| Africatime
Sunday 26 March 2017
(Gulfnews 03/25/17)
Legoete saw people with no medical insurance using private care in Bengaluru hospital. Portia Lekgoto faced a dilemma: how to take her three-year-old daughter to a doctor without missing a day of work while waiting in line at one of only two public health clinics in the South African shantytown of Diepsloot. She decided to take her daughter to Quali Health, a new private clinic that a friend had told her about. While she had to pay 250 rand (Dh73 or $19) for the visit, she finished the consultation by mid-morning. “I am going to now drop my daughter off at her granny with the medication we have been given and then I will go...
(AFP (eng) 03/24/17)
A private South African dormitory housing white-only Afrikaans-speaking students attending the University of Pretoria on Thursday defended its controversial race-based policy and rejected allegations of racism. Named "De Goede Hoop Koshuis" -- or "The Good Hope Residence" -- the privately-owned digs opened in February to Christian students who speak Afrikaans. Speaking to Radio 702, facility coordinator Janli Sonntag said the aim was to preserve Christian values and Afrikaans culture, rejecting claims its policy was discriminative. She said Afrikaans-speaking students had recently been targeted by other students on campus over their language and accused of being racist.
(Xinhuanet 03/24/17)
The South African government on Friday condemned a "resurgence of racist posts" on social media and vowed to pursue the offenders. "Whilst government respects freedom of expression, it will not allow racism to disrupt the gains we have made as a country," the government said in a statement in response to the recent spate of racist utterances on social media. In the latest incident, a Limpopo man posted on Facebook about crowded beaches in Amanzimtoti, south of Durban, while calling...
(Xinhuanet 03/24/17)
A group of non-government organizations (NGOs) on Friday called on African leaders to find practical solutions to protect and assist Somali refugees and asylum seekers facing ongoing conflict and a humanitarian crisis in Somalia. In a joint statement issued on the eve of the regional summit on refugees, members of the Regional Durable Solutions Secretariat (ReDSS), Somalia NGO Consortium and the Inter-agency Working Group (IAWG) expressed hope that the leaders will take practical steps towards the development and implementation of...
(Eye Witness News 03/23/17)
A Johannesburg woman was allegedly raped in the back of a taxi in front of her 10-year-old son on Sunday. Gauteng MEC for Community Safety Sizakele Nkosi-Maloban e has called on women who have been sexually assaulted by taxi drivers to come forward and report the crimes, and she’s urging taxi drivers to point out rapists. The MEC held a meeting with taxi associations in Johannesburg on Thursday. Eyewitness News revealed the latest case on Thursday morning that a Johannesburg...
(BBC News Africa 03/23/17)
A boy of 10 was forced to lie face down while his mother was subjected to a four-hour rape ordeal in a Johannesburg taxi, reports from South Africa say. He and his mother were allegedly tricked into boarding the minibus taxi before she was assaulted and ordered to hand over her bank card and PIN number by the three armed occupants. It is thought to be the latest in a string of attacks by the gang. The first reports of...
(Eye Witness News 03/23/17)
The Higher Education Department says it believes the Ikusasa Financial Aid Scheme blueprint will help in addressing NSFAS shortfalls. The Department of Higher Education and Training says that while it believes funding for poor students is feasible in South Africa, it is uncertain whether it is possible for all students. It has made submissions at the fees commission of inquiry into higher education and training. The department says it believes the newly piloted Ikusasa Financial Aid Scheme blueprint will help...
(Premium Times 03/23/17)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday said the latest fracas in South Africa, in which two Nigerians were involved, was not a xenophobic attack. The ministry in a statement by its spokesperson, Clement Aduku, in Abuja, said that there was no reported loss of live during the incident. It expressed concern that the incident came barely few days when both Nigerian and South African Governments successfully proffered solution to xenophobic attacks against foreigners in South Africa. It said that...
(AFP (eng) 03/22/17)
South Africa's police chief said Wednesday three men had been arrested over a mysterious weekend break-in at the offices of the country's top judge, where 15 computers were stolen. The crime caused a public and political storm with the opposition calling it a attack on the judicial system, as the theft occurred hours after the Constitutional Court headed by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng delivered a scathing ruling against the ANC government over welfare payments. The computers containing sensitive information about 250 judges were stolen on Saturday during a burglary at Mogoeng's offices in Johannesburg.
