Pambazuka News 520: Côte d’Ivoire: On the brink of civil war

The spectre of 'bantu education' has risen to haunt the University of Cape Town (UCT) again.
Controversy is erupting as UCT's administration moves in on the university's renowned Centre for African Studies (CAS). What these moves should be called is itself contested - the 'closure' of CAS, as some outraged students and staff see it; its 'disestablishment' and 'merging', as the administration prefers.

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has called on President Jacob Zuma to take 'stern action' against national police chief Bheki Cele and Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde over the controversial R500 million lease for new SAPS headquarters. Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report described as unlawful actions by both departments in procuring the Sanlam Middestad building in Pretoria.

South Africa is waiting for another 1976 uprising to happen, Cosatu General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said on Wednesday. Vavi said the level of violent protests over service delivery showed people’s frustrations with a lack of implementation in solving rampant unemployment, poverty and lacking infrastructure. 'Somebody used the term that Johannesburg is living between a ring of fire with people barricading their streets everywhere to say we’ve had enough.'

The ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) has rapped Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel over the knuckles for his open letter criticising government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi for his remarks on coloureds.Manuel wrote an open letter to Manyi following comments the government spokesperson made in a TV interview a year ago that coloureds were 'over-concentrated' in the Western Cape.

Documents seized from State Security offices in Alexandria and Cairo prove it - Egyptians have been spied on and tortured by our own government for decades. We need a massive public outcry now to press the military urgently to abolish the SS and instruct the public prosecutor to try those suspected of crimes.