The home affairs department will not relax onerous new immigration rules but will fast-track visa centres and biometric-data capturing systems to reduce upheaval.
The State has filed its final arguments in the case of murder-accused Oscar Pistorius, says the NPA. “We have filed the closing arguments in the high court today and are ready to argue,” said NPA spokesperson Nathi Mcube today. Final argument in Pistorius’ murder trial will be heard on August 7. On July 8, Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled that no heads of argument could be published in print or electronic…
Local government audit results have revealed R815 million in fruitless and wasteful expenditure, substantially up from the previous financial year.
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King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo’s chiefs have defended him after President Jacob Zuma asked him to make written representations explaining why he should keep his throne.
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- Royal family split over Dalindyebo’s ‘great wife’ search
- King Dalindyebo misleading the public – AbaThembu royal family
Just under 5500 new land claims have been lodged around the country, but most of the claimants want money, not land.
There is no need for South Africans to panic following the outbreak of the disease caused by the Ebola virus in West Africa.
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- TB among SA mining community highest in world – Aaron Motsoaledi
- Initiations: Don’t let thugs kill children – Aaron Motsoaledi
- Think of the person next to you and quit smoking now – Aaron Motsoaledi
- The journey is still long for health in SA – Aaron Motsoaledi
President Jacob Zuma has asked the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to investigate a number of institutions for maladministration and corruption.
Hot or Not
It is common cause that when a minister’s official car breaks down, the department hires a replacement. Not for Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor, who chose to drive her own private car when her state car was not in use. At a time when government is calling for cuts in excessive spending, Pandor’s action shows a minister leading by example.Not:
Dragged for kilometres during a hijacking and then dying. That’s the end of life for four-year-old Taegrin Morris. His death should shock us all into taking a stand against crime. The fight against crime cannot be relegated to the police alone. It will also take society’s efforts to clear our country of violent criminals.
Nelson Mandela, who has provided one of the very few reasons to believe in humanity this week. Even after death, the statesman has us out on Mandela Day doing our 67 minutes for the needy. In the week of atrocities like the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 and the escalating carnage in Gaza, we needed this. Thanks again, Madiba.Not:
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who ordered ground troops into Gaza this week after his armed forces rained bombs on the area, killing more than 260 Palestinian civilians. Among them were four cousins, aged between
9 and 11, who were photographed running for their lives on the beach before being killed.
After hammering hosts Brazil 7-1 in the World Cup semifinal, Germany’s national soccer squad could have chosen to gloat. Instead, the team posted a message on its official Facebook page thanking the country for its hospitality, praising its amazing football tradition and telling Brazilians not to lose heart. Good sportsmanship is worth celebrating.Not:
New Communications Minister Faith Muthambi has started off her term in the worst possible way. Muthambi decided to lend credibility to a dubious process to hire Mr Teflon himself, Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Muthambi did not have to be bound by an SABC board decision that has more to do with factional politics than competence.
After being in office for only a few weeks, Panyaza Lesufi, the Gauteng education MEC, has to be commended for dismissing 10 teachers who were “found in compromising positions with girl children”. For years, teachers have taken advantage of vulnerable schoolgirls without paying the penalty. Lesufi’s new broom must sweep clean and be a deterrent to others.Not:
The wanton violence perpetrated by National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) members on strike is purely criminal. It is not enough for Numsa leaders to say they are “unaware” of the violence. Numsa is the largest trade union in the country and the strength should be in their numbers and voluntary solidarity, not violence.
Africa sent five nations to the soccer World Cup in Brazil. After the first round, three of them have returned home. It is not an easy task ahead, but Nigeria and Algeria carry the hopes of the continent’s population to advance further than the second round. With a crowd as huge as ours, nothing can stand in the way. Go Nigeria, go Algeria, go!Not:
He has done a sterling job in ensuring his country advanced to the knockout stages, but Uruguayan striker Luis Suárez, aka Jaws, went and did it again – exposing his teeth on the pitch. As he struggled to find the net, the striker bit an opponent on the shoulder. Fifa’s nine-game ban and fine are welcome, but maybe he deserves more.
Four school pupils have been taken to hospital after being attacked by shop owners whose businesses were looted during protests in Johannesburg’s central business district, metro police said.
The KwaZulu-Natal health department has dismissed claims that a group of South African students sent to study various medicine-related courses in India had been forced to have contraceptive implants.
Auditor General Kimi Makwetu has released his latest municipal audit reports – and it’s not a pretty picture.
Opposition political parties are “astounded” by Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) Chairperson Pansy Tlakula’s argument that a seemingly misleading statement she made to Parliament is not admissible as evidence in court.
The case against a man accused of a road rage assault in Fourways, Johannesburg has been postponed in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court.
Police have stepped up security for Judge Colin Lamont, who is presiding over Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir’s trial, following an incident while he was driving home.
The NPA’s suspended integrity management unit (IMU) head, Prince Mokotedi, plans to resign on August 1, the prosecuting authority has said.
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- MT @mrlecoge: Cash options will do because most of them don't have the means to cultivate the land #talkingpoint 11 hours ago
- MT @TruthExtractor: No cash ever. Cash is the sole motivation. Claimants don't really want responsibility of land and taxes. #talkingpoint 11 hours ago
In the wake of Mandela Day, Milisithando Bongela questions what the pervasive image of Madiba and the narrative of ‘reconciliation’ really means.
Readers react cynically to the news that Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi is cracking the whip over Nkandla spending
The era of having your cake and eating it seems to be coming to an end for government officials suspended on full pay. That’s if Public Service and Administration Minister Collins Chabane gets his way.