Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says claims that it is mishandling the extradition of the Gupta brothers from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) should be “dismissed as dangerous speculation”. The recent arrest of South Africa’s most wanted fugitives has made headlines around the world [...]
©- - 23 june 2022 - 10:24:38 - thread Society (328 words)

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Tuesday said it has requested that the FBI probe President Cyril Ramaphosa who has been accused of money laundering. Charges were last week laid against Ramaphosa by former Crime Intelligence boss Arthur Fraser. The complaint was related [...]
©- - 21 june 2022 - 12:28:12 - thread Society (431 words)

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Dubai police have confirmed that South Africa’s most wanted fugitives – Rajesh and Atul Gupta – remain behind bars as their lawyers prepare to fight their pending extradition. The brothers, who were arrested at their luxurious home in the upmarket Emirates Hill area, are accused [...]
©- - 10 june 2022 - 13:54:21 - thread Society (312 words)

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s most wanted fugitives are behind bars in Dubai following a global manhunt. Alleged state capture fugitives Rajesh and Atul Gupta who are accused of stealing hundreds of millions of dollars from the government during Jacob Zuma’s presidency are expected to face an extradition [...]
©- - 07 june 2022 - 07:49:20 - thread Society (287 words)

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African presidency on Thursday denied allegations of concealment of crime made against President Cyril Ramaphosa by former Crime Intelligence boss Arthur Fraser. Fraser who opened a charge against Ramaphosa at a Johannesburg police station on Wednesday said the complaint related to the alleged [...]
©- - 02 june 2022 - 13:27:30 - thread Society (307 words)

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Top South African sportsman Elton Jantjies has been released on bail and ordered to return to court on 3 June following an altercation on an aircraft over the weekend. The World Cup-winning rugby player was arrested and charged with malicious damage to property and the [...]
©- - 17 may 2022 - 08:33:08 - thread Society (231 words)

Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Human rights advocate, Amnesty International, says despite commitments and investigations into increased war crimes and violence against civilians in Mali since 2018, particularly in the central regions of Mopti and Segou, justice has been slow in coming for the victims and/or their families. In a 64-page report, [...]
©- - 13 april 2022 - 07:22:46 - thread Society (850 words)

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - A Pretoria Court on Wednesday sentenced a former McDonald’s employee to 10 years in jail for extortion and malicious damages to property after he was caught spitting on an ice-cream. Clement Seothaeng was given 10 years for extortion and five years for malicious damages to [...]
©- - 30 march 2022 - 18:40:26 - thread Society (186 words)

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa’s National Healthcare Professionals Association (NHCPA) on Monday condemned the murder of a prominent medical doctor, George Koboka. Koboka, who practised in Soweto, was killed on Friday by four gunmen who went straight to his office and opened fire. The murder was captured by [...]
©- - 28 march 2022 - 16:27:54 - thread Society (222 words)

Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A delegation from the Libyan Ministry of the Interior of the Government of National Unity (GNA) has visited the headquarters of the Algerian Police where he held a meeting with officials on cybercrime. The head of the Anti-Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Agency, General Adel Abdelaziz, the head [...]
©- - 21 march 2022 - 13:09:43 - thread Society (217 words)

Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Lomé will host a summit on cybersecurity from 23-24 March, PANA learned on Tuesday from official sources in the Togolese capital. This summit is being organized by the Togolese government and the United Nations Economic Commission. It aims to "explore and assess the state of cybersecurity on [...]
©- - 01 march 2022 - 15:58:37 - thread Society (152 words)

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The alleged mastermind behind a massive gunfight between police and hardened criminals on Monday has been identified as a Botswana national. He is one of 10 suspects arrested in a deadly shooting in the Johannesburg suburb of Rosettenville and he has been linked to several [...]
©- - 22 february 2022 - 11:36:31 - thread Society (277 words)

