Thuli Madonsela opens up about her last battle with Zuma, the ‘Kill the Gays’ pastor sets his sights on Malawi and Tripadvisor is removing all animal attractions!
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5 things you need to know about South Africa today:
President Jacob Zuma is due to answer MPs in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) on Tuesday, where he is expected to face questions on Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and a looming economic downgrade.
Zuma missed his quarterly appearance in the NCOP last term, making Tuesday’s appearance his first since the local elections concluded in August.
The government’s decision to withdraw its membership of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is both unconstitutional and a breach of the Bill of Rights‚ the Democratic Alliance (DA) has argued in papers filed with the Constitutional Court on Monday.
The DA filed an affidavit to the court for direct access to challenge the Cabinet’s decision which Justice Minister announced on Friday‚ a decision the party says marks a shift in the country’s standing in the international community and its commitment to social justice.
Humans rights activists have raised concerns around “kill the gays” pastor, Steven Anderson’s recent announcement that he planned to set up a division of his church in Malawi.
Andrew Mayinga, who works within the LGBT division of the Malawian organisation Tough and Free Africa said that LGBTI people would be at greater risk of discrimination and persecution should Anderson set up his church within the country.
“Anderson being allowed to set up his church here, and spreading hatred, would bring great tension and confusion in Malawian society as the enjoyment of human rights would be interfered with through his negative and violent preaching.”
The government has thrown its weight behind TripAdvisor’s proposed policy that blocks travellers from booking tickets for activities that involve contact with endangered species or captive wild animals.
The world’s largest travel website has recently announced its commitment to launch a set of changes, including its policy on selling tickets to animal attractions.
She may not have known then that her final week in office would once again place her in the firing line. Late last week Zuma sought an interdict against her report on “State Capture”, her final act as protector of the public interest, while his cronies the Gupta brothers fought to silence her. She would have been perfectly within her rights to release the report, but decided that would not be right until Zuma’s case had been heard.
“Just because we deal with underhanded people it doesn’t mean we, too, should be underhanded,” she told reporters.
In her interview with the Financial Mail, Madonsela spoke movingly about SA’s worrying trajectory: “I think we are on the brink of something, and we are at a point where many things have not gone according to the SA constitutional dream … A lot of things have gone well, but we are at a place where I would say we are in some respects like the children of Israel, lost in the desert. I honestly feel there is a sense of loss.”
Top 5 trending hashtags in the last 12 hours:
Gwede Mantashe is ready to hang up his boots as ANC secretary general, because the job will kill him, he has been reported as saying… setting Twitter alight.
For a second day in the row, the apocalyptic zombie series has been trending after their season 7 premiere. Some are saying they will never watch the show again, others are in awe… either way, its been trending.
GQ South Africa, a mens lifestyle magazine showcased their best dressed man for 2016 last night
South Africa Rugby’s Player of the Year awards took place last night at a ceremony at Gallagher Estate in Johannesburg.
The battle lines are ready to be drawn in the ANC as the fallout over Gordhan becomes more pronounced. An irate Mthembu ripped into Zuma, accusing him of using state resources to fight his political enemies.