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November 12, 2015

South African judge jails eight police for Mido Macia\’s \’barbaric\’ murder

South African judge jails eight police for Mido Macia’s ‘barbaric’ murder

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A judge in Pretoria, South Africa yesterday sentenced eight police officers to fifteen years’ imprisonment each for the 2013 murder of Mido Macia. Mozambican immigrant Macia was dragged behind a police van and beaten in what the judge called a “barbaric” attack.

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Judge Bert Bam rejected the 25-year maximum sentence, citing a lack of premeditation and the otherwise good records of the officers involved. Judge Bam said he could not be more lenient owing to a lack of remorse.

Officers confronted Macia, whose illegally parked taxi was obstructing traffic in Daveyton, near Johannesburg. Macia remonstrated; an angry crowd formed. Police responded by binding the cuffed Macia to their van and dragging him through the streets. Video footage of this sparked worldwide media attention, but the assault continued out of public view in a holding cell where Macia was beaten.

Macia succumbed to head trauma and internal bleeding. His attackers were detained when the footage emerged; President Jacob Zuma called the film “horrific, disturbing and unacceptable”.

The sentence, which follows an August conviction, was welcomed by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate which says over 900 die annually either in police custody or from police action. Prosecutors and Macia’s family were also welcoming; the prosecution hope the sentence has a deterrent effect although the family had hoped for stiffer punishment.

The defence has indicated an appeal is likely. The convicted officers are Meshack Malele, Thamsanqa Ngema, Percy Mnisi, Bongamusa Mdluli, Sipho Ngobeni, Lungisa Gwababa, Bongani Kolisi, and Linda Sololo.

Macia had left his girlfriend Biuda Mazive, their young son Sergio, and other family including his parents in Mozambique. He headed to South Africa to join around five million immigrant workers and support his relatives, who are suing the South African government. They seek 6.5 million rand. The government say they intend to pay but are negotiating the value.


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January 21, 2013

AFCON 2013: Hosts South Africa draw 0-0 with Cape Verde Islands

AFCON 2013: Hosts South Africa draw 0-0 with Cape Verde Islands

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Hosts South Africa played the Cape Verde Islands Saturday in the first game of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations football tournament in Group A. The game ended 0–0 in front of 50,000 fans at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. The South African national team, known as Bafana Bafana, failed to score despite the home advantage.

Cape Verde, who made their Africa Cup of Nations debut, had one of the best chances of the game when Platini broke through on goal but fired wide. With the 0–0 score, the Cape Verde Islands, who have a population of only about 500,000, took their first point of the tournament.

After a long period of heavy rain in Johannesburg the conditions were wet, causing problems for play. Cape Verde goalkeeper Vozhina spilled a save from a free kick before eventually gathering the ball. With both teams failing to string together a series of passes, they resorted to long balls to advance up the pitch.

Towards the end of the game, South Africa had a penalty appeal rejected. The South African bench had called for a penalty after Bernard Parker appeared to have been brought down in the box by Toni Varela, but the referee carried on play.

South Africa nearly took the game in injury time but Bongani Khumalo‘s header floated over the crossbar from close range.

Both managers spoke to the media after the match, with differing reactions to the draw. South African coach Gordon Igesund said, “The first half was a complete waste of 45 minutes. We got a point. I don’t think we deserve too much more than that, to be honest.” Cape Verde manager Luico Antunes expressed joy with the result. He said, “I’m happy with the performance of the team. It’ll make Cape Verde’s 500,000 people happy. Today, I can hold my head up high. It means that our team has been well organised. Not conceding goals makes the team more confident.”

South Africa and Cape Verde are in Group A along with Angola and Morocco.



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March 18, 2011

South African serial killer guilty of nineteen rapes, sixteen murders

South African serial killer guilty of nineteen rapes, sixteen murders

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A judge in South Africa has convicted a serial killer of 52 crimes, including nineteen rapes, sixteen murders, an attempted murder and nine kidnappings. Jack Mogale was convicted before Johannesburg High Court on Wednesday of being what police had dubbed the West End Serial Killer. He was today sentenced to twenty concurrent life terms.

Mogale’s crimes lasted a year from March 2008 to March 2009, coming to an end when police were passed his car’s number plate information following a teen’s disappearance. He was arrested shortly after the killing of a prostitute he had hired; he was found to have a phone stolen from another victim when he was detained.

