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  • Lights to stay on this festive season: Eskom
    Lights to stay on this festive season: Eskom lubabalo.konzapi Fri, 12/14/2018 - 05:50
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    File: ​​​​​​​Eskom says the probability of load-shedding remains low, at least until mid-January.
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    The power utility says the probability of load-shedding remains low until 13 January. Eskom hopes to use the December period to intensify maintenance activities. For more on this we are joined by Eskom CEO, Phakamani Hadebe. Courtesy #DStv403

    JOHANNESBURG - The lights will stay on during the festive season.

    That's the word from Eskom bosses, who say the situation is gradually improving despite the coal shortage crisis.

    READ: No leave for Eskom senior staff as load-shedding takes priority

    Eight of the power utility’s plants are below the required 20 days of coal stockpiles.

    But Eskom says the probability of load-shedding remains low, at least until mid-January.

    Eskom warns that the power grid remains vulnerable, with the risk of power outages. 

    Ageing power stations are hampering generating capacity, resulting in load-shedding.

    READ: Eskom silent on 'R100bn request' to government

    The power utility has been at pains to explain that the load-shedding was not due to coal shortage.

    But plans are in place to increase stock. 

    Emergency procurement in the last few weeks has brought in an additional 20-million tonnes of coal.

    However heavy rains over the next three months could impact coal handling and impact generation capacity.

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  • Taxi driver placed under citizen's arrest after fatal crash
    Taxi driver placed under citizen's arrest after fatal crash Janine Thu, 12/13/2018 - 20:00
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    The driver attempted to flee the scene but was stopped by bystanders.
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    JOHANNESBURG - A taxi driver was placed under citizen's arrest just off Jan Smuts Avenue in Johannesburg.

    READ: 15 people injured in Durban taxi crash

    He allegedly hit and killed a pedestrian.

    The driver attempted to flee the scene but was stopped by bystanders.

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  • EXCLUSIVE: Former Soweto scholar patroller Johannes Molefe speaks out
    EXCLUSIVE: Former Soweto scholar patroller Johannes Molefe speaks out Janine Thu, 12/13/2018 - 19:00
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    Johannes Molefe was acquitted of all charges brought against him due to problems with the investigation and prosecution of the case.
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    Johannes Molefe was acquitted of all charges brought against him due to problems with the investigation and prosecution of the case.

    Johannes Molefe was acquitted of all charges brought against him due to problems with the investigation and prosecution of the case.

    SOWETO - The former Soweto scholar patrol guard who'd been accused of raping and sexually assaulting pupils says he contemplated suicide.

    Johannes Molefe (58) has spent over a year in prison for crimes he's now been acquitted of.

    UPDATE: Soweto scholar patroller acquitted on all charges

    On Wednesday, he walked out of the Palm Ridge magistrate's court a free man.

    The judge said he had no choice but to let Molefe go amid claims that his alleged victims' testimonies had been manipulated.
     
    Molefe said, "I couldn't believe it when the interpreter said I had been acquitted. My ears were buzzing."

    Molefe is fearing for his safety.

    READ: Teddy Bear Clinic to appeal Soweto rape case

    Some of the pupils' parents have suggested they could take the law into their own hands.

    Molefe has now found refuge in his sister's home.

    The man maintains he's innocent.

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  • Alex Boraine should have had official funeral: Tutu
    Alex Boraine should have had official funeral: Tutu Janine Thu, 12/13/2018 - 17:00
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    File: Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu paid tribute to the late former vice-person of the TRC, Alex Boraine.
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    File: Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu paid tribute to the late former vice-person of the TRC, Alex Boraine.

    File: Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu paid tribute to the late former vice-person of the TRC, Alex Boraine.

    CAPE TOWN - Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu feels that Alex Boraine should have been awarded an official funeral.

    Tutu has paid tribute to the late former vice-chairperson of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission during his memorial service in Cape Town.

    READ: Former TRC vice-chairperson Alex Boraine dies

    He says the country owes Boraine a great debt of gratitude for his outstanding service.

    "I'm afraid if people were giving congratulations and chose me to be the recipient, they were wrong," said Tutu.

    "Very considerable credit must go to Alex and to the regional leaders, in JHB, KZN East London and in Cape Town."

