dagga growing your own marijuana

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South African news today: Your headlines in five minutes, Tuesday 18 September

In your South African news today wrap for Tuesday, the further legalisation of dagga is on the table, and the state capture inquiry is lit…

dagga growing your own marijuana

Photo: Pixabay

Need a quick round-up of the South African news today? We’ve got you. Here’s what is in store for Tuesday 18 September, featuring the potential legalisation of dagga and some quick updates on the weather.

South African news today, Tuesday 18 September:

Ahmed Timol suspect heads to court

Former security branch police sergeant Joao Jan Rodrigues, 79, is set to answer some pre-trial questions about the death of Ahmed Timol. The then-29-year-old teacher was ruled to have been murdered last year after his death was covered up as a suicide in police custody.

Could dagga be legalised today?

The use of dagga (marijuana) at home has been previously legalised, but Tuesday could see South Africa go the whole nine yards and legalise recreational use in a personal capacity. [Read more: News24]

Rand value for Tuesday 18 September

Our currency briefly jumped above the $15 mark on Monday, before settling on $14.91. However, Donald Trump’s ramped up his insistence on a trade war with China and that could see the rand make some gains on Tuesday.

State Capture inquiry gets juicier

Oh man, there’s some spice here. A Standard Bank representative dropped bombs left, right and centre about the ANC’s relationship with the Guptas. Tuesday will see ABSA take to the hot-seat.

It was alleged yesterday that ex-Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane threatened to withdraw SB’s license if they closed Gupta-linked accounts. [Read more: EWN]

Pretoria gets its first “beach”

Landlocked Pretoria just got a new ‘beach’ thanks to South Africa’s first clear-water lagoon. The Blyde, which officially opened on 8 September, is an exclusive housing estate in Pretoria East, with a sprawling water feature. You can learn more about this here.

Ramaphosa addresses Cosatu

The president was on fine form on Monday, rallying his Cosatu troops and readying them for “the war of all wars” ahead of the 2019 general elections. He also took some pretty hefty shots at Ace Magashule, saying that those who try and divide the party “must be exposed“.

Dam levels update

Cape Town’s dams are now officially 70% full. With the rainy weather set to persist until Wednesday, breaking the three-quarter-full mark could become a reality at some point next week.

SA Weather for Tuesday 18 September

Chilly in the west, boiling in the east – here’s what the picture looks like where you are.

Tuesday’s Horoscopes

Written in the stars? Let’s see what we can expect from today.