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Gavin Watson dies in horror crash Gavin Watson, the head of a South African firm accused of 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 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 as having given government officials money and other lavish gifts in exchange for favours. His company is alleged to have pumped millions of rand 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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Primary school pupils test positive for drugs
44 years later, the Zulu party changes its leader
MAKOTI’S ARE NOT OUR HOUSE MAID
A makoti automatically becomes part of her new family. She is expected to cook and wash. But what we really don’t understand is that times have changed with regards to modern, working-class women. How can she come home late from work, fatigued after long hours and be expected to cook for us and do all the house chores? while the house is full of unemployed siblings who just sit around lazily. Recently married makotis don’t waste time to move to their own places after the wedding to avoid all the family chaos and drama. Can we blame them?
A “shocking number of pupils” have tested positive for drugs according to The Western Cape Department of Education. This announcement was made during a Parliamentary address. Of the learners subjected to drug testing in 2018, 60.9% of primary school learner and 71.1% of high school students tested positive. “It’s worrying that anyone is taking drugs at school, but primary school learners in particular,” Debbie Schäfer, MEC for Education in the Western Cape said during an interview with CapeTalk. She added that the number of students who are being tested for drugs has declined, and that many schools do not
arbitrarily test their students. “Fortunately, there were only three cases of tik, one of mandrax and two of cocaine since 2017,” she said. The Department admits the results may be skewed, as those tested fall within students who are suspected of abusing drugs. The tests are also not contained to a single area, but rather come from schools across the province. Most students tested positive for nicotine, dagga and alcohol. “We plead with parents to get involved and help,” Schäfer said. She also added that drug abuse may be gang-related, but often it is young people experimenting.
Maybe if we in-laws become more considerate, the makotis will prolong their stay. Mind you, I am not advising them to overstay their welcome. Makotis are not slaves or housemaids. They need to feel a part of our families. They deserve dignity, compassion and respect. Let’s stand by them and support them without reservation.
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Keep a lookout for Uyinene Mrwetyana Nineteen-year-old Uyinene Mrwetyana from the Claremont area has been missing since the afternoon of August 24. She was last seen at approximately 1.30pm that afternoon, and no one has been able to get a hold of her for the past 48 hours. Mrwetyana lives at Roscommon House in Claremont’s Main Road, and studies at the University of Cape Town (UCT). According to Facebook posts made by several concerned friends, she left Claremont to have her nails done in Mowbray, and this is when she went missing. Anyone with information is requested to contact Claremont police station’s Constable Nkonki at 021 657 2240 or 021 657 2243 or 079 894 1563. Alternatively, contact the Pink Ladies at 072 214 7439 or 083 378 4882 or 08600 10111.
The leader of South Africa’s historic Zulu Inkhata party, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, announced that he was resigning after 44 years in office and at nearly 91 years of age. Mangosuthu Buthelezi led the Zulu Nationalist Party Inkatha Freedom (IFP), an influential party under the apartheid regime and responsible for the country’s most significant violence during the first multiracial elections in 1994. Mr. Buthelezi was first a member of the ANC until it broke up to create the IFP in 1975. He led the party from its inception, a reign marked by bloody turf wars with ANC militants in the predominantly black townships during the 1980s and 1990s. Having served as Prime Minister of the “independent” territory of KwaZulu, a political creation of the apartheid government, Mangosuthu Buthelezi has often been considered an ally of this racist regime, which he has always denied. IFP is supported by the Zulus, the country’s largest ethnic group. The party, which won 43 seats in the first multiracial elections after the end of apartheid in 1994, won only 14 seats in the last elections in May 2019.
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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 oc-
casions 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.
Sports analyst David Kekana has died day afternoon at the Milpark Hospital in Joburg. The sportsman was hospitalised after suffering a heart attack, according to reports. The SABC reported that David died after suffering from a long illness. Meanwhile, the Sunday World reports that a nasty was has broken out between David and his estranged “sugar mama” over the division of their estate and control of their company. The paper reports that his wife Lesley Jane Kekana had applied for an order in the Joburg high court to force him to hand over share certificates of trust accounts he allegedly took when vacating their multimillion rand home in Dainfern Estate, north of Joburg.
Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa, sends condolences to David Kekana’s family and friends. On Monday South Africa woke up to the sad news that a well-known SABC sports analyst and anchor David has passed away. “Today we woke up to devastating news of the passing of veteran football Analyst, David Kekana. His contribution to
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football analysis spans close to 2 decades & his commitment to sports development will be sorely missed. We send our sympathies to his loved ones,” said the minister, in a mini-statement released via his Twitter handle. It is also reported that David was hospitalised a few weeks ago and he never recovered. According to SABC Morning Live, David (47) passed away on Sun-
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“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 team-mates 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.”