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Ebola remains uncontained, Msimang answers on Hani 'assassination'

Ebola remains uncontained: for several months, organisations like Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) have appealed for help in West Africa where this outbreak began – and claimed the world was simply not listening. Now in the last forty eight hours a patient has died from the disease in Spain, while another has passed away in Dallas in the United States; deaths that have seen the world finally paying attention to the epidemic. EWN Africa’s Jean Jacques Cornish:

It is now a global health emergency, with US Secretary of State John Kerry saying this requires an ‘urgent response’. The US are putting 4000 troops and a billion dollars of in aid in Sierra Leone. It’s (Ebola’s) tentacles are reaching across the globe.

On the Dewani court case: in the Western Cape High Court, there have been more audio problems while the judge is trying to hear testimony from Mziwamododa Qwabe – one of the men accused of killing Anni dewani during her honeymoon in 2010. Her husband Shrien Dewani is accused of arranging that murder. EWN Correspondent Rahima Essop:

Some people including the staff defense team can’t hear the proceedings, due to a failed amplifier. The judge seemed visibly annoyed with this. Qwabe says he knew his co-accused Xolile Mngeni and worked with him to stage a hijacking for R15000 to kill a woman whose husband wanted her dead. He entered a plea bargin almost 2 years after his arrest.Yesterday, Dewani’s lawyer maintained that he (Qwabe) lied under oath, hoping to paint him as an unreliable witness.

Revisiting addiction levels of dagga VS heroin: the Thursday edition of the Midday Report heard Former President of the SA Psychiatry Association, Dr Jan Chabalala being highly supportive of a study claiming that dagga is as addictive as heroin. One half of the Dagga Couple, Julian Stobbs:

We’re quite incredulous with this whole thing, it really is shoddy reporting. I can’t believe a man of such esteem could think such things! Cannabis makes people more benign than anything else. It’s better to be in that condition (benign) than say, be under the influence of other legal substances such as alcohol. I don’t think there is a single police officer in the country that could tell you that they’d gone to a domestic dispute because somebody had smoked cannabis.

What is happening with Lonmin’s finances?: in the Business Day today, a report that the platinum miner Lonmin has managed to prevent the Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC) from releasing information about some of the company’s financial transactions before the Marikana shootings in 2012. AIDC Economist, Dick Forslund:

If we want to have a press conference for this, we will tell Lonmin and we will see if they want to interdict us again.This is based on public information from the Marikana Commission. It’s not in the official report from the Commission: it’s what we can infer from the data that’s been published so far.

Can Crawford-Browne’s claims of a Hani assassination be supported?: a Wednesday sitting of the Arms Deal Commission heard Arms Deal activist Terry Crawford-Browne claim that former Defence Minister Joe Modise may have been involved in the assassination of then SACP leader Chris Hani in 1993. Crawford-Browne says it was well known that there was animosity between Hani and Modise going back to the struggle years. It would appear this claim relates to the beginnings of the ANC’s Mogoro Conference in 1969 – and a document called the Hani Memorandum. Umkhonto WeSizwe Veteran, Mavuso Msimang:

I was part of the military leadership – there was never, to my knowledge, an instruction from Joe Modise to shoot anyone. There was never an official or organizational decision that someone had to be shot.


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