Voice of the Cape

February2017

Rights groups, MJC condemn anti-migrant protest

This week, residents of Pretoria were placed on high alert with the outbreak of xenophobic attacks against foreign nationals and the subsequent announcement of an anti-migrant protest. The protest, which was organised by a group called Mamelodi Concerned Residents, is said to be an attempt to call attention to a[…]

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[Gallery] Journeying through the Syria border

It’s been an emotionally draining week for VOC’s Yaseen Kippie who has gained a first hand account of the disastrous impact of the war in Syria. Yaseen spent the past week at the Syrian border with Turkey, visiting various refugee camps with the leadership of the Muslim Judicial Council and[…]

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Desires and Obligations

This is part of a continuous hajj series by the hajj doctor, Salim Parker. More of his work can be found at www.hajjdoctor.co.za ‘I don’t know when I am going to perform Hajj!’ he exclaimed in exasperation. He just received the list of those who were fortunate enough to be accredited[…]

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EFF calls for amendment to Property Clause

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Parliament has tabled a motion to amend the Property Clause in the Constitution. The motion, which is expected to be debated in the National Assembly next Tuesday, has been brought by EFF Chief Whip, Floyd Shivambu. In the proposed motion, Shivambu says the EFF[…]

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Unrest in Tshwane as protesters take to the streets

Roads have been blocked and shops have been looted in Atteridgeville ahead of an anti-immigrant protest in Pretoria. President Jacob Zuma has strongly condemned the violent tensions which have recently broken out between South Africans and immigrants in parts of Gauteng. His office announced on Friday that he would champion[…]

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Militants kill 15 Niger soldiers in patrol ambush

Militants ambushed an army patrol in Niger on Thursday, killing 15 soldiers and wounding 19, the Defense Ministry said, occurring in an area near the border with Mali where militants have been seeking to expand their reach. “A search operation is underway to neutralize the terrorists,” the ministry statement said[…]

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Syria talks hit snag before opening ceremony in Geneva

UN-led negotiations on the war in Syria got off to a delayed start following disputes over the participation of the Syrian opposition delegation. Opposition representatives nearly missed the opening ceremony of the talks on Thursday after threatening not to attend over disagreements on the make-up and format of the session.[…]

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Muslim experts weigh in on medical cannabis issue

Coming on the back of widespread discussion, government has recently approved the production of cannabis, commonly known as marijuana, for medicinal purposes. While the drug has conventionally been used as a recreational drug, in a climate of overwhelming drug abuse within the country, the medicinal usage of the plant has[…]

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Judge Moosa in high spirits, despite illness

The family of prominent Cape Judge Essa Moosa say they’ve been overwhelmed by the messages of support for their father who is gravely ill. The 81 year old anti-apartheid activist is being surrounded by close family and friends who say he is still in high spirits and has a positive[…]

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Somali president calls on al Shabaab to surrender

Somalia’s new president was inaugurated on Wednesday, promising his people that the era of al Shabaab and other Islamist militant groups was over. Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, a dual U.S.-Somali citizen, called on al Shabaab’s thousands of fighters to surrender, promising them “a good life” if they did. “To those who[…]

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