Triple talaq: India’s top court...

India’s top court on Tuesday banned a controversial Islamic practice that allows men to divorce their wives instantly, ending a long tradition that many Muslim women had fiercely opposed. The Supreme Court ruled that the practice of “triple talaq”, whereby Muslim men can divorce their wives by reciting the word talaq (divorce) three times, was […]

ANC top brass meets its Lower South C...

The ANC’s Lower South Coast region in KwaZulu-Natal has met with the governing party’s national working committee in a bid to have the suspension of its powers by the provincial leadership set aside. The meeting was held in the south coast town of Port Shepstone on Monday at the request of the regional executive committee. They […]

Dos Santos: Angola’s secretive ...

When Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos steps down and his successor is chosen in Wednesday’s elections, it will bring to an end a 38-year reign dominated by his unrelenting authoritarian style. Though seldom seen in public, he has been a looming presence in daily life for as long as most Angolans can remember, maintaining […]

Five things we learned from the Premi...

Five things we learned from the English Premier League this weekend: Spurs need a Wembley win Tottenham’s impressive display in their 2-1 home defeat by Chelsea gave the lie to suggestions they are unable to perform at Wembley, their home for the season while White Hart Lane is rebuilt, but the sooner they get a […]

Police care more about protest action...

Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula held a press conference on August 10 2017, just a day after Women’s Day, to update the public on the case against (then) Deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana. Manana has been accused of assaulting Mandisa Duma at a nightclub earlier in that week, with graphic video evidence of the […]

Diplomatic immunity for Grace Mugabe ...

The Department of International Relations (Dirco) says Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane “agonised” over her decision to grant Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity following assault claims.   This after the department issued a statement, announcing that Mugabe’s diplomatic immunity was warranted. “The minister has made the determination that the conferring of diplomatic immunity is warranted […]

Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana resign...

President Jacob Zuma on Saturday said that he had accepted the resignation of Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training Mduduzi Manana. “The President has thanked Mr Manana for his contribution to the work of government during his term of office,” the presidency said in a short statement. Manana recently admitted to the assault of […]

A letter from a Zimbabwean about (dis...

Landing in Johannesburg on a late Tuesday afternoon, I was welcomed to OR Tambo International Airport by the embarrassing news that First Lady Grace Mugabe had allegedly whipped a young model, Gabriella Engels, with an electric cord. As shocking as the headlines were, it’s somewhat unsurprising; that’s our (dis)Grace. At that point I wished I […]

Qwelane hate speech ruling hailed as ...

In what has been hailed as a victory for the country’s LGBTI communities, the Johannesburg High Court today delivered a ruling declaring comments made by Jon Qwelane in a 2009 column in Sunday Sun as hate speech. The proceedings were brought against Qwelane by the South African Human Rights Council (SAHRC) after he published an […]

Silence perpetuates the violence

I’ve been thinking about silence over the past week as Deputy Minister of Higher Education Mduduzi Manana remains in his job despite admitting to assaulting a woman, an admission that was unavoidable after evidence of his despicable actions surfaced. I have friends in common with the deputy minister. Many have chosen silence. Some have […]

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