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  • NSFAS workers on strike for higher wages

    21 February 2018 4:06 AM 29

    Cape Town - About 200 employees of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) are demanding higher salaries and other improvements. The workers, who claimed management had failed to meet demands submitted by their union, the National Education Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) in September 2017, protested outside NSFAS's offices in Wynberg

  • Police struggle to answer questions at Moerane Commission

    20 February 2018 8:06 PM 31

    Durban – A senior police official struggled to answer the Moerane Commission on how a resident of Glebelands Hostel was killed outside court after being assigned a police escort. Questions from commissioner Marumo Moerane on the death of Sipho Ndovela left Major General Dumezweni Chiliza tongue-tied. Ndovela was killed outside the Umlazi Magistrate's

  • Traffic examiners nabbed in alleged driving licence scam

    20 February 2018 5:59 PM 30

    Potchefstroom - Seven North West traffic examiners are among 14 people who have been arrested for allegedly issuing driving licences to applicants without testing them, the Hawks said on Tuesday. The apparent syndicate allegedly received bribes ranging from R5 000 to R10 000 in exchange for issuing licences without the mandatory test, said Captain Tlangelani

  • Togo to free 45 opposition supporters from custody

    20 February 2018 5:37 PM 33

    Lome - Nearly half of the opposition supporters arrested during a wave of anti-government demonstrations in Togo will be pardoned, Ghanaian mediators have said as talks to end a six-month political crisis got under way in Lome. Togo's President Faure Gnassingbe "has decided to give a presidential pardon to 45 of the 92 people detained ... following their

  • Murder accused Diego Novella admits to infidelity

    20 February 2018 3:18 PM 29

    Cape Town - Guatemalan, Diego Novella told the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday of a tumultuous relationship with Gabriela Kabrins Alban, the woman he is accused of murdering. Infidelity and two instances of assault within the relationship were brought up during cross-examination. Prosecutor Mornay Julius read extracts from notes compiled by forensic

  • Libya coastguard rescues 441 migrants from drifting boats

    20 February 2018 2:29 PM 30

    Tripoli - Libya's coastguard rescued 441 migrants in two separate operations as their boats drifted off the western coast, the navy and a doctor said on Tuesday. Thirty-five women and 16 children were among 324 illegal migrants rescued in one of the operations on Monday with help from a fishing boat, a navy statement said. The migrants, from countries

  • Egypt adds detained Islamist politician to terror list

    20 February 2018 1:12 PM 29

    Cairo - An Egyptian court has added a detained Islamist politician to a list of wanted "terrorists" over his alleged links to the country's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group. The South Cairo Criminal Court added Abdel-Monaem Abul Fetouh, 66, and 15 others to the list, which includes deposed President Mohamed Morsi, the Brotherhood's spiritual guide

  • Two Kenyan pilots released by S Sudan rebels

    20 February 2018 1:12 PM 27

    Juba - Two Kenyan pilots held for over a month after crash-landing their plane in rebel-held South Sudan have been released, a rebel spokesperson said on Tuesday. The two men were flying South Sudanese aid workers close to Akobo in the east of the country early last month when they were forced to make an emergency landing, resulting in the death of one civilian

  • Malema describes as 'nonsensical' the manner in which Tsvangirai was denied power by Mugabe in 2008

    20 February 2018 12:06 PM 28

    According to NewsDay, Malema described as "nonsensical" the manner in which Tsvangirai was denied power by former president Robert Mugabe after winning elections in 2008. He said this would never be allowed to happen in South Africa. Tsvangirai was denied to take over as leader of the southern African country by Mugabe and the ruling Zanu-PF party after

  • SANParks rangers on high alert after Wilderness trail robbery

    20 February 2018 9:52 AM 26

    Cape Town - Rangers at South African National Parks (SANParks) and South African Police Service (SAPS) are on high alert following the mugging of a Dutch couple in Wilderness on Monday, 19 February. "We received the news with shock at about 14:30 yesterday and immediately responded by increasing the number of rangers patrolling the Brown Hooded trail