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Moerane Commission report cannot be disputed: Mchunu
13 June 2018, 10:05 AM

KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Willies Mchunu says he is pleased that the Moerane Commission has finally been concluded.

Mchunu received the final report of the Moerane Commission from it’s chairperson, Advocate Marumo Moerane on Tuesday.

Speaking on Morning Live he says all the issues were thoroughly investigated.

He says: “The findings cannot be disputed by anybody. It is now our responsibility to make sure that the recommendations are implemented.”

The commission was set up to investigate killings in the province.

Established in 2016, the Moerane Commission had its work cut out for it. It relied on witnesses to determine if murders in KwaZulu-Natal were politically motivated. Police, individuals, political parties and civic organisations gave testimonies.

Mchunu says the recommendations can only be implemented after going the process of handover to the legisleture which should be done within 21 days.

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Mchunu says the commission was very clear that their findings on the killings were not related to one party but to all the big political parties in the province.

He says the commission also emphasised that though the commision was for KZN, it paints a clear picture of what is going on in the whole country.

He says where the commission has raised issues within political parties, it is up to those political to take the recommendations and sort out their problems.

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Search for missing Limpopo woman and her children continues
13 June 2018, 9:45 AM

Limpopo police are continuing to search for a 45 year old woman and her two children aged nine and 10 who have been missing for about two weeks.

Police say Esther Mnisi, who is a teacher was last seen driving with her children Matimba and Hlulani in the Namakgale area outside Phalaborwa.

Police say Mnisi was last seen driving a silver grey Toyota Corolla with the registration number CND 067 L.

The search by the police, family members and the community of Namakgale has not yet yielded positive results.

Police have urged anyone with the information on the whereabouts of the three to contact the nearest police or call 086 00 10 111.

Prasa pays millions to train crash victims
13 June 2018, 9:05 AM

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa has paid more than R213 million to victims of train crashes in the past three financial years.

This was revealed by Transport Minister Blade Nzimande in a written reply to a parliamentary question.

The Minister added that this year alone, Prasa has paid-out more than R12.5 million.

Nzimande says it’s various factors that lead to injuries and fatalities of passengers.

He says in the past three financial years nearly 2 000 people sustained injuries in either open line crossings of level crossings, while 48 died under the same circumstances.

The Minister has attributed the cause of these accidents to human error, theft and vandalism of signalling equipment, poor supervision and or supervisory skills as well as non adherence to road traffic signs by motorists.

UK issues travel warning after Mozambique attacks
13 June 2018, 8:45 AM

Britain advised citizens on Tuesday against travelling to an area in northeastern Mozambique after a series of attacks by groups with links to Islamic militants.

At least 17 people have been killed – 10 of them beheaded-since May in the town of Palma, near the Tanzanian border. The UK joins in the United States in issuing a warning about the attacks.

“The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advise against all but essential travel to the districts of Palma, Mocimboa de Praia and Macomia in Cabo Delgado province due to an increase in attacks by groups with links to Islamic extremism,” the office said in a warning posted on its website. Palma is near one of the world’s biggest untapped offshoregas fields, and Anadarko Petroleum is seeking to raise $14 billion to $15 billion for a liquefied natural gas project in the region.

The company has said it was monitoring the situation. It declined to comment on reports that it has suspended work on itsproject.

Canada-based Wentworth Resources said the security situation was part of the reason it sought a one-year extension for its appraisal license in the region.

“This has prevented safe access to the area for Wentworthstaff and contractors. The Company continues to monitor the situation closely,” it said in statement posted on its website.

Six men wielding machetes killed at least seven people and injured four others this month in the predominantly Muslim region. Ten people were beheaded last month, and local media reported at least two were children.

Mozambique has not been a focal point of Islamist militant activity in the past and police have been reluctant to ascribe the attacks to Islamists. About 30% of Mozambique’s 30 million people are Roman Catholics; about 18% are Muslim.

Real Madrid name Spain’s Lopetegui as coach
13 June 2018, 7:30 AM

Spain coach Julen Lopetegui will take over as Real Madrid manager on a three-year contract after the World Cup, the European champions said on Tuesday.

Frenchman Zinedine Zidane stepped down two weeks ago days after leading Real to a third consecutive Champions League title.

Lopetegui, who last month signed a new contract through to 2020 with Spain, spent three years with Real as a player, making a solitary first team appearance in 1990.

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) said in a statement that it would receive “the full buy-out clause so the current national team boss can sign for Real Madrid”.

“The RFEF asks for maximum respect in order that normality is kept in the national team’s training camp just ahead of our first game at the World Cup against Portugal,” the statement added.

The 51-year-old took over as Spain coach in 2016 following the retirement of Vicente Del Bosque who led his country to victory in the 2010 World Cup and 2012 European Championship.

Spain, unbeaten in 20 games under Lopetegui, play neighbours Portugal on Friday in their opening World Cup Group B match in Sochi, Russia before facing Iran and Morocco.

Former goalkeeper Lopetegui spent a season as coach of Real’s B-team Castilla from 2008-09 before taking over as Spain Under-19 manager in 2010.

He enjoyed success with the country’s youth sides, winning the 2012 Under-19 European Championship before repeating the feat as Under-21 boss 12 months later.

Lopetegui’s forays into club management have been less successful. He was sacked from a brief spell in charge of Rayo Vallecano in Spain’s second division in 2003 and left Portuguese club Porto after failing to win any silverware from 2014-16.

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