• The mom behind Krejcir's failed escape bid

    Serbian hit men at R6-million each, a move to buy floor plans of the Zonderwater maximum-security prison and having a helicopter on standby had all formed part of the elaborate R25-million operation to spring Krejcir from jail in South Africa. The Sunday Times has seen correspondence between an intelligence source in Prague and forensic investigator Paul O'Sullivan in which the source states: "... Radovan must escape, irrespectably [sic] what it takes or how many lives it costs ... their mafia code of ethics clearly demands and orders them to do so ... otherwise Nadezda loses her status in the Czech/Serbian mafia circles and the entire Krejcirova family are permanently marked as failures or weaklings

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  • Listen to Julius Malema advise Lindiwe Mazibuko on how to find a husband

    World number one Serena Williams has opted to pull out of the WTA Finals and end her season early following a roller coaster campaign that has taken its toll on her body, the American said on Thursday.

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  • I’ll quit if players turn on me - Jose - Premier League

    Having dared Roman Abramovich to sack him, Jose Mourinho has issued a similar challenge to his players. Amid reports that the dressing room has turned against him, the Portuguese said if it had, he would resign. The Chelsea manager, who left Real Madrid in part because of a players' revolt, said of claims his players are no longer responding to him: “People can say what they want. You should really ask the players and not go with sources and fake sources, and the players told a friend, and the friend told the agent, and the agent is not happy with me because I don't play his player. “You should go straight to the players. Get our media office to arrange a table at Cobham [Chelsea's training ground]

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  • Zuma's rape accuser's mother opens up about fleeing SA after case

    "I was missing home very much...," the mother, who cannot be named to protect her daughter, said. The Sunday Times newspaper reported that her mother said that after Zuma was acquitted on May 5 2006 in the High Court in Johannesburg, they fled to the Netherlands -- where they were given asylum. The mother said she was not sure if justice had been served in the trial. After the interview, Khwezi asked the Sunday Times to leave her mother alone.

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  • R246m for Krejcir jailbreak - Sunday Independent

    Johannesburg - A staggering R246 million had been made available to ensure the smooth escape of Czech Radovan Krejcir from prison before the plot was thwarted last week. The Sunday Independent can today also reveal that three prison warders were paid R1.5m to help expedite the prison break. Impeccable sources close to the investigation have revealed: - The three warders have already been identified and their arrest is imminent. - The fugitive has been transferred to an underground isolation cell after it had been established a helicopter was going to be used in the daring raid to free him. - Some of the R246m was to pay for the chopper to spirit Krejcir away once he had escaped. - A part of the

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  • Nigeria: Ex-Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, Arrested in London

    The immediate past Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, was on Friday arrested in London, PREMIUM TIMES can exclusively and authoritatively report. The former minister, who was one of the most powerful officials of the President Goodluck Jonathan administration, was arrested Friday morning by the UK National Crimes Agency, alongside four other people. The identities of the four other people arrested along with her could not be immediately ascertained. PREMIUM TIMES learnt she was arrested for offences related to bribery, corruption and money laundering. Two top British officials in London confirmed the development to this newspaper. They requested not to be named because they

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  • South Africa, Scotland, Japan set for final fight

    South Africa completed a clinical 34-16 win over Scotland on Saturday while Japan pulled off a new upset, 26-5 over Samoa, to extend the race for quarter-final places from Pool B. Only three points now separate the remaining contenders going into the the final games of the World Cup's most surprising pool. Still numbed by seeing his side beaten 34-32 by Japan in their match, Meyer watched a drastically different performance against Scotland. Handre Pollard kicked 19 points with deadly accuracy and Schalk Burger, JP Pietersen and Bryan Habana scored tries to break the hearts of a Scottish dominated 50,000 crowd at Newcastle. Scotland staged a heroic second half comeback after trailing 20-3 at

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  • Opposition furious over 'parasitic' VIP jets for Zuma and co

    According to The Mercury, the SANDF has defended the purchase of the jets, which are apparently set to cost the nation R2 billion, saying that SA Airways was not a reasonable alternative owing to President Jacob Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa's schedules. “One would need to look at the schedules and see if it would make sense for them to travel commercial together with the detail of the entourage, at short notice, and the quickest possible times,” SANDF spokesman Siphiwe Dlamini said. According to the report, SAAF spokeswoman Brigadier-General Marthie Visser said that the current fleet was insufficient to meet the increase in the country’s international relations commitments. COPE president, Mosiuoa Lekota said that the purchase shows how wasteful spending has become the norm.

