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Suspension of EFF members

Suspension of EFF members: Last night. the MP’s in Parliament voted to suspend the members representing the Economic Freedom Fighters for chanting 'Pay back the money' at President Jacob Zuma. The vote came after a long afternoon in the National Assembly. Eventually, the Deputy Speaker, Lechesa Tsenoli read out the vote. Both EFF leader Julius Malema and his Chief Whip, Floyd Shivambu questioned him about when suspension will take place, as there was confusion as to the exact procedure. Gaye Davis, EWN Reporter, did mention that to her knowledge, the suspension takes place with immediate effect. Davis further commented that the ANC have been accused of using the rules to execute a political end and to serve their own cause.

Kgadima's appointment withdrawn: The Central Energy Fund announced late yesterday, that they were now withdrawing the appointment of Tshepo Kgadima as Chair of PetroSA. He’s been accused of making off with investors money after claiming to control assets he did not control. Mandla Tyala is a spokesperson for the Fund and Grootes asked him why this appointment was being withdrawn

..he is incapable of carrying out the responsibilities as a Chairperson effectively....

Mandla Tyala, Spokesperson of the Fund

Stephen Grootes further asked why Kgadima was appointed initially.

He was amongst a long list of candidates. A decision was taken based on his track record and credentials....

Mandla Tyala, Spokesperson of the Fund

Half a billion on elections: In the Mail and Guardian newspaper this morning, a claim was made that the ANC spent four hundred and fifty million rand on its election campaign. It’s been claimed that the DA spent a hundred million rand on its Gauteng campaign alone in these elections. It appears as though the ANC is not the only party to spend big money on an election. Is Politics becoming more and more expensive? The question really is, where does the money come from? Both the DA and the ANC have refused to answer that question.

In some countries it seems that the person who spends the most wins. Is that the case here? Or is our politics slightly different?

What is interesting is that we now have a ball park figure of what the ANC have spent...they seem to have spared no expense... Elections are a big business... really one is needing more and more money to capture the vote....Politics is being captured by money....

Judith February, Senior Analyst for the Institute for Security Studies

Chester Missing Victory: The interim protection order obtained by Steve Hofmeyr against Conrad Koch and his puppet Chester Missing, was set aside yesterday at the Randburg Magistarte Court. This order was secured after Chester Missing's Twitter account responded to a series of tweets from Hofmeyr on the social network. Chester Missing spoke to John Robbie this morning on 702. Jonathan Shapiro, the cartoonist known as Zapiro comments on this.

I could not believe that Steve Hofmeyr managed to find a Magistrate to give this interim gag order...an interim gag order against a puppet on Twitter...by a self-confessed racist, who only started to feel the heat...when it effected his pocket book...

Jonathan Shapiro , the cartoonist known as Zapiro.

Namibia Elections: In Namibia voting has now started in an election that is expected to see Swapo win another term in office. These are the first elections in Africa that are using electronic voting.

We expect Swapo to get more than 70%... Namibia has been a Democracy for 25 years.... There is no means of ensuring that every vote is counted accurately....we don't have a process whereby ballots are printed out....Machines are not without mistakes...a lot of machines were malfunctioning earlier...we hope that it goes smoothly... no party can claim that they lost the elections because votes were rigged....

Tangeni Amuphadhi, Editor at The Namibian newspaper.

Pan African Youth Summit: In Boksburg, President Jacob Zuma spoke at a Pan African youth summit. EWN Reporter, Govan Whittles reported that the President spoke about the Curatorship of the economy, establishing the African legacy and keeping specialist skills int he continent, amongst other pertinent African issues.

Twitter advertising: Twitter is to use app data to advertise to consumers. The twitter app is now looking at the other apps on your phone or tablet to tailor make your experience.Arthur Goldstuck, MD at World Wide Worx explains this but thinks this is a very dangerous move on the part of Twitter and may be an invasion of privacy. However, there is a settings feature that will allow users to turn this function off.

SA V Wales: It’s the final game of the season for the Springboks in their test again Wales tomorrow at the millennium stadium. We have a great track record against the Welsh, but they are on a good run. Are they going to come at the Boks strongly tomorrow?

They will be very fired up, it's going to be a big game...whenever the guys go out and play in the Springbok jersey, they give 100%

Corne Krige, Former Captain

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