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Pay for My Legal Bills, Birthday Gift or Else – Mboro Warns Congregants

Pay for My Legal Bills, Birthday Gift or Else – Mboro Warns Congregants

Prophet Paseka Motsoeneng, also known as Prophet Mboro, has given his congregants an ultimatum: they either have to help foot the bill for his legal fees or he will suspend his services for nine weeks. Mboro wants to take on the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic […]

No Overtime, No Work on Saturdays – South Africa’s Home Affairs Told

No Overtime, No Work on Saturdays – South Africa’s Home Affairs Told

While the Department of Home Affairs is committed to resolving an impasse over officials’ working times on Saturdays, one of the unions it is negotiating with has a simple message: “Call us only when you are ready to pay overtime. Until then, there will be no work on Saturdays!” This is the message of the […]

Remembering Prudence Mabele – the Sangoma Who Lived for Science

Remembering Prudence Mabele – the Sangoma Who Lived for Science

Mabele helped lead the fight for antiretrovirals in SA and didn’t stop there. She passed away this week. This was her last interview with Bhekisisa. In 2004, more than 500 traditional healers took to the streets in protest against the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC). They accused the HIV activist organisation of promoting Western medicine as […]

‘We Are (Not) the ANC of Mandela’

‘We Are (Not) the ANC of Mandela’

At the ANC’s policy conference last week, Secretary=General Gwede Mantashe stated that: “The mistake we are committing as South Africans is this thing of thinking we are the ANC of (Nelson) Mandela … Therefore we are darling of everybody in the world. It’s a big mistake. There is no such, a country which is a […]

The Real Problem Behind South Africa’s Refusal to Arrest Al-Bashir

The Real Problem Behind South Africa’s Refusal to Arrest Al-Bashir

Last week the judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) ruled that South Africa erred in its decision not to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir during his controversial visit to the country in 2015. Two South African courts had come to the same conclusion, and so the decision of the ICC’s Pre-Trial Chamber II on […]

‘F#$% White People’ Not Hate Speech, South African Court Rules

‘F#$% White People’ Not Hate Speech, South African Court Rules

It is not surprising that the Chief Magistrate of Cape Town earlier this week ruled that the work of art by Dean Hutton (which includes a repetition of the phrase “Fuck White People”) did not constitute hate speech. The Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act (PEPUDA) specifically excludes bona fide engagement in […]

South Africa broke rules by failing to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir

South Africa broke rules by failing to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir

War crimes judges have ruled that South Africa flouted its duties to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 2015 by failing to arrest visiting Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. Cuno Tarfusser, the presiding judge, said on Thursday that Pretoria’s inaction was “contrary” to the court’s guiding Rome Statute and prevented it from prosecuting Bashir on 10 […]

More Drama At ANC Policy Conference Over Land

More Drama At ANC Policy Conference Over Land

There was yet another highly charged debate on land at the ANC’s policy conference at Nasrec, south of Johannesburg, on Tuesday. Sources have told News24 that “rowdy” supporters of presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, mostly from KwaZulu-Natal, tried to prevent National Executive Committee member Mathole Motshekga from speaking. The group of delegates, in commission four on […]

Miss South Africa Sets The Record Straight on ‘Glove’ Drama

Miss South Africa Sets The Record Straight on ‘Glove’ Drama

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters came under fire when she posted photos on her Instagram account of herself wearing latex gloves while at a soup drive for underprivileged people. This sparked a debate about whether she was doing it for hygiene reasons or if the wearing of gloves was “racially motivated.” Responding to the comments, Demi posted a […]

29 photos that capture 2017 so far

29 photos that capture 2017 so far

From protests against President Jacob Zuma to children doing yoga, here are some of the most interesting moments we caught on camera in the first half of the year A train on Cape Town Station burns on 12 June. Metrorail services had broken down earlier that day and commuters rebelled. Ashraf Hendricks / GroundUp The […]

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