• Breaking News! Renewed fighting forces over 110,000 to flee

    12/Aug/2016 // 857 Viewers


    As killings and bombings continue no fewer than 110,000 people have fled to escape the devastating effects of bombs as a result of renewed fighting that broke out since last month in the world's newest nation of South Sudan, the United Nation said on Friday.

    Refugees have been fleeing in droves to the east African nation of Uganda from South Sudan.

    The UN’s refugee agency said it was “extremely worried” about South Sudan’s rapidly escalating displacement crisis, warning that neighbouring countries and humanitarian groups were struggling to cope with the situation.

    Roughly 82,000 of those who have sought refuge across South Sudan’s southern border in 2016 have moved in the last five weeks, the UNHCR said.

    The influx was sparked by renewed fighting between the government forces of President Salva Kiir and those loyal to ex-rebel chief Riek Machar.
    Another 100,000 South Sudanese have fled north this year into Sudan. However, most of that movement occurred earlier in the year and was partly linked to food insecurity.

    Overall, more than 2.5 million people have been driven from their homes since South Sudan’s war erupted in December 2013, including 930,000 who have fled to neighbouring countries, the NHCR said.

    At the same time, Uganda announced on Friday it would not contribute troops to a regional brigade designed to bolster the UN mission in South Sudan, hours before a Security Council vote authorising the deployment.
    A key ally of South Sudanese President Salva Kiir, Uganda’s government said it did not want to be seen as interfering in another nation’s affairs by joining the UN protection force due to be deployed in the capital, Juba.

    “Not deploying in South Sudan was voluntary,” Ugandan foreign minister Henry Okello told AFP on Friday.
    “We choose for Uganda not to be part of the deployment so that (those) who accuse the UPDF (Ugandan army) of meddling in the internal affairs of South Sudan have no opportunity to accuse us,” he added. - AFP

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  • Pistorius faces lengthy jail term for lover’s murder

    13/Jun/2016 // 342 Viewers


    (AFP)South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius on Monday enters the final stretch of a protracted legal battle that could see him back in jail for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp three years ago.

    The double-amputee killed Steenkamp, a model and law graduate, in the early hours of Valentine’s Day in 2013, saying he mistook her for an intruder when he fired four times through the door of his bedroom toilet.

    In March, Pistorius’s lawyers failed in their legal bid to reverse a Supreme Court of Appeal judgment that upgraded his original conviction from culpable homicide — the equivalent of manslaughter — to murder.

    The original trial judge Thokozile Masipa is expected to pass a new sentence after hearing arguments from both prosecution and defence this week. The prosecution will be pushing for a tougher penalty.

    The 29-year-old “Blade Runner” faces a minimum 15-year jail term for murder, but his sentence could be reduced due to time already spent in prison and mitigating factors, including his disability.

    Legal experts expect Pistorius to take the stand to express remorse.
    “Contriteness is a very important sentencing factor. If someone apologises and shows remorse, that is a strong mitigation factor,” said criminal law expert Martin Hood.

    Britain?s Sunday Telegraph reported that Steenkamp’s father Barry could also take the witness stand to ask the court to impose a lengthy punishment.

    If he does, it will be the first time one of Steenkamp’s parents has testified in the case.

    Pistorius was released from jail last October to live under house arrest at his uncle’s mansion in Pretoria after serving one year of his five-year sentence for culpable homicide.
    – Minimum 15-year jail –

    If he is sentenced to more than five years this time around, he will have to serve at least two thirds of the term before he qualifies for parole.

    Analysts estimate that he could be sentenced to between eight and 12 years, but the prosecution is pushing for at least 15.

    “When it is not premeditated and when a person is a first offender, (murder) carries a minimum of 15 years… and we have the responsibility to ensure that the provisions of the law are applied,” said the National Prosecution Authority’s Luvuyo Mfaku.

    Since being convicted of murder, he has been on bail and allowed to leave the house at set times, but not travel further than 20 kilometres (12 miles) without permission.

    The case at the High Court in Pretoria was scheduled to last until Friday, though the sentence could be handed down earlier.

