Voice of the Cape


Nepal: Waiting for the ‘disappeared’

Lautan Kumari Chaudhary remembers the knock on her door. It was 3am on April 11, 2002, and people had come looking for her husband in Mangalpur, their village in Bardiya district’s Rajapur. “We were sleeping. Somebody called, ‘Comrade! Open the door!’ I opened the door. Three people – two were[…]

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Parents must monitor children for bullying signs

A recent video of a child being bullied at school has sparked outrage after going viral. The 24-second video was recorded at Fairbairn College in Goodwood and then later posted onto Facebook by the victim’s mother, Shamsoenisa Gordon-De Jager. The video shows the victim, Raaziek Camroodien, lying in the foetal[…]

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CPF bemoans problem building

Concerns are being raised among residents in Maitland and Salt River after a decomposing buried woman was discovered in a nearby abandoned building. The discovery was made on the 2nd August in Voortrekker Road, Maitland. The discovery is as an indicator to residents that derelict buildings are becoming hotspots for[…]

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America and Russia could end the war in Syria tomorrow, but don’t hold your breath

OPINION by Ibrahim Hewitt While the Guardian’s Simon Jenkins decries the West’s “meddling” in Syria – and suggests that “We must step back” – his humane cri de coeur touches fleetingly on the real problem. “Reality in this part of the world,” writes Jenkins, “is that order and power seem invariably to trump ‘western-style’ democracy.” He is[…]

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Trial of 19 Marikana miners to resume on Monday

The trial of 19  mineworkers appearing on different charges during Marikana massacre are expected to resume at the North West High Court of Mahikeng, North West, on Monday morning. Anele Zonke and others are facing charges of murder, robbery, malicious damage to property and unlawful possession of firearm. The charges relate to[…]

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Shock as thousands of pregnant under-age girls discovered

Deputy Minister for Social Development, Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu says her ministry is concerned at the discovery of more than 3 000 under-age girls who are pregnant or are made mothers. The discovery was made late on Saturday at the rural Ratlou Local Municipality, about 70 kilometres outside Mahikeng in the North[…]

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Gupta family hits back at DA’s Maynier

The Gupta family has on Sunday pleaded with the Democratic Alliance’s David Maynier to stop using the family name “as a football in his party-politicking battles”. The family, in a statement, was responding to utterances made by Maynier following the controversial family’s announcement that it had decided to sell all[…]

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NPA could charge Gordhan and co this week – report

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) could charge Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and three former SA Revenue Services officials this week, the City Pressreported on Sunday. According to the publication, the Hawks had concluded its investigations into corruption, fraud and illegal spying against Gordhan, former Sars commissioners Ivan Pillay and Oupa Magashula,[…]

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