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NHI hearings: Tshwane residents rally behind Bill but express public healthcare challenges

2020-02-22 21:10

While most of the Tshwane residents who attended a public hearing on the National Health Insurance Bill have rallied behind the proposed universal healthcare system, they have highlighted daily challenges with public healthcare.

 
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MOURNING |  Tazne van Wyk's mother speaks after her little girl's body was found in a storm water pipe outside Worcester in the Western Cape. (Jaco Marais/Gallo Images)

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WATCH | Naked Cape Town man takes police on a bizarre cat-and-mouse game for 18 hours

2020-02-22 19:11

A Cape Town man, thought to be mentally ill, became embroiled in a drawn-out cat-and-mouse game with the police and emergency services as he hid in a tree, in a room in a private flat, and then finally climbed on top of a block of flats and threw roof tiles at the police, all while naked.

Nurse arrested after allegedly posing as lawyer, defrauding patient

2020-02-22 16:27

A Limpopo nurse has appeared in court on charges of fraud, after allegedly posing as a lawyer and offering to assist a patient injured in a car accident.

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Gauteng pupil death toll climbs to 18: One struck by lightning, another dies at home

2020-02-22 13:12

The Gauteng school community is mourning the death of yet another two pupils - one who was struck by lightning and the other who died in his sleep - increasing the pupil death toll in the province in 2020 to 18.

Joe Biden claims he was arrested in SA during apartheid - report

2020-02-22 12:02

US Presidential contender Joe Biden has controversially claimed that he was arrested in South Africa during apartheid, while trying to see former president Nelson Mandela.

Stabbed and dumped in a salt pan: PE police need help identifying murdered woman

2020-02-21 21:33

A black gown, no underwear and a green scarf wrapped around her neck - these are the few clues Port Elizabeth police have to work with as they seek urgent help in identifying the body of a woman who was found dumped in a salt pan in Missionvale.

Your weather update: Inclement conditions for Eastern Cape, KZN, pleasant elsewhere

2020-02-21 19:28

Pleasant, sunny conditions are forecast for Saturday across the republic, with watches for severe thunderstorms for the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, according to the South African Weather Service.

UPDATE | Prasa legal team payment issued for Siyangena showdown

2020-02-21 18:47

The Passenger Rail Agency of SA will have legal representation to take on Siyangena in court on Monday following an 11th-hour deposit to settle outstanding legal fees.

107 people arrested for gender-based violence and crimes against children in Gauteng

2020-02-21 16:48

Just days after a public outcry over claims and counter-claims of gender-based violence were made in Parliament, Gauteng police have arrested more than 100 people for gender-based violence and crimes against children.

29 kids crammed into unregistered minibus taxi, driver has no licence

2020-02-21 16:21

Tshwane Metro Police Department officers have pulled over a minibus taxi near Soshanguve in Gauteng to find 29 pupils aboard, that the vehicle was unregistered and that the driver had no licence.

Double life sentences handed to Gauteng cop killers

2020-02-21 16:01

Three men have been sentenced to two life terms in prison for the murder of a police officer and tavern owner during a crime spree in Gauteng in 2016.

Ex-cops who killed taxi driver Mido Macia fail in bid to overturn convictions

2020-02-21 12:43

Eight police officers convicted of murdering taxi driver Mido Macia by handcuffing and dragging him from a police vehicle in 2013 have had their convictions upheld by the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

South Africa could face TB mask shortage because of coronavirus outbreak

2020-02-21 11:33

Masks used by South African doctors and nurses are also being used to fend off the coronavirus outbreak. But soaring demand could leave South African clinicians empty-handed - and with no alternative.

ANC murder: Grieving husband wants answers after his wife was shot dead at branch meeting

2020-02-21 09:13

Seated on a plastic chair inside his single-room family shack in Rustervaal, Vereeniging, Cassim Omar, 38, wiped away tears as he recounted how he was called to the scene to find his wife's lifeless body lying in a pool of blood.

Eskom, NHI and land expropriation: How Ramaphosa responded to MPs' SONA concerns

2020-02-21 05:21

Members of the opposition raised some criticism on some policy issues, like Eskom, the NHI and expropriation without compensation, with recommendations on how President Cyril Ramaphosa can rectify them. On Thursday, he responded.

SOPA: 1 100 new cops in the Cape not enough, says Winde

2020-02-20 21:41

Despite an additional 1 100 new police officers being deployed in the Western Cape, the province still does not have enough men and women in blue, Premier Alan Winde has said.

SOPA: The Western Cape can become emerging market leader in renewable energy – Winde

2020-02-20 18:20

The Western Cape has some of the world's best solar and wind resources and has the ability to become the emerging market leader in renewable energy, Premier Alan Winde has said in his State of the Province Address.

Limpopo premier backs down, reinstates govt spokesperson over EFF leak claims

2020-02-20 18:11

The premier of Limpopo has now agreed to reinstate government spokesperson Phuti Seloba. The bargaining council ordered that his earlier suspension be lifted and he be reinstated but the premier initially refused.

