Making headlines: The Timol Inquiry continues; Mantashe says ANC will only allow songs that unites it; And, Zuma says contradictions means you are moving forward
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The Timol Inquiry continues
The younger brother of anti-apartheid activist, Ahmed Timol, Mohammad, yesterday shared the painful memory of how apartheid security police denied him a chance to lay his brother to rest.
He said apartheid security police had told him they had bad news and that his brother was dead.
And when Mohammad, who was in detention, asked the police if he could attend the funeral, the police simply said, “It will not be possible”.
These were some of the memories that Mohammad shared with the South Gauteng High Court on Thursday when he took the stand at his brother's inquest.
The inquest was reopened after the family found new evidence that proved that Timol did not commit suicide, but instead died in police custody in 1971.
Mantashe says ANC will only allow songs that unites it
ANC members attending the national policy conference this weekend will not be allowed to sing divisive songs or cast aspersions on any leader, secretary general Gwede Mantashe said.
Speaking at a media briefing on the eve of the six-day conference to be held at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg, Mantashe said songs that hurt the feelings of individuals would not be allowed.
The conference gets underway amidst divisions over a fiercely contested leadership race between Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, as well as calls for President Jacob Zuma to step down.
Zuma says contradictions means you are moving forward
The differences leaders have in South Africa should not impact on putting the country and its people first, says President Jacob Zuma.
He delivered a short address at a gala dinner hosted by the ANC on the eve of its 5th National Policy Conference.
Zuma thanked several stakeholders, including those in the business sector for their continued support of the 105-year-old liberation movement.
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That’s a roundup of news making headlines today