The week that was

2015-03-27 15:50

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As the week ends, we wrap up the hot topics that took South Africa and the world by storm.

University of Cape Town students and staff this week held a debate on transformation at the university and the removal of Cecil John Rhodes’ statue from the campus. The debate has spread to other universities: students at the University of Kwazulu-Natal defaced the statue of King George V and Rhodes University protested about the inequality there. Picture: Jaco Marais

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa responded to oral questions in the National Council of Provinces on Wednesday. Ramaphosa was asked whether any progress had been made by the technical war room established by Cabinet in December 2014 regarding the five-point plan for Eskom to address the energy crisis in South Africa. Picture: Elmond Jiyane/DoC

Former tennis player Bob Hewitt was on Monday found guilty of two counts of rape and one of indecent assault by the South Gauteng High Court sitting in Palm Ridge. The Australian-born Hewitt (75) had been charged with assaulting three underage girls during his time coaching children in South Africa in the 1980s and 1990s Picture: Felix Dlangamandla/Foto24/Gauteng

Eskom’s suspended chief executive Tshediso Matona appeared in the Labour Court in Braamfontein on Thursday in a bid to have his suspension set aside. The court struck his application off the roll, leaving it to the CCMA to make a conclusive determination on whether Matona’s suspension was fair. Picture: Mary-Ann Palmer

The Rand Show on Thursday set the ball rolling for its 121st edition of the annual fair. The organisers promised a new and improved spectacle for the whole family. The fair runs from April 3 to 12. Picture: Lucky Nxumalo/City Press

Flowers and candles are placed on the ground in Cologne Bonn airport on Thursday. The co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a Germanwings jet into the French Alps on Tuesday has been identified as 28-year-old Andreas Lubitz. Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin said he had no known links to terrorism. Asked whether he believed the crash that killed 150 people was the result of suicide, he said: “People who commit suicide usually do so alone ... I don’t call it a suicide.” Picture: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

A woman displays a 100.20-carat diamond ring at a pre-auction viewing at Sotheby’s in Los Angeles, California, on Wednesday. The D colour, internally flawless emerald-cut diamond will be put on auction on April 21. Sotheby’s says the ring is expected to sell for $19.25 million (about R300 million). Picture: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Elena Radionova of Russia competes in the ladies short programme during the International Skating Union’s World Figure Skating Championship in Shanghai, China, on Thursday. Radionova finished second. The championship will run until March 29. Picture: Carlos Barria/Reuters

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