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Sex workers: Hard times at the love café

Girls attract the sailors into the Riviera club, but take them elsewhere for sex/Photo/MortonWith shore leave dwindling to only a few days, Durban's last remaining sailors' sex club is struggling for business, but for the women who work there it's a safer

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 January 2012 11:46

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Zimbabwe churches, police clash over DRC refugees

Zimbabwean police have clashed with churches over the fate of 80 refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo who arrived in the second city of Bulawayo last week.

The refugees claim to be members of the main opposition party; the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) led by Etienne Tshisekedi and fled unrest caused by the November elections.

Tshisekedi claims to be the legitimate DRC leader after President Laurent Kabila won a disputed election.

The refugees who include women and children claim that they walked thousands of kilometers on foot after first fleeing into Zambia.

Zambian authorities reportedly advised them refugee camps in that country were full before facilitating their entry into Zimbabwe.

But police and immigration officials in Bulawayo reportedly threaten to round up the refugees and throw them into prison for violating the Zimbabwe's immigration laws.

"Heavily armed police and immigration officials want to arrest these DR Congo refugees and detain them at Khami Maximum," said Amon Mthombeni, a member of the Zimbabwe Council of Churches.

"They said they are a danger to national security.

"However we pleaded with them not to arrest them as they look innocent and starving."

Bihojo Titus, the spokesperson for the refugees and the only one who can speak English said the families belonged to the Tutsi.

"The situation in Kivu province is deteriorating daily. Fighting between our party supporters and government security forces were now serious," he said.

People are dying daily.

"Therefore, we decided to leave home together with our families and we thank Zimbabwe Council of Churches for helping us, as police wanted to arrest and detain us."

Bihojo fled with his pregnant wife.

Zimbabwe is already home to thousands of Congolese refugees.

Zimbabwe churches, police clash over DRC refugees

Zimbabwean police have clashed with churches over the fate of 80 refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo who arrived in the country's second city of Bulawayo last week.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 January 2012 17:19

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Lagarde, Zuma on unemployment in South Africa

IMF chief Christine Lagarde says increasing integration into the highly interconnected global economy exposes SA to global business cycles/Photo/Reuters

South African President Jacob Zuma met with the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde on the sidelines of ANC's centenary 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:57

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ANC's tribute to veterans, Cuba as Jesse Jackson chides economic apartheid

Zuma played tribute to 134 South African patriots/Photo/Reuters

ANC President Jacob Zuma paid tribute to the ordinary men and women who sacrificed their lives for the liberation of South Africa, and to Cuba for its unwavering support. US civil rights activist, Reverend Jesse Jackson said it was time the country snapped out of educational and economic apartheid.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 January 2012 12:42

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Friends and enemies at ANC centenary

President Jacob Zuma wants all South Africans to attend ANC's centenary celebrations/Photo/ReutersPresident Jacob Zuma has urged South Africans to attend the ANC's centenary celebrations on Sunday as thousands of people make their way to Managuang in the

Last Updated on Friday, 06 January 2012 19:23

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