• Judge Masipa got it right – on the law

    Masipa cleared the athlete of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, instead finding him guilty of culpable homicide and of one firearm-related charge. This was because Masipa found that the state had failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Pistorius had the necessary intention to murder Steenkamp. Despite finding the athlete was a “very poor witness”, Masipa accepted that Pistorius’s version – that he genuinely believed there was an intruder in his house – could reasonably possibly be true, which is all that was necessary for an acquittal on murder. Masipa’s verdict has created a ruckus for a number of reasons, with the most common criticism relating to her application of dolus eventualis.

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  • Woman has to leave behind spouse, kids - Crime & Courts | IOL News

    CAPE ARGUS Lea and Heath Stewart are taking the Home Affairs Department to court. Cape Town - A Zimbabwean woman who faces the “devastating prospect” of being indefinitely separated from her South African husband and four children has turned to the Western Cape High Court to challenge the constitutionality of South Africa’s Immigration Act. Lea Stewart, 39, moved to South Africa with her husband Heath and their boys Joshua, Aiden, Luke and Ethan, all of whom have South African citizenship, in May last year, hoping to secure a better future for the children.

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  • Watch Julius Malema praise Robert Mugabe

    Julius Malema sang the praises of Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, claiming that the 'true African leader' has never killed any of 'our own people'. Evidently Ndebeles don't count as 'our people' to the EFF's leader. Video posted to YouTube by My Africa.

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  • Zuma's wives cost you R54.6-million in his first term

    The average annual cost of the Presidential Spousal Support Unit for the last four years of former president Thabo Mbeki's administration, from 2005 to 2008, was R7.1-million. In Zuma's first term, the average rose to R10.9-million a year - an increase of R3.8-million. In response to questions, the spokesman for the president, Mac Maharaj, said the unit cost R7.877-million in 2010-11; R11.165-million in 2011-12; R7.068-million in 2012-13 and R13.019-million in 2013-14. The last time information was made publicly available on the unit was in February 2010 when the Presidency revealed in response to a parliamentary question that during Zuma's first year in office, 2009 to 2010, the unit cost R15.517-million.

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  • No firepool at Mandela's Qunu home: Ndileka

    Nelson Mandela's eldest grandchild has come out guns blazing following the revelation by Police Minister Nathi Nhleko that the swimming pool in Qunu is actually also a fire pool. Ndileka Mandela was quoted by the Mail and Guardian saying that there is no firepool at her grandfather's home and that it was not paid for by the government. It was not built by the government,” said Ndileka. This is was in response to Nhleko's latest attempt to defend the R240million spent at President Jacob Zuma's for 'security upgrades'.

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  • Why alliance is doing stock-taking - IOL News

    Reuters President Jacob Zuma sings the "Shoot the Boer" song during the ANC s centenary celebrations in Bloemfontein on January 8, 2012. For the first time since South Africa held democratic elections 21 years ago leaders of the governing African National Congress (ANC) and its alliance partners, the South African Communist Party (SACP) and Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), have gathered for a summit stretching over an entire week.

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  • 'We'll set the world on fire,' proclaims Turkish minnows after signing Eto'o and Ronaldinho

    Newly promoted Turkish side Antalyaspor have completed the signing of Samuel Eto'o and are on the verge of adding Ronaldinho to their squad as the minnows prepares for the Super League season.

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  • Mandela children douse fire pool 'nonsense'

    Nelson Mandela's Qunu home does not have a fire pool.

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  • Can you help Martin graduate? 

    Sifunda is a B.Sc Agricultural Economics student at the North West University, Mafikeng Campus, who was supposed to graduate on the 5th of May this year but  couldn’t due to a R5000 outstanding fee. 24 year old Sifunda passed all his subjects with flying colours, some with Distinctions. To further fund his studies, Sifunda worked as a student assistant at the University but it just wasn’t enough. Sowetan LIVE asked Sifunda if he had tried other means to raise the money, he said he didn’t.

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  • Ramos is quick fix LVG needs - Premier League

    REUTERS Sergio Ramos, in some ways, the antithesis of the players Ferguson sought towards the end of his tenure. London - The restructuring of Manchester United in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era continues apace. Old Trafford’s academy system is being remodelled along more modern lines while United’s scouting network remains under review. It is, however, deep within the first-team squad that dramatic change at England’s most successful club is being felt and nowhere is that more apparent than in the pursuit of Spain international Sergio Ramos.

