City Press http://www.citypress.co.za The home of City Press online Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:13:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Police allowed to become brutal – DA lawyer http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/police-allowed-become-brutal-da-lawyer/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=police-allowed-become-brutal-da-lawyer http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/police-allowed-become-brutal-da-lawyer/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:57:17 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=108567 A DA election advert depicts how the government has allowed the police to become brutal, the Independent Broadcasting Authority of SA’s (Icasa’s) complaints and compliance committee has heard.

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A DA election advert depicts how the government has allowed the police to become brutal, the Independent Broadcasting Authority of SA’s (Icasa’s) complaints and compliance committee has heard.

“The advertisement is a form of political criticism to the current government … Look at what those in power have allowed the police service to become,” said Nick Ferreira today, for the DA.

“[The current national government] allowed the police service to become brutal and violent. It has allowed for an upsurge in police brutality.”

Icasa’s committee was hearing a complaint lodged by the police against a DA election advert.

The SA Police Service said the advert – which contains a photo of a police officer shooting rubber bullets – incites violence against the police.

Ferreira said the message of the DA’s Ayisafani (It’s not the same) advert was plain and told viewers to vote for the DA in the upcoming national elections. The message of the advert was not for people to attack the police, but to vote for a different national government, Ferreira said.

“It is an appropriate form of criticism from an opposition party to get people to vote for someone else.”

Ferreira said the photograph was authentic and was taken in Bekkersdal, Westonaria, in March. It shows a police officer firing rubber bullets at two unarmed people.

“Given what is already in the public domain about the conduct of SAPS, there will be no significant effect,” he said.

The televised advert shows the DA’s Gauteng premier candidate Mmusi Maimane standing in front of a mirror talking about the state of the country.

The police argue the part of the advert where Maimane says “the police are killing our people” with images of a policeman shooting at a person would “invite violent acts against the members of the SAPS”.

Earlier, William Mokhari, for the police, said the DA would suffer no harm if it removed the photo and Maimane’s line from the advert.

He said it was important for the committee to consider how people would interpret the DA’s message.

Maimane’s line about the police would “inflame members of the public against the police”, he told the hearing.

The advert was previously banned by the SABC after it was flighted on April 8 and 9. The public broadcaster said the advert incited violence.

The DA laid a complaint with Icasa, and a public hearing was held. The DA and the SABC came to an agreement on April 16, after which the broadcaster again aired the advert.

The hearing continues.

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ANC supporters disrupt Julius Malema gathering http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/anc-supporters-disrupt-julius-malema-gathering/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=anc-supporters-disrupt-julius-malema-gathering http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/anc-supporters-disrupt-julius-malema-gathering/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:48:56 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=108565 Supporters of the ANC at the Durban campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal disrupted Julius Malema’s campaign, forcing him to address a handful of supporters outside the venue.

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Supporters of the ANC at the Durban campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal disrupted Julius Malema’s campaign, forcing him to address a handful of supporters outside the venue.

By the time Malema arrived at the campus, students wearing ANC T-shirts bearing President Jacob Zuma’s face were waiting for him on the upper level of the hall.

They sang anti-Malema and pro-ANC songs as Economic Freedom Fighters supporters waited patiently for Malema to arrive.

Attempts by university officials to get the students to leave the venue fell on deaf ears.

Their shouting and singing grew louder as Malema attempted to speak to his supporters, forcing him to go outside, where he held an impromptu gathering with sections of the crowd that had followed him.

Undeterred, Malema told his supporters that his disrupters were jeering him because they could “see that we are making progress”.

“Dogs never bark at a stationary car,” he said as he stood on the stairs of the hall’s back exit.

This was the first time he took his campaign to KwaZulu-Natal in earnest, especially the ANC’s biggest region of eThekwini.

Some of the students said they had come to hear him as they were hoping he would address their concerns about the funding of their education. They said they were embarrassed by the disruptions as this showed political intolerance.

Malema echoed the same views about “the rented crowd in yellow T-shirts” from his makeshift podium.

“When you are an aspirant intellectual, you must separate intolerance from political engagement so that you can hear the other side of the story.

“We have no problem addressing people who are wearing ANC T-shirts, but we have a problem if they become rowdy. This place is supposed to be a festival of ideas,” he said.

He had already defeated them, he said, and the next round would be at the elections next month.

