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South Africa ordered to pay $15 million over death of 144 patients

In tonight's edition: the South African state is ordered to pay $15 million over the death of 144 mentally ill patients; a controversial referendum on constitutional reforms in Burundi is set for May 17; and the drought in the Western Cape has hit businesses too, including the world-renowned wine industry.


South African health authorities are ordered to pay $15 million in compensation to the families of mental health patients who died of negligence after being sent to what judges branded "death traps".

Also, in Burundi, a presidential decree sets the date for the controversial referendum on a possible change to the constitution. If President Pierre Nkurunziza wins, he'll be able to stand for two more seven-year mandates after 2020.

And the three-year-long drought in the Western Cape has not just affected families, but businesses too, including the region's world-renowned wine industry.

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