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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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August 12, 2013

Nelson Mandela\’s health showing \’slow but steady improvement\’

Nelson Mandela’s health showing ‘slow but steady improvement’

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South African President Jacob Zuma announced yesterday that the health of former President and anti-apartheid campaigner Nelson Mandela was showing a “slow but steady improvement”. The 95-year-old was admitted to hospital on June 8 with a lung infection.

Zuma’s statement mirrors that of Mandela’s youngest daughter Zindzi who told the state-owned television company SABC on Friday that Mandela “now manages to sit up, like now he is able to sit up in a chair for a few minutes in a day. Every day you know, he is becoming more alert, more responsive and so on.”

Zindzi was confident in her father’s recovery: “[He] is determined not to go anywhere anytime soon. I cannot stress this enough. People must stop saying to the family ‘let go, let go’. We are just looking at this man who is saying ‘I’m not going anywhere’.”

According to legal documents filed by Mandela’s family, he was at one stage on life support. All vehicles entering the hospital in Pretoria where Mandela is being treated are being searched by police officers. Well-wishers have left messages and flowers for Mandela.



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December 28, 2012

South Africa hospital discharges former president Nelson Mandela

South Africa hospital discharges former president Nelson Mandela

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The South African government has reported that former President Nelson Mandela has been discharged from a hospital in Pretoria, where he was hospitalised December 8. Mandela received hospital treatment for gallstones and a lung infection. Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj said Mandela “will undergo home-based high care at his Houghton home until he recovers fully”.

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Mandela was hospitalised for eighteen days, his longest hospitalisation since 1990, when he was released from prison after 27 years.

Current president Jacob Zuma visited Mandela in hospital this past weekend. Zuma visited Mandela again on Christmas, as did Graca Machel, Mandela’s wife.

Mandela has been hospitalised three times since the start of last year. In January 2011, Mandela received hospital treatment for an acute respiratory infection.

Mandela, aged 94, has a history of health problems. Work at a Robben Island limestone quarry, where he was imprisoned for sixteen years during South Africa’s Apartheid, damaged his eyes and lungs. During the 1980s, while still a prisoner on Robben Island, he developed tuberculosis.

Maharaj, once a political prisoner alongside Mandela during Apartheid, expressed thanks for public and media support and allowing Mandela privacy. On behalf of the government, Maharaj also asked for a “continuation of the privacy in order to allow for the best possible conditions for full recovery”.



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October 18, 2009

Wikinews Shorts: October 18, 2009

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Family shot dead in South Africa

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At least three people, all part of the same family, are dead after their bodies were discovered in their home in Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa. All died as a result of gunshot wounds.

The dead include a mother, who was a police officer for Pretoria, her three-month-old baby, and 12-year-old son. The son managed to survive the incident, but died earlier Saturday while undergoing treatment at a local hospital.

Police say the ex-husband discovered the bodies at around 1:00 p.m. local time. The officer’s gun was found next to her body. An investigation is ongoing, but burglary has been ruled out.

Update: It has been confirmed, double murder, suicide.

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Botswana Democratic Party claims victory in elections

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Botswana’s Democratic Party (BDP) is claiming to be the winner in the nation’s elections. Ian Khama is likely to be reelected as leader of the nation and will serve a five year term. This was his first election since he was appointed in April, replacing Festus Mogae.

The BDP needed to win at least 29 out of the 57 seats to choose Khama as the nation’s president.

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UK Royal Mail to hire 30,000 more workers

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The UK Royal Mail has announced that 30,000 temporary workers are to be recruited. The move comes as the Communication Workers Union plan to have two nationwide strikes over the course of next week. With Christmas also approaching, the amount of mail that the Royal Mail receives will be rapidly increased, and the amount of workers at this time of year that will be recruited is 30,000 – twice as many as there were last year. The Royal Mail had said that 85,000 people had applied for temporary work.

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March 16, 2009

Cricket: South Africa to host 2009 ICC Champions Trophy

Cricket: South Africa to host 2009 ICC Champions Trophy

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South Africa will be the host for the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy for cricket. The tournament, originally planned for 2008 in Pakistan, was postponed to 2009 owing to security issues.

Sri Lanka was proposed as an alternative venue, but due to weather concerns in Sri Lanka during the month of October, the tournament has now been moved to South Africa. This was confirmed by an ICC Board teleconference.

ICC President David Morgan said, “I think the Board has made a sensible decision that will give the event every chance of success. We now have clarity on the subject and we can make firm plans for what is going to be a great spectacle of ODI cricket.” He also thanked the Sri Lankan Board for their commitment.