    A lawyer close to the case told AFP on condition of anonymity that it should take three days for both sides to present evidence and “the judge may come back to deliver sentence on Friday.”

    Pistorius has always denied killing Steenkamp in a rage and, during his dramatic seven-month trial in 2014, sobbed in the dock as details of his lover’s death were examined in excruciating detail.

    Pistorius has shunned the media during years of intense coverage since Steenkamp’s killing, but his family have revealed that he has given his first interview, due to air on British broadcaster ITV on Friday.

    The year before he killed Steenkamp, Pistorius became the first double-amputee to race at Olympic level when he appeared at the London 2012 games.

    He has since lost his glittering sports career, lucrative contracts and status as a global role model for the disabled. 

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  • Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni promotes son to 2-star general

    17/May/2016 // 988 Viewers


    Uganda’s long-time president has promoted his son to a two-star general, bolstering speculation that the son’s rise in the army could eventually lead to a political career.

    With the promotion, President Yoweri Museveni’s son, Muhoozi Kainerugaba, becomes a major general and remains the top commander of Uganda’s special forces, an elite unit within the regular army that is mainly in charge of protecting the president and top government officials.

    Military spokesman Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda said Tuesday that Muhoozi is one of five army officers promoted in changes announced late Monday.

    Many Ugandans believe Muhoozi, 42, is being groomed to eventually succeed Museveni, who has ruled this East African country for 30 years. Museveni has denied that his son will succeed him, saying that Uganda is not a monarchy.

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  • Racism: South African farmers in court for shoving black man into coffin (See photo of man in coffin)

    18/Nov/2016 // 240 Viewers


    Middelburg (South Africa) (AFP) - Two white South African farmers briefly appeared in court on Wednesday on assault charges after an online video emerged showing them pushing a black man into a coffin and threatening to burn him alive.

    Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Martins Jackson, both 28, were remanded in custody after their lawyer decided not to apply for bail.

    Magistrate Jongilizwe Dumehleli ordered the pair to return for another hearing on January 25.

    The men face charges of kidnapping and assaulting 27-year-old Victor Mlotshwa over an incident that occurred in August at a farm near the town of Middelburg in the eastern province of Mpumalanga.

    They were arrested on Monday after the video, apparently shot on a mobile phone by one of the two white men involved, went viral last week.

    The 20-second clip shows one of the assailants shoving a black man, clearly in distress, into the wooden coffin and trying to force down the lid.

    "Come, come. We want to throw the petrol on," said one of the men, speaking Afrikaans, according to the News24 website.

    They are also accused of threatening to put a snake in the coffin.

    Mlotshwa told ENCA television he was walking to the town of Middelburg and decided to use a short cut when the two men spotted him.

    "I was in a hurry I had to use some path, a footpath, that was the shortest to go to Middelburg," he said.

    "They accused me of trespassing. Then they beat me up and I had to run away," he said, adding he tried to flee but they caught him.

    "They tied me with cable tie and took me to the nearest farm. They beat me up and forced me into the coffin."

    - 'Drive them to the sea' -

    Political leaders who attended the trial used the event to highlight cases of racially motivated aggression around the country, telling their supporters to act against racism.

    The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) opposition party and the ruling African National Congress held separate rallies outside the court to protest at the alleged assault and racism in South Africa.

    "We will make sure that those who are still racist, especially white people who are still racist, we will drive them to the sea so that they go back to where they come from," ANC's youth league deputy president, Desmond Moela, said during the rally attended by Mlotshwa.

    "They want to torture our people when they are on our land."

    At another rally, the spokesman of the radical EFF Mbuyiseni Ndlozi told party members that it is "impossible" for white South Africans to see blacks as fellow human beings or as equals.

    "This country has a very painful past which still seems to be our present, in which black people continue to be treated like animals," he said.

    "We are still in the same position we were under apartheid."

    - 'Dehumanising and humiliating' -

    Despite its long history of institutionalised racism under the apartheid regime, South Africa does not have legislation that criminalises racism and it remains beset by deep-rooted inequality 22 years after the end of white-minority rule.

