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EXCLUSIVE: Brian Molefe's mansion bonanza

2017-02-28 14:07

Newly sworn-in ANC MP Brian Molefe scored a stunning discount on a luxury R17m "platinum" mansion in an upmarket Pretoria estate while CEO of Eskom, News24 has learnt.

'If Sassa breaks the law, it must face the consequences' - Treasury

2017-02-28 13:50

A Treasury official has warned Sassa that if it breaks the law in extending an illegal contract with Cash Paymaster Services in the social grants crisis, it must face the consequences.

Politics don't impact our work, say Cabinet ministers

2017-02-28 13:28

Cabinet ministers categorically deny that the current political environment and reported disunity in the executive are having a negative effect on their ability to do their work.

Teacher on trial denies murder of teacher girlfriend

2017-02-28 12:33

A KwaZulu-Natal teacher has denied in the high court that he had anything to do with the disappearance and murder of a fellow teacher, who was also his girlfriend, in 2015.

 
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How we lost R411m in a year - SABC

2017-02-28 13:48

The SABC has blamed losses in the past financial year on events of national interest that were not budgeted for, such as elections and funerals of prominent South Africans.

Cape Town water prices could jump - De Lille

2017-02-28 13:48

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille has warned residents that the price of water could increase dramatically.

ANC not budging on combined policy, consultative conferences

2017-02-28 13:48

The ANC has refused to agree to calls from its stalwarts to separate the national consultative conference from its policy conference.

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Makhura must resign, or the masses will rise up - DA

2017-02-28 12:11

DA leader Mmusi Maimane has reiterated his call on the ANC to fire Gauteng Premier David Makhura or claim responsibility over the deaths of over 100 mentally ill patients from Life Esidimeni.

Residents hold on to hope as search continues for boy who fell down mine shaft

2017-02-28 12:00

Residents of the Jerusalem informal settlement in Boksburg, are still holding on to the hope that a rescue team will find a 5-year-old boy who fell down a mine shaft.

We won't ask ConCourt for extension on contract - Sassa

2017-02-28 11:42

The South African Social Security Agency says it will not approach the Constitutional Court to ask for an extension on their illegal contract with CPS, but will rather negotiate a new one.

Sassa CEO, minister no-shows at crucial Scopa social grants meeting

2017-02-28 10:46

Both Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini and Sassa CEO Thokozani Magwaza have failed to show up for a crucial Scopa meeting to discuss the looming social grants crisis.

Maine’s ‘impimpi’ comments have placed him, not Gordhan, in the firing line

2017-02-28 05:37

Youth League president Collen Maine calling Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan an “impimpi” (a spy) hasn’t gone down well in political circles.

Murder accused Sandton shooter back in court

2017-02-28 05:48

A KwaZulu-Natal man charged with murder and attempted murder is expected back in the Alexandra Magistrate's Court.

Gumtree bans the sale of donkeys on site

2017-02-27 22:21

The popular e-commerce website Gumtree South Africa has decided to ban the sale of all donkeys and mules on its website.

Family of man killed in 'warthog hunting accident' left destitute - DA

2017-02-27 21:31

A DA MP says without one of its breadwinners, the family of farmworker Jan Railo, who was shot and killed during an alleged hunting accident, is in desperate need of support.

Rescue operation for 5-year-old trapped in mineshaft suspended

2017-02-27 21:00

The rescue operation for a 5-year-old boy who fell into an empty mine shaft in Jerusalem, an informal settlement outside Boksburg, has been suspended.

Courts hears how prisoner walked out of court cell and killed cop

2017-02-27 20:43

The Nelspruit High Court has heard how a suspected rhino poacher walked calmly out of a court cell after bribing officers, before shooting and killing a Mpumalanga police officer.

I am innocent – estate agent on 'only white' property listing

2017-02-27 19:38

The estate agent who has become the focus of outrage caused by an offensive property listing claims she had nothing to with it.

11-year-old girl stabbed to death in Soweto

2017-02-27 18:32

An 11-year-old girl has been found stabbed to death next to Soweto's Lawley Fire Station, a Dobsonville police spokesperson said.

Edenvale school withdraws immigration letter

2017-02-27 17:23

During a week of renewed xenophobic sentiment in Gauteng, a letter from Eastleigh Primary School telling parents to ensure their immigration documents are in order has caused controversy.

Give us a chance - Maimane on Mangaung campaign trail

2017-02-27 16:29

DA leader Mmusi Maimane has called on residents of a Mangaung ward not to wait until 2019 if they want change and to vote for his party in a by-election on Wednesday.

Police condemn Limpopo mob justice

2017-02-27 16:01

Authorities have condemned the murder of two men who were burnt and stoned to death by a mob in Mecklenburg, Limpopo.

