(SOUTH AFRICA) LATEST: Deploy up to 25,000 soldiers in two provinces where security forces are struggling to quell looting, arson and violence #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.15: A military surge of that size would increase tenfold the number of soldiers deployed in the hotspots of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng provinces, where the police and army have been battling unrest for days.

#AceDailyNews says South Africa to deploy 25,000 soldiers to deal with looting and riots after police are over powered by protestors against President Zumas jailing and we have now submitted a request for deployment of these members,” Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said.

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Protests over the jailing of former president Jacob Zuma have spiralled out of control. (Reuters: Rogan Ward)

Former president Jacob Zuma was jailed last week after he failed to appear at a corruption inquiry, triggering protests that widened into mass looting and an outpouring of anger over the hardship and inequality that persist in South Africa 27 years after the end of apartheid.

More than 70 people have been killed in the unrest, the worst in South Africa for years, and hundreds of businesses have been destroyed. Food and fuel supplies are running short.

Shopping centres and warehouses have been ransacked or set ablaze in several cities.

But in signs of a public backlash, residents in some areas on Wednesday turned suspected looters in to police, blocked entrances to malls and in some cases armed themselves as vigilantes to form roadblocks or scare offenders away.

A large men of men all with faces and some with guns covered stand in a street.
Some civilians have taken up guns to block roads and stop looting.(Reuters: Kierran Allen)

In Vosloorus, southern Johannesburg, minibus taxi operators, many of whom have guns, fired bullets into the air to scare off looters.

“We can’t just allow people from nowhere to come and loot here,” Paul Magolego, Vosloorus taxi association spokesperson, said adding that taxi drivers had had no business since Monday because of the unrest.

Underscoring the inherent dangers in such vigilantism, a 15-year-old boy was killed by a stray bullet in Vosloorus.

Mr Magolego said the taxi owners arrived on the scene after he was dead.

In Alexandra township in northern Johannesburg, one of the city’s poorest neighbourhoods, soldiers were moving door to door to confiscate stolen items, with the help of civilians opposed to the looting.

Citizens armed with guns, many from South Africa’s white minority, blocked off streets to prevent further plundering, in Durban, Reuters TV footage showed.

Others were forming online groups to help clean up and rebuild devastated neighbourhoods.

Police officers in ski masks detain two men on the side of the road with a ute filled with boxed whitegoods.
More than 1,200 people have been arrested so far, according to the authorities. (Reuters: Rogan Ward)

‘We have nothing’

Security forces say they have arrested more than 1,200 people. And President Cyril Ramaphosa met with political party leaders on Wednesday to discuss the unrest.

The violence appeared to have abated in some areas, but in others, there was renewed burning and looting.

Some rich Durban residents chartered small planes and helicopters to flee the city.

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Former South African president Jacob Zuma was jailed after refusing to appear before a corruption inquiry. (Pool via AP: Michele Spatari)

Though triggered by Mr Zuma’s imprisonment, the unrest reflects growing frustration about failures by the ruling African National Congress to address inequality decades after the end of white minority rule in 1994 ushered in democracy.

“It’s not about Zuma, it’s about poverty,” a man who gave his name as Elijah said, as soldiers confiscated stolen items from his house in Alexandra.

“I grabbed things I could take like those cold drinks and some paint. I guess the real reason is because we actually have nothing.”

Half the population lives below the poverty line, according to the latest government figures from 2015, and growing joblessness since the coronavirus pandemic began has left many desperate.

Unemployment stood at a new record high of 32.6 per cent in the first three months of 2021.

Fire engulfs a large warehouse-style building.
Malls and markets have been looted and in some cases torched.(Reuters: Sibonelo Zungu)

The unrest also disrupted hospitals struggling to cope with a third wave of COVID-19.

The National Hospital Network (NHN), representing 241 public hospitals already under strain from Africa’s worst COVID-19 epidemic, said it was running out of oxygen and drugs, most of which are imported through Durban, as well as food.

The Mayor of Ethekwini, a municipality that includes Durban, estimated that 15 billion rand ($1.38 billion) had been lost in damage to property and another billion in loss of stock.

“I appeal to the Zulu nation to withdraw from the participation in the destruction of our country,” Zulu King Misuzulu said in an address.

