City Press http://www.citypress.co.za The home of City Press online Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:51:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 E-toll ‘has failed’ due to to far-reaching outrage – Wayne Duvenage http://www.citypress.co.za/news/e-toll-failed-due-far-reaching-outrage-wayne-duvenage/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=e-toll-failed-due-far-reaching-outrage-wayne-duvenage http://www.citypress.co.za/news/e-toll-failed-due-far-reaching-outrage-wayne-duvenage/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:49:08 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=128862 E-tolls in Gauteng have caused widespread outrage, the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance has said.

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E-tolls in Gauteng have caused widespread outrage, the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance has said.

“The outrage has been far-reaching, across all sectors of society and has galvanised a defiant citizens’ tax-revolt, not yet experienced in our young democracy,” the alliance’s chairperson, Wayne Duvenage, said today.

“Our socioeconomy can’t afford this.”

Speaking at the public hearings in Midrand on the effect of e-tolls, Duvenage said the idea of tolling Gauteng was appealing.

“While the idea and technology of e-tolling for Gauteng was appealing, its execution has been left wanting for a myriad reasons, many of which were predictable.”

The vast majority of users would not pay, he said.

“For this reason alone we say it is not failing but it has failed. The authorities will be well advised to call off the flogging of this horse, which was never alive in the first place.”

The South African National Roads Agency Limited has said not paying e-tolls is both a traffic and criminal offence and people would be prosecuted.

Duvenage said authorities could try and force people to submit and get e-tags but could never force people to cooperate.

He said enthusiasm for e-tolls was very low and compliance at required levels almost impossible to achieve.

Gauteng’s e-toll plan was in trouble before it started because of poor research and because the public was ignored.

“Enforcement has serious unintended consequences this country can ill afford. We simply cannot return to being a police state.

“We believe the state cannot afford to be fighting with its citizens for years to come over R1.9 billion a year.”

The alliance had various proposed solutions, including suspending electronic tolling.

The gantries did not have to be broken down and could be used to monitor traffic volumes and find stolen vehicles.

“Suspend e-tolling as soon as possible and invite stakeholders to engage, seeking solutions for a truly integrated urban transport.”

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Point. Seven. Percent http://www.citypress.co.za/columnists/point-seven-percent/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=point-seven-percent http://www.citypress.co.za/columnists/point-seven-percent/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:45:14 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=128407 In the political mayhem of last week, a small number has gone relatively unnoticed.

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In the political mayhem of last week, a small number has gone relatively unnoticed.

The economy grew by 0.7% in the past quarter.

That’s terrible. It’s way below our peers on the rest of our continent. And it’s well under our own projections in everything from the budget to the National Development Plan.

Our collective heads swung from side to side in the tennis match-like brawl between the governing ANC and Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. But I’d argue that anaemic growth is a much greater political risk to the government – and one it seems blithely unaware of.

The collapse of Abil is more than an economic story; it is a deeply political one. And if you look at the retail numbers for the same quarter, it’s clear the middle and working classes are under the whip.

Loan repayment rates have plummeted so that almost one in three unsecured loans is in arrears. Figures on food inflation published by City Press last week show price hikes are far higher than official inflation would suggest.

We know from monthly food bills that the black middle class is stressed; this is largely why the campaign against electronic road tolling has had such success.

Add in the coming hikes in power costs (the regulator is set to allow Eskom an increase in tariffs to fund its investment costs) and you have a population that could be tipped over the edge and away from its historical support for the ANC.

The chattering classes (that’s us) may think people are moved by overspending on Nkandla or the spy tapes. But that’s not true.

It’s the economy, stupid. Always has been and always will be.

With a large portion of the Cabinet drawn into the fight to protect President Jacob Zuma from accounting for Nkandla, their collective eye is off the economy and, therefore, jobs growth.

In crisis, the state is unable to implement the countercyclical measures that have protected the ANC from the political impact of previous near-recessions. Rather than #paybackthemoney, the government should be focusing on #makingthemoney.

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Match-fixing cabal is like conniving ghosts – Fikile Mbalula http://www.citypress.co.za/news/match-fixing-cabal-like-conniving-ghosts-fikile-mbalula/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=match-fixing-cabal-like-conniving-ghosts-fikile-mbalula http://www.citypress.co.za/news/match-fixing-cabal-like-conniving-ghosts-fikile-mbalula/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:44:07 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=128859 Sports and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula referred to “a cabal”, “conniving” and “collusion” as he expressed frustration about delays in getting to the bottom of football match-fixing allegations.

