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By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @SizweKupelo. The Eastern Cape Deputy Director of Communications at the department of health Sizwe Kupelo has been released on R30 000 bail by the Zwelitsha magistrates Court in the Eastern Cape. Kupelo(47) made a brief appearance in the Zwelitsha Magistrates Court on Wednesday. He is facing charges…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Gauteng health department have confirmed the death of suspended Tembisa Hospital CEO Dr Ashley Mthunzi, who was also known as "Mr Skinny Jeans". Mthunzi (45) was suspended after being implicated in the forensic investigation report by the Special Investigating Unit on fraud, corruption, and maladministration at the…
By Jan Cronje. The SA Reserve Bank has seized R42.1 million in cash and a R18 million property from Markus Jooste's rumoured former romantic partner, Berdine Odendaal - just days before a deadline to confiscate her assets was set to expire. The funds and assets will be deposited in the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Forty-five victims of a bus crash in Limpopo last month have been identified and authorities are moving towards repatriating their bodies to Botswana. The incident, involving the bus plunging off a bridge along the Mmamatlakala Pass, happened on 28 March 2024, three days before Easter. A total…
Staff Reporter. The UK readied on Tuesday to start detaining migrants within days for deportation to Rwanda after the controversial plan got parliament's approval, sparking outrage from the UN and rights groups. The new legislation -- a flagship policy of the Conservative government that aims to curb irregular cross-Channel migration…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) urged the presidency to help resolve an impasse with the United Arab Emirates over what it described as the Gulf nation's lack of "willingness" to help extradite Atul and Rajesh Gupta, who are wanted on charges of money laundering and fraud. This…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) has been hailed a success by President Cyril Ramaphosa who said the government initiative has created more than 14 million work opportunities since its inception 20 years ago. Ramaphosa was on Wednesday speaking at the launch Phase V of the programme…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday heard about the defence lawyer Advocate Thulani Mngomezulu's safety after a trespassing incident at his residence. Presiding Judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng revealed that defence attorney in the Senzo Meyiwa trial, Mngomezulu, informed him about the incident. After proceedings were done for…
By Alex Patrick. The sheriff of the court is outside City of Johannesburg city manager Floyd Brink's Helderkruin home to enforce a warrant of arrest after the City failed to comply with a court order interdicting it from disconnecting utilities. According to a well-placed source, the sheriff arrived outside the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Office of the Premier of KwaZulu-Natal has broken its silence on the dismissal of King Misuzulu KaZwelithini's senior advisor and praise singer Buzetsheni Mdletshe. Mdletshe challenged ANC provincial chairperson Siboniso Duma when he grabbed the microphone from Reverend Thulasizwe Buthelezi, the traditional prime minister to the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Constitutional Court has issued a directive that should the uMkhonto we Sizwe Party (MKP) nor its leader Jacob Zuma wish to oppose the Electoral Commission's urgent bid to appeal against the Electoral Court order, they should file answering affidavits by Thursday. This is in relation to…
Staff Reporter. At least 16 people are dead and 28 missing in a new migrant boat disaster off the coast of the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti, the UN's International Organization for Migration said on Tuesday. The accident occurred about two weeks after another boat carrying mainly Ethiopian migrants…
Staff Reporter. Prosecutors on Tuesday accused Donald Trump of brazenly violating a gag order imposed by the judge presiding over his "hush money" trial to prevent him from intimidating witnesses. "His attacks on witnesses clearly violate the order," prosecutor Chris Conroy told Judge Juan Merchan at a hearing called to…
By S'thembile Cele. President of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), Cyril Ramaphosa, pledged to end "healthcare apartheid" with a controversial bill that awaits his sign-off. "Now we are going to introduce the National Health Insurance Bill where we are going to equalize health care in our country," he said.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister, Blade Nzimande, has commended the crucial role played by the Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) in the country's skills development. Nzimande was speaking at the SETA Skills Summit in Boksburg. The two-day summit takes place on 23 – 24 April…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has achieved a significant train production milestone with the 200 modern high-tech Electric Multiple Units (EMUs) manufactured in Gauteng. Minister of Transport Sindisiwe Chikunga was in Cape Town to officially launch a set of new electric trains. The state-of-the-art…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Fraud-accused former City of Tshwane executive mayor, Dr Murunwa Makwarela, has died at the age of 52, following a short illness. Speaker of Council of the City of Tshwane, Mncedi Ndzwanana, confirmed Makwarela's death on Tuesday morning. "It is a sad day for