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Oscar Pistorius trial: State gears up for showdown

#OscarPistorius 30 July 2014 21:14

The State has filed its final arguments in the case of murder-accused Oscar Pistorius, says the NPA. “We have filed the closing arguments in the high court today and are ready to argue,” said NPA spokesperson Nathi Mcube today. Final argument in Pistorius’ murder trial will be heard on August 7. On July 8, Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled that no heads of argument could be published in print or electronic…

Inferno: People burn tyres during a protest against fuel price hikes in Sana’a on Wednesday (July 30 2014). Yemen raised fuel prices on Wednesday as the country tries to cut energy subsidies to ease the burden on its budget deficit.

Picture: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters

Malusi Gigaba stands firm on new immigration rules

30 July 2014 20:38

The home affairs department will not relax onerous new immigration rules but will fast-track visa centres and biometric-data capturing systems to reduce upheaval.

R815m spent in vain, consultants rake in R695m – Kimi Makwetu

30 July 2014 20:01

Local government audit results have revealed R815 million in fruitless and wasteful expenditure, substantially up from the previous financial year.

Hands off Dalindyebo, AbaThembu chiefs tell Jacob Zuma

@City_Press 30 July 2014 18:10

King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo’s chiefs have defended him after President Jacob Zuma asked him to make written representations explaining why he should keep his throne.

SA will keep Ebola outbreak at bay – Aaron Motsoaledi

30 July 2014 16:24

There is no need for South Africans to panic following the outbreak of the disease caused by the Ebola virus in West Africa.

Hot or Not

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    It is common cause that when a minister’s official car breaks down, the department hires a replacement. Not for Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor, who chose to drive her own private car when her state car was not in use. At a time when government is calling for cuts in excessive spending, Pandor’s action shows a minister leading by example.

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    Dragged for kilometres during a hijacking and then dying. That’s the end of life for four-year-old Taegrin Morris. His death should shock us all into taking a stand against crime. The fight against crime cannot be relegated to the police alone. It will also take society’s efforts to clear our country of violent criminals.

  • Previous Weeks

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    Nelson Mandela, who has provided one of the very few reasons to believe in humanity this week. Even after death, the statesman has us out on Mandela Day doing our 67 minutes for the needy. In the week of atrocities like the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 and the escalating carnage in Gaza, we needed this. Thanks again, Madiba.

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    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who ordered ground troops into Gaza this week after his armed forces rained bombs on the area, killing more than 260 Palestinian civilians. Among them were four cousins, aged between
    9 and 11, who were photographed running for their lives on the beach before being killed.

  • Previous Weeks

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    After hammering hosts Brazil 7-1 in the World Cup semifinal, Germany’s national soccer squad could have chosen to gloat. Instead, the team posted a message on its official Facebook page thanking the country for its hospitality, praising its amazing football tradition and telling Brazilians not to lose heart. Good sportsmanship is worth celebrating.

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    New Communications Minister Faith Muthambi has started off her term in the worst possible way. Muthambi decided to lend credibility to a dubious process to hire Mr Teflon himself, Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Muthambi did not have to be bound by an SABC board decision that has more to do with factional politics than competence.

  • Previous Weeks

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    After being in office for only a few weeks, Panyaza Lesufi, the ­Gauteng education MEC, has to be commended for dismissing 10 teachers who were “found in compromising positions with girl children”. For years, teachers have taken advantage of vulnerable ­schoolgirls without paying the penalty. ­Lesufi’s new broom must sweep clean and be a deterrent to others.

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    The wanton violence perpetrated by National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) members on strike is purely criminal. It is not enough for Numsa leaders to say they are “unaware” of the violence. Numsa is the largest trade union in the country and the strength should be in their numbers and voluntary solidarity, not violence.

  • Previous Weeks

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    Africa sent five nations to the soccer World Cup in Brazil. After the first round, three of them have returned home. It is not an easy task ahead, but Nigeria and Algeria carry the hopes of the continent’s population to advance further than the second round. With a crowd as huge as ours, nothing can stand in the way. Go Nigeria, go Algeria, go!

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    He has done a sterling job in ensuring his country advanced to the knockout stages, but Uruguayan striker Luis Suárez, aka Jaws, went and did it again – exposing his teeth on the pitch. As he struggled to find the net, the striker bit an opponent on the shoulder. Fifa’s nine-game ban and fine are welcome, but ­maybe he deserves more.

4 pupils taken to hospital after Joburg CBD looting

30 July 2014 15:25

Four school pupils have been taken to hospital after being attacked by shop owners whose businesses were looted during protests in Johannesburg’s central business district, metro police said.

Pansy Tlakula’s denial of misconduct ‘unsettling’

@City_Press 30 July 2014 12:18

Opposition political parties are “astounded” by Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) Chairperson Pansy Tlakula’s argument that a seemingly misleading statement she made to Parliament is not admissible as evidence in court.

More security for Radovan Krejcir judge after car window cracked

30 July 2014 10:50

Police have stepped up security for Judge Colin Lamont, who is presiding over Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir’s trial, following an incident while he was driving home.

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