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Mourners gather for farm worker’s funeral
13 January 2018, 10:32 AM

Representatives from the African National Congress (ANC), Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) from Krugersdorp have joined hundreds of mourners at Ha-Mangilasi outside Thohoyandou, where the farm worker who was shot dead in Gauteng last Saturday is being buried.

Forty three-year-old Aaron Mutavhatsindi was killed, allegedly by a security guard, while driving a tractor.

Mutavhatsindi was accused of stealing the tractor from his employer.

His family says he often used the tractor to go home for lunch.

The suspect has been arrested and he will appear in court on Monday to apply for bail.

 

Muguruza aims for ‘pain-free’ Australian Open
13 January 2018, 8:50 AM

World number three Garbine Muguruza said Saturday she was hoping to be “pain-free” to begin her Australian Open campaign, but admitted she would have liked a better start to 2018.

The Wimbledon champion pulled out of the Sydney International with a thigh injury straight after beating Kiki Bertens on Wednesday.A week earlier she had retired from the Brisbane International with cramps.

“It’s true, I would like to have played more matches,” said the 24-year-old Spaniard, who said she was happy with her form, if not her fitness.”I only played two matches, but I felt that my tennis was good. I think sometimes you don’t need that many matches. With my experience, sometimes you play very good, and you don’t need 25 tournaments before,” she said.

Muguruza revealed her injury had responded well to treatment but she could not guarantee she would be 100 percent fit come the start of the year’s first Grand Slam on Monday.

“Well, it’s better. I’m training every day. I’m doing everything I can to be fully recovered,” she said. “Yeah, hopefully I’m pain-free and everything-free once the tournament starts. I feel I’m much better every day.”

The two-time Grand Slam winner is in the same half of the draw as world number one Simona Halep and takes on French wildcard Jessika Ponchet, ranked 270, in the opening round.

Muguruza, seeded three, could face another Frenchwoman, Caroline Garcia, in the quarters.

Cape woman goes to Equality Court over k word
13 January 2018, 8:38 AM

A Cape Town woman has laid a charge of hate speech at the Equality Court in Goodwood after a man allegedly called her the K word during an altercation.

The incident reportedly took place at a park in Bothasig on Christmas Day.

Azola Mfolozi says she was attending a family lunch when her cousin’s children were playing in the park with the neighbour’s children.

There was a disagreement between the children who then called their father.

Mfolozi says they went to speak to the Bothasig man, but an argument ensued during which he allegedly swore at their family and used racial slurs.

“A bit of back and forth and then he said the k word. After the k word I was literally just dumbfounded, I could not say anything. I’ve never in my entire life been called that. I’ve never even heard anybody say that in front of me. I’ve heard a lot of things and called about of things but that I should think really. I was taken aback I was really shocked.”

 

‘ANC is getting even stronger’
13 January 2018, 8:35 AM

African National Congress (ANC) members attending the party’s 106th birthday celebrations want the January 8 Statement to outlines policies regarding the economy, land and education.

The celebrations are being held at the Absa Stadium in East London, where newly appointed ANC President, Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver a speech.

Speaking to SABC Digital News, Legogang Mogoga from the ANC in North West says, “I’m looking to see our new president Cyril Ramaphosa address us as the members of the ANC, just to also pave the way forward in terms of where we are going in the next five years… in terms of the shape of the policy, we want to see radical economic transformation happen, we are hoping that that’s the message that is going to be communicated.”

“I’m hoping that he will touch on education, we are all looking for a different funding mechanism to make this happen and I think that is how we are going to advance our economy. I am really hoping that that the focal point is that and land without expropriation, we are looking to also hear more on that.”

Magoga says after 106 years the ANC is still strong. “We are getting even stronger and we are here to celebrate that.”

Ncetsi Mpofu from the  ANC in Gauteng says there is lots to celebrate for the as the ANC, as this is the year where Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu would of turned 100.

Vuyisile Plaatjie also from the ANC in Gauteng says he hopes that Ramaphosa’s speech will restore hope of South African people.

“As you know, economically the country is not doing well… and with Ramaphosa taking the reins from Jacob Zuma clearly shows that he can restore hope and make sure the ANC lives longer and stays in power.”

He says, “It is important that he speaks about the economy, when you speak about the economy, you are speaking about job creation, which means many young people are going to be liberated at some point , what we want is free education through out.”

Regarding the party’s anniversary, Plaatjie says, “I’m actually over the moon, I’m excited, I’m happy, it is the only liberation movement in Africa that is actually in power, so that clearly shows that it is still relevant out there and people still love it.”

D Day for embattled De Lille
13 January 2018, 7:56 AM

The Democratic Alliance’s highest decision-making body the Fedex is expected to meet Saturday to decide the fate of embattled City of Cape Town Mayor, Patricia de Lille.

She is accused of maladministration including dividing the party caucus in the council.

The DA says it’s acting in the best interest of the people of Cape Town and in the spirit of good governance.

It says it’s taking the allegations against De Lille very seriously.

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