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US decision to withdraw from Iran’s nuclear deal worries UN
9 May 2018, 9:55 AM

The United Nations (UN) Secretary General has expressed his concern at the United States decision to withdraw from what is known as the Iran nuclear deal.

In a statement shortly after US President Donald Trump announced Washington’s withdrawal, UN chief António Guterres called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action a major achievement in nuclear non-proliferation and diplomacy.

In his widely anticipated announcement, Trump called the deal defective to its core despite the position of the other parties to the agreement and the UN arguing that Iran had been in full compliance.

President Trump called Iran a leading state sponsor of terrorism while rubbishing one of the major foreign policy accomplishment of his predecessor former President Barack Obama.

“After these consultations, it is clear to me that we cannot prevent an Iranian nuclear bomb under the decaying and rotten structure of the current agreement. The Iran deal is defective at its core. If we do nothing, we know exactly what will happen. In just a short period of time, the world’s leading state sponsor of terror will be on the cusp of acquiring the world’s most dangerous weapons,” says Trump.

At the conclusion of his remarks, he immediately signed a memorandum to begin reinstating U.S. nuclear sanctions on Iran.

“As we exit the Iran deal, we will be working with our allies to find a real, comprehensive, and lasting solution to the Iranian nuclear threat. This will include efforts to eliminate the threat of Iran’s ballistic missile program, to stop its terrorist activities worldwide, and to block its menacing activity across the Middle East. In the meantime, powerful sanctions also go into full effect,” concludes Trump.

The analysis of the landmark 2015 JCPOA which included the EU, Russia and China, is that Iran had been in full compliance with its obligations while EU allies, in the main France and Germany, had urged the US to remain party to the agreement.

EU Foreign Policy Chief Frederica Mogherini says, “The EU regrets today’s statement by the President of the USA on the nuclear deal with Iran. Should the US reconsider their position, we would welcome it.”

“The US remains our closest partner and friend and obviously we will continue to work closely together on many other issues. But as we have always said, the nuclear deal is not a bilateral agreement and it is not in the hands of any single country to terminate it unilaterally,” adds Mogherini.

Of concern to the US are among others the sunset clauses in the agreement to some of the limits imposed on Iran, the countries separate ballistic missile programme and its growing influence in the Middle East, issues that are principally responsible for this decision.

The UN reaction came moments after President Trump spoke, the Secretary General’s spokesperson Stephane Dujarric says, “The Secretary General has consistently reiterated that the JCPOA represents a major achievement in nuclear non-proliferation and diplomacy and has also contributed to regional and international peace and security.”

“It is essential that all concerns regarding the implementation of the Plan be addressed through the mechanisms established in the JCPOA. Issues not directly related to the JCPOA should be addressed without prejudice to preserving the agreement and its accomplishments,” concludes Stephane.

In his reaction, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani indicated that they would continue to honour their obligations while expressing joy that President Trump, whom he called a nuisance, had left the agreement.

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Mayambela thanks Chippa United supporters
9 May 2018, 9:50 AM

Chippa United midfielder, Mark Mayambela has thanked the Eastern Cape fans for their tremendous support for the team throughout the season.

Mayambela says it’s also a privilege for him to play for an Eastern Cape-based team because of his Xhosa background.

The Cape Town born-player adds that the club enjoys playing in different parts of the Eastern Cape.

“We also play friendly games in Umtata and the reception we get is overwhelming. You can see the love of abantu base Eastern Cape which is great for the team and also a great morale boost for us. We have played in East London and we have never lost a game in East London because the people that comes to watch the game they show uthando and respect for us,” says Mayambela.

The team will play their last Absa Premiership match of the season when they meet Polokwane City in Polokwane on Saturday.

The Chilli Boys are currently sitting on the eighth position on the log table, and against City they will be eyeing for three points to cement their top eight spot.

KZN government to screen VIP security guards
8 May 2018, 4:31 PM

KwaZulu-Natal Department of Community Safety and Liaison working with police and the Private Security Industry Regulating Authority (PSiRA) will embark on a campaign to screen all VIP Security guards in the province.

Tabling the department’s R214 million budget MEC Mxolisi Kaunda says the department will also facilitate the development of the provincial firearms register to ascertain the number of people in possession of firearms and those who lost them.

“Working with the Private Security Industry Regulating Authority and the police we are going to embark on an intensive campaign to screen all VIP security guards. In partnership with other law enforcement agencies the department will embark on initiatives to conduct regular inspection in security companies to check if their firearms match licences issued,” says Kaunda.

Two more arrests for Moses Mabhida vandalism
8 May 2018, 9:25 AM

Two more people are due to appear in the Durban Magistrates Court in connection with the violence that broke out when Kaizer Chiefs lost 2-0 a Nedbank Cup semi-final match to Free State Stars at the Moses Mabhida Stadium last month.

Eighteen people were injured and millions of rands worth of damage was done when a large group of spectators invaded the pitch.

Two new suspects, one a school pupil and the other a gardener handed themselves over to police on Monday after the police circulated the pictures of 16 people that they were seeking.

Three men who were arrested earlier told the court that they would plead guilty last week.


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Mduduzi Manana
Manana files extortion charges against former domestic worker
8 May 2018, 8:51 AM

African National Congress (ANC) MP and former Deputy Minister of Higher Education Mduduzi Manana says he’s instructed his lawyer to file extortion charges against the family of his former domestic worker, Catherine Wiro.

This follows reports that Wiro was offered R100 000 to withdraw an assault case against Manana.

Wiro withdrew the case yesterday. She initially alleged that Manana had tried to push her down the stairs on Sunday at his double-storey home in Fourways, north of Johannesburg.

In a statement, Manana confirms employing Catherine Wiro as his domestic worker for two weeks.

He says he realised during Wiro’s first week at work that she often gave access to everyone who came to his house. He says he did warn her about a possible security risk.

Manana says the last straw was when Wiro granted access to his guest without first verifying with him.

Manana says he reprimanded Wiro for flouting the rules of the house.

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