NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 11 February 11am
In this bulletin:
# A political analyst says president Cyril Ramaphosa’s speech was full of promises, but implementation will be key
# The Legal Practice Council is investigating advocate Dali Mpofu for misconduct
# And, Joe Biden is urging Americans to leave Ukraine
# Political analyst Daniel Silke says president Cyril Ramaphosa’s state of the nation address was big on promises while acknowledging failures and weaknesses. He says a key obstacle is the president’s own Cabinet which often performs gatekeeping roles preventing efficient implementation. Silke says he doubts that the ANC will buy into areas which the president mentioned in his speech, that require ideological shifts and Ramaphosa’s own fragile authority:
Play sound: ENG SilkeOnSona
# The Legal Practice Council says it is investigating advocate Dali Mpofu for possible misconduct for his behaviour during the Judicial Service Commission’s chief justice interviews. Mpofu has been criticised for his questioning of Gauteng judge president Dunstan Mlambo, and his inappropriate comments directed at the president of the Supreme Court of Appeal, judge Mandisa Maya. The council told News24 that it had decided to investigate Mpofu after taking note of the concerns about his conduct expressed by the Pretoria Bar Council and the General Council of the Bar.
# ActionSA in KwaZulu-Natal says the party is undoubtedly on an upward trajectory in the province. The party has recently added former EFF councillor Bongani Caluza from Harry Gwala District and Sipho Mashinga from Ugu District to its ranks. ActionSA’s Busi Radebe says it is committed to bringing real change to the people of KZN and to offer communities in traditional IFP and ANC strongholds a viable alternative heading into the 2024 general elections:
Play sound: ENGBusiRadebe
# US president Joe Biden has advised American citizens to leave Ukraine now. This comes as Russia has repeatedly denied any plans to invade Ukraine despite massing more than 100-thousand troops at the border. The US State Department has issued an advisory warning that America will not be able to evacuate citizens in the event of Russian military action anywhere in Ukraine. Biden told NBC News he has made his stance on a possible invasion very clear to Russia’s president Vladimir Putin:
Play sound: ENG BidenOnPutin
# Olympics: Russia’s figure skating star Kamila Valieva has tested positive for trimetazidine, a banned substance. The 15-year-old had a sample collected by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency on Christmas Day. It was only analysed by the World Anti-Doping Agency on Tuesday, a day after she won gold in the team figure skating event at the Beijing Winter Games. She was provisionally suspended but challenged the decision and the anti-doping agency agreed to lift it on Wednesday. The International Olympic Committee has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the lifting of the suspension.
# Financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-40-cents and the euro at 17-rand-25-cents. One British pound costs 20-rand-50-cents and Bitcoin trades at 43-thousand-437-dollar-3-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-825-dollars-50-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 91-dollars-17-cents a barrel.
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