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South African official sacked over 350% pay rise

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A South African government official who granted himself a 350% pay rise has been sacked.

Collins Letsoalo was supposed to be “Mr Fix-it” – brought in to clean up corruption and waste at South Africa’s troubled railways authority.

But soon after his arrival last year at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, Mr Letsoalo allegedly sought a pay rise of 350% – taking his annual salary to some $450,000 (£360,000).

When a newspaper published details of what it said was an unauthorised salary increase, Mr Letsoala insisted he had done nothing wrong.

But the rail agency board has now decided otherwise – and voted unanimously to remove him from the job.

To some, this is a scandal about the culture of entitlement and corruption pervading the upper levels of the South African state.

And a rare example of someone actually being found out, and punished.

But Mr Letsoalo is right to point out that executives running the country’s other struggling state-owned enterprises all earn similarly huge salaries.

With South Africa’s economy stalled, anger over inequality growing, and the government borrowing heavily to pay its army of civil servants – there may be other lessons to learn from Mr Letsoalo’s fall.

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Salah withdraws from Egypt Squad

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Egypt Football Federation has leave out Mohammed Salah on the upcoming AFCON qualifiers match with Kenya due to injury worries.

Egypt were grouped with kenya, Togo, Comoros in Group G, football fans has tipped Egypt to top the group due to their attacking threat.

The Egyptian talisman has now been ruled out of the upcoming AFCON qualifiers after due assessment by Egypt’s medical team.

The physios believe the Liverpool star’s injury, which was sustained from a challenge by Leicester City’s Hamza Choudhury earlier last month, has been aggravated during the clash against Manchester City and needed time to heal.

The Egyptian frontman will miss the two matches scheduled this week.

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Groups criticise Kenya’s census figures

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Groups has criticised the released Kenya’s population census figures stating that the results are not accurate.

It found that the total population of the country is now 47.6 million, nine million more than in 2009.

But some regions have experienced a decrease in population.

These outcomes can be hugely controversial because the size of the local population has important implications for the level of government funding they receive.

Kenya’s population is made up of many different ethnic groups, closely aligned to competing political parties.

The government has yet to release all the data on the ethnic composition of the country, but the changes in population in certain regions from this latest census have already caused arguments.

The outcome of such surveys can embolden or weaken claims made by groups for political representation or resources.

In one area of the north-east territories bordering Ethiopia and Somalia, the census indicates a decrease in the population, prompting local political leaders looking to retain funding for their provinces to question the veracity of the survey

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