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – An international campaign has been launched in South Africa to extradite a fugitive Indian family, which is accused of fleecing state institutions of hundreds of millions of dollars during Jacob Zuma’s presidency. Ajay Gupta, Atul Gupta and Rajesh Gupta fled South Africa four years ago, [...]
©- - 10 december 2021 - 07:15:21 - thread Society (333 words)

Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – A Kenyan policeman, Constable Benson Imbatu, has killed seven people, according to a Police report filed on Tuesday. The gunman shot dead five people including his wife and two motorcycle taxi ridersand two other people. Two others were injured by the policeman before he killed himself. The policeman [...]
©- - 07 december 2021 - 15:44:38 - thread Society (236 words)

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A Polish immigrant who nearly caused a full blown race war in South Africa in 1993 has expressed regret for assassinating South Africa Communist Party leader Chris Hani. Janusz Walus was sentenced to death for murdering Hani outside his home in Boksburg on 10 April, [...]
©- - 07 december 2021 - 12:58:47 - thread Society (320 words)

Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – A human rights group is asking the govermenment of the Central African Republic (CAR) to coordinate with United Nations peacekeepers to ensure that war crimes suspect Hassan Bouba, who was released from detention in defiance of court orders and escorted home by national gendarmes last Friday, [...]
©- - 29 november 2021 - 10:25:23 - thread Society (273 words)

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Pretoria High Court on Monday announced that the trial of five men accused of the murder of former national goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa will start in April next year. Muzikawukhulelwa Sibiya, Bongani Ntanzi, Mthobisi Mncube, Mthokoziseni Maphisa and Sifisokuhle Ntuli made a brief appearance in [...]
©- - 25 october 2021 - 13:18:50 - thread Society (290 words)

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Two men have been arrested for the murder of former football star Lucky Maselesele who was allegedly beaten to death last week after being accused of stealing electrical cables. Born in 1980, Maselesele was a product of the Football School of Excellence before being spotted [...]
©- - 18 october 2021 - 14:10:16 - thread Society (205 words)

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has approached South Africa’s top football administrator, Danny Jordaan, requesting him to participate in a mediatory process to address rape allegations against him more than 25 years ago. In 2018, the South African Football Association president was charged [...]
©- - 20 august 2021 - 22:35:52 - thread Society (201 words)

Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The Congolese Deputy Prime Minister in charge of Foreign Affairs, Christophe Lutundula Apala Pen'Apala, has called, in agreement with the Prime Minister, the Congolese to remain calm after the death last Monday in Bangalore, India, of the Congolese student, Joel Mali Shindani. The head of the [...]
©- - 05 august 2021 - 18:25:59 - thread Society (514 words)

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A Cape Town woman has been caught in an FBI sting for allegedly selling explicit photographs of her four-year-old daughter on the Internet. After a major global operation, the bureau and US Homeland Security established that the suspect was receiving payment for the images via [...]
©- - 27 july 2021 - 14:04:01 - thread Society (127 words)

Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The Burundian cabinet has adopted a draft decree regulating the manufacture and reproduction of keys in a bid to curb crime using fake keys or master keys, an official statement said on Friday. The Cabinet adopted the draft decree, presented by the Minister of Interior, Community Development [...]
©- - 23 july 2021 - 12:02:46 - thread Society (147 words)

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday visited the scene of Durban’s violent protests and blamed the carnage of instigators who were attempting to destabilise the country. KwaZulu-Natal and the economic hub of Gauteng were plunged into chaos a week ago following the arrest of [...]
©- - 16 july 2021 - 13:32:33 - thread Society (414 words)

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Gauteng Premier David Makhura on Tuesday said 10 people have been killed during stampedes at a Soweto mall as violence over former President Jacob Zuma’s arrest continues to spread. More than 400 people have been arrested in the province while another 350 have been detained [...]
©- - 13 july 2021 - 14:19:25 - thread Society (308 words)

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) said it has found enough evidence to bring to trial a Sudanese national who has been accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity during the war that broke in Darfur in 2003 and continued unabated for almost decades now. In a [...]
©- - 09 july 2021 - 17:42:33 - thread Society (408 words)

