Malema vows to teach legislature a lesson, shut down Johannesburg

EFF leader Julius Malema on Thursday vowed to shut down central Johannesburg with a protest against the Gauteng legislature's decision to bar his party's members from wearing their red uniforms.

Ebola death toll rises to 729: World Health Organisation

Fifty-seven more deaths from the Ebola epidemic spreading alarm in west Africa have pushed the overall fatality toll from the outbreak to 729, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

Zuma afraid DA might use spy tapes to make him look bad: lawyers

President Jacob Zuma wants to keep his communications with the NPA in the so-called spy tapes case secret because the DA could use it against him, his lawyers argue.

Journalist tries getting vagina high with marijuana lube

There is a new way to enjoy cannabis according to journalist Ashley Hoffman, a product that packages it as lube.

Could Grace be the next Mugabe to rule Zimbabwe?

The surprise nomination of President Robert Mugabe's wife to head the ruling party's powerful women's wing has injected new intrigue into the fight to succeed the 90-year-old strongman.

SAHRC probed more than 500 racism cases in last 12 months

Over 500 racism-related cases have been reported to the SA Human Rights Commission in the past year.

ANC cheers probe to clean out corrupt, incompetent institutions

The African National Congress on Thursday welcomed the Special Investigating Unit's (SIU's) probe into a number of institutions for maladministration and corruption.

Ebola-hit Sierra Leone declares state of emergency

Sierra Leone leader Ernest Bai Koroma declared a state of emergency and cancelled a planned trip to the US-Africa summit as the country struggled to contain the deadly Ebola epidemic.

'State must buy a bank'

The government should consider buying one of South Africa's commercial banks to boost access to finance for citizens and businesses, said Tito Mboweni, the former Reserve Bank governor.

Uproar over state's 'forced birth control'

The KwaZulu-Natal health department's "forced birth control" on 11 young women has been branded "discriminatory" and a "violation".

Hackers can tap USB devices in new attacks, researcher warns

USB devices such as mice, keyboards and thumb-drives can be used to hack into personal computers in a potential new class of attacks that evade all known security protections, a top computer researcher revealed on Thursday.

Resignation problem-ridden Sanral's chairperson not surprising : Outa

The resignation of Sanral chairwoman Tembakazi Mnyaka was not surprising as the organisation was facing a number of problems, the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) said on Thursday.

Less than a minute's flypast at Zuma's inauguration cost taxpayers R215,000

It was over in less than a minute, yet the flypast by a SAA Airbus A340-600 during President Jacob Zuma's inauguration in Pretoria earlier this year cost taxpayers well over R200,000.

SA envoys urge Gaza ceasefire

South Africa's two special envoys to the Middle East, Aziz Pahad and Zola Skweyiya, on Thursday called for an unconditional ceasefire in Gaza, before they headed to Qatar to meet Hamas.

Sascoc lobbies for 2022 Commonwealth Games

The SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) on Thursday said it was making strides in petitioning for support in the country's bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Durban.

Tutu urges world leaders not to forget South Sudan

South African Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu on Thursday urged world leaders focused on conflict in the Middle East and Ukraine not to forget the "ghastly suffering" in South Sudan.

I would sit next to Ebola sufferer on the train: discoverer

The scientist who helped discover the Ebola virus said the outbreak in west Africa was unlikely to trigger a major epidemic outside the region, adding he would happily sit next to an infected person on a train.

Man tells court mom blessed incestuous relationship with his sister

A Zimbabwe man who is facing allegations of raping his 16-year-old sister stunned the court when he claimed that they were head over heels in love and that their mother allegedly blessed their incestuous relationship.

Under fire and out of cash, UN overwhelmed by Gaza crisis

The United Nations in Gaza is struggling to withstand a flood of almost a quarter of a million refugees into shelters that have repeatedly come under Israeli fire.

Makwezela to make her debut in World Cup opener

Centre Benele Makwezela will make her debut for the Springbok Women in the team's opening match at the IRB Women's Rugby World Cup against Australia on Friday.

Blasts as experts finally reach MH17 crash site in Ukraine

Explosions range out near the crash site of downed flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine on Thursday as international investigators arrived for the first time in nearly a week after Kiev announced a surprise one-day halt to its offensive against rebels.
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