The tournament features eight national test cricket teams competing in One Day Internationals. The games will be conducted in Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg and SuperSport Park, Pretoria. It will be held from September 24 to October 5, 2009 in these two venues.



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March 5, 2009

Wikinews Shorts: March 5, 2009

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ICC Champions Trophy for cricket may be relocated

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The eighth ICC Champions Trophy for cricket in 2009 involving the top eight test playing countries could be moved away from Sri Lanka due to weather concerns during the month of October. The tournament is scheduled for October 2009, which is the peak rainy season and one of the wettest months in Sri Lanka. The tournament was supposed to be played in Pakistan in September 2008 but was postponed over security issues.

The main options currently being considered are Perth, Australia, Johannesburg-Pretoria, South Africa and Dubai-Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. This was confirmed by ICC’s general manager, Dave Richardson. He said that the cricket tournament could be played within a 12 day window in two or more grounds that are located within a short distance to reduce travel time for the teams. He said the decision would be made during the ICC board meeting in Dubai in April.

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US Supreme Court rules against limits on medical tort claims

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The Supreme Court of the United States ruled in the case of Wyeth v. Levine which tested whether plaintiffs can sue pharmaceutical companies for damages caused by FDA approved medication.

The court upheld a judgment against Wyeth Pharmaceuticals for US$6.7 million that had been awarded to Diana Levine. Levine, a musician, received the drug Phenergan for migrane headaches. It was improperly administered and punctured an artery. Gangrene set in and her right arm was amputated within several weeks.

The court voted 6-3 in favor of Levine.

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SPL: Rangers 0 – 1 Inverness CT

The last-place team in the Scottish Premier League, Inverness CT, went to Ibrox Stadium on Wednesday hoping to avoid another loss at the hands of Rangers FC. Inverness had already been beaten by a total of 0 – 8 in their last two meetings with the Rangers, comprised of a 0 – 3 defeat at home and a 5 – 0 thumping on their last trip to Ibrox. It seemed Rangers would be in control again as they had a bevy of chances early on, including a shot from Saša Papac that was cleared by Grant Munro just before it crossed the goal-line. After thirty minutes, Kenny Miller appeared to score for Rangers, but he was adjudged to be offside and his goal was disallowed. Inverness continued to stymie the Rangers’ offence into the second half. Their efforts were finally rewarded when David Weir was sent off in injury time for a hard tackle on David Proctor. Ian Black converted the penalty kick. Inverness escape the drop zone with the win and Rangers give up the lead of the SPL to Celtic FC, who defeated Kilmarnock FC by 2 – 1.

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January 30, 2009

Zimbabwe opposition agrees to join government

Zimbabwe opposition agrees to join government

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Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has agreed to join a government of national unity in Zimbabwe. Robert Mugabe will remain as president, while Tsvangirai is set to be sworn in as prime minister on February 11.

Despite the agreement, Tsvangirai and other MDC members expressed disappointment over the terms of the unity government. “We are not saying that this is a solution to the Zimbabwe crisis,” Tsvangirai told reporters. “Instead, our participation signifies that we have chosen to continue the struggle for a democratic Zimbabwe in a new arena.”

Among the MDC’s concerns is the home affairs ministry, which oversees the police and security forces. Under the power sharing agreement, Mugabe and Tsvangirai will share control of this ministry, and the MDC says Mugabe could use that power to quell dissent as he had in the past.

Tsvangirai signed the agreement to take part in a unity government at a Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit in Pretoria, South Africa. Opposition leaders had been pressing Mugabe to relinquish control of the home affairs ministry and release imprisoned political activists as part of the power sharing deal. But Tsvangirai’s party said they were pressured into accepting the deal by the SADC, who refused to condemn Mugabe.

Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga called on the SADC to stop “treating Mugabe with kid gloves” at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “We hold the view that SADC could do more in trying to help the people of Zimbabwe resolve the crisis,” said Odinga. “SADC should stand up and tell Mr. Mugabe enough is enough. It is time for him to leave.”

Meanwhile, Western countries such as the United States remained skeptical regarding the prospect of true power sharing. U.S. State Department spokesman Robert Wood told reporters in Washington, “If and when there is a government in place in Zimbabwe that reflects the will of the Zimbabwean people, the United States will then look to see what we can do to continue to help.”

