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Ramphele leaves party politics

Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele has decided to leave politics, she announced on Tuesday. “I have decided to leave party politics and return to working alongside my fellow citizens in civil society to pursue the dream of transforming ours into a more just and prosperous society,” Ramphele said in a[…]

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Defence can't consult state psychiatrist: Judge

Murder-accused Oscar Pistorius’s defence may not consult State psychiatrist Carla Kotze, Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled on Monday. “No basis has been laid for the request to consult Dr Kotze,” Masipa said in the High Court in Pretoria. “The defence is not permitted to consult with Dr Kotze.” Masipa said Kotze[…]

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City mops up floods

Disaster management authorities are in full swing with relief efforts after a weekend of heavy rains and icy weather conditions. 26 000 people have been badly affected by the wind storms and the generous amount of rain that was predicted by the South African Weather Services. Clean-up operations came into[…]

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DA to push for e-toll review

E-tolling and its effects since implementation should be reviewed in Parliament, DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane said on Monday. The Democratic Alliance would ask the transport portfolio committee to do the review over the coming days, Maimane told reporters in Johannesburg. “We contend because e-tolls were introduced by enabling legislation[…]

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Dewani killer asks for medical parole

One of Anni Dewani’s killers has applied for medical parole, according to Sunday’s Rapport newspaper. Xolile Mngeni, 26, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2011. Correctional services said the request was being processed. He was admitted to Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town last month. The Western Cape High[…]

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Prosecution not seen Oscar video: NPA

The NPA has not seen the video of murder-accused Oscar Pistorius re-enacting the scene of the killing of Reeva Steenkamp. “We have no comment… and have nothing to do with the video,” said spokesman Nathi Mncube on Monday. The prosecution team for the case, led by Gerrie Nel, had not[…]

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Robbery at Joburg mosque

A gang of men robbed worshippers at a central Johannesburg mosque this week, Gauteng police said on Sunday. “The case was only opened yesterday [Saturday] but the incident happened on Thursday,” Lt-Col Lungelo Dlamini said. “Six unknown people attacked those people while they were praying and robbed them of cellphones,[…]

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Locals rally for Rohingya

Three South African based advocacy groups say they are appalled by the global silence on the human rights violations against Muslim populations and other religious minorities in both Burma and Sri Lanka. In a joint statement on Friday, the Protect the Rohingya, Media Review Network, and Palestine Solidarity Alliance organisations[…]

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MyCiti begins Cape Flats route

Cape Flats residents can now make use of the MyCiTi bus service as of Saturday. The City of Cape Town said the bus will service the areas of Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha. “The MyCiTi buses will be travelling between these areas and the Civic Centre station in Cape Town, from[…]

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‘Ulema must address Palestine’

The first Jumuah at the Masjdul-Quds in Jerusalem in the occupied territories of Palestine has not been met without conflict. The Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) spoke to some Palestinians via Skype this week for a first hand analysis on the current situation in the occupied West Bank. This followed the[…]

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