• Wife stages picket over UK visa refusals - Gauteng

    Pretoria - Patronella Treasure on Monday began her lone picket outside the British High Commission in Pretoria - and vowed to continue camping there until she was granted a visa to join her husband in Britain. The 46-year-old from Soshanguve in Tshwane spent the day sitting on a chair with a sign on her lap as high commission staff carried on with their business. Passers-by looked on curiously and approached her to find out the reason for her picket. Treasure showed The Star a passport and certificate confirming she was indeed married to Briton John Treasure of Slough, near London. “Since we got married last year, I have been refused a visiting visa on five occasions with no valid reasons and

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  • Traditional leaders want answers from Mandela over Islamic conversion

    Eastern Cape traditional leaders want answers from Nelson Mandela’s grandson Nkosi Zwelivelile 'Mandla' Mandela about why he reportedly converted to Islam when he married a Muslim woman. “We reacted with shock on the news of his conversion. We were also very concerned. What we know is that the woman converts, not the man. That is our custom,” Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa provincial chairperson Chief Mwelo Nonkonyane said on Tuesday. They were troubled that Mandela married without any traditional leaders present at the ceremony. “Traditional leaders don’t marry secretly. He should have been represented by the traditional council of Mvezo. He is the leader of people of Mvezo.

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  • South Africa: All SA Wants for SONA Is Zuma's Resignation

    All South Africans want to hear during President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address is "I am retiring", non-governmental organisation Accountability Now said on Wednesday. Zuma's credibility was at an all-time low, its director Paul Hoffman told reporters in Cape Town. However, Zuma would neither resign nor retire on his own as he was too compromised and too protected. "But the interests of the country would be served if he resigned," he said. Hoffman said the main problem was lack of confidence in the president as a result of "Nenegate" and the "flip-flop on Nkandla". Zuma axed Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene in December, replacing him with relatively unknown ANC member and former Merafong

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  • Bonang Matheba now a global brand

    Bonang Matheba is making waves all over Africa and the rest of the world. Being nominated for a Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Award and named the new face of E-Africa. On Wednesday the TV and radio personality announced on an Instagram post that she’s been nominated for a Nigerian Broadcasters’ Merit Award in the African Broadcaster of the Year: People’s Choice category. This is following the announcement the she is the host of E-Africa, which falls under the E! Entertainment family. Bonang has been open about her plans to expand her brand into the rest of the world and shes doing it.  Bonang’s hustle is on point. Also on Connect: #Sona2016: Expectation for Zuma to resign remains high #CouplesWorkOut

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  • Minnie Dlamini, Thomas Mlambo exit SABC's Soccerzone

    A public commitment to publish its Social Labour Plan on the company’s website by Mark Cutifani‚ Chief Executive of Anglo American PLC‚ is a step in the right direction and more companies need to follow suit‚ says the Bench Marks Foundation.

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe's Ex-Spin Doctor Jubilant After 'Brutal' Politburo Meeting

    If President Robert Mugabe's spokesman thought Wednesday's politburo meeting would signal the political defeat of his long-term rival, Grace Mugabe had another message for him. "You stop it, all of you!" an irate Grace shouted, flanked by her 91-year-old husband. There was little doubt to whom she was referring. Jeered at by a handful of the thousands of ruling party supporters amassed outside ZANU-PF's Rotten Row headquarters, presidential spokesman George Charamba appeared out-manoeuvred even before the politburo meeting got underway. As internal party wrangling reached a peak in the days leading up to the meeting, Charamba had campaigned vigorously against his long-time rival Jonathan Moyo,

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  • Guptas focus helping mining firms get away with murder: Mantashe

    African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe said big mining companies operating in South Africa lack patriotism and a focus on the Gupta family was not helping in dealing with mischief committed by these companies. Speaking to the SABC ahead of President Zuma’s State of the Nation Address, Mantashe said a concerted focus on Gupta family was actually helping big mining companies like Exxaro, Glencore and Anglo American evade tough questions about their transformative roles in the South African economy. Asked whether he thinks there is a Gupta obsession, Mantashe said: “The point I am making is that the obsession is when you leave Exxaro, Glencore and Anglo American scot-free

