• timeslive.co.za

    SA student bust with R9m cash at OR Tambo airport faces music in court

    A 22-year-old student caught with just over R9m in bundles of US dollars in her hand luggage at the OR Tambo International Airport intends to plead guilty to failing to declare the cash. Fayrooz Saleh appeared nervous as she took her place in the dock at the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court on Friday. Dressed in a tan T-shirt and sporting curly dark hair and glasses‚ she battled to stand still and swayed from side to side as her case was heard. If her guilty plea is accepted‚ the court could order that she pay a fine that could amount to treble the value of the goods she failed to declare‚ or that she serve jail time not exceeding two years. Besides failing to declare‚ Saleh‚ believed to be from

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    Zulu royal family in mourning after prince's death

    The Zulu royal family is mourning the death of King Goodwill Zwelithini’s son‚ Prince Buto Zulu‚ after a long illness. IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi‚ who is also the traditional prime minister to the Zulu monarch and the Zulu nation‚ said Prince Zulu’s death on Thursday had devastated the family. He was the son of the king’s second wife‚ Queen Buhle kaMathe. “I spent the greater part of yesterday with His Majesty as condolences were expressed and the family absorbed this difficult news. It was agreed that the funeral should be held on Sunday at Dlamahlahla Palace‚ following which Prince Buto will be laid to rest in the royal cemetery in Mahashini‚” said Buthelezi. He said he had consulted with

  • Magashule appears to come out swinging against Ramaphosa

    Speaking in Bloemfontein on Friday evening, ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule raised more than a few eyebrows when he appeared to come out swinging against President Cyril Ramaphosa. Although he didn’t name Ramaphosa specifically, he was clearly referring to the president in several of his remarks, which may be related to a general sense of unhappiness in the faction of the ANC still sympathetic to former president Jacob Zuma and who feel Ramaphosa is guilty of double standards in his public crusade against corruption. On Friday, the Mail & Guardian reported that the confession by Deputy Correctional Services Minister Thabang Makwetla during an ANC national executive committee (NEC) meeting that he had received a more than R1 million cash bribe and only returned it to an unknown businessman six weeks later has angered Magashule’s supporters after Ramaphosa had apparently attacked Magashule earlier in the week.

  • Independent Online

    Relaxed visa restrictions good for SA

    Cape Town - Efforts to relax visa restrictions are expected to boost tourism in the Western Cape. This comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced planned amendments to the requirements for travelling with minors, the list of countries requiring visas for South Africa, visas for highly-skilled foreigners and an e-visa pilot programme. Ramaphosa was speaking on stimulus packages and recovery plans to revive the economy of the country. The tight restrictions on minors travelling were introduced to help curb human trafficking. It was required that a parent travelling to SA with the minor have an unabridged birth certificate showing both parents’ details and a sworn affidavit from the absent

  • Awkward! Nadia Nakai’s new song is Nicki Minaj’s old song

    The concept of sampling old music and reworking it into something new has become a large part of producing hip hop music all over the world but there’s sampling and then there’s downright passing off somebody’s work as your own and the Twitter streets seem to think that that is exactly what Nadia Nakai did with her new single Yass B***h. Nakai dropped the single yesterday and a few keen-eared music fans immediately picked up the similarity between the single and another track released in 2014. Take a listen to both songs, starting with Nadia’s single. And please be warned, both songs contain strong language: Nicki Minaj’s Yasss Bish: Does Nadia’s single qualify as having sampled the Nicki Minaj

  • Video claims to show white people in SA preparing to ‘defend the land’

    Deputy minister of justice and constitutional development, John Jeffrey, has taken to Twitter to debunk a video that he says is circulating on social media, claiming to show white South Africans getting ready to defend themselves from land expropriation. According to Jeffrey, you can tell it’s false because the “steering wheels” of the cars are on the wrong side. While South African steering wheels are found on the right, those in the video can be seen on the left. The video, that is being shared on social media, mainly among right wing and far-right accounts in the US, appears to show several clips of white people shooting semi-automatic and automatic weapons seemingly randomly spliced together,

  • Trump’s removal from office discussed, US reports

    In the latest bombshell to rock the troubled administration, The New York Times and The Washington Post reported that Rod Rosenstein in May 2017 had suggested secretly recording Trump for evidence of White House dysfunction, and using that to formally remove him from power. Coming on the heels of an explosive book by respected White House chronicler Bob Woodward, the reports added to mounting evidence indicating that numerous people in Trump’s own government have serious doubts about his fitness for office and have actively worked to undermine him. As the number two Justice Department official, Rosenstein oversees the probe into whether Trump’s 2016 election campaign colluded with Russians in defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton.