Daily Archives: January 22, 2019

DR CONGO: KENYA, SOUTH AFRICA CONGRATULATE TSHISEKEDI

KINSHASA, Two African presidents have congratulated Democratic Republic of Congo opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi for winning last month’s presidential poll.

The constitutional court ruled that Tshisekedi had won after rejecting a challenge from rival Martin Fayulu.

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa both sent their congratulations.

Ramaphosa called on all parties “to respect the decision of the constitutional court and commit to continue with a journey of consolidating peace”.

The southern African regional group, SADC, has also welcomed Tshisekedi’s victory saying that all Congolese should support the president-elect in his bid to maintain “unity, peace and stability”.

The African Union, which was supposed to send a delegation to the DR Congo on Monday, has now postponed the trip.

On Friday, it had called on the court to refrain from ruling on the result of the vote.

Fayulu, who the electoral commission said was the runner-up in the Dec 30 election, said he was the “legitimate” president, adding that his supporters should organise “non-violent protests all over the country to defend its sovereignty”.

The Constitutional Court said on Jan 20 that Fayulu had failed to prove that the election commission had announced false results.

It went on to declare Felix Tshisekedi “president of the Democratic Republic of Congo by simple majority”.

He is now expected to be sworn in within 10 days.

The electoral commission earlier announced that Tshisekedi had received 38.5% of the vote, compared with 34.7% for Mr Fayulu while ruling coalition candidate Emmanuel Shadary took 23.8%.

However, Fayulu had argued that Tshisekedi had struck a deal with Kabila, who has been in office for 18 years.

Kabila was constitutionally ineligible to run for a third consecutive term.

Source: Nam News Network

DR CONGO: KENYA, SOUTH AFRICA CONGRATULATE TSHISEKEDI

KINSHASA, Two African presidents have congratulated Democratic Republic of Congo opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi for winning last month’s presidential poll.

The constitutional court ruled that Tshisekedi had won after rejecting a challenge from rival Martin Fayulu.

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa both sent their congratulations.

Ramaphosa called on all parties “to respect the decision of the constitutional court and commit to continue with a journey of consolidating peace”.

The southern African regional group, SADC, has also welcomed Tshisekedi’s victory saying that all Congolese should support the president-elect in his bid to maintain “unity, peace and stability”.

The African Union, which was supposed to send a delegation to the DR Congo on Monday, has now postponed the trip.

On Friday, it had called on the court to refrain from ruling on the result of the vote.

Fayulu, who the electoral commission said was the runner-up in the Dec 30 election, said he was the “legitimate” president, adding that his supporters should organise “non-violent protests all over the country to defend its sovereignty”.

The Constitutional Court said on Jan 20 that Fayulu had failed to prove that the election commission had announced false results.

It went on to declare Felix Tshisekedi “president of the Democratic Republic of Congo by simple majority”.

He is now expected to be sworn in within 10 days.

The electoral commission earlier announced that Tshisekedi had received 38.5% of the vote, compared with 34.7% for Mr Fayulu while ruling coalition candidate Emmanuel Shadary took 23.8%.

However, Fayulu had argued that Tshisekedi had struck a deal with Kabila, who has been in office for 18 years.

Kabila was constitutionally ineligible to run for a third consecutive term.

Source: Nam News Network

Van Wyk ruled out of Sweden clash as Ellis makes four changes

Captain of the Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana, Janine van Wyk, midfielder Busisiwe Ndimeni and defender Karabo Dhlamini, have been ruled out of the Albertina Sisulu Centenary Challenge against Sweden due to injuries.

Van Wyk is suffering from a groin strain, Ndimeni is nursing a calf muscle injury while Dlamini has a foot injury.

Ndimeni also missed the Winnie Mandela International Challenge against Netherlands on Saturday, 19 January, the same match where Dhlamini made her debut when she came on for Mamello Makhabane, while Van Wyk was withdrawn in the second half and replaced by Noko Matlou.

Van Wyk hasn’t trained with the squad since her substitution.

