• Zuma: Emmanuel Sithole used a false name

    President Jacob Zuma on Monday said the Mozambican man who was killed in Alexandra two weeks ago was an illegal immigrant using a false name. Media reports identified the man as Emmanuel Sithole after he was brutally attacked during xenophobic violence in the township a little over a week ago. Zuma was speaking at a Freedom Day event in Pretoria earlier. During his speech, Zuma said Sithole had used a false name to avoid detection because he was an illegal immigrant.

    ewn.co.za q
  • Saartjie Baartman monument vandalised

    Vandals have vandalised a monument to Saartjie Baartman, Africa's "Hottentot Venus" who was paraded in 19th century Europe like a circus freak, police said Sunday. The incident in Hankey, in rural Eastern Cape province, is the latest in a spate of assaults on monuments that had, until now, chiefly targeted colonial symbols. "The plaque was vandalised with white paint," police spokeswoman Gerda Swart told AFP, adding that a resident who witnessed a group of people lobbing paint at the memorial had reported the incident.

    Sowetan LIVE q
  • Police, army arrest 50 foreign nationals in Johannesburg | The New Age Online

    Police assisted by soldiers over the weekend arrested 50 illegal immigrants in Johannesburg, police spokesman Lungelo Dlamini said on Monday. Dlamini told ANA the arrests were made during crime prevention operations in Hillbrow, Mayfair and downtown Johannesburg. All those arrested were taken to Hillbrow police station and were having their documentation processed by Home Affairs. The police were inter alia searching for drugs, illegal firearms and stolen property, but no other arrests were made, he said.

    The New Age q
  • Anguished families say goodbye before Indonesia executions

    The families of two Australian convicts facing execution in Indonesia paid an anguished final visit to their loved ones Tuesday, wailing in grief as ambulances carrying empty white coffins arrived at their prison. The family members of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, ringleaders of the so-called “Bali Nine” heroin trafficking group, arrived at Nusakambangan prison calling for mercy for their loved ones, with Sukumaran’s sister collapsing and having to be carried, an AFP reporter at the scene said. The families have been asked to say their final goodbyes by Tuesday afternoon as signs were mounting that the death sentences would carried out by early Wednesday.

    Sowetan LIVE q
  • LETTER FROM LONDON: Africa not served by hotheads in Nigeria and SA

    THE immaturity displayed by both Nigeria and SA in their handling of the fallout over xenophobic violence in SA does the continent no good. Nigeria’s decision to recall its High Commissioner to SA was the diplomatic equivalent of a hissy-fit. Likewise, the response by Clayson Monyela of the Department of International Relations and Co-operation was ill-considered and poorly worded. In an effort to "stick it" to Nigeria, Monyela used Boko Haram’s abduction of the Chibok girls to score cheap points.

    Business Day Live q
  • SA tones down response to Nigeria - Africa | IOL News

    Government on Tuesday distanced itself from a scathing statement issued by international relations spokesman Clayton Monyela following the recall of Nigerian diplomats from Pretoria. At a media briefing in Pretoria, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe was asked to explain whether the strongly-worded statement issued by the department had assisted in mending bilateral relations with Abuja.

    Independent Online q
  • Presidency mum on Minister Dlamini’s comments

    The Presidency has refused to comment on controversial remarks apparently made by Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini at a displacement camp in Durban. The camps were set up to house foreign nationals who fled xenophobic violence this month. Some foreigners at a camp in Isipingo claim Dlamini scolded them for accepting donations from the EFF this weekend. Clutching a donated mattress, a resident of the Isipingo temporary displacement camp collects her washing which was left to dry on a fence on 25 April 2015.

    ewn.co.za q
  • Passport puzzle in 'SA mule' case

    The woman, identified as 22-year-old Lynette Nosipho, was nabbed at Indira Gandhi International Airport on Sunday last week, allegedly in possession of 19kg of narcotics valued at more than R100000. The drugs - 17kg of pseudoephedrine, a popular party drug, and 2kg of heroin - were concealed in women's shoes, a laptop bag and arm guards used by cricketers. India's Central Industrial Security Force said this week that Nosipho's passport stated she was a South African citizen. Spokesman Hemendra Singh said she had been travelling on a tourist visa.

    Times LIVE q
  • SABC boss hides R500m loss from parliament

    The Sunday Times can reveal that the public broadcaster faces a loss of about R500-million - which Motsoeneng concealed from parliament this week - in stark contrast to the profit of R641-million last year. This means that with Motsoeneng at the helm, the SABC has suffered a loss of R1.1-billion in a year. The SABC has lurched from one crisis to another on Motsoeneng's watch, but he appears to be immune to being fired amid persistent speculation of his close relationship with President Jacob Zuma. On Friday, a defiant Motsoeneng returned to work after a court ordered that he be suspended pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing for dishonesty and abuse of power.

