Court's ruling enforces semi-apartheid

Labor rights group Asian Migrants Coordinating Body addresses the media after the Court of Final Appeal ruled that foreign maids were not eligible to seek permanent residency in a legal battle that has split the city. Photo: AFP

Hong Kong now has full judicial backing to continue treating foreign domestic helpers as a special class of people to be excluded from many basic rights accorded to legal residents who, in the jargon of the Basic Law, "ordinarily reside" in Hong Kong. Everyone can now breathe a sigh of relief, especially the government, following the judgment yesterday by the Court of Final Appeal - all except the maids and their supporters.

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Finally, South Africa's first black 'Idol' winner

An agonised Khaya Mthethwa holds Melissa Alison’s hand as he contemplates becoming the first black winner of Idols SA. Photo: NYT

When Khaya Mthethwa breathed out the last notes of Nicki Minaj's Super Bass, a song he had heard for the first time that same day, the judges of Idols SA - the South African version of American 8Idol - were blown away.

"Dude, you've just got it," said Gareth Cliff, one of the celebrity judges, shaking his head.

10 Oct 2012 - 4:49am

South Africa drop charges against protesting miners

Mourners at the funeral of a miner killed by police. Photo: EPA

South African prosecutors yesterday dropped murder charges against 270 striking miners after being criticised for using an apartheid-era law to hold them liable for the deaths of 34 fellow workers shot by police.

3 Sep 2012 - 5:16am

Police minister defends killing of more than 30 workers at South African mine

Armed police keep a close watch after protesting mine workers were shot dead at Lonmin's Marikana platinum mine in South Africa. Photos: Reuters

The killing by police of more than 30 striking platinum miners in the bloodiest security operation since the end of white rule cut to the quick of South Africa's psyche yesterday, with people and the media questioning its post-apartheid soul.

18 Aug 2012 - 3:33am