Jacob Zuma did not have an interview with The Guardian newspaper this week, according to the Presidency.]]> |||
Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has not had an interview with British newspaper The Guardian on the Oscar Pistorius trial or any other matter this week, the Presidency said on Tuesday.
“A Guardian reporter created an impression that he may have had an exclusive interview with the president on the Pistorius trial,” said spokesman Mac Maharaj.
He said the journalist reported on a matter raised during the informal networking session as part of the media freedom luncheon on Sunday.
The Guardian reported that Zuma had criticised Oscar Pistorius’s defence team for arguing the athlete should be spared prison because he was disabled and “had money”.
Pistorius’s lawyers called expert witnesses last week to testify that South African jails were ill-equipped to accommodate disabled people because, for example, the showers lacked handrails. - Sapa]]>
Oscar Pistorius has been allocated a cell in the hospital wing of Pretoria’s Kgosi Mampuru prison.]]> |||
Johannesburg - Oscar Pistorius is spending his first night in jail on Tuesday as he starts serving a five-year sentence behind the towering walls of a Pretoria prison after a sensational trial for killing his girlfriend.
The “Blade Runner” is just one of more than 7 000 inmates of the Kgosi Mampuru prison in Pretoria, where he was taken after being sentenced for shooting Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.
Judge Thokozile Masipa ordered Pistorius to serve a maximum five years in prison for culpable homicide after a seven-month trial watched live by millions around the world.
“It would be a sad day for this country if an impression were to be created that there was one law for the poor and disadvantaged and another for the rich and famous,” said Masipa.
Lawyers said, however, that Pistorius will probably not serve the full term for the offence of culpable homicide, equivalent to manslaughter, and perhaps as little as 10 months before being moved to house arrest.
The case was a stunning fall from grace for the 27-year-old who made history by becoming the first double amputee Paralympian to compete against able-bodied athletes at the 2012 London Olympics, inspiring millions.
But during his trial, the prosecution painted a darker picture of the sports star, presenting a dangerously volatile young man with a penchant for guns, beautiful women and fast cars.
Life in prison will be very different, with stringent regulations governing inmates' visiting hours and what possessions they are allowed inside, including food.
Sport clothes are only allowed following approval by authorities, computers are prohibited, and only one photo album can be kept.
Formerly known as Pretoria Central Prison, the facility was notorious for its brutality towards political prisoners held under the apartheid regime which collapsed 20 years ago.
Pistorius, who had wept and vomited at times during his trial, stood stock-still as he was sentenced, veins bulging in his forehead and his jaw muscles clenched.
A senior prison official told the local Eyewitness News that Pistorius had been seen by a psychologist and a chaplain because he was “tired and tense” after he checked into the jail.
Pistorius was allocated a cell in the hospital wing of the prison where eight other disabled inmates are held.
He was also sentenced to three years, suspended for five years, for accidentally firing a pistol under a table at a restaurant in Johannesburg in January 2013.
Pistorius had testified that he shot Steenkamp, 29, four times through a locked bathroom door at his upmarket Pretoria home after he mistakenly believed she was an intruder.
Prosecutors had argued that he murdered her in a fit of rage after an argument. - AFP]]>
The truck driver who allegedly caused a multi-vehicle pile-up on the N12 East near Alberton is due in court today.]]> |||
Johannesburg - The driver of a truck that allegedly caused a multi-vehicle pile-up and killed four people on the N12 East near Alberton is expected apply for bail in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.
Isaac Wade Moruding was arrested on October 15 after his truck ploughed into about 47 vehicles in early morning traffic on October 14, killing four people and injuring 16 others.
Two people were killed on the scene, and two others later died in hospital.
The court heard that he was a repeat offender.
He had been arrested for reckless and negligent driving in 1996. A year later, he was sentenced to 18 months in prison for the crime but his jail term was suspended for four years.
In 1999, he was arrested and convicted of culpable homicide. His conviction invoked the suspended sentence he had received in 1997 and he subsequently spent 18 months behind bars. - Sapa]]>
Two children were killed when concrete pipes rolled over them at a construction site in Braamfischerville, Soweto.]]> |||
Two children were killed when concrete pipes rolled over them at a construction site in Braamfischerville, Soweto, on Tuesday, Johannesburg emergency services said.
The boys, aged between seven and ten, were playing around the construction site when the accident happened, said Robert Mulaudzi.
“They were confirmed dead at the scene,” he said.
Police were investigating. - Sapa]]>
ANC MP Jackson Mthembu is recuperating and is still in a Witbank hospital's intensive care unit, the party said.]]> |||
ANC MP Jackson Mthembu is recuperating and is still in a Witbank hospital's intensive care unit, the party said on Tuesday.
