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Chaos breaks as new leader of the Zulu nation is announced
7 May 2021, 8:16 PM

A meeting of the AmaZulu royal family at kwaNongoma, in northern Kwazulu Natal, has descended into chaos after the reading of the will of AmaZulu regent, Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu, in which she proposed that her oldest son, Prince Misizulu Zulu ascend the throne.

In a letter dated the 23rd of March, the Queen said Prince Misuzulu Zulu ascending the throne would be subject to the royal family accepting her proposal.

Police had to hastily escort Prince Misuzulu, his siblings and the Traditional Prime Minister, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi from the tent where the will was being read.

As our SABC News Ayanda Mhlongo reporting on the scene, chaos erupts following the announcement of preferred AmaZulu King:

Forty-six-year old Prince Misuzulu Zulu kaZwelithini is the oldest son of King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu and Queen Mantfombi Dlamini-Zulu.

Queen Mantfombi said Prince Misuzulu is the oldest son she bore the King, and that he descends from both the AmaZulu royal house as well as the Eswatini royal family.

Prince Zulu will have to accept the nomination, failing which, any of his brothers could be the next king by vote, through secret ballot.

Prince Misuzulu Zulu nominated preferred successor to AmaZulu King:

Police on the scene

The regent of the Buthelezi clan inkosi Mpikayise Buthelezi explaining what happened in the meeting, says, “Actually, after advocate read the will, there was a complaint, a bitter complaint on the other side of the royal family. They’re trying to oppose whatsoever written in the will. They’re trying to oppose that. But the premier of the Zulus, which I’m a deputy of, told them they must stop. He told them it’s not a time to discuss anything here.”

More police are deployed at the AmaZulu Royal House following succession drama:

Misuzulu Zulu announced new  leader of the Zulu royal family
7 May 2021, 7:38 PM
Prince Misuzulu Zulu has been announced as the new  leader of the Zulu royal family after the will of his late mother, Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu was read out in front of family members.
Advocate TG Madonsela read out the Queen’s will at the royal home at Nongoma in Northern Kwazulu Natal on Friday night.

Madonsela says the Queen had hoped the new leader would be accepted and given support.

“After the untimely demise of our king, King Goodwill Zwelithini, the need to fill up the position of the fallen king has arisen. It is to be appropriate and befitting of the great Zulu nation to bestow the honour given to me by his majesty to my son, Misuzulu Zulu.”

Prince Misuzulu Zulu will have to accept the nomination, failing which, any of his brothers could be the next king by vote, through secret ballot.

The US-educated Prince is the oldest son of Queen Mantfombi and the late King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu.

Chaos 

There has been a commotion at the scene in Nongoma after the reading of the Queen’s will. A man had apparently tried to challenge the naming of the successor – but was told to sit down by the Traditional Prime Minister, Mangosuthu Buthelezi.

Police then hastily escorted Prince Misizulu Zulu from the scene.

Memorial service

Earlier, members of the AmaZulu and Eswatini royal families, former President Jacob Zuma, government ministers and amakhosi from different areas attended the memorial service of the late AmaZulu regent.  There was a sombre mood among mourners, especially women and maidens, who had close contact with the Queen.

Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi says he was looking forward to the contribution Queen Mantfombi would have made when she was appointed regent only about a month ago.

Queen Mantfombi’s memorial service in full: 

Memorial service

Earlier, members of the AmaZulu and Eswatini royal families, former President Jacob Zuma, government ministers and amakhosi from different areas attended the memorial service of the late AmaZulu regent.  There was a sombre mood among mourners, especially women and maidens, who had close contact with the Queen.

Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi says he was looking forward to the contribution Queen Mantfombi would have made when she was appointed regent only about a month ago.

Queen Mantfombi’s memorial service in full: 

Call for unity

Both KwaZulu-Natal premier Sihle Zikalala and the chairperson of the province’s House of traditional leaders Inkosi Phathisiwe Chiliza have called for unity among members of the royal family.

This as King Goodwill Zwelithini’s first wife Queen Sibongile and two of her daughters challenge his will in court. Elders in the royal family have also called into question Buthelezi’s position as prime minister.

Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma paid tribute to the queen’s work with women.

“She was always supportive of the development of women and children, especially the maidens. She was against the abuse of women and children. The Queen was giving direction to the young children.”

Delivering the eulogy Zikalala said the queen leaves a lasting legacy.

“The work and legacy of the Queen will remain behind and it will be difficult to erase. We, as the government of KwaZulu-Natal, will always support unity and peace among the Royal family.”

