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  • Cameroon frees 52 opposition activists

    04 December 2018 6:31 PM 25

    The prosecution of 52 opposition activists who protested against the re-election of 85-year-old Paul Biya as Cameroon president has been abandoned, their lawyer said on Tuesday. The activists were arrested at the end of October in Douala, the economic capital, on the sidelines of a demonstration against the election of Biya, who had won a seventh consecutive

  • Tomorrow's weather: Cool along the coast, warm to hot for rest of SA

    04 December 2018 6:06 PM 33

    Warm to hot weather has been predicted for most of the country on Wednesday but coastal areas remain cool. Severe thunderstorms are expected over the escarpment areas of Mpumalanga and Limpopo, as well as the north-eastern parts of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). A heat wave with persistently high temperatures is expected in Gauteng, the northern and eastern parts

  • LIVE: MPs in National Assembly divided over adoption of review committee report on #LandExpropriation

    04 December 2018 1:41 PM 41

    Both Houses of Parliament are expected to consider the Joint Constitutional Review Committee's (CRC) report which recommends that Section 25 of the Constitution be amended to allow land expropriation without compensation. This, after the Western Cape High Court dismissed AfriForum's urgent interdict application on Friday, which was aimed at preventing

  • WATCH: Durban taxi driver crams 25 commuters into crowded taxi

    04 December 2018 11:07 AM 26

    A taxi driver was fined R5 000 after he was found to have 25 passengers in his taxi in Durban last week. According to eThekwini metro police spokesperson Senior Superintendent Parboo Sewpersad, the traffic officers had set up a routine checkpoint along South Coast Road when the taxi was stopped. "Although overloading is a common problem, it is very unusual

  • Hate speech: Court gives Edward Zuma 'one last chance' to pay up or face possible arrest

    04 December 2018 11:01 AM 42

    Edward Zuma has until January 22 to pay the outstanding balance owed in his hate speech case, or he will face an arrest warrant for contempt of court. The South African Human Rights Commission has asked that Zuma be arrested and held in contempt of court for failing to fully honour a settlement agreement, made by order of the Equality Court, relating

  • WATCH: Pharrell is not too impressed with SA's 'beloved' hadedas

    04 December 2018 8:19 AM 43

    We've all been there - the sun is just about to start seeping into your room, but it's still too early to properly wake up, and you snuggle for another hour or two of snoozing - that is until the song of the hadedas start. South Africans love to hate these oversized rats of the sky, squawking their presence into your brain, and unfortunately their hellish

  • Zimbabwe doctors strike demanding better pay and conditions

    04 December 2018 8:06 AM 20

    The southern African nation is short of United States dollars, the currency it adopted in 2009, causing price spikes and shortages of basic goods, medicines, and fuel. Mathabisi Bebhe, secretary general of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association, which represents more than 1 000 members, said on Monday that most junior doctors at the five major hospitals

  • Our CEO hasn't resigned, says SABC

    04 December 2018 6:55 AM 32

    The SABC said on Tuesday morning that its CEO Madoda Mxakwe had not resigned. But it would not confirm or deny reports that three of the public broadcaster's board members stepped down on Monday evening, saying the "correct authority to comment on SABC board resignations is the presidency". eNCA first reported that three board members had resigned on Monday

  • WHO: US experts not needed to fight Ebola outbreak in DRC

    04 December 2018 6:02 AM 23

    The head of the World Health Organisation says it doesn't need experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or any other US government agency to fight the deadly Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, insisting: "We can cover it." WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says the UN health agency mostly needs the United

  • De Lille back for GOOD? Splinter parties and where they are now

    04 December 2018 5:04 AM 40

    Patricia de Lille isn't the first politician who thought it was a GOOD idea to start a new party after an acrimonious departure. Five parties currently represented in Parliament started after its leader left or was kicked out of one - including one of the more established parties. Back in 1996, Bantu Holomisa, then Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism