• Official lobolas wife a second time

    A government official set tongues wagging in Giyani, Limpopo, when he paid lobolo for his wife for a second time. Boy Ngobeni and his wife Lettie, a businesswoman, have been married for more than a decade. But Ngobeni, the Gauteng director-general for the treasury, felt the original lobolo was too little. At a ceremony at Nkuri village, attended by family, friends and musicians Penny Penny and Hlengani William Makhubele, Ngobeni paid additional lobolo for his wife. Despite speculation about how much it was, he refused to disclose the amount. "The money that I have transferred cannot be said in the Shangaan language, it is a big amount," he said amid ululations while addressing the gathering.

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  • Juju backs down on Madiba jibe

    Malema, who is on a week-long visit to the UK, caused a storm back in South Africa when he told an audience during his address to the Oxford Union on Wednesday that "the deviation from the Freedom Charter was the beginning of selling out ... the revolution". He added: "The Nelson we celebrate now is a stage-managed Mandela who compromised the principles of the revolution which are captured in the Freedom Charter." But on Friday night, speaking at an intimate event at the Pan African People's Movement in Tottenham, Malema moderated his remarks. "[Zimbabwean President Robert] Mugabe took it from here to here; Madiba took it from here to here. We cannot complain that 'No, these old men have sold

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  • Malema’s rant ‘crossed the line’ - Politics | IOL News

    Durban - Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema has now crossed the red line with his “warped logic and rantings” about former president Nelson Mandela, the African National Congress Youth League in KwaZulu-Natal said on Sunday. Malema, himself a former ANCYL leader until his expulsion from the ANC, said at the Oxford Union in the UK on Wednesday that Mandela had sold out the struggle of the people and of South Africa and deviated from the Freedom Charter. Malema has been universally condemned by political parties and civil society for his statements. KwaZulu-Natal ANCYL provincial secretary Thanduxolo Sabela said Malema had now taken his “vicious attacks against the icons of South Africa’s

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  • Motsepe shares his riches

    Billionaire Patrice Motsepe's mining business has not done well to the extent that for the first time his African Rainbow Minerals failed to fund his multi-million rand annual donation programme to traditional authorities and faith-based organisations. Motsepe revealed this yesterday at the Sandton Convention Centre while he was disbursing millions of rands to churches and traditional leaders. He said "the mining industry is going through serious challenges". He said the donation funds this year came from the Ubuntu Botho, a partnership between his Motsepe Foundation and insurance group Sanlam. Ubuntu Botho is also the main sponsor for Motsepe's football team Mamelodi Sundowns. "The global mining

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  • ‘Outsiders in our own land’ - Politics | IOL News

    Johannesburg - Afrikaner political party Front Nasionaal set itself on a collision course with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) by burning an EFF T-shirt and a poster showing the face of leader Julius Malema. The party led a march to the Union Buildings from the Pretoria Art Museum on Friday to hand over a memorandum, addressed to President Jacob Zuma, signalling its intention to have areas for Afrikaners to live out their heritage and exercise their right to self-determination as per the constitution. The relatively small group, led by Marius Coertze, Front Nasionaal’s legal representative, set the red EFF T-shirt, as well as a poster with Malema’s face on it, alight. Soon afterwards the

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  • Drogba just selling books, says Jose - Premier League

    London - Jose Mourinho has slapped down Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, accusing his former player of criticising the club in order to sell books, before telling current striker Diego Costa that he is “not reading the game properly”. Drogba, who scored 164 goals and won 12 major trophies at Chelsea, many of them under Mourinho, had said Chelsea did not have as many leaders as they used to. But the Portuguese hit back last night, saying he had little interest in what he thought was merely promotional material for Drogba's autobiography. “When you speak because you want to sell books, I don't read,” Mourinho said. “I like interviews, I like interviews from big guys like Didier with good journalists

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  • FNB apologises to customers for technical problem

