City Press http://www.citypress.co.za The home of City Press online Sun, 26 Apr 2015 04:13:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Nelson Mandela Bay buses worth R100m gather dust in ‘failed project’ http://www.citypress.co.za/news/nelson-mandela-bay-buses-worth-r100m-gather-dust-in-failed-project/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=nelson-mandela-bay-buses-worth-r100m-gather-dust-in-failed-project http://www.citypress.co.za/news/nelson-mandela-bay-buses-worth-r100m-gather-dust-in-failed-project/#comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 04:00:50 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=162634 Six years on and buses that were supposed to start the bus rapid transit system in Port Elizabeth are still gathering dust outside a fresh produce market.

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Six years on and buses that were supposed to start the bus rapid transit system in Port Elizabeth are still gathering dust outside a fresh produce market.

The 60 buses were acquired by the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality in 2009 for R100 million as part of its integrated public transport system, but it has been plagued by problems and allegations of corruption.

As a result, the buses remain idle, parked outside the fresh produce market in Motherwell outside Port Elizabeth.

The buses were meant to diversify and improve the city’s transport system, but are now exposed to the elements all year round.

Nelson Mandela Bay Metro’s integrated public transport system has been in disarray since its inception. The only time the buses were seen on the roads was during the 2010 soccer World Cup when the project was being piloted.

This week, members of the national council of provinces – on an oversight visit to the metro – were shocked to find that the buses were still not in use. They have now demanded that city bosses, the provincial department of transport and all project managers be summoned to Parliament to explain the mess.

Litho Suka, chairperson of the select committee on economic development and small business, led the parliamentary delegation that visited the site where the 60 unused buses are kept.

Suka said the matter of the unused buses was “a crisis” and needed an urgent solution.

“This crisis cannot continue unabated. The buses have not been used since 2010. Public transportation is central to accessing economic opportunities for the people. These buses cost the government a lot of money and should be connecting people to the economic centres,” he said.

Nelson Mandela Bay Metro spokesperson Roland Williams said the city was reviewing the project’s business plan.

“The business plan is under review, which must also be approved by the municipal council and the national department of transport before roll-out,” he said.

According to the municipality’s midterm budget and performance report, the metro overspent on its integrated public transport system by R216 million in the 2013/14 financial year. The report said the overexpenditure constituted irregular expenditure.

“The unauthorised expenditure on this project has resulted in a decline in the municipality’s cash position and has placed the funding status of the 2014/15 budget at risk,” read the report, which was presented to council in January this year.

Opposition parties said the corruption in the metro was responsible for delays in implementing the rapid bus transit system.

Mongameli Bobani, leader of the United Democratic Movement at the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, said little could be done to resuscitate the project.

“There is a report that is gathering dust at the city manager’s office, implicating high-ranking people in the ruling party of being involved in corrupt activities in the project. Now this project will never take off and the buses and infrastructure will continue to deteriorate,” said Bobani.

Williams said the report was being dealt with by city manager Mpilo Mbambisa in accordance with the relevant legislation and procedure.

Kobus Gerber, chairperson of the Nelson Mandela Bay Ratepayers’ Association was less optimistic, saying the metro should scrap the rapid bus transit project and cut its losses.

“I don’t see anything good coming out of it. We should just scrap it, sell those buses and take whatever we can out of them and move on.

“The project has failed,” he said.

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Selaelo Selota, Bianca le Grange take to the road to find new talent http://www.citypress.co.za/entertainment/selaelo-selota-bianca-le-grange-take-to-the-road-to-find-new-talent/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=selaelo-selota-bianca-le-grange-take-to-the-road-to-find-new-talent http://www.citypress.co.za/entertainment/selaelo-selota-bianca-le-grange-take-to-the-road-to-find-new-talent/#comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 04:00:48 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=162622 Gold miner turned jazz legend, Selaelo Selota and Idols finalist Bianca le Grange were unveiled as the talent scouts and judges of the inaugural Transnet Rising Starz Talent competition

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Gold miner turned jazz legend, Selaelo Selota and Idols finalist Bianca le Grange were unveiled as the talent scouts and judges of the inaugural Transnet Rising Starz Talent competition, which will dazzle the underserved small towns and rural areas of South Africa.

The pair was unveiled at an intimate function held at the Sophiatown Bar Lounge in Newtown, Joburg, on Friday afternoon.

The Northern Cape, where Le Grange hails from, was chosen as the pilot province to host the talent competition, which will culminate in a series of workshops to identify and develop talent.

