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South Africans fume over leaked sex education curriculum

South Africans are fuming over a leaked version of the new 2020 life orientation curriculum. The curriculum is an updated sex education content expected to cover lessons on private parts, masturbation and explicit direction on using female condoms. Students from Grade 4 and up are said to be targeted in this leaked curriculum. Teachers have served notice of possibly boycotting the new school curriculum. They are unhappy with content of the curriculum that requires them to teach pupils in Grade 7 about masturbation and to describe to Grade 8 pupils…

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SA police condemned for ‘brutalizing’ refugees

South Africa police unit has been condemned by human rights group for using excessive force on refugees on Wednesday. Protesting refugees and other foreign nationals clashed with the police in the streets of Cape Town on Wednesday. The foreign nationals had been camping outside the UNHCR offices in Cape Town and Pretoria for weeks demanding for better protection. They claimed they did not feel safe in South Africa following the wave of xenophobic attacks on foreigners. The refugees come from Burundi, Congo, Malawi, Ethiopia and Somalia. They say since the…

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South Africa beat Wales to reach Rugby World Cup final

Springboks flyhalf Handre Pollard kicked a penalty four minutes from time to send South Africa into their third Rugby World Cup final with a 19-16 victory over Wales in a semi-final dogfight on Sunday. The South Africans will return to Yokohama next weekend to bid for a third World Cup triumph against an England side who ran defending champions New Zealand out of the tournament with a breathtaking display of rugby on Saturday. This was the other side of the game, a largely grim arm-wrestle dominated by the boot and…

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South Africa: Lion King actor Andile Gumbi dies at 36

A week after suffering a cardiac arrest in Israel, former The Lion King and Isibaya actor Andile Gumbi has died, Mzansi Magic confirmed to TshisaLIVE on Friday. “On behalf of Mrs Gumbi and family, it is with profound sadness that we share the news that our beloved Andile passed away this morning. Andile received the best medical care possible. “We request that the family be given space to grieve and that their privacy be respected in this very difficult time. The family will make a statement at the appropriate time,” a statement on…

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Is SA’s main opposition Democratic Alliance in crisis?

On Wednesday South Africa’s main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) leader, Mmusi Maimane resigned his post. He resigned having served as the DA’s first black leader and although he promised to remain a party MP, he left that post and the party as well hours later. There are indications this is a signal that the party is in crisis as reports emerge in South African media of more potential resignations. Mmusi Maimane was under pressure to resign after the party’s share of the vote fell in May’s general election. The party’s…

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SA man who raped a girl in restaurant toilet jailed for life

A 21 year old young man who raped a seven year old girl in a toilet in South Africa last year has been jailed for life. Nicholas Ninow was convicted of rape in September this year but his sentencing is now being delivered. According to police he followed the girl into the female toilet of a popular Pretoria restaurant, then pulled her into the men’s washroom and raped her. During his trial Ninow pleaded guilty and explained that he had gone into the toilet to take drugs when he saw the…

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Refugees in South Africa agitate over xenophobic attacks

Some refugees residing in South Africa have staged a protest outside the United Nations High Commission for Refugees Regional Office for Southern Africa in Brooklyn, Pretoria. Other refugees also camped outside the UN refugee agency in Cape Town. They are protesting demanding protection from from xenophobic attacks as claim of fears of being attacked by locals. IOL reported that the refugees from Burundi, Congo, Malawi, Ethiopia and Somalia claimed since the attacks on foreign nationals many of them have been physically abused. Hundreds of people, originally from Rwanda, DR Congo,…

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SA Airways crew held in Hong Kong over drug offences

Two South African Airways (SAA) flight attendants have been detained in Hong Kong on suspicion of drug trafficking. They are accused of carrying cocaine worth $1.9m to the Asian country. The two flight attendants have been in detention since their reported arrest last month. Hong Kong officials say the substance was found with them, but investigations are ongoing into the case. The airline has said that the case is being investigated, but insisted it was “intolerant of any criminality by any one of its employees”. SAA spokesperson Tlali is quoted…

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Buhari in South Africa for state visit after xenophobic violence

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has started a three day state visit in South Africa after arriving on Wednesday night. He is visiting the country weeks after tensions escalated between Nigeria and South Africa over xenophobic violence targeted at Nigerians and other Africans in South Africa. At the peak of the violence where Nigerians and their businesses were being attacked, the Nigerian government repatriated hundreds of its citizens. The South African government came under a lot of criticisms globally for the xenophobic violence. It offered an official apology to Nigeria and…

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South Africa’s Zulu King wants rapists castrated

A prominent monarch in South Africa, the Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has proposed that convicted rapists are castrated. He believes that is the best way to end the wave of rape cases in the rainbow nation. Local news outlet IOL news quoted the monarch as saying that his proposal “would end this thing (rape). “This should be done in a way that would show the world that the Zulu nation does not tolerate this shame,” he said to his subjects at a celebration on Tuesday. The king said the castration…

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