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Press code should be reviewed - DA

2015-01-28 22:56

The DA says it believes the Press Code should be reviewed to protect journalistic independence, following the Press Ombudsman's dismissal of a complaint by the party.

Lawyer wants rape complainant to testify again

2015-01-28 22:55

The trial of an Mpumalanga man accused of raping a 15-year-old girl has been postponed to next month to allow his defence lawyer to submit new facts in the case.

Mantashe: Remember Selebi's good deeds

2015-01-28 22:55

Just because former police commissioner Jackie Selebi fell from grace does not mean he should not be remembered for the good he did, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe has said.

Rape-accused jumps out of dock after acquittal

2015-01-28 22:55

A man accused of raping a 13-year-old girl jumped out of the court dock when the magistrate ruled that he was not guilty.

Metro cop suspects in court over toddler claims

2015-01-28 22:55

Two metro police officers who allegedly threatened to shoot a three-year-old girl have appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court, Gauteng police say.

Arrest SA ‘mercenaries’ on Boko Haram mission – Mapisa-Nqakula

2015-01-28 21:15
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Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says the “mercenaries” from South Africa helping to train Nigerian soldiers to fight Boko Haram should be arrested on their return.

Mchunu saddened over children's deaths

2015-01-28 21:15

KwaZulu-Natal Community Safety MEC Willies Mchunu has expressed sadness over the deaths of at least six children, who were killed when a bakkie overturned on Edendale Road, Pietermaritzburg.

 
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Remove unqualified public servants - ANC

2015-01-28 22:55

The ANC wants government to remove unqualified people from top municipal jobs, secretary general Gwede Mantashe says.

Zuma in Ethiopia for AU summit

2015-01-28 21:15

President Jacob Zuma has arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, ahead of the 24th Ordinary Session of the African Union Assembly.

No decision on Pistorius charge

2015-01-28 20:14

The NPA has not yet decided whether to prosecute Carl Pistorius, brother of jailed Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, on reckless and negligent driving charges following an accident outside Modimolle.

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Mantashe tight-lipped on Derby-Lewis parole

2015-01-28 20:14

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe will not comment on reports that Clive Derby-Lewis has been recommended for release on medical parole.

Cops can't be trusted - FF Plus

2015-01-28 19:11

The SA Police Service is failing to deliver on its constitutional mandate to protect communities, the FF Plus says.

Chaos at City of Cape Town meeting

2015-01-28 18:09
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Chaos has broken out during the City of Cape Town’s first full council meeting after ANC councillors were locked out, according to reports.

North West Speaker unaware of EFF whip's conviction

2015-01-28 17:40

North West legislature Speaker Susan Dantjie has not informed about the developments in the murder case against EFF Chief Whip Papiki Babuile.

Murdered Stellenbosch man had extensive business interests

2015-01-28 16:39

Martin van Breda, who was found murdered at his home on an exclusive golf estate in Stellenbosch along with his wife and eldest son, was a successful businessman who had directorships in at least 25 companies.

Phiyega didn't invent crime - SAPS

2015-01-28 15:51
88 comments

Blaming national police chief Riah Phiyega for the crime perpetrated by police officers is wrong, her spokesperson says.

EFF hard hats can be used as weapons - ANC

2015-01-28 15:18
172 comments

The EFF should be banned from wearing hard hats in Parliament because they can be used as dangerous projectiles, ANC Deputy Chief Whip Doris Dlakuda says.

Durban court postpones marine murder trial

2015-01-28 14:30

The case against a man accused of beating a former Royal Marine to death has been postponed in the Durban Regional Court.

Man killed by train in Krugersdorp

2015-01-28 14:53

A man has been killed after he was hit by a train in Witpoortjie, Krugersdorp, paramedics say, adding that his identity was not immediately known.

Cops encouraging violent crime - SAIRR

2015-01-28 13:36

Members of the SA Police Service play a major role in perpetrating serious violent crime, the SA Institute of Race Relations says.

Van Breda daughter critical but stable

2015-01-28 12:43
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A 16-year-old girl whose family members were attacked on a golf estate in Stellenbosch is in a critical but stable condition.

Yengeni awaits feedback from NDPP

2015-01-28 12:27

ANC national executive committee member Tony Yengeni will have to wait another few months to find out whether his drunk driving charges will be withdrawn, the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court hears.

NFP leader still sick at home

2015-01-28 12:16

Deputy Science and Technology Minister Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi has not returned to work since her hospitalisation last year, her office says.

Blue light driver sentenced to five years

2015-01-28 11:45

Blue light driver, Joseph Motsamai Semitjie, who knocked over Thomas Ferreira while going through a red light, has been sentenced to five years behind bars.

'They were the most loving family'

2015-01-28 10:17

“They were a stunning, stunning family,” says a friend of the Van Breda family who were viciously attacked at their home on a luxury golf estate in Stellenbosch.

Two arrested for Langlaagte looting

2015-01-28 08:23

Two men have been arrested in connection with the looting of a Somalian-owned shop in Langlaagte, south of Johannesburg, at the weekend.

Marine murder case resumes in Durban

2015-01-28 07:56

The trial of Blayne Shepard, accused of beating former Royal Marine Brett Williams to death, is expected to resume in the Durban Magistrate's Court.

Cape Town race accused 'attacked from all sides'

2015-01-28 06:15

The prosecutor in the sentencing of a Cape Town salesman who called his ex-girlfriend's domestic worker a "kaffir" has suggested community service, with a possible placement in the ANC Women's League, arguing that this would be a way for him to learn to get along with women and black people.

Cops held for threatening child with gun

2015-01-27 22:43

The metro police officers who allegedly threatened to shoot a 3-year-old girl have been arrested.

DA welcomes health proclamation ruling

2015-01-27 20:57

The DA has welcomed the Constitutional Court's decision to set aside a proclamation which effectively criminalised the provision of health services without a certain certificate.

Woman held at knife-point in Joburg gardens

2015-01-27 22:19

Five people have been arrested for robbing a woman while she was walking her dogs at the Botanical Gardens in Emmarentia, Johannesburg.

Dramatic car chase ends in shoot-out

2015-01-27 22:19

Two robbers have been wounded in a shoot-out with police in Randburg, Johannesburg.

6 held for diamond heist

2015-01-27 19:21

Six people have been arrested following the theft of three diamonds from a mine near Prieska, Northern Cape.

Security boss guilty of workers’ murders

2015-01-27 18:18

The owner of a farm security firm has been convicted in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court of the murders, at the behest of farmers, of two "troublesome" workers.

Golf estate murders: No breach of security

2015-01-27 17:21

There was no breach of security at an upmarket golf estate in Stellenbosch where three family members were found brutally murdered, News24 has been told.

NPA deputy tipped as new SIU head - DA

2015-01-27 15:36

DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach says deputy national prosecutions boss Nomgcobo Jiba is tipped to become the new head of the Special Investigating Unit, but the presidency dismissed this.

By-elections planned for Gauteng, Free State

2015-01-27 15:36

The first by-elections for 2015 will be held in Gauteng and the Free State, the Electoral Commission of SA says.

Zuma appoints acting ConCourt judges

2015-01-27 14:38

President Jacob Zuma has appointed three acting Constitutional Court judges, spokesperson Mac Maharaj says.

ANC to pay for Selebi’s funeral

2015-01-27 14:30
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The ANC will pay for former police chief Jackie Selebi's funeral and memorial service. The funeral will be held at the NG Kerk in Pretoria.

Convicted EFF whip remains in post while in jail

2015-01-27 14:00
77 comments

EFF North West secretary and the party's legislature chief whip Papiki Babuile will remain in his position for now, despite sitting in jail for murder.

Masutha unaware of board’s Derby-Lewis recommendation

2015-01-27 12:55

Justice Minister Michael Masutha has not been informed about the parole board's recommendation to grant Clive Derby-Lewis medical parole.

Family killed on golf estate in Stellenbosch

2015-01-27 12:42

Three family members have been killed in their home on a private golf estate in Stellenbosch, Western Cape police say.

Body of possible mob justice victim found

2015-01-27 12:25

The body of a man who is thought to have been a victim of mob justice has been found in Philippi, Cape Town.

