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Nicholas Ninow.
Alleged Dros rapist expected to appear in court on Tuesday
5 March 2019, 5:18 AM

The man accused of raping a seven-year-old girl at a Dros restaurant in Silverton, Pretoria last year, is expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday morning.

He faces charges of possession of drugs, intimidation and rape after he allegedly forced the girl into the men’s toilets where he raped her.

In his last court appearance the suspect was found fit to stand trial after a 30-day psychiatric evaluation that the court had ordered.

He was referred to the Weskopies psychiatric hospital after it was submitted to the court that he suffered from bipolar disorder and had been abusing drugs from the age of 14.

The man allegedly raped the child in September last year. A trial date is expected to set and the matter transferred to the high court.

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Syrian Democratic Forces
U.S. backed Syrian force attacks final IS enclave
3 March 2019, 2:17 PM

The United States (U.S) backed Syrian force closing in on Islamic State‘s last territorial bastion near the Iraqi border expects a “decisive battle” on Sunday after advancing slowly, a spokesman said overnight.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) clashed with Islamic State (IS) for nearly 18-hours inside Baghouz after removing the remaining civilians and resuming their assault on Friday evening.

Capturing Baghouz, an eastern Syrian village on the bank of the Euphrates River, would cap four years of international efforts to roll back the jihadists, but the group remains a threat, using guerrilla tactics and holding some desolate land further west.

Thousands of fighters, followers and civilians had retreated to this tiny cluster of hamlets and farmland in Deir al-Zor province as Islamic State (IS) territory shrunk and over the last few weeks, they have poured out, holding up the final assault. The SDF has previously estimated several hundred IS insurgents to be inside.

The SDF commander-in-chief said on Thursday that his force would declare victory within a week.

Orlando Pirates head coach Milutin Sredojevic.
Pirates coach pleased with win against Golden Arrows
3 March 2019, 2:11 PM

Orlando Pirates head coach Milutin Sredojevic says a win against Golden Arrows was well deserved. A goal from Zambian striker Justin Shonga was enough for Pirates to collect maximum points in a Absa Premiership game played at Durban’s Sugar Ray Xulu stadium on Saturday night.

The Buccaneers remain in contention for the league title with the win, after Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits both dropped points.

Sredojevic says he is not worried about his fellow league contenders.

“We are not looking at our neighbors, we look exclusively at ourselves. We don’t want to comment about our opponents.”

Meanwhile,  Sredojevic has applauded Luvuyo Memela’s contribution to the team since coming from a long lay-off because of injury.

The former Cape Town All Stars man was instrumental for Pirates last season. The Serbian born coach says Memela will be very crucial in the upcoming CAF Champions league games.

“Regarding Luvuyo Memela, we are happy to get him back. Luvuyo has been an integral part of the team.”

Chris Gayle.
Gayle blasts Windies to victory after England collapse
3 March 2019, 2:00 PM

England’s batting line-up imploded in familiar fashion before Chris Gayle inspired the West Indies to a seven-wicket triumph in the fifth and final ODI international in St Lucia on Saturday to ensure the series ended drawn at 2-2.

The 39-year-old Gayle, playing in what may be his final home ODI, smashed 77 off just 27 balls after England had been skittled out for 113 in 28.1 overs, with Oshane Thomas doing most damage with five wickets.

Just three days after the visitors had posted 418 against the same attack, the West Indies, who won the test series between the two sides 2-1, this time needed just 12.1 overs to race to their target at 115-3.

“I thought about it walking round after the game, ‘will this be my last innings in the Caribbean?’ We’ll have to wait and see for now,” Gayle told Sky Sports after being named player of the series for his 424-run haul from the four completed matches.

“This will give us a big boost. It’s been a great series and I’m happy we tied the series. Being in such terrific form is fantastic for me; I think it’s my best ODI series stats-wise.”

Eoin Morgan’s side had started favourites to equal Australia’s record of winning a 10th successive ODI series but subsided limply amid a series of ill-judged shots on a pitch that offered help to the pace men.

Eight of England’s batsman fell to short-pitched deliveries, with Thomas cashing in to take 5-21 from 5.1 overs.

When West Indies batted it looked a completely different game, with Gayle giving another explosive display of hitting to add to his 162 from the previous game and his 135 from the opening match.

His nine sixes took his total to 39 across the four games, a record in a bilateral series.

Morgan had been keen to secure the win ahead of this summer’s World Cup and will be particularly disappointed in his batsmen, who never came to terms with conditions which were radically different from Grenada.

But from the moment Sheldon Cottrell bowled Jonny Bairstow for 11, England never looked comfortable with only Alex Hales and Jos Buttler, who both scored 23, looking capable of putting any sort of innings together.

England’s final five wickets went down for just two runs, and the last three wickets without scoring, as batsmen formed a regular procession to the pavilion en route to England’s 14th lowest ODI total.

Gayle won a personal battle with Mark Wood after the paceman removed fellow opener John Campbell for a single.

That proved a mere inconvenience for the self-styled ‘Universe Boss’, who struck a series of towering blows before he was finally bowled by Wood with West Indies in touching distance of victory.

The two sides now play three T20 games.

Khoisan people.
Communities under traditional leaders to have the final say
3 March 2019, 1:08 PM

Communities under traditional leaders, especially in rural areas, will be empowered to have a final say through majority votes when their leaders enter into partnerships or contracts. This once the Traditional and Khoisan Leadership Bill is signed into law.

The National Assembly passed the bill earlier this week with the amendments made by the National Council of Provinces (NCOP). It was first passed by the Assembly in November last year, sent to the NCOP for Concurrence and then the NCOP made changes and sent it back to the National Assembly.

Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Committee Chairperson Richard Mdakane says the amendment made by the NCOP was necessary.

“Many people particularly rural areas, they have always been raising that Traditional Council are not consulting them when entering into partnership with other companies and other individuals. And at the National Assembly we didn’t put it down that there should be majority decision making. The NCOP then  took it further to say when the traditional council and traditional leaders enter into an agreement or partnership with whoever, the majority of people in that area must have been consulted and also taking a majority decision. This really is a very important element which the NCOP added on.  Because at the National Assembly we ended up saying there must be consultation, in consultation. Because our understanding was that consultation simply means that you can’t take a decision unless you agree all of us. But I think they assisted when they put the majority of the people present at the meeting should have been consulted and also taken such a decision that you agree or you don’t agree.”

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