Tag: south africa

South Africa rejects light sentence for ‘Blade Runner,’ prepares appeal

South Africa rejects light sentence for ‘Blade Runner,’ prepares appeal

| October 30, 2014

(GIN)—South African prosecutors announced plans this week to appeal the conviction and sentence given to athlete Oscar Pistorius for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, in what was ruled “culpable homicide.” Judge Thokozile Masipa also disappointed close watchers of the trial when she gave the Olympian runner a three year suspended sentence for discharging a firearm […]

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‘Blade Runner’s’ fate on manslaughter charge to be decided soon

‘Blade Runner’s’ fate on manslaughter charge to be decided soon

| October 19, 2014

(GIN)–Prosecution lawyers in the case of South Africa Paralympian Oscar Pistorius are said to be seeking a 15 year jail sentence for the famed athlete who was acquitted of murder but convicted of culpable homicide or negligent killing in the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Motor accident cases involving negligence and multiple deaths have […]

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Nearly half a million join rousing climate justice march

Nearly half a million join rousing climate justice march

| September 24, 2014

(GIN)–New York streets were overflowing on Sunday with hand-made posters, buttons, baby carriages, bicycles, musical bands and nearly 400,000 marchers demanding an end to the exploitation of fossil fuels such as oil, coal and natural gas that are creating havoc for the environment in the U.S., Africa and most of the world. Marchers came by […]

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Church leaders defend ‘Public Protector’ vilified over Zuma report

Church leaders defend ‘Public Protector’ vilified over Zuma report

| September 10, 2014

(GIN)—A blizzard of brickbats, insults and other aspersions aimed at South Africa’s Public Protector assigned to investigate the taxpayer-financed country estate of President Jacob Zuma, have roused the Diakonia Council of Churches, a social justice faith-based group, which this week came to her defense in an open letter. The council said it wished there were […]

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Greenpeace takes aim at South Africa’s Eskom over airborne killer coal dust

Greenpeace takes aim at South Africa’s Eskom over airborne killer coal dust

| September 10, 2014

(GIN)—Environmental activists at Greenpeace Africa have launched a global campaign to block efforts by Eskom, South Africa’s public power utility, to release more polluting coal dust in the air. The dust has been linked to an uptick in premature deaths now estimated at 2,700 every year. Greenpeace is pushing its campaign in the wake of […]

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Special treatment for whites led to Marikana bloodbath, inquiry told

Special treatment for whites led to Marikana bloodbath, inquiry told

| August 21, 2014

(GIN)–A commission hearing testimony on last year’s deadly miners’ strike, heard that white employees at the Lonmin mine got preferential treatment at the expense of their black counterparts, provoking anger and resentment. “There is still segregation in the mines based on race,” rockdrill operator Shadrack Zandisile Mtshamba told the commission in Pretoria. “All white people […]

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French firm loses bid to own Africa’s ‘Roobios’ trademark

French firm loses bid to own Africa’s ‘Roobios’ trademark

| August 1, 2014

(GIN)—South African tea planters won a major victory over European and U.S. tea dealers this week. They defeated efforts by a French firm to gain control of the name “Rooibos”—a popular tea that grows in South Africa—by trademarking it abroad. Under the agreement, Rooibos, which means “red bush” in Afrikaans, will refer to tea grown […]

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Dogs eat better than 1 million children

Dogs eat better than 1 million children

| July 27, 2014

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist The South African charity Feed a Child (http://www.feedachild.co.za/) chose to highlight child poverty in South Africa by portraying a little black boy being fed like a dog by a seemingly affluent white woman. In the ad, the boy has his head on the woman’s lap, at her feet, on his […]

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Black South Africans get new chance to seek redress for stolen land

Black South Africans get new chance to seek redress for stolen land

(GIN)—South Africa will restart the claims process that provides compensation to black families who were illegally removed from their land during white rule. The window for those claims had been shut 16 years ago. In a published statement, President Jacob Zuma assented to the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act, which among other things reopens […]

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Mandela revival appears in books, films

Mandela revival appears in books, films

| June 25, 2014

(GIN)—Since the Long Walk to Freedom, the book and the movie, the life of Nelson Mandela continues to inspire a generation of writers and filmmakers. Now, on the heels of “Madiba A to Z,” a book by Danny Schechter in the U.S. and “Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me,” a film by Khalo Matabane of […]

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