

His work is part of the collaboration with Kalpesh Lathigra that will be the main commission for the Joburg Photo Umbrella. The exhibition opens on November 8 at the Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown.

His recent exhibition was part of the Rise and Fall of Apartheid at Museum Africa in Newtown, which saw his work being showcased alongside some of his role models’ such as Peter Magubane, Santu Mofokeng, David Goldblatt and Omar Badsha.

His Homeland series, based on the homelands created by apartheid, was a solo exhibition showcased in South Africa and Germany in 2011, and explored the themes of memory, place and interrelated self-imaging.

Sekgala was also part of the Working Title group exhibition at Goodman Gallery in April this year.

Goethe-Institut South Africa head of communications Benjamin Keuffel said although he had not worked with Sekgala on a personal level, he had witnessed some of his work at the gallery and his work “spoke of a talented photographer”.

Sekgala is survived by his daughter, mother and siblings. Fleetwood said the family would like to keep the funeral on Saturday as private as possible.

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Suárez: I thought bite ruined my career http://www.citypress.co.za/sport/suarez-thought-bite-ruined-career/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=suarez-thought-bite-ruined-career http://www.citypress.co.za/sport/suarez-thought-bite-ruined-career/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:57:39 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=135577 Luis Suárez feared he had destroyed his career and that Barcelona would not want to sign him following his four-month ban for biting at the World Cup.

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Luis Suárez feared he had destroyed his career and that Barcelona would not want to sign him following his four-month ban for biting at the World Cup.

The Uruguayan signed for Barca from Liverpool for €81 million (about R1.1 billion) despite the ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini when playing against Italy in Brazil.

He will be available to make his much-awaited debut on Saturday in the broiling atmosphere of an El Clásico against Real Madrid at the Bernabéu.

“I thought that I had ruined my career. At the start I didn’t want to speak to anyone. I hid away behind my family although later I thought about it, I said sorry and I felt relief as a result,” Suárez told Spanish television.

“When the talks began with Barcelona and when [his agent] Pere Guardiola phoned me to say that it was all done I started to cry due to the situation that I was in and for the support that Barcelona were offering me.

“I had been worried that Barça would decide against it due to all the repercussions from the situation.”

Suárez is keeping his fingers crossed that Barça coach Luis Enrique will play him against Real.

“I don’t want to tempt fate by imagining myself playing,” he said.

“It is not my style to tell the trainer to play me in the game. I wouldn’t dream of saying to Luis Enrique that I want to play in the Bernabéu. If I don’t play then I won’t be angry, I want to help my team mates and feel a footballer again.”

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Key witnesses snub arms deal inquiry http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/key-witnesses-snub-arms-deal-inquiry/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=key-witnesses-snub-arms-deal-inquiry http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/key-witnesses-snub-arms-deal-inquiry/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:48:54 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=135584 Three key witnesses do not want to give evidence about the 1999 arms deal, the Seriti Commission of Inquiry has heard.

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Three key witnesses do not want to give evidence about the 1999 arms deal, the Seriti Commission of Inquiry has heard.

Geoff Budlender, SC, said his clients – former ANC MP and author Andrew Feinstein and researchers Hennie van Vuuren and Paul Holden, who had all been subpoenaed as witnesses – would not testify.

“Mr Holden has not received a subpoena. He is in London, where he lives. Mr Feinstein has received a subpoena in London, where he lives,” said Budlender today.

“My attorneys ask the commission whether it contends that the subpoena obliges Mr Feinstein to travel to South Africa to give evidence. If so, on what basis does the commission have extraterritorial powers?”

He said Feinstein had been advised that the commission had no jurisdiction over people outside the borders of South Africa.

“I have also been instructed to inform the commission that in any event, Mr Holden and Mr Feinstein associate themselves fully with what Mr van Vuuren has said and the position he has taken,” said Budlender.

“I have been instructed to respectfully inform the commission that Mr Feinstein and Mr Holden will not be travelling to South Africa and appearing at the commission, as indicated on this week’s programme.”

Van Vuuren refused to testify at the inquiry today, accusing the commission of straying from its mandate.

“We have been refused access to evidence. The commission has refused to make huge amounts of evidence public. We have attempted to resolve this issue during the 18 months that we participated in the commission’s work,” Van Vuuren wrote to the commission.

The evidence included millions of pages from official investigations of corruption by government agencies into the arms deal.

“This material was collected at great expense and cost to the state and the South African people. Our repeated requests to access this information, which we were promised, have been ignored,” he said.

Van Vuuren said the inquiry had refused an opportunity to provide critical documentary evidence alleging corruption. He said Seriti had declared some documents pointing to graft as inadmissible as evidence.

“The commission has lost the public’s trust. There is evidence to suggest that the commission is following a second agenda, namely to discredit critical witnesses and find in favour of the state and arms corporations’ version of events,” he said.

“I am mindful of the fact that the arms deal has brought havoc [to] the lives of ordinary South Africans and corrupted our politics for the past 15 years. It has profited the rich at the expense of the poor.”

He said the “cover-up” that followed the 1999 arms deal had put in place a system of patronage for “keeping alleged corrupt elites out of prison”.

“I have regretfully come to the conclusion that this commission will provide no remedy to the situation. I can no longer, in good conscience, participate in the hearings of the arms-procurement commission,” said Van Vuuren.

“To do so would be to aid what I see as a deeply unfair and flawed process.

“I am of the view that the arms procurement commission has strayed from its mandate and become a fundamental obstacle to the public’s right to know and to justice.”

The inquiry’s chairperson, Judge Willie Seriti, told Budlender the three faced legal action if they did not testify.

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Zuma’s PW comparison ‘raises disturbing questions’ http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/zumas-pw-comparison-raises-disturbing-questions/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=zumas-pw-comparison-raises-disturbing-questions http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/zumas-pw-comparison-raises-disturbing-questions/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:31:15 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=135582 President Jacob Zuma’s reported comparison between the construction of George airport and money spent on his Nkandla home raises “disturbing questions”, says the FW de Klerk Foundation.

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President Jacob Zuma’s reported comparison between the construction of George airport and money spent on his Nkandla home raises “disturbing questions”, says the FW de Klerk Foundation.

“If he is correctly reported, the president’s comments raise disturbing questions regarding his views on the distinction between proper state expenditure on bona fide projects and expenditure that will result in his own enormous and unjustifiable enrichment,” said executive director Dave Steward today.

The state had a duty to provide official accommodation and transportation for a president while in office and had a duty to provide security to retired presidents, he said.

“However, something must be seriously wrong if the provision of such security leads to state expenditure that vastly exceeds the value of the property that is being protected as well as expenditure on the security of other former presidents,” he said.

Beeld reported today that Zuma compared the construction of George airport for apartheid-era head of state PW Botha, and his own home in Nkandla.

Answering a question during a Sunday lunch to mark media freedom day, he said he lived in a state house without paying rent and travelled on state planes without paying for it.

“Is this an unfair advantage?” he asked.

When it was pointed out that his Nkandla dwelling was a personal home, not state property, Zuma said it was the state’s duty to protect the president and deputy president.

Zuma said the airport in George was not built for economic reasons.

“It is because Botha lived there [Wilderness].”

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