Patrick Karegeya, a former Rwandan spy Chief and top aide to President Paul Kagame, was strangled on New Year's Eve in 2013 after being invited to a glitzy five-star hotel in Johannesburg. His family and opposition colleagues have always blamed the murder on Rwandan intelligence acting on orders from Kagame – a claim he has vehemently denied. Up until now, prosecutors in South Africa have treated Karegeya's murder with caution, not least because of the possible diplomatic fallout it threatens with Rwanda. One police officer in charge of the investigation told the court on Thursday that the killers were "well-known." "Our investigations reveal that the identified suspects immediately fled South Africa after committing the crime," lieutenant-colonel Kwena Motlhamme told AFP. Direct links to Kigali The suspects are still in Rwanda today, which makes it “very difficult” to trace them, he said. According to police investigators, their "direct links" to the … [Read more...] about Justice for former Rwandan spy chief murdered in South Africa?
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South Africa will investigate claims that millions of dollars that Muammar Gaddafi had allegedly secretly moved there had been handed over to Eswatini. South Africa's Foreign Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, did not believe these claims to be true but agreed to probe them if Libya requested it. "This is very much like a ghost story. If you believe in a ghost, you will see a ghost, but you will never be able to touch it. This is a story that has been circulating for many, many years," Sisulu said at a press conference of the governing African National Congress on Sunday, reports South African news website news24.com. Libyan authorities had asked South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to recover Gaddafi's millions, local newspaper Sunday Times reported over the weekend. The stash, which is estimated as being worth $23 million in cash, was allegedly handed before Gaddafi's death to then-South African … [Read more...] about South Africa to Probe ‘Ghost Story’ of Gaddafi’s Millions Moved to Eswatini
At least 126 people were killed in Mozambique, Malawi and South Africa after heavy rains affected nearly 850,000 people across southeast Africa, officials and the U.N. said, prompting calls for emergency aid. At least 66 people have been killed in Mozambique, 56 in Malawi and four in South Africa following torrential rains that have triggered flash floods. Mozambique cabinet spokeswoman Ana Comoana said the "government has decreed a red alert due to the continuing rains and the approach of the tropical cyclone Idai, expected to reach the country between Thursday to Friday." She spoke to reporters late Tuesday after a cabinet meeting in Maputo to discuss the emergency. The floods in Mozambique, one of Africa's poorest countries, have already destroyed 5,756 homes, affecting 15,467 households and 141,325 people. In neighboring Malawi, floods have left over 230,000 people without shelter and affected around 739,000 people, according to the U.N. Chipiliro Khamula, spokesman for Malawi's … [Read more...] about Floods, tropical storm kill 126 in South Africa, Mozambique and Malawi
Congolese born Mitspa Onyoka, 24, tried desperately through his court interpreter to be granted bail to avoid the notorious South African jail. But his application at Cape Town Magistrates Court was turned down after prosecutor Leon Snyman revealed Onyoka was an illegal immigrant. The court was told that the cleaner was also facing “extremely serious” charges of murder and aggravated robbery following the death of Mr Curran, 60. And with no fixed address the prosecutor strongly opposed bail for Onyoka for fear he could abscond. The popular Dublin born father-of-four was found with multiple stab wounds to the head, face and body in a large pool of blood at his Cape Town flat. Onyoka was arrested after a swoop at his place of work on November 23 after CCTV photographs were released by murder squad detectives. Prosecutor Mr Snyman said: “The prosecuting officer has indicated that the accused is not welcome at the address he was living at when arrested. “There are … [Read more...] about Accused killer of aid worker John Curran remanded to one of South Africa’s most-feared prisons
0 Have your say RUGBY Football Union director of professional rugby Nigel Melville says the Quilter Autumn Internationals are set to be an “intriguing four weeks” and remains adamant England and under-pressure head coach Eddie Jones will be better for their worrying spell in the doldrums. The Red Rose are back in action today for the first time since winning the last Test of their South Africa tour in June, a much-needed victory that ended an alarming run of six successive defeats.It is the in-form Springboks who are the opponents again this afternoon as an inexperienced England – shorn of numerous injured players – start their crucial autumn calendar on the next step towards the 2019 World Cup.With world champions New Zealand arriving at HQ in a week, and then Japan and Australia on subsequent Saturdays, it will be fascinating to see if the hosts can rediscover the stellar form first engendered by Australian Jones when he took over in … [Read more...] about England v South Africa – Opportunity knocks for Red Rose to measure up against world’s best