Wed Apr 16 12:23:02 SAST 2014

EFF would consider legalising dagga, physically removing e-tolls

The EFF would consider the possibility of legalising dagga if it came to power after the May 7 general election, party leader Julius Malema said on Tuesday.   45 comments

Court hears defence analysis of bullets on Reeva - Trial

The bullet casing found in the toilet bowl next to a fatally wounded Reeva Steekamp could not have been from the one that hit her in the head, the High Court in Pretoria heard on Wednesday.   0 comments

Pistorius case to break

The murder trial of paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius will break from Thursday until May 5, Judge Thokozile Masipa told the High Court in Pretoria.   1 comments

Fewer people in Oscar court

Public interest in Oscar Pistorius's trial seems to have waned a bit with fewer people queuing up outside courtroom GD in the High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday morning.   0 comments

Oscar murder trial enters day 24

The murder trial of paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius enters day 24 in the High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday, with a former senior police forensic expert continuing his evidence.   0 comments

SA hits tourist high in December

December 2013 recorded the highest ever number of tourists in South Africa in one month, Statistician General Pali Lehohla said on Tuesday.   0 comments

Kasrils' call 'reactionary': ANC

A call by former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils for voters to either not vote for the ANC or spoil their ballots is "reactionary", the ruling party said on Tuesday.   2 comments

Govt gives 'hands-on' support: Zuma

President Jacob Zuma assured the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality that government would continue to provide hands-on support in order to improve governance, the presidency said on Tuesday.   1 comments

Criticism essence of politics: DA

The content of the DA's election campaign advertisements is legitimate and should be aired, the party's legal team said on Tuesday.   1 comments

Blurred pictures, strict cover for Marikana's Mr X

Stringent process will have to be followed at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry when a key police witness, dubbed Mr X, testifies, retired judge Ian Farlam ruled on Tuesday.   0 comments

19-year-old accused of leaving toddler on highway gets bail

A 19-year-old woman whose son was found wandering on the N1 freeway near the Grasmere offramp was granted bail in the Vereeniging Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, said Gauteng traffic police.   0 comments

Zuma built his own house: Nzimande

President Jacob Zuma built his house in Nkandla with his own money, SA Communist Party general secretary Blade Nzimande said on Saturday.   53 comments

Oscar trial: Nel seeks postponement

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel said, among other things, his colleague had another matter to attend to.   0 comments

Complaint against Nel dismissed - Oscar trial

"The SAHRC noted that the court had duly exercised its authority in the course of ongoing proceedings before it," the commission said in a statement.   0 comments

Parents queue for school enrolments

Several Gauteng parents braved chilly weather in Pretoria and Johannesburg from the early hours of Tuesday morning to queue outside schools hoping to secure enrolments for their children.   10 comments

Icasa buckles under DA pressure

Watchdog body Icasa has caved in to the DA after the party resorted to court action over the SABC's pulling of an election advert, DA chairman James Selfe said on Tuesday.   0 comments

Get the f**k out of my house: Oscar Pistorius

"I said: ‘Get the f**k out my house, get the f**k out!’" that's what an emotional Oscar Pistorius told the High Court in Pretoria he had shouted in the early hours of February 14 last year before he had shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.   52 comments

ANC granted leave to appeal in sms case

The High Court in Johannesburg on Saturday granted the ANC leave to appeal a decision that a DA sms about President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead was fair comment.   2 comments

Miners regress on ARV treatment: Lonmin

More than 1000 Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) members were defaulting on their anti-retroviral treatment, according to a letter mining company Lonmin sent to the union.   5 comments

Farlam to rule on witness Mr X

Clarity will be given on Tuesday on whether a Marikana police witness, dubbed Mr X, will be allowed to testify in camera, from an undisclosed location.   0 comments

Amplats 'not in good financial position'

Anglo American's Rustenburg operations are not in a good financial position, the company said on Monday.   0 comments

'I love you', Reeva tells Oscar in card

"I think today is a good day to tell you that I love you, she wrote in a Valentine's Day card she gave her boyfriend before her death on February 14 last year.   13 comments

"Vote for minority or spoil your ballot"

Spoiling your ballot or voting for a minority party could help put a dent in the ANC's majority, former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils and Madlala-Routledge said.   72 comments

East Rand plagued by rats

An infestation of Norway rats on Gauteng's East Rand has become so bad that some Katlehong residents have nicknamed the area Ratlehong, the Sunday Times reports.   26 comments

Free Derby-Lewis: Front Nasionaal

Clive Derby-Lewis, one of the men convicted of killing SACP secretary general Chris Hani, should be freed, the Front Nasionaal (FN) said on Saturday.   5 comments

KZN school boy hit and killed by taxi

A 10-year-old school boy was killed when he was hit by a taxi in Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday morning, paramedics said.   2 comments

Four teens held over KZN bus stabbing

Four high school pupils, aged between 16 and 19, have been arrested for allegedly stabbing four others on a school bus in Cedara, outside Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Saturday.   0 comments

KZN education salaries frozen

The salaries of 388 KwaZulu-Natal education department staff are going to be frozen because they cannot be found, the department said on Thursday.   2 comments

Ad hoc committee to consider Nkandla

An ad hoc committee would be formed to consider the submissions made by President Jacob Zuma in response to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report on upgrades to his Nkandla homestead, Parliament said on Wednesday.   10 comments

Nkandla residents 'not asking questions'

Nkandla locals in KwaZulu-Natal did not raise questions about President Jacob Zuma's private home in the area, ANC treasurer general Zweli Mkhize said on Monday.   37 comments

Parliament to probe Nkandla before elections: Report

National Assembly speaker Max Sisulu has decided to investigate the Nkandla report before the May 7 elections, Beeld newspaper reported on Tuesday.   15 comments

Steel bars missing from Tongaat mall

Steel bars needed to reinforce a beam holding a concrete slab at the ill-fated Tongaat mall, outside Durban in KwaZulu-Natal, were missing.   1 comments

Zuma draws crowds in Durban

The party faithful turned out in droves as President Jacob Zuma toured several areas of greater Durban where he campaigned for the ANC ahead of the May 7 election.   27 comments

ANC prioritising rural development: Mkhize

The ANC is working to develop rural areas to improve residents' quality of life, ANC treasurer general Zweli Mkhize told potential voters in KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday.   5 comments

Two killed interrupting armed robbery

A man about to drop off his wife who worked at the store saw what was happening and tried to drive off. The robbers fired shots at the car, hitting both of them. Their car was found about a kilometre away in a sugar cane field.   1 comments

'Why should I pay for something I did not ask for': Zuma

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma on Sunday said he did not ask for multi-million dollar state-funded makeover of his private house. PLUS: Facebook comment of the day   121 comments

FFPlus seeks parliamentary debate on Nkandla

The FF Plus is seeking an urgent parliamentary debate on the public protector's report on upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's residence in Nkandla.   11 comments

Not enough time spent on Nkandla report: Sisulu

Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu is sceptical about whether enough time was spent on the public protector's final report on the security upgrades at Nkandla, the Star reported on Monday.   14 comments

IFP wants special corruption court

Special courts to deal with corruption would be established under an IFP government, the party's leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi said in Durban on Sunday.   25 comments

Western Cape economic growth reversed: Mantashe

Economic growth in the Western Cape has been reversed under the DA leadership, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Saturday.   6 comments

Northern Cape man held for killing family with axe

A man was arrested on Sunday for allegedly killing two of his family members and injuring two others with an axe in Douglas, Northern Cape police said.   0 comments

Malema apologises to Mbeki's mom

Economic Freedom Fighters' leader Julius Malema has apologised to former president Thabo Mbeki's mother Epainette, saying they replaced her son with "nothing", the Sunday Independent reports.   185 comments

Rhinos 'valued more than gang victims'

President Jacob Zuma should tackle gangsterism in Cape Town rather than the plight of the rhino, Patriotic Alliance president Gayton McKenzie said on Wednesday.   44 comments

