President Ramaphosa’s maiden State of the Nation

State of the Nation Address by the President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, 16 February 2018, Parliament

Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms Baleka Mbete,

Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, Ms Thandi Modise,
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Israel plans to force out thousands of African migrants

Israel plans to force tens of thousands of African migrants to leave over the next three months by threatening to arrest those who stay, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday. Under the plan, some 38 000 migrants who entered Israel illegally, mainly Eritreans and Sudanese, will have until the end of March to leave. Each […]
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‘I Have No Skeletons’ – Career Cop Takes Over Top Job

‘I have no skeletons in my closet,” says new police commissioner General Khehla Sitole emphatically. Speaking to City Press from his new office in Pretoria after his appointment this week, Sitole promised to make regain public trust in the police force and to restore the morale of its members. He says he plans to do […]
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BOTSWANA LODGES COMPLAINT OVER NORTH WEST PREMIER’S MOTORCADE

The Botswana government’s Jeff Ramsay says that North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo’s security detail did not go through proper security clearance. It’s premier versus president as Botswana’s government takes a South African politician to task. North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo was on an official visit to Gabarone last week. His blue light motorcade forced its […]
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Police Investigating Voice Note Warning Of Protests Against White People

In the voice note, a man calling himself ‘Pastor Andre’ translates a message purportedly calling for the killing of white South Africans in response to Monday’s Black Monday demonstrations. FILE: Protesters gather at the Taal Monument in Pretoria on 30 October 2017 in support of the Black Monday movement highlighting farm murders in South Africa.  […]
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Black Community Members March Against Slaughter Of White Farmers

The community members of Zwathi, which falls under Ward 4 of AbaQulusi Municipality took to Gluckstadt Police Station to voice their concerns over the rising crime rate in the area. Picture: Vryheid Herald In northern KwaZulu-Natal, community members say brutal farm attacks are robbing people of their livelihoods. Following the brutal murders of Billy Van Rooyen […]
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SA deploys more women UN peacekeepers to curb sexual abuse

The United Nations believes that putting more women peacekeepers in the field may curb sexual abuse by its own troops. South Africa, which has been accused of some of the worst sexual offences in the UN, currently has the highest number of women deployed on peacekeeping missions according to Defense Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, but two […]
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Mbalula warns crime intelligence over its own ‘criminal’ elements

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has warned the country’s crime intelligence unit that he is going after rogue elements within it, and that they are not immune to the law. News24 can reveal that it is suspected that rogue crime intelligence activities are linked to, among other matters, the underworld nightclub security takeover which has resulted […]
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Port Elizabeth businessman’s night out ends in six hours of terror – They were going to kill me

A Hijacked Port Elizabeth businessman was stabbed more than 20 times, stripped and forced to kneel in the bushes, with his attackers poised to slit his throat, in six hours of raw terror that ended with his escape near Coega yesterday. “I thought it was my last day on this planet. They were getting ready […]
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Ramaphosa spurs Hawks to be proactive on state capture suspects.

Cyril Ramaphosa says commissions of inquiry into state capture should not stop law enforcement agencies from investigating the culprits in the meantime. Addressing hundreds at a Cosatu rally in Seshego outside Polokwane on Sunday, Ramaphosa said the Hawks must investigate state capture. He said parliamentarians were also concerned that allegations of state capture were lingering […]
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DA goes to Constitutional Court to have Mugabe immunity set aside.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has applied for direct access to the Constitutional Court to have the diplomatic immunity granted to Zimbabwe’s first lady Grace Mugabe set aside. The party filed papers this week arguing International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane’s decision to let Mugabe off the hook for alleged assault was “wholly without legal […]
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‘No diplomatic immunity for Grace’ – says Government lawyers.

The South African government has received legal advice indicating that, despite travelling on a diplomatic passport, Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe does not qualify for diplomatic immunity and may be arrested for allegedly assaulting a Johannesburg woman. The Mail & Guardian has learned that frantic behind-the-scenes negotiations are underway between Zimbabwe and South Africa in […]
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Falling BRICS endanger their citizens’ health, starting with Jacob Zuma.

As he launches the African Regional Centre of the New Development Bank (NDB) in Sandton on Thursday, nearly 18 months behind schedule, Jacob Zuma must have mixed feelings. Strife-riven Brazil, Russia, India and China are more risky allies than Zuma reckoned when in 2010 he accepted Beijing’s invitation to join the club. “I was poisoned […]
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A visitor to our Country, and already in trouble, may the Law take it’s course or not!

Grace Mugabe, wife of Zimbabwean Robert Mugabe and a possible successor to his throne presidency, has been accused of assaulting a woman in an apartment in Johannesburg. She is due to be formally charged in connection with the incident on Tuesday in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court. Zimbabweans, all too familiar with their first lady’s erratic […]
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Travellers Warned To Be Vigilant As OR Tambo ‘Airport Spotter’ Crime Syndicate Probed

South Africa’s airports are the first welcoming point for some +10m visitors according to Acsa Aviation barometer in 2016. But the reality is that criminals operating through sophisticated syndicates within the airport, using “airport spotters” are putting SA’s lucrative travel and tourism industry at risk. OR Tambo International issued a statement last week, following the most […]
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