‘Mugabe was a monster’ – Daily Telegraph

Unlike in South Africa and in his native Zimbabwe where hagiographies of deceased former president Robert Mugabe were the norm, London’s Daily Telegraph did not mince words. In a leading article published on 6 September 2019, the newspaper chose the … Read the rest

Soldiers won’t stem gang violence because South Africa’s army is in a sorry state

Lindy Heinecken, Stellenbosch University

The initial response to the recent deployment of the South African army to areas of Cape Town hit hard by gang violence evoked relief that peace and stability would be restored to the area.

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53 Cellphone towers shut down in South Africa due to theft, vandalism

South Africa’s infrastructure is being stolen. The latest casualty is mobile-phone company MTH, which has announced that it has lost 53 cellphone towers in Gauteng, the country’s industrial heartland and had to shut them down.

The company said it was … Read the rest

Here’s how tech giants profit from invading our privacy, and how we can start taking it back

Katharine Kemp, UNSW

Australia’s consumer watchdog has recommended major changes to our consumer protection and privacy laws. If these reforms are adopted, consumers will have much more say about how we deal with Google, Facebook, and other businesses.

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Decision to continue with expropriation without compensation is short-sighted – TLU SA

The decision of the ANC government to go ahead with changes to Section 25 of the Constitution – which relates to expropriation without compensation – is short-sighted, according to South African farmers’ union, TLU SA.

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Black South African pathologist stole body parts in mortuary for black-magic purposes

Former state specialist forensic pathologist Dr James Blair Mwesigwa (60), who stole body parts at the Diepkloof mortuary, was sentenced to 10 years behind bars in the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

Mwesigwa stole organs from the body of … Read the rest

Archive documents reveal the US and UK’s role in getting the ANC into power

Sue Onslow, School of Advanced Study and Martin Plaut, School of Advanced Study

It is a quarter of a century since the end of apartheid in South Africa. But it’s easy to forget how complex, difficult and violent … Read the rest

Mario Salvini’s Northern League receives one third of votes in EU elections

The League party of Italy’s popular interior minister, Matteo Salvini, was one of the most successful during the European elections, its support rapidly rising to a level that makes it the natural leader of the “alternative” or patriotic parties in

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We’ll confiscate the assets of white South Africans – Ace Magashule

Last Saturday the ANC secretary general, Ace Magashule, who has himself been accused of large-scale corruption, stated that the assets of white South Africans will be confiscated without compensation. He sketched a kind of Marxist-Leninist future for the country in

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French minister denies calling her cat ‘Brexit’

Despite reports to the contrary, French Europe Minister Nathalie Loiseau has not named her cat “Brexit”, her office said on Tuesday.

Reports began circulating on Sunday after the Journal du Dimanche newspaper reported that the 54-year-old had written about her … Read the rest