Sunday Independent Sunday, May 23, 2021

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horrors of mob justice

HORRORS OF MOB JUSTICE At least eight men were beaten, tortured and burned to death by a group of vigilantes who accused them of being part of a gang of criminals terrorising Zandspruit MANYANE MANYANE BHEKIKAYA MABASO African News Agency (ANA) GORY images of the remains of nine men lying with their hands tied behind their backs with rope, their bodies charred beyond recognition, have once more highlighted the horrors of vigilantism or mob justice in some townships and informal settlements. The nine victims found in an open field in Honeydew informal settlement, known as Zandspruit, Joburg this week will drastically increase the 903 number of people already murdered as a result of vigilantism in the last year in South Africa, according to the Institute for Security Studies…

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tail piece

Tail Piece SOUTH AFRICA TO PUSH FOR MILITARY ACTION AGAINST MOZAMBIQUE INSURGENTS SOUTH Africa will press for urgent military action by regional body SADC to quell an Islamist insurgency in Mozambique threatening to destabilize neighbouring countries, the foreign minister said on Friday. It will make this call at a summit of the Southern African Development Community’s 16 member states next week, Naledi Pandor told Reuters in a telephone interview. SADC leaders have been discussing how to tackle the insurgency by Islamic State-linked militants, with an option for force, but this is the first time South Africa has explicitly thrown its weight behind the idea of a military intervention. Since 2008, SADC has had provision for a standby brigade, part of a regional defence pact that allows military intervention to prevent…

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ppe corruption: makhura’s conundrum as masuku is cleared

HORNS OF A DILEMMA PPE corruption: Makhura’s conundrum as Masuku is cleared KARABO NGOEPE and LESEGO MAKGATHO GAUTENG Premier David Makhura is sitting with a problem following the exoneration of former MEC of Health Dr Bandile Masuku of any wrongdoing in Covid-19 corruption. Masuku and presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko were this week cleared of any wrongdoing by the ANC’s national disciplinary committee (NDC). The two were suspended from participating in any party-related activities in October, pending the disciplinary processes. Masuku was fired by Makhura to bring stability in the department, following a report by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) into personal protective equipment (PPE) tender irregularities. At the time, Makhura said that should Masuku be cleared of any wrongdoing, he would reinstate him. However, he later appointed Dr Nomathemba Mokgethi…

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tail piece

Tail Piece MOROCCO URGES SPAIN TO OPEN INVESTIGATION INTO POLISARIO CHIEF Morocco on Saturday urged Spain to open an investigation into the circumstances of a Western Sahara independence leader’s arrival in the country for medical treatment and explain its findings to Rabat. Madrid should explain “the conditions, circumstances and connivances that led to the fraudulent entry of this person using false documents and a usurped identity,” said Foreign Ministry Director General Fouad Yazourh. Spain’s decision to host Polisario Front leader Brahim Ghali without telling Rabat while using what Morocco says are travel documents provided by Algeria and a false name, has angered Rabat, which regards Western Sahara as part of Morocco. The Algeria-backed Polisario seeks the region’s independence and last year said it was resuming an armed struggle that was…

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but both sides claim victory

MIDDLE EAST But both sides claim victory NATHAN CRAIG FOR weeks the world has taken to the streets and social media highlighting the Israel-Palestine conflict to vent about the death, destruction and terror but the complexity of the issue makes both sides of the divide believe they are right. Following 4 400 missiles and 11 days of deadly hostilities claiming 248 lives, including 66 children and 39 women, a ceasefire took effect on Friday leading to both Israel and Palestine’s ruling authority Hamas claiming success. But for those on the ground, the suffering continues such as analyst and co-founder of the SA-Israel Policy Forum Rolene Marks who left Johannesburg a decade ago with her husband to live in Israel. “We are living in conflict. People think we hate Palestine…

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phumzile van damme coy on her future after resigning

EUROVISION 2021 DA EXODUS Phumzile van Damme coy on her future after resigning NTOMBI NKOSI PIROSCHKA VAN DE WOUW Reuters FORMER DA MP Phumzile van Damme remained coy about her future after she quit the party as a backbencher in Parliament, but remained a member of the party. This caused confusion earlier in the week after the DA said she had resigned as a DA member as well. But Van Damme denied this saying she had only left her position as a member of the National Assembly. Political analysts highlighted that a number of high-profile members have left the DA in the recent past. While Van Damme has not left the party, former leader Mmusi Maimane went on to form his own OneSA Movement, which will contest the local government…