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NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 4 February 3 pm

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In this bulletin:

# The impeachment process against the Public Protector can now proceed
# Judge Raymond Zondo says Zuma needs to be applauded for creating the office of the chief justice
# And Rugby: The Lions hope for a better effort in the re-match against the Bulls

# Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane can have legal representation during impeachment proceedings against her in Parliament. This was part of a judgment the Constitutional Court delivered today. The court also ruled that a judge may be appointed to the independent panel investigating whether there is prima facie evidence against Mkhwebane. The impeachment process can now resume.

# Acting chief justice Raymond Zondo says former president Jacob Zuma needs to be applauded for signing off on the creation of the office of the chief justice. This was the first phase of making the judiciary independent in the country. Zondo says in 2010 chief justice Sandile Ngcobo appointed a team or committee that conducted research and they proposed the establishment of the office of the chief justice:

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# The University of Cape Town has given notice to SANParks that it intends to sue for damages caused by a fire in April last year. This is done amid allegations the conservation authority did not deploy fire-fighting helicopters timeously. A university spokesperson says their insurer has instructed it to go ahead with the court case. The fire started in the Table Mountain National Park adjacent to the institution on the 18th of April last year. It resulted in millions of rand of damage to the university.

# Rugby: Lions coach Ivan van Rooyen rang the changes to his side for tomorrow’s United Rugby Championship match against the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria. Springbok flanker Jaco Kriel will captain the visitors from across the Jukskei River in the re-match after the Lions were trampled 10-34 last week. Tiaan Swanepoel is entrusted with the number 10 jersey and the kicking duties in place of Fred Zeilinga, who drops out of the match-23 together with Wandisile Simelane. EW Viljoen drops to the bench and is replaced at fullback by Divan Rossouw.

# Financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-33-cents and the euro at 17-rand-61-cents. One British pound costs 20-rand-80-cents and Bitcoin trades at 37-thousand-840-dollars-4-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-810-dollars-95-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 92-dollars-87-cents a barrel.

# And finally: The South African Weather Service has issued a warning of disruptive rain and severe thunderstorms in several provinces from today. Most of this rainfall will be for the Eastern Cape, North West, KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo. For the next few days, the Free State will experience disruptive rain over the western and southern parts of the province. The  service is warning of localised flooding, including possible damage to roads and bridges. Residents have been warned not to cross fast-flowing streams or deep water.

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