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Fri Oct 31 01:12:05 SAST 2014

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Times LIVE | 18 February, 2013 00:25

Cancer survivor to start 6000km trek

CANCER survivor Russell Kearney and his dog Kei will start a 6000km journey around the perimeter of South Africa on February 28.

Their trek will take about 14 months and will form part of his autobiography, Keep Walking Inspired by Faith, Hope and Love.

Kearney, who had skin cancer, has pledged 50% of the book sales to Port Elizabeth's Animal Welfare Society and Birds of Paradise, a bird sanctuary near Plettenberg Bay.

"I left chemotherapy more than one year ago. I feel no ill effects. When I left chemo I left everything in God's hands," he said.

Kearney says Kei escaped death twice: once at birth and two months later from the parvo disease.

"This journey is a mental struggle, but I have put my faith in God."

The walk will take them along South Africa's coastline as well as Mozambique and St Lucia's beaches. - Own correspondent

Six life terms for Christmas killer

KILLER Xolani Hlabisa was sentenced to six life terms and a further 25 years by the Mtubatuba High Court , KwaZulu-Natal police said.

Captain Thulani Zwane said Hlabisa was behind the deaths of six people in an attack on a house in Ntuzuma on Christmas Day in 2009.

Five people were wounded in the incident, allegedly carried out by three men armed with rifles, he said.

Zwane said charges against two other people were withdrawn. - Sapa

Protesters tear into municipal manager

PROTESTING employees at Emalahleni local municipality in Mpumalanga manhandled a local manager they accused of corruption, the municipality said.

Municipal manager George Mthimunye lost his shoes. His clothes were torn when protesters took him from his office last week, municipal spokesman Lebohang Mofokeng said at the weekend.

He said the allegations that Mthimunye was corrupt were nothing but "party politics". - Sapa

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