South Africa

Land Expropriation: Parties square off in Parliament as possibility of court challenge looms

2018-11-15 05:34

Members of parties supporting an amendment of the Constitution to allow expropriation without compensation have mitigated against a possible court challenge by parties opposed to the proposed change.

Polokwane police launch manhunt for escaped prisoners

2018-11-14 21:45

Police have launched a manhunt in Polokwane after five awaiting trial prisoners escaped from custody on Wednesday afternoon.

Hanekom on the Western Cape: Tourists, be water wise, but you can swim and bath

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One of the important messages SA has to bring to the international tourism industry this year is that the drought in the Western Cape is over, Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom tells Fin24.

Joburg's top prosecutor Chauke grilled during NDPP interviews

2018-11-14 21:36

Andrew Chauke's past decisions have come under fire from the panel tasked with recommending a new National Prosecuting Authority head to President Cyril Ramaphosa.

 
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Senior official from Free State Premier's office in court on fraud, corruption charges linked to release of an inmate

2018-11-14 21:44

The Deputy Director in the Office of the Premier in the Free State is in hot water after allegedly approaching a court official and soliciting a stamped liberation form in exchange for a bribe to facilitate the release of an inmate who is serving 12 years in Goedemoed Correctional Service.

Siam Lee murder: Accused got her contact details from an 'adult website'

2018-11-14 21:13

The businessman accused of killing Durban North sex worker Siam Lee got her contact details from an adult website, the Durban Magistrate's Court has heard.

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Sanef concerned about deepening financial crisis at the SABC

2018-11-14 20:16

Urgent government intervention is required to address the financial woes at the SABC, the South African National Editors' Forum has said.

Nzimande in, Gigaba out, but home affairs questions get bumped in the House

2018-11-14 19:53

Acting Minister of Home Affairs Blade Nzimande may have been present during the oral question session in Parliament on Wednesday, but answers to key questions in this portfolio were not.

'We are still not there but we see light' - SAPO on clearing mail backlogs

2018-11-14 18:30

The South African Post Office says it is dealing with a local mail backlog of about 4.8 million items – but the international figure is much higher.

Land expropriation: What's the state of play?

2018-11-14 17:22

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress is forging ahead with plans to amend the Constitution to make it easier to seize land without paying for it, overriding complaints from some opposition parties that it isn’t following proper procedure.

OVERVIEW: Phumla Williams signed off 'irregular' document at GCIS - Manyi to #StateCaptureInquiry

2018-11-14 15:30

Mzwanele Manyi has concluded his testimony in the judicial commission of inquiry into state capture. This after he petitioned the inquiry to allow him to put his version on record, shortly after former public enterprises minister Barbara Hogan wrapped up.

'I can assure the panel I am very independent' – advocate Mapoma says during NDPP interview

2018-11-14 16:25

Advocate Siyabulela Mapoma, who is vying for the position of National Director of Public Prosecutions, has assured the panel tasked with recommending prospective candidates to President Cyril Ramaphosa that he is an independent man.

6 men arrested for murder of Kathrada relatives abandon bail application

2018-11-14 16:13

The trial of the nine men accused of murdering the relatives of anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada has been postponed, when three of the accused are expected to apply for bail.

Siam Lee's mother cries as details of her daughter's murder emerge in court

2018-11-14 15:33

Carmen Nans Lee, the mother of murdered Durban sex worker Siam Lee, has wept uncontrollably in the Durban Magistrate's Court after hearing details of how her daughter was killed.

SABC heads into negotiations with unions over looming retrenchments

2018-11-14 16:03

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) says it remains committed to complying with all the legislative requirements and processes relating to retrenchments.

Duduzane Zuma annoyed over Jonas' state capture cross-examination delay

2018-11-14 14:41

Duduzane Zuma has been left frustrated. He wasn't told that former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas wouldn't be available for cross-examination at the state capture inquiry this week and flew to SA from Dubai to attend proceedings.

DA to push ahead with bid to have Gigaba, Dlamini reappointments declared unlawful

2018-11-14 13:49

The Democratic Alliance has agreed to President Cyril Ramaphosa's request for an extension to decide on the future of some of his Cabinet ministers, but it still intends to pursue the matter in court on "principle".

