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24
NOV

'Diabetes made me do it' says woman behind racist pit bull rant

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) are investigating a voice note in which a woman launched a scathing attack on black people in the country in her opposition to the banning of pit bulls.
The voice note began circulating on social media last night after it was leaked from a WhatsApp group called Pitbulls be my voice.
TimesLIVE has been able to establish the identity of the woman who posted the voice note and spoke to her at length.
24
NOV

'Diabetes made me do it' says woman behind racist pit bull rant

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) are investigating a voice note in which a woman launched a scathing attack on black people in the country in her opposition to the banning of pit bulls.
The voice note began circulating on social media last night after it was leaked from a WhatsApp group called Pitbulls be my voice.
TimesLIVE has been able to establish the identity of the woman who posted the voice note and spoke to her at length.
24
NOV

Welkom pensioner arrests man who allegedly robbed him

At 72-years-old Welkom resident Thomas Themba is not a man to be messed with. 
Last week Thursday Themba confronted, grabbed and held on to a man who allegedly robbed him at gunpoint in March, while flagging down a police vehicle for assistance. 
And while police were reluctant to arrest the suspect, Themba’s determination and perseverance led police to uncover an airgun on the alleged perpetrator, who is suspected of masterminding a series of robberies in the area. 
Welkom police spokesperson Capt Stephen Thakeng said Themba was robbed at gunpoint by two men on March 3. 
22
NOV

‘We have reverted back to a 10% wage demand’ — PSA 

Members affiliated to the Public Servants Association (PSA) joined a nationwide strike by members affiliated to several public service unions on Tuesday. Unions belonging to Cosatu, the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu), and the Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) marched to Treasury to hand over their memorandum.

Chief negotiator at the PSA, John Teffo, who was present at Tuesday’s strike, said they have reverted to their initial 10% wage demand.

The government unilaterally offered a baseline 3% in the public service. Teffo said a phase 2 and indefinite strike might be imminent should their demands not be met.
22
NOV

LIST: Only two women scoop ANC top 6 nomination — for the same position

ANC Electoral Committee head Kgalema Motlanthe announced the names of the contenders who could lead the governing party.
In the official list of the 17 top six runners, there are only two women, and they arevying for the same position. This means in the six positions contested only the deputy secretary-general position might be held by a woman, either Nomvula Mokonyane or Febe Potgieter. 
However, the party said it will allow nominations from the floor during the national elective conference next month.
The party said no-one declined nominations and no-one pulled out.
President Cyril Ramaphosa and former health minister Zweli Mkhize are the only contenders for president. The party will hold its national elective conference from December 16 to 20.
21
NOV

SCA appeal: Zuma's potential next steps

After the Supreme Court of Appeal's (SCA) dismissal of former president Jacob Zuma’s appeal on the legality of his medical parole — a decision resulting in Zuma having to serve another 13 month in jail on his contempt of court conviction — legal expert Ulrich Roux outlines how he got to this point, what the ruling means for Zuma and what legal avenues are available to him. 
He can still challenge the SCA ruling in the Constitutional Court. Roux says given Zuma's past dealings with South Africa's legal system, it is likely he will follow this course of action — but his chances of a different verdict are "slim to none". 
Political analyst Prof Susan Booysen adds that while imprisoning Zuma may result in further riots, not holding him to account sets a dangerous precedent for dealing with corrupt officials. 
18
NOV

'I was scared and couldn’t trust anyone,' says Meyiwa’s friend in murder trial

Tumelo Madlala's cross-examination continued in the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial on Friday. He told the court the intruders on the night Meyiwa was killed spoke Zulu when they made their demands.
Madlala explained the phone calls he made after the Bafana Bafana goalkeeper was shot.
He was the soccer star’s childhood friend and has been grilled in court this week about selling Meyiwa's pictures to Netflix and not sharing the money with Meyiwa’s widow and child, with defence advocate Zandile Mshololo, representing one of the five accused, saying he betrayed his friend.
The case in the Pretoria high court has been postponed to Monday, when a new witness is expected to take the stand.
18
NOV

‘The pit bull’s greatest enemy is misinformation’ — Pit Bull Federation of SA

Calls to ban the pit bull breed of dogs have been mounting after the fatal mauling of an eight-year-old who was playing in the yard at his home in Mangaung in Free State last weekend.  

Spokesperson for the Pit Bull federation of South Africa Lins Rautenbach, said many people are misinformed about the breed, and this has consequences for society, as experienced with maulings.

The National Council of SPCAs' public relations officer Keshvi Nair encouraged owners who are overwhelmed with their pit bulls to surrender them, adding the breed has limitations. 
18
NOV

Grade 11 pupil stabbed to death in fight outside school in Lenasia

A 20-year-old grade 11 pupil from Qalabotjha Secondary School in Vlakfontein, Lenasia South, was stabbed on Thursday and died later that afternoon.
A 21-year-old fellow grade 11 pupil was arrested.“
According to information at our disposal, a fight allegedly broke out among a group of boys in the afternoon outside the school. Unfortunately, a pupil was allegedly stabbed in the chest during the fight,” said Gauteng education department spokesperson Steve Mabona. 
16
NOV

UK ready to roll out the red carpet for Ramaphosa's historic state visit

The United Kingdom says it’s ready to roll out the red carpet for President Cyril Ramaphosa and first lady Tshepo Motsepe’s historic state visit next week.
Briefing the media on Wednesday British high commissioner to SA Antony Phillipson said Ramaphosa’s visit next week Tuesday and Wednesday is a hugely significant moment for both countries.

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