us because we have…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Sergeant Batho Mogola was grilled in the Pretoria High Court about why the warrant of arrest for the Senzo Meyiwa's then-girlfriend, Kelly Khumalo, was not executed. Mogola returned to the witness stand for further cross-examination in the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday. Continuing with the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa, emphasised that the country's economy was "crippled" by the deliberate exclusion of the majority during Apartheid, and it was still hamstrung by concentration of ownership, with much work required to engender transformation. Ramaphosa averred that these schemes were valuable instruments to broaden ownership, and…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Build One South Africa (BOSA) has challenged EFF leader Julius Malema to 'come examine' its 140 000 signatures submitted to the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC). This comes after Malema questioned the authenticity of BOSA's signatures. The IEC requires new political parties contesting the national and…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The African National Congress (ANC) has noted with interest the leaked recording of President Cyril Ramaphosa telling National Executive Committee members to start "aggressively communicating its success stories" through advertising in the next critical campaigning weeks ahead of the 29 May national elections. In a statement, "The…
By Masechaba Sefularo. The case against three men arrested for the murder of Rand Water executive Teboho Joala and his bodyguard Sifiso Shange has been remanded to next Monday for a formal bail application. The three made their first appearance in the Lenasia Magistrate's Court on Monday following their arrest…
Staff Reporter. Former president Donald Trump arrived in court Monday for opening statements in his criminal trial and condemned the high-stakes case as a "witch hunt" designed to derail his White House bid. "It's a very, very sad day in America," the 77-year-old Republican presidential candidate told reporters before entering…
Staff Reporter. Taiwan's capital was shaken by a "strong" earthquake early Monday evening, AFP staff reported, with the Central Weather Administration saying it was a magnitude-5.5 tremor originating in eastern Hualien. The region was the epicentre of a magnitude-7.4 quake that hit on April 3, causing landslides around the mountainous…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The African National Congress (ANC) will appeal the ruling handed down by the High Court in Durban regarding the use of the trademark and logo by the uMkhonto weSizwe (MK) Party. On Monday, the Durban High Court dismissed the ANC's trademark case against the MK party with…
Staff Reporter. Gautrain between the Midrand, Centurion and Hatfield stations have been affected by power failures which led to the suspesion of the services A decision to suspend the services came after heavy delays earlier in the day. Gautrain spokesperson Kesagee Nayager said the delays are due to power failures.…
Staff Reporter. The United States appears close to sanctioning an Israeli military unit over alleged human rights violations in the West Bank, a move the Israeli prime minister angrily denounced as "the height of absurdity." US Secretary of State Antony Blinken hinted at such steps when asked by a reporter…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Defence lawyer Thulani Mngomezulu, for accused number one Muzi Sibiya, told the court on Monday that the evidence from the investigators of the Senzo Meyiwa murder was far from the truth. Meyiwa was shot and killed while visiting Kelly Khumalo at her mother's residence in Vosloorus,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Minister in the Presidency responsible for Electricity, Dr Kgosientsho expressed confidence that the loadshedding corner had been turned, which he attributed to more stable production from the coal fleet and the relief on the system being provided by both large-scale renewables and surging rooftop solar installations.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The African National Congress (ANC) has lost its bid to prevent the newly formed uMkhonto weSizwe Party (MKP) from using the name and logo it claimed to be of its disbanded liberation-era military wing. The ANC hauled uMkhonto we Sizwe political party to court in March seeking…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, expressed her warm welcome to Egypt as it officially joined the ranks of the BRICS nations, marking a significant expansion of the group's membership. In a statement delivered on Friday, Pandor hailed Egypt's inclusion as a milestone that amplifies the global…
Staff Reporter. One died and seven people were missing Sunday after an accident overnight in which two Japanese military helicopters apparently collided before crashing into the sea, officials said. A spokesman for Japan's Self-Defense Force (SDF) confirmed the late Saturday incident to AFP and said that one person was rescued…
Staff Reporter. @Newscom. Mauritania's defence minister arrived in Mali on Saturday for talks with the junta leader, both sides confirmed, as the neighbours look to defuse a dispute over cross-border violence. About two weeks earlier, Mauritania accused Mali and Russia's Wagner mercenary group of pursing armed men across the border…
