• It's saddening to witness 'our liberators' attacked

    THE first time I boarded a plane, I flew Air Botswana from Francistown to Lusaka, Zambia. The first time I saw the sea, I was in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The first time I slept in a hotel, I actually overslept at Grand Hotel in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The first time I watched the Fifa World Cup on a TV screen, I was in the Lagos suburb of Surulere, Nigeria.

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  • Nigerian govt recalls SA ambassador, SA govt responds

    “We are not sure which actions or behaviour of the South African Government the Nigerian Government is protesting. It is only Nigeria that has taken this unfortunate and regrettable step. Monyela added that South Africa wished to retain good relations with Nigeria, and that it did not blame the Abuja government for the death of scores of South African nationals in the collapse of an evangelical church in Lagos in September last year or lengthy delays in the repatriation of the victims’ remains.

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  • Bruce Jenner comes out as transgender and admits contemplating suicide

    In his tell-all interview yesterday (24.04.15), Bruce Jenner confirmed he has undergone a gender transition to become a woman, admitting he contemplated suicide when things got bad eighteen months ago.

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  • Malema says he knows who funded Zuma: Report | The New Age Online

    Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema says he has first-hand knowledge of secret donors who funded President Jacob Zuma using obscure trusts, the Sunday Times reported. Malema made the claim in an 83-page affidavit filed in the High Court in Pretoria this week in his ongoing legal battle with the SA Revenue Service, the newspaper reported. Malema said he personally raised funds for Zuma at African National Congress rallies “and from unidentified donors” before he became president of the country in 2009. There is no difference between his Ratang Family Trust, which paid for his lifestyle, and that of Zuma’s trusts, he claimed.

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  • Malema: I know who gave cash to Zuma

    This is the first time a current or former ANC insider has revealed the source of Zuma's funds when he was broke and jobless after former president Thabo Mbeki fired him as South Africa's deputy president in 2005. Malema is also the first high-profile politician to reveal how most ANC struggle veterans funded their lifestyles. Malema said he personally raised funds for Zuma at public ANC rallies "and from unidentified donors" before Zuma became president in 2009. There was no difference, he added, between the conduct of his Ratanang Family Trust, which bankrolled his lavish lifestyle, and that of Zuma's trusts.

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  • The next top cop to fall from grace? - Politics | IOL News

    Beleaguered National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega could be hauled before a disciplinary committee (DC), a move that could signal the beginning of an end to her tenure as South Africa’s top cop. A special committee set up last year by Police Minister Nathi Nhleko to investigate a number of allegations against Phiyega has recommended that she face the DC.Various independent sources close to the investigation have told The Sunday Independent that the committee – called the Reference Group – has completed its six month investigation and has already handed its report to Nhleko. Nhleko’s Reference Group is believed to have arrived at similar findings to those made by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), which previously recommended that Phiyega face an internal disciplinary hearing – and not criminal charges – for her alleged interference in the criminal investigation that led to last week’s arrest of Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer on fraud, racketeering and corruption charges.

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  • This Dad Has A Controversial Plan To Keep Boys Away From His Daughter

    It's every girl's dream to go to school wearing a T-shirt featuring her shirtless dad, right?

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  • Springbok training squads named - Springboks

    Gallo Images Key players who are currently injured, like Springbok captain Jean de Villiers, have been included in the training camps. Cape Town – The national selectors have named two squads of 44 players each – including 19 uncapped and a number of injured players – for the Springboks’ first two training camps of the season, in Johannesburg and Cape Town. The first camp, in Johannesburg, will run from May 3 to 6 and the second camp is scheduled for Cape Town from May 31 to June 3.

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  • Zwelithini, the elephant in the room - Sunday Independent

    AFP/ Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has vehemently denied that he said people should take up arms and attack foreign nationals. King Goodwill Zwelithini escapes sanction for his speech which incited xenophobic violence because of his importance to the ANC, writes Jovial Rantao. It is also good that the rule of law has, to a certain extent, prevailed, and the perpetrators of these heinous deeds will be held accountable for their crimes. In court, they will learn you cannot commit crimes in a constitutional democracy, where the rule of law is king, and get away with them.

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  • Brian Molefe shoots from the hip - City Press

    A suggestion that Eskom supply electricity directly to all South Africans, bypassing municipalities, would in effect destroy local government and derail service delivery. Electricity experts, municipalities and the SA Local Government Association on Friday lashed out at new acting CEO Brian Molefe’s idea that Eskom – which is owed R4.6 billion in municipal arrears debt – supply power directly to consumers. About 40% of Eskom’s power sales go to municipalities, which in turn sell it to residents and businesses.

