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/ 24 May 2008

VIP driver punched after accident on the N3

A motorcyclist punched a KwaZulu-Natal VIP driver on Saturday afternoon after the driver had crashed into the back of another car, seriously injuring its occupant. KwaZulu-Natal transport spokesperson Rajen Chinaboo said road traffic inspectorate officials at the scene reported that there ”had been some sort of altercation”.

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/ 22 May 2008

NIA: Violence deliberately unleashed

The recent wave of so-called xenophobic violence had been deliberately unleashed ahead of next year’s general election, National Intelligence Agency (NIA) Director General Manala Manzini said on Thursday. At least 42 people have been killed and 16 000 displaced since the outbreak of the attacks on foreigners in Alexandra on May 12.

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/ 21 May 2008

Gauteng says attacks on the wane

The xenophobic attacks in Gauteng appeared to have subsided, a provincial spokesperson said on Wednesday. However, KwaZulu-Natal police are monitoring a possible outbreak of attacks there. ”There are no new reports of attacks,” said Thabo Masebe, deputy director of communications for the provincial government.

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/ 21 May 2008

Metrorail on high alert for attacks

Metrorail has beefed up security in response to possible xenophobic attacks on train commuters, it said on Wednesday. ”Our own protection services, the South African railway police and contracted security staff have been beefed up in response to the perceived threat and in support of our security plan,” the company said in a statement.

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/ 14 May 2008

South Africa’s 2010 windfall

The South African economy could see a turnover in excess of R40-billion during the Soccer World Cup finals, which kick off at the new Soccer City in Johannesburg in June 2010. In an interview on Wednesday, chairperson of the 2010 local organising committee Irvin Khoza was upbeat that South Africa will host the best World Cup in history.

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/ 8 May 2008

Pikoli: Mabandla order ‘unconstitutional’

Suspended prosecuting head Vusi Pikoli considered ”unconstitutional” an instruction by Justice and Constitutional Development Minister Brigitte Mabandla not to pursue warrants of arrest for police National Commissioner Jackie Selebi. This was evidence on Thursday in the Ginwala inquiry’s hearing into the fitness of Pikoli to serve as National Director of Public Prosecutions.

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/ 7 May 2008

I was suspended over Selebi, says Pikoli

The real reason for the suspension of National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Vusi Pikoli related to a criminal probe into police chief Jackie Selebi, Pikoli’s lawyers said on Wednesday. ”It was to put a spoke in the wheels of the investigation and prosecution of the police National Commissioner, Mr Jackie Selebi,” they said.

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/ 27 April 2008

Zille warns of new threat

South Africa faces a new threat 14 years after the first democratic election, Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille said on Saturday. She was addressing a large crowd at the KwaZulu-Natal Freedom Day celebrations in Molweni, outside Durban. ”The threat is a ruling party that believes it is more important than the Constitution. It is a party that believes it will rule until Jesus comes,” said Zille.

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/ 26 April 2008

Fifteen migrants a day trafficked to SA from Maputo

Up to 15 illegal immigrants from Asia and Africa were trafficked every day through Maputo’s Mavalane International airport to South Africa, the Mozambican media reported on Saturday. O País said that this was done with the involvement of officials from the police, airports security, immigration and customs officials, and private airport security guards.

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/ 23 April 2008

Schabir Shaik still in hospital

Fraud convict Schabir Shaik is still a patient at Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital, KwaZulu-Natal’s health department said on Wednesday. Spokesperson Sibonela Msomi said that media reports stating Shaik was back in prison were incorrect. ”He is still being treated at hospital and we don’t know when he will be discharged,” said Msomi.

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/ 19 April 2008

Uncertainty over Parreira’s future

The South African Football Association held talks with national team coach Carlos Alberto Parreira on Friday amid reports the Brazilian was about to quit and return home. Safa and 2010 World Cup organising officials said a meeting with Parreira was under way but gave no details of its content.

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/ 11 April 2008

Tsvangirai turns to Mbeki for help

Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who says he won Zimbabwe’s election, has met South Africa’s President Thabo Mbeki and pressed the key regional leader to use his influence to persuade President Robert Mugabe to step down, an opposition spokesperson said on Friday.

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/ 26 March 2008

Zim govt rubbishes vote-rigging claims

Zimbabwe’s justice minister has dismissed as ”utter rubbish” claims by the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) that the political playing field is uneven ahead of national polls. Zimbabweans are preparing to elect a new president, Parliament and local councillors on March 29, but the MDC has expressed fears of vote rigging.

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/ 20 March 2008

Cop killers given two life terms each

Two Cape Flats men were on Thursday each given two life sentences for the murder of a man in an argument about a baseball cap and for the later murder of a police detective who investigated them for the first murder. The judge said the murders showed that the two men had no respect for human life.

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/ 17 March 2008

Mugabe rival denies ‘puppet’ tag

A former finance minister challenging Robert Mugabe for the presidency denied on Sunday he was a Western puppet and said such accusations were to divert attention from Zimbabwe’s economic meltdown. Simba Makoni is running as an independent candidate after being expelled from the ruling Zanu-PF party.