• 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Leaders slam Nigeria’s decision to end relations with SA - City Press

    Nigeria’s decision to recall diplomats in the wake of the xenophobic attacks has been widely criticised by political parties, with calls for action to ensure the decision is reversed. “It is disappointing, a sad day,” said the Democratic Alliance spokesperson for international relations, Stevens Mokgalapa, yesterday. There was hope that relations would be restored under the new administration of General Muhammadu Buhari, who will be sworn in at the end of May. Mokgalapa will write to the chair of the international relations portfolio committee to request that Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane is summoned to Parliament to explain what efforts were being made to restore dialogue and remedy relations.

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  • Flashy new reality show flaunts the riches of young black South Africans

    The best things in life are free? It used to be that if you wanted to see a reality show featuring inexplicably rich people rolling around in troughs of money, you'd have to watch something American. Rich Kids promises to introduce us to a whole bunch of home-grown youngsters with the tastes of Marie Antoinette and the wardrobes of Mobutu Sese Seko.

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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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  • Zimbabwe: Drama As Gweru Workers Seize Council Cars

    THERE was drama last Friday afternoon when disgruntled Gweru City Council workers impounded the local authority's pool cars to stop their bosses going on a jaunt to Bulawayo. The vehicles were parked at Gweru Central Police Station as employees continue their fight with management over unpaid salaries and bonuses. Seizure of the vehicles was meant to block councillors and management from attending the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair which opens in Bulawayo next Tuesday. Workers Committee spokesperson, Cornelia Selipiwe said the cars were seized to show the serious nature of their grievances.

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  • Nelson Mandela Bay buses worth R100m gather dust in ‘failed project’ - City Press

    Six years on and buses that were supposed to start the bus rapid transit system in Port Elizabeth are still gathering dust outside a fresh produce market. The 60 buses were acquired by the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality in 2009 for R100 million as part of its integrated public transport system, but it has been plagued by problems and allegations of corruption. As a result, the buses remain idle, parked outside the fresh produce market in Motherwell outside Port Elizabeth. The buses were meant to diversify and improve the city’s transport system, but are now exposed to the elements all year round.

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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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  • Malema gets a pop star welcome in uMlazi - Special Features | IOL News

    INDEPENDENT MEDIA EFF commander-in-chief Julius Malema visited eMhlabeni squatter camp near uMlazi on Friday. Durban - Scores of EFF supporters welcomed their leader as they would a pop star at eMhlabeni informal settlement in uMlazi south of Durban. Clad in the party’s T-shirts, the crowd ululated, danced and sang revolutionary songs as Julius Malema, accompanied by the national spokesman, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, made his way on to the packed community sports field on Friday night.

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  • Sarah Baartman grave plaque defaced - Crime & Courts | IOL News

    Reuters The 1816 complete cast in plaster of Sarah Baartman is displayed during a ceremony at the South African Embassy in Paris in 2002, in preparation for Baartman's remains to be returned to South Africa for burial. The indigenous woman, born in 1789, was taken to London by a British navy doctor around 1810 where she was shown off in freak shows. Port Elizabeth - A plaque at Sarah Baartman’s grave in Hankey has been defaced, Eastern Cape police said on Sunday. Warrant Officer Gerda Swart said a group of men were seen throwing white paint on the plaque on Saturday.

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  • Nigeria’s recalling of ambassador ‘regrettable’

    South Africa has condemned Nigeria’s decision to recall its ambassador over a spate of attacks against foreigners. The international relations department says Nigeria is the only country that has recalled its high commissioner following the recent spate of xenophobic violence in South Africa. The government has called the step regrettable. Yesterday the Nigerian senate called for High Commissioner Martin Cobham to return home to consult the National Assembly on the situation.

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  • Here's How Much Of London Is Actually Owned By Qatar

    The Gulf emirate has bought three landmark London hotels – Claridge's, The Connaught, and The Berkeley – for a reported £1.6 billion. Here's a rundown of what it owns in the capital.

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  • Kim Kardashian's Ex-Husband Tweeted An Apparent Diss About Bruce Jenner

    It happened right after Jenner's interview with Diane Sawyer.

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  • 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.

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  • SA/Nigeria diplomatic ties under strain

    The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) said it was surprised that Nigeria recalled its high commissioner especially after the South Africa cooperated during the church collapse last year. The Nigerian senate called for Martin Cobham to return to Nigeria to consult the National Assembly on the situation in South Africa following the recent attacks on foreigners. Nigeria is the only embassy to the department's knowledge that has made efforts to sever ties with South Africa.

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  • I’m no degree cheat, says set-top box boss - City Press

    Pumla Radebe has appointed a top lawyer to act for her. The woman in charge of South Africa’s multibillion-rand digital TV set-top box roll-out is embroiled in a qualifications-fraud row after a former employee approached Parliament querying the authenticity of her degree. Now Pumla Radebe, chairperson of the Universal Service and Access Agency of SA (Usaasa), is suing Mmatlou Morudu, the agency’s former executive manager of programmes, for R750 000 in damages for injuring her reputation. Morudu wrote to Parliament asking why Radebe’s BA degree did not show up in a record search at her alma mater, Fort Hare.

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  • Zimbabwe: SA-Loving, Anti-Zim Mthwakazi Rediscover Love for Home

    State media polemicist Nathaniel Manheru, who is believed to be President Robert Mugabe's spokesman George Charamba, writes that separatist Mthwakazi activists have rediscovered home (Zimbabwe) after they too were subjected to xenophobic attacks in South Africa. Writing, he says, from Indonesia where President Mugabe is attending a conference, Manheru claims that Mthwakazi activists were rebuffed when they approached Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelithini for help.

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  • Arsenal 'boring', not Chelsea - Mourinho | The New Age Online

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho claimed that Arsenal were more deserving of the "boring" epithet after his team closed on the Premier League title with a 0-0 draw on Sunday. Chelsea's last seven league wins have come by a single-goal margin and they were taunted with chants of 'Boring, boring Chelsea!' as the clock wound down at the Emirates Stadium.

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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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  • Transnet is going strong, says Gama - Companies | IOL Business

    Transnet’s acting chief executive Siyabonga Gama is almost confident that his position is all but permanent. In an exclusive interview with Business Report this week, Gama said he did not see himself as a temporary appointee and would therefore make tough executive decisions to take the logistics and rail powerhouse further.

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