Zuma says ANC is in Trouble: President Zuma told delegates at the ANC Youth League consultative conference in Soweto, Johannesburg yesterday, "We admit that the organisation is in trouble", and that the governing party has been shaken. But Zuma was stopped in his tracks from explaining further, when ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe and deputy Jessie Duarte, intervened and called him to order.
It's an honest assessment by the President.... internally there is a crisis.... the first crisis is that of credibility... the second crisis is an ideological crisis.... All Zuma is saying is that these are the challenges we face....— Professor Sipho Seepe, Political Analyst and Academic
Hof v the Puppet: The Randburg Magistrates Court will hear arguments today on whether the original interim protection order obtained by Afrikaans singer Steve Hofmeyr against Conrad Koch and his puppet Chester Missing must be made permanent or cancelled. This application was made after Missing asked Hofmeyer’s sponsors whether they agreed with Hofmeyer’s views on race, after Hofmeyer tweeted, "apologies if I offend – but to me black people were the architects of apartheid". Gia Nicolaides, EWN Reporter explains what activist Dan Roodt, who is representing Hofmeyer is arguing.
Dan Roodt has stated that this is pure harassment. Steve Hofmeyer's reputation has suffered considerably; some of his concerts have been cancelled and some sponsors have pulled out and he has been labelled an Apartheid denialist and Nazi.— Gia Nicolaides, EWN Reporter
RIP Phillip Hughes: Australian Test cricketer Phillip Hughes died in hospital today after he was in coma for three days following a head injury sustained while playing in a Sheffield Shield game in Sydney. Hughes was batting on 63 when he was struck on the head by a bouncer from Sean Abbott. Hughes tried to regain his composure but fell face first to the ground and was taken to the hospital. He was 25.
As a fellow opening batsman, it's an absolutely tragic situation and something the cricket world will not recover from lightly. People don't realise that cricket is a dangerous sport....— Kepler Wessels, Former Cricket Captain
Securing the Hawks' Independence: The Constitutional Court is expected to hand down judgment on Thursday regarding the Helen Suzman Foundation and businessman Hugh Glenister's application to seek leave to appeal against a High Court's refusal to declare other provisions of the SAPS Amendment Act unconstitutional and secure the independence of the Hawks. The case stems from 2008, when the Scorpions crime-fighting unit, which fell under the jurisdiction of the National Prosecuting Authority, was dissolved and replaced by the Hawks, or Directorate of Special Operations.
The Judgments are not so much descending, as raising other matters, but the court has ruled in favour of the order of confirmation, which was required of the High Court's rule, which the High Court found on behalf of the Helen Suzman Foundation's arguments and the Constitutional Court has confirmed this.... the order of Confirmation has been upheld, which is good news.— Francis Antonie, Helen Suzman Foundation
Wits going Big Online: The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits) announced its partnership with edX, the nonprofit online learning destination founded by MIT and Harvard to offer massive open online courses (MOOCs) to a global learning audience. The collaboration is the first of its kind between a major international MOOC provider and an African University. The total number of students pursuing higher education in Africa tripled between 1991 and 2006, however public investment in education has remained the same. This increase in demand, along with the growing value of university degrees on the continent, means that the current high levels of educational expansion may still not be enough. The edX and Wits partnership will help bridge this gap by delivering education opportunities to students on the continent and beyond.
What motivated us to join was because at the core of this online course was to answer some of the fundamental questions around research...what motivates students to learn, what helps students to retain knowledge, what are the best was to teach complex ideas....— Professor Zeblon Vilakazi, Nuclear Physicist and Deputy Vice- Chancellor for Research and Postgraduate Affairs at Wits
Palestine Leader meets Jewish Board of Deputies: Yesterday, the senior leadership of the South African Jewish community, comprising representatives of the SA Jewish Board of Deputies and SA Zionist Federation, met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. The Jewish delegation was much reassured by President Abbas' confirmation that he and his government are committed to achieving peaceful co-existence with Israel based on the Two-State model.
It's the only solution. I personally do believe it will happen. It just needs brave leadership....The polls on the Israeli side and the Palestinian side show that the vast majority both want a peace deal, so it's up to the leaders now....— Zev Krengel, President of the Jewish Board of Deputies