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Marnus Labuschagne
England chase 359 runs for 3rd Ashes test victory
24 August 2019, 2:31 PM

Australia were all out for 246 runs in their second innings on day three of the third Ashes test on Saturday, setting England 359 runs to win, a total that would be the second-highest ever run chase at Headingley and keep alive the series.

Leading 1-0 in the five-match series, Australia need only to win one more test to make sure they cannot lose it and would retain the Ashes for the first time in 17 years.

They added to their lead on a frustrating morning for England until, eventually, Jofra Archer struck to remove James Pattinson for 20, before Pat Cummins came and went quickly for six, caught off the bowling of Ben Stokes.

The key wicket of the test’s leading scorer Marnus Labuschagne followed as he was run out for 80 when trying to sneak a second run, before Nathan Lyon fell last to put England back in, up against it to salvage the series after the second test ended in a draw.

AfriForum and Nelson Mandela Foundation
Roets downplays Mandela Foundation’s call for him to be jailed
24 August 2019, 1:20 PM

The lobby group AfriForum’s head of policy Ernst Roets has described as “crazy” the the Nelson Mandela Foundation‘s call for him to be jailed.

The foundation on Friday said it wanted a jail term for Roets after he displayed the apartheid-era national flag on Twitter.

It said it would file an urgent application in the High Court in Johannesburg to declare Roets’ actions in contempt of court.

It came after the Equality Court which was sitting in the High Court ruled that the gratuitous display of the old flag constituted hate speech, harassment and unfair discrimination.

AfriForum had opposed the foundation’s application to declare the gratuitous display of the flag hate speech. Roets says freedom of speech is under serious threat in South Africa.

“The fact that you shouldn’t do something or the fact that something is a bad idea does not mean that you should be banned by law from doing it or that you should be prosecuted if you do that. I mean the Nelson Mandela have said in their papers that there’s talk about imprisonment. So, we’ve reached a point where we talk about imprisoning staff for tweeting staff. We should also protest banning, censorship and the violation of the freedom of speech.”

Buthelezi ready to pass the baton after 44 years at the helm
24 August 2019, 1:11 PM

The outgoing Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) delegates, attending the party’s national elective conference in uLundi, northern KwaZulu-Natal, say the news of the party leader stepping down has left them emotional.

Mangosuthu Buthelezi has announced that he will step during to allow the younger generation to take over.

Buthelezi has been at the helm of the party for 44 years.

Delegates say they are also pleased that the party’s secretary-general Velenkosini Hlabisa might succeed Buthelezi. They have described Hlabisa as a humble man who has proved to be a credible.

“It’s painful because all of us we will always need him, but due to the circumstances he will not be. We believe he will also give domestic advise to us as the young people of the party. So we really appreciate the contribution that he has made for the past 44 year and we pretty sure that he will always guide us.”

Buthelezi believes the incoming leadership will be able to grow the IFP.

“This weekend the rank and file of the IFP will elect the president, deputy president, but this conference is different. It is accompanied by unprecedented hype and speculation, because in this conference Buthelezi will step down. This is a different moment I understand why it feels like a big moment. The story of the IFP is deeply intertwined with the story of Buthelezi. I started this party in 1975 yet I have never served alone. This party is bigger than Buthelezi it has a future beyond my own,” explains Buthelezi.

Velenkosini Hlabisa
Outgoing IFP leader slams Jiyane as ‘opportunist’
24 August 2019, 11:13 AM

The outgoing Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi says he’s ready to pass the baton to the younger generation.

IFP is holding its 35th National Elective Conference in Ulundi, northern KwaZulu-Natal, this weekend.

Party secretary-general Velenkosini Hlabisa is tipped to succeed Buthelezi. The former president of the National Teachers’ Union Siphosethu Ngcobo is tipped to be elected secretary-general of the party. Buthelezi believes the incoming leadership will be able to grow the IFP.

Buthelezi has described the former party national chairperson Dr Ziba Jiyane as an opportunist who is jostling for positions. Jiyane, who left the IFP in 2005, wants to contest the position of IFP president.

When Jiyane parted ways with the IFP in 2005, he allegedly claimed that there was no democracy in the party. Buthelezi says such people are not good for the IFP.

“This man is very educated, he knows what he’s doing can only be disruptive. Even now he is saying publicly, as we speak, he says there are people in the party who want him because there is no democracy in the party which means he’s still bad mouthing the IFP. He wants to come to us but at the same time he still bad mouths the IFP by saying there is no democracy, he will bring in democracy. He’s been to so many parties, he even formed his own and they took it from him and so on. He hasn’t proven that he can lead in any party,” says Buthelezi.

In 2017, the party’s National Council nominated Buthelezi’s preferred successor, Velenkosi Hlabisa.

His name was also endorsed by Buthelezi. Other names tipped for senior positions include that of former NATU President Siphosethu Ngcobo, who is contesting the position of Secretary-General.

Former Women’s Brigade Chairperson, Thembeni Madlopha-Mthethwa, is likely to be the only woman in the top structure. She has been nominated for the position of Deputy Chair. The conference ends on Sunday.

The party was founded in 1975. Its president Buthelezi has been at the helm since its inception. Over 4 500 delegates are expected to attend.

Cyril Ramaphosa
Maimane reveals letter claiming ANC received money from Bosasa
22 August 2019, 5:30 PM

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane has revealed a letter that he claims says the African National Congress (ANC) received R3 million from controversial company Bosasa in 2014 when Cyril Ramaphosa was Deputy President of the ANC.

Maimane revealed this during the President’s Q-and-A session in the National Assembly.

Ramaphosa says he knows of no other monies given to the party from Bosasa other than the R500 000 paid to his son, Andile, that was later found to have been donated to his CR17 campaign.

Maimane asked the President if he was willing to commit the ANC to returning all the monies received from Bosasa.

Meanwhile, Parliamentarians have questioned President Ramaphosa about what is being done about the VBS Bank corruption scandal one year later.

Almost R2 billion was stolen by the bank’s directors, senior executives and well-connected politicians. To date, nobody has been brought to book.

Ramaphosa says the NPA is working on the matter.

“It cannot be the president … it cannot be the deputy president … it cannot be the cabinet. It must be the prosecuting authority that takes that decision. So, honourable iMaam, I hear you and I know that there’s a great deal of impatience across the nation because they want to see justice being done and indeed justice will be done,” says Ramaphosa.

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