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Post-chaos Parly reconvenes, Dewani and Prosecution, Media and Nkandla hearings

National Assembly to convene following chaos:

The Houses of Parliament in Cape Town.

EWN Correspondent Rahima Essop (and EWN Parliamentary Correspondent, Gaye Davis) on this story: all eyes will be on Parliament as Members of Parliament (MPs) will sit for an extended plenary session following last week's chaos. A scuffle erupted when fully armed public order police entered the house late on Thursday night during a heated sitting. Tempers flared when ANC MPs objected to motions brought by the opposition in an attempt to delay the tabling of a report on upgrades to the President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home.

Dewani: could he get off?

EWN Correspondent Rahima Essop on this story: Dewani’s legal team is expected to submit written argument this week to have him acquitted. The question soon facing the court will be whether the prosecution has done enough to convince it that Dewani may have plotted to kill his wife. The British businessman is accused of hiring hit men to kill his wife,Anni Hindocha Dewani, during the couple’s honeymoon in Cape Town four years ago. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has always said it had a strong case against him. Authorities fought tooth and nail to have him extradited from the United Kingdom to face charges here in Cape Town.

Media fight to attend Nkandla hearings in the public interest:

EWN Senior Political Correspondent Stephen Grootes on this story: News24 says the presence of the media means the public will know what evidence is being led at these hearings. Lawyers for News24 say they believe reporters should be allowed into the public works ministry's Nkandla hearings. They say this is because that's the only way the public will find out what really happened during the upgrades to the president's home. In March, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela released her Nkandla report and found that President Jacob Zuma and his family unduly benefited from the upgrades at his KwaZulu-Natal home.


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