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Sanwo-Olu’s Lagos And The Menace Of Suicidal Nigerians Who Refuse To Use Pedestrian Bridges By Samuel Nwite

A foreigner could have wondered what was going on as men and women lined up on the corridor of Ikorodu road, Ojota Lagos, waving at speeding vehicles to slow down.  They stood like people on a marathon set, waving, until a driver on the first lane played the Good Samaritan and slowed down and they raced onto the road not paying attention to the car on speed on the second lane.  Onlookers were yelling until the tyres screeched to a halt. It was close, but thankfully, no casualty.  They crossed,…

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News24.com | Cape Flats Gangland: Come with me down paradise road

2019-07-16 19:12 “Come with me down paradise road This way please, I’ll carry your load…  “There are better days before us And a burning bridge behind, fire smokin’ the sky is blazing, There’s a woman waiting weeping And a young man nearly beaten all for love. Paradise was almost closin’ down…” Growing up on the Cape Flats, this song recorded by South African group Joy in 1979 at the height of apartheid, was a firm favourite at make-shift parties my mom would have in the separate entrance we lived in,…

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News24.com | Zuma’s state capture argument misses the wood for the trees

2019-07-16 08:58 Jacob Zuma says that we have no discernible definition of state capture, but this is exactly what the Zondo commission is trying to establish, writes Ralph Mathekga. After former president Jacob Zuma’s appearance at the Zondo commission, there are a few issues that need to be clarified about the nature of the inquiry underway. Whether or not it was intended, Zuma’s appearance raises some conceptual matters that require attention, and I believe the commission will address those issues in the final report.   Zuma took issue with the very…

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News24.com | Zuma delivers heavy blow to already wounded ANC

2019-07-15 19:31 Jacob Zuma today has wounded an already fragile ANC. By suggesting that “modern askaris” are behind his downfall, he casts aspersions (and doubts) on a host of current ANC leaders and state apparatchiks, writes Daniel Silke. Former president Jacob Zuma pressed some well-worn buttons in his testimony before the Zondo commission on Monday. And, like a soap opera, it was packed with open-ended innuendos, accusations and a whopping dose of political intrigue. Of course, playing the victim was always going to be Zuma’s trump card. But, the healthy…

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Indefinite Detention Of El-Zakzaky: Buhari Is Nigeria New Deadliest Dictator By Bayo Oluwasanmi

Since President Muhammadu Buhari surreptitiously shot his way back to Nigerian politics, Nigerians knew no peace. Dictatorship is synonymous with military regimes. But this is not always the case. Some democracies, like Nigeria’s democracy under Buhari, are worse than military dictatorships. Dictatorship in a democracy is when a president or head of a government wields absolute control over all aspects of public and private actions. Through propaganda and by enacting laws, a president or head of government protects his position and flagrantly disobeys court rulings. The absence of balanced government,…

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Indefinite Detention Of El-Zakzaky: Buhari Is Nigeria New Deadliest Dictator By Bayo Oluwasanmi

Since President Muhammadu Buhari surreptitiously shot his way back to Nigerian politics, Nigerians knew no peace. Dictatorship is synonymous with military regimes. But this is not always the case. Some democracies, like Nigeria’s democracy under Buhari, are worse than military dictatorships. Dictatorship in a democracy is when a president or head of a government wields absolute control over all aspects of public and private actions. Through propaganda and by enacting laws, a president or head of government protects his position and flagrantly disobeys court rulings. The absence of balanced government,…

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News24.com | The turn of the Godfather: Will Zuma speak, sing or spar?

2019-07-15 07:08 Zuma has never owned up to any mistakes, except when his lawyers forced him to take some blame for the Nkandla scandal to avoid impeachment. Don’t expect him to enlighten us on where the loot is stashed now, writes Adriaan Basson. Former president Jacob Zuma is likely to use Monday’s appearance before the Zondo commission into state capture to portray himself as a victim instead of answering penetrating questions about his own culpability. Since his first appearance on charges of corruption relating to the arms deal in 2005,…

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News24.com | Mondli Makhanya: A very rough ride ahead with Donald Trump and Boris Johnson in charge

On Thursday last week the president of the US embarked on one of his famed Twitter tirades that went on for three hours. The man has always been unhinged but with every passing day and week the lunacy rises to new levels. Fresh from a public spat with the UK government, in which he called Theresa May “foolish” and disastrous, he went to war with his real and imagined enemies. Out of the blue he tweeted this: “The White House will be hosting a very big and very important Social…

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News24.com | Durban in chaos: Zandile Gumede supporters continue unabated

2019-07-14 10:42 Ramaphosa will need to bring the fight to Gumede if he hopes to bring any form of stability to eThekwini and root out Zuma’s power, writes Kaveel Singh. Another week of violence, a direct result of Zandile Gumede’s supporters’ protests, has come and gone in Durban. As we enter dangerous territory after the extension of her special leave, how much more can one city take? Day one of her extended leave saw the Durban CBD descend into chaos as her supporters and police clashed on numerous occasions in…

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The Killing Of Afenifere Leader’s Daughter And The Omnipresence Of Bandits On Nigerian Roads By Fredrick Nwabufo

On Wednesday, June 12,  Adenipekun Ademiju, a staff member of Atakumosa west local government area of Osun state embarked on a journey – of no return.  It was a quotidian day like any other, and there was nothing betokening tragedy. He boarded a bus from Osun town heading for Ibadan.  On the expressway around Ikire community, a group of bandits emerged from the stout bushes and pumped a volley of bullets into the bus. Ademiju was unlucky. On Friday, 58-year-old Funke Olakunrin, daughter of Reuben Fasoranti, a leader of Afenifere, was killed in…

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