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Deadly diagnosis: Wilfred Smallwood, a brother of the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States, Thomas Eric Duncan, speaks about him on Wednesday (October 1 2014) in Phoenix. The Liberian man was in Dallas visiting family when he fell ill. He was initially sent home from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital when he showed up on September 26 complaining of fever and abdominal pain. He had to return two days later in an ambulance. Duncan (42) has been kept in isolation since Sunday. He was listed in serious but stable condition.

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Lesotho to reconvene parly, run elections – Ramaphosa

@carienduplessis 2 October 2014 17:44

Lesotho leaders have agreed to reconvene Parliament and hold elections two years early, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced.

How Carl Pistorius dodged a charge

The team prosecuting Oscar Pistorius believed it had a case against the athlete’s brother Carl for defeating the ends of justice – but agreed not to if the defence accepted the chain of evidence related to Oscar’s cellphones, including a handset removed from the crime scene.

Court battles take Cosatu to the cleaners – Sdumo Dlamini

@vercingetorics #Sadtu 2 October 2014 15:51

Court cases are bankrupting the Congress of South African Trade Unions, says the federation’s president Sdumo Dlamini.

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    Hot:

    Since the collapse of the guesthouse at Nigerian preacher TB Joshua’s Synagogue Church of All Nations, the South African government has been there to lend its hand. Even through a difficult time to get information from its counterpart in Nigeria and from Joshua, our government has looked after the South African victims. A caring government leads from the front.

    Not:

    God comes in different forms and is worshipped differently. First, Pastor Lesego Daniel of Rabboni Centre Ministries in Tshwane made his congregants eat grass. But his latest stunt is really worrying. His church members are now drinking petrol, which he claims he has turned into juice through prayer, all in the name of the lord.

  • Previous Weeks

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    The people of Scotland have spoken and it is a clear result. A true reflection of democracy took place this week, when 85% of the eligible Scottish population took to the polls to vote for or against independence from the United Kingdom. While those who wanted independence (45%) didn’t get their way, it is clear democracy is alive and well.

    Not:

    But this is not the case in the tiny mountain kingdom of Lesotho, where there was an attempted coup last month. On Friday, police and ­military exchanged fire as the country battles to return to ­normality. Only strict adherence to democratic rule can free the country of its problems.

  • Previous Weeks

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    School kids are not sex objects for teachers. This is the message ­Gauteng and Free State education MECs ­Panyaza Lesufi and Tate Makgoe, ­respectively, are sending out. The ­politicians have axed several teachers found guilty of having sex with schoolchildren. Such brave action means ­culprits cannot hide behind their ­profession while abusing our children.

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    It’s obvious. No words necessary. Bleddie agent!

  • Previous Weeks

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    South Africans are closer to knowing the contents of the spy tapes that saw President Jacob
    Zuma evading criminal prosecution. For years, the DA has gone to the courts to force the National Prosecuting Authority to hand over the recordings. In it, we can only hope, are the answers the country has been waiting for.

    Not:

    Mpumalanga culture, sport and recreation MEC Norah Mahlangu-Mabena seems not to know how to divide her duties between the party and the government.
    Addressing a Women’s Day event, she lashed the Public Protector for being sent to destroy Zuma. Really. Clearly, the MEC knows more than we know. We’re listening...

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    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.

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    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.

Sadtu must unite to strengthen ANC and alliance – Jacob Zuma

@vercingetorics #Sadtu 2 October 2014 14:53

If the tripartite alliance isn’t united, there will be no “national democratic revolution”, President Jacob Zuma has said.

Dalai Lama accuses South Africa of ‘bullying’

2 October 2014 13:52

The Dalai Lama has accused South Africa of “bullying a simple person” after authorities failed to give him a visa to attend a summit of Nobel peace laureates.

US searches for those who came in contact with Ebola patient

2 October 2014 11:17

United States health officials have scoured the Dallas area for people – including schoolchildren – who came in contact with a Liberian man diagnosed with Ebola, as it emerged a hospital mix-up saw him initially turned away.

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I am ashamed to call this lickspittle bunch my government.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu on the state not granting a visa to the Dalai Lama for the third time

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