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Sports and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula referred to “a cabal”, “conniving” and “collusion” as he expressed frustration about delays in getting to the bottom of football match-fixing allegations.

Called before the parliamentary portfolio committee today, Mbalula said the match-fixing investigation was out of the hands of South African authorities after the global body Fifa took control and undertook to investigate.

In March this year, President Jacob Zuma announced that he would not establish a commission of inquiry as planned because Fifa was investigating.

Mbalula suspected that some form of “malicious compliance” within the former executive of the South African Football Association had something to do with the sudden U-turn.

“You cannot touch it in the room, you cannot pin it down, it is like a ghost … but you know it is there. You can feel that cabal. There was conniving and collusion in that matter … there could have been other issues, other concerns, at play,” he told committee members.

Explaining his comments to journalists later, Mbalula said Safa had accepted the decision to set up a judicial investigation “with reservations”.

“Fifa would not have acted on their own [to renege on the decision to allow SA to investigate] without Safa, and that is what I meant by collusion,” he said.

Mbalula told the committee that he had personally been given the all-clear for South Africa to conduct its own investigation during a visit to Zurich. There was an agreement between Fifa, Safa and the South African government.

“Then on my return I got a letter from [Fifa’s secretary] Jérôme Valcke saying that they [Fifa] was ready to investigate … if we proceeded, that could amount to interference by the South African government.”

This is when he got embroiled in a spat, pointing out to Fifa that South Africa was “not a banana republic”.

Commenting about efforts to get answers from Fifa, the sports minister reminded MPs: “Fifa is not a small federation from Gugulethu, it is a big, powerful international body.”

According to Safa, the match-fixing saga has been dragging on since October 2011, when it requested Fifa to investigate suspected rigged matches in the run-up to the 2010 World Cup.

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Police allowed to appeal in Renate Barnard racial discrimination case http://www.citypress.co.za/news/police-allowed-appeal-renate-barnard-racial-discrimination-case/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=police-allowed-appeal-renate-barnard-racial-discrimination-case http://www.citypress.co.za/news/police-allowed-appeal-renate-barnard-racial-discrimination-case/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:08:11 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=128850 The Constitutional Court has granted the South African Police Service leave to appeal against a ruling in an affirmative action case involving former Lieutenant-Colonel Renate Barnard.

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The Constitutional Court has granted the South African Police Service leave to appeal against a ruling in an affirmative action case involving former Lieutenant-Colonel Renate Barnard.

“The following unanimous order is made … leave to appeal is granted,” acting Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke said today.

The police service appealed against a Supreme Court of Appeal decision that it had discriminated against Barnard on the basis of race.

Moseneke said the appeal against the court of appeal decision was upheld.

“The order of the Supreme Court of Appeal is set aside,” he said.

The case goes back to 2005 when Barnard applied for the post of Lieutenant-Colonel, which was superintendent according to the old rankings, for the first time.

She had twice applied unsuccessfully for promotion to superintendent within the national evaluation services, which deals with complaints by the public and public officials about police services.

Despite recommendations by an interview panel and her divisional commissioner, the national police commissioner did not appoint her to the position on the basis that racial representation at the level of superintendent would be negatively affected.

The position was advertised for a third time, but was withdrawn when Barnard reapplied for it.

Solidarity’s lawsuit against the police, on behalf of Barnard, was referred to the Labour Court. In February 2010 the court ruled in the trade union’s favour.

The court ruled that Barnard be promoted retrospectively from July 27 2006 to superintendent (lieutenant-colonel according to the present ranks).

In May 2011, the police service was granted leave to appeal and in November 2012 the Labour Appeal Court held for the police.

The Supreme Court of Appeal ruled in November last year in favour of Barnard and the union. The police applied for leave to appeal in the Constitutional Court. The court heard the matter in March and judgment was reserved at the time.

Barnard resigned from the police in June.

Moseneke said today that the Labour Appeal Court’s decision was confirmed.

“There is no order as to costs to the Labour Court, to the Labour Appeal Court, to the Supreme Court of Appeal, and to this court,” he said.

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Spy tapes: NPA won’t ignore tongue-lashing from court of appeal http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/spy-tapes-npa-wont-ignore-tongue-lashing-court-appeal/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=spy-tapes-npa-wont-ignore-tongue-lashing-court-appeal http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/spy-tapes-npa-wont-ignore-tongue-lashing-court-appeal/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:03:40 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=128846 The National Prosecuting Authority is looking into the criticism from the Supreme Court of Appeal against a top official.