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  • The Zulus are our cousins - Swazis - Africa | IOL News

    Swazis working in South Africa are reacting with fear, confusion and a sense of betrayal at the prospect of becoming victims of ongoing anti-foreigner violence in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. “The Zulus are our cousins. How can King (Goodwill) Zwelithini do this to us? In Mbabane on Thursday, police broke up a march by the Swaziland Anti-Xenophobia Society.

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  • Indonesia informs death row convicts execution just days away

    CILACAP, INDONESIA – Indonesia has informed two Australians, one Nigerian and four other death-row drug convicts that they will be executed in a matter of days, possibly as soon as Tuesday. The Attorney General's office said notices that they would face a firing squad after 72 hours were delivered to the seven on the prison island of Nusakambangan, despite last-minute appeals for clemency from the Australian government and others. “My client just received a notification letter that in 72 hours there will be an execution,” said Utomo Karim, the lawyer for the Nigerian convict, adding that six others were also told the countdown to their execution had started.

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  • ‘Black Friday’ for SA shops in Malawi - Africa | IOL News

    AFP A South African holds a sign as she stands on the side od a road in Sandton, as xenophobic violence continued. Blantyre - There was an eerie atmosphere in Malawi’s major cities as South African-owned chain stores closed and tightened security amid calls by consumer rights groups for a boycott on what some people dubbed “Black Friday”. Shops like Pep Stores, Shoprite and Game remained closed in the commercial capital, Blantyre, the eastern city of Zomba, the capital, Lilongwe, and the northern city of Mzuzu. “We have Pep Stores and Shoprite here in Mzuzu – they are both closed and armed police are all over,” journalist Winnie Botha said from the northern city.

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  • HIV Outbreak In Indiana Raises Alarm Over Injected Painkillers

    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warned that state and local health officials across the country should carefully monitor for spikes in HIV and hepatitis C. “We literally have new cases confirmed every day on an hourly basis,” Indiana’s State Health Commissioner, Jerome Adams, said in a news briefing.

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  • Mozambique: 'Leave Your Pain Behind', PM Urges Returnees

    Mozambican Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario has urged Mozambican victims of the anti-foreigner pogroms in South Africa to transform the pain caused by the wave of xenophobic violence into an internal force for the development of the country. Let us not copy what is bad about the South Africans”.

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  • Hazard was too pricey - Wenger - Premier League

    Getty Images Arsene Wenger insists he isn t haunted by his decision to back out of signing

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  • SA swim star held for theft in US - Western Cape | IOL News

    SUPPLIED South African Duncan Bonney allegedly robbed his US dorm mates blind. The student, award-winning swimmer Duncan Bonney, 22, has now been arrested in connection with 18 counts of burglary at the Birmingham-Southern College (BSC) in Alabama, where he was studying economics. Bonney is the son of Su and Gary Bonney, from Welgedacht in Bellville, who own the well-known Vineyard swimming club. Birmingham police spokesman Lieutenant Sean Edwards confirmed the arrest.

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  • ‘Execution of Bali Nine imminent’ - World News | IOL News

    The Australian government on Saturday said it has been told by Indonesia that the execution of “Bali Nine” drug traffickers Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan was “imminent”. “Indonesian authorities today advised Australian consular officials that the executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran will be scheduled imminently at Nusakambangan prison in central Java,” Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in a statement.

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  • We Don't Blame Nigeria for Boko Haram, Says Pretoria

    The South African Government takes note that the outgoing Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has recalled its Acting High Commissioner to South Africa. It is only Nigeria that has taken this unfortunate and regrettable step. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has just returned from Indonesia to attend the Africa-Asia Summit and the 60th Anniversary of the historic Bandung Conference.

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  • Whites-only bursaries to be scrapped - South Africa | IOL News

    SUPPLIED Judge Siraj Desai. Whites-only student bursaries at Stellenbosch University are set to become a thing of the past after a ruling in a test case in the Western Cape High Court declared such discriminatory bequests violate the constitution. The investigation resulted in the adoption of a policy that these discriminatory bursaries would no longer be advertised, and that steps would be taken to remedy the situation. The application went to court on Monday, where Judge Siraj Desai declared the word “white” in the will of one Martha Maria Hattingh null and void, and in violation of the constitution.

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