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NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 19 November 5 pm

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In this bulletin:

# The two accused in the Brendin Horner murder case are acquitted
# A social justice organisation says the police are not winning the battle against gender-based violence
# And Rugby: Catha Jacobs is looking forward to leading the Springbok Women’s side

# The High Court sitting in Bethlehem in the Free State has acquitted two accused for the murder of a 21-year-old farm manager. Brendin Horner was strangled in October last year at the farm in Paul Roux. The state yesterday withdrew the murder charge, but the court still had to rule on it. Judge Cagney Musi found there was no evidence to link Sekola Matlaletsa and Sketje Mahlamba to either the murder or a case of stock theft that took place seven months before:

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Meanwhile, Police minister Bheki Cele says 15 murders occurred on farms and small-holdings in South Africa between July and September. This is two more than during the previous reporting period. While all property-related crimes decreased by 6.2-percent, police continue to clamp down on stock theft, which recorded a decrease of 9.2-percent. Cele says if a comparison was made to the normal period of 2019/2020 this would have resulted in a 15.4-percent decrease in stock theft cases:

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At the same time, the statistics paint a grim picture for victims of gender-based violence and femicide in South Africa. This is the view of a spokesperson for Action Society, Ian Cameron. He says it is clear the police are not winning this battle. Cameron believes victims of rape and domestic violence are still being neglected by the police and government. A total of nine-thousand-956 rape cases were reported for the three-month period.

# Rugby: Catha Jacobs, who will lead the Springbok Women’s side in their friendly against the England Under-20 on Sunday, says she is looking forward to the opportunity. Twelve players have been handed their first start of the tour for the match in London. Jacobs says she will be counting on the experienced players as England will pose a tough challenge:

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# Financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-68-cents and the euro at 17-rand-71-cents. One British pound costs 21-rand-8-cents and Bitcoin trades at 57-thousand-672-dollars-8-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-859-dollars-8-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 79-dollars-3-cents a barrel.

# And finally: A Walter Sisulu University spokesperson, Yonela Tukwayo, says those who have been thinking about postgraduate qualifications should take that leap of faith because one is never too old to study. This follows the graduation of a 75-year-old great-grandmother who graduated with a Master’s degree in Education from the University in East London in the Eastern Cape. Notozi Mgobozi enrolled at the university in 2018. She is a teacher at the Collegiate Junior Secondary School in Gqeberha. Mgobozi is a mother of two, has five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

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