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Student activist Mcebo Dlamini back in court
17 September 2018, 6:36 AM

Student activist Mcebo Dlamini is due back in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court Monday morning.

Dlamini faces charges including theft, malicious damage to property, assault and public violence emanating from incidents that took place during the 2016 FeesMustFall protests at Wits University.

He has indicated that he will apply for mediation for the matter to be dealt with outside court.

Last month Dlamini walked from Wits University to deliver a letter to the the Union Buildings in Pretoria in an attempt to get President Cyril Ramaphosa to intervene in court cases of students arrested during the FeesMustFall protests.

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Bloemfontein Celtic tame Black Leopards
17 September 2018, 6:19 AM

Black Leopards return to the Thohoyandou Stadium in Limpopo was not pleasant as they suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Bloemfontein Celtic.

In other fixtures, AmaZulu were held a 3-3 draw by Mamelodi Sundowns at the King Zwelithini Stadium in Durban.

Highlands Park secured a 2-1 win over Golden Arrows at the Makhulong Stadium.

Celtic has meanwhile filed a notice of intention to oppose a multi-million rand lawsuit by Standard Bank.

The bank has applied for provisional liquidation of the club in the High Court in Bloemfontein.

The legal battle relates to unpaid home loans amounting to more than R4 million.

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Amazon probing staff data leaks
17 September 2018, 6:04 AM

Amazon is investigating allegations that some of its staff sold confidential customer data to third party companies particularly in China, the online giant confirmed on Sunday.

According to a Wall Street Journal report, which did not give figures, employees of the e-retailer sell internal data and other confidential information — usually through intermediaries — to merchants who sell their goods on the US giant’s website.

On Amazon, customers can buy products sold directly by the company along with goods from many other merchants.

The practice under investigation is a violation of company policy. It is particularly present in China, the paper said, citing the example of intermediaries in Shenzhen working for group employees and selling information on sales volumes for payments ranging from $80 to more than $2 000.

An Amazon spokesperson told AFP in a brief statement that the company is “conducting a thorough investigation of these claims.”

“We have zero tolerance for abuse of our systems and if we find bad actors who have engaged in this behavior, we will take swift action against them, including terminating their selling accounts, deleting reviews, withholding funds, and taking legal action,” the statement said.

Fake reviews by purported customers are among the concerns of the internal probe, according to the WSJ, which said Amazon has been investigating this topic for months.

Amazon employs approximately 560 000 people worldwide.

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WATCH: Funeral service of firefighter Simphiwe Moropana
14 September 2018, 11:01 AM

The funeral service of one of the three firefighters who died during last week’s building fire in the Johannesburg CBD is under way in Daveyton on Gauteng’s East Rand.

28-year-old Simphiwe Moropana and his two colleagues died fighting the blaze that ravaged the Bank of Lisbon building in the Johannesburg CBD for over two days.

Moropana has been granted a full brigade funeral, because he died in the line of duty.

Simphiwe Moropana’s casket is draped in the South African flag as it stand in front inside the packed Oasis Family church.

His funeral has been declared a full brigade funeral which is the highest honour a fire fighter is granted for sacrificing their lives while carrying out their duties.

Moropana’s photograph in his work uniform looms large on the screen in front of the stage decorated by flowers.

Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba and Gauteng Finance MEC Barbara Creecy are among the scores of emergency services personnel and mourners present to bid farewell to Moropana. Yet another emotional day for his family and colleagues as various speakers pay tribute to Moropana.

WATCH: President Ramaphosa meets diplomatic corps in SA
14 September 2018, 10:24 AM

President Cyril Ramaphosa is meeting Ambassadors, High Commissioners, Consuls-General and Charges d’Affaires from around the world in Pretoria.

The meeting is key ahead of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, scheduled to begin on 18 September 2018.

 

President Ramaphosa is expected to brief diplomats on South Africa’s priorities and programmes of the SA government, including the upcoming Investment Summit.

He also is expected to make comments about the ongoing process relating to land redistribution. Especially following US President Donald Trump’s views on this issue.

 

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