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18
NOV

Former Zimbabwe university lecturer, Shadrack Gutto gives his views on what's going on in Zimbabwe

Regional branches of Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party have joined growing calls for President Robert Mugabe to resign. The move comes ahead of a planned protest march to be held in the capital Harare, fully supported by the country's military which staged a takeover on Wednesday. War veterans until recently loyal to the 93-year-old president and liberal groups have also urged him to quit. The army made its move after a power struggle over his successor. Mugabe sacked Vice-President Emmerson Mngagwa last week, apparently to pave the way for his wife Grace Mugabe to take over the presidency instead. UNISA professor and former lecturer at the Zimbabwe University from 1983 to 1988, Prof Shadrack Gutto gives his take on what is going on in Zimbabwe...
11
NOV

Rape and why women don't want to report it

Two suspects appeared in the Mthatha Magistrate's court earlier this week in connection with the rape and murder of three women in Qumbu. A 28-year-old man and his 21-year-old girlfriend are believed to have used a fake Facebook profile to lure the women to the small town in Eastern Cape. They are facing three cases of murder and four cases of rape. Meanwhile, Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development John Jeffery has appealed to people to immediately report incidents of rape. This following rape allegations levelled against SAFA's Danny Jordaan. Last month, former ANC MP and singer, Jennifer Ferguson accused Jordaan of raping her 24-years ago at a Port Elizabeth hotel. Jordaan has denied the allegation. Last week, Jordaan's lawyer, Mamodupi Mohlala-Mulaudzi released a statement on behalf of her client, in it Jordaan condemns sexual violence and women abuse. Samantha Marie reports...and US author Janine Latus speaks about why she didn't report her rape immediately and SAPS's Major General Mosikili talks to us about her Department, Family Violence Child Protection and Sexual Offences Investigation unit, Major General Tebello Mosikili....
04
NOV

Corruption Watch's David Lewis on SARS' intentions to take legal action against Jacques Pauw

Corruption Watch has condemned the actions by the State Security agency as well as SARS for taking legal action against the author of the book, "The President's Keepers" - Jacques Pauw and the Sunday Times. This follows the newspaper's report on the book, which details President Jacob Zuma's taxes. SARS says the publication of confidential taxpayer information is unlawful and a criminal offence in terms of Section 236 of the Tax Administration Act.
22
OCT

CASAC is concerned over intentions to deploy the army to Gauteng and Western Cape

Parts of Cape Town have been besieged by gang violence that has led to a loss of lives and an attack on a person alleged to be a gang boss at the Cape Town International Airport. Police minister Fikile Mbalula recently announced that he had requested the SANDF to be deployed in the Western Cape and Gauteng to help crack down on violent crimes. CASAC has expressed concerns over intentions to deploy the army, saying that such a knee-jerk response to the scourge of crime, particularly violent and organised crime, is misplaced and probably misguided. CASAC's executive secretary Lawson Naidoo...
22
OCT

Medical journal, Lancet warns of high increase of cancer by 2030

A non-profit breast cancer organisation, Reach for Recovery, is urging South Africans to show compassion to breast cancer survivors, this as we mark Breast Cancer Awareness month. Approximately 19.4 million women, aged 15 years and older, face the risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer. A study released by medical journal, Lancet, has predicted that South Africa could see an increase of almost 80 percent in the number of cases by 2030. Stephné Jacobs, Reach for Recovery Chairperson and Professor Michael Herbst, health specialist at CANSA speak about Cancer to us...
22
OCT

SADAG launches new 24-hour helpline for medical students

Following the suicide of a student recently , the South African Depression and Anxiety group, SADAG, has launched a new 24-hour medical students helpline in a hope to alleviate the pressures students face. Founder and director, Zane Wilson, believes it is important to help medical students who he has described, as the future of healthcare in South Africa. SADAG's Operations Director, Casey Chambers elaborates
21
OCT

President Zuma has come under fire over latest cabinet reshuffle

President Jacob Zuma has once again come under fire over his shock cabinet reshuffle. The announcement which was made through a media statement saw SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande removed from the higher education portfolio. Nzimande now remains an ordinary member of parliament. Four other ministers were also move to different portfolios. SACP's National Spokesperson and Head of Communication Alex Mashilo, Professor Mcebisi Ndletyana, a Professor of Politics at the University of Johannesburg and University of North West school of Business's Professor Raymond Parsons....
21
OCT

CONSUMER CONVERSATION - TAX OMBUD'S ANNUAL REPORT

This week the Office of the Tax Ombud released its annual report in Pretoria. In previous reports the most prominent issue was the refund in payments to taxpayers. In the last report, data requested by the Tax Ombud showed that there had been a spike in refunds paid in July of each year with it becoming progressively less in the first quarter of the year. CEO of the Office of the Tax Ombud, Eric Mkhawane, talks about how this can affect consumers...

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