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Ex-South African minister arrested, charged with corruption

A former security minister of South Africa and close ally of former president Jacob Zuma, has been arrested and charged with corruption. Bongani Bongo who is also a lawmaker becomes the first high-profile person to be arrested and charged over graft in recent years. Bongo is accused of offering a bribe to a lawyer who was building the state’s case in a 2017 parliamentary enquiry into state-owned power agency, Eskom. According to Eric Ntabazalila, the prosecutions spokesman “The charges are that he offered money to (an) advocate… which (the prosecutor)…

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Nelson Mandela Ex-Presidents 

Mandela and Fidel: What is not being said

Nelson MandelaTHE death of Nelson Mandela has precipitated a torrent of interpretations on his life and work, all of which present him as a disciple of pacifism and a kind of Mother Teresa of South Africa. This is an essentially incorrect, and premeditated, image, promoted to obscure the fact that after the Sharpeville massacre in 1960, the African National Congress (ANC) adopted a strategy of armed struggle and sabotage of enterprises and important economic projects, but without endangering human life.

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Stephen Biko and Donald Woods Opinions 

My Friend – The Immortal Steve Biko

AMBASSADOR WELILE NHLAPO Through our life journey, we meet different types of people. Some will touch our lives but later continue on their course and we forget about them. But others won’t just make a mark in our lives but they’ll leave their footprints in our minds and hearts. Steve was that kind of a human being. Even though there’s a specific day set aside to celebrate Biko, the truth is, every day is a Steve Biko day in the life of an African, especially in South Africa at the…

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South African opposition vow to impeach President Zuma

President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma

South Africa’s opposition have criticised President Zuma’s “good news” state of the nation address this week with some using the ongoing debate to call for his impeachment.

 

Zuma delivered the eagerly awaited address last week and opposition parties have been given the opportunity to raise issues that they feel were lacking from the speech.

with the election looming, some political leaders will blow plenty of hot air

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Numsa cuts political ties with ANC

(Photo: file, Sapa) Johannesburg – Numsa, South Africa’s biggest union, will not support the ruling ANC in elections next year, its general secretary, Irvin Jim said on Friday, in a blow to President Jacob Zuma, whose political support with the working class is fast eroding. The salvo from the 330 000-member National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) is also another sign that an alliance forged with the African National Congress in the struggle against apartheid is falling apart. Numsa is the biggest bloc in the Cosatu labour grouping that is itself…

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