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Cheryl Zondi
Price tag on Cheryl Zondi’s life
4 December 2018, 1:33 PM

It’s emerged that alleged sexual abuse survivor Cheryl Zondi’s life is in danger. Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane revealed that there are threats to kill Zondi and other witnesses in the Timothy Omotoso rape case in Port Elizabeth.

This emerged at a media briefing where the Cheryl Zondi Foundation was launched in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

The foundation will assist other young victims of sexual and emotional abuse in sacred spaces.

Zondi has laid a complaint with Mkhwebane complaining about poor protection of witnesses in the witness protection programme. Mkhwebane says she has arranged a meeting with the Ministers of Police and Justice and Constitutional Development.

“We were planning to meet by this week so that we can have an urgent intervention. I mean the matter is so serious and so scary in that apparently there’s information that there’s money which is promised to whoever can take the life of Cheryl and the other girls and I think it’s very urgent so we are trying our level best that we can meet, especially at ministerial leve;l they can then intervene,” says Mkhwebane.

HIV_AIDS ribbon
Plans afoot to end AIDS by 2030
2 December 2018, 8:43 PM

Young women met in Johannesburg for two days last week in the build-up to World AIDS Day. Top of the agenda is how to prevent being infected with HIV and how to contribute towards ending AIDS by 2030.

They also discussed issues of substance and drug abuse as well as gender based violence. A number of resolutions we made including demanding access to basic health services, specifically for the youth.

“We need to work with perpetrators and figure out reasoning behind their previous action. This applies to those perpetrators who have turned their lives around. We need to launch a new condom campaign. We want a condom that’s accessible, not only in clinics because that is not where young people are found. Young people are in schools, varsities, in the streets, shebeens that is where condoms need to be,” says Sibulele Sibaca from the Colour My HIV movement.

The United States US government funded the DREAMS project aimed at reducing the HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women in 10 sub-Saharan countries.

US Embassy in SA’s Jessye Lapenn says, “We put in last year alone seven billion rand to address the broader epidemic, so today and now we are talking about the experience of SA girls but this is an epidemic that doesn’t discriminate.”

Eighteen-year-old Tinswalo Maimele from Vosloorus feels lucky to have been a DREAMS ambassador for two years now.

“It has changed my life completely differently because it helped me to have a voice as a young woman, to have an open mind and talk about issues that affect us as young people.  I talk to my peers about different issues, solutions, how we can implement it in our communities and how we can help other women to be like us,” says Maimele.

Meanwhile Deputy President David Mabuza says he is encouraged by young women who are determined to lead the battle against HIV.

“Every generation has its own mission, ours as young people then, our mission was to liberate the country and we fought with all determination. That is why we are free and I can see today that your mission is to fight the scourge of HIV/AIDS, drug abuse, is to fight all the ills that are attacking young people and I’m happy that you’ve decided to stand up,” says Mabuza.

Mabuza criticised older men in relationships with young girls. He also lashed out at abusive men saying it’s unacceptable that so many young women die at the hands of men who claim to love them.

“This is a bad phenomenon. An old man sleeping with a young child. A child that is supposed to be your daughter, how do you feel? Do you love your daughter? If you love your daughter can you accept another man to sleep with your daughter? No. Why then do you sleep with another man’s daughter? No is no. You’ve got the right to say I love you, you’ve got a right to say I don’t love you anymore, and if you say I don’t love you anymore that should not be a death sentence. Men must change,” says Mabuza

Mabuza has committed to have the Colour My HIV movement launched across the country to get more young women empowered to fight HIV.

SA, Morocco front runners to host 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
2 December 2018, 6:10 PM

South African Football Association (Safa) president, Danny Jordaan, has confirmed that they are ready to host the 2019 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations if they win the bid to host the tournament.

South Africa and Morocco are now front runners to host the continental showpiece after Cameroon was stripped of the rights by CAF in Accra, Ghana, on Friday.

The Safa Congress took a majority decision to entertain the idea of hosting the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Caf executive took a decision in Accra, Ghana, that because of delays in preparation of the Afcon tournament, Cameroon will be stripped of their rights to host the event.

South Africa is the only country on the African continent that hosted the World Cup. However, the country is in dire financial strain.

If South Africa wins the rights to host the tournament, it will be forced to pay a hefty bill to host an event of this magnitude. The plan is to approach government for assistance.

“The congress basically took a three-part resolution; first that the congress agreed that we should bid in principle subject to one; that a business case must be developed and two, an engagement with the government and if the government finally approves and the business plan convinces us, then we will proceed with the next step to submit the bid to Caf,” says Jordaan.

Despite losing in the final of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in a penalty shootout to Nigeria in Accra, Jordaan lauded  Banyana Banyan for qualifying for the first ever world cup. The tournament takes place in France in 2019.

“We are No.: 2 on the continent in terms of Vision 2022. We said we should be in the top three by 2022. Already we in the top two. So, we very happy with the achievement and so, of course, the quality of the team impressed everybody in Ghana,” says Jordaan.

Banyana have been to the Olympic Games on the last two occasions in 2012 in England and 2016 in Rio, but never to the World Cup.

2020 European Championship
Germany and Netherlands in Group C for 2020 European Championship
2 December 2018, 5:24 PM

The Netherlands and Germany were grouped together in qualification for the 2020 European Championship at Sunday’s draw in Dublin, one of 12 host cities for the finals that will be staged across the continent for the first time.

Germany, the team everyone wanted to avoid after their poor showing in UEFA’s new Nations League competition pushed them into the second pot of seeds. They will play Northern Ireland, Estonia and Belarus in Group C when the qualification competition begins in March.

The Dutch, European champions in 1988, failed to qualify for the last two major tournaments, but have been rejuvenated under new coach Ronald Koeman, beating Germany in November on their way to securing a spot in the final stages of the Nations League.

“I wasn’t happy because they are strong. They were the strongest team in the second pot but Germany are also not happy with Holland, I think. I think the rest of the draw is acceptable but with the Germans, it will be a good fight. We know it will be tough to beat them. The development of the team is really positive and we look forward,” says Koeman

Holders Portugal must face Ukraine and Serbia in a tricky five team Group B which also includes Lithuania and Luxemburg while world champions France drew Iceland and Turkey in Group H.

Elsewhere three times champions Spain were drawn in Group F with Sweden, Norway and Romania. England, one of the other in-form teams from the Nations League will face the Czech Republic and Bulgaria in Group A.

Johannesburg Metro Police Department
Two men wanted for dagga worth R10 million
2 December 2018, 4:01 PM

Gauteng police are searching for two men including a Tanzanian national after R10 million worth of dagga was found in a room rented by the pair in the Johannesburg CBD.

According to Johannesburg Metro Police officers, the dagga which is said to weigh over 1 000 kilograms, originates from Tanzania, Lesotho and Swaziland.

Officers say the dagga was found following a tip-off.

Johannesburg Metro Police Department Spokesperson, Wayne Minnaar says according to residents, the men did not sleep in the flat but where often seen coming to drop off big bags.

“At this stage we’ll have to investigate who is occupying this premises and who has hired this room. At this stage, we don’t have the information, but there would be an investigation to establish where the person is, (and) who has been occupying this room. We are told that the person who occupies this room only comes and visits this room occasionally. So, we are going to have to follow up on the information we have about this person to get this person arrested as soon as possible,” explains Minnaar.

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