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NPA will discuss sentence with prosecutors

The head of the National Prosecuting Authority said on Tuesday he would discuss the five-year prison sentence handed down to Oscar Pistorius, and a possible appeal, with prosecutors. “We will consult with the prosecution team and then take the matter forward,” National Director of Public Prosecutions Mxolisi Nxasana told Parliament’s[…]

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State must appeal Oscar case: ANCWL

The ANC Women’s League will make submissions to the State on why it thinks the Oscar Pistorius case should be appealed, it said on Tuesday. “Regardless of what the outcome of the sentencing is today, the ANC Women’s League remains dissatisfied with the verdict delivered by Judge Masipa finding Mr[…]

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Oscar sentenced to five years

Paralympian Oscar Pistorius was sentenced in the High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday to five years imprisonment for the culpable homicide killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Judge Thokozile Masipa said he was also sentenced to three years, suspended for five years, for firing a pistol under a table at[…]

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Four wounded in Bonteheuwel shooting

Four people were shot and wounded in Bonteheuwel, Cape Town, on Monday, the SABC reported. Police spokesman Lt-Col Andre Traut told the public broadcaster that several men opened fire on a group of people and fled. The motive for the shooting had not been established. SAPA

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Anni wanted out of marriage: cousin

Slain honeymooner Anni Dewani wanted out of her marriage to British businessman husband Shrien in 2010, her cousin told the Western Cape High Court on Monday. Sneha Mashru, the State’s seventh witness, was adamant that she and Anni were like sisters and that Anni often confided in her about the[…]

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New drug for TB patients

A new drug will be made available to people who suffer from multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, a pharmaceutical company said on Monday. It would be available from next year, said technical and medical affairs director of Janssen-Cilag, Abeda Williams. The administration of Sirturo, also known as Bedaquiline, was recently approved by the[…]

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Parliament concerned by Mthembu shooting

Parliament’s presiding officers on Monday expressed concern at the shooting of ANC MP Jackson Mthembu during an armed robbery in Mpumalanga. “We trust the law will take its course and that the perpetrators will be brought to justice as soon as possible,” Parliament said in a statement. It said the[…]

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Witnesses shun arms deal inquiry

Three key witnesses do not want to give evidence about the 1999 arms deal, the Seriti Commission of Inquiry heard on Monday. Geoff Budlender, SC, said his clients — former ANC MP and author Andrew Feinstein and researchers Hennie van Vuuren and Paul Holden, who had all been subpoenaed as[…]

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Criminals pose as Telkom technicians

Criminals intent on stealing valuables from homes and offices are attempting to gain entry into premises by posing as Telkom technicians. Ms Jacqui O’ Sullivan, Telkom’s Managing Executive: Corporate Communication, says that the evolving modus operandi of the suspected criminals is of great concern. “Telkom would like to alert customers[…]

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Complaints against SABC not upheld

The SABC was not biased in its news reports on the Israel-Gaza conflict, the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of SA (BCCSA) said on Monday. “Complaints… were not upheld on the ground that a contrary view by the Israeli ambassador and a representative from the Jewish Board of Deputies was also broadcast,”[…]

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