News24.com |  Good rains for Cape Town but metro still in the grip of drought

News24.com | Good rains for Cape Town but metro still in the grip of drought

Heavy rains over the last few days swelled Cape Town‘s dams to 26.1% of storage capacity by Friday afternoon – but the region is still a long way away from the 85% the authorities require before water restrictions can be lifted. While some residents in the flooded Cape Town suburbs of Goodwood and Parow were wading through ankle-deep water in their homes on Friday, it may have seemed ironic that they […]

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News24.com | Henri van Breda prison attack: Conflicting claims emerge

News24.com | Henri van Breda prison attack: Conflicting claims emerge

Claims by Henri van Breda‘s lawyer of a prison attack against him have been denied by the department of correctional services (DCS), who are adamant that the claims are false. Van Breda‘s lawyer Lorinda van Niekerk told News24 that he was attacked by five inmates while on his way to the hospital section of Pollsmoor Prison. Another inmate is believed to have intervened and protected the convicted axe murderer from […]

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News24.com | Police hunt for men accused of raping women seeking lift and girl who was on her way to school

News24.com | Police hunt for men accused of raping women seeking lift and girl who was on her way to school

Western Cape police have appealed to the public to assist them in tracking down two men for two separate rape incidents. Police spokesperson, Captain FC van Wyk, said the first suspect was linked to an incident which occurred in Delft in May. “The Delft Family Violence, Children Protection and Sexual Offences Unit are seeking the assistance of the public in locating the suspect depicted in the identikit who is wanted […]

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News24.com | Police investigating death of mother, father and infant in Gauteng

News24.com | Police investigating death of mother, father and infant in Gauteng

Police are investigating the circumstances around the death of three family members from the Itireleng informal settlement in Laudium, Gauteng, who were found on Friday evening. Police spokesperson Constable Tumisang Moloto said police had been called to the scene shortly after 19:00 of Friday evening. They found the bodies of a man and woman lying on the floor of the main room, while an infant was found in the bedroom. […]

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News24.com | Land occupiers set building alight with family inside

News24.com | Land occupiers set building alight with family inside

Carrie Esterhuizen and her two small children were in the hostel at the Cremona Cheese Factory in Tshepisong, west of Johannesburg, when angry land occupiers set the building alight on the afternoon of Friday, May 25. Her husband Fredrick Esterhuizen told GroundUp he had been working for the factory as a security manager for about a month before the incident. Carrie and the children, aged four and 11 months old, […]

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News24.com | Two illegal miners caught with explosives

News24.com | Two illegal miners caught with explosives

Police have recovered commercial explosives and detonating cords and have arrested a man and a woman believed to be involved in illegal mining. Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police Department spokesperson chief superintendent Wilfred Kgasago said the arrests had been made at the Angelo Informal Settlement in Boksburg on Friday afternoon at around 14:00. Kgasago said the EMPD Community Liaison Unit had acted on crime intelligence information provided by the police. “A shack […]

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News24.com | Family stops man from burning girlfriend‘s home, car

News24.com | Family stops man from burning girlfriend‘s home, car

A 28-year-old man has been arrested after attempting to set his girlfriend‘s home and car alight in the Harare informal settlement, following an argument earlier in the week. Police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk said the incident had happened on Monday evening just after 20:30. He said there had been an argument between the couple and the man had left the premises. Van Wyk said the man had returned later […]

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News24.com | Sassa warns of increase in fake SMSes doing the rounds

News24.com | Sassa warns of increase in fake SMSes doing the rounds

The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has issued a warning following an increase in the number of “fake” SMSes being circulated to its beneficiaries. Sassa spokesperson Paseka Letsatsi said the agency had recently received reports of beneficiaries receiving an SMS instructing them to re-register their social grants because cash pay points would be fully phased-out by August 2018. The fake SMS reads as follows: “All Sassa recipients, please, you […]

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News24.com | Man involved in Limpopo farm attack arrested

News24.com | Man involved in Limpopo farm attack arrested

Police from Vaalwater, outside Lephalale made a major breakthrough after arresting a 33-year-old man for his involvement in a farm attack in the area on Friday. Police spokesperson Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said a 70-year-old farmer had been attacked by four armed suspects at the Sterkfontein farm. He said the men attacked the farmer and had taken him to his home, where they stole various items including jewellery, four firearms, and […]

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News24.com | ‘I apologise‘, former councillor to Athol Trollip over farm abuse claims

News24.com | ‘I apologise‘, former councillor to Athol Trollip over farm abuse claims

Former ANC councillor Lawrence Troon apologised unconditionally to Nelson Mandela bay mayor Athol Trollip for allegations of gross human rights abuses, racism, cruelty and exploitation that he had levelled against him. Troon and renegade Democratic Alliance councillor Knight Mali had produced statements they claimed were from several men and women who had once worked on or near Trollip’s farm in Bedford in the build-up to the 2016 municipal elections. Among […]

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News24.com | One killed, another wounded in cash-heist shooting

