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Mrs World hands over crown following assault charges - News24
Mrs World has relinquished her crown after she was arrested for charges of assault after snatching the crown off the head of the newly crowned Mrs Sri Lanka.
- Mrs World 2020 has handed over her crown after being arrested for assault.
- Caroline Jurie pulled the crown off Pushpika de Silva minutes after being declared the winner of Mrs Sri Lanka 2020 at a gala last week claiming she was divorced and therefore ineligible for the prize.
- "My only intention was to stand up for the injustice caused to the competitors throughout this competition, which was tainted with heavy politicisation", said Jurie.
Jacob Zuma, Concourt and Zondo - it's war of attrition By Samkelo Mtshali - IOL
Jacob Zuma is facing a face-off with the Constitutional Court after Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng threw down the rule book at the former president.
By Samkelo Mtshali2h ago JOHANNESBURG - Jacob Zuma is facing a face-off with the Constitutional Court after Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng threw down the rule book at the former president to indicate what sentence should be imposed on him if found guilty of contempt of court. Zuma has until Wednesday to reply to the directive issues by Mogoeng. Eric Mabuza, the lawyer for Zuma, could not be reached for comment yesterday. But Zumas supporters say they were not happy with the way the highest court in the land was dealing with the former president. This follows Mogoengs decision on Friday ordering Zuma to pen a 15-page affidavit telling the apex court what the appropriate sanction should be if the Concourt finds him guilty of contempt of the order to appear before the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture. Zumas refusal to appear before the commission, chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, in mid February has seen a see-saw battle ensue between the commission, the Concourt and Zuma in which the former president has refused to back down and adhere to the commission and courts orders. With the commission having applied to the Concourt to have the court impose a two-year prison sentence upon Zuma, Mogoeng has now laid the gauntlet at Zumas feet requesting him to tell the court what sentence it should give him if he is found guilty of contempt. Zumas prominent supporters, the Radical Economic Transformation (RET) Forces, said that despite Zuma having subjected himself to every directive of the courts and even appearing before the commission voluntarily, every rule in the book had either been broken or compromised just to deal with the former president. Nkosentsha Shezi, chairperson of the RET Forces, said Zondo treated Zuma unfairly and differently from other witnesses. Shezi said their concern was that the request by Mogoeng for Zuma to pen an affidavit did not resolve the avalanche of infringements of Zumas rights by different organs of state including the judges. He said the more amicable resolution would be to allow the application for Zondo to recuse himself before compelling Zuma to go to the commission. Our comrade, our father, deserves much better treatment than this. If he can not be celebrated for his illustrious contribution to the struggle against apartheid and given a dignified rank in our society, the least we can do is to afford him his fundamental human rights like any other citizen of South Africa, Shezi said. Staunch Zuma backer Carl Niehaus of the MKMVA said that Mogoengs request was akin to putting the cart in front of the horse. Is he telling us in an indirect way that the Constitutional Court has made up its mind to find Zuma guilty, have they already made up their mind? It doesnt make sense to ask from someone who has not participated in a process of principle to then come and present an argument to the court on a matter that has not yet been concluded or in which there has not been a pronunciation of guilt or innocence, Niehaus said. He said it was further proof that Zuma was being targeted in the same way he was being targeted in the Arms Deal case where there is clear political meddling and by the Zondo commission. Political analyst and broadcaster Eusebius McKaiser said the Concourts letter to Zuma was an error. What the letter sent to Zuma says to me as an ordinary citizen is that the rule of law is not animated as fully yet as is desirable in a nascent democracy founded on constitutional supremacy. Put more simply, it is hard to imagine that you and I would be treated with kid gloves the way Zuma is being humoured. That, in turn, means that we have here a classic case of not treating citizens equally before the law, McKaiser said. He said the judiciary should be rendering Zuma ordinary rather than treating him as special. Sunday Independent
Don’t forget about the living while celebrating ‘dead bones’ - Daily Maverick
The truth is that it does not matter what Chris Hani’s thoughts would have been about the current state of our politics in South Africa. Frankly, none of us know.
