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AmaXhosa king sick in East London hospital

@City_Press 25 July 2014 18:00

AmaXhosa king Mpendulo Sigcawu is gravely ill in an East London public hospital and attempts are being made to quickly transfer him to Pretoria’s 1 Military Hospital.

No respite: A Palestinian protester uses a slingshot to hurl stones at Israeli troops during clashes at a protest against the Israeli offensive in Gaza, at Qalandia checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah on Thursday (July 24 2014). Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian protester and wounded about 200 on Thursday in confrontations with several thousand people demonstrating in the occupied West Bank against a 17-day-old Israeli offensive in Gaza, Palestinian medical officials said. The Israeli military confirmed troops had used “riot dispersal means” against protesters who threw rocks and firebombs at them and blocked a road with burning tyres.

Picture: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters

Appropriation Bill ‘will burden future generations with debt’ – opposition parties

25 July 2014 17:55

Parliament passed the Appropriation Bill and the budgets for 38 government departments amid protest from opposition parties that accumulated borrowing, set to reach R2 trillion in three years, would saddle future generations with an unfair debt burden.

Mxolisi Nxasana inquiry progressing – presidency

25 July 2014 17:09

The establishment of an inquiry into National Prosecuting Authority boss Mxolisi Nxasana’s fitness to hold office is at an advanced stage, the presidency has said.

900 police charged, 40 fired for aiding escapes

25 July 2014 15:16

More than 900 police officers were charged in the past three years for helping with escapes, but only 40 of them have been fired, according to Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko.

Hot or Not

  • This Week

    Hot:

    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.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    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.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    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.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    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.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    Uruguayan striker Luis Suárez – ­because even total jerks can be hot sometimes. So he’s bitten two players, is fond of diving, and stopped Ghana’s shot at the semifinals of the 2010 World Cup. But in Brazil this week, he scored twice against England, a side with several of his Liverpool mates. Hand it to him, the dude has sizable cojones. Even if he is a prize jerk.

    Not:

    Lindiwe Sisulu apparently harbours ambitions for higher office but has been shunned and demoted by her party over the years. But that has not stopped her from singing for her supper. This week, she repeated (and later withdrew) the old line about the DA’s black leaders being “hired natives”. C’mon Lindi, that line is so, so tired.

Ministry defends Thuthukile Zuma’s appointment

25 July 2014 14:22

President Jacob Zuma’s daughter Thuthukile was appointed chief of staff at the department of telecommunications and postal services after consideration of her “capacity” for the position, the department has said.

Hlaudi Motsoeneng Stadium: ‘An insult to the people of QwaQwa’

25 July 2014 13:36

The Democratic Alliance said it will oppose the renaming of a stadium in QwaQwa, Free State, after SABC chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

Bad weather likely cause of fatal Air Algerie crash – French officials

25 July 2014 12:52

Poor weather was the most likely cause of the crash of an Air Algerie flight in the west African state of Mali that killed all 116 people on board, French officials said.

NSPCA lays charges against Thandi Modise

25 July 2014 12:29

Criminal charges against National Council Of Provinces chairperson Thandi Modise are to be laid today following allegations of neglect of animals on her North West farm, the NSPCA has said.

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In politics, symbolism is important. No one should tell you to take off what identifies you because if you take off the overall, you are going to look like the rest of them.
Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema on his party’s dress code

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