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Birth control bombshell for KZN health dept

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KwaZulu-Natal's health department is battling a birth control bombshell after insisting women students chosen to study pharmacy in India be injected with contraceptives.

Krejcir, Louca info stolen in Interpol robbery

2014-07-30 08:06

Five laptops possibly containing sensitive information, including data on investigations into Radovan Krejcir, have been stolen from Interpol's Pretoria offices.

Camp owner in dock on recruits' deaths

2014-07-30 06:05

The cross-examination of the owner of a military-style camp where three boys died is expected to resume in the Vereeniging Regional Court.

Porsche passenger in court over road rage attack

2014-07-30 05:34

A man arrested in connection with an alleged road rage attack in Fourways, Johannesburg, is expected to appear in the Randburg Magistrate's Court.

Lwandle evictions: I had no money to pay rent

2014-07-29 23:05

A man built a structure on Sanral-owned land in Cape Town after he lost his job and could not pay rent for a backyard dwelling, he has said.

SA extradites child sex predator

2014-07-29 23:02

South Africa has extradited a man to Germany to face 37 counts of sexual abuse of children.

ANC objects to DA motion on Nkandla

2014-07-29 21:14

The ANC has objected to a DA motion calling for Parliament to set up a committee to consider the Nkandla controversy without delay.


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Expert describes brutal attack

2014-07-30 05:00

A Pretoria man was beaten up so violently that he had a fractured skull, ribs, breastbone, jaw, cheek and nose and sustained serious injuries to his neck, brain and heart, an expert has testified.

SANDF's HIV policy attacked

2014-07-29 22:44

The SANDF has been accused of brazenly ignoring a court order granted six years ago and their own regulations which declare any discrimination against HIV-positive applicants unconstitutional.

SAPS was under Lonmin influence at Marikana

2014-07-29 21:13

Lonmin unduly influenced the SA Police Service to act against protesting Marikana miners, the Farlam Commission of Inquiry has heard.

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KwaMashu man killed for cellphone

2014-07-29 21:13

A 62-year old man has been shot and killed in Durban's KwaMashu area by unknown men who demanded his cellphone.

Son: Farm attack left family traumatised

2014-07-29 21:13

The son of an aged Richmond farm couple spent a week in a psychiatric hospital after his parents and brother were tortured and killed, the KwaZulu-Natal High Court has heard.

MPs adopt stricter ethics code

2014-07-29 19:45

The National Assembly has adopted a revised code of ethics for MPs which prohibits all elected public representatives from doing business with the state.

Collapsed pylon not yet rebuilt - Eskom

2014-07-29 19:44

Eskom says an electricity pylon that collapsed in Slovoville, Soweto, may only be reconstructed by the end of the week, and power cuts will continue until then.

Don't rely on political names - Mantashe

2014-07-29 18:01

Politicians' children should not depend on their name to get ahead in life, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe says.

MUT student arrested, teargas fired

2014-07-29 18:00

Police have stormed a residence at Durban's Mangosuthu University of Technology campus and arrested a student during protests.

Only dialogue can stop Gaza war - De Klerk

2014-07-29 16:56

Former president FW de Klerk says the only way the fighting in the Middle East could stop is through dialogue.

DA to table motion on Nkandla

2014-07-29 16:25

The DA is set to table a motion in Parliament demanding a committee be set up urgently to probe the Nkandla controversy, failing which it will take the matter to court.

Mantashe compares EFF, Nazis

2014-07-29 15:32

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe has drawn comparisons between the Nazis and Julius Malema's EFF.

Porsche passenger arrested for road rage attack

2014-07-29 14:20

A man who allegedly assaulted a driver during a road rage attack in Fourways, Johannesburg, has been arrested after handing himself in at a police station, Gauteng police say.

Lonmin shooting records altered, inquiry hears

2014-07-29 14:05

Reference to Lonmin security guards firing rubber bullets during a scuffle between striking miners in Marikana in August 2012 has been removed from a logbook, the Farlam inquiry has heard.

Sick magistrate delays student assault case

2014-07-29 14:05

The trial of two UFS students accused of assaulting and trying to run over a fellow student has been postponed because the magistrate is sick.