Dodgy rhino deal leads to fine for Limpopo man

2018-11-14 13:42

A Limpopo man who faces a string of criminal charges together with alleged rhino horn kingpin Dawie Groenewald, has been fined R100 000 in a separate case.

Situation still tense in Vredenburg following arrests of 38 protesters

2018-11-14 11:30

Tensions are still running high in the Western Cape town of Vredenburg, following protests that saw 28 men and 10 women arrested on charges of public violence, police say.

Who paid SACP's R3m venue for its national congress?

2018-11-14 08:12

While the SACP has denied claims that Vele Investments paid R3m to the Birchwood Hotel for the party's national congress last year, it says it can't say how it paid for the venue just yet as it is still considering its legal options.

Tracking Gama's #StateCapture spoor

2018-11-14 05:21

The drama surrounding Siyabonga Gama's appointment, dismissal, reappointment, suspension and latest dismissal spans nearly a decade.

WATCH: Where there's smoke, there's crazy car spinning - Here's what it's all about

2018-11-14 07:00

Ernest Page met a few seasoned car-spinners in Cape Town before trying his hand at drifting, attempting to master the art in the process. Check out this cool video.

'Political solution' needed as council payments to Eskom plummet, Scopa hears

2018-11-13 17:22

Municipalities are in a debt spiral, with payment levels among the top 20 defaulters dropping from a high of 91% in 2016 to just 57% in 2018, Parliament heard on Tuesday.

OVERVIEW: Chauke tells panelist that he is being unfair at #NDPPInterviews

2018-11-14 10:04

Interviews for short-listed candidates in the running for the vacant NDPP position have adjourned at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

UPDATE: Electrical fault suspected in V&A Waterfront fire

2018-11-14 19:21

An electrical fault is suspected to be the cause of a fire that led to the V&A Waterfront being evacuated, emergency services said.

State capture inquiry: Manyi drops GCIS corruption bombshell

2018-11-14 18:34

Former Government Communication and Information System CEO Mzwanele Manyi has highlighted alleged corruption at the agency in 2011 as a reason for sweeping changes he made to procurement structures shortly after his appointment.

City of Cape Town prepares to dump thousands of litres of booze

2018-11-14 18:28

The City of Cape Town is set to dump more than 16 000 bottles of booze as the tourist city prepares for the upcoming festive season.

VBS saga: 7 Limpopo municipalities could be placed under administration

2018-11-14 17:54

Seven municipalities in Limpopo are on the brink of insolvency and could be placed under administration after they lost hundreds of millions of rands in investments into VBS Mutual Bank.

Municipalities' unpaid water bills increase to a whopping R13.1bn

2018-11-14 17:37

Municipalities that do not pay their water bills have run up a whopping R13.1bn debt – an amount just R2bn short of the entire annual budget of the Department of Water and Sanitation.

Colin Booysen ushered out of court in police convoy after fresh arrest

2018-11-14 16:54

A convoy of police vehicles has ferried underworld figure Colin Booysen from the Cape Town Regional Court into police custody through a side entrance, for breaching his bail conditions in another matter.

WATCH: 19-year-old inmate aspires to become a neurosurgeon

2018-11-14 16:48

Liam Bradford,19, is an inmate at Boksburg prison's juvenile section. He is currently completing Grade 9 after his schooling came to an abrupt halt when he was sentenced to time in prison. Bradford dreams of becoming a neurosurgeon and helping disabled children. Watch.

Former minister Barbara Hogan slams 'reckless', 'negligent' Zuma

2018-11-14 16:15

Former public enterprises minister Barbara Hogan has wrapped up her third day of testimony at the state capture inquiry by delivering strong condemnation of former president Jacob Zuma's "undue influence" over appointments at state-owned enterprises.

Mashaba apologises for 'ebolas' remark but not for protecting residents

2018-11-14 15:54

Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba has apologised for the "ebolas" comment made on social media earlier this week when he arrested an informal trader selling cow heads.

Gauteng couple drive 1 200km to rescue stray dog

2018-11-14 14:15

When he saw pictures on Facebook of the starving South African mastiff (boerboel) that had been wandering the streets of Durban for months it broke his heart, says Jacques Jordaan.

New Joburg traffic wardens given additional powers to stop vehicles, regulate traffic

2018-11-14 15:19

Newly appointed traffic wardens in the City of Johannesburg have been granted extra powers, meaning that they can now enforce by-laws and control traffic on the city’s roads.

