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McBride gets bail in drunk-driving case

Ekurhuleni metro police chief Robert McBride appeared briefly in the Pretoria Regional Court on Friday morning and was granted bail of R1 000. McBride faces charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, defeating the ends of justice and fraud. McBride also faces alternative charges of reckless or negligent driving, conspiracy and incitement.

Remains of Pebco Three may have been found

Human remains believed to be those of the ''Pebco Three'', who were murdered by apartheid-era police, were found on a farm near Cradock, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said on Monday. Spokesperson Panyaza Lesufi said NPA investigators followed up several leads and discovered the remains during a dig on the Cradock farm known as Post Chalmers.

Crunch time for govt wage strike

Trade-union leaders will meet on Wednesday to discuss suspending the public-service strike during the 21 days they have to consider the government's final offer. It is understood that the unions discussed the possibility of suspending the strike at a meeting on Sunday, but some wanted more time to consult their members.

Union wage delay ‘pure coincidence’

It is pure coincidence that a postponed labour meeting to decide on the public-service dispute will coincide with the start of the African National Congress policy conference on Wednesday, said the Congress of South African Trade Unions on Sunday. Meanwhile, a large teachers' union has announced its withdrawal from the strike.

Striking unions to consider hike range

Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) affiliates will meet on Monday to come up with a range of percentage increases they are prepared to accept to end the three-week-old public-service strike. It is understood that the Independent Labour Caucus has already set a percentage range within which it can accept a deal.

Strike: Unions to consult members

Public-service unions will consult with their membership before deciding to accept or reject government's revised salary package, which includes a 7,25% wage-increase offer. The unions also said they were concerned that the salaries of some public servants had been withheld on Friday.

Strike: Negotiators inch closer to deal

As the country braces itself for a mass public-sector protest action on Wednesday, government and union negotiators moved closer to clinching a deal in the wage talks. Talks between the two parties at the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council in Centurion continued well into the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Strike mediators craft new proposal

Following another impasse in the public service wage talks, independent mediators on Sunday came up with their own proposal of what a comprehensive wage offer should look like. Mediators Charles Nupen and Meshack Ravuku drew up a document which was handed to government and union negotiators late on Sunday night.

Strike: Police, defence force deployed

Armed soldiers and police were deployed at schools and hospitals around the country on Friday as the government flexed its muscles to rein in striking public servants. Casspirs off-loaded troops wearing bullet-proof vests and armed with R4 automatic rifles to join police keeping watch at the Kalafong Hospital.

Mbeki salutes Blair for focus on Africa

British Prime Minister Tony Blair ensured that Africa was firmly on the agenda of the international community during his time in office, President Thabo Mbeki said on Friday. The two leaders met at the Union Buildings in Pretoria as part of Blair's farewell tour to Africa.

Strike to go ahead as wage talks fail

Friday's public-service strike is set to go ahead after the government and unions failed to reach agreement on wage increases after two days of talks in Pretoria. Last-minute talks called by the government broke down in the early hours of Wednesday morning at the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council.

Wage talks continue through the night

Technical committees continued negotiations throughout Monday night in an attempt to resolve the impasse between public-sector unions and government on wage negotiations. On Monday the talks almost collapsed when the government said it would refer its dispute with essential-service workers to arbitration.

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