• ‘They basically held us hostage’‚ assault witness says as police negotiate with Grace Mugabe

    Confusion reigned on Tuesday afternoon as word spread of Zimbabwe first lady Grace Mugabe’s imminent arrest and court appearance. Police Minister Fikile Mbalula set the ball rolling by confirming that Mugabe had handed herself over to authorities. But the first lady was nowhere to be seen at either the Randburg or Wynberg magistrates’ courts in Johannesburg‚ where she was thought to be appearing on assault charges. Mugabe allegedly attacked 20-year-old model Gabriella Engels on Sunday night at the Capital 20 West hotel in Sandton. Engels said Mugabe burst into a room where Mugabe’s sons‚ Chatunga Bellarmine and Robert Junior‚ were staying with about 10 bodyguards. Engels suffered gashes to her

  • That time Mugabe’s son took a photo in Fourways and bragged he was in Italy

    Robert Mugabe Jnr, who styles himself as Rob Mugabe on Facebook, is no stranger to showing off on social media. In one pic on his Facebook timeline from last month, he uploaded a shot of himself looking swag while leaning on a supposed Italian police car from a Fellini movie. He checked in using Facebook’s geo-location service as though he was in “Florence, Italy”. The picture was obviously taken at the Montecasino retail and gambling precinct in Fourways. The place was opened in 2000 and is themed after Monte Cassino in Italy - carefully designed to replicate an ancient Tuscan village. It’s unclear if Mugabe Jnr was joking, or really expected people to believe he was living it up in Europe,

  • 'I'm a normal mother at home'

    At the mention of Zodwa Wabantu‚ most people instantly think‚ skimpy clothing and impressive dance moves‚ but away from the spotlight the position she holds in high regard is being a mother. Zodwa is a doting mother to her 11-year-old son Vuyo‚ whom she says is her biggest supporter. She told TshisaLIVE that her son doesn’t judge her on what people say‚ instead he loves her unconditionally and often stands up for her. “My child is a happy child‚ to him I am a normal mother with an extraordinary job. He loves the perks of my job because he gets to meet all these ‘cool’ people. At home‚ I am as normal as they come‚ loving and raising a happy child away from all the media and opinions of social

  • Arty BMW 7 Series by Esther Mahlangu comes 'home' to SA

    Midrand/Mpumalanga. Back in 1991 Esther Mahlangu, a South African Ndebele artist, was the first woman to create artwork on a BMW 525i sedan (below), turning it into a unique and colourful BMW Art Car.  Last year Esther was again commissioned by the BMW Group to put her unique artistic touch on a BMW 7 Series, and the vehicle was displayed at the Frieze Art Fair in London. Simultaneously, the original BMW 525i Art Car was part of the exhibition "South Africa: the art of a nation" at the British Museum, highlighting Esther’s key role in South African art. BWW South Africa has now become the owner of Esther's specially commissioned BMW panels painted in Ndebele art which have been installed into

  • Bontle Modiselle is protective of her sister Refilwe

    Television presenter Bontle Modiselle‚ who completes the trio of the famous Modiselle sisters with actress Candice and model Refilwe‚ has opened up about learning to protect her sister from people with negative perceptions of albinism. Speaking to the Fresh Breakfast team‚ the choreographer reflected on how they learned to love and protect their sister‚ model Refilwe who has Albinism‚ and how her “fire” taught them courage in return. “Often people with albinism have a problem with their eyes‚ so sometimes we have to be her eyes for her. There are things that I am glad that my sister didn’t see that I saw on her behalf. There are things that we heard and we do anything and everything in our power

  • Obama's Mandela tweet shatters Twitter record

    DURBAN - Former US president Barack Obama's tweet quoting Nelson Mandela has broken the Twitter record for the most likes on the popular social media platform. Obama's tweet, posted on Sunday, was liked more than 3.3 million times by Thursday -  breaking the previous record held by singer Ariana Grande after a bombing at one of her concerts in the English city of Manchester, according to aljazeera.com. Obama, reacting to the violence between white supremacists and those opposing them in Charlottesville, Virginia, tweeted a famous quote by Mandela saying, "No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion..." A picture attached to the tweet

  • Head in a backpack: Victim was quiet and harmless, says family

    Durban - The family of the man whose decapitated head was nearly sold to a traditional healer for R20 000 said Thembinkosi Nzimakwe was a “quiet and harmless” person with great respect for others This made it difficult for them to come to terms with his “evil and painful” death. They were speaking after a brief court appearance by one of the two men accused of killing Nzimakwe on Monday. It is alleged he was alive when he was beheaded and his body dumped in the bushes in Cato Crest. His head was in the process of being sold to a traditional healer, near the traditional medicine market in Durban, on August 4, when one of his alleged killers was caught carrying the head in a backpack. It is believed