Tag: south africa

South African short stories writer to be reburied after long exile

South African short stories writer to be reburied after long exile

(GIN)—A ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court may decide the final resting place for Ndazana Nathaniel Nakasa, a South African short story writer, now buried in Ferndale Cemetery, Queens, NY. Born May 2, 1937 in Lusikisiki, Eastern Cape, he moved to Johannesburg to work as a journalist for Drum magazine. He was the first black […]

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South Africans return Madiba’s party to lead nation

South Africans return Madiba’s party to lead nation

(GIN)—In a closely watched election, South Africans turned out a decisive “vote for the party,” giving the African National Congress – the party of Mandela – another five years at the nation’s helm. Despite a recent scandal over costly improvements charged to the taxpayer for the private residence of President Jacob Zuma, the former liberation […]

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South African Freedom Day marked by celebration as election nears

South African Freedom Day marked by celebration as election nears

(GIN)—Nationwide celebration on April 27 marked Freedom Day in South Africa. The day marks the 20th anniversary of elections in which all citizens were able to take part. Voters that day sent Nelson Mandela to the presidency with a resounding win that helped end the reign of white supremacists in a system known as apartheid. […]

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South African who fought toxic waste dumping wins major ‘green’ prize

South African who fought toxic waste dumping wins major ‘green’ prize

By Alessandra Scipione (GIN)—South African activist Desmond D’sa has been awarded the 2014 Goldman Environmental Prize. D’Sa, a community leader  and co-founder of  the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance in 1996, campaigned against toxic waste dumping in South Durban, a poor but highly industrialized area, finally successfully obtaining the closure of the chemical dump. In […]

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Blogger suggests Pistorius took ‘acting lessons’ to prepare for trial

Blogger suggests Pistorius took ‘acting lessons’ to prepare for trial

| April 22, 2014

The U.S. has had its share of “celebrity” trials that have caused a ripple effect on how justice is meted out as well as given the public the perception that the rich and famous are not subject to the laws as the rest of us.  We don’t think it’s much of a stretch to think […]

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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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