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An off-duty police officer has been assaulted, shot and killed in KwaZakhele, Port Elizabeth.

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Rescue operations are under way in Rustenburg to free a man who is trapped on the Magaliesburg mountains.

3 held after man stabbed to death

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Three men have been arrested after a man was stabbed to death next to a tavern in Jan Kempdorp, Northern Cape.

Anxious mom awaits daughter’s return from Nigeria

2014-09-20 17:57

As the confirmed death toll reached 84 after the building collapse in Nigeria, sleepless nights have become the order of the day for family members of the deceased South Africans.

Man killed in East Rand crash

2014-09-20 17:57

A 22-year-old man has died, when two cars collided on the R23 in Benoni, on the East Rand.

Gauteng water running dry

2014-09-20 16:04

Parts of Gauteng are experiencing water shortages as a result of higher temperatures and increased demand.

TUT shuts down campuses

2014-09-20 14:30
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The Tshwane University of Technology has closed all of its campuses following a spate of violent protests, the institution says.

 
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Fugitive on the run nabbed by cops

2014-09-20 17:57

A wanted fugitive has been arrested in Tokoza in the East Rand after being on the run for months.

Minister visits Free State fire victims

2014-09-20 16:04

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana has visited a Harrismith woman who lost her husband and son in a veldfire.

Man killed when car veers off road

2014-09-20 13:24

A man has been killed in a accident in Winklespruit, KwaZulu-Natal when his car veered off the road, paramedics says.

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Rapist gets three life sentences

2014-09-20 13:20

A man has been sentenced to three life sentences for rape in the Rustenburg Regional Court, North West police say.

Fire destroys 15 shacks in Joburg

2014-09-20 12:05

At least 15 shacks have been destroyed by a fire in Msawawa informal settlement, in Kya Sands, Johannesburg emergency services say.

3 killed after car overturns on N2

2014-09-20 10:30

Three people have been killed when the car they were travelling in overturned on the N2 near Grahamstown, Eastern Cape police say.

Teacher gets 2 life sentences for murder

2014-09-20 09:00

A high school teacher who burnt to death his former lover and her 9-year-old son has been given two life sentences by the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Friday.

Woman questioned after baby dumped

2014-09-20 07:15

A woman has been questioned by Gauteng police after a newborn baby was found alive in the veld in Lenasia.

Two held for Joburg robbery

2014-09-19 22:34

Two men who allegedly assaulted and robbed City of Johannesburg mayoral committee member Ross Greeff have been arrested in Naledi, Soweto.

Woman killed in KZN crash

2014-09-19 21:58

A woman has been killed and six other people injured when a bakkie and minibus collided in Cato Ridge, KwaZulu-Natal.

10 held for attempted bank robbery

2014-09-19 19:01

Ten people have been arrested for attempting to rob a bank in Klerksdorp, North West.

ANC to analyse crime stats

2014-09-19 17:25
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The ANC national executive committee will analyse the 2013/2014 crime statistics, secretary general Gwede Mantashe says.

Watchdog wants Nigeria probed for $9.3m sent to SA

2014-09-19 17:25

A Nigerian watchdog group is demanding an international investigation into the Nigerian government for flying $9.3m in cash to South Africa to buy weapons.

SA more violent - FF Plus

2014-09-19 16:02

The latest crime statistics show South Africa has become a more violent country, the Freedom Front Plus says.

SA needs new approach to crime - ISS

2014-09-19 14:41

The latest crime statistics are a stark reminder of how far South Africa still has to go to reduce violence and crime, the Institute for Security Studies says.

Man burnt alive in Gauteng crash

2014-09-19 14:41

Two men have been killed in an accident in Bapsfontein, east of Johannesburg, when a bakkie, taxi and truck collided, paramedics have said. One of the men was burnt alive.

47 people murdered each day in SA

2014-09-19 13:15
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National police commissioner Riah Phiyega says she is "very concerned" that the murder rate in South Africa has risen to almost 47 killings a day in the past year.

