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Bad weather: Vessels involved in salvage operations are seen near the upturned South Korean Sewol ferry in the sea off Jindo on Thursday (April 17 2014). Rescuers fought rising winds and waves on Thursday as they searched for hundreds of people, mostly teenage schoolchildren, still missing after the South Korean ferry capsized more than 24 hours ago.

Picture: Issei Kato/Reuters

This is not a picnic place, Oscar judge warns unruly courtroom

#OscarPistorius 17 April 2014 10:45

Day 25 of the Oscar Pistorius trial at the High Court in Pretoria started with a stern reprimand by Judge Thokozile Masipa.

Helen Zille ‘won’t build Nkandla’ on land Dalindyebo gave party

@City_Press 17 April 2014 9:22

The DA is seeking legal advice on a piece of land presented to the party by abaThembu king Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo in Mthatha.

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  • This Week

    Hot:

    National Assembly Speaker Max ­Sisulu for at least setting up the ad hoc committee to consider the ­president’s submission on the ­Nkandla matter. His ANC colleagues wanted the issue buried and ­forgotten, but Sisulu has ensured it will be transparently considered by a multiparty committee, even if the ANC has a majority in Parliament.

    Not:

    Clearly a high-profile individual accused of murder deserves high-class treatment from our government. The R2.9 million spent on a private jet to fly Shrien Dewani to the country from the UK shows the justice department paid way too much. We all want justice in this matter, but several cheaper options could have been explored.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    Police constable Beauty-Queen Nchabeleng donned a school uniform and posed as a pupil to catch a brutal serial rapist in Limpopo. She was among the winners at the SAPS’ annual National Excellence Awards late last week – a well-deserved honour for an officer who went above and beyond to remind us just how much good cops can achieve.

    Not:

    Shinawaaz Ahmento and Kyle Fredericks, both 21, were convicted and sentenced this week for
    the rape and murder of young Eldorado Park mother Tracey-Lee Martins. The two posed for
    reporters outside court, grinning proudly as though they were at a party. Criminals as self-made
    celebrities? Sickening.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    Female leaders in the ANC don’t often publicly challenge the sexism that’s endemic across the political spectrum. Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula deserves praise for defending Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. She criticised those in the alliance who decried Madonsela’s “big nose”, saying Madonsela’s detractors should play the ball, not the woman.

    Not:

    Reading up on a subject lends credence to anyone who wants to speak with authority on a matter. So ANC parliamentary chief whip Stone Sizani should have known better when he called a press ­conference to discuss Public ­Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report on Nkandla spending. Sizani had not read the report.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    During the course of the Nkandla ­investigation, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela was stymied, bullied, insulted and threatened by governing party leaders and supporters.
    She stood her ground and proceeded to fulfil her duties of safeguarding the public interest. South Africans are ­fortunate to have someone of her integrity and courage in that office.

    Not:

    How does one begin to describe Thulas Nxesi? Puppet? Suck-up? Manipulator of truth?
    As the frontline man in the defence of the Nkandla plunder, Nxesi has dreamt up wild stories that would make residents of the Weskoppies mental institution envious. He is really working hard to hold on to his R2 million salary.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    We think the ANC needs more elders like Ben Turok, who was bold enough to question the party’s inclusion of the likes of Dina Pule on its parliamentary candidate list despite damning findings against her by the Public Protector and Parliament’s ethics committee. Turok has challenged the ANC to uphold the best standards of ethical conduct.

    Not:

    A year ago, the Mkhondo municipality in Piet Retief dug holes for toilets but left them open. The
    incessant rain filled the open holes and two-year-old Innocent Mambane drowned in one this week. Whatever answer the municipality supplies as to why it left the holes open, it will never bring back little Innocent.

DA advert back on air – for now

@City_Press 16 April 2014 20:00

“It’s a victory for common sense,” was DA leader Helen Zille’s reaction after the Icasa’s Complaints and Compliance Committee (CCC) granted a postponement to the SABC, provided that the DA’s “Ayisafani” advert is flighted by the SABC in the meantime.

Malamulele boos Zuma despite promises

@PolokoTau #Malamulele 16 April 2014 18:25

President Jacob Zuma left behind agitated residents of Malamulele, who booed and threw their hands in the air when the ANC leader said their grievances would be attended to.

Blade Nzimande goes door to door to get college internships

@vercingetorics 16 April 2014 17:07

Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande has embarked on a “door-to-door campaign” to convince companies to offer college graduates internships.

Youth must remember the struggle and move SA forward – Helen Zille

16 April 2014 15:42

DA leader Helen Zille has urged the youth to remember where the country came from and to use their votes to help shape the future.

We want one-man show David Mabuza out, say angry ANC members

@City_Press 16 April 2014 13:49

Disgruntled Mpumalanga ANC members have taken their complaints about Premier David Mabuza’s leadership style to secretary-general Gwede Mantashe.

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It’s a victory for common sense.
DA leader Helen Zille after Icasa’s Complaints and Compliance Committee granted a postponement to the SABC provided that the DA’s “Ayisafani” advert is flighted in the meantime

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