SARS officials’ case postponed

JOHANNESBURG – The case of three former South African Revenue Service senior officials has been postponed. The trio appeared in the North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday. Ivan Pillay, Johann van Loggerenberg and Andries Janse van Rensburg face charges relating to the alleged unlawful bugging of National Prosecuting Authority offices in 2017. Source: eNCA

Some shops open but residents wary as Sudan strike ends.

KHARTOUM, Sudan – Shops began to reopen in Sudan’s capital on Wednesday but many residents stayed indoors after demonstrators called off a nationwide civil disobedience campaign that had brought Khartoum to a standstill. The slow return to normalcy came after an Ethiopian mediator announced that the protest leaders and the ruling military council had agreed to resume talks following a deadly crackdown on a weeks-long sit-in. The negotiations collapsed last month because the two sides disagreed about whether a civilian […]

There has been political interference at NPA

JOHANNESBURG – Former NPA boss, Mxolisi Nxasana says there has been political interference at the National Prosecuting Authority. Nxasana is testifying at the state capture inquiry. The Constitutional Court ruled that the decision was, in fact, invalid. It also ruled that his successor, Shaun Abrahams, shouldn’t have been appointed to the role. Nxasana’s been ordered to pay back the money. Source: eNCA

Japan packs down for World Cup.

TOKYO – A newly refurbished stadium, tattoo-friendly baths and enough traditional street bars to satisfy the thirstiest fan: Japan’s southern port city of Fukuoka is pulling out all the stops for the Rugby World Cup. With just 100 days to go until rugby’s showcase kicks off in Asia for the first time, organisers are confident everything is in place for what could be the most open World Cup yet. Fukuoka’s 20,000-seat, saucer-shaped stadium, surrounded by trees, is being spruced up […]

USA thrash Thailand 13-0 at Women’s World Cup.

REIMS – The United States began their trophy defence in scintillating style with 13-0 Women’s World Cup thrashing of Thailand in a ruthless demonstration of strength to potential quarter-final opponents and hosts France, who return to action on Wednesday against Norway. Three-time champions USA scored 10 goals in the second half in Reims on Tuesday as they eclipsed Germany’s 11-0 win over Argentina in 2007 and shattered their own previous tournament best of 7-0. Alex Morgan starred with five goals, […]

‘Focus on doping and not us’: Semenya takes a jab at IAAF.JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s star athlete Caster Semenya has taken a jab at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Speaking after her 2,000m win at the Meeting de Montreuil in Paris on Tuesday, Semenya said the IAAF should focus on doping instead of fighting to restrict testosterone levels in female runners.

JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s star athlete Caster Semenya has taken a jab at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Speaking after her 2,000m win at the Meeting de Montreuil in Paris on Tuesday, Semenya said the IAAF should focus on doping instead of fighting to restrict testosterone levels in female runners. The two-time 800 metres world champion has vowed not to take testosterone-suppressant medication. “I can run any event I want, it can be 100 metres, it can be 200 metres… you name it, […]