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Former journalist turned MP Zelda Jongbloed dies

2018-07-22 16:32

Parliament has extended condolences following the death of former journalist and DA MP Zelda Jongbloed.

Police implement 72-hour plan to trace and arrest KZN taxi shooting suspects

2018-07-22 16:11

Police say that they have embarked on a plan to nab those responsible for a shooting in KwaZulu-Natal which killed 11 people affiliated to the Ivory Park taxi association.

R30m damage caused by Cape Town train fire

2018-07-22 15:50

Officials are trying to establish the cause of a fire at Cape Town station that destroyed a number of train units – leaving an estimated R30m cost of repair, Prasa says.

Moyane wants Ramaphosa, Gordhan grilled at his disciplinary

2018-07-22 06:01

Suspended SARS commissioner Tom Moyane is demanding that President Cyril Ramaphosa and Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan appear before his disciplinary inquiry so they can face cross-examination.

 
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Police confirm 11 dead in alleged taxi violence shooting in KZN

2018-07-22 09:23

Eleven people have been confirmed dead in an ambush shooting on the R74 in KwaZulu-Natal, which is now being investigated as an incident of taxi violence, according to police.

Arms deal lawyer dishes more dirt

2018-07-22 06:01

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has received new evidence to bolster its corruption case against former president Jacob Zuma and French arms company Thales.

The humble criminal ANC was warned about

2018-07-22 06:01

The ANC official linked to at least three cash-in-transit heists has a long list of charges against him, having been arrested at least eight times.

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From Uniswa to Uneswa

2018-07-22 10:02

It seems every Swazi national is heeding the royal command that the country will no longer be Swaziland, but eSwatini.

Time to question initiate deaths

2018-07-22 10:02

After at least 19 young men died during the Eastern Cape’s winter initiation season, cooperative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) MEC Fikile Xasa has called for an imbizo to deal with the problem, while traditional leaders are asking for specialised courts to prosecute perpetrators.

10 children injured in taxi accident

2018-07-21 22:35

Ten children were left injured following a taxi rollover on the Msunduzi Main Road in Msunduzi, KwaZulu Natal, paramedics say.

Land: The people speak - Calls for unity and equality in Kokstad

2018-07-21 18:59

Black and white speakers called for unity at the Joint Constitutional Review Committee's hearing on amending Section 25 of the Constitution in Kokstad on Saturday. There was, however, an EFF supporter who said whites should go to Europe.

Six nabbed for kidnapping, assault after badly injured man found in car

2018-07-21 16:53

Six people are expected in the Ntuzuma Magistrate's Court next week after they were caught driving with a severely injured man believed to have been attacked in a vigilantism incident.

The ANC government has neglected coloured communities - Makhura

2018-07-20 20:34

The ANC-led government and its municipalities need to act urgently to correct the neglect experienced by coloured communities in Gauteng, premier and ANC provincial chairperson hopeful David Makhura has said.

Minibus taxi driver allegedly knocks down, assaults metro police officer in Houghton

2018-07-20 20:19

A taxi driver has been arrested after he allegedly rammed his minibus taxi into a female Johannesburg Metro Police Department officer who stopped him in morning traffic in Houghton.

Judgment on fixing poor, unsafe school infrastructure is a ‘milestone’ – SAHRC

2018-07-20 19:23

A court judgment, which found that it was unconstitutional and invalid for the government to delay fixing poor and unsafe school infrastructure was a "significant milestone", the South African Human Rights Commission has said.

Weather Update: Warm coastline, cooler interior

2018-07-20 19:19

The interior of the country is expected to be cool while it has been predicted that coastal regions will be warmer on Saturday.

No need to wait for land hearings to end, lawful expropriation can start now – Lamola

2018-07-20 18:35

Lamola says the focus should be on finalising the passing of an expropriation bill that will set out the processes through which land can be expropriated within existing law and improving the regulation of the land claims process.

