Antoinette Keyser
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/ 10 January 2007

Failed grade 11s provide ‘major challenge’

The plight of grade 11 pupils who failed last year is the biggest challenge facing education in South Africa in 2007, the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) said on Wednesday. Sadtu president Willie Madisha told a media conference in Johannesburg the Department of Education will have to give clear directions on how to deal with grade 11s who failed.

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/ 17 August 2006

Contentious amendment Act found to be invalid

The Choice on the Termination of Pregnancy (CTOP) Amendment Act and the Traditional Health Practitioners Act were declared invalid by the Constitutional Court on Thursday. A challenge was brought last year by Doctors for Life International to the validity of four health-related Acts. The CTOP Amendment Act allows for nurses to perform abortions.

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/ 5 July 2006

SA justice system ‘failing’ children

The justice system is failing children because an important Bill that will protect the rights of children has virtually disappeared since 2003. This emerged on Wednesday at the Reducing Exploitative Child Labour in South Africa conference in Boksburg. ”The Child Justice Bill was the product of four years of work,” said Jacqui Gallinetti of the University of the Western Cape.

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/ 29 May 2006

Report: Apartheid info scandal not properly probed

The notorious information scandal of the 1970s was never sufficiently probed, according to a report into corruption under the apartheid government released on Monday. The information scandal, which rocked the Nationalist government between 1977 and 1979, was the result of secret funding by then prime minister BJ Vorster to ”wage propaganda wars at home and abroad”.

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/ 25 May 2006

Kebble: The Selebi link

This week the <i>Mail & Guardian</i> reveals National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi’s links to shadowy figures associated with slain businessman Brett Kebble. Our investigation, which began before Kebble’s death, has revealed a web of relationships connecting Selebi to Clinton Nassif, a Kebble security operative, and Glenn Agliotti, who worked with Kebble on a series of hush-hush projects.

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/ 24 May 2006

Zuma: ANC not in crisis

There is no crisis in the African National Congress, the party’s deputy president Jacob Zuma told the National Union of Mineworkers on Wednesday. ”Many commentators and analysts would have you believe that there is a crisis in the ANC,” Zuma told the 12th national congress of the union at Gallagher Estate in Midrand. ”That is not so. There is no crisis in the ruling party.”

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/ 1 March 2006

South Africans now ‘used to voting’

South Africans have become used to voting, a political analyst said about Wednesday’s quiet and uneventful local government elections. ”We are used to voting by now and local elections have always been ‘lower temperature’ elections than national elections,” political analyst Hennie Kotze said on Wednesday.