Health Department notes ‘worrying trend of increasing COVID-19 numbers’
6 May 2021, 10:21 PM

The Department of Health has noted a “worrying trend of increasing numbers of detected cases in a number of districts.” This comes at a time when the country is preparing itself for the forecast third wave of the coronavirus (COVID-19). 

According to the statement released on Thursday evening, while three provinces –  the Free State, Gauteng, Northern Cape and North West  – are of particular concern”, every province, with the notable exception of Eastern Cape, has at least one district of concern. 

Since the last reporting period, the country has recorded 2 149 new COVID-19-related cases, taking the cumulative number of cases to 1 590 370. This is the second day in a row the country is recording more than 2 000 cases. 

There have also been 63 COVID-19 fatalities, bringing the death toll to 54 620The most number of the latest fatalities come from the Free State with 21 deaths, followed by Gauteng 17, the Western Cape at 6, KwaZulu Natal and the Northern Cape at 5 and Mpumalanga at 6.   

Below is the latest SA stats: 

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The Department of Health says other provinces can learn from the measures implemented by the Eastern Cape to mitigate the impact of the virus in the tournament.  

This reinforces the message that we can all play our part to ensure that these rise in infections do not turn into a third wave. We all know what it takes to keep the coronavirus at bay – strict wearing of masks, sanitizing and avoiding crowded gatherings,” says Mkhize in a statement. 

The Eastern Cape Health Department says their COVID-19 tracers are working around the clock to track down any possible contacts to the 14 crew members that tested positive for the coronavirus on a vessel from India. 

The vessel docked at the Port of Ngqura to transfer the infected crew members off the ship. The ship was en route to Kenya. 

Mkhize says scientists are working hard to examine samples taken from patients.  

“One of the sequences of a traveller has been completed and it turned out to be the B.1.351 variant – the one that is circulating here in South Africa. This tells us that one cannot assume that a traveller carries any particular variant and this is why we insist on being guided by the science,” says Mkhize. 

“Having said that, we do share the concerns of our citizens that we could import a variant of concern that can drive another wave. For this reason, the NCCC is deliberating on the issue of border control and final determinations will find expression in Cabinet and be communicated to the public accordingly. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa says the variant of the COVID-19 virus that is raging in India is very worrying.
He was answering questions during a hybrid sitting of the National Assembly where he was grilled by opposition, mainly, on the country’s vaccination procurement and the roll out of vaccination programme. 

Ramaphosa also says government is still considering whether a travel ban against India should be imposed based on research by the national corona virus command council.

“We are looking at scientific research before making decision – what exactly the variant is about. Also, how do we respond? Many people have said impose a ban. But we are examining the efficacy of this process.”

While awaiting a report from the National Coronavirus Command Council, government will soon make decisive decisions on what measures to take. 

What Hugo Broos needs to know before he’s ‘bruised, battered or bossed’
6 May 2021, 4:50 PM

Unbruised and clear in his thought, the first thing Hugo Broos needs to know is that he has just walked into a lion’s den. In a lion’s den, you kill or you get killed. If you walk out alive, even if you are bruised, Hugo, you will be boss! He can either kill like Clive Barker once did, or he can get killed like Shakes Mashaba and many others.

Wait, there’s another option. He can still escape like Carlos Alberto-Parreira, but if he doeshe mustn’t send us his cousin.   

He comes from Belgium, where since 1904 the country’s national team has had 24 coaches. That is 24 coaches in 117 years. Here, he is the 24th coach and that is in 29 years. So, go figure. Eat or be eaten! By the way, that was still the first thing.

The second thing he needs to know is about the second coming of the messiah … no, let’s just say the coming of the messiah. Broos needs to know he is coming into a country in which for decades, the football association has had a lackluster attitude towards football development, without proper preparations and a lack of long-term vision and continuity. SAFA has always sought the messiah – not even the second coming, but the first – whom they hoped would come and work magic. To this day, the messiah hasn’t come, which explains why we have had, in 29 years, an equal number of coaches you have had in Belgium in 117 years. The association is searching for the messiah and right now, they hope Broos is the one who will walk on water and turn water in wine.     

However, Broos, hopefully, would know that football, especially on the international stage, does not work like that. Winning championships is a mere reflection of the quality of the preparation towards that event. Without visionproper preparation and continuity, you are as good as absent.  

Every coach that eventually walked away from this team bruised and battered, could be defended that it really didn’t matter who coached this team – whether it was World Cup-winning Parreira or a chancer like Phillipe Trousier – the team lacked the quality to take on the world.  

But Broos does not have that luxury. If he fails, it’s on him.  

Whether by chance or design, the 69-year-old, the oldest ever Bafana Bafana coach, comes in under completely different circumstances. If we talk about laying the foundation, the foundation is there for a decent team to qualify for events like the Africa Cup of Nations and the FIFA World Cup and actually go on to do well.  

