October 18, 2017

News:

Gadija Brown

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This week the 10 consumer affairs court officials were issued with appointment letters by the provincial department of Destea’s acting head of department, Gadija Brown, while the officials themselves, will only be sworn in next Tuesday in Kroonstad. The Weekly’s Ramosidi Matekane took time this week to speak to Brown about the work of the court, and how the appointment of consumer affairs officials will help protect the rights of consumers in the province. Excerpts: What is the job of a consumer affairs court official? Well, a consumer affairs court official is a high level official who is appointed by…

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Pierre De Vos

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Parliament this week debated amending Section 25 of the Constitution in order to allow for land expropriation without compensation. The motion, which was brought by the opposition EFF, failed after the ANC and other parties argued that the move was unconstitutional. The ruling party further said the idea was against its policies. The Weekly’s Martin Makoni sought the views of constitutional law expert Pierre De Vos, on the matter and how best the country can redistribute land without compromising the economy or infringing on the rights of the current land owners and the intended beneficiaries. Makoni also asked De Vos,…

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Professor Shadrack Gutto

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The North Gauteng High Court this week ruled that government’s decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) was unconstitutional and invalid. The court then ordered President Jacob Zuma and the ministers of justice and international relations to revoke the notice of withdrawal. The Weekly’s Martin Makoni spoke to Professor Shadrack Gutto from the Institute for African Renaissance Studies at Unisa on what the ruling meant regarding the position initially taken by the South African government to leave the ICC. Makoni also asked Gutto how important the ICC is to South Africa and the region in general. He also…

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