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Survé blames ‘dark forces’ for office raid

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Dr Iqbal Survé, chair of Independent Media and head of investment firm Sekunjalo, has hit back after a raid by the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) on his Waterfront offices on Wednesday morning.

In a statement issued on Wednesday evening, Survé said FSCA officials were accompanied by the police, and described them as “intruders”, adding that the day’s events were “classic intimidation tactics” by an “increasingly desperate cohort of politically entrenched cronies whose pockets are intrinsically linked to wholesale looting, and corruption of state coffers”.

“There are dark forces at play,” he added.

He has also alleged a conflict of interest on the part of the FSCA, which he says is linked to the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) through its caretaking commissioner, Abel Sithole.

State-owned asset manager the PIC invested R4.3bn into AYO prior to its listing on the JSE, in a controversial move that dominated headlines during the PIC inquiry. At the time of investment, AYO’s assets were reportedly worth considerably less.

The PIC has since attempted to recoup its investment.

In his statement, Survé alleged a conflict of interest on the part of the FSCA, saying: “[T]he caretaking FSCA commissioner is Abel Sithole, who is also the principal officer of the GEPF, whose funds the PIC invests. 

“I do solemnly believe this is also an underhanded attempt to obtain information relating to our legal case against the PIC and the GEPF,” he said.

‘Classic intimidation tactics’

Survé earlier alleged the raid was an attempt “to get information we have on Pravin Gordhan and the president (Cyril Ramaphosa) and which my reporters are about to publish this weekend”.

News of the raid was first published on the Business Report website, the financial news division of Independent Media.

The FSCA confirmed the raid, saying it was investigating allegations of market manipulation, but did not specify which company it was investigating, Fin24 reported. In May, the watchdog said it had launched an investigation into transactions in AYO Technology Solutions, in which Survé holds an indirect stake.

In addition to claiming the raid was an attempt to gain sensitive legal information, Survé also claimed it was designed to frame him in a negative light.

Referring to the PIC’s earlier court bid to recoup its AYO investment, in line with a compliance notice from the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission, he said: “This was declared null and void by a court of law but served to continue misrepresenting my truth and that of these aforementioned companies via the media.

“The FSCA’s raid is a similar tactic designed to focus yet more negative attention on companies that I am associated to.”

‘We will shed light on the darkness’

According to Survé, the officers were tasked with confiscating computers and hard drives “on the pretext” of obtaining evidence of irregular trading relating to AYO. Survé said he could not speak for AYO as he is not on the board or management team.

“I can speak for Sekunjalo and categorically confirm that there is nothing untoward in our business practices or ethics. ” he said.

“Had the FSCA asked, we would have been more than willing to hand over the requested documents.”  

He added that there was a “concerted and organised effort” to personally discredit him and organisations in which he had a vested interest “in an effort to control [him]”.

“There are dark forces at play in South Africa and I want to make it categorically and abundantly clear to all who read this, that I will not be intimidated, Independent Media will not be silenced. 

“We will continue to shed light on the darkness,” he added.  

A spokesperson for Pravin Gordhan, as well as the FSCA, could not be reached for comment at the time of publication. 

Compiled by Marelise van der Merwe and Carin Smith. Additional reporting by Helena Wasserman and Jan Cronje

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Scarlets down Kings with bonus-point win

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Cape Town – Scarlet prove too strong for the Southern Kings as they claimed a bonus point win in their PRO14 encounter at the Parc y Scarlets in Llanelli on Sunday.

As it happened | Scarlets v Kings

The home side won 36-17 after leading 12-10 at half-time.

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The home side scored six tries in the match through Tevita Ratuva, Ed Kennedy, Ryan Conbeer, Uzair Cassiem, Dan Davis and Tom Rogers.

Dan Jones added two conversions, while Conbeer landed another one.

The Kings replied crossed the whitewash twice thanks to Howard Mnisi and Christopher Hollis with Demetri Catrakilis adding two conversions. While Courtney Winnaar kicked a penalty for the visitors.

Next week the Kings host Connacht on Sunday, March 1 (15:00) while the Scarlets travel to Ireland to face Munster on Saturday, February 29 (19:00 SA time).

