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Condemnation for attack on constable’s family

Western Cape MEC for Community Safety, Dan Plato, has strongly condemned the brutal attack on the family of a South African Police Force (SAPS) officer. The Manenberg home of Constable Lutfie Eksteen, a member of SAPS Operation Combat Anti-gang and Drug Unit, was targeted on Monday night. The attack resulted[…]

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Tshabalala must prove qualifications: Cosatu, SACP

SABC chairwoman Ellen Tshabalala must produce proof of her qualifications or immediately step down, Cosatu and the SACP said on Wednesday. “[She must] save our country and the SABC from this rather embarrassing and shameful spectacle,” the two said in a joint statement. “Universities have their records and it is[…]

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‘Oscar seemed shy’: Reeva’s cousin

Paralympian Oscar Pistorius seemed shy and did not show much affection towards Reeva Steenkamp, her cousin Kim Martin told the High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday. “I still remember thinking ‘he’s just standing there’. He came across as quite shy,” Martin said to questions from prosecutor Gerrie Nel. She was[…]

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Oscar arrives for third day of sentencing

Culpable homicide-convicted paralympian Oscar Pistorius arrived at the High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday for the third day of his sentencing proceedings. He walked briskly to the entrance of the court, followed by four female police officers. He carried a black folder. Camera people and two photographers took pictures and[…]

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SA not a corrupt country: Madonsela

South Africa is not a corrupt country thanks to a multi-pronged approach to promoting good governance, a sound constitutional and legal framework and an arsenal of anti-corruption safeguards. This is according to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, who was speaking at the Crime Stoppers International Conference in Cape Town on Tuesday.[…]

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Dewani cop has poor memory: Defence

The policeman who took a witness statement from murder-accused Shrien Dewani after a hijacking in 2010 was criticised on Tuesday for having a poor memory and not following procedure. Francois van Zyl, for Dewani, cross-examined State witness Warrant Officer George Stefanus in the Western Cape High Court on his involvement[…]

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Winnie challenges Madiba’s estate

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s lawyers confirmed that they had filed papers in court on Tuesday challenging the estate of former president Nelson Mandela, seeking the rights to his home in Qunu, Eastern Cape. “The papers have been filed in the Mthatha High Court,” her attorney Mvuzo Notyesi said. “It has been sent[…]

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‘Prison cannot secure Oscar’s safety’

A prison will not be able to secure Oscar Pistorius’s safety, the High Court in Pretoria heard on Tuesday. “My opinion is that the accused is vulnerable [in prison]. They cannot eliminate his vulnerability and they cannot secure his safety,” Annette Vergeer said under cross-examination from prosecutor Gerrie Nel. “That[…]

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Sexual offense database vital

A collection of sexual offense databases from across the country could be the future of preventing sexual abuse in South Africa, according to activist and entrepreneur Mara Glennie. At the 35th Crimestoppers International Conference at Cape Town International Convention Centre on Monday, Glennie revealed graphical charts compiled from hits she[…]

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New state witness in Dewani trial

British businessman Shrien Dewani’s trial, for the murder of his wife Anni, will resume in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday with the State expected to call a new witness. The trial was postponed on Monday after hearing evidence from two State witnesses. Dewani’s lawyer Francois van Zyl continued[…]

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