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  • LIVE VIDEO: DA launches election manifesto
    LIVE VIDEO: DA launches election manifesto Vusi Sat, 02/23/2019 - 12:20
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    The Democratic Alliance is launching its election manifesto at the Rand Stadium in the south of Johannesburg on Saturday.

    JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance is launching its election manifesto at the Rand Stadium in the south of Johannesburg on Saturday.

    The party isn't mincing its words and has its sights firmly set on Gauteng.

    READ: DA unveils new billboard 

    Solly Msimanga resigned as Tshwane mayor, in order to concentrate on campaigning to become Gauteng premier.

    Democratic Alliance is launching its election manifesto at the Rand Stadium in the south of Johannesburg. Courtesy #DStv403

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  • WATCH: Sexual harassment policy deficit at work
    WATCH: Sexual harassment policy deficit at work Vusi Sat, 02/23/2019 - 11:40
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    With violence against women rife, it's difficult to believe that some workplaces do not have clear sexual harassment policies. But research agency Columinate found this is indeed the case. Courtesy #DStv403

    JOHANNESBURG - Research agency Columinate has found that some workplaces still don't have clear sexual harassment policies.

    Only half of the thousand companies it canvassed have clear way of dealing with harassment complaints.

    READ: Mabe cleared of sexual harassment charges

    This is despite 30-percent of women and 15-percent of men saying they have been subjected to unwanted sexual advances at work. 

    Thokwadi Seabela from Motsoeneng Bill Attorneys and Samantha Waterhouse from the Women and Democracy Initiative at the Dullah Omar Institute discuss the issue.

     

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  • Nigeria's Buhari casts ballot in presidential election
    Nigeria's Buhari casts ballot in presidential election donald2 Sat, 02/23/2019 - 09:20
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    Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari tries to fold his ballot papers to vote at a polling station in his native hometown Daura in Katsina State, northwest Nigeria, on February 23, 2019. 

    ABUJA - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari cast his ballot in the presidential election on Saturday as polls opened after a week-long delay, television images on Channels TV showed.

    The race to control the country with Africa's biggest economy pits Buhari, who is seeking a second term, against main opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar, a businessman and former vice president. Analysts have predicted a tight race.

    Buhari, who voted in his hometown of Daura in the northern state of Katsina, said "I will congratulate myself" when asked by reporters if he would congratulate his rival, should his rival win the election.

    A Reuters witness said Atiku was expected to cast his ballot soon in Yola the capital of Adamawa state.

    Nigerians queued at polling booths around the country, according to Reuters witnesses, with voting set to begin at 8:00 a.m. local time (0700 GMT). Some polling units across the country were, however, slow to open, Reuters witnesses said. The country has 72.8 million eligible voters.

    READ: Nigeria's Buhari promises safety for rescheduled elections

    In the country's northeast, where insurgent groups like Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province have waged a decade-long war, blasts were heard in the city of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, said Reuters witnesses.

    Meanwhile, residents in the village of Geidam in Yobe state, which neighbours Borno, said they fled an attack by suspected militants.

    Boko Haram and its offshoot Islamic State West Africa Province have carried out deadly sporadic raids in Borno state. Boko Haram had warned people not to vote.

    "We have along with our wives and children and hundreds of others fled. We are right now running and hiding in the bushes," said Geidam resident Ibrahim Gobi, speaking by phone.

    READ: Nigeria lost $2-billion in election delay

    Police said in a statement that there was no attack on any part of Maiduguri. Security sources told Reuters that militants had struck at parts of the city and a Reuters witness said he had heard gun shots and Nigerian air force jets were flying overhead.

    The presidential vote in the continent's top oil producer and most populous nation is too close to call between Buhari and the main opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar, a businessman and former vice president who leads a field of more than 70 challengers.

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  • Child welfare centre in dire straits
    Child welfare centre in dire straits Janine Sat, 02/23/2019 - 06:45
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    There's hope a collapsing Child Welfare Centre in Kagiso, near Krugersdorp will soon be up and running again. A lack of funds has severely affected services meant to help hundreds of neglected children. Courtesy #DStv403

    KRUGERSDORP - A lack of funds has severely affected services at a child welfare centre in Kagiso, near Krugersdorp.

    READ: Cyber bullied teen commits suicide

    Staff are now losing hope after about 10 months of not being paid.

    The Child Welfare South Africa centre now turns many vulnerable children and parents away due to a lack of money.

    Financial mismanagement by the previous board has been named as reason for the funding being put on hold.

    Staff haven't been paid since April last year while services have been scaled down.

    The eight employees say it's been a draining and confusing year.

    READ: Namibia decriminalises baby abandonment

    The workers feel like they're letting people down.