Fire destroys dwellings in Durban informal settlement

2014-09-19 12:20

A fire that destroyed about 100 dwellings in the Kennedy Road informal settlement in Durban has been extinguished, officials say.

Cape Town to appeal Sanral secrecy ruling

2014-09-19 12:29

The City of Cape Town has decided to apply for leave to appeal after studying the judgment in the secrecy applications of Sanral and Protea Parkway Consortium.

Kruger fires under control

2014-09-19 13:22

The remaining four fires, of the initial six in the Kruger National Park, have been contained SANParks has confirmed.

'Sex predator' teacher hid wealth, denied bail

2014-09-19 10:28

A Durban teacher has been denied bail after it emerged that he misled the court about his considerable wealth - which he had used to pay his students for naked pictures and sex.

SA death toll in Nigeria collapse rises to 84

2014-09-19 07:59
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The number of South Africans killed in a building collapse in Nigeria has increased from 67 to 84, SA's high commissioner to Nigeria says.

Ramaphosa 'encouraged' by Lesotho patriotism

2014-09-19 07:35

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has been encouraged by the determination of Lesotho's political roleplayers to find a lasting solution to their challenges, his office says.

Kruger fires: Visitors warned to be cautious

2014-09-19 09:37

Kruger National Park officials have assured visitors that no roads, camps or picnic spots have been affected by fires, but that they should be alert nonetheless.

Ten South Africans positively IDed in Lagos

2014-09-18 23:18

Ten of the 67 South African citizens killed in the building collapse at the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Nigeria have been positively identified.

Coke truck hijacked, 4 held

2014-09-19 05:00

Gauteng police have arrested four men for allegedly being in possession of stolen Coca-Cola cans.

Under fire Zuma vows action on Nigeria church tragedy

2014-09-18 22:02
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Under fire President Jacob Zuma has vowed that the government will do everything it can to help the families of 67 South Africans believed to have been killed in last week's church collapse in Nigeria.

State concludes case in cop's graft trial

2014-09-18 21:54

The State has concluded its case against a Cape Town police constable charged with corruption and drug trafficking.

Detainees' rights violated - SAHRC

2014-09-18 20:48

The right to health care of detainees at the Lindela Repatriation Centre are being violated, according to a report released by the SA Human Rights Commission.

Politicians not sufficiently reprimanded - Hartley

2014-09-18 20:48

South Africa has seen a number of corruption scandals since 1994 because politicians are not sufficiently reprimanded at the time, former Sunday Times editor and author Ray Hartley says.

Camp murder case postponed

2014-09-18 18:21

The trial of the owner of military-style camp accused of killing a 15-year-old boy has been postponed by the Vereeniging Regional Court.

Rogue officials to be blacklisted

2014-09-18 16:56
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The government has started setting up a database of dodgy municipal officials to make sure those who are found guilty of a crime cannot work elsewhere in government for up to 10 years.

DA's KZN offices destroyed in fire

2014-09-18 14:28

The DA offices within the KwaZulu-Natal legislature have been gutted by a fire.

Woman finds body of her husband in river

2014-09-18 14:28

A woman has found her elderly husband dead in the Great Brak River, near George.

Shivambu 'withdraws' middle finger

2014-09-18 13:43
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EFF chief whip Floyd Shivambu says raising his middle finger at Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was not the best way to express his disgust at Ramaphosa's role in Marikana.

Pregnant woman falls out of moving ambulance

2014-09-18 13:30
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Two drivers have been suspended after a woman in labour fell out of their moving ambulance in Ntabankulu, near Mount Frere.

Hundreds of schools don't have basic services

2014-09-18 12:40
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Hundreds of public schools remain without piped water, electricity and sanitation, according to Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.

Ex-ANCYL official gets bail after shooting

2014-09-18 12:04

Former ANC Youth League Limpopo secretary Jacob Lebogo, who is accused of shooting at four people, has been granted R5 000 bail in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court.

