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Atonement: An ultra-Orthodox Jewish youth holds a chicken over his head as he performs the Kaparot ritual in Jerusalem, Israel, early on Thursday (October 2 2014) morning, ahead of Yom Kippur. The Jewish Day of Atonement starts at sundown on Friday. Kaparot is an ancient custom connected to Yom Kippur, where white chickens are slaughtered as a symbolic gesture of atonement.

Picture: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

Those prophets and their profits … and a nude beach frolic

@PaddyHarper1 23 September 2014 15:51

Tuesday morning. I’ve been reunited with the Croc after two weeks. The poor bastard has been on wedding duty. I’ve dodged the bullet for both of the Kingdom’s big celebrity hitchings.

Heels over Head: Disneyland for democracy

#Trending 21 September 2014 15:00

Carien du Plessis had a few precious hours of free time during the US-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, and, after a few Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, took a run through DC’s Disneyland for democracy.

Defending Jacob Zuma with skinny bum is gluteus eventualis

@City_Press 16 September 2014 11:53

Tuesday morning. The beginning of the working week for us Tuesday-to-Saturday punters.

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    Since the collapse of the guesthouse at Nigerian preacher TB Joshua’s Synagogue Church of All Nations, the South African government has been there to lend its hand. Even through a difficult time to get information from its counterpart in Nigeria and from Joshua, our government has looked after the South African victims. A caring government leads from the front.

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    God comes in different forms and is worshipped differently. First, Pastor Lesego Daniel of Rabboni Centre Ministries in Tshwane made his congregants eat grass. But his latest stunt is really worrying. His church members are now drinking petrol, which he claims he has turned into juice through prayer, all in the name of the lord.

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    The people of Scotland have spoken and it is a clear result. A true reflection of democracy took place this week, when 85% of the eligible Scottish population took to the polls to vote for or against independence from the United Kingdom. While those who wanted independence (45%) didn’t get their way, it is clear democracy is alive and well.

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    But this is not the case in the tiny mountain kingdom of Lesotho, where there was an attempted coup last month. On Friday, police and ­military exchanged fire as the country battles to return to ­normality. Only strict adherence to democratic rule can free the country of its problems.

  • Previous Weeks

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    School kids are not sex objects for teachers. This is the message ­Gauteng and Free State education MECs ­Panyaza Lesufi and Tate Makgoe, ­respectively, are sending out. The ­politicians have axed several teachers found guilty of having sex with schoolchildren. Such brave action means ­culprits cannot hide behind their ­profession while abusing our children.

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    It’s obvious. No words necessary. Bleddie agent!

  • Previous Weeks

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    South Africans are closer to knowing the contents of the spy tapes that saw President Jacob
    Zuma evading criminal prosecution. For years, the DA has gone to the courts to force the National Prosecuting Authority to hand over the recordings. In it, we can only hope, are the answers the country has been waiting for.

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    Mpumalanga culture, sport and recreation MEC Norah Mahlangu-Mabena seems not to know how to divide her duties between the party and the government.
    Addressing a Women’s Day event, she lashed the Public Protector for being sent to destroy Zuma. Really. Clearly, the MEC knows more than we know. We’re listening...

  • Previous Weeks

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    Beyoncé. And no, she is not hot ­because of that rhinestone bodysuit alone. We salute the singer for proudly proclaiming herself a ­feminist at the MTV Video Music Awards and for so beautifully ­sampling Nigerian writer ­Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s thoughts on what it means to be a feminist today.

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    Marikana strike leader Xolani ­Nzuza. This week he told the ­Marikana Commission of Inquiry into the deaths of 44 people two years ago that he bore no ­culpability and would not apologise for the brutal deaths of security guards Hassan Fundi and Frans Mabelani at ­Lonmin.

King Zwelithini’s sixth wedding, tight deadlines and 3G gridlock

Saturday. The Croc and I are in Ulundi. Again. We’re waiting, but not for the Commander in Chief. This time. The CiC’s here, but he’s not the reason why we’re waiting.

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I am ashamed to call this lickspittle bunch my government.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu on the state not granting a visa to the Dalai Lama for the third time

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