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SCA sentences Pistorius to 13 years and 5 months
24 November 2017, 10:46 AM

The Supreme Court of Appeals has extended Paralympian Oscar Pistorius’s jail sentence from six year to 13 years and five months.

The NPA had appealed Judge Thokozile Masipa’s 6 year prison sentence. Pistorius was convicted for murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in 2013.

This is how Justice Willie Seriti read the order…

 

Panayiotou sentenced to life imprisonment
24 November 2017, 10:18 AM

Christopher Panayiotou, who masterminded the abduction and killing of his wife Jayde, has been sentenced to life in prison by the Port Elizabeth High Court.

The case comes to a close after mitigating and aggravating circumstances were heard on Thursday. The State argued that Panayiotou and Sinethemba Nenembe should get life sentences, and Zolani Sibeko at least 18 years imprisonment.

The State says it was a calculated premeditated murder, as Panayiotou paid for the rental car used for 13 days by the hit men. He slept next to his wife knowing she could be murdered anytime and did nothing to stop it.

Adv Marius Stander says that is the behaviour of a psychopath.

‘Water cuts over municipalities’ debt can be avoided’
24 November 2017, 9:28 AM

The Water and Sanitation Department says it will engage the National Treasury and the Co-operative Governance Department over escalating municipal water debt.

The Department has warned that it will cut water supply to 30 municipalities owing it more than R50 million on December 8.

Department spokesperson Sputnik Ratau says the water cuts can be avoided.

Zimbabwe’s Defence Force readies for inauguration
24 November 2017, 9:00 AM

The Zimbabwe Defence Force has arrived at the National Stadium in Harare, as the country waits the swearing in of Zimbabwe’s interim President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

The army took over the country last week, and has played a significant role in the fall of President Robert Mugabe’s regime.

The Defence Force is also responsible for ushering in Mnangagwa who was sacked as vice-president by Mugabe earlier this month triggering the chain events that let to the 93-year old’s resignation on Tuesday after 37 years at the helm.

In less than an hours’ time Mnangagwa will be sworn in by the Chief Justice in Zimbabwe.  He will then take his oath of office, and his army commanders will pledge their allegiance to the new Chief Commander and the country.

Once that is done, the National Anthem will be sung, and a fly past of the helicopters and jets will be witnessed.

The 21 guns salute is also expected to be observed just after that Mnangagwa will then inspect the guard of honour.

Once all of that is done Mnangagwa will then give his official address as the 3rd President of Zimbabwe.

President Robert Mugabe is not expected to attend proceedings as his name has not been included on the programme.

Sentencing Day for Panayiotou
24 November 2017, 8:17 AM

The murder trial of Christopher Panayiotou who masterminded the abduction and killing of his wife Jayde, will come to an end on Friday.

Panayiotou and two co-accused will be sentenced in the Port Elizabeth High Court. Jayde Panayiotou was murdered in April 2015 by men who were hired by her husband.

The case comes to a close after mitigating and aggravating circumstances were heard on Thursday.

The State says Panayiotou and Sinethemba Nenembe should get life sentences, and Zolani Sibeko at least 18 years imprisonment.

The State also says it was a calculated premeditated murder, as he paid for the rental car used for 13 days by the hit men.

Adding that he slept next to his wife knowing she could be murdered anytime and did nothing to stop it.

Advocate Marius Stander says that is the behavior of a psychopath.

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