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Cape Town Blitz eager to clinch Mzansi Super League title
13 December 2018, 8:53 PM

The Cape Town Blitz will host the inaugural Mzansi Super League final at Newlands on Sunday after topping the league standings.  The Cape franchise will play the winner of the Josi Stars and Paarl Rocks who play on Friday evening.

Blitz coach, Ashwell Prince, and his players are excited to be playing in the showpiece and are hoping that fans in Cape Town will come out and support the team so that the players can perform to a capacity crowd.

The Cape Town Blitz have dominated the Mzansi League from start to finish but are aware they have won nothing yet.  They won six of the 10 league matches.

It’s been a team effort with youngsters like Kyle Verryne, Ferisco Adams and Janneman Malan performing while the Proteas and overseas players were away.

Coach Ashwell Prince is happy and he has been impressed with the Mzansi Super League.

The star player for the Blitz has been the brilliant, mercurial Quinton de Kock who has won matches with the bat and been in the form that has seen bowlers in the opposition suffer as balls have been dispersed to all corners of the ground.

The Cape Town Blitz have the much sought after home final, now they are hoping their home crowd will fill Newlands on Sunday.

Zwelinzima Vava
Saftu to stage a two-day total shutdown next year
13 December 2018, 8:43 PM

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) says it’s planning to stage a two-day total shutdown in March 2019.

The federation says the protest will be felt across all cities and towns and it will involve the unemployed, the homeless and the employed.

Saftu’s Zwelinzima Vavi says the unemployment situation in South Africa has deteriorated since 1994 and this must change. Vavi says they have roped in civil rights groups and religious leaders to come on board.

“The central lesson we learned is that we need to get the poor to speak in one voice. We need to defeat the deliberate divisions by the ruling class. Create a gap between organized workers, unorganized workers and their unemployed counterparts,” says Vavi.

Mauricio Pochettino
Pochettino hopes to play last 16 at new stadium
13 December 2018, 7:35 PM

Mauricio Pochettino hopes his Tottenham Hotspur side’s qualification for the Champions League last 16 against the odds will be rewarded with a memorable first European night at their new stadium in February.

A 1-1 draw in Barcelona on Tuesday night meant Tottenham finished second in Group B to progress to the first knockout round where Juventus, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich or Paris St Germain are all possible opponents.

A series of delays to the north London club’s 62,000 seater new ground have meant Tottenham have been forced to continue playing home matches at Wembley this season and this week they announced that their game against Manchester United on January 13th would also take place at the national stadium.

After next Monday’s draw the Champions League resumes with the last 16 first legs in mid-February.

Governing body UEFA said a decision would be taken “before February” on where Tottenham will play the home leg of their last 16 tie.

Pochettino believes that playing in the new stadium would be a huge advantage for his team.

“I hope and I wish to play the first leg in the new stadium. It would be a massive boost for players and staff to play at the new stadium but the motivation will be there too if we play at Wembley.

We need to have the belief we can beat any opponents but of course it is going to be tough,” says Pochettino.

Tottenham bounced back from a recent defeat by Arsenal in the league and consecutive wins have lifted them into third place in the Premier League behind only Manchester City and Liverpool.

Saturday’s match against struggling Burnley gives them the opportunity to cut the gap on leaders Liverpool to three points while next Wednesday they face Arsenal again in the quarter-final of the League Cup.

“We are playing for three very important points, to be in the Premier League top four, for me it is a massive motivation and it is going to be a tough game. Every three days is always tough but we need to try to find the way to approach the game in the best condition,” says Pochettino.

Pochettino will assess the fitness levels of few players in training before selecting his squad for the weekend.

The club confirmed defenders Davinson Sanchez and Juan Foyth (both hamstring) have both entered the late stages of conditioning work, while full back Kieran Trippier (groin) continues his individual rehabilitation programme.

Burnley travel to Wembley seeking their first away win against Spurs in any competition since 1983.

Zuma in court
‘Zuma judgement is victory for taxpayers’
13 December 2018, 6:51 PM

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says the judgment of the High Court in Pretoria that former President Jacob Zuma will have to pay his own legal fees in personal criminal matters is a victory for protecting and saving taxpayers money.

This after the court upheld the application by the DA and EFF to set aside an earlier agreement authorising state funding for Zuma’s defence in criminal cases.

EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says it brings an end to civil servants misuse of taxpayer’s money when fighting legal battles.

“That tendency has been cut for good. Therefore we hope going forward all public representatives will be much more careful with usage of public resources in defence of any litigation and that we shall do so, mindful of the fact that at all times it must be in the public interest.” says Ndlozi.

In its reaction to the judgement, the Freedom Front Plus said it will introduce a private members’ bill to Parliament that will strictly govern the use of public funds for litigation involving the state.

FF Plus leader, Pieter Groenewald, says this will prevent millions of rands in tax payers money from being misused.

“We are of the opinion that strict legislation should be introduced where people in public office should first pay for legal costs themselves and only when found not guilty they can take and use tax payers money for that specific court case,” Groenewald says.

The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution has joined other organisations and political parties in emphasising the importance of the judgment that Zuma pay his own legal fees in personal criminal matters.

CASAC Executive Secretary, Lawson Naidoo says Zuma will now have his day in court.

“This is important judgment that exposes manner in which JZ went around trying to avoid having his day in court for over a decade…in course of its judgment court recounted all of the cases referred to luxury Mr Zuma took to enjoy at taxpayers expense.”

 

Home Affairs
Limpopo mother finally gets ID number for her child
13 December 2018, 5:04 PM

A Limpopo mother, whose child did not have an ID number for the first year of his life due to Home Affairs bureaucracy, has been helped following SABC News coverage.

31 year old Thembi Maluleke of Ndhambi village, outside Giyani, first learnt that she shared her ID number with another person in November 2017.

Maluleke had just given birth and the sharing of the ID led to her child not being issued with an ID number. She then applied for duplicate ID rectification, and visited her local Home Affairs office numerous times until she was informed in November this year that her application was no longer being processed.

SABC News first visited Thembi Maluleke on the 8th of November 2018, a day that marked a year since she discovered that she shared her ID with another woman.

The 8th of November was also the first birthday of her son.

The little information that Maluleke knew of the other woman included that she stayed in Namakgale, and that she has two children.

Maluleke also learnt that the other woman had been granted a new ID number, following a duplicate ID rectification process, which automatically blocked the shared ID number.

Maluleke applied for her own rectification. Eight months after making the application, and submitting all supporting documents, she was informed that her application was no longer being processed.

Maluleke then called SABC News, and a day later, her rectification was also granted. Her son’s ID number was then issued a few weeks later.

“After the media had helped me on the 8th of November, on the 9th of November I found out that everything was sorted. My duplicate was corrected and everything was in order. So it seems to me as if the home affairs people know how to work these things but they choose not to do their work.”

Maluleke says she is disappointed that she has had to pressurise Home Affairs to get her challenge to be resolved.

“My heart is broken because there are a lot of people who don’t know how to find help. For myself I had to go to the media after a year of suffering. What about the other people who don’t know the platform of going to the media; and who doesn’t know where to be helped; who queue the lines of home affairs to be helped? For my side I have been helped by the media, you really did a great job but what about the other people.”

Home Affairs spokesperson Thabo Mokgola was not available to comment by the time of broadcast.

 

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