    Times LIVE q
  • 'Xenophobia mess is not ours alone'

    This is what President Jacob Zuma told thousands of people at the Freedom Day celebrations at the Union Buildings, Pretoria, yesterday. In off-the-cuff comments, Zuma took exception to suggestions that South Africa alone was to blame for the attacks on its foreign residents sparked by a labour dispute in KwaZulu-Natal and which spread to Gauteng. It's not useful to be critical of South Africa as if we mushroom these foreign nationals and then mistreat them," he said. "Even if the minority of South Africans are xenophobic, we would still need to find out what prompted the foreign nationals to come to South Africa." At least seven people, among them a 14-year-old South African boy, have been killed in the latest outbreak of violence.

    Times LIVE q
  • Zim tycoon foots bill for xenophobia victims - City Press

    Ordinary people are now helping foreign nationals, who were displaced during the recent xenophobic attacks, to return to their home countries. City Press has learnt that apart from several foreign governments’ initiatives to evacuate their citizens, several business people are lending a helping hand. Zimbabwean property tycoon, Frank Buyanga, last week wrote to aid organisation Gift of the Givers pledging to provide 10 buses to transport foreign nationals to Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of Congo and Malawi.

    City Press q
  • South Africa, Nigeria trade barbs over attacks on migrants | The New Age Online

    The South African government reacted angrily Sunday to Nigeria's decision to recall its ambassador from Pretoria over a wave of mob attacks on African migrants that killed at least seven people. "We are not sure which actions or behaviour of the South African Government the Nigerian Government is protesting," the South African foreign ministry said in a statement.

    The New Age q
  • Queen’s ‘grandbabies’ love Snoop - IOL Tonight

    Snoop Dogg is only allowed in the UK because of Britain's Prince Harry and Prince William. The 43-year-old US rapper claims that when he was about to get kicked out of England, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II granted him permission to stay, telling him that her “grandbabies” loved his music. “Those grandbabies grew up to be Prince William and Harry, so I had influence on them, and they had influence on their grandmother, which enabled me to get into this beautiful country.

    Independent Online q
  • BuzzFeed q
  • Chicco calls Meyiwa's dad to order - SundayWorld

    Meyiwa senior told Drum magazine that the killers of Senzo were those who were with him on the day he was murdered last year. "I am saying this because my son was present when Meyiwa was killed, so it's irresponsible for him to talk as if he (Senzo's father) was present when this incident occurred," he said in a written statement to Sunday World. Meyiwa senior hit back at Twala saying the musician was out of order for criticising him. Meyiwa's utterances came after an alleged prankster posted a statement on Twitter that the footie player was killed by the boyfriend of Kelly Khumalo's sister Zandi who was with the soccer star in the house.

    sundayworld.co.za q
  • Gunmen open fire on buses carrying rap star Lil Wayne | The New Age Online

    Two tour buses carrying rap star Lil Wayne and his entourage came under fire early Sunday in Georgia, according to US media, which said no one was injured in the shooting. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper reported that the shooting by unknown assailants occurred in Cobb County, near Atlanta, around 3:30 am (0730 GMT), after the music star completed a performance at an area night club. Police determined that two tour buses used by Lil Wayne and his crew had been shot multiple times, the daily said. Officials said the two buses were carrying a total of about a dozen passengers at the time of the shooting.

    The New Age q
  • Arsenal need quality signings - Premier League

    Despit being second in the Premier League, Arsenal are still way behind Chelsea, and will have to invest in the summer if they are to be serious title challengers. By the time Cesc Fabregas was replaced in the final minute, the mask had gone and the jeers had melted into applause. The appreciative majority overwhelmed the vocal minority to offer a tribute to the Phantom of the Emirates, one of the finest creative midfielders to have worn an Arsenal shirt in the modern era. It’s true they had booed his every touch and perhaps the loudest cheer of the game followed his yellow card for a dive but for Arsenal it is time to stop being haunted by those they have lost or failed to sign and support those they have.

    Independent Online q
  • Boko Haram slaughters civilians in weekend attack

    The military and a local official in Niger had previously confirmed the April 25 raid by the Islamists on Lake Chad's Karamga island. An official in the town of Diffa said the Nigerien army suffered "very heavy" casualties, but precise figures were not immediately available. Umar Yerima, a Nigerian fisherman living on the targeted island confirmed that troops "were caught off guard" and suffered major losses. "After finishing with the soldiers, (the Islamists) turned their guns on residents," Yerima told AFP by phone, adding that he was "among the lucky ones" who managed to flee.

    Times LIVE q
  • Zimbabwe: Bonus Saga and Mugabe 'Memory Loss'

    PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe, 91 this year, either suffered fleeting memory loss or deliberately lied when he claimed that Cabinet never discussed the scrapping of bonuses for civil servants, a senior Zanu PF official has said. "There is a real possibility that the president experienced some memory loss because of advanced age," said our source Sunday. "The fact of the matter is that Cabinet discussed and agreed the suspension of bonuses with just two dissenters; that is mines minister Walter Chidhakwa and tourism counterpart Walter Mzembi. "Mugabe attended that Cabinet meeting which was, at some point, chaired by vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa.

    AllAfrica.com q
  • South Africa: A Very Serious, Not-a-Joke Letter to Eskom

    A version of this blog post was originally published on Kerry Contrary. Capetonian blogger and copywriter, Kerry Beetge, who blogs as Kerry Contrary, likes short walks on the beach, talking to strangers and watching Pokémon with her 6-year-old son.

    AllAfrica.com q