Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Ghada Waly has highlighted the threats of transnational organized crime, terrorism and corruption that is plaguing Somalia. On a mission to the Horn of Africa nation, Executive Director Waly underscored that “Somalia faces daunting challenges [...]
©- - 05 march 2024 - 06:28:44 - thread Society (764 words)


Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - All parties to the Gaza conflict have been responsible for “clear violations of international humanitarian law including possible war crimes”, according to the UN’s top human rights official, Volker Türk. In his Office's latest report on the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) scheduled to be [...]
©- - 28 february 2024 - 15:16:50 - thread Society (330 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – An American couple is suing Google after they were attacked last year in a Cape Town township while following directions on Google Maps. Jason and Catharine Zoladz were attempting to drive to Cape Town International Airport, when they were ambushed at a dangerous intersection near [...]
©- - 08 february 2024 - 09:45:12 - thread Society (156 words)


Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US Department of State is designating Sudan’s former Minister of State for the Interior under the Omar al Bashir regime, Ahmad Mohammad Harun, under the War Crimes Rewards Programme with an offer of $5 million for information for his arrest.   Harun is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war [...]
©- - 30 january 2024 - 06:38:31 - thread Society (406 words)


New York, US (PANA) - The international community’s failure to execute warrants issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) and subsequent lack of accountability are fuelling the violence stemming from the war between rival militaries in Sudan, ICC Prosecutor told the UN Security Council on Monday. Prosecutor Karim Khan emphasised the [...]
©- - 30 january 2024 - 06:23:48 - thread Society (626 words)


Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Experts appointed by the UN Human Rights Council have begun their work to investigate grave allegations of crimes in Sudan, where nine months of fighting between rival military forces have left thousands dead and millions displaced. The Chair of the UN Fact-Finding Mission on Sudan, Mohamed Chande Othman, said [...]
©- - 19 january 2024 - 05:28:17 - thread Society (175 words)


Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The trial of former Gambian Interior Minister Ousman Sonko will open 8 January in Switzerland for serious crimes committed in The Gambia. This represents a significant advance for justice for the victims of grave abuses, Gambian and international groups that are part of the Jammeh2Justice campaign said [...]
©- - 05 january 2024 - 11:14:49 - thread Society (508 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former Paralympian hero Oscar Pistorius was released on parole from Pretoria's Atteridgeville Correctional Centre on Friday after serving eight years in prison for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. "The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) is able to confirm that Oscar Pistorius is a [...]
©- - 05 january 2024 - 07:44:03 - thread Society (280 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius will be released from an Eastern Cape prison on Friday, 11 years after killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The double-amputee was granted parole on 24 November, and the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) said he will complete the remainder of [...]
©- - 04 january 2024 - 09:38:48 - thread Society (227 words)


New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General called for stronger action to fight the growing challenge of transnational organized crime in an address to the Security Council on Thursday.  António Guterres urged countries to strengthen cooperation, the rule of law and prevention efforts against this “vicious threat to peace, security, [...]
©- - 07 december 2023 - 19:24:30 - thread Society (858 words)


Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - The impact of crime on South Africa’s economic prospects is high and broad-based, according to a World Bank report released Wednesday. The research is intended to support the government in the design and implementation of policies to combat and mitigate the costs of crime on the [...]
©- - 22 november 2023 - 12:38:14 - thread Society (571 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A Soweto man who stole Nelson Mandela's Sugar Ray Leonard boxing belt has been jailed for 10 years. Mandela was a keen amateur boxer and the former world champion gave him the prized belt in the 1990s. Zofrey Botha admitted that he removed the Boxing Council [...]
©- - 26 october 2023 - 09:02:06 - thread Society (230 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Three people, a South African and UK tourists and a Ugandan tour guide, were killed when when assailants attacked their vehicle near a national park in south-west Uganda on Monday. The names of the deceased have not been released. Bashir Hangi, spokesperson for the Uganda Wildlife Authority [...]
©- - 18 october 2023 - 07:42:24 - thread Society (149 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Police have confirmed that a prominent Palestinian businessman was shot and killed in Cape Town on Wednesday. Shafiq Nasser, who owns several businesses, was ambushed by gunmen on a motorcycle at a busy intersection. The 38-year-old was declared dead at the scene. Police confirmed that [...]
©- - 05 october 2023 - 15:15:47 - thread Society (108 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African authorities are seeking the extradition of a murder suspect, Lehlohonolo Maketoane, who fled to Lesotho on Friday. The body of the suspect's wife, Magistrate Mamello Thamae, was discovered in his car boot after the pair were reported missing from their home in Heilbron [...]
©- - 25 september 2023 - 11:30:19 - thread Society (210 words)


