The Death of a SADC Leader: morning reports confirmed the death of Zambian President Michael Sata in London at the age of seventy-seven. Sata had reportedly been ill for some time and there had been much speculation about his health in the run-up to what appears to be government confirmation that he has died. EWN’s Africa Correspondent Jean-Jacques Cornish:
Michael Sata has indeed been ill for months now, but appeared at the opening of Parliament in Zambia, saying ‘I am not dead yet’. He recently also went to the UN General Assembly, but didn’t make his speaking slot due to another illness. He went to a clinic in London 10 days ago and had been discharged upon falling ill again, in the lead up to his death. He was a remarkable man who fought for the presidency four times before making it. His nickname was ‘The King Cobra’ because he had a very acidity tongue, who fired from the hip. He was a strong politician.
What’s next for Zambia in the wake of Sata’s death?: speculation has been rife about who will take over, particularly since both parents of the Zambian Vice-President, Guy Scott, were Scottish. Scott meanwhile was born in Zambia. Executive Director of the Foundation for Democratic Process in Zambia, McDonald Chipenzi:
The reaction has been sombre, since receiving the news of our loved president, with many Zambians receiving it with a sense of shock. It’s now up to the people that are under the transition, how to take Zambia forward. Under Article 34 of Constitution, (Guy) Scott isn’t eligible to contest elections for the Presidency, since both parents have to be Zambian. However Article 36 of the Constitution allows for him to act, for 90 days and he would only be disqualified for acting were he mentally or physically incapacitated to do so. What he can do now is influence the outcome of the upcoming by-election by supporting the right candidate.
The latest in the Meyiwa murder case?: Gauteng police are still speaking to two men after Bafana Bafana Captain Senzo Meyiwa was killed in the home of his girlfriend, afropop star Kelly Khumalo on Sunday night. EWN Correspondent, Gia Nicolaides:
We know that last night, two men were questioned, but not arrested. One person came forward to police and another was brought in by police, but both have been cleared. The Police have had an overwhelming response from Twitter and various other platforms all over Gauteng and also from Durban and are now sifting through all of that information. Plans meanwhile are that the funeral is on Saturday at the King Goodwill Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi. A memorial service will be held tomorrow in Umlazi for the local community and also one at the Durban City Hall. Something is being arranged for Johannesburg, but hasn’t been confirmed by the Meyiwa Family yet.
RDP house ownership rights for divorced women?: Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu says she’s going to change the law so that a wife becomes the owner of an RDP house after divorce proceedings of a couple living in said house. Human Settlement Department’s Ndivhuwo Mabaya:
In the interests of the children, when there is a divorce, whoever is going to be in the care of the children should have ownership of the house. In our research, 8 out of 10 cases show that it is usually women who are left in the care of the children, but where the care of the children is with the husband, we would look into that. We will be amending the Housing Act to turn it into the Human Settlements Act to accommodate this.
Is e-tv’s editorial independence under threat?: at the HCI Group an internal email has been sent to staff saying that the editorial independence of e-tv is not negotiable after claims from former HCI Chair Marcel Golding said in court papers that there had been an attempt to force the company to broadcast certain items in its news bulletins. Director of the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Civil Society, Professor Patrick Bond:
The content - according to Marcel Golding in the court documents that he’s filed – it’s quite obvious. You see emails from Yunus Shaik to Marcel and to his wife, Bronwyn Keene-Young who just resigned, saying that ‘You guys effectively agreed with Ebrahim Patel to put promotional news stories about mega infrastructure projects like big Eskom and Transnet’s white elephants.’ It’s partly about e-tv and it’s integrity and in my understanding, it’s official, there is no integrity if e-tv is selling promonotial news material.
What does the e-tv independence conversation say about media ownership?: the HCI-and-e-tv case has meanwhile sparked a bigger discussion about how the ownership of commercial media organisations has changed over the last few years, considering how recently the Sekunjalo Consortium has bought Independent Newspapers, how the Gupta family have started ANN7 and the New Age and how the SABC is the site of contestation. Caxton Professor of Journalism at WITS University, Anton Harber:
One has had to say that e-tv has had a good and solid reputation in terms of independence. Independence is a tug-of-war in any institution and it isn’t unusual for leadership to make calls for editorial changes. It appears that Marcel Golding was doing that and he believes this is why he came under attack.
Plans for another nudist beach in South Africa?: confirmation on Tuesday that the Hibiscus Coast Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal has granted permission for the province’s first ever nudist beach. The application to make Mpenjati Beach near Margate declared nudist friendly was brought by the SA National Naturists Association (Sanna). Sanna Chair Serge Pavlovic:
We are ecstatic. It’s the feeling of total liberation, you can’t run away from your skin. We need to inform the public about this and comply with codes of conduct. (About having sex) that’s the last thing that anyone has on their mind at a nudist beach.