Voice of the Cape

February2015

Spy Cables an ‘important act of journalism’: R2K

A systematic leaking of secret intelligence documents is making global headlines, detailing ‘unethical’ behavior by several spy agencies across the globe. The controversial ‘spy cables’ features documents from South Africa’s own State Security Agency (SSA) amongst others, highlighting secret and at times ‘dodgy’ interactions with a number of foreign agencies.[…]

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Palestine IAW next week

The 11th International Apartheid Week (IAW) is set to kick off next week with the hopes of bringing further light to the oppression suffered by Palestinians at the hands of and under the Israeli Apartheid regime. The campaign seeks to raise awareness amongst those not yet in the know of[…]

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Analysts give mixed reviews on 2015 budget

South African’s are expecting to part with their money less over the course of the next year, with the country’s economy set to remain bleak as a result of a widening budget deficit. The group most hard-hit will likely be those within the middle income bracket, with tax increases likely[…]

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Cables reveal SA at odds with allies on al-Qaeda

Russian intelligence claimed in February 2011 that al-Qaeda had established a “marine unit” based in North Africa and planned to use speedboats as “floating bombs”, according to documents leaked to Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit. That was just one of dozens of alarmist cables sent by foreign intelligence agencies to their[…]

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NPA drops public violence charges against DA

Charges of public violence against four DA members were withdrawn in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said on Thursday. “The NPA can confirm that the charges were withdrawn in court today due to insufficient evidence,” spokesman Velekhaya Mgobhozi said. Democratic Alliance MP Marius Redelinghuys, DA[…]

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Nene mum on sale of non-core assets

Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene on Thursday again refused to identify the non-core state assets which would be sold off to raise money for Eskom. Briefing a joint meeting of Parliament’s finance committees, Nene said the sale was almost finalised. “No matter how much we would actually want to identify these[…]

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Greenpeace boss wants answers on spy claims

Greenpeace executive director Kumi Naidoo wants to know if the South African government has been spying on him. He told reporters at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg on Thursday that he had written to Intelligence Minister David Mahlobo to get clarity on the matter. He hoped Mahlobo would tell him this[…]

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US officials question Netanyahu’s judgement

United States officials have questioned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s judgement and said his outspoken condemnation of efforts to secure an Iranian nuclear deal had injected destructive partisanship into US-Israeli relations. In an escalation of hostile exchanges between the allies six days before Netanyahu gives a speech to Congress on[…]

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UN envoy meets with embattled Yemeni president

Aides to Yemen’s embattled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi say he has met with the U.N. envoy to the country for the first time since fleeing the Shiite rebel-held capital. U.N. envoy Jamal Benomar has been struggling for months to resolve a crisis pitting Hadi against the Houthi rebels, who[…]

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