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Leon criticises Zuma’s behaviour, Koeberg crisis

Former deputy president Jacob Zuma's behaviour as a former leader of the government's campaign against HIV/Aids as well as the moral regeneration movement ''is testimony to the sad state of leadership in South Africa today'', says Democratic Alliance leader Tony Leon, who has also criticised the Koeberg ''sabotage'' debacle.

Cosatu, SACP threaten Zuma action against SABC

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and South African Communist Party in KwaZulu-Natal have warned of mass action against the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) in the next two weeks over its coverage of axed former deputy president Jacob Zuma, who goes on trial for rape on February 13.

Earth tremor hits East Rand, Johannesburg

A tremor of a magnitude of 3,6 on the Richter scale was recorded in the East Rand, 8km north-west of Germiston, on Tuesday at 11.13am, said Ian Saunders, project leader for the South African National Seismograph Network at the Council for Geoscience in Pretoria. The tremor was felt in many parts of Johannesburg.

Metro council drops plan to exhume Mbeki’s father

The Nelson Mandela metropolitan council has dropped plans to rebury the remains of President Thabo Mbeki's late father, Govan, the South African Broadcasting Corporation reported on Tuesday. The municipality earlier announced plans to relocate his remains to the newly built Red Location Museum. However, the family objected.

ACDP mayoral candidate hits out at homosexuality

Most South Africans come from backgrounds that frown on homosexuality, says the African Christian Democratic Party. "That is a fact. We cannot support a situation where a minority is attempting to impose its will on the majority," the ACDP's mayoral candidate for Cape Town, Pauline Cupido, said on Friday.

Phumzile’s trip: All will be revealed

The Presidency is to issue clarification on Tuesday on Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka's controversial trip to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over Christmas, media reports said. Presidency spokesperson Murphy Morobe promised late on Monday afternoon everything would be clearer on Tuesday.

Parliament’s finance chief dismissed

Parliament's chief financial officer, Harry Charlton, has got the chop after an internal disciplinary hearing found him guilty of a range of charges, including the illegal procurement of goods and services with a value greater than R750 000 without the authority of the secretary to Parliament. The announcement was made at Parliament on Friday by the secretary to Parliament, Zingile Dingani.

West Wing actor was ‘uncommonly good man’

John Spencer, who plays vice-presidential candidate Leo McGarry on NBC television's <i>The West Wing</i>, died of a heart attack on Friday, his publicist said. Spencer's work on the show earned him an Emmy Award for supporting actor in a drama series in 2002, as well as a Golden Globe nomination.

SA’s Theron, Tsotsi nominated for Golden Globes

South African-born actress Charlize Theron was nominated for best actress for North Country, and director Gavin Hood's Tsotsi -- based on the Athol Fugard novel -- was nominated for best foreign film on Tuesday when the list of nominations for the Golden Globes was announced.

Cosatu attacks M&G’s Zuma report

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has distanced itself from a Mail & Guardian report that Jacob Zuma confessed to senior trade union and communist leaders that he had sex with the woman he is reportedly alleged to have raped.

SA in denial over Aids, says survey

As the world commemorates World Aids Day, a new study has found that more and more South Africans are displaying high-risk sexual behaviour and are in denial with regard to HIV/Aids. This is despite considerable public-education efforts about the risks associated with HIV/Aids.

Lawyer: Zuma ‘rape’ probe incomplete

The police investigation into rape allegations against Jacob Zuma is incomplete, his lawyer said on Tuesday. Mike Hulley said the former deputy president, out of respect for due process, will reserve further comment on the matter until the police have completed their probe.

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