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Winnie’s cry resonates a decade on

@City_Press 3 November 2013 10:00

The Cry of Winnie Mandela by Njabulo S Ndebele was first published 10 years ago. Using Madikizela-Mandela as inspiration, it tells the stories of four other women, much like the mythical Penelope, who also have to wait for husbands. Charles Cilliers interviews Ndebele following the release of a new edition of his novel.

SA performs 210 abortions a day – Aaron Motsoaledi

1 November 2013 12:25

Abortions are performed in South Africa at an average rate of more than 200 a day, according to Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi.

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    Hot:

    Julius Malema or Juju, as we have come to know him. He is a master at the stumps. Last week, he boobed by going from place to place in a chopper. Not quite the right image for the radical Bolivarian revolutionary he wants to be. This week, Juju was a political Jesus of Nazareth of sorts. He arrived at an election pit stop on a donkey cart!

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    Roger Dixon, the geologist who testified about ballistics, crime scene reconstructions and human anatomy for the defence in the ­Oscar Pistorius murder trial. ­Experts like Dixon charge thousands of rands. But the experience of hearing your expert witness ­admit that he’s a “layman” when it comes to ballistics? Priceless.

  • Previous Weeks

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    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

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    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

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    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.

Police threaten journalists at Bay TV

@City_Press 8 June 2013 10:46

Journalists and staff at Bay TV in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape were left traumatised after police allegedly intimidated and threatened them over footage they filmed during violent protests at Booysens Park last week.

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Don’t be voting cattle. Think before you make that cross.
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu tells South Africans before they cast their ballots on May 7

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