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.
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