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May, 2017

  • 22 May

    Angolan apartheid troops battle to survive in South Africa

    Living in the far-flung town of Pomfret, these Angolan veterans and their families struggle for jobs and basic facilities. World is One News, WION examines global issues with in-depth analysis. We provide much more than the news of the day. Our aim is to empower people to explore their world. …

  • 22 May

    Network Africa: South Africa VP Warns Against Mafia State

    For more information log on to http://www.channelstv.com source

  • 22 May

    Priyanka Chopra UNICEF visit to Zimbabwe and South Africa

    Part 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkklhrOA7KM source

  • 22 May

    Match 07: South Africa v. Japan – FIFA U-20 World Cup 2017

    Watch highlights of the match between South Africa and Japan from the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic. source

  • 22 May

    WATCH: ‘I see criminals on the balls’ – SAPS detective talks crime overload – Times LIVE

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    Times LIVE WATCH: ‘I see criminals on the balls’ – SAPS detective talks crime overloadTimes LIVEA number of recent high-profile murder cases around South Africa have led to rolling media coverage, which often places the South African Police Service (SAPS) firmly in the spotlight. This puts enormous pressure on the …

  • 22 May

    Claims that top cop used chopper for Wimpy trip untrue: SAPS – Independent Online

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    Independent Online Claims that top cop used chopper for Wimpy trip untrue: SAPSIndependent OnlineWhile rubbishing these reports on Sunday, provincial spokesperson for the SAPS, Brigadier Mohale Ramatseba, categorically denied that Shivuri used the helicopter to fetch his jacket, adding that the helicopter had only been used as air support for …

  • 22 May

    SA’s interregnum and the fight for the soul of SAPS – eNCA (satire)

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    eNCA (satire) SA’s interregnum and the fight for the soul of SAPSeNCA (satire)In July 2016 SAPS Colonel Christiaan Lodewyk Prinsloo, custodian of the SAPS armoury and once regarded as the SAPS’s “firearm guru”, was sentenced to 18 years for selling guns to convicted gangsters. The names of the children who …

  • 22 May

    Political economist and scholar Adam Hanieh in South Africa

    When one usually thinks of the middle-east, images of violence, strife and unimaginable human living conditions comes into mind. But what is the cause of all the conflict? Joining me in studio is renowned political economist and scholar Adam Hanieh. He’s in the country on invitation from the Afro-Middle East …

  • 22 May

    Claim your property: Suspected stolen goods recovered by Newcastle SAPS – Newcastle Advertiser

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    Newcastle Advertiser Claim your property: Suspected stolen goods recovered by Newcastle SAPSNewcastle AdvertiserPIONEER PARK – Newcastle police are appealing to residents of Hutten Heights, Pioneer Park, Barry Hertzog Park and Ncandu Park to report theft out of their yards since May 4. Police have recovered a wheelbarrow, fold-up ladder, two …

  • 22 May

    SAPS notches up huge success against vehicle crime in Gauteng – eNCA

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    eNCA SAPS notches up huge success against vehicle crime in GautengeNCAFollowing further intelligence received, a team comprising of members the SAPS detective service, visible policing, special task force, vehicle crimes unit, and the Hawks – supported by Tracker and Bidvest Protea Coin companies – arrested two more …Carjacking syndicate cracked, several …

  • 21 May

    SAPS notches up huge success against vehicle crime in Gauteng – eNCA

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    eNCA SAPS notches up huge success against vehicle crime in GautengeNCAFollowing further intelligence received, a team comprising of members the SAPS detective service, visible policing, special task force, vehicle crimes unit, and the Hawks – supported by Tracker and Bidvest Protea Coin companies – arrested two more …Carjacking syndicate cracked, several …

  • 21 May

    Should South Africans be worried about their nest egg?

    Many South Africans who are close to retirement might be worried if their savings will be enough to live off following the economic crisis we are facing. It is thus essential for South Africans who are living in their golden years to check if their financial plan and budgets matches …

  • 21 May

    Why Dlamini-Zuma is unlikely to be South Africa’s next president – Daily Nation

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    Daily NationWhy Dlamini-Zuma is unlikely to be South Africa's next presidentDaily NationAfrican Union Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma speaks in Lagos on December 3, 2014 during a send off ceremony for 250 Nigerian health workers on a mission to fight the Ebola virus in affected west African countries. Dlamini-Zuma's campaign team ...South Africa risks becoming &#

  • 21 May

    South Africa threatened by cyber crime

    Cyber crime is on the rise globally. Statistics show that South Africa is a top target on the continent. Experts say there’s a lot you can do to protect yourself. For more news, visit: http://www.sabc.co.za/news source

  • 21 May

    Robbers hit luxury estate outside Stellenbosch – News24

    Nation – Google News – News24 Robbers hit luxury estate outside StellenboschNews24It is not clear what was taken during the robbery, but the estate's General Manager Johann Laubser said the robbery was mostly "unsuccessful". “That is largely due to the robust security of the Estate and the effective response of …

