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ANC
Another ANC mayor asked to take leave
11 June 2019, 4:04 PM

The African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal has asked another mayor in the province to take special leave.

The mayor of the Newcastle municipality in the northern part of the province, Dr Ntuthuko Mahlabas is charged with the murder of the late ANC Youth League eMalahleni Regional Deputy Chair Wandile Ngubeni.

ANC Provincial Secretary, Mdumiseni Ntuli said at a media briefing in Durban that eThekwini Municipality executive council member, Themba Mthembu has also been asked to step aside.

On Sunday, eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede was also requested to take special leave.

She is out on R50 000 bail on fraud and corruption charges that are related to a R208 million waste removal tender in the eThekwini Metro.

David Warner
Warner slow start innings a concern
11 June 2019, 3:29 PM

Australia’s top order can turn things around if opener David Warner makes another slow start, assistant coach Ricky Ponting said ahead of their World Cup game against Pakistan. Warner came in for criticism after making just 56 runs off 84 balls against India, with Australia eventually falling 36 short of a target of 353 to lose the match.

Against Afghanistan, seen as having the weakest bowling force at the tournament, Warner also scored at a strike rate well below his career average of 95.

“Davey coming back has made runs. By his own admission (he) probably wasn’t at his absolute best,” Ponting told cricket.com.au, adding that Warner was not able to rotate as he would have liked against India.

Ponting said Australia was in need of “something pretty spectacular” after the slow start but has the ability to do so.

“There’s certainly enough skill and talent to turn it around pretty quickly,” he added.

The slow start against India also raised questions as to why big hitters such as Glenn Maxwell were not promoted up the order to increase the run rate while Usman Khawaja was dropped down the order to allow Steve Smith to go in at number three.

Ponting said it was a matter of having the right combination to tackle spinners in the middle overs before Maxwell can step up the scoring rate in the final stretch of the innings.

“We wanted to have left-hand, right-hand (combinations) with those spinners and we thought Steven plays spin as well as anybody,” Ponting added.

Australia is set to play Pakistan on Wednesday in Taunton.

SA Hockey
SA men’s hockey smashes Mexico 6-0 at FIH series finals
10 June 2019, 8:57 PM

The South African men’s hockey team beat Mexico 6-0 in their final Pool B match at the FIH Men’s Series Finals in India, but the South Africans missed out on a chance to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games qualifiers after losing their first two matches.

Only the top two teams at the eight team tournament qualify for the Olympic Qualifiers.

South Africa’s chances of clinching one of the two sport in the Olympic qualifiers, were dashed when they lost their first two pool matches against the United States and Japan. But there was still pride to play for, especially playing against the lowest ranked opposition at the series, Mexico and they scored early on in the first quarter, capitalising on a penalty corner with Taylor Dart the scorer of a well-worked out goal.

The South Africans had an opportunity to double their lead towards the end of the first quarter, but Mexican keeper, Jose Hernandez, denied Austin Smith a goal.

Nicholas Spooner did score making it 2-0 after they got a third penalty corner just a minute into the second quarter.

The Mexicans never really threatened the South Africans goals and were on the defensive for most of the match and they were made to pay for poor defending once again when Nqobile Ntuli scored a third goal in the third quarter.

Three goals in the fourth quarter by Austin Smith, Richard Pautz and Keenan Horne completed a comprehensive victory for the South Africans

Zandile Gumede
It won’t be easy replacing Gumede: Analyst
10 June 2019, 7:57 PM

Political analyst, Xolani Dube says it will be difficult for the African National Congress (ANC) to fill the position of eThekwini Municipality Mayor Zandile Gumede.

The ruling party’s Provincial Executive Committee resolved on Sunday that the mayor must take a 30 day leave of absence until the investigation into charges of corruption and fraud against her is finalised.

Gumede is out on bail of R50 000 after she appeared in the Durban Commercial Crimes Court in May on charges related to a R208 million waste removal tender.

Dube says it will be difficult for an acting mayor to work with councillors who are said to have benefited from corrupt activities within the municipality.

“I think the ANC is in a serious crisis. Whoever that they are going to appoint as an acting mayor, she or he is not going to enjoy the full support of the council because the council currently, about 60 of them, they are implicated (in) that they were receiving favours through tenders,” says Dube.

Pelenomi Hospital Striking
DA, EFF raise concerns over security at the Free States healthcare facility
10 June 2019, 5:38 PM

The Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in the Free State have attributed the lack of security at healthcare facilities to poor governance in the province.  Last week, two doctors were attacked at the Pelonomi Hospital.

In the first incident, a 24-year-old intern doctor escaped an attempted rape after biting off her attacker’s tongue. On Saturday morning, a 44-year-old female doctor was held at gunpoint and robbed off her cellphone at the hospital.

The EFF and DA are demanding urgent action.

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