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  • Mbete's lawyer involved in SAA debacle

    National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete's lawyer Lindi Nkosi-Thomas, who fumbled through her submissions in the Nkandla matter in the Constitutional Court on Tuesday, was previously accused of doctoring a legal opinion while she was an SAA board member. BDlive reported in December 2014 that the allegation was the basis of a complaint to the public protector and the Johannesburg Bar Council in 2013. Nkosi-Thomas resigned from the airline's board in early 2014. The council said at the time that the complaint did not sustain a case of professional misconduct. The public protector's office told the website that its investigation was continuing. Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's office and Parliament

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  • Why hate Guptas but love MacImperialism?

    In the past few weeks there have been a barrage of attacks in the mainstream media and across social media networks on the Gupta family that reportedly has significant stakes in several businesses, notably the New Age newspaper and ANN7 TV news channel. Julius Malema, the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters, launched a vicious tirade against the Guptas and their business interests and even threatened staff working for their media outlets that cover EFF events. A number of organisations representing journalists and news editors have correctly condemned Malema’s utterances. There is an allegation that has been regurgitated in the media over the past few years that President Jacob Zuma is disproportionately

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  • South Africa is not Zimbabwe-in-waiting

    We are not Zimbabwe-in-waiting. I have personally heard this complaint from every race in this country. “SA is becoming worse than Zimbabwe.”  Since our new cricketers have recently scored so well I would like to try and smack the Doomsday Ball for six.  First – four against one. The greatest gift the ANC has given us is four presidents. They have varied in quality. From Mandela, who lead by superb example; to Mbeki, whose intelligence was undermined by defeatist introspection; to Motlanthe, who took the poisoned chalice and returned it cleaner than it was before; and to Zuma, the most successful political operator and the most erratic leader. The transition of leadership from one individual

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  • Trump: Celebrity billionaire, next US president?

    Donald Trump is a billionaire real estate tycoon with bravado to spare, a former reality television star who says winning is everything. The unlikely Republican presidential frontrunner now can claim his first victory in the political arena after notching up a win in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday — to the horror of the political establishment. The 69-year-old New Yorker has upended the 2016 presidential election by casting a spell over grassroots conservatives and not shying away from talking tough. To his fans, he is the definition of American success, the cut-throat tycoon who can magically fix all that’s wrong with a country no longer sure of its place in the world, and home to an increasingly frustrated white working and middle class.

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  • EFF gives 25 reasons why ‘the Guptas must go’

    THE Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Wednesday released the full list of the "25 reasons why the Guptas must leave or be made to leave the country immediately #Guptasmustgo". The party had launched the campaign on Tuesday night‚ hours after it and its leader‚ Julius Malema‚ were indicted by the North Gauteng High Court from inciting acts of violence against the Gupta family‚ Oakbay Investments‚ The New Age‚ ANN7 and other of the family’s subsidiary company’s shareholders‚ staff and property. By Tuesday night‚ the EFF had shared the first three reasons on its Instagram account‚ and on Wednesday morning released the full list. A defiant Mr Malema had‚ in reaction to the High Court ruling‚ said: "We must respect the courts.

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  • Nigeria: Buhari Never Called Nigerians 'Criminals', Presidency Clarifies

    Abuja — The State House has described as misconstrued, the various interpretations of President Muhammadu Buhari's comments in an interview granted to the UK's Daily Telegraph newspaper on February 5. In a statement yesterday by his media aide, Mr. Garba Shehu, the presidency stated that the wave of negative reactions to the president's remarks about the reputation of Nigerians abroad was as a result of an incomplete understanding of the president's point. Shehu said: "President Buhari was asked about the flood of migrants from Nigeria and the fraudulent applications for asylum put in by people desperate to leave their motherland at any cost, and it was this question that elicited his response."