It is hoped that the success of the pilot programme will help to take the competition to the rest of South Africa where partnerships with local arts and culture organisations are welcome.

Asked to define talent, Selota referenced himself and his experiences of turning rejection into triumph as an example of talent.

Le Grange said that as a judge, she was looking to be “moved inside and emotionally”.

Bongani Mahlangu, spokesperson for the competition, said Transnet Rising Starz was a community upliftment initiative aimed at providing youth with a platform to showcase their vocal talents.

The talent search competition kicks off in De Aar on May 6, then moves to Calvinia on May 8, Springbok on the 10th, Upington on the 12th, Kuruman on the 14th and wraps up the following day on May 15 in Kimberley.

The talent search will then choose its top 10 finalists on May 16 and 17. Once that is done, the scouts will take the 10 through their paces in a series of music workshops covering music business, voice coaching, contracts, stage performance and professionalism in the industry.

The ultimate cash prize is R60 000 and a recording contract for the person chosen as the winner at the final event in Kimberley on August 29 2015.

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Lions win cat fight http://www.citypress.co.za/sport/lions-win-cat-fight/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=lions-win-cat-fight http://www.citypress.co.za/sport/lions-win-cat-fight/#comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 04:00:08 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=162621 In a seesaw match in Joburg, the home side saw off the Cheetah’s fierce challenge.

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Lions (7) 34 – Cheetahs (10) 29

The Lions continued their habit of getting involved in close contests but eventually made it home thanks to Elton Jantjies’ goal-kicking in a thrilling, seesawing game at Emirates Park last night.

Both sides scored four tries, but the 14 points off Jantjies’ boot trumped the nine contributed by the Cheetahs’ Joe Pietersen.

The Cheetahs went into the half-time break 10-7 up having shrugged off a nervous start to put the Lions under pressure by retaining possession with excellent phase play.

The Lions, coming back from their bye, were fresh and eager at the start and made the perfect start with a try by Warwick Tecklenburg after just two minutes.

It seemed the Lions were in the mood to run rampant, but they failed to put the finishing touches to some good build-up work, and gradually the Cheetahs gained parity.

Having been disrupted by injury, the Cheetahs lacked coordination early on, but once they started to get their hands on the ball they recycled it confidently and struck back with a gem of a try.

It started with the Cheetahs’ taking the ball through 23 phases before Lions flanker Jaco Kriel won a crucial turnover on his own line.

Typically, the Lions decided to attack from deep, as Faf de Klerk tapped the ball to himself and launched an attack that swept 70m upfield.

Jantjies broke clean through, but when he was unable to link up with Warren Whiteley the ball popped loose and Pietersen snatched it up to send the attacking flow back the other way, offloading to Cornal Hendricks to run in the try.

Shortly before the break, Pietersen stood back to drop a goal – claiming the lead for the Cheetahs.

The Lions hadn’t expected to be trailing and coach Johan Ackermann must have read the riot act during the break – to good effect too, because within eight minutes of the second stanza the home side were 24-10 up.

Lionel Mapoe made a superb backflip after committing two tacklers to put Ruan Combrinck away for a long sprint to the line and, just two minutes later, it was Mapoe himself who did the honours with a long sprint to the line.

Jantjies added the conversions and a penalty and, from looking quite rattled, the Lions were suddenly 14 points up and in sight of their bonus point try.

But the Cheetahs were determined to show there was another cat in the fight.

The Lions became victims of their own confidence when they elected not to kick an easy penalty in the 55th minute to build on their lead, and in a flash found themselves back to level pegging.

The Cheetahs had hit back with tries by Francois Venter and Johann Sadie, and with Pietersen kicking both conversions, it was 24-all with 18 minutes left to play.

But the Cheetahs didn’t learn from the mistake made by the Lions and, when they also failed in an attempt to set up a try from a line-out try, the Lions broke back.

Jantjies gave restored their lead with a penalty before De Klerk scored a suberb try under the crossbar to finish off a strong run by Combrinck.

But the wild fluctuations continued and the Lions’ fans were still celebrating their team’s bonus point 10-point lead when the Cheetahs struck back with a try by Carel Greeff to make it 34-29.

. Other round 11 results: Waratahs 18-16 Rebels; Crusaders 29-15 Blues; Brumbies 31-18 Highlanders; Chiefs 35-27 Force.

. Round 12 fixtures: Highlanders vs Sharks; Brumbies vs Waratahs; Blues vs Western Force; Hurricanes vs Crusaders; Rebels vs Chiefs; Cheetahs vs Stormers; Bulls vs Lions.

