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The City of Cape Town is astonished by SANRAL’s irrational decision to appeal against the judgment of the Supreme Court of Appeal in the Winelands tolling matter. Wasting taxpayers’ money on another round of litigation in the Constitutional Court is highly irresponsible, given the lack of funding for higher education, tighter austerity measures imposed by Treasury, and slow domestic growth. Read more below:

As of 20 September this year – after four and a half years of legal battles against the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) – the City’s legal costs in the Winelands tolling matter stood at R20 653 756.

This amount does not include SANRAL’s legal costs, neither those of other National Government departments involved in prior litigation. Continue reading

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Cape Town – Just a day before her final few hours as public protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela has been served by President Jacob Zuma with an urgent court interdict application over her draft report on the state capture investigation.

The presidency confirmed to News24 that it had made the application. This will in all likelihood delay the release of Madonsela’s long-awaited report.

On Monday, Madonsela called Zuma to heel after the presidency released a statement saying it wanted to see the evidence she had gathered.

“Public Protector Madonsela has noted the statement from the Presidency, issued on Monday, October 10, 2016.

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Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema is being charged under an old Apartheid-era law passed in 1956 to prohibit gatherings in open-air public places if the Minister of Justice considered they could endanger the public peace.

The Riotous Assemblies Act came into being after delegates had gathered the previous year at a Congress of the People to discuss the Freedom charter‚ at Kliptown‚ Soweto.

The notorious law was also used as the title of a satirical book in 1971 – ‘Riotous Assembly’‚ by Tom Sharpe‚ which mocked apartheid and the police who enforced it.

The first case is related to statements made by Malema at the EFF’s elective conference in Bloemfontein in December 2014 where Malema called for his supporters to invade unoccupied land.

He told the EFF’s elective conference in Bloemfontein in 2014 that: “We are going to occupy the unoccupied land because we need the land. For us to eat‚ we must have the land. For us to work‚ we must have the land… I come from Seshego. If there is unoccupied land‚ we will go and occupy the land with my branch. You must go and do the same in the branch where you come from.”.

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Two women have accused Donald Trump of touching them inappropriately in the past, The New York Times reported Wednesday, with one saying she was groped and another recounting him kissing her on the mouth — charges that the Republican presidential nominee hotly denied.

The report follows the release of a video from 2005 last Friday in which Trump was caught on a “hot mic” bragging about groping women.

The bombastic billionaire was grilled about those comments during his debate with Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton on Sunday, to which he responded “No… I have not” when asked if he had kissed women without permission or grabbed their genitals.

The Trump campaign denied the New York Times report and called it “character assassination.”

Former businesswoman Jessica Leeds, 74, who worked for a paper company, told the Times that Trump groped her on a flight more than three decades ago as they sat next to each other in first class.

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Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: SUNDAY WORLD

Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Picture: SUNDAY WORLD

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The DA has returned to court, this time seeking to have Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s appointment as group executive of corporate affairs at the SABC invalidated.

The party filed its founding affidavit in the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday. It is arguing Motsoeneng is not a fit and proper person to hold any senior position at the public broadcaster

“The DA maintains that Mr Motsoeneng is a threat to South African democracy,” DA federal executive chairman James Selfe told a news conference in Parliament on Wednesday.

“He is an unethical, manipulative fraudster who has destroyed any semblance of good corporate governance at the SABC.

“Moreover, he is a modern-day Goebbels who treats the public broadcaster as his personal fiefdom to spread propaganda,” said Selfe.

Motsoeneng lost his job as SABC chief operating officer in September after the Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed his application for leave to appeal a ruling by the Western Cape High Court, which set aside his permanent appointment.

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The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) and its various stakeholders, including the protesting students, have until Thursday to find common ground, with the aid of a professional mediator, before the courts can intervene. That was the outcome of the court application brought about by the Concerned Association of Parents and others for Tertiary Education at Universities (CAPTU).

The case was heard in the Grahamstown High Court by Justice Alkema on Tuesday.

CAPTU meeting last week, lawyer and Senior Director at Wheeldon, Rushmere and Cole Inc. in Grahamstown, Brin Brody, said; “Our view is that the university has an obligation to open, to turn to the South African Police Services, Security Companies, to open the campus and look after the students and to continue with business based on contract, based on the Consumer Protection Act. We believe it can open in the same ways that other Universities have opened, such as Rhodes University in Grahamstown, which has opened for business.”

The meeting then agreed to approach the High Court for an interdict against the NMMU that will compel them to open their doors again.

However, the NMMU, which brought out its lawyers, opposed the application.

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The City of Cape Town’s law enforcement agencies were out in full force across the city over the past few days and made hundreds of arrests – 136 alone for drunk driving. One motorist was caught driving while more than five times over the legal alcohol limit. Read more below:

The City’s Traffic Service arrested 109 suspects and the City’s Metro Police arrested 27 suspects, all on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol over the past few days. The arrests were made on the N2, Nelson Mandela Boulevard and Hospital Bend, and in Durbanville, Somerset West, Sir Lowry’s Pass Village, Elsies River, Gugulethu and Mfuleni. Continue reading


Tomorrow, 7 October 2016, we will be blessed to celebrate another year which has been added to the life of our beloved Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.

On behalf of the City of Cape Town and all Capetonians, I would like to wish the Arch, as we fondly know him and a freeman of our city, a very happy 85th birthday.

With each passing year, we grow increasingly grateful for his leadership, sacrifices and moral guidance. I would like to wish him years filled with good health, love and peace. While he has been battling with his health recently, we continue to carry him in our hearts and in our prayers.

Through his life, the Arch has taught us about the courage of conviction, especially in the face of opposition and oppression. He has also taught us about the power that there is in humility and the ability within each of us to take a stand against injustice.

During our dark past, when many only saw unrest and bloodshed, he kept hope alive and fought for the peace which seemed impossible. The Arch remains a local and global leading light and continues to inspire us all as an icon of moral integrity. Continue reading

Experienced Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell has been reappointed with the Blitzboks for a fourth season, SA Rugby announced on Wednesday.

“Neil is highly sought-after on the international sevens circuit and we’re very grateful and excited that he will remain at the helm of the Blitzboks for a further four years,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby.

“The Springbok Sevens have consistently been one of the top teams on the circuit in the last couple of seasons and we know Neil and his team are headed in the right direction. All of us are looking forward at how they tackle the challenges of the new season.”

Powell said: “It’s a massive privilege and honour for me to coach the Springbok Sevens team as I’m passionate about the game and our country. I can’t wait to get stuck in as we aim to raise the bar even further this season.”

Meanwhile, the Springbok Sevens squad started their preparations for the 2016/17 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Stellenbosch earlier this week, keen to deliver another impressive year of performance on the world stage. Continue reading

Valhalla Park Spray Park turn on with Cllr Albert NtsodoThe City’s spray parks are all set and ready to welcome young and old to cool off during the school holidays and the rest of the summer season. This summer, families have a choice of one of the City’s five spray parks situated in Khayelitsha, Nyanga, Valhalla Park, Ocean View and Scottsville. These facilities are safe and inclusive recreational spaces for young and old residents to enjoy. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services, Councillor Anda Ntsodo, today switched on the Valhalla Spray Park in time for the school holidays.

Spray parks are one of the City’s most innovative recreational spaces. These safe and water-wise facilities consist of a series of spray features or structures that create a play environment for children by means of different spray nozzles. One of the most popular features is the overhead buckets which slowly fill with water and, without warning, overturn and drench those below. There are interactive elements in the form of water guns and cannons that children can use to spray their friends with water. Continue reading

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