NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 20 August 3 pm
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# Irregularly appointed SABC employees could be shown the door
# A parliamentary committee delays discussing former top prosecutors’ dismissal
# And, high praise for Justice Edwin Cameron as he steps down
# The SABC says its employees who were irregularly appointed under the previous regime have been served with letters to notify them of the public broadcaster’s plans. The corporation today filed an application in the Labour Court in Johannesburg to have the appointments declared unlawful and invalid, and set aside. So far, 28 cases have been identified. The ongoing investigation might reveal further irregular appointments.
# Parliament’s justice committee has halted the process of considering whether or not to support President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision to dismiss former top prosecutors Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi from the National Prosecuting Authority. Jiba brought an application in the Western Cape High Court late yesterday. She asked for the committee’s proceedings to be suspended while she takes the matter of her removal on review. Parliamentary legal advisor Siviwe Njikela says they will oppose Jiba’s application…
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Jiba and Mrwebi were axed after the Mokgoro Inquiry found that they were not fit for office.
# The DA in North West wants Police Minister Bheki Cele to urgently intervene to improve the state of the Ottoshoop police station. Due to the lack of resources, officers can often not attend to crime emergencies. The DA’s Joe McGluwa says since the station was established, Ottoshoop’s population has grown significantly, while the police station has not kept pace…
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# New court records show that US financier Jeffrey Epstein signed a will just two days before he killed himself in jail. Court papers filed last week in the US Virgin Islands list no details of beneficiaries, but value the estate at almost nine-billion-Rands, including more than 860-million-Rands in cash. Prosecutors have moved to dismiss the indictment against Epstein but have are considering charging others with facilitating his alleged abuse of dozens of girls.
# Cricket…England has named an unchanged 12-man squad for the third Ashes Test against Australia starting at Headingley in Leeds on Thursday. Recovering seamer James Anderson is set to play for Lancashire’s second eleven to step up his rehabilitation. The England and Wales Cricket Board says the 37-year-old will be assessed and considered for selection ahead of the fourth Test at Old Trafford, starting on the 4th of next month.
# And finally…Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has described Justice Edwin Cameron as a brave and bold man. Cameron has stepped down from the Constitutional Court after serving for 25 years. In 1999, he revealed that he was HIV positive and fought for those living with the virus and for gay rights. Paying tribute to him at the court, Mogoeng said Cameron is the kind of man that deserves to be honoured on a national level…
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