PASSOP Media Watch Report May 3, 2010

South Africa Update
Man killed in fierce Dunoon blaze By Bronwynne Jooste, Cape Argus. Page 3.

A devastating fire razed part of the Dunoon informal settlement at the weekend, killing one man and displacing more than 500 people. Fire services responded swiftly but could not bring the fire, which spread through the settlement just after midnight, under control before after 4am. Residents claim the fire was the result of a domestic dispute which culminated in a man setting his girlfriends home alight. Police could not confirm this.

Old age home fire horror By Michelle Jones, Cape Times. Page 1.

Two residents of the Rusthof Old Age Home were killed in a blaze which ripped through its sick bays and frail care section on Saturday night. With screams for help and shouts to get out of the burning building, 104 residents of the Paarl home, some wheelchair-bound, made their way outside to safety.

Somali shot in city, robbed of R17,000 By Liam Moses, Cape Argus. Page 3.

A Somali shop owner was shot four times and robbed of R17,000 during an armed robbery in the city centre last night. Three men two of them armed walked into the mans Longmarket Street shop at about 6pm and demanded money before shooting him and fleeing. A police spokesperson said the assailants shot the man twice inside the shop and twice outside after he attempted to chase them. The man is now in a stable condition. The assailants are still at large.

Africa Update

US wants Sudanese leader tried Cape Times, Page 2.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the US was committed to bringing Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to justice. He is an indicted war criminal, she said. Al-Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes in Darfur. He was re-elected last week as Sudans leader with 68.24 per cent of the vote.

Egyptians shoot two African migrants Cape Times, Page 2.

An Egyptian security official says border guards fatally shot two African migrants and arrested 11 others trying to cross illegally into Israel. The official said the 11 migrants six Eritreans, four Ethiopians, and a South African were in two groups and were detained further south.

Somali rebels targeted in mosque blast that kills 39 Reuters, Cape Times. Page 2.

Somalias Islamist group the Shebaab, that claims it was targeted by explosions in which 39 died, yesterday vowed to hit back at the transitional government and its African Union allies. The government has been promising for months to launch and offensive against the rebels to regain control of Mogadishu.

UN probes DRC rebels massacre of 100 Reuters, Cape Times. Page 2.

The UN is investigating reports that Ugandan Lords Resistance Army rebels killed 100 people in February, the latest in a string of massacres in the DRCs north-east. The violence comes amid fears that President Joseph Kabilas desire to see UN peacekeepers start withdrawing in June, in time for the 50th anniversary of the DRCs independence, will worsen the security situation as the countrys army will be unable to fill the gap.

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