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NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 15 November 7am

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In this bulletin:

# The ANC has welcomed government withdrawing support for Miss SA’s participation at Miss Universe
# Disgruntled ActionSA members say they were used
# And, three people have been arrested under the Terrorism Act following a taxi explosion in Liverpool in the UK

# The ANC has welcomed the decision by the government to withdraw its support for Miss South Africa’s participation at Miss Universe, set to be held in Israel next month. There has been backlash for the event being staged in Israel. The ANC says the racism, human rights violations, illegal settlements, ongoing unlawful occupation, and the apartheid laws of Israel are well documented and should be compelling enough for the Miss South Africa organisation to withdraw from the event. The party says the organisation has the responsibility to boycott Miss Universe.

# Disgruntled ActionSA members say they were used by its president Herman Mashaba and by ActionSA as a party. They started out as the People’s Dialogue and moved with the organisation until it developed into ActionSA. They did this not because they are power hungry, but hungry for change in their communities and in the country. The group’s representative, Xolani Manzingana, says the disgruntled members want the Proportional Representation list reviewed:

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# A Mpumalanga police officer is scheduled to appear in the Sterkspruit Magistrate’s Court today on murder charges. He is accused of shooting a man at a tavern and then dumping the body on a playing field adjacent to the police station. Independent Police Investigative Directorate spokesperson Grace Langa says the incident was reported to Ipid by a Sterkspruit captain who had come across the body:

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# UK counter-terrorism officers have arrested three people after a vehicle explosion outside the Women’s Hospital in Liverpool, northern England. A passenger in the vehicle was killed and the driver was injured and is in a stable condition in hospital. According to the BBC, a taxi carrying one passenger pulled up outside the hospital and exploded, as a national two minutes’ silence for Remembrance Sunday was due to begin not far from the area. Liverpool mayor, Joanne Anderson, has described the incident as unsettling and upsetting.

# Tennis: World number two, Daniil Medvedev, began his title defence with a victory at the ATP Finals in Turin, Italy. He hit 32 winners and eight unforced errors on his way to a, 6-7, 6-3, 6-4, victory against Hubert Hurkacz yesterday. Medvedev confirmed that the court conditions are very fast and really tough to play on:

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# Financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-30-cents and the euro at 17-rand-54-cents. One British pound costs 20-rand-53-cents and Bitcoin trades at 65-thousand-713-dollar-6-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-857-dollars-54-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 81-dollars-42-cents a barrel.

# And finally: A waiter at a restaurant in Mossel Bay in the Southern Cape couldn’t believe his eyes when he was tipped 94-thousand-486-rand last week. The American actor and filmmaker Marcia Kimpton left the massive tip after she and a group of 15 people dined at Delfino’s Restaurant. The waiter, Zathan McCarthy, told the Mossel Bay Advertiser he would share the tip with his colleagues. Kimpton is in South Africa to film scenes for a new TV mini-series, An American Abroad.

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