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Don’t shoot the messenger: a guide to diplomatic immunity

LORINDA MARRIAN

On 20 August Zimbabwean First Lady, Grace Mugabe was granted diplomatic immunity by the South African government after being accused of assaulting South African model, Gabriella Engels on 13 August. After the incident, Mugabe was requested to turn herself in to the South African authorities and after failing to do so, requested diplomatic immunity from the South Africa government.

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The speech that changed the world

SAM MUKWAMU

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character”. This is one of the most quoted lines from Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and probably best highlights King’s vision of a society where a person’s race isn’t a factor in how they are treated. 28 August marks the 54th anniversary of the day King delivered his speech in front of over 250 000 people who marched to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., to protest for civil and economic rights for African Americans.

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Gender-based violence: a woeful Women’s Month

KATHERINE ATKINSON

Women’s Month in South Africa is meant to commemorate and empower women. However, these ideals seem a distant reality from Women’s Month 2017 as the country was reminded of the increased cases of gender-based violence.

On 6 August Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Mduduzi Manana allegedly assaulted two women at Cubana in Fourways. A few days later, on 9 August, News24 reported that a 26-year old woman from Khayelitsha was found dead after attempting to escape from her abusive boyfriend. Earlier this year Karabo Mokoena was allegedly killed by her abusive boyfriend, and Hannah Cornelius was raped and murdered.

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South African Sign Language to be given official status

KATHERINE ATKINSON

On Thursday 27 July, the Constitutional Review Committee of Parliament recommended that Sign Language should be the 12th official language of South Africa. The Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) say that they would like to acknowledge this positive step taken “to finally recommend that the South African Sign Language (SASL) be given an official status.” PanSALB say that this is significant not only for the deaf community, but for those who wish to study Sign Language.

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South Africa’s failing education system

SAM MUKWAMU

In January, London-based publication, The Economist, published a report saying, “South Africa has one of the world’s worst education systems”. South Africa’s education system has been in a dire state; with a lack of both quality education and educators, as well as corruption, South Africa is at the bottom end of various international lists of education standards. According to The Economist’s report, South Africa ranks 75 out of 76 countries evaluated in a table of education systems drawn up by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in 2015. The table included countries such as Canada, Singapore, Estonia, Peru and Tunisia. The publication also reported that South Africa ranked at or near the bottom of various lists in a study conducted by Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).

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