    Cases of racism have erupted regularly on social media in recent years.

    A South African estate agent was in June fined for labelling blacks as monkeys littering the beaches in a Facebook post she posted in January.

    In August, a previously whites-only girls school was ordered to suspend allegedly racist hairstyle regulations after black pupils said they had been called monkeys by teachers for wearing banned "afros".

    Victor Mlotshwa -- who was filmed being pushed into a coffin -- listens to evidence at the Middleburg Magistrate Court on November 16, 2016 (AFP Photo/Mujahid Safodien)

    Early this year, the ANC acknowledged the need for a law that criminalises racism, given the country's "painful past".

    The FW de Klerk Foundation said it "unreservedly" condemns the racial incident against Mlotshwa, calling it "dehumanising and humiliating".

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  • Soldier commits suicide

    19/Aug/2016 // 249 Viewers


    Police have confirmed the death of a Sir Seretse Khama Barracks soldier, who was last week found hanging from a tree opposite Mogoditshane Senior Secondary School.

    The 20-year-old Sefhare born Private Mompoloki Phaladi’s body was found by a student who informed a passerby and reported to the police.
    Phaladi, according to the police, hanged himself using a piece of wire and he did not leave any suicide note.

    Assistant Superintendent Mothusi Merementsi of Mogoditshane police this week confirmed the incident but said the body was still at the mortuary awaiting postmortem.

    He said investigations are still underway to establish what could have led to the suicide.

    Merementsi advised people to share their problems and seek professional advice from relevant people as suicide is not a solution.

    In another incident Ikanyeng Makanye of Kgosing Ward in Gabane has been detained for threatening to kill his girlfriend Keitumetse Moleele and attempting to commit suicide.

    It is reported that the 25-year old Makanye accused Moleele for cheating on him.

    The accused allegedly beat up and threatened to kill the 21 year-old Moleele with a screw driver.

    Makanye then tried to hang himself but failed as the police arrived on time and rescued him. - The Voice

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  • Breaking! Military mourns as 11 officers perish in motoring accident [Photo]

    19/Aug/2016 // 744 Viewers


    PARIS, AUGUST 19, 2016: (DGW) It was tears and sorrow as no fewer than eleven military officials were on Friday killed in a motoring accident as a bus transporting them fell down an embankment, the News Agency of Nigeria has reported

    According to a report from Johannesburg a total of  42 South African  military officials were travelling in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park in centrally located Free State province when the motoring accident occurred.

    It said that the officers were on their way to a cultural centre inside the park, when the bus driver failed to apply brakes on a bend.

    It reported that all the fatalities were women, while several people were hospitalised in critical condition. - NAN

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  • Mugabe orders arrest, detention of country's Olympic Team members for failure to win medals

    23/Aug/2016 // 747 Viewers


    Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe has instructed the Commissioner General of Zimbabwe Police Republic, AugustineChihuri to arrest and detain the whole Zimbabwean Olympic Team members immediately the arrive at the Harare International Airport on Tuesday, August 23.

    Zimbabwe which is one of the countries in the Olympics without a medal presented a team of 31 athletes. The closest any of the athletes came to win a contest was at the 8th position.

    Mr. Mugabe who is incensed with the team’s performance told the Police Chief to arrest all the team members and detain them. “We have wasted the country’s money on these rats we call athletes. If you are not ready to sacrifice and win even copper or brass medals (referring the 4th and 5th positions) as our neighbors Botswana did, then why do you go to waste our money” he said.

    If we needed people to just go to Brazil to sing our national anthem and hoist our flag, we would have sent some of the beautiful girls and handsome guys from University of Zimbabwe to represent us.

    He added that, the money invested in the team to represent the country could have been used to provide amenities and build schools. “This situation is like an impotent man who is married to 5 women, what is the essence? I will make sure we share the cost across board for all of them to pay back to government chest even if it take 10 years recoup, now it turns out to be a soft loan we have given them to go and visit Brazil as tourist, they are useless ‘he concluded.

