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(Reuters (Eng) 10/29/13)
JOHANNESBURG | Tue Oct 29, 2013(Reuters) - South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius will face two additional gun-related charges at his trial for the murder of his girlfriend due to start in March next year, prosecutors said on Tuesday. Pistorius, who is on bail, says he acted in self defense mistaking his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder when he shot and killed her on Valentine's Day at his upmarket home in February. She was shot in the head, arm and hip. The additional charges related to incidents prior to the February shooting in which Pistorius was alleged to have fired a gun in a public space. This will form part of the prosecution's overall murder...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/29/13)
JOHANNESBURG | Tue Oct 29, 2013 (Reuters) - Five leaders of a "Boer Army" white supremacist plot in South Africa to assassinate Nelson Mandela and drive blacks out of the country were sentenced to 35 years in prison on Tuesday after a trial lasting more than 10 years. A Pretoria High Court handed down sentences ranging from 20 to five years to others of the 21 defendants of the "Boeremag", a rag-tag militia of apartheid loyalists accused of a botched 2002 coup attempt in Africa's biggest economy. This had including charges of causing explosions. Some of the sentences were suspended. Nine of the accused walked free after being held for 11 years behind bars during the trial, National Prosecuting Authority...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/29/13)
JOHANNESBURG | Tue Oct 29, 2013 (Reuters) - A South African court found a 21-year-old man guilty on Tuesday of the rape, mutilation and murder of a teenager in a case that shocked a nation with one of the world's highest levels of sexual violence. The 17-year-old victim, Anene Booysen, was found at a building site in the town of Bredasdorp, 130 km (80 miles) east of Cape Town, in February with wounds that included a slit from her stomach down to her genitals. Johannes Kana confessed to raping Booysen but denied disembowelling her. Sentencing is expected on Wednesday. The attack came shortly after the gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old student on a New Delhi bus at the...
(BBC News Africa 10/29/13)
The ringleader of a white supremacist plot to assassinate Nelson Mandela and drive black people out of South Africa has been sentenced to 35 years in jail, the national broadcaster has reported. Former university lecturer Mike du Toit was convicted last year of treason for his leadership role in the plot, after a trial lasting nine years. He led the Boeremag, a militia of white supremacist loyalists. In 2002 it attempted to overthrow the governing African National Congress. Twenty other Boeremag members convicted of high treason were given jail terms of between five and 35 years in the court in Pretoria. Vehicle brings some of the 20 Boeremag members to court The plotters were brought to court amid tight security...
(BBC News Africa 10/29/13)
South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) has demanded an apology after senior official Tokyo Sexwale was held at a US airport because he is on a terrorist watchlist. His detention at the JFK international airport was "an affront to the global anti-apartheid movement", the ANC said. Former ANC leader Nelson Mandela was only taken off the list by former President George W Bush in 2008. Mr Sexwale was imprisoned along with Mr Mandela on Robben Island. He is also a senior official with Fifa, football's world governing body. Mr Sexwale's lawyer, Leslie Makhabela, told South Africa media that US immigration officials had "alleged he posed a threat to international security". Both the ANC and the South African government have...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/29/13)
JOHANNESBURG | (Reuters) - South Africa's Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union said on Monday its members voted to strike at Impala Platinum (IMPJ.J), but it would not immediately give the company a 48-hour notice, suggesting a stoppage might still be averted. "Yes, we got the mandate, they voted for the strike. But we are not in a rush to serve them notice, we want to clear up and discuss some issues first," AMCU spokesman Jimmy Gama told Reuters. AMCU's wage talks with the world's second-largest platinum producer broke down last week. Officials from Implats were not immediately available for comment on the AMCU statement. But a company spokesman earlier told Reuters the sides were "far apart with respect to...
(CNN 10/29/13)
(CNN) -- A U.N. peacekeeper was killed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in recent fighting, according to a statement release Sunday from the spokesperson for the Secretary-General. The Tanzanian peacekeeper was part the U.N. Organization Stabilization Mission in the unstable eastern part of the vast nation in Central Africa. The mission was joining the Congolese military in an effort to protect civilians about 25 kilometers (15 miles) north of Goma, the largest city in the region, the statement said. The mission said Friday it was on "high alert" and monitoring the clashes between Congolese forces and M23 rebels. The U.N .mission stated that about 5,000 civilians from the town of Kibumba crossed the border into Rwanda on Friday...
