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Makhura applauds youth for engaging with ANC
21 April 2019, 9:03 PM

African National Congress (ANC) Chairperson in Gauteng, David Makhura has applauded the youth for their engagement with the party before casting their votes ahead of the national elections.

Makhura was speaking to members of the public at the ANC Pavilion at the Rand Show in Nasrec, south of Johannesburg.

The party is one of many that have garnered support at the pop-up event. Over 600 people have visited the stand so far since its opening on Friday. Makhura says he is confident about the ANC’s prospects.

“We are very confident that the ANC is going to do very, very well in this campaign not just at a national level but also in Gauteng province. Even young people, some of whom it is said are not interested in Politics are coming forward here. They say the youth, too, want to be counted in these elections. So, as the ANC we are confident. We are confident we are going to do very well,” says Makhura.

Malawi landslide
Landslide in northern Malawi kills three, injures many
21 April 2019, 8:49 PM

Three people died after a landslide hit a village in the Rumphi district in northern Malawi, with at least five still missing Sunday and many others injured and hospitalised.

Rumphi police spokesperson Tupeliwe Kabwilo told AFP that incessant rains in the area led to the landslide early Saturday which washed away an entire village nestled between Mphompha Hills and Lake Malawi.

Among the dead are two boys aged 12 and 15 and a 35-year-old woman, according to police.

The missing persons, who are feared dead, include a one-year-old boy, two other boys aged six and 10 as well as two women aged 35 and 46.

A Rumphi district council official who was at the scene of the disaster told AFP that the affected area was inaccessible by road and it would be impossible to mount a rescue operation.

“Huge boulders rolled from the mountain and these are the ones that cause the biggest damage and if the missing victims are buried under these rocks, then we will need an excavator to move them.” said council official Wakisa Mtete.

“But there is no access by road to the area so this is an impossible task. The boulders are so big that moving them by hand is not possible,” Mtete said.

He added that it was also possible for some of the missing bodies to have been washed into the lake, in which case the bodies would resurface within the next two days.

Disaster management officer Alufeyo Mhango told AFP that government ministries were preparing to step in to transport heavy duty excavation equipment over the lake as soon as the weather cleared.

“We have been informed by government ministries that we should get ready to transport the equipment. But this will depend on whether we get a large boat for that and on whether the hailstorm stops because there could be a recurrence of the landslide,” he said.

According to Mhango, Police officers, soldiers and emergency personnel are on site attending to the disaster.


Sri Lanka attack
Sri Lanka attack leaves more than 200 people dead
21 April 2019, 6:40 PM

Three Britons and two individuals holding joint United States and British citizenship were among more than 200 people killed in the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka, the Press Association (PA) reported, citing the Sri Lankan foreign ministry.

Bomb blasts ripped through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Sunday, killing 207 and injuring 450 people, police said, in the first major attack on the Indian Ocean Island since the end of a civil war 10 years ago.

Two Turkish citizens were among the more than 200 killed in bomb blasts at three churches and four hotels in Sri Lanka on Sunday, Turkey’s government said in state-run media on Sunday.

The Turks were Serhan Narici and Yigit Cavus, engineers working on a project in Sri Lanka, Anadolu agency said, citing Turkey’s ambassador to Sri Lanka and its foreign ministry.

“Unfortunately we lost our citizens…in the treacherous attacks in Sri Lanka,” Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a statement.

Cavusoglu said the ministry was in contact with their families and it would ensure that the funerals were held in Turkey shortly.

Several Americans were among the more than 200 people killed Sunday in a series of bombings of hotels and churches in Sri Lanka, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.

“While many details of the attacks are still emerging, we can confirm that several US citizens were among those killed,” he said in a statement.

“The US Embassy is working tirelessly to provide all possible assistance to the American citizens affected by the attacks and their families.” – Additional Reporting AFP

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Man united slowly slipping away from Champions league football
21 April 2019, 5:18 PM

Manchester United’s hopes of Champions League football next season suffered another huge blow as Everton romped to a 4-0 win at Goodison Park on Sunday.

A sixth defeat in eight games in all competitions for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men means they remain two points adrift of the top four in sixth.

Lucas Digne’s sweet strike and Theo Walcott’s goal completed Everton’s biggest win over United since 1984.

United could easily fall five points off the Champions League places should Arsenal beat Crystal Palace at home later on Sunday and Chelsea win when they host Burnley on Monday.

Solskjaer’s task in turning United’s fortunes around does not get any easier as title-chasing Manchester City visit Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Police arrest 8 suspects found with stolen gadgets
21 April 2019, 4:49 PM

Eight people have been arrested after being found in possession of stolen gadgets, including cellphones and laptops at Mayville in Durban.

KwaZulu-Natal Police spokesperson Thembeka Mbhele says the eight will also likely be linked with other burglary incidents in and around Durban.

Mbhele says the suspects are expected to appear in court on Tuesday.

“Eight suspects aged between 22 and 40 were arrested for a number of burglary cases in communities in Mayville and surrounding. They were found in possession of flat screens, cellphones and laptops. They were all charged for possession of suspected stolen property and housebreaking. They will all appear in the Durban Magistrates court possibly on Tuesday,” says Mbhele.

Meanwhile,  police in KwaZulu-Natal have remained mum on the spade of robberies and break-ins at the KwaMashu Police Station north of Durban. The township is notorious for serious crimes such as armed robberies and killings.

Now the local police station has been a victim of strings of crime in the past two years targeting dockets and fire-arms.



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