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The National Prosecuting Authority is looking into the criticism from the Supreme Court of Appeal against a top official.

“The NPA takes the judicial criticism very seriously and is of the view that, as a constitutional institution, disregarding of such criticism would be tantamount to undermining the rule of law, consequently eroding the effectiveness of the judiciary,” it said today.

“In the recent past, the NPA has reacted to judicial criticism by taking the necessary action against those officials against whom the criticism was directed.”

The same would be done now, the NPA said.

The office of the national director of public prosecutions received an unprecedented tongue-lashing in the Zuma “spy tapes” order handed down by the Supreme Court of Appeal on Thursday.

The appeal court said it recently, in another matter, criticised the director of public prosecutions’ office for being “less than candid and forthcoming”.

In its ruling it said: “In the present case, the then [acting] director of public prosecutions Ms [Nomgcobo] Jiba provided an ‘opposing’ affidavit in generalised, hearsay and almost meaningless terms.

“Affidavits from people who had first-hand knowledge of the relevant facts were conspicuously absent.

“Furthermore, it is to be decried that an important constitutional institution such as the office of the director of public prosecutions is loath to take an independent view about confidentiality, or otherwise, of documents and other materials within its possession, particularly in the face of an order of this court.”

The court ended its ruling by saying: “This conduct is not worthy of the office of the director of public prosecutions. Such conduct undermines the esteem in which the office of the director of public prosecutions ought to be held by the citizenry of this country.”

The Democratic Alliance yesterday called on Justice Minister Michael Masutha to make the necessary recommendations to remove deputy NPA head Jiba from office following the ruling.

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Cricket legend ‘Mobil’ Norman Gordon dies aged 103 http://www.citypress.co.za/sport/cricket-legend-mobil-norman-gordon-dies-aged-103/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=cricket-legend-mobil-norman-gordon-dies-aged-103 http://www.citypress.co.za/sport/cricket-legend-mobil-norman-gordon-dies-aged-103/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 08:06:30 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=128843 Legendary South African cricketer Norman Gordon has died at the age of 103.

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Legendary South African cricketer Norman Gordon has died at the age of 103.

“He died peacefully at about 2am this morning, in his Hillbrow [Johannesburg] flat where he had lived for more than 60 years,” close friend and former Test cricketer Ali Bacher said.

“He lived a very full life. His passion was for cricket and then golf and he always felt so privileged and appreciative of the wonderful people he had met.”

Gordon represented South Africa in five Test matches in the 1938-39 season, and had been the last remaining cricketer who played in the “Timeless” Test against England in Durban in March 1939.

The famous match spanned 10 days and still ended in a draw. Gordon was in the middle of bowling his 93rd over when the teams finally decided to call it a day as the England team had to dash to catch the mail boat home.

His 92.2 eight-ball overs bowled in that Test, which equated to a mammoth 738 balls, still stands as the most number of balls bowled by a fast bowler in a Test match.

Gordon finished the five-match series as the leading wicket-taker with 20 scalps with his tireless and accurate, fast swing bowling. His Test career ended prematurely with the start of World War II.

Born Jewish, when he ran in to bowl the first ball in his Test debut in Johannesburg in December 1938, a heckler from the crowd shouted out: “Here comes the rabbi!”

“Fortunately I took five wickets in that innings,” Gordon recalled in a 2011 interview, “and that shut him up for the rest of the tour”.

After the war ended, Gordon continued playing a handful of domestic games for Transvaal until 1949 and finished his career with 126 wickets from 29 first-class matches.

Nicknamed “Mobil” for the way he greased down his hair, Gordon was born in Boksburg on August 6 1911.

When he celebrated his 100th birthday in 2011, at a lavish function at the Wanderers, he was the only Test cricketer ever to have reached the milestone. His nearest rival, New Zealand’s Eric Tindill, died in August 2010, four months before his 100th birthday.

He practised as an accountant part-time until the age of 94. A keen golfer until he was 96, he scored a hole in one at the age of 87. He was made an honorary member of the Houghton Golf Club where he could often be seen during the day.

Gordon is survived by his son Brian, who took care of him until his death.

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Could action-packed TV shows make you fat? http://www.citypress.co.za/lifestyle/action-packed-tv-shows-make-fat/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=action-packed-tv-shows-make-fat http://www.citypress.co.za/lifestyle/action-packed-tv-shows-make-fat/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 07:33:35 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=128835 A new study has found that people snacked more watching fast-paced television than viewing a more leisurely paced talk show.

