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ConCourt to hear Marikana funding application

The Constitutional Court will on Thursday hear an application for leave to appeal a ruling which compelled Legal Aid SA to fund the legal representatives of miners at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry. The miners, approximately 300 of them, secured private funding for legal representation for only the first few[…]

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Parliament denies not being ready for Mbete court application

Parliament on Wednesday denied that it had asked the Western Cape High Court to postpone the application by three opposition parties to have National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete removed. This comes after Agang SA parliamentary leader Andries Tlouamma on Tuesday said lawyers for Mbete asked the court to postpone the[…]

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Corruption in school applications, says parent

Ten years ago, whilst applying to a former model C high school in the Cape Town area for this daughter, Adiel Ismail, noticed that the schools admissions policies for learners were not aligned with the Western Cape Education Department’s (WCED) policies. Ismail then went ahead to query these policies. These[…]

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Zuma plane drama to cost millions

Millions of rands extra had to be spent to get President Jacob Zuma back to South Africa after an official visit to Moscow. By late on Tuesday, it was still not clear when he would land at Waterkloof air force base. The original itinerary had Zuma landing at Waterkloof just[…]

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Stellenbosch doctor’s death not accidental: pathologist

Whoever assaulted Stellenbosch academic and paediatrician Dr Louis Heyns must have known it would lead to serious injury or death, a forensic pathologist told the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday. Pathologist Daphne Anthony had testified on the large number of injuries to his body during the trial of his[…]

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Man at centre of Cape Town stand-off ‘eccentric’

The man at the centre of a stand-off in which a police officer was shot in the face was described by neighbours as “eccentric” and “out there”. The neighbours also claimed the man’s house was “booby trapped”, reported News24’s Tammy Petersen from the scene. But the police’s Captain FC van[…]

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DA’s court victory claim misleading: ANC

The DA’s claim that its win in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday regarding the right to remove or arrest parliamentary members who caused disturbances was a victory against National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete was misleading, the ANC said on Tuesday. “The DA’s court application was neither intended to[…]

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Sithole murder accused back in court

Four men implicated in the death of Mozambican national Emmanuel Sithole will be back in the Alexandra Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday. During their appearance last week, the group abandoned their bid for bail. Ayanda Sibiya, Bhengu Mthinta, Sizwe Mngomezulu, and Sifundi Mzimela are facing charges of murder and robbery. Vinesh[…]

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Hostage drama in Cape Town over dog dispute

A police officer was shot and injured in a suspected hostage drama in Athlone, Cape Town, on Tuesday night. The situation started when a resident in Hazendal, Athlone, called in a complaint to law enforcement officials that her landlord’s dogs had attacked her, police spokesperson Captain Frederick van Wyk told[…]

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