Trade union federation Cosatu has not been granted permission for a planned protest against e-tolls on Johannesburg highways.
Members of the DA Youth were making their way towards the gates of the racially exclusive Kleinfontein community outside Rayton, east of Pretoria.
A court has ruled that convicted drug dealer Frank Nabolisa may have his own laptop in prison.
A Mpumalanga traffic department official has been arrested for shooting two bystanders while chasing an illegal hawker.
Parliament will probably debate the deaths of initiates at the end of the month, the African National Congress chief whip’s office has said.
A fire caused extensive damage to the hall of Holy Family College in Saxonwold, Johannesburg.
Katmandu – An 80-year-old Japanese mountaineer today became the oldest man to reach the top of Mount Everest, a Nepali official and his Tokyo-based support team said.
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City Press readers. This week, your newspaper won a clutch of awards at the Sikuvile ceremony. The awards were won for our work on finding the stories of the lives of the miners who died at Marikana and for our investigation into the splurging of R206 million on the president’s estate at Nkandla. Thank you for supporting City Press and our work.Not:
Instructors at the Army Infantry School in Oudtshoorn, who were suspended this week after assaulting 10 recruits who sneaked out for a drink. The recruits were hit with broomsticks on their kidneys while they were forced to carry poles while naked. The military ombudsman is investigating the disgusting incident.
Gwede Mantashe. The ANC secretary-general called time this week on the cronyism and influence-peddling in South Africa that has been the practice of the entrepreneurial Gupta family for years now. Late on Tuesday night he said enough following reports of a chartered wedding jet landing at Waterkloof. He should blow the whistle more often.Not:
Banana republics are places where the rule of law is a slippery thing that can be evaded by backhanders and the politically connected. Sometimes South Africa can feel like one when impunity rules, despite serious allegations of corruption. When a foreign jet landed sans permission and its passengers walked unchecked into Mzansi, we felt like one. It must not happen again.
Incidents of shack fires increase every winter. As reported in Daily Sun this week, four-year-old Spelele Mzizane of Katlehong, Ekurhuleni, became a hero when his family shack caught fire. The young boy woke his older sister, who in turn screamed for help to save a nine-year-old brother who was still trapped inside the house. A neighbour went into the house and saved him.Not:
One can always count on conservative lobby group AfriForum for a good laugh – like painting themselves black. But their latest antic – of selling coffee at different prices for different races to mock affirmative action policies – smacks of a complete lack of historical context and ignorance of recent studies showing how well white people have been doing since 1994.
Smartphones. For the second time in the past two months, major human rights violations were recorded by a citizen on a smartphone. Last month, Mido Macia was dragged by a police van and tortured to death; and this week, Esther Mankge was brutally beaten. The only way we know about these incidents is because of amateur video footage taken on smartphones.Not:
Tukwini Mandela (don’t worry, we hadn’t heard about her either) continued to heap opprobrium on her revered family name this week. The daughter of Makaziwe (last seen launching a wine label in Nelson Mandela’s name) wrote an open letter to 84-year-old George Bizos, accusing him of bringing the Mandela family name into disrepute. Pot. Kettle. Black.
Maggie Thatcher, the former British prime minister who died this week. Thatcher completely overhauled the British economy, yanking it into the 21st century. She knew that legacy industries had to end, she made the City a key node on a new global economy and reversed a three-decade long decline in Britain. Good leaders are not scared of tough decisions.Not:
Maggie Thatcher, the former British prime minister who died this week. Thatcher was no friend of the trade unions and in mining towns across Britain, her death was celebrated. Milk snatcher Maggie, as she was called, withdrew rations of milk from school as she eroded the welfare state. Bad leaders are not humanists.
E-tolling is needed to pay for and maintain infrastructure critical to South Africa’s future economic growth, Transport Minister Ben Martins has told the National Council of Provinces (NCOP).
“Deracialising” South Africa’s residential suburbs is a priority, Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale has said.
The Renaissance Centre of the SABC was packed to the rafters with hundreds of mourners who came to pay tribute to Vuyo Mbuli, the late SABC2’s Morning Live co-presenter.
The man who supposedly masterminded the plan to allow the Guptas to land a private plane at the Waterkloof air force base claimed he was “under pressure from number one”.
Former police commissioner George Fivas has lashed the country’s lax intelligence and police services as “not up to standard”, but has said the country’s crime statistics are trustworthy.
Communities need to expose those behind rhino poaching, Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has said.
Union federation Cosatu will be joined by at least 10 civil society bodies and some religious leaders in a series of protests in the next few weeks against the e-tolling on Gauteng highways.
Our intelligence service is an important ingredient of the fight against crime but it is not up to standard.
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