• Traditional leaders want answers from Mandela over Islamic conversion

    Eastern Cape traditional leaders want answers from Nelson Mandela’s grandson Nkosi Zwelivelile 'Mandla' Mandela about why he reportedly converted to Islam when he married a Muslim woman. “We reacted with shock on the news of his conversion. We were also very concerned. What we know is that the woman converts, not the man. That is our custom,” Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa provincial chairperson Chief Mwelo Nonkonyane said on Tuesday. They were troubled that Mandela married without any traditional leaders present at the ceremony. “Traditional leaders don’t marry secretly. He should have been represented by the traditional council of Mvezo. He is the leader of people of Mvezo.

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  • South Africa: All SA Wants for SONA Is Zuma's Resignation

    All South Africans want to hear during President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address is "I am retiring", non-governmental organisation Accountability Now said on Wednesday. Zuma's credibility was at an all-time low, its director Paul Hoffman told reporters in Cape Town. However, Zuma would neither resign nor retire on his own as he was too compromised and too protected. "But the interests of the country would be served if he resigned," he said. Hoffman said the main problem was lack of confidence in the president as a result of "Nenegate" and the "flip-flop on Nkandla". Zuma axed Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene in December, replacing him with relatively unknown ANC member and former Merafong

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  • Minnie Dlamini, Thomas Mlambo exit SABC's Soccerzone

    A public commitment to publish its Social Labour Plan on the company’s website by Mark Cutifani‚ Chief Executive of Anglo American PLC‚ is a step in the right direction and more companies need to follow suit‚ says the Bench Marks Foundation.

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  • Why hate Guptas but love MacImperialism?

    In the past few weeks there have been a barrage of attacks in the mainstream media and across social media networks on the Gupta family that reportedly has significant stakes in several businesses, notably the New Age newspaper and ANN7 TV news channel. Julius Malema, the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters, launched a vicious tirade against the Guptas and their business interests and even threatened staff working for their media outlets that cover EFF events. A number of organisations representing journalists and news editors have correctly condemned Malema’s utterances. There is an allegation that has been regurgitated in the media over the past few years that President Jacob Zuma is disproportionately

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  • Guptas focus helping mining firms get away with murder: Mantashe

    African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe said big mining companies operating in South Africa lack patriotism and a focus on the Gupta family was not helping in dealing with mischief committed by these companies. Speaking to the SABC ahead of President Zuma’s State of the Nation Address, Mantashe said a concerted focus on Gupta family was actually helping big mining companies like Exxaro, Glencore and Anglo American evade tough questions about their transformative roles in the South African economy. Asked whether he thinks there is a Gupta obsession, Mantashe said: “The point I am making is that the obsession is when you leave Exxaro, Glencore and Anglo American scot-free

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  • Boko Haram leader may have been replaced

    Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau may have been replaced by another commander. Speaking during an interview with British publication The Telegraph, Buhari said that he had received conflicting information on the militant leader's whereabouts, saying that he may have been replaced by a less charismatic leader. Buhari's remarks comes at a time when it is widely believed that Shekau may have been wounded or killed in one of the Nigerian military's many raids on Boko Haram territory. According to Nigerian website Naij, Shekau's voice was last heard in an audio message dated March 7 2015, pledging allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS). Shekau

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  • Mbete's bumbling advocate admits Parliament was wrong in Nkandla matter

    National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete's lawyer Lindi Nkosi-Thomas gained instant fame on social media after she fumbled through her submissions in the Nkandla matter in the Constitutional Court on Tuesday. She raised her voice, used dramatic hand gestures, and occasionally stood in silence before the judges after they asked her questions. Her demeanour and comments even amused Public Protector Thuli Madonsela who laughed when Nkosi-Thomas made a comment about her powers. Nkosi-Thomas was asked if the National Assembly had erred in how it approached the remedial action recommended by Madonsela in her report on the upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead. "Did the National Assembly

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  • Beyonce accused of ‘attacking’ police

    A day after the Super Bowl, people were still parsing over each frame from Beyonce's halftime performance, trying to glean the messages, both subtle and overt, that made for a stunning display of unapologetic blackness and political activism during one of the most-watched events of the year. The halftime show - seen by an estimated 112 million people - is drawing praise from her fans and consternation from critics. While Beyonce hasn't commented on the specifics of the show, and her rep declined comment, the imagery speaks for itself. Beyonce's dancers donned berets, sported Afros and wore all black, similar to the style of the Black Panther party, founded in 50 years by Huey P. Newton and Bobby

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  • DJ Donald due to be sentenced for girlfriend’s murder

    Sentencing of former Jozi FM DJ Donald Sebolai for the murder of his girlfriend Dolly Tshabalala was expected to begin in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court on Tuesday. Sebolai was also found guilty of obstructing justice. Tshabalala was found dead in Sebolai’s bed in June last year. She had a single stab wound to the pelvic area, which severed a main artery. She bled to death. Finding him guilty in October last year, Judge Cassim Moosa said after seeing Tshabalala bleeding profusely, Sebolai tended to his own wound and failed to take her to the hospital, only 900m from his Soweto flat. Following the judgment, Moosa revoked Sebolai’s bail after the State argued that he was a flight risk. He had

