English news @16:00, 13 December 2018

Written by on 13/12/2018

News Editor: Xolisa Sindaphi

Advocate Pete Mihalik murder accused jailed

Three men accused of the murder of top advocate Pete Mihalik appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Thursday where their bail application was postponed until next year. 26 year old Sizwe Sinzokohle Biyela,31 year old Nkosinathi Khumalo , and taxi business owner 35 year old Vuyile Maliti, are being kept in different prisons for their own safety, and this caused a lengthy delay as prison officials failed to get them to court on time. Unlike their previous court appearances, in which they were placed on the court roll first, they were only brought to court shortly before the lunch adjournment. 50 year old Mihalik, was shot in the head at point-blank range on the morning of October 31 as he dropped his children off at their private school Reddam House in Green Point. Mihalik’s eight-year-old son sustained a gunshot wound to his jaw, but has since recovered. The advocate’s teenage daughter, who was in the back seat, was not injured. The gunman fired a shot through the driver’s window of Mihalik’s Mercedes-Benz although neigbours reported hearing two gunshots.The State believes the murder was premeditated.

Tutu showed respect for the deputy Chairpersons memorial service

A frail looking Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is among those paying their respects to the former deputy Chairperson of the Truth and Reconcilation Commission, Alex Boraine at his memorail service at the Christ Church in Constantia. Boraine passed away last week in Cape Town at the age of 87. Tutu has applauded Boraine’s work, especially his organisational skills during the commission. The Arch also called on South Africans to remember the life and work of Boraine as they owe him a great debt of gratitude. Boraine was one of the architects of the TRC who helped South Africans deal with apartheid atrocities.

UCT memorial hall renamed

The iconic Jameson Memorial Hall at the University of Cape Town has been renamed to the Sarah Baartman Memorial Hall. UCT Vice Chancellor, Mamokgethi Phakeng made the announcement during her robing ceremony at the institution. Saartjie Baartman was born in 1789 near the Gamtoos as a member of the Khoikhoi. She was taken to England in 1810, where she was paraded as a sexual freak. She died in 1815 in Paris of an inflammatory disease. Her remains were returned to South Africa in 2002 and she was buried in the Eastern Cape. The renaming of the hall follows a Council decision to break from the university’s colonial past.

ANC won two wards previously held by DA

The ANC in the Western Cape says the party is encouraged by the results of the latest by-elections held in the province. The ANC won two of the three by-elections held yesterday. Both wards were previously held by the DA, one in the Matzikama municipality and the other in the Cederberg municipality. Both wards became vacant after the resignation of the councillors. The third ward in Saldanha Bay was retained by the DA.

Zuma to pay his own legal fees

Former President Jacob Zuma is not entitled to state funding in his legal battles. The High Court in Pretoria made the ruling this morning. The DA filed papers in March this year, asking the High Court to set aside a 2006 agreement that the Presidency signed for the state to pay Zuma’s legal costs in criminal prosecutions against him. He faces 16 charges of fraud, corruption, money laundering and racketeering stemming from 783 alleged payments to him in relation to the 1990s arms deal. Deputy Judge President, Aubrey Ledwaba, delivered this morning’s judgment saying it is declared that the state is not liable for the legal costs incurred by Mr Jacob Gedleyehlekisa Zuma in his personal capacity in his criminal prosecutions instituted against him in any civil litigation related or incidental thereto and for any other associated costs.

Motsoeneng launched new politital party

Controversial former South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng has officially launched his political party called the African Content Movement (ACM). He says the party is ready and registered with the Electoral Commission to contest next year’s national elections. Motsoeneng says he’s aiming for nothing but the presidency. He’s warned President Cyril Ramaphosa that his days as president are numbered. Speaking to a large group of supporters in Millpark, Motsoeneng said his party is about empowering the people of South Africa. He claims he was approached by other political parties to run in deputy positions but turned them down because he wants to be president.He says under his leadership, everything produced locally will be 90% South African. Motsoeneng says as long as the economy is not in the hands of the people, nothing will be solved. Motsoeneng says he wants the country and the political spaces to know that he has arrived.He insists he’s heading to Parliament and the Union Buildings and will become the president of the country. Motsoeneng says people should not worry about where the funding for his party comes from.He says a manifesto will be launched soon.

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