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News around South Africa

Last week we heard of the tragic passing of one of South Africa’s cricket legends, Clive Rice. After suffering with brain tumours for some time, he passed away at the age of 66. Members of the Parliamentary Protection Services have been suspended after it was alledged that a burglary had taken place in the office of Julius Malema. Oscar Pistorius is set to be freed from prison in the next few weeks, whereafter the appeal by the state will continue. If found guilty of murder through the appeal, he will be back to prison for a very long time. The Oudtshoorn Municipality, which was featured on Carte Blanche two weeks ago, is set to be put under administration. There is still a community which needs serving, but only time will tell what the future holds for this sleepy town in the Karoo. Malema’s office burgled Parliamentary Protection Services head, Zelda Holtzman and her deputy, Motlasi Mokgatla have been placed on precautionary suspension following an alledged burglary of Julius Malema’s office. It was reported that valuable documents, including Malema’s security information had been stolen. Oudtshoorn municipality in troubled waters In May of this year, the Democratic Alliance complained after the ANC refused to vacate the Oudtshoorn municipal office after the opposition party had won the municipality’s by-election. The municipality has now been placed under administration and the ANC has called on it’s councillors and other members of the municipality to work together in the best interest of the community. Oscar Pistorius Latest Last week, Pistorius’ lawyers convinced the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) that when reviewing the case, they should only consider the ‘’relevant parts’’ and not the whole trial as suggested by State Prosecutor, Gerrie Nel. Nel has until August 28 to file the State’s appeal. Pistorius is set to be released a week prior to this date after being allowed to serve one sixth of his sentence behind bars. If the State is able to prove murder as opposed to culpable homicide, Pistorius will be back in jail for a good long time. If not, he will be placed under corrective supervision for the remainder of his 5 year sentence. Farewell to a Legend Last week we heard the devastating news that Clive Rice, former SA Cricket Captain and legend of the sport, had passed away at the age of 66. He had been battling brain tumours, and had undergone unique treatment in India to beat the cancer. Clive Rice’s career included 26 331 runs and 930 wickets in 482 first class matches.