NEWS: President Jacob Zuma reshuffled all his security-cluster ministers last night. Former Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa is the new Minister of Arts and Culture, while former State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele moves to Telecommunications. Former Justice Minister Jeff Radebe becomes one of the Ministers in the Presidency. It comes as no surprise that Zuma moved Mthethwa and Cwele to different ministries, as both have failed to perform in their respective posts. Mthethwa failed to take decisive action during the Marikana strike of 2012 in which 44 people were ultimately killed and Cwele’s reputation was permanently damaged when his wife Sheryl was convicted for drug dealing in 2011.
POLITICS: Economic Freedom Fighters’ Commander in Chief Julius Malema is heading to the North Gauteng High Court today to face his sequestration case. Malema was put under sequestration in 2012 for failing to pay an outstanding R16,2 million in personal income taxes. Speaking to The Sunday Times this weekend Malema said he was not worried that he could lose his seat in parliament because of the case. “I am in Parliament at least for the next five years,” he told the newspaper. “You have to live with that nightmare for the next five years.”
NEWS: Murder-accused paralympian Oscar Pistorius will report to Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital this morning for the first day of his court-mandated psychiatric evaluation. This comes after state prosecutor Gerrie Nel asked the North Gauteng High Court to send the athlete for psychiatric evaluation after psychiatrist Dr Merryll Vorster testified that Pistorius suffered from General Anxiety Disorder. Doctors at Weskoppies will evaluate whether Pistorius understood the implications of his actions when he killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on 14 February last year.
BUSINESS: Newly appointed Gauteng Premier David Makhura has said that in order for the province to grow its economy even further, his government needs to form strong ties with business, reports Business Day. “We all understand in the ANC that business is an important sector and business is driven by achieving the bottom line. We respect that, and business people must understand our bottom line is different,” said Makhura. “We don’t want a cosy relationship, but we do want a strong relationship,” he said.
ENTERTAINMENT: Kim Kardashian finally tied the knot with rapper Kanye West, the father of her child North, an extravagant ceremony in Italy. Kim was walked down the aisle by her stepfather Bruce Jenner, while being serenaded by none other than Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, CNN reports. In previous interviews the couple said they had always been attracted to each other, but had never had the chance to be together as they were always with other people.
Additional source: Sapa