Scorers:

Scarlet

Tries: Tevita Ratuva, Ed Kennedy, Ryan Conbeer, Uzair Cassiem, Dan Davis, Tom Rogers

Conversions: Dan Jones (2), Conbeer

Kings

Tries: Howard Mnisi, Christopher Hollis

Conversions: Demetri Catrakilis (2)

Penalty: Courtney Winnaar

Teams:

Scarlets

15 Angus O’Brien, 14 Corey Baldwin, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 Paul Asquith, 11 Steff Evans, 10 Dan Jones, 9 Kieran Hardy, 8 Uzair Cassiem, 7 Josh Macleod, 6 Aaron Shingler, 5 Sam Lousi, 4 Tevita Ratuva, 3 Werner Kruger (captain), 2 Taylor Davies, 1 Phil Price 

Substitutes: 16 Ifan Phillips, 17 Dylan Evans, 18 Javan Sebastian, 19 Steve Cummins, 20 Dan Davis, 21 Dane Blacker, 22 Ryan Conbeer, 23 Tom Rogers

Kings15 Courtney Winnaar, 14 Christopher Hollis, 13 Sibusiso Sithole, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Howard Mnisi, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Elrigh Louw, 7 Ruaan Lerm, 6 Lusanda Badiyana, 5 JC Astle, 4 Jerry Sexton, 3 Rossouw de Klerk, 2 Jacques du Toit, 1 Schalk Ferreira

Substitutes: 16 Alandre van Rooyen, 17 Xandre Vos/Ignatius Prinsloo, 18 Pieter Scholtz, 19 Aston Fortuin, 20 Bobby de Wee, 21 Thembelani Bholi, 22 Josh Allderman, 23 Edmund Ludick

– Compiled by Lynn Butler


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Two killed in truck accident outside Middelburg

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Two people were killed after a tanker truck overturned on the N11 Groblersdal Road, outside of Middelburg, on Sunday morning.

Shortly before 10.30, paramedics and emergency services personnel arrived on the scene to find that the truck had overturned several times and was lying on the side of the road.

ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak said: “Paramedics found that one of the occupants from the truck was ejected during the rollover. Sadly, there was nothing that could be done for him and he was declared dead on the scene. A second occupant was found trapped inside of the cabin. He sustained fatal injuries and was also declared dead on the scene.”

Local authorities attended the scene.

Collision

Meanwhile, one person sustained serious injuries and another moderate injuries during a head-on collision between a truck and a bakkie along the Donkerhoek Road in Rustenburg on Saturday night.

One person sustained serious injuries and another
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At about 20:00, paramedics arrived on the scene where they found the two mangled vehicles.

The driver of the truck sustained serious injuries and was rescued from the vehicle. The driver of the bakkie sustained moderate injuries and was treated on the scene.

Both were taken to a nearby hospital for further medical care, Vermaak said.

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Six Nations 2020: England beat Ireland to keep title hopes alive

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Six Nations: England v Ireland
England: (17) 24
Tries: Ford, Daly, Cowan-Dickie Pens: Farrell Cons: Farrell 3
Ireland: (0) 12
Tries: Henshaw, Porter Cons: Cooney

England ended Ireland’s Grand Slam hopes in brutal fashion as they rediscovered some of their World Cup form to reignite their own title hopes.

First-half tries from George Ford and Elliot Daly after Irish defensive errors plus two conversions and a penalty from Owen Farrell gave England a commanding 17-0 lead.

Ireland struck back with a try from Robbie Henshaw but with Johnny Sexton uncharacteristically wayward off the tee, they never seriously threatened a comeback.

Luke Cowan-Dickie drove over for England’s third midway through the second half, with replacement Andrew Porter’s late try no sort of consolation for Ireland.

With Wales at home in a fortnight before a trip to Italy, Eddie Jones’ men will believe they can finish the championship in style, although they may need Ireland to do them a favour and beat France in Dublin next month.

For the men in green and their head coach Andy Farrell it was a chastening afternoon, all the optimism created by the wins over Scotland and Wales leaching away in a display that was ponderous until the game was gone.

England capitalise on Irish errors

England began at a real lick, Manu Tuilagi punching holes through the middle and going close down the left before Andrew Conway hauled him down.

And the reward came when Ben Youngs stuck a grubber kick through, Sexton dithered and juggled in his own in-goal area and Ford seized on the loose ball to touch down.

Sexton then mis-kicked horribly with a straightforward penalty from 30 metres out and England set up camp again in the Ireland half.

Jonathan Joseph danced through in midfield after a mis-hit clearing kick from Conor Murray as Maro Itoje and CJ Stander scrapped in the 22, and England’s forwards hammered away at the Ireland line.

With a penalty coming, the men in white shaped to go wide, only for Ford to pop through another kick – and this time it was Jacob Stockdale who dallied, Daly diving onto the ball as Irish hands went to heads.

The scoreboard reflected the gulf between the two sides, England dynamic with ball in hand and ferocious in defence, Ireland laboured and error-ridden.

And Sexton’s miserable half was compounded when he was penalised for slowing the ball up, Farrell stroking over his kick to give England their biggest half-time lead over Ireland in 18 years.

England’s jabs hold Ireland at arm’s length

Ireland simply had to improve – and belatedly they did. An England knock-on from the restart gave away possession and the visitors finally chiselled out some territory too.

