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  • Fees Must Fall activist Bongani Khanyile to be sentenced

    16 October 2018 6:02 AM 21

    Convicted Fees Must Fall activist Bonginkosi Khanyile will be sentenced by the Durban Regional Court on Tuesday. The Durban University of Technology (DUT) student was found guilty on charges of public violence, possession of a dangerous weapon and failing to comply with police instruction. In July, a 40-minute police video that allegedly implicated Khanyile

  • KZN man accused of raping stepdaughter 900 times to appear in court

    16 October 2018 3:12 AM 23

    The 43-year-old man accused of raping his 10-year-old stepdaughter at least 900 times is expected to appear in the Verulam Magistrate's Court in KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday. Last week, the case was postponed after the court heard that the psychologist's report on the child and DNA analysis report had not been completed. He is charged with rape, sexual grooming

  • Cape Town's 'ghost trains' leave DA leaders steaming

    15 October 2018 8:08 PM 37

    Three DA leaders' plan to join Cape Town's train commuters was derailed on Monday morning. City of Cape Town's incoming mayor Dan Plato, mayoral committee member for social services and safety and security JP Smith and DA chief whip John Steenhuisen met at 06:00 at Mitchells Plain train station to catch a train to Cape Town to inspect the safety conditions

  • Man convicted, sentenced twice for wife's murder

    15 October 2018 7:11 PM 26

    A man who pleaded guilty to the murder of his wife but then claimed he was "forced" into confessing has been convicted of the crime for the second time and sentenced to life imprisonment again. Durban High Court Judge Shyam Gyanda, who presided over Rajiv Sewnarain's "second trial", on Monday rejected his version that he had not been mentally sound and had been coerced

  • SA artists 'humiliated' in Australia over heritage music performance

    15 October 2018 5:18 PM 30

    Local artists are upset at being sidelined at an international event designed to promote South African heritage. In a Facebook post, promoter Beryl Crosher-Segers expressed her frustration that an Australian event on October 14 designed to showcase local culture to an Australian audience. "I am a show producer and my show coincided with this SA Tourism

  • Egyptian president arrives in Russia

    15 October 2018 4:02 PM 24

    Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has arrived in Russia on a visit expected to further boost ties between the two nations. Egyptian officials say the visit will enhance economic and trade ties and include discussions to advance the construction of the nuclear plant Russia is building on Egypt's Mediterranean coast. The Kremlin says Russian President

  • Gigaba's lawyers request Redi Thlabi to retract allegations

    15 October 2018 4:00 PM 38

    As promised, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba’s lawyers have set their sights on media personality and author Redi Thlabi. Thlabi took to social media on Monday to confirm that Gigaba's lawyers had sent her a letter, asking to retract her public allegations regarding the new visa regulations for children. "So last week an ex-colleague got a call from honourable

  • Young girl kidnapped during farm robbery found unharmed

    15 October 2018 3:07 PM 40

    A teenager who was kidnapped during a farm robbery on Monday morning in Doringkloof near Fort Beaufort in the Eastern Cape has been found and is receiving trauma counselling. Earlier on Monday the young girl, whose age was not disclosed by police, was kidnapped after an unknown number of suspects gained entry onto the farm, police said in a statement

  • DRC identifies 'second wave' of Ebola in east

    14 October 2018 10:16 AM 25

    A second wave of the Ebola virus has been confirmed in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where an initial outbreak has already killed 125 people, a minister said Saturday. The latest wave is centred in Beni, a town in North Kivu near the border with Uganda, said Health Minister Dr Oly Ilunga. "We don't yet know the scale of it," he added. "The epicentre

  • Ramaphosa moves to make appointment of new NPA boss

    13 October 2018 7:49 PM 48

    President Cyril Ramaphosa is initiating a consultation process with organisations ahead of his appointment of a new National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP). "The president is initiating a process where he will be consulting with a number of organisations as part of building transparency in the process…," Presidency spokesperson Khusela Diko told News24 on Saturday