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Sanef concerned about increasing attacks on journalists
3 May 2018, 10:52 AM

The South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) has joined journalists around the globe in celebrating World Press Freedom Day.

The day is held to celebrate press freedom and evaluate its status. It is also to recommit to defending attacks on journalists.

On Monday, ten journalists were killed in Kabul in Afghanistan in what the Editors Forum has described as the deadliest day for the media since 2001.

Sanef has expressed concern at the increasing attacks on journalists especially by communities during protests.

Sanef chairperson Mahlatse Mahlase says, “Just last week an SABC crew, their equipment was damaged because community members’ don’t like the fact that media is doing their job, which is to expose them when there’s looting of shops like we saw in North West. So, ordinary people in South Africa must see media freedom as their right.”

“It is not just the journalist being able to do their job. What we are doing, we are doing on their behalf. The Constitution protects their right to know. And it is the media that brings them that right to know.”

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Over 300 arrested for various crimes in Limpopo
3 May 2018, 10:28 AM

More than 300 suspects aged between 19 and 47 have been arrested for various crimes including murder, rape and business robberies in various parts of Limpopo.

Police spokesperson Moatshe Ngoepe says they were arrested during an operation conducted from Wednesday until Thursday morning.

Ngoepe says several items including, nine vehicles and 38 cellphones were confiscated.

“The continuous fight against any form of criminality by the members of the South African Police service in Limpopo is still gaining momentum. Their commitment around the clock, through operation Fiela, ensures crime is defeated with meaningful results. The intelligence Led Joint Operations comprising of various police units kept until on Thursday morning targeting the most crime infested areas. In all the clusters during this operation 397 suspects aged between 19 and 47 years were arrested for various offences ranging from murder,” says Ngoepe.

 

Mega match-ups as CAF Champions League groups kick off
3 May 2018, 9:45 AM

The 2018 CAF Champions League group phase kicks off this weekend with mega matches in Egypt, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Africa among the eight fixtures.

North African giants Al Ahly of Egypt and Esperance of Tunisia clash this Friday followed by TP Mazembe of DR Congo against Entente Setif of Algeria the following day.

Another Saturday showdown, between Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa and title-holders Wydad Casablanca of Morocco, is also set to draw a large crowd and global TV audience.

AFP Sport takes a group-by-group look at the matchday 1 fixtures in the premier African club competition with group winners and runners-up advancing to the quarter-finals.

Group A

The Ahly-Esperance fixture has been moved from Cairo to Alexandria for security reasons as the Tunisians seek revenge for a 2017 quarter-final loss when the clubs last met.

Record eight-time champions Ahly will miss injured Moroccan striker Walid Azaro and his Nigerian partner Junior Ajayi is doubtful for a match the Egyptian club should win.

Township Rollers of Botswana host Kampala Capital City Authority of Uganda in Gaborone and it is hard to imagine either side challenging Ahly or Esperance for the top two places.

Group B

While the outcome of Group A appears clearcut, the same cannot be said of Group B, which is likely to be the toughest of the four mini-leagues to qualify from.

Mazembe have won the competition five times and Setif twice and home advantage should give the Congolese the edge in the intimidating cauldron of Lubumbashi.

But Mouloudia Alger of Algeria and Difaa el Jadida of Morocco, who meet in Algiers, are not without hope having scored 29 goals between them in eight qualifiers.

Group C

Sundowns won the 2016 Champions League and were eliminated by highly organised Wydad in the quarter-finals last year after a penalty shootout.

Another tight tussle is on the cards near Pretoria with the South Africans needing maximum points if they hope to finish first and face a theoretically weaker side in the quarter-finals.

A couple of group debutants, Port of Togo and Horoya of Guinea, play in Lome, but neither west African club are realistic candidates for a top-two finish.

Group D

Picking the likely Group D winners is easy with former champions Etoile Sahel of Tunisia the standout side when it comes to strength and experience.

But selecting the other quarter-finalists from Mbabane Swallows of Swaziland, Primeiro Agosto of Angola and Zesco United of Zambia is considerably trickier.

Primeiro are back in the group stage after a 21-year absence and host Etoile in Luanda, while Swallows will be hunting a second Zambian scalp this season when away to Zesco in Ndola.

Service delivery protest a vendetta against me: Mashaba
2 May 2018, 6:54 PM

Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba says the Wednesday’s service delivery protests in Soweto are part of a political vendetta against him.

Mashaba was responding to the SABC’s questions on whether he is dealing with service protests across the city.

Mashaba heads a Democratic Alliance (DA)-led coalition, while the African National Congress (ANC) holds many wards in Soweto.

He says many of the protests, including the one in Soweto’s Freedom Park and other areas on Wednesday have been instigated by ward councillors.

“I think the violence today in Soweto without a shadow of doubt is a politically driven campaign to make the city ungovernable and these are things that are difficult to control, but we do our best in ensuring that our regional offices listen to our people to attend to their issues,” says Mashaba.

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Mashaba terminates corrupt tenders in Johannesburg
2 May 2018, 3:40 PM

Johannesburg mayor, Herman Mashaba has been giving an update on the R18 billion corruption he has uncovered since taking over the running of the city.

He says more than 700 people have been arrested. In the latest incident, a company contracted to the city allegedly received a contract at an inflated cost of R100 million. The contract was worth R1.5 million.

The company’s directors have since been arrested. Mashaba was delivering the State of the City Address at the council chambers in Braamfontein.

This company received a forged bank guarantee to secure a tender and proceeded to receive over R100 million for the work estimated at R1.5 million.

The two directors have been arrested and are out on bail.

Mashaba has also terminated a R2.3-billion WiFi related contract which he says was connected to two government ministers.

Mashaba says he’s managed to cancel a number of tenders thereby saving the city’s billions.

He says this included the security guard contracts whose employees he has in-sourced. He was delivering the State of the City Address in the Johannesburg council in Braamfontein.

“What lay behind the decision was insidious. These ministers will be named in due course, because this report is expected to be finalised in the near future,” concludes Mashaba.

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