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Former councillor gets life for murder

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Former councillor gets life for murder

A former IFP councillor convicted of murder was handed a life sentence in the Phongola Magistrates’ Court, says the KwaZulu-Natal community safety department.

Sakhi Ngcamu who was a councillor in Ward39 in eThewini was sentenced on Thursday, said safety MEC Willies Mchunu.

The court heard that Ngcamu was paid to kill a woman in 2011. He was handed a...

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How to fight corruption: Get the basics right first

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How to fight corruption: Get the basics right first

There has to be a targeted and vigorous response to corruption and fraud, and a zero tolerance ­approach to ensure that these are rooted out

The core services that local government provides ­– clean drinking water, sanitation, electricity, shelter, waste removal and roads – are basic human rights and essential components of the right to dignity ensh...

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Seven traditional games

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Seven traditional games

South Africa’s Indigenous Games Festival takes place at the Tshwane Events Centre from today until Wednesday.

The event is growing in popularity and about 1 600 athletes and officials from the country’s provincial ­federations are expected to attend.

The sports and recreation and cooperative governance and traditional affairs departments are leading...

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Can we talk?

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Can we talk?

We ‘allow’ women to talk on television, but it better be about beauty or babies. Real, hard TV talk from women is basically nonexistent. Thinus Ferreira looks at a few brave hosts who may offer a glimmer of hope in the midst of quiet prejudice on our TVs

Tongue in Cheek
SABC3
Tuesdays, 8.30pm

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Mondays, 6pm

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Safa ship steady

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Safa ship steady

It has been a good year at the helm for Safa officials, writes Timothy Molobi

Although much has been achieved since that fateful day on September 28 last year, when the new Safa leadership took charge, it has not all been smooth sailing – and there is still much to be done with the rebuilding and reconstruction of football.

The SA Football...

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Who will be the next Idol to fall?

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Who will be the next Idol to fall?

Bongi Silinda grew up in the lowveld hills in the village of Driekoppies, Mpumalanga, in a small home with chickens, cows and dogs.

The 23-year-old beauty’s family – her dad, Jacob, is a teacher and her mum, Lindi, is a chef – bought a TV set when she went to high school.

Silinda devoured the small screen as a kid; her love affair with music and her...

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A dangerous parle-mental experiment

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A dangerous parle-mental experiment

Hate speech. Slurs. Howls. #paybackthemoney. #Baleka­MustGo. Banging on desks. Chants. Points of order. Walkouts. Finger gestures.

If you look down to tweet, you may miss these ­moments. They flow faster from our “honourable members” than the shorthand of even the most deft reporter in the media gallery above.

This is the fire heating the crucible...

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What can be sold to prop up Eskom?

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What can be sold to prop up Eskom?

Economists say state might dispose of its key assets to ease utility’s massive funding gap

Telkom, Broadband Infraco, Alexkor and SA Express are among the state-owned assets that could be sold to prop up Eskom, which faces a R225 billion cash crunch.

Speculation is mounting after government’s announcement on Sunday that it had found a solution for t...

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Idea to can e-tolls for fuel levy rejected

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Idea to can e-tolls for fuel levy rejected

Gauteng’s e-tolls will not be replaced with a fuel levy after the country’s other eight provinces overwhelmingly rejected this idea, saying they will not be made to pay for excellent roads when theirs are in a bad state.

The provinces also rejected a proposal that the national government should take over the funding of improvements to Gauteng...

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Portia sets sights on World Cup

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Portia sets sights on World Cup

On-form Banyana Banyana striker Portia Modise is looking to the future and next year’s Fifa Women’s World Cup in Canada.

Modise, who put five goals past ­Botswana’s goalkeeper in an international friendly last weekend, says she wants to play in a World Cup before hanging up her boots.

She says playing in the World Cup is the only missing accolade in...

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Nxa – Hated it: OMG! Here comes the Bono virus

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Nxa – Hated it: OMG! Here comes the Bono virus

Last week, Apple announced the next-generation iPhone and the digital giant’s foray into wearable technology with the Apple Watch.

The company also attempted to better Beyoncé’s surprise album release tactic in December last year and Jay-Z’s Samsung release deal in July last year, and give all 50 million iTunes users the new U2 album, Songs of Inno...

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Joy of Jazz line-up includes maestros Feya Faku, Roy Hargrove

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Joy of Jazz line-up includes maestros Feya Faku, Roy Hargrove

Standard Bank Joy of Jazz is upon us and offers three particularly strong streams of talent: trumpeters, vocalist and pianists.

