South Africa 3.7.2015 06:35 pm

Tomorrow’s news today: Durban July, Mamelodi and spy tapes

FILE PICTURE: Mbalenhole Makhanya in a Dumolwakhe Makhatini design at the Vodacom Durban July on July 6, 2013, in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Gallo Images / Sunday Times / Jakcie Clausen)

FILE PICTURE: Mbalenhole Makhanya in a Dumolwakhe Makhatini design at the Vodacom Durban July on July 6, 2013, in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Gallo Images / Sunday Times / Jakcie Clausen)

Months of hard work will culminate in two minutes of nerve-wracking tension for racehorse trainer Sean Tarry, who sends five of his charges into battle in the blue riband of South African horseracing today, the Vodacom Durban July at Greyville.

From juice bar to July

Months of hard work will culminate in two minutes of nerve-wracking tension for racehorse trainer Sean Tarry, who sends five of his charges into battle in the blue riband of South African horseracing today, the Vodacom Durban July at Greyville.

It’s hard to win the R3.5-million race, but he’s done it twice in the last three years, with Pomodoro in 2012 and Heavy Metal a year later. And to be fielding more than a quarter of the field in today’s race is a real feather in his cap.

For Tarry, this year, there’s more on the line than winning Africa’s most famous race, because victory by any of his five would secure him his first national trainers’ championship – something he has coveted since he first took out a trainer’s license in 1997.

NPA finally file spy tape court papers

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has finally filed its court papers in the DA “Spy Tapes case” for a review of corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma.
This follows the NPA previously missing its deadline to file its papers, last week.

The DA said this resulted in the NPA being in contempt of court.

But, NPA spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku said the filing of records was via the arrangement of the registrar of the court.

Mamelodi wants army

The community of Mamelodi, rocked by a spate of violence over commuter transport, has called on Gauteng’s Premier David Makhura to bring in the army.

Makhura announced that Operation Fiela will kick off in Mamelodi following the shooting of five people during an attack on a bus, disruptions to transport system in the area, and an upsurge of violence between angry taxi drivers and bus operators.

The premier, during a visit to the area yesterday, said government would not allow commuters to be held ransom by the taxi industry.

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