#News24 ICYMI: Theresa May backs Ramaphosa’s land policy; Siphiwe Tshabalala joins Turkish Super Lig; and Newzroom Afrika the new black-owned 24-hour news channel

A South African man has been sentenced to death in Vietnam after being found guilty of trafficking nearly 1.5kg of cocaine, Comfort Ngidi withdraws from state capture inquiry, and Sam Smith coming to South Africa in 2019.

Here are today’s top stories:

Public works committee withdraws Expropriation Bill to 'avoid running a parallel process'

The Portfolio Committee on Public Works on Tuesday resolved to withdraw the Expropriation Bill so that it can be reintroduced after the Joint Constitutional Review Committee finishes its work on expropriation of land without compensation.

Ramaphosa's land reform policy gets backing from British PM Theresa May

The UK supports President Cyril Ramaphosa's approach to land reform and believes it could potentially unlock further investment opportunities in Africa.

Vietnam sentences SA man to death for drugs

A court in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday sentenced a South African man to death after finding him guilty of trafficking nearly 1.5kg of cocaine.

Comfort Ngidi withdraws from state capture inquiry

The judicial commission of inquiry into state capture confirmed on Tuesday that Comfort Ngidi had withdrawn his request to be considered for a role in the commission’s legal or investigative team.

EXCLUSIVE: Notorious hacker shuts down government website... again

Notorious hacker @VirusSec contacted News24 on Tuesday afternoon to say they intended shutting down the site. Within minutes, it was down.

Markus Jooste to testify under oath before Parliament in early September

Formed Steinhoff CEO Markus Jooste will not be appearing before a Parliamentary committee on Wednesday, but will give evidence under oath the following week, on Wednesday September 5.

MultiChoice announces new 24-hour channel to replace Manyi's Afro Worldview

MultiChoice on Tuesday announced Newzroom Afrika as the new black-owned 24-hour news channel on satellite service DStv's bouquet, after the group decided not to renew its contract with Mzwanele Manyi's Afro Worldview.

Trollip removed so that ANC, UDM, EFF can get hands on metro's money - Maimane

DA leader Mmusi Maimane has accused the ANC of trying to get their hands on the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality's financial coffers by removing Athol Trollip as mayor.

Sam Smith coming to South Africa in 2019

Soul singer Sam Smith announced on Tuesday that his Thrill of it All tour will be coming to South Africa in April 2019. He’ll be performing in Johannesburg on 13 and 14 April at the Ticketpro Dome and in Cape Town on 16 and 17 April at the Grand Arena, Grand West.

Chiefs confirm Tshabalala's departure to Turkey

Kaizer Chiefs have confirmed that veteran forward Siphiwe Tshabalala will join Turkish Super Lig side BB Erzurumspor with immediate effect.

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