Tag: south africa

Pistoius update: Forensic tests challenged

Pistoius update: Forensic tests challenged

| April 18, 2014

The South African justice system seems to be a bit different than the U.S.’s. Here, a celebrity nearly always has the resources for a slam dunk in a court case. In the Pistorius case, it seems the state musters the resources to challenge vigorously the private experts of more privileged citizens. Of course, our view […]

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Legendary African trumpeter Hugh Masekela celebrates 75th birthday

Legendary African trumpeter Hugh Masekela celebrates 75th birthday

| April 14, 2014

Remember Mace And Grenades? Bajabula Bonke? Stimela? Ha Lese Le Di Khanna? Hugh Masekela is perhaps the man who put the underline in African when people say that jazz is an African American art form. Ironically, Masekala came to the U.S. early in his career, wanting to be like folks such as Dizzy Gillespie and […]

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Prosecutor attempts to punch holes in Pistorius story

Prosecutor attempts to punch holes in Pistorius story

| April 11, 2014

We aren’t taking sides in an ongoing trial but, frankly, that was the question that has long been on our mind. Wouldn’t most people concerned about an intruder first try to establish where their loved ones were in the house—especially a person who should have been sleeping right next to you? In fairness, in any […]

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Gruesome details of ‘exploded head’ emerge in Pistorius trial

Gruesome details of ‘exploded head’ emerge in Pistorius trial

| April 9, 2014

Various sources report that South African laws governing “self defense” are very different from those in the U.S. and that, given that, our perspective on the details of the incident being revealed in the press don’t fully give a picture of why “Blade Runner” is being pursued so vigorously in this trial. It would be […]

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‘Blade Runner’ tells court of nightmares on trial day 17

‘Blade Runner’ tells court of nightmares on trial day 17

| April 8, 2014

(GIN)—Former Olympic champion Oscar Pistorius told the South African courtroom he suffered from “terrible nightmares” leaving him unable to sleep since the day his gun went off, shooting his girlfriend as she hid from him in the couple’s bathroom. “I can smell blood. I wake up to being terrified,” testified Pistorius on April 7, his […]

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ANC under harsh spotlight over luxury construction

ANC under harsh spotlight over luxury construction

| March 26, 2014

(GIN)—South Africa’s ruling African National Congress is trying to deflect harsh criticism over a finding that President Jacob Zuma’s country residence was upgraded with expensive improvements that were billed to taxpayers. The damning report, released last week, concluded a two-year study by public protector Thuli Madonsela. According to the report, entitled “Secure in comfort,” Madonsela […]

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South African women taking charge in newsroom

| March 14, 2014

(GIN)—Women of color are making strides in newsrooms across South Africa. This new development was highlighted by the “rock star” of South African journalism—Ferial Haffajee—in a recap of gender accomplishments for International Women’s Day. “Today, I am happy to say, women hold strategic editorial positions across all platforms including broadcasting, print and online,” Haffajee, the […]

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BBC News – Colin Powell remembers ‘the real Nelson Mandela’

BBC News – Colin Powell remembers ‘the real Nelson Mandela’

| March 13, 2014

Colin Powell remembers ‘the real Nelson Mandela’ By Anthony Zurcher Editor, Echo Chambers Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell shared his memories of Nelson Mandela with the BBC on Friday. “He was always a presence in my life and my early years in public service,” Mr Powell said. “He was something of a contemporary […]

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‘Blade runner’s’ murder trial sparks media frenzy

‘Blade runner’s’ murder trial sparks media frenzy

| March 5, 2014

The trial of former “blade runner” and Olympic champion Oscar Pistorius, opened this week in South Africa before journalists from over 100 countries.

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Activist leader Mamphela Ramphele suddenly exits South Africa presidential race

Activist leader Mamphela Ramphele suddenly exits South Africa presidential race

| February 12, 2014

A possible challenge to the leadership of South Africa President Jacob Zuma was crushed last week with news that Mamphela Ramphele would not be a candidate.

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