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Alexandra Township
Vigilante groups vows to continue evictions in Alexandra
19 December 2018, 7:21 PM

Several foreign nationals have been evicted from their homes in Alexandra Township, north of Johannesburg.

Some of the locals are accusing them of having illegally obtained the RDP houses they’re occupying. It’s believed that more than 15 people have been evicted from their homes in Extensions 7 and 9.

The evictions are allegedly being carried out by a group of vigilantes who are against the occupation of the RDP houses by the foreign nationals.

The group’s leader Duma Kulashe claims corrupt officials illegally sold the RDP houses.

“People who are being evicted are foreign nationals who occupied RDP houses. The operation that is currently underway, where we evict only foreign nationals, it is because we want what belongs to us. If there are locals who also occupied we are not aware of that, because we didn’t go into detail. Now the focus is foreign nationals who even have local tenants,” says Kulashe.

Some residents say they are now living in fear. Several houses where people have been removed are standing empty as their owners have fled the area.

One resident (who did not want to be identified for fear of victimisation) says he was targeted because he speaks Xitsonga. He says the group thought he’s a foreign national.

“I was surprised when people arrived here saying they want my Identity Document and house papers. When I asked that ‘where are you coming from?’ they said I should not ask and was given three days to vacate the house. We are not happy about what they are doing here at Extension 7. Many people are suffering because of them. Can they please not abuse us because we will end up killing each other?” says the resident.

After obtaining a statement from one of the complainants the police say they’ve managed to arrest one person.

Alexandra Police Spokesperson, Stephen Malatjie says they’re currently investigating 11 cases which include evictions, malicious damage to property and house breaking.

“We have got house breaking and theft. We have got three cases of eviction,” explains Malatjie.

The Gauteng Human Settlements Department says it is aware of the illegal evictions and is investigating.

“The department is aware of the allegations that there are people who are evicting people in Extension 7 and Extension 7 in Alex. We have, at this stage, not confirmed the allegations. We are working with our teams Rapid Response and Corruption Unit to verify and establish the facts,” says Lebo Kheswa, the Gauteng Human Settlements Department Spokesperson.

The group has vowed to continue evicting people.

Rashid Kahn
Adelaide Strikers off to a winning start
19 December 2018, 5:18 PM

The Adelaide Strikers began the defence of their Big Bash T20 League title with a five wicket victory over the Brisbane Heat in Brisbane.

The Strikers won the toss and sent the Heat into bat. Afghanistan leg spinner Rashid Kahn produced a man of the match performance, taking three wickets for 19 runs in his four overs.

The Heat were eventually bowled out for 146 with two deliveries to spare.

Strikers captain Colin Ingram of South Africa who was bought for R13.5 million at Tuesday’s IPL auction, contributed just one run in his side’s chase but his opening batsman Alex Carey, struck 70 off 46 deliveries to steer his side to victory.

The Strikers won with five deliveries to spare.

Elephants
Unknown causes of elephant deaths in Kenya: Report
19 December 2018, 3:00 PM

A number of 26 elephants have died in Kenya’s Masaai Mara game reserves in the last three months according to a report published by elephant conservation group, the Mara Elephant Project.

The report terms as “worrying” the rise of what it terms unknown deaths.

Out of the 26 deaths, at least 11 of them are believed to have been poisoned.

These deaths according to the report account for 42% of the total elephant deaths in Kenya in 2018.

They say there has been a rise in unknown causes of elephant deaths, but believe at least 11 were poisoned with the aim of poaching or due to human wildlife conflict if they invaded neighbouring farms.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Solskjaer handed caretaker manager role by Manchester United
19 December 2018, 2:35 PM

Manchester United have turned to former striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to steady the ship until the end of the season, confirming the Norwegian as caretaker manager in the wake of Jose Mourinho‘s sacking on Tuesday.

Solskjaer, who leaves his role as manager of Norwegian club Molde, will be joined by Mike Phelan as assistant manager.

Phelan previously carried out that role under former United boss Alex Fergsuon for five seasons before leaving in 2013.