Mugabe claimed victory in a runoff election in June 2008 which was widely seen by the international community as flawed. Earlier in March, Tsvangirai had garnered more votes than Mugabe in the general election, but the electoral commission said the opposition candidate did not receive a required majority of the votes. Tsvangirai then dropped out of the June runoff, claiming his supporters had been attacked and intimidated by state officials.

Regional heads of government have been trying to negotiate a coalition government since the election. Neither side had been able to come to an agreement over the distribution of cabinet posts. Tsvangirai sought a constitutional amendment to recreate the post of Prime Minister, whilst Mugabe had wished to maintain his Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) party’s hold on the main offices of state.

In the past year, Zimbabwe’s economy has gone into freefall, with inflation so high as to be effectively unmeasurable, and an outbreak of cholera that has resulted in over 60,000 cases reported and over 3,100 killed. 6.9 million people, more than half the country’s population, is in need of emergency food aid, according to the United Nations.



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May 10, 2008

Morgan Tsvangirai to compete in run-off

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Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of Zimbabwe’s main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), has said today that he will be standing for the presidential run-off election against incumbent Robert Mugabe.

“The MDC has decided that we will contest the run-off election,” he told reporters at a conference in Pretoria, South Africa, where he has been staying for the last month. He said his supporters would feel “betrayed” if he didn’t stand and that the people are “ready for the final round”.

Despite the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission’s (ZEC) official declaration that Mr. Tsvangirai won 47.9% against Mr. Mugabe’s 43.2% in the first round, the MDC claims that they won it outright, gaining over 50%. They are sure that Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party have used the time since the first round to rig votes and intimidate the electorate.

The MDC has also called for “unfettered access of all international observers,” eventhough Mr. Mugabe has imposed bans on journalists from outside Zimbabwe reporting within the country.

The ZEC has yet to announce when the run-off will take place, but Mr. Tsvangirai said it should take place by 23 May.



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May 9, 2008

Thabo Mbeki visits Zimbabwe amid rising violence

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Some oppose Mr. Mbeki’s strategy of “soft diplomacy” towards Zimbabwe, the New York Times reporting that he has been “sharply criticized and even mocked”

South African president Thabo Mbeki has arrived in Harare today to talk with Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe about the upcoming presidential run-off election. This comes amid claims that violence has risen in the country over the last few days.

The Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights claim there has been a “dramatic escalation in incidents of organised violence and torture” after the recent elections with “more than 900” documented as injured. The organization said in a statement that “the level of brutality and callousness exhibited by the perpetrators is unprecedented and the vicious and cowardly attacks by so-called war veterans on women, children and the elderly shames the memory of all true heroes of the liberation struggle”.

Mr. Mbeki is acting as a mediator for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and may have discussed elections and the recent crackdown on opposition by the Mugabe government, which has included the arrest of Davison Maruziva, editor of free newspaper The Standard, 22 deaths, the displacement of 40,000 opposition farming families and such a casualty influx into Harare hospitals that they are worried that plaster of Paris bandage supplies will soon be “exhausted”.

Talks between the two leaders at State House lasted for more than three hours before Mbeki left for the South African embassy in Harare.

Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the largest opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), plans to announce whether he will stand for the run-off election in the South African city of Pretoria, where he is currently residing, tomorrow at 9:00 UTC.



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October 7, 2006

Cheetahs and Blue Bulls to meet in 2006 Currie Cup rugby final

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Cheetahs and Blue Bulls to meet in 2006 Currie Cup rugby final

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The Free State Cheetahs and the Blue Bulls will meet next week in the 2006 Currie Cup final, South Africa’s domestic club rugby competition. The Bulls were the first to go through, winning the first semi final against rivals Western Province, and the Cheetahs won their semi against the Sharks.

The Blue Bulls hosted WP at home, at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria. The Blue Bulls led WP 20 to nine at half time. The gap was closed to 23-16 in the second half, but the home team eventually ran away with the game, in the end, winning 45 points to 23.

At the second semi-final at Bloemfontein, the Cheetahs hosted the Sharks at the Free State Stadium. The Free State were up 17 to nil during the first half. The score was furthered to 24 points, but the Sharks’ JP Pietersen scored minutes before the half finished to give the Sharks their first points, and the game went onto halftime, Cheetahs leading 24-7. The Cheetahs held onto the game, winning 30-14.

The Cheetahs will host the final next week, being the highest place finalist (first, the Blue Bulls were second). The final will be the third Blue Bulls/Cheetahs affair in a row, and the fifth Blue Bulls appearance in a row.

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