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Sibongile Mani
Court case of R14 million NSFAS student postponed
6 December 2018, 6:10 PM

The case of the Walter Sisulu University (WSU) student who erroneously received a R14 million payment from National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), has been postponed to January the 18th in 2019 for trial.

This after the accused Sibongile Mani, a third year Accounting student on Potsdam campus of the university, made a brief appearance in the East London Magistrate’s Court in the Eastern Cape.

Mani is facing theft charges after she spent over R800 000 of that amount.

The Hawks arrested her in May after she failed to report the “error”.

NPA Regional Spokesperson Tsepho Ndwalaza says Mani has a case to answer.

“Well, I am in a position to confirm that the case has been postponed to the 18th of January for the start of the trial and we believe that we are ready for the trial and we will take it from there. We know for a fact that the accused has got a case to answer in a court of law and whatever the court is to decided it will depend on the evidence we have. (If) its conclusive or not,” says Ndwalaza.

US Marine Corps jets
Five missing after US military aircraft crash off Japan
6 December 2018, 3:31 PM

Several United States (US) Marines are missing following a still-unexplained accident off the coast of Japan.

US Officials say two Marine Corps jets might have collided mid-air on Thursday during a refueling exercise that went fatally wrong.

Seven soldiers were involved but so far two have been found.

One was been pulled to safety from an F-18 fighter jet and another was found 10 hours after the collision and brought aboard a Japanese military vessel.

Japan’s Defence Minister says that person is in a stable condition and Japanese forces will do their utmost to rescue the six missing.

In a statement the Marine Corps said the F-18 and a refueling jet were involved in what they called a mishap and that the two were conducting regular training.

They didn’t elaborate on the nature of the incident.

US military aviation accidents around the world have jumped nearly 40% in four years, killing at least 133 service members, according to the Military Times.

It’s prompted hearings in Congress to address the rise.

Traditional leaders disturbed by increase in initiate deaths
6 December 2018, 2:15 PM

The Eastern Cape House of Traditional Leaders says it’s disturbed by the rising number of deaths among initiates. Nine lives have been lost since the beginning of the summer initiation season.

In the latest incident an 18-year-old initiate died after his hut caught fire. Other deaths were caused by botched circumcisions in some parts of the province.

Traditional leaders want these cases to be investigated.

Chairperson of the provincial House of Traditional Leaders, Mwelo Nonkonyane, says, “We have no doubt that there is a need that we need to roll our sleeves and work together to make sure that this death is the thing of the past. We are determined as the House of Traditional Leaders and our Provincial Government to make sure that this is not going to happen again.

Hence, we convey our sincere condolences to the bereaved families and want to assure our people that we are not going to leave any stone unturned to prosecute those that are involved in this matter,” says Nonkonyane.

high court
KZN High Court grants 5-year-old blood transfusion
5 December 2018, 7:55 PM

The High Court in Durban has extended the order it granted the KwaZulu-Natal Health Department to continue administering the blood transfusion to a five-year-old boy.

This comes after parents of the critically ill boy refused the blood transfusion administration based on their religious beliefs.

The boy suffers from sickle cell anaemia. The court has postponed the matter to February the 26 2019 to allow the parents to make their opposing submissions for alternative medical treatment.

The court says the child’s right to life supersedes any existing beliefs and laws.

Azhar Ali
Ali’s half century breathes life for Pakistan
5 December 2018, 7:52 PM

Azhar Ali’s resolute half century helped Pakistan reach 139-3 at stumps in reply to New Zealand’s 274 on day two of the third and final test in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

Azhar who finished the day unbeaten on 62 runs off 169 balls, helped Pakistan recover from the loss of two early wickets to trail New Zealand by 135 runs with seven wickets remaining.

Asad Shafiq was unbeaten on 26 after the pair shared an unbroken fourth wicket partnership of 54 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

New Zealand pace bowler Trent Boult had removed the out of form Mohammad Hafeez and Imam-ul-Haq with only 17 runs on the board, having both openers caught by Tim Southee in the slips.

With Pakistan facing a familiar top order collapse, Azhar stitched together a 68 run stand with Haris Sohail (34) to ease their nerves.

A well set Sohail was dismissed when he edged Southee to wicketkeeper BJ Watling, but Azhar and Shafiq dropped anchor to ensure Pakistan did not suffer any more losses.

Earlier New Zealand added 45 runs to their overnight score of 229-7 with Watling finishing unbeaten on 77.

Off spinner Bilal Asif, who picked up two wickets on Monday, completed his second five wicket haul in tests.

Debutant William Somerville was bowled for his overnight score of 12 after he failed to read Asif’s sharp turn and the same bowler had Ajaz Patel caught at slip and bowled Boult to finish with figures of 5-65.

New Zealand won the opening test in Abu Dhabi by four runs before Pakistan levelled the three match series with victory in the second test in Dubai by an innings and 16 runs.



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