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News24.com | Mkhwebane welcomes release of ‘rogue unit’ report to her by state security minister

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane says Minister of State Security Ayanda Dlodlo has handed her a redacted version of the Inspector General of Intelligence (IGI) report, which found that the so-called SARS “rogue unit” was unlawful.  “In a settlement reached in terms of Rule 43 of the Uniform Rules of Court, Minister Dlodlo offered advocate Mkhwebane a redacted version of the report on Monday, November 4, 2019,” the Office of the Public Protector said in a statement on Friday. Mkhwebane thanked her for “finally” handing over the report.   The EFF had…

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African refugees ejected from U.N. premises in South Africa

Africans seeking asylum at a United Nations office in South Africa have been forcibly removed by police stating that their action amounted to tresspassing. On Wednesday, a court order was granted instructing the 300 refugees camping there since 7 October, to vacate the area within three days, local media outlets reported. Hundreds of asylum seekers had been camping for weeks now in makeshift structures in front of the offices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the capital Pretoria. Many came into SA fleeing life threatening situations…

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Tennis star Sharapova’s Africa trip: beautiful Botswana, riveting Rwanda

Russian tennis star, Maria Sharapova, recently embarked on an African tour which took her to Botswana in southern Africa and Rwanda in East Africa. The trip which started on November 8 and spanned till the 14th was largely one that had a strong and rich connection to nature and wildlife. The Botswana mission was largely in one of the country’s famed natural parks which attracts thousands of tourists year in an out, it also had a fair share of savoring wildlife at close range – from the lions, rhinos, squirrels…

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News24.com | ANC kept us in the dark about SAA job cuts, says Cosatu

As the tripartite alliance finally moves forward from tensions over being kept in the dark regarding Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s economic document, Cosatu is now crying foul that the ANC had failed to communicate the impending retrenchments at SAA. On Tuesday, Cosatu’s affiliate union, the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union, applied for an urgent interdict to halt the airlines’ bid to retrench almost 1 000 workers. SAA announced its intention to retrench 945 workers on Monday. The announcement came shortly after a two-day meeting of the alliance council…

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Ethiopia PM meets Oromo, Amhara political leadership amid insecurity

Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Thursday met with leadership of political parties in the Oromia and Amhara regions. The meeting held at the PM’s offices comes on the back of security issues bedeviling the two regions. Oromia, Abiy’s home region, was rocked by deadly violence in October leading to 86 deaths according to official records. In the past week, deadly violence has rocked universities in both regions forcing authorities to deploy the army to contain the incidents. Abiy’s deputy, Demeke Mekonnen, an Amhara, was part of the meeting. Defense…

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World’s first vagina museum opens in London

A museum dedicated to vaginas and vulvas opened it doors in the north of London on Saturday. It is a world’s first. The museum hopes to help destigmatize this part of the female body and debunk myths around it. “The vagina and the vulva are a hugely stigmatized part of the body, and they have lots of embarrassment. Cervical cancers are not being picked up quick enough So, in an effort to destigmatize this part of the body, that’s why we’ve made the vagina museum”, said Florence Schechter, Founder and…

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Guinea: one killed during clashes in mass anti-gov’t protest

A teenager was shot dead by Guinean police on Thursday as he tried to flee a crackdown on mass anti-government protest, his family and doctor said. Alpha Souleymane Diallo,19, was reportedly caught up in the clashes. A doctor at the Amitie Hospital in Conakry confirmed he died from bullet wounds. Hundreds of protesters draped in red, the color of the opposition, took to the streets of Conakry a day after President Alpha Conde confirmed parliamentary elections for February 2020. The movement is getting stronger and stronger. The National Front for…

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Namibian ministers resign over fishy fishing deals

Namibia’s justice and fisheries ministers resigned on Wednesday over bribery claims involving Icelandic fishing firm Samherji, the presidency said. Justice Minister Sackeus Shanghala and Fisheries and Marine Resources Minister Bernhard Esau quit following media reports they had awarded horse mackerel quotas to Iceland’s biggest fishing firm in exchange for bribes. Namibian President Hage Geingob said he had accepted the resignations after meeting the two ministers to discuss the allegations, adding they were “innocent until proven guilty”. Esau denied wrongdoing, saying he had only stepped down to prevent a “media campaign”…

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News24.com | More former pupils come forward as sexual assault allegations pile up against ex-Grey teacher

As allegations of sexual assault against a former teacher at Grey College in Bloemfontein pile up following a co-published podcast series with News24, several former pupils have come forward with similar claims. In the podcast series My Only Story by Deon Wiggett, he reveals that one Jimmy – his alleged rapist – was a teacher at the prestigious all boys school in 1989 and 1990. The school has, however, denied knowledge of allegations of sexual misconduct against the former teacher but has notified the provincial education department about the matter, News24 previously reported. Wiggett…

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DRC targets 63% budget increase for 2020 [Business Africa]

DRC’s $10 billion draft budget for 2020 An ambitious draft budget presented to the National Assembly of the Democratic Republic of Congo. More than US$10 billion is needed for the various projects to be carried out in the 2020. This is an increase of 63.2% compared to 2019. A historic budget that the authorities are defending. They say that they are meeting the partners’ unfulfilled promises and the conditions imposed by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Sudan’s worsening economic crisis Sudan needs urgent reforms and budget support…

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