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Parliament calls for more sensitivity from SAPS around rape cases

2019-09-16 22:44

The South African Police Service (SAPS) needs to be more sensitive when dealing with rape victims, according to Nonhlanhla Ncube-Ndaba, chairperson for the portfolio committee on women, youth and persons with disabilities.

Missing TUT student traumatized after being found 'drugged' two days later - family

2019-09-16 20:59

The family of a 22-year-old Tshwane University of Technology student who went missing in Pretoria Central on Friday and was found two days later, says she is traumatized and will be admitted to a psychiatric institution for healing.

South Africa apologises to Nigeria after anti-migrant violence

2019-09-16 20:16

A South African envoy expressed the country's "sincerest apologies" to Nigeria after a wave of anti-migrant attacks swept through Johannesburg and surrounding cities in recent weeks, fuelling diplomatic tensions.

 
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Rising risk sees board members of state-owned short-term insurer Sasria resign

2019-09-16 21:05

The statement by Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni did not explain the reasons for the resignations, but highlighted the increasing risk in Sasria's operations.

Alleged cable thief badly burnt after sub-station cable explodes

2019-09-16 20:20

A man who was allegedly attempting to steal cables at a sub-station in Westdene Recreation Centre in Johannesburg was badly burnt after one of the cables exploded.

Cosatu: Mboweni's plan for jobs will make things worse - even if it works

2019-09-16 20:07

In a submission to National Treasury Director General Dondo Mogajane, the Congress of South African Trade Unions has said that even if it works, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni's economic policy paper will result in less job creation than SA has seen in the last five years.

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The curious case of Mmusi Maimane’s R4m house

2019-09-16 20:05

DA leader Mmusi Maimane has listed a Cape Town home valued at nearly R4 million in a parliamentary register, despite the fact that the home has never belonged to him.

WATCH | 'I will be the man people run to, not run from' - high school boys make moving pledge written by Gauteng teacher

2019-09-16 19:06

As South Africa grapples with its gender-based violence crisis, design and art teacher Wayne Tewson has taken the liberty of writing a pledge for the boys of Bracken High School in Alberton, Ekurhuleni. Watch.

Winde, Fritz welcome SANDF's extended stay, but want to see a few changes

2019-09-16 18:57

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde and his Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz have welcomed the news that the SANDF's deployment would be extended by six months, but want to see a few changes in approach.

Frustration as Dros rapist Nicholas Ninow will only hear sentence next month

2019-09-16 17:41

Cheers for Nicholas Ninow’s conviction for raping a seven year-old girl in the bathroom of a Dros restaurant in Pretoria, soon turned to frustration as the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria postponed the matter for sentencing proceedings.

African leaders 'must get their act together' so that their citizens don't have to leave – Nzimande

2019-09-16 16:33

SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande has lashed out at African heads of state, saying South Africa has had to cope with an influx of foreign nationals because of the instability of other countries on the continent.

Businessman Sam 'Mshengu' Chabalala granted R200 000 bail

2019-09-16 16:12

Flamboyant businessman Sam "Mshengu" Chabalala has been granted R200 000 bail by the Witbank Magistrate's Court in Mpumalanga, after he was arrested and charged on five counts, including the contravention of the Immigration Act.

DA: We will take deputy finance minister extortion claims to the Public Protector

2019-09-16 14:53

The Democratic Alliance intends to lodge a complaint with the Public Protector to investigate a report that Deputy Finance Minister David Masondo misused state resources in settling a personal matter.

SA coal exports seen waning as renewables gather pace

2019-09-16 15:09

South Africa’s thermal-coal exports are expected to drop as its main export hub faces growing competition and new cheaper energies proliferate, according to a US research group.

Court rejects convicted Dros rapist Nicholas Ninow's version of events, finds him guilty on 3 counts

2019-09-16 14:13

The Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has rejected Nicholas Ninow's claim that he acted impulsively when he raped a 7-year-old girl in the bathroom of a Dros restaurant in Pretoria last year. (Warning: This article contains graphic details)

Confusion over land ownership leaves Butterworth residents in limbo

2019-09-16 12:31

It has been 12 years since hundreds of families were moved to vacant land, about three kilometres from the centre of Butterworth, to make way for a new shopping centre.

