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Lindokuhle Cele
Court postpones bail application of man accused of musician Cele’s murder
17 February 2020, 5:26 PM

The bail application of a man charged with the murder of up and coming musician Lindokuhle Cele has been postponed in the Umlazi Magistrate’s Court, south of Durban.

The postponement was granted to allow police investigators to verify the residential address of the accused Mvuyisi Noguda. Noguda is due to appear in court again on the 25th of February

Family, friends, gays and lesbian rights campaigners gathered in court to show their support for the slain aspiring Umlazi musician Lindokuhle Cele.

Cele was stabbed 21 times in full view of the public at a famous butchery in Umlazi, allegedly by 22-year-old accused, Mvuyisa Noguda.

Noguda looked anxious as he entered the dock, wearing blue jeans and a green golf shirt. Outside court, Cele’s family and Gay and Lesbian rights activists expressed their disappointment about the delay in the case.

Lesbian and Gay Bisexual Transgender and Queer coordinator Sbongiseni Khumalo explains.

“The communities are very angry because this guy was very innocent. We still don’t understand why did he kill him and for now as you can see when he was appearing in court it seems like he doesn’t care. We want a life sentence so that he cannot live with the community because he can’t live with the diversity he needs to understand that in this country. We are diverse, this is a diverse country, everybody has a right to live regardless of their sexual orientation, regardless of colour, regardless of language. We are here to support the family for this guy to be sentenced to life,” explains Khumalo.

Noguda is expected back in court next week Tuesday.

DA
DA announces Randall Williams as mayor candidate for Tshwane
17 February 2020, 5:22 PM

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has announced MMC Randall Williams as its mayoral candidate in Tshwane. He is earmarked to replace controversial Tshwane mayor, Stevens Mokgalapa who is vacating the office at the end of the month.

Williams is currently serving as Tshwane MMC for Economic Development. He came out tops against the current Acting Mayor Abel Tau and Speaker Katlego Mathebe.

The DA will, however, still need the support of opposition parties to retain the Mayor’s seat with Williams at the helm.

Steve smith and David Warner
Cricket Australia happy being back in SA since ball-tampering scandal
17 February 2020, 4:33 PM

The Australian national cricket team coach, Justin Langer, says his players are happy to be back in South Africa almost two years since the ball-tampering scandal at Newlands in Cape Town. Opening batsmen, David Warner and Steve Smith, who were slapped with 12-month suspensions are in the team and expect a hostile reception from Protea fans.

However, Langer, maintains his players have been good ambassadors for their country on-and-off the pitch and will continue to be during matches against the Proteas.

Warner and Smith were sent home in 2018 for attempting to alter the ball with sandpaper during their match with the Proteas at the Newlands stadium in Cape Town. The rivalry between South Africa and Australia is always heated with some marred by controversy and at times unsportsmanlike behaviour.

However, Australian coach, Justin Langer, says his players have been conducting themselves well on-and-off the pitch and he expects them to continue to do so during their tour of South Africa.

“We playing really good cricket. The numbers will tell you that but also playing in great spirit and we are hopeful that we can continue to do so because that’s the spirit cricket should be played in and there’s absolutely no reason why we cannot continue like that,” says Langer.

Warner and Smith have served their suspensions and have been forgiven back at home. Their return to South Africa would have reminded the local cricket fans of the scandal that made international headlines and became known as Sandpaper gate. The two can expect a hostile reception from the South African cricket fans. Langer says his players know that South African fans are passionate but won’t focus much on that but on playing good cricket.

“There was a brilliant reintegration back into the team before they came back into the team. We are really proud of how they have let the bat do the talking, again great ambassadors off the field and hopefully, they will be looking forward to playing good cricket here as well,” says Langer.

Australia will be using the tour to fine-tune preparations for the T20 World Cup on home soil in October. The Proteas, who are in the rebuilding phase after last year’s disappointing World Cup, will also be using the tour to prepare for the tournament.

