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PRETORIA, July 10, 2018 (News Wires) - At least 19 people were injured when a plane crashed on Tuesday in a grassy area of the South African capital Pretoria, emergency services said, giving a preliminary toll.

Images from the site showed the plane broken into several pieces as paramedics helped survivors out of the aircraft and treated patients at the scene as firefighters tackled smoking wreckage.

"Medics from ER24 and other services are at the scene of a plane crash at Wonderboom in Pretoria," Russell Meiring, spokesman for the ER24 medical service said.

"We have 19 injured casualties ranging from minor to critical injuries at this stage and no confirmed fatalities."

The plane was marked Martin's Air Charter, but no information was immediately available about the air company.

"I can only confirm that yes we do have a plane that crashed... on the Moloto Road," local government emergency services spokesman Johan Pieterse told AFP.



JOHANNESBURG, July 3, 2018 (AFP) --  A South African woman who paramedics had declared dead after a horrific car crash was later found alive in a mortuary fridge, emergency services said on Monday.

Ambulance service Distress Alert confirmed that the unnamed woman had been certified dead by paramedics at the scene of the pile-up outside of Carletonville, southwest of Johannesburg, in the early hours of June 24.

Mortuary technicians then found her alive in a morgue fridge several hours after the crash in which the victims' car rolled, throwing all three occupants clear of the vehicle, killing two of them.

"We followed our procedures - we've got no idea how it happened," Distress Alert operations manager Gerrit Bradnick told AFP.

"The crew is absolutely devastated - we're not in the business of declaring living people dead, we're in the business of keeping people alive."

The woman, who was taken to Carletonville hospital after being found alive in the mortuary, had shown no signs of life when she was attended to by first responders, added Bradnick.

"All the right checks were done - breathing, pulse - so the patient was declared deceased," he said.

The company has now launched an investigation.

"Paramedics are trained to determine death, not us," a source at the Carletonville mortuary told the Sowetan newspaper.

"You never expect to open a fridge and find someone in there alive. Can you imagine if we had begun the autopsy and killed her."

CAIRO, June 30, 2018 (MENA) - Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry on Saturday held a meeting with his South African counterpart Lindiwe Nonceba Sisulu, to discuss bilateral cooperation alongside several regional issues of mutual concern.

The meeting was held on the sidelines of the current preparatory meetings for the African Union summit in the Mauritanian capital, Nouakchott.

The Egyptian top diplomat congratulated his South African counterpart on assuming the post, Spokesman for the Foreign Minister Ahmed Abu Zeid said.

Shoukry voiced Egypt’s keenness on developing bilateral relations in all domains, pointing out to the Egyptian-South African joint committee that is set to meet in the coming period, in addition to the high level visits that have been exchanged between both countries.

Shoukry asserted his eagerness to visit Pretoria, with the aim to consolidate cooperation between Egypt and South Africa.

He asserted the need for continuing coordination, mainly in files connected with the AU financial and institutional reform.

For her part, Sisulu thanked Shoukry for Egypt’s keenness on boosting cooperation with South Africa, terming relations between both countries as historical, saying that she is looking forward to President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s visit to her country.


JOHANNESBURG, June 14, 2018 (News Wires) — South African police say a man with a knife fatally stabbed two people and wounded several others at a mosque near Cape Town before police shot and killed the attacker.

Investigators are not immediately commenting on a possible motive for the attack in Malmesbury early Thursday.

South Africa’s Muslim Judicial Council says it is “shocked to its core” by the attack and is urging people not to jump to conclusions “until clarity can be given.”

On May 10, assailants killed one person and injured two others in a similar attack on a mosque in the eastern town of Verulam, near Durban. No arrests have been made.

DURBAN, South Africa , June 8, 2018 (News Wires) - The corruption case against former South African president Jacob Zuma was delayed until late next month, while Zuma took to a stage near the courthouse on Friday before thousands of cheering supporters and again declared his innocence.

"A person is not guilty until the court says so," said Zuma, who has described the 16 counts of fraud, racketeering and money laundering linked to an arms deal in the 1990s as politically motivated. He had been deputy president at the time.

Without providing details, Zuma said people who criticize him should not "provoke" him because he would reveal allegedly incriminating information about them.

The 76-year-old, who cheerfully danced for the crowd, had resigned in February on the orders of the ruling African Nation Congress party after growing public outcry over his scandal-marked tenure.

The corruption charges were reinstated this year after being thrown out a decade ago.

Judge Mjabuliseni Madondo said the case in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court will be moved from Durban to Pietermaritzburg, which has bigger facilities, for July 27.

Prosecutor Billy Downer said the state was prepared to go to trial but that the defense team had to "get its house in order."

Downer has suggested that Zuma's trial start on Nov. 12.

The former president's lawyer, Michael Hulley, said he hopes that questions about funding for the defense will be resolved ahead of July 27 and that he had written to the office of President Cyril Ramaphosa about the matter.

Zuma believes the state should pay his legal fees, though opposition parties have argued in court that taxpayers should not foot the bill.

Ramaphosa, who was deputy president under Zuma, has promised a strong campaign against corruption and seeks to rebuild a ruling party whose moral stature has diminished since taking power at the end of apartheid in 1994.


JOHANNESBURG, May 23, 2018 (News Wires) - South Africa’s leader of the North West province, Supra Mahumapelo, said on Wednesday he would go on early retirement after weeks of protests against his leadership.

The protests over corruption and poor public services were some of the first signs of public discord since President Cyril Ramaphosa succeeded scandal-plagued Jacob Zuma in February.

Earlier this month, South Africa’s national government took over the running of the troubled province in an effort to restore calm.

“I think it will be better for one to go on early retirement,” Mahumapelo told a news conference at the headquarters of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in downtown Johannesburg.

Mahumapelo, a Zuma loyalist and senior figure within the ANC, said he had taken the decision to step down to dispel fears that he could seek to influence investigations into mismanagement in the North West. Ramaphosa has staked his reputation on rooting out the corruption associated with Zuma’s nine years in power.

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