De Lille was unaware of defection

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille was not informed of DA Cape Town metro chairman Grant Pascoe's defection to the ANC, it emerged on Monday.   3 comments

Dewani case postponed

The case against honeymoon murder-accused Shrien Dewani was postponed in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday.   2 comments

Dali Tambo’s company did not follow regulations in Mandela statue tender: Report

The contract for a R1.8 million bust of former president Nelson Mandela was awarded to a company owned by Dali Tambo without being put out to tender, the Sunday Times reports.   51 comments

ANCWL wants fair Dewani trial

The ANC Women's League wants to ensure a fair trial against Shrien Dewani who is accused of involvement in the murder of his wife.   20 comments

Hawks warn of 'Wonga' loan scam

An e-mail scam is using the name of short-term loan company Wonga Finance SA to trick people out of their money, Western Cape police said on Tuesday.   13 comments

Griekwastad boy convicted of killing a Steenkamp family

A 17-year-old boy was convicted on Thursday of killing a couple and their teenage daughter on their farm near Griekwastad, in the Northern Cape.   3 comments

ANC profiting from power emergency: Zille

The African National Congress is benefiting from the country's power emergency, DA leader Helen Zille said on Saturday.   3 comments

Heavy rain causes havoc

Heavy rainfall caused severe flooding on Wednesday, with a man feared to have been swept away by flood water in the Western Cape.   0 comments

Department disappointed over textbook allegation

Limpopo's education department on Thursday expressed disappointment with "false claims" that undelivered textbooks were found in a warehouse in Fetakgomo.   1 comments

Limpopo health department meets hospital to resolve strike

"It must be noted that strikes in the essential services sector must be a measure of last resort and must not be used to seek attention that has not been denied," African National Congress provincial spokeswoman Khumbudzo Ntshavheni said in a statement.   1 comments

'Malema's co-accused case dismissed'

EFF leader Julius Malema's business associates have been acquitted on corruption charges in the Mokopane Regional Court, The Star reported on Thursday.   2 comments

NPA clarifies Malema charges

The NPA on Thursday clarified the charges against Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema and the "discharge" of charges against his alleged business associates   15 comments

Man kills girlfriend, four children

A 44-year-old man killed his girlfriend and four children in Tlou village, Ga-Matlala, Limpopo police said on Sunday.   2 comments

Three home affairs officials arrested

"Two officials were arrested at the Beit Bridge border post for allegedly taking bribes from travellers passing through Beit Bridge," department investigation unit director Connie Moitse said in a statement.   5 comments

Limpopo officials charged

Nine senior Limpopo co-operative governance officials have been charged with tender irregularities, the department said.   6 comments

Limpopo policemen's houses torched

Two houses belonging to policemen were torched in Namakgale on Sunday morning, Limpopo police said.   1 comments

Old age homes are for whites: Mabuza

Mpumulanga premier David Mabuza has said old age homes are for whites and that blacks must not adopt the practice, the Sunday Times reports.   221 comments

Seven to appear for allegedly stealing from Absa

Seven people arrested in connection with R4 million stolen from 17 Absa ATMs were expected to appear in the Nelspruit Magistrate's Court on Friday, Mpumalanga police said.   2 comments

Mpumalanga mom jailed over pistol

An Mpumalanga security guard, whose one-year-old son was seen walking around with her service pistol, was handed a two-month prison sentence with an option to pay an R800 fine.   44 comments

Community raise complaints to Madonsela

The community of Piet Retief in Mpumalanga complained about a lack of services and human rights abuses in the area during a visit by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on Thursday, her office said.   19 comments

Baby born with two heads dies

Deformities seen in the past included conjoined twins, babies with their heart or brain exposed, and those with two penises or four legs.   21 comments

Zuma hands over land to Mpumalanga claimants

The N'wandlamhlarhi Community Property Association (CPA) in Lillydale village near Hazyview in Mpumalanga are officially the owners of 13,184 hectares of land that includes the Mala Mala game reserve, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday.   41 comments

