• 'Don't anger the Islamic State' – expert

    Government is being warned to tread carefully with regards to the religion factor in the terrorism trial of the Thulsie brothers. They were arrested earlier this month for allegedly planning to bomb the United States embassy and Jewish institutions in South Africa. A security analyst said both the Islamic State (IS) and the Muslim community would be paying very close attention to this case, given the media attention it has been receiving. The twins, Brandon-Lee and Toni-Lee Thulsie, are set to appear again today in the Johannesburg Magistrates’ Court for their bail hearing. The 23-year-olds have since acquired the services of Czech mobster Radovan Krecjir’s lawyer Annelene van den Heever. In

    The Citizen q
  • Judge frees Ronald Reagan's would-be killer Hinckley

    In addition to former president Ronald Reagan, John Hinckley Jr’s attack wounded three other people. Ronald Reagan John Hinckley Jr NEW YORK - John Hinckley Jr, who wounded former US president Ronald Reagan and three other people in a 1981 assassination attempt prompted by his obsession with actress Jodie Foster, can be freed from a psychiatric hospital to live with his mother, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday. US District Judge Paul Friedman said Hinckley, 61, who was found not guilty by reason of insanity in a 1982 trial, no longer posed a danger to himself or others.  He said Hinckley could be released from St Elizabeth’s, a government psychiatric hospital in Washington, as soon as 5 August,

    ewn.co.za q
  • South Africa: Image of Man Pointing at Tornado Goes Viral

    A brief history of tornadoes in South Africa The icy weather that has gripped vast swathes of the country over the last few days is extraordinary. From flooded CBD streets and severely damaged informal settlements in Durban, to snow-capped peaks in the Drakensberg and now, a tornado in Johannesburg, South Africans find themselves talking about the weather with great gusto. And from the noise on social media you would think tornados are a very rare occurrence in the country. In reality, while rare, tornadoes are not exceptional. While it is difficult to estimate with any degree of accuracy how many tornadoes have been experienced in the country, tornados are said to usually occur in Gauteng, the

    AllAfrica.com q
  • Zimbabwe: Soldiers Receive July Salaries

    Soldiers received their July salaries on Monday as Government started paying its workers' salaries for this month. In interviews, soldiers confirmed Government had honoured its promise to pay them. "We received our salaries today and we are happy that the Government honoured its promise. We hope that efforts are being made to ensure that our salaries are paid on time every month," said a soldier who requested anonymity. The Government released the civil servants' pay dates for July last week. Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Prisca Mupfumira said the army and the Air Force of Zimbabwe would be paid yesterday followed by the health sector tomorrow. She said the Zimbabwe Republic

    AllAfrica.com q
  • Nigeria: Meet the 'Yahoo Boys'

    Many undergraduates in Nigerian universities dabble in internet fraud. Nicknamed "yahoo-yahoo" after the international web portal and search engine, this perfidy has become a way of life for the young con-artists. Many of these fraudsters - dubbed "yahoo-boys" - have become filthy rich. Some have been caught by the law. In April 2012, Olasaidi Dare, an undergraduate of the Olabisi Onabanjo University in Ago-Iwoye, was sentenced to five years' imprisonment for an attempt to obtain money under false pretences in a cyber-café. On June 5 2012, a Federal High Court in Kaduna State sentenced Imonina Kingsley, of the University of Ilorin, to 20 years' imprisonment. He defrauded an Australian of US$1,000

    AllAfrica.com q
  • Bail application for Thulsie twins postponed - Crime & Courts

    Johannesburg - The bail application of twins Brandon-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie, accused of terrorism, was postponed in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday. The matter was postponed to Thursday, after the court heard that the 23-year-old twins stated in their affidavits that they felt they were unlawfully arrested. Prosecutor Chris MacAdam said that he had to research the issue that was brought up by the twins and would be ready to proceed and respond accordingly on Thursday. Magistrate Pieter Du Plessis reiterated that this matter was meant to be brought up in their first appearance and the sooner it was dealt with the better. Annelene Van den Heever, for the Thulsie twins, requested

    Independent Online q
  • Nigeria: Govt Urged to Ban Tomato Paste Importation

    The President, Lagos State Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Dr. Nike Akande, has called on the federal government to support local production of tomato pastes in Nigeria, pointing out that this would help the country attain self-sufficiency in food production and boost local consumption. Also, NLC scribe cum Secretary General of the Textile Workers' Union, Issa Aremu, has urged the federal government to ban the importation of tomato paste into the country. The duo made the call during the unveiling of Erisco Foods Innovation Tomato Processing Technology in Lagos. The equipment converts dry and fresh tomatoes into finished products. Akande said that agriculture can play a vital role in

    AllAfrica.com q
  • Frugal Cassper rents his house out online for R2K a night

    Keegan Dolly took a morning plane on Thursday from OR Tambo International to Sao Paulo in excited mood as participation in this year's Olympic Games follows fast on the heels of Mamelodi Sundowns reaching the semifinals of the African Champions League.

