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Jacob Zuma at the state capture inquiry: Five major things we can expect

Lifestyle The South African

A defining week in the life of Jacob Zuma - and the South African justice system - is almost upon us, as the state capture inquiry reels in its biggest fish.
'The day South Africans have waited years for finally arrives on Monday. Jacob Zuma has long been painted at the beating heart of the state capture operation, which corrupted government and cost the country hundreds of billions of rand. Now, he’s about to face the very commission that was set-up to investigate the whole rotten affair . Through witness testimony, investigative reports and an entire trove of leaked emails concerning the Gupta brothers, Jacob Zuma has been implicated repeatedly in state capture. He is very much the prime suspect here, and the next week could end up defining the rest of Msholozi’s life. State capture inquiry reels in a big fish The stakes are incredibly high. Over a dozen people who have spoken to the Zondo Commission suggest that JZ was heavily involved in the shady dealings . His alleged crimes are ones against the state, and those found guilty of corruption can face up to 15 years in jail according to South African law. Zuma is known for his stoic defence plans in the courtroom. If he isn’t producing his “Stalingrad” method – where he attempts to delay matters for as long as possible in order to give himself an advantage, he’s questioning the reputation of the institutions that want to secure a conviction against him. A judgement is expected in August of whether he can be prosecuted for his role in an illicit arms deal. In fact, the next two months could literally decide whether Zuma will see his days out behind bars or not. But what can we expect to see over the course of the next five days from the 77-year-old? That’s what we’re here to discuss. Jacob Zuma at the state capture inquiry: What will happen? The tactics we can expect from Jacob Zuma As we’ve already alluded to, if there’s a way to delay or postpone certain parts of the inquiry, he will try and find it. Although facing this commission is not directly linked to being in a courtroom, they are subject to the same series of legal technicalities. If Zuma can find a spanner to throw in the works, he will . However, JZ is just as capable of giving us fire and brimstone. He has been incredibly vocal in his criticism of the state capture inquiry itself. According to the ex-president, the inquiry is “impartial” and has been designed to “ambush” him. Meanwhile, Head Investigator Raymond Zondo has been dismissed as “seeking his own truth”. In terms of how Zuma will play this one, we can expect him to try and undermine the commission’s credibility. Questions, rather than testimony Jacob Zuma is only likely to respond to questions posed to him by the bench. It has not been established if he will get to make his own accusations, but the state capture inquiry has almost a year’s worth of testimony they want to run by the number one suspect. Make no mistake, Jacob Zuma will have tea to spill It’s interesting that Zuma may not be given the chance to testify straight away. In the past, he has promised to expose those high-up in the ANC who have spoken ill of him – one such utterance was an indirect threat to Cyril Ramaphosa . Just because he’s facing a line of questioning, that doesn’t mean he can’t do a bit of namedropping. Whether he’s asked about deals with the Guptas, or business with Bosasa, it’s worth remembering who was in his inner circle. Both Pravin Gordhan and Cyril Ramaphosa have slated Zuma’s legacy, but the pair served as finance minister and deputy president respectively in Msholozi’s second term. If uBaba does have some dirt on his fiercest critics, this would definitely be the most appropriate arena for him to dish it up. Where do we even start? There must be hundreds of things we could ask Jacob Zuma about his role in state capture, and finding a starting point is a task that could prove to be extremely difficult. More recent accusations suggest he was involved in the Guptas’ controversial Waterkloof landing, and that he had interfered with the way broadcasters such as SABC and ANN7 work . However, he’s also been accused of accepting at least R300 000 in bribes by ex-Bosasa chief Angelo Agrizzi, and one of the most shocking moments of the inquiry came right at the start, when Mcebisi Jonas lifted the lid on an alleged R600 million bribe promised to him by the Guptas: An offer allegedly sanctioned by Zuma himself. He will have a huge following to support him The state capture inquiry issued a statement on Sunday, suggesting that they are expecting “large crowds of people” to attend the hearings next week. A maximum of 200 people will be allowed into the Parkhurst venue on a first come, first served basis. But security forces believe crowds outside could reach “up to 5 000” on Monday. There’s also a major possibility that Jacob Zuma will repeat what we’ve seen during his corruption case in Pietermaritzburg: Although it’s yet to be confirmed, there could be another mass rally where Msholozi will address his faithful followers as proceedings finish for the day. Zuma will take his seat at the inquiry at 10:00 on Monday 15 July . He is expected to answer questions right up until 16:00 on Friday 19 July.'

