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South Africa: The South African Government Voted Against Our Online Freedom

South Africa: The South African Government Voted Against Our Online Freedom

It’s as if they thought we wouldn’t find out. While the world has been going to shit of late, with bombings here (Istanbul, Saudi Arabia), shootings (Iraq) there, hacking and broken hearts a little further on there (Bangladesh, if you didn’t know), the South African government voted against a UN resolution that that would make […]

Oscar Pistorius To Learn Length Of Jail Sentence For Steenkamp Murder

Oscar Pistorius To Learn Length Of Jail Sentence For Steenkamp Murder

Oscar Pistorius, the South African Olympic and Paralympic athlete who killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, by firing four bullets through a closed toilet door, will learn on Wednesday how long he will spend in prison for murder. In what is likely to be the final chapter in a story that attracted intense worldwide attention, Judge […]

Aaisha’s Ramadaan Diaries, Day 24 – On Taraweeh and Mufti Menk

Aaisha’s Ramadaan Diaries, Day 24 – On Taraweeh and Mufti Menk

Day 24: Taraweeh at Bosmont Masjid with Mufti Menk On Tuesday, my friend Naadira invited a couple of friends and me to her house for iftar (the meal we have upon completion of the fast), and to visit Bosmont Masjid for Taraweeh (more on that below) after with Mufti Menk. She lives in Newclare, which […]

South Africans Are Queuing Up For Famous Brands. But Can They Afford To?

South Africans Are Queuing Up For Famous Brands. But Can They Afford To?

A QUEUE snaked through the first Starbucks shop south of the Sahara, winding out of the door and down the block. It greeted the American coffee chain’s boss, Howard Schultz, when he visited the Johannesburg store for the first time recently. “I have been to many, many Starbucks openings around the world,” Howard Schultz marvelled. […]

South African Court Refuses Zuma Appeal Request In Arms Case

South African Court Refuses Zuma Appeal Request In Arms Case

A South African court has refused permission for President Jacob Zuma and prosecutors to appeal against its ruling that he should face corruption charges over a 1999 arms deal worth billions of dollars. There were “no merits” in the argument requesting an appeal, it ruled. In April, the court said a 2009 decision to drop […]

South Africa: Violence Will Not Be Tolerated, Says Deputy President

South Africa: Violence Will Not Be Tolerated, Says Deputy President

Pretoria — Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has warned that violence and lawlessness will not be tolerated. The Deputy President was speaking after the meeting of the Presidential Labour Working Group at the Union Buildings earlier on Tuesday. “The law enforcement agencies will be after those that are perpetuating violence. If there are issues that need […]

Soweto Uprising 40 years On: The Image That Shocked The World

Soweto Uprising 40 years On: The Image That Shocked The World

The sky above was dark with smoke. At the railway station, as Ntsiki Makhubo and her mother returned from a day in Johannesburg, they were met by an anxious crowd. As they stepped down from the train, they trod on shattered glass and heard the news. Your brother has been shot and killed, Makhubo was […]

South Africa: Parliament On Tlokwe Constitutional Court Ruling

South Africa: Parliament On Tlokwe Constitutional Court Ruling

The Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs notes and welcomes the ruling by the Constitutional Court to suspend by 18 months its ruling that the voters’ roll is unlawful. This decision will enable the August 2016 municipal elections to continue despite the defects on the voters’ roll. The Committee is of the view that the 18 […]

Emotional Barry Steenkamp Says Pistorius Must Pay For Reeva’s Murder

Emotional Barry Steenkamp Says Pistorius Must Pay For Reeva’s Murder

The father of Reeva Steenkamp told a crowded courtroom on Tuesday that although he had forgiven Oscar Pistorius, who was convicted of his daughter’s 2013 murder, the former athlete should pay for what he has done. In emotional testimony in the Gauteng high court in Pretoria on the second day of a sentencing hearing, Barry […]

The Coastal Village, The Mining Giant and The Battle for South Africa’s Soul

The Coastal Village, The Mining Giant and The Battle for South Africa’s Soul

The dunes appear endless. Behind them lie rolling grassy hills, banana trees, sweet potato fields and thatched huts. There are horses, goats and dogs, but no roads, no towns, and the only constant sound is the crash of the breakers from the Indian Ocean. This is Xolobeni, a remote village on the eastern shore of […]