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Kirby, ‘father of English satire’, dies in Cape Town

Long-time Mail & Guardian columnist Robert Kirby died in Cape Town on Friday night following a long illness. A significant satirist especially in the 1970s, Kirby also worked as a broadcaster, television columnist, playwright and novelist. He became famous in South Africa for his sharp wit and fearless satire.

Thabo Mbeki’s ‘age of hope’

The government's reaction to the heated national debate on crime is expected to be high on President Thabo Mbeki's agenda during his State of the Nation address on Friday morning. The speech is expected to be upbeat, including a focus on ''the age of hope'' and reference to the challenges posed by South Africa's hosting of the 2010 World Cup.

Court ‘abandons’ case against Ncube

Zimbabwe's government ''abandoned'' its court case against Mail & Guardian chief executive Trevor Ncube on Thursday after it had prevented him at the end of last year from renewing his passport, claiming he was not a citizen of Zimbabwe.

Zim ‘not closing’ M&G owner’s papers

Zimbabwe's government-appointed Media and Information Commission will not close down two popular private newspapers even if owner Trevor Ncube -- also the publisher of the Mail & Guardian in South Africa -- loses his Zimbabwean citizenship, state television reported late on Wednesday.

Mail & Guardian faces new gag attempt

The Mail & Guardian was on Thursday afternoon informed by the Office of the State Attorney in Johannesburg of its intention to interdict the newspaper. The action relates to articles regarding the scandal of police National Commissioner Jackie Selebi's relationship with Brett Kebble murder accused Glenn Agliotti.

Editors concerned over Pikoli’s attack on media

The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) has expressed its concern at complaints against the media raised by National Director of Public Prosecutions Vusi Pikoli, who has criticised recent reportage by the media on the activities of the National Prosecuting Authority and the Scorpions.

New podcast gets under the skin of the M&G

Well-known broadcaster and former SAFM presenter Tony Lankester has teamed up with the Mail & Guardian Online to host a new weekly podcast show. The show looks at the major news stories in the M&G newspaper and the M&G Online, interviewing the editors and journalists behind the week's stories.

SABC can’t ‘turn blind eye’ to Perlman

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) could not simply ''turn a blind eye'' to the alleged transgressions of its AM Live radio anchor John Perlman, the broadcaster's CEO, Dali Mpofu, told MPs on Monday. Briefing members of Parliament's communications portfolio committee, he confirmed Perlman would face a disciplinary inquiry.

Zuma takes issue with NPA

<a href="http://www.mg.co.za/specialreport.aspx?area=zuma_report"><img src="http://www.mg.co.za/ContentImages/243078/zuma.jpg" align=left border=0></a>Former deputy president Jacob Zuma on Friday accused the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) of abusing its powers and violating his rights in its push to prosecute him on fraud and corruption charges. Speaking during a live televised media conference in Johannesburg, he said the NPA, through leaks to the media, had created a "culture of Zuma-bashing".

Zuma defence lambastes state

<a href="http://www.mg.co.za/specialreport.aspx?area=zuma_report"><img src="http://www.mg.co.za/ContentImages/243078/zuma.jpg" align=left border=0></a>The case against former deputy president Jacob Zuma should be struck from the roll and charges brought against him only when the state has its "house in order", his advocate told the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Tuesday. Kemp J Kemp, counsel for Zuma, accused the state of not complying with its constitutional obligation to provide a final indictment.

Zuma judge asked to rule on raids

The state on Tuesday invited Jacob Zuma's legal team to submit evidence taken in controversial search-and-seizure raids to be adjudicated by the Pietermaritzburg High Court, saying this would speed up the corruption trial. The state said on the status of the various search-and-seizure raids were the main reason for the need for a postponement.

Cartoons: Muslims march in Cape Town

Hundreds of Muslims, expected to march in central Cape Town on Thursday to protest against cartoons caricaturing the prophet Muhammad, would have to abide by strict conditions or face possible arrest, the City of Cape Town said. Meanwhile, the Cabinet and the South African National Editors' Forum have reacted to the controversy.

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