Nafiz Modack and co celebrate acquittal at Grand Café - the restaurant they were accused of extorting

2020-02-20 17:15

Alleged underworld figure Nafiz Modack and his co-accused - Colin Booysen, Ashley Fields and Jacques Cronje - had faced a litany of charges - from extortion to money laundering - in relation to an alleged racket which targeted the nightclub and restaurant security industry in Cape Town.

WATCH | Ramaphosa apologises to Malema after ANC MP claims he abused his wife

2020-02-20 16:50

President Cyril Ramaphosa apologises to both Julius Malema and South Africa for "the political back-and-forth of domestic abuse claims" in Parliament which "trivialised" a national crisis.

WATCH | Former UKZN student offers R10 000 reward for finding protester who assaulted professor

2020-02-20 16:17

A former University of KwaZulu-Natal student is offering a R10 000 reward for finding a protester who assaulted a professor during ongoing protests this week.

PIC | 3 KZN cops, two staffers help to deliver baby at police station

2020-02-20 14:44

Three KwaZulu-Natal police officers and two Folweni police station staffers have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help deliver a baby.

ANC member shot dead during branch meeting in the Vaal

2020-02-20 13:50

An ANC member has been shot and killed in Rustervaal, outside Vereeniging, at a meeting held to elect a candidate for the upcoming by-elections.

Locals save German tourist from rip current in Herolds Bay

2020-02-22 15:43

Two "good Samaritans" - one a local surfer and the other a local body boarder - have rescued a German tourist who was caught in a rip current in Herolds Bay.

KZN couple who 'sold' houses jailed in R10.5m fraud case

2020-02-21 22:23

A KwaZulu-Natal couple who "sold" houses they did not own or have a mandate to market or handle transfers for were sentenced in the Durban Commercial Crimes Court for fraud amounting to around R10.5m.

'It's a thing of the past' - Mantoa Malema accepts Cyril Ramaphosa's apology

2020-02-21 10:22

EFF leader Julius Malema's wife Mantoa Matlala has accepted the apology President Cyril Ramaphosa extended during his reply to the debate on the State of the Nation Address, following claims that her husband abused her.

PODCAST | THE STORY: More questions than answers after release of report into Enock Mpianzi’s death is delayed

2020-02-21 11:05

It's been a difficult start to the 2020 school calendar for Gauteng, with several pupils dying in various tragic accidents. We speak to News24 reporter Sesona Ngqakamba about 13-year-old Enock Mpianzi's drowning. Listen.

Enock Mpianzi's family wants those found guilty of wrongdoing to be criminally charged

2020-02-21 08:21

The family of a Parktown Boys' High School Grade 8 pupil who drowned while attending an orientation camp near Brits in North West wants those found guilty of wrongdoing to be criminally charged.

Boy Mamabolo apologises to Malemas: 'I was wrong'

2020-02-21 06:48

ANC MP Boy Mamabolo has apologised to EFF leader Julius Malema and his wife Mantoa for his claim made during the State of the Nation Address (SONA), in which he claimed that Malema had beaten his wife.

Prasa lawyerless on eve of R6bn contracts battle despite pleas to Ramaphosa and Co.

2020-02-21 05:58

An all-important legal tussle over allegedly corrupt contracts at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa is finally heading to court. As things stand, the state rail operator won’t have any legal representation in the matter, despite pleas to President Cyril Ramaphosa, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni and Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula.

'He's also a dad. Did he not have feelings?' - Tazne van Wyk's family want answers, justice

2020-02-21 05:49

"I prayed day and night for her. We hoped and felt in our hearts that she's alive… I also asked the Lord that nothing happen to her, that he didn't do anything to her. That if she came home, she would be traumatised, but we could work with that and stand by Carmen through thick and thin," said Cheryl Thomas.

3 arrested in Port Elizabeth for stripping torched ambulance

2020-02-20 22:59

Three people were arrested for stripping an ambulance that was torched during a protest in Port Elizabeth, police spokesperson Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana has said.

Correctional services to probe Facebook activities of Hannah Cornelius' jailed killers

2020-02-20 20:44

The Department of Correctional Services is investigating apparent prison Facebook posts by two of the people sentenced for the murder and rape of Hannah Cornelius and the brutal attack on her fellow student, Cheslin Marsh.

UPDATE | Malema apologises: Attack on Ramaphosa 'a desperate act of personal defence'

2020-02-20 19:42

EFF leader Julius Malema followed President Cyril Ramaphosa's cue on Thursday, offering an apology to the first citizen and South Africa over domestic abuse claims that surfaced in Parliament and admitting he should have known better.

Ramaphosa puts looters on notice: They will 'face the full might of the law'

2020-02-20 18:34

In what could be considered as a warning to the fightback campaign against his reforms, President Cyril Ramaphosa warns that "those who continue to steal from the people" will face the full might of the law.

AS IT HAPPENED | #SONADebate: Ramaphosa apologises to Malema for ANC MP claims he abused his wife

2020-02-20 15:00

President Cyril Ramaphosa has responded to the debate on his State of the Nation Address following two days of pressure from opposition parties vigorously debating his speech in the National Assembly.

3 alleged illegal miners arrested with gold-processing equipment worth R5m

2020-02-20 14:13

Three alleged illegal miners arrested with gold-processing equipment worth R5m are expected to appear in the Westonaria Magistrate's Court in Gauteng for illegally processing gold.

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