News24.com | One killed, another wounded in cash-heist shooting

A cash-in-transit heist in Tembisa, Johannesburg claimed the life of a member of the public and wounded another. Hawks spokesperson Ndivhuwo Mulamu said that a Fidelity armoured vehicle en route to Kempton Park was attacked on Friday by suspects in a white Toyota Hilux. “The suspects opened fire on the truck, which forced the vehicle to come to a standstill,” she said. “That’s when they forced the driver and other […]

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News24.com | Saftu‘s Vavi: Renewable energy needed, but not at expense of jobs

News24.com | Saftu‘s Vavi: Renewable energy needed, but not at expense of jobs

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu)condemned the privatisation of energy generation to “capitalist companies” and expressed its support for a call for social ownership of the renewable energy project. Energy Minister Jeff Radebe announced that a new bidding window for the next phase of independent power producers (IPPs) would be launched in November, which he expected would inject R40bn-R50bn investment into the country, add an estimated 1800MW of […]

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News24.com | President Cyril Ramaphosa saddened by child deaths in Philippi fire

News24.com | President Cyril Ramaphosa saddened by child deaths in Philippi fire

President Cyril Ramaphosa expressed his condolences to the families of the five minors who perished in a fire in Philippi, Cape Town. News24 previously reported that police spokesperson Captain FC Vany Wyk confirmed that the boys aged 14, 13, 12 and one-year-old twins, had died in the blaze which broke out in Masiya informal settlement on Saturday morning. Ramaphosa acknowledged the significance of these deaths in a statement. READ: “This […]

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News24.com | Early winter rains bring some relief to the Cape, but dire straits remain

News24.com | Early winter rains bring some relief to the Cape, but dire straits remain

Early winter rains have brought relief to many farmers in the drought-stricken Western Cape – but there are some areas where farmers are still in dire straits. Carl Opperman, CEO of Agri Wes-Cape, said that after three years of drought, some farmers in the Swartland and Overberg regions, the grain baskets of the Western Cape where winter wheat is grown, had resorted to planting this year‘s crop “in the dust” […]

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News24.com | Zuma still dividing the SACP

News24.com | Zuma still dividing the SACP

Former president Jacob Zuma may have departed from the national stage, but he continues to cause ructions in the SA Communist Party (SACP). One of the party leaders, Themba Mthembu, landed in hot water for inviting Zuma to a government event. City Press has learnt that Mthembu, the ANC KwaZulu-Natal secretary and agriculture MEC, had to account to the SACP central committee – the highest decision-making structure between congresses – […]

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News24.com | Sandton lawyer apologises after getting caught dumping family dog

News24.com | Sandton lawyer apologises after getting caught dumping family dog

The man caught on camera disposing a dog carcass in a quiet suburban street in Sandton has apologised following a massive social media outcry. Attorney Adam Anderson apologised after footage of him opening the boot of his Mercedes Benz and dumping family dog Mbali on the street was viewed more than 135 000 times on the Sandton Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Facebook page. “I have […]

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News24.com | KZN premier condemns racist anti-Indian post

News24.com | KZN premier condemns racist anti-Indian post

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu on Friday condemned a racist post aimed at the Indian community. In a statement, Mchunu noted the Facebook post by Nkuleko Mkhize targeting Indians, that has been making the rounds on social media. “We condemn the callous content of that posting in the strongest possible terms. Steps are underway to identify the perpetrator and do the necessary to prosecute the person/s involved,” said Mchunu. Part of […]

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News24.com | Waterfall Management commits to ‘transparency‘ after developers appear in court for stealing water

News24.com | Waterfall Management commits to ‘transparency‘ after developers appear in court for stealing water

Waterfall City management said it was committed to transparency and would cooperate with investigations after two developers were arrested this week for colluding with a City of Johannesburg employee to steal millions of rands‘ worth of water through illegally procured and connected water meters. The City of Johannesburg‘s group forensic and investigation services unit, the Johannesburg Metro Police Department and the Hawks arrested Irvine Steyn and Yvette Scheepers, who are […]

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News24.com | Maritzburg taxi shooting was like a scene from an action movie

News24.com | Maritzburg taxi shooting was like a scene from an action movie

It was like a scene from an action movie. These were the words Pietermaritzburg Long Distance Taxi Association drivers used to describe the dramatic shooting that took place at their taxi rank on Friday morning. A bystander and a female passenger died in the shooting, they told News24. However, KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala could only confirm the death of the bystander. She said he was in his 30s […]

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News24.com | Cape Town to send mobile housing office to Woodlands after protests

News24.com | Cape Town to send mobile housing office to Woodlands after protests

The City of Cape Town has promised to take a mobile housing office to Woodlands in Mitchells Plain and to investigate public lighting and traffic safety concerns that were raised following violent protests last week, a councillor said on Friday. “I would like to reiterate that the City is committed to service delivery and engaging with communities to address legitimate service delivery concerns,” said councillor Eddie Andrews, mayoral committee member […]

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