• Nigeria's Most Wanted Corruption Suspect Lives in UK

    President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed that one of Nigeria's biggest corruption suspects is currently residing in the United Kingdom. Buhari said this during an interview with The Telegraph. He said his government would put its trust in British officials to ensure that the unnamed suspect was brought to justice. Despite his refusal to identify the individual in question, all fingers seemed to point to former Petroleum Resources Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke, who is believed to have embezzled $20m from the accounts of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). Buhari also said that he had enlisted the co-operation of the British National Crime Agency (NCA) in prosecuting individuals

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  • Contralesa calls on Mandla Mandela to step down

    Mandela married a Muslim woman at the weekend and is believed to have converted to Islam last year. Mandla Mandela Muslim Contralesa Mandla Mandela married CAPE TOWN - The Congress of Traditional Leaders of South African (Contralesa) has called on Mvezo Chief Mandla Mandela to step down following his conversion to Islam.  Mandela married Rabia Clarke, a Muslim woman, at the weekend and is believed to have converted to Islam late last year.  It's his fourth marriage.  Contralesa’s Xolile Ndevu says Mandela’s new religious affiliation is a problem.  Ndevu believes Chief Mandela cannot both lead the people of Mvezo and the Eastern Cape and be a Muslim at the same time. “It means now he is no longer

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  • What's next for Zuma?

    Talk Radio 702 | Political analyst Prince Mashele makes sense of Jeremy Gauntlett's concession at the ConCourt hearing yesterday. CAPE TOWN – Yesterday, President Jacob Zuma's lawyer Jeremy Gauntlett said the Public Protector’s report on Nkandla was binding. Political analyst Prince Mashele said Gauntlett’s concession in the Constitutional Court hearing against Zuma exposed attempts by the African National Congress (ANC) and Zuma to undermine the Constitution. Mashele says many more embarrassments are coming the ANC’s way. “It appears to me that all along, he has adopted an arrogant posture thinking that this case had no serious implications.” He adds if the Constitutional Court rules against

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  • A humble DJ Sbu takes to the streets of Joburg to sell his energy drink

    Armed with a can of Mofaya, matching clothing and a large poster advertising a music concert in benefit of student funding - DJ Sbu sold his drink to drivers in peak traffic. Hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to students of the Sbu Leope Fund which provides tuition and accomodation for disadvantaged school kids. The bold entrepreneur wasn't shy as he walked up and down, selling the drink.  "Thank you to all who gave us words of encouragement, shared laughter with us & bought our entire stock today. We appreciate you guys. We doing this not for us but for your kids. We hope to serve as an inspiration on what active citizenship is all about," said Leope. Watch the DJ below. A video

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  • EFF gives 25 reasons why ‘the Guptas must go’

    THE Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Wednesday released the full list of the "25 reasons why the Guptas must leave or be made to leave the country immediately #Guptasmustgo". The party had launched the campaign on Tuesday night‚ hours after it and its leader‚ Julius Malema‚ were indicted by the North Gauteng High Court from inciting acts of violence against the Gupta family‚ Oakbay Investments‚ The New Age‚ ANN7 and other of the family’s subsidiary company’s shareholders‚ staff and property. By Tuesday night‚ the EFF had shared the first three reasons on its Instagram account‚ and on Wednesday morning released the full list. A defiant Mr Malema had‚ in reaction to the High Court ruling‚ said: "We must respect the courts.

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  • Guptas focus helping mining firms get away with murder: Mantashe

    African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe said big mining companies operating in South Africa lack patriotism and a focus on the Gupta family was not helping in dealing with mischief committed by these companies. Speaking to the SABC ahead of President Zuma’s State of the Nation Address, Mantashe said a concerted focus on Gupta family was actually helping big mining companies like Exxaro, Glencore and Anglo American evade tough questions about their transformative roles in the South African economy. Asked whether he thinks there is a Gupta obsession, Mantashe said: “The point I am making is that the obsession is when you leave Exxaro, Glencore and Anglo American scot-free

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  • Mos Def appears in film on World Passport

    The Western Cape High Court will today‚ Tuesday‚ hear an application from Mos Def‚ who’s birth name is Dante Terrell Smith‚ for an indefinite stay in South Africa. The musician was arrested in January after Home Affairs discovered that he did not have a valid passport. This came after he presented a World Passport to airport officials to travel to a gig in Ethiopia. An investigation reportedly discovered that the rapper's wife‚ Sharon Smith‚ and four children had been living in the country illegally since 2014. His family has been granted an interim order to stay in the country. “My country is called Earth‚” Yasiin Bey says in the new film. “This whole thing belongs to everybody that’s on it.”

