- While most of his squad for this weekend’s Super Fan Saturday event are seniors, Jake White has also included two age-group stars in Jan-Hendrik Wessels and Stravino Jacobs.
- The Bulls’ director of rugby unashamedly believes that Wessels is the next Os du Randt.
- Jacobs has also come from relative obscurity – at least in the Bulls hierarchy – to play himself into contention.
Jake White, perhaps conscious of getting his Springboks match fit as soon as possible should the Rugby Championship become a reality, will boast most of his senior squad players for this weekend’s Super Fan Saturday meeting with the Sharks at Loftus.
But there are a few exceptions, notably 19-year-old Jan-Hendrik Wessels, whom the Bulls director of rugby has compared already to a Springbok legend.
“This is my first formal media conference at Loftus and I want to tell you guys from the outset that this guy reminds me of Os du Randt,” said White.
“He will become a Springbok. There’s no doubt in my mind.”
Wessels, another graduate from the rugby factory that is Grey College, made waves last year when he, along with fellow school mate George Cronje, signed an agreement with French giants Clermont along, while another friend Marcell Muller went to Montpellier.
Yet the Covid-19 pandemic shuffled all three players’ decks to the extent that they’re back in South Africa.
At 1.93m and 120kg, Wessels is an absolute man-mountain who was expected to star for the Junior Springboks this year.
“Our job is do bring him in the right way,” said White.
“There’s an opportunity (this weekend) for him to play with some Springboks, particularly in a rolling subs environment. He can learn about senior rugby. The Under-21 tournament starts next week and he’ll definitely be a part of that.
“This weekend is an ideal environment for him. Not only because of the national players’ presence but also because he’s been part of the pre-season with us.”
Wessels will be joined by 20-year-old Stravino Jacobs, dubbed “The Rocket Man” during his time at Paarl Gimnasium, who played for SA Schools and was also slated to become a Junior Springbok in 2020.
The pacey winger with some surprising punch has been a revelation for White.
“I’m still new at this. Some of the youngsters have really surprised me,” said the former World Cup-winning Springbok coach.
“I’ve got this young guy, Stravino, that’s come in and he’s an unbelievable player. He’s just such a rough diamond and I want to see what he’s like when he plays in a senior combination. He’s a great youngster, maybe with him and Gio (Aplon) and Travis (Ismaiel) as a combo together, we’ll see him already add some value.”
In fact, Jacobs’ unexpected if pleasing elevation confirms that White – perhaps now unfairly labelled as a coach favouring size over nimbleness – is counting more mercurial talents to add more flair to his attack.
The Bulls also boast Blitzbok stars Stedman Gans and Kurt-Lee Arendse in the 30-man squad for the weekend.
“I’m told I usually only like big okes and that we’re only going to play like the Bulls used to,” said White.
“Guys like Gio, Kurt-Lee and Embrose (Papier) aren’t big guys at all but they’ve got great skills. I’m really excited about them. Watch this space, I’m really excited.”
Nehawu members protesting outside the Union Buildings in Tshwane, demanding the implementation of a wage increase agreement and other issues relating to Covid-19.
- President Cyril Ramaphosa and the Nehawu leadership will continue engagement on the union’s concerns.
- Nehawu is unhappy about the implementation of a wage agreement and the effects of Covid-19 on its members.
- Ramaphosa and Nehawu met on Friday after Ramaphosa had to postpone an earlier meeting due to illness.
President Cyril Ramaphosa and the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) agreed on Friday they will continue engagement on a range of issues concerning collective bargaining and workplace conditions in the public sector, particularly in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ramaphosa hosted a meeting with the national office-bearers of the public-sector trade union on Friday after Tuesday’s meeting was postponed due to Ramaphosa being struck down with a cold.
“The meeting followed the union’s submission of a memorandum to the President relating to, among others, improving occupational health and safety uniformly in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, conditions of service more broadly and implementation of clause 3.3 of Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) Resolution 1 of 2018, which deals with salary adjustments for the 2020/21 financial year, and which is currently the subject of litigation,” reads a statement from the Presidency.
On Monday, Nehawu protested outside the Union Buildings because a memorandum they delivered in early September has not yet received a response.
Nehawu president Mzwandile Makwayiba said the union was fighting for the implementation of a wage agreement that was reached in 2018, as well as issues relating to health workers who contracted Covid-19, News24 reported at the time.
Ramaphosa chaired the meeting in which Nehawu was represented by Makwayiba, first deputy president Mike Shingange, second deputy president Nyameka Macanda, national treasurer Kgomotso Makhupola, and general secretary Zola Saphetha.
Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu, Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi, Public Service and Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu, and Health Deputy Minister Dr Joe Phaahla also participated in the meeting which the Presidency described as “a frank and cordial exchange of views and information”.