United parted company with Mourinho with the club in sixth spot in the Premier League having made their worst start to a season for 28 years, culminating in a limp 3-1 loss to bitter rivals Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.

The appointment of Solskjaer to inject some life into United in some ways mirrors his playing career at the club where he scored 126 goals between 1996-2007, often as an impact sub.

His most memorable contribution came in the 1999 Champions League final victory over Bayern Munich when he netted a stoppage-time winner.

“Manchester United is in my heart and it’s brilliant to be coming back in this role,” the 45-year-old former Cardiff City manager, said in a statement.

“I’m really looking forward to working with the very talented squad we have, the staff and everyone at the club.”

Coincidentally Solskjaer’s first task will be to try and guide United to a much-needed three points away at Cardiff — the club who were relegated from the top flight on his watch in 2014 — on Saturday.

CLUB LEGEND

“Ole is a club legend with huge experience, both on the pitch and in coaching roles,” United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward said.

“His history at Manchester United means he lives and breathes the culture here and everyone at the club is delighted to have him and Mike Phelan back.

“We are confident they will unite the players and the fans as we head into the second half of the season.”

Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna, both part of Mourinho’s backroom staff, will be retained at the club to work under Solskjaer, who won six Premier League titles and two FA Cups to go along with the 1999 Champions League triumph at United.

Solskjaer was given the blessing of Molde, who he steered to two Norwegian titles in 2011 and 2012, and even earned some plaudits from Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg, who tweeted: “FINALLY CONFIRMED! Great day for Norwegian football.

Good luck keeping control of the Red Devils, @olegs26_ole” Molde said that their manager’s ‘temporary’ departure to United was an endorsement of the team’s success.

“The fact that Manchester United asked to borrow Molde’s manager is in itself a happening, and a vote of confidence in both Ole Gunnar and in Molde FC,” the Norwegian club, who begin their new season in March, said in a statement.

“We’re happy to lend them Ole Gunnar and wish both him and the club success,” it added. First team coach Erling Moe will take temporary charge of Molde, who finished second in the league last season.

Following the loss to league leaders Liverpool, Manchester United (26 points) are 19 points adrift of their rivals after 17 matches and 11 behind fourth-placed Chelsea.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has emerged as the early favourite to take over as United’s permanent boss next season and the Argentine did little to quell speculation during a news conference on Tuesday.

“Like always in football nobody can guarantee anything. What’s going to happen in the summer? What is going to happen tomorrow? Nobody knows, The most important thing is to enjoy the journey,” Pochettino told reporters.

The 46-year-old Pochettino, who joined Tottenham from Southampton in 2014, has guided the London club to three consecutive top-three finishes in the Premier League but is yet to win a trophy.

However, his attacking style and youth development are traits that were synonymous with the dominant United sides under Ferguson but largely absent since the Scot retired in 2013.

 

PAC members carrying a banner
Nyhontso elected new PAC leader, already faces leadership challenge
16 December 2018, 6:20 PM

Mzwanele Nyhontso is the new leader of the Pan Africanist Congress. Nyhontso was elected during the party’s three day national conference in Kimberley in the Northern Cape. The party has been marred by infighting and leadership squabbles with Narius Moloto, Letlapa Mphahlele and Luthando Mbinda claiming to be leaders of the party.

They all approached the courts in a bid to stop each other from claiming the party presidency.

The PAC faction led by Kenneth Mokgatlhe is the one hosting the elective conference in Kimberley.

Meanwhile, Moloto who has boycotted the conference has described it as unconstitutional. He says he remains the leader of the party and has already opened a fraud case against the organisers of the elective conference.

“It’s not an individual that goes to the conference, but the delegates which are coming from the branches. How can they then say they invite me as an individual? That thing, so far as the PAC is concerned, is null and void. We’ve already opened a fraud case for their usage of the forged letter heads of the PAC and the name and the logos of the PAC. They do not have an authority nor right to do so,” says Moloto.

The PAC faction led by Narius Moloto has called on all South Africans to observe Reconciliation Day and advance the lives of the many citizens who are living below the poverty line.

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