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Rwandan opposition activist shot dead in South Africa

– Advertisement – A Rwandan opposition activist Seif Bamporiki has been shot dead in Cape Town, South Africa. Local media reported that he was shot and killed while delivering furniture to a client on Sunday. The businessman, according to reports had arrived to make delivery only for the gunman to fire a single shot through his window. A supposed customer that led him to the Nyanga township for the delivery left him for 15 minutes when he was shot. The activist’s belongings, including cellphones, were taken, according to reports. –…

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South Africa’s Education Minister says ‘an educated man won’t rape’

– Advertisement – South Africa’s Education Minister has come under fire for her remarks that “an educated man won’t rape” while trying to explain the importance of education. Angie Motshekga has told students that the more educated one was, the more unlikely they were to be involved in bad deeds. The comments triggered varied reactions from the students though she said she was disappointed that educated men still had bad vices. There have also been angry reactions on social media to the comments of the Education Minister. In a statement Minister Motshekga said…

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South African judge wants ex-president Zuma jailed

– Advertisement – A official inquiry into “state capture” in South Africa will be filing papers against ex-President Jacob Zuma for once more defying a court summons, its chairman says. Mr Zuma failed to appear before Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo’s commission despite the Constitutional Court ruling that he was compelled to do so. Allegations that Mr Zuma presided over a wide-ranging network of corruption while president are the focus of the inquiry. It is alleged that his allies used their close relationship to him to win lucrative state contracts,…

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South Africa suspends Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine

– Advertisement – South Africa has suspended the use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccination. Tests conducted by the country have shown that the vaccine developed by drug-maker AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford offered only limited protection against mild and moderate disease caused by the 501Y.V2 coronavirus variant first identified in South Africa. The SA government had planned to roll the Oxford/AstraZeneca shot out to healthcare workers, after receiving 1 million doses. But it has now decided to offer vaccines developed by Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and Pfizer. The University of…

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Covid-19: Oxford vaccine offers less South African variant protection

Oxford-AstraZeneca’s vaccine offers “minimal protection” against mild disease from the South Africa variant, scientists say early trials suggest. A new study, not yet peer reviewed, involved about 2,000 people who were on average 31 years old. But Prof Sarah Gilbert, Oxford lead vaccine developer, said vaccines should still protect against severe disease. She said developers were likely to have a modified Oxford jab by the autumn to combat the South Africa variant. Meanwhile, vaccine minister Nadhim Zahawi told the BBC’s Andrew Marr that a booster in the autumn and annual…

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South Africa lifts ban on use of hijab in the military

– Advertisement – Female military officers in South Africa can now wear their hijabs with their military uniforms. It follows a review of the dress code of the South African military after a rights organisation challenged the policy in court. A Muslim woman, Maj Fatima Isaacs has waged a two year battle against the dress policy after she was charged with disobeying lawful commands or orders. The Legal Resources Centre said the changes followed discussions with the South Africa National Defence Force (SANDF). The centre has since filed a notice to…

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South Africa closes border as Covid-19 cases rise

– Advertisement – South Africa’s has announced the closure of its borders till February 15 to curb the spread of coronavirus. In a televised address, President Cyril Ramaphosa said the number of infections has exceeded the peak experienced in the first wave. There have been nearly 190,000 reported infections since New Year’s Day, and there are currently more than 15,000 people in hospital with Covid-19. The province of KwaZulu Natal has seen the most cases per head of population in recent weeks, but Mr Ramaphosa said infection numbers in Gauteng are growing exponentially and are…

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South Africa Covid-19 cases hit 1 million mark

– Advertisement – South Africa has recorded more than one million Covid-19 infections following the discovery of new variant of the virus. The country has now confirmed 1,004,413 Covid-19 infections and 26,735 deaths since the outbreak began in March. There has been a spike in cases at hospitals and medical centres as the country becomes the first in Africa to hit the one million mark. President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to announce tougher restrictions to prevent the virus from spreading further. Last week, South Africa recorded a daily average of 11,700 new…

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Flights from South Africa banned over Covid-19 variant

– Advertisement – Flights from South Africa have been banned by five countries following news of the discovery of a new variant of coronavirus which has sparked high cases. Germany, Turkey, Israel, Switzerland and Saudi Arabia are among the countries that have banned flights from South Africa. Germany was one of the first nations to announce the ban with officials justifying it. “Because of the reported coronavirus mutation, the federal government intends to restrict travel options between Germany and Great Britain and South Africa,” said Government Spokesperson Martina Fietz. Israel…

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South African scientists probe new variant of Covid-19

– Advertisement – South African scientists are getting support from the World Health Organization in investigating a new variant of coronavirus. Scientists have detected the new variant of the coronavirus which is sparking increase in cases across the country. The new variant was first found in the Eastern Cape province and has since spread to the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. The new variant known as 501.V2 was identified by a genomics team led by the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform. This “501.V2 variant” of the virus has been identified…

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