(Reuters (Eng) 03/22/17)
Three suspects have been arrested in connection with a robbery where 15 computers containing information on South Africa's judges and court officials were stolen, acting national police commissioner said on Wednesday. Khomotso Phahlane said the three suspects will appear in court this morning and more arrests were expected. "At this stage we do not have information on whether it was and inside job or not.... the investigation is still at the preliminary level," Phahlane said. "We can't tell what the motive is at this stage." The office of Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng called the crime a huge setback
(Financial Times 03/22/17)
South African police have arrested three men over a break-in at the offices of the country’s chief justice which has shaken confidence in the independence of its judiciary. Khomotso Phahlane, the acting national police commissioner, said on Wednesday that despite the arrests, the police had not yet recovered computers stolen from Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng’s office which contained sensitive personal files on judges. Saturday’s break-in has raised the alarm among civil-society groups and opposition parties in South Africa as it...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/21/17)
South African airport customs officials have confiscated male sexual enhancement tablets worth 20.6 million rand ($1.63 million) en route to Swaziland from India, the revenue service said on Monday. Customs officers found 80,000 tablets and 126,000 oral jellies in transit sheds at Johannesburg's OR Tambo airport on Sunday. The pills were wrapped in brown sacks sent from Mumbai. "These tablets are restricted and controlled substances and must have permits when being imported," the South African Revenue Service (SARS) said in...
(AL Jazeera 03/21/17)
Property developers buying and renovating old buildings are driving up prices and rents. Some poor families in Cape Town face being moved out, and it's evoking painful memories of apartheid in South Africa. Al Jazeera's Tania Page reports from Wolf River, Cape Town. Tania Page
(AFP (eng) 03/21/17)
Under a cloudless sky in South Africa's northwestern farming region, donkeys still amble along muddy paths, pausing to nibble on grass, oblivious to the threat from a demand for Chinese medicine. The gelatin found in the animals' skin has made them a target, leading to a growing wave of donkey slaughtering in several African countries, as gangs seek to fuel a lucrative, and in South Africa illegal, trade. Animal rights groups say the docile beasts of burden are often cruelly...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/20/17)
South Africa's police minister will fight a court order to remove the head of an elite police investigation unit, popularly known as the Hawks, after the court ruled his appointment unlawful, media said on Monday. Berning Ntlemeza was appointed in 2015 to lead the powerful Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation, but two domestic non-government bodies, Freedom Under Law and the Helen Suzman Foundation, applied to the High Court to have Ntlemeza removed on the grounds that he was unfit for...
(Voice of America 03/18/17)
South Africa, long a haven for migrants from across Africa, is trying to update its immigration policy with a number of changes, which one official says aims to strike a balance between being welcoming of immigrants and keeping the nation safe. Among the policy changes being considered: the creation of processing centers for asylum-seekers along South Africa’s border; the end of an automatic path from long-term residency to citizenship; the introduction of a points-based system intended to attract highly skilled immigrants and the elimination of some visa requirements for African citizens.
(AFP (eng) 03/17/17)
A South African court on Friday ordered the dismissal of the head of the police's elite unit, delivering another stinging ruling against President Jacob Zuma's government. Berning Ntlemeza was named as head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, commonly known as the Hawks, which handles serious corruption and organised crime. But High Court Judge Peter Mabuse ruled that Ntlemeza's appointment in 2015 was unlawful and must be "reviewed and set aside." The Hawks were not immediately available to comment on whether Ntlemeza would be sacked or if he would appeal the decision. An earlier court judgement had found Ntlemeza to be "dishonest, lacking in integrity and dishonourable"
(AFP (eng) 03/17/17)
A South African court Friday gave a private company a one-year extension of its contract to distribute vital welfare grants to millions of people, easing fears of a payments disruption. A dispute arose after nearly a third of the country's welfare beneficiaries faced problems when a government agency failed to secure new terms before the contract expired this month. Judge Johan Froneman of the Constitutional Court ordered the Social Security Agency (SASSA) and the company, Cash Paymaster Services, to "ensure payment of social grants to grant beneficiaries from 1 April 2017 for a period of 12 months." Froneman also criticised Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini for not showing "interest" in making
(Reuters (Eng) 03/17/17)
South Africa's High Court in Pretoria said on Friday that the appointment of Berning Ntlemeza as head of an elite police investigation unit is unlawful and must be revoked. Ntlemeza was appointed in 2015 to lead the powerful Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation, known as the Hawks. Critics have accused the unit of sometimes carrying out politically motivated probes to discredit those who have fallen out of favor with President Jacob Zuma and his inner circle. "Our take is very simple: we will abide by the ruling," Hawks spokesman Hangwani Mulaudzi told Reuters.
(Voice of America 03/17/17)
One of the enduring legacies of the Barack Obama presidency will be the relationship built between the United States and young Africans. As part of Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), each year 1,000 young people from sub-Saharan Africa travel to the United States to spend six weeks at a U.S. college or university. The program will continue this summer. But building enduring relationships is a two-way street, and many in Africa want to see Americans coming to their continent...