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  1. ‘Stop Hlaudi madness’

    Date: 29 Sep 2016
    Zuma’s office seen as origin of SABC crisis PRESSURE continues to mount on the government to fire the entire SABC board for its insistence on retaining its controversial boss Hlaudi Motsoeneng, who has almost single-handedly run the public broadcaster as if it were his private enterprise. Yesterday, protests were held in Joburg and Cape Town for Motsoeneng and the... See full details

  2. Security guard dies trying to stop mosque robbers

    Date: 29 Sep 2016
    WHEN a security guard spotted some youngsters trying to rob a mosque in the Joburg CBD, he leapt into action to thwart the crime. Moments later, he lay writhing in pain, bleeding from stab wounds as his life ebbed away. The incident is captured in dramatic CCTV footage which has since been uploaded to YouTube and shared on social media. As the man’s attacker flees ... See full details

  3. UJ beefs up security as mayhem grips universities

    Date: 29 Sep 2016
    Faeces used during KZN chaos THE MAYHEM that has been reigning at universities escalated yesterday, with reports that in KwaZulu-Natal faeces were thrown during protests. Meanwhile, the universities of Limpopo and Rhodes have become the latest to experience violent clashes between the police and security guards. Some fee-free education activists said t... See full details

  4. Assaults on deaf son: dad furious with cops

    Date: 29 Sep 2016
    A SOWETO man whose deaf son was assaulted again, allegedly by the same people, said he might have to resort to extreme measures to protect him because the authorities had failed to do so. This was after his son, Tumi*, was assaulted despite the fact that he had protection orders against the alleged perpetrators. An angry Thabo* said he was prepared to go to prison while protecti... See full details

  5. Zwane defies JZ over probe

    Date: 29 Sep 2016
    MINERAL Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has defied President Jacob Zuma after he reiterated that he issued his statement on the judicial inquiry into the banks for closing the accounts of the Guptas in his capacity as a cabinet minister. His statement yesterday also went against the cabinet decision that it never instructed him to issue the statement. Zwane, who was replying ... See full details

  6. Fica bill is for our own good, says Gordhan

    Date: 29 Sep 2016
    FINANCE Minister Pravin Gordhan has backed the Financial Intelligence Centre Amendment Bill, saying it was in line with global standards. Gordhan said the proposed legislation would clamp down on illicit financial flows and fight money laundering. He said it was an important mechanism in strengthening South Africa’s financial systems. It would also be of help when the Fina... See full details

  7. Inadequate policing of the wildlife trade

    Date: 29 Sep 2016
    THE ENFORCEMENT of the trade in Cites listed live animals and animal parts is an important part of their mandate, but there are differing views as to how effective they are at implementing their tasks to police international wildlife trade. As delegates and government officials decide which animals to protect, the challenge after the week-long CoP17 conference will be how to implement t... See full details

  8. ‘I AM THE SABC’

    Date: 28 Sep 2016
    HLAUDI Motsoeneng might have been clutching at straws when he pronounced that only he could decide his future at the SABC and that no amount of politics could stand in his way. Shortly after SABC board chairperson Professor Mbulaheni Maguvhe announced Motsoeneng had been appointed to his old job as group executive of corporate affairs, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela indicated she woul... See full details

  9. Just go to hell, victim’s sister tells murderous rapist

    Date: 28 Sep 2016
    “FOR EVERYTHING you ever did to our family, you deserve this. You are an animal. I curse you, Thapelo! How could you kill people like that? Your daughters will suffer for your sins… Go to hell!” Thandeka Dlamini’s voice reverberated through the courtroom at Palm Ridge as she confronted the serial murderer and rapist Thapelo Motseki, who had violated and dumped t... See full details

  10. Campus riots give rise to a blood shortage

    Date: 28 Sep 2016
    Urgent appeal to all donors THE ONGOING protests at the country’s universities are severely impacting on blood stocks. The SA National Blood Service (SANBS) has made an urgent appeal to all eligible blood donors to donate. “Students make up an average of about 40 percent of the 2 000 units of blood we collect a day. With the ongoing strikes... See full details