'We are packed like sardines' - Gugulethu pupils, teachers

2017-02-27 15:33

Teachers, parents and schoolchildren from Mseki Primary in Gugulethu, Cape Town, say classrooms are overcrowded and that some teachers have not been paid this year.

2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class spotted testing

2017-02-27 14:24

More Mercedes-Benz test mules have been spotted in Mpumalanga, this time it's the next-generation A-Class.

Dead Cato Manor 'death squad' accused still faces charges

2017-02-27 14:18

Captain Neville Eva, who died more than four years ago from organ failure, remains accused number two in the Cato Manor "death squad" criminal matter.

Manager protects teens during game reserve robbery

2017-02-27 13:46

During a robbery at a game reserve just outside Pretoria over the weekend, a manager made sure a group of teenage schoolchildren were kept safe.

Maine 'reckless' for calling Gordhan an 'impimpi' - ANC

2017-02-27 12:24

The ANC has distanced itself from comments by Youth League president Collen Maine, who called Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan an 'impimpi' (spy), adding that 'something must be done' to him.

Pityana launches explosive attack on Molefe in open letter

2017-02-27 10:24

Sipho Pityana, convenor of the Save SA campaign, has addressed an open letter to Brian Molefe, former Eskom CEO and newly sworn in ANC member of Parliament.

Man in court on charge of killing Tlokwe mayor’s son

2017-02-27 12:24

A man is expected to appear in the Potchefstroom Magistrate’s Court on a charge of killing the son of Tlokwe mayor, Kgotso Khumalo.

Water restrictions to be lifted in Gauteng

2017-02-27 12:24

The Department of Water and Sanitation says it is making arrangements for the lifting of water restrictions in Gauteng.

James Dalton in court for alleged assault

2017-02-27 10:25

Former Springbok rugby player James Dalton is back in court again – this time in Cape Town, on charges of assault, intimidation, and resisting arrest.

Firefighters battle Cape Town blaze

2017-02-27 09:44

Firefighters are battling a large vegetation fire in Parklands, Cape Town, which broke out overnight.

SARS suspends 'last Jedi'

2017-02-27 07:32

The taxman’s investigation into South Africa’s tobacco industry has taken another twist with the suspension of possibly the most experienced customs investigator at SARS.

Use soccer to unite against xenophobia: Makhura

2017-02-26 22:10

Gauteng Premier David Makhura has launched a soccer tournament called the Social Cohesion Games which will involve 768 players from different African countries and 64 teams.

Donkeys hides smuggled from SA to China for medicine

2017-02-26 21:26

A Johannesburg businessman was arrested last week after falsely declaring a shipment of 300 donkey hides at OR Tambo airport.

Inquest to be opened after body found on Table Mountain

2017-02-26 21:23

A death inquest will be opened after the body of an unidentified man was found on Table Mountain on Sunday morning'

Recipe for sweet success

2017-02-28 08:21

Five free-spirited gents from Sunnyside Park old age home are breaking gender stereotypes with their custom-made range of chocolates for those with a sweet tooth.

Concert-ready after 50 years

2017-02-28 10:03

A Cape Town resident who waited more than 50 years to play with a symphony orchestra will soon have his wish come true.

Concern over musical chairs amid Sassa crisis

2017-02-28 11:17

Serious concerns were expressed in Parliament’s standing committee on public accounts on Tuesday morning about the chief executive of the Social Security Agency allegedly being suspended at a time of a impending crisis over social grants payouts.

Pikoli on policing the police

2017-02-28 06:01

As complaints against police across the Western Cape continue to mount, Advocate Vusi Pikoli believes building bridges between police and communities is the first step in addressing the problems.

Raging Cape Town fires contained, extinguished

2017-02-28 10:48

Raging fires in Cape Town which had crews battling around the clock have been contained or extinguished.

DA's Beaufort West mayor resigns

2017-02-28 10:26

Beaufort West municipal mayor Djorge Malooi has resigned from his position, the DA in the Western Cape has said.

Grandma besieged by garbage in PE

2017-02-28 09:22

For the past 10 years, Joyce Jakavula has had to live with the unbearable smell from an illegal dump near her house in NU7 Motherwell, Port Elizabeth.

Sassa to face Scopa over grants crisis

2017-02-28 05:48

The SA Social Security Agency will appear before Parliament's standing committee on public accounts to discuss the looming social grants crisis.

Exclusive: Looking for Mr Nuclear

2017-02-28 06:06

South Africa’s one-time nuclear kingpin has disappeared from view – and persistent rumours suggest we should be asking questions about his alleged role as a recipient of money tied to Russia’s nuclear ambitions.