Nigeria search mission continuing - Zuma

2014-09-18 11:15

The final number of South Africans killed in a building collapse in Nigeria will only known once search and rescue missions are complete, President Jacob Zuma says.

SA has become an angry country - Zelda

2014-09-18 10:45
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Nelson Mandela's former personal assistant Zelda la Grange says she is worried that South Africa has become an angry society, and that people don't follow Mandela's example of respecting others.

SA woman found alive in rubble in Nigeria

2014-09-18 09:27
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A South African woman who was trapped in the rubble of the collapsed Synagogue Church of All Nations guesthouse in Lagos, Nigeria, for five days has been found uninjured by rescuers.

18 cars torched at TUT

2014-09-20 12:05
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Protesting students of the Tshwane University of Technology have set alight at least 18 cars belonging to the institution, police say.

Ex-policeman gets 8 years for stock theft

2014-09-20 10:30

A former police officer has been sentenced to eight years in prison for stock theft, North West police say.

6 held for illegal Joburg abortion clinic

2014-09-20 09:00

Six people have been arrested in central Johannesburg for allegedly running an illegal abortion clinic, Gauteng police say.

Nigeria collapse: Gift of the Givers offers help

2014-09-20 07:15

South Africans needing help finding relatives following the building collapse at the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Nigeria should contact charity Gift of the Givers, it has said.

4-year-old SA girl found alive at Nigeria collapse site

2014-09-19 22:34
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A 4-year-old South African girl has been found alive at the collapsed Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos, Nigeria.

SA's first 'open mosque' open to all

2014-09-19 21:58

South Africa's "first open mosque" held its inaugural prayer session amid criticism of its representation as a Muslim institution.

Nigeria death toll tentative - Radebe

2014-09-19 20:29

The death toll of 84 South Africans in the Nigerian church collapse remains a "tentative figure", Presidency Minister Jeff Radebe says.

Angolan men appear fo dog smuggling

2014-09-19 20:29

The case of two Angolan men accused of smuggling dogs has been postponed in the Springbok Magistrate's Court, Northern Cape.

ISS: Increase in murder rate concerning

2014-09-19 19:01

The Institute for Security Studies says it is concerned that murder had increased for two consecutive years for the first time in democracy.

Mabe's assets seized in fraud case

2014-09-19 16:36

Assets of R2.2m have been seized from former ANCYL treasurer general Pule Mabe and two others accused of defrauding the SA Social Security Agency.

SA murder rate reflective of 'a war zone'

2014-09-19 14:43
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The murder rate in the country is reflective of "what one would expect in a war zone", DA MP Dianne Kohler-Barnard has said after the release of the 2013/14 crime statistics.

Man gets life for raping girl

2014-09-19 14:41

A man convicted of raping a 10-year-old girl in Mpumalanga township in KwaZulu-Natal has been sentenced to life imprisonment, police have said.

AS IT HAPPENED - Crime stats: 17 068 murders last year

2014-09-19 07:57
148 comments

Police commissioner Riah Phiyega says overall, crime figures are down from the previous year.

SA murder rate goes up 5% - Phiyega

2014-09-19 11:28

The number of murders increased by 800 in the past year, but the number of rapes and sexual assaults dropped, national police commissioner Riah Phiyega has announced.

Higher levels of violence in SA - Nhleko

2014-09-19 11:03

There are higher levels of violence in society and crimes such as murder and attempted murder are increasing, Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko says.

Newspapers ordered to apologise to Kasrils

2014-09-19 11:04

The Press Ombudsman has ordered the Sunday Times and The Times newspapers to apologise to former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils for a story about the spy tapes.

Robben Island mismanagement is an insult to Madiba’s memory – DA

2014-09-19 11:54

During a Heritage Day debate in parliament, the DA came out strongly against the mismanagement of Robben Island Museum, calling it an insult to Madiba’s memory.

Reeva's mother writes book

2014-09-19 09:50
280 comments

Reeva Steenkamp's mother has written a memoir which has been described by its publisher as the only true insider's account of the "most dramatic trial of the 21st century".

