Today's Big Stories

AB's supersonic century, Malawi floods and food security, Dramat-Hawks in court

AB's big moment:

Huge congratulations go out to Proteas captain AB de Villiers who hit the fastest century in a One Day International (ODI), during the game against the West Indies at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Sunday. The modest captain hit the record-breaking century from 31 balls, which contributed to a win over the 'Windies':

It's been an amazing couple of years, performance-wise. I never like to get ahead of myself and still believe I can win every time I play. I keep working hard on my game, I try and keep my feet on the ground - that's very important when you're playing professional sports and for any professional career in that matter. It's a game of chess out there - if he tries to double-bluff me, I double-bluff him!

Malawi floods - threat to food security:

EWN Correspondent, Emily Corke on this story: as torrential rains continue to lash Malawi and a new cyclone is set to make landfall soon, food security has become a major concern in that country. Flash floods caused by days of torrential rain have swept away roads and bridges, destroyed thousands of hectares of crops and raised fears of a cholera outbreak in the southern half of the country. More than 200 people are confirmed dead and many are missing or trapped in inaccessible areas.

Dramat-Hawks matter to be heard in court:

EWN Correspondent, Govan Whittles on this story: the High Court in Pretoria will this morning hear a legal challenge against the suspension of Hawks boss Anwa Dramat. Police Minister Nathi Nhleko’s power to take the action will be brought into question while he prepares to meet with Dramat behind closed doors. The Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) approached the courts after Dramat was suspended for his alleged role in illegal renditions four years ago but he's argued that the move is politically motivated. In a brief sitting last week, the High Court heard that Dramat is willing to discuss an early retirement as the suspension dragged on. In his responding affidavits, the police minister questions HSF’s right to challenge the suspension and whether this is supported by Dramat. The minister says it seems the HSF has appointed itself Dramat’s guardian without his approval and questioned why the Hawks boss is a respondent and not co-applicant in the suspension challenge.


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