Many of the affected areas are predominantly Zulu, the nation to which Mr Zuma belongs.

Mr Zuma, 79, was sentenced last month for defying a court order to give evidence at an inquiry investigating high-level theft during his nine years in office until 2018.

He has pleaded not guilty in a separate case on charges including corruption, fraud, racketeering and money laundering.

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(SOUTH AFRICA) LATEST: Rioting triggered by the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma escalated Monday as shopping malls in Johannesburg were looted, major roads were blocked by burning tires and the police and military struggled to contain the violence #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.13: The unrest started last week in KwaZulu-Natal province after Zuma was imprisoned for contempt of court. What began as fairly small-scale blocking of roads in Zuma’s home area intensified and spread to Gauteng, South Africa’s most populous province, including Johannesburg, the country’s largest city.

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A family member assists a police officer to carry a body of a man who was found inside a burned shop, in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sunday, July 11, 2021. Protests have spread from the KwaZulu Natal province to Johannesburg against the imprisonment of former South African President Jacob Zuma who was imprisoned last week for contempt of court. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

At least six people have been killed and more than 200 arrested, according to a police statement issued Monday.

Soldiers have been deployed to help the police. President Cyril Ramaphosa was to address the nation later Monday. He appealed for calm Sunday night and vowed that police would crack down on those breaking the law, but the riots worsened Monday.

Looting of retail centers broke out in several areas of Johannesburg, including Benmore, Jeppestown, Vosloorus, and Soweto, where the Jabulani and Dobsonville malls were hit.

Retail stores in Alexandra, east of Johannesburg, were also affected, and journalists covering the riots for the public South African Broadcasting Corporation and news channel Newzroom Afrika were robbed of their equipment.

A major mall and car dealerships around the affluent Rosebank area closed as protesters were reported in the area. Other retail centers in the east of Johannesburg, including Kempton Park, also closed Monday.

In KwaZulu-Natal, people took appliances, including microwave ovens, television sets and clothing from stores in the Mariannhill and Umlazi areas.

The violence began last week when Zuma began serving a 15-month sentence for contempt of court. He defied a court order to testify before a state-backed inquiry probing allegations of corruption during his term as president from 2009 to 2018.

The Constitutional Court, the country’s highest court, began hearing Zuma’s appeal on Monday.

Police were investigating the deaths — four in Gauteng and two in KwaZulu-Natal, said police Col. Brenda Muridili. The police and national security forces expanded their presence in both provinces to help quell the violence, authorities said.

Police have warned that anyone using social media to encourage rioting may be arrested and prosecuted.

The way the political protest against Zuma’s incarceration turned into wider rioting and looting highlights South Africa’s widespread poverty, unemployment and economic disparity, analysts said.

Many rioters were just poor, said Susan Booysen, director for research at the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection.

“It is such a mixed bag because some other people are just taking advantage so they can grab things they could not have before,” Booysen said.

“There is poverty and inequality. We also know that some are criminals looking to benefit. Often legitimate protests are exploited for that purpose,” she said.

Ralph Mathekga, a researcher at the University of the Western Cape, agreed that the political demonstration had been overtaken.

“South Africa is a very complex nation, and (when) there is protest action, there is no doubt that those will be used opportunistically by criminal elements,” Mathekga told the News24 website.

“We have to recognize the socioeconomic situation of the country. Almost the majority of the country is unemployed,” Mathekga said. “Protest action in South Africa, without some form of criminality, is very rare.”

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(SOUTH AFRICA) Court Report: Former President Jacob Zuma has been sentenced to 15-months after he pleaded not guilty #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.29: Mr Zuma’s time in power, which ended in 2018, was dogged by graft allegations: Businessmen were accused of conspiring with politicians to influence the decision-making process.

South Africa’s top court sentences ex-President Jacob Zuma as pleads not guilty over ‘corrupt’ arms deal and came after the Constitutional Court found him guilty of contempt after defying the court’s order to appear at an inquiry into corruption while he was president.

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Jacob Zuma stepped down from the presidency in February 2018

The former president made one appearance at the inquiry into what has become known as “state capture” but then refused to appear subsequently.

The inquiry – headed by Justice Raymond Zondo – asked the Constitutional Court to intervene.

