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Gavin Watson, the head of a South African firm accused of large scale corruption, has died in a car crash close to OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. “The man was driving into the airport precinct, when he allegedly lost control of his vehicle and collided with a concrete pillar holding up a highway bridge. The victim was certified dead on the scene by paramedics and a case of culpable homicide has been opened for investigation,” the police said in a

statement on Monday. He was driving a company-issued Toyota Corolla because he was apparently having mechanical issues with his metallic blue BMW X5 which he left at the company premises in Krugersdorp. One strange thing is that he signed out a manual company vehicle and apparently he can only drive an automatic vehicle. Photographs of the vehicle showed that Watson was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident. Watson and some top managers at

his company were implicated in giving government officials money and other lavish gifts in exchange for favours. His company is alleged to have pumped millions of rands into ANC campaigns. Watson has most recently been embroiled in controversial donation to President Cyril Ramphosa’s ANC presidential campaign. R500,000 was donated to the ANC campaign, and was exposed after DA leader Mmusi Maimane asked the president about the donation in Parliament. Watson was supposed to testify at his Sars tax inquiry on Tuesday so it is unclear where he was going on Monday. There are a number of theories being bandied about. It is possible he had a heart attack or a stroke or blacked out for some reason because there appear to be no skid marks on the road. Nelson Mandela Bay ANC Councillor Andile Lungisa says he suspects foul play. “It’s part of the bigger agenda, that’s why I am saying there is foul play here. You cannot because he is supposed to appear at the Zondo Commission two days, no more. We must not keep quiet we must analyse what is called a balance of forces, analyse material condition what is at play here,” said Lungisa Watson lived 75km away with no plans to fly anywhere. So why was he on route to the airport at 5am? There is no evidence of foul play at this stage, but the Watson family is seeking an independent autopsy and report.

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Manamani reigns supreme at MOP Soccer Tournament

hard after the tournament was launched and we can say that it was not easy to emerge as winners,” said Netsianda. The other two teams that participated in the tournament were Mahematshena Young Stars and Mvelaphanda FC. During

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Shufflers Ragimana, DJ Levels, Mizophyll and 30 Mrepa entertained the people who attended. The tournament was the brainchild of Mr Mulalo Madzivhandila, the managing director of the MOP Group, a company that manufactures sliding doors, does

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events management and is based in Thohoyandou. Madzivhandila said he was born and raised in the village of Dzwerani and after he had established his business, he decided to plough back into his village, empowering

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playing soccer. He said the tournament The rural village of Dzwerani-Ha-

000, a trophy, soccer kit and two balls.

Madala outside Thohoyandou nearly

Ndivhuwo Netsianda, the captain of

came to a standstill on Saturday when

Manamani City, was over the moon when

four teams competed in the one-day

the referee blew the whistle that declared

MOP Soccer Tournament at the local

them the winners of the tournament. “We

sports grounds.

want to buy soccer boots for our players

Manamani City beat Dzwerani United

with the money we won as some of our

Brothers 2-1 in the final and received R4

players wear tattered boots. We practiced

was the first of its kind, and he hoped that it can become an annual event during the month of August. “The games also served to educate the young people about alcohol and drug abuse, as they were kept busy all day of the tournament. When young people are kept busy, less crime will be reported in the communities,” added Madzivhandila.

Aphiwe Dyantyi tests positive for a banned substance

Aphiwe Dyantyi has requested the testing of a B sample after the Super Rugby Lions winger, capped on 13 occasions by the Springboks, had a urine sample, given on July 2 while attending a South African training camp, returned positive for a banned substance on August 14 by South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS). In a media statement issued on Saturday via his agent Gert van der Merwe, the soon-

to-be 25-year-old denied any wrongdoing. “I want to deny ever taking any prohibited substance, intentionally or negligently, to enhance my performance on the field. I believe in hard work and fair play. I have never cheated and never will,” he wrote. “The presence of this prohibited substance in my body has come as a massive shock to me and together with my management team and experts appointed by them, we are doing everything we can to get to the

source of this and to prove my innocence. “As a professional sportsman on national and international level we get tested on a regular basis. I have been tested before and again since this test. It is part of the job and we all know that each and every player is bound to get tested at least two to four times a year. “Taking any prohibited substance would not only be irresponsible and something that I would never intentionally do, it would also be senseless and stupid. I underwent a drug test on June 15 (only two weeks prior to the July 2 test) which did not return any adverse finding. “I want to apologise in advance to my teammates and management at the Lions and Springboks, my friends and my family for the negative impact this news may have. “Personally this game has given me an opportunity to inspire not only the young rugby hopefuls but South Africans across all walks of life and that is something I do not take for granted and something I would definitely not risk by doing a stupid act like this. “I will now put all my energy in working with my support team and focus in proving my innocence in this matter and will not be providing any comments until there are further developments in the matter that warrants comment from my side.”

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