Heater blamed for deaths of 3 family members

2014-07-29 11:53

Mpumalanga police say they believe a Witbank couple and their 3-year-old daughter died of carbon monoxide poisoning, while their 4-year-old son managed to survive and was found days later.

Minibus carrying children slams into wall

2014-07-29 11:10

A driver and three schoolchildren have been hospitalised after a minibus transporting children to school crashed into a brick wall in Vosloorus.

Kidnapped woman still missing - police

2014-07-29 10:35

Gauteng police say they are still searching for a 21-year-old woman from Vlakfontein who was allegedly kidnapped last week.

Pupil who shot bully to be tried

2014-07-29 09:02

A Vosloorus pupil who allegedly shot and killed a school bully will be tried for premeditated murder after a request to have the case diverted was turned down, according to a report.

Court to hear SANDF HIV case

2014-07-29 06:32

A case of two former SA National Defence Force recruits who lost their jobs allegedly because they were HIV-positive will be heard in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

Complaints on white women murders rejected

2014-07-29 05:00

The SAHRC found no violations in the complaint by Steve Hofmeyr, the Freedom Front Plus, and others over statements made about the murder of white women in the country, the commission says.

Hlongwa allegations taken to integrity committee

2014-07-28 22:08

Allegations of corruption involving ANC Gauteng Chief Whip Brian Hlongwa have been referred to the party's integrity committee, the ruling party in the province says.

Police officer shot dead in Eastern Cape

2014-07-28 22:07

A 31-year-old off-duty constable has been shot dead by a man in Motherwell, Eastern Cape police say.

Free State farm attack victim dies in hospital

2014-07-28 22:07

Free State farmer Andre van Greunen, who was attacked and shot on his farm near Reitz earlier this month, has died in hospital, Free State police say.

Mpuma dad in court for son's rape

2014-07-28 22:07

A man accused of raping his four-year-old son has appeared in the Tonga Magistrate's Court, Mpumalanga police say.

Cops in court for soliciting a bribe

2014-07-28 20:36

Two police constables have appeared in the Nelspruit Magistrate's Court for allegedly soliciting a bribe, Mpumalanga police say.

DRC plotters argue in PTA court

2014-07-28 20:36

Members of a rebel DRC group, accused of plotting to overthrow President Joseph Kabila while in SA, are challenging the validity of local foreign military assistance legislation.

Top cop held for recruitment fraud

2014-07-28 18:55

A Benoni police cluster commander is out on bail after appearing in the Moroka Magistrate's Court in Soweto for alleged fraud, Gauteng police say.

Tshwane ANC condemns storming of office

2014-07-28 18:55

The ANC in Tshwane condemned the storming of its office in Pretoria by a group it says claims to represent unhappy members.

Soweto power tower collapses

2014-07-28 18:55

An electricity tower has collapsed in Soweto, leading Eskom to implement rotational power cuts in some areas, the power producer says.

KZN councillors cut municipal debt by R1.3m

2014-07-28 17:53

KwaZulu-Natal councillors have slashed their outstanding personal municipal debts by almost R1.3m, a KZN co-operative governance and traditional affairs spokesperson says.

Soweto teen held for assaulting elderly man

2014-07-28 17:52

A teenager from Meadowlands, Soweto, has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a 78-year-old man, police say.

Silverton power failure after cable theft

2014-07-28 16:31

Power failures in Silverton and Silvertondale are due to vandalism and theft of feeder cables, the City of Tshwane says.

ANC wants more funding for officials in Parliament

2014-07-28 15:18

The ANC has called for a change to the parliamentary political party funding model, saying the amount of money ANC office bearers receive does not match the duties they perform.

Man held for cop's attempted murder

2014-07-28 15:17

A man has been arrested in Mitchells Plain in connection with the wounding of a Cape Town traffic officer, the city says.

2 in court over travel scam which turned deadly

2014-07-28 14:24

Two women have appeared briefly in court on charges related to a travel scam, while the husband of one of the women, who killed a policeman who was trying to arrest him, remains in hospital.

UFS students appear for alleged assault

2014-07-28 13:07

The trial of two Free State University students accused of assault is due to begin in the Bloemfontein Regional Court.