It is not clear if Mr Zuma will now be arrested.

In a separate legal matter, Mr Zuma pleaded not guilty last month in his corruption trial involving a $5bn (£3bn) arms deal from the 1990s.

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(ZIMBABWE, S.A) LATEST: The secretary-general of African National Congress (ANC) has refused to comply with his suspension after being charged with corruption #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.07: The president warned that any ANC members facing corruption charges would also face suspension if they did not leave their posts within 30 days:

SOUTH AFRICA: Top ANC official refuses to step down: ‘Ace Magashule denies the charges and said that he, as head of the ANC, had suspended President Cyril Ramaphosa as the dispute illustrates a power struggle within the governing party’

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Ace Magashule, the secretary general of South Africa's ruling African National Congress, addresses university students during a protest in Johannesburg
Magashule is the most senior ANC official who risks prosecution since President Ramaphosa took office

The ANC tougher code of conduct is being seen as a test of whether the party of Nelson Mandela is serious about ending years of corruption within government.

On 30 March, Mr Magashule was given a 30-day ultimatum to step down after being charged with embezzling public funds while he was premier of the Free State province. He refused to resign voluntarily, which resulted in the ANC suspending him.

A party letter on Monday said the decision to suspend Mr Magashule would be “in the best interest of the organisation”.

Getty ImagesPresident Ramaphosa (right) led the ANC to victory in the 2019 general election

But on Wednesday, he responded in a letter to President Ramaphosa and his deputy Jessie Duarte that he was “appealing this unconstitutional suspension” and would stay in the job while his appeal was ongoing. 

He then vowed to suspend the president, but the ANC called on Mr Magashule to “respect” the party decision. 

Mr Magashule is the most senior ANC official who risks prosecution since President Ramaphosa took office in 2018. Mr Ramaphosa promised to tackle corruption and promote good governance, describing his predecessor Jacob Zuma’s time in office as “nine wasted years”.

Mr Ramaphosa and Mr Magashule come from rival factions.

David Lewis, head of the Corruption Watch NGO, said Mr Magashule’s removal was the “first really strong sign that the ANC is prepared to clean up its own ranks”, according to the AFP news agency. Thapi and Sankara, youth activists from South Africa.

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(CAPE TOWN, S.A) JUST IN: A wildfire raging on the slopes of ‘Table Mountain’ spread to the ‘University of Cape Town’ burning the historic campus library and forcing the evacuation of students on Sunday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.19: Just off-campus on the slopes of Table Mountain, wind spread the flames across dry brush, and part of the Rhodes Memorial Restaurant caught fire, Cape Town media reported:

Table Mountain wildfire spreads to University of Cape Town, forcing evacuation of students: ‘Orange flames lit up the windows of Jagger Library, housing considerable archives and book collections, while firefighters sprayed jets of water to douse the blaze according to AP via local media’

Posted Yesterday at 9:55pm, updated Yesterday at 11:11pm

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Cape Town firefighters battle the wildfire that has burned part of the university.

At least two floors of the library burned, according to local news reports: Other campus buildings also caught fire, and a historic windmill nearby burned: More than 100 firefighters and emergency personnel were deployed to the university campus and to Table Mountain National Park:

A building burns on the campus of the University of Cape, South Africa, Sunday, April 18, 2021.
A wildfire raging on the slopes of the mountain forced the evacuation of students from the University. (AP)

Four helicopters were being used to drop water on threatened areas, officials said.

One firefighter was injured and being treated at a hospital, according to the Cape Town fire and rescue department.

Residents have been cautioned to be on alert, Charlotte Powell, spokeswoman for the city’s disaster risk management centre, said in a statement.

“At this stage, there’s no cause to evacuate, but we ask that residents adhere to the following: close all windows to prevent draft and reduce heat, damp down your garden using a hose or irrigation system,” Ms Powell said.

AP

Students make their way after being evacuated from their residence at the University of Cape Town.
Students make their way after being evacuated from their residence at the University of Cape Town.(AP: Nardus Engelbrecht)

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(CHICAGO) ICE/ERO REPORT: Removes a South African National who served a sentence of 42-months for conspiring with Hezbollah to illegally export good & technology #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.04: Usama Darwich Hamade, 55, finished his sentence with the Department of Corrections and was taken into ICE custody to effect his removal:

ICE ERO removes national security threat to South Africa: A South African man who served 42 months in prison for conspiring to illegally export goods and technology to benefit Hezbollah and is a clear threat to our nation was returned to South Africa today by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers.

