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School transport driver appears before Durban Court on charges of statutory rape
27 June 2019, 6:20 AM

A suspect has briefly appeared before the Durban Magistrate’s Court on charges of statutory rape. The man, who is a  school transport driver, is alleged to have repeatedly raped a 14-year-old girl at Amanzimtoti, south of Durban.

She eventually fell pregnant. According to reports, the victim only reported the matter three months after the incident took place when her pregnancy became public.

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Thembeka Mbhele has confirmed the suspect’s appearance.

“The suspect arrested was charged for statutory rape and he appeared in court today and the outcome of the court is not yet known, if you remember this is the case where a 14 year -old was in a relationship with a 31 year-old man who was said to be a driver of scholar transport.”

Trump renews criticism of Japan-US alliance before G20 summit
27 June 2019, 6:06 AM

US President Donald Trump renewed his criticism of the US-Japan security alliance, the linchpin of Tokyo’s security policies, ahead of talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of a Group of 20 summit in Osaka this week.

Trump was responding to a question in a Fox television interview in Washington on Wednesday about what bilateral deal she would like to see with various countries including Japan. Tokyo and Washington are engaged in difficult trade talks as Trump’s administration seeks to lower the US trade deficit. “Almost all countries in this world take tremendous advantage of the United States … Like even Japan on the treaty, we have a treaty with Japan. If Japan is attacked, we will fight World War Three,” Trump said.

“We will go in and we will protect them and we will fight with our lives and with our treasure. We will fight at all costs, right? But if we’re attacked, Japan doesn’t have to help us at all.

They can watch it on a Sony television, the attack.” Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, asked about the remarks, said the two governments had not discussed revising the treaty and dismissed the notion that the pact was unfair.

“The obligations of the United States and Japan … are balanced between both countries,” he told a news conference. Under the decades-old U.S.-Japan security treaty, the United States has committed to defending Japan, which renounced the right to wage war after its defeat in World War Two. Japan in return provides military bases that Washington uses to project power deep into Asia, including the biggest concentration of U.S. Marines outside the United States on Okinawa, and the forward deployment of an aircraft carrier strike group at the Yokosuka naval base near Tokyo.

Trump is scheduled to hold nine bilateral meetings, with nations such as Japan, China and Russia, at the June 28-29 G20 summit. Deterioration in US-Japan ties that resulted in an end to the security pact, which puts Japan under the US nuclear umbrella, could force Washington to withdraw a major portion of its military forces from Asia at a time when China’s military power is growing.

It would also force Japan to seek new alliances in the region and bolster its own defences, raising concern about nuclear proliferation in the tense region. On a visit to Japan in May, Trump said he expected Japan’s military to reinforce U.S. forces throughout Asia and else whereas Tokyo bolsters the ability of its forces to operate further from its shores.

Abe, who has cultivated warm ties with Trump since the US leader took office, has pledged to strengthen Japan’s defences. He also wants to revise the nation’s post-war, pacifist constitution to clarify the ambiguous status of its military.

WATCH: PIC Inquiry
25 June 2019, 10:00 AM

The PIC Inquiry continues.

Advocate Kate Hofmeyr
WATCH: State Capture Inquiry
25 June 2019, 9:55 AM

SA Express Airport co-ordinator Estelle Loock will continue to testify before the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture in Parktown, Johannesburg, on Tuesday morning.

The commission will also hear evidence from SAA Fuel Management Head, Mark Vaughan. Alleged corruption and fraud at SAA and SA Express have been at the centre of the commission’s hearings for the past two weeks.

On Monday, the commission heard how companies operating as cash delivery entities facilitated money laundering. Owner of Asset Movement Financial Services (AMFS) Kalandra Viljoen admitted that one of her major clients George Markides used the entity to move more R20 million in unlawfully obtained funds.

AMFS took cash deposits from clients and convert it to cash for delivery.  Evidence leader, Advocate Kate Hofmeyr, told Justice Zondo that such companies should be investigated as they operate in the banking space without complying with the necessary banking act requirements.

Cyril Ramaphosa
President Ramaphosa called on to establish Commission of Inquiry into NPA
23 June 2019, 9:18 PM

The TRC Victims Family Group has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to establish a commission of inquiry into the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) because many cases from the Apartheid era remain untouched.

The group includes families of the late Imam Abdullah Haron, Steve Biko, Chief Albert Luthuli as well as the Cradock Four.

Spokesperson for the group, Cassiem Khan says: “The families of those who have been killed and those matters that have been taken to the TRC – we are asking that the President apologise to the families and the victims of the apartheid era atrocities, as well as also responding to TRC commissioners as to why he has not appointed a commission of inquiry into the National Prosecuting Authority especially on allegations that there’s been political interfaces in the National Prosecuting Authority.”

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