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  • Bobby Brown is holding on

    The 47-year-old singer's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away in July, six months after she was found unresponsive in her bathtub, and Bobby is still coming to terms with the tragedy. A source told E! News: “This has been a difficult year. When a person goes through something like this it makes you look around and think, 'What the hell is going on?' When you bury your child, it's just really hard—it's not how it's supposed to go. “Under the circumstances, he is doing as good as can be expected.” Bobby turned 47 on Friday February 05, and had planned a low-key celebration with his wife Alicia Etheredge-Brown and their two children, son Cassius, six, and six-month-old daughter Bodhi. The insider

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  • Justice for Simelanes after 33 years - Crime & Courts

    Johannesburg – The family of murdered South African activist Nokuthula Simelane has welcomed the news that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) will finally charge four former apartheid security policemen with her murder and kidnapping. The NPA on Monday said the four former members of the Soweto Special Branch would stand trial for the murder of Simelane who disappeared without trace in 1983. In a statement issued on behalf of the family, representatives said: “After 33 years in the relentless pursuit of truth and accountability, the family of anti-apartheid activist Nokuthula Simelane will finally see justice done.” It described the decision to charge the policemen as a “significant and

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  • Mourinho’s United job claim

    London - Jose Mourinho has told friends and associates that he will replace Louis van Gaal as Manchester United manager at the end of the season, according to reports in several British newspapers on Wednesday. The Daily Mail, Daily Star, Daily Mirror and Daily Telegraph all quoted an unnamed source close to the 53-year-old Portuguese as saying his installation at Old Trafford was a “done deal”. The former Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Porto coach was sacked by Chelsea in December but said in an interview last week that he would soon be back in management, preferably in England. Van Gaal, who has another year left on his contract after this season, has had to deal with constant speculation about

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  • JZ throws allies under the bus

    One by one their counsel conceded before Constitutional Court justices that they were wrong to act against Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report that found Zuma to have unduly benefited from non-security upgrades to his home. In her report in 2014 titled "Secure in Comfort", Madonsela said some features included in the R246-million security upgrades to Zuma's Nkandla residence were not security features. First to concede was Zuma's counsel, Jeremy Gauntlett SC, who told the court that the president did not want to obstruct but bring an end to the Nkandla matter. Gauntlett said the Supreme Court of Appeal, in another case last year, had said that remedial action prescribed by the public protector was binding."It is not necessary for this court to replough the furrow," he said.

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  • Pressure on Maine to retract threats and EFF monkey jibe

    Maine‚ in his address at an ANCYL rally in Tshwane last week‚ said there would be civil war should the EFF or anyone disrupt President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address. He specifically directed his threats at EFF leader Julius Malema and his supporters whom he referred to as monkeys. Congress of the People (COPE) spokesman Dennis Bloem on Wednesday led a delegation to open a case of incitement of violence against Maine at Brooklyn Police Station in Pretoria. Bloem said COPE took Maine’s threats of a civil war seriously. "If you look in Africa we had many civil wars because of reckless talks such as those from Maine. When leaders say such things supporters and people on the grounds literally

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  • Zuma causes a stir during walkabout

    People jostled to shake Zuma's hand and chanted his clan name "Nxamalala" as he entered the Belle Ombre taxi rank. But many continued with their businesses, ignoring the commotion. Some said they could not wait for him to leave as he was causing a commotion and that his visit would not change their lives. John Chiloane, a Hammanskraal taxi driver, said there was nothing exciting about Zuma's presence, and that even those who thronged just wanted to catch a glimpse of an "infamous leader" and take pictures. He preferred former president FW de Klerk to Zuma, saying life was better under the apartheid government. "I am 45. I am forced to drive a taxi because there are no jobs. Only the ruling elite

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  • South Africa: 'I Kind of Gave Up On Harvard'

    A KwaZulu-Natal teenager, through persistence and perseverance, will be attending the prestigious Harvard University in the United States after being accepted on a full scholarship for 2016. Mfundo Radebe, 18, an Umlazi resident, was awarded an all expenses scholarship worth $69 000 per year to study political sciences. The straight A student spoke to News24, saying it was diligence and a hunger for wanting more that saw him accepted to Harvard. According to the teen, he planned his future since the tender age of 13 when he was at Addington Primary School. "I just thought that I needed to seriously look forward. I know it's weird for a kid to think that, but it was what happened." After speaking

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