According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, from 2009 through 2011, Hamade conspired with others to export U.S. origin goods and technology including inertial measurement units suitable for use in uncrewed aerial vehicles, or “UAVs,” digital compasses suitable for UAV use, a jet engine, piston engines, and recording binoculars, without obtaining the required export licenses from the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of State, in violation of IEEPA, the Export Administration Regulations, the Arms Export Control Act and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations. According to evidence presented by the government, the ultimate beneficiary of Hamade’s actions was the designated foreign terrorist organization Hezballah.

ICE is charged with enforcing federal immigration laws enacted by Congress. ICE officers are sworn law enforcement officers who carry out the arrest, detention and removal of individuals found to be in the United States unlawfully.

ICE lodges immigration detainers on individuals, like Hamade, who have been arrested on criminal charges and are suspected of being removable, so that ICE can take custody of that person when he or she is released from local custody.

On March 31, Hamade was removed from the United States via an ICE Air Operations charter flight and transferred to the custody of South African authorities April 1.

ICE is now implementing the interim civil immigration enforcement priorities directed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Jan. 20, to focus its limited resources on threats to national security, border security and public safety. ICE will continue to carry out is duty to enforce the laws of the United States in accordance with the Department’s national security and public safety mission.

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SUDAN: ‘ President Bashir Barred from leaving South Africa on ICC Warrant ‘

#AceNewsReport – SUDAN:June.14: President of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, may be arrested in Johannesburg, South Africa, on an International Criminal Court warrant on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity.

South Africa is legally obliged to arrest al-Bashir and hand him over to international authorities, ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said.

The ICC has ordered the Sudanese president to stay in S. Africa until a ruling is made about his arrest.

The Sudanese president came to power in 1989 as a result of a coup. Omar al-Bashir is accused of initiating a government campaign that resulted in the Darfur conflict, in which 300,000 people were killed and over 2 million displaced, according to United Nations figures.

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#FIFA suspends 2026 World Cup Bidding amid corruption scandal’

#AceBreakingNews – June.10: #FIFA has suspended the bidding process for the 2026 World Cup. The football organization is weathering the storm of a widening corruption scandal that touches on previous selections of host countries.

“Due to the situation, I think it’s nonsense to start any bidding process for the time being. It will be postponed,” FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke told a news conference in the southern Russian city of Samara.

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SOUTH AFRICA:’ Oscar Pistorius case: Court sets November for appeal ‘

#AceNewsReport – Featured Update:June.08: Pistorius case finally set for appeal.

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) – Oscar Pistorius’ case will go in front of South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal in November, the court said Monday, when prosecutors will challenge the decision to acquit him of murder for shooting girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius would again face the possibility of a murder conviction and a minimum of 15 years in prison if a panel of judges at the Sup…

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SOUTH AFRICA: ‘ Confirms they gave $10-million to Indicted Official but it was not a Bribe ‘

#AceNewsReport – FIFA Update:June.03: South Africa confirmed it had given $10 million (7 million pounds) meant to help pay for the 2010 World Cup to a football official indicted last week in the United States, but said the payment was not a bribe as U.S. prosecutors allege (Reuters)

This followed the previous report earlier Interpol puts two ex-FIFA officials on ‘red notice’ wanted list Interpol put two top former FIFA officials on its “red notice” wanted list at the request of U.S. authorities on Wednesday as their investigation into corruption at football’s governing body gathered pace.

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SOUTH AFRICA: ‘ SUSPECT APPEARS IN COURT OVER KILLING OF FOOTBALLER SENZO MEYIWA ‘

#AceWorldNews – SOUTH AFRICA – October 31 – A suspect has appeared in court in South Africa over the killing of national football captain Senzo Meyiwa.

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‘Suspect in court in S Africa over Senzo Meyiwa killing ‘

The man, named as Zanokuhle Mbatha, 25, faces charges of murder and armed robbery and will appear again on 11 November. Police had offered a reward for information on the attack.