(Voice of America 10/29/13)
A spokesman for the African Union (AU) says high ranking officials from the group will meet in the Ivory Coast’s commercial capital, Abidjan Tuesday to promote security and stability on the continent. “The whole idea is to bridge the divide between the policy makers and the practitioners,” said AU spokesman El-Ghassim Wane. “It is also to facilitate coordination [and] harmonization among special envoys among officials working on the same issues on the African continent, and it provides the platform for outreach for AU’s efforts on peace and security on the continent.” Also attending the meeting will be the leadership of regional economic communities, the United Nations, Arab League, European Union and member of bilateral partners, academic researchers and representatives of...
(Irish Examiner 10/29/13)
Scores of children were among the members of immigrant families who have been DNA-tested in the past two years. Around 220 DNA tests were carried out, mainly as part of family reunification proceedings where a relative of an individual who has been granted permission to reside in the State applies to the immigration authorities for permission to join them here. Most of the tests, 82%, were sought to establish the parentage of a child central to the application, but people needing to prove that they were siblings, half-siblings, aunts, uncles and grandparents were also tested. Some of the most frequently tested nationalities were those from Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Uganda and Afghanistan. The Department of...
(Zimbabwe Independent 10/29/13)
Surprise of the week: the club of African presidents (aka the African Union) has held a special meeting and declared that African presidents should be immune from prosecution for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes while they are in office. They are taking this step, they say, because the International Criminal Court (ICC) is unfairly targeting Africans: all eight cases currently under investigation are about crimes committed in African countries. “We would love nothing more than to have an international forum for justice and accountability, but what choice do we have when we get only bias and race-hunting at the ICC?” said President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya (who by a strange coincidence is currently under indictment by the ICC)...
(AFP (eng) 10/28/13)
PRETORIA, October 28, 2013 (AFP) - A South African court began sentencing Monday 20 right-wing extremists convicted of high treason for a plot to kill Nelson Mandela and drive blacks out of the country. The "Boeremag" organisation had planned a right-wing coup in 2002 to overthrow the post-apartheid government. The trial lasted almost a decade until the organisation's members were convicted in August last year -- the first guilty verdicts for treason since the end of apartheid in 1994. "The accused had aimed to overthrow the government through unconstitutional methods that included violence," said High Court judge Eben Jordaan as he began the two-day sentencing hearing. "They planned a violent attack against people of colour that would certainly be followed...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/28/13)
JOHANNESBURG | (Reuters) - Prominent South African businessman and anti-apartheid stalwart Tokyo Sexwale was arrested in New York after his name was on a list of people banned from entering the United States, national broadcaster SABC said on Sunday, citing his lawyer. Sexwale, a rival of President Jacob Zuma who was ousted as housing minister in a cabinet reshuffle in July, was arrested at John F Kennedy International Airport while on a business trip, SABC said, citing Lesley Mkhabela. Some anti-apartheid activists were banned from visiting the United States during apartheid, which ended in 1994. The ban has been lifted but not all the names have been removed from the list, Mkhabela told the SABC. "He has instructed us to...
(BBC News Africa 10/28/13)
Staff at one of South Africa's most dangerous prisons, run by British firm G4S, have been accused of "shocking" abuses and of losing control. The South African government has temporarily taken over the running of Mangaung prison from G4S and launched an official investigation. It comes after inmates claimed they had been subjected to electric shocks and forced injections. G4S says it has seen no evidence of abuse by its employees. The BBC has obtained leaked footage filmed inside the high security prison, in which one can hear the click of electrified shields, and shrieking. It also shows a prisoner resisting a medication. Researchers at the Wits Justice Project at Wits University in Johannesburg say they have collected accounts of...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/28/13)
NIEU-BETHESDA, South Africa | Mon Oct 28, 2013(Reuters) - Stretching across the heart of South Africa, the Karoo has stirred emotions for centuries, a stunning semi-desert wilderness that draws artists, hunters and the toughest of farmers. It is now rousing less romantic passions. If energy companies and the ruling African National Congress (ANC) get their way, it will soon be home to scientists and geologists mapping out shale gas fields touted as game-changers for Africa's biggest economy, and working out whether fracking will work here. As with other prospective sites around the world, especially in Europe, the process is meeting significant opposition, some of it thrown up by Mother Nature, some not. The result is likely to be a lengthy...
