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Nathaniel Julies
Nathaniel Julies murder trial continues on Tuesday
12 October 2021, 6:05 AM

The Nathaniel Julies murder trial is expected to continue in the High Court sitting in the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday morning. Three police officers are standing trial for the murder of Julies, who was shot dead allegedly by the police in Eldorado Park in August last year.

The killing of the 16-year-old who had Down Syndrome sparked protests. On Monday the trial had to be postponed to Tuesday because the counsel of one of the accused was ill.

State witness, Constable Mandla Sithole has been on the stand where he’s been cross-examined by counsel two. Sithole, who was with two of the accused at the time of the shooting, made an audio recording of the officers allegedly plotting to conceal evidence.

The recording has been called into question by the defence. Accuse 2, Simon Ndyalivani’s lawyer, Mandla Manyatheli questioned Sithole about why he took too long to give the recording to IPID knowing that Julies has died.

Manyatheli is expected to finish his cross-examination on Tuesday.

Nathaniel Julies’ murder trial continues

Good party members
Northern Cape residents call on Good Party leader De Lille to change their living conditions
11 October 2021, 1:15 PM

Greenpoint residents, in the Northern Cape, have called on the Good Party leader, Patricia De Lille to change their living conditions if the party secures seats in Kimberley’s Sol Plaatje Municipality post-elections.

De Lille is on a campaign trail to three townships around Kimberley on Monday.

The party will contest elections in five provinces, including the Northern Cape.


“This is the time for change. The change is now. We need to take politics to the next level,” said one resident.

“I need change. We can’t live like this and in these conditions, ” said another resident.

“Service delivery is the most important thing that we want addressed, not only in Green Point, but in the whole of Kimberly,” adds another resident.

Greenpoint youth calls for better service delivery, job opportunities ahead of ANC President Ramaphosa’s visit
11 October 2021, 12:02 PM

The youth in Greenpoint, near Kimberley, have expressed lack of confidence that things will change in their area.

This as African National Congress (ANC) president Cyril Ramaphosa is visiting the area on Monday as part of the party’s elections campaign trail.

Young people in Greenpoint say they want better service delivery and job opportunities.

“They just come and make promises and go again. It has been the same routine for years, ” says one young person.

“Even if we vote, we are giving him power to do what? He is not even doing nothing. Look at our parks, look at our streets, look at our houses. I hope that everything must change because in Greenpoint nothing has changed. I want the president to make Greenpoint a better place”

 ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa addresses supporters in Kimberley

Cyril Ramaphosa
President’s weekly letter highlights effects of climate change on health, environment and economy
11 October 2021, 10:28 AM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has highlighted the devastating effects of climate change on health, the environment as well as the economy.

Writing in his weekly letter to the nation, Ramaphosa says many South Africans are already feeling the impact of climate change such as drought and floods.

He also says high levels of pollution have affected certain communities in Mpumalanga resulting in increased respiratory illnesses.

According to Ramaphosa those who depend on the ocean for a living are in trouble because fish stocks are depleting.

Ramaphosa says the country needs to transition from carbon emissions to avoid the possibility of restriction of imports.

In addition, he says investors might also be reluctant to invest in fossil fuel powered industries. He says banks and financial institutions are already under pressure from shareholders not to invest on enterprises that depend on fossil fuels.

The President says at transition is urgently needed. He however says it must be a just transition as sectors like agriculture, tourism, mining, energy, transport, manufacturing and the biodiversity economy might be negatively affected by that transition.

Ferran Soriano
No enthusiasm for Premier League ‘B’ teams in EFL, says Parry
11 October 2021, 10:15 AM

English Football League (EFL) chair Rick Parry has closed the door on the inclusion of Premier League ‘B’ teams in the lower divisions of the country’s soccer pyramid, saying that the matter was non-negotiable.

Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano said last year English soccer needed restructuring with ‘B’ teams of top flight clubs included in lower divisions to speed up player development.

“Irrespective of my view, it’s absolutely not something that our clubs have any enthusiasm for,” Parry was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

Soriano also said the business model of the EFL which runs the three tiers under the top flight – the Championship, League One and League Two – was “not sustainable enough”, at a time when they were feeling the financial impact of COVID-19.

Premier League clubs last year rejected “Project Big Picture” plans for radical changes to the league’s structures and finances but Parry said having ‘B’ teams in the lower divisions was not part of the idea.

“It’s been tried… (former FA chair) Greg Dyke tried it. (Former FA chair) Greg Clarke introduced it at the very start of Big Picture and I said ‘that’s non-negotiable, it’s not happening’,” Parry said.

“I don’t even see it being on the table. I’ve spoken quite a lot about fresh ideas, new thinking, not having preconceived ideas – but I’ve got a preconceived idea about ‘B’ teams and that’s not within the boundaries.”

“Project Big Picture” had mooted the scrapping of the English League Cup and Parry said changes could be made to the competition in the future.

“Could it be that clubs not in Europe play in it, could it just be an EFL competition? All things are possible,” he said.



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