July 21, 2017

News:

Initiation violence irks stakeholders

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Concentration of initiation schools in a single area is simple proof that owners are more interested in quick cash than preserving culture . . .  A member of the Free State House of Traditional Leaders, Pinare Molefe, has condemned ‘commercialisation’ of culture, describing it as a breeding ground for gang crime and physical attacks on initiates. Molefe said this amid a growing chorus of calls for abolishment of the initiation practice, which many communities feel has lost meaning because it has been ‘hijacked’ by rogue elements. “The concentration of initiation schools in a single area is simple proof that owners…

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Karabo Mokoena’s body found in shallow grave – reports

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The murder suspect was arrested on Wednesday night in Sandton, Joburg, and is in custody at the Sandton Police Station awaiting his first appearance A 22-year-old woman who had been reported missing in Johannesburg on 28 April was found dead in a shallow grave on Thursday, just east of the city, EyeWitness News reported. According to earlier reports, Karabo Mokoena’s family said she was murdered, allegedly by her boyfriend. Mokoena’s charred remains were discovered in a shallow grave in Lyndhurst, east of the city. Mokoena’s uncle Thapelo was quoted on EWN as saying: “She is my brother’s daughter. We grew…

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Ministers‚ MECs and MMCs meet to deal with Gauteng protests

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Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu on Thursday met with various spheres of government to address the protests that have engulfed certain parts of Gauteng over housing problems. Sisulu met with Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Des Van Rooyen‚ Gauteng MEC of Human Settlements Paul Mashatile‚ executive mayors Solly Msimanga and Herman Mashaba of Tshwane and Johannesburg respectively‚ and members of mayoral committees to try to find lasting solutions to the problems raised by the residents. In a joint statement released late Thursday‚ the leaders acknowledged that the issues behind the protests were “genuine and deserving a response that…

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