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DRC plotters acquitted

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A group of Congolese nationals accused of plotting to assassinate Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila have been acquitted.

Suspension notices sent to EFF MPs

2014-11-28 18:54

Letters of suspension and notices of fines have been sent to several EFF MPs.

Govt mulls rush-hour restrictions

2014-11-28 18:54

In a move likely to hearten Gauteng commuters who spend rush hour stuck behind big trucks, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters says her department is looking at restricting heavy vehicles during these times.

Discourage speedy arrests - Mogoeng

2014-11-28 18:54

The manner in which the police investigate and make quick arrests should be stopped, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng says.

Calls for dismissal of Dewani judge

2014-11-28 17:31
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A petition has been launched to have the Western Cape High Court judge in British businessman Shrien Dewani's trial recused because of her "biased conduct".

No date for ANCYL elective conference

2014-11-28 17:30

A firm date has not been set yet for the ANCYL's national elective conference, national task team co-ordinator Magasela Mzobe says.

Mogoeng calls for electronic court filing systems

2014-11-28 16:07

South Africa needs electronic court filing systems to prevent further disappearance of dockets and crucial information, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng says.

 
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Life for mealie field killers

2014-11-28 17:31

Two members of a gang of four who shot dead a man in his mealie field have been given life sentences by the Pietermaritzburg High Court.

Government denies 'bartering' for bodies with Nigeria

2014-11-28 16:33

The Mail & Guardian has defended its report that Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe promised Nigeria weapons in exchange for the repatriation of the bodies of those killed in a building collapse.

Pinetown crash survivor wants owners held accountable

2014-11-28 16:07

A survivor of the deadly Pinetown truck crash says she believes the sentence handed to the truck driver was fair, but wants the owners of the truck to be held accountable.

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EFF will go to court over suspensions

2014-11-28 15:19

The Economic Freedom Fighters will turn to the courts to stop Parliament suspending 12 of its MPs, the party says.

Zuma encourages youth to grow Africa

2014-11-28 14:11
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President Jacob Zuma has encouraged delegates to the fourth Pan African Youth Union Congress to be torchbearers for the continent's development.

Pinetown crash driver jailed for 8 years

2014-11-28 12:45
85 comments

The driver whose truck ploughed into six vehicles at a busy Durban intersection last year, killing 24 people, will spend the next eight years in prison after he pleaded guilty to 31 charges.

Prayers as lioness attacks car

2014-11-28 11:38

As fear struck three KwaZulu-Natal holidaymakers in a car being chased by a pride of lions, they burst into prayer believing their lives were in imminent danger.

Mbeki: 2002 Zim elections were free and fair

2014-11-28 10:02
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Former president Thabo Mbeki has maintained that the 2002 Zimbabwe elections were free and fair, despite the Khampepe report suggesting otherwise.

No policy to ban Dalai Lama from SA - govt

2014-11-28 07:41

South Africa has no policy barring the Dalai Lama from entering the country, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has said ahead of President Jacob Zuma's state visit to China.

EFF defiant, demands Zuma pay back the money

2014-11-28 07:15

EFF leader Julius Malema says the party will head to court to challenge the suspension of some of its MPs from Parliament, and will also demand President Jacob Zuma repays money spent on his Nkandla home.

PICS: Bloemfontein under water after cloudburst!

2014-11-28 09:13

The city of roses has once again been struck with bizarre weather conditions, this time leaving the streets under water.

What happens now, asks Malema

2014-11-27 21:47

EFF MPs have walked out of Parliament to be greeted by a cheering crowd after a motion on whether the report by the powers and privileges committee should be accepted, was passed by 210 votes to 111, with three abstentions.

Baby L's mother testifies

2014-11-27 21:51

The mother of a 2-year-old girl, known as Baby L, has told the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria that she never harmed her daughter.

Tsenoli halts EFF attempts to filibuster

2014-11-27 21:17

EFF attempts to filibuster in the National Assembly ahead of a vote to adopt a report recommending the suspension of some of that party's MPs, have been halted by Deputy Speaker Lechesa Tsenoli.

Power cuts expected over the weekend

2014-11-27 19:55

Power cuts are expected over the weekend as electricity supply remains constrained, Eskom says.

