• 50 Cent's family left 'traumatised' by his manhood

    During his interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live! the rapper said his aunt was left fuming, because he had not warned her about the scene - where his former jailbird character Kanan is seen pleasuring himself - before she tuned in for the episode. Pastor Mboro defends his new R2 million BMW: 'God is rewarding me'  "My aunt sees the show, and she's like, 'I'm traumatised!'" he quipped. "'She texted me like, 'What the f***? Why didn't you tell me?'" 50 Cent explained that he was aware his manhood was going to play some role on the scene but pleaded ignorance when it came to how big it ended up being. Winnie Ntshaba wages war on fake 'Julius is a Grigamba' comments  "I knew it was there, but in the original

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  • Nigeria: Sardauna Foundation Donates N20 Million to Boko Haram Victims

    Some officials of the Sardauna Foundation on Friday visited the Borno State capital, Maiduguri, where they condoled the family of late elder statesman, Shettima Ali Monguno, who died last month. Led by the chairman of its board of trustees and former governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, the foundation, named after the late Sardauna of Sokoto, Ahmadu Bello, also paid a courtesy call on the Borno State government. It donated N20 million to the government to assist people displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency that has ravaged Borno and other north-eastern states. Presenting the cheque to the governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, Mr. Aliyu said it was imperative for the foundation to make

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  • Sars nails Zuma’s son over fraud

    At the centre of the dispute is a raid on ATM’s cigarette manufacturing business in Pietermaritzburg in 2011. The expensive plant was imported from China. ATM was incorporated in 2009. The company is registered as manufacturing and distributing of tobacco related products. A squad of Sars officials swooped on the premises, seized goods and machinery, shutting the plant down. ATM was later allowed to operate, but the legal wrangle has continued and Zuma and his partners are now immersed in a bitter exchange with Sars officials. In legal papers which our sister paper The Sunday Independent has seen, Zuma accuses the taxman of corruption, racism and running a smear campaign against him. In an affidavit

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  • UPDATE: Parking lot victim fights for life

    Despite earlier reports confirmed police were investigating a murder after Tuesday’s armed robbery at a Durban parking lot, the victim remains in hospital fighting for his life. Despite earlier information received from police sources that the victim of  Tuesday’s armed robbery at a Durban parking lot had died as a result of his injuries, a close source has revealed that he is in hospital fighting for his life, Berea Mail reports. After a visit with the victim, the source confirmed the victim was in the high care ward of a hospital in a serious condition after undergoing an operation on Wednesday.

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  • ANC defenders draw the line

    The ANCYL and ANCWL say they stand behind the president & have hit out at his critics. President Jacob Zuma African National Congress JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) Youth and Women’s leagues say they stand firmly behind President Jacob Zuma in the face of criticism by South Africans and some members of the ANC. This comes after ANC veteran and former director general of foreign affairs Sipho Pityana used the funeral of Makhenkesi Stofile, at Fort Hare University last week, to lash out at Zuma and urged him to step down. LISTEN: Pityana lashes out at the ANC.    Following the ANC’s decline at the polls, the party admitted President Jacob Zuma’s controversy around Nkandla was

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Panics As Soldiers Rampage

    Uniformed soldiers on Friday night emptied Harare's night clubs and ruthlessly attacked people on the streets after police triggered violent protests in the capital earlier in the day as President Robert Mugabe's government fought to suppress dissent against his rule. Zimbabwe's 18 opposition parties including former vice-president Joice Mujuru's Zimbabwe People First and MDC led by Morgan Tsvangirai had obtained a High Court order barring police from interfering with their intended demonstration. The parties under the banner of the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) and Coalition for Democrats wanted to protest against unfair electoral laws and systems, but were violently blocked by the police; minutes after the High Court had okayed the event.