Missing Sandringham High School principal found in hospital after being knocked down

2018-07-20 17:15

The missing principal of Sandringham High School has been found at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in a critical but stable condition, after being knocked down by a car.

KZN robbers cut dog's throat, tie up owner

2018-07-20 17:07

Ruthless KwaZulu-Natal robbers slit a dog's throat before tying up its owners during a brazen house robbery in Kloof, according to a security company.

Father imprisoned for creating porn of his three-year-old child

2018-07-20 14:27

The police found child pornography images of children including of his own child on his devices.

Field ranger shot dead by poachers at Kruger National Park

2018-07-20 14:47

No arrests have been made after the 34-year-old ranger was killed following a shootout with poachers at the game reserve.

NPA declines to arrest and prosecute Indian prime minister

2018-07-20 16:02

The National Prosecuting Authority has declined a request from the Muslim Lawyers Association to arrest and prosecute Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he visits South Africa for the Brics summit.

Brics bank to boost SA loans by as much as R8 billion

2018-07-20 08:08

The New Development Bank plans to lend as much as R8bn more in South Africa this year in an effort to level the playing field among its five member states.

Ace Magashule lashes out at 'counter-revolutionaries' who take the ANC to court

2018-07-19 23:04

ANC secretary general Ace Magashule has lashed out at party members who continue to take the party to court "if a decision doesn't favour the individual", as he opened the ANC KZN 8th provincial elective conference.

Chinese President Xi to visit South Africa ahead of Brics Summit

2018-07-20 07:00

The visit comes as the Chinese Foreign Ministry says leaders of the Brics nations will work to oppose 'unilateralism and protectionism' in international trade.

RDP houses unfit for disabled people

2018-07-19 22:31

People with disabilities are prioritised for RDP houses but their homes are often not adjusted for them despite mounds of legislation.

Ramaphosa to meet high level Lesotho mediation team

2018-07-20 06:17

President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as the Southern African Development Community facilitator to Lesotho, is expected to meet with a high level mediation team at his official home in Pretoria.

Public works to recover R1.2bn lost through lease irregularities and corruption

2018-07-19 20:22

While the Department of Public Works turns to the court for the recovery of around R1.2bn lost to collusion, corruption and irregularities in leases, Minister of Public Works Thulas Nxesi is singing President Cyril Ramaphosa's praises.

Presidency website down as hacker appears to link attack to lion bone trade

2018-07-19 19:42

The Presidency's website has been shut down as a hacker seemingly claimed responsibility on Twitter and said the attack was linked to the lion bone trade.

‘Greed drives the family’

2018-07-22 10:02

Asenior abaThembu traditional leader has accused the Mandela family of being driven by selfish personal interests and greed to cash in on Madiba’s name, rather than serving people in the same way the global icon did.

The story of a workers’ farm

2018-07-22 10:02

In Sibonelo, a community of farm workers are now farm owners who, with the help of their former employer, have harvested prosperity for their families, writes Poloko Tau.

Robbers make off with everything from food to solar panels in Joubertina farm attack

2018-07-21 22:22

A manhunt for a gang of robbers who held up a Joubertina couple and ransacked a farm house - stealing everything from food to solar panels - has entered its second day, Eastern Cape police have confirmed.

Mango Airlines says SMS about 'black and HIV positive' employee fake, investigating source

2018-07-21 14:15

Mango Airlines says it is investigating the "false allegations" made in an SMS circulating on social media in which an HR staff member ostensibly tells an employee the company cannot allow the person to work with them as he/she is "black and HIV positive".

Khayelitsha residents install their own communal taps

2018-07-21 10:36

Residents dig up trenches and install the pipes and taps themselves on weekends when everybody is home.

'Stop talking about the EFF's need to come home' - Makhura at ANC Gauteng conference

2018-07-20 21:50

ANC Gauteng chair hopeful David Makhura has called on ANC members to stop asking the EFF to return to the political party, as horse trading intensifies ahead of the nomination and election of new provincial leaders.

