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More US military for Iraq embassy after second journalist is beheaded

3 September 2014 9:09

The Islamic State militant group released a video yesterday purporting to show the beheading of a second American hostage, journalist Steven Sotloff, raising the stakes in its confrontation with Washington over United States air strikes in Iraq.

Heavy going: A Pakistani protester picks up a tear gas canister to throw back at police during a clash in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Monday (September 1 2014). Anti-government protesters stormed the state television building, forcing the channel briefly off the air as they pushed closer to the prime minister’s residence. The demonstrations are led by cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri and opposition politician Imran Khan, who are demanding that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigns.

Picture: Anjum Naveed/AP

Protesters’ anger is being misdirected at police – Riah Phiyega

3 September 2014 8:37

Police will not hesitate to act when they are being attacked or when property is being destroyed, national police commissioner Riah Phiyega has said.

Pansy Tlakula’s resignation was ‘in the interests of democracy’

3 September 2014 8:29

Opposition parties have welcomed the resignation of Independent Electoral Commission chairperson Pansy Tlakula and have said her departure was in the interests of democracy.

Pansy Tlakula finally sees the light – Bantu Holomisa

#PansyTlakula 2 September 2014 19:48

UDM leader Bantu Holomisa has welcomed IEC chairperson Pansy Tlakula’s resignation but lamented the time it took for her to step down.

Zuma’s lies are catching up with him – Dalindyebo

President Jacob Zuma is a liar and a hypocrite who is always intent on running away from the law and accountability, says AbaThembu king Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo.

Floyd Shivambu challenges Baleka Mbete for being ‘biased’

2 September 2014 16:52

Speaker Baleka Mbete has warned the Economic Freedom Fighters that she would not tolerate “anarchy” in Parliament but was promptly challenged by the party’s chief whip Floyd Shivambu, who accused her of bias.

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  • This Week


    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.


    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.

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    When it’s your time, it’s really your time. Fresh from a gold in triple jump at the Commonwealth Games, Khotso Mokoena led the South African ­contingent with a solid victory in the men’s long jump event at the ­Diamond League meeting in Stockholm this week. This could prove to be Mokoena’s year to capture the world stage and make it his own.


    Ratings agencies have become one of those things we love to hate. Whether anyone agrees with the downgrades or not, the minute they declare a company or country junk, a whole lot of investment protocols kick in, ensuring that the rating is proven correct. We have felt their scorn, and we want them to go away and pick on someone else.

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    Laughter is the best medicine, but it wasn’t enough to cure actor Robin Williams of his deep depression. He made us weep with laughter and, in his darker roles, just weep – and hid his own demons behind a wide smile and sad eyes. His ­suicide this week left the world a little emptier.
    Thanks for the memories, Robin – we’re sorry for your pain.


    President Jacob Zuma has mastered the art of passing the buck. After keeping us waiting for months for a response to the Public Protector’s Nkandla report, he delivered what was essentially two pages of a reply as most of the 20 pages were a regurgitation of other reports. And the substance was: Ask the police minister.

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    When science is cool, it’s really cool. European spacecraft Rosetta caught up with a comet this week. It will ­attach a probe to 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko – Chury to its friends – and gather data from its surface. This will offer a peek into what reports call a kind of “astronomical time capsule” to see what things were like when our solar system was born.


    Lending money to poor people at high interest rates is bad enough. Springing one of the biggest shockers in South Africa’s corporate
    history is not hot either. Not long ago, African Bank’s management indicated it was at rock bottom. Almost R10 billion got burnt this week once the extent of its ­problems became clear.

  • Previous Weeks


    Team SA for their 37-medal haul with three days to go at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, getting closer to the target of 43 set by Sascoc and already surpassing the 33 from the 2010 Games. The SA lawn bowls (five gold medals), judo (one) and Rugby Sevens teams proved that the nation should not only always rely on swimming and athletics for gold medals.


    What will it take for the US to ­finally ditch its “softly, softly” ­approach to Israel? Not even the bombing of a UN-run school in Gaza by Israeli forces could do it. The US called the act “indefensible” and called on Israel to “live up to their own standards” of protecting civilians. That’ll show ’em, Obama. Or not.

State is obstructing probe into Lindiwe Sisulu’s R11m flights – DA

2 September 2014 14:09

It’s been five months, and the defence department has failed to hand over documents regarding an investigation into its former minister’s R11 million bill for chartered flights.

E-toll ‘has failed’ due to to far-reaching outrage – Wayne Duvenage

2 September 2014 13:49

E-tolls in Gauteng have caused widespread outrage, the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance has said.



Fifa is not a small federation from Gugulethu, it is a big, powerful international body.
Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula on efforts to get answers from Fifa about match-fixing allegations

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