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Trial date set for poaching kingpin

Trial date set for poaching kingpin

Alleged poaching ‘kingpin’ Dumisani Gwala confronts a TimesLive photographer after appearing in the Ngwelezana Magistrate’s Court on Friday. With him is co-accused Aubrey Dlamini. PHOTO: Thuli Dlamini/ Tiso Blackster

THE trial date for the case against alleged rhino poaching kingpin Dumisani Gwala and his co-accused has been set for 22 May in the Ngwelezana Regional Court.

Gwala has made headlines, both nationally and internationally, after his arrest in 2014 during an undercover sting operation in which he was found to be dealing in rhino horn.

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His case has been plagued by continuous delays, postponed 20 times since the first court appearance in 2015.

Gwala, together with co-accused Aubrey Dlamini and Wiseman Makeba, face a combined 10 charges relating to the illegal purchase and possession of rhino horn, as well as resisting arrest.

Story by Zululand Observer

Water cops slap 37 Cape Town car washes with fines

Water cops slap 37 Cape Town car washes with fines

Thirty-seven Cape Town car washes illegally using municipal water were issued with fines on Thursday.

Staff from the city council‚ the police and the Department of Water and Sanitation visited 78 car washes in Kuils River‚ Khayelitsha‚ Sea Point‚ Fish Hoek‚ Mfuleni‚ Delft‚ Wynberg‚ Gordon’s Bay and Brackenfell.

The crackdown came less than 24 hours after TimesLIVE published a video that stirred up a hornet’s nest. In it‚ a resident questioned whether authorities were turning a blind eye to car washing in some parts of the city.

“How informed are our citizens? Or are they just negligent? Or do they choose to not care. Do we now as citizens who have saved water have to suffer because of those who never took it upon themselves to save water‚” asked the man who posted the video on social media.

Mayoral committee member JP Smith said another four fines were issued to people using municipal water to mix cement‚ and more than 150 hosepipes‚ buckets and other car washing implements were confiscated.

“While certain suburbs came in for special attention yesterday‚ we’re shifting focus to others today and beyond‚” Smith said on Friday.

“We are also looking to address the transport and sale of water from boreholes.”

Department of Water spokesman Sputnik Ratau said officials swooped on farms in the Malmesbury and Tulbagh areas on Wednesday.

He said officers from the Blue Scorpions checked on compliance with water-use licences.

“There was also interest in possible illegal diversions and illegal dams.”

Story by Timeslive

WATCH: Thuli Madonsela says terms of reference for #StateCapture commission of inquiry are too broad

WATCH: Thuli Madonsela says terms of reference for #StateCapture commission of inquiry are too broad


WATCH: Thuli Madonsela says terms of reference for #StateCapture commission of inquiry are too broad

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">WATCH: Thuli Madonsela says terms of reference for <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/StateCapture?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#StateCapture</a> commission of inquiry are too broad | <a href="https://t.co/IY8c9HVB2D">https://t.co/IY8c9HVB2D</a> <a href="https://t.co/nqaWYJhDFb">pic.twitter.com/nqaWYJhDFb</a></p>&mdash; ANN7 (@ANN7tv) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANN7tv/status/957110674756440064?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 27, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Pres Zuma leads the delegation of SA Ministers to #AUSummit2018 and will participate in the 36th Session of NEPAD.

Pres Zuma leads the delegation of SA Ministers to #AUSummit2018 and will participate in the 36th Session of NEPAD.


Pres Zuma leads the delegation of SA Ministers to #AUSummit2018 and will participate in the 36th Session of NEPAD.

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‘You made a fool out of South Africa’s caring public,’ court tells mom who faked baby’s abduction

‘You made a fool out of South Africa’s caring public,’ court tells mom who faked baby’s abduction

No-one goes home until the baby is found.

That was the instruction given to about 100 police officers from 11 mostly specialised units in KwaZulu-Natal, who were on the hunt for a man who had “hijacked” a mother and took her one-month-old baby who was inside the car.

“No-one slept and, if they did, they slept in their offices,” Colonel Langa Mhlongo said in his testimony on Wednesday during sentence proceedings for the mother, who finally admitted that the “crime” was a hoax.

The 34-year-old primary school teacher, who cannot be named to protect the identity of her now 11-month-old daughter, has been sentenced to five years in jail after she pleaded guilty to fraud, defeating the ends of justice and making a false police report.

 

Story on News24

Legendary musician Hugh Masekela has passed

Legendary musician Hugh Masekela has passed

Legendary musician Bra Hugh Masekela has died at the age of 78.

His family issued a statement on Tuesday to confirm the news.

“After a protracted and courageous battle with prostate cancer, he passed peacefully in Johannesburg, South Africa, surrounded by his family,” read the statement.

The musician’s team released a statement in October saying he had been battling prostate cancer since 2008.

The jazz veteran underwent eye surgery in March 2016 after the cancer spread, and had to go into theatre again in September 2016 after another tumour was discovered.

In December, Masekela’s manager, Josh Georgiou, told TshisaLIVE his client was fighting the disease with everything he had.

Bra Hugh was born in KwaGuqa township in Witbank and began singing and playing the piano as a child.

After seeing the film Young Man with a Horn when he was 14, he began playing the trumpet. His first trumpet was given to him by Archbishop Trevor Huddleston, an anti-apartheid chaplain at St Peter’s Secondary School.

He soon mastered the instrument and by 1956 joined Alfred Herbet’s African Jazz Revue.

Bra Hugh’s music was inspired by the turmoil that South Africa experienced during  apartheid, and he said it was used as a weapon to spread political change.

Story by Timeslive

Students block road at Unisa Durban

Students block road at Unisa Durban

More than 100 students from the world’s largest university have blocked off roads in Durban’s CBD, demanding the opening of a regional office.

At least 150 University of South Africa (Unisa) students blocked off Stalwart Simelane Street in the city on Wednesday, police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane said.

“There have been no injuries thus far, but the roads have been blocked off by bricks and stones. It appears that students are protesting around the registration processes.”

Zwane said there had been no serious damage to property.

“Police are on scene and monitoring the situation.”

Unisa spokesperson Martin Ramotshela said: “Colleagues in Durban have confirmed the incident on Stalwart Simelane.

“I have brought the matter to the attention of executive management for urgent attention. The students are apparently demanding the immediate opening of our regional centre on Stalwart Simelane.”

Story from News24