News in brief

By Drum Digital
21 November 2013

  • A collection of Mandela memorabilia, painstakingly put together over 14 years, will go under the hammer next week in Joburg. The Star is reporting that the 78 pieces in the lot, dating from 1964 to 2010, all bear the former president’s signature. But it’s two autographed South African flags that stand out for Stephan Welz & Co stamps and coins head, Savo Tufegdzic.  “Those and the 46664 collection,” he says. There’s a cap, a ticket, a concert booklet, and a wine bottle from the 2008 concert in London, honouring Madiba’s 90th birthday. All signed. There are also autographed copies of a first edition Long Walk to Freedom - Madiba’s autobiography - and Mandela’s inaugural presidential address, and a R5 inauguration coin and postage stamp. It was the coin and stamp that brought the collection to light.

  • A judge in Senegal says there is insufficient evidence to convict four women accused of violating the country's law banning homosexual acts. Adama Traore announced the verdict and freed the women Wednesday morning.  The four women were arrested Nov. 11 at a restaurant in Dakar's Yoff district. Among them was an assistant director of Women's Smile, the only group in Senegal devoted specifically to advocating for lesbians' rights. Police said the women had been kissing in public, something they denied in court on Monday - noting that such behavior would surely have elicited a hostile response from other diners. Homosexual acts are punishable in Senegal by up to five years in prison.

  • An Mpumalanga traffic deputy chief accused of shooting a woman dead is expected back in the Nelspruit Magistrate's Court on Thursday. During an appearance in September, Cornelius Heunis, 57, pleaded not guilty to murdering Michelle Curgenven, 36. Curgenven, who was an administration clerk at the Mbombela local municipality, was found dead in her Land Rover Freelander in July. Heunis was later arrested at her house. He allegedly threatened to commit suicide when the police arrived. He is out on bail of R20,000. The case was postponed after the State asked that the police be given more time to investigate.


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