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Kuruman learner to be sentenced on Monday
26 May 2019, 5:23 PM

A 15-year-old boy who was found guilty of stabbing his teacher to death in Manyeding village near Kuruman in 2018 is expected to be sentenced on Monday.

The boy was found guilty of murder, assault, malicious damage to property and theft in April this year.

The Bosele Middle school learner was found to have fatally stabbed his teacher after a confrontation at the teacher’s home in Manyeding village near Kuruman.

In the early hours of 13 January 2018, the learner went to the Zimbabwean national Kingston Vhiya’s home and broke his windows.

When confronted, the boy stabbed the teacher and accused Vhiya of failing him. The learner is expected to be sentenced in the Kathu Magistrate’s court on Monday.

Lewis Hamilton
Hamilton wins the Monaco Grand Prix
26 May 2019, 5:23 PM

Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton won the Monaco Grand Prix for Mercedes on Sunday, nursing his car’s worn tyres to the finish in a nail-biting victory worthy of the team’s late non-executive chairman Niki Lauda.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was runner-up, ending Mercedes’s run of five successive one-two finishes, with Hamilton’s team mate Valtteri Bottas third. Max Verstappen crossed the finish line second for Red Bull but dropped to fourth due to a five-second penalty imposed for an earlier unsafe release and collision with Bottas in the pitlane.

Adendorf insists he remains ANC’s Western Cape spokesperson
26 May 2019, 5:00 PM

Western Cape African National Congress (ANC) member Lionel Adendorf insists he’s still the party’s provincial spokesperson despite the Provincial Executive Committee relieving him of his duties as Political Head of Communications. It said all communications would now come from the office of its Provincial Secretary.

Reports of a factional leadership battle in the ANC in the Western Cape have surfaced, including over a one-million rand donation recently made to the party allegedly by businessman Iqbal Surve. Adendorf says he’s not been relieved of his duties.

“There has not been a PEC meeting to relieve me of my duties. Any other decision taken by any other structures can certainly not be the right decision or legitimate. I must add that it is not a position that I wanted or that I applied for. Being spokesperson of the ANC comes with the duties of the head of the PEC communications and media. So, I am not sure where the idea comes from that I have been relieved of my duties,” explains Adendorf.

The ANC’s Dennis Cruywagen says the party does not recognise Adendorf as its provincial spokesperson.

“It was a unanimous decision taken. Comrade Lionel has been informed by now I think about that party decision and the ANC has also resolved that as a tradition in the ANC that communication in the Western Cape should come from the office of Provincial Secretary Faiez Jacobs. All communications will come from him,” says Cruywagen.

Siya Kolisi
Kolisi to undergo scans on injured knee
26 May 2019, 2:49 PM

Stormers captain Siya Kolisi will undergo a scan on his injured knee on Sunday, with coach Robbie Fleck saying he has a feeling that the flanker will be fit for next Saturday’s Super Rugby clash with the Lions.

Kolisi, who is also the Springbok captain, left the field before half-time after being injured during the Stormers’ 34-22 win over the Otago Highlanders on Saturday. The result kept alive their hopes of grabbing a playoff place at the end of the season.

Fleck said they would have to wait to see whether Kolisi would be available but an increasing list of players with bumps and bruises meant they would taper off the intensity of preparations ahead of the trip to Ellis Park.

Lock Pieter-Steph du Toit completed 80 minutes against the Highlanders but is scheduled to see a specialist again over a troublesome shoulder joint injury, Fleck added.

There is also a potential crisis at hooker where first choice Bongi Mbonambi, who missed out against the Highlanders, is still doubtful and his replacement Scarra Ntubeni suffered a similar thigh injury on Saturday and could also miss out against the Lions, in a must-win match for both teams.

Fleck said the Stormers would have to be smart about the way they prepared this week.

“It’s now more about keeping the boys fresh. If it means we only train on Thursday, that’s what we’ll have to do. It’s now about getting guys back on the park,” says Fleck.

The Stormers sit bottom of the South African conference but are just six points off leaders Jaguares. With two of their last three regular season games at home, they remain confident of continuing past the end of the regular season.

High Court
Kenya High Court upholds law banning same sex relations
24 May 2019, 8:52 PM

The Kenyan High Court on Friday upheld a law banning same sex relations. Gay rights activists had petitioned the court to decriminalise same sex relations on grounds that some sections of the Kenyan law are discriminatory and infringe on their rights to privacy.

The court however ruled that the provisions are not discriminatory because they do not single out homosexuals and that the petitioners had not provided evidence to prove that their rights had been violated under the said laws.

Same sex relations in the East African nation are punishable by 14 years in jail.

The push and shove to get into the courtroom minutes before the three judge bench sat to deliver the much anticipated ruling.

The two sections of the law stipulate that “carnal knowledge against the order of nature” is punishable with up to 14 years in prison, and for “indecent practices between males” one is liable to up to five years in prison.

The petition was filed in 2016 by three gay rights organisations, who argued that criminalising same sex relations under a colonial law era violates their rights to equality, non-discrimination as well as human dignity and privacy.

“We find that the impugned sections are not unconstitutional, accordingly the consolidation petitions have no merit. We hereby decline the relief sought and dismiss the consolidated petitions,” says Roselyn Aburili who is the high court judge in Kenya.

A disappointing end, for gay rights activists not just in Kenya but across Africa who thought Kenya’s High court would set a precedent.

It sends a very chilling message not just to LGBT people in Kenya but LGBT people across the African continent. This has been a such a painful moment to listen and witness,” says Eric Gitari who is a petitioner.

33 countries in Africa still outlaw same-sex relations. The church welcomed Friday’s judgement.

“You can see it on my face, this is the face of Kenya that there must be frenzy now and celebration, the country has been defended by this ruling,” say Bishop Alfred Rotich who is the Catholic Bishop.

The United Nations expressed disappointment in Friday’s ruling saying it was a missed opportunity to uphold human rights.The activists have said they will appeal the ruling.



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