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All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘South Africa’

Reeva Steenkamp’s Family Remembers Her Birthday, Oscar Pistorius Denied Early Release From Prison

Reeva Steenkamp’s family held a solemn tribute for her birthday, August 19. Her family paid tribute to her by visiting her favorite childhood place and sending off flowers into the ocean. She would have turned 32 this month. Her relatives gathered to join her parents in the simple commemoration they held for her. Steenkamp’s ashes were scattered on Summerstrand beach. …

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Anni Dewani’s Family Criticizes Court Decision

Since Anni Dewani was murdered in 2010 her family has demanded answers. This week a South African judge dismissed the murder case against Dewani’s husband, Shrien Dewani, meaning those answers may never come. Shrien was cleared of five charges on Monday including conspiracy to commit kidnapping, robbery, and murder. South African prosecutors had claimed that he arranged the kidnapping and …

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Anni Dewani’s Mother Calls Shrien Dewani A “Coward”

Shrien Dewani was recently cleared by a South African court of any involvement in the murder of his wife, Anni Dewani. The 34-year-old millionaire was accused of hiring hitmen to murder his wife during their honeymoon in South Africa. Shortly after the ruling, Mr. Dewani flew back to the UK. It’s been reported that Mr. Dewani received VIP treatment during …

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Anni Dewani’s Husband Cleared Of Murder By South African Court

Shrien Dewani has been cleared by the South African court of his involvement in the murder of his wife, Anni Dewani. According to Judge Jeanette Traverso, the testimony of the main witness that implicates Mr. Dewani is far too inconsistent and “riddled with contradictions”. She also said that the evidence presented by the prosecution was not enough to support their …

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Shrien Dewani Murder Case Dismissed

Shrien Dewani, the British millionaire accused of arranging the murder of his wife during their honeymoon, was cleared of all charges today by a South African judge. According to a BBC News report, Judge Jeanette Traverso threw out the case when it became clear prosecutors did not have enough evidence to convict Dewani. Dewani, a businessman who was raised in …

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Senzo Meyiwa Shot Dead During Home Invasion

South African goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa was shot dead on Sunday during a home invasion gone wrong. Meyiwa was a goalkeeper and team captain for the Orlando Pirates soccer club in Johannesburg. He had also served as goalkeeper for the South African national team during several matches throughout the past year and a half. Meyiwa’s death came as a shock to …

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Oscar Pistorius Accused of “Sinister Remark” During Trial Break

Oscar Pistorius, the South African double-amputee track athlete, was accused of saying a “sinister remark” when his trial went on break Tuesday. Pistorius allegedly asked his slain girlfriend’s friend, “How can you sleep at night?” The incident is said to have happened on the 27th day of his trial in South Africa. The 27-year-old athlete is facing trial for killing …

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Rhino Horns Worth $16 Million Stolen in S. Africa

This is not the kind of story you want to hear on Earth Day. However, according to a press release, more than 40 rhino horns worth millions of dollars were stolen over the weekend from a safe at a state tourism organization building in South Africa. According to Lowvelder newspaper, the horns were discovered missing from the Mpumalanga Tourism and …

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Oscar Pistorius’ Mansion to be Auctioned Off

Paralympian “Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius, accused of the premeditated murder of of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, has put his Pretoria, South Africa mansion up for sale to help pay for his mounting legal fees. The house would nominally sell for up to $700 thousand, though its sordid history will likely drive the price way down. Pistorius’ lawyer Brian Webber commented, “It …

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Titanfall Cancelled At The Eleventh Hour For South Africa

Titanfall is almost upon us. Next Tuesday, gamers all around the world will hop into mechs and fight for supremacy. Well, almost all around the world as one country is no longer getting the game. EA announced today that the planned South African release of Titanfall has been cancelled. Surprisingly, the cancellation wasn’t made in response to some perceived controversy …

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Eskom, S. Africa’s Power Utility, Imposes Blackouts

Thursday morning in South Africa, Eskom, the state-owned power utility which provides 95 percent of the country’s energy supplies, declared a power emergency for the entire country. This is the fourth such emergency to be declared since the beginning of 2014. However, this marks the first time Eskom has had to resort to rolling blackouts, or load shedding, since 2008. …

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Witness In Pistorius Trial Breaks Down In Tears

The trial of Paralympics champion Oscar Pistorius resumed on Monday in South Africa. On February 13, 2013, the South African runner shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, at their home in Pretoria, South Africa. The athlete was charged with murder and taken into custody the following day. He was out on bail by August 22. In court, Pistorius pleaded not guilty …

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