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Calls for Manana to be axed

Dis­graced ANC MP Mduduzi Manana found him­self in the eye of a self-cre­ated storm again af­ter he was ac­cused of as­sault­ing his do­mes­tic worker, Chris­tine Wiro, and al­legedly of­fer­ing to pay her off. The for­mer deputy min­is­ter of higher ed­u­ca­tion, fired for as­sault­ing three women at Cubana night­club in Jo­han­nes­burg last year, has in­sisted the lat­est al­le­ga­tions are part of a smear campaign against him. He has also threat­ened to lay charges of ex­tor­tion against Wiro. The calls for Manana to re­sign as an MP are now com­ing from all sides: the ANC Youth League called his be­hav­iour bar­baric and the Demo­cratic Al­liance has taken the matter to Par­lia­ment’s ethics com­mit­tee.

Trump dumps Iran nuke deal

On Tues­day, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump re­vealed that the United States would pull out of the Joint Com­pre­hen­sive Plan of Ac­tion af­ter he said he found flaws with the deal. The plan, com­monly known as the Iran nu­clear deal, was an agree­ment signed be­tween France, Rus­sia, China, Ger­many, the United King­dom, the US and Iran that lifted sanc­tions against Iran in ex­change for that coun­try agree­ing to nu­clear non­pro­lif­er­a­tion. Pulling out of the deal means that the US will re­in­state its pre­vi­ous sanc­tions against Iran. The US will give busi­nesses 90 to 180 days to “wind down” busi­ness ven­tures in Iran.

Proteas women show no mercy

The Proteas women crick­eters have proved to be any­thing but wel­com­ing hosts. It took only 36.5 overs and 71 runs to bowl Bangladesh out in Kim­ber­ley on Wed­nes­day — with Ayabonga Khaka man­ag­ing to claim an im­pres­sive three wick­ets for 16 runs. The win clinched the se­ries at 3-0, af­ter two vic­to­ries by nine wick­ets and 106 runs re­spec­tively. Cap­tain Dané van Niek­erk will now look to another game in Kim­ber­ley and one in Bloem­fontein to com­plete the seem­ingly in­evitable 5-0 white­wash.

‘Shut up, you Steen­huisen’

Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa this week al­layed fears that Par­lia­ment will no longer fea­ture the an­ar­chic in­sults and fri­vol­ity that char­ac­terised the Ja­cob Zuma era. Heck­led by DA chief whip John Steen­huisen, the usu­ally calm leader flipped out while an­swer­ing a ques­tion on the na­tional min­i­mum wage. “Shut up, you Steen­huisen, and lis­ten,” he barked mid-speech. The DA MP re­sponded with an in­sis­tence that Ramaphosa should toughen up. Twit­ter, un­sur­pris­ingly, latched on to the out­burst, ensuring #ShutUpS­teen­huisen shot to the top of the day’s trends.

Champ vs champ in Soweto

It looked rocky for a mo­ment, but it was con­firmed on Thurs­day af­ter­noon that Mamelodi Sun­downs will take on Span­ish ti­tans Barcelona FC. South Africa’s Premier Soc­cer League cham­pi­ons will play the La Liga cham­pi­ons at Soweto’s FNB Sta­dium on Tues­day at 6pm. It’s a ma­jor coup not only for the Pre­to­ria-based club but also for South African foot­ball in gen­eral. Pa­trice Mot­sepe and his foun­da­tion spared no ex­pense in mak­ing the match hap­pen and he was duly praised on Thurs­day af­ter­noon. With hopes that the likes of Lionel Messi and Ous­mane Dem­bélé will be in ac­tion, ex­pect of­fices around Jo’burg to empty out early next week.

No re­morse, but real re­gret

Can­non said Lungisa showed no re­morse but rather re­gret at be­ing con­victed of as­sault. De­spite be­ing de­nied leave to ap­peal, Lungisa plans to pe­ti­tion the high court di­rectly.

Sbu to show you the real hus­tle

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