'He was a true hero of Hout Bay' - tributes pour in for paraglider who died in Llandudno

2018-11-14 14:11

An angel on the ground and in the air is how people have described Hout Bay resident Anthony Allen, who died in a paragliding accident in Llandudno.

Two Herzlia pupils facing disciplinary action for taking a knee during Israeli national anthem

2018-11-14 14:02

Two pupils at Herzlia Middle School in Cape Town are facing disciplinary action for kneeling in protest during the playing of Hatikvah, the Israeli National Anthem, during a graduation ceremony.

Land Expropriation: IRR talking with its lawyers to review CRC process

2018-11-14 13:42

The Institute of Race Relations is briefing lawyers in preparation for taking, what it considers to be, the "procedurally flawed work" of Parliament's Joint Constitutional Review Committee on amending the property clause in the Constitution.

Bonang Matheba's team confident her tax issues will be resolved before next court appearance

2018-11-14 13:05

Local media personality Bonang Matheba's management is confident that her tax issues will be resolved by the time she is next expected to appear in the Commercial Crimes Court.

Workers kill business owner's pet parrot during plastics industry strike

2018-11-14 12:16

A Gauteng business owner has described how his "beautiful" Macaw parrot was targeted by striking workers during the plastics industry strike.

Gigaba wasn't targeted by old guard, mistakes are his own - Mantashe

2018-11-14 12:06

ANC chairperson Gwede Mantashe has criticised those blaming former home affairs minister Malusi Gigaba's political woes on a "generational battle" in the ANC.

Calls for SA to ramp up diabetes fight after shocking new stats

2018-11-14 12:40

New research from the International Diabetes Federation shows that almost 80% of South African parents would have trouble recognising the warning signs of diabetes in their own children.

Smoking 'herbal blend' feels 'like being in a game world' - Pretoria teen

2018-11-14 10:18

"It’s a terrible feeling, it’s feels like being in a game world." This is how a 14-year-old boy has described what he felt like after smoking a "herbal blend" purchased over the counter in Pretoria.

EFF slams Herman Mashaba for citizen's arrest of man selling cow heads

2018-11-14 08:22

While some congratulated Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba for upholding food safety standards, others accused him of killing small businesses.

Now Moyane wants to interdict Ramaphosa from filling his post

2018-11-14 10:22

Axed SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane has filed an urgent application with the North Gauteng High Court for urgent relief following his dismissal by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

'Incomparable' $50m pink diamond once owned by Oppenheimers smashes record at auction

2018-11-14 10:03

An exceptionally rare pink diamond of nearly 19 carats fetched $50m at auction in Geneva Tuesday, Christie's said, setting a new per-carat record for a stone of its kind.

Condor, Trooper, Sportage... South African SUV icons of the 1990s

2018-11-14 09:02

"Some fascinating engine deals and the start of Korea’s African invasion," Lance Branquinho takes a look at a few popular SUVs of the 1990s.

Glynnis Breytenbach pulls out of race for 'dream job' as NPA boss

2018-11-13 22:56

Democratic Alliance MP, Advocate Glynnis Breytenbach, is no longer in the running to take over as the new National Director of Public Prosecutions.

Gordhan to appear before Public Protector over Pillay pension approval

2018-11-14 06:30

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan is due to appear before the Public Protector on Wednesday to answer questions about his approval of early retirement for former SARS commissioner Ivan Pillay in 2010.

Man, who lost arm after dog attack, sues for R2.3m

2018-11-13 21:59

Gerald Cloete, 42, used to do handyman jobs and sell bottles in Port Elizabeth to make ends meet. But his life was turned upside down last year when he had to have his left arm amputated after three dogs attacked him in the street.

'I knew I was going to be dismissed' – Hogan at state capture inquiry

2018-11-13 19:59

Former public enterprises minister Barbara Hogan says she knew she was going to be dismissed when former president Jacob Zuma called her into an urgent meeting at his residence in Pretoria.

Weather Update: Heatwave conditions continue across most of SA

2018-11-13 19:23

Not much has changed in SA's weather conditions overnight as a heatwave that has gripped most of the country continues, bringing with it high fire dangers on Wednesday.

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