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WATCH: SARS Commission of inquiry
29 August 2018, 9:56 AM

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene is taking the stand at the SARS Commission of inquiry in Pretoria.

The commission, which enters its second week of public hearings, is probing governance and administrative issues during suspended SARS Commissioner Ton Moyane’s tenure at the revenue service, from 2014 to 2018.

Orlando Pirates fans.
Pirates back to winning ways
29 August 2018, 6:04 AM

Orlando Pirates returned to winning form in the Absa Premiership when they defeated Black Leopards 2-1 at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Buccaneers secured the victory despite playing almost two thirds of the match with 10 men and move to third place on the log with seven points from four matches.

Lidoda Duvha remain in sixth spot with five points after suffering a first defeat since their promotion back to the top flight.

Pirates wasted three clear cut chances of scoring within the first 10 minutes, first it was Vincent Pule just after kick-off. Then Thamsanqa Gabuza also failed to hit the target.

The Buccaneers had a chance to open the scoring in the 25th minute but again they let Leopards off the hook.

In fact it was Lidoda Duvha who scored an own goal to give Pirates the lead.

There was more drama as Gabuza , who had been the target of the Pirates supporters who booed him, then ran to the sidelines, threw his shirt into the crowd and disappeared down the players’ tunnel.

He didn’t reappear for the remainder of the first half, or even at the start of the second, with Pirates claiming that they were assessing an injury he supposedly sustained in celebrating the goal. Only five minutes after the restart he reappeared, with an ice pack strapped to his thigh.

Soweto giants

The referee duly showed him two yellow cards (presumably one for removing his shirt, another for leaving the field without permission) and he was dismissed, leaving the Soweto giants to continue with 10 men for the rest of the game.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, Pirates doubled their lead in the 65th minute. Xola Mlambo played a fine ball over the top of the defence and Pule this time kept his composure in front of goal, easing the ball past Muleka to make it 2-0.

Lidoda Duvha appeared to be down and out, but in the 70th minute they received a lifeline in spectacular fashion. Substitute Joseph Mhlongo saw his initial shot on the edge of the box blocked, but the ball looped up and fell kindly for him to have a second attempt – this time he ripped an unstoppable left-footed volley into the top corner to reduce the deficit.

Yet that was to be as good as it got for the hosts, who were unable to create any further openings. The teams will return to league action midway through next month, with Pirates and Leopards at home to SuperSport United and Bloemfontein Celtic respectively.

WATCH: Mnangagwa’s swearing in as Zimbabwe president
26 August 2018, 10:00 AM

Zimbabwe’s newly elected President, Emmerson Mnangagwa is being sworn in at an ceremony in the capital, Harare.

The main opposition MDC-Alliance refuses to accept Mnangagwa’s election victory and is not expected to attend the inauguration.

Cape Town City see off Sundowns 1-0
26 August 2018, 7:38 AM

Cape Town City have beaten a second string Mamelodi Sundowns one-nil in the first leg of the MTN8 semi-final at the Cape Town Stadium.

Sundowns were unlucky to be when the post denied them goals on two occasions in the second half.

Already thinking about Tuesday’s must win CAF Champions League group match against Horoya of Guinea, Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane made nine changes in his usual starting 11.

The only goal of the match was scored by Taariq Fielies in the 75th minute.

The two sides will meet again in the second leg in Pretoria next Sunday.

Meanwhile, SuperSport United and Kaizer Chiefs lock horns in their first leg of the MTN8 semi-final at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Sunday.

SuperSport coach cautious ahead of Chiefs’ clash
25 August 2018, 1:20 PM

SuperSport United have a date with Kaizer Chiefs in their MTN8  first leg semi-final at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville in Pretoria on Sunday afternoon.

Since new coach Kaitano Tembo has taken over the coaching reigns, SuperSport have been flying high.

Tembo has won three of his previous matches and could cause an upset against Amakhosi in Sunday’s second semi-final, but he is wary of the Chiefs brand.

So far this season, Kaizer Chiefs have managed just one win — their worst start since 2008.

New coach, Giovanni Solinas, is under pressure to appease the ever demanding Chiefs supporters.

Solanis says they will approach the two legged tie as a 180 minute match.

Cape Town City are meanwhile at home against Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday afternoon.

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