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  • Emfuleni mayor resigns
    Emfuleni mayor resigns Janine Thu, 12/13/2018 - 16:41
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    File: The Gauteng ANC's provincial secretary Jacob Khawe has resigned as Emfuleni executive mayor.
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    File: The Gauteng ANC's provincial secretary Jacob Khawe has resigned as Emfuleni executive mayor.

    File: The Gauteng ANC's provincial secretary Jacob Khawe has resigned as Emfuleni executive mayor.

    EMFULENI - The Gauteng ANC's provincial secretary Jacob Khawe has resigned as Emfuleni executive mayor.

    READ: Emfuleni mayor admits to wasteful expenditure

    Khawe has been at loggerheads with the ANC's Sedibeng regional executive committee which has been demanding that he step down.

    READ: Emfuleni mayor blames 'worthless contracts' for financial woes

    The PEC expressed their appreciation for the work being done by the provincial and national and local in order to restore service delivery in the region.

    Friday the municipal council will convene to elect a new mayor.

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  • Congo fire destroys thousands of voting machines for presidential election
    Congo fire destroys thousands of voting machines for presidential election Estelle Thu, 12/13/2018 - 16:23
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    A man walks past smoke rising from a fire at the independent national electoral commission's (CENI) warehouse in Kinshasa, ten days ahead of presidential elections. 
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    A man walks past smoke rising from a fire at the independent national electoral commission's (CENI) warehouse in Kinshasa, ten days ahead of presidential elections. 

    A man walks past smoke rising from a fire at the independent national electoral commission's (CENI) warehouse in Kinshasa, ten days ahead of presidential elections. 

    KINSHASA - A fire overnight at a warehouse in Congo's capital destroyed thousands of voting machines and ballot boxes that were due to be used in the country's long-delayed December 23 presidential election, authorities said on Thursday.

    Democratic Republic of Congo's national electoral commission (CENI) said in a statement the blaze had destroyed 8,000 of 10,368 voting machines due to be used in the capital Kinshasa, but said the election would go ahead as scheduled.

    CENI did not say who it believed to be responsible for the fire, but the ruling coalition and leading opposition candidates immediately traded accusations of blame.

    Kabila's Common Front for Congo (FCC), which is backing former interior minister Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary in the presidential race, accused opposition candidate Martin Fayulu of inciting violence earlier this month.

    "Over the course of this electoral campaign, (Fayulu) called on his supporters and sympathisers to destroy electoral materials," the FCC said in a statement.

    READ: DR Congo 'not ready' for December polls: opposition

    Fayulu rejected the charge and suggested that state security forces might have been behind the blaze.

    "The fire erupted in a building guarded by the Republican Guard," Fayulu told Reuters. "You understand today that the Kabila people do not want to organise elections."

    CENI president Corneille Nangaa told a news conference the destroyed equipment represented the materials for 19 of 24 voting districts in Kinshasa.

    "Without minimising the gravity of this damaging situation for the electoral process, CENI is working to pursue the process in conformity with its calendar," Nangaa said.

    Kikaya said voting machines from elsewhere in Congo would be recalled for use in Kinshasa, which is home to more than 15 percent of the Congolese population.

    Campaigning over the past three weeks has been mostly peaceful, though deadly clashes erupted between police and opposition supporters this week in the southeast. 

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  • Teddy Bear Clinic to appeal Soweto rape case
    Teddy Bear Clinic to appeal Soweto rape case Janine Thu, 12/13/2018 - 15:45
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    File: The clinic's Dr Shaheda Omar said she has no reason to believe children as young as five could share graphic details of sexual abuse if it didn't happen.
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    File: The clinic's Dr Shaheda Omar said she has no reason to believe children as young as five could share graphic details of sexual abuse if it didn't happen.

    File: The clinic's Dr Shaheda Omar said she has no reason to believe children as young as five could share graphic details of sexual abuse if it didn't happen.

     

    JOHANNESBURG - The Teddy Bear Clinic says it will continue fighting for the children of AB Xuma Primary School.

    The comments come after a judge on Wednesday acquitted a scholar patrol guard of rape and sexual abuse charges.

    UPDATE: Soweto scholar patroller acquitted on all charges

    The clinic's Dr Shaheda Omar said she has no reason to believe children as young as five could share graphic details of sexual abuse if it didn't happen.

