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  • Top Africa stories: Grace Mugabe, AU, Boko Haram

    23 February 2018 7:26 AM 16

    Harare – One of the lecturers who supervised Grace Mugabe's PhD thesis is reportedly being investigated by the Zimbabwe anti-graft agency. According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, University of Zimbabwe (UZ), lecturer Professor, Claude Mararike faced arrest once investigations were concluded. Zimbabwe Anti-corruption commission (ZACC) spokesperson

  • Audi takes back the lead in 2018 Readers Car of the Year poll

    23 February 2018 3:00 AM 18

    Cape Town - The South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ) announced the finalists for the 2018 WesBank South African Car of the Year (COTY) competition earlier in 2017. Testing for the SA Car of The Year took place at the end of January at Kyalami racetrack, along with on-road driving in Midrand and static evaluations. The top cars follow a vote cast by a 26-member

  • Kidnapped British couple still not found

    22 February 2018 5:27 PM 27

    Johannesburg - An elderly British couple have been kidnapped in South Africa, police said on Thursday, amid reports they were abducted by extremists suspected to have links to the Islamic State group. The British foreign office confirmed that a pair of Britons had been kidnapped and warned of a heightened risk of attacks by "terrorists" in South Africa

  • Rights group challenges Kenya's anti-gay laws in court

    22 February 2018 4:07 PM 20

    Nairobi - Kenya's High Court has begun hearing arguments in a case that challenges parts of the penal code seen as targeting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. The National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission argues that sections of the code are in breach of the constitution and deny basic rights by criminalising consensual same-sex

  • No performance bonuses for poorly performing municipality officials – KZN Cogta

    22 February 2018 3:32 PM 19

    Durban – There will be no performance bonuses or salary increments for senior managers at KwaZulu-Natal municipalities who performed poorly in the 2016/17 financial year, the provincial department of cooperative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) said on Thursday. "Performance bonuses should reflect the consequences. Those that have done wrong

  • More pupils hospitalised after Eastern Cape food poisoning outbreak

    22 February 2018 2:53 PM 21

    Mthatha – More pupils at Ndamase Senior Secondary School in Ngqeleni in the Eastern Cape have been hospitalised after a severe food poisoning outbreak at the school's hostel. Eastern Cape health department spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said 250 pupils had been treated for vomiting, stomach cramps and headaches at three hospitals - Mthatha Regional Hospital

  • Egyptian policemen catch child falling off 3rd floor

    22 February 2018 2:31 PM 21

    Cairo - Three Egyptian policemen were able to catch a 5-year-old child as he fell from a third-floor apartment balcony in the southern city of Assiut, saving the boy's life. Egypt's Interior Ministry released a video of the incident this week showing three policemen on duty guarding a bank and standing on a sidewalk. They look up and apparently see the child

  • EXCLUSIVE: Attempt to kill Jerome 'Donkie' Booysen's brother in Pollsmoor Prison

    22 February 2018 11:41 AM 25

    Cape Town - There has been an attempt on the life of Colin Booysen - the brother of alleged Sexy Boys gang boss Jerome "Donkie" Booysen - in prison, his attorney has said. News24 understands that Colin Booysen, who is an accused in the extortion case centering around suspected underworld kingpin Nafiz Modack, was targeted on Thursday. He is detained

  • Ngcobo massacre: No rest for high-level task team as they search for the gunmen

    22 February 2018 10:13 AM 24

    East London – A high-level task team worked through the night, looking for clues and analysing evidence that could lead them to the gunmen who killed five police officers and a former soldier in Ngcobo in the Eastern Cape. A group of unknown attackers entered the Ngcobo police station, between Mthatha and Queenstown, on Wednesday and, without warning

  • Woman seriously injured in attack by five dogs

    22 February 2018 8:15 AM 24

    KwaZulu-Natal - A 56-year-old woman was seriously injured after she was attacked and repeatedly bitten by five dogs as she made her way along Berea Road in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday morning. ER24's Russell Meiring told News24 that the woman was recovering in hospital. "When paramedics arrived on the scene, they found the 56-year-old woman in a serious