Voice of the Cape


Govt must address gender wage gap

South Africa has a vast gender wage gap where women earn 35% less than men in similar work positions. According to statistics published recently, South Africa has an overall gender gap of 25%, as measured by economic participation and opportunity, education, health and political empowerment, yet its gender pay gap[…]

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‘Stop Operation Fiela’, urge NGOs

South African human rights groups have called on government to stop the arrests of undocumented foreign nationals, saying it further stigmatises foreign nationals. Over the last few weeks, the South African government has deployed large numbers of police and the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to conduct a series[…]

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28’s gang leader found guilty of seven murders

Alleged 28’s gang leader George “Geweld” Thomas was on Thursday found guilty of killing seven people by the Western Cape High Court. He had initially faced 19 murder charges. The verdict was delivered after Judge Chantel Fortuin spent a few days reading out the 800-page judgment against Thomas and his[…]

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Mandela’s last days discussed at euthanasia debate

The final days of former president Nelson Mandela formed part of a debate in Johannesburg on Thursday night around end-of-life decisions such as euthanasia. Two speakers spoke about Mandela, and although both were on opposite sides of the debate, they agreed that he should not have been put on life-support[…]

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Krejcir trial expected to deal with cellphone records

The defence is expected to present cellphone records that they hope will disprove some of the testimony already heard in the drugs, attempted murder and kidnapping trial of Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir and five others. The matter was being heard in the High Court in Johannesburg. The State has closed[…]

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Nkandla process 99% ready, says Mbete

The work of the executive was “99% done” and the Nkandla report expected from Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko should be ready for Parliament by next week, Speaker Baleka Mbete said on Thursday. She told Parliament’s programming committee that as soon as the report was “physically here”, an ad hoc committee[…]

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Panayiotou to spend a few more days behind bars

Jayde Panayiotou’s husband Christopher, accused of master-minding the beloved teacher’s murder, spent Thursday in court complaining about the conditions in holding cells. During his bail application in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court, his lawyer Terry Price said the conditions in the holding cells at St Alban’s prison were ”despicable” and[…]

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R25k reward for Shasha Lee

Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille has offered a R25 000 reward for information to help find a missing Hanover Park girl.  It has been 11 days since six-year-old Shasha Lee November went missing, after she was last seen playing in Groenal Walk in Hanover Park on 3 May 2015.[…]

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Parliament trying to keep Madonsela under its thumb

Parliament is going to hold Public Protector Thuli Madonsela under its thumb by forcing her to meet extraordinary requirements. Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Justice ruled on Wednesday that Madonsela must now formally report to him four times a year. This was two more times than other Chapter 9[…]

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