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Pistorius sentencing, Nonkonyana dismissal at SAFA and more

Is this the end of the line for Pistorius?: at the Oscar Pistorius trial sentencing, we’ve seen Pistorius’s clinical psychologist Dr Löre Hartzenberg take the stand and explain her version of how the killing of Reeva Steenkamp has affected him. Correctional Services social worker Joel Maringa has also taken the stand. Hartzenberg and Maringa have been brought to argue in mitigation of sentence by the Pistorius defence team. WITS Criminal Law’s Professor James Grant:

The State official from prison services is probably best placed to explain the conditions that Pistorius would face. It’s a smart move on the part of the defense to call on the CorrectionalServices administrator for their case. (On Dr Hartzenberg’s getting emotional) in situations like this, the problem with a psychologist is they do form an intimate relationship, within a therapeutic relationship and this means they could be misled.

What next for SAFA?: news over the weekend that the South African Football Association’s Deputy President Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana was dismissed from his position at SAFA’s General Meeting. Nonkonyana was suspended by SAFA in October last year after his statements that then-Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund should be fired if he fails to win the 2014 African Nations Championship (Chan). Soccer analyst David Kekana:

Nokonyana has been trying to take SAFA to court for being kicked out. The only matter before the SAFA Exec. is on retracting statements made that ‘Gordon Igesund should resign’, but the same SAFA Exec. didn’t explain the details of Gordon Igesund’s contract. They should have given him a warning letter, but beyond that, I would’ve thought someone like him would have been pardoned. Danny Jordan would’ve been influential in having Nokonyane being pardoned as well.

Is inflation targeting appropriate for SA?: a piece by Investec Asset Management Strategist, Micheal Power in the Business Day suggests that we need a proper discussion around the mandate of the Reserve Bank and that its current focus on inflation targeting may be the wrong policy option for our society. Power unpacks some of these thoughts:

This was essentially a system designed for Western economies and I don’t know how it would be suitable for South Africa in addressing unemployment. We have 19 million people ongrants in South Africa that can’t be fed without it. We need to think about what we have to do to create jobs and at somepoint recognize that 30%+ of unemployment is a heavy burden on South Africa. We’re buying it off through the process of grants, but can we continue to do that indefinitely in the current environment?

Where is the head of North Korea?: there are conflicting reports about the whereabouts of North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un who now hasn’t been seen in public for over a month now. EWN Asia Correspondent Steve Vines:

It’s not that he’s never been out of the public eye before - he has had two other occasions when he disappeared in 2011 and 2012 - but this has never happened for over a month. It also has never happened where he’s missed significant occasions, and he’s missed a meeting of the Supreme Peoples’ Assembly (the higher body of government in the country) and the commemoration of the founding of the Communist Party. While he’s been away, big things have been happening and he hasn’t been seen. There seems to be an official leak that he hurt his leg during some sort of military drill – I’m not entirely sure that people believe that this rather plump young man was involved in some sort of a military drill, but there you go! That’s also swelling around.


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