    Irate customers vented their frustrations as their debit and credit cards were declined. FNB First National Bank FNB system problems Irate customers took to social media yesterday venting their frustrations as their debit and credit cards were declined. FNB says the problem was caused by a queue on the system slowing down transactions. The institution’s Vidya Medapati said, “FNB apologises to our customers for the inconvenience caused. We do view this problem quite seriously especially if it affects our customers. Sufficient remediation has been put in place almost immediately after the problem was experienced. We are confident that his should not happen again.” (Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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  • L-Tido falls off stage at Maftown Heights - Connect

    South African hip-hop artist, L-Tido falls off the stage during the the Maftown Heights music festival , that was held at Mary Fitzgerald Square, Johannesburg, on Friday. The artist posted the video of the fall on his Instagram account, captioned ” We got the footage, fell of the stage last night at Maftown heights – Rockstar life”. L-Tido said that he did not sustain any injuries from the fall or what looks like a jump. The music festival featured local artists, Khuli Chana , HHP, Tuks , K.O, AKA, Ricky Rick and many more. This counts and the fifth Maftown Heights event.

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  • Winnie's helper takes her to task

    Struggle stalwart and ANC MP Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is being hauled before labour authorities for alleged irregular deductions from the salary of her former domestic worker. Nomathamsanqa Dunga of Orlando East in Soweto has laid a complaint with the department of labour at Maponya Mall, Soweto. The two parties were scheduled to appear before the department's inspection and enforcement officer, but Madikizela-Mandela did not show up. Dunga, who was employed at Madikizela-Mandela's Orlando West home, alleges she made three deductions from her salary without her approval. The two had agreed on a R1500 monthly salary in early 2013. Dunga said Madikizela-Mandela would occasionally pay her as much

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  • Kill thy neighbour: Alex attack brings home SA's shame

    His attackers had followed him down a street, keeping their prey at arm's length, waiting for an opening to land the fatal blow. They circled him as, on his knees amid rubbish, he pleaded for mercy. In those moments, Emmanuel Sithole was no longer a man, a neighbour, a human being. The intensity on his attackers' faces showed that he had become a thing to kill - each thrust aimed with ferocity. Around the macabre scene - where children had played and adults had strolled moments before - some now held their hands to their mouths in horror. Others stood seemingly detached, as if watching a movie. The attack on Sithole lasted about two minutes. Alexandra township, next door to Sandton, had just

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  • Does Cassper Nyovest deserve to be named Africa's best rapper?

    For the past year, Cassper Nyovest has gone head to head with fellow rapper AKA. The duo have battled it out in terms of hot lyrics, eye catching videos, awards and record sales. Their hip hop beef has made for interesting headlines and stories, I mean who could forget AKA's team member allegedly pulling a gun on Nyovest at a recording of Sabc 1's Live AMP? Then there is the constant flaunting of iTunes sales between the two. Screen grabs on Instagram and Twitter of who sits higher on iTunes sales has become standard for both rappers. They tend to perform at the same gigs but none dare ask them to share a stage for the fear that shots could literally be fired. While the two rappers have embraced

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  • Man stabbed at Blue Lagoon

    A man believed to be in his 50s is in a critical condition after being stabbed at Durban’s Blue Lagoon on Saturday afternoon, KwaZulu-Natal paramedics said. “It is alleged the man was in an altercation which resulted in him being stabbed in the abdomen; however, the exact facts are unclear and subject to a South African Police Service investigation,” Crisis Medical spokesman Kyle van Reenen said. The man was stabilised on the scene and transported to a nearby hospital for further care, he said.

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  • Banks under fire over R99 debit order scam

    Fin24 has been inundated with emails from irate bank customers following an expose on Special Assignment on Sunday which lifted the lid on how easy it is for dubious companies operating in the call centre space to gain access to bank accounts through unauthorised debit orders. Banks in the South Africa process about 56 million debit orders a month and from these close to a million inter-bank debit orders, including non-authenticated early debit orders, are disputed every month, according to the Payments Association of South Africa (PASA). The dispute ratio for non-authenticated debit orders is between 4.5% and 6%. Lucas Mlangeni said it worried him that his bank account has been invaded by fraudsters.