Man stabbed in Johannesburg KFC

2014-07-28 11:43

A 28-year-old man was stabbed inside a KFC shop in central Johannesburg, and later died, Gauteng police say.

Nkandla committee will be re-established - report

2014-07-28 10:22

A parliamentary ad-hoc committee will again be established to consider President Jacob Zuma's response to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report on Nkandla, according to a report.

Numsa's Jim hints at new strike deal move

2014-07-28 10:03

There has been some development in strike negotiations but Numsa won't disclose details until union members have been notified, says leader Irvin Jim.

SANDF accused of HIV discrimination

2014-07-28 08:43

The SA National Defence Force is being taken to court for allegedly discriminating against HIV-positive members and new recruits, according to a report.

Search continues for kidnapped woman

2014-07-28 07:21

Gauteng police say they have still not found a 21-year-old Johannesburg woman who was allegedly abducted last week, with kidnappers demanding R30 000 for her return.

Couple to appear for killing policeman

2014-07-28 06:24

A couple is due to appear in the Pretoria North Magistrate's Court for allegedly shooting dead a policeman.

Sapu: Suspend cop in court for fraud

2014-07-29 21:13

The Benoni police cluster commander accused of fraud should be suspended with immediate effect, the SA Police Union has said.

Group protest in support of SANDF HIV case

2014-07-29 21:13

About 100 people protested outside the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria to support a case involving SANDF members allegedly unfairly discriminated against.

Woman hysterical after acquittal

2014-07-29 19:44

A woman who has been acquitted of defrauding the Road Accident Fund has become hysterical in the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court and disrupted proceedings.

Attempt to hide Marikana footage, inquiry told

2014-07-29 19:44

An evidence leader says there is an attempt to hide an incident where Lonmin security guards shot rubber bullets at striking Marikana miners, from the Farlam Commission of Inquiry.

Lwandle evictions like apartheid removals - resident

2014-07-29 18:00

The violent removal of people and structures from Sanral-owned land in Cape Town resembled removals during apartheid, Lwandle resident says.

Three wanted for Soweto murder

2014-07-29 18:00

Police are searching for three men who allegedly killed a man and hijacked his car in Zola, Soweto.

NSPCA inspector used K-word - Modise farm manager

2014-07-29 16:24

National Council of Provinces chairperson Thandi Modise's farm manager has denied threatening two NSPCA inspectors with violence, claiming he saved them from harm at the hands of farmworkers.

Still long way to go for equality - De Klerk

2014-07-29 15:33

Former president FW de Klerk says he hopes his footprints will remind people of the long journey towards equality that still lies ahead.

Drastic move to avoid pregnancy scandal

2014-07-29 14:38

The KwaZulu-Natal health department will be injecting 12 female university students with contraceptives to stop them from falling pregnant as they leave for India on full bursaries.

Cops fire rubber bullets at MUT students

2014-07-29 14:05

Police have fired rubber bullets at protesting students at Mangosuthu University of Technology in Durban after they threw bricks, rocks and bottles at police.

Power disruptions in Tshwane caused by vandalism

2014-07-29 14:05

The City of Tshwane says power is expected to be restored in Silverton and Silvertondale.

Guards fire paintball guns at Durban students

2014-07-29 12:40

Security guards have fired paintball guns loaded with pink plastic balls at about 200 protesting students at Mangosuthu University of Technology in Durban.

Gauteng to get 11 new 'smart' schools

2014-07-29 11:43

Eleven new "smart" schools will be constructed in Gauteng this year and some will be ready next year, the province's infrastructure development MEC has announced.

Inspectors threatened at Modise's farm - report

2014-07-29 10:35

Two NSPCA inspectors are expected to lay charges against Thandi Modise's farm manager and spokesperson after allegedly being threatened with violence at her farm, according to a report.

ANC distances itself from 'kill Jews' tweet

2014-07-29 10:35

The ANC has distanced itself from a Twitter account apparently representing the ANC Youth League, which called for the killing of Jews.

KZN cops seek serial rapist and murderer

2014-07-29 09:02

KwaZulu-Natal police believe a serial rapist and murderer may be on the loose in Ntuzuma, after at least four bodies were found in and around the area.