Refiloe Jane will captain the side in Van Wyk’s absence.

The match takes place at the Cape Town Stadium tonight (Tuesday, 22 January 2019) at 19h00.

Head coach Desiree Ellis has made four changes to the team that lost 1-2 to Netherlands.

It is sad to lose players to injury but on the other hand we want to manage those injuries so we don’t aggravate them because these are preparations matches. This is also an opportunity for us to gauge what kind of bench we have as we move forward with our preparations leading to the World Cup, said Ellis.

We have also said we will give players an opportunity to play because after the Cyprus Women’s Cup next month, there will be no time for experimenting � we will focus on the core team that will represent us in France. We always say players select themselves, and we want to see that competition as we are working to finalise the final squad to the World Cup.

Andile Dlamini will be in goals ahead of Kaylin Swart � Dlamini last played in September at the 2018 COSAFA Women’s Championship in Port Elizabeth.

Matlou will again take the place of Van Wyk and will play alongside Bambanani Mbane in central defence.

Lebohang Ramalepe and Nothando Vilakazi will play at right back and left back respectively.

Leandra Smeda and Jermaine Seoposenwe start on the bench � this means a positional change for Jane who returns to central midfield alongside Mamello Makhabane.

Linda Motlhalo retains her place on the wing, while Koketso Tlailane gets her first ever start for Banyana Banyana.

Rhoda Mulaudzi replaces Seoposenwe and will play upfront with Thembi Kgatlana, who scored South Africa’s solitary goal in the weekend fixture.

Source: South Africa Football Association

Le Roux grateful to be learning from coach Senong

South Africa’s National Under-20 (Amajita) midfielder Luke Le Roux says working with coach Thabo Senong has taught him a lot about what it really takes for one to make it as a professional footballer.

Le Roux, who has been in the Amajita setup since their CAF 2019 Africa Under-20 Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying rounds last year, said the coach opened his eyes to the other side of football he never paid too much attention to at first.

The 19 year-old SuperSport United midfielder is part of the Amajita’s provisional squad that is preparing for the upcoming 2019 AFCON Under-20 tournament set to take place in Niger from 2 � 17 February.

Amajita are in Group A alongside hosts Niger, Burundi and Nigeria.

A top four finish will see Amajita book their place in this year’s FIFA Under-20 World Cup tournament that will take place in Poland later in the year.

The coach always preaches to us about the significance of being humble while working really hard to make it as professional footballers as well, Le Roux said. He always stresses that there are a whole lot of talented players out there, however, it is the ones who are willing to put in the work, who are always going to make it.

That statement is really important to me because without applying these principles, it is easy for one to lose their place in a team.

Asked how their AFCON local preparation camp has gone so far, Le Roux said: Our AFCON Under-20 preparation camp has been amazing so far. Everybody is looking sharp and driven to do well in every session or practice match we participate in. Winning last year’s COSAFA Under-20 tournament was a step in the right direction in our preparations as well.

We won all of our matches leading up this being crowned champions for the second time in a row, and it was a nice feeling to have. I even scooped a man of the match in one of the matches (against eSwatini).

Winning with the national team is just an incredible feeling to have as a footballer, and I just want to be a part of it for as long as I can.

Source: South Africa Football Association

Next-of-kin sought by SAPS Despatch Detectives

KING WILLIAM’S TOWN: Detectives from the South African Police Service in Despatch are seeking the assistance of the community to help trace the next-of-kin of an unidentified male, who passed away during December 2018. The body of the unidentified male was found by community members on 23 December 2018 at about 06:00, close to a bridge, next to the R75, in the Joe Slovo area, Despatch.

The unidentified male was wearing a khaki jacket, orange shorts, grey shirt and black shoes and appears to be in his sixties. He has no distinctive marks or tattoos.

Anyone who might be looking for a relative or who might be able to assist with information that can assist to trace his next-of-kin, is requested to contact the investigating officer, Detective Warrant Officer Deon Janse van Rensburg on 041 933 8017 or Crime Stop 08600 10111.

Source: South African Police Service