“He is recuperating well although still under observation in the ICU,” ANC national spokesman Zizi Kodwa said.
“He is in good spirits and talking.”
Mthembu was shot and wounded on Sunday evening, while drawing money at an ATM on Mandela Street in Witbank.
Earlier on Tuesday, Brigadier Selvy Mohlala said three people were being questioned over Mthembu's shooting.
“We cannot say they are linked (to the Mthembu robbery). We are questioning them as to whether they are linked,” Mohlala said.
The three were arrested in Tzaneen, Limpopo, on Monday night in possession of suspected stolen property including a laptop, cellphones and bank cards.
On Monday evening Kodwa said Mthembu got into a scuffle with the armed robber and a shot was fired. The bullet grazed his cheek and then hit him in the upper shoulder.
Mohlala said that after the shot went off the armed man and three accomplices went to Mthembu's car. Four of Mthembu's friends were waiting in the car.
They robbed Mthembu and his friends of their money and cellphones.
The African National Congress praised police for their response.
“We once more welcome and thank the police for their swift action in arresting the suspects related to this crime,” Kodwa said. - Sapa]]>
A man has been arrested for allegedly stabbing his wife to death in Swaneville near Krugersdorp, Gauteng police said.]]> |||
A man has been arrested for allegedly stabbing his wife to death in Swaneville near Krugersdorp on Tuesday morning, Gauteng police said.
The 52-year-old was arrested after a neighbour reported the incident to police, said Warrant Officer Solomon Sibiya.
“He (the neighbour) informed the police that the suspect arrived late at night and a few minutes later he heard a heated argument between the couple,” said Sibiya.
The man allegedly drew a knife during the argument and attacked the woman. She sustained stab wounds to her back and neck and was confirmed dead at the scene.
The man would appear in the Kagiso Magistrate's Court soon, Sibiya said. - Sapa]]>
While the Oscar Pistorius trial has been sombre, it was not without awkward moments and unusual appearances.]]> |||
Durban - While the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius has been sombre and heartbreaking, it has not been without its fair share of awkward moments and unusual appearances (from earliest to most recent).
February 20, 2013
Sushi king Kenny Kunene pitched up during the athlete’s bail hearing, pledging his support. His advice to Pistorius was to “keep praying”.
February 27, 2013
Oscar Pistorius’s media team was forced to rubbish claims that Reeva Steenkamp had been pregnant at the time of her death.
Reports of the alleged pregnancy surfaced after the Daily Mail and National Enquirer published stories that the Steenkamp family had lost a daughter and grandchild.
“Oscar’s legal team confirmed that pathologist, Dr Reggie Perumal, denied Reeva was pregnant,” Pistorius’s spokeswoman Lunice Johnston said at the time.
February 28, 2013
Just two weeks after losing their daughter, the Steenkamps were moved by offers from strangers offering to help them financially.
The family’s lawyers, Advocate Dup de Bruyn and Mike Venter, said:”It is much appreciated. However that which still needs to be addressed concerns all issues surrounding the administration of such funds.”
March 5, 2013
Oscar Pistorius’s father Henke came under fire for causing a rift in the family after his interview with The Telegraph.
Henke said that in the article Oscar’s grandfather Hendrik, and his uncles Arnold, Theo and Leo owned a combined total of 55 shotguns and handguns.
“Some of the guns are for hunting and some are for protection, the hand guns. It speaks to the ANC government, look at white crime levels, why protection is so poor in this country, it’s an aspect of our society. You can’t rely on the police.”
April 4, 2013
Pistorius is seen training for the first time since the shooting at the University of Pretoria. The picture was snapped by a KwaZulu-Natal schoolgirl who was at the university for a hockey tournament.
April 13, 2013
The paralympian had been described by his family as reclusive but was seen at the Kitchen Bar restaurant in Johannesburg, where he reportedly flirted with women and knocked back shooters.
June 29, 2013
Pistorius was seen at an Audi dealership buying an R8 with friends and relatives.
August 11, 2013
The Daily Voice captured exclusive footage of Pistorius kayaking with friends at Hermanus’s Old Harbour, six months after the shooting.
The report triggered backlash online with many rushing to his defence.
February 3, 2014
An Irish-based online gambling website offered bets on whether Pistorius would be found guilty of murder.
The service, dubbed Paddy Power, offered odds of 2-5 for a not guilty verdict, and 7-4 for a guilty verdict.
The gambling site received more flack from social media users in March this year when they photoshopped Pistorius’ face on to an Academy Award along with the tagline: “Oscar Time: money back if he walks.”
March 3, 2014
The trial’s first day saw attention being diverted away from the court proceedings to the quality of the country’s interpreters.