Suspended Hawks head charges withdrawn

2014-09-19 07:42

Internal disciplinary charges against suspended Hawks head Major-General Johan Booysen have been withdrawn.

Zuma meets Jewish board of deputies

2014-09-19 06:17

President Jacob Zuma and the SA Jewish Board of Deputies have expressed support for a two-state solution in the Israel and Palestine conflict.

National crime stats to be announced

2014-09-19 05:32

Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko is expected to release the 2013/2014 annual crime statistics in Pretoria.

ANC stalls on calling Madonsela, Zuma

2014-09-19 05:00

The ad hoc committee on misspending at President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home has failed to persuade the ANC to call Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, followed by the president.

SA politics must go on Noakes diet - editor

2014-09-18 21:54

South African politics needs to go on the "Noakes diet" and become more meaty, Times Media editor-at-large and author Ray Hartley says.

Judgment reserved in deportation case

2014-09-18 21:54

The North Gauteng High Court has reserved its judgment on whether the department of home affairs acted unlawfully when it deported a wanted murder-accused back to Botswana.

16 held in foiled bank robbery

2014-09-18 20:48

Sixteen people alleged to have been planning to rob a bank in Klerksdorp have been arrested.

City was right to evict pensioner - ConCourt

2014-09-18 20:48

The City of Cape Town is right in evicting a pensioner from her home because of illegal activity on her property, the Constitutional Court has ruled.

Pray for building collapse victims - SACC

2014-09-18 18:38

The SA Council of Churches has urged religious groups to pray for those affected by the building collapse in Lagos, Nigeria, which killed scores of people, including South Africans.

Sasco: NSFAS was out of order

2014-09-18 18:38

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme was out of order when it told poor students at the Tshwane University of Technology there was no funding for fees, the SA Students Congress says.

Special 'township' paper for Cape

2014-09-18 16:55

A newspaper for Western Cape townships will be launched at the end of September, it has been announced.

ATM bombers jailed for 22 years each

2014-09-18 15:20

Three ATM bombers have been each sentenced to 22 years imprisonment by the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Madadeni.

DA takes ward from ANC in by-elections

2014-09-18 16:55

The African National Congress won 10 of the 11 wards contested in by-elections, with the Democratic Alliance winning one, the Electoral Commission of SA says.

Families scour Lagos morgues - SA envoy

2014-09-18 14:28

Families are frantically scouring hospitals and morgues in Lagos, Nigeria, because they don’t know where their loved ones are, says South Africa’s high commissioner in the country.

Thief held after shoot-out with cops

2014-09-18 13:30

A man has been arrested for house robbery after a shoot-out with police in Marlboro, Johannesburg.

Back to basics for local government - Zuma

2014-09-18 13:30
139 comments

President Jacob Zuma says local government needs to go back to basics to serve the people.

Nigerian church offers condolences to families

2014-09-18 12:40
86 comments

The Synagogue Church of All Nations has offered condolences to the families of those killed when its guesthouse collapsed in Nigeria, adding that it is saddened by "inaccurate reports" of it not co-operating with rescue teams.

Tight security for ex ANCYL Limpopo secretary

2014-09-18 11:18

Security is tight at the Polokwane Magistrate's Court where former ANC Youth League Limpopo secretary Jacob Lebogo is due to appear for a bail application.

Brickz back in court, rape case postponed

2014-09-18 11:15

Kwaito musician Brickz will have to wait until 20 October to hear whether the national director of public prosecutions will proceed with the rape case against him.

Tshwane pointsman attacked by bees

2014-09-18 10:24

A pointsman in Centurion, Tshwane, has been hospitalised after being attacked by a swarm of bees while directing traffic.

Nigeria collapse: Anxious families wait for news

2014-09-18 09:27

Family members of those who were affected by the collapse of a building at a church complex in Nigeria are anxiously awaiting news of their loved ones, according to reports.

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