The Johannesburg Stock Exchange has over the past few weeks shown signs of slowing down after rallying at breakneck speed on Wednesday. The all share index was off 0.31 percent to 59,331.20 points, while the blue-chip top 40 index was 0.4 percent lower at 52,845.63 points.
Critics say it is a painful reminder of white minority rule, but some argue it's a symbol of Afrikaner heritage The display of apartheid-era flags at recent protests in South Africa has led to fresh calls for the symbol to banned. The old flag, officially retired when white minority rule ended and the first democratic elections were held in 1994, was brandished by some protesters at a march against farm murders on Monday.
JOHANNESBURG: South African President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday asked the High Court to set aside a report by the anti-corruption watchdog on alleged influence-peddling in his government, saying he would instead set up a commission of inquiry into the allegations. The court has been hearing a case brought by Zuma who had challenged the right of the report's author, South Africa's anti-graft agency known as Public Protector, to call for a judicial inquiry to investigate the allegations.
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