Voice of the Cape

February2016

Refugee crisis brewing on South Africa’s doorstep

Malawi, which once battled to shelter more than a million Mozambican refugees fleeing that country’s brutal civil war, has gradually found itself in the same quagmire once again. Unlike the huge numbers of refugees it hosted during the conflict between 1977 and 1992, Malawi is currently hosting about 6000 Mozambicans,[…]

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Rand takes massive hit as Sars wars heat up

Standard Bank Research said the “rand sacrificed most of the gains it had made since the end of January”, which analysts on Monday said was due to a boiling point in politics involving President Jacob Zuma and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Zuma said on Friday that he will not interfere[…]

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Fire dangers continue after Table Mountain burns

The South African Weather Service has warned of extremely high fire dangers conditions in the country’s windy western and northern side. Extremely high fire danger condition can be expected in places over the interior of the Northern Cape, West Coast district, Central and Little Karoo as well as the northeastern[…]

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Merkel defends open borders for migrants

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday defended her open-door policy for migrants, rejecting any limit on the number of refugees allowed into her country despite divisions within her government. Merkel said there was no ‘Plan B’ for her aim of reducing the flow of migrants through cooperation with Turkey, efforts[…]

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Will #ZephanyNurse accused’s testimony ring true?

Details of how a desperate, childless woman managed to pass off a kidnapped baby as her own – even pulling the wool over her husband’s eyes – are expected to emerge on Monday when the woman charged with the kidnapping of 3-day-old Zephany Nurse almost 20 years ago will testify[…]

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Over 70 feared killed in Baghdad blasts

Over 70 people were killed and 100 others wounded in Sadr City, a southern suburb of the Iraqi capital, as two bombs went off at a crowded market, according to Reuters. Islamic State militants claim the attack. Earlier, Alsumaria TV reported 28 fatalities. Security sources also told the channel there[…]

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Why Palestinian unity is a misnomer

OPINION by Omar Karmi More than a week has passed since the two main Palestinian political factions, Hamas and Fatah, met in Doha, Qatar, to seek agreement on the issues that have divided them since 2006. After two days of “positive” discussions — one of the oldest clichés in politics —[…]

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‘Universities must be spaces for debate’

Protests over racial issues such as statues and other symbols of the country’s divided history, as well as tuition and student housing, have spread at universities across South Africa. At some universities, students protested the use of Afrikaans as an official language, frustrated that decades after the end of minority-white[…]

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Investigation into Shimon Peres underway

The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation has confirmed that a docket on Shimon Peres has been opened and investigation is now underway. This week, the Muslim Lawyers Association lodged documents with the National Prosecution Authority, requesting its intervention. Human rights activists have accused Peres of unspeakable war crimes such as[…]

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