Zuma arrives for AmaXhosa King’s coronation

President Jacob Zuma has arrived in Nqadu Great place in the Eastern Cape for the coronation of AmaXhosa King Mpendulo Zwelonke Sigcawu.

Zuma joins dignitaries which include traditional leaders, academics and politicians from the rest of Africa and abroad.

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UCT discovers that English is a barrier to black students

The University of Cape Town’s College of Accounting, concerned by high drop-out rates, has developed English, Xhosa, and Zulu videos to teach financial and accounting concepts to second-language black students.

Adding up numbers, it seems, is much easier in your … Read the rest

Cape Town denounces language recommendation to halt crime

Top former and current Cape Town police, backed by the police union Sapu, have denounced a recommendation by the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry that police members stationed in the crime-ridden township be trained to speak Xhosa.

In its final report … Read the rest

Top former and current Cape Town police, backed by the police union Sapu, have denounced a recommendation by the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry that police members stationed in the crime-ridden township be trained to speak Xhosa.

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13 dead: Mandela’s tribe celebrates annual circumcision rites

Nelson Mandela was very much in favour of his Xhosa tribe’s annual initiation rite during which circumcision for teenage boys takes place in remote rural areas, usually with blunt instruments that are not sterilised.

The current “initiation season” is upon … Read the rest

Can South Africa properly be called a ‘democracy’?

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I find it interesting that professor Anthony Butler of UCT should point out potential tribal schisms within the ANC in Business Day. According to Stephen Ellis in his book External Mission: the ANC in exile … Read the rest

Trevor Noah’s show ‘The Racist’ touring Britain

Trevor Noah
Trevor Noah

The Edinburgh Festival is not the kind of place that tends to attract giggling groupies – but then it has never featured a comedian quite like Trevor Noah.

Not only was he mobbed by gaggles of signature-hungry fans … Read the rest

Bantu imperialism

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I was still pondering the implications of “black colonialism” as set out in a previous column when it struck me that some of South Africa’s ethnic categories … Read the rest

Weed-smoking king joins DA

King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo
King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo

Controversial AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo has joined the DA, the party’s Eastern Cape leader said on Monday.

The self-confessed dagga-smoking Dalindyebo said he is not perturbed by being constantly associated with the illegal smoke.

“ (Smoking) dagga … Read the rest

Mandela ‘doing better’: Mandla

Mandela's house in Qunu, in the former Transkei
Mandela’s house in Qunu, in the former Transkei

Former president Nelson Mandela is doing better, his grandson Mandla said on Saturday.

Addressing mourners at the funeral of the former president’s cousin Florence Mandela in Qunu, Eastern Cape, Mandla spoke about … Read the rest

Xhosa-speaking magistrate refuses Afrikaner woman bail, citing racial issues

A Pretoria magistrate has said black people are having to pay more bail than whites, and are effectively receiving harsher punishments than whites who have committed the same offences.

Magistrate Ndileka Ndamase made the statement in the Hatfield district court … Read the rest