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AbaThembu king apologies to Zuma

AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo visited President Jacob Zuma at his Nkandla residence to apologise for his “recent utterances”, the presidency said on Wednesday. “The king came to apologise to President Zuma and said he had come to ‘humble himself before the president as a son to a father’ for his[…]

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Woman granted bail for drug possession

A 32-year-old woman who was arrested when she collected a consignment of drugs from a courier company was granted R30,000 bail in the Cape Town District Court on Wednesday. Bulelwa Yokwana, 32, mother of a six-year-old daughter, appeared before magistrate Moegamad Esau. She was reportedly arrested on Monday after Time[…]

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Sony streams North Korea comedy online

Entertainment giant Sony on Wednesday released online “The Interview,” the movie that has outraged North Korea for lampooning dictator Kim Jong-Un, giving an early Christmas present to US viewers. The madcap, irreverent R-rated comedy was available for rent in the United States from 1800 GMT on several platforms, a day[…]

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Missouri tense after police kill black teen

Protesters have clashed with police in the US state of Missouri after a black teenager, reportedly brandishing a gun, was shot dead by a white officer. A crowd of around 300 people gathered near a petrol station in Berkeley on Wednesday, after the shooting death of 18-year-old Antonio Martin. Protesters[…]

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Pakistan to use army courts for terror cases

Pakistan has announced plans to set up special military-run courts to prosecute terrorism suspects as part of a new anti-terrorism plan following the Taliban school massacre that killed 149 people, including 132 children. In a live televised address to the nation on Wednesday, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced 25[…]

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Muslims called to celebrate ANC

The African National Congress (ANC) will in January mark 103 years since its inception; a road that included several highs and lows in what became a fierce battle for a free and democratic South Africa. Each year the party hosts an annual birthday rally to commemorate the struggle, and recognize[…]

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Yazidi women in need of trauma counselling: Analyst

Despite facing fervent opposition at the hands of local Kurdish fighters and external Western military forces, the Islamic State (IS) continues to wreak havoc across Northern Iraq and Syria, in its goal to establish an Islamic ‘caliphate’ in the region. Amongst the most affected by the groups rise has been[…]

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Muslim reaction resulted in minstrel decision

An overwhelmingly negative response from the Muslim community towards the hosting of the minstrel’s Tweede Nuwe Jaar carnival on Moulood un-Nabi played a pivotal role in the event being shifted to Monday 5th January, according to Cape cultural writer for Independent Media, Moeshfieka Botha. The annual celebrations were originally scheduled[…]

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HSF concerned by Dramat suspension

The suspension of Hawks head Anwa Dramat is troubling, the Helen Suzman Foundation said on Wednesday. “The suspensions, on the eve of Christmas, of the director of the Hawks and of his KwaZulu-Natal counterpart are troubling in so far as they destabilise the administration of justice, more particularly, the fight[…]

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Festive season fatalities down: Peters

There was a 35 percent reduction in road deaths and a 42 percent reduction in crashes since the start of the 2014 festive season compared to the same period last year, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said on Wednesday. “We have registered some decline in relation to the crashes and fatalities[…]

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