Marleen Smith
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/ 4 February 2004

Bus safety rules ‘not specific enough’

New regulations to compel the replacement of non-functioning emergency exits on South African buses and taxis will still take an indeterminate time to come into effect, it emerged on Tuesday. In the meantime millions of public transport passengers run the risk of meeting the same fate as the 51 Saulspoort bus disaster victims.

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/ 27 January 2004

Novel means of tracing swallow migration

A group of South African and Hungarian scientists have discovered a novel way to unravel the mysteries of the annual European swallow migration between the northern and southern hemispheres. By chemically analysing feathers of the little nomads collected during their African sojourn, the researchers are determining from which European breeding area the birds originate.

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/ 20 January 2004

New chapter in Bushmen’s book

South Africa’s largest Bushman settlement started a new chapter in their history on Tuesday. For the first time ever, the children of Platfontein near Kimberley in the Northern Cape went to school in a proper school building. The !Xunkhwesa Combined School reopened for the new year with 1 200 pupils and 33 teachers.

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/ 18 December 2003

Can Ngcuka be cleared?

The mountain has brought forth a mouse. This was how Marumo Moerane, counsel for National Director of Public Prosecutions Bulelani Ngcuka, summarised on Thursday before the Hefer commission the outcome of allegations against his client.
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/ 11 December 2003

Zuma’s affidavit sees the light of day

Deputy President Jacob Zuma has been drawn into the Hefer inquiry into whether National Director of Public Prosecutions Bulelani Ngcuka abused his official powers. Advocate Steven Joseph, for Ngcuka’s main accusers Mac Maharaj and Mo Shaik, submitted two pages of a sworn affidavit by Zuma to Judge Joos Hefer’s commission on Thursday.

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/ 10 December 2003

Love story unfolds at Hefer

A love story with a happy ending unfolded on Wednesday before the Hefer Commission of Inquiry. National Director of Public Prosecutions Bulelani Ngcuka described the struggle he had, in the early Eighties, to marry his wife, now Minister of Minerals and Energy Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

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/ 9 December 2003

Civil servant shoots holes in Mo Shaik’s story

An experienced Home Affairs official knocked out the last pillars of Mo Shaik’s spy argument against chief prosecutor Bulelani Ngcuka, in his testimony to the Hefer Commission of Inquiry on Tuesday. Willem Vorster’s testimony drew regular laughter as he offered simple bureaucratic explanations for what Shaik had perceived as sinister circumstances.