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Rampant India send Proteas packing
13 October 2019, 4:14 PM

India maintained their formidable home record by crushing South Africa by an innings and 137 runs in the second test at Pune to clinch the three-test series with a match to spare on Sunday.

Made to follow on, South Africa were bundled out for 189 in their second innings in a little over two sessions as the hosts took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.

It was the fourth straight win in as many tests in the World Test Championship for Virat Kohli’s men, who also won 2-0 in West Indies, and India have now won 11 consecutive test series at home.

The last time the world’s top-ranked test side lost a test series at home was in 2012 when England beat them 2-1.

The fast bowlers responded to their captain’s call with an inspired spell when they swung the new ball prodigiously with South Africa’s batsmen looking completely at sea.

Needing to bat the better part of two days to keep alive any hopes of a draw, the touring side got off to a horror start to their second innings when opener Aiden Markram fell for a pair, his second dismissal without scoring in the test.

His dismissal was identical to his first innings failure and he fell leg before on the second ball he faced from fast bowler Ishant Sharma.

Markram consulted opening partner Dean Elgar but did not review though replays suggested the ball would have missed the stumps.

A nervy Theunis de Bruyn opened his account with a missed run out chance and then Kohli dropped him at slip but the batsman could not make the most of his reprieves.

India wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha proved why Kohli thinks he is the best glovesman in the world when he flung to his left to hold on to a one-handed catch to send back de Bruyn for eight off Umesh Yadav.

Elgar and South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis, who made five, combined to hold off India’s march with a 49-run stand for the third wicket before the latter was out to Ravichandran Ashwin with Saha juggling the ball before completing the catch.

Ashwin struck again in his next over when Elgar miscued a lofted shot to be caught at mid off for 48.

Temba Bavuma, who made 38, and Quinton de Kock fell to left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja before the South African lower order staged a brief resistance.

Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj, who combined for 109 in the first innings, added 56 for the eighth wicket to delay India’s win before Yadav finally broke the stand when Philander edged one down the leg side to be out for 37.

Yadav and Jadeja took three wickets each for the hosts.

Jay Naicker
Suspect detained for UKZN student killing
12 October 2019, 1:31 PM

A number of people have been taken in for questioning at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Westville campus in Durban following the murder of a student, allegedly by his 25-year-old room-mate.

Police say the 24-year-old student was reported missing two days ago by his girlfriend.

His badly burnt body was discovered in the bushes inside the campus premises.

KwaZulu-Natal Police spokesperson Jay Naicker says:

“A 25-year-old suspect has been detained by the police on charges of murder, and this stage we are interviewing his colleagues and witnesses to what happened this morning. What we can tell you is that they are quite shocked at this stage. Look, it is worrying because there is a lot of security on the premises… as we are here now, you can see we can see vehicles conducting patrols in the premises. It’s very difficult to prevent something like this, where the victim and the suspect share such close relationship… and these things happen in a closed environment.”

Police believe that the 24-year-old student might have been murdered first, before his body was set alight.

Naicker says they believe the victim was lured to the bushes within the campus premises, making it easy for the suspect to kill him.

“Looking at the area and the location where the body was found, it would seem that the deceased was lured to the area by the suspect making it easier to dispose of the body. But all of that will be uncovered once they have taken him through the process… pointing out of the crime scene… We believe he had been struck before the body was set alight, so in light of the fact that the body was severely burnt, we rely on the pathologist’s report.”



Delay in Gauteng executive reshuffling not in defiance of ANC
12 October 2019, 8:12 AM

The Gauteng provincial government has reiterated that the delay in reshuffling its executive to meet the gender parity policy was not in defiance of the African National Congress’ NEC.

Premier David Makhura announced in a statement on Friday, the appointment of Morakane Mosupyoe as the new Economic Development MEC, replacing Kgosientso Ramakgopa – following pressure from the NEC for greater female representation in his executive.

Makhura was instructed to replace a male member of the executive council with a female, in line with the NEC’s resolution that where a premier is male, 60% of the executive must be women.



Fred Khumalo
Khumalo brings book to life
12 October 2019, 7:24 AM

Veteran journalist and author, Fred Khumalo has embarked on a 400 kilometre trek to bring to life his latest book, The Longest March.

It tells the story of thousands of Zulu migrant workers who walked from Johannesburg to their homes in KwaZulu-Natal, 120 years ago.

Khumalo is retracing the steps of the 7 000 mineworkers and their families, ordered to leave Johannesburg at the start of the Anglo Boer War.

Khumalo hopes to bring home the ordeal faced by ordinary people at the time. He says he wants to bring back the story of 1899.

“I wanted to find a dramatic way to honour these people, to bring their story back to the public domain – the story of the march by these people in 1899 has been one that has been hidden for political reasons from public view.”



Bishop Mosa Sono
Churches engaged in criminal activities will not be supported: Sono
10 October 2019, 7:04 AM

Bishop Mosa Sono of the Grace Bible Church says they will not support any churches that engage in criminal activities.

Johannesburg Metro Police have revealed that some of the churches that have been shut down in Hillbrow and Yeoville were found to be used for peddling drugs and human trafficking.

Over 20 churches in Johannesburg were raided and this resulted in ten of them being shut down. The churches were found to be in violation of the city’s by-laws.

Sono led a group of churches during an engagement with the Metro police. He says partnerships with law enforcement agencies are important.

“Churches that do human trafficking certainly must be shut down. Churches that peddle drugs must be shut down. If people’s lives are in danger, they must be shut down. By the way, we have the courts of the land that are prosecuting people in that regard, that’s why we never go into any defense. But there are other churches. Under a tree, historically in South Africa we have had these kinds of churches for years. So even if we say, by-laws and so on are there any way were can discuss around that. Maybe let’s talk and find one another.”



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