Metrobus workers plan to strike over pay

2019-09-16 08:26

A planned strike over pay may bring Johannesburg's Metrobus service to a halt, according to the Democratic Municipal and Allied Workers Union of South Africa.

UCT students to launch Naledi, the cutting edge banking assistant... and she speaks your language

2019-09-16 07:14

A cutting edge virtual assistance for all things banking is in the pipeline, as a group of UCT students finalise the launch of "Naledi", a multilingual personal banking and financial management assistant powered by artificial intelligence that reaches users via WhatsApp.

Massive search for boy swept to sea near PE

2019-09-15 21:27

A massive search has been launched for an 11-year-old boy who slipped into the sea and was swept away at the Swartkops River Mouth, near Port Elizabeth.

Maimane renting home due to security risk - spokesperson

2019-09-15 20:40

The reason that DA leader Mmusi Maimane is renting a privately-owned house and not living in the parliamentary village is because of security risks, his spokesperson Solly Malatsi says.

Malema's 'dead white man' Mugabe tribute cleared by Twitter, despite complaints

2019-09-15 20:12

EFF leader Julius Malema's tweet containing "racist" quotes next to a picture late Zimbabwean Robert Mugabe has been found not to have violated Twitter's rules, Malema has posted.

David Makhura appoints commission to investigate ongoing Gauteng taxi violence

2019-09-15 16:30

Gauteng Premier David Makhura has set up a commission of inquiry to investigate the underlying causes and people behind the ongoing killings in the taxi industry across the province.

How David Masondo set the Hawks on his ex-lover

2019-09-15 07:39

The dramatic arrest of a woman accused of demanding a R300 000 bribe to stop harassing the deputy finance minister has a back story: An evidently traumatic abortion, and his offer to pay her the money for psychological treatment.

KZN serial rapist who threatened victims with knife sentenced to seven life terms

2019-09-14 22:08

A 32-year-old KwaZulu-Natal man who threatened his victims with a knife before raping them was sentenced to seven life terms in prison, police say.

WATCH | Former and current African leaders bid farewell to Mugabe

2019-09-14 18:59

While Zimbabweans failed to fill the 60 000-capacity national sports stadium at the funeral of their long-time former president Robert Mugabe, African leaders made their presence felt.

Court rules in favour of SANParks with Constantia man who sold mountain water

2019-09-14 17:00

South African National Parks (SANParks) has obtained an order in its favour against a Constantia man who had been selling water - by the truckload - from a mountain stream.

Lawyers for Human Rights: Overhaul of sexual offences registry will not work

2019-09-14 13:54

The focus on the dangerously high rates of violence against women and children in South Africa has compelled South Africans to call of the president and government to take stronger action, specifically regarding the national registry of sexual offenders (NRSO).

Deputy minister Hlongwa was assisting overturned vehicle when she died

2019-09-14 11:39

Details from the Transport minister have revealed that deputy minister of mineral resources and energy Bavelile Hlongwa was assisting an overturned vehicle when a truck ploughed onto the scene.

Will they stay or will they go? Army's time in Cape Town running out

2019-09-14 08:00

It was touted as a potential silver bullet - armed soldiers bringing gangsterism to its knees after months of bloodshed as gunmen ran amok on the Cape Flats. But with a few days left to go, how effective has the army's deployment been?

‘We knew about xenophobic violence. Crime intelligence bosses ignored us’

2019-09-16 20:03

The Johannesburg cluster of police crime intelligence said the intelligence on the imminent xenophobic attacks was escalated to their superiors two days before the violence flared up but now believe, given the inaction by relevant units

Tuesday's weather: Fine and warm to hot day for SA

2019-09-16 19:27

Extremely high fire danger conditions are expected over the western parts and southern parts of the Free State, the western parts of the North West, the central and the eastern parts of the Northern Cape and Central Karoo over the Western Cape, as well as the northern parts of the Eastern Cape.

Family of stabbed DUT student wants university to release CCTV footage

2019-09-16 18:20

Desperate for answers, the family of Durban University of Technology student Sandile Ndlovu, who was stabbed in the head while studying in a lecture room on campus, wants video footage of the incident to be released.

