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"It's a waste of time" - Julius Malema on assault charges

EFF leader Julius Malema said on Wednesday that a common assault case against him and party spokesperson Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi was “useless” and a waste of time. Malema and Ndlozi are accused of assaulting a police officer at Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's funeral in April 2018.

Global banks were 'complicit' in aiding state capture - Peter Hain

International banks were "complicit" in helping the state capture project by the Gupta family.

And they cannot claim ignorance of their role in enabling state capture under former president Jacob Zuma.

This is according to Lord Peter Hain who on Monday testified at the commission of inquiry into state capture at Parktown in Johannesburg.

Sunday Times politics reporter, Amil Umraw, tell us exactly what we need to know about the outcome of the day's testimony.

AfriForum to help catch Senzo Meyiwa's killer

Private prosecutor Gerrie Nel has agreed to assist in the unsolved murder case of Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana player, Senzo Meyiwa.

The renowned advocate's involvement was announced on Tuesday by AfriForum's Kallie Kriel, who said they took on the case following a request from the Meyiwa family.

Speaking alongside Senzo's brother, Sifiso, Kriel said they had the best investigators working on the case.

“We cannot promise that we will solve this but we will do our very best to see that justice is done,” said Kriel.

2019 Medium-term budget policy statement highlights

The medium-term budget policy statement delivered in parliament by Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni, shows consolidated government expenditure will reach R6.3-trillion over the next three years.

A staggering R796bn of this will be going towards servicing the country’s debt, which is now at R3-trillion and will balloon to R4.5-trillion in the next three years.

Minister Mboweni set out steps as to how he planned to quell the rapidly ballooning debt.

He also took a firm stand towards Eskom bailouts, stating that money given to the SOE will take the form of a loan and will be expected to be paid back, while emphasising that the South African public needs to adopt a culture of payment.

He concluded that the budget should not be politicised, but should rather be used to bolster the economy for the good of all South Africans.

Police battle refugees during eviction of protesters in Cape Town

Police have arrested about 100 people in an altercation flowing from a court-ordered eviction to remove a group involved in a sit-in protest in Cape Town.

About 300 refugees and asylum seekers have been occupying the Waldorf Arcade in St George's Mall, outside the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), since October 9. They want the UN agency to move them to a different country, for fear of xenophobic violence in South Africa.

Excessive social media use is having an adverse effect on teen mental health

According to research published by American psychiatry journal, Adolescents who spend more than three hours a day on social media are more likely to develop mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, feelings of self-consciousness and low self-esteem.

In light of the research, Fourways-based non-profit Witkoppen Clinic has raised concerns about the impact of social media on mental health in South African teens.

Dr. Tamsyn Nash, specialist medical officer at Witkoppen Clinic says that, seeing people constantly on holiday or buying expensive things can make young people feel like they are missing out while others are enjoying life.

She says these feelings can promote a ‘compare and despair’ attitude, which leads teens to search for ways to make their lives more ‘insta-worthy’.

BOOK REVIEW | Yellow & Confused

Food blogger and activist Ming-Cheau Lin talks to Michele Magwood about her memoir Yellow & Confused, about growing up Chinese in Bloemfontein, and coming to terms with being a “Third Culture Kid”.

Dros rapist sentenced to life imprisonment

Convicted rapist Nicholas Ninow's lawyer pleaded with the Pretoria high court to impose a lesser sentence than life imprisonment on Thursday.

However, judge Papi Mosopa was not convinced by the mitigating circumstances that Ninow's defense presented, and found it fit to charge him to with life imprisonment.

Dros rapist says the drugs and alcohol made him do it

Convicted Dros rapist Nicholas Ninow broke down in the dock of the Pretoria high court on Wednesday as he recalled his rape of a seven-year-old girl.

Ninow says that he had been on a drug and alcohol binge for three days prior to the rape and that he recalled very little of the event. In mitigation of his sentencing, Ninow stated that he was under the influence of drugs and not in his correct state of mind. He holds that he did not intentionally target the child.

How the new demerit system for South African road users will effect you

The new demerit system for South African road users is now law.

On 5 October, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said the official start date for the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences or AARTO law would soon be announced. He also added that the law will definitely be “in full effect from June next year”.

LISTEN to how the new law will work, how it is likely to impact you and some potential problems with its implementation: 

DA claims that new renewable project is proof of strong governance in the Western Cape

75% of battery storage from renewable energy plants in the country will be located in the Western Cape, as revealed by Eskom in yesterday’s Standing Committee on Finance, Economic Opportunities, and Tourism.

As part of a loan agreement with the World Bank, Eskom has committed to install a number of clean energy projects in South Africa, 75% of which will be located in the Western Cape as it is the only province which meets the loan’s stringent criteria of infrastructure quality.

The DA has used the opportunity to state that the move is proof of the quality of governance under a DA-led government in the province which the party says stimulates industry and fosters greater trade, growth, and innovation for its residents in the province.

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