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Metal workers ‘reluctantly’ accepts wage offer

Seifsa has “reluctantly” accepted the labour department’s wage proposal to end a strike in the metal sector, the employer body said on Tuesday. “Seifsa has reluctantly accepted Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant’s proposal to offer wage increases of 10 percent to low-level employees over the next three years,” it said in[…]

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Marikana inquiry enriching lawyers: SACP

The Farlam Commission of Inquiry into the events at Marikana in August 2012 is enriching lawyers and should be wrapped up without further delays, the SA Communist Party said on Monday. “It is extremely worrying that the tragedy of Marikana has become a source of private accumulation of wealth by[…]

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We are not opportunistic: Ses’Khona

The Ses’Khona People’s Rights Movement is not cashing in on the Lwandle land matter in Cape Town in any way, an inquiry into evictions on the land heard on Monday. “When Ses’Khona arrived there during these evictions, it was not the only time Ses’Khona was there. In January, from the[…]

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Mayor fencesitting on Gaza: Cosatu

Cosatu in the Western Cape has labelled Mayor Patricia De Lille as an “embarrassment”, following a mass march in support of Gaza in the city last week. Provincial secretary Tony Ehrenreich said the questions surrounding the conflict in the Middle East, is well known across the world and is a[…]

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Mental state of ‘Mr X’ questioned

A police witness, known only as Mr X, hit back at lawyers casting aspersions on his mental state at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry in Pretoria on Monday. Dali Mpofu, SC, for the injured and arrested Marikana miners, was cross examining the mineworker, who testified via video link from an[…]

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Evictees were enraged backyarders: councillor

People who erected shacks on Sanral-owned land in Lwandle, Cape Town, were enraged “backyarders” who were tired of unfulfilled service delivery promises, a city councillor said on Monday. Residents of Wag ‘n Bietjie, an informal settlement near Somerset West, had to be relocated after their shacks were destroyed in a[…]

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Zuma’s nephew to launch land claim

The nephew of President Jacob Zuma has launched a land claim targeting more than 60 farms in Impendle in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, The Citizen reported on Monday. “I do not think there is any dispute around that — that entire land was historically under the KwaNxamalala Tribal Authority,” Inkosi Simpiwe[…]

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Israel, Hamas must end aggression: Zuma

The Israeli defence force and Hamas must end all forms of aggression towards each other, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday. “The Israeli defence force must immediately withdraw from the Gaza strip and bring to an end the violent and destructive incursions into Palestinian territories,” he said in a speech[…]

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Lwandle hearings continue

Public hearings into the eviction of illegal shack dwellers in Lwandle, Cape Town are expected to continue into their second week on Monday. During the first week of hearings, Cape Town city mayor Patricia de Lille said that the City was not involved in the eviction of 849 families from[…]

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Malema goes to court over Parly rejection

EFF leader Julius Malema has taken National Council of Provinces (NCOP) chairwoman Thandi Modise to court in a bid to have his ejection from Parliament declared unlawful, the Sunday Times reported. Malema was ordered to leave the House after he blamed the African National Congress government for the 2012 Marikana[…]

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