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14 pupils injured in collision between taxi and another vehicle

2019-10-17 22:17

Fourteen children on their way home from school were injured when the minibus taxi they were travelling in crashed into a vehicle on Wiggins Road in Cato Manor.

Porn site pulls video allegedly featuring former Bishops teacher

2019-10-17 19:34

A free pornographic website has removed an explicit video purportedly of Fiona Viotti who resigned from Bishops Diocesan College in Cape Town amid allegations of a sexual affair with a matric pupil.

 
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ANC to DA: Back off and let government fix Eskom

2019-10-17 18:27

A DA petition to support a plan for saving Eskom had over 69 000 signatures by early on Thursday evening. But the ANC called this "desperate measures" by the DA to "hijack the electricity situation in the country for political point scoring".

Sluggish economy, SARS inefficiencies likely behind revenue shortfall - tax experts

2019-10-17 17:36

Tax revenue collection may fall short by up to R50bn, tax experts have said, and it may be because new SARS boss Edward Kieswetter is preoccupied with rebuilding capabilities at the institution.

Millions in irregular expenditure had nothing to do with Vrede dairy project - former Free State MEC

2019-10-17 16:32

Much of the billions in irregular expenditure reflected in financial reports for the 2017 financial year had nothing to do with the Vrede dairy farm or Estina, according to former Free State Finance MEC Elzabe Rockman.

WATCH | City of Cape Town nabs man after video of motorist having phone nicked off his lap goes viral

2019-10-17 16:27

A Cape Town motorist who fell victim to a fleet-footed robber who snatched a cellphone from his lap while he waited for a traffic light to change has been urged to lay a criminal charge after the alleged suspect was apprehended.

Gauteng matric exams proceed amid load shedding and bomb scare

2019-10-17 16:18

The Gauteng Department of Education says matric examinations have proceeded successfully, regardless of minor delays in some areas due to load shedding and a bomb scare in Vereeniging.

Manuel Chang extradition: Former justice minister complied with the law, court hears

2019-10-17 15:42

NGOs have failed to show that SA was obliged to ensure that an extradited person would be effectively prosecuted by a requesting State, lawyers for former Mozambican finance minister Manuel Chang have argued.

'It is illegal' - former Bishops teacher's lawyer warns against sharing lewd video allegedly of client

2019-10-17 11:47

The lawyer for former Bishops Diocesan College teacher Fiona Viotti, who is accused of serious sexual misconduct involving a pupil, says he is investigating a reported leak of an alleged lewd video of her, and has warned that sharing it is illegal.

Gauteng factory worker crushes arm in freak accident

2019-10-17 08:19

A Gauteng factory worker has sustained a "traumatic injury" when he slipped and fell, in the process crushing his arm in a roller.

Mashaba to Eskom: ‘free us from load shedding and let us self-generate’

2019-10-16 21:10

Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba urged the country’s large cities to do all that they could to ensure that they were not overly dependent on Eskom and the national grid for power.

Mozambique NGO wants Manuel Chang extradition ruling to be set aside, reviewed

2019-10-16 20:03

Mozambican NGO Forum de Monitoria do Orcamento has told the Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg that a ruling from a magistrate as well as the former justice minister's decision on the extradition of former Mozambican finance minister, Manuel Chang, should be set aside and reviewed.

Why funding for the Vrede dairy farm project couldn't just be halted

2019-10-16 19:25

Former Free State finance MEC Elzabe Rockman has told the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture that it was not easy to stop funding the collapsed Vrede dairy farm project because the cattle needed to be taken care of.

NSFAS yet to table annual report, says concerned parliamentary committee

2019-10-16 18:21

The Portfolio Committee on Higher Education, Science and Technology is concerned that the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is yet to table its annual report for the 2018/19 financial year.

Cops target illegal taverns and shebeens in the Eastern Cape

2019-10-16 18:15

Eastern Cape police are clamping down on illegal taverns and shebeens, saying liquor is one of the contributing factors in the commission of serious and violent crimes.

PICS: Durban's first Green Diwali shines light on climate change

2019-10-16 17:01

As Hindus worldwide gather to observe Diwali, a group of forward-thinking Durbanites are attempting to change the perception of the auspicious day.

DA leaders pulled from public debate ahead of federal council vote

2019-10-16 15:23

The DA's presiding officer of federal council elections, Desiree van der Walt, has written to four of the party's candidates to stop to public campaigning for the role.

Manuel Chang extradition: Foundation tells court why it believes Lamola is correct to ask for review

2019-10-16 13:51

South Africa is constitutionally obliged to ensure the effective prosecution of corruption even if the offence occurs outside of its borders, a lawyer representing the Helen Suzman Foundation has argued.

