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By Nicholas Zaal

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Daily news update: Malema offers support for impeached judge | Zimbabwean Exemption Permits | Mbalula slams Zuma

Here’s your morning news update: An easy-to-read selection of our top stories.


In today’s news, EFF leader Julius Malema hopes to help impeached judge John Hlophe, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has again ruled against Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi in the ZEP case, and ANC secretary Fikile Mbabula hit back at Jacob Zuma for leaving the ANC for the MK Party.

We also look at Fleurhof parents complaining to the Human Rights Commission about their children being rejected from a nearby school, the wife of a murdered cop being sentenced to life, Metro FM presenter Lerato Kganyago opening up about another miscarriage and our form URC rugby XV.

News today: 23 February

Malema tells Hlophe: ‘We should meet soon and plot the way forward’

The impeachment of Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe has divided the opinion of South Africans, with some slamming the vote, while others celebrate his exit.

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema. Picture: Jacques Nelles

Hlophe was impeached on Wednesday after 305 MPs voted in favour and 27 against following a debate riddled with accusations of racism in the judiciary.

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SCA delivers blow to Home Affairs in ZEP appeal

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has delivered a blow to Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi in the Zimbabwean Exemption Permit (ZEP) case.

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Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi briefs the media in Pretoria on 14 April 2023. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Last Friday, the SCA dismissed, with costs, Motsoaledi’s application for leave to appeal against a high court ruling, which declared his decision to terminate the ZEP programme unlawful.

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‘He took the spear and stabbed himself with it’: Mbalula on Zuma and MK party

African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Fikile Mbalula has taken another swipe at former president Jacob Zuma for leaving the governing party.

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ANC secretary-general Fikile Mbalula in Parys, Free State on 27 June 2023. Picture Neil McCartney

Mbalula on Wednesday attended an ANC rally in Msinga, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), ahead of the party’s manifesto launch, which will be held at the Moses Mabhida Stadium over the weekend.

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Fleurhof parents take Gauteng Education Department to Human Rights Commission

Several parents of Fleurhof pupils who are still without a school weeks into the new school term have written a complaint with the Human Rights Commission (HRC).

According to the Gauteng Education Department, parents must apply to only one school and they will be automatically placed. Picture: iStock

At least seven pupils have not been admitted to a school because the nearest school to them Florida High School is full. The parents had been offered a school which was out of their community but they declined the offer because of safety concerns and issues regarding the distance to the school.

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Wife of murdered Limpopo cop sentenced to life

The Polokwane Magistrate’s Court sentenced Tubake Sister Maesela (44) and her partner, Mmamoraba Jacob Mashiba (41) for the murder of Maesela’s husband, Mogokolodi Cleopass Digama (53) which occurred in March 2021.

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Tubake Sister Maesela, (44) during her conviction.

Digama was a warrant officer attached to the Apel Police Station in Limpopo.

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‘Dear Feb, you’ve hurt me’ − Lerato Kganyago opens up about another miscarriage

Media darling Lerato Kganyago has bravely disclosed her struggle with yet another miscarriage.

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Lerato Kganyago has suffered another miscarriage. Picture: Instagram/@leratokganyago

The Metro FM presenter said she miscarried a few days before Valentine’s Day.

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SABC rubbishes reports that Thuso Motaung has been fired

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has denied claims that Lesedi FM presenter Thuso Motaung was fired.

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Legendary radio host, Thuso Motaung. Picture: Lesedi FM website

This after News24 reported on Wednesday, that the veteran radio presenter was let go with immediate effect.

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Ramovic reveals f**k-laden phone call from Rulani Mokwena

TS Galaxy head coach Sead Ramovic has claimed Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Rulani Mokwena called him and said ‘who the fuck are you to come to my fucking country and talk to me like this,’ as the war-of-words continues between the two top flight mentors.

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TS Galaxy head coach has made stunning allegations against Rulani Mokwena. Picture: Nokwanda Zondi/BackpagePix

Ramovic was talking at a PSL press conference on Thursday ahead of his side’s Nedbank Cup last 32 clash with Golden Arrows on Friday.

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Best of the URC: We pick SA players form team

The 2023/24 season of the United Rugby Championship recently reached the halfway point with the Bulls (third) and Stormers (sixth) very much in the mix to make the playoffs, while the Lions (11th) seem to have an outside chance, but it is all over for the Sharks (16th) this season.

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Werner Kok of the Sharks. Picture: Steve Haag Sports/Gallo Images

It has been another action-packed competition, with plenty of talking points and several players standing out, many of them winning call-ups to coach Rassie Erasmus’ first Springbok alignment camp of the year, in March in Cape Town, ahead of the new international season.

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