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Calls for political tolerance after ANCYL member shot dead
10 November 2019, 7:24 PM

There are renewed calls for political tolerance after an African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) member was shot dead and another injured in Pretoria.

The family of the slain ANCYL member from Mamelodi, Pretoria, says they are  shattered following the murder of 25-year-old Lethabo Nkoane.

Nkoane was fatally shot during an ANCYL meeting in Hammanskraal, North of Pretoria.

Another ANCYL member, Michael Kotiti, was also shot and injured during the incident and is recovering in hospital.

Nkoane attended an ANCYL meeting which turned violent. The gathering was convened by the National Youth Task team.

Its aim was to facilitate provincial and regional meetings to assess the state of the organisation ahead of Congress in 2020.

Family representative Psychology Lethuba says: “The family is very shattered by the news that we just received and we are trying by all means to just grieve and we will just request to be given that space to grieve for Lethabo Nkoane. He was a loving person who loved the ANC and cared for people.”

ANC members sent condolences to the grieving family. Nkoane’s murder again highlights political intolerance in the structures of the ANCYL.

This comes weeks after ANCYL members set alight vehicles in Polokwane Limpopo during one of the Task Team meetings.

DA sends open letter to Ndlozi on his Twitter comments against Springboks
10 November 2019, 5:02 PM

The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) provincial leader in the North West Joe McGluwa has penned an open letter to Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi over his messages on social media following the Springboks victory at the Rugby World Cup.

Following the victory Ndlozi took to Twitter with statements such as “Congratulations to #SiyaKolisi, the rest go get your congratulations from Prince Harry” he also stated “we are pushing against all efforts to pull a 1994/1996 on us again.”

McGluwa says Ndlozi’s “persistent rage against the positive sentiments shows he’s out of touch with majority of the population.”

He also hinted that the unity that is bringing the country together is something Ndlozi fears as it threatens his political existence.

McGluwa ends the letter with “All the best as you continue to desperately justify your politics of hate.”

Ndlozi has not yet commented on the letter or its contents.

Violence spreads across Hong Kong’s New Territories on 24th weekend of unrest
10 November 2019, 4:46 PM

Police fired tear gas to break up rallies as black-clad activists blocked roads and trashed shopping malls across Hong Kong’s New Territories on Sunday on the 24th straight weekend of anti-government protests.

Pro-democracy protesters vandalized a train station in the central new town of Sha Tin and smashed up a restaurant perceived as being pro-Beijing, overturning banqueting tables and smashing glass panels, two weeks before district council elections in the Chinese-ruled city.

Violence spilled out onto the streets of Tuen Mun outside the “V city” mall, with running battles between riot police and protesters.

Now TV showed pictures of a circular, red welt and bruise on the upper arm of one of its reporters who said she had been hit by a tear gas canister in Tsuen Wan, to the west of the New Territories, where police fired tear gas late into the evening to clear the streets.

The rail station was closed in Sha Tin, amid scuffles between police and protesters young and old, on a day of planned shopping mall protests throughout the territory. Shopping districts across the harbor on the main island were quiet.

“Radical protesters have been gathering in multiple locations across the territories,” police said in a statement.

 

Port Elizabeth abuzz with Springboks fans
10 November 2019, 4:29 PM

The Streets of Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape were abuzz with Springboks fans cheering for the rugby heroes the fourth leg of the victory tour made its way through the regions of Zwide, KwaZakhele and Uitenhage, where the champions displayed the Web Ellis Cup in all its glory.

Port Elizabeth is home to Captain Siya Kolisi, Coach Rassie Erasmus and back-line coach Mzwandile Stick.

It was a damp and rainy start to the Port Elizabeth leg of the trophy tour but that didn’t deter fans.

The fans came out in their numbers to see the champions carrying the Web Ellis Cup through Nelson Mandela Bay.

For many the victory symbolises the hope for greater unity in the country.

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‘Kolisi evidence to what is possible, despite the odds’
10 November 2019, 3:40 PM

The captain of the 2019 World Cup Rugby winners, Siya Kolisi, has illustrated that nothing is impossible. His former schoolmates at Msengeni Primary in Port Elizabeth are motivated by his rise to the top.

However, they understand that is a hard path to walk. Rugby practices at Msengeni Primary School are not fun for young players with an open field with dry grass, stones and no goal posts.

The talented players hope to get spotted, but talent scouts don’t often go to their school due to a lack of resources. The learners say Kolisi is their inspiration.

One leaners says: “I want to be like Siya and also go to Grey but most people don’t come to watch our matches. But they do hear Msengeni has good rugby players.”

“I wish we could get selectors that will actually recognise us. It is so hard to play rugby under these conditions,” adds another learner.

Kolisi has donated jerseys to the players at his old school, but they need so much more. Coach Nomathamsanqa Magutywa Mthuti says they need a good facility and equipment.

“We are in desperate need for anyone to assist, because as you can see the field is not in a good condition. We also sometimes miss big games, where these kids can be scouted by potential model C schools, because we don’t have transport.”

“Most of these kids come from poor families and can’t afford transport money so the kids miss out. We don’t have proper kits and selectors are less likely to even look at our school for potential players.”

Doors did not only open for Kolisi while he was playing for Msengeni Primary but a young man who was once a learner at Msengeni was spotted and doors to a better future opened.

Rugby player Athaphelele Ngwendu says he has also been fortunate.

“The transition to a model C school was not easy. I had to make new friends, learn how to speak their language and get used to how they do things. But I was so happy to be there, because there you get the best coaches, you are put on good diets, you get the best training and stand more chance to be chosen for provincial teams.”

Kolisi’s Junior School Soach, Eric Songwiqi, is the man who first spotted him and he played an important role in his move to Grey High School.

Songwiqi says talent alone cannot get one to the top.

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