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Wed, 22 May 2019 2:20:55 EDT
CAPE TOWN – While new MPs are preparing for the first sitting of the sixth democratic Parliament, incoming members of the Western Cape legislature also are gearing up for their first day. Of the 42 MPLs to be sworn in on Wednesday, 24 are from the Democratic Alliance (DA). The party managed to retain the province but lost two […]

Wed, 22 May 2019 2:15:30 EDT
JOHANNESBURG – Members of the Gauteng provincial legislature will be sworn in on Wednesday afternoon with the African National Congress (ANC) chairperson David Makhura barely retaining the premier’s office. The ANC and Democratic Alliance (DA) have each lost three seats in Gauteng and the governing party will have to ensure that its members never vote with the opposition. Makhura […]

Wed, 22 May 2019 2:00:23 EDT
South Africa will extradite Mozambique’s former Finance Minister Manuel Chang, who has been held since December on a United State arrest warrant, to face corruption charges. Justice Minister Michael Masutha says Chang will be extradited to stand trial for his alleged offenses. 63-year-old Chang was arrested at the OR Tambo airport in Johannesburg in December at […]

Wed, 22 May 2019 2:00:18 EDT
CAPE TOWN – Activist group Ndifuna Ukwazi is taking a stand against moves to build residential development in Sea Point. The Berman Brothers group had initially planned to have 20% of the property reserved to be rented to tenants with a monthly income of less than R18,000. But Ndifuna Ukwazi said the municipal planning tribunal had approved […]

Wed, 22 May 2019 2:00:15 EDT
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has strongly urged public representatives to take their oaths of office seriously. The Chief Justice was speaking to the SABC ahead of the swearing-in of MPs on Wednesday which will be led by him. The ANC will retain its majority in the sixth democratic parliament, but that advantage has substantially decreased. Justice Mogoeng has told […]

Wed, 22 May 2019 1:49:42 EDT
CAPE TOWN – President Cyril Ramaphosa says his new Cabinet will be balanced and that his choices will be welcomed by South Africans. Ramaphosa is set to be sworn in as the country’s president on Wednesday afternoon. He addressed the first meeting of the African National Congress (ANC)’s parliamentary caucus on Tuesday and spoke to journalists briefly […]

Tue, 21 May 2019 14:37:37 EDT
Some of the people living in South Africa’s Mpumalanga Province came for refuge, fleeing the civil war in Mozambique in the 1980s. Most of them have been naturalized as citizens and their children were born in Mpumalanga. But now they’re crying foul saying local authorities have blocked their identity documents. They took their complaints to the Thulamahashe Home […]

Tue, 21 May 2019 8:45:06 EDT
The Mpumalanga initiation season has claimed its first victim. A 39-year-old man died on Sunday after undergoing circumcision in Verena. A spokesperson for Ingoma Forum, the group of medical practitioners that provides support to initiation schools, Musa Thungwa says the initiation school failed to follow regulations. Thungwa says the tragedy could have been avoided. “I […]

Tue, 21 May 2019 8:00:43 EDT
CAPE TOWN – President Cyril Ramaphosa said that he was not losing sleep over finalizing his new Cabinet. Ramaphosa was speaking after the first meeting of the African National Congress (ANC)’s parliamentary caucus on Tuesday. He was asked whether deciding on a smaller, more streamlined Cabinet was giving him sleepless nights. “This is the work we have to do. […]

Tue, 21 May 2019 7:40:02 EDT
PIETERMARITZBURG – The French company accused of bribing Jacob Zuma has suggested to the Pietermaritzburg High Court that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has abused its power in pursuing charges against the arms company. Thales faces charges of paying bribes for protection against an investigation into the controversial arms deal. On Monday, Zuma’s legal team concluded its heads of argument, telling […]

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