Disrupters continued to sing from a distance, calling him a hypocrite, even as he went into his now familiar tirade about Zuma’s swimming pool and cattle kraal at Nkandla.

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Mamphela Ramphele says ANC can be beaten http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/mamphela-ramphele-says-anc-can-beaten/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mamphela-ramphele-says-anc-can-beaten http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/mamphela-ramphele-says-anc-can-beaten/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:42:48 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=108562 The ANC can be defeated, Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele has said.

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The ANC can be defeated, Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele has said.

“If you do not give them your votes and vote for Agang, we can have a new government,” Ramphele said today in Temba near Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria, during her election campaign.

“It is in your hands. If you need a new government, do not vote for the ANC. The ANC can be voted out,” she said to applause.

About 100 party supporters in green T-shirts gathered inside a white tent at the Odirile Children’s Centre to listen to her. The centre caters for 65 children with disabilities.

Ramphele said it was criminal that the centre received no support from the social development department.

“There is no money for this centre, but there is money to buy votes.”

She said people were living in fear of the ANC-led government.

“People need a government that respects and serves them. We must put a stop to this corruption, vote the criminals out.”

Only in South Africa could a president get into office while facing corruption charges, she said.

In its manifesto, Agang SA promises to introduce a minimum sentence of 15 years for any public official found guilty of corruption, regardless of the amount of money involved, and a life ban from working in the public service.

Under Agang SA, government officials and their families would be banned from conducting business with the state, and post employment restrictions would be imposed on ministers and senior government officials.

An Agang SA-led government would build the economy, and mines would use machines to be more productive.

“Agang will support people to start businesses and create jobs. There are no longer jobs in the mines and farms.”

The party promised to change the tax system to better support entrepreneurship and revise the Labour Relations Act to create provision for secret strike ballots.

Ramphele said education was a platform for economic freedom.

“You do not have to fight for economic freedom, you must build a platform for it. Our youth must be inspired through leadership, to remain in school, and to steer clear from any course that would take them away from learning.”

Agang SA is one of the 29 political parties contesting the general election on May 7.

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Man gets life sentence for raping niece (7) http://www.citypress.co.za/news/man-gets-life-sentence-raping-niece-7/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=man-gets-life-sentence-raping-niece-7 http://www.citypress.co.za/news/man-gets-life-sentence-raping-niece-7/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:10:57 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=108559 A man from Mpumalanga has been jailed for life by the Nelspruit Regional Court for raping his seven-year-old niece.

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A man from Mpumalanga has been jailed for life by the Nelspruit Regional Court for raping his seven-year-old niece.

During sentencing, Magistrate Andre Geldenhuys said that the man abused the girl after she was left in his care by her elder sister.

“The child was seven years old at the time. You were 40 years old, about five times older than her. You humiliated her and destroyed her future,” Geldenhuys said.

The girl’s sister testified that on the day of the rape, she took the child to her uncle because she trusted him.

“After the child’s sister left, you went to buy liquor and after drinking, dragged the child into your room and raped her. When she tried to scream, you covered her mouth with your hand and promised to pay her R10,” the magistrate said.

“Afterwards, you gave her R2 instead. You then told her you would kill her if she told anyone. To make things worse for her, you threatened her for the whole year in 2008 every time you met her while on her way to school.”

The man (46) from Mshadza near Hazyview, was arrested in 2009 after the girl said he had raped her in 2008.

The man pleaded not guilty and was released on R1 000 bail.

Geldenhuys said the man denied knowing the child.

“You are not remorseful. You blame your wife’s family for implicating you because of an amount of R800 they owed you since 2006,” he said.

The man’s name would be placed in the national register for sex offenders and the court ruled he was unfit to possess a firearm or work with children.

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Sadtu vs Sadtu heads for Joburg http://www.citypress.co.za/news/sadtu-vs-sadtu-heads-joburg/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sadtu-vs-sadtu-heads-joburg http://www.citypress.co.za/news/sadtu-vs-sadtu-heads-joburg/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:57:30 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=108556 Members of the SA Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) in the Eastern Cape, the Free State and North West are preparing to revolt against their national leaders.

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Members of the SA Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) in the Eastern Cape, the Free State and North West are preparing to revolt against their national leaders.

Tomorrow, they will descend on the union’s head offices in central Joburg to submit a list of grievances, and also declare a vote of no confidence in secretary Mugwena Maluleke and the entire national executive committee (NEC).

