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South African authorities have arrested two people over the murder of a fast-food restaurant owner, Lizette Deacon, and her mother Hettie.

Deacon, the owner of Ocean Basket at the Mall of the North in Limpopo, and her mother were reportedly abducted last Thursday, 10 September 2020.

On the same day, their remains were found dumped at the back of a car next to the R37 road between Polokwane and Lebowakgomo.

Now, the Police in Limpopo say they have made a breakthrough and arrested two suspects aged 30 and 35 in connection with the brutal murder of the two women.

Limpopo police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said both suspects were arrested on Sunday morning at different locations by a high-level team of investigators led by Deputy Provincial Commissioner responsible for Crime Detection, Major General Samuel Manala.

“The team was assembled soon after this incident,” Mojapelo said.

According to Mojapelo the 30-year-old worked for the family at their home while the 35-year-old also used to do some work for the family on a part-time basis.

The first suspect aged 35, was arrested in Mokgoopong and the second one in Polokwane .

Mojapelo also added that, the deceased were attacked and stabbed by the suspects at their home. They later tied them up and put them in the back of their SUV vehicle.

The suspects will appear in Polokwane magistrate court on Tuesday on two counts of murder and house robbery.

Mojapelo said the 35-year-old suspect will also face a charge under the immigration Act as he is in the country illegally.

He said the investigating team has already identified other suspects and the search operation is continuing, reassuring that more arrests are imminent


Over 5,000 Seal Pups Found Dead In Namibia



No fewer than 5,000 dead seal pups have been washed up on land in Namibia – raising consternation from animal conservation groups.

Cape fur seals, who are often called the “dogs of the ocean” due to their playful nature, will often desert their young or abort their foetuses if there is a dearth of food around, reports say.

It is believed that the pups were aborted by their mothers.

The seals usually synchronise giving birth on the sandy beaches in November, but the amount of tiny bodies now on the beaches show something is not right.

The Ocean Conservation Namibia (OCNaimibia) have said they were carrying out tests to determine the cause of premature births.

Naude Dreyer of OCNamibia noticed the bodies after flying his drone over Walvis Bay’s Pelican Point seal colony on 5 October.

“This is the situation at Pelican Point, Namibia,” his organisation tweeted.

“All the little red circles mark dead seal pups. A rough estimate brings the numbers to more than 5,000 at our seal colony alone. This is tragic, as it makes up a large portion of the new pup arrivals expected in late November.

“The most likely cause is food resources we are going through some really strange climatic changes at the moment it could be the warm currents that bring in the fish.”

The seal mothers are also reported to be malnourished.

Cape fur seals can predominantly be found along the coastlines of Namibia and South Africa – stretching to the southern tip of Angola in the north.

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South Africa’s Police Arrest Public Officials For Inflating Project Costs



South African authorities have arrested four former public officials for inflating the cost of a prjoect.

The Hawks, on Thursday, arrested former senior Gauteng Department of Health officials for alleged R1.2 billion tender irregularities committed almost 13 years ago.

The arrested are a former head of department who was also an accounting officer at the time; chief director of information communication and technology; head of supply chain management; and the deputy director for executive support.

They are accused of receiving kickbacks for their role in ensuring the contract was awarded to an undeserving entity and have been charged with fraud, corruption, money laundering and contravention of the Public Finance Management Act.

Police say the case emanates from February 2007 where the State Information Technology Agency (Sita) submitted a proposal to continue with an information technology maintenance programme at the department.

The Hawks’ Lieutenant Colonel Philani Nkwalase said the total cost of a project like that was not meant to be over R57 million for a period of three years.

“The contract was instead awarded to a private entity at a whopping cost of around R1.2 billion without following due tender procedures.

“Two private company directors who unduly benefited from the tender are yet to be charged along together with their two companies. The said directors are reportedly outside of the country but steps have already been initiated to ensure that they are accounted for,” Nkwalase said.

The four appeared in the Palm Ridge Specialised Commercial Crime Court on Thursday.

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Burundi Ex-President Rejects Conviction for Murder



Buoy Rejects Murder conviction

Former Burundian President Pierre Buyoya, who is the current High Representative of the African Union for Mali and the Sahel, has rejected his conviction in absentia in Burundi to life imprisonment.

He was convicted of the murder of his predecessor Melchior Ndadaye in 1993.

Melchior Ndadaye, Burundi’s first democratically elected president and the first Hutu to come to power, was assassinated in October 1993 in a military coup that led the country into a civil war between the army.

This resulted in 300,000 deaths until 2006.

Buyoya was convicted of an attack against the head of state, an attack against the authority of the state and an attack tending to bring about massacre and devastation.

Eighteen senior military and civilian officials close to the former head of state were given same sentence. Three others were sent to 20 years in prison for “complicity” in the same crimes and only one, the former transitional Prime Minister, Antoine Nduwayo, was acquitted.

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