The State’s first witness Michelle Burger was forced to correct her interpreter several times after she made several mistranslations.
This resulted in the emotional interpreter leaving court and Burger testifying in English.
March 5, 2014
Charl Johnson, the fourth witness in the trial, said his privacy had been compromised after the defence team had read his cellphone number into evidence.
Johnson, whose wife Burger had been the first witness, told the court that he had been inundated with phone calls, threats and accusations of lying in court.
March 6, 2014
A spoof advertisement, modelled on Nando’s posters, did the rounds on social media networks during the trial’s first week.
The advertisement had a picture of a burger with the words “The Michelle Burger extra grilled”. Burger was the first witness and was subjected to extensive cross-examination.
April 15, 2014
A poem and Valentine’s gift from the slain model shifted the court’s attention back to the trial.
“Roses are red. Violets are blue. I think today is a good day to tell you that I love you.”
These were Steenkamp’s last words to Pistorius in a Valentine’s Day card she had given the athlete the night she died.
October 16, 2014
Oscar's sister Aimee Pistorius was left in tears after self-confessed killer Mikey Schulz allegedly winked at, blew a kiss and mouthed the words “f*** you” to her during the sportsman’s sentencing proceedings. Schulz denied doing it, saying her had been there to support the Steenkamp family.
The sentencing of Oscar Pistorius was the biggest news story in the world on Tuesday, media monitoring group ROi Africa said.]]> |||
The sentencing of paralympian Oscar Pistorius was the biggest news story in the world on Tuesday, media monitoring group ROi Africa said.
“Today, Oscar Pistorius is the largest story in the world, dwarfing Ebola by over 80 percent,” it said in a statement.
Pistorius's trial, across all media, made up 82.3 percent, while Ebola made up 17.7 percent.
The sentiment after sentencing was passed was predominantly negative, ROi Africa said.
Over 60 percent of the media generated negative commentary, while 34 percent was neutral and less than four percent positive.
Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison after being found guilty of culpable homicide for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
For discharging a firearm at Tasha's restaurant in January 2013, he was sentenced to three years in jail, suspended for five years.
The sentences would run concurrently, Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled. - Sapa]]>
Oscar Pistorius has reportedly been processed and placed in his cell in the hospital wing of the Kgosi Mampuru II prison.]]> |||
Paralympian Oscar Pistorius has been processed and placed in his cell in the hospital wing of the Kgosi Mampuru II prison, the facility's area commissioner Zebilon Monama said on Tuesday.
“He is a little bit tired and tense but the chaplain went to talk to him,” he told Sapa.
“He is deurmekaar, as they say in Afrikaans. After he saw the chaplain our psychologist went to see him, just to try talk to him.”
Monama said Pistorius had been placed in a side ward single cell in the hospital wing of the Pretoria prison.
“ (This is) because of his vulnerability... In terms of the Correctional Services Act, it is my responsibility to protect any vulnerable person,” he said.
The hospital wing had 24-hour observation and two nurses on duty. There were also two correctional services officers guarding the area.
Monama said this was not just because of Pistorius but was routine for the hospital wing.
Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison after being found guilty of culpable homicide for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. For discharging a firearm at Tasha's restaurant in January 2013, he was sentenced to three years in jail, suspended for five years.
The sentences would run concurrently, Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled.
Pistorius made his way down to the holding cells below the High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday.
He was transported to the Kgosi Mampuru prison in an SA Police Service Nyala armoured vehicle.
Monama said that when Pistorius arrived at the prison he was taken into the reception where his fingerprints were taken and he was searched.
His details were then entered into a computer system and a prison number was generated for the “blade runner”.
A nurse was there to compile a medical file.
“After completing the medical, the reception person will give him prison clothing and then you take your private clothes and put it in a bag,” Monama said.
Asked what Pistorius could expect for his first dinner in prison, Monama said he did not know but assured that it would be a good meal.
The meals were provided by an outside contractor.
“People here get three meals a day. They're cooking nice food. You'll get nice food... we take care of the people,” he said. - Sapa]]>
After two years of anguish and unanswered questions, a grieving widow finally got closure on her husband’s death.]]> |||
Durban - After two years of anguish and unanswered questions, a grieving widow finally got closure on her husband’s death by facing - and then forgiving - the man responsible, former SABC soccer presenter Kwena Moabelo.
Cathy Webster, 52, embraced Moabelo in the corridor of the Durban Magistrate’s Court on .
Earlier, the court heard how the vehicle which Moabelo had been driving collided with motorcyclist, Marcelle Sookul, 53, near Botanic Gardens on the night of October 21, 2012, killing him.
