Daily Archives: May 24, 2016

PROSECUTION APPEALS HIGH COURT RULING ON ARMS DEAL

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) will appeal the North Gauteng High Court’s ruling that fraud and corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma be reinstated.

“I have decided to apply leave to appeal against the judgement of the full bench of the Pretoria high court… I instructed the state attorney to file the necessary papers this morning,” NPA head Shaun Abrahams told a media briefing in Pretoria.

“My decision has been made after much consideration, consultation with senior members of the NPA and after obtaining legal advice from senior counsel.”

Abrahams said there was considerable public interest at stake and the issues are of great constitutional importance, as such, “It is so important, I believe it needs to be appealed in court.”

The judgment of the full bench of the Pretoria High Court, he said, is also a matter that seriously affects the separation of powers.

Last month, the High Court in Pretoria ordered the NPA to review its April 2009 decision to drop the corruption charges against the President.

The charges, which amount to more than 780, relate to the Arms Deal of the late 1990s.

The court found that the then acting NPA head, Mukotedi Mpshe, had acted irrationally after listening to intercepted cellphone conversations between the former NPA head Bulelani Ngcuka and ex-Scorpions head Leonard MacCarthy discussing the charges.

Last month, President Zuma made public the Seriti Commission findings, which had found no evidence of corruption or fraud relating to the Arms Deal.

Abrahams said after reading the decision of the full bench of the Pretoria High Court and after consultation with the senior counsel members of the NPA and after legal advice, he decided that the matter is for the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA).

He denied suggestions that the option of SCA instead of Constitutional Court was a delaying tactic.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Federal Government of Germany and UNDP sign a Statement of Intent to undertake global activities for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and open a Global SDG Action Campaign Center in Bonn

State Secretary Friedrich Kitschelt of the Federal Government of Germany and the UN Assistant Secretary General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, Magdy Martinez-Soliman signed a Statement of Intent today to undertake global activities for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and open a Global SDG Action Campaign Center in Bonn, supported by the German Government.

“The signature of this Statement of Intent and the establishment of the Global Campaign Center sends a strong signal about Germany’s commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Mr. Martinez-Soliman. “The Center will be central to the UN’s strategy of providing cutting-edge advocacy support, big data expertise and analytics to Member States and partners across the globe, 24/7 from Bonn. UNDP is proud to be the principal UN entity backing the Campaign,” he added.

From his part, State Secretary Kitschelt stated: “the settlement of UN SDG Action Campaign stands for another milestone in the relevance of Bonn being at the same time a UN city and becoming furthermore a global hub of sustainability. The Campaign’s activity corresponds with Bonn’s slogan of ‘Shaping a Sustainable Future’ since 18 UN-organizations employing 1000 staff members are within short reach. The Federal German Government strongly supports these efforts as we see the added value of a strong partner.”

The Center will be a strategic hub for the UN SDG Action Campaign to deliver on its mandate to inspire people’s action on the Sustainable Development Goals, connect and amplify stakeholder efforts, including those of the UN system and Member States, open up measures of accountability, aggregate citizen-generated data, showcase impact, share best practices, and incubate and test out innovative efforts around SDG implementation.

The success story of the long-standing partnership between the Campaign and UN Volunteers (UNV) programme will serve as a strong foundation for the new Campaign Center, which is intended to make a mark also at the local level – supporting the efforts of the UN family in Bonn (UN Bonn) and the Municipality of Bonn, among other key local actors.

The Global Campaign Center of the UN SDG Action Campaign will be located in historic Haus Carstanjen, which was the first site of UN Bonn and where the Marshall Plan was signed. This will ensure the synergetic efforts and joint work of the UN SDG Action Campaign with the recently inaugurated Knowledge Center for Sustainable Development of the UN System Staff College.

In addition to the Global Campaign Center, the UN SDG Action Campaign will maintain a distributed operational base, including presence in New York to facilitate the link with the UN Secretary-General’s Executive Office and the UN Development Group management process, as well as the presence for New York-based events and conferences.

The letter of intent was signed in the presence of the Mayor of the Federal City of Bonn, Mr. Reinhard Limbach, Foreign Affairs Ambassador Ms. Ingrid Jung, and the Honorable Members of the German Parliament Dr. Claudia Lucking-Michel, Ms. Katja DAlrner and Mr. Ulrich Kelber, among other Government and United Nations officials.

Note to editors:

The UN SDG Action Campaign is a special initiative of the UN Secretary-General administered by the UN Development Programme and mandated for the coming 15 years to support the UN system-wide and the Member States on advocacy and public engagement in the SDG implementation.

The Campaign serves as a “universal entry point” for citizens to engage with the SDGs and support implementation efforts, focusing on building a popular, people-centered convening platform, involving a broad group of stakeholders to build strong political will for Agenda 2030 and facilitating citizen-driven data to fill data gaps and drive accountability at national, regional and global level.

The United Nations in Bonn (UN Bonn), with 18 organizations and about 1,000 staff members, is here to help governments and people find answers and ways for humanity to achieve a sustainable future on this planet. Through advocacy, capacity building and action in the fields of climate change, land degradation, biodiversity and ecosystem services, wildlife conservation, volunteerism, health, human security, disaster risk reduction, tourism, as well as education and training, UN Bonn works towards a world where all have the chance to live decent lives, now and in the future.

Agenda 2030 and its Sustainable Development Goals were agreed by all Member States of the United Nations at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in New York on 25 September 2015. The SDGs are a roadmap to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030.

Source: United Nations Development Programme

Minister Muthambi noted the judgement by Judge Davis

The Minister of Communications, Faith Muthambi has noted the judgment by Judge Davis in respect of the matter between Democratic Alliance vs SABC and others, which was delivered this morning in the Western Cape High Court.

The Minister will be meeting her legal team to consider the judgment and any cause of action to follow.

Source: Department of Communications