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  • Women and children may get their own train carriages

    22 May 2018 5:28 AM 12

    The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) might reintroduce "chaperone carriages" for children by August, says #UniteBehind. In a statement on Monday, #UniteBehind said: "Women commuters face specific threats to their safety. This must be considered and prioritised by Prasa." The organisation said that it had met with senior management at Prasa

  • At least 18 dead after cyclone hits Horn of Africa

    21 May 2018 5:59 PM 18

    Flooding and strong winds caused by a tropical cyclone left at least 18 people dead and thousands homeless across two countries in the Horn of Africa, an aid agency said on Monday. Cyclone Sagar formed last week in the Gulf of Aden off Yemen's coast and made landfall on Saturday in Djibouti and Somaliland, a breakaway state in northern Somalia where

  • Two girls killed in wall collapse in Durban

    21 May 2018 3:50 PM 17

    Two girls were killed when a wall collapsed on them in Kennedy Road in Clare Hills, Durban, on Monday afternoon. The girls, 5 and 7, sustained major injuries and nothing more could be done for them by the time paramedics arrived around 16:00, said Rescue Care spokesperson, Garrith Jamieson. A third girl was moderately injured in the collapse and rushed

  • 'Don't eat, smoke in public,' Zim police warned

    20 May 2018 2:07 PM 21

    Zimbabwean police have reportedly been banned from eating and smoking in public, as the country's recently appointed police commissioner, General Godwin Matanga, seeks to clean the image of the force ahead of a crunch election. According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, Matanga has also banned the police from walking around with hands in their pockets

  • Police ask community to help find missing Umlazi woman

    19 May 2018 8:15 PM 21

    Police have appealed to the community to assist them in locating a 51-year-old woman from Y section, Asibambe Place in Umlazi. Police spokesperson, Colonel Thembeka Mbhele said Zodwa Francisco Mnguni had been reported missing by her daughter, who told police she had been missing since Wednesday. Mbhele said they did not have a description of the clothes

  • 'Land invasion' turns out to be peaceful housing protest

    19 May 2018 7:35 PM 23

    What was initially thought to be an attempted land invasion was found to be a peaceful protest on the need for housing, the City of Cape Town confirmed on Saturday. Police responded when roughly 200 people were thought to be invading a vacant piece of land in Grassy Park, with authorities being deployed to monitor the situation. According to police

  • Egypt says prominent socialist activist arrested

    19 May 2018 4:30 PM 20

    Egyptian security officials say a prominent activist and labour rights lawyer has been arrested on an array of charges including belonging to an outlawed group. The officials said Haytham Mohamedeen, arrested on Friday, is a member of the Revolutionary Socialists movement. Amnesty International criticised the arrest as "another attack on the right to freedom

  • Human skull unearthed in Addo

    19 May 2018 4:11 PM 22

    A skull, believed to be human, and a few bones have been unearthed at a construction site in Addo in the Eastern Cape. Police spokesperson, Captain Gerda Swart, said the skull had been discovered by an excavation team on Friday that was busy digging the foundations for a school that was being built. They immediately notified police. Swart said the site had been temporarily

  • DRC says 3 new Ebola cases confirmed in large city

    19 May 2018 1:42 PM 22

    Democratic Republic of Congo's health minister says three new cases of the often lethal Ebola virus have been confirmed in a city of more than 1 million people. The statement issued late on Friday says the confirmed cases are in Mbandaka city, where a single case was confirmed earlier in the week. There are now 17 confirmed Ebola cases in this outbreak

  • Fire on Table Mountain still burning, inaccessable

    19 May 2018 11:42 AM 24

    A fire has been burning on the front face of Table Mountain, in a region that is hard to reach for conventional firefighting vehicles, since late on Friday evening. Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) fire manager Philip Prins said they were still struggling to contain a section of the fire, left of Platteklip Gorge. "The area is very inaccessible, and crews