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  • Justice for Simelanes after 33 years - Crime & Courts

    Johannesburg – The family of murdered South African activist Nokuthula Simelane has welcomed the news that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) will finally charge four former apartheid security policemen with her murder and kidnapping. The NPA on Monday said the four former members of the Soweto Special Branch would stand trial for the murder of Simelane who disappeared without trace in 1983. In a statement issued on behalf of the family, representatives said: “After 33 years in the relentless pursuit of truth and accountability, the family of anti-apartheid activist Nokuthula Simelane will finally see justice done.” It described the decision to charge the policemen as a “significant and

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  • Zuma will pay back the money

    This was the concession on Tuesday in the Constitutional Court by Zuma's advocate in the case about Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report on the upgrades at his private residence in Nkandla. “We are proposing that which could bring an end to the protracted issue which has traumatised the nation‚” Zuma’s counsel Jeremy Gauntlett SC said. However‚ Gauntlett was still opposing the orders sought by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the Democratic Alliance (DA)‚ which both wanted the court to declare that Zuma’s failure to comply with the Public Protector’s report was a breach of the president’s obligations under the Constitution. Gauntlett said the question also remained as to how much

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  • Why there is only one race

    Tim Crowe explains how the origin of the KhoiSan tells us that “race” has no place in human ancestry. The ancient origins, anatomical, linguistic and genetic distinctiveness of southern African San and Khoikhoi people are matters of confusion and debate. They are variously described as the world’s first or oldest people; Africa’s first or oldest people, or the first people of South Africa. They are in fact two evolutionarily related but culturally distinct groups of populations that have occupied southern Africa for up to 140,000 years. Their first-people status is due to the fact that they commonly retain genetic elements of the most ancient Homo sapiens. This conclusion is based on evidence

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  • Things not getting better for LVG

    Reuters Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal suffered a fresh blow when the club's share price dipped to its lowest level in over three years. Embattled Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal suffered a fresh blow on Monday when the Premier League club's share price dipped to its lowest level in over three years. Van Gaal has been engaged in a battle to hold onto his job for much of a troubled season and that struggle was hardly helped by news that United's share position isn't much healthier than their league status. United's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League were dented on Sunday when Chelsea striker Diego Costa scored in stoppage-time to rescue a 1-1 draw against Van Gaal's team, who are now six points adrift of the top four with 13 matches remaining.

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  • Mbete's lawyer involved in SAA debacle

    National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete's lawyer Lindi Nkosi-Thomas, who fumbled through her submissions in the Nkandla matter in the Constitutional Court on Tuesday, was previously accused of doctoring a legal opinion while she was an SAA board member. BDlive reported in December 2014 that the allegation was the basis of a complaint to the public protector and the Johannesburg Bar Council in 2013. Nkosi-Thomas resigned from the airline's board in early 2014. The council said at the time that the complaint did not sustain a case of professional misconduct. The public protector's office told the website that its investigation was continuing. Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's office and Parliament

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  • Minnie Dlamini, Thomas Mlambo exit SABC's Soccerzone

    A public commitment to publish its Social Labour Plan on the company’s website by Mark Cutifani‚ Chief Executive of Anglo American PLC‚ is a step in the right direction and more companies need to follow suit‚ says the Bench Marks Foundation.

