This from dailymaverick.co.za:
by Jocelyne ZABLIT A 19-year-old British man has been charged for trying to grab a police officer’s gun at a Donald Trump rally in Las Vegas in an apparent bid to kill the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.
According to a complaint filed in federal court in Nevada, Michael Sandford tried to disarm the officer at Saturday’s rally at the Mystere Theatre in the Treasure Island Casino before being overpowered.
It said the young man told a Secret Service agent after his arrest that he had driven from California to Las Vegas “to kill Trump,” and had been to a range a day earlier to learn to shoot as he had never fired a gun before.
“Sandford acknowledged that he would likely only be able to fire one to two rounds and stated he was convinced he would be killed by law enforcement during his attempt on Trump’s life,” the complaint said.
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20 June 2016
The DA has been reliably informed of 16 serious charges laid against the former Municipal Manager in Oudtshoorn Municipality, Ronnie Lottering. He faced a disciplinary hearing on the 14 and 15 June 2016. It is expected that the process will be concluded this week.
The charges against Mr Lottering relate to misconduct when he served as acting municipal manager for two years before the council was placed under administration last year. The Municipality was run by a coalition with the ANC and the Independent Civic Organisation of South Africa (ICOSA) from 2011, and refused to relinquish the power when losing its majority to the DA and COPE in a by-election in 2013. Continue reading
A young woman was taken off the streets during an operation in Bellville – one of a number of interventions by City enforcement agencies this weekend that resulted in 113 arrests. Read more below:
The City of Cape Town’s Vice Squad rescued a 24-year-old woman in the Bellville CBD during an operation on Saturday 18 June 2016. The woman, originally from Johannesburg, told officers she had been forced into prostitution after being lured to Cape Town with the promise of employment.
‘The young woman has been taken to a safe house and we have handed the case over to the Hawks for further investigation, so we can’t say anything more about the matter. Sadly, her story is not unique and is yet another cautionary tale to young people to double-check any offers of employment, especially if you’re from another town or city. Also make sure that your family knows your whereabouts at all times, for safety’s sake,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith. Continue reading
Transport for Cape Town, the City of Cape Town’s transport authority, has installed two card vending machines – one at the MyCiTi station in Adderley Street and another at Century City Gate. Apart from conducting their business at the kiosks, commuters at these two locations now have the option of using the card vending machine to buy a myconnect card, or load money or Mover Points on their myconnect cards. Read more below:
The card vending machines (CVMs) were installed last week and started operating as of yesterday, 18 June 2016.
‘These two machines, or virtual kiosks, are part of a pilot project during which Transport for Cape Town, the City’s transport authority, wants to establish the functionality and efficiency of the CVMs. We will roll out a further eight machines to other MyCiTi stations and locations across the city once the pilot period has expired – pending the outcome of this testing phase and the progress made,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron. Continue reading
Junior Springbok assistant coach Nazeem Adams said the mood in the SA U20 camp was positive ahead of Monday’s World Rugby Under-20 Championship semi-final against England, and that the team believed they could advance to the final.
Adams admitted that the team’s lineouts and defence, in particular, had to improve immensely to achieve this, but he said they have been hard at work trying to improve those areas since returning to training on Saturday.
Ireland will meet Argentina in the first semi-final at the Academy Stadium in Manchester on Monday at 17h30, with South Africa lining up against hosts, England, in the final match of the day at 19h45 (20h45 SA time).
“We are positive,” said Adams.
“We are working hard and realise we need a big improvement in our lineouts and defence, in particular. But the mood in the camp is good.” Continue reading
Springbok coach Allister Coetzee applauded the fighting spirit of his team, following the remarkable comeback that saw the team snatch a 32-26 win over Ireland in the second of three Castle Lager Incoming Series Tests, played at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg on Saturday.
Ireland led 26-10 with less than 20 minutes to play, but three tries in the final stretch, by Warren Whiteley, Pieter-Steph du Toit and Damian de Allende, adding to a sublime effort earlier in the second half by debutant Ruan Combrinck, saw the Springboks earn a first win in the series.
Elton Jantjies added 12 points with the boot, through three conversions and two penalty goals.
“We are very satisfied with the win and the way we came back and won it,” said Coetzee.
“Rugby ebbs and flows, but that first half was not good, although we were tactically better than last week. We also looked after the ball, especially in the wide channels. That second half just showed massive character and that was very pleasing.” Continue reading
STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE
Today I visited the City of Cape Town’s Sea View development in Hangberg, which is now home to 71 families. The first 26 beneficiaries moved in just before Christmas and the final 45 have made the development their home in the last week, just as winter is commencing.
Sea View is a milestone of one of the goals we set out to achieve at the beginning of this administration in 2011. The Hangberg area was then identified as an area in great need of development and redress in our Integrated Development Plan.
Today we have delivered on that commitment and the promise we made to the people of Hangberg. Continue reading
This from telegraph.co.uk:
Was Omar Mateen secretly gay?
The man who murdered 49 people at a gay club in Orlando was a closet homosexual who used gay dating apps and frequented gay bars, according to friends and locals in the city.
On Tuesday police were considering pressing charges against Omar Mateen’s second wife, Nour Salman, 30, who told the FBI she went with him to scope out possible targets, and that she had tried to stop him from carrying out the attack.
Ms Salman lived in a suburb of Chicago before moving to Fort Pierce with Mateen in November 2012. In December 2015 she is believed to have left Florida and moved in with relatives in Rodeo, California. She has not spoken publicly and has scrubbed her social media accounts since the attack. Her few remaining pictures show her smiling and posing with Mateen and a child believed to be their son. A photo from Instagram Salman shows Mateen kissing a child, with the caption: “Daddy’s boy.”
Yet others who knew the New York-born killer have painted a picture of a gay man who could not come to terms with his sexuality.
“I recognise his face,” said Justin Datz, 33, who works at Parliament – a hotel and resort which has been home to the city’s gay community since 1975.
“I’m not on gay dating apps or anything anymore, but he certainly looks familiar. So when I heard he frequented gay bars around here, it all made sense.”
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Ireland looseforward, CJ Stander, received a red card during the first Test of the Castle Lager Incoming Series between South Africa and Ireland on Saturday, 11 June at DHL Newlands in Cape Town.
The matter was heard by the Judicial Officer Terry Willis of Australia on Sunday 12 and Monday 13 June.
After hearing the evidence and submissions made by Gerrie Swart, representative of the player, the Judicial Officer was not satisfied on the balance of probability that the referee, Mathieu Raynal of France, was wrong when he issued the red card to the player.
As a result, the player was suspended for one match and will miss the second Test of the Castle Lager Incoming Series between Ireland and South Africa, scheduled for Saturday 18 June at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg, whereafter he is free to play again.