New York, US (PANA) - The international community must act now to protect future generations from the scourge of conflict-related sexual violence, the UN’s advocate on the issue, Pramila Patten, told the Security Council on Friday.  “Every new wave of warfare brings with it a rising tide of human tragedy, including new [...]
©- - 15 july 2023 - 08:08:01 - thread Society (570 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The man accused of causing millions of dollars of damage by setting fire to South Africa’s Parliament on Thursday confessed to the crime. Zandile Mafe told the Western Cape High Court that he did start the January 2022 blaze that gutted parts of the National [...]
©- - 13 july 2023 - 09:59:01 - thread Society (251 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Tensions are running high in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga provinces after several trucks were torched over the weekend. There were no injuries reported, but millions of dollars in damages have been caused. The protests coincided with the second anniversary of the arrest of former President [...]
©- - 10 july 2023 - 10:07:06 - thread Society (264 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Rwandan genocide-accused Fulgence Kayishema will apply for asylum in South Africa, his lawyer told the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Tuesday. Juan Smuts said Kayishema will apply for asylum on political grounds in an application that will likely take at least two years, holding up [...]
©- - 21 june 2023 - 09:45:27 - thread Society (277 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Fulgence Kayishema, one of the world’s most wanted genocide fugitives, has been arrested in Paarl, near Cape Town. The United Nations on Thursday confirmed that Kayishema was captured on Wednesday in a joint operation between South African authorities and a UN team tasked with tracking [...]
©- - 25 may 2023 - 12:39:11 - thread Society (262 words)


Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Swiss prosecutors have charged a former interior minister of The Gambia with crimes against humanity for his alleged role in years of repression by the West African country’s security forces against opponents of its long-time dictator. Ousman Sonko was Gambia’s interior minister from 2006 to 2016 under [...]
©- - 18 april 2023 - 16:30:17 - thread Society (488 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Thousands of worshippers on Saturday night gathered at Pelican Park, Cape Town, to call for the release of kidnapped South African Gerco van Deventer. The paramedic was abducted in Libya in November 2017 and later sold to an ISIS group in Mali. His kidnappers have demanded [...]
©- - 16 april 2023 - 13:56:04 - thread Society (134 words)


Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Africa’s fishing and cocoa industries are good examples of how multinational logistics systems present opportunities for exploitation by insiders, criminal networks and corrupt government officials, according to an international research report published on Tuesday. “The fishing and cocoa industries show how criminal networks and corrupt [...]
©- - 28 february 2023 - 12:29:53 - thread Society (1016 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - A major manhunt is underway following the killing of leading South African rapper Kiernan “AKA” Forbes in Durban on Friday night. KwaZulu-Natal police confirmed the shooting outside a popular restaurant which also claimed the life of an unidentified man. AKA had been performing at YuGo, a [...]
©- - 11 february 2023 - 12:26:35 - thread Society (265 words)


Bamako, Mali (PANA) -Aldjouma Touré, killer of eleven people, including one in Bamako and ten others in the town of Fana, 120 km from Bamako, arrested since August 2021 by the Malian police, has finally confessed to his crimes, PANA learned from a reliable source. Touré, a young man in his [...]
©- - 30 january 2023 - 16:24:54 - thread Society (268 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African legal analysts have condemned the murder of prominent eSwatini human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko on Saturday. Maseko, was chairperson of the pro-democracy MultiStakeholder Forum and he was involved in a legal spat with the monarch over the move to rename the country eSwatini [...]
©- - 25 january 2023 - 16:28:00 - thread Society (221 words)


