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12:13 (GMT+2), Sat, Saturday, April 19, 2014
Bikers arrested for speeding (271km/h)  Two motorcyclists were arrested on Friday after they were caught speeding on the N1 south of Johannesburg. Spokesperson for the Metro Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar says the first motorcyclist was caught driving his BMW motorbike at 271km/h in a 120km zone. He failed to stop at a roadblock and was arrested. The second motorcyclist was caught on the same stretch of road riding his bike at 206km/hour. "He... read more
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
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
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
13:38 (GMT+2), Wed, Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Major SA Banks fined millions T he South African Reserve Bank (SARB) conducted AML/CFT (Anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism) inspections at Absa Bank Limited (Absa), FirstRand Bank Limited (FirstRand), Nedbank Limited (Nedbank), and The Standard Bank of South Africa Limited (Standard Bank). In terms of the Financial Intelligence Centre Act, No. 38 of 2001 (FICA), the SARB is mandated to supervise and enforce banks’ comp... read more
14:48 (GMT+2), Tue, Tuesday, April 15, 2014
SAHRC rejects complaint against Gerrie Nel  A complaint against prosecutor Gerrie Nel has been rejected by the SA Human Rights Commission. The complainant, Jan Landman, had asked the commission to probe the manner in which Nel conducted his cross-examination of murder-accused Oscar Pistorius. The commission said in a statement on Tuesday that it had noted that the court had duly exercised its authority in the course of ongoing proceedings before it. "T... read more
13:11 (GMT+2), Tue, Tuesday, April 15, 2014
DA dissatisfied over delayed Icasa hearing  Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille says they will be approaching the South Gauteng High Court for an urgent order to compel the Independent Communication Authority of SA (Icasa) to hear its complaint against the SABC over the broadcaster's pulling of one of its election advertisements. Zille says Icasa has not fulfilled its regulatory and constitutional obligations with regards to the handling of the DA's complain... read more
11:09 (GMT+2), Tue, Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Gerrie Nel wraps up his cross examination of Oscar  State prosecutor Gerrie Nel's cross-examination of murder accused paralympian Oscar Pistorius drew to an emotion-charged conclusion in the Pretoria High Court on Tuesday. Nel concluded his argument by saying the court WOULD find that Oscar fired four shots through the toilet door knowing that Reeva Steenkamp was standing behind it and that he armed himself with the sole purpose of shooting and killing her. Earlie... read more
17:27 (GMT+2), Mon, Monday, April 14, 2014
Another tough day in the dock for Oscar Pistorius Prosecutor Gerrie Nel accused Oscar Pistorius on Monday of faking emotional distress on the witness stand. He contended this was happening because Pistorius knew his version of why he shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp did not hold water. As the disabled Olympic athlete broke down under cross-examination in the High Court in Pretoria, Nel asked point-blank: "Mr Pistorius you are not using your emotional ... read more
11:33 (GMT+2), Mon, Monday, April 14, 2014
UN lauds South Africa over drop in murder-rate  The United Nations has praised South Africa's efforts in halving its murder rate over the past five years. According to the latest stats, the rate has dropped from 64.5 per 100 thousand people in 1995 to 31 per 100-thousand in 2012. The report - by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime - says increasing police presence in high risk areas has helped reduce the rate. Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has welcomed the fin... read more
11:07 (GMT+2), Mon, Monday, April 14, 2014
  Murder-accused Oscar Pistorius on Monday denied whispering to his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp to call the police. "When you armed yourself, what did you say," prosecutor Gerrie Nel asked Pistorius in the High Court in Pretoria. "I asked her to get down and call the police," said Pistorius. "It was in low tone," he said. "You said you whispered," said Nel, explaining that ... read more
09:53 (GMT+2), Mon, Monday, April 14, 2014
Controversial cargo ship skips Durban port   A ship carrying 2 000 tonnes of fin whale meat has reportedly skipped the port of Durban after South Africans called on government to deny it entry. Greenpeace says the cargo ship 'Alma' was sailing from Iceland en-route to Japan, and wanted to refuel in Durban. Greenpeace Africa's executive director Michael O'Brien Onyeka says that over a three-day period, more than 21 000 South Africans joined Greenpeace in its... read more
12:34 (GMT+2), Sun, Sunday, April 13, 2014
No tender for Mandela bust The contract for a R1.8 million bust of former president Nelson Mandela was awarded to a company owned by Dali Tambo, without being put out to tender. The Sunday Times reports that tender regulations were not followed, because Parliament considered the project "emergency expenditure", according to an opinion by Parliament's supply chain management section. This was despite the fact that the 20th anniversary of ... read more
08:49 (GMT+2), Sun, Sunday, April 13, 2014
Politicians campaign ahead of elections Politicians campaigned at rallies and other events across the country on Saturday ahead of the May 7 general election. President Jacob Zuma celebrated his 72nd birthday campaigning in the Western Cape. ANC spokesperson, Jackson Mthembu said it was fitting that on Zuma's birthday, the party reflected on the significant strides made by the ANC government over the last five years during Zuma's tenure. Inkatha Freedom Pa... read more
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