Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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    South Africa legalises marijuana use

South Africa legalises marijuana use

South Africa’s constitutional court has decriminalised the private use of marijuana.The ruling came after a provincial high court in 2017 held that the use of cannabis in private space should be allowed because laws against it were inconsistent with the country’s constitution.The state appealed to the constitutional court, which upheld the high court’s findings.“It will not be a criminal offence [...]

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    20,336 people murdered in S’Africa in one year

20,336 people murdered in S’Africa in one year

Bheki Cele, South African minister of police, has disclosed that 20,336 murders were recorded in the country from 2017 to 2018 period.According to NAN, Cele said South Africa is close to being a war zone while commenting on the trend."Never again can we come here to give such statistics. It cannot be that South Africans are put under such fear, such [...]

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    South Africa slips into recession

South Africa slips into recession

South Africa is currently experiencing a “technical recession,” after the country’s statistical bureau said real gross domestic product (GDP) decreased by 0.7 percent in the second quarter of the year (Q2 2018).The nation’s GDP had decreased by 2.6 percent (revised from 2.2 percent) in Q1 2018.A technical recession happens when a country experiences two quarters of negative growth consecutively.It is [...]

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    Theresa May to visit Nigeria on Wednesday

Theresa May to visit Nigeria on Wednesday

British Prime Minister Theresa May will visit three African countries, including Nigeria, on Wednesday.According to a statement by the UK government, May will meet with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja and also spend time in Lagos, where she is expected to visit victims of modern slavery.She would also visit Kenya and South Africa.The visit comes at a time the UK [...]

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    Lagos-bound Russian vessel laden with explosives detained in S’Africa

Lagos-bound Russian vessel laden with explosives detained in S’Africa

South African authorities have detained a Russian cargo vessel suspected of carrying illegal arms.According to Herald Live, authorities discovered explosives on board the vessel in the course of operations at the Port of Ngqura, just off the coast of Port Elizabeth.The illicit cargo was said to be headed for Nigeria and US, the report said.The explosives and weapons — reportedly [...]

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    Falana: 121 Nigerians killed in S’Africa yet FG isn’t proactive

Falana: 121 Nigerians killed in S’Africa yet FG isn’t proactive

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, has criticsed the federal government for allegedly not taking steps to end the extrajudicial killing of Nigerians in South Africa.In a statement on Sunday, the lawyer said the government “has not gone beyond the regular condemnation” of the killings while also accusing the South African government of inaction.At least 121 Nigerians are reported to have [...]

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    PHOTOS: Buhari hosts South African president at Aso Rock

PHOTOS: Buhari hosts South African president at Aso Rock

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday received Cyril Ramaphosa, his South African counterpart, in Abuja.Both men held a meeting and addressed the media afterwards.Below are photos of the visit:Photo credit: Sunday Aghaeze [...]

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    Reps summon Onyeama, Dabiri-Erewa over killing of Nigerians in South Africa

Reps summon Onyeama, Dabiri-Erewa over killing of Nigerians in South Africa

The house of representatives has summoned Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs; and Abike Dabiri-Erewa, senior special assistant to the president on foreign affairs and diaspora, over the killing of Nigerians in South Africa.The summon followed a motion on the need to protect the rights and lives of Nigerians in South Africa.It was introduced during plenary on WednesdayAt least 118 [...]

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    Dabiri-Erewa: Efforts to stop killings of Nigerians in S’Africa not working

Dabiri-Erewa: Efforts to stop killings of Nigerians in S’Africa not working

Abike Dabiri-Erewa, senior special adviser to the president on foreign affairs and diaspora, says efforts to stop the killings of Nigerians in South Africa are not working.In a statement released on Wednesday by Abdur-Rahman Balogun, her media aide, she called for a review of the 'Early Warning Signal' set up by the ministries of foreign affairs in Nigeria and South Africa [...]

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    CAF bans Nigerian referee over ‘attempted manipulation’

CAF bans Nigerian referee over ‘attempted manipulation’

Joseph Ogabor, a Nigerian referee, has been banned from officiating for one year over "attempted manipulation".The Confederation of African Football (CAF), in a statement on Sunday, said Ogabor's ban was confirmed by its disciplinary board.South African referee, Victor Gomes, claimed he was approached to fix the result of the African Confederation Cup first leg tie between Nigerian side Plateau United and [...]

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    Nigerian burnt to death in South Africa

Nigerian burnt to death in South Africa

A yet to be identified Nigerian has been killed in South Africa.Local media reported on Sunday that he died in Rustenburg after his vehicle was set ablaze by unknown persons.The South African police confirmed the incident but said they do not believe the incident was related to violent protests in the area.Two vehicles were set ablaze in two separate incidents [...]

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    ‘What have I done?’ — Zuma asks as corruption trial begins

‘What have I done?’ — Zuma asks as corruption trial begins

Jacob Zuma, former South African president, says he will be proven innocent of the corruption charges brought against him.Zuma is being tried before a Durban high court on a 16-count charge of corruption relating to a 30 billion rand ($2.20 billion) arms deal arranged in the late 1990s.Speaking to his supporters outside the court on Friday, Zuma claimed his opponents [...]

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    There’s no longer anything I can fear… six memorable quotes of Winnie Mandela

There’s no longer anything I can fear… six memorable quotes of Winnie Mandela

Winnie Mandela, ex-wife of South Africa's first black president, Nelson Mandela, has died at the age of 81.Winnie was actively involved in the anti-apartheid struggle with her ex-husband. Tributes have been pouring for her all over the world.Here are six memorable quotes from the woman they referred to as "Mother of the nation".[...]

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    OBITUARY: Winnie, ‘mother of new South Africa’ who made Mandela ‘loneliest’ man in the world

OBITUARY: Winnie, ‘mother of new South Africa’ who made Mandela ‘loneliest’ man in the world

After suffering a protracted illness, Winnie Mandela, former wife of Nelson Mandela, South African hero, died on Monday, at the age of 81. Just like her late husband - who died five years ago, she was a formidable force in the anti-apartheid campaign and had her own share of imprisonments and other forms of intimidation.While Mandela was in prison, the deceased [...]

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    Zuma to face trial for corruption

Zuma to face trial for corruption

Former President Jacob Zuma of South Africa will be charged with 16 counts of corruption, Shaun Abrahams, South African chief prosecutor, announced on Friday.Zuma had allegedly received payments from a controversial multi-billion rand arms deal.The charges against Zuma include money laundering, fraud and racketeering."After consideration of the matter, I am of the view that there are reasonable prospects of successful prosecution [...]

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    Renewed confidence surrounding the South African economy

Renewed confidence surrounding the South African economy

Confidence towards the South African economy received a boost on Tuesday, following the news that economic growth accelerated for the first time since 2013. Quarterly GDP growth during the final quarter of 2017 expanded by 3.1 percent, with the South African economy growing by 1.5 percent on an annualized basis. It is the quarterly GDP reading at 3.1 percent reading that really impressed [...]

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