#AceNewsReport – Jan.02: Flames could be seen rising from the roof of the building in the centre of the city early on Sunday, while a dark plume of smoke was visible from miles away.
#AceDailyNews says a major fire has broken out at the South African parliament in Cape Town…………NO reports of injuries as 36 firefighters battle blaze in parliament building according to Independent News Chiara Giordano
It was not immediately clear if anyone was in the building.
Initial reports indicate the blaze started in the early hours of Sunday in the third-floor offices before spreading towards a gym, according to Jean-Pierre Smith, a Cape Town mayoral committee member responsible for safety and security.
The roof area also caught alight, as did the National Assembly building, he added.
TV footage showed emergency services at the scene.
Mr Smith said that included six firefighting appliances and about 36 firefighters.
City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue Service spokesman Jermaine Carelse told local media the fire started in the early hours of Sunday in the third-floor offices and spread to the National Assembly chamber.
He said no people had been injured in the fire, which was reported by security guards.
A general view of a building on fire at the South African Parliament precinct in Cape Town
Several hours after the blaze started, thick smoke could still be seen pouring from one of the several buildings that make up the parliament complex as emergency services sprayed water inside.
Patricia De Lille, public works and infrastructure minister, told reporters the blaze was under control.
She said it was currently burning in the National Assembly chamber but had been contained in other parts.
#AceNewsReport – Dec.26: It was this Key that unjustly held Mr. Mandela captive, and it was this Key that ultimately led to his freedom and ascendancy to the office of President. And with Mandela’s rise, so rose the hopes and dreams of countless millions around the world,” Guernsey’s said.
#AceDailyNews says according to RT News Report: South Africa wants to stop upcoming sale of Mandela’s cell key the South African minister of sports, arts and culture has called on Guernsey’s Auction to not go ahead with the sale of the key to Nelson Mandela’s prison cell, saying that it “belongs to the people of South Africa.”
In response to the auction house’s announcement, South African Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa issued a statement on Friday, saying it is “unfathomable” for Guernsey’s, considering the country’s “painful history,” to put it up for sale without consulting with the South African authorities or Robben Island Museum.
“This key belongs to the people of South Africa under the care of Robben Island Museum and the South African State. It is not anyone’s personal belonging,” Mthethwa said, as quoted by the media.
The minister added that the government was considering writing to the auction house to ask it to cancel the sale.
Arlan Ettinger, the president of Guernsey’s, responded, telling AP that the proceeds of the sale will go towards building a memorial garden and museum near Mandela’s burial site in the village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape province. It was the former president’s oldest daughter, Makaziwe Mandela-Amuah, who approached Guernsey’s to conduct the sale of her father’s memorabilia. The key is one of three items offered by Christo Brand, Mandela’s jailer, who eventually became his close friend.
In total, Mandela spent 27 years in prison, including 18 years on Robben Island, prior to the fall of the apartheid regime, which Mandela fought against throughout his life. Besides the key, Guernsey’s is offering Mandela’s iconic Madiba shirt and his eyeglasses, along with gifts from US Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.You can share this story on social media:
#AceNewsReport – Dec.26: President Cyril Ramaphosa said the churchman’s death marked “another chapter of bereavement in our nation’s farewell to a generation of outstanding South Africans”.
#AceDailyNews says according to BBC Africa News Report: Desmond Tutu: South Africa anti-apartheid hero dies aged 90
Nomsa Maseko looks back at the life of Desmond Tutu
Archbishop Tutu had helped bequeath “a liberated South Africa,” he added.
Tutu was one of the country’s best known figures at home and abroad.
A contemporary of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, he was was one of the driving forces behind the movement to end the policy of racial segregation and discrimination enforced by the white minority government against the black majority in South Africa from 1948 until 1991.
He was awarded the Nobel prize in 1984 for his role in the struggle to abolish the apartheid system.
Tutu’s death comes just weeks after that of South Africa’s last apartheid-era president, FW de Clerk, who died at the age of 85.
Archbishop Tutu was a contemporary of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela (r)
President Ramaphosa said Tutu was “an iconic spiritual leader, anti-apartheid activist and global human rights campaigner”.
He described him as “a patriot without equal; a leader of principle and pragmatism who gave meaning to the biblical insight that faith without works is dead.
“A man of extraordinary intellect, integrity and invincibility against the forces of apartheid, he was also tender and vulnerable in his compassion for those who had suffered oppression, injustice and violence under apartheid, and oppressed and downtrodden people around the world.”
