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09:17 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, April 18, 2014
Agreement reached with Mozambique to fight rhino poaching South Africa has signed an anti-poaching agreement with neighbouring Mozambique, a major transit route for rhino horn trafficked to Asia. Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa says Mozambique is a prime source of illegal hunters hired and armed by trans-national crime syndicates to cross the border into South Africa to kill the animals. The Kruger National Park shares a long border with Mozambique and has borne the ... read more
09:15 (GMT+2), Fri, Friday, April 18, 2014
Lenghty jail terms for Eastern Cape police killers Eastern Cape Provincial Police Commissioner, Lt -Gen Celiwe Binta has welcomed stiff sentences handed to three men, found guilty of murdering a Dutywa Policeman. The three, 26-year old Prince Mayongo, Alfred Moleleki Madela aged 36, and 31-year old Siyabulela Mjali were sentenced in the Mthatha High Court to a total of 285 years in jail on Thursday. Police spokesperson, Capt Jackson Manatha says four men, armed with p... read more
17:26 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, April 17, 2014
Wilderness Foundation devastated at EC rhino poaching The Wilderness Foundation says as an organisation its devastated at the loss of the three rhinos at the Pumba Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape. This week's killings brings to six the number of rhinos poached at the Reserve in just over a month. Foundation Marketing Manager, Cheryl Reynolds, says the poaching crisis is getting out of hand and emphasised the importance to stop the global demand for the product. "Th... read more
14:42 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, April 17, 2014
Supreme Court ruling on Richard Mdluli   A high court ruling against the withdrawal of some charges against suspended police intelligence boss Richard Mdluli was upheld by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) on Thursday. The charges related to corruption and fraud, the SCA said in its ruling. The SCA confirmed that the following executive decisions should be set aside: -- the decision by the head of the Specialised Commercial Crime Unit of the National ... read more
14:38 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, April 17, 2014
Eastern Cape Health MEC opens new facilities at EL hospital  Eastern Cape Health MEC, Sicelo Gqobana, has officially opened new clinical units at East London's Frere Hospital built at a cost of R203 million. The Coega Development Corporation has been appointed as the implementing agent by the Bhisho Health Department on several projects across the Eastern Cape, including the Frere Hospital Project. Speaking at the launch on Thursday, MEC Gqobana, says they're working hard to... read more
14:29 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, April 17, 2014
Youth arrested in Great Brak River for murder of school boy  Great Brak police have arrested a school boy for allegedly stabbing another school boy to death on a school bus on Thursday morning. Police spokesperson, Captain Malcolm Pojie, identified the victim as 15-year-old Joseph Isaacs, a learner at Great Brak High School. He died while en route to hospital. Pojie says preliminary police investigation indicates that Isaacs boarded the school bus that was travelling from... read more
13:39 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, April 17, 2014
Time for annual  While the days of having fun without televisions and computers or children playing outside and riding their bikes all day, are long gone - residents of Sedgefield on the Garden Route try and bring back those simpler times for a few days every Easter with the annual Slow Festival. "Five years old and only one of a kind in Africa, it's a festival celebrating the real things in life; wholesome goodness, cultural he... read more
13:18 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, April 17, 2014
Future looks brighter for 8-year old PE rape victim Advocate Linda le Roux of the National Prosecuting Authority says doctors from the Red Cross Hospital in Cape Town are expected to fly to Port Elizabeth next week to examine an 8-year old rape victim. The girl was 6- year's old when she was brutally raped in Motherwell in 2011 and now wears a colostomy bag because of the severity of her injuries. Her attacker, 33-year old Xolile Tose was sentenced to life imprisonment ... read more
11:55 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, April 17, 2014
EC Premier asks for the restoration of morals in Easter message   Eastern Cape premier, Noxolo Kiviet, has appealed to people in the province to pray for the restoration of good moral values in society, because she says something has gone horribly wrong. In her Easter message on Thursday, Kiviet said the abuse and rampant use of alcohol by young people and the rape of women and killing of defenseless elderly people are cases in point. She says Government alone cannot overcome t... read more
11:00 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, April 17, 2014
No arrests following Pumba poaching incident   The search continues for the poachers who killed three rhinos at the Pumba Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape. Wednesday's killings brings to six the number of rhinos poached at the Reserve in just over a month. The Herald reports that a breeding bull and cow and a two-year-old bull calf had been darted with a veterinary drug which reportedly killed them. The report says the carcasses were found near the site of... read more
10:56 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, April 17, 2014
Port Alfred teenager hailed a hero after sea rescue   A Port Alfred teenager has emerged as a hero after he helped rescue a German family caught in a rip current at East beach. The NSRI's Craig Lambinon, says the father, Ludder Grosse-Heiderman, got into difficulty on Tuesday afternoon and when his two children went to help, they too were caught up in the rip current. He says 17 Jaco Rossouw, who was on the beach, waded into the water and began shouting instructions... read more
10:19 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, April 17, 2014
Man City slip in Premiership Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has blamed the hangover from defeat by Liverpool at the weekend for his side's damaging 2-2 draw at home to the Premier League's bottom club Sunderland on Wednesday night. City needed to win the first of their two games in hand on Liverpool to keep the pressure on the league leaders and second-placed Chelsea. However, the draw with Sunderland, in which they needed a late equalis... read more
10:10 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, April 17, 2014
Teen stabbed to death on school bus  A 15-year-old boy from Great Brak River near George was stabbed to death on a school bus early on Thursday morning. Southern Cape police spokesman Captain Malcolm Pojie said the teenager was on his way to school when a fellow-passenger - also believed to be a pupil - stabbed him in the chest. "We don't know the circumstances yet, but as far as we know the young victim managed to get off the bus at a stop on ... read more
07:23 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, April 17, 2014
Lack of skills in government open doors for corruption  Deputy Minister for Public Works - Jeremy Cronin - says a lack of skills within government is opening the door to corruption. In a subtle reference to the Nkandla saga, Cronin says steps need to be taken to reduce government's vulnerability to exploitation and corruption. He says the state has lost millions due to collusion and price fixing from the private sector and internal corruption by department officials. ... read more
07:19 (GMT+2), Thu, Thursday, April 17, 2014
  A hearing by the Complaints and Compliance Committee on the DA's advertisement complaint case against the SABC was postponed on Wednesday night. Committee chairman Wandile Tutani told those present at the Icasa headquarters in Sandton that the matter would be postponed indefinitely as the SABC had hired a new legal team. The Democratic Alliance did not oppose the postponement. DA leader Helen Zille said the ... read more
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