Sunday Independent 2021-07-18

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remembering a past scene of looting – what kind of a nation are we becoming?

Dr Pali Lehohla THE scenes in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, the epicentre of looting and burning of property, took me back 27 years to the beginning of March 1994 – 44 days before South Africa’s historic elections. I was the director of Bophuthatswana statistics then. President Lucas Mangope invited the public servants to an address at the Mmabatho Convention Centre.We anticipated an announcement that he would participate in the elections. When he rejected this, a number of us stormed out of the centre.The following week, Professor (Akiiki John) Kahimbaara and I had a scheduled training session at the Human Sciences Research Council in Pretoria. Driving through Ventersdorp we saw Eugene Terre’Blanche , the white supremacist who founded the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB), in his blue Nissan Bakkie driving frantically and it…

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unrest in south africa tremors of fear, uncertainty ripple across the sadc region

Jonisayi Maromo jonisayi.maromo@africannewsagency.com CLEAN-UP programmes across numerous heavily littered streets and vandalised shopping malls have brought a glimmer of hope following days of seemingly endless riots and widespread looting in South Africa. Community members cleaning in Vosloorus, Gauteng, told journalists on Thursday that the “war” had ended and the area would return to normalcy. But the chaos, looting and vandalism has amaged brand South Africa, seen on the continent as a beacon of freedom, hope and the rule of law. Chairperson of the AU Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat recently issued a statement condemning the ongoing unrest and called for an urgent restoration of peace and order in Africa’s economic powerhouse. “The chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, condemns in the strongest terms the surge of violence that…

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sierra leone performing arts used to map out gender violence

Aisha Ibrahim, Helen Shutt and Laura Martin It HAs been more than two years since Sierra Leone declared a state of emergency over sexual and gender-based violence. The declaration followed a public outcry over a spate of high-profile sexual attacks in which minors made up one in three victims. Though unconstitutional, the state of emergency led to significant legal amendments. The minimum sentence for rape was increased from five to 15 years for adults. New provisions also criminalised informal out-of-court settlements for sexual assault and rape. The amendments have, generally, been welcomed as a positive step. But some have criticised the emphasis on sexual violence, particularly of girls, at the expense of other types of gender-based violence. According to the 2019 demographic and health survey, about 62% of Sierra Leonean…

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editor’s choice

Our picks of the best Emmy-nominated shows you may not have watched as yet: A BLACK LADY SKETCH SHOW (Showmax) Sketch comedy is having a moment again and Robin Thede is leading that movement. Created by the comedian writer, the show is comedy brilliance. The show is loyal to its title – it stars and is written by black women. It’s one of the best comedy shows of the year and the performances and writing elevate it above others. The show is nominated for five Emmys, including Outstanding Variety Sketch Series. I MAY DESTROY YOU (Showmax) This show shook me to the core and I still can’t help but marvel at how much work Michaela Coel put into to make it work. It’s a dark comedy about a…

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lesdachef, a formidable foodie for the people

Buhle Mbonambi MANY wish to make a positive impact during the course of their lives. They want to be remembered for the moments they changed someone’s life or made it easier. However, not everyone is able to do that. Not at a great scale, like they had hoped. And yet, some go even further. Their impact is so noteworthy, that even strangers mourn their passing. Such is the case with Lesego Semenya. The chef, cookbook author and TV personality’s impact has been so massive, it’s hard to imagine that he has only been in the public eye since the early 2010s. He died earlier this week due to Covid-19 complications. He was 39. I believe I am a decent cook. I’ve been tasked with cooking the family Christmas lunch a…

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trying to climb the highest mountain is no small feat

Buhle Mbonambi WHEN rally driver Gugu Zulu died while summiting Mount Kilimanjaro in 2016, it sent shock waves through many in the country. Here was a man who was a fitness enthusiast, healthy and had prepared for months for this climb, having complications which led to his death. There was a feeling of disbelief for many, but also a realisation that trying to summit the highest mountain in the continent is no small feat. And yet, there were some who used the pain of his passing and made it a positive experience. Like Viwe Ndongeni-Ntlebi. It was during Zulu’s memorial service in 2016, that she decided she wanted to summit Kilimanjaro. “I remember being in the newsroom and watching Letshego Zulu speak at Gugu’s memorial service and saying she was…