An emotional Moabelo broke down several times crying for forgiveness, as he pleaded guilty to culpable homicide.
He was spared jail time as Webster told the court during his sentencing that she accepted his apology, forgave him and that she didn’t want to see him sent to prison as he also had a family.
Moabelo was given a three-year suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay the Webster family R30 000 in monthly instalments of R1 000.
In his guilty plea, Moabelo, 39, of North Riding, Johannesburg, testified that he had volunteered to help drive home his drunken colleague after they had completed a work assignment for the SABC. He said that at about 11pm that night they got lost.
He decided to make a U-turn at the entrance of Waynes Avenue. He was in the process of turning and crossing on to the southbound lane when his vehicle collided with a motorcycle that was travelling north.
“I realised that there had been a collision and I was extremely shocked. I alighted the motor vehicle and as I surveyed the damages on the car, I noticed the motorcyclist was lying on the side of the road,” Moabelo said.
“I noted he was not moving and as I was also shaken up, I remained at the side of my car while my colleague called the police for help.
“The ambulance and police arrived and I was later informed that the motorcyclist had succumbed to his injuries.”
Continually weeping on the stand, Moabelo admitted he was negligent and that his unlawful actions had caused Webster’s death.
He said it had been a very painful experience and he begged the family for forgiveness.
“I wish I could take back the time to prevent what happened. I was raised as a good Christian with moral values and I keep asking God why did it happen? Please find it in your hearts to forgive me. I am truly, truly sorry,” he cried.
Moabelo also testified that he had suffered considerable financial losses since the accident as he lost his job as a permanent employee with the SABC, earning up to R80 000 a month.
He said the broadcaster terminated his contract because his “credibility was destroyed”. He had to resort to being a freelance journalist and TV presenter.
Webster fought for more than a year to have the charges reinstated after they were initially dropped a few months after the accident.
She said she initially launched a complaint with state prosecutor Krishen Shah which eventually resulted in the case being reinstated.
Webster testified that the past two years were extremely traumatic on the family because they were in the dark about court proceedings. She said she was shocked when she read a report in the Daily Sun last year of Moabelo being glad that he could move on with his life after the charges against him were withdrawn.
In my view, Judge Masipa did get the sentence roughly right, but for unflattering reasons, writes Eusebius Mckaiser.]]> |||
There can be no doubt that society's moral disapproval of the senseless, avoidable killing of model Reeva Steenkamp cannot be adequately expressed with a five year jail sentence, writes Eusebius Mckaiser.
Oscar Pistorius will probably not spend five years in jail. Unless of course he misbehaves, gets involved in criminal activity behind bars, joins the number gang, and declines opportunities to sing in the choir, attend rehabilitation workshops, plant some veggies in the garden, and maybe start his own athletics club for inmates.
The reason is that Judge Masipa has sentenced him to a maximum of five years, and in practice that means that after the first ten months of restricted movement, he will be eligible for house arrest.
He could, as early as next year's women's month, be reunited with his biggest fan, Uncle Arnold Pistorius, and the rest of the family.
This raises a straightforward question yet one open to many reasonable but incompatible views: Did Judge Masipa punish Oscar Pistorius appropriately for culpable homicide?
In my view, Judge Masipa did get the sentence roughly right, but for unflattering reasons.
There can be no doubt that society's moral disapproval of the senseless, avoidable killing of model Reeva Steenkamp cannot be adequately expressed with a five year jail sentence.
And so it is unsurprising, and justified even, that so many South Africans have already expressed outrage on Twitter, Facebook and on the radio airwaves.
However, the sentence is defensible in the context of the judgment that had been handed down a couple of weeks ago.
We will have to live with the fact that law and morality do not always coincide.
Most of us, myself included, who are not deeply satisfied by Pistorius' five year jail terms are reacting, if we're honest, as if Pistorius is a convicted murderer.
But he is not a murderer, legally speaking. He was found guilty of negligently killing Steenkamp. He wasn't found guilty of murdering her, and definitely not guilty of premeditated murder.
I have written previously about why I thought Judge Masipa was wrong to not convict Pistorious of murder.
I still hold the view that, on the facts before her, it is clear that Pistorious actually foresaw that firing the four bullets into the bathroom door will kill the person he imagined to be lurking there, but that he reconciled himself to that fact without stopping himself: These two sets of facts are sufficient to convict him of murder on the basis of that now infamous piece of Latin, dolus eventualis.
Let's hope the state appeals the verdict so that a higher court has a chance to right Masipa's legal wrong.
However, it's important to separate disagreement with the verdict from analysis of the sentence that was meted out today.
When assessing the adequacy of the sentence, one must assume that the actual verdict handed down - culpable homicide - was the correct verdict.