Now, to help Broos a little, perhaps it is best, at this point, to recap his own nation’s resurgence. Since the notable performance by Belgium, finishing fourth at the 1986 FIFA World Cup, the Red Devils failed to repeat that feat for years to comeThis culminated in their failure to even qualify for the 2006 Fifa World Cup in Germany.  

Four years prior, Belgium had already embarked on a plan to rebuild the team. 

In 2008, Belgium started reaping the benefits of their investment when the golden generation began to emerge at the Olympics in Beijing. But because rebuilding is a process, the team still failed to qualify for the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa. 

However, the team was back at the World Cup in 2014 in Brazil after 12 years under Marc Wilmots and went on to reach the quarterfinals of the tournament, winning all their group stage matches against Algeria, Russia and South Korea 

Four years later, in Russia, the team went on to surpass their 1986 fourth-place finish, by finishing third.  

While coach Roberto Martínez should also be credited with this achievement, it would not have happened without the long-term vision and the years of proper preparations leading up to the 2008 Olympics.  

Eight players from the 2008 Olympics team, including the likes of Vincent KompanyThomas Vermaelen, Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembélé, and Marouane Fellaini were in the team that reached the quarterfinals in Brazil, six years after the Beijing trip.

Fifteen players from the Brazil tournament, with names like Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, with the experience of five players from the 2008 Olympics were part of the squad that gave Belgium’s best-ever World Cup performance in Russia.  

Vision, preparation, continuity, vision, preparation, continuity. 

When Wilmot took over as Belgium coach in 2012, he had been an assistant coach to Georges Leekens since 2009, helping him to continue with the foundation laid ahead of time. 

The following is key 

In an interview with the Daily Mail’s Stephen McGowan, Belgian’s Football Manager, Michel Sablon, said, ‘‘We made a brochure. It was more of a book, in fact. We had a whole group of people around a table in the technical department and we decided to make a plan for three target groups. First of all was the clubs, secondly the national team and third the coaches of the schools. So, we adopted the same vision for all three groups. We went to the clubs and asked them to play a certain way below under-18 levels. We asked them to play 4-3-3 with wingers and three midfielders and a flat back four. In the old days, it was always a flat back three, so this was brand new to them. It took more than five or six years before everyone could bring themselves to accept it.” 

Vision, preparation, continuity, vision, preparation, continuity. 

Broos would need to stamp his authority in this regard. SAFA’s top brass dilly-dallied on what his mandate was and if he doesn’t immediately demand the mandate, what the vision is and the plan to achieve those objectives, he is doomed for failure like all the others that came before him.   

Whether by design or accident, Broos might be the most fortunate coach to take over the South African national team. This, to some extent, under similar circumstances his own country found itself in at some point and depending on how he, together with the local football community, builds on this foundation there is the potential to restore some pride in the national team. 

Broos comes in at a time when the U23 are preparing to travel to the Tokyo Olympics in Japan. Never has in the history of this football there been a team that goes through all the important junior international competitions. This group of players has been to the 2015 U17 Fifa World Cup in Chile; the 2019 U20 Fifa World Cup in Poland and are now getting ready for the Olympics. If you think they are not prepared for the big stage, having amassed no less than 39 international competitions games, some of these youngsters have been exposed to international competitions more than some of the players in the senior national team and have already played against some of the stars that will emerge in Qatar 2022. 

The majority of these players are already getting game time in the local games and some are exposed to higher competitive matches playing abroad. This is very important, as Broos’ countryman, Eden Hazard, in an article titled Why Belgium has the most exciting footballers in the world, was quoted in 2013 as saying, “When we do get together, it is important we have all been immersed in the same football culture. In England, it is one country and pretty much one style of football, very intense, generally high-tempo, so we do share that. There are others who come in from [Spain’s] La Liga or elsewhere, really good players who bring different things, but the players in England do share something I think.” 

Unlike, Michel Sablon’s plan to revamp Belgium’s football altogether where they immersed the country in one football culture, South Africa didn’t have that. This is not for lack of a football philosophy. The philosophy is there and it is well defined, but it is the implementation of that philosophy that has always been the biggest shortcoming. South Africa is characterised by a myriad of football cultures and the toothless South African Football Association’s Technical Committee has failed to take the lead in this instance.  

But what is SA’s football philosophy? 

Former University of Pretoria FC Head Coach, Zipho Dlangalala, who was also in charge of the Als Puk Tawana, says, “For me, the SA Football Philosophy is based on three legs – technique, mobility and creativity. It is evidenced by short pass combinations, continuous movement – physical and psychological and a lot of improvisation. Players are always looking for new ways to express themselves in the game. It is very offensive, in nature. Defending is a ‘default’ moment. You can go on and on – self-expression, exuberance, team cohesion, individual arrogance, technical, fun, carnival, intriguing, etc.” 

