Judge in fight over dog
A high court judge has become entangled in battle over custody of a dachshund puppy, which he is accused of dognapping from a neighbor using a falsified court order. Judge Jacobus Annandale allegedly sent police officers with a fake court order to nab the long-bodied pup a few days after selling it. Annandale argues that his neighbor Bhekiwe Dlamini abused the dog and is seeking an interdict to keep it. According to court papers seen on Friday, Annandale alleges Dlamini left the canine to sleep in the cold, infested with flies. Dlamini refused to sell the dog back at double the US$240 asking price, and says the alleged abuse did not concern the judge. A judge last week granted an interim interdict against the neighbor so that a veterinarian can examine the puppy.
‘Psy’ crashes Cannes
A man pretending to be South Korean rapper Psy talked his way into glitzy parties at the Cannes film festival and posed with fans until he was spotted drinking champagne by the real Psy’s manager. Psy, in Singapore on Thursday night to perform at the inaugural Social Star awards, said that Scooter Braun spotted the impostor, took a photograph and sent it to the musician. “He sent it to me, and I tweeted that, like, five, six hours ago, so everybody in France, they know,” Psy told Reuters television at the Singapore ceremony. “Real Psy is here.” Psy became a global sensation last year when the video for his song Gangnam Style went viral. It became the first video to receive more than 1 billion hits on video sharing Web site YouTube.
Man survives python attack
A truck driver who was forced to kick, bite and stab his way from the clutches of a giant python, said on Friday he was lucky to be alive. Kelvin Katoka, 25, unknowingly ran into the giant snake while driving his excavator in the bush at a copper mine in the northwest. “Within no time, the python was all over my body and it then threw me on the ground,” he said by telephone from his hospital bed, where he has been recovering for nearly a month. Rock pythons are Africa’s largest snake and can grow up to 7m long. Katoka managed to bite the python as it coiled around him and held on in a “long struggle.” “It then clicked to my mind that I had a small knife in my work suit pocket and quickly, I rushed for it,” he said. “I stabbed it in the sides of its body and slowly it started loosening itself, but by then, I had become weak.” The snake once again wrapped itself around his body and “started to apply saliva all over my face in readiness to swallow me,” he said. Two workmates came to where he had been working in Mwininlunga. They killed the python, carried Katoka away and took him to hospital.
Pilot survives plane crash
Officials say the pilot of a small plane carrying three passengers is the only person to survive a crash on the island of Mallorca. The Cessna 172 single-engine plane took off from the island’s Son Bonet de Marratxi airfield just after 5pm on Friday, failed to gain altitude and crashed into a nearby field, a regional Interior Ministry spokesman said. Two men and a woman, all Spanish nationals, died in the accident and the pilot was rescued from the flaming wreckage, the spokesman said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. Television images on state broadcaster TVE showed firefighters battling flames and rescuing the badly injured pilot.