Whilst the killer was still at-large police named him after the West-End factory, a building materials factory in Waterworks, Westonaria around which most of the attacks were centred. Other victims were attacked in Lenasia.

Judge Frans Kgomo also chose to convict Mogale, who is in his forties, of three aggravated robberies, sexual assault, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, theft or fraud and escaping lawful custody. He cleared the defendant, who took victims to open areas before comitting sexual murders, of nine other charges.

41 witnesses testified for the prosecution, including the only two women to survive. Both told the court he had introduced himself as a Zionist Christian preacher and prophet. He wore a Christian Zion badge and sangoma beads, which both victims identified; identity parades were also submitted as evidence. The accused’s distinctive facial scar was recognised by the survivors.

The first described his help for a uterine ailment; she said he claimed he needed to have sex with her to exorcise a spirit from her and placed herbs in her vagina, but Mogale countered that they had consensual intercourse as part of an affair. The second said he took her to a veld and attacked her after giving her a lift, knocking her unconscious. Upon awakening the following day she said she had maggot-infested wounds and a dislocated jaw. Her genitals and neck were wounded; her front teeth were missing.

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—Mogale’s words to policewoman

Most of the bodies were badly decomposed when they were found. They had mostly been killed by blunt force to the skull, either with a weapon or hitting their heads against the ground, although some were strangled. Two women were sodomized. DNA and mobile phone records linked him to the crimes. He originally confessed to police.

“I want you to help me,” he told officers after his arrest. “When I am with a woman I lose control and do not know what to do. I kill all of them when they do not give me what I want.”

Mogale’s defence centred on accusations the witnesses – amongst them his partner, Charlotte Manaka – and police were trying to frame him. He said police took a condom used by he and Manaka to obtain forensic evidence to plant. Manaka directly contradicted this in her testimony, saying they did not use condoms, as well as saying Mogale regularly wore the beads and badge identified by victims. The couple have four children.

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—Judge Frans Kgomo

Judge Kgomo noted that “[t]his defence is very suspicious, especially because the DNA kit was compiled long before the accused was even identified as a suspect and long before he was arrested,” and that the state witnesses were important to the case. “The accused was not a very good witness… with his contradictions and new versions… at times he wanted to shift blame onto his defence counsel.” The judge felt “he was not telling the whole truth” and criticised his failure to produce witnesses to back up his claims.

Professor Gerard Labuschagne, who does investigative psychology for the police, was an important witness. He told the court similarities between the various attacks meant they were “undoubtedly by the same offender.” Some of the bodies remain unidentified.

“On the day he was arrested, the accused displayed hatred for women,” said judge Kgomo. “He behaved like a psychopath, even showing his manhood to the female police officer. When he met the same policewoman at the station he said, ‘when I come out of here you will be the first person I rape and kill’.” In summary, Kgomo said, “[t]he state has proved beyond reasonable doubt the accused’s guilt.”

“I didn’t do anything,” protested Mogale shortly before judgement was handed down. “You know how life is, this is a challenge, I didn’t do any of those things. I don’t even know those women.” He has been convicted of rape twice previously.

At sentencing today, Judge Kgomo called Mogale an “evil and perverted murderer and rapist who pose[s] extreme danger to women in society.” As well as sixteen life terms for the murders, four extra life terms were handed down for raping some women twice. Each of the three aggravated robberies attracted a fifteen-year sentence, each kidnap produced five years, three years for the theft and fraud charge, three for sexual assault, three for escaping custody and five for attempted murder. All the sentences will run concurrently.

“Sir, there is no way you can be allowed to be out of prison to come into contact with women,” Kgomo told Mogale. “I am removing you permanently from society.” As Mogale was led away he shouted at the victims’ families “[y]ou are also coming, I pray. I will be out soon.”



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July 12, 2010

Spain defeat the Netherlands 1-0 in extra time to win 2010 FIFA World Cup

Spain defeat the Netherlands 1-0 in extra time to win 2010 FIFA World Cup

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Spain defeated the Netherlands in extra time 1–0 to win this year’s FIFA World Cup. The winning goal came in the last few minutes of the match, which saw thirteen yellow cards and one red card.

