Nigerian Citizens Association in South Africa (NICASA) on Wednesday condemned tweets by a group of South Africans calling for the staging of protest against its members. NICASA President Ben Okoli condemned the calls in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria. He said the calls for the protests to hold at the Nigerian High Commission in Pretoria and the Nigerian Consulate in Johannesburg on Sept.
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Foreign nationals in South Africa suffer “routine” harassment, violence and discrimination by locals and government authorities, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday. The group said xenophobia remained widespread in South Africa despite a government action plan rolled out in May 2019 to combat “intolerance”. Foreign workers are often victims of anti-immigrant sentiment in South Africa — the continent’s most industrialised economy — where they compete against locals for jobs, particularly in...
Transport minister Fikile Mbalula has reacted to President Cyril Ramaphosa's call to South Africans to dance, by sharing two videos of the president pulling some serious dance moves. In his address to the nation on Wednesday about the state of the Covid-19 pandemic, Ramaphosa endorsed Master KG's global anthem, Jerusalema, and urged more South Africans to join the dance challenge in commemoration of Heritage Day.
Paul Rusesabagina, depicted as a hero in a Hollywood movie about Rwanda's 1994 genocide and now on trial for terrorism, was denied bail on Thursday though he had promised not to escape. Rusesabagina, who once called for armed resistance to the government in a YouTube video, was charged in a Kigali court on Monday with 13 counts including terrorism, complicity in murder and involvement with an irregular armed group.
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Effective Sunday, 20 September 2020, South Africa will be moving to lockdown Level 1 of what has been a five-month journey. The president addressed the nation yesterday evening, informing them of what “our new normal” will be. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced some key changes that will be made to restrictions as we move to Level 1, stating that “now, with the further progress, we have made as infections have come down further, we are now ready for a new phase in our response to the pandemic”.
We have been in support of our president and the government’s reasons for implementing the initial lockdown, however, the extraordinary circumstances of a prolonged lockdown, now day 176, the longest in the world to date with limited support from government, has eroded our revenue base. The losses that will be incurred in a gradual return to normality, with ongoing uncertainty and the possible threat of further restrictions, is just not commercially viable.
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The former ANC Western Cape provincial secretary Songezo Mjongile has died, ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe confirmed in a statement on Friday morning. Comrade Songezo passed on peacefully in the evening hours on Thursday, 17 September 2020, at his family home in Morningside, Johannesburg surrounded by his wife and loved ones,” Mabe said. Mjongile was diagnosed with colon cancer in April.