Poachers to pay Ush20b fine or Life Imprisonment under new Wildlife Act

Lifestyle East African Business Week

'The Uganda Wildlife Bill 2017, which was passed by Parliament early this year,  has been finally assented to by President Yoweri Museveni spelling doom for poachers and wildlife traffickers.The law states that when caught, a poacher or poachers involved in killing endangered species will face life imprisonment or pay fine of Shs20 billion or both.It also entails wildlife User Rights like hunting, farming, ranching, trading, and educational and research and general extraction use rights.It is based on the principle that economic benefits from wildlife can lead to better custodianship of wildlife resources. “Community participation in wildlife management strengthened through Community Wildlife Committees for each Protected Area, the introduction of up to life sentence and fine of UGX 20Billion or both for wildlife crime involving endangered species and reforming revenue sharing program into conditional grants to communities are some of the highlights in the new law.The new law also provides for the conservation and sustainable management of wildlife, strengthen wildlife conservation and management, and streamline roles and responsibilities for institutions in wildlife conservation and management.It also provides for compensation where a person is killed, suffers bodily injury or suffers damage to his or her crops or livestock by the wild animals listed under the Fourth Schedule of the law.The listed wild animals include elephants, lions, leopards, crocodiles, buffaloes, hyenas, hippopotamus, gorillas and chimpanzees.It also promotes commercialization of wildlife on private land through sustainable utilization and domesticated CITES implementation in Uganda.According to the Uganda Wildlife Authority, Poaching has devastating consequences for wildlife.In some instances, it’s the primary reason why animals face a risk of extinction.This is the case with the African elephant, more than 100,000 of which were killed between 2014 and 2017 for ivory.Poaching has also had a catastrophic impact on rhinos, with more than a thousand slaughtered a year for their horns.Poaching for the exotic pet trade affects an animal’s welfare in addition to its numbers in the wild.Most wild animals eat specialized diets found in nature, and they need space to fly, roam, and swing from branches.Captured animals are stuffed into boxes, suitcases, or sacks, and even if they survive transport, they often suffer in their new, unnatural situations.In Africa, nearly 600 rangers charged with protecting wildlife were gunned down by poachers between 2009 and 2016 while in the line of duty.In the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Virunga National Park, one of the continent’s most dangerous, at least 170 rangers have been killed during the past two decades.What’s more, poaching has been linked to armed militia groups in Africa suspected of trafficking ivory to fund their operations, and it often occurs alongside other crimes including corruption and money laundering.And poached animals can spread diseases, such as Ebola and SARS.BY PAUL TENTENA . The post Poachers to pay Ush20b fine or Life Imprisonment under new Wildlife Act appeared first on East African Business Week .'

Northern Cape Premier Prioritises Health

Lifestyle iAfrica.com

Northern Cape Premier Zamani Saul said one his priorities will be to improve the health care sector.Only 16% of residents in the province have medical aid cover.Saul delivered his state of the province address in Kimberly on Friday.The premier said
'Northern Cape Premier Zamani Saul said one his priorities will be to improve the health care sector.Only 16% of residents in the province have medical aid cover.Saul delivered his state of the province address in Kimberly on Friday.The premier said life expectancy in the province increased.For males it’s 60 years and for females it’s 66.3.On the back of this, he pointed out 72.8% of Northern Cape residents rely on the public health sector and stressed the need to improve services. “During my weekly visits to Robert Sobukwe Hospital, I had the opportunity to experience the challenging quality of our public health services…”. He said emergency wards and waiting areas leave much to be desired.Saul added that with the prevalence of diseases such as HIV/Aids and tuberculosis, it’s crucial to improve services within the public health sector. . The post Northern Cape Premier Prioritises Health appeared first on iAfrica.com .'