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All Blacks prop Moody cops two-match ban
13 May 2018, 4:03 PM

All Blacks prop Joe Moody was Sunday banned for two weeks for a blow to the head of NSW Waratahs midfielder Kurtley Beale, leaving him free to play in next month’s Test series against France.

Moody’s penalty was lightened because of his immediate guilty plea when he appeared before a foul play review committee.

The 31-Test Canterbury Crusaders frontrower was cited for hitting Beale above the neck with his forearm just before scoring a critical try in Saturday’s Super Rugby clash.

The incident, missed by match officials, led to Moody’s try which sparked a scoring spree as the Crusaders fought back from 0-29 down to win 31-29.

The match citing commissioner, who reviewed video of the incident, believed Moody should have been red carded and the committee initially deemed the blow merited a mid-range punishment of a four-week ban.

“However, taking into account mitigating factors including the player’s excellent judicial record, good character and guilty plea at the earliest possible opportunity, the foul play review committee reduced the suspension to two weeks,” chairman Nigel Hampton said.

Moody will miss matches against the Auckland Blues and Wellington Hurricanes before being available to play the Waikato Chiefs on June 2, a week before the first Test against France.

Queensland Reds captain Scott Higginbotham received a three-week suspension for a similar incident earlier in the season in a match against the Melbourne Rebels.

‘Govt will be compromised if Cape Town mayor appointment is delayed’
13 May 2018, 1:30 PM

The City of Cape Town says governance will be compromised if it further delays the appointment of a new mayoral committee, scheduled for Monday.

Ousted mayor Patricia de Lille applied for an urgent interdict this past week in Cape Town High Court to reinstate her membership of the Democratic Alliance (DA).

She also asked the court for interim relief pending the outcome of the urgent application to retain her position as Executive Mayor. Judgment has been reserved until the 25th of this month.

The court interdicted the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) from filling her city council position.

However, Acting Mayor, Ian Neilson says it’s urgent that budgets be finalised for the new financial year.

Piera Abbott, Spokesperson for the Acting Mayor, says by law they are required to appoint a committee to assist in governing the city.

“At the completion of proceedings on Friday evening, the court had reserved judgement and indicated it was not in a position to indicate when its ruling would be delivered. The city is advised that legally, nothing precludes Alderman Neilson from making the appointment, but out of respect for the court he will delay making the appointment until 3PM Monday the 14th of May,” says Abbott.

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President Ramaphosa expresses sincere condolences to the Nzima family
13 May 2018, 12:59 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed his deep sadness on the passing of veteran photographer and recipient of the National Order of Ikhamanga, Sam Nzima.

Nzima passed away on Saturday night at the age of 83. He had collapsed on Thursday and had been admitted to the Rob Ferreira hospital in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga.

He will be remembered for his iconic photograph of a dying young Hector Peterson during the Soweto uprising in 1976.

It became a symbol of resistance against the imposition of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in township schools.

Presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko says, “The President has said that Mr Nzima was one of a kind and he used his camera to capture the full brutality of apartheid oppression on the nation’s psyche. It was through his camera that the world got to understand the extent to which apartheid South Africa was prepared to go. The President expresses his most sincere condolences to the Nzima family and he wishes them strength during this difficult time.”

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DA questions deal between Gauteng govt, Mogale City
13 May 2018, 12:54 PM

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng has questioned the agreement between the provincial Infrastructure Development Department and the Mogale City Municipality.

In the agreement, the municipality will be responsible for managing property under the custodianship of the Gauteng government.

This is in relation to government property in Krugersdorp, north of Johannesburg, that is apparently in arrears of R100 000 in service bills.

The DA member of the provincial legislature, Alan Fuchs says the agreement is suspicious because, local government is responsible for providing services and not for managing property on behalf of another sphere of government.

“The property management department and its infrastructure development are dysfunctional. Now instead of dealing with the matter in a professional way, the provincial government has now entered into an agreement with Mogale local municipality, where the municipality will now manage that particular property. It’s problematic, in that they’re many disturbances that arise from that particular property. The property is unsafe etc,” says Fuchs.

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Mosimane says he has surpassed his domestic football expectations
13 May 2018, 11:56 AM

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso “Jingles” Mosimane says he has surpassed his expectations in the domestic football.

Mosimane says his challenge is to retain the CAF Champions League. Since joining the Brazilians in the 2012/13 season, the club,  among others, won three league titles and the 2016 CAF Champions League edition.

However, Sundowns started their Group B Champions League campaign on a lukewarm note following a one-all draw against defending champions Wydad Casablanca of Morocco.

Mosimane says they will do their utmost to reach the knockout phase.

“But if you look at all the teams that compete with us in the Champions League, like Wydad I was speaking to them in Morocco; all they do is that they play the FA, which is to us is the Nedbank Cup, and they play the league and Champions League. So, they focus on those three. But here is Top 8, Telkom and also international games. So, we always have problems with injuries at the end and we lose lot of players,” says Mosimane.

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