The National Treasury has stepped in to ensure better protection for minors' assets and avoid future Fidentia-type scandals. As early as the end of this year, it is proposed that death benefits be paid into a new vehicle called beneficiary funds, which will be regulated by the Pensions Fund Act.
Jurors in the British coroner's inquest into the death of Princess Diana on Monday started retracing her final, ill-fated journey from the Paris Ritz to the underpass where her chauffeur-driven Mercedes crashed. Travelling under heavy police escort, the 11 jurors set off from the Ritz Hotel on Paris's Place Vendome.
An inquest into the death of Princess Diana finally opened on Tuesday, 10 years after she and Dodi al-Fayed were killed in a Paris car crash, with her lover's father still convinced the two were victims of an establishment plot. Mohamed al-Fayed, owner of London's luxury Harrods store, fought a long legal battle to have the inquest heard by a judge and jury.
The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) on Friday called for a broader political inquiry into the suspension of the director of the National Prosecuting Authority, advocate Vusi Pikoli. "This has now become more urgent than ever," spokesperson Patrick Craven said.
After all the drama of the court cases that preceded it, the floor-crossing window got off to a low-key start on Saturday. The only excitement was provided by a senior African Christian Democratic Party politician in the Western Cape, Johan Kriel, who accompanied his move to the Democratic Alliance (DA) with a blistering attack on ACDP leader, Kenneth Meshoe.
Acting National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Mokotedi Mpshe has taken steps to cancel both an arrest and search warrant for police National Commissioner Jackie Selebi. The National Prosecuting Authority said in a statement it would like "to clarify the status of the arrest and search warrants".