Human rights

Looting of foreign nationals’ shops

The death toll following looting of foreign-owned shops in Soweto has risen to three‚ said Gauteng police.

"The community took to the streets in protest‚ which turned violent and led to the looting of foreign nationals’ shops. During the violent attacks and the looting three people were killed in White City. There is also another person in hospital being treated for a gunshot wound‚" Colonel Brenda Muridili said in a statement on Wednesday.

State capture - Zuma under investigation

The Hawks have confirmed there is an “ongoing” criminal investigation against former president Jacob Zuma and Ajay Gupta, with a link to former government communications head Themba Maseko’s state capture allegations.

“The case is still ongoing and new facts have been found,” Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi told Times Select, adding that “to say the case has been put to bed is not true”.

75 Ebola deaths in DRC so far

The death toll from an outbreak of Ebola in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has risen to 75, the health ministry said on Monday.

"In all, 111 cases of hemorrhagic fever have been reported in the area," it said.

To read the article titled, "Ebola death toll rises to 75 in DRC" click here

Attacked for being black

Chairperson of the National Arts Council and lawyer Hartley Sandy Ngoato has been severely injured in what his family says was a racial attack.

A statement released by his family on Wednesday morning said Ngoato had been attacked on Sunday at the Schoemansville Oewer Klub Resort at Hartbeespoort Dam in the North West.

Outrage over racist holiday maker use of k-word

Social media users in SA are upset at a man on holiday who used a racial slur to describe beach goers.

A tweet emerged showing a man who described a beach using the k-word, EWN reported.

In the video, the unidentified man describes an idyllic beach, saying "amazing sea and not one k*ff*r in sight".

To read the article titled, "Twitter outrage over racist holiday maker use of k-word" click here

Mcebisi Jonas to take stand on Friday

Former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas will be next on the stand when the commission of inquiry into state capture resumes on Friday.

The commission will not sit on Wednesday and Thursday.

Jonas claimed that the Guptas offered him an initial R600 000 cash, and then R600m to be given later, if he accepted the job of finance minister.

Cholera hits DRC, Niger

A cholera epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed 127 people since February, while a further 22 have died in Niger, officials said on Wednesday.

"A total of 2 100 patients are currently being treated and since February we have registered 125 deaths," said Hippolyte Mutombo Mbwebwe, health minister in the eastern Kasai region.

To read the article titled, "Cholera kills scores in DRC, Niger" click here

Marikana tragedy six years on

As the country remembers the Marikana massacre on Thursday, the ANC said it was committed to ensuring that the tragedy was not repeated.

"There is no doubt about our commitment in ensuring that never again should such a tragedy befall our nation, and no stone will be left unturned in ensuring that measures are in place to achieve this," the party said in a statement on Wednesday.

Martin Visser granted leave to appeal

Lutzville farmer and convicted murderer Martin Visser was on Thursday granted leave to appeal his conviction and sentence in the Western Cape High Court sitting in Vredendal.

He was on Wednesday sentenced to life behind bars after he was found guilty of premeditated murder of farm worker Adam Pieterse, 33. He had been beaten with a spade, dragged with a quadbike and buried behind Visser's father's vineyard in 2015.

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