Oscar’s fate remains uncertain – Independent Online

AP Oscar Pistorius. File picture: Themba Hadebe Pretoria – While Oscar Pistorius’s release from the Kgosi Mampuru 11 Prison in Pretoria is imminent, there was no news by late on Friday when it would be. Members of the media camped outside the Pretoria jail from on Friday morning, waiting for news from the correctional supervision and parole board. The board convened at a prison in Durban on Friday to reconsider, among other things, Pistorius’s placing on parole. A source close to the department told the Pretoria News that the board only convened five or six times a year to reconsider inmates’ placement on parole. Pistorius’s case is only one of the many to be considered….

Sadtu slams ANA decision – iAfrica.com

Sat, 19 Sep 2015 8:56 AM Credit: sxc.hu     The South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) and National Professional Teacher’s Organisation of South Africa (Naptosa) have slammed the Basic Education Department for its decision to proceed with the Annual National Assessment (ANA) exams this year, apparently without consulting with them. Minister Angie Motshekga told the media in Pretoria on Friday that the council of education ministers decided after meeting with unions to conduct the exams later this year. The process was scheduled to be conducted this week, but Sadtu announced last week that its members wouldn’t participate. Motshekga says the decision to write the ANA from 1 to 4 December is in line with the agreement reached with unions….

Boy killed crossing N3 in Durban – Independent Online

FLICKR.COM File image Durban – A 12-year-old boy died when he was hit by a vehicle on the N3 west near Durban’s Spaghetti Junction on Tuesday, paramedics said. “Reports from the scene indicate that two boys tried to run across the highway when one landed in front of a vehicle that was hurtling down the road,” said Netcare 911 spokesman Chris Botha. He was found lying on the road and declared dead on the scene. Sapa Nation – Google News

South Africans walk for media opportunities

The walk agreed with what is referred to in South Africa as the “Dark Wednesday”, a day, in 1977, on which the politically-sanctioned racial segregation government banned a few daily papers Around 200 South Africans on Saturday arranged a walk in their nation’s biggest city, Johannesburg, to call for media opportunities. The walk agreed with what is referred to in South Africa as the “Dark Wednesday”, a day, in 1977, on which the politically-sanctioned racial segregation government banned a few daily papers. A few nonconformists conveyed notices and banners of the Right2know Campaign. They accumulated outside the home office of the general population telecaster, where they listened to discourses conveyed by different speakers. photo by bdlive.co.za

‘Looted’ Nigerian art returned to traditional ruler

Two statues from among thousands of works of art looted by British soldiers in the 19th century have been returned to Nigeria, prompting calls for other “stolen” treasures to be repatriated. For more than a century, the artefacts from the “Benin Bronzes” collection had been in the family of retired medical consultant Mark Walker, whose grandfather was involved in a 1897 British raid in which they were taken. But on Friday, the statues — depicting a fabled ibis bird and the traditional monarch’s bell — were given back to the Oba (King) of Benin, Uku Akpolokpolo Erediauwa I, at a ceremony attended by royal officials and local dignitaries. Walker said he decided to return the…

Malema ‘the Con-mander-in-Thief’ – iAfrica.com

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:35 PM Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema. AFP Patriotic Alliance leader Gayton McKenzie, in an open letter, branded Economic Freedom Fighters commander-in-chief Julius Malema, as the biggest thief he has ever met. McKenzie, a reformed gangster, said that he felt it was his duty to warn South Africans against Malema. “I see this open letter as part of repaying my many debts to society. If I did not speak up to warn the people of South Africa, but especially our youth, against you, it would mean I have no love for this country.” He criticised Malema for his lavish lifestyle while promising the poor “the world.” McKenzie also lashed Malema…

DA’s find not textbooks but leftover manuals, says department – Mail & Guardian Online

Limpopo’s education department has expressed disappointment with “false claims” that undelivered textbooks were found in a warehouse in Fetakgomo. A photo posted by the DA on their Twitter account fo the alleged undelivered textbooks. (Twitter) Limpopo’s education department on Thursday called false claims that undelivered textbooks were found in a warehouse in Fetakgomo. “The department wishes to set the record straight,” department spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said in a statement. “The contents in the boxes are not textbooks but manuals and workbooks used previously by the province. They are being stored at the Fetakgomo teacher training college as they were left over from specific deliveries made in the past.“ He said the department had no contract with…

Court hears Oscar and Reeva’s ‘loving’ texts – Independent Online

REUTERS Defence advocate Barry Roux at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. Picture: Siphiwe Sibeko Related Stories Pretoria – The defence in the Oscar Pistorius trial has spent Tuesday morning trying to disprove the State’s assertion that Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp had serious issues in their relationship. On Monday, the High Court in Pretoria heard of two arguments the couple had in the month leading up to Steenkamp’s death. In their WhatsApp conversations, Steenkamp wrote of how frightened she was of the athlete when he was angry. They also revealed a strong jealous streak as he fought with her for allegedly flirting with another man, despite his own serial dating prior to their relationship….

JZ’s architect is key to Nkandla splurge – Independent Online

INLSA A 2009 picture of President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead. File photo: Bongiwe Mchunu Related Stories   Cape Town – It was “the elephant in the room”. How much was President Jacob Zuma to pay for aspects of the work at his residence at Nkandla which were not strictly security related? Had he even been told such work was to be carried out? If not, did he ever become aware – while, say, ambling past the R2.8 million swimming pool and parking garage built at his private home – that opulent facilities beyond those specified by official security assessments and norms were being built? Did he ever try to find out why a project that…