Brexit: EU adopts guidelines for negotiations on future relations

Image copyright AFP Image caption The UK prime minister welcomed a “new dynamic” in the talks EU leaders have approved guidelines for the negotiation of future relations with the UK after Brexit. The text on trade, security and other issues was adopted within minutes in Brussels, clearing the way for the next phase of Brexit […]

Police official ’embarrassed’ by handling of Coligny case, court hears

A senior police official told the North West High Court in Mahikeng that he was “embarrassed” about the handling of the Coligny murder case. “I was embarrassed because members of the community said police are not doing their work,” Provincial Organised Crime Head Brigadier Clifford Kgorane said. “I could hear from the community leaders that the […]

ANC NEC meeting: Troubled provinces expected to come under scrutiny

The ANC’s troubled provinces are expected to come under scrutiny when the party’s national executive committee (NEC) holds a three-day meeting, starting on Friday, in Cape Town. According to an NEC member, this is where the battle between President Cyril Ramaphosa’s faction and those who supported Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s bid for presidency will be waged once […]

France hostage taking: ‘One dead’ in Trèbes supermarket

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPolice have surrounded the French supermarket, as the BBC’s Lucy Williamson reports A gunman is believed to have killed at least one person during a hostage-taking at a supermarket in Trèbes, southern France. Elite police have rushed to the Super U shop, where another person has been […]

French police say 2 killed, about a dozen wounded

Jabeen Bhatti, Special to USA TODAY Published 7:16 a.m. ET March 23, 2018 | Updated 8:56 a.m. ET March 23, 2018 French gendarmes block the access to Trebes, where a man took hostages at a supermarket on March 23, 2018 in Trebes, southwest France.(Photo: ERIC CABANIS, AFP/Getty Images) PARIS — Two people have been killed […]

PICS: Sinkholes, shacks damaged, as floods sweep through Gauteng

Johannesburg – Informal settlements have been flooded, shacks have been damaged and sinkholes, large enough to swallow a car, have been discovered across Gauteng after heavy rains on Thursday. Informal settlements in Tshwane, Soshanguve, Mamelodi and Ga-Rankuwa have been affected by floods.  READ: Fallen trees, traffic and flooding – rain wreaks havoc in Johannesburg Breaking: Partial […]

ConCourt allows extension of Sassa’s contract with CPS for six months

The Constitutional Court on Friday afternoon allowed the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) to extend its contract with Cash Paymaster Services’ (CPS) by another six months. Earlier this month, the ConCourt demanded that both Sassa and the South African Post Office (SAPO) clarify the contingency measures put in place to deal with the payment […]

Spanish police break up Nigerian sex trafficking gang

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some of the women rescued were underage girls Spanish police have rescued 39 women and girls smuggled in from Nigeria and trafficked into sex work by a notorious Nigerian gang. Europol says the victims were kept in “squalid conditions in caves” and intimidated with voodoo threats. Gang members forced […]

CPS ordered to pay back R316m to Sassa

The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has ordered Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) to pay back R316m, with interest, to the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa). Sassa paid CPS in 2014 after the company claimed it had enrolled more grant recipients and beneficiaries than it had been contracted to provides services for. amaBhugane previously […]