Among others, these provinces are aggrieved that:

» Maluleke allegedly used the union’s funds to back Cosatu’s court battles against its secretary Zwelinzima Vavi without any mandate;

» The union allegedly doctored minutes of meetings to reflect that its suspended president, Thobile Ntola, should be the only one probed when the Sadtu NEC had decided that all members of the National Working Committee’s relationships with book publishers should be investigated.

This followed allegations that Sadtu’s senior officials were being used to fight proxy wars between the department of basic education and EduSolutions.

EduSolutions is the company accused of bungling the R320 million tender to deliver textbooks in Limpopo in 2012.

» Sadtu’s use of legal firm Cheadle Thompson to probe Ntola is unfair as the company has been providing legal services to the union since it was founded.

Moreover, Phillip Masilo, who is special advisor to Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi, is one of Cheadle Thompson’s employees in the case.

Nxesi is the immediate past secretary of Sadtu and supports the removal of Ntola from Sadtu.

» Ahead of Ntola’s disciplinary hearing two weeks ago, Maluleke allegedly sent a text message to Sadtu members, mobilising them to come and mock Ntola.

Andile Mtirara, a member from the Eastern Cape who is helping to organise the march, said: “We can’t fold our arms while the president is being persecuted. We have notified the NEC that we are coming on the 25th.”

Flora Mashita, secretary of the Motlanthe Mmekwa region in North West, said: “We are expecting seven buses from the province. We have informed the national office. We are not backing off. These guys don’t take us seriously.”

About 1 000 people are expected to attend the march from the Free State.

Suspended deputy secretary Jihad Seonya said: “We are declaring a vote of no confidence against them. We have seen an unprecedented decline of the union under their watch.”

He said he was suspended for attending a meeting that was attended by Ntola and Vavi.

However, Sadtu’s deputy secretary Nkosana Dolopi said the grievances were unfounded and false.

“I don’t know about the march. I have not been informed about it.”

Meanwhile, a confidential Public Service Commission report, in the possession of City Press, has cleared former Basic Education Director General Bobby Soobrayan of any wrongdoing in the Limpopo textbook scandal.

In August 2012, President Jacob Zuma appointed a team to probe the non-delivery of textbooks in Limpopo.

This was after pupils in Limpopo were forced to go without textbooks for the first six months of 2012.

Zuma’s team recommended that Soobrayan’s role in the delays be investigated.

The Public Service Commission, which was tasked with that investigation, found that Soobrayan’s conduct was above board at all times.

 

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Man accused of threatening Zuma’s wife to plead guilty http://www.citypress.co.za/news/man-accused-threatening-zumas-wife-plead-guilty/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=man-accused-threatening-zumas-wife-plead-guilty http://www.citypress.co.za/news/man-accused-threatening-zumas-wife-plead-guilty/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:35:53 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=108554 A Tanzanian national accused of threatening one of Jacob Zuma’s wives is set to plead guilty to crimen injuria, the Durban Magistrates’ court has heard.

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A Tanzanian national accused of threatening one of Jacob Zuma’s wives is set to plead guilty to crimen injuria, the Durban Magistrates’ court has heard.

Steven John Masunga, who had previously been charged with trying to intimidate Zuma’s wife Nompumelelo Ntuli appeared briefly in the court before the matter was postponed to April 29.

Prosecutor Blackie Swart today told Magistrate Vanitha Armu that Masunga would plead guilty to the charge of crimen injuria, but the plea had to be heard in another court and statements had to be obtained.

Masunga originally appeared in the Camperdown Magistrates’ Court after he was arrested in January.

It had been alleged at the time that Masunga had tried to force Ntuli to arrange a business meeting for him with Zuma.

However, Masunga had complained that it was Ntuli who had threatened him and prompted him to lodge a complaint with KwaZulu-Natal provincial commissioner Lieutenant-General Betty Mmamonnye Ngobeni.

During his bail hearing, the court heard from Brigadier Clifford Marion that Masunga threatened Ntuli with a claim that Zuma was not the father of one of her children.

However, Masunga told the court that he was arrested only after he had complained to KwaZulu-Natal’s top cop that Ntuli was threatening him.

On April 17, the Camperdown Magistrates’ Court was told that the deputy director of public prosecutions had decided not to proceed with the intimidation charges, but with a charge of crimen injuria.

Crimen injuria is a South African common law crime defined as injuring, insulting and/or impairing the dignity of a person.

