After two weeks of testimony and 10 witnesses, the Roodefontein corruption trial was on Thursday adjourned to June 21 next year. Bail of R10Â 000 each was extended for former Western Cape premier Peter Marais and his provincial environment minister, David Malatsi.
Former Western Cape provincial minister of environment David Malatsi told developers he was prepared to approve their projects without seeing the environmental impact assessments required by law, the George Regional Court heard on Thursday.
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Former Western Cape environment and development MEC David Malatsi once told a meeting that he was a black person, not a ''greenie'', and that his people did not eat fynbos, the regional court in George heard on Tuesday.
A provincial official faced probing cross-examination on Monday on why he complied with a superior's instruction to draft an approval of the proposal for the Roodefontein development when he himself felt it should be rejected.
Former Western Cape premier Peter Marais intervened directly to ensure provincial environment officials made a decision on the Roodefontein golf estate development, the regional court in George heard on Tuesday. Marais and David Malatsi are accused of being bribed to smooth the way for approval of the project.
Former Western Cape premier Peter Marais and his co-accused David Malatsi on Monday pleaded not guilty to corruption charges related to the Roodefontein golf development. In court, Marais and Malatsi were seated in specially placed soft chairs behind their advocates, and not in the hard wooden dock.
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Conservationists are hopping with joy at the discovery of a population of the Cape's critically endangered riverine rabbit well outside its previously known range. There have been several sightings of the mammal on the privately-owned Bijstein nature reserve in the Touwsrivier district about 150 km north-east of Cape Town.
They came in their hundreds, rather than thousands, and there were a fair number of BMWs and Mercedes in the parking lot outside the Rocklands Civic. But Sunday's rally marking the 20th annivesary of the founding of the United Democratic Front was for many still a poignant occasion.