Daily Archives: June 26, 2017

More Than 200 Migrants Rescued Off Libyan Coast, 2 Dead

MADRID � Two people were found dead as more than 200 migrants adrift in two dinghies off the Libyan coast were rescued by the Spanish navy on Sunday, the Spanish Defense Ministry said on Monday.

In total, 229 people were picked up after a Spanish navy ship was dispatched to help the boats struggling to stay afloat.

After the rescue mission was completed the migrants were transferred to a Swedish ship, which is also part of a wider European response to tackle human smuggling and trafficking networks in the Mediterranean Sea, and taken to Italy.

Half a million people have crossed the Mediterranean from Libya to Italy over the past four years, mainly sub-Saharan Africans who pay smugglers to shepherd them across the desert to Libya, and onward to Europe in unseaworthy dinghies.

An estimated 13,000 of them have drowned.

Source: Voice of America

SOUTH AFRICA: ACTIVIST AHMED TIMOL’S INQUEST SET TO BEGIN

JOHANNESBURG, June 26 (NNN-SA NEWS)–The first sitting of the inquest into the death of anti-apartheid activist, Ahmed Timol, is set to begin at the High Court in Johannesburg on Monday.

This comes after the inquest into the death of the teacher, who died in police custody 45 years ago, was reopened by the National Prosecuting Authority.

Timol’s death was ruled a suicide in 1972. However, a private investigation launched by Timol’s family into his death uncovered new evidence which it presented to the NPA, asking for the inquest to be reopened.

The inquest will be held between June 26 and June 30, and then resume between July 24 and August 4, and August 10 and 11.

Judge Billy Mothle will oversee the inquest.

The Roodepoort teacher’s loved ones did not believe Timol, the 22nd person to die in police custody, had jumped from the 10th floor of John Vorster Square (now called the Johannesburg Central Police Station) while being interrogated by security police.

Timol left South Africa in December 1966 to perform hajj in Saudi Arabia and moved on to London where he linked up with his exiled friends, Essop and Aziz Pahad.

He underwent political training at the Lenin School in the Soviet Union in 1969, accompanied by Thabo Mbeki and Anne Nicholson.

He returned to SA in 1970, where he built underground structures for the then banned ANC and SACP.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Happy Eid Mubarak

Pretoria � President Jacob Zuma has wished the Muslim community in South Africa a happy Eid ul-Fitr.

This is an important religious occasion celebrated by Muslims worldwide to mark the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.

“We join our Muslim compatriots to celebrate the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, and we wish all Muslims, Eid Mubarak,” President Zuma said on Monday.

Addressing an Eid prayer and celebrations in Lenasia in Gauteng this morning, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa encouraged leaders to approach political office as a long period of fasting, self-sacrifice, and service to the poor.

Deputy President Ramaphosa encouraged South Africans to adopt the universal values of love, peace, truth, giving, generosity and tolerance.

And these are universal human values upon which we need to anchor our new society. By embracing and applying these traits consistently, we can root out the high levels of poverty that confront many South Africans.

We can provide quality education and create decent jobs for millions of young people who are out of school and out of work, he said.

He said the celebration of Eid ul-Fitr coincides with the adoption of the Freedom Charter on the 26th of June 1955 in Kliptown.

We continue to pay tribute to the role South African Muslims – such as the late Ahmed Kathrada – played in our struggle for freedom and to the role you are playing today in securing a better life for all South Africans, Deputy President Ramphosa said.

Source: South African Government News Agency