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A new study has found that people snacked more watching fast-paced television than viewing a more leisurely paced talk show.

Cornell University researchers randomly assigned almost 100 undergraduates to watch one of three 20-minute sessions featuring: The Island, a 2005 sci-fi thriller starring Scarlett Johansson and Ewan McGregor; that same movie but without the sound; or the Charlie Rose show, a public television interview programme.

The students were all provided generous amounts of cookies, M&M sweets, carrots and grapes.

During The Island, students ate on average about 207 grams of various snack foods, and 354 calories. That was almost 140 calories more and nearly double the ounces they ate watching interviewer Charlie Rose.

Watching the movie without sound, they also ate more – almost 100 calories more – compared with Charlie Rose.

The theory: The faster paced TV seemed to distract viewers more, contributing to mindlessness eating, said Cornell researcher Aner Tal, the study’s lead author. The results suggest that a steady diet of action TV could raise risks for packing on kilograms.

Limitations: The study was small and didn’t last long enough to measure any long-term effects on the students’ weight.

It’s also possible some viewers would find talk shows or other slower-paced TV more distracting and would be more apt to snack more during those shows than when watching action-packed programmes.

The bottom line: Tal suggests viewers take steps to prevent mindless snacking, by avoiding or limiting high-calorie snacks when watching TV.

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Man Utd top deadline-day big spenders http://www.citypress.co.za/sport/man-utd-top-deadline-day-big-spenders/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=man-utd-top-deadline-day-big-spenders http://www.citypress.co.za/sport/man-utd-top-deadline-day-big-spenders/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 07:20:21 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=128831 Manchester United dominated Europe’s transfer activity as the transfer deadline window slammed shut yesterday, manager Louis van Gaal taking his summer spending spree to more than £150 million (about R2.7 billion).

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London – Manchester United dominated Europe’s transfer activity as the transfer deadline window slammed shut yesterday, manager Louis van Gaal taking his summer spending spree to more than £150 million (about R2.7 billion).

The former Netherlands coach, without a Premier League win this season and hammered 4-0 by third tier MK Dons in a League Cup match last week, signed versatile Dutch international Daley Blind for £14 million from Ajax.

Rumours swirled that the move for Radamel Falcao had gone awry over a failed medical exam as the deadline closed yesterday, but the Colombian striker’s one-year loan deal with an option to buy was finally announced about 90 minutes later.

“I am delighted to be joining Manchester United on loan this season,” 28-year-old Falcao, who scored 11 goals in 20 appearances for AS Monaco, said.

“Manchester United is the biggest club in the world and is clearly determined to get back to the top. I am looking forward to working with Louis van Gaal and contributing to the team’s success at this very exciting period in the club’s history.”

Last week, United broke the British transfer record in signing Ángel di María for £59.7 million from Real Madrid and started their summer dealings with the £29 million capture of midfielder Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao.

United will recoup some of the fortune spent after selling England forward Danny Welbeck to Arsenal, while Mexico striker Javier Hernández has also departed on a season-long loan to Real Madrid.

Arsenal did not disclose details, but British media reported the transfer fee for 26-cap England forward Welbeck at £16 million.

“Everyone at Arsenal welcomes Danny to the club and looks forward to his contribution in an Arsenal shirt this season,” the team said of the 23-year-old, expected to make his Gunners debut at home to Manchester City on September 13.

Most of Europe’s top sides had done their big money deals before deadline day but a host of clubs took advantage of the frenzy that usually accompanies the end of the window.

Hull City broke their club record fee in completing the signing of 24-year-old Uruguay striker Abel Hernández from Italian club Palermo on a three-year deal, with the option of a fourth year.

Hull also landed a trio of midfielders on loan – Mohamed Diamé from West Ham United, Gastón Ramírez from Southampton and France midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa from Newcastle United.

Manchester City, big spenders in the past, released England defender Micah Richards to Serie A Fiorentina on loan.

They also let 29-year-old Spanish striker Álvaro Negredo, signed from Seville last year for £16.4 million, leave on loan to Valencia.

Sunderland signed 26-year-old Argentine playmaker Ricky Álvarez, capped seven times for his country, from Inter Milan and Uruguay international defender Sebastián Coates from Liverpool on season-long loans.

Netherlands midfielder Marco van Ginkel (21) left Chelsea to join AC Milan for the season on loan. He follows Fernando Torres out of Stamford Bridge, the Spanish striker joining the Italians on a two-year loan on Sunday.

