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The former chief of France’s air accident investigation unit said the airbus A320’s disappearance suggested a ‘brutal event’.

What we know so far:

  • Egyptair flight MS804 with 66 people on board including one Brit crashed according Egyptian aviation officials
  • But Egyptair say reason for disappearance hasn’t been yet confirmed
  • Jean-Paul Troadec, the former chief of France’s air accident investigation unit, the BEA, said the disappearance suggested a “brutal event” and was “almost certainly” caused by “an attack
  • The plane took off from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport at 11.09pm and went missing at 2.45am on route to Cairo International
  • The Greek Merchant Navy has reported seeing a “flame in the sky” in the south Mediterranean
  • The airline has also provided free contact numbers for families concerned for relatives. From outside of Egypt, anyone concerned should call+ 202 25989320


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This weekend Antwerp, Belgium, hosted the third annual Muslim Expo, a festival celebrating Muslim culture.

Unfortunately, not everybody in Belgium is interested in celebrating Islam. Belgium has become a hot spot for jihadist radicalization, and the March ISIS terror attacks in Brussels are still a sore spot for many who don’t understand that most Muslims oppose ISIS just as much as anyone.

About 40 members of Vlaams Belang, a far-right Belgian political party, showed up to protest the event. They held signs that said things like “No headscarves,” “No mosques,” and “Stop Islam.”

But Zakia Belkhiri, a young Muslim woman, wasn’t having any of it. She decided to take some cheerfully defiant selfies in front of the protesters — and was captured doing so by photographer Jurgen Augusteyns. His photos of Belkhiri’s selfies went viral after being published by Vice.

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Of the more than 7 500 service requests dealt with by City Health over a nine-month period, 67% were for pest control and unhygienic conditions.

The City of Cape Town’s Health Directorate logged 7 616 service requests and complaints in the first nine months of the current financial year (July 2015 – March 2016). Of these, 99,2% were resolved. However, the bulk of the complaints revolved around vector control (limiting or eradicating animals that transmit disease pathogens) and unhygienic conditions like illegal dumping and waste spillages, as outlined below:

Category Total
Vector control 2 648
Unhygienic conditions 2 428
Noise pollution 417
Clinic services 381
Overgrown erven 374
Air pollution 299
Water 206
Food 79
Smoking 76

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Prime Evil is not somebody most people want to meet. PALESA MORUDU had personal reasons for wishing to keep her distance from Eugene de Kock, even if there were questions she would ask him if she were to meet him. And then, he sat down right next to her.

This year’s Franschhoek Literary Festival was a surreal event. That is to say, more surreal than usual. Many of South Africa’s bookish types meet annually in this beautiful, moneyed valley to talk to one another about writing, politics and life. In the process a lot of wine is consumed, perhaps because the subject matter, South Africa, is a messy topic.

Sometime last year, I listened to Redi Tlhabi’s radio show when the host interviewed Anemari Jansen, author of Eugene De Kock Assassin for the State. At the time, I was reading Stanley Manong’s If We Must Die. Manong, a former uMkhonto We Sizwe (MK) commander, has published his memoirs, which detail his experiences in ANC camps in Angola. De Kock, who was perhaps the most “effective” murderer in the employ of the apartheid state, makes an appearance in Manong’s book. His unit intercepted several of Manong’s operations inside the country. After reading Manong’s book, one is left with the sense that De Kock may have played a role in the brutal killing of Manong’s mother while the latter was in exile.

De Kock was tried for his unspeakable crimes. He later provided information to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that helped to shed light on some of the operations in which he was involved – however selective his memory may have proved. For a number of years preceding his release from prison, De Kock gave information to the Missing Persons Task Team of the National Prosecuting Authority that proved invaluable in bringing up the bodies.

De Kock served his time and he is now a free man. Jansen has written a book about him. Manong has written his own book. So it made perfect sense to me that last Friday, Manong and Jansen were on the same panel at Franschhoek, with Tlhabi facilitating the discussion.

