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‘Penis snatch’ witchcraft panic hits Congo

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Police in Congo have arrested 13 suspected sorcerers accused of using black magic to steal or shrink men’s penises after a wave of panic and attempted lynchings triggered by the alleged witchcraft. Reports of so-called penis snatching are not uncommon in West Africa, where belief in traditional religions and witchcraft remains widespread, and where ritual killings to obtain blood or body parts... 

Chinese Ship with Weapons for Robert Mugabe arrives in South African Port

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The SA Police Explosives Unit confirmed on Wednesday that an uncleared Chinese vessel docked at the outer anchorage of the Port of Durban is carrying arms.Customs revealed that the shipment was destined for Zimbabwe. Inspector Nicholas Gunther of the SA Explosives Unit in Durban told Sapa the vessel – called ‘An Yue Jiang’ – was carrying a shipment of arms. “We went there... 

South African man shot 9 times while protecting his family

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Jannie Fourie in hospital after he was shot nine times in 2008. This is IOL.co.za’s version of what happened: A Woodhill man is in a critical condition in hospital, following a shooting during a house robbery on Tuesday, Pretoria police said. Spokesperson Captain Phillip Lekoantsane said robbers entered a house in Mooikloof Gardens around 2am where a couple was asleep. “The couple heard a noise... 

Mugabe's Militants Invade White Farms in Zimbabwe

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Militants Invade White Farms in Zimbabwe White farmers in Zimbabwe say militants loyal to President Robert Mugabe’s ruling party have forced three cattle ranchers off their land. A fourth is holding out with about 50 militants threatening to break down his farm gates. The land grabs, revealed Sunday, come as Mugabe and his party confront massive elections losses and an expected presidential... 

South Africa: Robbers make son watch rape

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Pretoria – A robber raped a woman in front of her six-year-old son shortly after midnight in her home in Pebble Rock Estate in Leeufontein, northeast of Pretoria. Two other robbers held her bound husband and their five-year-old daughter in the bathroom of the main bedroom. The family, who were making plans to emigrate to Australia, were attacked in their bedroom. Police spokesperson Captain Jan... 

Anatomy of South African decay

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The racial breakdown of the 2007 matriculation results, released by the Department of Education last month, provide an important insight into the cause and extent of the crisis currently facing South Africa. The Department points out these statistics “cannot be regarded as completely reliable” based as they are on self-reporting. There are pupils who refuse to classify themselves... 

South Africa: Eugene Terreblanche announces the relaunch of the AWB

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Eugene Terreblanche, announcing the relaunch of the AWB Some great news, or perhaps not such great news, depending on one’s perspective (and skin colour) is that the AWB yesterday announced its reactivation. The besieged White community is crying out for some firm, no bullshit leadership in this its dark hour. Whether such leadership will come from the likes of Eugene Terreblanche remains to... 

South Africa: Fuel supplies in critical shortage

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South African motorists can expect a recurrence of last year’s fuel shortages if liquid fuels are used by large industry as a short-term solution to the electricity crisis. “Fuel supplies are at a critical level. If the solution is to use liquid fuels then we will not be able to meet demands,” said Peter Morgan, the chief executive officer of the Fuel Retailers’ Association... 

Poor whites struggle in Zimbabwe

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After the departure of many white people, those who remain in the country often face economic hardship. An elderly white man sits behind the steering wheel of an old van with “National Railways Zimbabwe” emblazoned on its doors. As he and the group of black men with him disembark from the van, people start pointing and passing comments about him. Slightly unkempt, with a rough beard and... 

Without Honour - A Story from Rhodesia and Zimbabwe

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“F**k off! You f**king racist! Get yourself out of my country!” To Robb WJ Ellis, a young white recently appointed policeman in Zimbabwe just after Robert Mugabe’s accession to power, it was soon made clear what the new potentates thought of him. At the same time that Mugabe was being lauded by much of the rest of the world, his secret armies were murdering thousands of his political opponents... 

Violent Crime in South Africa: Nothing More Than Government Endorsed Retribution for Apartheid

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Perhaps the greatest challenge currently facing post Apartheid South Africa is that of violent crime on a scale that assails the civilized mind with a ferocity that defies description. One of the most frequently asked questions these days is why the violence in SA? Why do these criminal swine resort to extreme violence and often torture in the perpetration of usually petty crimes like the theft of... 

Surgery mix-up: Patient in Tanzania undergoes Head Operation Instead of Knee

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Migraine sufferer Emmanuel Mgaya recovering from knee surgery Tanzania’s Health Minister David Mwakyusa has apologised for a recent surgical mix-up where a knee patient underwent a complex head operation. On 8 November, surgeons at the country’s main Muhimbili hospital opened the skull of Emmanuel Didas to remove a non-existent brain tumour. While Emmanuel Mgaya, who had the tumour, underwent... 

Gambian president claims he can cure AIDS

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According to President Jammeh, (left), AIDS sufferers will be cured within "three to thirty days." The President of Gambia has horrified scientists by announcing that he has developed a “miracle cure” for HIV/AIDS. Hundreds of Gambians have lined up to be “cured” by President Yahya Jammeh, who treats his patients by rubbing a mysterious herbal paste into their ribcages and then instructing... 
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