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South Africa’s ex-leader Zuma barred from standing in election

South Africa’s ex-leader Zuma barred from standing in election

SOUTH Africa's former president Jacob Zuma is barred from running for parliament in this month's election, the country's top court ruled on Monday, a judgment that could influence the outcome and trigger unrest from Zuma's supporters. The constitutional court found Zuma's 15-month jail sentence for contempt of court in 2021 disqualified him from standing in the May 29 election, as the constitution prohibits anyone given a prison sentence of 12 months or longer from holding a parliamentary seat. "It is declared that Mr. Zuma was convicted of an offence and sentenced to more than 12 months' imprisonment, ... and is accordingly not…
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How to impeach a president: Ramaphosa case puts new rules to the test in South Africa

How to impeach a president: Ramaphosa case puts new rules to the test in South Africa

SOUTH Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa faces possible impeachment in the country’s parliament over the illegal stashing of thousands of US dollars at his farm in 2020. This is not the first time there’s been a threat of impeachment of a president in post-democratic South Africa. His scandal-prone predecessor, Jacob Zuma, survived an impeachment vote in 2017 over the illegal use of public money to renovate his private residence. There is, however, a difference in the process being followed this time. It is the first since parliament adopted rules to guide the process for the impeachment of a president in 2018,…
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Tributes  for late ANC leader Jessie Duarte

Tributes for late ANC leader Jessie Duarte

THE ANC, South Africa's governing party, has led South Africans in paying tribute to leading political activist Jessie Duarte, the organisation's deputy secretary-general who has passed on after a battle with cancer. Duarte, stepped down from her ANC duties to focus on her health. She passed away on Sunday and was buried later in the day, in line with Muslim rites. The South African government honoured Duarte by declaring an official funeral for her. SA President Cyril Ramaphosa paid tribute to Duarte, whom he described as a long-time anti-apartheid activist who served as a special assistant to former President Nelson…
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Fight crime, not migrants – Ramaphosa

Fight crime, not migrants – Ramaphosa

CYRIL RAMAPHOSA TWENTY-five years ago, our new democratic Constitution came into effect. In adopting this Constitution, we affirmed our commitment to a society based on democratic values, social justice and human rights. We were also making a complete break with our past. This was a past of race-based social engineering that manifested itself through influx control, job reservation, group areas and the dreaded dompas. When our forebears drafted the Freedom Charter in 1955, whose principles have been incorporated in our constitution, and declared that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, they were seeking a society free from…
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SA’s DJ Black Coffee wins Grammy Award

SA’s DJ Black Coffee wins Grammy Award

SOUTH Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa has led the nation in singing praises of DJ Black Coffee - real name Nathi Maphumulo - who has won his first Grammy Award. Black Coffee won the Grammy - the ultimate prize in music - in the dance/electronic category for his album titled “Subconsciously” Ramaphosa said: “Congratulations  to Black Coffee for being awarded the Best Dance/Electronic Music award for his album ‘Subconsciously’ at last night’s #GRAMMYs. Thank you for flying the flag and inspiring a new generation of talent to take over the world.” In his acceptance speech, Black Coffee said: “I want to…
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Ramaphosa exposed to COVID-19, goes into self-quarantine

Ramaphosa exposed to COVID-19, goes into self-quarantine

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER CYRIL Ramaphosa, the South African President and chairperson of the African Union, has gone into self-isolation after being exposed to a COVID-19 positive dinner guest. The South African presidency announced that Ramaphosa attended a Adopt-a-School dinner on Saturday, October 24, and has since been informed that one of the guests is infected with COVID-19. Ramaphosa, who has not shown any symptoms, will be in quarantine and continue with his duties. This is what the South African presidency said: “On Saturday, 24 October, the President attended a fundraising dinner of the Adopt-a-School Foundation, which is a partner entity…
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I HAD A DREAM…

I HAD A DREAM…

VUSI MAVIMBELA whispers into the ear of Ramaphosa and Mbeki: ‘Save the ANC and the Country’ Dear Cyril Ramaphosa and Thabo Mbeki,  I had a once-in-a-lifetime dream yesternight. As a Marxist social scientist, I do not believe that dreams are divine revelations on the road to a Damascene emancipation. I think most of one’s dreams are latent thoughts buried under one’s subconscious mind. They often come out handy when one has to be reminded that one is choking because one is not sleeping properly, or when one who is fast asleep needs to be alerted that they need to empty…
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African Union condemns Mali coup, suspends country’s membership until ousted president is reinstated

African Union condemns Mali coup, suspends country’s membership until ousted president is reinstated

AFRICAN Union has suspended Mali's membership and its chair and South African President has strongly condemned the bloodless military coup in Mali and called on the soldiers to restore civilian power.  Ramaphosa labeled the army’s action, which came after weeks of protests and was celebrated by Malians, as unconstitutional. Malian soldiers took power after they forced  President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and his cabinet and Parliament to resign.  Ramaphosa demanded the release, from detention, of Keita, the prime minister, cabinet ministers and other government executives. He also called for an end to military rule and said the soldiers must immediately return…
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