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ANC shrugs off Mantashe’s stance on judiciary

The ANC has shrugged off criticisms that recent remarks by its secretary general amounted to an attack on the independence of the judiciary.

Zim vote ‘an exercise in mass intimidation’

Widespread voter intimidation marked Zimbabwe's one-candidate presidential run-off on Friday.

Mbeki, Zuma condemn attacks

President Thabo Mbeki on Sunday called a wave of deadly attacks on migrants an ''absolute disgrace'' and said his government would take all measures to bring those responsible to justice. Meanwhile, African National Congress president Jacob Zuma said all people in South Africa should be tolerant of one another.

Zille: Don’t give Chinese arms to Zim

Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille on Friday urged President Thabo Mbeki and national conventional arms-control committee chairperson Sydney Mufamadi to stop the transfer of arms aboard a ship, the An Yue Jiang, in Durban harbour to Zimbabwe. The ship has been at anchor off the port of Durban since Monday.

Editors slam exclusion of white reporters

The South African National Editors' Forum has slammed the decision of the new Forum of Black Journalists to exclude white journalists from their meeting in Sandton on Friday. African National Congress president Jacob Zuma was to deliver an off-the-record address at the inaugural imbizo.

Winnie ‘deeply hurt’, will try to broker truce

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela said she will this week launch a last-minute bid to broker a truce between African National Congress (ANC) president Thabo Mbeki and his deputy, Jacob Zuma, a media report said on Sunday. Madikizela-Mandela said she was “deeply hurt” by the divisions in the ANC.

Nationwide aircraft grounded indefinitely

Nationwide's aircraft will remain grounded until the airline has fixed deficiencies in its maintenance section, the South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said on Friday. The CAA suspended approval for the airline's aircraft maintenance organisation from midnight on Thursday, said CAA chief executive officer Zakes Myeza.

Oprah ‘shaken’ by school sex claims

United States television magnate Oprah Winfrey said on Monday that abuse charges at her all-girl academy in Johannesburg was one of the most devastating experiences in her life. ''This has been one of the most devastating, if not the most devastating, experiences of my life,'' she said in a video news conference from Chicago.

Veteran Egoli actor dies in Johannesburg

Hannah Botha, one of South Africa's veteran actors and a star of M-Net's soap opera Egoli, has died at the age of 84. Botha died in Johannesburg on the morning of April 16, Beeld newspaper reported. She was admitted to hospital at the weekend as she was not feeling well.

Ailing Manto put on sick leave

South Africa's ailing Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang has been temporarily replaced by the transport minister while she receives treatment for a lung condition, an official statement said. Tshabalala-Msimang, often criticised by Aids activists, entered hospital last week with anaemia and fluid collecting near the lung.

Manto hospitalised, ‘on a ventilator’

Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang has been admitted to the intensive-care unit of the Johannesburg General Hospital. According to media reports on Thursday, she is on a ventilator. She was admitted to the same hospital last year for several weeks after reportedly suffering from a lung infection.

Clouds gather ahead of Mugabe’s birthday

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe turns 83 on Wednesday, fit for his age and combative in the face of a crumbling economy, social unrest and a looming battle over who will succeed him. Mugabe will celebrate his birthday with a huge party on Saturday. But gathering clouds risk overshadowing the festivities.

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