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Leon sees ‘new dawn’ in SA politics

Tony Leon on Saturday delivered his last speech as leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA), predicting that the party would one day bring about a new government in South Africa. In an emotionally charged session of the party's federal congress in Midrand, he thanked supporters for the ''incredible journey'' they had allowed him to take in heading the DA.

TV stars, ‘fed up’ with crime, take to the streets

South Africa's soap-opera wars were pushed aside as actors from opposing television soaps 7de Laan and Binnelanders took hands in an anti-crime march to the government's Union Buildings in Pretoria on Tuesday. They were joined by actors from various stage plays, artists and singers.

Newspaper will publish despite hostage drama

The Pretoria News will definitely be published and be on the streets on time on Thursday, said acting editor Zingisa Mkhuma on Wednesday night following a hostage drama during which eight newspaper advertising staff were taken hostage and a police officer was shot and injured.

US official markets new Africa command

The United States's principal deputy undersecretary for defence, Ryan Henry, met South African government officials on Tuesday to inform them of plans for the US military's new Africa command. Henry is on an African tour to convince governments on the continent that there is nothing sinister about the proposed command.

New victim-centred plan for criminal prosecutions

The criminal justice system must revolve around the victims of crime, said National Director of Public Prosecutions Vusi Pikoli said on Wednesday. ''We want to change our criminal justice system. ''We want to ensure justice for the victims of crime by prosecuting without fear, favour or prejudice and by working with our partners and the public to solve and prevent crime,'' Pikoli said.

SA soccer fans may face ticket shortage in 2010

A shortage of tickets rather than high prices will hamper Sooth Africans who want to see any of the 2010 Soccer World Cup matches, chief executive of the local organising committee Danny Jordaan said on Tuesday. ''There will be more than three million tickets in total, but ... we would be lucky if we have one million of those available for South Africans,'' Jordaan said.

Jordaan: 2010 a benchmark for gauging SA

The 2010 Soccer World Cup has become the benchmark against which everything in South Africa is measured, and this has forced the local organising committee to answer some difficult questions, its chief executive, Danny Jordaan, said on Tuesday. The reason is that 2010 is not just about 90 minutes of football, but is part of the transformation of the country, Jordaan said.

SA has eye on terror suspects

South African intelligence agencies are concerned that people involved in international terrorism are spending time in the country, an intelligence official said on Tuesday. Barry Gilder, coordinator of the National Intelligence Coordinating Committee, said that agents are watching certain individuals and organisations who might be involved in international terrorism.

E Guinea coup accused not guilty

The eight men accused of involvement in an attempted coup in Equatorial Guinea were found not guilty in the Pretoria Regional Court on Friday. The magistrate said that while the men's actions were unlawful, he could not find by ''any stretch of the imagination'' that they had knowingly contravened the Regulation on Foreign Military Assistance Act.

E Guinea coup trial: Accused ask to be discharged

The state has not reached the ''required threshold'' to prove its case against eight men accused of contravening sections of the Regulation on Foreign Military Assistance Act, the Pretoria Regional Court heard on Thursday. Defence advocate Margie Victor, appearing for six of the eight accused, asked the court to discharge her clients.

Ngcuka may be called in E Guinea coup-plot trial

The former national director of public prosecutions, Bulelani Ngcuka, might be called to testify in the court case of eight men charged with contravening sections of the Regulation of Military Assistance Act relating to an alleged attempted coup in the Equatorial Guinea. State advocate Torie Pretorius told the Pretoria Regional Court on Tuesday that he might call Ngcuka.

E Guinea coup-plot trial told about ‘cover story’

One of the men who allegedly plotted to topple the government of Equatorial Guinea feels he has done nothing wrong, despite pleading guilty, the Pretoria Regional Court heard on Tuesday. Harry Carlse, who turned state witness, was testifying against eight alleged co-conspirators accused of contravening the Regulations on Foreign Military Assistance Act.

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