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More deaths: Relatives of a Palestinian, who medics said was killed by Israeli shelling near a market in Shejaia, mourn at a hospital in Gaza City on Wednesday (July 30 2014). Israeli strikes near a market in the eastern Gaza Strip killed 15 Palestinians, said the local health ministry. Residents said that Israeli shelling and two missiles from the air hit the area in Shejaia, on the fringes of the city of Gaza. Ashraf al-Qidra, Gaza Health Ministry spokesperson, said 160 people were also wounded. An Israeli military spokesperson said she was checking the report. Israel launched its offensive in response to rocket salvoes fired by Hamas Islamists and their allies in Gaza.

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Court gags Mamphela Ramphele’s fraud accusers

31 July 2014 19:39

The Western Cape High Court has ordered that Agang SA’s new leaders must refrain from implicating former party leader Mamphela Ramphele in fraud allegations.

Julius Malema: Get retired judge to chair parliamentary debates

31 July 2014 18:40

EFF leader Julius Malema has called into question the objectivity of Parliament’s current presiding officers.

Sanral problems forced Tembakazi Mnyaka to quit – Outa

31 July 2014 17:59

The resignation of Sanral chairperson Tembakazi Mnyaka is not surprising as the organisation is facing a number of problems, says the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa).

Angie Motshekga: 267 teachers fired in 2 years

31 July 2014 17:21

A total of 267 public school teachers have been fired over the past two-and-a-half years, says Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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!

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    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.

Jacob Zuma inauguration flypast cost R200 000 – Lynne Brown

31 July 2014 16:33

It was over in less than a minute, yet the flypast by a SAA Airbus A340-600 during President Jacob Zuma’s inauguration cost taxpayers well over R200 000.

Resolve issue of overalls or we’ll shut down Joburg – Julius Malema

31 July 2014 15:20

EFF leader Julius Malema has vowed to shut down central Johannesburg with a protest against the Gauteng legislature’s decision to bar his party’s members from wearing their red uniforms.

15 students treated after Durban varsity residence set alight

31 July 2014 15:10

A women’s residence at the Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) in Durban was set alight in the early hours of this morning resulting in 15 students being treated for smoke inhalation.

Jacob Zuma wants secrecy on spy tapes ‘because DA will target him’

31 July 2014 14:04

President Jacob Zuma wants to keep his communications with the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in the so-called spy tapes case secret because the DA could use it against him, his lawyers have argued.

AbaThembu royal family want ‘evil’ King Dalindyebo out

@City_Press 31 July 2014 13:41

AbaThembu chiefs who wrote to President Jacob Zuma to have King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo removed have come out guns blazing, calling the controversial monarch an “evil king”.

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We cannot allow our nation to be run by thugs.
Daludumo Mtirara, spokesperson for the AbaThembu royal family, on why King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo should be removed

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