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Boy dies after dragged behind car

A four-year-old boy has died after being dragged outside a hijacked car in Boksburg, Gauteng police said on Sunday. Lt-Col Khensane Magoai said that the boy was travelling in a City Golf with his mother, father and sister in Reiger Park on Saturday night when the family was approached by[…]

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R42m in bonuses for SABC staff: report

The SABC has paid around R42 million in bonuses to its staff and middle management, The Sunday Times reported. According to the report, bonuses of R8000 after tax were paid to 3007 workers as part of a wage agreement with unions. The bonuses were reportedly a gesture of gratitude for hard[…]

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1 in 4 toilets not working: SJC

Over a quarter of toilets inspected in four Khayelitsha informal settlements are not in working order, Social Justice Coalition (SJC) said on Saturday. This was one of the preliminary findings of a week-long social audit on the janitorial service for communal flush toilets, the SJC said in a statement. A[…]

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Bosnia buries 284 war victims

Thousands gathered Sunday for a final farewell to 284 people killed in Bosnia’s 1992-1995 war, after their remains were exhumed from one of the largest mass graves found in the country. “I hope it will be easier now,” said 48-year old Suad Tatarevic, who came to bury some 40 family[…]

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MH17 victims remembered

Australians were Sunday remembering those killed on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at church services, as stories emerged of parents losing children, and doctors, teachers and a nun among the dead. Twenty-eight of the 298 people on the plane apparently shot down in eastern Ukraine on Thursday were Australians, while eight[…]

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7000 at Joburg Gaza march

Sandton in Johannesburg was brought to a standstill as more than 7000 protesters gathered outside the Israeli embassy’s trade office on Friday. The vocal crowd called for Israeli Ambassador Arthur Lenk to be expelled and sent home to Israel. The protest comes in the wake of Israel’s brutal assault on the[…]

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No certifying of Israeli products: Sanha

The South African National Halal Authority (Sanha) says it has not issued certification to any Israeli company. Sanha was responding to public criticism on social media that halal bodies were allegedly profiteering from certifying Israeli products and companies for Muslim consumers. There has been growing calls on Muslims to boycott[…]

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Elderly smile on Madiba Day

VOC News joined Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Albert Fritz at the GH Starck Centre for the Aged in Hanover Park to do a blanket drive as part of the 67-minute initiative for Mandela Day. Fritz and a team from the Department of Social Development (DSD) spent their hour[…]

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GOTG team ready for Gaza

Relief aid organization Gift of the Givers (GOTG) is awaiting approval from authorities in Egypt before relief work on its emergency medical mission can begin. The NGO’s founder Dr Imtiaz Sooliman said they are preparing a medical mission to Gaza to take emergency medical specialist, trauma surgeons, doctors and a[…]

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US Jews divided on Palestine: Rasool

On his annual return to the Mother City, the South African ambassador to the United States, Ebrahim Rasool, has spoken out against the escalating Israel-Palestine conflict. He questioned the motives behind Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip and expressed shock that a community still reeling from the atrocities of the[…]

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