    Times LIVE q
  • Malema heaps praise on old ANC rival Maile

    EFF leader Julius Malema tweeted on Wednesday evening about the “enormous respect” he had for his former ANC Youth League comrade Lebogang Maile, who is now the MEC for economic development and an ANC Gauteng provincial executive committee member. Maile served as head of social transformation in the ANC Youth League’s provincial executive committee. Malema tweeted: “I have enormous respect for Lebogang Maile, the guy is real and not fake. I hope @MYANC won’t destroy him, this country needs people like him.” In 2010, the Youth League in Gauteng elected Maile as the organisation’s chairman in Gauteng. He was unofficially backed by Gauteng ANC chairman Paul Mashatile, who was contesting the position

    The Citizen q
  • Cyril hints that Mbeki is needed

    In the wake of speculation about whether former president Thabo Mbeki is willing to assist the ruling ANC to campaign for the local government elections on August 3, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa yesterday called on “all ANC heavyweights” to campaign for the party. “All hands have to be on deck,” Ramaphosa said at the ANC’s call centre in Randburg, Johannesburg, in what could be interpreted as a reference to Mbeki. Last week, The Citizen quoted reliable sources as saying that Mbeki, who was recalled nine months before the end of his term in 2008, was not keen to canvass for the ANC. The ANC in Greater Johannesburg has described as “mischievous” the reports that Mbeki was “not keen” to assist

    The Citizen q
  • SABC to look into complaints over Khanyi, Somizi and Ntombi's show

    The 8-10AM show, which recently debuted and is presented by Ntombi Ngcobo, Khanyi Mbau and Somizi Mhlongo, has seen relentless bashing from Metro FM listeners on social media platforms. Some fans have said on Twitter that Mhlongo is more suited for the graveyard shift, whereas some said the trio is too loud to be listened to in the morning. Other fans even tweeted that they will be migrating to other radio stations. SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago said management will have to look at exactly what is not working. "The show has been on air for just one week, and I think most of the negative comments about the show have been emotional. "Obviously management would have to do a thorough evaluation

    Times LIVE q
  • Mokonyane could be disciplined for comments on ANC's R1bn campaign

    Mokonyane‚ who is Minister of Water Affairs and Sanitation‚ appears to have irked senior members of the party by stating that the ANC had spent more than R1-billion campaigning for the local government elections. She made the comment in Cape Town last week‚ where‚ to the surprise of many‚ she also stated that ANC provincial chair Marius Fransman – embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal – was back at work. Eyewitness News reported on Tuesday that Mokonyane could be disciplined by the party for commenting on its finances. ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa said: "The secretary-general indicated that anybody that comments about this issue to the media would need to be disciplined in line with the of the

    Times LIVE q
  • Real still in the hunt to sign Pogba

    Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has ended speculation regarding the future of Colombian international James Rodriguez by confirming the 25-year-old winger will remain at the club. Reports in England and Spain linked Rodriguez, who joined Real from Monaco shortly after the 2014 World Cup, with a move to the Premier League this summer, with Manchester United among the clubs keen to acquire his services. Speaking ahead of his team's opening pre-season game against Paris Saint-Germain on Thursday at the Ohio Stadium in Columbus, United States, Zidane said: “James is a Real Madrid player. “We have a very good squad, we have won with this team and James is just one more in the team. He will remain

    Independent Online q
  • #ThisFlag pastor toremain in SA - Africa

    Johannesburg - Reunited with his family in South Africa, Evan Mawarire, 39, the part-time pastor of a small, informal Harare congregation, and architect of Zimbabwe’s fast-growing social media protest site, #This Flag, says he is not going home. His family, his wife and two daughters arrived from Zimbabwe late last week and he is now prepared to say on record that he is too nervous to return just yet. Shortly after he encouraged people to stay away from work on July 6, President Robert Mugabe targeted him by accusing him of working for the French and US governments on a “regime change” agenda. Mawarire became an instant national hero when he launched #This Flag in April, highlighting how many

