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Monday, 26 October 2009  |  Week #44  |  Day #299  | Days Remaining in 2009: 66

Trial Of The Racist Reitz Four May Be Delayed

image The State might have to ask for a postponement in the crimen injuria trial of four former University of the Free State students, which was expected to start in Bloemfontein on Monday.

"It might be that the State would ask for the postponement to carefully consider the issue in light of representation received from the defence on Wednesday," spokesperson for the national prosecuting authority’s office in Bloemfontein, Medupe Simasiku, said on Sunday.

RC Malherbe, Johnny Roberts, Schalk van der Merwe and Danie Grobler are accused of humiliating five black staff members in an initiation-type ceremony which they filmed. The four women cleaners and a man are seen on their hands and knees eating food which had apparently been urinated into by a white student. (News24)

And in related news… In an apparent about-face after his indication by the rector Jonathan Jansen that the four would be pardoned and allowed to continued their studies, the University will reopen discussions on the Reitz residence video following criticism of its decision to pardon the four students involved, it said on Sunday.

"All stakeholders inside and outside the UFS are invited to meet with the university management to table their concerns and to try to find consensus on a way forward," rector Jonathan Jansen said in a statement. (News24)

Hawks On The Prowl in Jozi – You Have Been Warned!

image Three people are expected to appear in the Wynberg Regional Court on Monday for allegedly fraudulently claiming R77m from the receiver of revenue. In a statement on Sunday, directorate for priority crime investigations (Hawks) spokesperson, Musa Zondi, said the three were allegedly part of a syndicate that fraudulently changed the details of a number of companies at the SA revenue service (Sars) and then received rebates due to these companies.

"In one case a rebate of over R30m due to an international IT company was paid into the account of the syndicate," said Zondi.

He said the trail of the money showed that the money was quickly disbursed to a number of other accounts of companies believed to have been created for the purpose of laundering the money. Zondi said the three were arrested in Johannesburg – a couple in Woodmead and a Pakistani national in central Johannesburg. "The couple had their luxury cars – a BMW X5 and an Audi Q7 – confiscated on suspicions they were proceeds from the crime."

Zondi said the Hawks were expected to make further arrests. "Already a number of addresses were raided in Alexandra, Sandton, Buccleugh and Soweto," he said. – You have been warned! (SAPA)

Pres. Zuma Wants Gun Laws Re-Examined

image President Jacob Zuma has raised concerns about current guns laws, saying there were too many guns in South Africa, SABC News reported on Sunday.

"This country which has such a high level of violent crime, has too many guns in the hands of the citizens," he said at a rally outside Tzaneen in Limpopo. We need to look at the law, whether we should all have guns."

Zuma said even people who had legal firearms could have them stolen by criminals.

"They [criminals] even take them from the police. So having guns so much (sic), we are actually helping arm the criminals," said Zuma.

The President also called on police to "act accordingly" when criminals point guns at them.

"My view, which I’m going to canvass to everybody, is that once a criminal takes out a gun the intention is simple: It is not to warn you. It is to shoot you," he said. "So once a criminal takes out a gun, the police must know that their lives are in danger and they must act according." (News24)

In Brief: More Stories Making The News:

  • In China, a new edict requires all children to salute passing cars. The law, being ridiculed on bulletin boards across the country, is aimed at “increasing pedestrian road safety and awareness in children, and to teach them to show courtesy.” (NY Times)
  • Madonna goes Oprah in Malawi. An official for Madonna’s African charity says the star has arrived in Malawi to visit the girls school she is building in the impoverished country where she adopted two children. (News24)
  • Cook smashes SA batting record. Highveld Lions batsman Stephen Cook set a South African record for the most runs in a first-class innings when he reached 390 on the fourth and final day of the SuperSport Series match against the Warriors in East London on Sunday. (Sport24)
  • Hapless Manchester United allow Liverpool to end their losing streak. Fernando Torres scored on his return from injury as Liverpool beat Manchester United 2-0 on Sunday to halt the club’s worst losing streak in 22 years. David Ngog added a second goal in stoppage time to relieve the pressure on manager Rafa Benitez after four straight losses and close the gap on leader Chelsea to six points. (Sport24)

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