Cop, motorist hurt in cigarette heist

2014-11-27 19:51

A motorist and a policeman have been shot and wounded when an armed gang hijacked a truck transporting cigarettes near Randfontein, Gauteng police say.

Hofmeyr tweets up a storm

2014-11-27 18:03

Afrikaans singer Steve Hofmeyr has tweeted that the setting aside in the Randburg Magistrate's Court of an interim protection order against puppeteer Conrad Koch, signals the end of freedom of expression.

Hofmeyr loses to puppet Chester Missing

2014-11-27 16:34
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The South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg has set aside an interim protection order obtained by Afrikaans singer Steve Hofmeyr against puppet Chester Missing.

Baby L: Man must've done something

2014-11-27 17:11

A 37-year-old man had to have done something to two-year-old "Baby L" for her to faint, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has heard.

Glenister loses Hawks case

2014-11-27 16:21

The Constitutional Court has dismissed Hugh Glenister's application, with costs, for leave to appeal a high court's refusal to declare provisions of the SAPS Amendment Act unconstitutional.

Lawyer: Basson ouster petition insignificant

2014-11-27 14:55

The majority of doctors had refused to sign a petition calling for embattled Cape Town cardiologist Wouter Basson to be struck off the list of medical practitioners, an HPCSA sentencing hearing has heard.

Protest at Cape Town home affairs

2014-11-27 13:14

Police say they are monitoring a protest at the Customs House building on the Foreshore in Cape Town.

Municipal by-election results in

2014-11-27 12:34
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The African National Congress has won 26 of 31 municipal wards in by-elections this week, according to results on the IEC's website.

Man pours pot of boiling food over baby's face

2014-11-27 11:33
202 comments

A man has been arrested after he allegedly poured a pot of boiling chicken over the face of an 8-month-old baby, Gauteng police say.

Nkandla spending hidden from AG - report

2014-11-27 10:14
81 comments

Evidence of large-scale misappropriation in the Nkandla construction project was hidden from the auditor general a report says.

Judiciary undermined by lack of resources - Mogoeng

2014-11-27 08:43

The gap between the judiciary's workload, budget, and infrastructural needs is a key problem affecting this critical arm of the state, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng's office says.

3 die as vehicle rolls

2014-11-27 07:18

Three people have been killed and two others critically injured in a accident in Alberton, paramedics say.

SA nuclear project 10 years late - Necsa

2014-11-27 09:36

China, France, South Korea and the US in talks with Nuclear Energy Corporation and Energy Department in bid to win nuclear contracts.

Zuma: If ANC goes down, so will SA

2014-11-27 05:10
617 comments

If everything were to go wrong with the ANC, everything would go wrong in SA, President Jacob Zuma has said, after admitting that the ANC had been shaken and was in trouble.

Cops shoot, kill young man

2014-11-26 23:28

A 22-year-old man has been shot and killed by police in Amalia, North West, after allegedly attacking officers repeatedly with a knife,.

Cop could be forced to pay for confiscated sandals

2014-11-26 21:48

An eThekwini metro police officer, who confiscated 25 pairs of rubber and plastic sandals from a street trader, could find herself paying thousands of rands in legal fees.

The ANC is in trouble - Zuma

2014-11-26 20:37
379 comments

President Jacob Zuma has admitted that the ANC had been shaken and is in trouble.

Abuse-accused tells court that Baby L fell

2014-11-26 21:25

A two-year-old girl, known as Baby L, collapsed and bit her jaw tightly before she was taken to hospital in a coma, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has heard.

Minister to lauch festive road safety campaign

2014-11-26 20:40

Transport Minister Dipou Peters will launch a national festive season road safety campaign ahead of the holiday season.

Ex-Sars worker appears for fraud

2014-11-26 20:40

A former SA Revenue Service official has appeared in the Bellville District Court in Cape Town, charged with tax fraud.

Health professionals want Basson out - Heywood

2014-11-26 20:08

Hundreds of health professionals and organisations want embattled Cape Town cardiologist Wouter Basson struck off the list of medical practitioners, an HPCSA sentencing hearing has heard.

Cop in court for selling bulletproof vest

2014-11-26 18:47

A police constable appeared in the Bredasdorp Magistrate's Court on a charge of theft after he allegedly sold his bulletproof vest.

