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ANCYL: Not voting would be blasphemy

2014-04-20 22:28
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Not voting in the forthcoming elections would be blasphemy, the ANCYL says in a statement commemorating the 50th anniversary of struggle icon Nelson Mandela's Rivonia trial speech.

Election poll flawed - Agang SA

2014-04-20 22:28

Agang SA has disputed poll results indicating negligible support, saying it was confident it would come third in the country's upcoming elections.

Only voters can say ANC has problem - Ramaphosa

2014-04-20 21:54
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ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa has down-played problems that have engulfed the party and says only voters can say there is a problem.

Couple killed in Free State guest house

2014-04-20 21:54

A couple has been killed and another has been seriously injured during an attack at a guest house in Harrismith, Free State.

5 injured in KZN crash

2014-04-20 21:54

Five people have been injured when a car they were travelling in overturned and crashed down an embankment on the R103 in Cato Ridge, KwaZulu-Natal.

IFP councillor allegedly stabbed to death by husband

2014-04-20 19:58

The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nomusa Dube-Ncube has condemned the killing of IFP councillor Neliswa Nzuza.

ANC set for two-thirds majority - poll

2014-04-20 19:58
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The ANC is on course to win nearly a two-thirds majority in 7 May elections, a poll has showed, confounding analysts who had predicted a fall in support for the ruling party.

 
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Racism linked to obesity - study

2014-04-20 20:50
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Ever wonder why some black women are heavier than their white counterparts? Well, new ­research suggests that it’s because they experience racism more often.

DA chatting up EFF ahead of elections

2014-04-20 17:35
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The DA in Gauteng is flirting with the Economic Freedom Fighters ahead of the elections, in what could end up as a coalition of strange bedfellows.

Heavy traffic expected after Easter holiday

2014-04-20 17:52

Heavy traffic is expected on South Africa's major road routes and at border posts as people who had travelled for the Easter weekend began returning home.

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Mdluli answers needed - DA

2014-04-20 16:00

The DA says answers are needed from police and the NPA regarding the withdrawal of criminal and disciplinary charges against suspended police intelligence boss Richard Mdluli.

SA political parties go to church

2014-04-20 14:30

Leaders of different political parties have attended a church service at the Tyrannus Apostolic Church in De Deur.

SA climbers safe after Everest avalanche

2014-04-20 14:30

South African climbers are safe following an avalanche on Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain, which left at least 13 Nepalese mountain guides dead, says a report.

Man hands himself over after stabbing

2014-04-20 14:30

A man who allegedly stabbed another man to death at Jacobs Hostel, in Durban, has handed himself over to police, KwaZulu-Natal police say.

'Threats' led to huge Sassa security bill

2014-04-20 12:32

Death threats and intimidation are some of the reasons behind why multimillions have been spent for security protection services for top personnel at the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa), say officials.

3 killed in KwaZulu-Natal crashes

2014-04-20 12:32

KwaZulu-Natal paramedics say two people have been killed in a crash on the N3 near Liberty mall, while another has died after his car overturned on the N2.

Shilowa supports Vote No campaign

2014-04-20 10:32
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Former Gauteng premier Mbhazima Shilowa has come out in support of the Vote No! Campaign launched recently by former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils and former deputy health minister Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, says a report.

Crisis looms at Bloemfontein academic hospital

2014-04-20 09:11

The exodus of doctors and medical specialists from the Universitas Academic Hospital in Bloemfontein has reached crisis point, with many blaming the hospital’s chief executive, a report says.

Numsa prepares for life after Cosatu

2014-04-20 07:44

Numsa has not only reiterated its call for President Jacob Zuma to resign but it is also preparing for life outside of Cosatu, a report states.

Spear fisherman rescued off KZN coast

2014-04-19 19:36

A spear fisherman was rescued from Sodwana Bay, in KwaZulu-Natal, paramedics say.

Man dies in scooter crash

2014-04-19 17:02

A man driving a scooter has been killed in an accident on Marine drive, Table View, in Cape Town.

Family injured in Gauteng crash

2014-04-19 14:00

A mother and her 1-year-old child have been left seriously injured after their bakkie overturned on the N1/N12 split in Diepkloof, south of Johannesburg.