    The Gauteng Social Development Department says it has been talking to the newly elected board in an attempt to resolve the matter.  

    Government social workers are meanwhile attending to legal cases while governance issues at the centre are addressed.

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  • Mrwebi says inquiry is unfair
    Mrwebi says inquiry is unfair Estelle Sat, 02/23/2019 - 06:25
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    Lawrence Mrwebi has accused the Mokgoro Inquiry of being extremely unfair towards him. The suspended special director of public prosecutions is being cross-examined at the commission looking into his and Nomgcobo Jiba's fitness to hold office. Courtesy #DStv403

    JOHANNESBURG - Lawrence Mrwebi has accused the Mokgoro inquiry of being extremely unfair towards him.

    The suspended special director of public prosecutions is being cross-examined at the commission looking into his and Nomgcobo Jiba's fitness to hold office.

    Mrwebi said the inquiry's making him feel like an accused person in a court of law.

    WATCH VIDEO: Mrwebi back in the hot seat at Mokgoro Inquiry

    An angry Mrwebi began Friday's hearings by stating his unhappiness about the way the inquiry is playing out.

    "I find this process extremely unfair. I don't blame anybody here," he said.

    "I don't blame the presiding panel or the evidence leaders, I blame the process itself and the design of the process."

    His biggest gripe, Mrwebi said, is that he hasn't had time to prepare.

    READ: Mrwebi denies meeting Richard Mdluli

    "It's at that point that I had to run like a headless chicken looking for evidence and documents to refute those allegations; which is very unfair.

    "You simply don't know what to expect. The example is the questions by the evidence leader about the cases I dealt with in commercial crimes unit."

    He is admitting he didn't verify information leading to him withdrawing charges against former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli.

    Mrwebi maintains the decisions he took were in line with NPA policy and he remains fit to hold office.

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  • Isis-linked terrorists face more charges
    Isis-linked terrorists face more charges Janine Sat, 02/23/2019 - 05:35
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    Twelve alleged Isis-linked terrorists in Durban are facing even more charges.
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    Twelve alleged Isis-linked terrorists in Durban are facing even more charges. Courtesy #DStv403

    DURBAN - Twelve alleged Isis-linked terrorists in Durban are facing even more charges.

    The men, who are out on bail, have appeared briefly in the Verulam magistrate’s court.

    They're accused of planting explosive devices across the city, including at Woolworths stores.

    READ: Are there ISIS terrorists in SA?

    The suspects also accused of murdering Abbas Essop at a Verulam mosque.

    Last year, the men were granted bail ranging from R3,000 to R200,000.

    One of the accused openly threatened journalists after court proceedings.

    The State is intending to apply for a six-month postponement in the case.

    READ: Investigators convinced ISIS operating in Durban

    This is because there are problems with the software used to download data from the accused's devices.

    The defence team is planning on opposing the wait, saying it's an unacceptably long time.

    The group is expected back in court on 15 April.

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  • Slapped San Souci pupil hits back legally
    Slapped San Souci pupil hits back legally Janine Sat, 02/23/2019 - 05:30
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    The pupil from San Souci Girls' High who was verbally abused and assaulted on 6 February by her Afrikaans teacher has lodged a complaint with the Equality Court. Courtesy #DStv403

    CAPE TOWN - The pupil from San Souci Girls' High who was verbally abused and assaulted by her Afrikaans teacher has lodged a complaint with the Equality Court.

    READ: Sans Souci slapping incident: teacher, pupil suspended

    She's accused her teacher, Clarisa Venter and the school's Governing Body of violating her right to equality and freedom from harassment.

    The pupil's mother has appointed a legal team including attorney Ashraf Mohammed and Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza.

    She's been suspended for 14 days with the Western Cape Education Department's approval.

    This conflicts with the Schools Act and regulations which stipulate that a suspension can be no longer than five school days.

    The Chamber of Legal Students will be asking Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga to launch an independent and impartial investigation into events at the school.

    They also want answers as to why the Western Cape Department of Education made no attempt to protect the pupil's constitutional rights.

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  • Austrian farmer ordered to pay widower over fatal cow attack
    Austrian farmer ordered to pay widower over fatal cow attack Estelle Fri, 02/22/2019 - 21:42
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    File: A holidaymaker was hiking with her dog in the Pinnistal valley of the Austrian Alps when the cows suddenly surrounded her and trampled her.
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    File: A holidaymaker was hiking with her dog in the Pinnistal valley of the Austrian Alps when the cows suddenly surrounded her and trampled her.

    File: A holidaymaker was hiking with her dog in the Pinnistal valley of the Austrian Alps when the cows suddenly surrounded her and trampled her.