Chris Nissen arrested for drunken driving

2015-01-27 11:32

Anti-apartheid activist Chris Nissen, who is also a former ANC Western Cape chairperson, was arrested for drunken driving in his Porsche SUV in Cape Town, according to reports.

Medical parole board recommends Derby-Lewis’s release

2015-01-27 10:30

The medical parole board has again recommended that Chris Hani killer Clive Derby-Lewis be released, a reporter has tweeted his lawyer as saying.

Thieves make off with Durban church’s windows

2015-01-27 10:09

Five stained glass windows have been stolen by scrap metal thieves from a Durban church built in 1868.

Flowers at Madiba's grave dying - report

2015-01-27 09:11

A water shortage at former president Nelson Mandela's farm in Qunu in the Eastern Cape has resulted in cattle being without grazing and flowers at his gravesite dying, according to a report.

Petrol station murder: ‘My son will get justice’

2015-01-27 08:39

The father of a young man who was shot dead in the parking lot of a busy petrol garage in Cape Town is certain that his son’s killer “will get justice in this life and the next”.

Zuma gets SIU head's resignation

2015-01-27 05:00

The presidency says it has received the resignation of Special Investigating Unit head Vas Soni.

FW de Klerk Boulevard gets the nod

2015-01-28 19:40
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Table Bay Boulevard was renamed on Wednesday after former president FW de Klerk, despite fierce opposition.

6 kids killed after bakkie overturns

2015-01-28 18:29

At least six children have been killed when a bakkie overturned on Edendale Road, Pietermaritzburg.

Defence committee denies being lazy

2015-01-28 17:41

Parliament's joint standing committee on defence has denied it was "lazy" in dealing with the Defence Review.

Dasnois papers: Survé made rants and threats

2015-01-28 16:59

Former Cape Times editor Alide Dasnois has revealed details of Iqbal Survé’s “rants and threats” at her disciplinary hearing last year.

Claim cops robbed tuck shop during 'search'

2015-01-28 16:39

Two police officers and a reservist constable have appeared in the Galeshewe Magistrate's Court, Kimberley, on a charge of robbery.

Family relieved blue light case is over

2015-01-28 15:51

The family of Thomas Ferreira, who was knocked off his bike by blue light driver Joseph Motsamai Semitjie and suffered head injuries, says they are relieved the trial is over.

Over 1 million smart IDs issued this past year

2015-01-28 14:44

Over a million smart-ID cards have been issued in less than a year, home affairs director general Mkuseli Apleni says.

Police: No arrests yet in Van Breda murders

2015-01-28 13:30

No arrests have been made following the killing of a family in their private golf estate home in Stellenbosch, Western Cape police say.

Motorists make off with booze as truck crashes

2015-01-28 14:30

Four people have been seriously injured after a truck carrying a load of beer crashed on the R34 near Blood River, KwaZulu-Natal.

Not enough incentive for whistle-blowers - Public Protector

2015-01-28 13:36

There are not enough incentives for people to expose corruption, Deputy Public Protector Kevin Malunga says.

Blue light judge: Victim’s life destroyed

2015-01-28 12:27

Krugersdorp Magistrate Abdul Khan has described blue light driver, Joseph Motsamai Semitjie, as having ‘destroyed’ the life of teenage victim Thomas Ferreira after hitting him with his car.

DA’s complaint against 'ANC journalists' dismissed

2015-01-28 12:27

The Press Ombudsman cannot judge two journalists for wearing ANC attire because their behaviour was not followed by publication.

Cape Town race case postponed

2015-01-28 11:45

The sentencing of a man who called his ex-girlfriend's domestic worker a 'kaffir' has been postponed in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court.

Tshwane cops in court for threatening child

2015-01-28 08:31

Two metro police officers who allegedly threatened to shoot a three-year-old girl are expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court.

Questions, shock over golf estate murders

2015-01-28 07:56

Neighbours and friends are reeling in shock after members of a popular family were apparently killed with an axe in their home on an exclusive golf estate near Stellenbosch.

Defence in blue light case calls for mercy

2015-01-28 06:15
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The defence for blue light driver Joseph Motsamai Semitjie, who knocked over Thomas Ferreira while going through a red light, says "the most difficult punishment the accused will have to deal with is to live with his conscience", as sentencing proceedings continue.