(The Independent 10/27/13)
East London - The people of Africa must reject any idea from outside the continent which would lead to regime change in an African state, President Jacob Zuma said on Saturday. “Through the AU (African Union), the peoples of Africa must reject any idea from outside the continent which seeks to foster an agenda of regime change,” Zuma said at the University of Fort Hare's East London campus. In a speech prepared for delivery at the university's Organisation of African Unity (OAU) 50th anniversary lecture, the president said the replacement of democratically elected governments on the continent must be rejected. “We must do everything we can to prevent Africa from being cheaply auctioned as a result of the ineptitude and...
(Los Angeles Times 10/26/13)
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Brand South Africa, the body charged with marketing the nation abroad, has had a tough month. The International Monetary Fund on Oct. 1 downgraded its growth forecast for South Africa and called on the government to take tougher action to make the country more competitive, increase economic growth and tackle chronically high unemployment. Then came BMW’s abrupt and embarrassing announcement Oct. 3 that the company had canceled plans to expand its South African operation, because of the cost of successive strikes. To top off the bad news, on Tuesday the office of South African President Jacob Zuma was forced to apologize after Zuma a day earlier referred disdainfully to Malawi and other parts of Africa, saying...
(CNN 10/26/13)
(CNN) -- Is Sepp Blatter angling for another term as head of world football? The 77-year-old vowed at the 2011 FIFA presidential elections, where he stood unopposed after a bribery controversy ruled out his only rival, that this would be his fourth and final four-year stint in office. However, this week he hinted that he has "a mission" to fulfill and said he feels "young enough to be in this office." And he fueled speculation that he may stand again with comments in Friday's release of the FIFA Weekly magazine, in which he said the African and Asian regions deserved more representation at World Cup finals. Blatter, who has stayed in power since 1998 by vowing to take FIFA's showpiece...
(Los Angeles Times 10/25/13)
During the course of her career, South Africa’s Mamphela Ramphele has assumed many roles — anti-apartheid activist, medical doctor, academic and businesswoman, just to name a few. After the bloody uprising in Johannesburg’s Soweto township in 1976, Ramphele was detained without trial. She was released after five months but was soon subjected to internal exile. The indignity did not quell her spirit of activism or her professional success. She helped found the Black Consciousness Movement with fellow activists Steve Biko and Barney Pityana. She went on to study medicine, was appointed vice chancellor of the University of Cape Town and in later years served as a managing director of the World Bank — among other achievements. Today at age 65,...
(AL Jazeera 10/25/13)
At least two people have been shot and wounded while several illegal firearms have been confiscated following protests in the South African township of Bekkersdal. Residents of the township, about 40km west of Johannesburg, clashed with police on Thursday after demonstrations against poor municipal services quickly slipped out of control with protesters throwing rocks and police responding with rubber bullets. Some protesters were armed with iron rods and home-made machetes, while others tore down pieces of railing to create roadblocks. A police spokesperson said several people had been arrested. It was the third such day of protests and turmoil in the township. Bekkersdal residents first took to the streets more than a month ago, demanding the municipality be dissolved. Protesters...
(AFP (eng) 10/25/13)
JOHANNESBURG, October 25, 2013 (AFP) - Malawi said Friday South African President Jacob Zuma's recent controversial remarks which implied it was backward would not damage relations between the two nations. Zuma was left red-faced after making disparaging comments on Monday about roads in the fellow southern African country, where South Africa's top diplomat was summoned to explain his remarks. However meetings with High Commissioner Cassandra Makone and deputy foreign minister Marius Fransman, who flew to Lilongwe to make amends, appeared to have soothed tensions. Zuma's remarks "will definitely not have a negative impact on Malawi-South Africa's bilateral relations," Malawi foreign affairs spokesman Quent Kalichero told AFP. In a bid to convince South African motorists to accept a highly controversial plan...

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