Yesterday’s win marked Spain’s first World Cup victory, in their first World Cup final appearance, making the Spanish team the eighth distinct team to have won the championship since it began in 1930. It was the second time that the European champion for that year won the World Cup as well, the first being West Germany‘s victory in 1974. It was also the first time that a European team emerged as the World Cup victors on a continent other than Europe. For the Dutch, it was the third time they have lost in the World Cup finals, having done so in 1974 and 1978.

The final match, played in Johannesburg‘s Soccer City stadium, stayed tied at 0–0 for all of regulation time. Called “a very difficult match” by Spanish coach Vicente del Bosque, the game started with a slow first half. The Dutch had an opportunity to take the lead in the second half, but Arjen Robben‘s shots were blocked by Spanish captain Iker Casillas. The Netherlands were forced to play with only ten players near the end of extra time after John Heitinga was kicked out of the game.

The winning shot of the match came from Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta in the 116th minute, just four minutes from the end of extra time. He managed to kick the ball past Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg from just 8 metres (26.2 feet) away. If Iniesta had not made the goal, and game stayed scoreless until the end of extra time, the game would have been decided by a penalty shoot-out.

Spain’s victory was correctly predicted by the oracular animal Paul the Octopus. Paul’s 2010 FIFA World Cup prediction record stayed at 100 per cent as a result.



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May 12, 2010

Over 100 dead in Libyan plane crash

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

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An Afriqiyah Airways-owned aeroplane, originating from South Africa, has crashed on approach to Tripoli International Airport in Libya at around 06:00 Eastern European time (0400 UTC). Initial reports indicated everyone on board died, which officials say is 93 passengers and 11 crew, but later developments say an eight-year-old boy was the sole survivor; however, this is unconfirmed.

The plane left Johannesburg in South Africa with the aim of transferring at Tripoli before heading to the final destination, United Kingdom’s London Gatwick Airport. Officials have ruled out terrorism as a cause of the crash, which is still undetermined. A security official said the plane “exploded on landing and totally disintegrated.”

In a statement, Afriqiyah Airways said, “We extend our deepest sympathy to the families and friends of the victims[;] the search and rescue mission has now been completed.”

The crew on the plane were all of Libyan nationality, officials claim, while the passengers included Libyans, South Africans, Dutch and Britons. In response to reports of British citizens being on board the crashed plane, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office said, “We are urgently investigating. A consular team from the British Embassy are on their way to the airport. Consular staff in Tripoli are urgently seeking further details.”

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February 5, 2010

South African lawyer and anti-apartheid leader Harry Schwarz dies age 85

South African lawyer and anti-apartheid leader Harry Schwarz dies age 85

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Friday, February 5, 2010

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South African lawyer, politcian, diplomat and anti-apartheid leader Harry Schwarz has died at the age of 85. He died after suffering from a short, undisclosed illness.

Leader of the Democratic Alliance of South Africa Helen Zille paid tribute to Schwarz. She said “On behalf of the Democratic Alliance, I extend sincere condolences on the death of Harry Schwarz”. She added “Harry Schwarz will be remembered for his signal contribution to the development of our democracy. His piercing intellect, and long professional experience in banking, made him the most astute analyst in Parliament on economic and financial matters during his terms in office. He has engraved his place in South Africa’s political history. We will always remember him”.

Harry Heinz Schwarz was born in Cologne, Germany in 1924. At the age of 10 he arrived in South Africa as a Jewish refugee, he later served in the South African Air Force. After World War II he qualified as a lawyer from the University of the Witwatersrand.

As both a trained advocate and attorney, Schwarz served on the defence team on Nelson Mandela and several other anti-apartheid activists during the 1963-64 Rivonia Trail.

Schwarz entered politics in 1951 with his election to the Johannesburg City Council. He entered parliament in 1974 on the UP ticket. He was the opposition’s spokesman on finance until 1987. Despite being on the opposition he was chosen as South Africa’s ambassdor to the United States and served from 1990 to 1994. He was also South Africa’s first ambassador to Barbados, serving from 1993 to 1995.

His funeral is planned for Febuary 7th. He is survived by his wife Annette, and his three children Jonathan, Allan and Michael.



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December 14, 2009

Kaiane Aldorino wins Miss World competition

Kaiane Aldorino wins Miss World competition

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Miss Gibraltar Kaiane Aldorino has won the Miss World competition of 2009, beating out the projected winner Miss Puerto Rico Mayra Matos. The first runner-up was Miss Mexico, Perla Beltran Acosta. During her acceptance speech Aldorino said “I just have no words to explain how I feel! I am just so, so happy!” In Gibraltar she is an administrative clerk with 4 years experience.

