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‘No stone to be left unturned,’ say police after gang rapes

The country's top law enforcement officials gathered on Monday to reveal their plan to fight crime. Police assured South Africans the 84 suspects arrested in Gauteng after the gang rapes of eight women will be brought to book.
National police commissioner Fannie Masemola and police minister Bheki Cele addressed the media in Pretoria to discuss crime-fighting measures, and announced appointments of senior staff.
Cele said what happened in Krugersdorp last Thursday was a shame for the nation.
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ANC retains step-aside rule

The ANC has “overwhelmingly” chosen to retain the step-aside provision, which calls for those facing criminal charges to step aside from their positions or be suspended. This was announced by party president Cyril Ramaphosa during his closing address on the final day of the ANC's sixth national policy conference on Sunday at Nasrec, south of Johannesburg. Ramaphosa also addressed the state of the party in light of policy recommendations made at the conference, saying they were determined to revitalise the movement despite its shortcomings.
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How a racy Afrikaans series landed on Netflix

A giant stroke of serendipity – a script abandoned for nine years, the availability of a Hollywood star and a determined trio’s passionate pitch to Netflix - has led to a racy Afrikaans skop-skiet-en-donder series filmed in Pretoria making it onto the American streaming service.

Next month Netflix will premier its first Afrikaans series Ludik, starring  South African-born Hollywood actor Arnold Vosloo who was last seen in Silvertone Siege and other local local heavyweight talents Rob Van Vuuren, Diaan Lawrenson and Zane Meas.

A Netflix spokesperson confirmed to Sunday Times that Ludik is indeed the first Afrikaans production to make it onto the service, and that it will go out globally on 26 August.
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What are you waiting for? Apologise to Mkhwebane, Mpofu tells witness

Dali Mpofu, acting for Busisiwe Mkhwebane, has asked a witness in her impeachment inquiry to apologise to the suspended public protector for "belittling" her.
Sphelo Samuel has echoed claims by a former senior investigator in the public protector's office that Mkhwebane did not want adverse findings made against politicians. He also referred to her as "intellectually challenged".
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ANC is not running a cash-in-transit heist, says Pule Mabe

ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe's explanation as to why the ruling party can’t guarantee its staff will be paid on time has been met with mixed reactions, with some calling it irresponsible. 
Speaking to SABC News at the ANC's gala dinner on Wednesday ahead of the party's national policy conference, Mabe said the party is not a bank robbery syndicate that can predict when it will get money.
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HR files and computers targeted in Arena Holdings HQ burglary

Four armed men forced their way into the Arena Holdings head office in Johannesburg on Wednesday night.

They held up the front gate and reception security at gunpoint. “They then proceeded to the second floor where they took two computers, before going to the first floor where they forced open HR cabinets and a storeroom which hold some files,” said group CEO Mzi Malunga.

A witness to the robbery gave a statement to TimesLIVE.
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Eskom welcomes announcement by President Ramaphosa

Eskom welcomes the announcement of further reforms and is in full support of measures announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday to address
the long-running electricity crisis. These reforms will go a long way towards easing the power generation constraints the country has been grappling with for some 14 years. The reforms will accelerate the end of loadshedding and will expand and grow the electricity generation industry in South Africa through structural changes.
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Phala Phala probe can’t stop Mkhwebane’s suspension, DA argues in court

Suspended public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane seems to have more forces battling against her.
The DA has laid down the reasons Mkhwebane’s probe into Farmgate allegations can’t stop President Cyril Ramaphosa from “doing his job”.
The party has also expressed discontent with the public protector for “using taxpayers’ money” to fight her cases.

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