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South Africa: The end is nigh for President Jacob Zuma as ANC confirms his recall
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Politics and Society South Africa: The end is nigh for President Jacob Zuma as ANC confirms his recall

The seemingly impossible has happened, the African National Congress (ANC)’s National Executive Committee (NEC) has confirmed that it has recalled President #JacobZuma, signalling the beginning of the end of President Zuma’s interminable term as president of South Africa. “The decision of the #ANCNEC to recall Cde Zuma is final. It can’t and will not change. We will treat Cde Zuma with dignity and we will not humiliate him” ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule said.

WHO cancels appointment of Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador
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Politics and Society WHO cancels appointment of Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador

The World Health Organization has rescinded its decision appointing Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador following global outrage. The decision to revoke Mugabe’s appointment has divided opinion, welcomed and celebrated by the country’s citizens, who were most vocal against it. Mugabe’s supporters have called the cancellation of the appointment as a “disappointing decision”.

Uproar over Helen Zille’s comments that colonialism wasn’t all bad
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Politics and Society Uproar over Helen Zille’s comments that colonialism wasn’t all bad

South African politician and Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has come under fire on social media for over her comments defending colonialism saying the system, and its legacy wasn’t bad in its entirety. There’s been a major uproar over the comments forcing Zille to issue an apology. In 2008, a British-born South African columnist, David Bullard, caused an outrage writing an article in the Sunday Times saying South Africa should be grateful for colonialism. The column was heavily criticized, seen as racist and extremely offensive.

Ngugi wa Thiong’o calls for preservation and inclusion of African languages in learning institutions
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African identities Ngugi wa Thiong’o calls for preservation and inclusion of African languages in learning institutions

Accomplished Kenyan writer, Ngugi wa Thiong’o delivered a public lecture at Wits University, South Africa. The writer discussed the relationship between culture, language and colonisation, and argued for the preservation and inclusion of African languages in learning institutions. Thiong’o also reiterated the importance of learning the mother tongue and local cultural histories, and ended by saying “if you know your mother tongue, and add it with all other languages, that is empowerment”. We couldn’t agree more