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Salons
Hair and beauty industry awaits court ruling amid lockdown regulations
14 June 2020, 9:16 PM

Workers in the hair and beauty industry are pinning their hopes on a favourable court ruling later this month. The sector is among the hardest hit by the lockdown.

Many owners fear they won’t be able to recover once they are allowed to operate again.

A simple query on a Facebook page for hairdressers and beauty industry experts led to a flood of responses, many are in dire straits as a result of the lockdown.

Michelle and her family have been involved in the beauty industry for many years, the three-month-long shut down has had a debilitating impact on their lives, with many landlords inflexible about lease agreements.

Many of these owners had no choice but to either close or sell their businesses.

The lockdown was aimed at flattening the curve and prepare the health sector for the rising number of infections, but its impact on business has been disastrous.

For many business owners, it’s difficult to get financial relief.

A full bench of the High Court in Cape Town is set to hear an application against the ban on the hairdressing and personal care industry under Level 3 of the lockdown. The matter will be heard on the 22nd of June.

Hairdressers plead for salons to be opened:

Atlrtico Madrid
Atletico held at Bilbao in blow to top-four hopes
14 June 2020, 7:04 PM

Atletico Madrid drew 1-1 at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday on their return to action after La Liga’s three-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, missing out on the chance to capitalise on slip-ups by their rivals for Champions League places.

Iker Muniain gave Athletic the lead in an empty San Mames stadium by prodding home in the 37th minute to complete a clever move but Atletico responded two minutes later when Diego Costa slotted in following a through ball from Koke.

Atletico are sixth on 46 points, level with fifth-placed Getafe, who lost at Granada on Friday, and fourth-placed Real Sociedad, who host Osasuna later on Sunday. Athletic are 10th on 38.

“We’re not in the worst situation as this was our first game back and Athletic are a difficult side but we cannot afford to slip up again if we want to get into the Champions League,” said Atletico midfielder Koke.

“It’s strange to come to a place like San Mames which is usually spectacular and which lives for football and to have no fans but we hope we can get back to normality soon.”

This was Atletico’s first game since their momentous 3-2 win over Champions League holders Liverpool and coach Diego Simeone decided to deploy Marcos Llorente, who scored twice against the English side and is usually a holding midfielder, in attack just behind Costa.

Yannick Carrasco caused the home team problems in the first half and came within inches of scoring the first goal, flashing a shot wide of the far post after being played in by Llorente.

Carrasco fired wide again before Athletic came to life and Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak was forced to keep out headers from Inaki Williams and Yeray Alvarez before Muniain found a way past the Slovenian.

But Atletico have a habit of scoring soon after conceding and Costa made no mistake when played in by Koke, dedicating his goal to Atletico women’s player Virginia Torrecilla who recently had a brain tumour removed.

Atletico had the best chance to win the game after the interval when Athletic goalkeeper Unai Simon parried a cross from Renan Lodi into the path of Santiago Arias but the keeper recovered to block the rebound with his leg.

Crime Scene
Police launch manhunt after a Pretoria woman killed
14 June 2020, 7:01 PM

Gauteng police have launched a manhunt for a suspect who allegedly killed a 42-year old woman and left her body in a backroom in Eersterust, east of Pretoria.

The body of Evelyn de Kock was discovered by a relative in pool blood with multiple stab wounds.

Police spokesperson Kay Makhubele says relatives allege that the woman was killed by her boyfriend who was last seen with her.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the boyfriend asked for transport money from the family member alleging that he got a new job somewhere since he was unemployed. The Detectives appeal to Mr Clayton Andrews to urgently contact the local police station and assist in the investigation,” says Makhubele.

SABC’s Molemo Mothoa reports from Pretoria:

Motsomi family mourning death of daughter 

Meanwhile, the Motsomi family at Thaga-di-epalayang, near Hartswater, in Northern Cape, is mourning the death of its 26-year-old daughter, who was brutally killed by her former boyfriend on Sunday morning. It is alleged that the perpetrator broke into the deceased’s shack and killed her.

The father of the deceased, Paul Le Roux, says when he was called to the scene this morning, the incident had just happened and his daughter’s body was in a pool of blood with multiple stab wounds.

Le Roux says his daughter had obtained a protection order against the alleged perpetrator who has been arrested.

“It hurts me too much. So, my plan was we’ve just been saying that guy who did this thing mustn’t go out of jail … that’s what we’ve decided as a family of the child. He must not even get bail. He must just stay in jail, because when he gets out we gonna make another plan, rona re tlo mmolaya (We will kill him),” says Le Roux.

In this video below the Vulnerability of women as GBV and femicide cases rise is discussed:

Protests
French protesters take to the street against police brutality, racism
14 June 2020, 5:18 PM

A fresh round of protests started in France on Saturday to denounce police brutality and racism. Several thousand people converged to the Republic Square in central Paris, demanding “Justice for Adama Traore”,  a 24-year-old black young man who died in police custody four years ago.

The case, according to protesters, happened in circumstances similar to the death of George Floyd in the United States last month.

Protesters carried posters reading “Stop police brutality” “No justice, No peace” and “Remaining silent is to be an accomplice.”

Issues of police brutality, racism under the spotlight after George Floyd’s death: 

The organisers asked the participants to wear protective face masks. However, due to the big turnout, the one-meter social distancing could hardly be maintained.

In Marseille, Lyon, Bordeaux, Strasbourg, Montpellier and Nantes, people took to the streets to join Traore’s family support group to condemn police brutality.

France’s state investigators dismissed the charge of police brutality in the Traore case, saying that the boy died of heart failure due to pre-existing medical conditions.

While Floyd’s death triggered anti-racism protests around the world, the Traore case was brought to light in France after a new probe commissioned by Traore’s family said the young man died of asphyxiation due to the technique police officers used during the arrest.

Last Saturday, the first round of national rallies had the participation of 23,300 people, including 5,500 in Paris, according to the interior ministry.

Early this week, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner vowed “zero tolerance” to police racism, stressing that “each suspicion must lead to an investigation and each mistake to a sanction.”

He announced that the chokehold arrest would be abandoned and no longer be taught in police and gendarmerie schools. He also ordered to reinforce the use of body cameras.

Finding the racism allegations unjustified, police unions held their own protests across French cities on Friday. Thousands of policemen walked out from police stations to demand an end to police “stigmatization.”

US Ambassador Lana Marks discusses the impact of Floyd’s death:

Bidvest Wits
Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila announce purchase of PSL club Bidvest Wits
14 June 2020, 4:09 PM

GladAfrica Championship side, Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila, has confirmed the purchase of Bidvest Wits’ ABSA Premiership status has been finalised.

The Limpopo-based side confirmed this on its official twitter page on Saturday evening although both Wits and the Premier Soccer League are yet to confirm the deal.

Bidvest Wits were established in 1921 and are the PSL’s oldest club with a rich history and will celebrate 100 years next year.

Their sale to the Limpopo-based side was first reported weeks ago. This was thought to be just a rumour with the Braamfontein-based side among the well established ABSA premiership teams with a solid financial backing.

It seems the only remaining thing will be for the PSL to approve the deal so that the team can campaign in top-flight football next season.

However, it is not going to be that simple with Tshakhuma saying in the tweet that it has also bought all Wits’ players who will have to relocate to Limpopo.

Wits are reported to have sold captain, Thulani Hlatswayo, and Namibian International, Deon Hotto to Orlando Pirates with the club and players yet to agree on personal terms.

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