This week in 1994: Democracy 25

7 August 2019, 1:55 PM
This week we focus on arms control in South Africa. Gun smuggling at the international border between South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique was a norm during the armed struggle in the 80 and early 90s.
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CORONAVIRUS: Your daily update 3 December 2020, 5:25 AM

The number of coronavirus cases across the world continues to increase rapidly.

Moyane to grill Gordhan at the State Capture Commission on Monday 29 November 2020, 9:17 PM

On Monday, former SARS boss Tom Moyane will cross-examine Minister Pravin Gordhan when the inquiry into state capture resumes in Johannesburg. Moyane will be allowed to question the Public Enterprises Minister on a few issues regarding his 2018 testimony at the commission. 

Northern Cape farmers await drought relief funds as dry spell persists in parts of SA 29 November 2020, 7:15 PM

Drought stricken Northern Cape farmers are still waiting for their share of a R36 million drought relief fund. This as small and emerging farmers in KwaZulu-Natal call for help as some of them have, respectively, lost more than 30 cattle as a result of the drought.

KZN man to appear in court for murder and rape of 3-year-old 29 November 2020, 6:58 PM

A 36-year-old man has been arrested for the brutal murder of a three-year-old child in Thembelihle, Estcourt, in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands.

Cyril Ramaphosa
Call for Ramaphosa to appear before the Zondo commission 29 November 2020, 4:50 PM

Former chairperson of the General Council of the Bar of South Africa, Vuyani Ngalwana SC, wants President Cyril Ramaphosa to testify before the State Capture Commission. He has written to commission chairperson, Justice Raymond Zondo, regarding this.

Bheki Cele
Cele promises to stem the rot in Osizweni 29 November 2020, 3:30 PM

Police Minister Bheki Cele has vowed to root out criminal activities and police officers believed to be working with criminals in Osizweni township in Newcastle, in northern KwaZulu-Natal. Cele led police raids at drug dens and roadblocks in the area.

US Supreme Court weighs Trump bid to bar illegal immigrants from census totals 29 November 2020, 3:11 PM

The Supreme Court on Monday is set to take up President Donald Trump’s unprecedented and contentious effort to exclude illegal immigrants from the population totals used to allocate US House of Representatives districts to states.

CWU gives the SABC an ultimatum 27 November 2020, 9:53 PM

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has given the SABC until noon on Monday to respond to their demands or face intensified strike action. The union wants an immediate end to the retrenchment of 400 permanent staff and the withdrawal of redundancy letters that have already been issued to some workers.

Dlamini-Zuma appeals for calm amid anger over ban on initiations 27 November 2020, 8:21 PM

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has appealed for calm as traditional leaders battle it out with government over the closing of initiation schools.

Mlambo-Ngcuka to deliver the Chief Albert Luthuli Memorial Lecture 27 November 2020, 6:35 PM

Former deputy president Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will deliver the 2020 Chief Albert Luthuli Memorial Lecture on Saturday afternoon. It will be held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

EFF in Limpopo marches to ZZ2 to demand better working conditions   27 November 2020, 5:45 PM

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Limpopo has given tomato producer, ZZ2, 21 days to respond to its memorandum that demands improved working and living conditions for the company's farm workers.  

Johannesburg mayor Geoffrey Makhubo
Makhubo says it is not unusual for Black-owned companies to donate money to ANC 27 November 2020, 4:30 PM

Johannesburg Mayor and former African National Congress (ANC) treasurer in the Greater Johannesburg region, Geoffrey Makhubo, has told the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture that it is not unusual for a Black-owned company to donate money to the ANC from funds made from government tenders.

Americans defy pandemic, political leaders to travel for Thanksgiving 27 November 2020, 3:15 PM

Americans defied pleas from state and local officials to stay home for the Thanksgiving holiday in the face of the surging coronavirus pandemic, triggering fresh warnings from health officials with the release of vaccines still weeks away.

Duo’s conviction for killing Coligny teen set aside 27 November 2020, 3:15 PM

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein has overturned the conviction of the two men who were jailed for murdering 15-year-old Matlhomola Mosweu in Coligny, in the North West, in 2017.

Meyiwa family concerned over court delays    27 November 2020, 2:10 PM

Relatives of the late Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper, Senzo Meyiwa, say they are disappointed that the case of the five men accused of his murder has been postponed yet again.

