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  • Shaun Abrahams was validly appointed, NPA argues in court papers

    23 February 2018 6:01 PM 19

    Johannesburg – Former National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Mxolisi Nxasana was prepared to leave his position if compensated fully, therefore NPA boss Shaun Abrahams was validly appointed into the vacancy, the NPA argues in court papers. On Wednesday, the Constitutional Court will hear the appeal in the case involving Nxasana and the future of his successor

  • Two shot dead by Zimbabwe police in minibus clash

    23 February 2018 5:03 PM 18

    Harare - Zimbabwean police said on Friday they had shot two people dead and injured four others during a confrontation in the capital Harare over a ban on commuter minibuses in the city centre. City authorities on Thursday banned minibuses from using pick-up points in central Harare in a move to tackle traffic congestion, angering both drivers and passengers

  • Cameroon's main opposition leader rules out presidential run

    23 February 2018 3:35 PM 19

    Bamenda - Cameroon's veteran opposition leader and perennial presidential hopeful John Fru Ndi said on Thursday he will not challenge the long-ruling President Paul Biya in this year's elections. Fru Ndi, 76, hailing from the troubled anglophone west of the country, has lost to Biya three times - in 1992, 2004 and 2011 - and boycotted the vote in 1997. Speaking

  • Zuma charges: NPA boss Shaun Abrahams gets feedback from prosecutors

    23 February 2018 2:43 PM 17

    Johannesburg – National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Shaun Abrahams on Friday received recommendations from prosecutors on whether or not former president Jacob Zuma should be prosecuted. "The NDPP has received the memorandum outlining the recommendations of the team. He will peruse it and advise on the way forward in due course," NPA spokesperson

  • Case postponed against Spanish dentist accused of killing his twins in Cape Town

    23 February 2018 12:46 PM 17

    Cape Town - The pre-trial of a former dentist and Spanish national, accused of the murdering his twin children, was postponed in the Western Cape High Court on Friday for financial instructions. Mario-César Deus Yela's attorney Asghar Mia, acting on behalf of William Booth, said financial instructions needed to be finalised with the accused and his family

  • WATCH: Robbers blow up G4S van on N4 in Pretoria

    23 February 2018 10:49 AM 17

    Pretoria - Tshwane police have launched a manhunt for a group of armed men who ambushed a G4S cash delivery van on the N4, near The Orchards in Pretoria on Friday morning. "They started firing shots at the vehicle, especially at the tyres, until it lost control. They then ordered the security officers to get out of the van," police spokesperson Constable

  • LIVE: Hawks update on Estina 'Vrede Dairy Farm' investigations

    23 February 2018 10:05 AM 18

    One of the eight people arrested by the Hawks during raids at a number of Gupta compounds, including their Saxonwold home and reportedly at one of their offices in Sandton last week, was granted bail in the Bloemfontein Regional Court on Monday. Estina director Kamal Vasram was granted bail of R100 000, National Prosecuting Authority regional spokesperson

  • Charred body found in boot of burning car at train station in Cape Town

    23 February 2018 10:00 AM 18

    Cape Town – The charred body of a woman was found in the boot of a burning BMW at Diep River railway station in Cape Town on Thursday evening, police said on Friday. "After the fire was extinguished, the burnt body of a female was found in the boot of the vehicle," police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut said. Earlier that day, 57-year-old

  • SAA passenger flights unaffected as three cargo planes grounded

    23 February 2018 8:58 AM 24

    Cape Town - South African Airways (SAA) says it has suspended some of its freighter aircraft services, SAA Cargo due to maintenance compliance issues. The issue dates back to a collision avoidance system software upgrade requirement, following an operating exemption issued in 2017, which has since expired - causing SAA to "add the self-imposed grounding"

  • Mugabe, 94, says NO to mini-birthday party offer by Zanu-PF youth – report

    23 February 2018 8:50 AM 17

    Harare – Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe reportedly rejected a mini-birthday party that had been organised for him by the Zanu-PF youth league this week. According to NewsDay, Mugabe, who turned 94 on February 21, opted instead to celebrate privately with his close family members. The nonagenarian had held several lavish birthday parties over the past decade