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  • LIVE: Ex-Bosasa COO Agrizzi sworn in, takes the stand in #Statecaptureinquiry

    16 January 2019 9:22 AM 308

    A senior former Bosasa executive has threatened to blow the whistle on "racketeering, corruption and money laundering that I have been aware of over the last 18 years". Angelo Agrizzi, the former chief operations officer of the controversial Bosasa group of companies, announced his decision in a press statement sent to various media houses and Bosasa's

  • This woman just drove a 1958 Morris Minor from Scotland to Cape Town

    16 January 2019 6:44 AM 309

    A woman from New Zealand has finally arrived in Cape Town after a gruelling journey by car from Aberdeen in Scotland to Cape Town. Laura Morrison, 36, kept a journal of her journey on social media as she drove "Charlie" - a 1958 Morris Minor she inherited from her dad Neil when he died from cancer in 2016 - across 16 countries. Saddened by her dad's

  • LIVE: Workers in Kenyan capital Nairobi still trapped after militant attack

    16 January 2019 6:31 AM 473

    At least 15 people have died in an Islamist attack on an upmarket hotel complex in Nairobi, Kenyan police sources said Wednesday, as fresh explosions and gunfire rang out in the siege which stretched into its second day. Security forces worked throughout the night to secure the DusitD2 compound, which includes a 101-room hotel, spa, restaurant and office

  • 4 years after fire, still no electricity in Masiphumelele

    16 January 2019 5:03 AM 269

    More than 100 families living in Masiphumelele Wetlands informal settlement say they have been without electricity since fires in May 2014 and November 2015, reports GroundUp. Section C was destroyed in a fire in May of 2014. Then, in November 2015, the biggest fire in the community destroyed over 1 000 homes, mostly in E section. Four years later, some families

  • Pupils allegedly forced to strip half naked for forgetting calculators

    15 January 2019 6:34 PM 235

    A Limpopo high school is under investigation after 18 pupils were allegedly forced to strip half naked because they forgot their calculators at home. Police spokesperson Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said no arrests were made in connection with the allegations, which include that the 18 Ntwampe High School pupils were ordered to remove their shirts and "sit in the sun at the assembly"

  • Libya's paramilitary force to 'cleanse' country's south

    15 January 2019 6:18 PM 246

    A spokesperson for Libya's powerful paramilitary based in the eastern city of Benghazi says its troops are launching an operation "to cleanse" the country's south of Islamic militants and criminals. Ahmed al-Mesmari of the self-styled Libyan National Army that answers to Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter told reporters on Tuesday that the operations aims to "eliminate

  • Archaeologists find Rome-era tombs in Egypt's Western Desert

    15 January 2019 6:18 PM 241

    Egypt says archaeologists have uncovered two ancient tombs dating back to the Roman period in the country's Western Desert. The Antiquities Ministry says on Tuesday the excavations took place in the Beir Al-Shaghala archaeological site in the Dakhla Oasis. Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, says the tombs were built

  • Durban musician Charlie Ridgway appears in court for girlfriend's murder

    15 January 2019 2:49 PM 436

    Durban musician Charlie Ridgway appeared in the Pinetown Magistrate's Court on Tuesday for the murder of his girlfriend. The 56-year-old musician of Gillitts, was released on R2 000 bail and was ordered to hand in his British passport. His girlfriend, 55-year-old Jenny King of Forest Hills, was found dead in the bedroom of her home by a relative on Saturday

  • WATCH: Gunfire, explosions reported near upscale hotel complex in Kenya's capital, Nairobi

    15 January 2019 1:28 PM 272

    An upscale complex in Kenya's capital is under attack, with a blast and heavy gunfire. The complex in Nairobi includes a large hotel known as DusitD2, banks and offices. Police spokesperson Charles Owino says that "we have sent officers to the scene, including from the anti-terrorism unit, but so far we have no more information." Ambulances, security

  • Man dies after being set alight in Hillbrow mob justice attack

    15 January 2019 12:01 PM 82

    A man has died in hospital after he and another man were set alight in Hillbrow, Johannesburg on Monday. The alleged attack happened after residents accused the two men of stealing a handbag from a woman. "The community chased them down and caught them. Unfortunately, once they were caught they applied mob justice," Captain Kay Makhubele told News 24 on Tuesday