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Bomb scares at two big shopping malls

The police are investigating after bomb scares at two shopping malls in Johannesburg.

Emergency Services and the police’s bomb squad evacuated Cresta in Randburg and Eastgate in Bedfordview.

No devices were found.

Eastgate Mall Spokesperson, Amelia Beattie says, “We receive … Read the rest

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SA mining safety lagging behind

The National Union of Mine Workers (NUM) says the country’s mining sector is still far lagging behind in implementing the required health and safety measures.

The union concedes that, although strides are being made by mining houses to improve safety, … Read the rest


ANC, DA want to scrub SA’s crime stats

The government intends to review the Criminal Procedure Act with a view to expunging the criminal records of some in order to give criminals “a second chance”.

Criminal records had a “detrimental effect on successful social integration” the minister of … Read the rest

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Church set alight out of spite

Officials at the Central Methodist Church in the Joburg city centre believe that the fire at the building was the work of disgruntled members.

The church’s superintendent minister, Reverend Ndumiso Ncombo, said residents had set a room alight to spite … Read the rest

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SA ranks last in maths and science

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has released its Global Information Technology Report 2015, which ranked South Africa last in the quality of mathematics and science education.

South Africa also finished close to last – 139 out of 143 countries – … Read the rest

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Witchdoctor accused of abducting youths

An Mpumalanga initiation school owner is accused of abducting and circumcising youths in Machadodorp.

Black initiation schools are run by witchdoctors, known as “traditional healers”.

This is in contravention of the Mpumalanga Ingoma Act which states that no person may … Read the rest

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ANC defends action against foreigners

Operation Fiela by the SA Police Service was meant to eliminate criminal activities and was not a form of harassment or xenophobia, African National Congress secretary Gwede Mantashe said on Sunday.

“Operation Fiela strives to apprehend and disarm those with … Read the rest