DA ad scores nearly half a millions hits on YouTube

2014-04-19 14:30
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The DA's "Ayisafani" (It's not the same) election TV advert - originally pulled off the air by the SABC - has garnered nearly half a million views on YouTube.

Cop among 10 held for murder

2014-04-19 10:00

The Hawks have arrested 10 suspects, including a Cape Town policeman, for the murder of a police officer.

13-year-old orphaned in Bloem crash

2014-04-18 22:45

A woman, her husband and their 1-year-old son were killed in a head-on collision on the N8 in Bloemfontein.

Two 'flying' bikers caught in Joburg

2014-04-18 20:21
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Two motorcyclists have been arrested after they were caught speeding on the N1 South, said the Johannesburg metro police department.

Dangerous start to Easter long weekend

2014-04-18 16:03

The Easter weekend has had a dangerous start on the roads as a number of accidents have been reported.

Zuma to speak at Ellis Park stadium

2014-04-18 12:26
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Members of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God have arrived in buses, cars and on foot for their Good Friday service and to hear President Jacob Zuma speak at Ellis Park stadium.

KZN man's prison sentence set aside

2014-04-18 08:00

A KwaZulu-Natal man's 15-year prison sentence for his involvement in a murder of his uncle has been set aside by the Supreme Court of Appeal.

Mbete using culture to defend corruption - DA

2014-04-17 21:07
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ANC national chairperson Baleka Mbete is protecting President Jacob Zuma by using culture to defend corruption, DA MP Lindiwe Mazibuko says.

Rustenburg driver appears for murder

2014-04-17 20:52

The case of a driver accused of killing three children when a train crashed into his car at a railway crossing has been postponed in the Rustenburg Magistrate's Court.

Kasrils an enemy of the people - MKMVA

2014-04-17 19:52
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Former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils is an "enemy of the people" with his "No Vote" campaign, the Umkhonto We Sizwe Military Veterans Association says.

Parties serve urgent application over Tlakula

2014-04-17 17:54

Opposition parties have filed an urgent application in the Electoral Court over their demand that IEC chair Pansy Tlakula must resign, UDM leader Bantu Holomisa says.

Top pathologist hired by Oscar won't testify, report

2014-04-17 16:42
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A star pathologist hired by Oscar Pistorius says he will not testify at the athlete's murder trial, another blow for his defence after a week of savage cross-examination.

Amputee gets life for killing wife

2014-04-17 17:39

An Mpumalanga amputee has been jailed for life by the Nelspruit Circuit of the North Gauteng High Court for shooting and killing his wife.

Teen stabbed after spat over bus seat

2014-04-17 16:31

A Western Cape school pupil has been fatally stabbed while travelling to school.

Dixon admits to omitting man's height in photo

2014-04-17 15:48

The height of a man shown in a photograph submitted by Paralympian Oscar Pistorius's defence witness Roger Dixon is incorrect, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has heard.

AS IT HAPPENED: Day 25 - Pistorius on trial

2014-04-17 09:16
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Follow the updates from the 25th day of Oscar Pistorius's murder trial at the North Gauteng High Court. For the previous day's updates click here.

No legal challenge to Nkandla report - Mbete

2014-04-17 14:36
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There are no plans to legally challenge Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report on Nkandla, ANC national chairperson Baleka Mbete says.

Derby-Lewis has terminal lung cancer - wife

2014-04-17 13:53

Convicted killer Clive Derby-Lewis has been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, his wife Gaye says.

Oscar judge reprimands overflow court

2014-04-17 14:20

Day 25 of the Oscar Pistorius trial at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has started with a stern reprimand by Judge Thokozile Masipa.

Loyalty will play significant role in elections - study

2014-04-17 11:32

Loyalty to a specific party is likely to be a major deciding factor when urban South Africans go to the polls on 7 May.

SA teen helps save German family from drowning

2014-04-17 10:51

A teenager has helped rescue a German family from drowning at Port Alfred's Eastern Beach, the National Sea Rescue Institute says.

Krejcir to be charged for murders - report

2014-04-17 09:32

Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir will likely be charged for three murders - one of them being the murder of German supercar specialist Uwe Gemballa, it has been reported.

Buses collide near Bloem, 68 injured

2014-04-17 09:32

At least 68 people were injured when two buses collided outside Bloemfontein in the Free State on Thursday, paramedics said.