The Nelson Mandela Foundation was among those paying tributes, saying Tutu’s “contributions to struggles against injustice, locally and globally, are matched only by the depth of his thinking about the making of liberatory futures for human societies.
“He was an extraordinary human being. A thinker. A leader. A shepherd.”
It is impossible to imagine South Africa’s long and tortuous journey to freedom – and beyond – without Archbishop Desmond Tutu. While other struggle leaders were killed, or forced into exile, or prison, the diminutive, defiant Anglican priest was there at every stage, exposing the hypocrisy of the apartheid state, comforting its victims, holding the liberation movement to account, and daring Western governments to do more to isolate a white-minority government that he compared, unequivocally, to the Nazis.
When democracy arrived, Tutu used his moral authority to oversee the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that sought to expose the crimes of the white-minority government. Later he turned that same fierce gaze on the failings, in government, of South Africa’s former liberation movement, the ANC.
Many South Africans today will remember Tutu’s personal courage, and the clarity of his moral fury. But as those who knew him best have so often reminded us, Tutu was always, emphatically, the voice of hope. And it is that hope, that optimism, accompanied, so often, by his trademark giggles and cackles, that seems likely to shape the way the world remembers, and celebrates, Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Known affectionately as The Arch, Tutu was instantly recognisable, with his purple clerical robes, cheery demeanour and almost constant smile.
He was not afraid to show his emotions in public, including memorably laughing and dancing at the opening ceremony of the football World Cup in South Africa in 2010.
Despite his popularity though he was not a man who was loved by all. He was very critical of the government in the post-apartheid era, when, at times, he felt it was misrepresenting South Africa.
Ordained as a priest in 1960, he went on to serve as bishop of Lesotho from 1976-78, assistant bishop of Johannesburg and rector of a parish in Soweto. He became Bishop of Johannesburg in 1985, and was appointed the first black Archbishop of Cape Town the following year. He used his high-profile role to speak out against oppression of black people in his home country, always saying his motives were religious and not political.
After Mandela became South Africa’s first black president in 1994, Tutu was appointed by him to a Truth and Reconciliation Commission set up to investigate crimes committed by both whites and blacks during the apartheid era.
He was also credited with coining the term Rainbow Nation to describe the ethnic mix of post-apartheid South Africa, but in his latter years he expressed regret that the nation had not coalesced in the way in which he had dreamt.
#AceHealthReport – Nov.29: There were 61 positive #COVID19 cases on a flight from South Africa which landed on Friday at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, with 13 of them contracting the new variant.
#CoronavirusNewsDesk says according to the Dutch public health institute said in a statement that testing was continuing on the samples of 61 people who tested positive for #COVID19 after arriving from South Africa: The Dutch public health authority said on Sunday that 13 people in the Netherlands have so far tested positive for the new coronavirus variant….
The people who tested positive are being kept in isolation at a hotel near the airport.
“In our (virus) sequencing investigation, which is still ongoing, we have so far found 13 cases of the Omicron variant among the positive (passenger COVID-19) tests,” the National Institute for Health (RIVM) said in a statement.
‘Urgent request’ to get tested
Dutch Health Minister Hugo de Jonge made an “urgent request” to people returning from southern Africa to get tested “as soon as possible.”
“It is not unthinkable that there are more cases in the Netherlands,” De Jonge told reporters.”We are concerned.”
“What is important now is that we keep our finger on the pulse, and keep up with the sequencing,” he added.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.13: Documents show British American Tobacco (BAT) was involved in negotiations to pay between $300,000 and $500,000 to Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party in 2013: The documents also reveal BAT was paying bribes in South Africa and using illegal surveillance to damage rivals.
#AceDailyNews says that according to BBC News British American Tobacco (BAT) negotiated bribe for Mugabe, new evidence suggests: BAT says it is committed to the highest standards of corporate conduct: President Mugabe’s 37-year rule was secured through elections marred by allegations of fraud and violence ….Watch BBC Panorama: Dirty Secrets of the Cigarette Business on BBC One on Monday at 19:30 BST
He was ousted in 2017 and died in 2019. The ruling party Zanu PF is now under new leadership.
In a joint investigation with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and the University of Bath, Panorama obtained thousands of leaked documents: They show how BAT funded a network of almost 200 secret informants in southern Africa.
