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August 18, 2014

A woman who died after being stabbed multiple times in Bryanston in northern Johannesburg has not been identified, Gauteng police said on Monday.

"The woman is unknown to police. We don't have her identity as of yet, and we are appealing to the community for information," Captain Tsekiso Mofokeng said.
"On Saturday, she was seen by a passer-by who alerted paramedics and the paramedics responded and treated her and took her to the nearest hospital where she died."

August 18, 2014

A principal of a popular independent school in Orange Farm, south of Joburg, is on the run after several pupils at his school accused him of sexual harassment and rape.

Police spokesman Warrant Officer Tsholonyana Matlaletsa confirmed that the police were investigating multiple cases of sexual harassment and rape against the principal.

He said police had taken statements from several girls at the school and were still trying to get statements from four others. All the girls are in matric.

August 7, 2014

Students at Medunsa in Ga-Rankuwa were ordered to vacate the premises on Wednesday following a decision to close the institution.

The universitys vice chancellor Prof Mahlo Mokgalong, in consultation with the executive management committee, decided to close Medunsa and dissolve the campus SRC (Students Representative Council), said spokesman Kgalema Mohuba in a statement.

This meant the academic programme was suspended indefinitely.

He said the decision was informed by the stubborn behaviour of both the SRC and student community.

August 7, 2014

The SA Human Rights Commission launched an investigation on Thursday after two white students from the University of Pretoria (UP) were photographed in domestic worker outfits and smeared with black paint.

"While the commission has still not received a complaint in this regard, the commission decided to launch an own initiative investigation," spokesman Isaac Mangena told Sapa.

August 6, 2014

JOHANNESBURG/GAZA - A three-day ceasefire between Israel and Hamas appears to be holding as Israel withdrew ground forces from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday and started a 72-hour ceasefire with Hamas mediated by Egypt as a first step towards negotiations on a more enduring end to the month-old war.
Some of the 440,000 Palestinians displaced by the fighting were able to make the trek from United Nations run shelters back home to assess the damage.

August 6, 2014

The trial of Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir and five others is expected to continue in the High Court in Johannesburg, sitting in Palm Ridge, on Wednesday.

On Monday, the court heard that police tried to hide the assault of one of Krejcir's co-accused, Desai Luphondo.

Annelene van den Heever, for Krejcir and Luphondo, said the police had deliberately kept a page from them that came from the police station's occurrence book.

August 6, 2014

South Africa will host the Southern African Development Community (SADC) ministers of health meeting on Ebola, the health department said on Wednesday.

The meeting would be held on Thursday to deliberate on the state of readiness and develop an approach in response to the Ebola outbreak in west Africa, said spokesman Joe Maila.

"The meeting will bring together ministers of health and key stakeholders to build a consensus on appropriate strategic actions to prevent the spread of the ongoing Ebola [outbreak]."

August 6, 2014

Orkney - Vuyani-Mawethu Secondary School pupils in the township of Khuma near Orkney in the North West were milling around the schoolyard on Wednesday morning as teachers tried to find a way to deal with damaged classrooms.

At least four classrooms were damaged on Tuesday when an earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale hit the province. The computer lab suffered the most damage with ceiling boards and bricks having fallen to the ground.

Some pupils were inside when the earthquake hit.

July 24, 2014

Two bomb blasts in the north Nigerian city of Kaduna killed at least 82 people on Wednesday, officials said, in attacks that bore the hallmarks of violent Islamist group Boko Haram.

A suicide bomber targeting a moderate Muslim cleric killed at least 32 of the cleric's congregation on a busy commercial road. Shortly after, a second bomb blast killed 50 people in the crowded Kawo market, a local Red Cross worker on the scene, who declined to be named, told Reuters.

July 24, 2014

Facebook's fast-growing mobile advertising business helped drive a 61% increase in revenue during the second quarter, beating Wall Street's financial targets and sending shares to a record-high in after-hours trading on Wednesday.

The world's No.1 internet social network said on Wednesday that it saw increased interest from both advertisers and from users during the second quarter, while the company's profit margins expanded.

July 24, 2014

Cape Town mayor Patricia De Lille has just taken the stand at the Seriti Commission of inquiry to testify on the 1999 arms deal.  

De Lille was the initial whistle blower calling on President Jacob Zuma to investigate corruption in the multi billion rands deal at the time she was a Pan Africanist Congress Member of Parliament.

The second phase into the hearings resume today, after losing bidder and arms deal critic Richard Young failed to appear before the commission on Monday.

July 24, 2014

It costs an estimated R900 million to protect South Africas borders, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said on Wednesday.

She says 13 infantry companies are present along the country's borders to prevent the illegal flow of people, vehicles, arms and drugs.

However, concerns were raised that not enough resources had been dedicated to border control.

Mapisa-Nqakula says the South African National Defence Force (Sandf) plans to strengthen its capacity along the border.

