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Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe on Friday threw out the corruption charges against ANC MP and former minister Bongani Bongo for allegedly attempting to bribe a parliamentary law adviser to derail a probe into state capture at Eskom. Hlophe dismissed the case four days after lawyers for Bongo filed a section 174 application, on...
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Two more state witnesses took the stand in the corruption case against the former state security minister, ANC MP Bongani Bongo, in the high court in Cape Town on Friday.  Bongani faces charges of corruption relating to allegations that he offered to bribe advocate Ntuthuzelo Vanara, the evidence leader in the parliamentary inquiry into state...
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The late former chief justice Ismail Mahomed once described the power of courts in this country as “awesome”. There was, however, an inherent paradox about this power.  “Unlike parliament or the executive, the court does not have the power of the purse, or the army or the police to execute its will. The superior courts...
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Before her daughter-in-law bled to death after refusing to bribe a government hospital nurse for a safe childbirth, Ugandan Rhoda Kukiriza had never set foot in a court. She had never spoken to a lawyer. She had never been involved in a legal case. Today, the 70-year-old farmer and grandmother is feted in her village...
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A Citibank managing director thinks bitcoin could hit $318,000. MIT researchers resoundingly reject blockchain-based voting. And Bitcoin Cash’s latest fork looks set to fail. Top shelf Technical comparison?A Citibank executive published a report predicting that bitcoin could reach $318,000 by December 2021. Using technical analysis, and a comparison to gold markets in the 1970s, Citibank...
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Another billionaire investor disclosed his bitcoin bags. The Silvergate Exchange Network added another exchange member. Riot Blockchain, a publicly traded bitcoin mining firm, recorded bumper revenues with plans to expand. Top shelf Billionaire’s bitcoinBillionaire U.S. investor Stanley Druckenmiller, who just weeks ago was said to be shorting the dollar, is long on bitcoin. In a...
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Before the global Covid-19 pandemic, the local mining, construction and agricultural sectors were already grappling with various challenges. Weak global demand triggered a commodities slump, while low local economic growth, policy, land and regulatory uncertainty, and labour disruptions impacted domestic operations. The pandemic’s economic impact has magnified these challenges: it affected exports due to ports...
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