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Two po­lice ar­rested for stu­dent’s death

Two po­lice­men im­pli­cated in the death of Tsh­wane Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy (TUT) stu­dent Katlego Monareng in Au­gust last year were due in court this past week. Monareng was killed dur­ing po­lice ac­tion on TUT’s Soshanguve North cam­pus. Po­lice of­fi­cers, who used live am­mu­ni­tion, were called in when vi­o­lence broke out af­ter SRC elec­tion re­sults were con­tested; al­le­ga­tions of vote-rig­ging had been made. Af­ter Monareng’s death, there was a chaotic protest in cen­tral Pre­to­ria, and stu­dents did not at­tend classes for six weeks. The In­de­pen­dent Po­lice In­ves­tiga­tive Di­rec­torate said the two of­fi­cers were a cap­tain and a con­sta­ble and would be charged with mur­der in the Soshanguve mag­is­trate’s court.

Khashoggi com­pli­ca­tions de­velop

Af­ter Turk­ish Prime Min­is­ter Re­cep Er­do­gan’s rev­e­la­tions about the mur­der of jour­nal­ist Ja­mal Khashoggi in Saudi Ara­bia’s em­bassy in Is­tan­bul, events have moved rather slowly. Sev­eral of those in­volved have been fired by the Saudi regime, but this is seen as an at­tempt to avoid Prince Mo­ham­mad bin Sal­man be­ing con­nected to the mur­der. CIA di­rec­tor Gina Haspel, sent to Turkey to in­ves­ti­gate, was re­ported to have heard the tape record­ing of Khashoggi’s tor­ture and death that Turk­ish in­tel­li­gence had pro­duced. Mean­while, the Saudi pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor was quoted by Saudi state me­dia as hav­ing called the killing “pre­med­i­tated”. Saudi Ara­bia was ini­tially silent about Khashoggi’s death, then claimed he’d died in a “fist fight” in the em­bassy, but now seems to ad­mit it was mur­der. Sky TV re­ported that Khashoggi’s dis­mem­bered body had been found in the grounds of the Saudi con­sulate, but this had not been con­firmed.

The sus­pen­sion is killing us

In a yo-yo-like mo­tion, Na­tional Pros­e­cut­ing Au­thor­ity of­fi­cers Nomg­cobo Jiba and Lawrence Mr­webi have been sus­pended from their posts pend­ing an in­quiry into their fit­ness to hold of­fice. Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa an­nounced that for­mer Con­sti­tu­tional Court judge Yvonne Mokgoro would lead the in­quiry. Jiba and Mr­webi have been sus­pended, re­in­stated and re­sus­pended, and have been in and out of court (in­clud­ing the Supreme

Court of Ap­peal) and hear­ings by the ad­vo­cates’ as­so­ci­a­tion. Both were seen as loyal to for­mer pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma and as hav­ing acted in his in­ter­est while in of­fice. In 2016 Judge Fran­cis Le­godi said Jiba was dis­hon­est and Mr­webi was a liar.

Will we, won’t we see the re­port?

The Demo­cratic Al­liance mayor of Tsh­wane, Solly Msimanga, is un­der fire from ANC mem­bers of the leg­is­la­ture, who have threat­ened to sue him if he goes ahead with a mul­ti­mil­lion-rand ten­der deal with en­gi­neer­ing firm GladAfrica. The deal is for in­fra­struc­ture projects and is worth about R12-mil­lion.

