1. South African police said on Thursday they had arrested a 23-year old male for murder after another man was stabbed to death at a tavern in central Johannesburg.
2. Murders at platinum mines featured among some of the high profile killings to rock South Africa’s North West province this year. Members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) were shot and wounded or killed in close succession in what was believed to be a turf war with rival union National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).
3. Four vehicle examiners are expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Thursday on charges of fraud and corruption, the Road Traffic Management Corporation said. RTMC spokesperson Simon Zwane said a scam was uncovered at the Green Peace roadworthy testing station in Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria, allegedly involving the issuing of fraudulent roadworthy certificates using the identity documents of dead people.
4. Charges have been withdrawn against three Rustenburg doctors. Dr Parbold Jogi, 44, Aboubacar Mabungu, 36, and Jimmy Omange, 39, were discharged by the Rustenburg Magistrate’s Court on December 14, they were facing charges of fraud and contravening the Health Professions Council Act.
5. Former Urban Warriors goalkeeper Calvin Marlin has returned to the club to take up the assistant coaching position, Ajax Cape Town announced on Wednesday evening that Marlin is back at Ikamva where he will work with newly appointed coach Muhsin Ertugral, who took over the reins last week.
6. Children in the conflict zones of the planet have been under attack at a “shocking scale” during this year, as the parties to the conflicts keep violating international law, the UN Childrens’ Fund (UNICEF) said in a Thursday statement.
7. Vietnamese courts have handed down harsh prison sentences to two dozen people after finding them guilty of terrorism and subversion, including in a bombing linked to an exiled group, state media reported Thursday.
8. Turkish security forces killed 11 militants of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq and eastern Turkey early on Thursday, local media reported.
9. Vanity Fair is trying to defuse criticism of a video mocking Hillary Clinton and her presidential aspirations. In a statement Wednesday, the magazine said the online video was an attempt at humour that regrettably “missed the mark.”
10. A 74-year-old man was charged Thursday with posting a bullet and threatening letter to Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, it was reported.
– African News Agency (ANA)