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Girl, 8, missing after falling into canal

The search for an eight-year-old girl who fell into a canal, as well as for the man who tried to rescue her, in Belgravia Estate in Cape Town on Thursday, has been called off due to poor weather conditions. According to the Western Cape police spokesperson, Captain FC Van Wyk, …

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South African queen dies of coronavirus

A royal family in South Africa has confirmed the death of Queen Noloyiso Sandile from Covid-19. A sister to the current Zulu monarch, King Goodwill Zwelithini, she served as regent of the amaRharhabe royal family. Queen Noloyiso was married to the amaRharhabe monarch, Maxhoba Sandile, for over two decades until …

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Liberia’s ex-president to head WHO coronavirus panel

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberia’s former president, and Helen Clark, New Zealand’s former prime minister, are to head a panel to review the global response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Mrs Sirleaf led Liberia during the Ebola epidemic that began in 2014, killing more …

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Teenager electrocuted while train surfing

A teenage boy has sustained critical injuries after he was electrocuted while train surfing in KwaMashu, outside Durban, on Tuesday. According to KwaZulu-Natal Emergency Services (EMS), they received a call that a male had fallen off a train around 15:00. KZN EMS spokesperson Robert McKenzie said that, when they arrived …

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Burkina Faso: 180 bodies found in ‘killing field’

At least 180 bodies have been found in mass graves in northern Burkina Faso where soldiers are fighting jihadists, a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report says. “Available evidence suggests government forces were involved in mass extrajudicial executions,” HRW says. Over seven months, the bodies had been dumped near the town …

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Priest shot dead at mission house

A 41-year-old priest died after he was shot in the head at a mission house next to an Anglican church in Hambanathi near Tongaat this week, police have confirmed. A case of murder was opened at Tongaat police station for investigation, police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbhele said. “It is alleged that …

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Western Cape municipal mayor dies from Covid-19

Langeberg mayor Henry Jansen has died due to Covid-19, the municipality in the Western Cape confirmed on Wednesday. Jansen died on Tuesday afternoon after being hospitalised at the Mediclinic Worcester for more than a week, said municipal manager Soyisile Mokweni. He was 64. “Alderman Jansen has provided the municipality with …

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Pregnant woman shot, man wounded on his birthday

A drive-by shooting in Hanover Park has reportedly left a pregnant woman seriously injured and a man hospitalised on his birthday. Western Cape police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk confirmed to News24 that detectives had visited the two in hospital following the shooting on Sunday morning. He said the man …

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