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Thursday, 15 July 2010 20:03

Poachers slaughter rhino population

Written by Paul Bedford

Poachers have killed at least 126 rhinos in game reserves across the country since the beginning of the year. The last remaining adult rhino at the Krugersdorp Game Reserve was found dead on Tuesday morning. The animal's horns had been removed. The reserve lost a rhino to poachers in June last year while two more were killed in January this year.

Police spokesperson warrant officer Solomon Sibiya said that police were following leads but no one had been arrested.

Just two weeks ago a Vietnamese man was sentenced to 10 years in jail after being convicted of trying to smuggle rhino horns out of the counrty. The Kempton Park magistrate who handed down the sentence called for more action to be taken to curb the dramatic increase in rhino poaching in South Africa.


Friday, 02 July 2010 13:46

Jackie Selebi guilty of corruption

Written by Paul Bedford

Former South African Police Services head Jackie Selebi was found guilty of corruption by Judge Meyer Joffe in the South Gauteng High court earlier today. Selebi, who also served as Interpol president, will be back in court on 14 July 2010 when sentencing procedures will begin.

Sunday, 04 April 2010 08:02

AWB leader murdered

Written by Paul Bedford

Eugene Terre'Blanche, the leader of the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB), was murdered on his Ventersdorp farm on Saturday evening. The 69-year-old right wing movement leader was killed following an alleged dispute with two workers over unpaid wages. The workers in question, one of whom is a minor, were both arrested and will appear in the Ventersdorp Magistrates Court after the Easter weekend.

Tuesday, 07 July 2009 15:01

At least 7 dead in bus crash

Written by Paul Bedford
At least seven people were killed on the N1 between Beaufort West and Laingsburg this morning when the bus they were travelling in crashed. At least 30 other passengers in the bus were injured. SA Roadlink, the operators of the bus which was on its way from Johannesburg to Cape Town, have experienced a number of accidents in their fleet in the past few years, leading to a threat by KZN transport MEC Bheki Cele earlier this year to withdraw their operating licence.
Wednesday, 01 July 2009 15:58

Joost out of hospital

Written by Paul Bedford

Joost van der Westhuizen, the former Springbok rugby captain, was discharged from Sunninghill Hospital earlier this morning. He was admitted to the hospital in the early hours of Sunday morning after collapsing at his home.

Wednesday, 01 July 2009 11:49

Some Joburg testing stations closed

Written by Paul Bedford

A number of Johannesburg's driver testing stations failed to open for business this morning. Shortly after 08h00 a caller to Talk Radio 702 said that he, and the others queuing outside one of the testing stations, had been informed that the station would not be opening as staff members were on strike.

Metro Police spokesperson Senior Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said the Midrand, Randburg, Langlaagte and Sandton were closed because staff were attending a union meeting.

Wednesday, 01 July 2009 19:46

Parliament agrees on dissolution of SABC board

Written by Paul Bedford

Parliament adopted a resolution earlier today recommending that Pesident Zuma dissolve the SABC board and the Auditor General investigate financial mismanagement at the broadcaster. Only one of the current board's twelve members has not resigned.

The chairperson of Parliament's portfolio committee on communications, ANC MP Ismail Vadi, said, "We are absolutely certain the board is dysfunctional. Even members of the board themselves do not believe they have the will and tenacity to continue with their duties."

According to Vadi the Auditor General, "will investigate the manipulation of tenders, conflict of interest and other areas of mismanagement."

Thursday, 25 June 2009 15:20

One charge against Motata dropped

Written by Paul Bedford

Despite the charge against him of driving under the influence of excessive amounts of alcohol being dropped, Judge Nkola Motata is not off the hook. The charge was dismissed in the Johannesburg Magitrates' Court ealier today as the state could not prove how much alcohol was in Motata's blood at the time he crashed his Jaguar into the wall of a house in Hurlingham, Johannesburg in January 2007.

Motata will return to court in July when he will face the remaining counts of reckless and nigligent driving and defeating the ends of justice.

Thursday, 25 June 2009 14:57

Eskom tarrifs to rise 31.3%

Written by Paul Bedford

Eskom's average standard tariff will increase by 31.3% on 1 July 2009. The state owner electricity utility had asked the National Energy Regulator (NERSA) for a 34% increase.

Eskom said in its application for the increase it was needed to allow the utility to expand its generation capacity over the next five years. It plans to spend R385-billion on new power stations.

Thursday, 25 June 2009 13:02

Roads around Ellis Park to be closed

Written by Paul Bedford

Johannesburg Metro Police spokesperson Senior Superindendent Wayne Minnaar has advised that a number of roads around Ellis Park Stadium will be closed between 13h00 and about midnight today. The affected roads are Stiemert, Sivewright, Beit, Miller and Upper Railway. Joe Slovo Drive will be closed between Abel Road and Saratoga Avenue. The Joe Slovo offramp from the M2 will also be closed.

Minnaar advised motorists to use the M1 and M2 highways to avoid the road closures.

Soccer fans intending to attend the Confed Cup semi final between South Africa and Brazil have been advised to get to the park-and-ride facilities early. Taxis and busses will start running between the park-and-ride venues and the stadium fron 16h00.

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