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Racially charged incidents worrying

A professor at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) has expressed concern at an alarming increase in racially charged incidents, ranging from physical assaults to the several infamous ‘blackface’ sagas. In a recent court case that has made headlines across the city, a member of the South African National Defence[…]

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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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Clashes as Palestinian bus driver found hanged

Palestinians clashed with Israeli security forces in an East Jerusalem neighbourhood on Monday after the body of a Palestinian bus driver was found hanged inside his vehicle in a city parking lot. Police suspect that 32-year-old Youssef al-Ramouni committed suicide, adding that no signs of a violent struggle were found[…]

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Colombia talks on hold after general snatched

Authorities in Colombia have launched a massive search and rescue mission for an army general who they suspect was taken captive by FARC rebels, prompting the government to suspend critical peace talks. General Ruben Dario Alzate and two civilians were abducted on Sunday afternoon while travelling by motor boat along[…]

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Is executed nearly 1, 500 in 5 months: Moniter

The radical Islamic State group (IS) has executed nearly 1,500 people in Syria in the five months since it declared the establishment of a “caliphate”, a monitoring group said Monday. “The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has documented the execution of 1,429 people since the IS announced its ‘caliphate’ in[…]

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Yasser Arafat photo exhibition on display

An exhibition of 86 rare photographs of Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat with anti-apartheid freedom fighter Ahmed Kathrada is on display at the National Museum of Cultural History in Pretoria.  The exhibition marks the 10th anniversary of Arafat’s death. It also commemorates Palestinian Cultural Week, which runs until 20th November. Kathrada[…]

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Cycling for Charity picks up

Over a ten week period, Auric Auto’s Shiraaz Mia has embarked on a cycling campaign to raise funds for the VOC Bursary Fund. By Sunday, Mia had already completed over 500km, exceeding his initial goal, with still a few more weeks to go. “We began in Wynberg, going through Salt[…]

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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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