Khashoggi supporters hold vigil outside Saudi consulate

Oct 25, 2018 2:00 PM

They chose the consulate, where the 59-year-old Washington Post contributor, Jamal Khashoggi, was killed on 2 October.

ISTANBUL – Supporters, friends and relatives of journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Thursday held a candlelight vigil outside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to demand justice for his “barbaric” murder.

They chose the consulate, where the 59-year-old Washington Post contributor was killed on 2 October, to hold the first gathering of the newly-formed Jamal Khashoggi Friends Association.

“From this place where Jamal lost his life, we clearly state that we will not accept compromises in the case of his murder,” said a statement from the group, read by Ayman Nour, the Egyptian chief of opposition broadcaster El-Sharq.

“We will follow all legitimate means to achieve full justice for Jamal, so as not to wake up to another murdered journalist,” the statement said.

The murder has sparked an international crisis for Saudi Arabia, whose official narrative changed again on Thursday when a Saudi public prosecutor admitted the murder appeared to have been premeditated.

After first insisting Khashoggi left the consulate unharmed, Saudi authorities said he was killed in an argument that degenerated into a brawl, then admitted he was murdered before finally accepting what Turkey had said earlier – that he was killed in a premeditated hit.

“Every day more truth is revealed related to the murder,” the Jamal Khashoggi Friends Association said.

During the vigil, a friend of Khashoggi and advisor to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Yasin Aktay, said that “no one can sweep this affair under the rug”.

“I could not save Jamal,” he said, adding that the murder was a “barbaric act… unthinkable in the 21st century”.

“The current scandal must make them regret the moment when the idea (of the murder) came to their minds.”

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Duduzane Zuma’s trial date set

Oct 26, 2018 10:58 AM
Duduzane Zuma
Duduzane Zuma

Former President Jacob Zuma has again come to court to support his son Duduzane‚ whose trial date for culpable homicide has been provisionally set for March next year.

Zuma talked earnestly with his son in the moments before court proceedings started on Friday morning – and enthusiastically greeted Black First Land First leader Andile Mngxitama‚ who said he was there “to support Duduzane”.

Duduzane’s friend Jared Mortimer‚ who made headlines when he got into a scuffle with convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius in a club during the Paralympian’s trial‚ was also in court.

Both Zuma and his son are both facing corruption prosecutions‚ with the former president due to apply for his prosecution to be permanently stayed next month.

Duduzane returns to the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court next year to face charges that he was involved in an alleged Gupta family plot to bribe former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas to take over as minister and do the family’s bidding. He denies the charges against him and maintains he will be exonerated.

The Randburg Magistrate’s Court postponed the culpable homicide case against Duduzane‚ which concerns the deaths of two women following a crash between Duduzane’s Porsche and a minibus taxi in February 2014‚ to January 24 for the “resolution of certain pre-trial issues”.

These are understood to concern certain information that the defence has requested from the state.

The court has set March 26 to 29 next year as the provisional dates for Duduzane’s trial.

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ANCYL in Gauteng suspends secretary Bones Modise

Oct 26, 2018 12:22 PM
Bones Modise
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The provincial executive committee of the ANC Youth League in Gauteng has suspended its secretary, Bones Modise.

This follows a provincial executive committee (PEC) meeting held earlier this week, which resolved to investigate the provincial secretary who they accuse of meddling with both branch and regional processes.

“…The constant postponement of congresses and [receiving] of reports from regions stating that their greatest hurdle and impediment to launching structures resides in the malfunctioning and abuse taking place in both the provincial and national secretariat office, left the PEC with little option but to unanimously resolve to temporarily suspend its provincial secretary,” said ANCYL provincial spokesperson Mbali Hlophe.

ANCYL member Thulani Ndlovu has been appointed as acting provincial secretary.

The decision to suspend Modise was taken on Wednesday when the PEC met for their ordinary meeting to discuss, among other things, the province’s state of readiness for the ANCYL conference from December 17-20 at Nasrec Expo Centre to elect a new leadership.

The Gauteng PEC has also fingered ANCYL national secretary Njabulo Nzuza for allegedly manipulating processes in order to delay regional conferences.

Both Nzuza and Modise could not be immediately reached for comment.

In an interview with the Sowetan last week, Nzuza denied having any influence on the delay in branch general meetings (BGMs) and regional conferences.

“Those allegations are void of any truth and any logically thinking person should be worried if they say I’m trying to sabotage anyone by withholding BGMs… packages are [all] out. As deployees, we have sent [signed branch general meeting] packages and hopefully they will reach their intended recipients. If not, we will act,” Nzuza warned.

The Gauteng PEC said they intend sending a letter to the ANC task team responsible for aiding the league with its congress, voicing their “dissatisfaction” with Nzuza’s office and the “abuse and manipulation of audit processes” taking place through his office.

Following their plea to the national executive committee in August to assist them with challenges facing the organisation, the NEC appointed a task team for the Young Lions to meet its mandate and hold a conference in December.

Turning to their preferred candidate ahead of the December elective conference, Gauteng reiterated their support for presidential hopeful Thanduxolo Sabelo, KwaZulu-Natal provincial secretary, to take over the reins from ANCYL president Collen Maine.

Sabelo is expected to go head-to-head with ANCYL treasurer-general Reggie Nkabinde, though the name of Fees Must Fall activist Mcebo Dlamini has recently been thrown into the mix.

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