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Daily news update February 23

EFF announces donations for the first time as ANC announces 22 million yuan

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has confirmed that political parties have declared a total of nearly R46 million in donations.

“This amount is higher than the R30,008,841.74 declared in the first quarter, but less than the R56,880,644.47 declared in the second quarter,” the spokesperson said. IEC said in a statement on Tuesday.

The commission released its third quarterly report, in which 11 political parties disclosed donations of more than R100,000 as required by the Political Party Financing Act (PPFA

The PPFA regulates the public and private funding of political parties.

Rosettenville Shootout: 15 Police Officers Traumatized, Ipid Takes Over Investigation

Rosettenville Shootout: 15 Police Officers Traumatized As Ipid Takes Over Investigation
A bullet-riddled vehicle is stationed in the middle of the street at the crime scene after a botched CIT attack in Rosettenville, on the outskirts of Johannesburg, on February 21, 2022, in which two South African police officers were wounded with chest wounds. Photo: GUILLEM SARTORIO / AFP

Independent Police Investigative Directorate (ipid) spokesman Grace Langa said the 15 police officers involved in the shooting in Rosettenville, south of Johannesburg, were traumatized by the incident on Monday.

Langa added that Ipid has taken over the investigation, as the police were involved in the CIT robbery shooting. Eight people were killed in the shooting.

Langa said about 15 police officers were involved in the shooting.

“There were about 15 officers from different units involved in the shooting with criminals and we were unable to interview them because most of the officers are still traumatized by what happened,” she said.

Mkhwebane’s Planned Concourt Bid Won’t Stop Impeachment Process

Busisiwe Mkhwebane
Attorney for Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane. Photo: Gallo Images/Sowetan/Antonio Muchave

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane‘s request for the Supreme Court Judgment against her attempt to end her possible withdrawn impeachment will not hold back the proceeding, the Section 194 Inquiry Committee said Tuesday.

Mkhwebane’s lawyers informed on Monday Speaker of Parliament Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula that she intended to petition the Constitutional Court to withdraw parts of her judgment delivered earlier this month.

Mkhwebane reportedly indicated that the papers would be filed in the next 10 to 14 days.

Ace Magashule asbestos case: R250m contract ‘no small change’ – state

Suspended ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule outside the Bloemfontein Supreme Court on Feb. 21, 2022 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Photo: Gallo Images/Volksblad/Mlungisi Louw

Former Prime Minister Free State Ace Magashule has a case to answer in the R250 million corruption case as he was the executive authority in the province at the time, the state argued in the Bloemfontein Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Magashule and the other co-defendants question the validity of the corruption and fraud charges leveled against them, as described in the indictment. The former prime minister insists the case is politically motivated and wants the charges dismissed.

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On Monday, the court his pre-trial hearing postponed to June to facilitate the US extradition of his former PA Moroadi Cholota, who is also a suspect in the case.

PA joins DA’s multi-party coalition in Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni

PA Johannesburg Ekurhuleni
Members of the Patriotic Alliance of Eldorado Park in support of their Ward 18 councilor candidate on June 30, 2021. Photo: Nigel Sibanda

The Patriotic Alliance (PA) has joined the multi-party coalition in two Gauteng municipalities.

On Tuesday, former Freedom Front Plus (FF+) MP, Dr Corné Mulder, announced that the PA agreed to join the Democratic Alliance (DAs) multiparty coalition in the city of Ekurhuleni and the city of Johannesburg after “hours and hours” of negotiations.

In the coalition agreement, eight PA councilors will join the city of Johannesburg, while four councilors will join the city of Ekurhuleni.

WATCH: Tanks roll through streets as Putin defies the west and marches into Ukraine

Putin orders Russian troops to rebel regions in Ukraine
This handout videotape, released by the Russian Defense Ministry on February 21, 2022, shows Russian and Belarusian tanks during joint exercises at a firing range near Brest. Photo: Russian Ministry of Defense / AFP

President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered Russian troops into two Moscow-backed rebel regions of Ukraine, sparking an outraged response from the West, with the United States denouncing the move at the UN Security Council as a “pretext for war.”

After weeks of rallying troops around Ukraine, Putin recognized the independence of the rebel-controlled regions of Donetsk and Lugansk from the former Soviet state — paving the way for the deployment of a potential invasion force.

In an often angry 65-minute national speech televised from his office, Putin railed against Ukraine as a failed state and “puppet” of the West.

Putin said it was necessary to “make a long-awaited decision to immediately recognize the independence of the two regions”.

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