ANC: EFF MPs lack respect

2014-07-29 05:00

The ANC has resolved to be patient with firebrand members of the EFF who ignore parliamentary rules instead of trading insults with them, ANC Chief Whip Stone Sizani says.

'Cabinet members can have business interests'

2014-07-29 08:26

There is nothing wrong with cabinet members having business interests as long as there is no conflict of interest, says Communications Minister Faith Muthambi.

Two held for attempted murder

2014-07-28 22:07

Two men have been arrested for attempted murder after allegedly shooting at two people in Meadowlands, Soweto police say.

Body of Deneysville boy found

2014-07-28 22:07

The body of a seven-year-old Deneysville boy who went missing with a friend over the weekend has been found, Free State police say.

Killer blames sexual advances

2014-07-28 20:36

A self-confessed drug addict has admitted in the North Gauteng High Court that he'd beaten a friend to death with a knobkerrie after losing his temper because of the man's sexual advances.

Two held after police find body in their car

2014-07-28 20:36

Police have arrested two men after the body of a young woman was found in the vehicle in which they were travelling, Johannesburg metro police say.

Free State student assault case starts

2014-07-28 20:36

Two students accused of assaulting a fellow student on the University of the Free State's Bloemfontein campus have pleaded not guilty in the local regional court to all charges against them.

MPs to assess land claims offices

2014-07-28 18:56

MPs are set to conduct oversight visits to land claims lodgement centres starting this week, Parliament has said in a statement.

Lonmin guard: Marikana attack was quick

2014-07-28 17:52

Lonmin security guards did not assist protesting Marikana miners attacked by NUM members on 11 August 2012, the Farlam Commission of Inquiry has heard.

Protests close Durban university

2014-07-28 18:55

The Mangosuthu University of Technology in Durban has suspended lectures following student protests.

Two Rhodes students drown

2014-07-28 17:52

Two students from Rhodes University have drowned after a boat in which they were canoeing capsized at Settlers Dam just outside Grahamstown, Eastern Cape police say.

Five Limpopo departments returned

2014-07-28 16:31

Five Limpopo departments placed under administration three years ago have been returned to the provincial administration, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene says.

ANC saddened by journalist's death

2014-07-28 16:31

Sowetan photojournalist Elijar Mushiana will be remembered for his dedication and commitment to his work, the ANC in Limpopo has said.

Protests close Durban campus

2014-07-28 14:24

Lectures at the Mangosuthu University of Technology in Durban have been suspended and security has been beefed up as a result of student protests.

Pro-Palestine protest outside Parliament

2014-07-28 14:24

A number of protesters are standing outside Parliament's main gates behind a row of shoes, which are meant to represent the number of people, many of them children, killed during the conflict in Gaza.

Marikana miners were unstoppable - Lonmin guard

2014-07-28 13:07

It was impossible for Lonmin mine security guards in Marikana to halt a crowd of protesting miners heading towards offices of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on 11 August 2012, the Farlam Commission of Inquiry has heard.

Group of 10 wanted for killing Eastern Cape family

2014-07-28 11:43

Eastern Cape police say they are searching for a group of 10 people who allegedly killed three family members and burnt their homestead.

Malema's comments have no substance - DA

2014-07-28 10:32

The DA says it is not concerned by EFF leader Julius Malema's comments that the DA is funded by the people of Israel, as he "says reckless things without thinking".

Woman dies after minibus runs over her

2014-07-28 10:22

A woman has died after she was run over by a minibus in Bloemfontein, paramedics say.

Cabinet's code of ethics flawed - ethics body

2014-07-28 09:21

President Jacob Zuma's failure to meet the deadline and respond to the public protector's Nkandla report demonstrates the urgent need to fix the existing code of ethics, the Ethics Institute of SA says.

Robber killed in shoot-out with cops

2014-07-28 08:43

A man has been shot dead and two others arrested after they opened fire on police officers who stopped their car after a robbery, Gauteng police say.

6 killed in KZN collision

2014-07-28 07:21

Six people, including four children, have died and eight others are injured after two cars crashed in northern KwaZulu-Natal, paramedics say.

Obama to rename Africa programme for Mandela

2014-07-28 05:31

A programme designed to foster a new generation of young African leaders will be renamed after former South African President Nelson Mandela, the White House says.

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