As far as trumpets go, it would be unforgivable to miss South Africa’s Feya Faku.

The jazz man has just recorded a new album with a bigband and has a quartet recording on the way. American headliner Roy Hargrove appears as...

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Who will replace Gill Marcus?

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Who will replace Gill Marcus?

Zuma can take his pick from a pool of skilled deputies that the governor leaves behind as part of her rich legacy at the SA Reserve Bank

South Africa’s new banknotes will, in all likelihood, bear the signature of current deputy governor Lesetja Kganyago.

He is the main contender to succeed outgoing SA Reserve Bank Governor Gill Marcus.

Marcus...

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Chairs fly in comrade vs comrade battle

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Chairs fly in comrade vs comrade battle

With chairs flying and guns drawn, the Mpumalanga ANC’s regional conferences are under threat as factions are trying to sway the vote in their favour ahead of the party’s 2016 provincial conference.

The Bohlabela regional conference in the Bushbuckridge area was postponed last week after ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe intervened.

More than 20...

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Springboks: Just a few tests left until the big one

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Springboks: Just a few tests left until the big one

The Springboks’ Rugby Championship clash against the Wallabies at Newlands, Cape Town, on Saturday is a must-win test – and then some.

The Boks must not only win, but must score four tries to earn a bonus point to keep pressure on the All Blacks and maintain any aspirations of winning the tournament the following week at Ellis Park.

The Wallabies...

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In Out: The doggie in the window that captured our hearts

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In Out: The doggie in the window that captured our hearts

When AB de Villiers walks on to SuperSport Park Centurion on December 17 for the first test in the upcoming series against the West Indies, it will be 10 years to the day since he made his test debut for the Proteas.

That’s a decade of probably the nicest guy in sport, who has become somewhat of a household name in South Africa, like Omo washing p...

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Umhlobo Wenene FM: My real friend

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Umhlobo Wenene FM: My real friend

In my house in the Eastern Cape, we grew up listening to the 7pm news on Umhlobo Wenene FM, and this was followed by the funeral notices.

My gran wouldn’t let us even wash dishes during this crucial 30 minutes of the day.

Through the years, I have grown to love the station.

So much so that when, earlier this year, UmhloboWenene won an MTN Radio Award...

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Tess of Hope Street

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Tess of Hope Street

Some images are etched in our DNA; somehow framed in our mind’s eye, just a few blinks or thoughts away.

I snapped such a photo with my phone a while ago.

It was of a woman sleeping on the tar pavement in front of the Robbie Nurock day hospital, a beautiful dilapidated building in Buitenkant Street.

She was well-dressed, her pretty head rested on a...

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Brilliant! 10 out of 10 for Chiefs

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Brilliant! 10 out of 10 for Chiefs

Call it what you like, this game was worthy of a Cup final as both Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates lived up to expectations.

Played at the venue where the two teams last won their trophies – interestingly the Nedbank Cup – it was a brilliant game of football as both teams went for each other’s throats from the beginning. One thing the two coaches...

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Özil inspires Arsenal to win over Villa

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Özil inspires Arsenal to win over Villa

Arsenal responded to midweek criticism with a 3-0 thrashing of Aston Villa in the Premier League today, inspired by record signing Mesut Özil.

Özil scored one and created another for Danny Welbeck as the visitors struck three goals in four minutes before halftime to end the hosts’ unbeaten start in emphatic fashion.

The Germany midfielder...

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Be responsible for your orgasm

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Be responsible for your orgasm

Like all great things, good sex requires work.

Yes, there are those rare occasions when you’ll meet someone and they’ll know just what to do to make for magical memories.

But consistently good sex requires effort.

To expect your partner to navigate your body without your guidance is not only unfair, but unrealistic. As it is, our needs are ever...

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Pressing Issues: Soweto Derby brings everything to a standstill

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Pressing Issues: Soweto Derby brings everything to a standstill

Ever since Kaizer Motaung led a bunch of rebel players and officials from Pirates to form Kaizer Chiefs (first known as Kaizer XI) in 1970, South Africa has come to a standstill when the Soweto Derby comes around.

This is the day pastors rush through funeral or wedding services so they don’t miss the action.

Even the SA Football Association, whose...

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On my radar: Our new social sign language

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On my radar: Our new social sign language

Emoticons were used more than four billion times since last year.