The meeting agreed that government and Nehawu will continue work on the issues raised in Nehawu’s memorandum, that are currently being discussed by task teams comprising government and Nehawu.
“Reports of these task teams will be presented to a meeting of senior leadership of government and public sector unions who will meet again soon on a mutually convenient date to develop solutions in the interest of workers, the public sector and the nation and economy at large,” reads the Presidency’s statement.
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Andile Lungisa has turned to the Constitutional Court.
Luvuyo Mehlwana, News24
- Andile Lugisa was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment (one year suspended) for assault after he was found guilty of smashing a glass jug on the head of DA councillor Rano Kayser during a scuffle in the council in 2016.
- He appealed his conviction and sentence in the Eastern Cape High Court, which was dismissed, then appealed his sentence in the Supreme Court of Appeal which was also dismissed.
- He is now applying for leave to appeal in the Constitutional Court.
In a bid to have his appeal heard in the Constitutional Court, Nelson Mandela Bay ANC councillor Andile Lungisa has argued that people in prison being kept in custody is unconstitutional because of the dire conditions and the Covid-19 regulations.
Lungisa, who is the former ANC Youth League deputy president, has applied for leave to appeal his three year sentence to the apex court after the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) upheld his sentence of three years in prison (one year suspended) for assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.
In 2018, Lugisa was found guilty of smashing a glass jug on the head of DA councillor Rano Kayser during a scuffle in the council in 2016.
He previously also approached the Eastern Cape High Court, appealing his sentence and conviction, both of which were upheld.
In legal papers filed with the Constitutional Court earlier this month, Lungisa raises two points which he believes have merit for the court to consider his appeal.
He argues that he was treated differently from an ordinary person in respect to the sentence imposed because of his position as a politician and leader in the municipality where he was a councillor.
He also argues the SCA did not take into account the conditions in prisons, as well as the Covid-19 pandemic and the Disaster Management Act regulations which were enforced as a result.
Covid-19 and imprisonment
According to Lungisa, the SCA did not take into consideration “the massive disadvantages of imprisonment”.
This includes the situation at present with the existence of Covid-19 and overcrowding in correctional facilities.
He added that the harm done to him, his family and his ability to obtain employment once he has served his sentence, was not taken into consideration by the appellate court.
“I would also like to draw this honourable court’s attention to the fact that the Department of Correctional Services have very important laws and regulations, very few of which apply, which means that people are being kept in custody unconstitutionally,” Lungisa said.
Lungisa then referred to the Constitution which states that sentenced prisoners have the following rights:
To conditions of detention that are consistent with human dignity, including at least exercise and the provision, at State expense, of adequate accommodation, nutrition, reading material, and medical treatment.
To communicate with and be visited by persons including spouses or partners, next of kin, a chosen religious councillor, and a chosen medical practitioner.
“I am informed that because of the Covid-19 situation, no one is allowed to visit family members in the prison and access to medical practitioners is, to say the very least, severely limited,” Lungisa said.
He pointed out that there is overcrowding in prison cells, very few people have mattresses and beds, have very little if any access to water, being forced to use the toilet openly where people can see you, and that the food is “appalling”.
However, Lungisa said he could understand that not all prisoners can be released early, especially those who have committed very serious offences and repeat offenders who “would have to put up with those kinds of circumstances at present”.
But for him, it is very different because he will be there for a period of no longer than two years and in that time, he will not be able to see his wife or seven children and he will have very little access to decent food, accommodation, exercise, and decent conditions of living.
“How can it be that the public at large would support a sentence of this nature on me, I find difficult to accept, but that this is the approach the SCA took and I respectfully submit that they took it incorrectly.”
All persons are equal before the law
Lungisa also argued that the trial court imposed a sentence on him, because of his position in the community.
He said this approach was in conflict of the right of everyone to be treated equally and then repeated case law that the SCA cited.
“I respectfully submit that to treat me differently to ‘an ordinary offender’ and to refer to cases, the facts of which are very different from mine are far more serious than mine in justifying their dismissal of my appeal, affects my constitutional right of a fair trial and in particular my right to a fair appeal.”
News24 reported earlier on Friday that Lungisa was granted R10 000 bail by the Eastern Cape High Court in Grahamstown, pending the outcome of the leave to appeal application.
The court also attached the following conditions:
- Lungisa will have to remain at his residence until such time as his application for leave to appeal to the Constitutional Court has been determined.
- He has been ordered to hand over any travel documents by Wednesday, 30 September.
- He must report to the Kabega Park police station on Mondays and Fridays.
- If Lungisa’s Constitutional Court application is refused, he will have to present himself to the relevant authorities within 72 hours to continue serving his sentence.
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