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  • DA Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba to sell Pikitup

    The new DA mayor, Herman Mashaba, might remove these mugshots of his bruised enemies. Or he might retain them as a motivational tool. But he has far tougher calls to make. During an interview with Sunday Times on Day Two of his new life, he's in a jubilant mood, and not above gloating. "The critics wrote me off from day one. Nobody gave me a chance. Where am I sitting right now? Here I am." The critics won't back off, however. The ANC will obstruct him in any way they can. The EFF will gouge concessions on every budget, every bylaw. "Die poppe sal dans [The fat will be in the fire]," warned EFF spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi this week, if they think DA policies betray the black poor. Analysts will

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  • Hawks to swoop on Gordhan - Crime & Courts

    Johannesburg - The putative charges against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan are politically motivated and a way of stopping his fight against corruption, the ANC’s tripartite alliance partner, the SACP, believes. “They are designed as a pretext to remove Comrade Gordhan from office and weaken Treasury’s struggle against corruption and corporate capture,” SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande said at a media briefing in Joburg on Sunday following the party’s central committee meeting at the weekend. This comes as the Hawks seem to have moved a step closer to arresting Gordhan after the National Prosecuting Authority confirmed it has received the docket relating to the Sars rogue unit This followed

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  • Second Earth found, and it could be home to ET

    London - British astronomers have discovered the nearest Earth-like planet that could be home to alien life. Named Proxima b, it orbits Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our sun. At 4.2 light years away, in space terms it is right on the doorstep – and high speed spaceships now being devised could reach it within decades. In time, scientists say, the rocky planet 1.3 times the size of Earth could even be colonised by space travellers. Proxima b is thought to be only 4.7million miles from its star, one-twentieth of the Earth’s distance from the Sun. Its year lasts just 11.2 of our days. One side may be perpetually stuck in daytime, while the other experiences perpetual night. But Proxima Centauri,

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  • Could this be SA's next finance minister?

    Johannesburg - The man who is tipped to be the next Minister of Finance has come a long way with President Jacob Zuma. The name Sifiso Buthelezi, has been bandied about in some circles as the man Zuma is likely to announce as the next finance minister. He was sworn in as a member of parliament in April and currently is on the standing committee on finance. He has been a member of the ANC from his youth and a commander for Umkhonto we Sizwe. In the mid 1980s he was arrested and imprisoned on Robben Island until 1991. Buthelezi comes from Mahlabathini in northern KwaZulu-Natal. He has an academic background in commerce with a masters through the University of Cape Town. He was Zuma’s economic adviser

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  • Directionless Maputo is teetering on a ledge

    We celebrated the growth of Mozambique without asking how sustainable it would be, writes Victor Kgomoeswana. Johannesburg - Mozambique is a long way from the glittering promise of a couple of years ago, and it could be a sign of something deeper than just the commodity story. The failure of what was, until 2013, a star performer en route to becoming an inclusive economy, combined with the persistent threat of rebel movement Renamo, could portend a crisis in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. The SADC, already weakened by the turbulence in Zimbabwe and a stagnant South African economy, can ill afford that. Why not enlist the services of one former president - the unjustly

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  • SA govt could offer visa waiver for international graduates

    Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has encouraged foreign students in SA to consider working in the country. Home Affairs Visa South Africa visa regulations CAPE TOWN - Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has encouraged foreign students in South Africa to consider working in the country to boost the country’s skills development. Gigaba addressed the International Students Conference hosted by University of Cape Town in Newlands yesterday. He told the gathering more than 20,000 African health professionals who studied on the continent are either working in Europe or in North America. Gigaba says the government wants to change this and his department will issue a visa waiver for international

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  • Family-linked firm's R167m Transnet bonanza

    AmaBhungane has obtained copies of Trillian invoices totalling R74-million signed off for payment by Transnet chief financial officer Garry Pita at the end of June. The payments underscore how big the stakes are in the battle over state-owned enterprises raging between Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and President Jacob Zuma. Trillian Capital Partners, the apex operational company in the Trillian group, is 60% held by Trillian Holdings, whose sole director is close Gupta associate Salim Essa. AmaBhungane has been trying for months to access Trillian Holdings' share register - a legal right under the Companies Act - and has had a summons served at Essa's home and business addresses to force him to comply with the law.

