Cabinet has urged parents to teach their children to reject racism and embrace diversity, as part of the country’s drive to promote nation-building and social cohesion. The Minister in the Presidency, Mondli Gungubele, addressing a post-Cabinet briefing said, Cabinet strongly condemns the recent incidents of racism, reported at 2 Western Cape educational institutions. Gungubele says the incidents, at the University of Stellenbosch and the Good Hope Seminary High School have no place in an independent and democratic South Africa.
The National Assembly is set for an urgent debate on fuel price hikes, but it’s unsure whether it will have any impact on the massive petrol and diesel hikes expected next week. The price of petrol is set to go up by almost R4 next week, to around R25 per litre. The DA has requested the urgent debate from the Speaker, saying the expected hikes will deal a devastating blow to millions of poor households, already struggling to put food on the table. DA leader John Steenhuisen says the general fuel levy must be scrapped completely.
A new era has risen for the Philippines as Ferdinand Marcos Jr has been proclaimed president. Following a landslide victory of 59% of the votes, his highly divisive campaign has been dominated by disinformation sought to glorify the regime of his dictator-father, Ferdinand Marcos Sr. The Marcos family’s return to power has horrified both survivors of Marcos Sr’s 14-year brutal rule, and those who fear the family will once again exploit its power while in office. Marco Jr, on the other hand, has assured the public that he will not compromise the Phillipines’ sovereignty.