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) –  Tensions are running high in South Africa’s  KwaZulu-Natal province two days after the arrest of former President Jacob Zuma. Police on Friday were engaged in running battles with Zuma’s supporters who have blockaded roads and national highways with burning barricades. The Durban Chamber of Commerce [...]
©- - 09 july 2021 - 13:18:23 - thread Society (311 words)

Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - "For the first time in the last six years, the Burundian government has made significant efforts in the fight against human trafficking, including an increase in investigations and prosecutions, convictions of alleged perpetrators and care for victims," the Embassy of the United States of America in [...]
©- - 04 july 2021 - 15:53:41 - thread Society (525 words)

Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Statistics Mauritius said on Wednesday that crime rate (excluding contraventions) per 1,000 population, increased from 35.6 in 2019 to 43.8 in 2020. Reporting on crime and justice in its latest bulletin, it said from 2019 to 2020, cases reported to the police (which include overall offences and [...]
©- - 01 july 2021 - 07:21:08 - thread Society (228 words)

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal by Apartheid-era policeman Joao Rodrigues arguing that criminal proceedings against him over the murder of political activist Ahmed Timol in 1971 constituted an unfair trial. Rodrigues was seeking to be granted a permanent stay of [...]
©- - 22 june 2021 - 09:50:45 - thread Society (176 words)

The Hague, Netherlands (PANA) – As the new prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) takes office on Wednesday,  a human rights organisation is urging him to seize opportunities to strengthen the court’s delivery of justice for victims. “The outgoing ICC prosecutor’s decision to seek an Afghanistan investigation and to move forward [...]
©- - 16 june 2021 - 06:37:57 - thread Society (515 words)

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s National Prosecutions Authority (NPA) on Thursday said it has applied to the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) to assist with the execution of arrest warrants on two members of the Gupta brothers and their wives who fled the country three years ago. The [...]
©- - 03 june 2021 - 17:30:43 - thread Society (234 words)

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Almost 20 years after former President Jacob Zuma was linked to a corrupt multi-million dollar arms procurement scandal, he has pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him.  Zuma on Wednesday appeared in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court where he faced multiple charges of corruption, [...]
©- - 26 may 2021 - 12:30:25 - thread Society (293 words)

Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia's National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has expressed concern about a spate of violent crimes in the urban areas of the West  African nation stating that communities no longer feel safe. "The spate of crimes has necessitated the Gambia Police Force to embark on ‘Operation Zero Crime’ [...]
©- - 25 may 2021 - 14:50:27 - thread Society (517 words)

Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Testimony before the Gambian truth Reconciliation, and Reparations Commission (TRRC), linking former President Yahya Jammeh to numerous grave crimes during his 22 years in office, should be followed by criminal accountability, Human Rights Watch said here on Monday with the release of a video, titled “Truth and justice [...]
©- - 24 may 2021 - 18:21:22 - thread Society (1318 words)

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A senior manager of a multinational firm in South Africa, located in Richard’s Bay, was shot dead on Monday morning in what appears to have been an organised hit. Rio Tinto's Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) in KwaZulu-Natal has confirmed that its general manager for operational [...]
©- - 24 may 2021 - 12:11:53 - thread Society (177 words)

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The United Kingdom has imposed sanctions against members of the Indian Gupta family who are heavily implicated in South Africa’s state capture scandal. The UK government confirmed that Ajay, Atul, and Rajesh Gupta, as well as their associate Salim Essa, have been slapped with sanctions [...]
©- - 27 april 2021 - 16:00:24 - thread Society (217 words)

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) –  A woman who claims that she was raped by South African Football Association boss Danny Jordaan is appealing to President Cyril Ramapohosa to intervene in the case. Three years ago Jennifer Ferguson went public with her allegations that Jordaan raped her at a Nelson Mandela [...]
©- - 12 april 2021 - 12:10:27 - thread Society (191 words)