KZN cattle herder jailed for murder

2014-11-26 18:47

A 19-year-old cattle herder who shot dead a businessman during a robbery has been jailed for an effective 20 years by Judge Thoba Poyo-Dlwati in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court.

Zuma urges halt to Israeli settlements as Abbas visits

2014-11-26 17:54

Israel's settlements policy is "undermining" prospects for a two state solution, President Jacob Zuma says as he welcomed Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas on a state visit.

Mandela estate commits to cattle care

2014-11-26 16:54

Family of the late president Nelson Mandela have undertaken to ensure the welfare of cattle at his Qunu homestead in the Eastern Cape, the NSPCA says.

SA ready to help Middle East two-state solution

2014-11-26 16:28
78 comments

President Jacob Zuma has met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Pretoria, where he pledged South Africa's support for a two-state solution to the situation in the Middle East.

Man apologises to domestic worker for using k-word

2014-11-28 14:42
75 comments

A Cape Town salesman says he is sorry for using a racial slur against his ex-girlfriend's domestic worker, and is considering anger management classes.

Baby L's mother complicit in abuse: State

2014-11-28 14:11

The mother of a two-year-old girl known as 'Baby L' is accused of being complicit in the abuse that left her child severely brain damaged and in a coma, the High Court in Pretoria hears.

Cape Town man guilty of assaulting domestic worker

2014-11-28 11:38

A Cape Town man has been found guilty of assaulting his ex-girlfriend's domestic worker last year and spitting in her face.

SA man uses cats to smuggle heroin into UK

2014-11-28 10:02

A South African man has appeared in a London court for allegedly using cat crates to smuggle heroin worth R13m into the UK, according to a report.

ANC welcomes suspension of EFF MPs

2014-11-28 08:32
171 comments

The ANC has welcomed the suspension of EFF MPs from Parliament, saying their conduct obstructed the House from performing its scheduled business.

Plans for anniversary of Mandela's death unveiled

2014-11-28 07:42

The commemoration of the first anniversary of the death of former president Nelson Mandela will start with a wreath laying ceremony at the Union Buildings, while several other events will also take place, government has announced.

SA must brace for rough energy ride - minister

2014-11-28 09:08

When it comes to power supply, the next two years are going to be tough, says Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown.

Behaviour in Parliament 'dangerous'

2014-11-28 06:46
114 comments

The behaviour displayed in the National Assembly in recent months is a very dangerous phenomenon, ANC Deputy Chief Whip Doris Dlakude has warned.

ANC troubles caused by outside forces - Masina

2014-11-28 05:00
125 comments

Troubles facing the ANC were a result of outside influences trying to destabilise the party, ANC Youth League convenor Mzwandile Masina says.

Limpopo text book fears

2014-11-27 21:51

Fears that Limpopo will again face a school textbook shortage have surfaced after an AG report showed the provincial education department had failed to acquire half the books needed for the 2015 academic year.

Malema rejects report, calls Zuma a criminal

2014-11-27 19:51

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema has defiantly called President Jacob Zuma a criminal during the rowdy parliamentary debate on a report demanding the suspension of EFF MPs from the legislature.

Khulumani: Slap Basson with severe sanction

2014-11-27 20:09

Cardiologist Dr Wouter Basson neglected core medical ethics and should be struck off the list of medical practitioners, a Health Professions Council of SA sentencing hearing has heard.

Mics switched off as tempers flare in Parly

2014-11-27 18:48

Deputy Speaker Lechesa Tsenoli has resorted to switching off microphones as tempers flared as soon as the debate began in the National Assembly on a report calling for EFF MPs to be suspended.

Weaver leaves Cape Times

2014-11-27 18:03

Cape Times assistant editor Tony Weaver will be leaving the newspaper immediately by mutual agreement, Independent Media says.

DA's momentum growing - Zille

2014-11-27 14:02

The results of municipal by-elections show that the Democratic Alliance's momentum is growing, party leader Helen Zille says.

EFF motions target ANC, Zuma

2014-11-27 16:53

Ahead of their almost certain suspension from Parliament, the Economic Freedom Fighters have tabled motions and made statements taunting the ANC over Nkandla, Marikana, and the chaos in the legislature a fortnight ago.

