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In view of the execution of young people in Iran, the question arises: is enough being done to halt the country’s rulers in their tracks? Yes, there was public outrage at the brutal repression of street protests, but as these continued and the authorities’ hands became increasingly heavy, has enough been done?

Ramaphosa emerged as the victor!

This month, the African National Congress’s national election congress in Johannesburg had a chaotic start. Thus, the ANC contingent from KwaZulu-Natal, which has the largest number of ANC members, arrived with one delegate, whom they lauded with praise songs: the disgraced ex-President Jacob Zuma. However, during his address, President Cyril Ramaphosa was constantly mocked, with his words on occasion drowned out by songs and chants of “change.”

A Russian ship has made headlines!
In the early hours of December 6, the US-sanctioned Russian cargo ship Lady R paid an unannounced call at the naval base at Simons Town near Cape Town.

This season is the most wonderful time of the year!
I found this quote several times when I began scrolling through the internet to search for “Christmas,” the season Christians celebrate the birth of the Savior. It conjures up the vision of families gathering around a lit-up tree, exchanging news rather than gifts—love and good cheer dominate.

Hail the Kaiser?
Germans woke up to the shock of country-wide raids in 11 federal states; some 25 people had been arrested for planning no less than a coup!

South Africa has been thrown into turmoil! Until now, Cyril Ramaphosa was the frontrunner for the upcoming meeting of the African National Congress (ANC) to choose the next eligible candidate.

The many conflicts that currently bedevil the planet often overlap. The misery caused by war affects, above all, the poorest.

The Yemen conflict threatens to flare up again after the UN-mediated 6-month truce ended on October 2, when the two sides rejected a proposal for a further extension and expansion of the arrangement.

South Africa’s corruption problems have spread to its debt-ridden Eskom, Africa’s largest energy supplier, which supplies 95% of the country’s power supply. Constant blackouts affect everyone, especially the economy. Eskom group CEO André de Ruyter recently told a Daily Maverick event dealing with energy that a just transition away from coal was “the only solution.”

Zimbabwe’s think-tank Veritas has cried foul against some amendments of an Election Amendment Bill tabled by President Mnangagwas government, which is supposed to align elections with the amended constitution. It states that some provisions violate the constitution.

South Africa has an unenviable reputation of a high rate of crime, both violent and non-violent, with one of the highest murder rates globally. In 2022, 68 murders took place each day. Crime is seen as a crisis, a view reinforced by a grim assessment of crime risks in South Africa by the Geneva-based Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime.