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NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 4 February 4 pm

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In this bulletin:

# The National Prosecuting Authority welcomes the court’s decision to deny alleged Parliament arsonist bail
# Raymond Zondo says the rules of all courts should be made by the judiciary
# And Cricket: Suné Luus to captain the Proteas Women in the ODI World Cup in New Zealand

# The National Prosecuting Authority has welcomed the Cape Town Regional Court’s decision to deny alleged Parliament arsonist Zandile Christmas Mafe bail. The state also plans to oppose any appeal the defence may launch. NPA spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila regards the ruling as the first step in the right direction of ensuring justice is served. He says they hope to prove their case against the accused beyond any reasonable doubt, and ensure a successful prosecution:

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# Acting chief justice Raymond Zondo says the rules of all courts should be made by the judiciary and the executive shouldn’t be making rules for them. This after minister of Justice, Ronald Lamola, asked Zondo who should be responsible for making rules in the Concourt. Zondo says the power to make the rules of the Constitutional Court lies with the president of the court:

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# The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa has confirmed its fired CEO Zolani Matthews’ Labour Court case has been withdrawn and referred to the CCMA. Prasa announced in December Matthews’ employment contract had been terminated. This followed after the State Security Agency declined his security clearance application because of his UK citizenship, which he allegedly failed to disclose. Matthews contested his dismissal at the Labour Court in Johannesburg, arguing that Prasa flouted its disciplinary code with the manner in which it handled his suspension and dismissal.

# The Scientific Advisory Group on Emergency says no seismic surveys should be conducted along South Africa’s West or East Coast without an environmental impact assessment as they could cause harm to marine life. SAGE advises in a statement because the potential impact of seismic surveys on marine life is poorly understood, precautionary approaches should be taken to protect the marine environment. Meanwhile EnerGEO Alliance and the African Energy Chamber state no scientific evidence indicates seismic surveys have biologically significant negative impacts on marine life.

# Cricket: Suné Luus was appointed captain of South Africa’s women’s team for the one-day World Cup in New Zealand. She is currently leading the Proteas in the ODI series against the Windies after regular captain Dané van Niekerk fractured her ankle. Lizelle Lee, who is missing the Windies series because of Covid-19, was included in the experienced squad of 15 players. The eight teams in the tournament will participate in a single-league format and the top four sides will progress to the semifinals. The tournament starts on 4 March.

# And financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-35-cents and the euro at 17-rand-60-cents. One British pound costs 20-rand-81-cents and Bitcoin trades at 37-thousand-939-dollars-9-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-811-dollars-46-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 92-dollars-89-cents a barrel.

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