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CRL Rights Commission recommends cultural diversity training for Boulders Mall manager
29 April 2021, 9:02 PM

The Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL Rights Commission) has recommended that the manager of the Boulders Mall in Midrand, who forced a man to leave the centre for being dressed in traditional regalia, be reinstated in his position while undergoing training on cultural diversity.

The commission made its recommendations after several hearings at its offices in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. Ndebele activist, Thando Mahlangu, was in a store at the mall when he was ordered to leave after being told that his clothing was indecent.

Jose Maponyane, the centre manager responsible, was suspended by Redefine Properties the day after the incident.

The CRL Rights commission finalised the matter between Boulders centre manager Jose Maponyane and Ndebele activist Thando Mahlangu.

The commission’s David Mosala recommended that Redefine Properties reinstate Maponyane with immediate effect, as endorsed by Mahlangu. He said Maponyane must undergo training on cultural diversity to ensure that a similar incident doesn’t happen again.

“Mr Jose Maponyane is to undergo training on religious rights and religious practices. To the redefine property to reinstate Mr Maponyane as he was a victim of a lost heritage created by the past inequalities and this is a special request by my Thando Mahlangu which is endorsed by the commission.”

Boulders Mall centre manager apologises for his actions

Maponyane publicly apologised to Mahlangu at the commission, admitting that he was wrong and acted improperly.

“I sincerely apologize of my actions to Thando Mahlangu and Nqobile Masuku. I want to make sure that the unfortunate situation does not happen anywhere again within our law.”

Following the hearings, Mahlangu said all languages and cultures needed to be promoted more.

“Currently I am challenging the minister of arts and culture to promote all the languages we have in South Africa. I am challenging the president of the country to one day when he decides to address the nation he must address the nation in Tshivenda. And all the cultural activists to stand for what they believe in to make sure their presence is felt.”

Redefine Property has six months to review its policies. The commission has also recommended that the company annually marks March 24th, the day the incident took place, with cultural exhibitions to promote awareness of the country’s diversity.

CRL Rights Commission holds hearings on the Boulders Mall incident:

SAFA racing against time for new coach appointment
29 April 2021, 7:35 PM

The South African Football Association(SAFA) is racing against time to find the next Bafana Bafana coach who will be given a long-term contract. The football governing body resolved that the new person in charge of the senior national men’s team will not be sacked, should they fail to qualify for the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar.

Bafana Bafana were recently denied the chance to represent the country at the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, which led to the firing of former mentor, Molefi Ntseki.

SAFA is expected to appoint their preferred candidate in the next few days.

The delay in appointing a new coach to take the reigns at Bafana Bafana, could be an indication that those tasked with finding Ntseki’s replacement, have had a tough couple of weeks. It is also a sign that the plush job is no longer as lucrative as before.

SAFA fires Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki

Not necessarily in monetary value, but whoever accepts the job could be at risk of denting his image and compromising his CV. It’s perhaps one of the challenges that SAFA has faced, but one the federation will deny.

A week ago, an appointment was imminent, but at the last hour, it was cancelled. SAFA CEO Tebogo Motlanthe was at pains to explain the circumstances that led to the sudden cancellation of the announcement of a new coach.

“Negotiations can be a bit tricky my brother – that what I can tell you.  You know when you negotiate and you say I have got my man and then something happens? Of course, someone changes their mind or something happens. you then have to look at other ways,” says Motlanthe.

Motlanthe says SAFA’s technical committee opted to rather have someone on a long term five-year contract that could go up to 2027.

Since the firing of Ntseki last month, the association is still in search of a suitable candidate that will be expected to start immediately upon his appointment.

The successful candidate will not be under immense pressure to produce immediate results,  but the person will have enough time to prepare and qualify for tournaments beyond Qatar.

“Technical committee has made it clear to the NEC that we get someone that will take over a long period and they said yes we want to qualify for the world cup but that should not mean that when we get someone and he does not qualify we will show him the door. Part of the negotiation is on the grounds that we must have a long term because we believe also that the coach that comes must have enough time to work with the national team,” says Motlanthe.

SAFA fires Bafana Bafana Coach Molefi Ntseki: Sipho Kekana

The CEO has been hard at work in search of the right man to guide Bafana Bafana to a brighter future. Motlanthe confirmed that he was given five names that had been shortlisted by the technical committee, to negotiate with and provide feedback.

Although he didn’t give names, he did confirm that four of the candidates were local coaches while the other one was a foreign coach.

Motlanthe poured cold water over suggestions that the current Saudi Arabia coach, Herve Renard, and the out-of- job Carlos Queiroz, who was recently fired as Columbia coach, were ever consulted.

“Safe to say the coach of Saudi Arabia was never contacted because he was not on the list. Carlos was never consulted because he was not on the list, those two I can confirm because there has been this thing on the media to create its own list,” adds Motlanthe.

With just one International coach on the list,  indications are pointing to a local coach for the top post.

“In terms of the principle and when you discuss with people we are in a very tricky situation in that the season is still on and you have games playing. So out of respect for people who are within their contract, we will not mention names.”

