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NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 6 February 9 am

Good morning,

In this bulletin:

# Julius Malema is accused of deliberate distortion before the Judicial Services Commission
# The EFF wants Ronald Lamola mto be kicked out of Cabinet
# And, there’s an upward trend in Covid-19 cases

# The Department of Justice and Correctional Services has reacted to Friday night’s chaotic sitting of the Judicial Services Commission. The appointment of Gauteng judge president Dunstan Mlambo to the Constitutional Court in an acting position resulted in a screaming match between Justice minister Ronald Lamola and Julius Malema. During acting chief justice Raymond Zondo’s interview, the EFF leader accused Lamola of approaching Zondo about Mlambo’s appointment in June last year. The department’s spokesperson Chrispin Phiri rejects the accusation:

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In another development, the EFF is calling for Ronald Lamola’s removal from Cabinet. The party cites what it describes as shocking, unethical and deplorable revelations at the Judicial Services Commission interviews. The EFF says Lamola’s behaviour in singling out Gauteng judge president Dunstan Mlambo for an acting position on the Constitutional Court is evidence of judicial manipulation by the ANC government. It says without this move, Mlambo would have arrived at the JSC interviews for chief justice without ever having acted in the apex court.

# South Africa has seen a spike in new Covid-19 cases after the National Institute for Communicable Diseases detected three-thousand-357 new infections yesterday. Friday’s total was two-thousand-782. Most cases are still being picked up in Gauteng, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. Sixty-five of the patients had to be admitted to hospital. The Department of Health yesterday recorded 48 fatalities, of which eight occurred in the most recent reporting cycle. The total death toll since the beginning of the pandemic now stands at 95-thousand-817.

# Rugby: The Stormers produced a bit of an upset by beating the Sharks 20-10 in yesterday’s United Championship match in Cape Town. The home teams’ scrums and defence gave them the upper hand. The Stormers scored two tries while the Sharks could only dot down once. Earlier, the Bulls beat the Lions 21-13 at a wet Loftus Versveld for only their third win this season. The rainy conditions made the ball difficult to handle for both sides. In the end, the home team scored three tries to the visitors’ one.

# And finally: Britain’s prince Andrew will meet lawyers representing his accuser Virginia Giuffre in London in March and testify under oath. The duke of York, the second son of queen Elizabeth, faces a US civil case for sexual assault. This comes at a time when his 95-year-old mother is preparing to celebrate her 70th year as monarch. Giuffre alleges she was intimate with Andrew when she was 17 and a minor under American law. She says she met the prince through the late US financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

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