  • 21 May

    South Africa risks becoming ‘mafia state’, warns Ramaphosa – Mail & Guardian

    Nation – Google News – Mail & Guardian South Africa risks becoming 'mafia state', warns RamaphosaMail & GuardianSouth Africa risks becoming a “mafia state”, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa warned Sunday, calling for a corruption probe at the top as he stepped up criticism of President Jacob Zuma. Ramaphosa is one …

  • 21 May

    South Africa: Missing Gauteng Teen Found Alive – AllAfrica.com

    Pretoria — The search for a 13-year-old girl, who had been reported missing, has been found alive at Park Station at the weekend, according to the South African Police Service (SAPS).

    "A search for a 13-year-old girl, reported missing at the Johannesburg Central police station, has been discontinued after she was found by her cousin at Park Station yesterday afternoon [Saturday]. At this stage it is unknown as to what was her state of health when she was found but it is believed that social workers will deal with the matter," the SAPS said on Sunday.

    It was reported that teenager's stepfather phoned into a radio station saying police had ignored calls to find her. The stepfather has allegedly claimed that his pleas had been ignored at the Johannesburg Central police station when he reported her missing.

    On Sunday, police said all available resources had been used to search for her.

    The SAPS said allegations made against the police that they were reluctant to assist when her parents reported the matter are part of an internal investigation that is continuing to establish the conduct of its members when dealing with the members of the community.

    The SAPS provincial Commissioner of Gauteng Lieutenant General Deliwe De Lange has expressed concern about the attitude of members who fail to abide by the police's Code of Conduct.

    "Police members must render a responsible and effective service of a high quality which is accessible to every person," said Commissioner De Lange.

    Meanwhile, police and other law enforcement agencies in co-operation with the City of Johannesburg will continue with operations aimed at rooting out criminal elements in the inner city, especially in abandoned buildings claimed to be hiding places for criminals.

    "Any information received from the members of the community will be followed up without any delay," said police, who also thanked law-abiding members of the community who continue to co-operate with the police.

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    Rally Protests Violence Against Women and Children

    Protesters, most of them men, have marched through the streets of South Africa's capital to protest violence against… Read more »

  • 21 May

    Whoever joins the ANC is blessed – Zuma – News24

    Nation – Google News – News24 Whoever joins the ANC is blessed – ZumaNews24Nquthu – President Jacob Zuma has criticised the Economic Freedom Fighters for bringing the country's Parliament into disrepute. Zuma took a jibe at the EFF while addressing an ANC rally in Nquthu on Sunday, ahead of the …

  • 21 May

    Zuma, Mbalula to meet over handling of #CourtneyPieters case – Independent Online

    Cape Town - The police officers who initially handled the Courtney Pieters disappearance and subsequent murder case may be investigated, with President Jacob Zuma and Police Minister Fikile Mbalula expected to meet to discuss the case.

    Mbalula's spokesperson Esethu Hasane confirmed the meeting would take place this week.

    President Jacob Zuma visited the Elsies River home of murder victim Courtney Pieters, 3, and slammed police’s treatment of mother, Juanita. Pictures: Phando Jikelo

    It's alleged the officers, based at the Elsies River police station, were initially not cooperative when the little girl's disappearance was first reported.

    Courtney's body was discovered in a shallow grave at Epping Industrial, which is about a kilometre from where she was last seen several days prior.

    The three-year-old was laid to rest on Saturday.

    Zuma and Mbalula have both visited the Pieters family following the tragedy.

    Family spokesperson and community leader, Roegshanda Pascoe, who had assisted in the frantic search for the little girl, welcomed the high-level intervention.

    "I am very disappointed with how the police handled this case at the beginning and how they treated us," Pascoe said. "We had requested sniffer dogs when Courtney went missing and they simply ignored us."

    Pascoe said Mbalula had assured the family the case was a priority. "We are glad that our voices have been heard because there are many similar cases which police are not taking seriously and not acting swiftly enough. The minster has also requested to see our memorandum of grievances which we handed at Parliament on Freedom Day," she said.

    In the memorandum of grievances, Pascoe said, the community demanded "immediate action when cases of missing children are reported". "We don't want to be told of waiting periods," she said. "And we also want to be consulted when people from our communities who are in prison are being considered for parole. We are the ones who have to live with those people, so we want to be able to have a say whether or not we want them back to live among us."

    Joanie Fredericks from the Mitchell's Plain Crisis Forum said Courtney's parents, Aaron and Juanita Pieters, were still reeling following the arrest of Mortimer Sauders, 40, who had been renting a room in the family home.

    Saunders has been charged with Courtney's murder and face two counts of rape.