 

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Watch – Deputy police minister apologises at Alexandra imbizo http://www.citypress.co.za/multimedia/watch-deputy-police-minister-apologises-at-alexandra-imbizo/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=watch-deputy-police-minister-apologises-at-alexandra-imbizo http://www.citypress.co.za/multimedia/watch-deputy-police-minister-apologises-at-alexandra-imbizo/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 16:14:09 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=162495 On Friday (April 24 2015) the government held an imbizo in Alexandra, three days after the South African National Defence Force was sent in to help quell the recent spate of violence that gripped the area.

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On Friday (April 24 2015) the government held an imbizo in Alexandra, three days after the South African National Defence Force was sent in to help quell the recent spate of violence that gripped the area.

Deputy Minister of Police Maggie Sotyu and Gauteng Police Commissioner Lesetja Mothiba condemned the attack on Emmanuel Sithole after a student spoke out against the accused attackers, two of which were in her school.

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Our focus now is 2016 – new DA KZN leader http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/our-focus-now-is-2016-new-da-kzn-leader/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=our-focus-now-is-2016-new-da-kzn-leader http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/our-focus-now-is-2016-new-da-kzn-leader/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 15:16:21 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=162464 The Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal is now going to turn its focus to rural areas, newly-elected provincial leader Zwakele Mncwango has said.

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The Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal is now going to turn its focus to rural areas, newly-elected provincial leader Zwakele Mncwango has said.

“Our focus now is 2016, I’m optimistic that we are going to take on all the opposition parties and our focus now is going to be in rural areas,” the eThekwini councillor and caucus leader said after he was elected at the provincial congress in Richards Bay today.

Mncwango, who hails from Nongoma, beat his opponent, former provincial leader Sizwe Mchunu, by five votes, with 143 votes to 138. There were three spoilt votes.

He thanked all the delegates who voted for him.

“This has actually proven that there is democracy in the DA. It was a highly contested election but I am grateful to be taking the baton from a leader like Sizwe.

“I’ve learnt a lot from Sizwe, we have been very close and I have gotten to know him better over the years.”

He said the margins showed that he and Mchunu were “great leaders.”

“At the end of the day Zwakele didn’t win today, the DA won today,” he said adding that he had not made up his mind about the national leadership of the party, which will be decided at the federal congress on May 9 and 10 in Nelson Mandela Bay.

Mncwango said transformation was central to the party.

“In the DA we do not see each other on the basis of race… diversity is important but I can tell you now that we have the best leaders.”

He said there would be no reshuffling in KwaZulu-Natal.

“I made it clear during my campaign that I want to remain in eThekwini.”

He said going forward he was going to work on uniting the party.

Mchunu offered his congratulations to Mncwango.

“I welcome the results today and wish Zwakele all the best,” said Mchunu adding that he was not aggrieved and would remain a loyal member of the DA.

However he said his election campaign team had raised a concern about the congress.

“I have just been alerted by my election team that there are issues they are seeking clarity on and it is in regards to the congress, but at this moment I do not want to even raise the matter.”

Mchunu said the matter was being dealt with by the party.

“Going forward I’ve got to regroup and continue to build the DA. I was never in this for the position. I am still a loyal member of the DA,” said Mchunu.

Responding to Mchunu’s concern, Mncwango said, “There was an issue about SMSes that were sent to delegates after the cut off time for campaigning. They laid a complaint with the presiding officer and I was informed that the matter was resolved after we had apologised,” he said.

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Shoes Moshoeu was the Messi of his time – Clive Barker http://www.citypress.co.za/multimedia/shoes-moshoeu-was-the-messi-of-his-time-clive-barker/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=shoes-moshoeu-was-the-messi-of-his-time-clive-barker http://www.citypress.co.za/multimedia/shoes-moshoeu-was-the-messi-of-his-time-clive-barker/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 13:10:29 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=162404 The late Bafana Bafana legend John 'Shoes' Moshoeu was remembered and honoured at a memorial service at Grace Bible Church in Soweto on Friday. The 49-year-old died earlier this week after a battle with cancer.

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Cope wants Zuma to act against Cele http://www.citypress.co.za/news/cope-wants-zuma-to-act-against-cele/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=cope-wants-zuma-to-act-against-cele http://www.citypress.co.za/news/cope-wants-zuma-to-act-against-cele/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 12:08:09 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=162385 The Congress of the People wants President Jacob Zuma to take action against Deputy Agriculture Minister Bheki Cele for comments he made about the national police commissioner.

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The Congress of the People (Cope) wants President Jacob Zuma to take action against Deputy Agriculture Minister Bheki Cele for comments he made about the national police commissioner.