New York, US (PANA) - Ambassadors, UN officials and experts from the international community on Tuesday shared ways to better prevent genocide, ethnic cleansing, war crimes and crimes against humanity at a special meeting of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in New York.  The UN fears the risk of these [...]
©- - 25 january 2023 - 05:27:29 - thread Society (524 words)


Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - The work of the international conference on cybersecurity continued on Sunday in the Libyan city of Benghazi, on the theme "National Security and Cyber-Security Threats in a Changing World". Scheduled to end on Monday, the conference was attended by Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Iraq, Algeria, Morocco, Syria and [...]
©- - 23 january 2023 - 18:16:31 - thread Society (524 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A video showing South African soldiers throwing bodies onto a burning pile of rubbish in Mozambique has sparked an outcry and calls for a full investigation into the South African National Defence Force (SANDF). The SANDF said the soldiers are deployed by the Southern African [...]
©- - 11 january 2023 - 11:50:45 - thread Society (213 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Forty-five years after the murder of liberation hero Rick Turner, fresh evidence has given his family new hope that the truth about who killed him in January 1978 will finally be uncovered Evidence presented by a former Security Branch operative during the re-opened inquest into [...]
©- - 10 january 2023 - 07:12:47 - thread Society (286 words)


Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian police prosecutors have charged two civilians and a policeman with treason and concealment of treason for their alleged participation in a coup plot against President Adama Barrow. The bill of indictment filed by the police before Principal Magistrate Muhammed Krubally of Banjul on Tuesday alleged that Mustapha Jabbi [...]
©- - 04 january 2023 - 13:01:50 - thread Society (172 words)


Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Human rights advocate, Amnesty International, says "an unrelenting crisis of impunity in Libya" has enabled fighters of the Tariq Ben Zeyad (TBZ) armed group to commit war crimes, and other crimes under international law, with the aim of crushing any challenge to the Libyan Arab Armed [...]
©- - 19 december 2022 - 13:31:07 - thread Society (929 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa has served former President Jacob Zuma with legal papers, ordering him to withdraw his private prosecution by Monday. Zuma on Thursday launched a private criminal prosecution against Ramaphosa, accusing him of being an accessory after the fact to crimes committed [...]
©- - 18 december 2022 - 11:38:07 - thread Society (270 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former President Jacob Zuma on Thursday night launched a private criminal prosecution against President Cyril Ramaphosa, accusing him of being accessory after the fact to crimes committed by Advocate Billy Downer, the chief prosecutor in the multi-million dollar graft case against him (Zuma). Zuma recently [...]
©- - 16 december 2022 - 05:08:17 - thread Society (258 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Polish immigrant Janusz Walus, who nearly sparked a full-blown race war in South Africa ahead of the 1994 first democratic elections, was officially placed on parole and released from prison on Wednesday. Walus assassinated South African Communist Party leader, Chris Hani, in April, 1993, one [...]
©- - 07 december 2022 - 12:43:04 - thread Society (298 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) = Polish immigrant Janusz Walus who nearly sparked a full-blown race war in South Africa in 1993 by assassinating South African Communist Party leader Chris Hani was stabbed by a fellow inmate at his Pretoria prison on Tuesday. The Department of Correctional Services said Walus is [...]
©- - 29 november 2022 - 18:48:54 - thread Society (134 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A Johannesburg woman has sparked a national outcry for calling for black women's uteruses to be removed and for black men to be burned because they rape, steal and kill. Belinda Magor has been arrested after she made the comments in a WhatsApp voice note [...]
©- - 28 november 2022 - 12:28:30 - thread Society (236 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A team of elite South African policemen has caught a leading global fugitive with strong links to Israeli crime syndicates. Thursday’s pre-dawn raid in the upmarket Johannesburg suburb of Bryanston saw Yaniv Yossi Ben Simon and seven other suspects detained. Simon is the leader of [...]
©- - 18 november 2022 - 07:46:44 - thread Society (220 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Nobel Peace Prize former South African President FW de Klerk was awarded in 1993 has been stolen in a burglary at his home in an upmarket Cape Town suburb. De Klerk, who died after a long battle with lung cancer last year, was honoured [...]
©- - 09 november 2022 - 09:40:33 - thread Society (215 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Three men suspected of being involved in a hijacking that left a German tourist dead on Monday have been arrested. The persons of interest are currently in police custody, police spokesperson Lirandzu Themba said. The tourist, Joerg Schnarr, was murdered on Numbi road, outside the world [...]
©- - 06 october 2022 - 12:55:44 - thread Society (171 words)


Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A woman who survived the murder of a renowned Gambian journalist, Deyda Hydara, will testify on Thursday and Friday in the German city of Celle at the trial of a man allegedly involved in the killing, according to human rights groups.  Ida Jagne, who was in the car [...]
©- - 06 october 2022 - 10:03:17 - thread Society (508 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A massive manhunt is underway after a German tourist was shot dead in South Africa’s Mpumalanga province on Monday afternoon. Germany’s Pretoria Embassy says it has noted the “tragic incident” in which four German nationals came under attack while heading to a lodge near the [...]
©- - 04 october 2022 - 11:55:51 - thread Society (155 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A Johannesburg lawmaker has denied media reports that he has been involved in an animal trafficking syndicate. Michael Sun, who serves as a Johannesburg City councillor, has been named in a Taiwanese media report in relation to an animal trading investigation in Taipei. Focus Taiwan CNA [...]
©- - 20 september 2022 - 11:36:49 - thread Society (231 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Police have confirmed that customs officials seized drugs worth US$14 million at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on Sunday. The South African Revenue Service (SARS) said the pelleted cargo was destined for Australia. “The consignment, which was declared as Multi-Purpose Anti-Slip Mat, was upon physical inspection, [...]
©- - 29 august 2022 - 12:18:12 - thread Society (154 words)


Banjul, Gambia (PANA) -The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Friday  rejected Myanmar's preliminary objections to the case brought by Gambia under the International Genocide Convention, Human Rights Watch said on Friday. A statement by the human rights watchdog stated the case concerns Myanmar's alleged genocide against the ethnic Rohingya population in Rakhine State, with [...]
©- - 23 july 2022 - 16:05:30 - thread Society (488 words)


Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - The Beninese police arrested 27 people, including two women, last weekend in the town of Seme-Kpodji, in the south-east of Benin, during an operation as part of the fight against cybercrime in the country, police sources told PANA on Wednesday. The operation also led to the seizure [...]
©- - 20 july 2022 - 15:07:43 - thread Society (122 words)


Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The Gambia has been upgraded to Tier 2 in the U.S. State Department's 22nd annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report assessing anti-trafficking efforts of 188 governments. The report launched in Washington, DC, on Tuesday upgraded The Gambia after assessing the country as not fully meeting the minimum standards [...]
©- - 20 july 2022 - 10:58:32 - thread Society (382 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Police have confirmed that a valuable boxing belt owned by former South African President Nelson Mandela has been stolen at his famous Soweto home. The belt, which was presented to him by former world champion Sugar Ray Leonard in the 1990s, was kept under lock [...]
©- - 13 july 2022 - 10:31:40 - thread Society (179 words)


Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana on 28 June extridited a Nigerian to the United States over his alleged involvement in fraud and information theft against some victims in Northern Ohio, and other places, according to media reports in Accra on Wednesday. The reports said Blessing Adeleke, 31, was arrested in Accra [...]
©- - 06 july 2022 - 11:04:51 - thread Society (238 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Friday urged the Justice Department and Department of International Relations and Co-operation to facilitate without further delay the translatiion into Arabic of the official extradition request of South Africa’s most wanted fugitives. The Gupta brothers, Atul and Rajesh, are [...]
©- - 01 july 2022 - 13:12:18 - thread Society (236 words)