Meanwhile, Bafana Bafana’s first World Cup qualifier against Zimbabwe, which was meant to be played in Harare, is likely to be moved to South Africa. This follows Zimbabwe’s failure to meet the required stadium compliance expected by the Confederation of Africa Football.

Cyril Ramaphosa
IN BRIEF: Highlights of Ramaphosa’s testimony at the State Capture Inquiry
29 April 2021, 6:00 PM

African National Congress (ANC) President Cyril Ramaphosa says he regrets that the party delayed investigating allegations of state capture through parliament’s committees in 2016, but he denies that this was due to deliberate resistance.

Testifying on his second day at the State Capture Commission as President of the ANC, Ramaphosa dealt with issues relating to political party funding, including his CR17 campaign, party discipline as well as efforts by the party to renew itself.

Ramaphosa has defended the need for Members of Parliament to toe the line, saying their seat is by virtue of the party’s ticket.

He says only in exceptional cases should members rely on their conscience. He points out the tension that exists in the constitutional framework on the matter.

Summary of ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa’s testimony at the State Capture Inquiry.

Political Funding

Dealing with the issue of his ANC presidential campaign, Ramaphosa reiterated that the CR17 fund managers did not tell him who gave the campaign money as they did not want him to be beholden to donors.

He denied reports that the campaign raised R1 billion which was used for buying votes from delegates attending the ANC’s National Conference in December 2017.

“It was said a billion rands was raised. It was never a billion rands. I am told that the money that was raised was some R300 million, but never a billion or so. I don’t know the facts because they literally kept it away from me. There is a legend that says the money was used to buy votes. Far from it!  I said to my comrades right from the beginning I never want to be part of a campaign that is going to descend into all these deviant types of behaviours that we talk about in the ANC-like vote-buying.”

State Capture Inquiry | Ramaphosa on the party’s delay in investing the Gupta family

The president went on to say that with increasing negative media coverage of the Gupta family and Bosasa, both of which made donations towards the ANC, and its election campaigns, should have been probed sooner.

In dealing with how to rid the party of fraud and corruption, Ramaphosa says the leadership has the will and the means to do so. He explains what has been the challenge.

“Chairperson the difficulty has always been the person is charged then at the same time they are disciplined they stand trial and the disciplinary process has been done and concluded and they are found not guilty in court what do you then do you go back so for instance if the charge was theft in the ANC and the charge is theft in the state what then do you do when they are found not guilty,” says Ramaphosa.

The ANC now requires those facing serious charges to step aside, clear their names and present themselves at the party’s Integrity Committee. Ramaphosa has ended his testimony as Head of the ANC. He will appear to give evidence as Head of State at the end of May.


Video: State Capture Inquiry | Commission hears evidence from the President of the ANC, Cyril Ramaphosa

Video: State Capture Inquiry | Commission hears evidence from the President of the ANC, Cyril Ramaphosa 

Video: State Capture Inquiry | President of the ANC, Cyril Ramaphosa testifies: Day 2 Part 2

Rape victim pleads with police to speed up investigation
29 April 2021, 4:00 PM

A family of a 64-year old woman who was raped in Pampierstad in the Northern Cape is pleading with the police to speed up investigations of the case.

The rape is alleged to have happened in January 2021.

The family say the suspect, who lives in the same area, continues to threaten them for opening a case against him.

It is alleged the suspect broke into the house of the 64-year old during the night and allegedly raped her.  The family says they have identified the suspect who is in his thirties to the police, however, he continues to roam the streets.

They say the incident has changed their lives and has left their mother traumatised.

“I wish police would speed up investigations so that my mother can get closure. We live in fear.” said a family member.

“What happened is very painful. I don’t like seeing her in this state,” add a family member.

Northern Cape police Spokesperson Dimakatso Mooi says they are waiting for forensic test results before they can make any arrests.

“A case of rape is still under investigation. A sample was taken from the alleged suspect for testing and we are still awaiting forensic results,” says Mooi.

The family maintains that the past four months have been the hardest as they continue to go for counselling. They have since relocated the elderly woman for her safety.

Dani Carvajal
Real Madrid defensive injuries pile up as Carvajal latest to fall
29 April 2021, 3:00 PM

Real Madrid right back Dani Carvajal picked up a hamstring injury in training, the club said on Thursday as their defensive issues continued to pile up ahead of next week’s Champions League semi-final, second leg against Chelsea.

Local media reported that the defender could miss the European fixture next Wednesday as well as the La Liga title run-in as Real attempt to defend their league crown.

Real, who sit two points behind league leaders Atletico on 71 points and face Osasuna on Saturday, have not put a timescale on Carvajal’s return.

“Following the tests carried out today on our player Dani Carvajal by the Real Madrid medical department, he has been diagnosed with an injury to the semimembranosus muscle in his right leg,” a statement read.

Carvajal’s season has been blighted by injury and he has made just 15 appearances in all competitions.

Lucas Vazquez, who filled in at right back during Carvajal’s absence, has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, while captain Sergio Ramos has a calf problem and has missed the club’s last nine games.

Left back Ferland Mendy missed the first leg against Chelsea, which finished 1-1, with a calf problem.

Marcelo, who filled in for the Frenchman on Tuesday, could also be absent next week after Spanish media reported he had been called up to work at a polling station in the Madrid regional elections.



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