The Proteas earlier Monday announced the resignation of Faf Du Plessis as captain of the Test and T20 team. Du Plessis cited wanting to step back to allow a new generation of leaders space as the reason for his resignation.

Australian captain, Aaron Finch, who stepped into the shoes of Steve Smith as the Australian team captaincy, says Quinton De Kock will have an even bigger impact in the Proteas as a captain considering his outstanding record.

“Quinton obviously taking the captaincy being so dynamic at the top of the order you have to be wary of it his record is outstanding and Heinrich Klaasen who hasn’t played much international cricket has been impressive,” says Finch.

Australia and South Africa will play three Twenty20 matches and three ODIs beginning on Friday. Their T20 match on February 26th will mark the tourists’ first match at Newlands since the 2018 scandal.

Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez
La Liga allows Barca to make emergency striker signing
17 February 2020, 2:55 PM

Spain’s footballing authorities have given Barcelona the green light to make an emergency signing after confirming forward Ousmane Dembele will miss at least the next six months with a hamstring issue.

The France international, who joins fellow striker Luis Suarez on the side-lines, underwent surgery in Finland last week.

Barca, who allowed youngster Carles Perez to leave for AS Roma in January on loan despite Suarez being ruled out for four months, now have a 15-day period in which they can sign a replacement – despite the European transfer window being closed.

Spanish football regulations allow sides to make emergency signings if they can prove they will be left short if player is ruled out for five months or longer. La Liga’s Medical Committee on Monday confirmed this was the case for Barca.

The rules also stipulate that any new signing must either be currently registered at a club in Spain or a free agent, however they will not be permitted to play in the Champions League.

Sietze Albertse
Inquest into anti-apartheid activist Aggett’s death set to continue
16 February 2020, 10:30 PM

The inquest into the death of anti-apartheid activist, Neil Aggett, will resume on Monday morning with more witnesses expected to give their testimonies.

On Friday expert witness Sietze Albertse, who deals with fingerprint analysis, told the court about the challenges of collecting and recreating the scene in Aggett’s cell.

Albertse had tried to verify how many fingerprints could have been realistically lifted from the cell bars.

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Former security branch police officer, Paul Erasmus also gave testimony saying that the apartheid government knew of the tortures the security branch officers put the political detainees through. He said government gave police free reign to intimidate, torture and even kill anti apartheid activists – just so they could keep the National Party in power.

“At the end of the day the government of the day, the regime of the day knew exactly what was going on. To imply that they didn’t is rubbish with the amount of publicity around this case made it impossible that they wouldnt know. It was either they were too useless to know or turned a blind eye – people like De Klerk turned a blind eye he was at all StratCom meetings.”

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Another witness  was anti-apartheid activist Keith Coleman, who was detained at the then John Voster Square Police Station in Johannesburg at the same time as Aggett. He testified that there was a big commotion in the corridors of the cells on the night unionist Aggett died.

“Usually after they lock the cells at night, until food was served in the morning, there was usually nothing going on. But on this occassion I heard footsteps, I heard a commossion outside my cell. So I jumped up and I ran to the window of my cell which was open. So I saw figures going past, so a moment later, I could hear the slamming going down the corridors, and my window slammed shut, these lurve windows my Lord, were just slammed shut in face, they’re opaque, but I could still make up figures moving past, but I couldn’t make up any detail at all.”

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Aggett’s close friend, Gavin Anderson was also detained during the apartheid years. He told the court that Aggett and other comrades advised him to leave the country as his life was in danger. He then fled to Botswana and came back in 1995. He remembered that fateful day when he was told of the death of Aggett while in exile.

“I think this was the biggest trauma in my life. I was very close to Neil. Closer than my brother. And over the next weeks and months I started feeling guilty about his death. I felt that it should have been me. I shouldn’t have left the country. It should have been me who was detained it have been me who was tortured. I even thought that perhaps if Neil hadn’t met me in the first place he would have never been gone on the course he did.”

Meanwhile Aggett’s close friend, Sipho Kubheka who attends the proceedings on a daily basis told SABC News that he knows Aggett would never have taken his life.

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