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  • Swazi was ‘averse to sanctions on SA’ - Africa | IOL News

    Dirco/RSA Ebrahim Ebrahim told Independent Media: The Frontline states did support economic sanctions against SA, especially Zambia, Angola, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Mbabane - Diplomatic cables from 1978 that have been declassified by the US government report Swaziland’s attempt to convince the US and UK not to support UN sanctions against South Africa’s apartheid regime. “For Swaziland to vote for sanctions would be suicidal,” Prime Minister Maphevu Dlamini, brother to the country’s ruler King Sobhuza, told US officials on November 2, 1978.

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  • ‘Errors caused Air Algerie crash’ - Africa | IOL News

    A French judicial probe has found a series of “tragic” errors caused an Air Algerie plane to crash in the Malian desert last year with 116 people on board, Le Figaro reported on Thursday. The French civil aviation authority BEA in April said the McDonnell Douglas 83 jet ran into trouble after the crew did not activate the system, causing the failure of certain sensors.

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  • 9 things black people will dance for according to South African adverts

    Despite the fact that our advertising industry is one of the most well respected in the world, we are constantly bombarded with adverts of black people dancing for food, alcohol, sweets and even airtime.

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  • What’s the fuss over armpit hair? - IOL Lifestyle

    . Miley Cyrus and, right, Jemima Kirke flaunt their armpit hair.

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  • South Africa: Operation Fiela - I Saw Soldiers Moving Towards My Stall, Says Trader

    A Nigerian trader arrested at Cape Town station during Operation Fiela on World Refugee Day has described how he was accused of drug dealing. "When I saw soldiers moving towards my stall, I moved away because I knew my papers were not in order," said Abiodun (not his real name). An attempt by Lawyers for Human Rights to have Operation Fiela declared unconstitutional was struck off the roll in the Pretoria High Court on 23 June. Abiodun said he tried to get away via the taxi rank on the top deck but was stopped by police who searched him.

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  • Majority of South Africans deep in debt

    Sasi says with the tariff increases, many people are not able to save any money each month.

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  • Paris offered $1m for prank: report - IOL Tonight

    Paris Hilton was in on the plane crash prank, it has been claimed. The Egyptian company behind TV show 'Ramex in Control' - which filmed the heiress as she screamed and cried when she thought the aircraft giving her an aerial tour of Dubai was about to crash - circulated a document detailing the gag to a number of US celebrities in March, offering them around a million dollars to participate. It continued: "Dubai official authorities are monitoring this show and providing us with security. If you want to make sure, you can contact the office of crown prince of Dubai, his majesty Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

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  • Zuma's nine-point plan aims to make ANC members rich: Zille

    In her weekly newsletter posted on the Democratic Alliance's website, she said the plan Zuma presented on Thursday disguised his real intentions, which would benefit his network of loyal cadres. "It is an insider enrichment scheme disguised beneath the mantle of the so-called 'developmental state', a word which in ANC-speak, means precisely the opposite of what the English language intended it to," Zille said. Zuma's nine-point plan included resolving the energy crisis, adding value to the country's mineral wealth, and encouraging private sector investment. Focusing on Zuma's call for the energy crisis to be resolved, Zille said this was what South Africa needed, but the African National Congress was not putting any plan into action.

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  • Google app labels black couple as gorillas - Connect

    Google apologized after an identification program in its new photo app put a “gorillas” label on a picture of a black couple. Google went to work on fixing the problem earlier in the week after the offensive blunder was pointed out in a Twitter message from @JackyAlcine.

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  • The Big Read: SA is desperate for a sign

    President Jacob Zuma and his cabinet allowed a man who had a hand in the killing of 300000 black Africans to escape despite the courts saying they should stop him. The economy is growing at a mere 1.5% while unemployment is soaring. ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe is making terribly worrying noises about the judiciary because he didn't like some of their judgments. When Paul Mashatile, the ANC Gauteng chairman, told the Daily Maverick's The Gathering two weeks ago that Police Minister Nathi Nhleko's Nkandla report had not been discussed by the ANC, it was a sign.

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