Rietondale High School vandalised following name change

2019-09-16 16:40

Rietondale High School in Pretoria was vandalised over the weekend just weeks after its name was changed from Hoërskool HF Verwoerd, Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says.

Eskom looking for advisers to help implement government bailout

2019-09-16 16:30

State-owned power utility sought advisers on how to implement a government bailout seven months after President Cyril Ramaphosa said the company would be reorganised.

'Utter relief' for Tekkie Town founders as Pepkor loses court bid

2019-09-16 16:16

Retailer Pepkor, a subsidiary of Steinhoff, has lost an application for leave to appeal a court order that bars it from selling off shoe retailer Tekkie Town.

Manenberg community centre's fence stolen, but two kind locals offer to cart it back

2019-09-16 16:13

Fed up with crime, two Manenberg residents offered to put bits of a stolen fence into a trolley and take it back to the local community centre from where it had been cut down, the City of Cape Town says.

Metrobus strike: Demawusa vows to continue, despite 'minority union' status

2019-09-16 14:29

Metrobus has warned workers affiliated to Democratic Municipal and Allied Workers Union that they are part of a minority union which has limited rights to make demands.

Justice for Jesse Hess: Campaign to hire PI who worked on Uyinene, Meghan Cremer murders

2019-09-16 14:08

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to hire a private investigator to look into the murders of University of Western Cape student Jesse Hess and her grandfather Chris, before it becomes a cold case.

Newcastle deputy mayor who crashed car into two homes out on bail

2019-09-16 12:05

Newcastle Deputy Mayor Reuben Molelekoa, who allegedly crashed his vehicle into two houses while drunk, has been granted bail and will only return to court in 2020, police say.

Granddaughter among two nabbed for granny's murder

2019-09-16 08:50

A woman is expected to appear in the Ntuzuma Magistrate's Court in connection with the murder of her 67-year-old grandmother, according to KwaZulu-Natal police.

Gavin Watson was 'already dead' at time of crash - report

2019-09-16 07:25

A private pathology report has reportedly revealed that former Bosasa boss Gavin Watson was already dead before he crashed his company car into a concrete pillar at the OR Tambo International Airport.

Monday's weather: Extremely high fire danger in several parts of the country

2019-09-15 18:57

Extremely high fire danger conditions are expected over the western parts of the Free State, the western parts of the North West, central and eastern parts of the Northern Cape and the northern interior of the Eastern Cape.

Grahamstown court hears application for municipality to be placed under administration

2019-09-15 18:03

The Unemployed People's Movement (UPM) wants the Makana Municipal Council to be dissolved for violating its constitutional mandate by failing to provide basic services to the community.

Decision to place Bob Hewitt on parole to be reviewed, date of placement is now suspended

2019-09-15 15:58

Minister of Justice & Correctional Services, Ronald Lamola has instructed the National Commissioner of Correctional Services, Arthur Fraser, to take the decision to place convicted rapist Bob Hewitt on parole on review.

'She will always be in our memories and our hearts' - SA boxing champ Leighandre 'Baby Lee' Jegels laid to rest

2019-09-15 14:13

South African boxer and karate champion, Leighandre 'Baby Lee' Jegels, has been laid to rest by her loved ones in East London, in the Eastern Cape, as the country continues to battle gender-based violence.

'We have the right to decide who we associate with' - EFF defends its ban on certain journalists

2019-09-14 17:31

The EFF says it is not "moved" by a statement by the South African National Editors Forum condemning its decision to ban investigative journalism units, amaBhungane and the Daily Maverick’s Scorpio, from attending party events.

Courts will vindicate Ramaphosa as they did me - De Lille

2019-09-14 07:44

President Cyril Ramaphosa is currently engaged in a court battle with Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane who found him guilty of deliberately misleading Parliament about a R500 000 Bosasa donation to his campaign to become president of the ANC in 2017.

Ramaphosa to consult Parliament on new approaches to tackle GBV

2019-09-13 22:18

President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for a joint sitting of Parliament as well as the National Council of Provinces to deliberate new approaches to combat gender-based violence.

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