Staff Reporter. At least 58 people going to a funeral died after their overloaded river boat capsized in the Central African Republic's capital Bangui, the head of civil protection said on Saturday. "We were able to extract 58 lifeless bodies," Thomas Djimasse told Radio Guira. "We don't know the total…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Human Settlements Minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi, has warned contractors that the days of not completing work on time and within budget are over, saying it has cost the government millions with already limited resources thus denying people of their constitutional rights of access to adequate housing. Kubayi said …
Staff Reporter. Two people were killed and at least six others were injured in a block party shooting in Memphis, Tennessee, late Saturday, police said. Two people were found dead at the scene, and one of the six wounded "remains in critical condition" at an area hospital, the Memphis Police…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa has dropped to sixty-ninth from sixty-fourth on the World Energy Council's (WEC's) latest World Energy Trilemma Index which ranks more than 100 countries against the three key dimensions of energy security, equity and enviromental sustainability. The index is included in the 'World Energy Trilemma 2024'…
Staff Reporter. Donald Trump's $175 million bond to cover a possible civil penalty for fraud is inadequate because the company underwriting it is too small and opaque, New York's attorney general said in a filing Friday. The 77-year-old real estate magnate, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, is facing unprecedented…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Saturday says the African National Congress (ANC) will surprise its detractors and win a clear majority in the upcoming elections. Ramaphosa has spent the past two days in Kwazulu-Natal, which is the stronghold of the former president Jacob Zuma, who threatens to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Electoral Court has dismissed five cases brought by political parties who appealed their exclusion from contesting the upcoming elections. The decision by the Electoral Court on Friday cleared the path for the IEC to begin with the printing of ballot papers. The applications were lodged by…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) leader and anti-apartheid activist Motsoko Pheko has passed away, his family confirmed on Saturday. Pheko was 93 at the time of his passing. "We are grateful to God for the time spent with him, the love he so selflessly imparted, including his…
By Mmangaliso Khumalo. The City of Tshwane has placed five senior officials on precautionary suspension for the controversial Rooiwal tender contract. This comes after a year-long internal disciplinary process found them guilty on one of the four charges they faced. The charges include: - Allowing Blackhead Consulting to progress to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Road Accident Fund (RAF) has lost its court bid to change the accounting standard used to compile its annual financial statements. The Gauteng division of High Court in Pretoria ruled that RAF had no ground to stand on,and none of its arguments withstood scrutiny. RAF could…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @GalloImages. The National Freedom Party (NFP) launched its manifesto in Ulundi, in KwaZulu-Natal ahead of the national and provicial elections. The party currently has one seat in the KwaZulu-Natal provincial legislature and the National Assembly. To increase its representation, it must first woo voters. The party has…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health Minister, Dr Joe Phaahla, has assured citizens that the department is working around the clock to address the challenge of unemployed health professionals including medical doctors who have completed statutory community service programmes. "We are working closely with provincial health departments focused on all critical vacant…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Cape Town International Airport has been recognized as the top airport in Africa, according to a survey by Skytrax, a leading consumer ratings organization. This accolade reflects the airport's dedication to providing excellent customer service and efficient operations. Since 1999, Skytrax has hosted the World Airport Awards.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Gauteng MEC for Transport and Logistics Kedibone Diale-Tlabela expressed her intention to invoke section 91 of the National Land Transport Act following a no solution in sight in the never-ending fight between Soweto taxi associations, WATA and Nanduwe. Tensions between WATA and Nanduwe arose early this month…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The case of six men arrested in connection with the hijacking and murder of Kaizer Chiefs defender Luke Fleurs has been postponed. The suspects appeared briefly at the Roodepoort Magistrates Court today and their matter was postponed for legal representation. Ndumiso Moswane, Fernando Sive, Nhlakanipo Dlamini, Franky…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Anwar Khan, a former bodyguard to the slain rapper, Kiernan 'AKA' Forbes, has been granted bail in the amount of R200 000 in the Dimbaza Magistrate's Court. But Magistrate Nkosinathi Mjekula denied bail to Khan's co-accused Terrence Joubert. The two are among the 15 people who were…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. SA Police Services in Gauteng have arrested three suspects linked to the murder of Rand Water executive Teboho Joala. Joala and City of Johannesburg chief whip Sithembiso Zungu, were shot in full view of over 70 primary school pupils at a Rand Water event in the Zakariyya…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Ministry of Defence & Military Veterans confirmed that corruption-accused former Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula had applied for state legal funding of her trial. However, the request has led to tensions within the department. Defence Minister Thandi Modise has been angered by officials who have set the ball rolling…