Occupiers of old age home march to Civic Centre, demand housing

2019-10-16 13:10

A group of about 40 backyarders and shack dwellers, part of Singabalapha, have marched from Arcadia Place to the Civic Centre to hand over a memorandum to Mayor Dan Plato.

I still have hope for Vrede dairy project - former Free State finance MEC

2019-10-17 18:26

Former Free State finance MEC Elzabe Rockman says she sympathises with the intended beneficiaries of the Vrede dairy project after they were left stranded when it failed, adding she believes the project is still viable.

Numbers swell outside UN offices in Cape Town as foreign nationals demand evacuation over safety fears

2019-10-17 17:30

A crisis is brewing in Cape Town's CBD after more than 1 000 people made camp in an arcade, demanding that the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) evacuate them from South Africa due to safety concerns.

Consultancy fights Comair after acquisition turns sour

2019-10-17 16:40

A strategic leadership consultancy, acquired by Comair last year, now accuses the aviation company of reneging on the agreement and "grinding it into the ground in the process".

ANC finds members guilty of 'wrongfully' marching on KZN offices, gives them suspended sentences

2019-10-17 16:30

The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal has found 14 of its members guilty of wrongfully participating in marches to party offices, but has given them suspended sentences and told them to 600-word essay on "democratic centralism".

City has turned a blind eye to our needs, demands - disgruntled Soshanguve residents

2019-10-17 16:21

Residents of Soshanguve Ward 26 has marched to the City of Tshwane's local offices in Block KK to demand housing, tarred roads, uninterrupted electricity and the proper maintenance of the sewage system.

Call to suspend Cape Town cop accused of sexually assaulting woman in her home

2019-10-17 16:20

A Cape Town police officer who is out on bail after allegedly forcing a woman to perform a sexual act on him, should be suspended while the criminal investigation is under way, the local community policing forum says.

'I'm not scared of crocodiles or snakes, I am scared of men' - girl raped by Nicholas Ninow

2019-10-17 14:15

Thirteen months after she was raped by Nicholas Ninow, the now eight-year-old victim still has nightmares about him, scared that he will attack her in her room, like he did in the Dros restaurant bathroom.

Drugs everywhere in prison - Dros rapist Nicholas Ninow

2019-10-17 05:17

Taking the stand to testify in mitigation of sentence in the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, Ninow told the court that since his arrest, he is still using drugs despite being incarcerated.

R5m worth of dagga, destined for Namibia, seized in joint operation

2019-10-16 21:20

A joint intelligence-led operation has resulted in the arrest of four alleged drug traffickers, who were found with R5.2m worth of dagga, believed to be destined for Namibia.

Man in court on 62 counts including rape, kidnapping, murder and robbery

2019-10-16 19:34

The trial of a 29-year-old man, who is facing 62 counts relating to various charges that include 19 counts of rape and the alleged rape of a 12-year-old girl, was postponed after the interpreter fell ill.

Presidential pardon: Helping Fees Must Fall activist doesn't undermine justice - Lamola

2019-10-16 18:14

Justice Minister Ronald Lamola has stood firm on his offer to help Fees Must Fall activist Kanya Cekeshe with an application for a presidential pardon, despite criticism from the DA.

Philippi farmers challenge City on rezoning of agricultural land

2019-10-16 17:11

Farmers and workers have protested outside Western Cape High Court against plans to rezone part of the Philippi Horticultural Area in Cape Town for development, GroundUp reports.

Ahmed Timol: Ex-apartheid cop Joao Roderigues petitions SCA for stay of prosecution

2019-10-16 16:57

Former apartheid cop Joao Roderigues, who is accused of murdering anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timol, has petitioned the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) to stay his prosecution for his alleged role in the murder.

'He was a hero' - grieving mom after son stabbed for protecting girl from matric ritual

2019-10-16 16:38

The mother of the Eastwood Secondary School boy who was stabbed to death outside the school in Pietermaritzburg has hailed him as a hero, saying he tried to save a female student from harm.

Parents infuriated after load shedding leaves at least 30 matric exam centres in the dark

2019-10-16 16:05

Parents and members of the public have expressed outrage over the effect that load shedding is having on matric exams across the country, with at least 30 centres in the Western Cape being left in the dark.

A dummy's guide to load shedding

2019-10-16 15:18

There is no central committee room at Eskom where stressed engineers mull over which areas to switch off.

The wheels of justice must turn unhindered - Lamola

2019-10-16 14:21

Minister of Justice Ronald Lamola says the ultimate test of SA's resolve against corruption lies firmly in the ability of the criminal justice system to ensure those who have ploughed state coffers are held accountable.

Meghan Cremer murder: Accused to remain behind bars over Christmas

2019-10-16 13:00

Three men arrested in connection with the kidnapping and murder of Cape Town horse rider Meghan Cremer will spend their Christmas and New Year behind bars.

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