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Semenya files appeal to Switzerland federal Supreme Court
30 May 2019, 8:08 PM

South Afriac’s Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya has filed an appeal to Switzerland’s federal Supreme Court in response to losing her case against restricting testosterone levels in female runners.

On 1st May, the Court of Arbitration for Sport, rejected her challenge against the new ruling imposed by athletics governing body, the IAAF. It requires female middle-distance athletes with high natural levels of testosterone to reduce it via medication.

In the statement she says, “I am a woman and a world-class athlete and the IAAF will not drug me or stop me from being who I am. It’s a case splitting opinion in women’s sport.”

She added that she would ask the Swiss Federal Supreme Court to set aside the court’s s decision in its entirety, which did not consider medical protocols and uncertain health consequences of taking testosterone-reducing medication.

Semenya lost her first appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in the Swiss city of Lausanne.

This highly polarising issue will be especially highlighted in Stockholm’s venerable Olympic stadium as it hosts the first Diamond League 800m race since the new ruling came into force.

Not only will Semenya be missing but the two women who finished behind her at the Rio Olympics, Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba and Margaret Wambui of Kenya will also be absent because they are all affected by the new rules.

Wambui told AFP this month she is demoralised by the rule and is, for now, refusing to undergo the testosterone-lowering treatment.

“I don’t feel even like going on with the training because you don’t know what you are training for,” she said.

Away from the legal challenges, Semenya’s answer on the track has been to shift up to distances not covered by the new regulations. She will run over 2,000m in Montreuil outside Paris on June 11 before attempting the 3,000m at the Prefontaine meeting in the US on June 30.

Some athletes admit they are disturbed by the Semenya case.

“The idea is not to be the best by default because victory just doesn’t have the same meaning in that case,” France’s Olympic discus silver medallist Melina Robert-Michon said.

“Asking someone to take medication is very intrusive for a woman but I can understand that (Semenya’s) opponents wonder about her.”

On the track, the Stockholm meeting features British sprinter Dina Asher-Smith, the fastest woman in the world this year over 200m after posting 22.26sec in the Doha Diamond League meeting.

She faces Elaine Thompson, the Jamaican who completed an Olympic sprint double in Rio and who is gradually returning to top form after an injury-shortened 2018.

Michael Norman, the American 400m specialist who recorded a sensational 43.45sec in April, equalling the fourth-fastest time in history, goes over the one-lap distance.

Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway, the darling of European middle-distance running, faces a high-quality field including his two brothers in the men’s 1,500m. -Additional reporting by AFP


Case of KZN man accused of raping daughters postponed
30 May 2019, 7:47 PM

The case against a man who is facing charges of the repeated rape of his two daughters has been postponed until next month by the eZingolweni Magistrate’s Court in Kwazulu Natal.

The man, who cannot be name to protect the identity of the children, allegedly repeatedly molested his two daughters since they were four years old.

The man remains in police custody.

In postponing the matter Magistrate Winston Mzanywa said it was important that the state attorney interview the victims before the accused can apply for bail.

Founder of NGO, Mother of Nation, Mathabiso Cele  led locals to court to oppose the bail application.

“One of his daughters fell pregnant and gave birth and it was reported that even after giving birth the suspect was still sexually abusing the victim. So we are very heart broken as a community because in January where we were standing here at Ezingolweni protesting against bail being granted to a suspect who has been accused of raping a two year old and today that suspect is released back to our community and we are very sad because there perpetrators are arrested today but tomorrow are out. We feel it should stop,” says Cele.

Early this year in the same community another man accused of raping a two year old baby girl was released on bail by eZingolweni Magistrates court. Now the community members say they are living in fear for their children.

Patricia de Lille
FFPlus labels De Lille as ‘selling out’
30 May 2019, 6:41 PM

The Freedom Front Plus (FF Plus) has accused Patricia de Lille of selling out the coloured vote by joining the administration of President Cyril Ramaphosa.

De Lille is the new Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure and she has been sworn-in by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng in Pretoria on Thursday.

FFPlus member in the Western Cape Legislature, Peter Marais says De Lille has broken the trust of her voters by accepting the Cabinet position.

Marais says De Lille has let down the coloured voters who wanted a political home where they, as a minority, will be given a voice.

In addition Marais says land expropriation without compensation will be driven by De Lille’s department, and thus minorities will be pushed aside.

Marais says they will also come second when it comes to job creation, language and mother-tongue education.

Former FFPlus leader Pieter Mulder had served as a Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries under the administration of former President Jacob Zuma from 2009 until 2014.

Hanekom says still MP despite not being appointed into the executive
30 May 2019, 5:58 PM

Former Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom says he will remain a Member of Parliament despite not being appointed to the executive.

Hanekom was not included in the new Cabinet appointed by Ramaphosa on Wednesday night.

In March 2017, Hanekom was sacked during a late night Cabinet reshuffle by former President Jacob Zuma and also opted to remain a MP.

Hanekom had led a move of no confidence in Zuma and for him to be recalled in November 2016 during a meeting of the African National Congress’s (ANC) National Executive Committee.

He was reappointed Tourism Minister in February 2018 when Ramaphosa took over from a recalled Zuma.

In a text message, Hanekom says he would not be doing any interviews about his future plans.

He says he is opting to remain a Member of Parliament and hopes to devote more of his time to the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation where he is the chairperson.

Proteas require 312 runs for victory in ICC opener
30 May 2019, 4:02 PM

South Africa will require 312 runs for victory in the opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup in England and Wales.

The Proteas, who won the toss and put England in to bat at the Oval in London, restricted their host to 311 for the loss of eight wickets in their 50 overs.

Opening batsman Jason Roy, Joe Root and captain Eoin Morgan scored half centuries, but it was Ben Stokes who was the glue that held the England innings together. He top scored with 89 off 79 deliveries.

Lungi Ngidi took 3 for 66 in his 10 overs, but Andile Phehlukwayo was by far the most economical of the bowlers. His eight overs only cost him 44 runs, while he took the wicket of Roy.


South African captain Faf du Plessis made a bold decision to bowl first after winning the toss bolder still however was his choice to give leg-spinner Imran Tahir the first over.

His tactical twist paid immediate dividends as Tahir had opener Johnny Bairstow caught behind for a duck with only his second delivery.

But England who starts the tournament as the top ranked ODI side in the world quickly recovered as the Proteas bowlers kept their lengths a touch too short to trouble the hosts.

Joe Root and Jason Roy both coasted to half-centuries as they shared in a 106-run second wicket partnership.

It was seamer Andile Phehlukwayo who eventually made the much needed breakthrough for the visitors — dismissing Roy for 54.

Kagiso Rabada pitched in with the wicket of Root for 51 in the next over and the hosts were pinned back, having to rebuild from 111 for three.

But again the hosts recovery was swift.

Captain Eoin Morgan led from the front with a run-a-ball half century, partnering Ben Stokes in another 106-run fourth wicket stand.

Stokes also punished the Proteas bowlers, notching up a half-century of his own from just 45 deliveries, soon after.

Tahir returned to the attack in the middle overs, taking the crucial wicket of England’s skipper for 57, but the homeside wasn’t in any real danger on 217 for four in the 37th over.

Seamer Lungi Ngidi — who was dispatched to all parts of the ground — rallied to take two wickets in consecutive overs – further reducing England to 260 for six – with six overs remaining.

The Proteas attack did well to slow down the scoring rate in the dying overs, but they were not able to stop a determined England from breaching the 300 mark.

They eventually scored a competitive 311 for the loss of eight wickets in their 50 overs.



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