Tomorrow’s news: a star, legal dagga and almost R2 million

Tomorrow’s news: a star, legal dagga and almost R2 million

SA’s newest idol is the talk of the town, a court case seeks to legalise dagga and a former SANparks fundraiser has to pay back the money.


SA’s newest star

When Idols SA Season 11 winner Karabo Mogane couldn’t afford to study at Stellenbosch University anymore, he dropped out and set his sights on a different goal – making a career out of his love for music. Almost a year later, Mogane is the winner of the country’s biggest reality show and has bagged prizes that include R700 000 in cash, a new car and a recording deal with Universal Music. We get to know the country’s newest star in The Citizen.

Man to join court case aimed at legalising dagga

A Boksburg man has been granted leave to join a Johannesburg couple’s constitutional challenge aimed at legalising dagga in South Africa. The High Court in Pretoria last week granted permission to Clifford Thorp to join the legal battle of Julian Stobbs and his partner Myrtle Clarke, which is expected to be heard in March next year. Thorp, who suffers from numerous health problems, wants the use and possession of dagga for medicinal purposes legalised. Stobbs and Clarke, also known as the “Dagga couple”, are challenging the constitutionality of the Drugs and Drug Trafficking Act which outlaws the possession of and dealing in dagga. The full story in in The Citizen.

Former SANParks fundraiser ordered to pay back almost R1,9 million

SANParks’ former fundraising manager must pay back almost R1,9 million he received in commission on donor funds he was not entitled to. The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Friday ordered Bryn Pyne-James to pay back the amount, plus interest, to SANParks. Pyne-James was summarily dismissed in December last year after he was found guilty of claiming commissions on multi-million-rand sponsorships to which he was not entitled because he was either not part of the team who negotiated the sponsorship or the sponsorship was not in cash. His former employer also laid criminal charges against him. For more, get The Citizen.



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