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  • Zuma deploys army at Mandela events

    13 December 2013 11:04 AM 2

    December 13 2013 at 01:01pm By SAPA Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma gave the go-ahead for the deployment of close to 12 000 troops in state events after the death of Nelson Mandela, the presidency said on Friday. “[He] informed Parliament [on Thursday] that he had authorised the employment of 11 894 members of the SA National Defence Force for service

  • Cosatu hosts Mandela memorial

    13 December 2013 11:04 AM 10

    December 13 2013 at 01:01pm By Molaole Montsho Johannesburg - Members of unions affiliated to the Congress of SA Trade Unions arrived at Regina Mundi Catholic Church in Soweto for a memorial service for Nelson Mandela on Friday. They gathered in a circle in front of the church singing “Nelson Mandela u lale ngoxolo (Nelson Mandela rest in peace)

  • We are all South Africans because of Mandela: Cosatu

    13 December 2013 11:01 AM 10

    Congress of SA Trade Unions members chanted, danced and whistled at the Regina Mundi Catholic Church in Soweto on Friday to celebrate the life of former president Nelson Mandela. "Kante Oliver Tambo o ne a ntse a mpona ga ke tsamaya tseleng e thatha (Oliver Tambo saw me when walking a difficult path)," they sang. "We are celebrating the life of a gallant

  • Mthatha airport a hive of activity

    13 December 2013 11:00 AM 17

    December 13 2013 at 12:57pm By SAPA Johannesburg - Mthatha airport in the Eastern Cape was a hive of activity on Thursday ahead of the arrival of Nelson Mandela's body. Police kept watch at all major road intersections near the airport, while others, including military police officers on motorcycles, were stationed in and around the facility

  • Henning’s bail bid resumes

    13 December 2013 10:51 AM 9

    December 13 2013 at 05:07am Nico Henning, accused of killing his estranged wife Chanelle Henning, is expected to return to the Pretoria Regional Court on Friday, for a bail application. Henning had appeared on Tuesday for the application. Chief magistrate Desmond Nair postponed the matter to Friday. Henning's lawyers had asked for a postponement to file further

  • Anene’s killer denied leave to appeal

    13 December 2013 10:25 AM 12

    December 13 2013 at 12:25pm By SAPA Cape Town - Rapist and murderer Johannes Kana was denied leave to appeal his conviction by the Western Cape High Court on Friday, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said. Provincial NPA spokesman Eric Ntabazalila said Judge Patricia Goliath ruled there was no prospect that another court would come to a different

  • South Africa investigating reports Mandela memorial interpreter faced murder charge

    13 December 2013 10:23 AM 13

    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- The South African government said Friday it is aware of reports that the bogus sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's memorial once faced a murder charge, and said he is being investigated. Phumla Williams of the government communications office said the government is investigating Thamsanqa Jantjie and how he was selected

  • Baby rape accused sent for psychiatric test

    13 December 2013 10:11 AM 17

    December 13 2013 at 12:09pm By Chantal Halata Kimberley - The 24-year-old Galeshewe man, charged with the rape of his six-week-old niece, has been sent for psychiatric evaluation at the West End Mental Hospital. The man, who continuously rubbed his eyes and glanced briefly at the crowd packed in the gallery, listened as senior prosecutor Tebogo Namisa

  • How to pronounce words in South African Xhosa language

    13 December 2013 8:53 AM 20

    12 December 2013 Last updated at 18:16 GMT As Nelson Mandela's death is mourned and his life and legacy celebrated in South Africa and around the world, the BBC's Pronunciation Unit has been advising broadcasters on the pronunciation of South African names and place names. Mr Mandela was born in the Eastern Cape, the homeland of many Xhosa speakers

  • I’m very sorry: deaf signer

    13 December 2013 8:43 AM 15

    December 12 2013 at 09:14am By BOTHO MOLOSANKWE The man who has been blasted on social networks and accused of providing “fake” sign language interpretation at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service says he suffered a schizophrenic episode. Thamsanqa Jantjie said his schizophrenia, for which he takes medication, had not only left many people angry and accusing