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18
MAY
12am

Zuma and co-accused French arms manufacturer Thales to face charges of corruption next week

Former president Jacob Zuma will be back in the Pietermaritzburg High court next week Wednesday. Zuma's trial was YESTEDAY postponed to give the defence time to bring an application for the recusal of lead state prosecutor - advocate Billy Downer. Zuma and co-accused French arms manufacturer Thales face charges of corruption, fraud, money laundering and racketeering. The charges are linked to the multi-billion rand arms deal in 1999.
18
MAY
12am

US seems no closer to supporting moves on the UN Security Council that will secure a ceasefire in the Middle East

The US seems no closer to supporting moves on the UN Security Council that will secure an immediate ceasefire in the Middle East. Washington has instead continued to pursue the bilateral route, tempering its criticism of Israel while condemning the continued indiscriminate rocket-fire from Gaza. Secretary of State Antony Blinken - speaking during an unrelated trip to Denmark- said the US administration had requested details regarding the Israeli strike on a media building in Gaza, but that he had yet to see evidence of Israeli claims that Hamas was operating in the building.
17
MAY
12am

Freedom Front Plus Pieter Groenewald and Kenneth Meshoe from the ACDP say they will not vaccinate

Two political party leaders in South Africa's Parliament who are over the age of 60 say they will not register to be vaccinated against COVID-19. They will also NOT take the vaccine. The Leaders of the Freedom Front Plus Pieter Groenewald and Kenneth Meshoe from the ACDP have different reasons why they will not be vaccinated. This comes as National Assembly Deputy Speaker Lechesa Tsenoli called on all MPs over the age of 60, - to register to be vaccinated in the second phase of the rollout programme which starts today (Monday).
17
MAY
12am

50-year-old educator at Mbilwi Secondary School, will appear in Court for allegedly raping a learner

A 50-year-old educator at Mbilwi Secondary School, will TODAY appear before the Thohoyandou Magistrates Court for allegedly raping a learner. The Limpopo teacher allegedly violated the 17-year-old school girl three times in 2018. He was arrested on Friday after the Human Rights Commission opened a case against him. The girl approached the commission and disclosed what happened.
17
MAY
12am

Efforts are underway to save the Cango Caves - in Oudtshoorn

Efforts are underway to save the Cango Caves - in Oudtshoorn, in the Western Cape. This national treasure in the Klein Karoo suffered huge financial losses as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Oudtshoorn Municipality is in the process of developing an economic recovery plan to try and save the caves.
14
MAY
12am

Two senior police officers have been arrested in the Vaal in Gauteng on charges of human trafficking

Two senior police officers have been arrested in the Vaal in Gauteng on charges of human trafficking. Hawks spokesperson, Ndivhuwo Mulamu says a police brigadier and captain were arrested YESTERDAY. The two policemen were nabbed after a woman escaped from a brothel and reported the pair to the police. Mulamu says the lawmen allegedly knew the woman was being held against her will at a brothel. They allegedly raped her on several occasions.
14
MAY
12am

Violence in Gaza and Israel shows no sign of abating amid continued rocket fire and air strikes

Violence in Gaza and Israel shows no sign of abating amid continued rocket fire and air strikes. Dozens of people have so far died in the conflict. The Israeli army is believed to have put forward plans for a possible ground offensive in Gaza, which needs to be approved by army chiefs and various levels of government before any operation begins. This has been described as worst violence since 2014, fueled initially by weeks of Israeli-Palestinian tension in East Jerusalem which led to clashes at a holy site revered by both Muslims and Jews.
13
MAY
12am

UN Security Council has again failed to reach agreement in response to the escalating conflict in Mid-East

The United Nations Security Council has again failed to reach agreement in response to the escalating conflict between Israelis and Palestinians that has now left dozens dead and hundreds injured. It was the Council's second emergency session on the same issue in three days. Israel has targeted sites belonging to armed groups and Hamas-controlled security and police buildings in the Gaza strip after a barrage of rocket fire that has sent Israeli civilians rushing for cover in southern parts of the country - as the UN echoed calls for the escalation to stop.
13
MAY
12am

Intelligence services ravaged by corruption, nepotism and lack of accountability

Inspector General of Intelligence, Setlhomamaru Dintwe, has painted a picture of intelligence services ravaged by corruption, nepotism and lack of accountability. Dintwe - whose office is mandated to conduct oversight over civilian state security, crime and defence intelligence, was testifying at the State Capture Commission for a second time on Wednesday.

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