Many voices rise and condemn gender violence

The NTLSA calls for urgent action  Alex Rose-Innes Ikosi Mahlangu, Chairperson of the National House of Traditional Leaders (NHTL), in a statement, strongly condemned the abuse and killing of women and children and called on all South Africans to act against gender-based violence. Mahlangu said the recent spate in these “barbaric acts” should be addressed by all and not be left unchallenged. He specifically referred to the kidnapping of 6-year old Amy-Lee de Jager and murder of  19-year old student, Uyinene Mrwetyana and said “traditional leadership is totally opposed to…

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Nigeria is calling for sanctions against SA

Nigeria is calling for sanctions against South Africa after wave upon wave of xenophobic attacks on its citizens and other African foreigners. Nigeria is one of South Africa’s main oil suppliers. There goes not only the fuel price, but the actual fuel as well. It’s also the largest market for many of South Africa’s biggest companies. Already frail relations between the two regional superpowers have reached a breaking point after days of looting and attack on foreign-owned business in Gauteng. Lesotho and Botswana have also published travel alerts to SA.…

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Panic over pension attachment to fund SA state expenditure

The mere suggestion that the government is considering attaching a portion of South Africa’s pension pool to fund state expenditure has inspired panic. And those with money are diverting their green backs to safer shores. For those without so much to lose, hiding the money under the mattress is starting to sound like a good idea.  South Africans, either directly or via institutions which invest on their behalf, have been investing a portion of their savings abroad since 1994 when foreign exchange control restrictions were first eased. The South African…

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White SA expat, called k-word, granted R1m in England

Wayne Hoch was viciously targeted by colleagues due to his SA heritage. The British press reported that a South African-born 35-year-old man who had lived in England since he was 18, had won a payout of R1 million after being subjected to racial abuse, just because he hailed from Africa. Abusive colleagues called him both the n and  k-word, despite the fact that he is white and blond. His face was superimposed on to the photos of black people, partnered with mocking captions, such as with a black woman and…

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