Staff Reporter. German airline group Lufthansa has suspended flights to Israel and Iraq until early Saturday after Israel reportedly carried out retaliatory strikes against arch-foe Iran. Services by airlines of the group to Tel Aviv in Israel and Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan were suspended until 0500 GMT due to the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has criticised the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) for their appeal on the Electoral Court's ruling on former President Jacob Zuma candidancy. Zuma, who is the face of the MK party's election campaign, was disqualified due to his…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) has relaunched the Nancefield railway line from Soweto to Park Station in Johannesburg. As part of the relaunch, Minister of Transport Sindisiwe Chikunga took a trip on a train from Nancefield to Johannesburg on Friday. This is one of the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has set aside controversial businessman Mthunzi Mdwaba's R5-billion contract with the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), declaring it unlawful. Acting Judge Japie Maritzaritz also ordered Mdwaba to stop defamatory claims against employment and labour minister Thulas Nxesi. Mdwaba alleged Nxesi, finance minister…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The remains of 36 more people, who died in a bus crash at Mmamatlakala bridge outside Mokopane during Easter weekend in Limpopo, have been identified. This brings to 42 the number of people who have been identified. The crash on the R518 Mmamatlakala road in Mokopane claimed…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Commercial Crime Court sitting in Palm Ridge has granted former KPMG bursary specialist Fidelis Moema bail of R50 000. Moema appeared alongside two co-accused Trevor Machimana and Lebohang Sigubudu. This comes after the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation arrested Moema on charges of theft, fraud and…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The South African Police Service (SAPS) says eight Nigerian nationals have been arrested in Kimberley after they attacked police officers and damaged SAPS vehicles on Thursday night. At the time of the arrests, police were tracing information that one of the Nigerian nationals was in possession of…
Staff Reporter. Israel has launched a strike against Iran in retaliation for Tehran's unprecedented missile-and-drone assault on the country at the weekend. Air defences were fired in several provinces, including from a major military airbase and nuclear facilities near the central city of Isfahan, where state media said three drones…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. A police officer took the witness stand in the murder trial of footballer Senzo Meyiwa taking place at the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. Sergeant Papi Tsie, who currently works for the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) also known as Hawks, testified in relation to the…
Staff Reporter. A panel of 12 jurors was sworn in on Thursday to sit in judgment of Donald Trump at the unprecedented criminal trial of a former US president. The 12 jurors include seven men and five women, chosen from a pool of dozens of potential jurors who submitted to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi has hailed the launch of City Power's recommissioned open gas turbine in Fordsburg, which it said will add 50MW of power to the grid. The launch is part of the city's wider energy plan to add new sources of electricity to the grid…
By Lisa Steyn. The High Court in Pretoria has ordered Transnet to share confidential information with Sasol, which will assist the synthetic fuel company in its bid to defend a R815 million claim against it. A raft of documents must be made available to Sasol within 15 days. These contain…
Staff Reporter. A Sydney bishop brutally stabbed during a live-streamed sermon said Thursday he is recovering and forgives his attacker, declaring: "You are my son." Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel was slashed in the head and chest by a 16-year-old suspect on Monday, sparking a riot by followers of the Assyrian…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. German vehicle manufacturer Volkswagen announced that it will invest R4-billion in its Kariega (formerly Uitenhage) plant for the refurbishment of production facilities, local content tooling, quality assurance and manufacturing equipment. The investment is aimed at preparing the plant to manufacture a third model from 2027. Trade, Industry…
Staff Reporter. Israel launched more deadly strikes on besieged Gaza on Thursday as Western governments unveiled sweeping sanctions against Iran's military drone programme in response to the country's unprecedented attack on its arch enemy Israel. World powers have been watching nervously since Israel vowed to retaliate against Iran for the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Gauteng High Court has blamed the Public Protector's office for delays in the case of Busisiwe Mkhwebane's R10 million gratuity claim and ordered it to pay punitive legal costs. Mkhwebane approached the High Court in Pretoria to force the Office of the Public Protector to pay…