According to, football Development Coach Omar Davids, “There exist unique traits of creativity and improvisation associated with disguise and tactical surprise. Players are able to function in a diversified range of positions due to their mobility and capacity to understand different roles and positions,” Davids explains. “The physical capacities of reaction speed, explosiveness, speed and endurance allows for distinction somatic factors (specifically built of footballers) to complement our play dynamics. Our players have inherited a strong dedication to the sport despite the adversities of oppression and marginalization. Our players are resilient, creative and artistic by nature. Most if not all of these characteristics have been exhibited by the greats in world football; Maradona, Platini, Cruyff, Pele, Puskas, Eusebio, Zidane, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, Kaka, etc.” 

Broos would have to engage the technical committee as a matter of urgency on this note and borrow from Sablon’s plan to rebuild Belgian football and try to apply the plan in the context of South Africa’s specifics. 

But most importantly, Broos needs to familiarise himself with the philosophy and premise the style of play for the national team on this football ideology. That is paramount! This involves engaging with the coaches of junior national teams on this and perhaps even co-opting into the senior national team, the U23 technical team led by coach David Notoane. This will go a long way in ensuring there is continuity in from the U17 up until the senior national team in terms of the playing personnel but also the culture. With the second round of the Fifa World Cup qualifiers set to kick off in four months, these engagements will come in handy in making sure there is smooth incorporation of some of the U23 side players into the senior team with some of the already key members of the senior team, to ensure that the team is ready in time for the qualifiers and Qatar. 

The nation is hungry for success. The foundation is laid strong. Qualifying for Qatar is, under these circumstances, non-negotiable. If SAFA are not clear on what Broos’ mandate is, the nation’s expectations will serve as the mandate.  

Broos would also need to know that South Africans don’t just want to win. South Africans want to win with style and arrogance. They have their own Samba and they call it Diski. If he familiarises himself with this and maximizes on it, there is reason for him not to one day leave this country bruised and battered. 

Welcome to the jungle. This is Africa after all.

 

‘Unanimous decision’ on Hugo Broos: Danny Jordaan
5 May 2021, 2:08 PM

The South African Football Association (SAFA) has announced Belgian-born coach, Hugo Broos, as the new Bafana Bafana coach. Brooks, the oldest coach to ever be appointed for the South African national team, will take over from Molefi Ntseki who was fired last month following failure to qualify the team to the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations.

The announcement was made by SAFA CEO Tebogo Motlanthe on SABC Sport.

According to SAFA President Danny Jordaan, the decision to appoint Broos was a unanimous decision.

Broos, addressing the media virtually, says, “We will do everything in our power to make sure the team qualifies for the World Cup.” He is expected to touch down in the country next week.

The 69-year-old has had a fair history of club success, winning championships with Club Brugge in 1992 and 1996. During his six-year spell at the club, he also won the Belgian Cup twice as well as the Belgian Supercup on four occasions 

Anderlecht, KRC Genk, Zulte Waregem and the now defunct Excelsior Mouscron are some of the other clubs Broos managed in Belgium.  

Outside of Belgium, Broos also managed Panserraikos F.C. in Greece, Trabzonspor in Turkey, as well as an assistant coach at Al Jazira Club in the United Arab Emirates. 

But it is his record with the national teams that looks somewhat doubtful. Cameroon is the only national team he has ever coached in his career. But then again, having taken the reins in Cameroon in 2016, he led the team to the Afcon championship. While that cannot be overlooked, is it enough to make him the best man for the Bafana Bafana job?  

Broos will be faced with the immediate task of getting the team ready in time for the second round of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers set to kick off in June. Knowledge of the local dynamics will come in handy, but there is no doubt that is where the Belgian will fall short. Bafana needs someone who already knows the quality at hand and is ready to hit the ground running. None of the foreign-based coaches that were earmarked for the position, including the Broos, has those qualities. That is why Pitso Mosimane, Gavin Hunt and Benni McCarthy were back in the running, and settling for Broos already raises question as to whether the right appointment was made. 

The association has not confirmed the appointment of Broos’ assistant coach. This following rumours that former coach, Ntseki is earmarked to make a big comeback on the Bafana Bafana technical team bench.

However, Motlanthe would not confirm whether Ntseki was rejoining the national team.

“We are still busy with the talks with Ntseki. I would also like to respect the employer-employee confidentiality,” says Motlanthe.

Jordaan has denied there is a dispute between SAFA and Ntseki.

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