Masunga remains in custody.

 

 

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5 questions the Nkandla committee battled with on Day 1 http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/5-questions-nkandla-committee-battled-day-1/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=5-questions-nkandla-committee-battled-day-1 http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/5-questions-nkandla-committee-battled-day-1/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:02:47 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=108542 Parliament’s ad hoc committee to consider the Public Protector’s report on the security upgrades at President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home met for the first time today.

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Parliament’s ad hoc committee to consider the Public Protector’s report on the security upgrades at President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home met for the first time today.

These were the issues that emerged:

1. Should the African Christian Democratic Party’s Steve Swart be allowed to take the seat allocated to Cope after the party refused to take it up?

The opposition said yes, the rules of Parliament demand it and it would not make a difference to the ANC’s majority of seven out of 12 members on the committee.

The ANC said Cope had not formally informed the committee that it would not be taking up its seat.

Committee chairperson ANC MP Cedric Frolick said he would consider it. Cope spokesperson Johann Abrie tweeted that the seat should be left vacant.

2. When should the committee meet?

According to the committee programme, it would only meet again on Monday afternoon, and then on Tuesday morning at 10am.

ANC members said this is good because it would give them time for electioneering and to read the report, and would leave enough time for the committee to do its work.

Opposition members said the committee should start its work tomorrow (Friday) and work through the weekend.

Frolick ruled the committee would meet from Monday onwards with extended hours.

3. Should the committee meet over the weekend and all day Monday?

Frolick said MPs have the right to be part of Freedom Day celebrations.

Opposition MPs said the committee could adjourn for a few hours on Monday to allow MPs to attend the unveiling of a bust of former president Nelson Mandela.

The meeting time for the committee was moved from 2pm, as originally scheduled, to 12pm.

4. What should the committee do?

Opposition MPs said the terms of reference meant the committee should not only consider Zuma’s response to Madonsela’s report, but also the report itself, which was tabled in Parliament, and Zuma’s submissions to the Public Protector.

Frolick said he would get legal advice about this, and make a determination by Monday. He said it was important for the committee to also make recommendations.

5. Is overnight enough time for committee members to read the reports?

Opposition MPs like the DA’s Wilmot James said legislators should be able to read fast and could read the reports overnight.

The ANC’s Cecil Burgess said his party’s MPs only heard on Tuesday that they would serve on the committee and, for his own reasons, he hadn’t read the report as yet.

He said he would be lying if he said he could read Madonsela’s 450-page report overnight.

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SA Everest climb cancelled http://www.citypress.co.za/news/sa-everest-climb-cancelled/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sa-everest-climb-cancelled http://www.citypress.co.za/news/sa-everest-climb-cancelled/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:55:52 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=108539 South African mountaineers Saray Khumalo and Sibusiso Vilane have been forced to abandon their expedition up Mount Everest.

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South African mountaineers Saray Khumalo and Sibusiso Vilane have been forced to abandon their expedition up Mount Everest.

Khumalo posted an update on the Ubuntu Everest Facebook page today to say that the expedition had officially been cancelled.

“We have two options, come back home immediately or consider doing another mountain before we return.”

The mountaineers intend to climb another mountain because they have already acclimatised to the high altitude.

“They say the mountain is open, but it certainly is not safe for any of us to attempt it this year,” Khumalo, who sought to be the first black woman to summit Everest, said.

On Friday, an ice avalanche killed 13 Nepalese guides about 500m from Vilane and Khumalo, who were at base camp. There was concern that another avalanche could follow.

Khumalo said the Nepalese tourism minister went to the mountain today.

“Sherpas presented their demands and at the end threatened to stone the minister if he did not sign their petition.”

Ubuntu Everest also posted an update from mountaineer Alan Arnette.

He said that, from his own experiences and judgment, there were three reasons for the Everest 2014 season from Nepal being halted.

These were the hazard of further avalanches, the importance of paying respect to those killed in the avalanche and the Sherpa people of eastern Nepal, who regard the mountain as sacred.

In addition, Sherpa guides were dissatisfied with the pay they received and the compensation given to the families of those killed.

“Threats were made to Sherpas who didn’t agree to stop climbing – threats against them and their families,” Arnette said.

