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Semenya to compete in IAAF Diamond League meeting in Morocco
14 June 2019, 6:58 PM

Organisers of Sunday’s IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rabat in Morocco, have made a u-turn and extended an invitation to South Africa’s 800 metres Olympic Games gold medalist and World Champion, Caster Semenya.

Organisers refused her entry on Tuesday, but on Wednesday, the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland rejected an urgent request by the IAAF to have its controversial new ruling reinstated pending the outcome of Semenya’s appeal hearing before the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland.

The ruling the federation wants to introduce, will prevent female athletes with high testosterone levels from competing internationally in events between 400 metres and a mile.

After a meeting earlier Friday, the organisers said they were happy to confirm that Semenya had been invited to take part in the 800 metres race.

Significant fuel price drop forecast for July
13 June 2019, 8:00 PM

Crude oil prices are plummeting raising hopes of a significant fuel price drop.

Oil prices have decreased by 4%. This is the highest drop since January this year, on fears of slow global growth and escalating trade conflict between the US and China.

The drop in crude oil prices, spells good news for local motorists.

Motorists have experiencing petrol increases since the beginning of the year totaling nearly R2.

According to the Central Energy Fund, if the oil price stays this low, the price of petrol could drop by an estimated R1 per litre come July.

The price of diesel could decrease by over 70 cents a litre.

Scuffle between ANC, EFF MPs erupts during induction session
12 June 2019, 7:00 PM

A physical confrontation has taken place in Parliament in what seemed to be a fight between the African National Congress (ANC) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MPs during an official induction session for new and returning MPs.

The incident was captured in a video that was posted online and apparently taken from the Old Assembly.

In the video Speaker of the National Assembly Thandi Modise is seen intervening to try and diffuse the situation.

More than five EFF members in their red overalls are seen standing in front of the ANC benches pushing other MPs around and waving their arms.

It is not clear what the conflict was about.

Both the ANC and EFF spokespersons were not available to give clarity.

Statement by National Assembly Speaker:

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SPEAKER REBUKES THE UNRULY BEHAVIOUR OF MEMBERS

Parliament, Wednesday, 12 June 2019 –   The Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms Thandi Modise, has commiitted that this morning’s incident at Parliament, involving a clash between certain Members of Parliament during today’s induction programme, will be investigated to avert any recurrence in future. 

Ms Modise has strongly denounced the conduct of a handful of MPs involved in the incident as unbecoming and uncharacteristic of honourable Members of Parliament. 

The Speaker, who was in attendance but not chairing the session, took to the podium and appealed to Members to adhere to the decorum and respect the authority of the Chairperson of the Session. She stressed that while it was normal and acceptable for difference of views to arise from time to time, it was inappropriate to allow emotions to get the better of public representatives in such fashion. 

Other than the unfortunate brief incident, the week-long induction and orientation programme, in both the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces, is proceeding well and will conclude on Thursday. 

The programme is intended to ensure capacity for MPs to discharge their Constitutional roles and responsibilities as elected representatives. These programmes cover their constitutional functions, legislative processes, House rules and policies, amongst others. 

Alleged drug-lord gunned down at Umhlanga shopping mall
6 June 2019, 4:44 PM

A 30-year-old man who has been shot dead at the Gateway Shopping Mall in Umhlanga, north of Durban has been identified as Kalvin Periasamy.

It is believed that Periasamy was an alleged drug lord and mini-bus and tow truck owner from Phoenix, north of Durban.

He was gunned down by unknown assailants in the mall’s parking area.

Police spokesperson, Nqobile Gwala says: ‘It is alleged that a 30 year-old man was at a parking lot in Umhlanga when he was shot by unknown suspects and he sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the body. He was declared dead at the scene. A case of murder has been opened for investigation at Durbam north police station. No arrests have yet been made. We are appealing to anyone who might have information of the suspects involved to contact the crime stop number on 08600 10 111.”

AU suspends Sudan until civilian-led authority established
6 June 2019, 2:41 PM

The African Union on Thursday suspended Sudan, demanding a civilian-led transition authority to resolve a crisis which has claimed over 100 lives.

“The AU Peace and Security Council has with immediate effect suspended the participation of the Republic of Sudan in all AU activities until the effective establishment of a Civilian-led Transitional Authority, as the only way to allow the Sudan to exit from the current crisis,” the AU posted on Twitter.

Sudanese authorities have admitted dozens of people were killed when security forces stormed a weeks-long sit-in outside the military headquarters in Khartoum.

But doctors said Wednesday that 40 bodies had been pulled from the Nile, sending the death toll soaring to at least 108.

The military ousted longtime president Omar Al-Bashir in April after months of protests against his authoritarian rule.

But thousands of demonstrators had remained camped out in front of the army headquarters calling for the generals to cede power to civilians.

The AU had urged the generals to ensure a smooth transition of power, but the brutal crackdown to disperse protesters Monday saw pressure mount on the AU to hold those responsible for the violence to justice.

 

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