Haffejee inquest: Security branch ope...

A former Security Branch operative implicated in the death of anti-apartheid activist Dr Hoosen Haffejee has died, days after the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) restarted the process of reopening an inquest into Haffajee’s death in detention. Colonel James Taylor, who was involved in the arrest and interrogation of Haffejee in the days before his death […]

US women footballers’ equal pay...

The equal pay lawsuit filed by United States women footballers against the US Soccer Federation has been scheduled to go to trial on May 5, 2020, the players’ spokesperson said Monday. The gender discrimination lawsuit regarding unequal pay and working conditions was filed on March 8 by 28 players, and Monday’s trial date, set by […]

Interdict ‘infringes’ on farm workers...

Legal experts have questioned the interdict granted to a group of Eastern Cape farmers, saying it unjustifiably limits the farm workers’ constitutional right to speak out against alleged poor treatment. The high court in April granted commercial farmers in the Eastern Cape an interdict against farm workers and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the area. But […]

​Zuma had been ‘intent’ o...

Despite “conceding” that former prosecutions head Mxolisi Nxasana was not on the verge of reinstating criminal charges against him, former president Jacob Zuma wanted Nxasana gone anyway, the Zondo commission heard on Monday. Nxasana’s first appearance before the commission of inquiry into allegations of state capture — chaired by deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo — was in […]

Students at two Eastern Cape universi...

The universities of Walter Sisulu and Fort Hare have reopened two of their campuses after shutting down last week because of a lack of water. Fort Hare’s Alice campus and the Butterworth campus of Walter Sisulu University (WSU) were shut down after water supply was affected by protest action by Amathole district municipality workers who were demanding […]

Father hopes for justice as Cardinal ...

The father of one of the victims of jailed Australian Cardinal George Pell said on Monday he hoped “justice would prevail” as a court prepared to rule on an appeal against his conviction of child sex abuse crimes. Pell, the former Vatican number three, is appealing against his conviction on five counts of sexually abusing […]

Trump warns Tiananmen-style Hong Kong...

Donald Trump has warned China that carrying out a Tiananmen Square-style crackdown on Hong Kong pro-democracy protests would harm trade talks between the two countries, in comments that followed a huge, defiant march through the streets of the global finance hub. Hong Kong has been rocked by more than two months of protests and clashes […]

Zimbabwe: Police beat protesters as e...

Police in Zimbabwe fired tear gas and bludgeoned protesters with batons after hundreds of people gathered in the capital Harare on Friday in defiance of a court order banning anti-government protests. The protests were the first in a series of nationwide demonstrations called by the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) opposition party against a crashing […]

CPJ calls on SADC to prioritise press...

Dear Dr Stergomena Tax, I write to you from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), an independent non-profit organisation that advocates for press freedom worldwide, ahead of the 39th Ordinary Summit to urge you to prioritise press freedom and the safety of journalists within the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The SADC treaty commits member states […]

Ai Weiwei fears ‘Tiananmen̵...

Watching the Hong Kong protests from afar, Chinese dissident-artist Ai Weiwei fears the worst, warning of a repeat of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown in Beijing. “I don’t think any prediction is too big,” the 61-year-old said in an interview with AFP in his Berlin studio. China “is a society which sacrifices anything to maintain […]

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