When asked what she will do after the competition, she said to the Associated Press “I will try to do the best that I can now that I have opportunity and advantage.”

There has been controversy in the host city of Johannesburg, South Africa, where the competition was estimated to cost the city R90 million (€8m, US$12m). In response to criticism pageant owner Julia Morley said “Charity work is integral to the Miss World ethos and part of the brief to contenders in each country is that they volunteer their time or fundraise for charity.”



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October 14, 2009

South African police clash with demonstrators

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Police in South Africa clashed with thousands of demonstrators in two communities east of the city of Johannesburg on Tuesday.

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The demonstrators, who were protesting poor housing conditions and lack of public services, had blockaded roads and set a municipal office in the town of Belfast on fire.

Riot police responded by firing rubber bullets and tear gas at the protesters to restore order, and arrested several residents.

Two police officers were injured after some of the residents started to throw stones at security officials.

Residents also clashed with security officials in several other towns in the area. Several people in Standerton, a town located southeast of Johannesburg, were hurt following a conflict with police officers.



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July 23, 2009

Canberra\’s Sophie Lavers crowned Miss World Australia

Canberra’s Sophie Lavers crowned Miss World Australia

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Sophie Lavers, a 24-year-old woman from Canberra, has been crowned Miss World Australia in Sydney. She defeated nineteen other finalists to take the prize and will represent Australia at the Miss World event in South Africa.

The entrants were judged based on several categories including best talent, healthy body image, sports and fitness and beauty with a purpose. An aspiring actress, she is completing an acting course and hopes to build a career in film and television. She is also a qualified fitness instructor and has worked as a Kings Cross waitress.

She has been described in the media as having an “amazing figure” and it has been rumoured that she has used this for modelling work. However, Lavers has said that her body has only been modelled for a good cause: “Some do think that, but I have only ever modelled for charity.”

She also doubts much will change for her, at least in the near future. “I’ll still get up and probably have peanut butter on toast for breakfast but after that I’m not sure what’s happening. I guess I won’t be going to work tomorrow.”

She explained that all the girls who entered were dedicated to making a difference. “I just think it’s like having little angels out there through the country helping in all different areas whether it’s with children, or blind people, or the homeless.” Lavers also complained that non-stop smiling for the event has left here mouth sore. “I’m not used to smiling for hours on end.”

Lavers is now set to head to Johannesburg for the December 12 global competition. “I’ve got to get a month of outfits ready and get a talent and another speech and everything. Oh goodness.”



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June 29, 2009

Brazil wins FIFA Confederations Cup final, defeats USA 3–2

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Report Fabiano Scored after 46 minutes 46′ Scored after 74 minutes 74′
Lúcio Scored after 84 minutes 84′
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After being down 2–0 at halftime, Brazil defeated the United States 3–2 in the final round of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, claiming their third FIFA Confederations Cup finals victory.

The match was held at Coca-Cola Park in Johannesburg, South Africa. The FIFA Confederations Cup has been held there as a prelude to next year’s 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The United States made its first appearance in any FIFA men’s tournament final while Brazil made its fourth appearance in a Confederations Cup final (after 1997, 1999 and 2005). The victory may result in Brazil claiming the top position in FIFA’s world football rankings.

The United States, the CONCACAF Gold Cup champions, qualified for the match by defeating Spain in the semifinal round by a score of 2–0, just days after nearly being eliminated from the tournament. Brazil qualified for the match by defeating South Africa 1–0 last Thursday in the second semifinal match. Brazil was the defending Confederations Cup champion having won in 2005 and winners of five World Cups.

Early goals by Clint Dempsey (10′) and Landon Donovan (27′) gave the United States a commanding 2–0 lead at halftime. Brazil quickly retaliated with two goals by Luís Fabiano (46′ and 73′) in the second half to tie the game. A goal by Lúcio (83′) helped seal the comeback victory for the Brazilians while the team controlled the clock for the remaining ten minutes.

Eight saves by USA goalkeeper Tim Howard helped stifle the Brazilian offense for most of the match until the latter end of the match. Brazil attempted 24 shots with 11 on goal while USA attempted 8 with 4 on goal.

In other news, Spain defeated South Africa in the tournament’s third place match 3–2.



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