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)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A South African court has issued an arrest warrant for Malawian evangelist Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary after they fled the country at the weekend. The couple is due to stand trial on charges of fraud, theft and money laundering involving US$6 million. They were [...]
©- - 16 november 2020 - 12:19:21 - thread Society (182 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Tensions ran high in Bloemfontein on Friday when thousands of supporters cheered Ace Magushule, secretary-general of the ruling African National Congress who appeared in court on graft charges. Some supporters burned T-shirts with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s image and leading party leaders were refused entry into [...]
©- - 13 november 2020 - 15:15:22 - thread Society (178 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) has been rocked by the arrest of its second highest ranking official. Secretary-General Ace Magashule was detained on Tuesday by the Hawks crime-fighting unit on various corruption-related counts. This follows the arrests of seven people in September linked to [...]
©- - 10 november 2020 - 15:40:38 - thread Society (289 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Police Minister Bheki Cele on Monday announced that five people have been arrested in connection with the murder of South Africa’s national goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa in October, 2014. The Orlando Pirates captain was shot dead at the home of his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo. The incident shocked the nation [...]
©- - 26 october 2020 - 13:30:28 - thread Society (281 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa Police have made a dramatic breakthrough in investigations into the murder of the country's national goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa was murdered in Vosvloorus near Johannesburg in October 2014. The Orlando Pirates captain was shot dead by unknown assailants at the home of his girlfriend [...]
©- - 20 october 2020 - 15:08:03 - thread Society (279 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Tensions are running high in the Free State town of Senekal where hundreds of residents and white farmers are squaring off over a recent-high profile murder in the area. Two men have been arrested and charged with the murder of farm manager Brendin Horner on [...]
©- - 16 october 2020 - 12:47:14 - thread Society (199 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – An apartheid-era policeman, who is facing prosecution over the 1971 death of political activist Ahmed Timol, has made a drastic claim that he was granted amnesty after testifying at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Joao Rodrigues was last year charged with the death of [...]
©- - 05 october 2020 - 13:46:32 - thread Society (236 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo on Monday ordered former President Jacob Zuma to appear before the State Capture commission of inquiry from 16 to 20 November 2020.  He said the commission will hear an application brought by the legal team of the commission [...]
©- - 21 september 2020 - 13:05:21 - thread Society (311 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The United States on Monday claimed that Iran is considering assassinating its ambassador to South Africa as revenge for the American killing of top General Qassem Soleimani last January. US intelligence officials said they have been aware of the threats against Lana Marks since June, [...]
©- - 14 september 2020 - 14:30:50 - thread Society (206 words)


Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's Migori County Governor Okoth Obado and his four children were on Thursday arraigned in court over corruption. The family was arraigned at the Milimani Law Courts, Nairobi, alongside 11 Migori County staff and suppliers. Migori county in western Kenya, borders Kenya's southern neighbour, Tanzania. They are all accused [...]
©- - 28 august 2020 - 08:34:54 - thread Society (413 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Senior members of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Monday slammed their own party following a number of high-profile graft cases relating to the distribution of Covid-19 funds and equipment. PANA reports that it emerged over the past few days that millions of dollars [...]
©- - 10 august 2020 - 16:46:28 - thread Society (269 words)


Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Police Minister  Bheki Cele on Friday revealed that South Africa’s murder rate is the highest it has been in 10 years, with an average of 58 murders per day across the country over the past year. Sexual offences increased by 1.7% to 42 289 cases, [...]
©- - 31 july 2020 - 13:20:59 - thread Society (159 words)


Kigali, Rwanda (PANA)  - A primary court in Kigali on Wednesday remanded former Prime Minister  Pierre Damien Habumuremyi for 30 days to allow more time for investigation in a case concerning his use of cheques without sufficient money in his account, a judicial source told PANA in the Rwandan capital [...]
©- - 22 july 2020 - 15:12:05 - thread Society (273 words)


Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Former Rwanda's presidential guard commander, Col. Tom Byabagamba, currently serving a 15-year term in jail for public incitement, obstruction of justice and denigrating the national flag, on Tuesday appeared before Kicukiro primary court in Kigali to answer a new charge related to theft. It was not clear [...]
©- - 21 july 2020 - 14:58:43 - thread Society (256 words)


Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Malian press organizations said Sunday they were saddened by the “anarchic” occupation of the offices the national broadcasting house (ORTM) by demonstrators here Friday. Members of the Mouvement du 5 Juin-Rassemblement des forces patriotiques (M5- RFP)besieged the offices of the station, ransacked the premises and burnt several [...]
©- - 12 july 2020 - 11:52:39 - thread Society (471 words)


Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Court of Justice has ordered the Federal Republic of Nigeria to repeal or amend its law on cybercrime to align with its obligation under Article 1 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Delivering [...]
©- - 10 july 2020 - 16:32:58 - thread Society (397 words)


Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Cyber criminals purporting to be government officials are using fake social media accounts and emails to solicit money from unsuspecting citizens, official sources said here Wednesday. The authorities have therefore warned the public of fraudulent Facebook and Gmail accounts operating in the name of Presidential Affairs, Governance [...]
©- - 08 july 2020 - 22:19:34 - thread Society (195 words)


Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) -  Former Rwandan Prime Minister Pierre Damien Habumuremyi, who is legal representative of Christian University of Rwanda, has been  arrested for allegedly issuing bouncing cheques worth 100 million Rwandan francs to pay staff of the private academic institution during the COVID-19 lockdown. An official of Rwanda Investigation Bureau [...]
©- - 06 july 2020 - 14:07:36 - thread Society (351 words)