• Girl gone after taxi duo abduct passengers - Crime & Courts

    Johannesburg - They were travelling from Zimbabwe, expecting to arrive in Joburg on February 1 to catch their taxi home in the Eastern Cape. But instead, a taxi full of people landed up locked in a basement in Hillbrow being held hostage by the men who were supposed to take them home. Among them was a 15-year-old girl and her parents. The teenager is still missing. Hillbrow police spokesman Sergeant Mduduzi Zondo said it all started when the taxi had passed Pretoria en route to Joburg. “As they drove towards Joburg, the taxi driver and an accomplice started demanding money from the passengers. It was money which they had already paid to travel from Zimbabwe to Joburg,” he said. Many of the passengers

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  • Malema faced tough crowd during debate with Sunter

    Julius Malema pulled no punched in a debate with Clem Sunter in Cape Town. EFF Julius Malema Sunter debates Malema Clem Sunter CAPE TOWN - A day after Julius Malema clashed with Parliament's presiding officers, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader faced another tough crowd. Malema made an argument for his party's policies of expropriation without compensation and nationalisation, to a room full of Cape Town business people. The firebrand politician pulled no punches in a debate with futurist Clem Sunter last night. Sunter and Malema both agree South Africa has economic apartheid. But the two influential men disagree on how to fix the country's problems. Malema says black people remain subjects

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  • It has got to a stage where they want to kill my son Bellarmine: Grace Mugabe

    The official Chronicle newspaper has reported that Zimbabwe's first lady told rally-goers in the north of the country, "Imagine it has got to a stage where they want to kill my son Bellarmine." "Is it fair to expect me to smile at you," she reportedly asked in a tirade that clearly showed the ambitious former secretary is backing a faction in her husband's party opposed to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Mrs Mugabe also claimed party officials might have killed "dozens" of orphans living in an orphanage she runs next to her dairy in Mazowe, if they hadn't been found out by the authorities first. But Zimbabweans were largely disbelieving on social media. This is not the first time the first

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  • Ramaphosa car in blue light crash - Western Cape

    Cape Town - A blue light brigade vehicle in Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cavalcade has been involved in a crash in Blouberg. Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, spokesman for the directorate for priority crime investigation (the Hawks) confirmed the incident on Friday, saying “the lead car in deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa’s cavalcade was hit by a bakkie which allegedly jumped the red robot. One member was injured”. Ramaphosa was not in the vehicle involved in the crash on the corner of Blaauwberg Road and the R27, said Mulaudzi. The injured bodyguard is believed to be in intensive care unit in a nearby private hospital, said a police source. The source said a driver faced possible charges of

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  • Woman tells Malema he has no authority to talk about land, he isn't Khoisan

    "Mr Malema, you have no authority to talk about land. "The Khoisan is the only authoritative voice which can talk about land," she said to loud applause and some cheers. The woman said the Khoisan were the "first freedom fighters" who fought the colonials when they came here 360 years ago. "We were the first people of this nation. We were the first people of southern Africa and we still face oppression." She said the country's history did not start in 1910 when the ANC was formed. "We lived here and you, your ancestors, and the white ancestors found us here. Only we can talk about land ownership." Self isolation Malema told the woman that he thought she was "extremely missing a point". "Me and

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  • Farm killers get life sentences - Crime & Courts

    Durban - Young people who committed barbaric and despicable acts of violence against innocent and defenceless members of society should not expect a lighter sentence by claiming to rely on their relative youthfulness and immaturity. Judge Rishi Seegobin made the comments in a reserved judgment handed down in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Thursday, in turning down the appeal of Lindokuhle Khoza, one of three men who had killed Ekard Schutte, 76, his wife, Elizabeth, 66, and their son, Lutz, 33, at their farm in Richmond in March 2014. Khoza and his accomplices were all given life sentences for the murder, 15 years for aggravated robbery and five for being in possession of an unlicensed firearm.