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Tired of potholes? Snap it, send it and we’ll fix it, Joburg roads agency promises http://www.citypress.co.za/news/tired-potholes-snap-send-well-fix-joburg-roads-agency-promises/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tired-potholes-snap-send-well-fix-joburg-roads-agency-promises http://www.citypress.co.za/news/tired-potholes-snap-send-well-fix-joburg-roads-agency-promises/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:41:47 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=108537 There is hope for Joburg residents who are fed-up with traffic delays in the land of broken robots.

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There is hope for Joburg residents who are fed-up with traffic delays in the land of broken robots.

The Joburg Roads Agency is getting ready to launch a mobile app called Find & Fix, which will allow residents of the city to report road infrastructure issues.

Skhumbuzo Macozoma, the agency’s managing director, has hailed the app as the first of its kind in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

He told reporters – gathered at the agency’s Sauer Street offices in Joburg to hear updates on remedial work done on road infrastructure damaged by recent heavy rains in the area – that the agency usually did not know about potholes or other issues with infrastructure because these were not reported to the agency.

Issues that were reported were often not dealt with on time because agency staff would have to drive around trying to find the exact location. There were also issues with duplicated reports.

The agency hit on the idea of the app, which will use cameras and GPS functionality to allow Joburg residents to “snap it, send it, [and] we’ll fix it”.

“[It is] another African first for Joburg,” said Macozoma. “The Find & Fix app will assist the public to report potholes, faulty traffic signals, storm water drains, manhole covers, and other infrastructure issues related to the [agency].”

A beta version of the app will be available for testing to Windows Mobile users from tomorrow, with Android and iOS from May 2 and 9 respectively.

Krushen Pillay, the agency’s information and communications technology manager, said the official launch of the app would take place on the Windows Mobile smartphone platform on May 14. The Android and iOS platforms would follow on May 16 and 11 respectively. The app would be free for all platforms.

He told City Press after the briefing that internal tests of the app – which Macozoma said had been going on for the past three or four months – had proven successful on Windows Mobile, and the other two platforms were still being tested but appeared stable.

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Dali Mpofu on Gayton McKenzie’s open letter: ‘I don’t read that kind of trash’ http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/dali-mpofu-gayton-mckenzies-open-letter-dont-read-kind-trash/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=dali-mpofu-gayton-mckenzies-open-letter-dont-read-kind-trash http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/dali-mpofu-gayton-mckenzies-open-letter-dont-read-kind-trash/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:29:55 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=108534 “Trash” is how Gauteng premier candidate for the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Dali Mpofu has described Gayton McKenzie’s open letter to party leader Julius Malema.

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“Trash” is how Gauteng premier candidate for the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Dali Mpofu has described Gayton McKenzie’s open letter to party leader Julius Malema.

“I don’t read that kind of rubbish. Is that guy a leader?” he said.

Mpofu was speaking in Joburg earlier today at the launch of his plan for the first 100 days in office as Gauteng premier. “We don’t have time for that nonsense,” he said in reference to the letter.

In his open letter, McKenzie, a leader of the Patriotic Alliance and a former associate of Malema’s, says Malema is no revolutionary because he shops at Louis Vuitton.

“For most of my younger years I was surrounded by con men and thieves. But you are the biggest thief I ever met. You, truly, are the Con-mander in Thief,” McKenzie, an ex-convict, said of Malema. “The difference between you and me is that you use politics to take money from the poor,” he wrote.

Mpofu said: “We are serious here. We are talking about two weeks leading up to governing the most important province in Africa. We don’t have time to pay attention to such a letter.”

He also warned that, should any MECs under him “entertain such gimmicks” when the EFF took over the province, they would be fired.

Mpofu went on to reveal how he planned to destroy e-tolls “physically”, eradicate police brutality and stop corruption. “There has been a 20-year delay. There is no time for over planning. We need to hit the ground running,” he said.

He has promised to:

» Create a task team that will combat and prevent crime;

» Open youth entrepreneurship centres with free office space and Wi-Fi for start-up youth business; and

» Launch a land audit investigation and identify land for expropriation plus distribution, within 100 days.

The plan also introduced a new social grant for all terminally ill South Africans. They will receive a R2 500 monthly grant from an EFF-run government.

Mpofu was asked if convicted fraudster Schabir Shaik would qualify for the grant.

He said: “It doesn’t say all non-corrupt South Africans. The only issue won’t be whether he’s [Shaik] corrupt, but rather whether he is terminally ill. That’s where the doubt will come.”

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