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Jennifer Lawrence demands investigation into nude pics http://www.citypress.co.za/entertainment/jennifer-lawrence-demands-investigation-nude-pics/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=jennifer-lawrence-demands-investigation-nude-pics http://www.citypress.co.za/entertainment/jennifer-lawrence-demands-investigation-nude-pics/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 07:09:40 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=128828 Los Angeles – Jennifer Lawrence has contacted authorities to investigate who stole and posted nude images of her online.

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Los Angeles – Jennifer Lawrence has contacted authorities to investigate who stole and posted nude images of her online.

Intimate images of the actress, who stars in The Hunger Games film franchise and won an Academy Award for her role in Silver Linings Playbook, began appearing online on Sunday. Naked images purporting to be of other female stars were also posted, although the authenticity of many of the images could not be confirmed. The source of the leak was unclear.

“This is a flagrant violation of privacy,” Lawrence’s publicist Liz Mahoney said. “The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence.”

Mahoney declined to provide further details, including which authorities were contacted. Lawrence (24) is a three-time Oscar nominee.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has investigated previous leaks of nude celebrity images, including leaks involving Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis, Christina Aguilera and footage of television sports reporter Erin Andrews in a Tennessee hotel room. Those cases resulted in convictions.

FBI spokesperson Laura Eimiller declined comment on whether the agency was involved.

How widespread the hacking of celebrities photos was isn’t immediately clear. Some of the images were quickly denounced as fakes.

Some cybersecurity experts speculated that hackers may have obtained a cache of private celebrity images by exploiting weaknesses in an online image-storing platform.

“It is important for celebrities and the general public to remember that images and data no longer just reside on the device that captured it,” security researcher Ken Westin wrote in a blog post yesterday. “Once images and other data are uploaded to the cloud, it becomes much more difficult to control who has access to it, even if we think it is private.”

Private information and images of celebrities are frequent targets for hackers. Last year, a site posted credit reports, Social Security numbers and other financial info on celebrities, including Jay-Z and his wife Beyoncé, Mel Gibson, Ashton Kutcher and many others.

Johansson, Kunis and Aguilera were hacked by a Florida man, Christopher Chaney, who used publicly available information to hack into the email accounts of more than 50 people in the entertainment industry.

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Chad le Clos comes up just short of 100m butterfly world record http://www.citypress.co.za/sport/chad-le-clos-comes-just-short-100m-butterfly-world-record/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=chad-le-clos-comes-just-short-100m-butterfly-world-record http://www.citypress.co.za/sport/chad-le-clos-comes-just-short-100m-butterfly-world-record/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 06:51:56 +0000 http://www.citypress.co.za/?p=128826 It is a question of when rather than if Chad le Clos will break the 100m butterfly short course record, after he missed the mark by a hair’s breadth.

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It is a question of when rather than if Chad le Clos will break the 100m butterfly short course record, after he missed the mark by a hair’s breadth on the second night of the Dubai leg of the Fina World Cup Series yesterday.

Although Le Clos missed the world record by 0.11 seconds, he managed to set a new South African and African mark with a time of 48.59 seconds, improving on his previous best of 48.82 from the 2012 World Short Course Championships.

Le Clos beat the United States’ Tom Shield (49.00) to the wall. Germany’s Steffen Deibler clinched the bronze in 49.33sec.

He also won the 200m individual medley to win his fourth gold medal at the meet after he also finished first in the 100m freestyle and the 50m butterfly on Sunday.

The 22-year-old posted a time of 1:51.56 for first place. Australian Thomas Fraser-Holmes touched behind him in second, clocking 1:53.77.

Marco Koch of Germany completed the podium in third place with 1:55.19.

Showing off his sprinting ability, Le Clos won the 100m freestyle event in a time of 46.24 seconds, beating Deibler, who touched in 46.85 and Konrad Czerniak (47.17) in third place.

The 50m butterfly has developed into a close tussle between Le Clos and South African stalwart Roland Schoeman.

Le Clos, however, touched first in a time of 22.02 seconds, while Schoeman and Shields tied for second place with 22.51.

Schoeman won his third medal of the meet on Monday, winning gold in the mixed 200m freestyle relay with Lehesta Kemp, Leith Shankland and Taneal Baptiste.

He also claimed gold in the 50m breaststroke on Friday, posting a time of 26.16 seconds to beat off a challenge by Italy’s Favio Scozzoli (26.37) in second place and Cody Miller (26.38) of the US in third.

Compatriot and world long course championship bronze medallist Giulio Zorzi finished in fifth place in a time of 26.16 seconds.

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