In which case, while she could have sentenced Pistorius to a few more years behind bars, with no opportunity for possible house arrest, Judge Masipa was spot-on when she reminded us that her sentencing decision is subjective, a matter of her exercising discretion, and that different courts may hand down different sentences, all of them legally acceptable sentences.
Judge Masipa balanced the fact that Pistorius was grossly negligent (the worst serious kind of negligence in law), and that a strong message had to be sent to society that this kind of illegal action is not acceptable, with the countervailing facts that he is a first-time offender, has made some contributions to society and, in her opinion, had shown remorse for his actions.
Given that these were her findings, after listening to the arguments in mitigation and aggravation of sentence, she would have been merciless, frankly, if she imposed the maximum possible sentence for this offence.
On the other hand, if she had imposed a non-custodial sentence, she would have made a mockery of her own finding that Pistorious had been grossly negligent.
His negligence wasn't one big tragedy in which Mother Nature had played a foul trick on him and Steenkamp.
He acted deliberately, as opposed to a case in which, for example, a dad leaves his pistol in the study, where no one ever goes, and tragically on this particular day a toddler got hold of it, a shot goes off and someone is fatally wounded.
Pistorious' case, as the judge herself has now implied, bordered on murder.
So a non-custodial sentence was out of the picture (due to gross negligence) and a maximum sentence was out of the picture too (she deemed him remorseful, an otherwise good citizen of the world and a first-time offender).
The sentence is rational, even if it is not just, even if won't bring back Reeva Steenkamp.
But then again not even a life sentence can adequately compensate for the illegal killing of another person.
But this is all law, I'm afraid, and many legal experts have done a pretty good job today explaining to the public why Judge Masipa's sentence isn't a light one, in legal terms.
But legal analysis are limited, frankly.
The wider social implications of this judgment, and the verdict, are deeply disappointing and worrisome.
In a country in which way too many of us speak violence as our twelfth official language, one cannot overlook the symbolism of the outcome of this case.
This case suggests that life is cheap, and that intimate partner violence - negligent or intentional - will not see you spend many years in jail.
There will also be concerns now about whether or not a precedent had been set that intruders' lives are cheap too.
If you imagine an intruder to be locked behind a door, you can shoot.
Not all of these consequences are legally sound, as any lawyer or law student would instantly recognise.
But that would miss the point.
Ordinary people aren't lawyers.
We are social creatures deeply embedded in the fabric of South African society with racial, class and other identity markers intersecting in complicated ways.
So while Judge Masipa's sentencing decision can be defended in law, the socio-legal impact of the entire case isn't all that rosy.
The law has taken its course, but whether justice has properly been done and seen to be done, remains an open debate.
**McKaiser is a political analyst and author of A Bantu In My Bathroom, a collection of essays on race, class and sexuality
***The views expressed here are not necessarily those ofIndependent Newspapers]]>
Anybody below the age of 40 will need to understand that they are not our priority, says Minister Lindiwe Sisulu.]]> |||
Anyone younger than 40 will not get a free house from the government, Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said on Tuesday.
“Anybody below the age of 40 will need to understand that they are not our priority unless they are special needs or are heads of child-headed households,” Sisulu told reporters in Durban.
“Our intention in giving free houses was to right the wrongs of the past and make sure that we can give our people dignity. And that group of people is not the people below the age of 40,” she said on the sidelines of the 6th Planning Africa Conference.
She said the government had “received a lot of flak” for not providing free housing to young people.
She said that the message to young people needed to be clear - that they would not receive free housing. She said the government had made this clear, but many young people still had expectations of free housing.
“I don't know of a country that gives free houses to young people. Free housing in a few years will be something of the past. You (the young people) have lost nothing (to apartheid).”
She told journalists: “Now if it is not clear, say it in every language. None of you are ever going to get a house free from me while I live.”
She said government free housing projects were not sustainable. They were aimed at helping those who had suffered under apartheid. She said that within the next few years there should be no victims under the age of 60 without housing.
She said many of those who had suffered under the policies of apartheid were likely to be caught in a poverty trap. The free housing offered by the government would help those.
Sisulu said a central database of people who were entitled to free housing and those who had received housing was being created to resolve problems.
While the government would not provide free housing, it would still provide affordable housing to the young or assist them with financing.
She said there were major problems regarding the sales of free housing received from the government.
The department was aiming to liaise with the department of justice to set up special tribunals that would prosecute people who sold free government housing or rented out housing they had received from the government. - Sapa]]>
An ANC ward councillor and SA National Civics Organisation member has been killed in Philippi, Cape Town, say police.]]> |||
An ANC ward councillor and SA National Civics Organisation member has been killed in Philippi, Cape Town police said on Tuesday.
