South Africa

Britain’s quietest immigration story

By Andrew Caplan, June 9, 2013

We have been talking about the politics of immigration since the 1960s, sometimes with a barely hidden xenophobic subtext. At first, the focus was on migrants "of colour"; of late it has become a proxy for anti-Europeanism and concern about the "clash of civilisations".

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Baby-death case doctor speaks of prison ordeal

By Sandy Rashty, May 23, 2013

A doctor imprisoned in the United Arab Emirates on a manslaughter charge has spoken of his joy and relief at being home.

Professor Cyril Karabus, a 78-year-old paediatric oncologist from Cape Town, said it was “fantastic” to be free after a nine-month ordeal in which he had witnessed the effects of beatings and despaired of ever being released.

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Detained doctor finally returns to South Africa

By Sandy Rashty, May 17, 2013

Professor Cyril Karabus, the elderly doctor who had been detained in the United Arab Emirates since August, has just arrived in South Africa.

His family and lawyer, Michael Bagraim, met him the airport in Cape Town.

Prof Karabus had been waiting for his passport to be returned by prosecutors since he was found not guilty of manslaughter in March.

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South African professor not guilty, UAE court finds

By Sandy Rashty, March 22, 2013

An elderly doctor who has been detained in the United Arab Emirates since August, was finally found not guilty by an Abu Dhabi judge yesterday.

Professor Cyril Karabus, from South Africa, who had his trial postponed 15 times, is waiting for his passport to be returned so he can travel home in time for Pesach.

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Sleeping giant has a role to play

By Alana Baranov, March 17, 2013

Living at the tip of the African continent, it is easy to feel disconnected from the pulse of global affairs. But, while I may not have grown up in one of the world's financial or political capitals, as the 21st century progresses, it is clear that Africa matters. And as the "sleeping giant" awakens, her geopolitical importance will shape world events.

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‘South Africa can learn from you’

By Moira Schneider, February 28, 2013

There was much that South Africa could learn from its Jewish community, particularly its notion of community, said Cyril Ramaphosa, newly-elected vice president of the ANC, the country’s ruling party.

Mr Ramaphosa was speaking at an event organised by Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein to discuss challenges facing the nation.

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South African doctor still awaits UAE court decision

By Sandy Rashty, January 8, 2013

An elderly doctor who has been detained in the United Arab Emirates since August, had his court case postponed for the 15th time.

Professor Cyril Karabus, from South Africa, has been sitting in the court's lobby with his lawyers since the trial was delayed again on Monday.

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Hearing into Shoah ‘denial’ on radio

By Moira Schneider, December 20, 2012

After years of legal wrangling, a hearing into a complaint of hate speech by the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) against a Cape Town-based Muslim radio station, Radio 786, took place before the Complaints and Compliance Committee of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa last week.

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Former Chief Justice of South Africa mourned

December 11, 2012

The death has been announced of Arthur Chaskalson, a former Chief Justice of South Africa, heralded as a forefather of the nation's democracy. He was 81 and suffered from leukaemia.

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South African doctor jailed in UAE

By Sandy Rashty, October 11, 2012

The detention of an elderly doctor travelling through the United Arab Emirates has sparked anger around the world.

Professor Cyril Karabus, from South Africa, was convicted in absentia by a UAE court for the alleged manslaughter of a terminally ill Yemeni girl he treated in the country in 2002.

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