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Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva, head of the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities, seated right, with other CRL members (photo courtesy of CRL)

Churches in South Africa Oppose Government’s Plans to Regulate Religious Practice

A proposal to regulate religious practice in South Africa is being criticized as a veiled attempt to thwart criticism of the government. On July 11 the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities in South Africa issued a report to Parliament recommending that all religious practitioners be registered

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WATCH: ‘This Isn’t Africa’: Airbnb Landlord Pushes South African Filmmaker Down the Stairs After Late Checkout Dispute

A South African filmmaker who was seen in shocking video being pushed down the stairs by an enraged Airbnb landlord in Amsterdam on Sunday broke her silence, suggesting that the attack was unjustified and racially motivated. (more…)

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Letters Nelson Mandela Wrote While In Prison to Be Published by Liveright

During his years as a political prisoner from 1962 to 1990, the future South African president Nelson Mandela didn’t know if he would live another day free. He wrote hundreds of letters from four different prisons, to family, supporters, government officials and prison authorities. His correspondence ranged from the largest

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First Ever ‘Africa Study Bible’ Launches in Johannesburg

Theologians from across the continent gathered in Sandton, Johannesburg‚ on Sunday to celebrate the launch of the first Africa Study Bible in Sandton. (more…)

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South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa speaks with journalists at the World Economic Forum on Africa 2017 meeting in Durban, South Africa, May 5, 2017. REUTERS/Rogan Ward

After Warning from Council of Churches, South Africa’s Deputy President says Country Must Avoid ‘Mafia State’ Fate

South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, seen as a top contender to lead the ruling ANC into 2019 general elections, said on Sunday that the country must not become a "mafia state" as he admitted his party had become associated with corruption. (more…)

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Turkey’s Erdogan Calls on Muslims to Visit Jerusalem ‘More Often’ to Protect Its Islamic Identity

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on Muslims around the world to visit Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem to protect the site's Islamic identity. The Turkish leader also took the opportunity to heap scorn on Israel, likening the country's policies to South Africa's Apartheid era. (more…)

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South African Court Rules Rhino Horns Are Legal to Sell

Siding with plaintiffs who want to legalize the market for rhinoceros horns, South Africa's Constitutional Court has overturned the government's blanket ban on selling horns from the endangered animals. The ruling will allow legal domestic sales; international sales of rhino horn are banned. (more…)

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Ratings Agency Downgrades South African Credit Grade to ‘Junk’ Status

South Africa's rand tumbled on Monday afternoon after credit ratings agency Standard & Poor's downgraded the country's the credit grade to junk status, saying political and institutional uncertainty after a cabinet reshuffle by President Jacob Zuma last week had placed fiscal and growth outcomes at risk. (more…)

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