ANC secretary general Ace Magashule speaks to journalists outside the ANCs national executive committee meeting in Cape Town, 23 March 2018. Photo by Leila Dougan First published in the Daily Maverick 168 weekly newspaper. April 10 2021 marks 28 years since the assassination of SACP general secretary Chris Hani. That haunting image of his lifeless body lying in a pool of blood on April 10 1993 remains etched in our countrys collective memory. And as we have done every year since then, we will see another commemoration to celebrate the life of Hani, who was also an ANC NEC member. Once again, the SA Communist Party will emerge from behind the curtain to take centre stage to mark the day. The same thing happened this week when the ANC marked the 150th birthday of Charlotte Maxeke, the social and political activist who challenged unjust laws against black people and tackled patriarchy within the ANC and other black solidarity movements in the early 1900s. Maxeke was unmatched in her commitment to realising the freedom of her people. Her activism was not motivated by the lure of high political office and its attendant perks. Like Hani, she was deeply committed to the fight against racist laws that sought to keep black people as perpetual second-class citizens. Like other heroes and heroines of the struggle, Maxekes and Hanis contributions are an important part of our countrys history. Such is the ANCs unmatched political capital. No other political party comes close to the governing party when it comes to its long list of past heroes of the struggle. Frankly, they could celebrate a different personality for each of a years 52 weeks. This weekend, the rhetorical question which has become synonymous with celebrations of past leaders will again be asked: What would Chris Hani do or think about the state of South Africa? And again some politician or pundit will venture an opinion decrying the state of our domestic affairs while positing that Hani would likely not be part of the current crop of corrupt political elite. But the truth is that it does not matter what Hanis thoughts would have been about the current state of our politics in South Africa. Frankly, none of us know. What matters is what we do as the current generation to leave a meaningful legacy for future generations to produce such heroic figures who give their lives to the selfless mission to make ours a better world. Who are our heroes who will be remembered kindly by history? And this is not limited to politics. This starts in every little corner where we find ourselves, whether it be an NGO, civil movements, in sports, in the civil service or in business. It is also about the kind of leaders we elect to public office. Also we are not a homogenous block with a common grasp or appreciation of our past. Thats why some will decry the inadequate celebration of someone like Robert Sobuke by the current ANC government. Thats why celebrating the past, given our countrys history, will always be a controversial topic. This is the point that former DA leader Tony Leon fails to grasp. He referred to Mmusi Maimane as an experiment that went wrong a deeply offensive insult, steeped in a racist mindset of blacks as lab rats that can be used in political experiments and discarded at will. Leon took issue with Maimane praising the late struggle stalwart and mother of the nation Winnie Madikizela-Mandela while not apportioning the same praise towards his late father, Judge Ramon Leon, who died during the same period. His father, said Leon, had left the DA money in his will and was the founding liberal chairman of the Progressive Party, the precursor to the DA. Basically, he wanted Maimane to place on a pedestal the same man who sentenced young Durban activist Andrew Zondo to death for his part in the Amanzimtoti bombing. It would have been counterproductive for Maimane, who sought to grow the DAs black support. But to Leon this was an affront to the memory of his late father. One doubts that Leons father made the donation so that he could get public praise. Leon Senior may have inspired some, but he was no Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who herself was a flawed individual. Former president Kgalema Motlanthe succinctly captured this culture of celebrating past figures. He likened it to a celebration of dead bones, which he also saw as a dearth of new thinking within the ANC, an organisation failing to reinvent itself and respond to the demands of the current period. It is correct to celebrate those who gave their lives to the attainment of our freedom. But we should be wary of spending a lot of time praising dead bones, as Motlanthe warned. We have far too much work to do for the living. DM168 Sibusiso Ngalwa is the politics editor of Newzroom Afrika and chair of the South African National Editors Forum. This story first appeared in our weekly Daily Maverick 168 newspaper which is available for free to Pick n Pay Smart Shoppers at these Pick n Pay stores.