“Last night at about 9.15pm a 53-year-old man who was a member of Sanco, Mr Charles Thembisile Kanku, and a woman were shot at on the driveway of Bongolethu Primary School in Dyamala Street, Philippi,” Lt-Col Andre Traut said.
The man was taken to hospital but succumbed to his injuries on arrival. He was shot in the chest, while the woman was shot in the hip.
They were attacked while inside Kanku's vehicle on the school driveway.
“Cases of murder and attempted murder are being investigated,” said Traut.
He appealed to anyone who might have information to come forward.
The African National Congress in the Western Cape expressed shock at the incident. The party believed Kanku had been assassinated and called for calm.
“The ANC Western Cape is shocked after receiving the news that its Ward 36 branch chairman Charles Kanku was assassinated last night in Philippi,” provincial secretary Songezo Mjongile said in a statement.
“We call for calm and on the community to wait for the police to complete their investigation.” - Sapa]]>
The family of Anni Hindocha blamed Shrien Dewani for her murder because she was killed after two weeks with him, a court heard.]]> |||
Cape Town - The family of slain Swedish beauty Anni Hindocha blamed her newlywed husband Shrien Dewani for her murder because she was killed after two weeks with him, while the family looked after her for 29 years.
This is what defence advocate Francois Van Zyl SC put to Anni's cousin, Sneha Mashru, in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday.
Dewani is accused of orchestrating Anni's murder and requesting hitmen to make it look as if she had been killed in a hijacking.
However, taxi driver Zola Tongo and hitman Mziwamadoda Qwabe told police that Anni was shot dead on Dewani's instructions.
Mashru was a key State witness and, over the last two days, testified that Anni was unhappy in the marriage and wanted a divorce - something which was taboo in the Dewani family.
She said she went to the police after the murder and handed over text messages and emails between herself and Anni because she believed that it was "concrete" proof that all was not well in the relationship.
The couple, she said, pretended to be happy at their three-day wedding in India.
She became suspicious of Dewani, pointing out that he did not behave like a grieving widower, and said she went to the police because she wanted to know if he had anything to do with Anni's murder.
However, the defence suggested that there was nothing suspicious in Dewani's actions.
According to him, divorce was not taboo for the Dewanis.
He said there were a number of broken engagements and divorces in the Dewani family and that they accepted that "these things happen".
Van Zyl also pointed out that Dewani had requested that his suits be tailored after Anni was killed because he had lost weight and wanted to look good at his wife's funeral.
In addition, Dewani denied that he was cold after Anni's death and claims that he often comes across as cold because of "perfectionist traits" in his personality, Van Zyl said.
He pointed out that the Hindochas blamed Dewani for the fact that Anni had been killed two weeks after marrying him.
The trial continues.
A man accused killing of his one-year-old child by setting her alight has appeared in court, say Mpumalanga police.]]> |||
A man accused killing of his one-year-old child by setting her alight appeared in the Mhala Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, Mpumalanga police said.
Jabulani Masinga, 36, faces charges of murder and attempted murder after he allegedly poured petrol over the child and her mother and set them alight last month, Brigadier Selvy Mohlala said.
Masinga allegedly had an argument with the 35-year-old mother of his child, then returned later with a five-litre container of petrol.
He allegedly poured the petrol over the woman, who was carrying the baby on her back, and set both of them alight.
“The woman and the baby were rushed to the hospital for serious burn wounds but unfortunately the child passed away shortly after arrival and the mother is still fighting for her life in the hospital.”
The case was postponed to next Tuesday. - Sapa]]>
Oscar Pistorius should have been given a harsher sentence, the National Freedom Party Youth Movement has said.]]> |||
Paralympian Oscar Pistorius should have been given a harsher sentence, the National Freedom Party Youth Movement (NFPYM) said on Tuesday.
“We all know that Pistorius shed crocodile tears each time he had a chance to do so, when he knew exactly that he murdered an innocent woman who had a bright future ahead of her because of his insecurities,” secretary general Maria Busi Tshabalala said in a statement.
“As far as we are concerned, Oscar deserved life imprisonment.”
Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison after being found guilty of culpable homicide. For discharging a firearm at Tasha's restaurant in January 2013, he was sentenced to three years in jail, suspended for five years.
The sentences would run concurrently, Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled.
The IFP Women's Brigade welcomed the sentence but said he should not get parole.
“He should serve the sentence associated with such a crime before he can be released,” chairwoman Thembeni kaMadlopha-Mthethwa said in a statement.
“Those guilty of killing must be subjected to serve their full sentence without parole.”
She said the Inkatha Freedom Party Women's Brigade wanted Pistorius to be treated like any other criminal.
