11 O’CLOCK NEWS UPDATE

SOUTH AFRICA/ZUMA

Former South Africa’s president, Jacob Zuma’s application seeking to halt his 15-month jail term is due to be heard today, Tuesday, July 6.

Report says the matter will be heard virtually in Pietermaritzburg high court in Kwazulu-natal, south African province.

Zuma had been given until July 4 to hand himself to authorities to serve his prison sentence after being found in contempt of court last week but said he was not going to hand himself in after the court agreed to hear his application to have the judgement rescinded.

He argued that his detention without trial amounts to a breach of his constitutional rights, including the right to life, the right to dignity and the right to freedom.

HONG KONG/TECH COMPANIES

Hong Kong leader, Carrie Lam has brushed off a warning by major technology companies including google, facebook and twitter that they may quit the Chinese-controlled city if authorities go ahead with plans to change privacy laws.

Lam told reporters that the government is proposing changes to the city’s privacy laws, including imposing a one-year jail term and a maximum fine of one million dollars for offenders who disclose personal data without consent.

She added that the proposed changes would only target illegal act of sharing people’s private details online with the intention of intimidating, harassing or causing psychological harm to someone and his or her family members.

However, rights groups have expressed concern over the proposed changes, with article 19, a press freedom group, calling the new amendments broad and vague.

FALANA/S’W GOVS

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has described the decision of the southern governors that security agencies must notify them as the Chief security officer of their states before they carry out any operation within their domain as late.

Falana stated this while featuring on a television programme, saying the Governors decision is coming late as they were chief security officers of their states in line with the constitution.

He said are the governors just realizing that each state has a security council and the governor is the chairman.

The decision of the governors was made public in a communique read by the Governor of Ondo state, Rotimi Akeredolu, at the end of the forum’s meeting in Lagos on July 5.

they also set September 21, 2021, as the deadline for anti-open grazing law promulgation in member-states.

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