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  • Durban woman caught with R3m worth of cocaine

    Police raided an apartment in the CBD where they found 48 kilogrammes of the drug & cash. Drugs Drug bust JOHANNESBURG - A Durban woman has been arrested after being found in possession of cocaine worth about R3 million. Police raided an apartment in the central business district where they found 48 kilogrammes of the drug, as well as R700,000 in cash. Police say they were conducting normal patrols in the area when they were tipped off. The police’s Thulani Zwane says, “The woman has been arrested and charged with drug possession. They are still looking for another suspect.” (Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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  • Start packing your bags and leave SA for good‚ EFF tells Guptas

    The Economic Freedom Fighters have urged the Guptas to “start packing their last bags” and leave South Africa for good‚ saying they have caused enough damage. The party also warned that it would “not rest until the last root and trace of the Guptas has been cleared from our history”. It welcomed “with caution” reports that the Guptas intended selling off their businesses to the highest bidder before the end of this year‚ saying it was long overdue. The Gupta family‚ which has close ties with President Jacob Zuma‚ has been accused of state capture “This corrupt relationship has since caused untold divisions in the ruling party which harbours many elements who have also been captured. They appointed

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  • I'm prepared to die to save SA from the thieves

    South Africa flirted with the prospect of economic meltdown this week‚ with President Jacob Zuma’s allies moving yet again to neutralise Pravin Gordhan‚ the finance minister made a dramatic vow: that he is prepared to die to save the country from thieves‚ Sunday Times reported. A defiant Gordhan promised that he would never back down from fighting corruption. The embattled finance minister also told hundreds of Treasury staff members he was aware of speculation over a cabinet reshuffle‚ the Sunday Times report said. “He said ministers come and go and we must just commit to work with whoever is the minister of finance‚” said a Treasury employee who was at a staff meeting addressed by Gordhan in

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  • No hope for SA universities: Jansen

    Jansen said that history would show that the turning point in the destruction of South African universities was when President Jacob Zuma‚ despite Minister Blade Nzimande's position of a 6% fee increase‚ announced a 0% increase for the 2016 academic year in order "to get the kids out of the union buildings". "In the meantime‚ the political situation has caught up with us such that‚ it is now impossible to ask for anything in terms of a fee increase and that is our dilemma." Jansen also offered insights into the moment he decided to step down – after receiving a WhatsApp message at 2.30am – and the personal strain endured by other vice-chancellors who are grappling with financial constraints at

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  • Slipping and sliding at Cedar Square

    Fourways doesn’t seem immediately the likeliest place for a cold, wet and white ski slope. But who’d have thought you’d find an Italian village respelled as Montecasino this end of Joburg either? Or a stone-age Lonehill surrounded by willows and a burbling befountained ‘loch’? Heather and I pass the entrance a few times because we’re both thinking it’s a restaurant. It is full of tables, occupied by kids slurping blue slush puppies. But here are also long stands of what look like painted boomerangs – but I know are skis and snowboards. Among the grownups, Ryan looks like the likeliest ski instructor. That’s what he is and so’s Mike who stamps in off the slopes. They measure us, one for skiing

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  • I'm prepared to die to save SA from the thieves, says Gordhan

    A defiant Gordhan promised that he would never back down from fighting corruption. The embattled finance minister also told hundreds of Treasury staff members he was aware of speculation over a cabinet reshuffle. "He said ministers come and go and we must just commit to work with whoever is the minister of finance," said a Treasury employee who was at a staff meeting addressed by Gordhan in Pretoria on Friday afternoon. "He said we didn't think what happened to Nhlanhla Nene could happen, but it happened," said another source. A third source said: "He said this is part of a bigger political battle. Don't be surprised if me and the deputy minister [Mcebisi Jonas] are removed this weekend". Gordhan

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  • Scorpions raid highest office in the land

    While all eyes were on former deputy president Jacob Zuma's Johannesburg home on Thursday, about 60km away the highest executive office in the land was also being raided by the elite Scorpions unit. In an unprecedented move the Scorpions swooped on the Union Buildings in Pretoria, as well as the Tuynhuys office in Cape Town. In Pretoria they occupied a large part of the second floor, in which most of Zuma's former offices and staff were based. Among the offices targeted was that of Zuma's former spokesperson, Lakela Kaunda, who continues to be employed in the office under new Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. By 8pm, the Scorpions had yet to complete their search at the Union Buildings

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