Voice of the Cape


Pressure on Mbete

Opposition parties intend to ratchet up the pressure on Speaker Baleka Mbete on Tuesday when the National Assembly reconvenes after riot police were called into the Chamber last week. “If she walks in there and thinks it is going to be business as usual, then it is not going to[…]

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Urban housing and land up for discussion

The pertinent topic of housing and land will come to the fore this week, with the Social Justice Coalition (SJC) set to co-host a series of dialogues in partnership with the Africa Centre for Cities. This forms part of the 7th annual Irene Grootboom Memorial Dialogues, with activists, community leaders,[…]

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WCape pledges R2.37m to Cape Minstrels

The Western Cape government has pledged R2.37 million to help financially support the Cape Minstrels, Malay and Christmas choirs, the provincial department of cultural affairs said on Monday. “The [department]… considers the annual events of these groups to be fundamental to preserving the Western Cape’s culture and heritage and therefore[…]

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DA demands probe into national assembly brawl

The DA will demand an investigation by the parliamentary oversight authority (POA) into the chain of events that saw riot police sent into the National Assembly last week, the party’s chief whip said on Monday. “Where possible, officials’ heads must roll. In addition there needs to be a multi-party committee[…]

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Dewani defence to apply for discharge

Lawyers for British businessman Shrien Dewani said on Monday they intended applying to the Western Cape High Court for his discharge on charges of conspiring to kill his wife Anni. Francois van Zyl, for Dewani, said the defence intended making an application to Deputy Judge President Jeanette Traverso in terms[…]

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Chaos at EFF conference: Report

Chaos and violence erupted at an EFF Northern Cape conference at the weekend leaving a trail of blood, The Star reported on Monday. Members armed with machetes, pangas and bricks converged at the Savoy Hotel in Kimberley on Sunday, where the provincial leadership was to be elected. There was reportedly[…]

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WCape man missing at sea

The search for a fisherman who went missing near Rooi Els in the Western Cape continued on Monday, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said. “He is still missing,” said spokesman Craig Lambinon. The 42-year-old’s family reported him missing on Saturday when he failed to return home from a fishing[…]

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ANC salutes Zuma intervention

The ANC saluted and thanked President Jacob Zuma on Sunday for intervening in the prolonged repatriation of the bodies of 85 people killed over two months ago in a church building collapse in Nigeria. “The situation of delayed repatriation of the deceased made the pain and agony of the bereaved[…]

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Minister explains temper loss

Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu has explained her anger during a sitting of Parliament on Thursday, The Sunday Independent reported. “We’ve been insulted, we’ve been made to feel like there’s absolutely nothing we have done for this country, we’ve been made to feel like we’re just a bunch of[…]

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Security will be tight: AIG

The Afrikaans is Groot (AIG) concerts in Pretoria will go ahead as planned and security will be tight, the organisers said on Sunday, following threats by the ANCYL in Tshwane to march to the event. “We again want to confirm that effective measures is in place to ensure safety for[…]

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