Four-year deal for £4.5m Pienaar


Steven Pienaar: The South African is permanently back at Everton just 18 months after joining Tottenham

Sky Sports sources earlier on Tuesday revealed the 30-year-old South African, who spent the second half of last season on loan atGoodison Park, was having a medical on Merseyside.

And Pienaar’s permanent return to David Moyes’ Everton has now been confirmed only 18 months after he was sold to Tottenham for just £3million.

The midfielder told Everton’s official website: “I am happy to be here. It took a few weeks to sort out but I am delighted to be back and excited to play for Everton.

“There was no doubt in my mind that I would be back here. At the end of the season, I told the manager how I felt and I am happy now it is all done.”

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No special treatment for race killer


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Limpopo – The man jailed for killing four people in Skierlik informal settlement in North West was not receiving special treatment in prison, an official said on Tuesday.

“Johan Nel was transferred to a maximum correctional centre in Limpopo, No special treatment was given to Nel,” said correctional services spokeswoman Sarie Peens.

She was responding to an accusation by the Congress of SA Trade Union (Cosatu) North West that Nel was being given preferential treatment.

Nel is serving four life sentences for the 2008 murder of four black people in Skierlik informal settlement, near Swartruggens.

He shot dead Sivuyile Peyi, 37, Annah Moiphitlhi, 31, Elizabeth Moiphitlhi, three-months-old, and Tshepo Motshelanoka, 10. He wounded eight others.

“We are told that the racial killer (Johan Nel) is being specially treated by the correctional services to the extent that he is visited by his wife almost every day, while the African black prisoners are visited at the times programmed by the management,” Cosatu alleged.

Peens said Nel was initially held at the juvenile centre, where inmates had access to a library.

He was transferred to the Katuma Sinthumule maximum prison in Venda, Limpopo, soon after his marriage at the Rustenburg prison in February.

“He is no longer in the juvenile section,” she said.

Peens confirmed that Nel got married while in prison.

“The fact that he got married inside a correctional facility was done according to the department of correctional services policy.

“The couple received guidance from a social worker from the department of correctional services before they got married, and several media published the story about his marriage.”

She said the parents of the couple were given permission to attend the wedding ceremony inside the prison. – Sapa

15 arrested for public violence


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Kagiso, West Rand – Fifteen people were arrested on Tuesday for public violence in a protest in Kagiso, on the West Rand, Gauteng police said.

They were arrested after police dispersed protesters, but they returned and started barricading roads, Warrant Officer Solly Sibiya said.

“They were throwing stones at the police after the situation calmed down.”

Earlier, one person was shot and wounded and two others were injured when a protest turned violent. The protests started on Monday afternoon when two children were knocked down by a truck on Tudor Road. One of them died.

Protesters pelted vehicles with stones on Tuesday. Two police officers were injured, and a protester was wounded.

“Our members were treated on the scene, and the wounded protester was taken to hospital.”

Parts of the municipal building were set alight. Roads leading into the township, and to the Chamdor industrial area, were blockaded. Firefighters were attacked when they arrived. Police had to use rubber bullets and teargas to protect them.

Earlier, residents refused to listen when Mogale City municipality officials tried to speak to them. They wanted mayor Koketso Calvin Seerane to speak to them. The residents said they had previously asked the municipality to construct speed bumps on the road, but that nothing was done, Sibiya said.

Sibiya said the police would keep a close watch throughout the night.

Motorist were advised to use the R28 and Impala Road as Tudor Road was still closed.

The 15 arrested would appear in the Kagiso Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday on charges of public violence. – Sapa

Dewani needs another year, court hears


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London – Honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani needs a year to recover from depression before facing extradition proceedings, a British court heard on Tuesday.

His lawyer Clare Montgomery told the Westminster Magistrate’s Court that the process had been hanging over her client like “the sword of Damocles” and he needed “a period of calm”, reported the British Press Association.

Dewani, 32, stands accused of plotting his wife Anni’s murder in Cape Town in November 2010.

He is being treated for depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Chief Magistrate Howard Riddle adjourned the hearing to September 18 for a psychiatrist, employed by the South African government, to examine Dewani and give the court more information about his condition before making any other decision.

Montgomery said keeping Dewani under medical treatment in Britain for 12 months would speed up his recovery rather than jeopardise it by sending him to South Africa.

According to his psychiatrist, he was making a slow recovery, but one damaging factor was his “constant awareness of the court proceedings”, said Montgomery.

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‘Bitch’ complaint dismissed


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Johannesburg – The Broadcasting Complaints Commission of SA has dismissed a complaint against controversial 5FM presenter Gareth Cliff for calling a woman a “bitch”.

The word was used in a “playful and melodramatic manner”, the BCCSA said in a ruling released on Tuesday.

Cliff, who hosts 5FM’s Breakfast Show, addressed a female caller as “Dear Bitch” on June 6, in an attempt to get her to call the station back. However, the woman, who was never named on the show, took offence and lodged a complaint with the commission.

She had called two days earlier to express her opinion about M-Net’s Idols programme.

A 5FM representative argued that the woman’s dignity had not been impaired as she was not identified.

He told a BCCSA tribunal the incident needed to be seen in the context of broadcasts over three days.

The woman’s “aggressive and confrontational style” had resulted in Cliff referring to her as “Dear Bitch” in the same way one would refer to a person being “bitchy”.

The woman said: “My complaint is against Gareth Cliff using such profane and unnecessary language, even not knowing the individual.”

She argued that children listened to the morning show, and should not be exposed to such language.

While the complaint was not upheld, 5FM was cautioned that repetitive use of the word should be discouraged. – Sapa

Le Clos bags SA’s second Olympic gold


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South African swimming sensation Chad le Clos scooped the country’s second gold medal of the London Olympic Games, edging American legend Michael Phelps in the men’s 200 metres butterfly final on Tuesday evening.

Le Clos, 20, touched the wall in one minute, 52.96 seconds (1:52.96) to smash his own national record by well over a second.

Phelps, a 14-time Olympic gold medallist and the defending champion in this event, finished second in 1:53.01.

Le Clos’s medal added to the gold won by Cameron van der Burgh in the men’s 100m breaststroke final on Sunday. – Sapa

 

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SA companies have been called upon to introduce flexitime, but Cape businesses believe it simply won’t work.

Eskom chief executive Brian Dames reported on Monday it was considering offering special rates to companies operating between 10pm and 4am.

 

“Between five o’clock and around 7.30 in the evening every night we use as much electricity as most of our neighbouring countries combined just in those few hours. In some cases it’s in excess of 3 000MW,” Dames said.

“We think as a country we should consider changing our working hours. We may offer companies special fees and rates to use electricity from about 10 at night to four o’clock in the morning.”

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