Gun Free SA said it was surprised at the suspended sentence for the firearm offence.
“It is one of the most serious offences in terms of the Firearms Control act,” it said.
“The act says you can get up to 15 years... and that signals that the law sees this as a serious offence.”
The organisation said it was irrelevant whether someone was hurt or not.
“The point is the discharge of a firearm puts people's lives at risk...
“We are not sure if the suspended sentence sends a strong enough message to gun owners that that behaviour is unacceptable.”
Gun Free SA welcomed the decision by the court to declare Pistorius unfit to own firearms and that all his existing certificates and guns be handed in.
Following the sentencing, the paralympian's uncle Arnold said Pistorius would embrace the five-year prison sentence.
“We accept the judgment. Oscar will embrace the sentence,” Arnold Pistorius told the media.
The African National Congress Women's League said the sentence signalled a sad day for women in the country.
“We are saddened by the judgment... we have never been happy with the conviction of culpable homicide, instead of murder,” spokeswoman Jacqui Mofokeng said outside court.
“We call for the national prosecutions to appeal this sentence... and do it for our society.”
The head of the National Prosecuting Authority, Mxolisi Nxasana, told Parliament's portfolio committee on justice on Tuesday he would discuss the five-year prison sentence handed down, and a possible appeal, with prosecutors. - Sapa]]>
Somalis in KwaZulu-Natal are living in fear after a spate of attacks on their community.]]> |||
Inanda, Durban -
Somalis in KwaZulu-Natal are living in fear after a spate of violent attacks on their community, including the alleged killings of five countrymen over the past three months.
They urge government to afford them the same protection as citizens.
In the latest attack, a man was shot dead in Inanda on Monday and another is fighting for his life in hospital.
Police spokesman, Major Thulani Zwane, confirmed that two men were shot when four unknown men robbed them at gunpoint in their shop of cash, cigarettes and other items.
“A 32-year-old male died at the scene and the other one was taken to hospital in a critical condition. Inanda police are investigating a case of murder and attempted murder. No arrest has been made at this stage,” Zwane said.
Ahmed Sheik, 24, said on Monday he survived the shooting because he was asleep in another part of the building when the gunmen arrived at their tuck shop just after it opened in the morning.
The other two - the deceased, Farah Dahir Badul, 32, and Abdirahman Mohamed Farah, 28, who was critically wounded - were attending to customers in the shop.
He said three robbers carrying guns entered the shop while the other waited outside.
“They just started shooting each of them without saying a word,” Sheik said.
“They shot the deceased through his chin when he was looking through the counter window, asking if he can help them. The guy in hospital was shot in the right side of his chest. They took whatever they wanted and fled.”
Sheik said that when he heard gunshots, he ran for his life through the back door.
Another Somali national, Ismael Abid Aadan, said on Monday there had been several gun attacks on his countrymen over the past three months. Eight Somalis had been shot and five had been killed in that time, he said.
Aadan said Somali-owned tuck shops in KwaMashu, Ntuzuma, uMlazi, Chatsworth, KwaDukuza (Stanger) and Pinetown had been attacked.
“We are just not getting protection from government. When we call for help from emergency (providers), we never receive immediate help. As Somalis we don’t commit robberies in this country. We try to get tuck shops in order to survive,”Aadan said.
He said Monday’s incident followed one on Sunday in Pinetown, where Mohamed Abdi Noor, 27, was shot dead by “robbers”.
“There is another victim (Jamaa Shire, 26) who was attacked at his tuck shop in Stanger. He was shot 14 times two weeks back and is still fighting for his life in hospital,” Aadan said.
However, Zwane said: “We have checked the Pinetown and Tongaat Crime Administration System; there are no records of related incidents reported.”
A spokesman for the Somali community in Durban, Abdul Aziz, said the attackers should be caught and prosecuted.
“South African authorities must bring justice. We want to see equality. One of the guys was stabbed at the same tuck shop in Inanda and he is scared to go back to work there. Justice is denied and delayed and all we want is to bring these criminals to book,” he said.
When asked by the Daily News if he thought Somalis were victims of xenophobic attacks, Aziz said: “This was not a racial attack. It is just criminals and our main point is to get protection from government. We don’t want this to stir racial tensions, but protection.”
Yussuf Sheik, another Somali, said the only help they had been receiving was from Muslim communities.
“It’s hard to bury someone today, tomorrow and the next day. We bring this to the media so the public and government know our situation,” he said.
“Who knows what is going to happen next or killed, because we also do not know.”
Sheik said there had been attacks on Somalis in Gauteng, the Western Cape and Eastern Cape, but not in KZN - until recently.
