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Orlando Pirates coach Micho Sredojevic.
Sredojevic blames players for loss to SuperSport United
21 February 2019, 10:23 AM

Orlando Pirates coach Micho Sredojevic has put the blame on their 1-0 loss to SuperSport United, on his players.

Sredojevic says had the players made good use of their turnovers, the results in the only ABSA Premiership match played at the Mbombela Stadium last night, would’ve been be different.

The coach also lamented captain Happy Jele’s missed penalty that would have brought the Bucs back into the game.

“We created chances but it was not enough. We needed to convert them, I believe that penalty would totally turn the game upside and space to attack more; to go even for a win because we have come with an intention of a win, it looks like pressure has entered inside us.”

National Armed Forces Day.
Armed Forces Day celebrated
21 February 2019, 7:48 AM

The commemoration of the sinking of the SS Mendi in the English Channel in 1917 in which more than 600 South African soldiers perished will form part of the activities of the SANDF’s Armed Forces Day in Cape Town on Thursday.

The annual event has been held in different provinces since 2013.

The Western Cape is the seventh province to host Armed Forces Day.

Spokesperson, Brigadier General Mafi Mgobozi, says the main aim is to honour those soldiers who died in the line of duty and those who continue to serve in the army.

“It also coincides with the commemoration of the SS Mendi, the Armed Forces Day is also the way of testing the capabilities of the SANDF, if anything can happen, will the SANDF be able to deploy their forces in any province, we are testing our logistical capabilities and the state of readiness of the South African Defence Force.”

Meanwhile, Western Cape Minister of Community Safety Alan Winde, has called on the National Defence Force to rather assist police with peace-keeping, than to go on week-long, expensive parades which are paid for by tax payers.

Winde says since 2012 the Western Cape government has made 12 separate formal demands for the temporary deployment of the SANDF as a visible peacekeeping force, to free up police to do investigative work.

He says their shooting of artillery as fanfare, is traumatising gang-ridden communities, who rather want the army to assist them.

“You just have to walk the streets in these communities that are so crime-ridden, that are dealing with these shootings every night, whose children are being shot and murdered. Ten murders a day. It would have been way better to have our military supporting our police rather than disrupting.”

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Empire actor Jussie Smollett
Chicago police charge Empire actor with filing false report of assault
21 February 2019, 7:15 AM

US police on Wednesday charged Empire actor with lying to authorities about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack on the streets of Chicago.

Jussie Smollett, who stars in the Fox network drama “Empire,” is facing felony criminal charges of disorderly conduct and filing a false police report.

He claimed that on January. 29th two masked men beat him late at night in downtown Chicago while yelling racist and homophobic slurs.

The alleged incident initially seemed to serve as an example of growing intolerance in the US and led to an outpouring of support for the actor. But over the following weeks, the 36-year-old went from victim to suspect.

“Felony criminal charges have been approved by Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office against Jussie Smollett for Disorderly Conduct / Filing a False Police Report,” Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement late Wednesday.

“Detectives will make contact with his legal team to negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest.”

Smollett’s attorneys promised to conduct their own investigation and mount “an aggressive defence.”

“Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked,” attorneys Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson said in a statement.

The actor reported to police that his alleged assailants poured bleach on him, tied a rope around his neck, and yelled “This is MAGA country” – a reference to US President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan.

But detectives grew suspicious of the account after interrogating two men who reportedly revealed that they were hired to stage the incident.

Chicago TV station WBBM said the men, brothers Ola and Abel Osundairo, claimed Smollett was unhappy that a threatening letter he had earlier received at the Chicago studios where “Empire” is filmed had not received enough attention.

Gloria Schmidt, the brothers’ attorney, told reporters Wednesday that the men testified under oath about what they knew without a plea agreement and did not expect to be charged with a crime.

“They’re not guilty of anything,” Schmidt said.

“I think Jussie Smollett should come clear, because the truth will set him free,” she said.

The initial news of Smollett’s claims led to widespread condemnation and shock. An outpouring of support came from public figures such as Emma Watson, Katy Perry, and Joe Biden.

Senators and Democratic 2020 presidential candidates Cory Booker and Kamala Harris both called the incident “an attempted modern-day lynching.”


President Trump commented that the alleged attack was “horrible.”

But Smollett’s story appeared to unravel with a steady stream of leaks to US media, and has since become a cautionary tale in an era where incomplete information is quickly spread via social media.

“Many politicians and journalists seemed to suspend all critical thought in a campaign to indict not just Mr. Smollett’s attackers but the country as a whole,” opinion writer Noah Rothman wrote in The New York Times.

The Chicago Tribune newspaper echoed that sentiment, while warning that the crime Smollett described “certainly was possible.”

A 2018 analysis published by The Center for Public Integrity found more than 2.4-million crimes between 2012 and 2016 in which hate was suspected to be a motivating factor.

FBI statistics show hate crimes rose 17% in the US in 2017, especially against African-American and Jewish populations.

“The real tragedy in all of this is that hate crimes are, in fact, on the rise in the Trump era,” Rothman said.

Senator Harris was among those struggling to reconcile her initial statements with how the case has unfolded, when asked on Monday by a reporter about what she now thought of Smollett’s claims.

“It’s something we should all take seriously whenever anyone alleges that kind of behaviour, but there should be an investigation,” Harris said, according to Fox News.

Cyber-bullying.
Suicide due to cyber-bullying not taken seriously: Montana community
21 February 2019, 6:57 AM

The Doornpoort community in Montana, north of Pretoria, is accusing the Gauteng Education department of not seriously addressing the matter of a schoolgirl’s suicide after a cyber-bullying incident.

A video of the girl naked has been doing the rounds on WhatsApp.

The community says Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi’s failure to visit the school shows neglect from the department.

Doornpoort Community Forum chair Tshepo Loso says, “We would really like to know and be involved in the investigation that the department will be running in order for us to also contribute in preventing such things from happening again, because it was clear to us as the community that the school does not have measures or mechanisms or methodologies to deal with such cases whenever there is a matter like this that arises.”

State capture commission senior counsel Vincent Maleka.
State Capture Inquiry resumes with Eskom related documents
21 February 2019, 6:43 AM

State Capture Commission senior counsel Vincent Maleka, is expected to continue putting Eskom related documents on the record when the public hearing continues on Thursday morning in Parktown, Johannesburg.

Wednesday, Maleka said the commission would interrogate a transaction between Eskom and a Chinese asset management company called ‘Huarong’.

Maleka said that the ‘Huarong’ transaction possessed elements of corruption and state capture but has never been investigated.

Advocate Vincent Maleka said the commission will probe the contractual relationships between Eskom, McKinsey and Gupta-owned Tegeta Mineral Resources.

Maleka said the commission will interrogate all the findings made by previous investigations into Eskom, including that of former public protector Thuli Madonsela.

He said the second part of the gaps analysis will also look at transactions that were affected by corruption or malfeasance but never investigated.

Chairperson of the Eskom board, Jabu Mabuza is scheduled to appear before the State Capture commission of inquiry on Friday, February 22.

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