Most of this work was outsourced to a South African private security company called Forensic Security Services (FSS) FSS was officially tasked with fighting the black-market cigarette trade, however former employees have told the BBC that they broke the law to sabotage BAT’s rivals: The Zimbabwe connection internal documents show in one operation, FSS staff were instructed to close down three cigarette factories run by BAT’s competitors in Zimbabwe: FSS paid a local firm to conduct surveillance on a Savanna Tobacco factory in 2012, but the company got caught.
Three of its directors were charged in connection with illegal surveillance: The arrests prompted the then president, Robert Mugabe, to make a speech condemning the men’s actions and BAT’s suspected involvement. However, Panorama has found that behind the scenes, contractors working on behalf of BAT were talking to Zimbabwean officials.
The man who was sent in to negotiate a deal, who wishes to remain anonymous, told Panorama he bribed a number of government officials to secure a meeting to discuss the men’s case: He said: “I had to make it clear that they’re going to expect a nice thick envelope of notes.”What is British American Tobacco?British American Tobacco is one of the world’s largest tobacco companiesIt is one of the UK’s ten biggest companies
It owns major cigarette brands including Lucky Strike, Camel and Pall Mall Last year, it sold close to 650 billion cigarettes: Documents seen by the BBC confirm that the man was provided with the equivalent of US$12,000 in local currency. They also suggest the money for the bribes was provided by BAT.An internal memo outlines the deal that was proposed.
The Zimbabwean official said that with the upcoming presidential elections, a donation to Mugabe’s party – Zanu PF – would help.
The memo said: “With this donation, they could then go back to the President” to try to get the problem sorted out.”The amount of the donation would have to be in the region of between USD300,000 to USD500,000 to Zanu PF,” it said. The documents do not show whether the bribe was in the end paid, but Panorama has spoken to three sources who have confirmed that BAT was aware of the terms of the deal on offer.Within days of the deal being offered, all three directors were free.
BAT declined to answer Panorama’s questions about the Zimbabwe payments, but it did not deny paying a bribe to Robert Mugabe.It is against UK law for a British company to pay bribes, no matter where the payment takes place.
The wider network FSS worked for BAT in southern Africa between 2000 and 2016: Evidence strongly suggests they bribed customs officials and police officers, and that BAT secured access to information from the police camera network, which was used to spy on its rivals. FSS tapped the phones of BAT’s competitors, placed tracking devices on their delivery vehicles and bribed staff to hand over information.
Documents show senior staff from BAT’s London HQ personally recruited and paid some of the informants working at competitors’ factories. BAT staff would also load cash onto currency cards in London and the informants could then withdraw the money anonymously in South Africa.
It is a payment system sometimes used by organised crime groups to evade detection. British American Tobacco: I was a spy for cigarette giant, says whistleblower.
BAT’s lawyers said the allegations are not new and that it was not unlawful to pay sources to gather information about criminal behaviour: They said the company rejects the allegation that any steps were taken with the aim of impacting the lawful activities of legitimate competitors or for commercial advantage.BAT said: “We emphatically reject the mischaracterisation of our conduct… Our efforts in combating illicit trade have been aimed at helping law enforcement agencies in the fight against the criminal trade in tobacco products. “Acting responsibly and with integrity underpins the foundations of our culture.”Ninety per cent of South African-grown tobacco is bought by BAT………This is not the first time BAT has been accused of bribery. In 2015, Panorama found the company had secretly paid politicians and civil servants in countries in east Africa to undermine anti-smoking measures. The revelations prompted a five-year investigation by the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO). Earlier this year, it concluded there was not enough evidence for prosecution. BAT says it fully cooperated with the SFO’s investigation, which included allegations relating to South Africa and which resulted in no action being taken.
#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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
#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.
#AceDailyNews says at least six-people-dead in South Africa Riots over recent imprisonment of Former President Jacob Zuma according to AP.Org/
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.”
#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.
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.
#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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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.
#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
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:
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.
#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.
#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.
[TALKING POINT: WEEKEND PMLIVE] Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir has been ordered to remain in South Africa… http://t.co/blH1Lxa0vs
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.
#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.
Bidding process for 2026 World Cup postponed in light of current allegations – #Fifa general secretary Jerome Valcke http://t.co/JHCYwEd5yK
“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.
#AceNewsReport – Featured Update:June.08: Pistorius case finally set for appeal.
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…
#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)
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.
#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.
‘South Africa goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa killed ‘
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.
#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.
#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.
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.
#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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