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  • Black Friday sales fever sweeps SA - South Africa | IOL News

    Hundreds of people braved the long queues at stores’ Black Friday sales on Friday. The event is usually held on the Friday after Thanksgiving Thursday in the US – the day retailers have massive discounts on merchandise across the world. The sales fever gripped South Africa too on Friday as shoppers flocked to stores across the country to snap up one-day-only bargains. At Southgate Mall in Joburg’s south, shoppers at Checkers pushed and shoved as they jostled for nappies, milk, soft drinks, biscuits and soap going at a 50 percent discount. Those who wanted to score braved long queues from before 7am. Pensioner Nkele More left her Orlando West, Soweto home on a mission to buy full-cream milk. She

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  • Take back your trains: Prasa seeks refund in dodgy tender debacle

    The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa wants the Spanish company that provided the controversial Afro 4000 trains - found to be unsuitable for the local rail network - to take back its stock and refund the R2.65-billion already paid to it. The deal attracted international headlines when it was discovered earlier this year that the trains were too tall for South Africa's railways. It has also emerged that Prasa executives involved in the deal could face criminal charges for their part in the scandal. Court papers filed this week detail allegations of blatant collusion in the tender process, designed to favour certain individuals from the start. On Friday, Prasa chairman Popo Molefe approached

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  • Meyiwa murder case: Phalane to step in

    The acting National Police Commissioner has vowed to solve the case and bring closure for the families. Senzo Meyiwa Senzo Meyiwa killed National Police Commissioner JOHANNESBURG - Investigations into the murder of former Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa have taken a more serious approach, with reports that the acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phalane is assisting investigators.  The Sunday Independent is reporting that Phalane has asked for the dossier so that he can engage with the investigators.  The 27-year-old player was killed at his girlfriend's mother's home in Vosloorus just over a year ago. The investigation into Meyiwa’s murder is now receiving high priority with acting

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  • 2015: shock, awe in world rugby

    All Black captain Richie McCaw has walked away from the game he graced across 148 Test matches and the giant New Zealand wing Jonah Lomu, a man who truly revolutionised the game, tragically died at just 40. It is a matter for the history books now, but just consider some of the walls of perception that came tumbling down when the giants and minnows battled it out for the Webb Ellis Cup. Chief among these was the All Blacks becoming the first side to retain the championship. England, considered one of the pre-tournament favourites playing on their home territory, suffered the humiliation of becoming the first host nation to crash out during the pool stages after falling to Wales and Australia.

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  • Family & friends bid farewell to Jonah Lomu

    Six simple words eloquently summed up the impact Jonah Lomu had on rugby union when New Zealand paid its final respects to the former All Blacks winger on Monday. “Too big, too fast, too much,” Lomu’s high school coach Chris Grinter told the thousands of people who had flocked to Eden Park for a public memorial service. Lomu’s casket was carried to a specially built stage by former team mates, including All Blacks Michael Jones, Frank Bunce and Jerome Kaino.

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  • Collusion claims rejected

    A businesswoman who boasts of providing catering services for ANC bigwigs, including President Jacob Zuma, is at the centre of a R1.4-billion tender battle. Ethel Ruth Shongwe, who allegedly has close links to Mpumalanga legislature speaker Thandi Shongwe, is also a former deputy chairwoman of the Mpumalanga tender board. In May last year, North Gauteng High Court Judge Nicolene Janse van Nieuwenhuizen found that Shongwe had submitted two bids under two companies and should have been disqualified in terms of the resolution adopted by the bid evaluation committee. Van Nieuwenhuizen also found that Shongwe hastily formed Mabeke Women and Mbetse Ladies about a month before the closing date of bid submissions.

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Twists Mujuru 'Witchcraft' Tale

    After accusing his former Vice-President Joice Mujuru of plotting to kill him using all sorts of black magic, President Robert Mugabe appears to have abandoned the unverifiable and fanciful realm of the supernatural to come down to mother earth. Mugabe made several different public claims that his deputy Mujuru had gone to consult Nigerian witchdoctors where, in a state of semi-nudity, she invoked black spirits while slaughtering chickens in a bid to kill him. This time it was those fast-moving small black river beetles (nyungurugwi) that the vice-president had captured and had, with the aid of some nefarious witches or wizards, given names; one after him and the other after her (Mujuru). The creatures were then allegedly set against each other in a fight to the death, Mugabe said.

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