Mpumalanga lightening deaths to be probed

"The conditions they are living in is not acceptable," director of public safety Selati Matlejoane said.   15 comments

Zuma shocked at Moloto Road bus crash

President Jacob Zuma is shocked at the deaths of 29 people in an accident involving a bus and a truck on the Moloto Road near Kwaggafontein, Mpumalanga, the presidency said on Tuesday.   70 comments

Mathale's wife in court

Kgohloane faces a possible R5 million fine or 10 years' imprisonment if found guilty of mining illegally.   32 comments

Pastor jailed for 15 years

A self-proclaimed Mpumalanga pastor who bludgeoned a suspected thief to death was jailed for 15 years by the Nelspruit Regional Court.   10 comments

SA sends condolences to Nigeria

South Africa sent its "deepest condolences" to Nigeria on Monday after a bomb blast in Abuja that killed over 70 people.   0 comments

ANC trying to delay Nkandla committee: DA

The DA accused the ANC on Monday of deliberately trying to delay the work of the ad hoc committee on Nkandla.   35 comments

Sars seize R14.8 million of drugs in March

Drugs with an estimated street value of over R14.8 million were prevented from entering South Africa in March after being seized by the SA Revenue Service (Sars), it said on Monday.   3 comments

ANC wishes 'no vote campaign' luck: Report

The ANC wishes former minister Ronnie Kasrils luck if he is campaigning for spoilt votes, the Sunday Independent reports.   50 comments

Zuma built his own house: Nzimande

President Jacob Zuma built his house in Nkandla with his own money, SA Communist Party general secretary Blade Nzimande said on Saturday.   53 comments

Exercise Christian values during Easter: Peters

Motorists should exercise Christian and Constitutional values when using the roads during the Easter break, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said on Thursday.   5 comments

All ministers' homes upgraded and cost R100m: Nzimande

President Jacob Zuma built his house in Nkandla with his own money, SA Communist Party general secretary Blade Nzimande said on Saturday.   6 comments

Reduction in long-term awaiting-trial prisoners

More than 380 awaiting-trial prisoners incarcerated for more than two years are no longer in prison, the correctional services ministry said on Thursday.   1 comments

SA farmers don't owe anyone anything: Tau

South African farmers are unwilling to finance half of land reform farms because it is unjust and unfair, the Transvaal Agriculture Union (TAU) said on Wednesday.   88 comments

ANCYL distances itself from Mzwandile Masina's Instagram post

The ANC Youth League distanced itself on Monday from a comment made by its national convenor Mzwandile Masina about two party stalwarts on photo-sharing site Instagram.   46 comments

ANC needs strong Cosatu: Ramaphosa

The ANC needs a strong Cosatu, not a weak, divided one, African National Congress deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa said on Friday.   52 comments

Malema trust launched to settle Sars bill

A trust was launched on Wednesday to collect funds to settle EFF leader Julius Malema's R16 million SA Revenue Service (Sars) bill.   85 comments

Arms deal cost more than R46bn: Report

The arms deal cost R46.666 billion, The Star newspaper reported on Thursday.   6 comments

SA still faces remnants of apartheid: Oliphant

Twenty years since South Africa's first democratic election, remnants of apartheid remain in the workplace, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant said on Wednesday.   55 comments

Bullying of teachers a serious problem: Study

Bullying of teachers against other teachers is a serious problem, a study by the University of the Free State's education faculty has found.   3 comments

DA complains ANC abusing state money for election campaign

The DA legal team will on Monday write to President Jacob Zuma requesting he stop "abuse" of public money for the ANC's election campaign, the party said.   2 comments

Sharing farms with workers won't work: FFPlus

The idea of giving farm workers half of the land they work on is ill-considered, the Freedom Front Plus (FF Plus) said on Monday.   197 comments

Cigarette tax 'not enough' to put youth off smoking

The sin tax increase for tobacco products was not enough to put the youth off smoking, the National Council Against Smoking said on Wednesday.   38 comments

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