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  • Hunt for killer of ANC donor - Politics | IOL News

    Johannesburg - Gauteng police are still on a massive manhunt for the killers of controversial ANC funder and North West businessman Wandile Bozwana in a drive-by shooting on the N1 highway on Friday. Bozwana was travelling north from Johannesburg with female companion Mpho Baloyi when the fatal attack took place. Baloyi was in the driver’s seat when a silver-grey BMW M3 pulled up next to their vehicle near the Garsfontein off-ramp. A gunman simply pulled out a gun and fired multiple shots in the direction of Bozwana, who was alongside Baloyi in the passenger seat. He fired 12 times and 9 of the bullets hit Bozwana in his body. Baloyi was also hit in the attack but she managed to drive to the

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  • Killing comes on eve of money talks - Politics | IOL News

    Johannesburg - The brutal killing of controversial ANC funder and businessman Wandile Bozwana happened just days before the ANC was due to discuss the role of money in the affairs of the party. Bozwana was recently accused of having financially influenced the election of Northern Cape Premier Sylvia Lucas as provincial treasurer of the ANC following the death of former treasurer and disgraced MP Yolanda Botha in March. Botha succumbed to cancer while facing a multimillion-rand fraud and corruption charge along with provincial chairman and MEC for Finance John Block and MEC for Co-operative Governance, Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements Alvin Botes. Block and Botes are due in the High Court

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  • Mugabe’s allies fear losing favour - Business News | IOL Business

    President Robert Mugabe’s oldest allies favour letting the 91-year-old remain in office indefinitely rather than trying to oust him even as Zimbabwe’s economy collapses, members of the decision-making body of the ruling party said. While frustrated by his resistance to changes needed to rescue the economy, they’re concerned that if pushed out of office he would place allies, including his wife and younger politicians, at the head of government, sidelining them, three members of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front’s politburo said. While Zimbabwe’s economy is stagnating, with slumping consumer demand pushing the country into deflation and 83 percent of government expenditure going on civil servant wages, Mugabe this year reversed decisions by his ministers to cancel state worker bonuses and trim the capital’s workforce by 5 000 people. The southern African nation faces its worst economic crisis since its virtual collapse in 2008, when inflation soared to 500 billion percent, prompting the government to abandon its currency in favour of the use of foreign exchange including the US dollar in early 2009.

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  • Our Trevor is now a US asset - IOL | Sunday Tribune

    AP SA's favourite comedian was everything his legion of fans hoped he would be on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Trevor Noah is so adaptable, intelligent and disarmingly funny, he’ll have ’em eating pie out of his hand in no time, writes Dennis Pather. Comedian Trevor Noah’s impressive debut this week on The Daily Show had millions of South Africans rallying behind him, understandably so. Yes, the Noah faithful will tune in a second time, maybe even a third and fourth, but my bet is that local interest will start waning when South Africans begin to realise they’ve traded their precious home-brewed Mzansi-humour for the more formulaic Ameri-humour, which one critic once unkindly described as “high on lip gloss and low on IQ”.