17 hurt as truck swerves to avoid cow

2014-04-17 08:05

Seventeen construction workers have been injured after the truck that was carrying them overturned and rolled down a steep embankment when it swerved to avoid a cow on the road, KwaZulu-Natal paramedics say.

Ramaphosa returns from South Sudan

2014-04-17 07:23

Cyril Ramaphosa has concluded his visit to South Sudan, where he met with President Salva Kiir and other stakeholders on the process to resolve the ongoing conflict, the department of international relations says.

US court throws out SA man's murder confession

2014-04-17 05:30

A South African man's apparent confession to four murders, which was videotaped by Texas Rangers after his arrest, has been thrown out by a US court.

Drivers to undergo fitness tests - Peters

2014-04-17 05:30
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Transport Minister Dipuo Peters says clamping down on unfit drivers would help reduce road deaths, adding that some drivers would have to undergo fitness tests every six months.

Anglican Church urges people to vote

2014-04-20 16:00

The Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba has called on his congregation to use their right to vote, amid a campaign to spoil ballot papers.

DA wants Sassa security spending probed

2014-04-20 14:30

The Democratic Alliance says it will be approaching the Public Protector to investigate the SA Security Agency's apparent spending of R10m on security protection for its top personnel.

Man injured after hitting memorial cross

2014-04-20 14:30

A motorcyclist has been critically injured after his bike apparently hit a metal memorial cross lying on Wilgerood Road near Ouklip, west of Johannesburg, say paramedics.

Madonsela to probe ANC food-for-votes claims

2014-04-20 12:45
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Public protector Thuli Madonsela has launched an investigation into whether the ANC has used state resources for its electoral campaign, says a report.

Compliance efforts heightened for Easter

2014-04-20 12:32

Traffic authorities have heightened efforts to ensure the rules of the road are being followed over the Easter period, says the Road Traffic Management Corporation.

DA takes ANC to court over food parcels

2014-04-20 10:32
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The DA is taking the ANC to court over the ruling party’s “grotesque and continued abuse of state resources for party-political gain”, a report says.

Rhino bush war a losing battle

2014-04-20 08:45

Soldiers and game rangers waging a bloody war along the border of the Kruger National Park and Mozambique are fast losing their battle as they struggle to save our rhino, according to a report.

Sassa blows millions on security

2014-04-20 08:36

The South African Social Security Agency has come under fire after allegedly blowing more than R10m on bodyguards for social development spokesperson Lumka Oliphant and other officials, says a report.

Boys, 6, die in hit-and-run

2014-04-19 22:37

Two six-year-old boys have been killed on Symphony Way in Belville, Cape Town, paramedics say.

'Zuma's legacy will be judged by Nkandla'

2014-04-19 19:01
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The legacy of President Jacob Zuma is contingent on how he deals with the issue of upgrades to his Nkandla homestead, says Cape Town Archbishop Thabo Makgoba.

We will give you police - Zille

2014-04-19 17:02
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A total of 250 000 police on the streets is one of the election promises Helen Zille made during an anti-drugs and gangsterism march in Manenberg, Cape Town.

Dagga activists to host 4.20 celebration

2014-04-19 15:14

A party to raise funds for a legal challenge against dagga prohibition laws will be held in Johannesburg.

Scrap 4 year LLB degree - Ngoepe

2014-04-19 11:59

Retired Transvaal Judge Bernard Ngoepe has reportedly called on South African universities to scrap the four-year LLB degree.

No rift with top pathologist: Oscar's lawyer

2014-04-19 07:19
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The pathologist hired by Oscar Pistorius will not give evidence at the athlete's murder trial because of scheduling issues and not due to any contradiction with the defence's case.

SA faces a deadly Easter weekend on the roads

2014-04-18 18:36

The Easter weekend in SA got off to a deadly start with several reports of deaths on the roads as authorities warned of strict action against drivers breaking the law.

5 dead, 12 injured in KZN accident

2014-04-18 14:07

Five people have died and 12 others have been seriously injured in a mini-bus accident on a road between Muden and Weenen near Greytown, paramedics say.

