Indonesian security forces and emergency workers raced Monday to aid victims of a powerful earthquake on Lombok that killed at least 82 people, as strong aftershocks sparked terror on the holiday island that suffered another deadly quake just a week ago.
Rick Gates, the prosecution's star witness in the trial of President Donald Trump's former campaign chief Paul Manafort, testified Monday that he conspired with his ex-boss to hide millions of dollars in foreign bank accounts from US tax authorities.
Despite all our efforts, malaria remains one of the most common killers on the planet. Using genetic engineering to cause the deliberate extinction of its carrier mosquitoes is now actively being funded. The question is, should we do so, and if so, what’s next on the list of nasties to be eradicated?
The slogan “Love the sinner but hate the sin” should require placing one’s body between the “sinner” and the hypocritical pecking orders that stir up sin. Fellow Christians, you’re watching the coats of those who stone gay people — and God is watching you.
It is time to take off the gloves and get to grips with the inwardness of the debate, the parliamentary process and the announcement by the president of the ANC regarding the proposed amendment of Section 25 of the Constitution, the property clause.
Considering the benefits of breastfeeding – protective against certain cancers for mom, full of nutrients and antibodies for baby and great for brain development – South Africans should be doing more to enable moms to make the best choices for their children.
While acting President David Mabuza was taking care of the country at the weekend while President Cyril Ramaphosa attended the wedding of his son Andile in Uganda, the world’s most respected newspaper, The New York Times, published an in-depth and devastating investigation of how the country’s Deputy President allegedly siphoned off millions from Mpumalanga schools to “buy loyalty and amass enormous power” in the party.
It’s no secret that the DA has struggled to formulate and articulate a coherent vision on black economic empowerment – with internal conflict on this matter most embarrassingly revealed in 2013 when the party “mistakenly” backed BEE legislation before Parliament and then reversed its position. Over the past few days a degree of confusion has again manifested, this time in apparently conflicting statements given by two party leaders. With the 2019 elections fast approaching, this is one of many issues about which the DA’s public representatives will need to start singing from the same songbook.
Alexandra landowners protested outside the ANC’s Luthuli House on Monday, accusing the government of failing to honour a land claims deal after their properties were expropriated during apartheid. They questioned whether the party and government are committed to land reform while they can’t resolve the township’s issues.
The head of Freedom House speaks plainly about what that body does, what he felt about the Zimbabwean election, and the challenges to liberal democracy in the face of challenges from places like China and Russia.
In a country still smarting from Mugabe’s ruinous four decades in power – a president who once boasted of having “degrees in violence” that seemed to be actualised in the 1980s death of thousands of opposition supporters in southern Matabeleland and the Midlands provinces – the ex-president’s backing of Nelson Chamisa was seen by a large number of Zimbabweans as an attempt to bring Mugabe back to power “through the back door”.
We have a responsibility in identifying and treating the underlying causes of gender-based violence not just in South Africa but around the world. Recent figures from StatsSA show the murder rate of women increased by 117% between 2015 and 2016/17, a stark reminder of the persistent violence in this country. Then deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa spoke eloquently in 2017, showing us that he understands the core issues, but the above harrowing figures and recent #TotalShutDown march mean now, more than ever, comprehensive action is needed.
The stalling of land reform over the last 24 years does not derive from the Constitution. In fact, it does allow expropriation without compensation. The ANC decision to initiate a constitutional amendment on expropriation, does not reveal a serious plan to address and remedy the blockages in the way of addressing land reform. It is hype without a plan.