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BREAKING: Coach Komphela resigns as Chiefs is dumped from Nedbank Cup
21 April 2018, 11:51 PM

Kaizer Chiefs Coach Steve Komphela has resigned. The club has confirmed on its Twitter Page.

This follows the chaotic scenes that played out at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday evening, after Amakhosi were dumped out of the Nedbank Cup by Free State Stars.

Angry fans, who have been calling for the coach’s resignation for a while, stormed the field immediately after the referee’s final whistle as players, security and officials ran for safety into the stadium tunnel.

Cellphone footage sent to SABC News show acts of vandalism to the stadium infrastructure by the fans – and in one instance a mob of supporters assaulting a female security guard, kicking her and hitting her with objects before she’s left motionless on the ground. It is reported she is fighting for her life, while scores of others were treated for injuries.

“Unfortunately, we have to be responsible. The results are not happening,” said Chiefs Football Manager, Bobby Motaung, seated next to Komphela in a post-match press briefing.

Word has it former Chiefs defender, Patrick Mabedi, who has been Chiefs’ assistant coach, could take over as the interim coach for the remainder of the season.

Pressure was on Komphela and Chiefs going into this Nedbank Cup semifinal match, with supporters expecting nothing less than a win which would have taken the team to the final of the tournament. The loss, however, dashed the club’s chances of winning their first silverware of the season in three years under Komphela.

The incident, which is expected to get the club into hot waters with the Premier Soccer League (PSL) DC, comes days after the club was fined R250 000 for almost a similar incident. R200 000 of that fine was suspended for a year provided the club was not found guilty of the same offence for the period. It is expected to be imposed on the club now.

Meanwhile, Free State Stars Belgian coach Luc Eymael has denied that there’s rift between himself and Komphela. The two faced off in the Nedbank Cup semifinal encounter in Durban on Saturday night amid reports that they were not on speaking terms.

NW Health Dept. welcomes SANDF Health personnel
21 April 2018, 10:05 PM

The North West Health Department has welcomed the arrival of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) health personnel to the province to assist at health facilities, particularly in Mahikeng.

For weeks, the province has been experiencing unprecedented pressure on the health system. This is due to disruptions caused by the wage strike by members of trade union Nehawu.

The recent community protests have also contributed to the challenges the health institutions are facing in the province.

The Department’s Provincial Spokesperson Tebogo Lekgethwane says, “The SANDF will close that gap for some of our nurses who are not here, that will be the area that they are closing. We have seen them also early in the morning already beginning to sweep the floor, to mop up… and they will do a lot more for the Department.”

 

Archie Sibeko
Sibeko family thank those who celebrated his life
21 April 2018, 8:42 PM

The grandchildren of the late anti-apartheid activist Archie Sibeko have expressed gratitude to the people who celebrated the life of the struggle stalwart.

Thoko Mzolisa has described her grandfather as a loving and caring person.

Sibeko died in England at the age of 90.

He was accorded a special provincial funeral.

Mzolisa says she enjoyed every moment she spent with her grandfather.

“Tato’mkhulu would be the one who would celebrate every promotion, every degree, every childbirth. He was a rebel who spoke his heart out. He has run the race successfully. Rest in peace, Jwarha. It’s time for you to go rest and join the people on the other side.”

Freedom swim medal
More than hundred swim from Robben Island to Cape Town in Freedom Swim
21 April 2018, 8:16 PM

One hundred and fifty swimmers have taken part in the Freedom Swim from Robben Island to Blaauwberg in Cape Town.

The event has been held to mark Nelson Mandela’s centenary birthday celebrations.

It is also a celebration of Freedom Day next week.

Swimmers from all over the world braved the icy Atlantic waters for the extreme event.

Organiser Ram Barkai says, “This is the freedom swim from Robben island to big bay to celebrate Freedom Day which is one week from now and this year is very special because its Mandela’ 100 year celebration to celebrate Mandela’s freedom and South Africa’s freedom.”

 

 

Pravin Gordhan
Those involved in corruption will be brought to book: Gordhan
21 April 2018, 7:31 PM

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan says he’s confident that those who are involved in corruption at state-owned enterprises will be brought to book.

He was speaking in an interview with the SABC on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund-World Bank meetings in Washington.

They are the first meetings Gordhan has attended since his appointment to the current portfolio.

He says the public expects law enforcement agencies to conduct investigations that will lead to prosecutions.

 

Watch the full interview below:

Highlights

 

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