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Daily Podcast – April 08, 2016

Daily Podcast – April 08, 2016

8th April 2016

By: Sane Dhlamini
Creamer Media Researcher and Writer


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April 08, 2016.
For Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I’m Sane Dhlamini.
Making headlines:

No clarity on Zuma-Dlamini's plans after AU


Thuli Madonsela says her office is not a court of law.

And, children of ANC exiles call on party to take action.



While there has been grand speculation that African Union chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma may be returning to South African politics when she steps down from her role as AU head later this year, her office said it was unaware of her future plans.

Her spokesperson Jacob Enoh Eben confirmed to a news agency that Zuma-Dlamini was not seeking a second term as Chairperson of the AU Commission, when her term come to an end this year.

With the growing criticism and calls for President Jacob Zuma to step down, Dlamini-Zuma, who is his ex-wife is seen as a likely candidate to take over for him.

It was understood that the AU would name Dlamini-Zuma's successor in July.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is seemingly not letting her new found power go to her head.

Following a meeting with Parliament’s justice committee yesterday, where some MPs lauded her office for its work, Madonsela said they had not been elevated to a court of law. 

They were however still an institution of a unique nature, she said.

Madonsela was vindicated recently when the Constitutional Court ruled that the powers of her office were binding.

The Constitutional Court last week ruled that Zuma had failed to uphold the Constitution when he did not comply with Madonsela’s remedial actions regarding the non-security upgrades to his Nkandla homestead.

The ANC leaders and veterans, who grew up in the party during the 80s, have written to the national executive committee calling for a special national congress.

In the letter, published on the Business Day's website, the 42 signatories, said they were writing to express, on the record, their "deep concern".

The group, which included relatives of Walter Sisulu and uMkhonto weSizwe veteran Mavuso Msimang, wrote that they were specifically "outraged" by the movements response to the Constitutional Court's judgment regarding Zuma's Nkandla home, as it was not "capable of misinterpretation".

They claimed that the ANC leadership and Zuma's response had  "fundamentally undermined the moral integrity" of the party.

Also making headlines:

President Jacob Zuma was booed yesterday in Pretoria when he was leaving the council chambers where the National House of Traditional Leaders held a debate.

Advocate George Bizos said Zuma couldn't have been ignorant.

And, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said those "howling" at ANC to take action against President Jacob Zuma should come and engage the party, including veterans who had called for him to resign.

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That’s a roundup of news making headlines today


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