Staff Reporter. The World Health Organization (WHO) voiced alarm Thursday at the growing spread of H5N1 bird flu to new species, including humans, who face an "extraordinarily high" mortality rate. "This remains I think an enormous concern," the UN health agency's chief scientist Jeremy Farrar told reporters in Geneva. The…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The University of South Africa (UNISA) has dismissed media reports that it wrote to Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande to plead with him not to place the institution under administration. This follows a court ruling last year stopping Nzimande from acting on an independent assessor's report which…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Ster-Kinekor to lay off almost a third of its 728 employees (236 people, or 32% of the workforce) amid plans to close up to nine of its cinemas in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Western Cape. The cinema chain has stated that it needs to undergo restructuring due…
Staff Reporter. The United States said Wednesday it will snap back sanctions on Venezuela's crucial oil industry after President Nicolas Maduro's government continued its repression of opponents. President Joe Biden's administration suspended some sanctions after Maduro's government and the opposition agreed in Barbados last October to hold a free and…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Data analyst Gideon Gouws returned to the witness stand for further cross-examination by the defence in the Senzo Meyiwa trial at the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Thursday. Bongani Ntanzi, Fisokuhle Ntuli, Muzikawukhulelwa Sibiya‚ Mthobisi Mncube and Mthokoziseni Ziphozonke Maphisa are accused of murdering Meyiwa in…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Home affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi says the cabinet has approved a white paper overhauling the country's immigration laws after "robust engagements". Motsoaledi was briefing the media in Pretoria on Wednesday. The draft policy was published in November last year for public comment despite widespread criticism from civil…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The University of Fort Hare (UFH) in partnership with Mail & Guardian hosted the National Election Debate on Wednesday, 17 April 2024. ANC NEC member Parks Tau was heckled by an audience after mentioning what his party achieved in the past 30 years. Five political parties took…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africans are enjoying one of the longest load shedding-free periods in years as the state-owned electricity utility says it has sufficient generating capacity and emergency reserves to meet demand. "This follows a period of 21 consecutive days, and as of midday today, 535 hours without load…
Staff Reporter. @AFPPhoto. Dubai's giant highways were clogged by flooding and airport passengers were urged to stay away on Wednesday as the glitzy financial centre reeled from record rains. Huge tailbacks snaked along six-lane expressways after up to 254 millimetres of rain -- about two years' worth -- fell on…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Adrian de Kock. The Nelspruit Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in Mbombela has postponed the case against former state security minister Bongani Bongo and co-accused to 2 May. Bongo and 11 other people, including four companies, are facing 69 charges related to fraud, theft, corruption and…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Gauteng Education MEC, Matome Chiloane says an independent law firm will be appointed to conduct an investigation into the drowning of two boys on Monday, 15 April. The two boys drowned at a private camping site near the Hennops River in Centurion during a school excursion on…
Staff Reporter. The judge in Donald Trump's historic criminal trial on Tuesday warned the Republican presidential hopeful against intimidating jurors as seven panelists were chosen with unexpected speed following questioning by both sides. There had been speculation that jury selection could take weeks in such a high-profile and sensitive case…
Staff Reporter. A Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train is seen in Tokyo's Minato Ward in this file photo. (Mainichi/Kenji Yoneda). Even small delays in Japan's much-vaunted bullet trains are rare, and more unusual still are snakes on board holding up the speedy "shinkansen" services. On Tuesday evening, a passenger alerted security…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Judge Nkosinathi Chili has removed former President Jacob Zuma's private prosecution against state advocate Billy Downer and journalist Karyn Maughan from the court roll. This after Maughan's lawyer, Charl du Plessis, had last week told the court that the private prosecution has come to the end of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Cellphone data analyst has confirmed in the Pretoria high court the cellphone links between the men accused of killing soccer star Senzo Meyiwa. On Monday, testimony was heard detailing how the phones were found while Bongani Ntanzi and Fisokuhle Ntuli were in custody. Ntanzi and Ntuli…
Staff Reporter. Zambia said on Tuesday it needs more than $900 million to deal with the worst drought the country has ever recorded and provide "life-saving" assistance to millions of people. President Hakainde Hichilema appealed for help in a televised address, saying about half of the southern African nation's 20…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) says uMkhonto weSizwe Party's calls for commissioner Janet Love's resignation over alleged bias are "unfounded". The party's decision comes after what they describe as "considerable reflection" on Love's conduct. It says particularly in light of recent events surrounding the eligibility…