Meyiwa, 27, was shot on Sunday apparently after burglars entered his girlfriend’s house near Johannesburg.

His death has highlighted the high rates of violent crime in South Africa.

Mr Mbatha’s brief court appearance came after he was picked out at an identity parade by witnesses.

“Zenokuhle Mbatha, a 25-year-old, has been remanded in custody and will reappear in court on November 11, 2014,” a South African police statement said, adding that it would continue with its investigations.

“There are still other suspects outstanding and we appeal to the public to continue providing information in support of the investigation,” the statement continued.

The killing of the popular athlete shook South Africa, whose president Jacob Zuma said that “words cannot express the nation’s shock” at the death.

Meyiwa’s funeral will take place on Saturday at the Moses Mabhida stadium in his home town of Durban.

The following day, the South African football team will play their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the stadium in honour of Meyiwa.

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SOUTH AFRICA: ‘ GOALKEEPER AND CAPTAIN OF NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM KILLED BY ARMED MEN ‘

#AceWorldNews – SOUTH AFRICA – October 27 – The goalkeeper and captain of South Africa’s national soccer team Senzo Meyiwa was fatally shot by armed men in the house he was staying in, police said Monday.

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Goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa was killed around 8pm Sunday after two gunmen entered a house in Vosloorus township, near Johannesburg, while an accomplice waited outside, the national police force said on its Twitter account.

The three assailants then fled on foot, according to the police service, which offered a reward of nearly 153,000 rands (£8,700) for information leading to arrests in the case Guardian reported.   

Police said there were seven people in the house during the attack, and that the shooting followed an altercation. Authorities said they would do everything possible to find the killers.

Senzo Meyiwa was killed Sunday after two gunmen entered a house in Vosloorus township near Johannesburg while an accomplice waited outside, AP reported.

The three assailants then fled, according to the police, which offered a reward of nearly US$14,000 for information about them.

South African soccer club Orlando Pirates confirmed Meyiwa’s death.

Meyiwa was South Africa’s captain in its four qualifiers for the African Cup of Nations this year.

Source: AP – Guardian – Twitter 

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PRETORIA: ‘ OSCAR PISTORIUS SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS IN PRISON ‘

#AceBreakingNews – SOUTH AFRICA (Pretoria) – October 21 – South African athlete Oscar Pistorius was sentenced Tuesday to a maximum of five years in prison for the Valentine’s Day, 2013, killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The double-amputee Olympic runner was given a suspended, three-year sentence for an unrelated firearms charge.

Judge Thokozile Masipa delivered the ruling more than seven months after the Olympic runner’s trial for killing Steenkamp started.

She earlier found him guilty of culpable homicide, which is comparable to manslaughter.

He was acquitted of murder.

Pistorius testified during his murder trial that he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder.

It was not immediately clear if Pistorius would appeal the ruling.

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SOUTH AFRICA: ‘ Oscar Pistorius Found Guilty of Culpable Homicide ‘

#AceBreakingNews – SOUTH AFRICA – (Pretoria) – September 12 – A South African judge on Friday found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide, or negligent killing, in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and declared him not guilty of murder and premeditated murder.

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Sept. 12, 2014: Oscar Pistorius, right, arrives at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa. (AP)

Judge Thokozile Masipa said Friday that the double-amputee athlete was not guilty of murder, as prosecutors had alleged. She ordered Pistorius to stand before she delivered the verdict.

The sentence for a culpable homicide conviction is at the judge’s discretion, and it can range from a suspended sentence and a fine to up to 15 years in prison. Sentencing was to be announced at a later date.

Pistorius was also convicted on one of three unrelated firearm charges. The judge ruled that the athlete was guilty of unlawfully firing a gun in a public place when a friend’s pistol he was handling discharged under a table in a restaurant in Johannesburg in early 2013 — weeks before Steenkamp’s killing.

Pistorius was acquitted on two other gun charges, including a count of firing a gun in public and a count of illegal possession of ammunition in the Pretoria home where he killed Steenkamp.

On Thursday the judge found there was not enough evidence to convict him of pre-meditated murder.  