“If he fails to act against him, he will have said to all of us that his government condones rogue behaviour,” Cope spokesperson Dennis Bloem said today.

“We know that Cele is a home boy but that must not stand in the way.”

In an interview with News24 earlier this week Cele charged that the SA Police Service was bleeding under commissioner Riah Phiyega’s leadership.

He said, under Phiyega, more and more officers were leaving the police force and accused her of reversing the good he had done while he was police commissioner.

Cele also accused Phiyega of lying.

Bloem said Cope was taken aback by Cele’s comments.

“He should hang down his head in shame.

“It is so grossly unbecoming of so senior a leader in government to act as a loose cannon. His position requires him to comport himself as a deputy minister, not a street fighter,” Bloem said.

Cope said Cele’s comments did not help but only caused damage.

“Mr Cele must accept that he is no longer the police commissioner. He must also accept that he and nobody else is to blame for that. He fell from grace by his own doings. He was, therefore, forced out of office by the president in disgrace.”

Cele was removed as police commissioner in 2012 after a board of inquiry found that he had acted dishonestly and with an undeclared conflict of interest in relation to two police lease deals he signed.

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EFF goes to court after eThekwini cancels rally venue http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/eff-goes-to-court-over-ethekwini-rally-venue/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=eff-goes-to-court-over-ethekwini-rally-venue http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/eff-goes-to-court-over-ethekwini-rally-venue/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 10:11:30 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=162377 The Economic Freedom Fighters will file an urgent application to have construction stopped at the venue where they are set to have their Freedom Day rally on Monday.

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The Economic Freedom Fighters will file an urgent application to have construction stopped at the venue where they are set to have their Freedom Day rally on Monday.

The party was informed by the eThekwini Municipality yesterday that it was cancelling their offer – three days before the event – of the John Dube Stadium due to renovations.

Speaking to City Press, EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said finding an alternative venue was not an option as they had put in months of hard work and a lot of money into the event.

The party appears to believe the ANC-run metro is deliberately sabotaging their political rally.

“The EFF printed 2000 posters and 30 000 flyers which have been distributed across the townships of eThekwini. We have also arranged and paid for buses to transport people on the basis that the event is taking place in this stadium.”

The party wrote in a statement that the act to withdraw the venue was “political sabotage” by the ANC to undermine their growth in the KwaZulu-Natal province.

The party is embarking on a campaign in a number of areas in the province.

EFF leader Julius Malema yesterday addressed a large crowd of students at the Durban University of Technology.

Today the party will visit a refugee camp in Isipingo, as well as address people at a number of community meetings to promote the Freedom Day rally.

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Bruce Jenner makes transgender history by identifying as a woman http://www.citypress.co.za/entertainment/bruce-jenner-makes-transgender-history-by-identifying-as-a-woman/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=bruce-jenner-makes-transgender-history-by-identifying-as-a-woman http://www.citypress.co.za/entertainment/bruce-jenner-makes-transgender-history-by-identifying-as-a-woman/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 08:06:04 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=162358 Olympic gold medallist and reality TV star Bruce Jenner said yesterday that he identifies as a woman, becoming the most high-profile American to come out as transgender.

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Los Angeles – Olympic gold medallist and reality TV star Bruce Jenner said yesterday that he identifies as a woman, becoming the most high-profile American to come out as transgender.

The 65-year-old Jenner made the declaration in a wide-ranging interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, nearly 40 years after his record-breaking Olympic gold-medal win in the decathlon that gave him the unofficial title of “World’s Greatest Athlete.”

At the outset of the taped interview at Jenner’s Malibu, California, house, Sawyer asked “Are you a woman?” and Jenner responded, “Yes, for all intents and purposes I am a woman.”

“People look at me differently,” Jenner added. “They can see you as this macho male, but my heart and my soul, and everything that I do in life, it is part of me, that female side is part of me. That’s who I am.”

Known to younger generations as the patriarch of reality TV’s Kardashian clan, Jenner went on ABC’s 20/20 to put to rest months of speculation that he was transitioning to life as a woman.

“I was not genetically born that way,” Jenner said. “As of now, I have all the male parts and all that kind of stuff. In a lot of ways we are different, OK? But we still identify as female. And that’s very hard for Bruce Jenner to say. Because why? I don’t want to disappoint people.”

Although Jenner did not address pronoun preference, Sawyer said that for this interview, Jenner asked that the public use “the familiar ‘him’ or ‘he’.”

Three times married and divorced and parent to six biological children and four stepchildren, Jenner said he is not gay and has never had sex with a man.