Nzimande hails Mbeki as one of the greatest intellectuals of the liberation movement

2017-02-27 22:21

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has described newly-elected chancellor of Unisa and former president Thabo Mbeki as one of the greatest intellectuals in Africa and beyond.

Prasa CEO’s salary package not approved by the board, it says

2017-02-27 21:09

The Prasa board says it did not approve acting CEO Collins Letsoalo’s R5.9m salary and there was a “huge” misunderstanding regarding a confirmation letter sent to him.

Hundreds of traffic fines could be scrapped following 'landmark' ruling

2017-02-27 20:43

Hundreds, and potentially thousands, of traffic fines issued in Johannesburg and Pretoria under the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Act may be scrapped, following a North Gauteng High Court ruling.

Des van Rooyen's R1m hotel stay

2017-02-27 19:38

No one was ready for Minister Des van Rooyen's appointment, including the Department of Public Works, which took six months to find him accommodation.

Property magnate suffers heart attack during apparent robbery attempt

2017-02-27 18:32

Construction and property magnate Cosmas Cavaleros is reportedly in a serious condition in hospital after suffering a heart attack when armed robbers threatened him at a shopping centre in Pretoria.

'That will teach you not to f*** with us' - witness recalls words of Carl Schoombie's killer

2017-02-27 17:58

A Rondebosch resident has described how she woke to the screams of two women and saw a person delivering blows to Carl Schoombie's body outside her complex building in 2015.

'War is coming' - Prasa acting CEO on media reports

2017-02-27 17:23

Prasa acting group CEO Collins Letsoalo has announced that a war is brewing between him and those allegedly trying to destabilise the company.

One person arrested after Jeppestown violence

2017-02-27 16:29

Police have arrested one person following looting, malicious damage to property and public violence in Jeppestown on Sunday.

Murdered Matie graduate’s brain injury normally only seen in car accidents

2017-02-27 16:01

A man who died after being dragged from an Uber taxi and attacked, had brain injuries usually only seen in people killed in car accidents, the Western Cape High Court has heard.

Attacking immigrants not patriotic or revolutionary – Mbeki

2017-02-27 15:33

Former president and newly elected chancellor of the University of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, has expressed concern over violent attacks targeting African migrants in the country.

2018 Mercedes-Benz G-Class spotted in SA

2017-02-27 10:18

A reader has sent us photographs of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz G-Class undergoing hot weather testing in Mpumalanga. Check out the images of Mercedes' new 4x4.

I am entitled to R5.9m - acting Prasa CEO

2017-02-27 14:45

Prasa acting group CEO Collins Letsoalo has rejected as malicious a Sunday Times report that he increased his salary by 350%.

'I was a little antagonistic' - Dalton on his arrest

2017-02-27 12:47

Former Springbok James Dalton says an argument, and not a crime, resulted in his arrest outside a Sea Point eatery.

Boy, 5, stuck in disused mine shaft since Saturday

2017-02-27 12:35

Conditions are still too unsafe to rescue a 5-year-old boy who fell into an open mineshaft in Witfield, on the East Rand.

Duplicate identity nightmare

2017-02-27 10:27

A Pietermaritzburg man has found himself embroiled in what seems to be a case of “identity theft”.

Cogta ‘sitting on aid funds’

2017-02-27 10:23

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) has been caught out, after it appears to have failed to spend at least 50% of its drought relief allocation.

Low growth, inequality behind xenophobia - Mashaba

2017-02-27 12:24

An inability to bring about economic growth and decrease inequality are to blame for xenophobic violence, Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba has said.

Zuma might have other plans for MP Molefe - analysts

2017-02-27 11:49

President Jacob Zuma perhaps has other plans for ex-Eskom CEO Brian Molefe, who some think might replace Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, according to some political experts.

Dad fights off attackers with baseball bat

2017-02-27 10:15

A Pretoria father has fought off two men with a baseball bat during an attack on a smallholding.

'Just keep swimming' says young woman with rare disease

2017-02-27 09:02

Megan Hunter's biggest dream is to have children of her own, but the 28-year-old suffers from a rare autoimmune disease called Myasthenia Gravis.

Zimbabweans in SA say 'xenophobic attacks are political', engage ANC

2017-02-27 10:16

Zimbabweans living in South Africa have reportedly engaged the African National Congress to intervene, following recent "xenophobic attacks" in Pretoria and Johannesburg.

Big SA book donation to Zimbabwe 'held up at Beitbridge'

2017-02-27 06:09

Thirty tons of school books collected in Bedfordview and meant for distribution to schools in Zimbabwe are stuck at Beitbridge Border Post because the state revenue authority is demanding tax, reports say.

Family dead on N2 near Richards Bay

2017-02-26 22:23

An entire family has died during a head on collision on the N2 near Richards Bay.

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