Voice of the Cape

May2016

More criticism for SABC’s ‘apartheid-like censorship’

Free speech groups and opposition parties have condemned the South African state broadcaster’s (SABC) decision to stop showing violent anti-government protests, claiming the move disregarded the right to dissent in the country. The SABC said on Thursday it will stop showing violent anti-government protests flaring up around the country, in[…]

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Nationalists, anti-racism protesters clash

Australian police used pepper spray to break up clashes between rightwing nationalists and anti-racism protesters on the streets of Melbourne on Saturday as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said eliminating racism was still a “work in progress”. The United Patriots Front (UPF) organised a “Stop the Far Left” rally while anti-racism[…]

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Iranian Hajj row escalates

An Iranian delegation has left Saudi Arabia without an agreement for its citizens to attend the Muslim hajj pilgrimage this year, Saudi media have reported, a second failure by the rival Middle East powers to strike a deal. Relations between the two countries plummeted after hundreds of Iranians died in[…]

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17 days in a Syrian jail

On a recent trip to Istanbul in Turkey, I was captivated by a chance meeting with a young Syrian man, who spent 17 days in a Syrian jail. While our language barrier was difficult, the emotions upon hearing his story held no boundaries. Born in Damascus, the capital of the[…]

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Peace walk for the Cape Flats

While gang violence accounts for a third of all crime committed in the Western Cape, civil society groups will be challenging the prevalence of violence within Manenberg and the greater Cape Flats area with a peace march this Saturday. A number of organisations lead by the International Women’s Peace Group[…]

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Concern over gang conviction rate

A criminal law expert says that the police cannot be solely blamed for the low crime conviction rate in Mitchell’s Plain. Premier Helen Zille this week revealed that conviction rate for gang-related crimes in the Mitchells Plain Magistrate’s Court is now just 0.7%. This information was released by the Western[…]

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CT comes alive with Ramadan markets

Cape Town entrepreneurs are tapping into the consumer culture of Ramadan and Eid, with shopping festivals in the city on the increase. With the Mother City’s diverse and vibrant Muslim community, businesses are marketing products that will appeal to the needs of those fasting in the holy month. Cape Town[…]

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