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Director of South African tech firm charged with attempted police bribe

By David Dolan JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - An executive director of South Africa's Pinnacle Holdings has been charged with offering a $460,000 bribe to a senior police official in an attempt to win an equipment deal for the technology company, police said on Tuesday. Takalani Tshivhase allegedly offered the 5 million rand bribe to a lieutenant general in the South African Police Service (SAPS) to secure a multi-million rand contract for devices used in police investigations, SAPS said.

Five more illegal miners found dead in South Africa

Five more bodies of illegal miners have been discovered at a disused South African gold mine, bringing to 11 the total of dead diggers found this week, emergency workers said Thursday. The decomposing bodies were recovered near a mine west of Johannesburg, at the same spot where five others were picked up on Tuesday, said Robert Mulaudzi, the spokesman for the Johannesburg Emergency Management Services. "The bodies were already decomposing, making it hard to see if they had any visible injuries," said Mulaudzi.

South Africa's Harmony Gold stops operations after accidents

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's Harmony Gold stopped all its operations for a 24-hour safety shift on Friday after at least eight workers were killed in a rock-fall and fire, the worst accident in South Africa's mines in nearly five years. In addition to the accident at its Doornkop mine near Johannesburg, South Africa's third-largest bullion producer said two other workers had died in separate incidents at different mines on Thursday.

Eight dead, one missing in South Africa mine blaze

Eight workers have been found dead deep inside a burning South African gold mine, their union said Thursday, as rescuers raced to find one miner still missing. The bodies were discovered late Wednesday at the mine west of Johannesburg, National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) spokesman Livhuwani Mammburu told AFP. An earth tremor is thought to have triggered the accident at Harmony Gold's Doornkop mine, some 1.7 kilometres (more than a mile) below ground.

Eight trapped S.Africa gold miners are dead

Eight of the nine gold mineworkers trapped underground in a shaft west of Johannesburg have been found dead, the National Union of Mineworkers said Thursday. "Eight of the nine mineworkers who were missing at Doornkop Mine are found dead," the union said in a statement. A search was ongoing for the ninth man still missing. The union said the bodies were discovered on Wednesday night by rescue teams.

Nine still missing in South Africa mine blaze

South African emergency workers battled smoke and rockfalls Wednesday to rescue nine gold miners missing deep underground in a burning shaft west of Johannesburg. Nine of the 17 workers initially trapped by the blaze are still missing, the company said, after eight were rescued from an underground refuge bay earlier Wednesday. The fire broke out about 1.7 kilometres (over one mile) beneath the surface at mining firm Harmony Gold's Doornkop mine late Tuesday, and may have been triggered by a seismic event.

Eight trapped South African gold miners freed, nine still missing

By Zandi Shabalala DOORNKOP, South Africa (Reuters) - South African emergency workers rescued eight miners trapped a mile underground on Wednesday by a fire and rock-fall at Harmony Gold's Doornkop mine near Johannesburg, but nine other workers remained unaccounted for. Rescue teams had to battle through smoke and debris at a depth of 1,700 meters to reach the eight, who had managed to flee to a refuge bay equipped with a telephone and other survival items.

Slain Rwandan ex-spy to be buried in Johannesburg

Rwanda's former intelligence chief Patrick Karegeya, who was found strangled to death in a Johannesburg hotel on New Year's Day, will be buried in South Africa where he was exiled, his widow said Wednesday. "The funeral will take place in Johannesburg," Leah Karegeya told AFP on the phone from the United States where she lives. The burial date is yet to be confirmed, she said. "If it doesn't happen this weekend then perhaps the next weekend," she said. She said she was "trying my best to come" and bid her late husband farewell.

South Africa charges Czech gold dealer with gangland violence

By Peroshni Govender JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A Czech gold and diamond dealer who has been evading police for eight years was charged with a gangland-style attempted murder and kidnapping in a South African court on Monday. Radovan Krejcir, 45, who is also wanted in the Czech Republic on multiple counts of fraud, pleaded not guilty as he applied for bail, and alleged he had been tortured with electric shocks while in police custody.

12 killed in South Africa minibus crash

12 killed in South Africa minibus crash JOHANNESBURG, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- Two South African minibus taxis collided, leaving at least 12 people dead and eight others wounded, police said Monday morning. One minibus taxi attempted to overtake several vehicles as it was running on the road in the northern province of North West on Sunday evening, but resulted in colliding head on with the other one, said police. The fatalities include five children ages one to six. The two drivers were killed on the scene.
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