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NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 8 February 6 pm

Good afternoon,

In this bulletin:

# Bonginkosi Khanyile will go on trial in August for last year’s unrest
# The case against two former municipal officials implicated in the VBS scandal is postponed
# And Cricket: Graeme Smith’s position as the director of cricket is on the line

# Bonginkosi Khanyile will go on trial in August for inciting public violence during the unrest last year. He appeared in the Durban Magistrate’s Court today. Khanyile also faces a charge of Contravention of the Disaster Management Act. Regional NPA spokesperson, Natasha Ramkisson-Kara, says the parties are ready to go to trial:

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# The former mayor and municipal manager of the Thulamela local municipality will be back in court on 24 May for their role in the VBS scandal. NPA spokesperson in Limpopo, Mashudu Malabi-Dzhangi, says former municipal manager Hlengani Emanuel Maluleke and former mayor, Avhashoni Stephen Tshifhango, appeared in the Thohoyandou Magistrate’s Court today where they were granted 30-thousand-rand bail:

Play sound: ENG Thulamela VBS

# Some good news for Tshwane residents is that power has been fully restored to Rand Water’s Mapleton Booster station. It will soon pump water at full capacity. The reservoirs will now be refilled, but this will take some time. The city’s spokesperson Sipho Stuurman has this update:

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# Cricket: Graeme Smith’s position as South Africa’s director of cricket is on the line. The chairperson of Cricket South Africa’s independent board, Lawson Naidoo, confirmed everyone will be able to apply for the position when the former Proteas captain’s contract expires at the end of next month. The governing body will also soon give clarity on possible proceedings against Smith following the Cricket for Social Justice and Nation-building hearings. The way in which he was appointed, first temporarily and later permanently, came under scrutiny at the hearings.

# Financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-42-cents and the euro at 17-rand-60-cents. One British pound costs 20-rand-88-cents and Bitcoin trades at 43-thousand-704-dollars-9-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-821-dollars-36-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 90-dollars-70-cents a barrel.

# And finally: A French soccer player apologised for a video in which he can be seen kicking his cat. English club West Ham’s defender Kurt Zouma’s brother, Yoan, apparently made the recording in the player’s luxurious mansion this past weekend and shared it on Snapchat. Sky News reports the international player is seen in the footage kicking the animal like a soccer ball in his kitchen and slapping it through the face to the huge amusement of the person recording the incident. West Ham have condemned Zouma’s actions.

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