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  • WhatsApp slur against Mugabe gets Zim man arrested - report

    Nduna Matshazi, a councillor for the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, says he sent on a message about Mugabe "by mistake", the state-owned Chronicle reported this weekend. Instead of sending it to a political chat group, Matshazi posted the message to a group of councillors for the rural district of Bubi in southern Zimbabwe. The group's administrator, who is not being named, reported him to the police. It's not clear exactly when Matshazi was arrested nor in which police station he is being held. According to the Chronicle, which is published in Bulawayo, the message is a parody of the Lord's Prayer in the Bible. The administrator of the Whatsapp group says the prayer is "twisted to

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  • Nigeria: Backlash - Corruption @ 55 (1)

    opinion CORRUPTION is not very easy to define in Nigeria. There are as many variants of its definition as there are Nigerians ready to speak on corruption. Former President Goodluck Jonathan had attempted to patent one definition, which says 'stealing is not corruption.' His was not successful largely due to its conceptual limitation. The former president tried so hard, almost sweating, to explain while stealing one billion naira from the coffers of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for instance, is not corruption. He could not make himself clear and people had thought the ex-president was issuing a blank permit for the stealing of public funds by public officers. Yet the point

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  • 'Western Cape is hideout for racists' - Politics | IOL News

    Cape Town - The Western Cape is a hideout for racists who do not want a black government and the country could run more effectively with fewer provinces, ANC leaders said yesterday. Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, a speaker at a provincial ANC meeting, yesterday likened the Western Cape to Orania, a Northern Cape town where only white Afrikaners are allowed to live. Joemat-Pettersson is also a member of the ANC’s national executive committee. She said the Western Cape had become painted as a place where “there is an influx of the rural poor from the Eastern Cape”. “Those who do not believe in black majority rule, who still want to perpetuate white minority (rule), have moved from Gauteng

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  • Govt ready to support youth interested in business: Ramaphosa | The New Age Online

    Govt ready to support youth interested in business: Ramaphosa. Picture: Gallo Images The South African government is ready to support youth interested in business, that's according to deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa. Speaking in Soshanguve in the North of Pretoria, Ramaphosa urged young people to stand up and grab business opportunities. Ramaphosa says government is on track in creating job opportunities, especially for young people, this despite South Africa's current harsh economic conditions. The meeting was aimed to equip young minds and promote a culture of lifelong learning.  "We want young people who would say we don't want to sit in the middle of the streets, but we want to participate

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  • Netanyahu: Israel 'in fight to death against Palestinian terror'

    "These steps include, among others, speeded up demolition of terrorists' homes," he said in a video address distributed by his office. Netanyahu had convened his ministers of defence and internal security and top security officials immediately after landing back in Israel Sunday from delivering a speech to the UN General Assembly. He said he instructed them on steps "to prevent terror and deter and punish the attackers". They would also include broader use of detention without trial for suspects, further reinforcement of security forces in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank and restraining orders keeping unspecified "inciters" away from the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound, which he called

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  • Porsche announces Cayman Black Edition | The New Age Online

    Following similar 911 and Boxster models, the company's diminutive sports coupe is finally getting an extra touch of exclusivity. The Cayman Black Edition comes with a special black exterior finish with contrasting aluminum window trim and bigger, 20-inch Carrera alloy wheels. The cabin is trimmed in black leather, and a host of creature comforts are offered as standard, including two-zone climate control, Porsche's navigation system and a premium sound system. For those worried about scratching the paintwork, reversing sensors front and rear, anti-dazzle mirrors and cruise control are all fitted as standard. As are rain sensors and Porsche's dynamic headlights that offer better illumination

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  • A Dad Halted His Daughter's Wedding So Her Stepdad Could Help Give Her Away

    The couple’s photographer, Delia D. Blackburn, told BuzzFeed News that Brittany Peck’s father, Todd Bachman, was proceeding down the aisle when he suddenly stopped and walked over to her stepfather, Todd Cendrosky.

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  • Zimbabwe: Moyo's No Maths, Science, No Degree Cry Stirs Hornet's Nest

    HIGHER and Tertiary Education minister Jonathan Moyo has stirred a hornet's nest by declaring that secondary school students who fail maths and science will not be allowed to enrol at local universities. Moyo made the announcement in Masvingo last week during one of his consultative meetings with tertiary institutions in the country, declaring that soon learners would not be allowed to proceed to A' Level as long as they did not pass mathematics and science at O'Level. He said the education curriculum should emphasise on mathematics and science from an early level. Moyo said the curriculum should be anchored on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, if Zimbabwe was to transform its

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