Voice of the Cape


Only men over 50 allowed at Al Aqsa

Muslim men over 50 prayed at the Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City on Friday amid intense security, a day after Israel closed all access to the sacred compound for the first time in more than a decade following violence on the streets. More than 1,000 Israeli police were deployed around[…]

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Cable theft disrupts trains again

Cape Town train commuters were again left fuming on Friday morning as train services were halted due to early morning cable theft. The theft of four meters of cable on the approach to Cape Town Station caused major delays, with some trains were delayed for more than an hour. The[…]

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Ramaphosa arrives in Uganda

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa arrived in Uganda on Thursday, his office said. Spokesman Ronnie Mamoepa said Ramaphosa would meet Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni on Friday to discuss the South Sudanese peace process. In accordance with the objective of bringing about peace and stability in South Sudan, Ramaphosa visited Addis Ababa[…]

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Two SA soldiers injured in Sudan ambush

Two SA National Defence Force soldiers deployed as part of a UN/African Union peacekeeping force in Sudan have been wounded in an ambush near their base, the SANDF said on Thursday. “The injured soldiers were airlifted by helicopter to the hospital in El Fashir shortly after the ambush. The two[…]

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Burkina Faso president defies calls to resign

Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore said he would not resign as requested by demonstrators, but confirmed he was dropping plans to extend his 27-year rule, in an open letter late Thursday. The army seized power earlier in the day after the West African country was engulfed by protests against Compaore’s[…]

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Sweden recognises state of Palestine

Sweden has officially recognised the state of Palestine, Stockholm’s foreign minister has said, less than a month after the government announced its intention to make the unprecedented move. The Palestinians cheered Thursday’s move, while Israel recalled its ambassador to Sweden for consultations. Israel also summoned Sweden’s ambassador to protest and[…]

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Second phase of Al Aqsa divide under way: Hendricks

Thursday’s shutdown of Masjidul- Aqsa should not be seen in isolation of Israel’s continued occupation, says Al Quds Foundation president Maulana Igsaan Hendricks.  While Masjidul Aqsa has been a flashpoint of violence in recent weeks, Thursday reached a turning point for the history of Islam’s thirds most holiest site when[…]

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Community rallys for VOC cancer drive

Motivated by the struggles of men and women who continue to battle bravely against cancer, a collaboration of schools in the Paarl area have united to generously contribute to VOC’s Pink Hijab Day campaign. The initiative, led by the Al-Azhar high and primary schools, saw students and parents collectively raise[…]

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Tears flow at joint memorial for sports stars

Tears flowed down the cheeks of sport lovers on Thursday as videos of three dead sport stars played in Johannesburg’s Standard Bank Arena. Athlete Caster Semenya broke down when a video of Mbulaeni Mulaudzi’s sporting highlights was played. She was given tissues to wipe away the tears. With her head[…]

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