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South Africa: Farmer bags life imprisonment for killing farmworker

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A Western Cape farmer‚ Martin Visser‚ was sentenced to life imprisonment on Wednesday for the murder of a farmworker‚ Adam Pieterse.

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said the farmer‚ from Lutzville‚ was also sentenced to three years for assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and six months for assault.

Visser allegedly beat Pieterse with a spade‚ dragged him with a quadbike and then buried him in 2015.

Ntabazalila said there was an “incident” earlier on Wednesday in the cells before Judge Nathan Erasmus sentenced Visser.

It was reported that Visser tried to commit suicide by hanging himself with his jacket.

Ntabazalila said: “An incident took place in the cell and the accused was taken to hospital but he is back now. Defence objected with the sentencing taking place. State objected to that‚ saying the accused was assessed in hospital and tests of concussion were negative. After that sentencing started.”

Ntabazalila added: “Judge Erasmus told the court that an incident took place in the cell. He did not mention what incident it was.”

Visser murdered Pieterse in 2015.

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Durban Court Convicts Nine for public violence in South Africa.

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Following the chaotic scenes that occurred after the Nedbank Cup semi-final at Moses Mabhida Stadium in April, South African Police Services (SAPS) have confirmed that nine people have been convicted of public violence.



Kaizer Chiefs were knocked out of the competition after losing 2-0 to eventual champions Free State Stars, which prompted scores of angry fans to storm the pitch, causing damage worth R2.6 million.

The SAPS issued out a statement on Thursday, revealing that nine of the 11 suspects who appeared in the Durban Regional Court in connection with the incident were successfully convicted.

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The incident left 18 people injured, with six admitted to hospital, and the match result prompted Steve Komphela – who coached Kaizer Chiefs at the time – to resign from his post after a tumultuous tenure where the club failed to secure silverware in three years.

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The club was fined by the PSL, and was forced to stage two home matches at the venue – against Polokwane City and Chippa United -behind closed doors.

Should a similar incident occur in the next 24 months, Amakhosi will have to play another home fixture without any crowd support, according to PSL sanction.

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Nigerian: Governor Ganduje wants $8.2m for damages over bribe videos.

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A Nigerian governor Abdullahi Ganduje has sued an online portal and its publisher over viral videos that shows him purportedly receiving dollar bribes from contractors in the state.

According to the portal in question, Governor of north-central Kano State, Ganduje through his lawyers filed the suit at a High Court.



The suit filed is among other, seeking the court to restrain the portal and its publisher, Jafar Jafar, from further publishing what he called “defamatory doctored video clips.”

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The governor also wants the court to order payment of 3 billion naira ($8.2m) as damages for defamation of character. He also wants the court to order reporters to publish a public apology and syndicate same through other online platforms with global accessibility.

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Ganduje, a former deputy governor of Kano was elected for the first of two-terms in 2015. He is currently contesting for a final term when elections are next held in early 2019.

He has appeared in several video clips circulated by the Daily Nigerian receiving bribe, allegedly amounting to about $5million from contractors in the state. The portal quotes contractors as saying Ganduje personally receives from 15 to 25 percent kickbacks for every project executed in the state.

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