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DA JOINS GAY MARCH FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

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THE DA used Human Rights Day yesterday to highlight the challenges faced by gay people.

Together with the gay community, members of the party put up South African flags in front of Tshwane City Hall.

Hendrick Baird, GaySA radio station manager, said gay people were still being discriminated against.

“Too many lesbian women are brutally murdered and raped in townships, many men who are not ‘masculine’ enough are attacked and a movie like Inxeba is banned for the most ridiculous reasons.”

Hendrick said he saluted all those brave people who didn’t keep quiet when they saw discrimination.

DA shadow police minister Zakhele Mbhele said gay people were full and equal members of society.

“It’s not enough for rights to only exist in the Constitution, laws or policies if they are not enforced and upheld by strong and capable institutions,” he said.

“We must be able to trust there will be effective investigations and those responsible for homophobic attacks are found and face justice.”

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NUDE PROTEST!!! Gugu Ncube to appear in court on Thursday

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Gugu Ncube is expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate Court on Thursday, after staging a nude protest at Unisa on Wednesday.

Ncube said she was protesting naked because “nudity is a sign of my dignity that l have been stripped of”.

This refers to allegations that she was “unlawfully manhandled” at Unisa for reporting her boss to the university. She alleged that her boss was asking for sexual favours in exchange for her job.

Ncube donned black underwear and a red top, holding a placard in front of her, when she was arrested.

Unisa said the matter was between her and Unisa Centre for Early Childhood Education (UCECE), an external company that was previously sponsored by Unisa.

The university further said it followed due processes regarding Ncube’s sexual harassment complaint in 2018, and suspended its staff members who were accused of the crime. The accused were board members at UCECE at the time.

(Compiled by Nica Schreuder)

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Outage hits Facebook and Instagram users worldwide

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Facebook and Instagram users lost access to the social network’s applications in parts of the world Wednesday as a result of an outage of undetermined origin.

The California giant which has more than two billion users acknowledged the outage after users noted on Twitter they could not access Facebook or had limited functionality.

“We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps. We’re working to resolve the issue as soon as possible,” a Facebook statement said on Twitter.

A short time later, Facebook indicated the outage was not related to an attack aimed at overwhelming the network.

“We’re focused on working to resolve the issue as soon as possible, but can confirm that the issue is not related to a DDoS attack,” Facebook said, referring to what is known as a distributed denial of service cyber strike.

According to the website downdetector.com, outages were heaviest in North America and Europe, but some users appeared to be affected in other regions.

Last November, a Facebook outage was attributed to a server problem and a September 2018 outage was said to be the result of “networking issues.”

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“It could have been my own child back home’!!! ‘Alex Hero’ Vincent Cosa speaks

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Vincent Cosa not only risked his life rescuing a boy stuck halfway on a pipe over the furious Jukskei River in Alexandra township in Johannesburg, but he later stood up for him when his parents wanted to give him a hiding.

Cosa believes it was an “honest mistake” by the young boy, who found himself there because he usually saw children playing in the area.

“I see children play there all the time and when I saw him there, I could not fold my hands and watch from the sidelines. I told myself if he dies I will die with him,” he said.

“He was sitting there crying in fear…I looked at him and thought of my own children…It could have been my own child.”

A video of Cosa’s heroic act went viral on social media on Saturday.

He could be seen in the video using his hands to move over a bulk pipe towards the stranded child.

When he reached him, he convinced the child to get on his back, before carrying him to safety the same way over the pipe, amid cheers and encouragement from onlookers on a nearby bridge.

Cosa not only brought the young boy safely to the riverbank, but went on to talk his parents out of punishing the child, someone he never knew previously, but risked his own life for.

Cosa said the boy’s parents “did not say much, but they wanted to punish him” and he stood against it.

“I believe his was an honest mistake… and he probably got stuck there as the flash flood came.”

When asked what pushed him to take a risk to save the boy, Cosa said he “just had to”.

His hope is that the young boy remembers “that I saved his life”, adding the child “could be a nurse or president tomorrow”.

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