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Sanef pleads for Al Jazeera journalists’ release

The SA National Editors’ Forum on Wednesday pleaded with the Egyptian government to review the prison sentences of three Al Jazeera journalists. “After looking at reports of the trial and pursuing the documentation sent by your office, it is our view that the conduct of the journalists… was the normal[…]

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+-10 000 at CT Gaza march

Masses of people descended on the CBD today for a protest to Parliament in solidarity with Gaza.  VOC News reporters estimate that more than 20 000 people are participating in the march and there is a sense of organised chaos.   At Parliament, Sheikh Ebrahim Gabriels; the Palestinian ambassador to[…]

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Lenk to be summoned to dept: report

Israeli ambassador to South Africa Arthur Lenk will be summoned to the department of international relations to explain his country’s bombardment of the Gaza strip, the SABC reported on Wednesday. International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane told the broadcaster on the sidelines of the Brics summit in Brazil, that Lenk would[…]

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Lwandle enquiry like a “hit squad”: Zille

A committee probing the evictions of illegal shack dwellers in Lwandle has all the hallmarks of a “political hit squad”, Western Cape premier Helen Zille said in Cape Town on Tuesday. “Its terms of reference are primarily framed to look at whether the city of Cape Town and the Western[…]

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Expel Israeli ambassador: Numsa

The Israeli ambassador to South Africa should be expelled, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) said on Tuesday. “Numsa calls for the immediate expulsion of the Israeli ambassador in South Africa, Arthur Lenk, and the recall of comrade Sisa Ngombane from Tel Aviv,” the union said in a[…]

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Agang survey to assess its state

A task team set up by Agang SA founder Mamphela Ramphele has developed a survey in a bid to assess the state of the party. The party asked people to fill in the online questionnaire “in the interest of the 52,350 people who voted for Agang” in the general elections.[…]

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Gordimer was fearless: Sanef

Nobel Laureate and writer Nadine Gordimer was fearless in her stand for justice, equality and freedom, the SA National Editors Forum said on Tuesday. “Fearless and uncompromising in her stand for justice, equality and freedom for all, she saw her works banned as she challenged and straddled the great racial[…]

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Two Lwandle evictions this year: De Lille

Two evictions on Sanral-owned land in Lwandle, Cape Town, took place this year, mayor Patricia de Lille said in trying to set out the “facts” on Tuesday. She said the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) obtained an interdict in January to prevent land invasions and took down 415 illegal[…]

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Nightclub fight has no bearing on Oscar trial

An alleged altercation in a Johannesburg nightclub will have no bearing on paralympian Oscar Pistorius’s murder trial, lead detective Vineshkumar Moonoo said on Tuesday. “There is no complaint laid so we are not investigating,” he said. “[It] has no bearing on his trial.” According to the Pistorius family spokeswoman, Anneliese[…]

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Kathrada Foundation slams Chief Rabbi

South African Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein has raised eyebrows with his comments on the Gaza conflict, with the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation condemning his verbal attack on ANC deputy secretary-general, Jessie Duarte. On Sunday, Rabbi Goldstein lambasted Duarte for comparing Israel’s Operation Protective Edge to the Nazi Holocaust, calling it a[…]

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