The ANC says the deal is rid­dled with ten­der ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties. (Never both­ered them be­fore.) Julius Malema has said the Eco­nomic Free­dom Fighters would aim for a vote of no con­fi­dence to end Msimanga’s ten­ure. Mean­while, Tsh­wane city man­ager Moeketsi Mosola has gone to court to ap­ply for an ur­gent in­ter­dict to stop the pub­lic rev­e­la­tion of a re­port into the GladAfrica deal. Msimanga is op­pos­ing Mosola’s ap­pli­ca­tion be­cause, he says, he wants trans­parency in his ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Trump crit­ics are da bomb

United States in­tel­li­gence agen­cies are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a host of “sus­pi­cious pack­ages” that looked as though they con­tained bombs, which were sent to a range of peo­ple known to be op­posed to Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, or gen­er­ally dis­liked by him. Among them were fi­nancier Ge­orge Soros, for­mer pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hil­lary Clin­ton, for­mer pres­i­dent Barack Obama, the of­fices of broad­caster CNN, and a restau­rant owned by ac­tor Robert De Niro. CNN has been a par­tic­u­lar tar­get of Trump’s ire, though he abom­i­nates all the me­dia ex­cept Fox. Trump called the mailing of the pack­ages “a de­spi­ca­ble act” and, con­trary to his usual stance, urged unity and co-op­er­a­tion. He also said he would mod­er­ate his own vi­o­lent rhetoric. “Do you see how nice I am be­hav­ing tonight?” he later asked

the au­di­ence at a Wis­con­sin rally.

Gang mem­ber gets life

Cape Flats gang­ster Garin Paulse, a mem­ber of the Junky Funky Kidz gang, was sen­tenced to life in jail for the mur­der of Lind­say Arendse, a mem­ber of the Ter­ri­ble West Siders, in July last year. Paulse is 40; Arendse was 24. Paulse’s co-ac­cused, Faried John­son, was sen­tenced to 20 years in jail. Paulse was also given a con­cur­rent sen­tence of five years un­der the Preven­tion of Or­gan­ised Crime Act. Judge Mark Sher said he did not be­lieve Paulse could be re­ha­bil­i­tated.

Omo­toso judge: ‘Good luck’ isn’t bias

The trial of tel­e­van­ge­list Tim­o­thy Omo­toso and two oth­ers on 97 charges in­clud­ing hu­man traf­fick­ing and rape con­tin­ued in Port Eliz­a­beth this past week. Ear­lier, Judge Man­dela Makaula had dis­missed a mo­tion by Omo­toso’s lawyer that the judge re­cuse him­self be­cause he had shown “bias” and wished pros­e­cu­tion wit­ness Cheryl Zondi well in her ex­ams. Omo­toso’s lawyers then launched an ap­pli­ca­tion to ap­peal the de­ci­sion, and ar­gu­ment con­tin­ued as Omo­toso sup­port­ers and co-re­li­gion­ists danced, sang and prayed out­side the court­house. Po­lice were mildly con­cerned but God made no com­ment.

Hawks of­fi­cer pur­loined R3 700

In the Tl­ha­bane mag­is­trate’s court, Lucas Mosoane, a for­mer Hawks of­fi­cer, has been sen­tenced to 18 months in prison for theft. Dur­ing an op­er­a­tion in which a house in Pho­keng, North West, was searched for drugs, Mosoane was seen putting R3700 in his pocket. There was also a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing on the case and Mosoane was fired.

Song for sore ears sparks Twit­ter flap

Pak­istan’s min­is­ter of hu­man rights, Shireen Mazari, is con­cerned about a “mas­sacre” that took place in that coun­try this past week­end — the mas­sacre of a song. On the pop­u­lar TV show Coke Stu­dio Pak­istan, pop star Mohmina Mustehsan and ac­tor Ahad Raza Mir per­formed their ver­sion of Ko Ko Ko­rina, a beloved num­ber that first ap­peared in 1966 as part of the sound­track of the ro­man­tic drama Ar­maan. The love song is of­ten played at wed­dings in Pak­istan. “Hor­ren­dous!” tweeted Mazari. “De­stroyed a great clas­sic — why oh why did Coke Stu­dio al­low such a mas­sacre of this clas­sic song?” Mustehsan, a well-known singer­song­writer, re­sponded to Mazari: “As some­one hold­ing of­fice, I’d ex­pect you to be more re­spon­si­ble with how you ex­press your­self on pub­lic plat­forms.”

Man of the cloth: Tim­o­thy Omo­toso is ac­cused of rape, among other things

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