Human rights

Paris hostages freed

A four-hour hostage standoff in central Paris ended with police moving in, arresting the armed suspect and freeing the people held in a ground-floor office, France's interior minister announced late on Tuesday.

"All the hostages are safe and sound," Gerard Collomb said in a brief statement. At least two people had been held.

There was no indication of an extremist motive, police said.

Big voter turnout for Zim election

When Zimbabweans head to the polls to elect a president and parliamentarians in general elections gazetted for Monday July 30‚ Zanu-PF's Emmerson Mnangagwa will learn what voters think of his ouster of former president Robert Mugabe late last year.

Voters want a free and fair election in 2018‚ after allegedly rigged elections previously‚ and are planning to turn out to vote in their numbers.

Thirteen year old by raped by five classmates

Five Free State schoolboys have appeared in court for raping their 13-year-old classmate.

The Grade 7 boy was raped at a school in Thaba Nchu‚ the provincial education department confirmed on Tuesday. The incident took place last week.

"It was after school and the victim was heading out when he was allegedly called by a group of boys. These boys have been causing a reign of terror at the school‚" said department spokesman Howard Ndaba.

Sibanye-Stillwater fatal incident

There were more questions than answers on how five miners ended up in an “abandoned working area” with no working ventilation. Four have died and the search for the fifth miner is still on at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Ikamva shaft at Kloof operations outside Carletonville.

Commonly known as a “madala site” (old or abandoned site) among miners, such areas were expected to be sealed at all times. It was also standard practice that workers would not be allowed into any working area until ventilation supply had been restored.

Foreign nationals cry out

It is a costly affair for asylum seekers at the Desmond Tutu Refugee Reception Centre in Marabastad, Pretoria.

They've described the centre as a prison-like environment, where they are treated like dogs and forced to pay various bribes.

Several foreign nationals, speaking on condition of anonymity detailed how people "hang around" the centre to rob them. They also "force" them to pay a sum of money before they are allowed inside.

Cash-in-transit workers march

Cash-in-transit (CIT) workers plan on marching in major cities on Tuesday following a spate of heists around the country.

Members from the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) and the Motor Transport Workers Union (MTWU), are expected to march in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.
Last week, MTWU and South Africa’s major CIT companies met to discuss the march.

SBV Services said in a statement that it fully supported the action.

Corruption at Gauteng prison

A disgruntled former prison employee lifts the lid on alleged money-wasting, sex between staff and inmates, and female staff watching porn with convicts at Modderbee prison in Springs.

He has also accused his former managers of firing him to cover up corruption and mismanagement at the facility on the East Rand.

The SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) took up the fight and paid for former warder Themba Masango’s legal representation when he took the matter to the Labour Court earlier this year, claiming unfair dismissal.

Boko Haram suicide bombers kill nine

Three suicide bombers killed at least nine people in separate attacks in the southeastern Niger city of Diffa near the border with Nigeria, shattering several months of calm in the troubled region.

The attacks occurred late Monday in the city, a regional capital that is a frequent target of the Boko Haram jihadist group, a local official who requested anonymity told AFP.

Child victims of violence: The stories behind SA’s child abuse statistics

Child protection statistics in South Africa paint a troubling picture: high proportions of the nation’s children victimised by violence. But in a country numbed by shocking crime statistics it is easy to lose sight of the children behind the numbers. It is why the stories of 11 child victims whose lives have been forever changed or ended by violence are so important.
 

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