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20 February 2017
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17 Feb 2017
South Africans have double standards when it comes to racism – AfriForum
Lobby group AfriForum believes South Africans have double standards when it comes to the way they react to racist and hateful comments on social media. The group’s deputy CEO, Ernst Roets, said...
16 Feb 2017
Daily Podcast - February 16, 2017
Making headlines: Activist lays assault charge against police after Sona NPA says Hate Crimes Act will increase their workload And, Treasury warns of “fake news” campaign before Budget speech
Hate Crimes Act will increase our workload – NPA
Once the draft Prevention of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill has been finalised and written into law, it will increase the workload of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), the prosecuting...
14 Feb 2017
Somalia’s elections herald unexpected fresh start
Somalia’s indirect elections concluded on a positive note last Wednesday, after Parliamentarians (who are appointed by clan members and regional leaders) voted for a president. Surprise challenger...
09 Feb 2017
Zim protest pastor Mawarire – I'm happy to be out of jail
A Zimbabwean pastor arrested for organising anti-government protests says he is happy to be out of prison after being released on bail. Evan Mawarire also said after his release on Thursday that he...
Minister of Water and Sanitation rejects EFF accusations of impropriety
The Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane has denied allegations levelled at her by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), which suggest that she may have allowed “a certain individual”...
08 Feb 2017
Zim protest pastor Mawarire to appear before Harare court
Zimbabwean pastor and activist Evan Mawarire is reportedly set to appear before the Harare High Court on Wednesday. News24 reliably learnt that the High Court failed to hear Mawarire’s bail...
07 Feb 2017
Race relations in South Africa still sound, but fraying at the edges
Despite the damaging vitriol so often found on social media, race relations in South Africa remain sound, says the IRR in a report released today. The IRR’s comprehensive field survey of public...
06 Feb 2017
ANC GP: Statement by ANC Gauteng following the first PEC meeting of the year
The ANC Gauteng Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) held its first plenary meeting for the year on Friday, 3rd February 2017. The meeting preceded the PEC Lekgotla held from 4th – 5th February...
FW de Klerk Foundation makes submissions to SAHRC on racism, social media
The FW de Klerk Foundation has made its submissions to the South African Human Rights Commission on racism and social media in South Africa. The foundations spokesperson, Dr Theuns Eloff, said...
Muhammadu Buhari extends medical leave in UK
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has asked parliament to extend his medical leave, deepening suspicions that his health is far worse than officials are publicly admitting. The 74-year-old, who...
03 Feb 2017
Coward or patriot? Some Zimbabweans wary of Pastor Mawarire for 'running away'
Do we support him again or don't we? That's the question some Zimbabweans are asking as they're faced once again with the detention of the protest pastor who not so long ago symbolised the nation's...
ANC: ANC stalwarts and veterans statement
Yesterday, 2nd February, 27 years to the day when the ANC and other liberation organisations were un-banned, a national meeting of the stalwarts was held. A number of key issues were discussed at...
01 Feb 2017
A Cuban model for South Africa's Hate Speech Bill
Under the hate speech provisions in the Bill, any new equivalent of the Penny Sparrow comment comparing black beachgoers to monkeys could see its author jailed for up to three years. But a cartoon...
ANC: Cyril Ramaphosa: Address by South African Deputy President, at the Eastern Cape ANC 105th anniversary celebrations, Mthatha, Eastern Cape (15/01/2017)
This month we mark the 105th birthday of the oldest liberation movement on this continent, the African National Congress.
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