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A prominent South African sports coach has been arrested in Australia on charges of possessing child pornography. PANA reports that Dean Carelse, 40, who was a top water polo coach in Queensland, was previously employed at South Africa’s prestigious Grey College where he trained the country’s national [...]
©- - 24 march 2021 - 15:11:45 - thread Society (158 words)

Kyoto, Japan (PANA) - The world’s largest crime prevention and criminal justice gathering wrapped up on Friday, rejecting “the divisions and inequalities” exposed by COVID-19, according to the top UN crime-fighting official.  We have strengthened “crime prevention and criminal justice to address the urgent needs of today as well as the [...]
©- - 13 march 2021 - 07:00:29 - thread Society (554 words)

Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has awarded a US$2 million grant to establish the African Cybersecurity Resource Center (ACRC) for Financial Inclusion to tackle cybercrime across Africa and to strengthen the resilience of digital financial ecosystems. The grant will be disbursed [...]
©- - 05 march 2021 - 20:24:55 - thread Society (463 words)

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Following more than 10 years of delays, the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday heard that former President Jacob Zuma's multi-million dollar corruption case is finally ready for trial. The final hurdle was cleared earlier this month when the same court dismissed French arms [...]
©- - 23 february 2021 - 11:46:14 - thread Society (402 words)

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo on Monday said the State Capture Commission of Inquiry will apply to the Constitutional Court for an order that former President Jacob Zuma is guilty of contempt of court. In addition, it will ask the top court to impose a [...]
©- - 15 february 2021 - 13:56:42 - thread Society (410 words)

Machakos, Kenya (PANA) - A man who chopped off his wife's hands for failing to bear him children has been handed a 30-year sentence. The court in Machakos, Machakos County, jailed Stephen Ngila, 39, for attempted murder for chopping off Jackline Mwende’s hands with a machete in 2016. He has 14 days to appeal the [...]
©- - 10 february 2021 - 09:43:56 - thread Society (93 words)

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – International arms company Thales which has been heavily implicated in South Africa’s multi-billion dollar arms procurement scandal, has indicated that it will not be pursuing its legal challenge to the racketeering charge against it. As a result, the corruption case against the French company and [...]
©- - 09 february 2021 - 15:54:06 - thread Society (371 words)

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has announced that it will reduce convicted killer Oscar Pistorius’ sentence after it emerged that its judgment failed to take into account the 506 days that he had already served for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. [...]
©- - 06 february 2021 - 15:28:40 - thread Society (372 words)

Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The handover of a former Central African Republic (CAR) militia leader and war crimes suspect to the International Criminal Court (ICC) has sent a strong warning to rebel groups, political actors and others who thrive on impunity, a UN independent human rights expert said on Wednesday.  CAR [...]
©- - 28 january 2021 - 05:45:15 - thread Society (596 words)

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Three suspects have been arrested at OR Tambo International Airport after gold bars valued at US$4 million were found in their luggage. National police spokesperson Colonel Athlenda Mathe said airport security alerted police that a scan of their luggage had revealed irregular objects. "The trio had [...]
©- - 05 january 2021 - 06:21:49 - thread Society (191 words)

Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Two senior UN officials on Tuesday welcomes the war crimes conviction and life sentencing of an armed combatant in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).  Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten, and her counterpart on Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, lauded the [...]
©- - 25 november 2020 - 05:51:12 - thread Society (510 words)

Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Amnesty International (AI) Monday night asked parties to the Ethiopian conflict in Tigray region to protect civilians. The humanitarian organization, in a press release in Nairobi, said the conflict in the Tigray region was on the brink of a deadly escalation. This was after Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy [...]
©- - 23 november 2020 - 21:28:19 - thread Society (359 words)

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Self-proclaimed Malawian prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary on Wednesday handed themselves over to police in the Malawi capital, Lilongwe, five days after they skipped bail and fled South Africa. Malawian media outlets have confirmed their arrest. A Pretoria court on Tuesday issued an arrest [...]
©- - 18 november 2020 - 10:52:08 - thread Society (260 words)