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South African President signed controversial health bill into law

South African president signs controversial health bill

South African President Cyril Ramapahosa signed a controversial universal healthcare bill into law in Pretoria on Wednesday, local media reported. Mr Ramphosa described it as a major step towards a more just society. Despite Mr Ramaphosa’s enthusiasm when he signed the bill, many political groups have said they are considering …

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South African leader to sign controversial health bill before election

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is due to sign into law a contentious national health bill that aims to provide universal coverage to millions of poor citizens. The National Health Insurance (NHI) bill seeks to give South Africans “of all races, rich or poor and legal long-term residents” access to …

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South African military rejects former officer’s threat to remove president

South African military rejects former officer's threat to remove president

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has distanced itself from threats by a former commander, who called for the removal of President Cyril Ramaphosa from office. This comes after a video of the former officer identified as Sylvester Mangolele went viral on social media on Tuesday. In the video, …

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South Africa lawmakers vote to suspend relations with Israel

South Africa lawmakers vote to suspend Israeli ties

South African lawmakers have voted to close the Israeli embassy in Pretoria and to suspend all diplomatic relations, the BBC reported. The governing African National Congress – which dominates parliament – has long been critical of Israel and it supported the motion in parliament. The motion called for the closure …

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South Africa deploys army to tackle illegal mining

South Africa deploys army to tackle illegal mining

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has authorised the deployment of 3,300 army personnel to help combat illegal mining activities, Ramaphosa’s office said in a statement on Thursday. “The deployment of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), which is expected to cost about 492 million rand ($26 million), is aimed …

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US issues ‘damning accusation’ against South Africa

US issues 'damning accusation' against South Africa

The US ambassador to Pretoria has made a damning accusation against the South African government – and it seems to have caught South African officials off-guard. Ambassador Reuben Brigety says that the US has reliable intelligence that South Africa supplied arms and ammunition to a Russian ship which had docked, …

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