- Independent Online
Johannesburg - While the DA prepares to elect its interim leader this weekend, its former head Mmusi Maimane has firmly maintained that he's not retiring from politics any time soon and is working on forming a new political party. Maimane said through his new party, he would drive the redress racial imbalances agenda, which he said was rejected in his former political home. He left the DA unceremoniously last month after a fallout with members of the federal council over differences on redressing challenges facing black people. In an interview with eNCA, Maimane said after thinking “harder” about the country's future, he realised that a new party that would be “led by people for the people”.
- Independent Online
It been a few days since Tendai "Beast" Mtawarira announced his retirement from international rugby and earned legendary status. He played for the Springboks against England 32-12 to be crowned 2019 World Cup champions in Yokohama. He was born in Zimbabwe and qualified for South Africa on residency grounds, before later acquiring South African citizenship.
Pictures of the Springboks enjoying a braai with billionaire Johann Rupert has added fuel to the EFF's disapproval of the team. Since the Boks won the Rugby World Cup (RWC), the EFF has not joined in the celebrations surrounding the champions. In a series of tweets following the Springboks' victory earlier this month, spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi congratulated captain Siya Kolisi for winning the cup in Japan, but said the rest of the team must "get their congratulations from Prince Harry”.
A Swiss tourist, critically injured in the Kruger National Park at the weekend when a giraffe fell on to the safari vehicle he was driving, has died. SANParks said the giraffe appeared to have stepped into the road and been hit by an oncoming vehicle carrying 13 day passengers on Sunday. The giraffe fell on to the rented safari vehicle, crushing the roof. Four people were injured. The giraffe died on impact. The man, identified by police as Roland Koller, who was travelling with his partner, was taken to Mediclinic in Nelspruit, but later transferred to Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg, where he died on Wednesday. Police spokesperson Brig Motlafela Mojapelo said authorities had changed a case
PRETORIA/CAPE TOWN - Most refugees camped outside the UN Refugee Agency in Pretoria have now been removed by police. A scuffle broke out between officers and the foreigners earlier on Friday. The refugees want to be relocated to other countries, saying they were not safe in South Africa due to xenophobic attacks. Meanwhile in Cape Town, hundreds of foreigners who had been living in a church were considering their next move after they were told to leave. The instruction came from the reverend, who had given them refuge in the Methodist chapel off Greenmarket Square a few weeks ago after police had forcibly removed them from outside the offices of the UN Refugee Agency nearby. They had camped out
- The Citizen
The Tshwane Entertainment Collective have joined some South Africans in objecting to Nigerian artist Burna Boy performing at the Africans Unite concert set to take place in Pretoria on November 24. The Tshwane Entertainment Collective raised a few objections to the concert including local artists not receiving funding from government while it is quick to fund events organised by foreign companies. The exclusion of local talents has also been questioned. “As creatives, artists and event organisers who seem to never do enough to warrant receiving funding from your department, in particular, we were surprised to see a foreign-owned company, PlayNetwork Africa, soliciting funding and support at the
There had been widespread speculation that the former social development minister, who resigned from parliament in June, would be given a diplomatic post. The DA sent a lawyer's letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa in September, threatening to sue if Dlamini got such a post. The letter raised concerns by the party, saying “it would seem ambassador positions are reserved for those politicians who have failed their country and who have been proven to be guilty of misconduct, inter alia, during their term of service in high executive office”, reported TimesLIVE. In September 2018, the Constitutional Court found Dlamini personally liable for 20% of the legal costs incurred over the Sassa fiasco.