The SABC board and executive will on Tuesday appear before Parliament’s Communications Committee to brief it about the public broadcaster’s annual report and statements for the 2018/2019 financial year.
The Office of the Chief Justice says details of outstanding disciplinary cases against some judicial officers are expected to be reflected in the Judicial Services Committee report soon to be released by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.
South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus has a potential selection headache after third-choice scrum-half Cobus Reinach scored the fastest ever Rugby World Cup hat-trick in a dazzling individual display during Tuesday’s 66-7 Pool B win over minnows Canada.
Durban – The BMW used in a wheel-spinning incident during a funeral procession outside the Mobeni Heights Cemetery in Chatsworth is to be examined by metro police for modifications.
The vehicle’s owner, Warren Pretorius, appeared in the Chatsworth Magistrate’s Court on Thursday after handing himself over to the Bayview SAPS on Wednesday.
He was fined R3 000, but would face jail time if he committed a similar offence again.
He was charged with reckless and negligent driving.
The incident took place on the Higginson Highway recently.
Pretorius, who apparently spins tyres at funerals, was allegedly hired for R1 500 to “perform” at the funeral.
Metro police spokesperson senior superintendent Parboo Sewpersad said Pretorius’s green BMW was found in Newlands East on Tuesday and was impounded.
“It will be inspected by an examiner of motor vehicles for any modifications,” Sewpersad said.
If the vehicle was found to be illegally modified, it would be suspended and have to undergo a roadworthy test.
The BMW can be seen in videos circulating on social media after the funeral. One clearly shows the BMW’s tyres being spun in the middle of an intersection, with other vehicles blocking the flow of traffic on Higginson Highway.
Sewpersad said investigations were under way after the Chatsworth resident was given a send-off with the spinning of car tyres, gunshots and the sound of emergency vehicle sirens from Raffia Road in Crossmoor through to the cemetery in Chatsworth.
The police were also probing the alleged involvement of a security firm, a private ambulance service and a funeral service in reported traffic and other infringements during the funeral procession.
Last week, there were reports that staff of the security firm and ambulance service had handed themselves over to the police.
The funeral service vehicles were reportedly fitted with flashing white lights and sirens, which contravened national road traffic regulations.
CAPE TOWN – Springbok Women’s Sevens coach Paul Delport named an experienced squad to travel to Tunisia for the Rugby Africa Women’s Sevens qualifier event over the weekend.
The tournament will be played in Monastir on Saturday and Sunday when the team will try to qualify for to the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Qualifying tournament next year.
Zintle Mpupha, the captain, is one of six players that represented South Africa at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco last year. There are also three new faces in the squad for the tournament in North Africa.
Mpupha, Buhle Sonomzi, Zinhle Ndawonde, Zenay Jordaan, Nadine Roos and Eloise Webb all travelled to the USA last year and that experience will stand them in good stead when they face Uganda, Zimbabwe and Zambia in Pool B of the tournament.
Mpupha, along with Jordaan, Rights Mkhari, Mathrin Simmers and Webb, are all fully contracted Sevens players and were instrumental earlier this year in helping the Springbok Women 15-a-side team qualify for the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021 to be played in New Zealand.
Catha Jacobs (Tuks) was also part of Delport’s group that won the Centrale Sevens and Nancy Sevens in France earlier this year, while Liske Lategan and Meghan Philips, who will play for the Springboks for the first time, represented Tuks in recent months in various tournaments.
"I am happy with the squad,” said Delport. “We are without Christelene Steinhobel, who is still recovering from an operation, and Alyssa Conley has a foot injury, which is not worth risking for this trip.
"However, there are some very good and experienced players in the team. It is going to be a tough tournament no doubt and we realise what is at stake.”
The squad will depart from Cape Town on Wednesday.
The pools for the tournament are: A: Kenya, Senegal, Botswana, Ghana B: Uganda, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Zambia C: Tunisia, Madagascar, Morocco, Mauritius
The Javett Art Center at the University of Pretoria will host a public discussion about its inclusion of the work of convicted killer, Zwelethu Mthethwa, in the All in a Day’s Eye: The Politics of Innocence exhibition.
Former Rivonia Trialist and long-term political prisoner, Denis Goldberg, will introduce the “Forgotten Liberators” exhibition at the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation on Sunday, on the eve of Archbishop Emeritus Tutu’s 88th birthday.
Two women filed a civil lawsuit against Hollywood actor James Franco on Thursday, accusing him of running a bogus film school where young women eager to advance their acting careers were duped into auditioning nude or shooting explicit sex scenes.
Cape Town – The Democratic Alliance’s metro chairperson, Grant Twigg, has survived a motion of no confidence against him on Saturday.
Twigg kept mum on the proceedings on Saturday. “Nothing really has changed since then, we had a robust discussion,” he said.
DA councillor Rose Rau and Mayco member for Transport Felicity Purchase made a submission on why Twigg should face such a motion. In an email sent out by Purchase last week seen by the Cape Argus, Purchase details why she brought the motion forward.
“The reason I have supported the motion is because I believe the party is at a crucial stage in the country’s history, and now, more than ever, needs strong ethical leadership. We need a strong team to drive us to that victory in the metro to ensure the DA wins Cape Town in the 2021 election,” the email stated.
She also brings up some concerns against the metro chairperson, among some of those concerns are, the performance that the party showed in the last elections, an increasing unwillingness to listen by the new chairman at region, an increased mobilization along racial lines undermining the achievement of unity, intimidation and bullying of staff and officials, PR councillors and ward councillors and factionalism style of a group mind set.
“Allegations made by Felicity Purchase are patently untrue, untested and disingenuous. But clearly displays the attempt by a minority hellbent in pursuing their own agenda to tarnish my name politically before the next congress,” Twigg said.
Soccer’s world governing body FIFA and the World Health Organization (WHO) agreed on Friday to work together to ensure tobacco-free environments at stadiums and to promote healthy lifestyles through football.
The Broadcasting, Electronic, Media and Allied Workers Union (Bemawu) at the SABC say a climate of fear is persisting at the public broadcaster, especially since the announcement of the partial bailout from Government.
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