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  • IPID to investigate the death of Nigerian detained by Police in South Africa

    23/Jan/2016 // 355 Viewers


    PARIS, JANUARY 23, 2016: (DGW)  -  South Africa's Independent Police Investigative Directorate has been tasked with investigating the death of one Nigerian who was arrested and detained by the South African police.

    The cause of the death of the Nigerian man has not been made known but rumours on the grapevine say he died as a result of torture while in police custody. 

    Contrary to the above claim, some police officers   told our reporter in Johannesburg that the deceased died from complications of the hard  drugs which he swallowed when he was arrested by the anti-drug crack squad.

    Robbie Raburabu, the spokesperson of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate when met by our reporter for detail declined comments but only told him the young man in question died in police custody.

    However, the death of the young man sparked off a protest by the Nigerian Community members outside the hospital where he eventually turned up his toes alleging that he was suffocated to death by police  while in custody.

    The case has  therefore been handed over to Independent Police Investigative Directorate for Investigation resulting from the ongoing claim and counter-accusation.


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  • Hard times hit Poor South Africans @ Christmas

    25/Dec/2015 // 659 Viewers


    PARIS, DECEMBER 25, 2015: (DGW) Times are bad, indeed very hard in Africa. For many Christians all over the world, Christmas Day is set aside as a special day for celebrations with other  families and friends to commemorate the birth of Jesus.

    It is a special day for the adherents of the Christian faith to come together, enjoy the society and company of loved ones.

    Life could also be very hard for  poor South Africans who live in the most industrialized and developed country on the continent of Africa. One of such South African families, a scavenger named Johannes Manching aged 48, as reported by the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) monitored in Paris  at19:42 hours on Friday who  lives near Kimberly's biggest refuse dump has a touching tale to tell. 

    Mr. Manching reportedly depends on scavenging through rubbish in the refuse dump for food and also  gather recyclable materials that could be sold to buy food as that remains his only option for survival under the existing circumstances.

    Johannes Machings scavenging for food in a dump site

    Johannes Manching, the scavenger who has been unemployed for over 14 years now said he does not have food to eat; he has no job in a country as developed as South Africa which, in fact, is Africa's 2nd largest economy. As one who has resigned himself to luck and  fate said he is used to this life which remains his only hope of survival.

    53 years old Rita Kwes, a mother with children also narrated her case which is better imagined than real. She said in a bid to keep body and soul together she visits the dump site every day to scavenge for empty bottles and other scraps to sell from where she gets money to feed her children.

    This was indeed another heart-rending story narrated by a citizen of the most developed  country in Africa  which is supposedly on a par with other high-income economies around the world.




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  • World leaders in shock as Robert Mugabe causes global fear with this threat

    25/Sep/2016 // 1655 Viewers


    Though the 71st General Assembly of the United Nations just ended successfully, a new controversy that could tear the organisation apart is brewing. 
    CCTV Africa is reporting that the Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has threatened that Africa would pull out of the UN because of the global organisation’s refusal to admit the continent into the permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council despite various efforts.
    Mugabe claims that many attempts by the African Union to become a member of the security council had failed, according to the report which quoted the Sunday Mail.
     “This year we went to UN as an African committee after we agreed to join hands and speak with one voice on the issue of vetoing power…It’s unfortunate that we had not finished and agreed on our position as the African Union, but I hope all will be fine next year.
    “But next year in September if they keep on refusing to accept and give the Africa Union the veto powers we will pull out,” the report quoted him as saying at the Harare International Airport upon his return to the country from the General Assembly which was held in New York, the United States.
    According to the report, the security council currently comprises China, Russia, Britain, France, and the United States while Britain, France and America are said to be frustrating Africa from becoming a member.
    They must not cry foul when countries from these regions pull out and form our own Union…The Union will have countries such as China, India and other Asian countries, and then we have to see that which countries will remain in United Nations,” Mugabe said.
    President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria also returned from the one-week event on Sunday, September 25 with commendation from the government that he represented the country well. 

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