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(Julius Malema / Photo supplied: blouinnews)

South African news today: Your headlines in five minutes for Friday 26 October

In the South African news today wrap, we look at the Julius Malema and VBS links, whereas the trial of South Africa’s “ISIS followers” has been put on hold.

Julius Malema AfriForum EFF

(Julius Malema / Photo supplied: blouinnews)

It’s a hell of a way to end the week. In Friday’s South African news today wrap-up, we look at links tying Julius Malema to the VBS looting and bring you an update on the “ISIS” trial from Durban.

South African news today, Friday 26 October

Julius Malema and VBS

It’s alleged there’s a link between the CIC and VBS looting beneficiary, Brian Shivambu. Brian is the brother of EFF Deputy Leader Floyd Shivambu, and a report from M&G suggests he gave Juju’s cousin a tidy sum of R5.9 million [Read more: Mail and Guardian]

What happens next with Timothy Omotoso?

The trial has been adjourned until Tuesday, and the heat has been cranked up. But not on the defence or ever the prosecution – Judge Mandela Makuala is having to consider the recusal of himself, following complaints made by Omotoso’s legal team about his alleged “sympathy” towards witness Cheryl Zondi.

Chickens come home to roost for Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi

The NPA chiefs have found themselves suspended pending an investigation into their conduct. Cyril Ramaphosa wants an inquiry to research if they are “fit for office”. Given their shady backgrounds, this particular investigation could be the nails in their respective coffins.

South Africa’s ISIS trial

Farhad Hoomer and ten other suspects linked to ISIS will learn on Tuesday if they will be granted bail. The group are alleged to be behind the Verulam mosque attack which occurred in May. [Read more: Times Live]

The fight for e-tolls

The ANC have arrived at a crossroads here. On Wednesday, Tito Mboweni insisted that motorists must keep paying their fees. Gauteng Premier David Makhura has expressed his dissatisfaction with the tolls, however, and says they cannot be part of his province’s future.

Dollar to rand value for Friday 26 October

The ZAR is heading towards the R15 mark again after it took a tumble following Finance Minister Mboweni’s budget speech on Wednesday. As of 7:30 on Friday, it stands at R14.67 – down 50 cents over the last 48 hours.

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