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Pretoria - Despite the decrease in sexual offences and rapes indicated in the crime statistics for the 2011/2012 financial year, the figures for these crimes remained unacceptably highly.

Johannesburg - Dismissed Gautrain bus drivers on Tuesday refused to sign a compromised settlement with their employer, Mega Express, facilitated by the Gauteng Legislature.

Johannesburg - The South African Paralympic team was treated to a heroes' send-off from hundreds of supporters at Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport as they departed for the 2012 London Paralympic Games on Tuesday.

Pretoria - Cabinet has endorsed the decision by President Jacob Zuma to appoint a judicial Commission of Inquiry to investigate the Marikana tragedy.

Cape Town - Murder declined by 3.1% between April 1 last year and March 31 this year, along with declines in a number of other crimes such as attempted murder, assault and common assault, sexual offences and rape, the Minister of Police, Nathi Mthethwa said on Thursday.

Johannesburg - The Constitutional Court on Thursday ruled in favour of Government and the SA National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) in a court case that had led to the delay of the implementation of e-tolling on Gauteng's freeways.

Pretoria - Cabinet has noted the imminence of two key international fora which will provide South Africa with an opportunity to advance the developmental agenda of Africa and the South.

Johannesburg - Today's Constitutional Court ruling upholding government's appeal against a temporary restraint on the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project established a fundamental principle about how far courts could - or could not - go in directing government operations.

Pretoria - Cabinet has noted the Constitutional Court decision to reserve its judgement on government's application to set aside the Gauteng North Court decision on the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP).

Pretoria - Trade union federation Cosatu says it regrets the ruling by the Constitutional Court on Thursday in favour of Government and the SA National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) in a court case that had led to the delay of the implementation of e-tolling on Gauteng's freeways.

Pretoria - Cabinet has approved the revised Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Codes of Good Practice, 2012 for public comment.

Pretoria - Organised crimes such as carjacking, cash-in-transit heists and bank robberies have decreased, according to the 2011/2012 crime statistics released by Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa on Thursday.

Pretoria - The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries will launch the National Arbor Week in Galeshewe, Kimberly, on 1 September, Cabinet spokesperson Jimmy Manyi announced on Wednesday.

Pretoria - Government has welcomed the Constitutional Court's ruling on the appeal of the order made by the North Gauteng High Court on the implementation of e-tolling on the Gauteng highways.

Pretoria - Cabinet has expressed its condolences to the people of Ethiopia following the death of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.

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