I’ll just let that sink in, especially for those who believe “the youth of today” are losing the ability to read and write properly.

For the uninitiated, emoticons are “a representation of a facial expression, like a smile or frown, formed by various combinations of keyboard c...

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Britain urges unity after Scotland rejects independence

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Britain urges unity after Scotland rejects independence

British Prime Minister David Cameron promised more powers and called for unity after a deeply divided Scotland voted No to independence in a historic referendum.

“Now is the time for our United Kingdom to come together and to move forward,” Cameron said today in a speech in front of his office at 10 Downing Street.

Scotland’s First Minister Alex S...

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The good wife?

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The good wife?

Talking to Venda friends at varsity, Kudzai Mazvarirwofa finds them conflicted about traditional initiation practices involving genital alteration

“The family have accused me of trying to embarrass them,” says Atamisa*. “I’ve been told I will be a bad wife because I am too headstrong.”

Ludo* nods in agreement. “Sometimes I dread going to...

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Yoh! Fashion parties are all the rage. Here’s why

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Yoh! Fashion parties are all the rage. Here’s why

Over the past three years, Patrick Visser (23) and Raees Saiet (21) have held a successful string of themed monthly parties that have incorporated movie screenings, a clothing market, deejays and live performances.

Hosted under the moniker YOH!, the parties initially started in Cape Town, but due to their popularity, they spread to Joburg and were...

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Get your freak on

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Get your freak on

We are nearing the end of 2014 and are at our most advanced in terms of technology and knowledge.

It’s the friggin’ information age ffs. Even when it comes to sexuality, a subject still dogged by taboos, there’s enough easily available research out there to teach us about the diverse variety of sexual interests and preferences,

Even if reading...

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How to … survive load shedding

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How to … survive load shedding

It is going to be another five years before loadshedding can be a thing of the past.

Eskom’s acting CEO Collin Matjila revealed in parliament on Tuesday that South Africa’s power supply would only be stabilised in 2019.

And loadshedding is at the top of the list of mechanisms that will be used to create a steady power supply.

But before you step into...

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Repo rate remains unchanged, Gill Marcus to step down

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Repo rate remains unchanged, Gill Marcus to step down

SA Reserve Bank Governor Gill Marcus will step down on November 8, at the end of her five-year term.

“This is my last MPC,” said Marcus today as she announced that the monetary policy committee had decided to keep the repo rate unchanged at 5.75%.

Marcus said the domestic growth outlook remained “weak”.

In January, the repo rate increased by 50 basis...

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ANC wins 10 wards, DA 1 in by-elections

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ANC wins 10 wards, DA 1 in by-elections

The African National Congress won 10 of the 11 wards contested in yesterday’s by-elections and the Democratic Alliance won one, the Independent Electoral Commission has said.

The elections saw the ANC take two wards, one from an independent candidate and another from the DA.

Ward five of Tsolwana (Tarkastad) in the Eastern Cape went from an...

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Jacob Lebogo granted R5000 bail in Boy Mamabolo shooting case

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Jacob Lebogo granted R5000 bail in Boy Mamabolo shooting case

Attempted murder accused Jacob Lebogo had had his firearm licence for about five months when he allegedly shot and wounded ANC branch chairperson Boy Mamabolo.

This was revealed by the investigating officer, Warrant Officer Malesela Ledwaba, and paved the way for Lebogo to be granted R5 000 bail in the Polokwane Magistrates’ Court today.

Malesela...

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Half the sky but less of everything else

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Half the sky but less of everything else

Women hold up half the sky.

But 20 years ago, there was hardly anywhere for them to pee in our Parliament.

Since then, more women have entered those chambers as politicians rather than merely their wives (for whom the few toilets in the parliamentary precinct were meant before 1994).

The possibility of a female president is also more real now.

Quotas...

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Brickz has to wait to hear if rape case is dropped

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Brickz has to wait to hear if rape case is dropped

Kwaito musician Sipho Charles Ndlovu, also known as Brickz, will have to wait until October 20 to hear whether the national director of public prosecutions will proceed with the rape case against him.

He was supposed to have heard in the Roodepoort Magistrates’ Court today whether the director of public prosecutions would proceed with the case.

But...

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Book review – Getting Dirty: How to get dirty

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Book review – Getting Dirty: How to get dirty

Getting Dirty

Christa Biyela

94 pages

R130 from kalahari.com

Some South African households will remember Wat Seuns Moet Weet (translated as What Every Boy Should Know) and its equivalent for girls, the superawkward and cringeworthy conservative books by Dr Jan van Elfen that parents used to give their kids to educate them about the s-word.