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` African National Congress Party is set to Win the South Africa Election by a Massive Majority ‘

#AceWorldNews – PRETORIA – SOUTH AFRICA – May 09 – The ruling African National Congress (ANC) is set to win South Africa’s fifth democratic election by a significant majority, debunking speculation that the party would be severely tested this week.

At midday on Friday, after an estimated 97.96 percent of votes had been tallied, the ANC was the outright leader with 62.2 percent of the count.

The official opposition, the Democratic Alliance (DA), was sitting on 22.19 percent in second place.

Addressing the media on Friday, Pansy Tlakula, chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) announced that counting in the country’s fifth democratic election was nearly complete.

“We are nearly home,” Tlakula said.

In three of the country’s nine provinces, results have been finalised. Officials say the counting in the other six provinces is at an advanced stage.

The IEC is expected to announce the results on Saturday.

“With 97,96 percent of results captured, we are confident of being able to announce the official results tomorrow,” Tlakula said.

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World Health Organization’s Ranking of the World’s Health Systems

Some people fancy all health care debates to be a case of Canadian Health Care vs. American. Not so. According to the World Health Organization’s ranking of the world’s health systems, neither Canada nor the USA ranks in the top 25.

Improving the Canadian Healthcare System does not mean we must emulate the American system, but it may mean that perhaps we can learn from countries that rank better than both Canada and the USA at keeping their citizens healthy.

Note: My Country, Scotland ALWAYS gets thrown in with the British average. Scottish NHS (National Health Service) is a lot better than England’s

Big ambitions: Scotland’s health service is aiming high while staying true to its foundations
http://www.holyrood.com/2012/03/big-ambitions-scotlands-health-service-is-aiming-high-while-staying-true-to-its-foundations/

World Health Organization Ranking; The World’s Health Systems

1 France
2 Italy
3 San Marino
4 Andorra
5 Malta
6 Singapore
7 Spain
8 Oman
9 Austria
10 Japan
11 Norway
12 Portugal
13 Monaco
14 Greece
15 Iceland
16 Luxembourg
17 Netherlands
18 United Kingdom – (England)
19 Ireland
20 Switzerland
21 Belgium
22 Colombia
23 Sweden
24 Cyprus
25 Germany
26 Saudi Arabia
27 United Arab Emirates
28 Israel
29 Morocco
30 Canada
31 Finland
32 Australia
33 Chile
34 Denmark
35 Dominica
36 Costa Rica
37 USA
38 Slovenia
39 Cuba
40 Brunei
41 New Zealand
42 Bahrain
43 Croatia
44 Qatar
45 Kuwait
46 Barbados
47 Thailand
48 Czech Republic
49 Malaysia
50 Poland
51 Dominican Republic
52 Tunisia
53 Jamaica
54 Venezuela
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Oscar Pistorius Trial : ` Reeva Steenkamp was Shot in Rapid Fire Differing from Police Ballistics '

#AceWorldNews – PRETORIA – SOUTH AFRICA – April 16 – (BBC) – The girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius was shot in quick succession as she fell down, a forensics expert has told the South African athlete’s murder trial.


This differs from a police ballistics witness who said there was short break between the first and second shots.

Mr Pistorius denies intentionally killing Ms Steenkamp in early hours of Valentine’s Day last year.

He says he fired rapidly in fear through the toilet door after he mistook Ms Steenkamp for an intruder.

The prosecution says the 29-year-old model and law graduate was deliberately killed after the couple had an argument.

The double amputee Olympic and Paralympic athlete faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted of premeditated murder.

The trial has been adjourned until Thursday, which will be the last day before a break; proceedings will resume on Monday 5 May.

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Oscar Pistorius Trial: ` Murder Trial Jury gets to see the Valentines Card which he gave to his Girlfriend '

#AceWorldNews – PRETORIA – SOUTH AFRICA – April 15 – (BBC) – The Oscar Pistorius murder trial has seen a Valentine’s card which his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp had intended to give him before he shot her dead.

The South African Olympic sprinter read the poem to the court after five days of gruelling cross-examination.

Earlier, he said he was “heartbroken” when he saw her body in the early hours of Valentine’s Day last February.

Mr Pistorius denies murder, saying he fired through a door in fear, believing there was an intruder behind it.

