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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High Court in Pretoria sets aside Mkhwebane’s report on ‘SARS rogue unit’ 7 December 2020, 12:03 PM

The High Court in Pretoria has set aside Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's report on the so-called SARS rogue unit. In its judgment, the court has issued a punitive costs order against Mkhwebane.

For economic recovery to be meaningful, persons with disabilities should also benefit: Ramaphosa 7 December 2020, 11:41 AM

President Cyril Ramaphosa says the achievement of equal opportunities for persons with disabilities is necessary for the realisation of the rights contained in the Constitution.

Man accused of hacking family to death to apply for bail on Monday 7 December 2020, 9:30 AM

The man accused of hacking to death an Elliotdale mother and her five children late last month will lodge a formal bail application in the Xhorha Magistrates’ Court, in the Eastern Cape, on Monday.

From the Desk of the President: All South Africans must benefit from economic recovery 7 December 2020, 8:29 AM

If we are to ensure that the recovery of our economy and society in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic is meaningful, then we need to ensure that all South Africans are included and that all benefit.

Sadtu heads to court to overturn DBE’s exam rewrite decision 7 December 2020, 8:00 AM

Teachers' union Sadtu says it will head to court on Monday to seek an urgent interdict to challenge the Basic Education Department's decision that matric learners must rewrite the leaked exam papers.

Akufo-Addo, Mahama square off for a third time in Ghana’s tight presidential poll 7 December 2020, 6:34 AM

Ghanaians will cast votes in both the presidential and parliamentary ballots today. Former President John Mahama and 10 other candidates are challenging President Nana Akufo-Addo.

IRR welcomes removal of e-voting clauses from the Electoral Laws Amendment Bill 6 December 2020, 1:15 PM

The Institute of Race Relations (IRR) has welcomed the removal of two clauses from the Electoral Laws Amendment Bill by Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs.

North West farmer surprised as cow gives birth to twins 6 December 2020, 1:15 PM

A Bonsmara farmer from Setlagole, outside Mahikeng in the North West, was surprised when one of his cows gave birth to twins.

Department of Basic Education says it will defend its matric exam rewrite decision in court 6 December 2020, 1:10 PM

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) says it will defend in court its decision to have the leaked Maths and Physical Science Papers rewritten, following threats of legal action.

Akinwumi Adesina
COVID-19 needs audacious leadership: African Development Bank’s Dr Adesina 6 December 2020, 9:30 AM

The President of the African Development Bank, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, says the coronavirus pandemic needs audacious leadership that is able to navigate complexities and restore hope and confidence, to grow back safer, healthier and with greater resilience.  

Mixed reactions over the reopening of the Beitbridge border post 6 December 2020, 8:59 AM

Foreign nationals crossing into Zimbabwe through the Beitbridge border post and those who are illegally using the porous border fence outside Musina in Limpopo have mixed reaction to the decision to open the border between Zimbabwean and South Africa for ordinary travellers.

Eastern Cape family murder victims to be laid to rest 6 December 2020, 7:48 AM

The victims of a fatal family violence case in Xhorha, in the Eastern Cape, will be laid to rest at their home on Sunday.

SAMA welcomes declaration of Nelson Mandela Bay as COVID-19 hotspot 5 December 2020, 9:15 AM

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) says the Eastern Cape does not have enough trained medical personnel as the number of new coronavirus infections increases in the province. The organisation believes the President was correct in putting restrictions and declaring Nelson Mandela Bay Metro as a hotspot.

SA’s first batch of COVID-19 immunisations expected in second quarter of 2021 5 December 2020, 7:21 AM

The cost of a complete COVID-19 vaccine regimen for South Africa is estimated at above R2.1 billion, with the first batch of immunisations expected only in the second quarter of next year.

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.