    "Apart from Courtney's death, I think that is the worst," Fredericks said. "I mean, he was a trusted friend. He was living here almost as a family member, so for us activists and community leaders, it puts a whole new spin in terms of what is the new message we have to give to the community. Because, traditionally we'd tell our kids to watch out for uncle so and so, don't go with strangers, but now..." she said.

    During his visit last week, Zuma said: "To think that a man who lived in the same house, stays with family, wakes up and faces the family and all the while pretending to know nothing... it is something totally abnormal. I hope the country will realise that on the issue of crime we are facing a crisis."

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  • 21 May

    ‘Zuma used fake intel to cull Eskom execs’ – Times LIVE

    The move paved the way for Brian Molefe's first posting to Eskom as its CEO and came months after Gupta associate Salim Essa's efforts to score Trillian's first contract at the power utility had fallen flat.

    Were Essa to have been successful, Trillian would have netted R400-million from Eskom.

    Sacking Zuma would be just hacking one limb off a sick body

    A day after the suspensions were announced, the Gupta-owned Tegeta signed its first coal-supply contract with Eskom - a R400-million-a-year, 10-year deal at the company's Brakfontein mine.

    A National Treasury investigation has found that Eskom's leadership ignored evidence that the coal from Brakfontein was out of specification, according to a draft report emanating from a review of the power utility's coal-supply agreements.

    Duduzane holds shares in Gupta companies including Oakbay, which owns Tegeta.

    Zuma's office said this week the president did not involve himself in "HR matters of state-owned companies", but sources with intimate knowledge of the incident said that Zuma used the "intelligence" report to instruct Zola Tsotsi, who was the Eskom board chairman, to suspend CEO Tshediso Matona, finance director Tsholofelo Molefe, group capital executive Dan Marokane and commercial and technology executive Matshela Koko.

    The report was never made public. In it, the affected Eskom executives were accused of being involved in causing load-shedding to make Zuma look bad and trigger his recall at the ANC national general council in October 2015.

    Tsotsi resigned as Eskom chairman less than three weeks after the suspensions.

    An independent inquiry cleared the executives, and three were given multimillion-rand golden handshakes.

    Koko stayed on and became group executive for generation.

    The Sunday Times has learnt that Zuma summoned Tsotsi to his private residence in Durban in February 2015, when the president ordered the Eskom chairman to suspend the four executives.

    SAA chairwoman Dudu Myeni and business consultant Nick Linnell were also allegedly present at the meeting.

    The information has come to light as a storm rages about Zuma's reliance on a two-page, poorly written "intelligence" report to fire Pravin Gordhan and Mcebisi Jonas two months ago.

    We were made aware that Duduzane had compiled the devious report that was used to suspend us

    Some top ANC leaders and the SACP have previously confirmed that Zuma informed them he had intelligence that Gordhan was using an international investor roadshow to meet foreign forces intent on toppling the president.

    A former labour leader, who asked not to be named, this week recalled how, at the time of the suspensions, some of the executives spoke about the use of the intelligence report.

    "Some of them repeated their concerns when it became apparent [Gordhan] was removed under the same circumstances," he said this week.

    One of the Eskom executives, who asked not to be named, told the Sunday Times this week he was aware they had been suspended based on a "so-called" intelligence report.

    "We were made aware that Duduzane had compiled the devious report that was used to suspend us.

    "An independent inquiry proved that we were innocent and had nothing to do with load-shedding," he said.

    "The saddest part is that most of us spent hours working around the clock to avoid any load-shedding, then we get accused of being behind it."

    The executive also said he was told their suspensions happened after Tsotsi's visit to Zuma.

    He said it wasn't surprising that Linnell had initially been appointed to head the inquiry against them.

    "Linnell's appointment was later reversed after the board felt that Tsotsi unilaterally appointed him without following the right procedures. Little did they know that he was following orders from above."

    Former Eskom chairman Zola Tsotsi. Image: RAYMOND PRESTON

    Linnell has also conducted investigations for Myeni at SAA.

    Eskom board spokesman Khulani Qoma yesterday refused to give reasons why Tsotsi suspended the four executives in 2015.

    "The reasons for the suspensions are a matter of public record. Chairman Dr [Ben] Ngubane isn't aware of the alleged meeting between Mr Tsotsi and the president."

    Bongani Ngqulunga, Zuma's spokesman, yesterday said: "The Presidency is unaware of the meeting ... The president receives intelligence reports from authorised state agencies, not from individuals.

    "Finally, the president does not get involved in HR matters of state-owned companies ..."

    Myeni asked for further details on the meeting, saying her focus was on SAA and she was not involved in Eskom's operations.

    "Kindly familiarise yourself with the law so that you're not misled into thinking decisions to suspend employees can be taken willy-nilly," she said.

    Linnell and Duduzane did not respond to calls and SMSes.

    mzilikazi@sundaytimes.co.za and skitis@sundaytimes.co.za