Voice of the Cape

March2015

DIRCO assisting Sh Bassiouni

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) has responded to concerns over the detention of elderly South African scholar, Sheikh Abdul Salam Jad Bassiouni, who was arrested at the Cairo International Airport upon his arrival in Egypt. Bassiouni, who holds dual Egyptian and South African citizenship, is reported to[…]

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Vavi sack may lead to new union: Duvenhage

Political analyst Prof. Andre Duvenhage, has given some backing to the claims of ousted Cosatu general secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi that his expulsion is based on a clash of personalities within the trade union’s leadership. Vavi was booted out after an almost unanimous decision amongst Cosatu’s Central Executive Committee, following a[…]

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South Africa braces for Marikana report

The official report into the police killing of 34 South African miners in 2012 is due to be submitted to President Jacob Zuma, with rights groups demanding that its findings are published immediately. Phuti Setati, secretary of the Marikana Commission, told AFP news agency that the Farlam report would be[…]

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Cosatu to ‘interrogate’ forensic reports

Cosatu will study two forensic reports on the union federation and if necessary point out illegal activities to law enforcement agencies. “Where there are issues of fraud and corruption… they must be reported to the law enforcement agencies accordingly,” Congress of SA Trade Unions deputy general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali told[…]

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Zuma aware of SAPS, Hawks, NPA issues

President Jacob Zuma is aware of developments in the NPA, the Hawks and SA Police Service (SAPS), his spokesman said on Tuesday. “With regards to the Hawks, the minister of police has informed the president that he has to act on certain reports alleging wrongdoing on the part of some[…]

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Maqubela branded ‘delusional’

Convicted killer Thandi Maqubela showed delusional tendencies and lacked empathy, the Western Cape High Court found on Tuesday. “She displayed contradictory behavioural traits and tendencies,” Judge John Murphy said. “The evidence shows beyond all doubt, her proclivity towards deception, fraudulent conduct, and an almost delusional tendency to fabricate, aimed unrealistically[…]

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IS fighters kill over 40 in Syrian village attack

Islamic State fighters on Tuesday killed over 40 people, mostly civilians, in an attack on a central Syrian village, opposition activists and Syrian state TV said. The assault on the government-held village of Mabuja was the latest atrocity by the group, which last week released a video showing its radicals[…]

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Former Nigerian dictator leads in election

Former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari had a commanding lead in Nigeria’s bitterly contested presidential election, according to a partial vote count Tuesday, and appeared set to oust President Goodluck Jonathan. If Buhari wins and Jonathan steps down, it would mark the first time in Nigeria’s history that an opposition party[…]

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Banned group takes prosecutor hostage in Turkey

Members of a banned leftist group took a chief prosecutor hostage in his office Tuesday inside a court house in Istanbul, Turkish news agencies said. Police said negotiators were speaking to two hostage takers in attempts to end the standoff. “There is no problem concerning any of our colleagues. Our[…]

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40 reported dead in Yemen airstrike

At least 40 people were killed Monday in an airstrike on a refugee camp in north-western Yemen, an official said as Houthi rebels advanced on the southern city of Aden despite air raids by a Saudi-led coalition. About 200 people were wounded in the airstrike on the Mazraq refugee camp[…]

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