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Govt looks for skilled white South Africans

The government is looking for skilled white South Africans at home and abroad to help implement its accelerated growth plan, the Sunday Times reported on Sunday. Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka told the newspaper that the government has ''messed up'' communicating its affirmative-action policy.

NPA receives Zuma ‘rape’ docket

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has received a docket from the police on rape allegations against former deputy president Jacob Zuma. The authority now has to decide whether to prosecute. NPA spokesperson Makhosini Nkosi said: ''We intend finalising this matter as soon as possible.''

Police ‘testing Zuma’s blood’

Police are conducting tests on former deputy president Jacob Zuma's blood to compare it with the DNA of semen found on the underwear of his alleged rape victim, Beeld newspaper reported on Thursday. It said the forensic test results will soon be handed to senior police officials.

Kruger park plans ‘abhorrent’ elephant cull

Scientists have blasted a plan to cull thousands of elephants in the Kruger National Park, instead recommending contraception to reduce numbers. "This cull is abhorrent and needs to be stopped," Southern African Association for the Advancement of Science president Ian Raper said in Johannesburg on Friday.

‘She had a great passion for the arts’

Huberte Rupert, wife of industrialist Anton Rupert, died in Stellenbosch on Friday night, South African Broadcasting Corporation radio news reported. Rupert died peacefully in her sleep at the age of 86 following a long illness, the broadcaster quoted her son, Johann, as saying.

Wife of Anton Rupert dies

Huberte Rupert, wife of industrialist Anton Rupert, died in Stellenbosch on Friday night, South African Broadcasting Corporation radio news reported. Rupert died peacefully in her sleep at the age of 86 following a long illness, the broadcaster quoted her son, Johann, as saying.

SA spy chief suspended

National Intelligence Agency (NIA) director general Billy Masetlha has been suspended by Minister of Intelligence Ronnie Kasrils pending the outcome of an inquiry. Kasrils has also suspended two other senior NIA officials for allegedly placing businessman Saki Macozoma under illegal surveillance.

Zuma: Burning of Mbeki T-shirts ‘not acceptable’

African National Congress deputy president Jacob Zuma on Wednesday condemned party members for the first time for burning T-shirts bearing the face of President Thabo Mbeki, South African Broadcasting Corporation television news reported.

Guardian journalist believed kidnapped in Iraq

A journalist working for the British newspaper <i>The Guardian</i> is missing, believed kidnapped, in Iraq, the daily said on Wednesday. Rory Carroll, a 33-year-old Irishman, was on assignment in Baghdad when he disappeared, according to a statement from the newspaper, which said he could have been kidnapped.

Zim, SA travel visas ‘to be scrapped’

Zimbabwean and South African parliamentary committees have agreed visas for travel between the two countries should be scrapped, Zimbabwe's Herald Online reported on Thursday. It said the portfolio committee on home affairs and defence from the two countries met in Harare on Wednesday.

Guatemalan landslide kills 1 400, say rescuers

About 1 400 people were killed by a mudslide in the Guatemalan highland village of Panabaj that had been triggered by torrential rains from Hurricane Stan, Reuters reported on Saturday. The latest figure would bring to almost 2 000 the total number of people killed by the storm.

Kebble killing was ‘pure assassination’

Mining magnate Brett Kebble was assassinated, one of his business partners said on Wednesday. Andile Nkuhlu was one of a group of people expecting Kebble for dinner on Tuesday night. Kebble was shot dead on his way there. "This was pure assassination. There is no doubt about it," Nkuhlu said.

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