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News24.com | ANALYSIS: Zuma’s desperate claims open new front in battle between ANC factions

The desperate claims by former president Jacob Zuma about a multi-decade plot to “remove” him from society and the infiltration of spies in the ANC has opened a new front in the internecine battle inside the governing party. On Monday Zuma – without providing evidence in the form of corroborating events, dates, documents or affidavits – alleged that three intelligence agencies were responsible for running a campaign against him for almost 30 years. The same agencies (two foreign, one local) parachuted collaborators into the ANC, with some even being “nurtured”…

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Uganda: case closes in activist Nyanzi trial

The Chief Magistrate’s Court in Kampala has closed the defence in the case of Ugandan activist Stella Nyanzi, charged with cyber harassment and offensive communication on social media, deemed critical of President Yoweri Museveni. Gladys Kamasanyu, closed the case on Tuesday after the defence failed to produce witnesses. “She (Stella Nyanzi) voluntarily waived her own right to call witnesses and this court therefore considers that the accused does not have to call witnesses in her defence. And since the accused has chosen this choice, this court has no choice but…

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South Africans mourn ex-footballer shot dead in Johannesburg

Social media users are reacting to the killing of a former South African footballer, Mark Batchelor, on Monday evening near his home in Johannesburg. A police spokesman confirmed to local media outlets that the incident is likely a case of a professional hit adding that a murder case was being investigated. Batchelor played for some of the country’s top clubs including Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs. He also played for the senior national team, the Bafana Bafana at a point in his career. “He was shot through the window several…

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Ebola emergency meeting to go ahead as UNICEF warns of higher risk to very youngest children

Speaking in Geneva, UNICEF spokesperson Marixie Mercado said that “there have been 750 infections among children. This represents 31 per cent of total cases, compared with about 20 per cent in previous outbreaks…The latest data I have is that the case fatality ratio for that under-five group was 77 per cent.”  To date, there have been more than 2,500 cases of infection and nearly 1,670 people have died in the provinces of Ituri and North Kivu, according to WHO, making it the worst outbreak the country has ever faced and the second largest epidemic on record.  Highlighting the vulnerability of the very youngest children, Ms.…

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Zimbabwe public workers threaten strike over wages

HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe’s public workers on Tuesday said they would go on strike if the government failed to increase their wages to at least $475 per month for the lowest paid employee, as resurgent inflation returned. Official figures published on Monday showed annual inflation almost doubled to 175.66% in June, piling pressure on a population struggling with shortages and stirring memories of the economic chaos of a decade ago. Hope that the economy would quickly rebound under President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who replaced the long-ruling Robert Mugabe after a November…

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Congo: Chikungunya outbreak and research

Since January an outbreak of Chikungunya was reported in a region near Pointe-noire precisely Diosso. After molecular and phylogenic analysis, it was discovered that the strain had a close relation with Central Africa Chikungunya strains. The confirmation was done after blood samples were collected and confirmed at the Laboratory of the Institute for Development Research in France Analysis and results have shown a recent vector host switch. Some many other suspected cases have been observed around Pointe-noire and there are fears of a more devastating future outbreak if measures are…

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DRC authorities confirm death of Goma Ebola patient

July 16: Goma Ebola victim dies Authorities in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo’s largest city, Goma, on Tuesday said the first patient in the city has died. The patient was a priest who became infected during a visit to the town of Butembo, one of the epicentres of the outbreak, before taking a bus to Goma, according to Congo’s health ministry. He was being driven from Goma to a clinic in Butembo on Monday to receive treatment when he died, North Kivu province’s Governor Carly Nzanzu told an Ebola response…

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Ten Turkish sailors seized by pirates off Nigerian coast – shipping company

ANKARA (Reuters) – Ten Turkish sailors were taken hostage by armed pirates off the coast of Nigeria early on Tuesday, shipping company Kadioglu Denizcilik said, adding that another eight sailors were safely aboard the ship. Kadioglu said its Turkish-flagged Paksoy-1 cargo ship was attacked in the Gulf of Guinea as it sailed from Cameroon to the Ivory Coast without freight. It gave no further details. Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by Dominic Evans

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Sport24.co.za | SA rugby should not ditch Super Rugby – Cheetahs coach

Cape Town – Playing in Europe may seem a lucrative and viable option, but South Africa should always aim to have teams plying their trade in the southern hemisphere. That is the view of new Cheetahs coach Hawies Fourie, who spoke exclusively to Sport24 on the matter. The Cheetahs and the Southern Kings have been playing in the European PRO14 competition for the past two seasons and there have been talks in recent times that South African Super Rugby teams the Sharks, Stormers and Bulls could join the PRO14. ALSO…

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