Breakfast Edition: 1 March 2016

Breakfast Edition: 1 March 2016

WATCH & LISTEN: Here is a recap of this morning's top news stories.


MOTION OF NO CONFIDENCE IN PRESIDENT JACOB ZUMA: The Democratic Alliance would on Tuesday attacking the president's competence to hold office from two fronts with a motion of no confidence in parliament as well as an application in the North Gauteng High Court. This was a continuance of the spy tapes saga. The DA would apply to court for a review of the National Directorate of Public Prosecutions' decision in 2009, to drop over 700 charges against President Jacob Zuma. The presidency has issued a statement saying the National Director of Public Prosecution's decision at the time was rational. However, the DA's James Selfe believes they have a strong case in law.  

President Jacob Zuma
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ANC REACTS TO MOTION OF NO CONFIDENCE: The DA has admitted that the vote of no confidence in parliament was likely to follow party lines, unless it was done by a secret ballot. The DA Leader, Mmusi Maimane brought the motion after the president sacked Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene and replaced him with the unknown Des van Rooyen. After the country lost millions as the rand crashed, Pravin Gordhan was re-appointed in the post. The ANC chief whip's spokesman, Moloto Mothapo has however been dismissive of the motion. 

ELECTIONS GO AHEAD AS PLANNED: The upcoming municipal elections were set to go ahead as planned, despite the IEC's urgent Constitutional Court appeal. This was according to IEC top management who briefed media yesterday. They announced that they would seek clarity on an order demanding more information on the voter roll. Maryke vermaak has more. 


BLADE MUST FALL: While the University of Pretoria's campuses re-opened amid heavy security yesterday, the TUT's Soshanguve north and south campuses were still closed on Tuesday morning due to more violent protests on Monday. A decision on whether or not to re-open the campuses will be made at a meeting today. Higher Education Minister, Blade Nzimande and Police Minister Nathi Nhleko have urged students to study and struggle at the same time when they visited Wits yesterday. Silindelo Masikane reports.

WINNIE MADIKIZELA-MANDELA'S COURT BID RESUMES: Advocate George Bizos who is one of the executors of former president Nelson Mandela's will, has slammed Winnie-Madikizela Mandela for seeking the rights to his home in Qunu in the Eastern Cape. Bizos told reporters outside the Mthatha High court on Monday that they would oppose Winnie's claim as she did nothing for 17 years after the property was registered in Nelson Mandela's name. Bizos was quoted as saying that "the will did not provide in any way for her, she must be disappointed, their divorce was legal". Madikizela-Mandela's lawyers filed papers during 2014 and are claiming that the property had been obtained while she was married to Mandela and belonged to her in terms of AbaThembu custom.

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