Voice of the Cape

July2015

Locals angered by death of Palestinian child

The Palestinian embassy in South Africa says it is angered by yesterday’s Israeli attack in the Palestinian village of Douna near Nablus which resulted in the death of an 18 month old Palestinian child, Ali Saad Dawabsha. The baby’s mother Reham together with 4 year old brother Ahmad were burned[…]

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What is next for Turkey’s Kurdish peace process?

With the recent outbreak of the violence and fighting between Turkey and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Turkey’s famed Kurdish peace process has entered uncharted waters. PKK began their fight for independence in the late 1970s and have been struggling for greater autonomy and recognition of Kurdish rights within[…]

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Cosatu warns of strike against Prasa, Metrorail

Cosatu has signalled its intent to embark on strike action against Prasa and Metrorail, over what it has described as “dismal trains services” from the respective railway groups. Concerns centre on the unreliability of trains, crippling increases in ticket pricing, and a shortage of security, with the trade union has[…]

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Lili to remain in custody until bail application

The State will be opposing bail when the application is heard in the inciting of violence case against “poo protester” Andile Lili on Wednesday. Lili, 40, appeared before Magistrate Cyril Krautz in the Bellville Magistrate’s court on Friday morning. Asking that bail be denied, the State’s Peter John Damon cited[…]

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Madonsela wanted to address Nkandla committee

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela had expected Parliament’s ad hoc committee on Nkandla to interview her, she said on Friday. “They should ensure they exhaust all sources of information that may shed light on the issue they want to decide on. I have information on the issue they are deliberating on[…]

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Patel arrested for second murder

The Polokwane businessman on trial for killing his wife was arrested on Friday in connection with another murder committed two years ago, Limpopo police said. Rameez Patel, who was out on bail of R250 000, was arrested at his workplace in connection with the death of Tony Adams in Westenburg,[…]

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Muslims being ‘erased’ from CAR

Militias have taken advantage of the political vacuum in Central African Republic (CAR), engaging in ethnic cleansing of Muslims in a bid to erase the community from the country, human rights group Amnesty International has said. Discussing Friday’s report, entitled “Erased identity: Muslims in ethnically cleansed areas of the Central[…]

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Taliban meeting walkout raises specter of split

At the Taliban meeting this week where Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour was named as the group’s new head, several senior figures in the movement, including the son and brother of late leader Mullah Omar, walked out in protest. The display of dissent within the group’s secretive core is the clearest[…]

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Vaccine holds hope for end of Ebola

The world is for the first time on the verge of being able to protect humans against Ebola, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, as data from a trial in Guinea showed a vaccine was 100 percent effective. Initial results from the trial, which tested Merck (MRK.N) and[…]

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