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City traffic officers arrested 108 suspects this weekend – 77 of whom were apprehended for drunk driving – while 2 887 fines were issued for various offences. Read more below:

City of Cape Town traffic officers were out in full force over the weekend to clamp down on drunk drivers. During various city-wide operations with the Roadblock Unit, 77 motorists were arrested for drunk driving. The arrests were made in Athlone, Gordon’s Bay and Brackenfell.

A taxi driver in Wynberg felt the brunt of the operations when he was arrested during an integrated taxi operation on Friday 13 May 2016 after being found to be well over the legal alcohol limit.

Traffic officers continued with their duties despite having an official vehicle’s tyres slashed, impounding five taxis and issuing 347 fines for various offences. Continue reading

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The presidency on Sunday condemned the “actions of information peddlers who keep spreading rumours about alleged changes in the Cabinet of President Jacob Zuma”.

“Ministers serve at the pleasure of the president. He has the prerogative to hire and fire ministers at any time,” Zuma’s spokesman Bongani Ngqulunga said in a statement. “Despite that, the presidency issued a statement recently communicating that there were no plans to change the Minister of Finance [Pravin Gordhan]. Information peddlers have also been spreading false rumours about changes in the department of trade and industry [dti]. A statement was also issued recently rebutting the dti rumours, he said.

Zuma and government were focused on the goal of uniting business, labour, government, and the whole country behind the mission of strengthening the economy and reigniting growth during the current difficult economic climate. A lot of progress was being made in this regard and work would continue to fight the slow growth so that jobs could be saved and created, Ngqulunga said.


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Cape Town – Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan could soon be arrested after the Hawks reportedly handed a docket over to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) for his involvement in the SA Revenue Service’s “rogue unit”.

The Sunday Times reported that the top police investigating unit wanted Gordhan and eight others to be prosecuted for espionage for the unit allegedly spying on taxpayers during his time as Sars commissioner.

Sources at both the Hawks and NPA claim authorities are waiting for “political go-ahead” before going through with the arrest. However, the NPA officially denied the claims.

In April, Gordhan said Sars had a legal mandate to perform enforcement and criminal investigations, Fin24 reported.

The finance minister said according to information provided to him by Sars there are 1 599 enforcement auditors who conduct enforcement investigations, and 381 criminal investigators.

Gordhan told the Hawks in March that the unit was an essential part of Sars’ enforcement strategy “as it is with most tax and customs administrations globally”.

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At 14:15 Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical Services responded to a shooting incident in Oasis Street, Athlone. A 72 year old woman suffered multiple gunshot wounds to her arm and head. She was rushed to Grootte Schuur Hospital in a critical condition. Police are investigating the incident, but details surrounding the incident remain unknown.

· Tickets start from low as R75 in PE to watch Springboks at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

· Cheapest tickets in Cape Town and Johannesburg only R100

· Boks tackle Ireland in South Africa for the first time since 2004

From only R75 in Port Elizabeth and R100 in Cape Town and Johannesburg respectively, Springbok fans will be able to book their seat to watch the men in Green and Gold in action against Ireland next month. Tickets for the Castle Lager Incoming Series Test Series in June have already opened in Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth, while sales in Cape Town is due to open at midday on Thursday, 12 May. Continue reading

Springbok fans will be able to get their hands on a brand new supporters’ jersey, made by ASICS, in time for the kick-off of a new era under coach Allister Coetzee when the Boks face Ireland in the Castle Lager Incoming Series next month.

The supporters’ jerseys are proudly made in South Africa for South Africans, by South Africans, and feature enhanced durability and quality through updated textured fabrication.

The new supporters’ jersey was jointly launched by SA Rugby and ASICS, official apparel partner of the Springboks, on Thursday.

The launch of the supporters’ replica jersey coincides with ASICS’ “Want It More” worldwide marketing campaign, which was launched earlier in 2016, and the Castle Lager Incoming Series of three Tests against Ireland in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth next month. Continue reading

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