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South Africa: Top court rules against spanking children

South Africa’s Constitutional Court has ruled that smacking children amounts to abusing their rights. It said the use of corporal punishment at home violates children’s rights. The court has ruled that it is unconstitutional to resort to “reasonable and moderate chastisement” of children as a form of physical discipline. The ruling was arrived at after an earlier High Court ruled in a similar way. The high court gave its ruling during a trial that involved a father who was found guilty of assaulting his 13-year-old son. The father claimed he…

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The African choir hoping to win America’s Got Talent

The South African Ndlovu Youth Choir has made its final performance on America’s Got Talent in the finale of the competition. The choir made up of young singers backed by South Africa is hoping to make history to be voted winners of the TV talent show. The results of the voting process will be announced on Thursday. For their final performance the choir sang their own rendition of Africa – a hit for US band Toto in the early 1980s. “Tonight we were proud young ambassadors of a united Africa,”…

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South Africa apologizes to Nigeria over xenophobic violence

South Africa has sent an official envoy to Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari apologizing over recent xenophobic attacks. These violent attacks sparked tension between Nigeria and South Africa, resulting in the evacuation of some Nigerians from South Africa. Many Nigerians were attacked and their businesses destroyed in the wave of the xenophobic attacks mainly in Johannesburg. A special envoy from South Africa on Monday presented an apology to Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari. Jeff Radebe said South Africa was sorry for the violence and sent it’s “sincerest apologies”. Radebe said at a…

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SA man who raped child in restaurant toilet convicted

A 21-year old South African man Nicholas Ninow who raped a seven year old in a restaurant toilet has been convicted of the crime. He was found guilty of the crime which took place last year. Police say the girl was raped by Ninow who followed her into the women’s restroom. He then pulled the girl into a men’s washroom before raping her at a Pretoria eatery. During his trial Ninow pleaded guilty and explained that he had gone into the toilets to take drugs when he saw the girl. He…

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SA minister, Hlongwa killed in deadly road crash

A South African deputy minister, Bavelile Hlongwa has been killed in a deadly road crash on Friday night. Bavelile Hlongwa was a mineral resources deputy minister. She died in the car accident while travelling from Limpopo on the N1 at the Maubane bridge in Hammanskraal. Local media reported that a truck crashed into her vehicle, killing other first responders at the scene. The deputy minister had stopped on the side of the road to help people who were involved in an earlier accident. South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed shock…

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SA Idols star Thami dies days after collapsing on stage

Promising South African musician and star of the TV talent show Idols South Africa (Season 12), Thami Shobede has died aged 31. Thami Shobede died in hospital in the capital, Pretoria, after collapsing during a live performance last weekend. The star died at Kalafong Hospital, his record label has said. Gallo Reords general manager Robert Cowling said “Gallo Record Company is extremely saddened and shocked to learn of the sudden passing of one of our artists Simphiwe Thamsanqa Shobede, fondly know as Thami.” His death on Thursday according to Cowling…

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South Africa: Teen stabs colleague to death over cellphone

A South African teenager and a grade 9 pupil stabbed and killed a grade 10 pupil to death over a cellphone. South African authorities say the two pupils, aged 17 and 14 were fighting over a cellphone at Tokelo Secondary School in Evaton, east of Johannesburg. The 14-year old boy stabbed the 17-year old in the chest leading to his death, the Gauteng education department said on Tuesday. News24 reported that Steve Mabona, Gauteng education spokesperson confirmed that police arrested the teen suspect after the incident. Police are now investigating…

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Nigeria to fly home 600 citizens from SA due to violent attacks

Nigeria’s government has announced plans to repatriate 600 of it’s citizens from South Africa following a surge in xenophobic violence. Nigerians have been the worst affected by the attacks from locals on African migrants in South Africa. The development has impacted diplomatic relations between the two countries. But Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari is due to visit South Africa next month. BBC reports that Nigeria’s Consul General in Johannesburg has revealed that some of the Nigerians will leave on two flights on Wednesday. Nigeria’s Consul General Godwin Adama told the BBC…

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South African Bishops demand action over xenophobic attacks

South African bishops from the Catholic church have demanded action from the government over recent violent attacks on African migrants. The Catholic Bishops have also dismissed claims by the South African government that the attacks on foreigners were not xenophobic. In a  statement the Bishops said the attacks cannot be justified and must not be explained away under the guise of criminality. “Once again we received reports of the authorities doing very little to protect the victims. We received reports of police standing by idly in Pretoria while shops were…

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Caster Semenya turns to soccer, signs for SA football club

South Africa’s Olympic champion Caster Semenya has reportedly signed for a local football club JVW. The renowned athlete is now set to play football potentially next year as her challenges with the IAAF continue. The two-time Olympic gold medallist in the 800 metres will be playing football for JVW, owned by South Africa women’s captain Janine van Wyk. The announced of the signing of the 28-year-old was made public on Thursday. “I am grateful for this opportunity and I appreciate the love and support I already get from the team,” Semenya…

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