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NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 6 January 6 pm

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In this bulletin:

# President Ramaphosa leaves the ANC Women’s League event over alleged compliance issues
# Lord Hain says whistleblowers in the state capture report should be protected
# And, motorsport: Henk Lategan and Brett Cummings win the 5th stage of the Dakar Rally

# President Cyril Ramaphosa was pulled out of the Lilian Ngoyi memorial lecture in Lebowakgomo over alleged Covid-19 compliance issues. Ramaphosa left after speaking to the deputy minister of State Security, Zizi Kodwa. There is speculation that security risks are involved, but Kodwa said the decision was a result of issues related to the venue being packed to capacity. ANC Women’s league secretary-general Meokgo Matuba apologised to supporters:

Play sound: ENG-MeokgoMatuba

# Anti-apartheid activist Lord Peter Hain has applauded whistleblower and author Athol Williams for his heroic stance for truth and bravery in exposing his former employers Bain and Company. Hain says government should make it a priority to protect and safeguard the lives of people who choose to expose private institutions. Williams is currently living in exile after testifying at the state capture inquiry:

Play sound: ENG Lord Hains 1

# The repatriation of more than 4-thousand Angolan citizens including men, women, and children who have been living in Namibia for the past 11 months will be completed this week. Namibia is the first country on the African continent to refer to and accordingly treat refugees as guests. Yesterday almost one-thousand-800 Angolans were moved from Etunda near Ruacana to a shelter at Calueque in Angola.

# Soccer: Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has tested positive for Covid-19. Gabon coach Patrice Neveu told AFP Aubameyang is in isolation just days ahead of their opening Africa Cup of Nations match. Meanwhile, Manchester City also confirmed its manager Pep Guardiola has tested positive for coronavirus. 21 players and staff from the club are now isolating for Covid-related reasons. Guardiola will miss tomorrow’s FA Cup trip to Swindon Town, but the match is still scheduled to go ahead despite City being without seven first-team players and 14 backroom staff.

# Financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-74-cents and the euro at 17-rand-80-cents. One British pound costs 21-rand-29-cents and Bitcoin trades at 42-thousand-969-dollar-40-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-791-dollars-70-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 82-dollars-27-cents a barrel.

# And finally, South African driver Henk Lategan and navigator Brett Cummings won the fifth stage of the Dakar Rally earlier today. Giniel de Villiers and navigator Dennis Murphy finished in seventh place. But they received a five-hour penalty for a second incident with a bike rider back in stage 2 when they drove their Toyota Hilux over a KTM rider’s bike. De Villiers is now in overall 35th place with Lategan 39th.

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