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AFRICANGLOBE - Nigerians in Abuja reportedly staged an anti-xenophobia protest outside the South African embassy in the capital Abuja on Wednesday, calling on authorities to “stop attacks on African nationals”. The protest, organised by members of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, urged the South African government to urgently address the situation.
AFRICANGLOBE - Nigeria on Monday urged the African Union to step in to stop what it said were "xenophobic attacks" on its citizens and other Africans in South Africa. The presidency said there was a need for the continental body to "intervene urgently," claiming that in the last two years "about 116" Nigerians had been killed, including 20 last year.
AFRICANGLOBE - Land will be returned to the people, President Jacob Zuma asserted on Thursday, during his reply to the State of the Nation Address debate. Replying to criticism from political parties on land expropriation and the slow pace of land reform, Zuma told MPs that his government had the interests of the people at heart.
AFRICANGLOBE - On the eve of President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address to parliament on 9 February, his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, announced the government is to bring in a minimum wage of R20 ($1.5) an hour in a so-called renewed attack on the country’s chronic inequality.
AFRICANGLOBE - South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has authorised more than 400 soldiers to join the security team at his annual state of the nation speech this week, drawing outrage from opponents who called it “militarisation”. Since the Economic Freedom Fighters won seats in parliament at 2014 elections, President Zuma’s speech to open parliament has been a chaotic affair with EFF lawmakers protesting against the president over his numerous corruption scandals.
AFRICANGLOBE - Jacob Zuma's administration has altered the Africa First policy. In effect this has seen a diminution in the focus on Africa, something which has not gone unnoticed in Africa. One of the main problems facing the department of international relations and cooperation at the end of 2016 was a crisis of confidence created by the president. Zuma's power is under threat and his policies face reappraisal from within.
AFRICANGLOBE - A white farmer who forced a pregnant woman to ride in a cage on the back of his truck has shown "no remorse" for the psychological trauma the woman was subjected to, the ANC Women's League (ANCWL) said on Thursday. The photo of Stenekamp sitting in a cage on the back of Johan Erasmus' bakkie circulated on social media on Thursday, upsetting people who considered the incident racist and degrading to the woman.
AFRICANGLOBE - The African National Congress (ANC) needs a bold leader to launch a "second revolution" redistributing wealth to the Black majority, said the head of the party's youth wing, which helped propel President Jacob Zuma to power.
AFRICANGLOBE - Could Julius Malema be South Africa's next president? That's the question Harvard Professor of History Niall Ferguson believes South Africa should be asking about the young charismatic leader.
AFRICANGLOBE - South Africa, which has the continent's only nuclear power station, has earmarked nuclear expansion as the centrepiece of a plan to increase power generation to ease the country's reliance on an ageing fleet of coal-fired plants and has asked Eskom to procure an additional 9,600 megawatts (MW) of capacity.
AFRICANGLOBE - At the break of dawn on September 22, 1979, an American VELA spy satellite detected a double flash of light over the South Atlantic Ocean. The mysterious flash caused panic in the White House and President Jimmy Carter was immediately briefed on it. The American administration was concerned that this flash could be a secret nuclear test that someone was trying to hide. The three immediate suspects were: the Soviet Union, South Africa and Israel.
AFRICANGLOBE - Two white South African farmers who forced a Black man into a coffin and threatened to set him alight are facing Christmas in custody amid fears their release would spark a race riot. More than 400 protestors, held back by a line of police, called for 'revenge' outside the magistrates' court as prosecutors warned that the 'very very serious matter' could threaten public order.
AFRICANGLOBE - Two white South African men appeared in court on Wednesday on charges of assault and kidnapping after a video showed them forcing a wailing Black man into a coffin. The 20-second video, which was widely circulated on social media, shows Victor Rethabile cowering inside a coffin as one man pushes a lid on his head and the other threatens to put petrol and a snake inside the casket.
AFRICANGLOBE - South Africa’s nuclear plan is gaining ground. The nuclear new build programme will be spearheaded by a joint procurement team consisting of Eskom and South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa). Eskom will be the owner operator and procurer for nuclear power plants, while Necsa will be owner operator and procurer for nuclear fuel cycle and multi-purpose reactors. This decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting held last week, ending weeks of speculation on the matter.
AFRICANGLOBE - In the 20-second clip, shot on a mobile phone, a white male – thought to be a farmer – is seen dropping a large stick in order to cram a clearly petrified Black man into the wooden casket, ordering him to ‘get in, I want to throw some petrol.’ As a second male, holding the camera, is heard threatening to ‘put a snake’ in with the young man who struggles and squeals in terror as a lid is closed on him.
AFRICANGLOBE - Julius Malema, the head of the Economic Freedom Fighters, the third largest party in parliament, spoke to supporters after appearing in court in the northeastern city of Newcastle. ‘‘White minorities be warned! We shall take our land. It doesn’t matter how,” said Julius Malema outside the magistrate’s court. Malema was appearing in court to answer to charges of inciting his supporters to take over white-owned land.