England managed to stop an Ireland driving maul from a line-out close in but the pressure kept coming.

Ireland won a penalty in front of the posts, opted for the scrum and eventually found space in the right-hand corner for Henshaw to burrow through two defenders and over the line.

But Sexton shanked the conversion just as he had the first-half penalty and the pressure ebbed away as Eddie Jones threw on Cowan-Dickie, Ellis Genge and Charlie Ewels.

England’s scrum, strong throughout, began to dominate and the penalties started to mount.

Farrell kicked to the corner, the forwards set up the maul from the line-out and Cowan-Dickie peeled off with Sam Underhill and Jonny May driving him on to roll over for England’s third try.

May was nearly clear on his own after seizing a loose ball from a messy Ireland ruck and appeared to be taken out by Henshaw after kicking the ball ahead, only for referee Jaco Peyper to wave play on.

And as the game stumbled towards the line, Porter rumbled over from a metre out for a try that made little difference to Ireland’s afternoon.

Man of the match: Courtney Lawes

A bravura performance in the back row from a man more normally seen in the second row. He made 14 tackles and eight carries in the hour he was on the pitch, setting the tone for a dominant England performance.

Line-ups

England: Daly; May, Tuilagi, Farrell (capt), Joseph; Ford, Youngs; Marler, George, Sinckler, Itoje, Kruis, Lawes, Underhill, Curry.

Replacements: Cowan-Dickie, Genge, Stuart, Launchbury, Ewels, Earl, Heinz, Slade.

Ireland: Larmour; Conway, Henshaw, Aki, Stockdale; Sexton, Murray; Healy, Herring, Furlong, Toner, Ryan, O’Mahony, van der Flier, Stander.

Replacements: Kelleher, Kilcoyne, Porter, Dillane, Doris, Cooney, Byrne, Earls.

Referee: Jaco Peyper

Touch judges: Romain Poite & Alexandre Ruiz

TMO: Marius Jonker

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Women’s T20 World Cup highlights: England beaten by South Africa in thrilling finish

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England suffer a tense six-wicket defeat against South Africa as their Women’s T20 World Cup campaign began with a narrow loss in Perth.

MATCH REPORT: South Africa edge England in tense finish

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Fury reacts to win over Wilder

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Tyson Fury said he is accustomed to being written off because of his appearance after beating Deontay Wilder to win the WBC Heavyweight Championship in Las Vegas on Sunday.

Fury scored a seventh-round TKO after knocking Wilder down twice, leaving blood pouring from the Bronze Bomber’s ear.

Underestimate Fury at your peril

Wilder was on his heels early on against an aggressive Fury who came good on his promise to fight for a knockout.

“Last time I was over-trained and I was too light. I’m a man of my word, I told the world I was going for a knockout – we trained for a knockout,” Fury told BT Sport.

“People always write me off, they look at my belly and my bald head. I’ve had my problems, but he was fighting the real Gypsy King this time.”

Fury said in the ring after the fight and later on in the dressing room that he expected Wilder to ask for a rematch. Fury said that there was only one place it could take place and that was across the road from the MGM Grand Arena at the Raiders Stadium, an outdoor venue that holds 70,000.

“The spoils of war are fresh,” he said in the ring. “I need to enjoy this victory and Deontay needs time to recover. But I’m almost sure he’ll take the rematch because he’s a dynamite puncher and he can take someone out at any time.

“With that level of danger, you can always win a fight. I’m sure we’ll do it again if he wants to.

“If he doesn’t want to, I’m happy with whatever my promoters say. Whoever’s next gets the same treatment, that’s for sure.”

Wilder skipped the post-fight press conference in order to get the cut on his ear stitched up and conduct some precautionary checks with fears that the Fury right may have damaged his eardrum.

Fury gave Wilder credit for his toughness and said he expects him to become world champion again at some point in the future.

“Big shout-out to Deontay Wilder, he came here tonight, he manned up and really did show the heart of a champion,” said Fury

“I hit him with a clean right hand and dropped him and he got back up and battled on into round seven. He is a warrior, he will be back, he will be a champion again. But I will say, the king has returned to the top.” 

Wilder said in the ring that he didn’t want his corner to throw in the towel but conceded he had been well-beaten by Fury.

“The best man won tonight,” he said. “I had a lot of things going on heading into this fight. It is what it is, but I make no excuses tonight. I just wish my corner would have let me go out on my shield. I’m a warrior.

“He had a great performance and we will be back stronger. ‘Even the greatest have lost and came back, that is just part of it.”

Despite the likelihood of a rematch, Fury is expected to move on to a unification bout against fellow Brit Anthony Joshua.

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