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Mall collapse enquiry continues

The inquiry into the collapse of the Tongaat Mall, in which two people were killed, will continue on Thursday. On Wednesday, the commission of inquiry in Durban heard that strength tests were never carried out on the concrete used in the columns supporting the ill-fated Tongaat Mall. Ronnie Pillay, a[…]

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Relatives fly to Taiwan plane crash site

Family members of victims of a plane crash were flying to the small Taiwanese island on Thursday where the plane had unsuccessfully attempted to land in stormy weather, killing 48. There were 10 survivors, and authorities were searching for one person who might have been in a wrecked house on[…]

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First MH17 bodies arrive in Netherlands

The first bodies from flight MH17 arrived in the Netherlands on Wednesday almost a week after it was shot down over Ukraine, as the conflict flared yet again near the Malaysian airliner’s crash site. Uniformed Dutch military personnel solemnly hoisted 40 wooden coffins from two planes and placed them in[…]

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MAD enters final round

For its fourth giveaway this month, the Make A Difference (MAD) team headed to Pick ‘n Pay in Vangate Mall on Wednesday. People from the surrounding community flocked to the store as the VOC team hosted the live outside broadcast. VOC and Pick n Pay assisted another 50 less fortunate[…]

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Pahad’s visit ‘not enough’: Palestine lobby

South Africa is not doing enough to intervene in the crisis in the Middle East. So says Martin Jansen of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), commenting on the South African government’s decision to send former minister of foreign affairs Aziz Pahad as an envoy to the besieged region. Pahad is[…]

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Broad-based boycott needed

Outraged by Israel’s continued bombardment of the Gaza strip, many Palestinian sympathisers both locally and abroad have turned to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, to protest against Israel’s involvement in the conflict. Locally there have been numerous calls for South Africans to boycott Israeli products, currently being sold[…]

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Criminal charges laid against EFF

The Gauteng legislature has laid criminal charges against members of the Economic Freedom Fighters, the legislature said on Wednesday. “We have opened charges of trespassing, damage to property, and intimidation,” said Hlengiwe Bhengu, acting secretary to the legislature. The case was opened in Johannesburg on Tuesday night. She said the[…]

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Not known when SA envoy will leave for Israel

It was not known when South Africa’s special envoy would leave for Israel and Palestine, as unrest in the Gaza strip intensifies. “The date has not yet been finalised,” international relations department spokesman Clayson Monyela said on Wednesday. On Tuesday International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane announced President Jacob Zuma’s intention[…]

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UN: Israel assault in Gaza may be war crime

Israel’s military actions in the Gaza Strip could amount to war crimes, UN rights chief Navi Pillay has said, as Israel continued pounding Gaza for a 16th day. Pillay on Wednesday also condemned indiscriminate rocket attacks by Hamas fighters. “There seems to be a strong possibility that international law has[…]

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