His first two wives sent messages of support for Jenner to Sawyer, while his most recent wife, Kris Jenner, the manager and mother of the stars in E! Entertainment’s Keeping Up with the Kardashians had no comment.

One of the most difficult times for Jenner was around 18 months ago, when journalists were waiting for him as he went to undergo a tracheal shave, a sign of a transition to women. He briefly had thoughts of taking his own life to escape the glare of the sensationalist media.

Telling his family, however, of his transition went rather smoothly and Jenner’s eldest children expressed their support for their father on camera.

“I feel like I am getting an upgraded version of my dad,” said son Brandon Jenner.

Stepdaughter Kim Kardashian, perhaps one of the most famous of American reality TV stars, has been “by far the most accepting and the easiest to talk to,” Jenner said. Her husband, rapper Kanye West, had been instrumental in helping her accept Jenner’s transition, he added.

According to Jenner, Kim Kardashian encouraged him by saying “Girl, you gotta rock it baby. You gotta look good.”

Khloe Kardashian, also a stepdaughter famous for the TV show, has had “the toughest time with it because she’s had a lot of losses in her life,” Jenner said.

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The two youngest daughters, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, sent a message of support to the program saying “All we want is for him to be happy. If he’s happy, we’re happy.”

Jenner was one of the most prominent athletes of the 1970s after he won the decathlon at the 1976 Summer Olympic Games in Montreal and broke the world record for points in the 10-event competition.

His life with the Kardashians and eight seasons on television gave him a second round of fame as cameras followed their every move.

“I had the story,” Jenner said, referring to the secret that he kept under wraps until yesterday.

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Shrien Dewani judge cleared of bias claims http://www.citypress.co.za/news/shrien-dewani-judge-cleared-of-bias-claims/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=shrien-dewani-judge-cleared-of-bias-claims http://www.citypress.co.za/news/shrien-dewani-judge-cleared-of-bias-claims/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 07:31:07 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=162306 The Judicial Conduct Committee (JCC) has dismissed claims that Western Cape High Court Judge Jeanette Traverso was biased against the prosecution during the trial of Shrien Dewani.

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The Judicial Conduct Committee (JCC) yesterday dismissed claims that Western Cape High Court Judge Jeanette Traverso was biased against the prosecution during the trial of Shrien Dewani.

“The complaints by Justice4Anni and HETN are dismissed in terms of… the JSC Act,” reads the ruling by Judges Monica Leeuw and Mahube Molemela.

The Justice4Anni group and Higher Education Transformation Network (HETN) both complained that Traverso was friendly towards Dewani’s lawyers, and rude and aggressive to state prosecutor Adrian Mopp during the trial last year.

Dewani was accused of plotting with others to kill his wife Anni during their honeymoon in Cape Town in November 2010. In December last year, Traverso found him not guilty of the murder.

The JCC said Traverso’s treatment of Mopp was merely “robust engagement”.

Jacobus Verschuur, who submitted a dossier on behalf of Justice4Anni, based his claims of “blatant bias” on tweets, news websites and newspaper articles, and briefings from people who were in court.

Justice4Anni acknowledged not having access to the official transcript of the court record.

The JCC said both complainants were merely expressing opinions not based on facts or borne out by the record of proceedings.

‘Grossly negligent and incompetent’

Lucky Thekisho, acting for the HETN, claimed Traverso was grossly negligent and incompetent, and attacked Traverso’s Afrikaner background and race.

“There is nothing to suggest that he was authorised by HETN to lodge this complaint and that he has personal knowledge of what transpired during the court proceedings,” the JCC said.

According to Thekisho’s written complaint, “in the light of the colour composition of both legal teams, Judge Traverso was predisposed towards showing hostility against the black prosecutor, who was up against all the Afrikaners [in the] defence team”.

Thekisho alleged that, since Traverso was the daughter of Blaar Coetzee, the apartheid-era deputy minister of Bantu administration and development, she had not embraced a new constitutional dispensation and black majority government.

The JCC said Dewani’s lawyers Francois van Zyl and Andre Botha, and Traverso’s assessors Johann Gerber and Penelope Magona, all refuted the allegations. In addition the Western Cape Director of Public Prosecutions and Mopp did not apply for Traverso’s recusal.

The JCC had harsh words for Thekisho.

“Mr Thekisho has a right to express his opinion on the performance of judges, but this does not give him the right to insult a judge and make snide remarks which tend to undermine the respect and dignity to be accorded to the judiciary of this country.”

Thekisho told News24 he was aware of the JCC’s decision but would comment later.

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