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The seven-year itch

Mark Ashurst

With impeccable timing, Jacob Zuma arrived in London exactly seven years after the charges of a "conspiracy to harm the president" laid against three of Thabo Mbeki's putative rivals in April 2001. Seven years on, the new ANC leadership -- including one of the alleged conspirator Mathews Phosa, as party treasurer -- was welcomed warmly in London.

AA cautions against fuel-saving gadgets

Staff Reporter

A wonder fuel-saving pill has entered the local market but the Automobile Association (AA) warned consumers on Monday to be cautious of such products. The tablet, called the MPG Cap, is added to tanks to make petrol burn more efficiently, said Tim Dunstan-Smith, who claims he was the first person to bring the product to South Africa.

DA says Mbeki must release letter he sent to Bush

Staff Reporter

President Thabo Mbeki must release the letter he allegedly wrote to George Bush asking the American president to "butt out" of Zimbabwe, the Democratic Alliance said on Thursday. Mbeki's four-page letter to Bush apparently criticised the United States for taking sides against Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe.

No need to wait for the Gautrain

Zahira Kharsany

"To be quite honest, trains at one stage were unreliable," says Leon Vender, settling back into the plush seats of the new Business Express, a spanking new train service launched last week. While other commuters are battling the morning hell-run between Johannesburg and Pretoria, these commuters are sipping coffee and taking in the view.

'These people get killed for nothing'

Imke Van Hoorn

The headlines of the papers at the newsstand at the Bree Street taxi rank on Monday reflect the deadly xenophobic violence that spread around Johannesburg on the weekend. "Violence flares up," the Sowetan says. "Flames of hate" is the headline of both the Star and the Times.

'No campaign to repel foreigners'

Mail & Guardian Online reporter and Sapa, Sapa-AFP

There is no campaign to drive foreigners out of Alexandra, said African National Congress provincial chairperson Paul Mashatile on Wednesday outside the home of a victim of this week's alleged xenophobic attacks in the Johannesburg township that have claimed three lives. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela also visited the township on Wednesday.

Hunted by gangs, migrants flee flames

Chris McGreal

George Mhanda came to Johannesburg to feed his family, struggling to eat under Robert Mugabe's derelict rule. The Zimbabwean mechanic found a job in a local garage and a room in a small house in Tembisa township, and sent cash home every month.

Media challenges Divorce Act

Staff Reporter

The Constitutional Court has reserved judgement on a ban prohibiting journalists from reporting on divorce cases, a media report said on Friday. Earlier this year, the Cape High Court ruled that section 12 of the Divorce Act was unconstitutional after media group Johncom brought an application challenging it.