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State to oppose cop bail

The State will oppose a bail application to be launched later this month by a policeman charged with raping two teenage boys, the Blue Downs District Court heard on Friday. The policeman, 40, a warrant officer based at the Bellville South police station in Cape Town, may not be named[…]

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Plans to tackle police killings

Following a shocking spate of police killings in recent months, a number of Western Cape cabinet ministers and senior police officials held a high level meeting to discuss solutions to the issue. The meeting, which was called by Premier Helen Zille, was attended by provincial police commissioner, Arno Lamoer, and[…]

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Vavi at anti-Israeli protest

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi joined hundreds of protesters on Friday in criticising the Israeli occupation of Gaza and attacks on Palestine. The protesters gathered at the entrance of the OR Tambo Building in Pretoria, the headquarters of the department of international relations, calling for the expulsion of the Israeli[…]

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Bellville cop in court for rape

A Bellville, Cape Town, police officer accused of raping two 14-year-old boys is expected to appear in the Blue Downs Magistrate’s Court on Thursday. The officer allegedly abused the boys for four years. He was arrested after the Independent Police Investigative Directorate became aware of the matter. After his arrest[…]

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Lwandle inquiry to start

Public hearings into last month’s eviction of illegal shack dwellers in Lwandle, Cape Town, would begin on Monday, the housing ministry said. The hearings would be held at the Good Hope Sub-Council Building from 10am, spokesman Vusi Tshose said in a statement on Thursday. “The decision to appoint the inquiry[…]

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De Kock can be forgiven: family

Apartheid-era assassin Eugene de Kock can be forgiven and paroled if he shows remorse, the family of one of his victims told the Sowetan newspaper. “If he was to speak to us and connect with us on a human level, and really show he knows what he did was a[…]

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Israel attacks ‘barbaric’: ANC

The African National Congress on Thursday described the Israeli military’s attacks on the Gaza strip as “barbaric”. “The state of Israel has turned the occupied territories of Palestine into permanent death camps,” deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte said in a statement. “Of course the killing of any child, irrespective of[…]

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Five WCape prison officials arrested

Five correctional services officials accused of working with a gang to commit various crimes in prison were arrested in Worcester on Thursday, Western Cape police said . “The officials aged 33, 36, 40, 41 and 43 will be charged for offences relating to the drug trafficking and corruption acts,” Lt-Col[…]

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Man alive when heart ripped out: cop

A Gugulethu man was alive when his heart was ripped out last month and then allegedly cut into pieces to eat, the Athlone Magistrate’s Court in Cape Town heard on Thursday. Investigating officer Constable Mphumelelo Yengwa said he attended the autopsy of 62-year-old Mbuyiselo Manona, who was allegedly killed by[…]

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Tutu calls for Israel, Palestine peace

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has urged citizens of both Palestine and Israel to stand up and say enough is enough. “Once again, the people of Israel and Palestine are embroiled in a deadly contest of tit-for-tat violence in which there can never be victors, only losers,” Tutu said in a[…]

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