Monthly Archives:October 2018

Nzimande urged to probe train vandalism in Cape Town

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Blade Nzimande

Civil Society Organisation #UniteBehind is calling on Transport Minister Blade Nzimande and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) Board to institute a thorough investigation into what it calls the deliberate sabotage of trains in the Western Cape.

#Unite Behind Organiser Zukiswa Vuka says there is a pattern that can be seen in the burning of trains between 2015, after the release of the Public Protector’s Derailed Report and the Current Prasa Board’s fight against corruption.

Vuka says Prasa needs to start working with the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the Hawks to arrest the perpetrators. She says the increase in the burning of trains is not a normal crime.

She says her organisation suspects that it relates to the issue around tender irregularities that were discovered.

“In 2015, when that derailed report came out we started seeing the burning of trains. The number of trains which have been burned was getting high, and at that time Lucky Montana who is also implicated in the dodgy tenders resigned. Then soon after that there were trains that were burnt. So we are seeing the same patterns even now. Now that there are people who are being cleaned out, people who are being sacked we seeing a fightback. So it’s a sequence, it’s something that has happened before and we are seeing it right now,” explains Vuka.

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Johannesburg Emergency Services on high alert

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Johannesburg Emergency Services says disaster monitoring teams remain on high alert as heavy rains have rendered the roads slippery.

The South African Weather Service has forecast heavy downpours, strong and damaging winds and the possibility of hail throughout most of the country this weekend.

The City’s emergency services spokesperson, Robert Mulaudzi has urged motorists to be cautious.

He says: “Motorists are urged to continue to exercise caution when driving, since most of our roads are wet and slippery. Extend a safe following distance, obey the rules of the road, avoid crossing flooded roads and bridges.”

“From our side as emergency services, we continue to remain on high alert monitoring most of our low-lying areas, especially our informal settlements,” adds Mulaudzi.

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Ighalo hat-trick takes Nigeria closer to Nations Cup place

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Bafana in action

Odion Ighalo scored a hat-trick as Nigeria took a big step towards the 2019 African Nations Cup finals with a thumping 4-0 home qualifier success over Libya on Saturday as the continent big guns flexed their muscles with significant victories.

Former Watford forward Igalho netted an early penalty to settle the nerves of the home side before scoring two more in the second period to go with a strike from Samuel Kalu against a Libyan side whose coach, Adel Amrouche, resigned unexpectedly on Tuesday.

Nigeria leapfrog the North Africans into second place in Group E after three games, a point behind leaders South Africa, who recorded their biggest ever international victory with a 6-0 hammering of Seychelles in Johannesburg.

In-form Strasbourg striker Lebo Mothiba was among the scorers with his third goal in three games for Bafana Bafana, who might well have hit double figures with some more accurate finishing against the woefully out-gunned Indian Ocean island minnows.

The top two teams in each pool advance to the finals in Cameroon next June and July, and Nigeria and South Africa can all but seal those two Group E places with away wins against the same opponents on Tuesday.

Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye was among the goals as Senegal cruised to a 3-0 home win over Sudan in Group A, with Pape Abou Cisse and M’Baye Niang also on the scoresheet.

Lebo Mothiba is the Man of the Match for this encounter. pic.twitter.com/R7Ik6IcLK0

— Bafana Bafana (@BafanaBafana) October 13, 2018

Madagascar join Senegal on seven points at the top of the pool after a 1-0 win in Equatorial Guinea thanks to a goal from Faneva Andriatsima.

World Cup finalists Morocco needed a 97th-minute winner from Faycal Fajr as they edged tiny Comoros Islands 1-0 in Group B, while Zimbabwe took charge of Group G with a surprise 2-1 win in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Defender Ronald Pfumbidzai opened the scoring for the visitors, who added a second via Knowledge Musona, though he was sent off with 15 minutes to play. Yannick Bolasie scored what proved a late consolation for the Congolese.

Tunisia laboured to a 1-0 win at home to Niger in Group J following a first-half strike from Yassine Meriah, and also finished the game with 10 men when Ghailene Chaalali was red-carded five minutes from the end.

Tunisia have a perfect record in the pool with nine points — three more than Egypt, who lost star forward Mo Salah to a groin strain as they defeated eSwatini 4-1 on Friday, ruling him out of Tuesday’s return.

There were also wins on Saturday for Uganda, Namibia and Burkina Faso.

 

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Zimbabwe court grants bail to trade unionists

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Peter Mutasa

Trade union leaders and scores of activists detained in Zimbabwe ahead of planned marches over the country’s worsening economic crisis, were released on bail Saturday, lawyers said.

Cossam Ncube of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights told AFP that Peter Mutasa, president of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), the country’s largest and secretary general Moyo were among those released by a Harare magistrate’s court.

“The seven ZCTU leaders were granted $50 bail each and ordered by the court to reside at their official addresses,” Ncube said.

“At least 20 others were released Friday in Mutare after they were granted bail.” Mutare is in east of the country, near the border with Mozambique.

The activists were arrested in a nationwide police crackdown Thursday after Mutasa called for protests, despite a police ban on public gatherings in the capital due to a recent cholera outbreak.

The ZCTU planned a national strike to protest against sharp price hikes, a new tax on electronic transactions and daily shortages ranging from fuel to bread.

On Saturday, police patrolled the streets of the capital Harare armed with truncheons, guns and teargas canisters, as water cannon trucks parked on some streets.

Zimbabwe’s moribund economy has hit new lows in recent days with shops struggling to stock shelves, medicine running out and long queues forming outside petrol stations.

The local “bond note” currency, which in theory has the same value as the US dollar has been in free-fall in recent weeks. That has raised fears of a return to the hyper-inflation that wrecked national finances in 2009.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who took power last year after Robert Mugabe was ousted by the military has vowed to ensure essential daily goods are available.

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