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Farm attacks show how criminality is engulfing SA citizens – SAHRC

Farm attacks showed how criminality in South Africa was engulfing its citizens, the SA Human Rights Commission said on Thursday.


Since the start of the year, there have been 148 farm attacks, with 33 murders taking place.


The Department of Correctional Services has admitted that children in juvenile centres across the country are going without food for more than 14 hours on weekends as a result of staff shortages.

1110874495The latest correctional services inspectorate report has found that most of those affected are teenagers.

South Africa has had 116 farm attacks in six months: Afriforum, Tau SA

Limpopo is now the province where the most farm attacks and murders occur.

3924631327_3af28d8acd_o-1Gauteng previously had the number one spot‚ said agriculture union TAU-SA and activist group AfriForum.

Releasing updated data on farm attacks for the first half of 2015‚ the groups recorded 27 murders and 116 attacks.

Swine flu sends people to ICU in South Africa

One of the strains of influenza A (also called ‘swine flu’) that caused a pandemic in 2009 has been the cause of a number of people in George becoming seriously ill and having to receive treatment at their GP and the local hospitals.

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Some of the patients have also been admitted to ICU.
Rumours that seven people in George have died because of swine flu could not be confirmed.
Bianca Carls, Western Cape Health spokesperson, said one patient died of pneumonia at George Hospital but did not want to confirm that it was caused by swine flu.
“We have noticed an increased number of individuals contracting the flu this year, however we have not seen an increase in admittance rates due to the illness and we cannot verify that this is necessarily swine flu.”

She did however, confirm that the department’s laboratory influenza surveillance systems indicate that the swine flu strain is currently predominant, and some private and public hospitals have sent in reports of “some identified swine flu cases”.


Eskom needs tariff increase because load shedding is expensive: CEO

Eskom is asking for an increase in tariffs because it wants to deal with the problem of load shedding, acting Eskom CEO Brian Molefe said


“We are just asking for money to deal with the issue of load shedding,” he told a National Energy Regulator of SA panel in Johannesburg.

Plan launched for worst case blackout scenario

While Eskom is insistent that a total blackout is out of the question, a concerned group has launched a basic emergency guide to living in the dark.


The plan offers practical tips on how households can prepare for the eventuality of being without Eskom electricity for up to two weeks, the period it would take for Eskom to turn the lights back on if there was a total blackout.

DA suspends councillor who asked judge to go easy on gangster

The Democratic Alliance has suspended a Western Cape ward councillor after he handed a letter to a high court judge asking for a lighter sentence for a convicted gang member and killer.


DA ward councillor Willie Jaftha

Govt could face criminal charges over al-Bashir fiasco

Pretoria high court wants the public prosecutor to investigate if the government broke the law in allowing Sudan President Omar al-Bashir to leave SA.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir left South Africa despite a high court order prohibiting his departure. (AFP)

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir left South Africa despite a high court order prohibiting his departure. (AFP)


An American tourist has been admitted to a hospital in Knysna after she was raped along the coast in the Tsitsikamma National Park – allegedly by two illegal fishermen.

3YBPolice spokesperson Warrant Officer Gerda Swarts said that the suspects are believed to have pounced on her while she was jogging along the coast.

Two suspects, both aged 26, were arrested in the Stormsriver area on Sunday night.

They are expected to appear in court on Wednesday.

Charlize Theron

Game farmers and livestock owners are living in fear of their lives after receiving death threats!

Game farmers and livestock owners in the Vryburg district of North West province say they are living in fear of their lives after receiving death threats.

The matter stems from the "flagrant and criminal abuse" of hunting permits issued by the North West Chief Directorate of Biodiversity. No one has been arrested and no hunting permits have been cancelled.

They claim gangs of armed members of the Ganyesa Tribal Authority have been illegally hunting on private land. The volatile situation came to a head last week when more than 300 farmers met at the Tosca Farmers’ Association to discuss a way forward.