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  • The illegals’ guide to crossing the South African border

    There are several illegal crossing spots along this strip of fence that lines the road between Pongola and Piet Retief. Swaziland is on the other side of the fence, but it’s not just Swazis who use it: many Mozambicans and other nationalities like this route because it’s considered less risky. We stop at one crossing, guarded by soldiers – two South Africans and two Swazis. More taxis drop off people from the South African side, who want to cross illegally into Swaziland. They all look terrified, each of them casting a sharp look along the stretch of road before alighting from the taxis. They are looking to see if there are no approaching police cars. The taxis leave immediately after dropping

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  • SA’s status quo ‘cannot continue’ - Business News

    Johannesburg - A meeting between South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and business leaders on how to avoid a junk credit rating resolved that the current situation in the economy can’t continue, according to AngloGold Ashanti Chief Executive Officer Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan. “There was a clear realisation that a ratings downgrade would damage South Africa Inc quite considerably,” Venkatakrishnan said in an interview in Cape Town on Monday. “What was clearly concluded was that the status quo can’t continue.” Read: Weak growth to trim SA revenue - Moody's Gordhan held unprecedented talks with about 60 CEOs on January 29 to discuss how to avoid a credit-rating downgrade and boost investor

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  • Mbete's bumbling advocate admits Parly was wrong in Nkandla matter

    She raised her voice, used dramatic hand gestures, and occasionally stood in silence before the judges after they asked her questions. Her demeanour and comments even amused Public Protector Thuli Madonsela who laughed when Nkosi-Thomas made a comment about her powers. Nkosi-Thomas was asked if the National Assembly had erred in how it approached the remedial action recommended by Madonsela in her report on the upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead. "Did the National Assembly fail to exercise oversight of the president as a member of executive?" Justice Edwin Cameron asked. After mumbling, Nkosi-Thomas conceded, "Parliament took a wrong position." Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke

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  • ‘We grilled Guptas on Glencore deal’ - Business News

    Johannesburg - Be transparent with us: Are you involved in any corruption? This was one of the questions posed to the politically connected Gupta family by the Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) at a meeting in Sandton yesterday. “I asked them some very tough questions. And they made a presentation which was fairly transparent. They answered all our questions adequately and to our satisfaction that they are not involved in any corruption,” said Ike Moroe, a member of the MKMVA’s national executive committee, speaking to The Star. Read: Commission set to probe Gupta deal The MKMVA convened a media briefing at the ANC's Luthuli House headquarters later to respond to “lies and

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  • South Africa: TB Joshua On Course to Win Inaugural Award

    PROMINENT churchman, TB Joshua, is leading the race to become the first African Prophetic Pastoral Award Winner. HOPe AfricA, a nonprofit, public charity organisation, is organising the award, based on popular opinion. Over 30 African pastors were selected for this exercise and four made the final list. Among the pastors and their region, as well as scores, are Paseka Mboro Motsoeneng (87,5 percent, South Africa), Gary Skinner (88 East Africa), Jerry Antonie (85,5 percent (Central Africa) and Joshua (90,5 percent(West Africa). Recommendations from the public close next Tuesday. The winner will be determined in a couple weeks but at a date to be announced in due course. Francis John, founder of

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  • Zika virus: Obama seeks $1.8bn - World News

    Washington/London - President Barack Obama will ask the US Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funds to fight Zika at home and abroad and pursue a vaccine, the White House said on Monday, but he added there is no reason to panic over the mosquito-borne virus. Zika, spreading rapidly in South and Central America and the Caribbean, has been linked to severe birth defects in Brazil, and public health officials' concern is focused on pregnant women and women who may become pregnant. Obama's request to Congress includes $200 million for research, development and commercialisation of new vaccines and diagnostic tests for the virus. At least 12 groups are working to develop a vaccine. On

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  • Soccer star bonks friend's wife

    2016-02-07 10:59:16.0 | AUBREY MOTHOMBENI | Former SuperSport United and Polokwane City midfielder Jabu Maluleke is accused of wrecking another man's marriage. The wayward soccer player was allegedly caught after sending raunchy WhatsApp messages to S'busiso Nkosi's wife Puleng, detailing their alleged sexcapades. It is understood the chats put a strain on the couple's struggling marriage. According to Nkosi, Maluleke, also married, comes from Chiawelo, Soweto, the same neighbourhood as his wife. When the "naughty" duo were contacted for comment, Puleng hung up, and Maluleke could not be reached for two weeks and failed to respond to text messages. Some of the raunchy messages between them took

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