KZN's mystery R61m hospital bus tender

2015-01-28 05:00

A tender for four mobile clinics in KwaZulu-Natal will end up costing taxpayers a "crazy" R61m - and only two of the units have been delivered.

Officials, media meet over Parly TV

2015-01-27 20:56

Parliamentary officials have met media organisations to discuss the broadcast feed from the National Assembly ahead of next month's State of the Nation address.

Allow Derby-Lewis to die in peace - FF Plus

2015-01-27 20:57

The FF Plus says a recommendation that Clive Derby-Lewis be released on medical parole points to the seriousness of his illness.

Former attorney appears for fraud

2015-01-27 22:19

An attorney struck from the roll 11 years ago, but who allegedly continued to practise as a "legal adviser", has appeared in a Cape Town court, facing five counts of fraud.

Man appears for rape, murder of 5-year-old girl

2015-01-27 20:57

A 30-year-old man has appeared in the Kimberley Magistrate's Court in connection with the kidnap, rape and murder of a 5-year-old girl.

Cop threatens to shoot crying child - report

2015-01-27 19:21

The Tshwane metro police say they were investigating a report about an officer who allegedly threatened to shoot a 3-year-old girl.

Anti-corruption team still operational - Zuma

2015-01-27 18:18
156 comments

The presidency has denied that the anti-corruption task team had been disbanded, adding that statements by DA leader and Western Cape Premier Helen Zille were "incorrect and baseless".

Nkoana-Mashabane slams SA soldiers’ role in Nigeria

2015-01-27 16:30
158 comments

International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has expressed her “dismay” about ex-soldiers who have been contracted to help the Nigerian army fight Boko Haram.

Govt must prosecute xenophobic violence - Sonke

2015-01-27 15:36

Government must protect all people in South Africa and prosecute those perpetrating violence, including non-South Africans, Sonke Gender Justice says.

Foreigners warned not to reopen businesses yet

2015-01-27 14:38

The safety of foreign shop owners in Soweto is not guaranteed as fundamental issues have not yet been addressed, Soweto Business Access says.

Somali board warns shop owners to stay away

2015-01-27 14:38

Foreign shop owners displaced by violence and looting in Gauteng should not return to their businesses yet, the Somali Community Board says.

Trial of 'demon' boy remains behind closed doors

2015-01-27 14:00

Negative internet comments about a teen who hacked four of his relatives to death with an axe have resulted in the trial continuing behind closed doors in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

Helping teen’s family not admission of guilt - MEC

2015-01-27 14:00

Helping the family of a teenager shot dead allegedly by a Somali shopowner is not an admission of guilt from government, Gauteng community safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane says.

Death toll rises as looting spreads across Gauteng

2015-01-27 12:53

National police have put the official death toll during looting of foreign-owned shops across Gauteng at five.

Derby-Lewis’s wife: I don’t know how to feel

2015-01-27 12:25
88 comments

Clive Derby-Lewis’s wife doesn’t know how to feel about the medical parole board’s recommendation that he be released, she says.

Girl, 3, dies as car crashes into barrier

2015-01-27 12:25

A 3-year-old girl died and two people have been injured after a car collided with a concrete barrier on the M19 in Durban.

Signal Hill fire extinguished

2015-01-27 11:32

A small vegetation fire was extinguished on Signal Hill in Cape Town, the city's fire and rescue services have said.

Couple accuse Paul Roos of racism

2015-01-27 10:09

A Western Cape couple has gone to the SA Human Rights Commission and asked them to probe a top school in the province, alleging the school is denying their son entry because he is black.

2 women held for carrying drug ingredients

2015-01-27 10:09

Two women, who tried to enter South Africa allegedly carrying 18kg of ephedrine, a substance commonly used in heroin, are expected to appear in the Musina Magistrate's Court.

Military officers duck court appearance

2015-01-27 09:11

Reports say two of three military officers accused of threatening Oudtshoorn police failed to appear in a civilian court last week.

No looting in Gauteng overnight - police

2015-01-27 07:08

Gauteng police say no looting of foreign-run shops has been reported overnight, after widespread looting in parts of the province over the last week.

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