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Egypt Embassy says mosque attackers not confirmed
12 May 2018, 8:53 AM

The Egyptian Embassy in South Africa says the nationality of the three men who attacked a mosque in Verulam north of Durban, has not been confirmed.

There have been reports that the attackers were of Egyptian origin, although the Imam of the mosque says the attackers were local men.

One person was killed and two others injured.

Ayman Walash is spokesperson for the Egyptian Embassy.

“There are on-going investigations by authorities in South Africa and let us not jump to conclusions. We are following the developments of the investigations until reaching the crux of the attack. Egypt consistently and strongly condemns extremism and terrorism in all its forms…. We express our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims – and we wish them a speedy and full recovery to those who were injured.”

Meanwhile, spokesperson for the Hawks in KwaZulu-Natal, Simphiwe Mhlongo, says a statement from one of the surviving victims has given them a lead that could potentially lead to the discovery of the identity of the suspects.

“As things stand now, members are still at the crime scene. Some of our members went to interview one of the victims from the hospital… One of the victims has been discharged from the hospital, and we also obtained a statement from him, which can give us clues of who the suspects are.”

Mhlongo has also urged members of the society to bring more information that could help to arrest the suspects.

At this stage we are busy obtaining any information that we can get from the members of the public… that information, we believe, it can help us in getting the whereabouts of the suspects. We also urge the members of this community who might see the suspect, to share that information with us,” says Mhlongo.

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Supra Mahumapelo
‘Mahumapelo’s fight against exit a strategy to get sympathy’
12 May 2018, 8:26 AM

Political analysts and observers, say embattled North West premier Supra Mahumapelo’s plan to mobilise members against those wanting to remove him from power, is just a strategy to garner sympathy.

Mahumapelo, who is on leave, addressed his supporters this week in Mahikeng. This was after he reneged on his pledge to resign as premier.

Political analyst Dr Oshupeng Maseng says Mahumapelo still wants to hang on to power.

“I think it is just a strategy for him to start mobilising at grounds level and other sectors of society to actually stand behind him during this trying time on his part. He is trying by all means to hang on to power he is trying by all means to mobilise society so that he chastised by the African national Congress (ANC),” says Maseng.

 

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Lamoer sentenced to 8 years for corruption
10 May 2018, 12:25 PM

Former Western Cape Police Commissioner, Arno Lamoer has been sentenced to eight years in prison, with two years suspended.

Lamoer and his three co-accused were sentenced by the High Court in Cape Town.

Lamoer, tow truck company owner Salim Dawjee, and police brigadiers Darius van der Ross and Colin Govender faced 109 charges of corruption, racketeering, and money laundering totalling R1,6 million.

Lamoer pleaded guilty to corruption charges in February this year. Dawjee has been found guilty of fraud and corruption; van der Ross and Govender were found guilty of corruption.

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Worker safety should be a priority in mining sector: Mantashe
10 May 2018, 11:44 AM

Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe says the safety of mine workers must be made a priority in the mining sector.

Mantashe was speaking at the memorial service for the seven mine workers who died last week at the Sibanye-Stillwater mine outside Carltonville on Gauteng’s West Rand.

The memorial service is underway at the Masizakhele Stadium.

Last Thursday, 13 workers were trapped underground after three seismic events which resulted in the deaths of the seven workers. Sibanye-Stillwater says the other six miners are recovering and are in a stable condition.

Mantashe says if a seismic event occurs, workers must be brought to the surface immediately.

“Let me first of all commit to the importance of a follow up health and safety summit for the industry. It is the primary responsibility of every employer to provide a safe working place. It is the responsibility of government to enforce the law. Mine workers must have a right to refuse to enter a dangerous place. I want us to reinforce this right. Once there is a seismic event we must anticipate that there is going to be a follow up seismic event and pull out workers out of the workplace,” says Mantashe.

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England recall Cipriani for South Africa tour
10 May 2018, 11:23 AM

Danny Cipriani’s three years in the England wilderness came to an end when he was recalled by coach Eddie Jones on Thursday for next month’s tour of South Africa.

The Wasps fly-half, regarded as one of the most talented English players of his generation, has not played for England since he build-up to the 2015 World Cup, when Stuart Lancaster was the Red Rose coach.

Cipriani’s stop-start international career has been interrupted by injuries, while his occasionally colourful off-field lifestyle has not endeared him to several England coaches.

But the 30-year-old has been in fine form for Wasps this season and he now has the chance to add to a tally of 14 Tests caps, the first won back in 2008, after persuading Australian coach Jones to include him in a 34-man squad for a three-Test series against the Springboks in June.

Hurricanes captain Brad Shields, set to join Wasps, was one of seven uncapped players in Jones’s squad despite being midway through the Super Rugby season.

With regular skipper Dylan Hartley still recovering from concussion, Saracens centre Owen Farrell has been appointed England captain for the tour, while the like likes of Danny Care, James Haskell and Dan Cole have been rested.

England head to South Africa on the back of a miserable end to their Six Nations which saw them lose successive matches to Scotland, France and Grand Slam champions Ireland — their worst run under Jone since the former Wallaby and Japan boss took over after their first-round exit at the 2015 World Cup.

While England have won Tests in South Africa, they’ve yet to win a series there.

Indeed they’ve only been successful in 23 percent of their matches against the Springboks in South Africa, with the last win coming in Bloemfontein in 2000.

“Our tour to South Africa will be the most exciting challenge for us as a group since 2016. We have an opportunity to create some history next month and win the Test series, something no England side has done before,” says Jones in a Rugby Football Union statement.

But although South Africa are traditionally one of rugby union’s strongest nations, the Springboks suffered a woeful couple of seasons under former coach Allister Coetzee.

There is optimism, however, that new boss Rassie Erasmus can spark a revival ahead of next year’s World Cup in Japan.

Squad:

Backs:

Fullbacks/wings: Mike Brown (Harlequins), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Nathan Earle (Saracens), Jonny May (Leicester) Denny Solomona (Sale)

Inside backs: Danny Cipriani (Wasps), Owen Farrell (Saracens, capt), George Ford (Leicester), Alex Lozowski (Saracens), Cameron Redpath (Sale), Dan Robson (Wasps), Henry Slade (Exeter), Ben Spencer (Saracens), Ben Te’o (Worcester), Ben Youngs (Leicester)

Forwards:

Back five: Tom Curry (Sale), Ben Earl(Saracens), Jonny Hill (Exeter), Nick Isiekwe (Saracens), Maro Itoje (Saracens), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Brad Shields (Hurricanes/Wasps), Sam Simmonds (Exeter), Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Jack Willis (Wasps), Mark Wilson (Newcastle)

Front row: Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter), Ellis Genge (Leicester), Jamie George (Saracens), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins), Mako Vunipola (Saracens), Harry Williams (Exeter)

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