Shrien Dewani’s lawyer told a police sergeant that his evidence about alleged strange behaviour on Dewani's part was an attempt to create suspicion.]]> |||
Cape Town - The advocate representing honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani, put it to a police sergeant that his evidence that Dewani acted suspiciously when questioned was aimed at creating suspicion and atmosphere.
Defence advocate Francois van Zyl SC put this to sergeant Cornelius Mellet, who testified in the Western Cape High Court earlier on Tuesday that he questioned Dewani about what had happened to him, while they were driving from the Harare Police Station in Khayelitsha to the Cape Grace Hotel in the city.
It was Mellet's testimony that Dewani did not behave like a husband who was concerned about the fact that hijackers had driven off with his wife.
Dewani stands accused of orchestrating the murder of his wife, Anni Hindocha, while they were on honeymoon in Cape Town on November 13, 2010.
The accused claims that he and Anni were hijacked, that the robbers let him go and that they drove off with Anni, who was later shot dead.
When Mellet questioned him, it had not yet been established that Anni had been shot dead.
Mellet on Tuesday pointed out that Dewani was neatly dressed and clean - unlike someone who had been hijacked.
During the drive to the Cape Grace, Dewani came across as tense and nervous, and he was sweating, he said.
He also claimed that Dewani was eager to get to the hotel and that he did not know why.
During cross examination however, Van Zyl put it to him that Dewani was in a hurry to get back to the hotel so that he could make a call to London to ask his family to assist him to have his cellphone, which had been taken during the hijacking, traced.
He also needed his family to help him find details of the taxi driver they had used that evening.
Dewani could not make an international call from the police station, the court heard.
Van Zyl put it to Mellet that his evidence about alleged strange behaviour on Dewani's part was an attempt by him to create suspicion and to create atmosphere.
The trial continues on Wednesday when ballistics evidence is to be presented.
The head of the NPA said would discuss the five-year prison sentence handed down to Oscar Pistorius with prosecutors.]]> |||
The head of the National Prosecuting Authority said on Tuesday he would discuss the five-year prison sentence handed down to Oscar Pistorius, and a possible appeal, with prosecutors.
“We will consult with the prosecution team and then take the matter forward,” national director of public prosecutions Mxolisi Nxasana told Parliament's portfolio committee on justice.
Deputy director Silas Ramaite added that senior prosecuting staff were “agitated” about the outcome of the case.
“We will meet with the prosecution team, do a post mortem of the various sentences,” he said.
“Senior people in the NPA are actually quite agitated, wrongly so I would say.”
They were responding to a question from African Christian Democratic Party MP Steve Swart. - Sapa]]>
A student linked to four murders, a rape and an assault in and around the University of Venda appeared in court, says Limpopo police.]]> |||
A university student linked to four murders, a rape and an assault in and around the University of Venda appeared in the Thohoyandou Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, Limpopo police said.
Godfrey Ntsieni, 24, allegedly killed two women and two children, aged eight and nine, in separate incidents.
The matter was postponed to December 10 for outstanding evidence to be finalised, said Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.
Ntsieni was charged on 16 counts - four of murder, one of attempted murder, five of rape, three of aggravated robbery and three charges of kidnapping.
He was arrested in July at a student accommodation house in Thohoyandou Unit C, said provincial commissioner Lt-Gen Fannie Masemola at the time.
University cleaner Brenda Ndove, 45, was stabbed to death on Friday July 18 and her personal items stolen. Her body was found near the university's administration block.
A student, Shudufhadzo Sandy Thagisa, 20, was hospitalised after she was assaulted and robbed in May. She has since been discharged from hospital.
Ntsieni was found in possession of Thagisa's student identification card and cellphone.
“Also found in his possession was a cellphone belonging to the late Brenda Ndove and a hairpin belonging to another murdered woman, Livhuwani Mbodi,” Masemola said.
Mbodi, 22, was found dead on the university's premises in March.
“Like the discovery which was made when the body of Ndove was recovered, Mbodi's head also had a deep wound at the back, with other wounds on her back, seemingly caused by the act of pulling her from the original scene of crime to the dumping place,” Masemola said.
Investigations revealed Mbodi was raped before she was murdered.
The bodies of two girls, aged eight and nine, were found next to a cemetery in Golgotha, near the university.
They were believed to have been kidnapped from their schools.
Nine-year-old Tshililo Ndou's body was found in a yard at Golgotha village, in walking distance of the university's premises, in April.
“Investigations also revealed that the little girl endured a rape ordeal before being strangled,” he said.
Eight-year-old Zwivhuya Alice Mashau's body was found a stone's throw from the university between two piles of sand in June, Masemola said.
She was also strangled after being raped. - Sapa]]>