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Another postponement in Malema’s land grab case
9 September 2019, 11:17 AM

The case against Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema about an alleged call for land invasion has once again been postponed in the Newcastle Magistrates Court to the 1st of November.

Malema was represented by his attorney in his absence.

Malema is being charged in terms of the Riotous Assemblies Act of 1956 after an alleged call in 2014 on supporters to invade vacant land.

The case has been on-going since November 2016.

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Dros rape trial to start on Monday
9 September 2019, 9:44 AM

[Warning: The following story contains graphic details which could upset sensitive people including children]

The trial of Nicholas Ninow who is accused of raping a seven-year-old girl at a Dros restaurant bathroom in Silverton will start at the Pretoria High Court on Monday.

Ninow faces charges of rape, kidnapping, drug possession, assault and defeating the ends of justice.

He was found allegedly half dressed with the little girl in a toilet cubicle in the restaurant after she called for help.

A doctor’s report indicated her private parts were swollen, bruised and torn.

It is expected that the state will bring an application to allow for the little girl to testify in a closed court over CCTV with the help of a mediator to ensure she doesn’t have contact with Ninow.

 

Key state witness to face cross-examination at Glebelands trial
9 September 2019, 7:24 AM

One of the key state witnesses in the trial of people accused of murders at the notorious Glebelands Hostel in Durban is expected to be cross-examined in the High Court in Pietermaritzburg on Monday.

The witness told the court that he left the hostel in Umlazi south of Durban after being intimidated by one of the accused.

Testifying in camera, the witness told the court that one of the accused, former police officer Bhekukwazi Mdweshu, was the mastermind behind the killings at the hostel.

Mdweshu is one of eight people being tried in connection with nine murders at the hostel.

The witness has told the court how Mdweshu organised firearms and ammunition that were used to murder residents in the hostel.

He said Mdweshu and another accused, Ncomekile Ntshangase, who is a former South African National Defence Force (SANDF) member, would train residents on how to use these firearms.

 

 

Hong Kong school students form human chain after weekend of protests
9 September 2019, 6:29 AM

Hundreds of secondary school students, many wearing masks with their uniforms, formed human chains in districts across Hong Kong on Monday in support of anti-government protesters after another weekend of clashes in the Chinese-ruled city.

Metro stations which had closed on Sunday amid sometimes violent confrontations reopened, although the mood in the Asian financial hub remained tense.

The Hong Kong government warned foreign lawmakers not to interfere in the internal affairs of the former British colony after thousands of protesters called on U.S. President Donald Trump to “liberate” the city.

Chinese state media on Monday said Hong Kong was an inseparable part of China and any form of secessionism “will be crushed”.

The China Daily newspaper said Sunday’s rally was proof foreign forces were behind the protests and warned demonstrators should “stop trying the patience of the central government”.

Three months of protests over a now withdrawn extradition bill have evolved into a broader backlash against the government. Many activists are angry over Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam’s refusal to grant an independent inquiry into accusations of police brutality during demonstrations.

The protesters’ other demands include the retraction of the word “riot” to describe demonstrations, the release of all those arrested and the right for Hong Kong people to choose their own leaders.

Joshua Wong, one of the leaders of the pro-democracy “Umbrella” movement five years ago, was due to appear in court on Monday for breaching bail conditions following his arrest in August when he was charged with inciting and participating in an unauthorized assembly.

Hong Kong returned to China in 1997 under a “one country, two systems” formula that guarantees freedoms not enjoyed on the mainland. Many Hong Kong residents fear Beijing is eroding that autonomy.

China denies the accusation of meddling and says Hong Kong is an internal affair. It has denounced the protests, accusing the United States and Britain of fomenting unrest, and warned of the damage to the economy.

“The United States continues to monitor events in Hong Kong,” said a senior U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“The freedoms of expression and assembly are core values that we share with the people of Hong Kong, and those freedoms must be vigorously protected. As the President has said: “they’re looking for democracy and I think most people want democracy’.”

Santaco dismisses reports of taxi shutdown
9 September 2019, 5:57 AM

The South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) has dismissed reports of a nationwide taxi shutdown on Monday.

Santaco says there has been a statement circulating on social media alleging a nationwide shutdown with intentions to kill foreign nationals.

The taxi council says the message is fake and expressed concerns that such messages cause unnecessary panic and fear.

Santaco President Phillip Taaibosch says the fake media statement aims to escalate the violence in the country.

He also called on all taxi owners and drivers to refrain from taking such a call seriously.

 

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