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….

Editotial: Bad precedents for plane politics – Mail & Guardian Online

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The problem is that we stumbled around for half a decade without addressing the structural problems that cause scandal to erupt every few months. Cyril Ramaphosa arrives in Japan in a Gupta-owned plane. (Kopano Tlape) This article has been tagged as premium content and is exclusive to M&G subscribers. To read this article, please subscribe by following this link. Alternatively, the Mail & Guardian newspaper is available at all good newsagents. If you are an existing subscriber, please email your subscriber number to [email protected] in order to have your free digital subscription activated. Additionally, holders of our free M&G member accounts get free access to this content online after the weekend. Top Stories – Google…

Flabba’s friends, family miss him dearly – Independent Online

YOUTUBE Nkululeko Flabba Habedi, who was stabbed to death in his home in Alexandra in March this year. Johannesburg – As the murder trial of Hip Hop Nkululeko “Flabba” Habedi’s lover continued on Friday, friends and family said they remained devastated by his death in March. “We are taking the loss like anyone who suffers a loss, we are all devastated,” fellow Skwatta Camp member Lebohang ‘Shugga Smax’ Mothibe told the media outside the High Court sitting in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court. “Flabba will always be missed, the sense of humour … because that brought us together. We have been following the trial, I wanted to support the family… My outcome is whatever the court…

JZ looms large in cop vs cop battle – Mail & Guardian Online

18 Sep 2015 00:00 Sam Sole This week’s raid by the Hawks’ boss on a senior colleague is linked to the presidential succession race Political obstacle: Johan Booysen is said to be close to former police commissioner Bheki Cele, who is part of an anti-Jacob Zuma faction in the KwaZulu-Natal ANC. Photo: Tebogo Letsie This article has been tagged as premium content and is exclusive to M&G subscribers. To read this article, please subscribe by following this link. Alternatively, the Mail & Guardian newspaper is available at all good newsagents. If you are an existing subscriber, please email your subscriber number to [email protected] in order to have your free digital subscription activated. Additionally, holders of…

Pics: Jerusalem’s Old City under siege – Independent Online

September 18 2015 at 10:20pm Jerusalem – Israel deployed hundreds of extra police in Jerusalem where clashes broke out after Palestinian leaders called for a “day of rage” on Friday to protest at new Israeli security measures. Palestinians also protested in a number of cities in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, including Ramallah, Hebron and Nablus, where a young man was shot by Israeli security forces after throwing a fire bomb, the Israeli army and medics said. Around 800 extra police were posted in the heart of Jerusalem and adjacent Arab neighbourhoods, where tensions have been high for the past week, following clashes at al-Aqsa Mosque and Palestinians throwing stones at Israeli cars. The focus of…

Maimane: Eskom must declare national energy crisis – Mail & Guardian Online

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The DA’s parliamentary leader also said that government should follow a “World Cup approach” to completing the Medupi and Kusile power stations. The DA has demanded that President Jacob Zuma sign the Ismo Bill into law, which will open the electricity grid to independent power producers. (Delwyn Verasamy. M&G) Eskom must declare the rolling blackouts a national crisis, Democratic Alliance (DA) parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane said on Tuesday. Maimane was speaking outside the offices of the public enterprises ministry in Pretoria where he handed over a list of demands addressed to minister Lynne Brown. “The president, the public enterprises minister and Eskom must come clean and acknowledge that load shedding is indicative of a national…

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

Free State health workers protest – Independent Online

REUTERS A normal-sized gurney (L) is pictured alongside an oversized one. REUTERS/Marvin Gentry Bloemfontein – Disgruntled Free State community healthcare workers forced their way into Bophelo House, the provincial health department’s headquarters, on Friday the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) said. Around 50 people who had not received salaries for more than two months staged a sit-in inside the building. They are receiving support from the TAC. TAC spokeswoman Mary-Jane Matsolo said they were demonstrating after submitting a memorandum to health MEC Benny Malakoane several weeks ago. In it, they said that, among other things, they did not want to be paid by non-governmental organisations, but wanted to be absorbed into the government. “As of now,…

Group Five wins hospital contract – Independent Online

http://www.sxc.hu/ Johannesburg – Group Five has won a contract to construct the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in Parktown, Johannesburg, the hospital’s trust said on Monday. Construction began on Monday and was expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2016, it said in a statement. “We are confident that Group Five will be the right partner as we navigate what is for the hospital trust, unchartered territory,” trust chairman Moss Ngoasheng said. The appointment of Group Five followed submissions by various contractors and an adjudication process. “This represents a key milestone in our efforts to make (former president) Nelson Mandela’s last wish of building a children’s hospital in South Africa a reality,” trust deputy…