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Phala phala report and its significance

If you have heard words such as “damning”, “crisis”, “upheaval” or “uncertainty” in relation to the Phala Phala report and the fate of President Cyril Ramaphosa you are not alone.
Sunday Times presidential correspondent Amanda Khoza provides clarity on the saga. She explains how we got here, the crux of the report, the president's response to the allegations and what South Africa can expect. 

We struggle in the festive season — SANBS

The South African Blood Service (SANBS) is calling for blood donations ahead of the festive season. Its communications officer, Khensani Mahlangu, says the holiday period is a difficult time for the service as major blood drives do not take place.

Monthly HIV-prevention injection under review

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) is reviewing a monthly HIV-prevention injection.
Prof Adrian Puren, executive director at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) and head of the Centre for HIV and STIs at the institute, chats about how HIV medication has improved and provides details about the injection.

Magor is likely to get more than a slap on the wrist, says legal expert 

Belinda Magor, whose WhatsApp voice note calling for black women’s uteruses to be removed and black men to be burned, was arrested and charged with crimen injuria on November 25, after the Azanian People’s Organisation (Azapo) laid charges against her.

Director at Malcolm Lyons & Brivik, Tzvi Brivik, explains what crimen injuria is, how similar cases have played out in the courts and predicts the kind of sentence we might expect to see as a result of the charges. 

'Diabetes made me do it' says woman behind racist pit bull rant

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) are investigating a voice note in which a woman launched a scathing attack on black people in the country in her opposition to the banning of pit bulls.
The voice note began circulating on social media last night after it was leaked from a WhatsApp group called Pitbulls be my voice.
TimesLIVE has been able to establish the identity of the woman who posted the voice note and spoke to her at length.

‘We have reverted back to a 10% wage demand’ — PSA 

Members affiliated to the Public Servants Association (PSA) joined a nationwide strike by members affiliated to several public service unions on Tuesday. Unions belonging to Cosatu, the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu), and the Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) marched to Treasury to hand over their memorandum.

Chief negotiator at the PSA, John Teffo, who was present at Tuesday’s strike, said they have reverted to their initial 10% wage demand.

The government unilaterally offered a baseline 3% in the public service. Teffo said a phase 2 and indefinite strike might be imminent should their demands not be met.

LIST: Only two women scoop ANC top 6 nomination — for the same position

ANC Electoral Committee head Kgalema Motlanthe announced the names of the contenders who could lead the governing party.
In the official list of the 17 top six runners, there are only two women, and they arevying for the same position. This means in the six positions contested only the deputy secretary-general position might be held by a woman, either Nomvula Mokonyane or Febe Potgieter. 
However, the party said it will allow nominations from the floor during the national elective conference next month.
The party said no-one declined nominations and no-one pulled out.
President Cyril Ramaphosa and former health minister Zweli Mkhize are the only contenders for president. The party will hold its national elective conference from December 16 to 20.

SCA appeal: Zuma's potential next steps

After the Supreme Court of Appeal's (SCA) dismissal of former president Jacob Zuma’s appeal on the legality of his medical parole — a decision resulting in Zuma having to serve another 13 month in jail on his contempt of court conviction — legal expert Ulrich Roux outlines how he got to this point, what the ruling means for Zuma and what legal avenues are available to him. 
He can still challenge the SCA ruling in the Constitutional Court. Roux says given Zuma's past dealings with South Africa's legal system, it is likely he will follow this course of action — but his chances of a different verdict are "slim to none". 
Political analyst Prof Susan Booysen adds that while imprisoning Zuma may result in further riots, not holding him to account sets a dangerous precedent for dealing with corrupt officials. 

'I was scared and couldn’t trust anyone,' says Meyiwa’s friend in murder trial

Tumelo Madlala's cross-examination continued in the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial on Friday. He told the court the intruders on the night Meyiwa was killed spoke Zulu when they made their demands.
Madlala explained the phone calls he made after the Bafana Bafana goalkeeper was shot.
He was the soccer star’s childhood friend and has been grilled in court this week about selling Meyiwa's pictures to Netflix and not sharing the money with Meyiwa’s widow and child, with defence advocate Zandile Mshololo, representing one of the five accused, saying he betrayed his friend.
The case in the Pretoria high court has been postponed to Monday, when a new witness is expected to take the stand.

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