    Omar asserted, "I think we need to understand, appreciate and recognise that we followed due processes, diligent processes where forensic assessments were conducted."

    Omar said open-ended questions were asked and there was no chance of contamination or coaching. 

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  • Motsoeneng reveals new political party
    Motsoeneng reveals new political party lubabalo.konzapi Thu, 12/13/2018 - 15:30
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    File: Hlaudi Motsoeneng is confident his party will prevail.
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    File: Hlaudi Motsoeneng is confident his party will prevail.

    File: Hlaudi Motsoeneng is confident his party will prevail.

    JOHANNESBURG - Hlaudi Motsoeneng revealed his newly-formed political party during a press conference at Garden Court Milpark in Johannesburg on Thursday. 

    Motsoeneng launched his new party, African Content Movement.

    The controversial former SABC COO expressed his aspirations and ambitions when he spoke to eNCA.com on Thursday.

    READ: 'I'm going to contest Ramaphosa' -Motsoeneng

    "We will launch our party next year in January, we are making announcements and we will deal with some critical issues such as land distribution and education during our conference this morning", said Motsoeneng. 

    "This new party is very important for people of South Africa, especially those people who are still staying in poverty, people who are still looking for transformation in South Africa, but what I’m contesting is the presidency.

    "I’m contesting President Ramaphosa."

     

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  • Ankara train crash leaves nine dead, 47 injured
    Ankara train crash leaves nine dead, 47 injured Estelle Thu, 12/13/2018 - 14:58
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     The scene after a high-speed train crashed into a locomotive in Ankara. 
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     The scene after a high-speed train crashed into a locomotive in Ankara. 

     The scene after a high-speed train crashed into a locomotive in Ankara. 

    ANKARA - Nine people were killed and nearly 50 injured after a high-speed train crashed into a locomotive in the Turkish capital on Thursday, officials said.

    Transport Minister Cahit Turhan told reporters in televised remarks that three of those killed were operators of the train.

    One of the victims died in hospital, he added.

    Turhan added that 47 people were injured and later Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said 34 of those injured were still in hospital for treatment. 

    Two were in a serious condition, Koca added on Twitter.

    The fast train had been on its way from Ankara's main station to the central province of Konya. According to Hurriyet daily, there were 206 passengers on board.

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said three people had been detained. In a speech in Ankara, he vowed those responsible would be held to account.

    The three were employees of the Turkish state railways agency who were detained over suspected negligence, according to state news agency Anadolu.

    Turhan said the accident took place six minutes after the train left Ankara as it entered the Marsandiz station.

    The governor said "technical investigations" were under way to find out exactly what caused the crash in Yenimahalle district.

    He said information about the cause would be shared with the public when it is known.

    The Ankara public prosecutor launched an investigation into the crash, Anadolu said.

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  • WATCH: 'Zuma legal fees judgment victory for country's citizens'
    WATCH: 'Zuma legal fees judgment victory for country's citizens' Vusi Thu, 12/13/2018 - 12:00
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    DA leader Mmusi Maimane has welcomed the ruling. 
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    JOHANNESBURG – Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane says the North Gauteng High Court ruling ordering former President Jacob Zuma to pay his own legal fees is a victory for the country's citizens.

    Judge Aubrey Ledwaba has set aside the Presidency's decision to continue footing the bill using state money. 

    The state attorney has been ordered to calculate Zuma's legal costs over the years.

    The funds were paid during Zuma's corruption trial involving the arms deal.

    Maimane has welcomed the ruling. 

    The party says the fees paid for with tax money may total around R30-million. 

    North Gauteng High Court on Thursday ruled that the state is not liable for the legal cost incurred by Jacob Zuma . Courtesy #DStv403

    Legal expert, Ulrich Roux, says an agreement between Zuma and former president, Thabo Mbeki, for the state to pay his legal costs is invalid.

    The State should also recoup money already paid. The DA and the EFF have asked the court to declare that it was illegal for the state to pay Zuma’s legal costs. Courtesy #Dstv403

    Political analyst Karima Brown also weighed in.

     Former President Jacob Zuma will now be liable to pay his own legal fees. Courtesy #DStv403

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