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# Parliament commends UniZulu for suspending SRC looters
# Rohde’s daughter ‘too frightened’ to testify
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# Chairperson of the Parliament Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training has commended the University of Zululand (UniZulu) for suspending 12 out of its 15-members of the SRC (Student Representative Council) members who are accused of misconduct at a private property.
Chairperson Connie September, says, Students are alleged to have looted Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens Golf and Spa Resort during a strategic planning workshop. She urged the University and the hotel to use the law to correctively deal with the thievery that took place.
September says strong leadership is required from the students. It is disappointing when student leadership is involved in stupid acts that involve stealing and destruction.
# A paralysed 87-year-old woman was assaulted during a house robbery at her Rula Street home in New Brighton, Eastern Cape, on Tuesday.
According to police spokesperson, Captain Andre Beetge, the victim’s care giver left the house to go buy a few things at the shop.
On her return she discovered the 88 year old victim severely assaulted in her face and body in her bed.
It is alleged that the security gate was closed but not locked and that an unknown amount of suspects gained entry into the house and assaulted the victim demanding money.
Beetge says her purse containing an undisclosed amount of cash and bank cards was then taken by the suspects before fleeing from the house.
# The National Assembly on Thursday passed a bill which will make it impermissible for marriage officers working for the State to refuse to marry same-sex couples, but objections were raised to the fact that home affairs has been granted a 24-month transitional period for training.
The Civil Union Amendment Bill, which seeks to repeal section 6 of the act allowing marriage officers to opt out of marrying same-sex couples on the basis of “conscience, religion and belief”, was passed with the support of most parties.
ANC MP Hlomani Chauke said of the 409 home affairs offices in South Africa most did not serve same-sex couples.
# Convicted murderer Jason Rohde’s eldest daughter Katie Rohde who was set to testify in mitigation of sentence at the high court in Cape Town on Thursday, changed her mind just minutes after she took to the witness stand.
Katie had just been sworn in when defence advocate Graham van der Spuy requested to address the court and told the Western Cape High Court Judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe that the witness no longer wished to testify.
This followed after Judge Salie-Hlophe ruled that the media could remain in court and that an audio of Katie’s testimony could be broadcast without the cameras focusing on her. According to Van der Spuy, the 20-year-old Katie only agreed to testify without broadcast as she was under a lot of “unfair pressure”.
Rohde was convicted by Western Cape High Court Judge Salie-Hlophe on November 8 of the 2016 murder of his wife Susan Rohde and defeating the ends of justice by staging her suicide.
# The Eiffel Tower in Paris is to close on Saturday amid fears of further street violence from “yellow vest” anti-government protests.
Across France, 89,000 police officers will be on duty and armoured vehicles will be deployed in the capital, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced.
Police have urged shops and restaurants on Paris’s Champs-Elysees to shut and some museums will also be closed.
Paris saw some of the worst rioting in decades last Saturday.
# A SHORT while ago, Gold was selling at 1-thousand-239-dollars-70 a fine ounce, and a barrel of Brent crude will cost 61-dollars-03 a barrel.
One US Dollar will cost 13-Rand-94 one British Pound is 17-Rand-72 and the Euro is currently trading at 15-Rand-81.
The price for one Bitcoin is currently trading at 3-thousand-855-dollars-92.
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