    Independent Online q
  • Southern Africa: Swazi King Prepares Lavish SADC Summit As Population Starves

    The next SADC summit takes place in Swaziland in August - at great cost to the Swazi taxpayer. The money would be better spent on providing desperately needed food for the country's long-suffering population. By MANQOBA NXUMALO. Next month, Swaziland will host the 36th Southern African Development Commuinty (SADC) Heads of State summit, with King Mswati III set to take over as chairman of the regional body. In Swazi media King Mswati's ascendance as chairman of SADC is hailed as historic mainly because ever since the regional bloc was established in 1992, Swaziland has never occupied the chairmanship role. King Mswati is currently deputising for the current chairman, Botswana's Ian Khama, and

    AllAfrica.com q
  • Denel wins Gupta business rescue case - Business News

    Johannesburg - Denel on Wednesday said it felt vindicated from allegations of being co-opted by the Gupta family after the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria dismissed an urgent business rescue application made by LMT Holdings against the state-owned defence conglomerate. The application for business rescue brought by LMT Holdings, a Denel subsidiary, was dismissed with costs by the same court on Tuesday due to the applicants’ failure to make out a case supporting their application. LMT is a local vehicle engineering and manufacturing company that is 51 percent-owned and supported by Denel. In a statement, Denel said the applicants failed to put before the court and the respondents a replying

    Independent Online q
  • 'Fake Mazibuko' thinks DA is racist

    DA member of parliament Ian Ollis has taken to social media to warn the public against fake Twitter accounts that are trying to mischaracterise DA leaders such as Helen Zille, Mmusi Maimane and Lindiwe Mazibuko. On Tuesday morning, on his personal Facebook account, Ollis wrote: “Hi all. There are a number of fake tweets purporting to come from Helen Zille, Lindiwe Mazibuko and Mmusi Maimane claiming that the DA is racist, that the ANC is great, etc. They have actually recreated the Twitter profiles with relevant photos, etc. Our enemies are clearly desperate. Please don’t be taken in by ANC people on social media posting these fake tweets!” He also shared the warning on Twitter. The Citizen did

    The Citizen q
  • Motaung pours cold water on Kaizer Chiefs move for Steven Pienaar

    Pienaar’s second spell at English Premier League side Everton came to an end last month and he has been linked with several clubs in SA and in the cash-rich Chinese Super League. The 34-year-old dribbling wizard told Times Media Digital that he still has two seasons left in him but is yet to decide where he is headed next. Chiefs sign Bryce Moon’s younger brother Ryan ‘for the future’  He added that the idea of playing in the Soweto derby for either Chiefs or their rivals Orlando Pirates remains one of his unfulfilled ambitions and he hopes to change that before calling time on his career. But Motaung said on Wednesday it is highly unlikely that the midfielder will turn out in the Amakhosi gold

    Times LIVE q
  • Tutu’s open letter to baby goes viral - Western Cape

    Cape Town - It's not every day that someone gets a heart-warming open letter written to them from Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. A letter was written earlier this month after the father of an American infant wrote to Tutu, saying that he was collecting letters for his newborn daughter Juliet. All the way from his Cape Town abode, Archbishop wrote the following: Hello, little sister. You don't know me. I am a very old grandfather from South Africa nearing the end of my journey on earth while your journey - on another continent many miles away - is just beginning. We may never meet on earth, so I thought to send you a secret. Well, it's not really a secret because we should all know it. So I

    Independent Online q
  • DA, EFF won't let Zuma off hook over Nkandla

    The DA insists Jacob Zuma is liable for R63.9 million, while the EFF says he must go to jail. President Jacob Zuma Nkandla Democratic Alliance Economic Freedom Fighters CAPE TOWN - South Africa’s two largest opposition parties have warned that President Jacob Zuma will not be off the hook once he repays the R7.8 million owed to the state for the Nkandla upgrades. The Democratic Alliance (DA) insists Zuma is liable for R63.9 million in fringe-benefit tax, while the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says the President must be held criminally liable for the abuse of taxpayers’ money. The two parties took Zuma to the Constitutional Court earlier this year for an order compelling him to pay back a reasonable

    ewn.co.za q