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*The trial against EFF leader, Julius Malema and his bodyguard, Adriaan Snyman continues today in the East London regional court in Eastern Cape.
*COSATU says consumers will be unable to meet their basic needs as the cost of electricity and fuel escalates. Both grades of petrol have increased by 28 cents per litre while diesel has increased by nine-point-one cents per litre.
Energy department’s spokesperson Robert Maake says the decision was informed by the higher oil prices in the global markets and the rand’s appreciation against the dollar. The trade union has criticised the government for failing to cushion the rising cost of living for many South Africans.
*The legal representative for the ANC MP Sibusiso Kula accused of the murder of his wife, Gcina Dlanjwa says his client will appeal the outcome of the Orkney Magistrate’s Court, which denied him bail. Kula, who is also the former ANC Youth League secretary in the Dr Kenneth Kaunda Region, was arrested on the 20th of January, for allegedly killing his wife Jeniffer Mohlomi-Kula. She was found dead with stab wounds at her home in Kanana near Klerksdorp, last November.
*The murder case against a prominent comedian has been postponed to February 23 in the Thohoyandou Magistrate’s Court in Limpopo. The accused, Livhuwani Madadzhe, has been remanded in custody. Madadzhe allegedly killed his partner, Lindelani Nengovhela and discarded her body in a water-filled pit toilet at Mangodi Ha-Sidou village, outside Thohoyandou.