SA records 2 493 new COVID-19 cases, 115 deaths 24 November 2020, 9:49 PM

South Africa has recorded 2 493 new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the past 24-hours. This brings the total number of cases to 772 252.

‘Unemployment, alcohol abuse exacerbating intimate partner violence in SA’ 24 November 2020, 7:55 PM

Gender activists say unemployment and alcohol abuse are some of the main contributing factors to the increase in intimate partner violence in South Africa. They say men tend to compensate for their lack of employment by physically and sexually abusing their partners.

Ethiopia piles war risk on shaky economy 24 November 2020, 4:10 PM

What a difference a year makes. In 2019, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was basking in the adulation of a Nobel Peace Prize and his country’s economy was expanding at nearly 10%. Now, the government says its tanks are about to besiege a rebellious regional capital, and growth has collapsed.

SABC extends suspension of Section 189 process 24 November 2020, 3:45 PM

The board of South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has extended the suspension of the Section 189 process for a further 30 days. This will enable consultations with unions and government to continue.

Health practitioners overworked due to increase in COVID-19 infections: Nehawu 24 November 2020, 2:48 PM

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) says its members are overworked due to understaffing, insufficient Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and medicines following a sharp increase in the number of COVID-19 infections and hospitalisations in the past two weeks.

SA records 2 270 new COVID-19 cases, 58 deaths 22 November 2020, 8:34 PM

South Africa has recorded 2 270 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the national total of infections to 767 679. In a statement, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says a total of 20 903 deaths have now been recorded in South Africa.

Biden to name first Cabinet picks on Tuesday, plans scaled-down inauguration 22 November 2020, 8:32 PM

United States President-elect Joe Biden will announce the first of his Cabinet appointments on Tuesday and is planning for a scaled-down inauguration due to the coronavirus pandemic, aides said on Sunday, as he lays the foundation for his new administration despite President Donald Trump's refusal to concede.

Ethiopia warns it may shell rebel capital 22 November 2020, 8:20 PM

 Civilians in the capital of Ethiopia's Tigray region should "save themselves", a spokesman for the federal military has said, amid plans to surround Mekelle with tanks and warnings that the rebel stronghold could be shelled.

Pandor rubbishes report suggesting government had a hand in the Bushiris’ escape 22 November 2020, 7:00 PM

International Relations and Cooperation Minister, Naledi Pandor, is calling on the Sunday Independent to retract the allegations that the South African and Malawi governments helped Sheperd Bushiri flee to his home country of Malawi.

Bodies of three Hammanskraal boys found in storm water drain 22 November 2020, 6:00 PM

Tshwane Executive Mayor, Randall Williams, has conveyed his condolences to the families of the three boys whose bodies were found in a storm water drain in Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria.

The ANC is in the red beret, it is in Julius Malema, the EFF leader tells Free State residents 22 November 2020, 5:20 PM

EFF leader Julius Malema has chastised people who ask for assistance from the party but fail to choose it on the ballot paper. He urged the community of Mofulatshepe in Smithfield to stop voting for the governing party because "Mandela’s ANC no longer exists."

KwaSizabantu Christian Mission says it has been vindicated 22 November 2020, 3:15 PM

The embattled KwaSizabantu Christian Mission in Kranskop, northern KwaZulu-Natal, says it has been vindicated in a report by a legal panel the institution appointed to investigate allegations of abuse, rape and money laundering.

SA records 2 646 new COVID-19 cases, 86 deaths 21 November 2020, 9:50 PM

South Africa has recorded 2 646 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the national positive total to 765 409. Gauteng still has for the most cases provincially, accounting for 30.4% (232 856) of total cases.

Finch, Moody’s decision to downgrade SA painful blow to country: Mboweni 21 November 2020, 7:30 PM

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni says the decision by two ratings agencies, Fitch and Moody's, to downgrade the country further into junk is a painful blow to the country as it will have immediate implications for borrowing costs and constrain government's budget.  

CWU’s strike over SABC retrenchments continues 21 November 2020, 5:30 PM

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) says it is continuing with its strike action against retrenchments at the SABC. The union launched a full-blown strike on Friday following days of lunchtime pickets.