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  • JMPD officer behind bars after allegedly accepting R10 'cooldrink bribe'

    15 January 2019 9:25 AM 76

    A Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) officer was arrested in Protea Glen, Soweto, on Monday evening after he allegedly accepted a R10 "cooldrink bribe". "He was caught red-handed taking money from a taxi man who didn't have a number plate and was driving without a licence," JMPD spokesperson Wayne Minnaar told News24 on Tuesday. JMPD chief David

  • PICS: Betty's Bay residents recall 'panic' as fire inched closer to homes

    15 January 2019 9:02 AM 141

    Residents in Betty's Bay are picking up the pieces after a fire raged through parts of the small town and other parts of the Overstrand area in the Western Cape over the last two weeks. The Overstrand fires have been raging since New Year's Day. To date, 31 homes have been destroyed and 28 were damaged. The fires have been contained and pose no danger

  • Cape Town 'no-fee' schools turning away parents who can't fork out cash, one mother told to pay for her child’s chair

    15 January 2019 7:03 AM 97

    Some "no-fee" schools are insisting parents pay once-off fees - turning away Grade R pupils whose parents can't afford to pay, GroundUp reports. South African schools are divided into five categories, known as quintiles. The quintiles range from the poorest to the least poor, with quintile 1 being the poorest 20% of schools in the country. Quintile 5 covers

  • Suspended Schweizer-Reneke teacher to speak out after going underground

    15 January 2019 3:35 AM 44

    Solidarity is expected to announce legal action on Tuesday to have what it described as the "unlawful suspension" of Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke teacher Elana Barkhuizen lifted. The trade union and Barkhuizen are to address a media conference in Centurion at midday about "recent events at the town's primary school", it said in a statement. It would also "announce

  • SA egg thief: Pablo Escobar of bird egg smuggling jailed after caught with rare eggs taped to his chest

    14 January 2019 3:38 PM 89

    A prolific bird egg smuggler was jailed for three years after he was caught at Heathrow Airport with rare bird eggs strapped to his chest. Jeffrey Lendrum, 57, pleaded guilty in the Snaresbrook Crown Court to four offences and he was jailed for three years and one month on smuggling charges, the BBC reported. The smuggler, who once complained that he was vilified

  • More tension as parents and security guards clash outside Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke

    14 January 2019 3:05 PM 48

    There was pandemonium outside Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke in the North West on Monday afternoon after security guards and parents clashed. The school is embroiled in a race controversy after a picture showing pupils at the school separated according to race went viral. The confrontation on Monday happened after a man who had come to pick up his niece

  • LIVE: Zim govt warns 'rowdy' protesters

    14 January 2019 10:25 AM 49

    AFP is reporting that Commuters were stranded in Zimbabwe's two main cities on Monday as angry protesters reacting to the weekend more than doubling of fuel prices, burned tyres and used rocks to barricade roads and blocked buses from carrying passengers. Residents in Epworth, a poor suburb east of the capital Harare, on Monday woke up to find boulders

  • Bus carrying schoolchildren rolls over in Laersdrift, Mpumalanga

    14 January 2019 5:54 AM 38

    One child has reportedly died after a bus carrying schoolchildren rolled onto its side on the R555 near Laersdrift, Mpumalanga, on Sunday. According to a Facebook post by Specialised Investigation PSTT, the bus was travelling from Steelpoort to Middelburg when the accident happened. Netwerk24 quoted an unnamed sourced who confirmed the incident, saying

  • Hockey mom who sent nude pic to WhatsApp group now divorced

    14 January 2019 4:18 AM 43

    Margaret van Wyk, the hockey mom from Schweizer-Reneke who caused a stir in 2016 when she accidentally sent a nude pic to a WhatsApp group, has been divorced, Sunday weekly Rapport reported. According to that newspaper, various occupants of the embattled North West town - which was rife with racial tension last week - told its reporter that Margaret

  • Gauteng department of health to fast track the filling of community service nurses' vacancies

    13 January 2019 6:11 PM 107

    The Gauteng Department of Health plans to fast track the filling of community service nurses' vacancies. “The role of nurses is crucial in the healthcare system, they are the heart and soul of the system and the department will continue to prioritise them,” head of department Professor Mhululi Lukhele said in a statement on Sunday. This comes days after