Today's Big Stories

Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza says 'nonsensical' political killings must end

Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza has condemned the alarming number of politically motivated crimes and says a specialised task team is working to curb the violence.

Just days before the local government elections, Ntlemeza and Police Minister Nathi Nhleko announced that there have been 25 politically connected acts of violence in the country.

Fourteen of those incidents are murder and attempted murder cases, the majority of which took place in KwaZulu-Natal where 12 ANC leaders have been killed in the last two months.

Nhleko said that hired hitmen with links to the taxi industry are suspected to be involved in KwaZulu-Natal, however Ntlemeza says there is no direct involvement.

I don't recall... It was just some sort of misinterpretation. We never said the taxi industry is involved.

Berning Ntlemeza, Head of Hawks

Ntlemeza says he cannot ensure that there will be no politically motivated violence before the municipal elections.

He adds that a number of the suspects have been arrested in relation to the attacks.

Ntlemeza says that arrests have been made in connection with the Simon’s Town Naval Base burglary in which firearms and ammunition was stolen.

Listen to the full conversation:

702 welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the 702 community a safe and welcoming space for all.

702 reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

702 is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Veterans and ANC not on same page about terms of consultative conference

Veterans and ANC not on same page about terms of consultative conference

ANC vets want civil society groups present at the consultative conference, which they want held separately from another meeting.

Top SABC journos applauded for brave testimony

Top SABC journos applauded for brave testimony

EWN's Gaye Davis summarises the evidence of the SABC journalists who appeared before the ad hoc committee in Parliament.

If you're gona be a hero (and smash a car window), make sure you can prove harm

If you're gona be a hero (and smash a car window), make sure you can prove harm

A criminal lawyer explains what leg citizens can stand on if they witness a child or pet locked in a vehicle in risky conditions.

SABC 'in contempt of court' if Motsoeneng reports for duty, says DA

SABC 'in contempt of court' if Motsoeneng reports for duty, says DA

The DA's James Selfe says it is not clear whether SABC's Hlaudi Motsoeneng will be either fired or suspended pending an inquiry.

Tweeps throw shade as court shows Motsoeneng the door

Tweeps throw shade as court shows Motsoeneng the door

A judge has ruled that Hlaudi Motsoeneng should not hold any position at the SABC and Twitter has wasted no time reacting.

Hawks deny SACP claim that boss said he had a mandate to go after communists

Hawks deny SACP claim that boss said he had a mandate to go after communists

Hawks respond to claims made yesterday by the SACP, that boss Berning Ntlemeza said communists are in their cross hairs.

Popular articles
Why obstetricians are leaving their profession

Why obstetricians are leaving their profession

Health insurance agency PPO Serve explains why South African obstetricians in private practise are leaving their specialist field.

100 scholarships up for grabs to deserving students

100 scholarships up for grabs to deserving students

Together, the SA and Hungarian governments are offering scholarships for students who want to do bachelor, masters, and PhD degrees.

Former Massmart employee threatened for speaking out on racial pay disparity

Former Massmart employee threatened for speaking out on racial pay disparity

Phathuxolo Maqavana has accused Massmart of paying him less than his white colleague, despite being on the same job level.

Earn peanuts? How to best invest very small amounts...

Earn peanuts? How to best invest very small amounts...

Got a spare R200 or R300 a month? Here’s how to make that money work hard and grow…

'My daughter bought Spur shares when she was 10 years old' - Dr Adrian Saville

'My daughter bought Spur shares when she was 10 years old' - Dr Adrian Saville

What does Citadel’s famed disciple of contrarian, deep-value investing Dr Adrian Saville hope for (and fear) about money?

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

"Recognise that it’s not the end, it’s the beginning." Expert advise for school-leavers who want to improve their results.

How Naspers paid peanuts for Tencent (China’s most valuable company)

How Naspers paid peanuts for Tencent (China’s most valuable company)

In 2001 Naspers invested $32 million in (then tiny) Tencent. Learn more about the wildly profitable Chinese behemoth...

SA Weather Service warns Gauteng of heavy thunderstorms

SA Weather Service warns Gauteng of heavy thunderstorms

Gauteng will yet again experience heavy thunderstorms on Friday, according to the South African Weather Service.