House limits motions ahead of EFF suspension debate

2014-11-27 15:10

A proposal to limit the number of notices of motion and motions without notice to three per party has been agreed to in the National Assembly, despite objections from the EFF.

'Apartheid' tweet didn't offend blacks, court hears

2014-11-27 14:54

A tweet by Afrikaans singer Steve Hofmeyr that black people were the architects of apartheid did not offend blacks, the Randburg Magistrate's Court has heard.

Missing defamed Hofmeyr, court hears

2014-11-27 12:55

Puppet Chester Missing and puppeteer Conrad Koch attacked and defamed Afrikaans singer Steve Hofmeyr on social media, the Randburg Magistrate's Court has heard.

2 x life for Beaufort West cop killer

2014-11-27 12:40

A man has been sentenced in the Western Cape High Court, sitting in Beaufort West, to two life sentences for murder.

Puppet in court over Hofmeyr’s protection order

2014-11-27 10:41

Comedian Conrad Koch arrived with his puppet "Chester Missing" at the Randburg Magistrate's Court in Johannesburg to oppose Steve Hofmeyr’s interim protection order against him.

KZN man loses 10-year battle over racist e-mail

2014-11-27 10:14

A former KwaZulu-Natal engineer who got fired over a racist e-mail has lost a decade-long legal battle to be reinstated, it has been reported.

Court to hand down Hawks judgment

2014-11-27 07:18

The Constitutional Court is expected to hand down judgment regarding the Helen Suzman Foundation and businessman Hugh Glenister's application to seek leave to appeal against a high court's refusal to declare other provisions of the SAPS Amendment Act unconstitutional and secure the independence of the Hawks.

Three killed as bakkie rolls in Free State

2014-11-27 07:45

Three people have died, including a 9-year-old boy, and two others were injured when a bakkie rolled multiple times on the N6 near Smithfield in the Free State.

Students released on bail

2014-11-27 05:36

Three men who allegedly assaulted cleaner Delia Adonis have been released on bail following an urgent application to the Western Cape High Court.

Police find abandoned children, 2 and 4

2014-11-26 23:28

Two children aged four and two have been found abandoned in Mecklenburg, Limpopo police say. They were found, without food, inside a house.

Sparks could fly as EFF suspension comes under the spotlight again

2014-11-26 21:50
78 comments

A report which is likely to result in the suspension of EFF MPs from Parliament will be up for debate in the National Assembly after ANC Chief Whip Stone Sizani said it was a matter of "national importance".

Chika case: Four get life for murder

2014-11-26 21:48

Four people have been sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of former ANC regional secretary Mosimaneotsile David Chika, North West police say.

Swapped babies, parents receiving treatment

2014-11-26 21:25

The two children, who were swapped at birth at a hospital in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg, are slowly being introduced to their biological families.

Cop held for stealing MacBook from premier's office

2014-11-26 21:25

An Mpumalanga police constable has appeared in the Nelspruit Magistrate's Court in connection with the theft of an Apple MacBook.

Rowdy welcome for ANC leaders at conference

2014-11-26 21:25

ANC Youth League delegates from Gauteng booed when ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe's arrival was announced at the league's consultative conference in Soweto.

Zuma urged to sing at ANCYL conference

2014-11-26 20:30

ANC Youth League delegates have urged President Jacob Zuma to sing before he addressed them at the consultative conference in Soweto.

Nigerian 'terror mastermind' challenges conviction

2014-11-26 18:47

A Nigerian jailed in Johannesburg for masterminding a series of terror attacks in his homeland is to challenge South Africa's right to try him.

UFS opens doors for EFF conference

2014-11-26 18:46

The University of the Free State has agreed to allow the EFF to hold its first national elective conference at its premises.

FF Plus takes minority worries to UN

2014-11-26 18:46
111 comments

The reopening of the land claims process and concerns about farm attacks in South Africa are among issues presented to the UNHRC forum in Geneva, Switzerland, the FF Plus says.

Woman in court after toddler burnt with hot water

2014-11-26 16:54

A woman accused of burning a 2-year-old baby with hot water has appeared in the Mmabatho Magistrate's Court.

ANCYL delegates booed at conference

2014-11-26 16:54

Gauteng delegates at the ANC Youth League consultative conference have been booed because they would not be voting for new leaders.

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