Ben Maclennan

Roodefontein trial postponed until 2004

After two weeks of testimony and 10 witnesses, the Roodefontein corruption trial was on Thursday adjourned to June 21 next year. Bail of R10 000 each was extended for former Western Cape premier Peter Marais and his provincial environment minister, David Malatsi.

Malatsi ‘disregarded’ environmental law

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. <li><a class='standardtextsmall' href="">Roodefontein trial postponed</a>

Environment impact an ‘awful nuisance’

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.
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  • Official grilled on Roodefontein

    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.

    Temper temper, Peter Marais

    Tensions in the Roodefontein corruption trial boiled over on Friday when, in a heated exchange, Scorpions prosecutor Bruce Morrison ordered former Western Cape premier Peter Marais to behave in court.

    Marais ‘intervened’ in Roodefontein approval

    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.

    Marais and Malatsi plead not guilty

    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. <li><a class='standardtextsmall' href="">Marais and Malatsi on trial</a>

    Fifa team ‘moved’ by meeting Mandela

    A surprise meeting with Nelson Mandela on Robben Island made a moving finale on Wednesday for the visit of the Fifa technical team weighing up South Africa's 2010 world cup bid.

    Rare rabbits found near Touwsrivier

    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.

    Call to make cigarettes ‘fire-safe’

    The National Council Against Smoking has called for legislation to make cigarettes ''fire-safe'', in a bid to reduce the number of blazes sparked by stompies every year.

    Bigwigs arrive in BMWs for UDF ceremony

    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.

    Boesak sets sail on that ship called dignity

    Dr Allan Boesak has questioned Justice Minister Penuell Maduna's motives for revealing that he has recommended the convicted cleric not receive a presidential pardon.

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