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CTown officers suspended for alleged inaction

The three Cape Town officers suspended for doing nothing while Delft residents assaulted and killed a man were not part of the metro police, the city said on Wednesday. “No they are not metro police officers, they are law enforcement officers,” executive director for safety and security Richard Bosman said[…]

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Oscar defence files opposing papers

The lawyers of paralympian Oscar Pistorius have filed papers opposing the State’s application to appeal his culpable homicide conviction and sentence. In papers filed this week, posted on broadcaster eNCA’s website, Pistorius’ lawyers argued there was no error of law when he was sentenced to five years in prison for[…]

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‘Ramaphosa not the hero who saved EFF’

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa should not be portrayed as a hero who saved the EFF, the Economic Freedom Fighters said on Tuesday. The EFF was responding to the deal struck between Ramaphosa and opposition parties that disciplinary proceedings against the EFF would be held in abeyance in return for assurances[…]

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Funeral process begins for church victims

The process of sending the bodies of those killed in the Nigerian church building collapse to their places of burial has commenced, government said on Tuesday. This followed the official reception ceremony for 74 victims held at Waterkloof Air Force Base on Sunday, Nigeria inter-ministerial task team spokeswoman Phumla Williams[…]

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Gangs ‘feeling the pinch’, says activist

A recent resurgence of gang violence on the Cape Flats may be related to the release of prominent gang leaders, according to Safe Manenberg Campaign project co-ordinator Waheed Sookool. Sookool on Tuesday said Manenberg has been divided up into areas outside of the law that resembles feudal era systems. He[…]

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SA UK-based mom sentenced over deaths

A South African mother loved her three disabled children dearly and exhausted herself financially and emotionally to ensure their well-being before eventually killing them, a senior judge said in a UK court on Tuesday. Justice Sweeney sentenced 43-year-old Tania Clarence to a hospital order on this basis on Tuesday, finding[…]

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Ramaphosa halts EFF suspension process

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has struck a deal with opposition parties that disciplinary proceedings against the EFF will be held in abeyance in return for assurances that they will respect parliamentary rules. “Are we going to put these things that happened into abeyance? Yes, because we are going to find[…]

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Woolies addresses shareholder concerns

Woolworths has one billion shares scattered globally among shareholders, the company said on Tuesday. “We have a diverse community of shareholders. They represent an array of faiths, cultures, and beliefs,” Woolworths said in a statement. “Woolworths abhors violence and loss of life, particularly of children, in any circumstance and we[…]

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Teachers to be tested for top jobs: report

The department of basic education wants teachers applying for senior posts to write competency tests before being granted promotions, The Star reported on Tuesday. The department confirmed this in a parliamentary reply on Monday. “The planned competency tests for promotional purposes will ensure that we get appropriately qualified, skilled individuals with[…]

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‘Education system letting pupils down’

The government and the education department are letting the pupils of the country down, Justice Edwin Cameron said on Monday. “Despite spending massive resources on our education system, we continue to deprive learners of the sort of truly enriching educational opportunities, with compassionate and well-trained teachers,” he told a gathering[…]

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