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  • Four arrested in Hermanus protests

    17 May 2018 2:55 PM 18

    Four people have been arrested in Hermanus for public violence and malicious damage to property as tensions over land remain high in some parts of the town, Brigadier Donovan Heilbron said. It is alleged that they threw stones and tried to prevent people from going to work. Earlier, police fired rubber bullets to break up groups of people, who were trying

  • Egypt's president defends metro fare hike after protests

    17 May 2018 2:15 PM 19

    Egypt's president has defended his government's surprise decision to hike Cairo subway fares, which sparked rare protests in which 21 people were arrested. President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said in televised remarks on Wednesday that the metro fare hike was needed to preserve the public service and improve quality. Last week authorities more than tripled

  • Ebola outbreak has spread to DRC city, says WHO

    17 May 2018 11:00 AM 19

    The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has spread to a city, the World Health Organisation said Thursday, raising concern the deadly virus may prove tougher to contain. "One new case of Ebola virus disease has been confirmed in Wangata, one of the three health zones of Mbandaka, a city of nearly 1.2 million people in Equateur Province

  • Gauteng cop gunned down outside his home

    17 May 2018 9:42 AM 18

    A senior South African Police Service manager was shot and killed outside his Protea South home on Wednesday night, Gauteng police said on Thursday. Gauteng police spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters said preliminary reports indicated that the brigadier had arrived home between 18:30 and 19:00, when he was accosted by unknown suspects who shot him. The Gauteng

  • Ex-Zambian leader's son jailed for stealing phone – reports

    17 May 2018 9:34 AM 18

    Former Zambian president Frederick Chiluba's son has reportedly been sentenced to eight months in jail for stealing a mobile phone. According to BBC, Frederick Chiluba Jr was convicted of stealing a Samsung S7 edge, valued at $843. Chiluba Jr stole the device from a woman, Brenda Chisha, on September 2, 2017 and “traded it for drugs in a notorious slum in Zambia's

  • Weather Update: Extremely high fire danger for West Coast

    16 May 2018 5:52 PM 21

    Extremely high fire danger conditions are expected over the Namakwa district and the northern interior of the West Coast district on Wednesday. Isolated showers are expected for the eastern to south-eastern parts of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), and the eastern tip of Mpumalanga. Minimum temperatures are expected to cool across most parts of South Africa, with warmer

  • UN rights chief says Burundi attack 'dangerous development'

    16 May 2018 3:28 PM 22

    The United Nations' human rights chief calls last week's deadly attack in Burundi a "very dangerous development" ahead of Thursday's referendum that could extend the president's rule. Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein spoke on Tuesday following Friday's attack in rural Burundi that killed 26 people, including 11 children. The government blames the attack on a "terrorist

  • Sudan woman flogged for marrying without father's consent

    16 May 2018 1:01 PM 19

    Sudanese police lashed a woman 75 times on Tuesday after a court found her guilty of marrying a man without her father's consent, her lawyer and rights activists said. The woman, a native of the war-torn Darfur region, was flogged at a police station in Omdurman, the twin city of Khartoum, after having served a six-month prison sentence. The punishment

  • Another night of protests in Cape Town

    16 May 2018 7:27 AM 22

    In yet another night of violence, protests have flared up again in the Capricorn area in Cape Town, a City of Cape Town official said. The City's law enforcement spokesperson, Wayne Dyason, said protesters once again targeted private property. "A bottle store at the second traffic circle on Baden Powell Drive in the Capricorn Village residential area was petrol

  • 'Elders in UK have promised us funding if MDC wins,' says ex-Zim finance minister

    16 May 2018 6:00 AM 23

    European donors have pledged substantial investments in Zimbabwe should the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) Alliance win the upcoming elections, former finance minister, who is now the leader of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) Tendai Biti has reportedly said. According to New, Biti - who is one of the lieutenants of the MDC alliance