Wednesday 17 January 2018
(China.org 02/28/13)
President Jacob Zuma launched an anti-rape campaign targeting South Africa's 10 million schoolchildren on Thursday, an attempt to tackle some of the world's highest levels of sexual violence in a country where many are inured to reports of such crimes. Girls and boys suffer sexual abuse, bullying and rape in the classroom and playground on a regular basis, according to domestic media reports, and researchers say many youngsters do not know what is right and wrong. "What we are launching today is not a women's campaign. It is everybody's campaign," said Zuma, who was himself acquitted in a 2006 rape case while serving as deputy president. Police and the justice system notoriously fail to do their part in protecting victims...
(China.org 02/28/13)
SUMMIT TV: A lot of analysts were saying it was going to be a balancing act: one of the major criticisms, if we look at previous budgets, is we should have seen the deficit falling. How are we going to contain this going forward? PRAVIN GORDHAN: We give a three-year plan, which says that in the outer year, 2015-16, we will get to a deficit of 3.1%. We’ve always said to all South Africans and the globe that we believe in gradual fiscal consolidation. We cannot impose austerity on South Africans — we are not willing to. If you look around the globe austerity has been a disaster socially speaking, and economically speaking has not provided the kind of growth...
(22 Septembre 02/26/13)
South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius, charged with murdering his girlfriend, faces at least four random tests for drugs and alcohol in coming months to ensure he is complying with bail terms, an official said on Monday. Pistorius, who is accused of shooting dead his girlfriend in cold blood in the early hours of February 14, checked in with a probation officer at Pretoria magistrate's court on Monday in compliance with bail conditions laid down last week, the prison service said. As well as having to check in twice a week, Pistorius was ordered to surrender his two passports, post bail of 1 million rand ($113,000) in cash and guarantees, and refrain from drinking alcohol until his...
(China.org 02/25/13)
A South African inspired-documentary 'Searching for Sugar Man' has scooped the award for Best Documentary Feature at the Oscar awards. The film, directed by a Swedish film-maker Malik Bendjelloul, tells the story of a Detroit-based musician Sixto Rodriguez, better known as Rodriguez, who disappeared after releasing an album in the early 70s. He was rumoured to have committed suicide after the records failed to sell until he was rediscovered in South Africa, according to Associated Press (AP). Two of his fans from South Africa, Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman and Craig Bartholomew Strydom, decided to find the truth behind their musical hero's disappearance from the music scene. They discovered that the legendary icon was living and working as a construction worker in...
(China.org 02/22/13)
Amid the controversy over the handling of the Oscar Pistorius murder investigation, the BBC's Farouk Chothia looks at how effective South Africa's criminal justice system really is. South Africa's courts have a reputation of being fiercely independent and professional, giving well-considered judgements without fear or favour. But critics say the same cannot be said of the police, who can be sloppy during investigations, weakening the prosecution's case. "The perception is that there is a lack of discipline, skills and motivation in the police force, and the capacity to investigate cases has been reduced," Sam Sole, an investigative journalist with South Africa's Mail & Guardian newspaper, told the BBC. Continue reading the main story “ Start Quote While exercising their duties,...
(China.org 02/20/13)
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius arrived at the court building in a police car with a blue blanket covering his head Wednesday as prosecutors prepared to detail why they are charging him with premeditated murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend. Prosecutors want to show why he should be denied bail. Pistorius denies the charge, and said it was an accidental shooting. The double-amputee Olympian, his brother, father and uncle were inside the court room as proceedings for the bail hearing began. The room was packed for a second day. The 26-year-old Pistorius sat in the back of the car, which was in a convoy of three police vehicles that entered the Pretoria Magistrate's Court through a...
(China.org 02/18/13)
Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius has canceled all his scheduled track appearances in the next few months to allow him to concentrate on defending himself against a murder charge in his native South Africa, his agent said. Pistorius, known worldwide as the "Blade Runner" for his prosthetic legs, was formally accused last week of the premeditated shooting of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, a charge that could put him behind bars for life if he is convicted. "I have decided that following these tragic events that we have no option but to cancel all future races that Oscar Pistorius had been contracted to compete in," his agent, Peet van Zyl, said in a statement released late on Sunday. The canceled races include two...
(China.org 02/18/13)
Respected anti-apartheid activist Mamphela Ramphele launched a new political party on Monday to challenge the ruling African National Congress (ANC), saying Africa's biggest economy was "at risk" from self-interested and corrupt leadership. Invoking the spirit of Nelson Mandela and the hope and optimism that prevailed at South Africa's first all-race elections in 1994, Ramphele said the dream of the "Rainbow Nation" was dying under the ANC. "Our society's greatness is being undermined by a massive failure of governance," she said, challenging South Africans to "build our nation into the country of our dreams". The 65-year-old medical doctor and former World Bank managing director commands respect among many of the black majority as the partner of activist Steve Biko, who died...
(China.org 02/15/13)
South African 'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius broke down in tears on Friday after he was charged in court with shooting dead his girlfriend in his Pretoria house. The 26-year-old Olympic and Paralympic superstar stood with head bowed in front of magistrate Desmond Nair to hear the murder charge read out, then started sobbing, covering his face with his hands. "Take it easy," Nair told him. "Come take a seat." Prosecutors told the Pretoria court they would argue the shooting of 30-year-old model Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Thursday was pre-meditated. The case has stunned a nation that reveres 'the fastest man on no legs' as a hero who triumphed over adversity to compete with able-bodied athletes at the...
(ComNat-ALPC 02/14/13)
South African "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius, a double amputee who became one of the biggest names in world athletics, was charged on Thursday with shooting dead his girlfriend at his home in Pretoria. Police said they had opened a murder case after a 30-year-old woman was found dead at the track star's house after an incident in the upmarket Silverlakes gated complex on the outskirts of the capital. "At this stage he is on his way to a district surgeon for medical examination," police brigadier Denise Beukes told reporters outside the heavily guarded residential complex. Pistorius and his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, had been the only people in the house at the time of the shooting, Beukes, said, and witnesses had...
(ComNat-ALPC 02/13/13)
JOHANNESBURG -- Chrysler Group LLC says its CEO in South Africa was shot in the abdomen during a robbery in the country and is responding to medical treatment. Chrysler spokesman Richard Sloman said Wednesday that CEO Trent Barcroft was shot Saturday during a robbery outside of Johannesburg. Sloman said that Barcroft, a United States citizen, was still in intensive care at a hospital Wednesday but was responding well to treatment. A spokesman at the U.S. Embassy in South Africa said it was aware of the shooting, but had no comment. Violent crime remains a widespread worry in South Africa. A U.S. Embassy employee was stabbed to death in January. Chrysler, based in Auburn Hills, Michigan, is majority owned by Italy's...
(ComNat-ALPC 02/13/13)
Nine schoolchildren are in hospital in the South African city of Johannesburg after being hit by lightning in two separate incidents, officials say. Five boys aged between 16 and 18 were admitted to hospital on Tuesday after a lightning bolt hit a cricket field at their school. Four 16-year-old girls were struck on Monday on their way back home from school in Soweto. South Africa is prone to lightning during its summer rainy season. According to the South African Weather Service, more than 260 people are killed by lightning in the country each year. The lightning struck as the cricketers from King Edward VII School were pulling covers over the pitch after the storm began. Nine boys were taken to...

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