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Ayanda Mabulu’s The Economy of Rape painting stirs outrage

Controversial South African artist Ayanda Mabulu has once again stirred a hornet’s nest with his latest painting The Economy of Rape showing President Jacob Zuma sodomizing late former President, Nelson Mandela. Social media has been up in arms with reactions criticising the painting as crass, crude, disrespectful, and offensive. Various organisations including the Nelson Mandela Foundation have called the artwork “distasteful”. The painting has divided opinion, with others defending the right of the artist to free expression, and artistic creativity. Mabulu’s latest painting comes on the heels of the Zapiro controversy in which the cartoonist was heavily criticised for using rape as a metaphor.

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Zimbabwe allows payment of school fees with goats

Parents in Zimbabwe who cannot raise tuition fees for their children can offer livestock such as goats as payment or offer their skills to the schools, Primary and Secondary Education Minister Dr Lazarus Dokora recently revealed. Dr Dokora was quoted by local press saying, “On the issue of livestock, the community has to arrange a market where everyone participates; from the school authorities, local leadership and parents themselves to avoid parents being duped.” The country is currently going through a crippling cash crisis, and efforts by the Central Bank to ease the liquidity crunch have been fruitless. The livestock-for-fees proposal has been met with mixed emotions in the country, and on social media, welcomed by some but heavily criticised by others as a desperate move.

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Cartoon: Recent terror attack in Egypt renew calls for concerted efforts to curb rising threats

The recent killing of dozens of Christian worshipers at a Coptic Church in Egypt in an explosion has sparked concerns over the rising threat of terrorism in Africa targeting minority groups. There have been various deadly terrorist attacks perpetrated by terrorist groups on the African soil, and the rampage is increasingly becoming relentless. The rise in terrorism on the continent calls for urgent concerted efforts from national and regional social, political, and religious leaders, civil society and the public to curb the threats, which risk going out of control.

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‘Julius vs The ANC’

Forthcoming documentary: On 26 April 2017, Julius vs the ANC will broadcast South Africa’s political turmoil on Witness, Al Jazeera English. Rehad Desai’s authored documentary condenses five years of volatile South African politics into 48 disturbing minutes. The film explores various issues from the police killing of 34 striking mineworkers at Marikana in 2012, the rise of Julius Malema, to the various protests that have rocked South Africa and the ongoing power contestations.

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Haiti By Force

Fault Lines investigates the legacy and impact of sex abuse by UN peacekeepers in Haiti. In Haiti By Force: UN Sex Abuse, Fault Lines speaks to Haitian women who say they were raped by UN peacekeepers there. Some of them were under-age at the time; some of them are now single mothers as a result; most described anonymous, violent attacks.

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Zimbabwe: Mugabe receives mobile “massage chair” as belated 93rd birthday gift

Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe has been presented with special ‘mobile chair’ by cabinet ministers. The state broadcaster Zimbabwe Broadcasting Cooperation described it as a massage chair. The president, who celebrated his 93rd birthday on February 21, was also presented a totem branded 9 carat customized wrist watch and a pen in addition to the chair today. First Lady, Dr Grace Mugabe In November 2015, indicated her husband would continue to be president until he was a 100 years old and would govern from a special wheelchair.

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Six aid workers ambushed and killed in South Sudan

Six aid workers were ambushed and killed in South Sudan last week. The aid workers were travelling from the country’s capital, Juba to Pibor. The victims included three South Sudanese and three Kenyans. The U.N says, close to 80 aid workers have been killed in South Sudan since the beginning of the conflict in December 2013. The continued killing of aid workers severely affects the provision of humanitarian assistance to vulnerable people in a country facing famine, and political instability. The attack has continued to draw strong criticism across the world.

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Remembering a South African struggle icon: Ahmed Kathrada- 10 quotes

South Africa has lost a liberation hero with the passing of anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada, aged 87. Affectionately known as Kathy, Kathrada was a Robben Island prisoner and one of Walter Sisulu, and Nelson Mandela’s closest cadres in the struggle against apartheid. Kathrada dedicated is life to fighting racial inequality and the apartheid regime’s racist and unjust policies. We share with you 10 of his profound and timeless quotes.