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  • Zuma says disruptive opposition showed 'how useless they are'

    Watch the moment EFF walked out of #SONA2016 "They are showing how useless they are, people will never vote for them," Zuma said a day after seeing his annual state of the nation address interrupted. "They don't understand democracy, how it works." "They just move with the wind when it goes this way, that way, shame on them," said Zuma. Lawmakers from the leftist Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), dressed in their uniforms of red workers' overalls and hard hats, noisily interrupted his speech for an hour before being ordered out of the chamber on Thursday night. "Zuma is no longer a president that deserves respect from anyone," EFF's firebrand leader Julius Malema yelled at the president. But Zuma

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  • Young African Leadership Initiative asks ANC to recall Zuma for 'betraying SA and party': iLIVE

    The announcement by President Jacob Zuma to replace the finance minister has recklessly endangered the South African economy. This decision can only be described as a disaster. As representatives of a young professional generation, passionate about building a better South Africa, we call on the ANC to recall the President for the betrayal of the people of South Africa. This betrayal will be experienced differently by the rich, the middle class, and the poor; but it will negatively impact everyone. From declines in social services to sky-rocketing interest rates, life in South Africa has just become tougher.   The financial indicators of the announcement yesterday have clearly communicated the

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  • Tax increases, including a ‘wealth tax’, could constrain growth

    THE South African economy has pneumonia, and the best medicine would be relaxation from some stifling laws and regulations and perhaps a few drops of tax relief. However, speculations about what medicine Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is going to apply seems to indicate none of this. Keith Engel, CEO of the South African Institute of Tax Professionals (SAIT), says to make matters more difficult, tax increases can easily constrain growth even further. "This in turn comes at a price with additional taxes hindering future tax revenue itself as a slowdown in growth leads to a slowdown in growth of tax revenue. South African consumers are already under pressure from increased interest rates, low

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  • Watch: Vavi says #SONA16 proved that 'when all has failed there is self delusion'

    At a post #SONA2016 panel discussion at Wits Business School on Friday, former COSATU General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi spoke candidly about what he described as “one of the most boring” and repetitive speeches from President Jacob Zuma. Vavi also described the EFF’s rebellion as a demonstration of the state of affairs in South Africa.

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  • Jealous Zimbabwean husband axes wife to death

    A jilted Zimbabwe man, Collen Dube, 35, has reportedly killed his wife, Tumelo Ncube, 25, with an axe, as her teenage brother watched helplessly. According to the state-owned Chronicle newspaper, relatives of the couple said the two had been having marital problems, with Dube accusing his wife of cheating on him. The couple had been together for three years and had two children. "Their relationship had never been smooth as Dube was always accusing Tumelo of cheating on him. They were always quarrelling. About two weeks ago, they had a serious dispute and the village head had to intervene. My daughter returned home [to stay with us]," Tumelo's father Joseph was quoted saying. Joseph said his son-in-law

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  • Zimbabwe: Prof Jonathan Moyo Misses Stem Engine!

    THE Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Prof Moyo must be hailed for his STEM initiative. His program of sponsoring A' level students to study Math, Biology, Chemistry and Physics with a full government scholarship and even with C grades at O level is a step in the right direction. However, worryingly, the program excludes Computer Science which is the most important subject for the 21st century. Recently, the World Economic Forum in Davos ran under the theme, "the Fourth Industrial Revolution" and put STEM education as an answer to the challenges of the coming decade. Therefore, Prof Moyo is in lock step with global approach to education in the 21st

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  • District Six 'master plan' to be unveiled - Western Cape

    INDEPENDENT MEDIA Raylaine Hendricks, 97, has her say at the commemoration event at the District Six Museum s Homecoming Centre. Cape Town - Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti is looking at a master plan for District Six which would involve building 260 units over two years - but he still needs the buy-in of the community about the design. Nkwinti, who on Thursday attended the 50-year commemoration of District Six being declared a white group area, said he would be meeting with the community next month to discuss the plan which he believes should involve building extra levels. Nkwinti said although District Six was among the first land claims in the country to be prioritised after the passing of the Restitution of Land Rights Act in 1994, it had proven to be among the most complex claims to settle.

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  • Moses Kotane’s widow turns 104 - Politics

    Rustenburg - Rebecca Kotane, the widow of the late struggle stalwart Moses Kotane, celebrated her 104th birthday on Friday. “Mme Rebecca Kotane is our mother and we love her. We thank God for blessing us with her life. She is 104 years old today,” said Fetsang Mokati-Thebe, from the Moses Kotane local municipality, wishing her a happy birthday. The Moses Kotane municipality in North West was named after her husband. Moses Kotane was the former treasurer-general of the ANC and secretary general of the South African Communist Party. He suffered a stroke in 1968. Kotane sought treatment in the Soviet Union where he died on May 19, 1978. Kotane's remains were returned to South Africa on March 1 last

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  • Zimbabwe: First Lady Dares Lacoste Group - Threatens to Name, Shame Factionalists

    The First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe says she will soon name and shame senior Zanu-PF officials fanning factionalism, saying such people were behind youths who were paraded donning T-shirts inscribed "Team Lacoste." Team Lacoste is alleged to be a faction within Zanu-PF reportedly led by Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and some youths appeared in the private media putting on the regalia at the funeral of the uncle of Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander General Constantine Chiwenga. She also warned some service chiefs whom she said were behind the attempted bombing of the First Family's Alpha Omega Dairy in Mazowe, Mashonaland Central. Addressing thousands of villagers at Kanyemba Secondary School

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  • Claremont couple in ICU after attack - Crime & Courts

    Cape Town - A Claremont couple are fighting for their lives in hospital after they were brutally attacked in their Claremont home on Thursday. Their domestic worker has been left traumatised. Brian Hodgson, 74, and his wife Carol, 70, were attacked in their Washington Road home after suspects had entered their house through a sliding door. Brian was stabbed several times and his wife suffered a broken arm after she was beaten with a crowbar, their neighbour, Annie Bisset, said. Relatives of the Hodgsons were too distraught to be interviewed. Bisset said the couple are in intensive care in different hospitals. Police spokesperson FC van Wyk confirmed the attack on the couple and that the domestic

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  • 1600km/h record attempt delayed

    Johannesburg - The British Bloodhound SSC team, which seven years ago announced plans to break the world land speed record here in South Africa, has again postponed its scheduled test runs. Late last year a near race-ready car was revealed to more than 8000 guests at an event in the UK, and at the time project leader Richard Noble said that the 13.5 metre-long speed machine would attempt a series of tests in the UK this coming April. But last week it was announced that the UK runway trials have been pushed back until later this year, with ongoing funding negotiations cited as the setback. “The most difficult part is behind us,” said Noble. “We have designed and built the world’s ultimate racing

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  • ‘I did not backtrack on paying back the money for Nkandla,’ says Zuma

    PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma said he did not backtrack on paying back the money for Nkandla, but rather waited for parliamentary processes to decide on how to act. Mr Zuma was speaking on Friday at the state of the nation discussion at The New Age Business briefing in Cape Town. "I do not think there was a change in my view with this matter. The public protector report said there was nothing wrong. But she did say there (were) a few items she had a view of that did not qualify as security elements and felt the president and family need to pay back a reasonable amount. She did not say how much. "She then said the minister of police and minister of finance must determine what needs to be paid." Mr Zuma

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  • Stellenbosch students cleared following 'blackface' incident

    Stellenbosch University will provide support to two students who were at the centre of the incident. Stellenbosch University Stellenbosch Black face White girls dress up with black faces CAPE TOWN - Stellenbosch University says an investigation into two of its students, involved in an alleged "black-face" incident, has found they had no intention of black-facing. The institution's Equality Unity which was tasked with probing the matter recommended that the two women be reinstated into residence. They were temporarily suspended from the Heemstede Residence last week after photos showing them in what appears to be a black-face costume caused outrage. In an apology on Facebook, one of the students

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  • 5 drug deaths in a week in Eersterus - Crime & Courts

    Pretoria - In just six months, more than 35 young people from Eersterus, east of Pretoria, have reportedly died from drug-related conditions. They either overdosed, committed suicide from depression caused by drugs, or were killed by drug dealers for failing to settle debts. This week alone, five people lost their lives from drug-related incidents, according to the Eersterus Local Drug Action Committee. Eersterus is known to exhibit a hazardous pattern of drug abuse. Drugs such as tik, Cat, dagga and nyaope are prevalent in the community and children as young as 10 years old, including girls, are reportedly experimenting with them. In August, President Jacob Zuma conducted a community imbizo

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