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Three killed by lightning in KZN

Three people died after being hit by lightning near Vryheid, KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday, paramedics said. Two women, aged between 70 and 80, and a man, believed to be in his sixties, were confirmed dead at the scene, said Emergency Medical Services spokesman Robert McKenzie. They were believed to have been …

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Cops spent night collecting evidence after mall robbery

A police forensic team spent hours overnight collecting evidence in the Bedford Centre shooting case, the Hawks said on Friday. “Forensics were at the centre the whole night collecting all the evidence,” Hawks spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said. Police had handed the investigation into the daytime robbery and shoot-out at …

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Smart ID system reaches 1 million

Over a million smart-ID cards have been issued in less than a year, home affairs director general Mkuseli Apleni said on Wednesday. “We are confident of reaching the target of 1.6 million [smart-ID] cards by the end of 2014/15 financial year,” he said in a speech prepared for delivery in …

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Windows stolen from Durban church

Five stained glass windows from a Durban church built in 1868 have been stolen by scrap metal thieves, the Mercury newspaper reported on Tuesday. According to the newspaper, the thieves removed the windows of Durban’s historical St Thomas Anglican Church in Musgrave on Sunday night. “They [the thieves] obviously want …

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More power cuts possible says Eskom

There was a good chance that South Africans would experience further power cuts on Tuesday, power utility Eskom said. “The grid is exceptionally tight. There is a medium to high chance of load shedding today [Tuesday] if we do see further technical challenges developing,” spokesman Andrew Etzinger said. He said …

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EFF to stay in red overalls or go nude

eff red overalls

The EFF would go nude in the National Assembly if they were to be barred from wearing their red overalls, gumboots and maid uniforms, The Star reported on Monday. Economic Freedom Fighter’s leader Julius Malema told the paper they would not take dress code instructions from Parliament. “We are going …

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Spaza shop torched in Alexandra


A spaza shop was torched in Alexandra, north of Johannesburg in the early hours of Monday morning, Gauteng police said. Police were called and informed that people were attempting to loot a foreign-owned shop in the area, said Lt-Gen Solomon Makgale. “When police arrived, [the looters] fled and left the …

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Manamela warns against looting

Buti Manamela

The looting that flared up in Soweto south of Johannesburg cannot be justified, Deputy Minister in the Presidency, Buti Manamela, said on Sunday. He said young people reportedly claimed they looted foreign own shops to protect the economy of Soweto. “We should stand up and ‘say not in our name’. …

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Man stabbed tied to tree near Pretoria

A man with multiple stab wounds was found tied to a tree near Bronkhorstspruit, east of Pretoria, paramedics said on Saturday. The man, 53, was found at around 2pm on Saturday along the R104, said Netcare 911 spokesman Chris Botha in a statement. He was transported to a Pretoria hospital …

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Jackie Selebi dies

A saga of trials, prison and parole has ended for disgraced former police chief Jackie Selebi, who died after a long illness on Friday morning. Minister of Justice and Correctional Service Michael Masutha confirmed that Selebi died at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria. “The importance of human life …

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