Staff Reporter. The UK parliament will on Tuesday kick off its first debate on Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's planned legislation to prevent young people from ever smoking, despite opposition from many in his own Conservative Party. The law would ban the selling of tobacco products to anyone born after January…
Staff Reporter. US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden publicly released their 2023 tax return on Monday, carrying on a tradition of transparency temporarily interrupted under predecessor Donald Trump. The annual, unwritten custom is designed to build trust in the White House. Other politicians as well as candidates…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Deputy President Paul Mashatile has urged traditional leaders has urged traditional leaders to promote free and fair elections and ensure that all voters exercise their democratic right. Mashatile, as the Chairperson of the Inter-Ministerial Task Team on matters of Traditional and Khoi-San leaders, delivered a keynote address…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) says 14 889 candidates will contest for 887 seats in the upcoming May 29 elections. The commission says following the finalisation of the candidate lists, it was now ready to proceed with the printing of ballot papers. During a…
Staff Reporter. Russia was able to destroy a key power plant serving Kyiv because Ukraine ran out of defensive missiles, President Volodymyr Zelensky said Tuesday. For three-and-a-half weeks, Russia has launched near continuous strikes on Ukraine's power grid, leaving over a million people without electricity. The Trypilska thermal power station,…
Staff Reporter. Power utility Eskom says it has successfully replaced the voltage transformer at the Babelegi substation in Temba, Hammanskraal, after an explosion. The explosion took place on Monday evening. As a result, the power supply has been fully restored to all the affected areas in Hammanskraal and its surroundings.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The High Court in Pretoria has postponed an urgent case brought by former public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane to Thursday. Mkhwebane approached the court to challenge the Office of the Public Protector's decision not to pay her R10 million gratuity. She was impeached in September last year, a…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Pretoria High Court heard the testimony detailing how the phones were found in possession of two of the accused in the Senzo Meyiwa trial while in custody. On Tuesday, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard evidence from Warrant Officer Lawrence Thabo Ndlovu, who downloaded…
Staff Reporter. Donald Trump's New York criminal trial opened Monday in a historic first for a US ex-president and a seismic twist to an already explosive 2024 presidential election, where the scandal-plagued Republican is seeking to return to power. "Good morning Mr Trump," Judge Juan Merchan said to the defendant…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Newly elected Ekurhuleni Mayor, Nkosindiphile Xhakaza, has revealed his 10-member mayoral committee (MMC) on Monday. Xhakaza was elected unopposed last week and replaced Sivuyile Ngodwana who wore the mayoral chains for just a year. He said, the appointment of the multi-party mayoral committee "is the beginning of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Murder accused Werner de Jager, who was charged with killing his wife at the NG Suidkus church in Amanzimtoti, died on Monday. De Jager was on trial for the murder of his wife, Amanzimtoti reverend Liezel de Jager, who was killed in October 2021. The Department of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. At least five people have been killed and roads and buildings damaged in devastating floods that struck the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast on Sunday night. The floods left a trail of destruction in Margate with roads, businesses and infrastructure damaged. KwaZulu-Natal Cooperative Governance MEC Bongi Sithole-Moloi says the…
By S'thembile Cele. A coalition of 11 South African opposition parties that aims to topple the African National Congress in next month's election risks unravelling after its two biggest members suggested they may co-govern with the ruling party if there isn't an outright winner. ActionSA, a member of the Multi-Party…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Bloemfontein high court postponed the R255m asbestos corruption trial involving former ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule to June 14. The trial against Magashule, now leader of the African Congress for Transformation (ACT), and 17 others was set to begin on Monday. Magashule and his 17 co-accused including…
Staff Reporter. Israel launched dozens of air strikes on Gaza overnight, Hamas said Monday, as the army said it will not be distracted from the war after Iran's unprecedented attack heightened fears of wider conflict. World powers have urged restraint after Iran late Saturday launched more than 300 drones and…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The High Court in Pretoria heard that accused 5 Fisokuhle Ntuli in the Senzo Meyiwa trial was found in possession of cellphone in his prison cell. Meyiwa was shot and killed while at the parental home of his girlfriend, Kelly Khumalo, in Vosloorus on the East Rand…
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