  11. US fugitive’s extradition case delayed again

    Date: 28 Sep 2016
    THE CASE against US fugitive Nichole King was again postponed as local law enforcement officials still await documentation from the US to extradite her to that country. The 44-year-old, who was on America&rsquo;s most wanted list for the past seven years, but fled to South Africa, where she hid for years, made a brief appearance in the Brakpan Magistrate&rsquo;s Court yesterday. <p... See full details

  12. Anti-graft team to hand over its report

    Date: 28 Sep 2016
    THE HAWKS, National Prosecuting Authority, State Security Agency and other government departments that form the anti-corruption task team were today due to table their report on investigations into state-owned entities. Standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) chairperson Themba Godi said yesterday that the report would give a picture of the extent of corruption in SOEs. Sc... See full details

  13. Council set to demolish all illegal buildings

    Date: 28 Sep 2016
    Unsafe structures targeted DEMOLITION orders for illegal buildings are going to be the order of the day in future, says City of Joburg member of the mayoral committee for development planning and urban management Funzela Ngobeni. &ldquo;We will be taking a hard stance against illegal structures or buildings by getting more demolition orders through the courts,&rdquo; he... See full details

  14. Wildlife cybercrime grows

    Date: 28 Sep 2016
    Shock as 30 000 animals or body parts sold on 280 global sites IN 2014, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (Ifaw) carried out a survey and found that over 30 000 animals or their parts and products were sold across 280 online marketplaces in 16 countries over a six-week period. The issue of wildlife cybercrime was due to come before the committee at COP17 today, ... See full details

  15. Save the rhino or legalise trade is the question

    Date: 27 Sep 2016
    Last year the number of rhinos poached in South Africa plunged a little &ndash; to 1 715.Whether the current ban on international trade in rhino horn is working will be at the forefront of discussions at the 17th Conference of Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) around whether or not to allow trade in rhino horn. <p... See full details

  16. Gauteng denies tender rigging

    Date: 27 Sep 2016
    The provincial education department says claims by the DA are a deliberate attempt to cast aspersions and taint its image.The Gauteng department of education notes &ldquo;with concern&rdquo; allegations contained in a DA statement that the department rigged the tender process on the province&rsquo;s information communication technology (ICT) programme and that another service provider could hav... See full details

  17. Varsities forced to shut down campuses

    Date: 27 Sep 2016
    NORTH West University&rsquo;s Vaal campus and the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) have been closed for a week following joint protests by students. NWU management took the decision after an arson attempt during the early hours of yesterday morning when petrol bombs were thrown at the gate. On a student blog, the university offered a R20 000 reward for anyone with information... See full details

  18. Serial killer-rapist again threatens victim’s sister

    Date: 27 Sep 2016
    AS A serial murderer and rapist descended to the cells beneath the Palm Ridge court, he told the sister of one of his victims: &ldquo;I&rsquo;ll come get you&rdquo;. But Thandeka Dlamini, while unnerved, told The Star this wasn&rsquo;t the first time the convicted killer had threatened her and her family. Thapelo Motseki was convicted three months ago by the high court sitting i... See full details

  19. Mental evaluation for murder accused

    Date: 27 Sep 2016
    JOHANNES Andreas van Wyk, the man suspected of murdering Pretoria teenager Anika Smit, will have to wait another month before deciding whether to formally apply for bail. He appeared in the Pretoria North Magistrate&rsquo;s Court yesterday, but the matter was postponed to October 25 to afford him an opportunity to undergo psychiatric evaluation. Prosecutor Tania Carstens said th... See full details

  20. Minister and board cautioned

    Date: 27 Sep 2016
    Don&rsquo;t undermine SCA on the Motsoeneng ruling, warns ANC &nbsp; THE ANC has called on Communications Minister Faith Muthambi and the SABC board not to undermine the decision of the Supreme Court of Appeal by reappointing Hlaudi Motsoeneng as chief operating officer. ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said yesterday the courts were the final arbiters in any dispute... See full details

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