Tuesday's big headline stories

2016-06-14 21:47

The National Prosecuting Authority on Tuesday said it had a strong case against Henri van Breda, backed up by evidence to prove that the then 20-year-old was behind the brutal murder of three of his family members, and the attempted murder of his sister Marli.

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Reeva Steenkamp's father Barry wants the world to see images of the injuries Oscar Pistorius inflicted on her when he shot her, the High Court in Pretoria heard on Tuesday.

As he spoke, Pistorius's uncle Arnold sat listening, shaking his head. During Pistorius's trial, the court was shown a photo of Steenkamp's head wound after Pistorius shot her through the door of his toilet on 14 February 2013.

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The Constitutional Court has given the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) 18 months to fix the unlawful defects on the voters' roll.

Earlier on Tuesday, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng said the voters’ roll, as it stood, was "inconsistent with the rule of law".

"The Electoral Commission’s failure to record all available voters’ addresses on the national common voters’ roll is inconsistent with... the Constitution and invalid," he said.

Despite this, the court ruled that the August 3 local government elections should go ahead.

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In an exclusive interview with News24 on Tuesday, controversial former realtor Penny Sparrow insisted that she was not a racist.

Sparrow had gone to ground in the wake of a social media furore relating to comments she made on Facebook, in which she likened black beachgoers to monkeys.

"I’m saddened to hear people call me a racist, because I am not," she said.

"It scares me to hear it… it’s terrible. I have never used the k-word and it has never lived in my vocabulary. I never use the word nigger, and nothing like that. They are human beings to me and I have accepted the change," she said.

Interview story here.

Ireland wing Andrew Trimble has brushed off claims from Springbok coach Allister Coetzee that the Irish “weren’t interested in playing”.


The rand weakened sharply against the dollar following Reserve Bank data that showed the first-quarter current account deficit to GDP ratio widened to 5.0%.

The Sarb will likely begin raising interest rates again, owing to a growing current account deficit, a sharp contraction in growth and the weakness of the currency, analysts predict.

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As in mass shootings elsewhere, the massacre of 49 people at an Orlando nightclub is raising questions about access to guns - assault rifles, in particular.

In Florida, buying one is no problem as long as you're 18, a legal resident of the United States, aren't a felon or a domestic abuser and have no documented mental health or substance abuse issues.

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