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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.
AFRICANGLOBE - A disturbing video shows the moment a white South African man forcefully puts a Black man in the coffin. In the footage, which has gone viral online, the unidentified man is seen putting the lid on the coffin after squeezing the victim inside.
AFRICANGLOBE - South Africa’s capital Pretoria witnessed a day of rage against beleaguered President Jacob Zuma as opposition parties, civil society groups, religious leaders, prominent businesspeople and students united to call for him to step down.
AFRICANGLOBE - "There is a view in Africa that the ICC in choosing who to prosecute has seemingly preferred to target leaders in Africa." The ICC, set up in 2002, is often accused of bias against Africa and has also struggled with a lack of cooperation, including from the United States which has signed the court's treaty but never ratified it.
AFRICANGLOBE - South Africa's Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says American Pastor Steven Anderson and members or associates of his church have been denied entry into South Africa and his visa exemption status will be revoked. "Mr Steven Anderson and members or associates of his church are prohibited from entering the Republic of South Africa.
AFRICANGLOBE - The ANC and South Africa is therefore in yet another transition. A previously dominant political brand is watching – somewhat helplessly – as its credibility erodes incrementally. This is a path with which neither the ANC nor South Africa has any precedence-based expertise to manage. The ANC is now a disunited governing party with a damaged but resilient brand that is still attractive to its increasingly factionalised parts. The battle for the custodianship of the brand is now underway. Diverse vultures are circling for the spoils.
AFRICANGLOBE - The totality of white power, for its reproduction, requires a range of institutions and underlying value systems. Schools are but one part of this. Appreciating this is important. The pencil test may no longer be in the statute books, but is now a ‘swimming cap’ test written into codes of conduct in schools that often act with racist impunity. It took the acts of a few brave young Black women, to remind us of what many of us have always known.
AFRICANGLOBE - There’s been an outpouring of support for the Black girls at Pretoria Girls High School, but there’s also been bafflement and more discrimination. It’s just a school policy to straighten their hair, some have argued, but it’s more than that: it is the protection of white standards at the expense of Black identity. Enter Pretoria Girls High School, where many South Africans have directed their outrage. Teachers at the school have insisted Black girls straighten their hair, and they have humiliated and shamed students who have had the audacity to attend classes with afros, dreadlocks, or any other form of their natural hair.