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Sunday Independent

Sunday, May 16, 2021
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The Sunday Independent is a weekly English-language newspaper. The Sunday Independent focuses on daily national, local and international national news and analysis. Its leader and opinion page offers a platform for readers to submit their views on topical news.

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1 min.
tail piece

BLACK Brazilians demonstrated in the country’s two largest cities on Thursday to protest against racism and police violence toward their communities in a local version of the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States, with some accusing the country’s president of genocide. They were also protesting what they called the “false” anniversary of the abolition of slavery, officially marked for the day in 1888 when the Brazilian monarch’s daughter, Princess Isabel, signed the law freeing slaves. Around 1,000 people marched through downtown Rio de Janeiro in the evening holding candles and signs saying, “Don’t kill me, kill racism,” and accusing far-right President Jair Bolsonaro of genocide through police violence. Other signs decried the shooting deaths of 28 people in a slum called Jacarezinho on the outskirts of Rio de…

6 min.
‘anc needs serious prayer’

MZILIKAZI WA AFRIKA, MANYANE MANYANE and NTOMBI NKOSI THE ANC needs prayers for it to regain its former glory as the leader of society. This is according to Struggle veteran and former party treasurer Mathews Phosa – the man tasked with formulating the contentious step-aside rule which now has ANC factions at each other’s throats. “I am down on my knees, the ANC needs serious prayer,” says Phosa as the battle for the soul of the political party goes down to the wire. Suspended secretary-general Ace Magashule on Friday filed court papers against the party and its president Cyril Ramaphosa, challenging the constitutionality of the step-aside rule. Magashule’s allies are backing him, with some of the branches having met in the Free State on Friday to discuss the step-aside issue. ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe yesterday…

3 min.
no sex, please get on with your duties, warders told

WARDERS caught having sex with inmates will be fired and the offenders stringently dealt with, warned prison authorities during a briefing on the progress of 17 200 inmates eligible for parole to tackle overcrowding in the country’s prisons. The stern warning came from the portfolio committee on justice and correctional services on Wednesday during a presentation by the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) on the steps taken over the release of offenders to ease the spread of Covid-19 in prisons. Chairperson of the sub-committee on corrections, Qubudile Dyantyi said they had also received a briefing regarding the alleged cases of sexual misconduct between inmates and officials, as well as measures put in place to address such incidents. The committee heard that although this seldom occurs in the DCS workplace, it was “regarded…

1 min.
tail piece

CHINA has decided to cancel the 2021 spring climbing season from the Tibetan side of Mount Everest, the world’s tallest peak, because of coronavirus concerns, the official Xinhua news agency said on Saturday. It cited a notice on Friday from the General Administration of Sport, following a severe pandemic situation. The Himalayan nation of Nepal, which is so short of oxygen canisters it has asked mountaineers to bring back their empties, has issued a record 408 permits to climb Everest in the April-May season after last year’s closure. In contrast, a total of 21 Chinese climbers had secured approval for climbs in spring, Xinhua added. Last Sunday, state media said China would establish “a line of separation” at the summit of Everest to prevent the mingling of climbers from Nepal…

2 min.
no end for public service salary d ispute

THE government and unions representing public servants will attempt to resolve their salary dispute over two parallel processes in the next month. The Public Servants Association (PSA) and the SA Policing Union (Sapu) have declared a dispute with the government at the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC). Trade union federation Cosatu this week slammed the government and economists for pushing for a freeze of public servants’ salaries. The country’s biggest federation described the government’s delay in improving its 0% offer to its employees as insulting. ”The failure by the government to pay nurses and other public servants their wage increases last year and the intransigent attitude they have adopted towards the current public service wage negotiations is regrettable and insulting, especially for the nurses that serve as front-line workers waging a war against…

4 min.
taking gbv awareness to another level

IN A country where gender-based violence (GBV) is at its all-time high, dialogues that aim to address it and expand on this conversation are undoubtedly important. And having creatives be a part of the solution by encouraging conversations through the arts is equally crucial. That is why when director Donavan Marsh inherited a pre-existing project that gave rise to Netflix’s latest original film, I Am All Girls, which hit the smalls screen this past Friday, he felt it important to authentically tell this story of human trafficking that is one of the many painful realities South Africa is still grappling with. “It was a world that was so real, painful and important to shed a light on. And that’s what I fell in love with and decided to come on board –…