    VIENNA - An Austrian farmer has been ordered to pay 490,000 euros ($555,000) in compensation to the widower of a woman who was trampled to death by a herd of his cows in 2014.

    A court in Innsbruck issued its ruling on Thursday in a civil lawsuit brought by the woman's husband and son, public broadcaster ORF reported.

    The farmer is to appeal, it added.

    The incident took place on July 28, 2014, when the 45-year-old German holidaymaker was hiking with her dog in the Pinnistal valley of the Austrian Alps in Tyrol.

    The cows suddenly surrounded her and trampled her. Despite attempts to resuscitate the woman, she died of her injuries at the scene.

    Her husband and son had accused the farmer of negligence, while the farmer insisted that he had put up warning signs on the pasture.

    The court ruled that the signs were not enough and that the grazing land should have been fenced off.

    The ruling angered Tyrol's farmers who sees it as a threat to their livelihood in the mountainous region which is a popular tourist attraction.

    The Tyrolean Chamber of Agriculture slammed the decision as being "out of touch with reality".

    "The ruling is generating a great deal of anxiety and uncertainty among farmers, who are faced with the question of whether they should allow their cows to graze, or whether they should close off the pastures completely," said the chamber's president Josef Hechenberger.

    Regional politicians were also critical.

    "However tragic the case may be, the court's decision is not comprehensible," complained Tyrol's regional governor Guenther Platter. 

    The farmers' association and the local chamber of commerce similarly warned of "fatal consequences" for the sector.

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  • Land reform panel meets to discuss the way forward
    Land reform panel meets to discuss the way forward Janine Fri, 02/22/2019 - 21:42
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    A ten-member expert Advisory Panel on Land Reform is having its second colloquium at Saint George Hotel in Centurion. Courtesy #DStv403

    JOHANNESBURG - A ten-member expert Advisory Panel on Land Reform is having its second colloquium at Saint George Hotel in Centurion.

    READ: SIU report finds fraud on land reform

    The colloquium presents, debates and suggests ideas on how to deliver an effective, productive and just land reform policy and is facing a deadline of 15 March.

    Some of the issues raised include who are the rightful owners of land, economic use of land once it's in the hands of claimants, and claimants opting for cash over land.

    READ: Land reform won't undermine property rights: Ramaphosa

    The Advisory Panel On Land Reform's chairperson Dr Vuyo Mahlati stated the panel would be looking at new proposals at shifting towards a more comprehensive land court.

    Mahlati stated the group is obtaining a clearer picture of the challenges and history of land reform in the country.

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  • R. Kelly charged with 10 counts of sex abuse: official
    R. Kelly charged with 10 counts of sex abuse: official Estelle Fri, 02/22/2019 - 21:20
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    File: Singer R. Kelly was criminally charged in Illinois on Friday with multiple counts of sexual abuse, local media reported.
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    File: Singer R. Kelly was criminally charged in Illinois on Friday with multiple counts of sexual abuse, local media reported.

    File: Singer R. Kelly was criminally charged in Illinois on Friday with multiple counts of sexual abuse, local media reported.

    CHICAGO - R&B star R. Kelly has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sex abuse, at least some involving minors, a Cook County court official said on Friday.

    The embattled singer -- dogged for decades by sexual abuse allegations involving underage women -- has a court date scheduled for March 8 in Chicago, where he resides, the official told AFP.

    It was reported in January that Kelly was officially under criminal investigation in Georgia following the premiere of Lifetime's Surviving R. Kelly.

    READ: New tape shows R. Kelly allegedly having sex with minor, lawyer says

    Nine of the charges of the 52-year-old embattled singer concern minors ages 13 to 16.

    The bombshell development comes as the artist -- real name Robert Sylvester Kelly -- has faced renewed public scrutiny after a scathing docu-series shed new light on his checkered past.

    READ: R. Kelly's attorney denies abuse allegations in documentary

    Kelly -- known for hits like "I Believe I Can Fly" -- over the years has faced a slew of lawsuits and accusations over child pornography, sex with minors, operating a sex cult and sexual battery.

    "After 25 years of serial sexual abuse and assault of underage girls, the day of reckoning for R. Kelly has arrived," tweeted attorney Michael Avenatti, who is representing several clients linked to the American singer.

    Last week, Avenatti -- who also represents a porn star locked in a legal battle with President Donald Trump -- announced his office had uncovered previously unreleased footage of Kelly having sex with a young girl that the lawyer gave to the Cook County State's Attorney.

    It is the second time Cook County prosecutors have charged Kelly with a sex crime: after a dramatic trial that also involved a sex tape, the musician was acquitted of 21 counts of child pornography in 2008.

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