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ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule
ANC Secretary General submits parliamentary candidate list
13 March 2019, 6:05 PM

African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Ace Magashule has submitted the parliamentary candidate list as well as the provincial list to the Independent Electoral Commission in Pretoria.

Magashule has confirmed that Nomvula Mokonyane, Bathabile Dlamini and Malusi Gigaba are on the  list. He says the list was compiled after an extensive consultation with the party structures across ANC branches and regions.

Magashule addressed the media outside the IEC office earlier on Wednesday.

“No, look what we have done; we have to look at what the law says and you are talking about people who have never been charged with any crime or offense. Why do you want to single out people because they are out there in the media with allegations? Why don’t you respect the universal principle which is applicable throughout the world,”  Magashule argues.

Magashule says the list has addressed young people and the representation of women.

“We have tried to address the issues of young people. Two or three of our young people are around 20 or 23 years old. So, we have that mixer. We didn’t just have under 40’s. We have a generation of young people,” says Magashule.

Deadline to pay deposit and submit candidate lists

Political parties had until five this afternoon to pay their deposit and submit their candidate lists to the IEC. According to the IEC, 22 political parties had paid their deposits and 12 had submitted candidate lists. Approximately 34 parties had indicated their intention of contesting.

Faf du Plessis
Proteas bowl Sri Lanka out for 189 in 4th ODI
13 March 2019, 5:41 PM

The South African cricket team has bowled Sri Lanka out for a paltry 189 in the 40th over of the fourth One-Day International at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth.

The Proteas lead the five match series 3-0. With the series already in the bag following their 71-run victory in Durban on Sunday, the Proteas were free to continue to experiment with their starting 11 ahead of the World Cup in May.

The most glaring issue for South Africa in recent months has been their inconsistency in the batting department. So Faf Du Plessis’ decision to bowl first after winning the toss would have come as a surprise to many.

For Proteas fans though, South Africa’s bowlers did not disappoint sharing the spoils.

Dale Steyn and Lungi Ngidi struck early for the Proteas removing both openers inside the first four overs reducing the visitors to 19 for two. Anrich Nortje also capitalised thanks to some poor shot selection from Sri Lanka’s batsmen.

The seamer took two wickets in consecutive deliveries leaving the Sri Lankans in even more trouble on 51 for four in the 11th over. Sri Lanka added just 18 runs to their total before Nortje struck again claiming his third scalp.

Andile Phehlukwayo also got in on the action with another wicket in the next over and the Sri Lankans slumped to 71 for six.

Just when it seemed the tourists were recovering somewhat, spinner Tabraiz Shamsi added his name to the wickets column further reducing the visitors to 97 for seven at the half-way mark.

Even JP Duminy, who hasn’t played for the Proteas since October last year managed a wicket.

Fortunately, for the tourists, however, Isuru Udana provided some rear-guard action to get them well past the 150 mark. He clubbed three successive sixes off the bowling of Nortje to bring up his maiden ODI half-century.

Udana was eventually dismissed by Phehlukwayo for a well-played 78 off just 57 deliveries as Sri Lanka were bundled out for well below par 189 inside 40 overs.

Police Commissioner Khehle Sitole
Crime Intelligence is not involved in any unauthorised operations: Sitole
13 March 2019, 4:23 PM

The National Police Commissioner, Khehla Sitole, has assured members of Parliament that Crime Intelligence is not involved in any unauthorised operations.

Police top brass appeared before Parliament’s Police Portfolio Committee to discuss, among others, Crime Intelligence’s turnaround strategy.

On the weekend, President Cyril Ramaphosa agreed to the release of a high-level review panel report into the State Security Agency, which had revealed that the agency has been used to advance the political interests of former President Jacob Zuma and other politicians.

Sitole told MPs that Crime Intelligence has not been used for similar activities.

“There are those who are affected and those who are infected. I think we are the affected. We are not captured,” says Sitole.

Aiden Markram
Proteas elect to bowl in the 4th ODI against Sri Lanka
13 March 2019, 3:05 PM

South Africa’s cricket Captain Faf du Plessis has won the toss and opted to bowl in the fourth One-Day International against Sri Lanka in Port Elizabeth. With Hashim Amla not available due to a family illness, Reeza Hendricks gets another opportunity at the top of the order.

He will open the innings with the in-form Quinton de Kock.

Aiden Markram, who has scored buckets full of runs in the domestic Momentum One-Day Cup, is also in the starting 11 and will bat at three, while Dale Steyn and Anrich Nortje are among a four-pronged pace-attack.

The Proteas have an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

Jeff Radebe
Jeff Radebe rushed to hospital
13 March 2019, 2:10 PM

Minister of Energy Jeff Radebe has been rushed to hospital due to ill health. The National Assembly has just been informed.

Speaker Baleka Mbete made the announcement during the sitting of the House.

Radebe was due to answer some of the questions directed at the Economic Cluster.

“Chief whips have been informed that Minister Jeff Radebe has been rushed to hospital due to ill health,” explains Mbete.

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