July 23, 2014

JOHANNESBURG - In an intervew with eNCA, deputy speaker for the Gauteng legislature Uhuru Moiloa said Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema should be brought to book for damage caused during an EFF sit-in.

We are relentless with our commitment that Mr. Malema and his group are brought to book, said Moilao speaking to eNCA on Wednesday.

The EFF sit-in turned violent on Tuesday and police struggled to control the gathering outside the Johannesburg legislature.

July 23, 2014

One in two young South Africans want lower drinking age

One in two young South Africans believe the current legal drinking age of 18 should be lowered. This according to consumer insights company Pondering Panda, which interviewed 4657 respondents between the ages of 15 and 34, across South Africa. The survey found that 50% of respondents believed it appropriate for people under 18 to drink alcoholic drinks.

July 23, 2014

Opposition parties are expected to debate President Jacob Zuma's budget speech, that he is currently delivering in parliament.

The DA's Mmusi Maimane and EFF commander in chief Julius Malema, will be among the MP's to take a jab at Zuma's outline of plans, including the implementation of the NDP.

President Zuma says he is encouraged by the overwhelming support for the National development plan since the last parliament sitting.

July 16, 2014

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Reserve Bank Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) is starting its two-day meeting today amid predictions it's going to announce an interest rate hike tomorrow.

The bank has said several times the economy is in a rate-hiking-cycle as inflation needs to be controlled.

But Reserve Bank Governor Gill Marcus says she's worried about the slow growth of the economy.

July 16, 2014

From the start of 2016, parents will have only 30 days to register their newborns or risk their child not being recognised as a citizen, it was reported on Wednesday.

Speaking in Parliament on Tuesday, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba announced that his department intends ending all late registration of births by the end of December 2015.

Parents will have 30 days from the birth of the baby to register them, the Times reported Gigaba as saying.

July 16, 2014

 Twenty-eight people were injured when an SA Airways (SAA) flight from Johannesburg to Hong Kong hit "severe turbulence", the airline said on Wednesday.

"SA286 landed safely in Hong Kong today, Wednesday, 16 July at approximately 6.30am SA time [12.30pm Hong Kong time]," spokesman Tlali Tlali said in a statement.

"A total number of 165 passengers was on board, of whom 25 passengers are known to have sustained injuries and 3 crew members. The incident occurred whilst flying over the Kuala Lumpur airspace."

July 16, 2014

The first phase of Seriti Commision into the multibillion rands arms deal is set to be completed, with former President Thabo Mbeki taking the stand to testify.

Mbeki will join the list of fomer ministers that have testified including former finance minister trevor manuel and former Defence Minister Mosiuoa Lekota.

Mbeki who was chairperson of the sub committee at the time the deal was finalised, is expected to testify on his role in the alledged corrupt deal.

-SAPA

July 16, 2014

Cape Town - Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Cape Town on Wednesday to protest against the Israeli incursion in Gaza.

According to tweets from the scene, up to 30 000 protesters gathered in the city centre.

The protest was organised by the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) and other affiliated organisations, including Numsa.

News24 reporter Lauren Hess tweeted that shouts of "Free Palestine" could be heard.

Kamal Salasa tweeted that the Palestinian ambassador shouted "Viva South Africa".

July 11, 2014

JOHANNESBURG - IEC chairwoman Pansy Tlakula has filed an application in the Constitutional Court for leave to appeal the Electoral Court's ruling that her misconduct in 2009 warrants her removal from office.

In papers filed in the Constitutional Court on Wednesday, Tlakula claims the Electoral Court erred in its finding and that its procedures were unfair.

She denied being guilty of misconduct, and argued the Electoral Commission Act did not govern the conduct of a commissioner, prior to him or her assuming office.

July 10, 2014

Justice minister Michael Masutha has announced former death squad commander, Eugene De Kock has not been granted parole.

Masutha has referred the application back to process, saying the families affected have not been consulted and De Kock may apply for parole again in 12 months.

De Kock was sentenced to two life terms,and more than 200 years for 89 charges including conspiracy to commit murder - fraud and kidnapping.

July 10, 2014

Government has received roughly 100 new land claims since last week when the process reopened for five years, chief land claims commissioner Nomfundo Gobodo said on Wednesday.

"We have received about a hundred claims, from all the provinces," she told Sapa on the sidelines of briefing in Parliament.

"We are expecting more, depending on the number of people who were left out. But there was always this perception that they would flood our offices, and we have not seen that."

July 10, 2014

Gauteng Premier David Makhura is today expected to announce the members of a panel set up to review the controversial e-tolling system in the province.

Since the multibillion rand project went online in December, a number of motorists have refused to pay their bills, with growing calls for civil disobedience.

Despite the massive debt incurred over seven months since the system was launched, no motorists have been prosecuted for non-payment.