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Ace Magashule
Wealth of South Africa must be shared by all: Magashule
22 March 2018, 11:14 AM

African National Congress (ANC) General Secretary Ace Magashule says the ANC wants a prosperous South Africa for all. He was addressing the provincial Human Rights rally at Kaizer Sebothelo stadium in Botshabelo east of Bloemfontein.

He says this can only be achieved when the land is returned to the people and the wealth of the country is shared.

Magashule says 2018 is an important year as the party is celebrating a centenary for former president Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu.

He says 2018 is a year of unity, renewal, reconnecting with our history and the year of focusing on the future, a better future, prosperous for all the people of South Africa.

“South-Africa with no white or black but a South-Africa with human beings.”

“That is why we want as the ANC to reconnect the public of South Africa, to reconnect with the organisation it self and make sure we walk the talk of unity,” says Magashule.

Most of kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls return home
22 March 2018, 10:55 AM

Islamist militants have warned the Nigerian parents of the 110 schoolgirls kidnapped last month, most of whom were returned on Wednesday night, not to put their daughters in school again.

The girls arrived in the centre of the town of Dapchi around 2am in a convoy, and descended from the vehicles unharmed.

The extraordinary development brought elation to most of the families but more heartache for the relatives of the six girls still unaccounted for.

According to one of the victims, five of the girls had died during their ordeal and although this could not be independently verified, the Nigerian government confirmed that 104 of the 110 schoolgirls had been freed.

The government denies that it paid a ransom for the girl’s freedom, stating that the girls’ freedom was secured “through back-channel efforts and with the help of some friends of the country and it was unconditional”, Information Minister Lai Mohammed told journalists in the capital, Abuja.

Wednesday’s dramatic events reminded Nigerians of the 2014 kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls from their school, 100 of whom have never returned home, with some being forced to marry their captors and subsequently giving birth to children fathered by Boko Haram militants.


Nicholas Sarkozy
Sarkozy blasts ‘lack of evidence’ for corruption charges
22 March 2018, 10:45 AM

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy blasted what he said was a lack of evidence for the corruption charges against him over allegations that late Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi funded his 2007 election campaign, in his court statement published Thursday.

The morning after he was charged in one of France’s most explosive political scandals in years, the 63-year-old rightwinger said he had been in “living hell” since the allegations first emerged in 2011.

Demanding he be treated as a witness rather than a suspect, he urged magistrates to consider “the violence of the injustice” if it was proven, as he claims, that the accusations are a “manipulation by the dictator Kadhafi or his gang”.

“In the 24 hours of my detention I have tried with all my might to show that the serious corroborating evidence required to charge someone did not exist,” Sarkozy said in his statement.

“I stand accused without any tangible evidence through comments made by Mr Kadhafi, his son, his nephew, his cousin, his spokesperson, his former prime minister,” he added.

Judges decided they had enough evidence to charge the combative one-term president Wednesday after five years of investigation and two days of questioning in police custody.

Sarkozy, who served from 2007-2012, was charged with corruption, illegal campaign financing and concealment of Libyan public money.

“I’ve been living the hell of this slander since March 11, 2011” when Kadhafi first made the allegations, Sarkozy said.

He lashed out at Franco-Lebanese businessman Ziad Takieddine who claims to have delivered three cash-stuffed suitcases from Kadhafi in 2006 and 2007, when Sarkozy was preparing his first run for president.

Takieddine, who claimed he provided $2.5 million has “highly suspect characteristics and a questionable past”, Sarkozy retorted.

judge's gavel
Man accused of rape of domestic worker back in court
22 March 2018, 10:03 AM

A Pretoria man accused of raping a domestic worker and forcing her to perform sexual acts on his dogs will again appear in the Bronkhorstspruit Magistrate’s Court for his final bail hearing on Thursday.

Willem Kroukamp is facing 10 charges including rape, kidnapping, sexual assault and malicious damage to property.

He has denied all the charges and claimed to have had a romantic relationship with the woman.

He says the woman was an employee at his parents’ home in Bronkhorstspruit, east of Pretoria.

The court is expected to rule on his bail application after the final arguments Thursday morning.

Cars in rainy weather
Most parts of South Africa hit by heavy rains
22 March 2018, 9:19 AM

There’s a possibility of flooding in much of the north-east of the country.

The Weather Service says heavy rain is expected in parts of the Free State, North West, Gauteng, Mpumalanga Highveld and much of KwaZulu-Natal.

Rain is forecast to continue in Gauteng, Mpumalanga Highveld, eastern North West and the eastern Free State on Friday.

Severe thunderstorms are also expected over the south-eastern parts of the Northern Cape.

Meanwhile, the Johannesburg Emergency Services has sent Disaster Management Monitoring Teams to almost 200 informal settlements around the City in case of possible flooding.

Johannesburg Emergency spokesperson, Robert Mulaudzi says motorists are urged to drive safely and be on the lookout for school going children.

“Young children are also urged to stay away from drainage systems and river streams to avoid drowning incidents. Most importantly motorists must refrain from trying to take a chance to cross flooded bridges, flooded roads. We encourage them to use alternative routes,” says Mulaudzi.



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