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Motorists urged to be cautious in Johannesburg
19 December 2018, 12:40 PM

Authorities have warned motorists to be cautious when parking their vehicles especially in central Johannesburg.

This follows the arrest of three suspects who were caught breaking into a vehicle and stealing items from it.

The suspects were found in possession of a remote vehicle jamming device used to disable the vehicle’s locking system.

Police spokesperson, Xoli Mbele says this type of crime is very common.

Mbele says: “When parking your vehicle ensure that your doors are locked by checking them with your hands. Use your central lock while standing close to your vehicle. When driving around the CBD, ensure that your windows are slightly opened or closed.”

“Always be on alert when approaching intersections and red robots as most of the suspects roam around those places. Ensure that your valuables e.g hand bags, wallets, laptops and iPads are placed in the boot of your car.”

ANC Flag
KZN man to appear in court for ANC councillor’s murder
19 December 2018, 11:58 AM

A man is expected to appear in the Umlazi Magistrate’s Court, south of Durban, in connection with the killing of an ANC councillor in the eThekwini Municipality.

Councillor Sibusiso Maphumulo was shot and killed in October this year.

An unknown car had stopped and its occupants opened fire on Maphumulo.

He sustained gunshot wounds to the head. Before Maphumulo was ambushed community members had allegedly threatened to burn his house after they complained of being left out of some community projects.

Two months after the incident, police managed to make a breakthrough and arrested a suspect.

Jamal Khashoggi
Journalists become increasing ‘targets’ for killings: Watchdog
19 December 2018, 10:30 AM

Journalists faced growing dangers of being targeted for killing for their work in 2018 even as the risks from war and conflict declined, a media watchdog said Wednesday.

The Committee to Protect Journalists(CPJ) said 34 of the 53 journalists killed on duty this year around the world were “singled out for murder.”

“The number of journalists targeted for murder in reprisal for their reporting nearly doubled in 2018 from a year earlier, driving up the overall count of journalists killed on the job,” the New York-based watchdog group said in a report.

The report echoed concerns in a similar report this week from Paris-based Reporters Without Borders, which found the death toll at 80, using a different methodology that includes bloggers, citizen journalists and media workers.

Both reports cited an alarming increase in reprisals against reporters, highlighted by what CPJ called the “brazen murder” of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul.

The CPJ report said that while the total number of journalists killed on duty hit its highest level in three years, the number killed in conflict fell to its lowest since 2011.

The total is up from 47 killed in 2017, of which 18 were “pinpointed for murder,” CPJ said.

“Afghanistan, where extremists have stepped up deliberate attacks on journalists, was the deadliest country and accounted for much of the increase,” the report said.

AFP’s chief photographer in Afghanistan, Shah Marai, was among 25 people killed along with eight other journalists, in an April bomb attack.

The press rights group lamented “a lack of international leadership on journalists’ rights and safety” that may be increasing the dangers for the news media, illustrated by the Khashoggi killing.

“The most vocal head of state in Khashoggi’s case has been Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose government has effectively shut down the independent media and is jailing more journalists than any other around the world for the third consecutive year,” said the report by CPJ’s Elana Beiser.

“The White House, traditionally a strong defender of global press freedom, has equivocated on the blame for Khashoggi’s murder… Essentially, (US President Donald) Trump signaled that countries that do enough business with the United States are free to murder journalists without consequence.”

CPJ said it was investigating the killing of another 23 journalists in 2018 but so far not confirmed that the deaths were related to their work.

Initiates
E Cape initiate death toll rises to 18
19 December 2018, 8:10 AM

Another initiate has died in Brack Kloof outside Komani in the Eastern Cape.

This brings to 18 the number of initiates who have died during this summer’s initiation season in the province.

It’s alleged that the 19 year-old initiate complained of vomiting and diarrhoea.

Provincial Traditional Affairs spokesperson, Mamkeli Ngam says they are waiting for post-mortem results to establish the exact cause of death.

Cogta MEC FB Xasa has sent his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families.

“Cogta MEC FB Xasa wishes to send his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families for the loss of their loved ones and he would also want to encourage family members and community members to work together to ensure the safe passage of our boys to manhood.”

George Lucas
‘Star Wars’ George Lucas leads Forbes list of wealthiest US celebrities
19 December 2018, 7:20 AM

The ‘Star Wars’ empire has launched its creator George Lucas to the top of Forbes magazine’s list of wealthiest US celebrities.

With a net worth of $5.4 billion, Lucas leads the list that includes athletes, entertainers and businesswomen.

Second on the list is filmmaker Steven Spielberg with a net worth of $3.7 billion.

Oprah Winfrey is third with a net worth of about $2.8 billion and Michael Jordan is 4th with $1.7 billion.

The top five rounds out with a tie between entertainer Jay-Z and Kylie Jenner of Kylie Cosmetics – among other things. Each has an estimated net worth of $900 million.

The figures on the list are Forbes’ estimates based on the celebrities’ known holdings of real estate, art and shares of companies both public and private, as well as other assets and estimated lifetime earnings.

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