Lancing our nation's wounds


At the South Gauteng High Court on Thursday, President Jacob Zuma employed the reactionary mobilisation strategy that has served him so well.

Lancing our nation's wounds

Kenya freezes assets of Rwanda genocide suspect

Robert Hummy

The Nairobi government froze the Kenyan assets of the most wanted suspect in Rwanda's genocide on Tuesday. Felicien Kabuga, a wealthy Hutu businessman, is accused of bankrolling Rwandan militias who killed about 800 000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus in 100 days of bloodshed in 1994.

Mbeki botched legacy over Zim, analysts say

Mariette Le Roux

South African President Thabo Mbeki's failure to criticise neighbouring Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe has weakened his international stature, analysts said. Once hailed as a leader focussed on Africa's revival, Mbeki's silence on Zimbabwe has been blamed either on misplaced loyalty or crippling deference.

Judge warns Najwa after withdrawal of advocate

Ben Maclennan

A judge has issued a stern warning to murder accused Najwa Petersen after learning on Tuesday she had dismissed her advocate just as she was supposed to start presenting her case for a not-guilty ruling. "We can't be held to ransom by the whims of one accused," Cape High Court judge Siraj Desai said.

State wraps up in Najwa trial

Staff Reporter

As the state wrapped up its case in the Najwa Petersen murder trial on Monday, Najwa's advocate said no decision had been taken on whether she would testify in her own defence. "I've still to consult with Mrs Petersen," said senior counsel Klaus von Lieres und Wilkau. "We will make up our minds in the course of the coming week."

High Court date set for sugarcane murders trial

Giordano Stolley

A 36-year old man, accused of murdering eleven KwaZulu-Natal women and dumping their bodies in sugarcane fields, will be tried in the Ramsgate High Court. Thozamile Taki and his alleged accomplice Hlengiwe Nene appeared briefly in the Umzinto Magistrate's Court on Friday, where Magistrate Giel van Aarde ordered that they be held in custody until the trial starts on November 17.

Two jailed for stabbing woman, cutting off fingers

Staff Reporter

Two men who stabbed an elderly woman and cut off her fingers to remove her rings in her apartment in Malmesbury near Cape Town were sentenced to 18 years' imprisonment on Thursday. Judge Deon van Zyl said the incident, on Christmas Eve in 2004, turned a festive occasion into a grieving one for the woman's family.