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Andre Grobler

Many permutations for Shaik appeal

The judgement of the Supreme Court of Appeal on Durban businessman Schabir Shaik will be final, unless there are found to be constitutional aspects to the case, a law expert said on Wednesday. ''If there is no constitutional issue found to be involved, then the matter ends ...,'' said Professor Tom Coetzee, lecturer in criminal law at the University of North West.

Shaik to know fate next week

Judgement in Durban businessman Schabir Shaik's appeal hearings will be delivered next Monday, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has announced. ''Only the order will be read by the president of the court, Judge [Craig] Howie, and not the judgement itself,'' Henry Snyman, an SCA spokesperson, said on Tuesday.

ACDP calls for probe into ‘porn-watching’ flying squad

The African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) called on Wednesday for a commission of inquiry into Bloemfontein's flying squad, allegedly caught watching a pornographic movie while telephones rang unanswered. Free State ACDP leader Casper Nordier said far too many media reports showed problems at Bloemfontein's flying squad.

Free State rugby hit by supporter ‘tsunami’

The Free State rugby union offices were hit this week by a small ''tsunami'' of supporters booking and buying tickets for the 2006 Currie Cup final in Bloemfontein. Harold Verster, president of the union, said on Thursday: ''People just swamped us and we are still barely handling the requests still streaming in for tickets.''

Shaik trial: ‘Not your usual corruption charge’

Schabir Shaik did not ''cold-bloodedly'' set out to enter a corrupt relationship with former deputy president Jacob Zuma, his advocate told the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein on Monday. ''There is a world of difference when people stake out and stalk people in [public] office with a cold-blooded intent,'' submitted Jeremy Gauntlett SC.

Free State has ‘missed the boat’ of 1994

The South African Human Rights Commission has expressed concern over the human rights status of the Free State after a three-day visit to the province that ended on Friday. ''What we found is quite worrying in many aspects,'' said Tseliso Thipanyane, CEO of the commission.

Court rules against SABC broadcasting Shaik trial

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein on Thursday dismissed the South African Broadcasting Corporation's (SABC) application for an order granting it leave to broadcast live the hearings of Durban businessman Schabir Shaik. To permit live television coverage could inhibit participants in Shaik's case, SCA President Judge CT Howie said in his judgment.

SADC: Members need to ‘contribute more’ to budget

Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states need to contribute more to the regional body's budget, outgoing SADC chairperson Festus Mogae said on Thursday. The SADC, as a regional organisation, still has difficulties implementing any of its targeted development programmes, he said at a summit meeting in Maseru.

SADC identifies food, security and stability as priorities

Food, security and political stability were on Wednesday identified as some of the urgent matters that the Southern African Development Community (SADC) needs to address. ''For us as a region we cannot continue in the medium and long term ... to beg for food,'' said SADC executive secretary Tomaz Augusto Salomao.

Minister: Initiation should not threaten physical health

Maintaining physical health should not be one of the challenges faced by initiates attending an initiation school, Free State provincial minister of health Sakhiwo Belot said on Friday. ''Horrendous malpractices, often resulting in the physical ... and psychological debilitation and even death of young men in these schools are well known,'' the minister.

Women’s Monument ‘is Afrikaner property’

About 200 white Afrikaners met ceremonially at the historic Women's Monument in Bloemfontein on Saturday in a bid to ensure that the monument remains an Afrikaner symbol. The event, organised by the Afrikaner Kultuurbond, started with the hoisting of the old Orange Free State and Transvaal Boer Republic's flags.

Saru inquiry ends without Van Rooyen

The disciplinary inquiry into allegations of corporate mismanagement against former SA Rugby boss Brian van Rooyen ended without him on Wednesday. South African Rugby Union (Saru) CEO Johan Prinsloo, who testified at the hearing in Bloemfontein, said Van Rooyen's absence was a matter of regret.

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