Since those...

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Friends Friction: Why they bash the Telkom boss

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Friends Friction: Why they bash the Telkom boss

Listen up, you black boys and girls: they’re gonna be coming at you. Remember every inch of success you gain tears at their hearts, so they’re going to fight hard to keep you where you are, and they’re going to be relentless.

Why do you think they keep reminding us that Telkom chairman Jabu Mabuza was a taxi driver? His success and, by proxy, your...

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Charismatic preachers: Healers or charlatans?

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Charismatic preachers: Healers or charlatans?

The building collapse at Nigerian prophet TB Joshua’s church has put charismatic preachers under the spotlight. City Press takes a look at some of the preachers who are equally loved by those who believe in their healing powers and loathed by those who believe they are preying on the vulnerable.

Charismatic preachers: Healers or charlatans?

TB Joshua is well known for his prophecies. The

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Get Ebola info in your home language

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Get Ebola info in your home language

With the death toll rapidly exceeding 2500, the Ebola outbreak has people rushing to search engines to find out more about the disease.

But people who speak only Nguni languages have for the most part been left out of the conversation.

To solve this problem, Wikimedia ZA teamed up with global language service provider Rubric to provide South...

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Lion shot dead, another still at large in Limpopo

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Lion shot dead, another still at large in Limpopo

One of two lions on the loose in Limpopo has been shot in Matikiring, near Tolwe.

The lions, which may have crossed the border from Botswana, have killed at least four animals in the past few days.

“One [lion] we managed to kill. One is still outstanding and we’re still busy searching for it with the helicopter and nature conservation,” Limpopo polic...

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‘Release crime stats frequently to establish trends’

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‘Release crime stats frequently to establish trends’

Crime statistics should be released more often with more detail, says the Institute for Security Studies.

“The more frequently released the better, the more detailed … the better,” the institute’s spokesperson, Gareth Newham, said today.

“Crime has emerging trends and we can’t have a measure where you wait a year later to release them. It sho...

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Taylor Swift tops best-dressed list

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Taylor Swift tops best-dressed list

Pop star Taylor Swift, who has adopted a sexier look on red carpets, was named People magazine’s best-dressed celebrity of the year today.

Swift led the annual unranked list of the top 10 best-dressed celebrity style icons that also included Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o, singers Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna and actresses Emma Stone and Emma Watson.

Risi...

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Springboks look to Schalk Burger for more bite

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Springboks look to Schalk Burger for more bite

Former World Rugby Player of the Year Schalk Burger was recalled to South Africa’s squad for the Rugby Championship tests against Australia and New Zealand in place of injured Francois Louw, the South African Rugby Union said.

Burger has been playing in Japan, where he has a club match on Friday after which he will join up with the Springbok squad...

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School faces animal cruelty charges amid corporal punishment probe

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School faces animal cruelty charges amid corporal punishment probe

A Mpumalanga private school known for its severe beating of pupils has now been accused of animal cruelty.

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) said they found 27 pigs at Cefups Academy near Nelspruit kept in enclosures that had no clean water, and three of the animals were so emaciated they had to be euthanised.

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Chinese woman’s virginity worth R55 000, court rules

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Chinese woman’s virginity worth R55 000, court rules

Shanghai – A Chinese woman who sued a man for “violating her right to virginity” after he wooed her with false promises has been awarded nearly $5 000 (about R55 000) by a court.

The two were dating but after the woman, surnamed Chen, found out her boyfriend was already married she sued him for swindling her out of her virginity, accusing him of...

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Lion shot dead, another still at large in Limpopo

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Lion shot dead, another still at large in Limpopo

One of two lions on the loose in Limpopo has been shot in Matikiring, near Tolwe.

The lions, which may have crossed the border from Botswana, have killed at least four animals in the past few days.

“One [lion] we managed to kill. One is still outstanding and we’re still busy searching for it with the helicopter and nature conservation,” Limpopo polic...

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Police postpone crime stats release

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Police postpone crime stats release

The release of the 2013-2014 crime statistics has been postponed to Friday.

“The South African Police Service apologises for any inconvenience that may result from this change,” police spokesperson, Colonel Vishnu Naidoo, said today.

The statistics were supposed to be released tomorrow, a day after the Institute for Security Studies briefed media on...

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