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/ 26 May 2008

Minister: Xenophobic violence under control

Xenophobic violence against foreign nationals has been brought under control, Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula said on Monday. ”I do believe the situation is under control … the violence has subsided,” he said at a briefing at the Union Buildings in Pretoria following an inter-governmental task team meeting with President Thabo Mbeki.

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/ 26 January 2008

Johan Nel a ‘young, brainwashed racist’

Racism was still a key issue in South Africa, political party representatives said as they addressed a gathering at Saturday’s funeral of the murdered Skielik victims. Congress of South African Trade Unions secretary general Zwelinzima Vavi said alleged killer, Johan Nel (18) had ”no regard for human life”.

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/ 24 January 2008

Skielik shooting: Cops on alert outside court

Police massed outside the Swartruggens Magistrate’s Court on Thursday in anticipation of the arrival of a large group of protesters ahead of the appearance of Johan Nel on murder charges. Nel (18) stands accused of killing four and injuring six residents of the Skielik informal settlement, about 10km outside Swartruggens in North West, last Monday.

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/ 19 January 2008

Skielik protest: MP accused of hate speech

AfriForum has laid a charge against an African National Congress MP and all other organisers of a demonstration held outside the Swartruggens Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, the organisation said on Friday. Johan Nel (18), who allegedly shot and killed three people in the Skielik informal settlement, was appearing in court on at the time.

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/ 6 November 2007

End of floor-crossing in sight?

The issue of floor-crossing should be resolved within months, says MP Vytjie Mentor, who chairs a parliamentary committee dealing with the matter. ”We don’t think that floor-crossing strengthens democracy. We have not seen empirical proof that it strengthens democracy,” she told a joint meeting with the home affairs committee on Tuesday.