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  • Mpumalanga mother accused of killing four children to apply for bail

    07 January 2019 2:20 PM 60

    A Mpumalanga woman accused of killing her four children will have to wait another week before she can apply to be released on bail after her application was postponed in the Witbank District Court on Monday. She allegedly attempted to take her own life and she has since been discharged from hospital. According to National Prosecuting Authority provincial

  • Irish embassy still looking for missing citizen who was supposed to arrive in Joburg

    07 January 2019 1:33 PM 64

    The Irish embassy in South Africa on Monday said it was still trying to determine if one of its citizens had arrived in Johannesburg, after he was reported missing. It is believed that Stanley Currie boarded a Johannesburg-bound flight on December 28 from Ireland, but he hasn't been heard from since December 30. The embassy's Paul Evans told News24 that officials

  • We've seized control of govt 'to restore democracy', says Gabon army

    07 January 2019 7:45 AM 64

    Soldiers in Gabon have appeared on state television saying they have launched a coup in the west African country. Early Monday an army soldier, flanked by two others holding guns, read out a statement saying the military has seized control of the government "to restore democracy" to the country. Residents of the capital, Libreville, report that military

  • Overstrand fire: R44 to remain closed overnight

    06 January 2019 8:06 PM 277

    The R44 between Gordon's Bay and Rooi Els will remain closed overnight as a fire that has blazed in the Betty's Bay area since New Year's Day spread to Koggelsbaai. Western Cape traffic chief Kenny Africa said Clarence Drive on the R44 will remain closed through the night and will only reopen at 09:00 on Monday. This after the Overstrand fire that started

  • 2 brothers die in car crash after receiving their matric results

    06 January 2019 7:21 PM 68

    Two sons of OR Tambo district municipality mayor Nomakhosazana Meth have died in a car crash in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape, the municipality has said. The municipality has sent its condolences to the family of its first citizen, saying it learnt the news with great shock and sadness. According to a statement by the municipality, the mayor’s sons died on Friday

  • Mzwanele Manyi to announce 'new political home', Twitter reacts

    06 January 2019 1:43 PM 70

    Former owner of The New Age and ANN7 Mzwanele Manyi is set to announce his "new political home" this week, with speculation rife that he will leave the ANC. Manyi, a former government spokesperson, made the announcement on Twitter on Saturday night, saying he would be holding a press briefing on Wednesday at 14:00 in Johannesburg. Manyi now calls himself

  • Security Council regrets Somalia's expulsion of UN envoy

    06 January 2019 8:05 AM 65

    The UN Security Council is expressing regret at Somalia's decision to expel a UN envoy who questioned the arrest of an extremist group defector-turned-political candidate. The council issued a statement on Saturday, a day after a closed-door discussion about Somalia's move to kick Nicholas Haysom out. The statement conveys gratitude to the longtime UN official

  • Man arrested for raping former girlfriend

    06 January 2019 5:24 AM 267

    An Eastern Cape man has been arrested after allegedly raping his former girlfriend, police said on Saturday. Msobomvu police arrested the 36-year-old man for allegedly raping his 32-year-old former girlfriend at her home in Phase One, Zizamele Township in Butterworth. The assailant on Friday visited her home and accused her of having had an affair with another

  • Foreign national arrested for possession of wild animals

    05 January 2019 8:25 PM 65

    A 23-year-old man has been arrested after being found in illegal possession of wild animals, police said on Saturday. The foreign national was approached after Beaufort West Stock Theft Unit received a tip-off, Western Cape police spokesperson Captain FC Van Wyk said. They searched his room and found 21 scorpions, two spiders and other insects valued

  • DRC election results delayed until 'next week': electoral commission

    05 January 2019 5:30 PM 61

    The long-awaited announcement of the results of last week's Democratic Republic of Congo presidential election, promised for Sunday, will be postponed to next week, the head of the electoral commission told AFP. "It is not possible to publish the results on Sunday. We are making progress, but we do not have everything yet," said commission president