Voice of the Cape

October2014

UFAGAD to roll out campaign

A few months ago, a collective body of organisations was formed with an aim to fight against gangsterism and drugs in Cape Town. The United Front Against Gangsters and Drugs (UFAGAD) consists of the Economic Freedom Fighters, the Pan African Congress, Azanian Peoples Organisation, People Against Gangsterism and Drugs, the[…]

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Gun control law changes on the way: Nhleko

Amendments to the Firearms Control Act will be introduced in Parliament next year, Police Minister Nathi Nhleko said on Thursday. The amendments would be “technical in nature” and meant to close legal loopholes, he told journalists at Parliament. “We’ll need to take advantage of that to look at all other[…]

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Corrupt police official jailed

A police constable was jailed for eight years by a Cape Town court on Thursday for twice accepting bribes as inducements to obtain the drug “tik”. Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court Magistrate Sabrina Sonnenberg also declared Ricardo Abrahams, 34, a father of two, unfit to possess a firearm. A young[…]

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I sacrificed my life: Tongo

Convicted shuttle taxi driver Zola Tongo seemed to portray himself as a victim when describing how the Anni Dewani murder plot affected him, during questioning in the Western Cape High Court on Thursday. Tongo, 34, who is serving an 18-year jail term for killing the honeymooner in 2010, said in[…]

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UN watchdog slams Israel

A UN human rights watchdog on Thursday urged Israel to respect the rights of Palestinians, and demanded the country probe violations committed during repeated assaults on Gaza. With tensions soaring in East Jerusalem, and months of almost daily clashes, the UN Human Rights Committee published conclusions Thursday from its review[…]

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Saudi beheads man for murder

Saudi Arabia beheaded a man Thursday for murdering a fellow tribesman, the interior ministry said, the latest in dozens of executions this year that have alarmed rights campaigners. Hadi bin Rashid al-Dosari, a Saudi national, was convicted of stabbing to death a fellow tribesman following a dispute, the ministry said[…]

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New UN envoy on Syria briefs Security Council

The outspoken new U.N. envoy on Syria is briefing the Security Council for the first time after visiting key countries with influence on any possible solution to the deeply entrenched conflict. Staffan de Mistura is the third such envoy to try to bring the more than three-year civil war to[…]

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City condemns MyCiti bus strike

The affects of the wildcat strike by MyCiti bus drivers have been felt by many who have opted for the faster more efficient way of travelling to work in and around the City. Not only are the commuters on the Atlantis and Dunoon route stranded but they have now been[…]

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Masjdul Aqsa shut down

Israeli forces completely sealed off the Al-Aqsa compound for the first time in decades late Wednesday following the shooting of a far-right Israeli activist in Jerusalem. Hundreds of Muslim worshipers performed dawn prayers in the streets outside the holy site after Israeli forces closed all entrances. Only the director of[…]

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WHO: Ebola appears to be slowing in Liberia

Liberia may be seeing a decline in the spread of Ebola, with falls in the number of burials and new admissions as well as a plateau in laboratory-confirmed cases, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said. “Do we feel confident that the response is now getting an upper hand on the[…]

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