It has been exhausting just to watch Oscar Pistorius – doubled up on the ropes for hour after hour, heavy arms trying to fend off another clinical combination of lethal jabs and low blows from prosecutor Gerrie Nel.

As the athlete finally slinks wearily back across the court from the witness stand to the dock, he must know that the last five days have done him few favours in this trial.

He has been forgetful, evasive, agitated, uncertain, argumentative, and defiantly – some would say deliberately – ambiguous about some of the key issues at the heart of this murder trial. However well his forensic experts proceed to shore up his testimony in the coming days, his credibility has been damaged.

I have been fending off emails from members of the public anxious to unearth some “smoking gun” detail that can resolve this case once and for all.

But the reality, from my vantage point in the public gallery here, is that there is no “smoking gun” – besides the obviously literal one.

The prosecution says he deliberately shot dead Ms Steenkamp, a 29-year-old model and law graduate, after the couple had had an argument.

He faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted of premeditated murder.

Mr Pistorius’ defence lawyer Barry Roux presented to the court the Valentine card which Ms Steenkamp had got the athlete.

The double-amputee sprinter, 27, read it out in a trembling voice.

The front of the card reads: “Roses are red, violets are blue…”

Inside, she had written: “I think today is a good day to tell you that, I love you.”

Ms Steenkamp was shot dead in the early hours of Valentine’s Day – before they had opened each other’s cards and gifts.

The athlete has previously told the court he only opened the card on Ms Steenkamp’s birthday, in August 2013.

Read More: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-27041156

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Oscar Pistorius Trial : ` Prosecutor `Suggested South African Athlete is Using his Emotions ' as an Escape '

#AceWorldNews – PRETORIA – SOUTH AFRICA – April 14 – (BBC) – The prosecutor at the Oscar Pistorius murder trial has suggested the South African athlete is using his emotions “as an escape”.

He broke down in tears four times on Monday and has also vomited in court.

“Now you trying to be emotional and it’s not working,” said prosecutor Gerrie Nel.

Mr Pistorius admits killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in February last year, but says he fired his gun after mistaking her for an intruder.

Mr Nel said the Olympic sprinter, 27, had deliberately shot Ms Steenkamp, a model, after the couple had had an argument.

As the prosecutor resumed his cross-examination on Monday, he accused Mr Pistorius of “tailoring his evidence” as he went along to suit the defence case, which had been “concocted”.

“Your version of events is untrue,” Mr Nel said.

The prosecutor said the fact that a pair of Ms Steenkamp’s jeans was lying on the floor showed that she was in the middle of getting dressed in order to leave Mr Pistorius’ house when she was shot after the couple had argued in the early hours of Valentine’s Day 2013.

This, too, was denied.

The sprinter also started sobbing as he recalled shouting at the burglars he thought were in his house.

When asked why he broke down, Mr Pistorius said: “I am traumatised” by the events of that night.

Read More: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-27018395

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` Oscar Pistorius has Told the Jury that his Girlfriend did not Scream or Shout as he was Grabbing the Gun and Fired Shots that Killed Her '

#AceWorldNews – PRETORIA – SOUTH AFRICA – April 11 – (BBC) – Oscar Pistorius has told his murder trial that girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp did not scream or shout as he grabbed a gun and fired shots that killed her.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel said it was “improbable” that she would stand in the bathroom saying nothing while Mr Pistorius was just 3m (10ft) away shouting at her to call the police.

Mr Pistorius said he could not explain why she had not shouted out.

The athlete, 27, denies murder saying the killing was a terrible accident.

He admits killing Ms Steenkamp but says he fired his gun after mistaking her for an intruder.

He believed she had been in bed when he grabbed his gun, made his way to the bathroom and fired shots through the door.

The prosecution says he deliberately killed her after an argument.

On the third day of his cross-examination, Mr Nel pressed the South African Olympic sprinter to explain the final moments leading up to the shooting.

He asked why he had not checked whether Ms Steenkamp had heard his calls for her to phone the police, or why he had not taken her to safety instead of going to confront the supposed intruder.

Mr Pistorius said it was his personality to confront what he believed was an intruder.

The trial has been adjourned until Monday morning.

Read More: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-26984472

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