Cele cuts Zwelihle visit short after community rounds on him

2018-07-20 19:40

Police Minister Bheki Cele's community meeting in Hermanus has been cut short after angry residents rounded on him when he issued stern warnings following an attack on a policeman.

Father of student knocked down by speeding driver: ‘We’re not angry with him’

2018-07-20 17:08

A University of Pretoria student has been left in a critical condition with severe head trauma after she was hit by a car earlier this week.

ANC unaware that it was harbouring 'a criminal' - Fikile Mbalula

2018-07-20 19:22

The ANC was unaware that it was harbouring "a criminal" when it employed a man who was under investigation for alleged links to a cash-in-transit heist, the party's elections head Fikile Mbalula has said.

Firemen help little Sisi get a new pair of legs

2018-07-20 17:36

Her upper legs, according to doctors, would develop properly but she wouldn’t ever be able to use her lower legs.

AS IT HAPPENED: 'Cele will be back in Hermanus' - police minister's office

2018-07-20 16:00

After beating a hasty retreat out of Hermanus in the midst of ongoing protests in the area, Police Minister Bheki Cele's spokesperson has said Cele will return again to further engage with the community.

Police captain to stand trial for allegedly calling colleagues the k-word

2018-07-20 14:47

Police captain JM Henrico, who is facing a charge of crimen injuria after allegedly calling his subordinates the k-word, will answer to the accusations when he goes on trial.

Arrested Zwelihle protest leader is a correctional services officer, court hears

2018-07-20 11:12

Zwelihle Renewal leader Gcobani Ndzongana is an officer at the Department of Correctional Services and needs to be placed in a single cell for his safety, the Strand Magistrate's Court has heard.

Man arrested in Hermanus after being found with police shotgun

2018-07-20 10:24

A 32-year-old man has been arrested after he was found in possession of a SAPS shotgun and ammunition in Zwelihle, Western Cape police say.

Ramaphosa slams Moyane's objections to disciplinary as 'sabotage' and 'trite'

2018-07-20 12:19

President Cyril Ramaphosa has submitted a scathing affidavit outlining the procedural fairness of suspended SARS boss Tom Moyane's disciplinary hearing, due to start on Saturday.

Dual citizenship: UK opportunities knocking for South Africans

2018-07-20 12:30

UK is and will probably remain one of the most popular migration destination for South Africans, due to a variety of reasons.

High-level meeting to be held to decide on easing of Cape Town water restrictions

2018-07-20 06:42

The Department of Water and Sanitation is expected to hold a high-level meeting to assess whether the severe water restrictions in Cape Town and surrounding areas can be relaxed.

Johannesburg high school principal goes missing

2018-07-19 22:42

The principal of Sandringham High School in Johannesburg has gone missing, the Gauteng Education department has said.

Siblings arrested for allegedly hijacking property in Johannesburg

2018-07-19 21:54

A brother and sister are expected to appear in the Jeppestown Magistrate's Court in Johannesburg for allegedly hijacking a property in 2013, Mayor Herman Mashaba has said.

Policeman severely assaulted, robbed in volatile Hermanus

2018-07-19 21:18

A member of the Public Order Policing Unit has been attacked as the protest situation in Zwelihle, Hermanus, becomes volatile, Western Cape police have said.

Toxic coolant running into the ocean in Sea Point - City of Cape Town

2018-07-19 19:53

The City of Cape Town says a bright green liquid which a resident recently spotted running into the ocean in Sea Point is a coolant used for commercial building cooling systems.

Land: The people speak – We are all Africans, Rustenburg residents told

2018-07-19 19:33

Members of the Rustenburg community and those in surrounding areas have had their turn to share their views on the highly-emotive land issue, and most of them support an amendment to the Constitution to allow expropriation without compensation.

Weather Update: Cool conditions for most of SA, rising temperatures along the coast

2018-07-19 18:48

Most of the country is expected to experience cool weather conditions while temperatures are expected to rise along the coast on Friday.

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