#News24 ICYMI: Sassa warns pensioners of holiday scams; Obama dons a Santa outfit; and What does 2019 hold for SA?

2018-12-20 18:06
Former US President Barack Obama delivering gifts, greeting patients and their parents at Children’s National Medical Centre in Washington, DC. (Chuck Kennedy, The Obama Foundation, AFP)

Former US President Barack Obama delivering gifts, greeting patients and their parents at Children’s National Medical Centre in Washington, DC. (Chuck Kennedy, The Obama Foundation, AFP)

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Murder-accused Rob Packham will remain in custody during the festive season, Eskom's issues may be worse than previously thought, and a Snapchat filter brings the Big Ben to life in London.

Have a look at some of our top stories for the day:

Packham to spend Christmas in jail after second bail violation

Murder-accused Rob Packham's bail has been withdrawn after he contacted witnesses, and he must stay in custody until his trial in March over the death of his wife, the Western Cape High Court ruled.

Sassa warns grant recipients of 'unscrupulous scammers'

Social Development Minister Susan Shabangu has urged grant beneficiaries to beware of scammers during the festive season.

On the cards: Tarot card reader predicts what 2019 holds for South Africa

There's no doubt about it: this year has been a tumultuous one for SA. But with the sun setting on 2018, it's time to set our sights on the future – and the good news is that it's looking bright.

Linking attack on foreign nationals burnt to death to xenophobia is 'premature' - KZN government

The KwaZulu-Natal provincial executive council says blaming xenophobia for the recent deaths of two foreign nationals, before a police investigation has been completed, is premature.

WATCH: 7-year-old caught on camera stealing cellphone

A video of a 7-year-old boy stealing a cellphone from a hair salon in Chatsworth, near Durban, has gone viral online.

WATCH: Barack Obama spreads Christmas cheer at children's hospital

Barack Obama got into the Christmas spirit of giving back when visiting Children's National Hospital in northwest Washington, DC.

It could take five years for Eskom's power stations to be fully up and running again – here's why

Someone claiming to be a new engineer at an Eskom power station popped up on Reddit to anonymously give insight into where the utility stands.

10 videos on Mourinho's sacking you HAVE to watch

Earlier this week, Jose Mourinho was sacked as Manchester United manager in the aftermath of their defeat to Liverpool at Anfield.

'Breaking Bad' Nigeria? Fear of a new narco-state

In the early hours of a humid November morning, a 16-car convoy rolled into Obinugwu village in southeast Nigeria and stopped outside the iron gates of a non-descript house.

SEE: Big Ben brought to life with Snapchat

Snapchat is bringing Big Ben back to its former glory, as it is set to release a feature on its app that sees the tower as a life-sized snow globe.

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