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Daily news update: Thabo Bester saga, family of 10 gunned down and AfriForum loses appeal

Here’s your morning news update: An easy-to-read selection of our top stories.


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Daily news update: 22 April

Dr Pashy opens criminal case against Thabo Bester and Nandipha Magudumana

Celebrity doctor Mmereka Patience Martha Ntshani, popularly known as Dr Pashy, has confirmed to The Citizen that she has opened a case against convicted rapist and murderer Thabo Bester and his girlfriend Dr Nandipha Magudumana.

Dr Pashy opened a case of fraud against the couple at the Sandton police station on Thursday, 20 April 2023.

READ MORE: Dr Pashy opens criminal case against Thabo Bester and Nandipha Magudumana

2 suspects arrested after 10 family members gunned down in Pietermaritzburg

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Ten people from the same family were gunned down in the early hours of Friday morning, 21 April 2023, in Imbali township in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: Twitter/ @LirandzuThemba

Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the mass shooting on Friday that claimed the lives of 10 family members in Imbali township in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal.

Ten people from the same family – seven women and three men – were gunned down by a group of unknown armed men who stormed their home. An eight-year-old was wounded and another person, a 22-year-old, escaped unharmed.

READ MORE: 2 suspects arrested after 10 family members gunned down in Pietermaritzburg

AfriForum loses appeal as court upholds ruling that apartheid flag is hate speech

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AfriForum’s head of policy and action Ernst Roets and legal representative Daniël Eloff. PICTURE: AfriForum

AfriForum suffered another loss in court after the organisation appealed the ruling that displaying the apartheid flag is hate speech.

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) delivered its judgment on Friday.

READ MORE: AfriForum loses appeal as court upholds ruling that apartheid flag is hate speech

Charges dropped against accused in Nulane R24.9m fraud trial

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Photo: iStock

The Bloemfontein High Court has dismissed charges against the accused in the R24.9 million Nulane Investment fraud trial.

This after five of the six accused in the matter applied for discharge applications in terms of Section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Act. Section 174 states that an accused person may be acquitted of charges if the state fails to make its case.

READ MORE: Charges dropped against accused in Nulane R24.9m fraud trial

Load shedding: No reprieve for Muslims during Eid-ul-Fitr

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Depending on the sighting of the moon on Friday, Eid-ul-Fitr is likely to be on Saturday if not on Sunday. Pic: iStock

Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan has told the Muslim community of South Africa that there will be no reprieve from load shedding on the day of Eid-ul-Fitr as the electricity grid is severely constrained.

This comes after a number of organisations including the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) of South Africa wrote to Gordhan requesting that the deliberate power cuts be suspended on the day of celebration which culminated the ending of Islamic month of Ramadan.

READ MORE: Load shedding: No reprieve for Muslims during Eid-ul-Fitr

Bonang Matheba confirms she’s dating again

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Bonang Matheba. Picture: Instagram

Media personality Bonang Matheba caused a stir by confirming that she is in a relationship. The news of her involvement generated significant buzz, causing her to trend on various social media platforms.

The media darling made the announcement during her first appearance on YFM’s newest breakfast show, The Way Up where she was interviewed by hosts Nia Brown, Mthaux, and Okay Wasabi.

READ MORE: Bonang Matheba confirms she’s dating again

McCarthy: Sundowns need mental shift for Champions League

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Terence Mashego of Mamelodi Sundowns celebrates goal with teammates during the CAF Champions League 2022/23 match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Coton Sport at Loftus Stadium in Pretoria on 01 April 2023 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Mamelodi Sundowns are playing what is considered to be their biggest game so far this season, as they take on Algerian side CR Belouizdad in the first-leg of the Caf Champions League quarterfinal on Saturday.

The elephant in the room for Sundowns, however, is that of late, they have not been the well-oiled machine that they are know to be and going into the knockout stages, Fabian McCarthy, a former Masandawana who was part of the squad that played in the 2001 Champions League final, says there has to be a shift in mentality at Chloorkop.

READ MORE: McCarthy: Sundowns need mental shift for Champions League

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