24 die on SA roads

2014-04-18 11:31

Twenty-four people have died and 24 others sustained injuries on SA’s roads since the start of the Easter weekend, according to traffic reports and the Road Traffic Management Corporation.

DA wants to empower fishing communities - Zille

2014-04-18 05:30
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DA leader Helen Zille says the party has a plan for harbours and small-scale fishing communities.

An uncomfortable election

2014-04-17 21:05
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The latter few weeks of election 2014, have seen South Africans reeling from an assault on their comfort zone when it comes to voting, writes Daniel Silke

Joburg woman killed with crossbow

2014-04-17 20:52

A Benoni woman has been shot dead with a crossbow allegedly by her husband.

Oscar trial adjourns for 2 weeks

2014-04-17 19:53

The trial of murder accused Oscar Pistorius has been adjourned at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

Cape teen declines plea bargain

2014-04-17 19:53

Plea-bargain proceedings have been abandoned in the Western Cape High Court for a teenager accused of shooting dead Cape Town school pupil Glenrico Martin.

SA sliding into crony capitalism - Naidoo

2014-04-17 17:13
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Twenty years after the first democratic elections, South Africa is sliding into a system of crony capitalism former Cabinet minister and Cosatu leader Jay Naidoo says.

Zuma wishes SA happy Easter

2014-04-17 18:15
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President Jacob Zuma has wished all South Africans a happy Easter weekend, the presidency says.

Termination of Mdluli's suspension set aside - SCA

2014-04-17 16:31

A high court ruling against the withdrawal of some charges against suspended police intelligence boss Richard Mdluli has been upheld by the Supreme Court of Appeal.

Mbete alludes to a closer ANC, NFP relationship

2014-04-17 15:48

ANC national chairperson Baleka Mbete has suggested the party could have a closer relationship with the National Freedom Party in KwaZulu-Natal after the 7 May elections.

Teens appear for Soweto schoolgirls' murder

2014-04-17 15:49

The Protea Magistrate's Court has recommended that one of the two teenage boys allegedly linked to the murder of two Soweto schoolgirls be sent for psychiatric observation.

Men held for illegal firearms, ammo

2014-04-17 14:42

Two men have been arrested in Mthatha for allegedly being in possession of illegal firearms and ammunition, Eastern Cape police have said.

Reeva struck by 4 bullets - Dixon

2014-04-17 14:20

It was most probable that Reeva Steenkamp was shot in the head as she fell down after being struck by three other bullets, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has heard.

SCA rules Mdluli charges must be reinstated - report

2014-04-17 12:40

The Supreme Court of Appeal has ruled that fraud and corruption charges against former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli must be reinstated, it has been reported.

Defence witness contradicts Oscar

2014-04-17 11:46
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A defence witness has contradicted the evidence of murder-accused Oscar Pistorius.

Fire white civil servants in W Cape - Cosatu

2014-04-17 11:31
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If the ANC wins the Western Cape in the 7 May general election, Cosatu will ask it to fire more than half the white senior civil servants.

Man removed from Pistorius court over photo

2014-04-17 10:15

North Gauteng High Court security officials have removed a member of the public taking photographs in courtroom GD ahead of the resumption of Oscar Pistorius's trial.

Cop killed in Western Cape police station

2014-04-17 09:32

A police officer has been shot dead at the Klapmuts police station while on duty, Western Cape police have announced.

Drive safely over Easter - EFF

2014-04-17 08:13

The Economic Freedom Fighters have urged people to exercise road safety during the Easter long weekend.

Dixon expected to back up testimony

2014-04-17 07:35
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Oscar Pistorius's trial will resume at the North Gauteng High Court with defence expert witness Roger Dixon returning to the stand where he will face more tough questioning from prosecutor Gerrie Nel.

Cape Town teen murder case continues

2014-04-17 07:15

The case against one of the men accused of killing Cape Town schoolboy Glenric Martin will resume in the Western Cape High Court. Martin was killed just as he entered the school grounds.

DA: Ad ruling a victory for freedom of expression

2014-04-16 22:38
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The DA's election adverts will be aired by the SABC following a hearing by the Complaints and Compliance Committee, the Democratic Alliance says.

Cops targeting drug 'demons' - Mthethwa

2014-04-16 22:42

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa says SAPS have turned their focus to catching more druglords along with the average petty drug dealers.

 
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