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  • JZ throws allies under the bus

    One by one their counsel conceded before Constitutional Court justices that they were wrong to act against Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report that found Zuma to have unduly benefited from non-security upgrades to his home. In her report in 2014 titled "Secure in Comfort", Madonsela said some features included in the R246-million security upgrades to Zuma's Nkandla residence were not security features. First to concede was Zuma's counsel, Jeremy Gauntlett SC, who told the court that the president did not want to obstruct but bring an end to the Nkandla matter. Gauntlett said the Supreme Court of Appeal, in another case last year, had said that remedial action prescribed by the public protector was binding."It is not necessary for this court to replough the furrow," he said.

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  • Mourinho’s United job claim

    London - Jose Mourinho has told friends and associates that he will replace Louis van Gaal as Manchester United manager at the end of the season, according to reports in several British newspapers on Wednesday. The Daily Mail, Daily Star, Daily Mirror and Daily Telegraph all quoted an unnamed source close to the 53-year-old Portuguese as saying his installation at Old Trafford was a “done deal”. The former Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Porto coach was sacked by Chelsea in December but said in an interview last week that he would soon be back in management, preferably in England. Van Gaal, who has another year left on his contract after this season, has had to deal with constant speculation about

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  • Obama to ask Congress for funds to fight Zika

    WASHINGTON/LONDON — President Barack Obama will ask the Congress for more than $1.8bn in emergency funds to fight Zika at home and abroad and pursue a vaccine, the White House said on Monday, but the president added there is no reason to panic over the mosquito-borne virus. Zika, spreading rapidly in South and Central America and the Caribbean, has been linked to severe birth defects in Brazil, and public health officials’ concern is focused on pregnant women and women who may become pregnant. Mr Obama’s request to Congress includes $200m for research, development and commercialisation of new vaccines and diagnostic tests for the virus. On Monday, the London-based European Medicines Agency (EMA), Europe’s drugs regulator, said it had established an expert task force to advise companies working on Zika vaccines and medicines, mirroring similar action during the two-year-long Ebola epidemic that started in December 2013 and the pandemic flu outbreak in 2009.

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  • Zimbabwe: Grace Ally Threatens Mnangagwa With Death in Mugabe's Presence

    AS ZANU PF succession fights threaten to tip the party over the cliff, Hurungwe East MP Sarah Mahoka has threatened Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa with death in President Robert Mugabe's presence. Mahoka, who is the Women's League secretary of finance, was addressing thousands of women gathered at the party's headquarters. Speaking to Mnangagwa directly, she told the VP to "stop your people". Mahoka is First Lady Grace Mugabe's close ally. "You will die in a house. These things you are seeking will get you killed. We support the President and the leadership chosen at congress. We are not saying Mnangagwa should be removed but he must not sit there like a duck while his people violate us,"

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  • Origins of style trends we all love

    When it comes to the origins of fashion trends, most of us are clueless. Who came up with the concept of "iphondo" or the ponytail? Renowned fashion designer and stylist Paledi Segapo sheds some light on the early developments of some of these fashion items and trends. In fact, the cat eye was pegged the biggest trend on the red carpet at the MTV Music Video Awards last year, with celebrities like Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj and Demi Lovato all showing off sexy cat eyes.

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  • EFF gives 25 reasons why ‘the Guptas must go’

    THE Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Wednesday released the full list of the "25 reasons why the Guptas must leave or be made to leave the country immediately #Guptasmustgo". The party had launched the campaign on Tuesday night‚ hours after it and its leader‚ Julius Malema‚ were indicted by the North Gauteng High Court from inciting acts of violence against the Gupta family‚ Oakbay Investments‚ The New Age‚ ANN7 and other of the family’s subsidiary company’s shareholders‚ staff and property. By Tuesday night‚ the EFF had shared the first three reasons on its Instagram account‚ and on Wednesday morning released the full list. A defiant Mr Malema had‚ in reaction to the High Court ruling‚ said: "We must respect the courts.

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  • Why there is only one race

    Tim Crowe explains how the origin of the KhoiSan tells us that “race” has no place in human ancestry. The ancient origins, anatomical, linguistic and genetic distinctiveness of southern African San and Khoikhoi people are matters of confusion and debate. They are variously described as the world’s first or oldest people; Africa’s first or oldest people, or the first people of South Africa. They are in fact two evolutionarily related but culturally distinct groups of populations that have occupied southern Africa for up to 140,000 years. Their first-people status is due to the fact that they commonly retain genetic elements of the most ancient Homo sapiens. This conclusion is based on evidence

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  • Kaizer Chiefs name CAF Champions League squad

    Kaizer Chiefs have announced their squad to play in the 2016 CAF Champions League. According to the Club's website, Chiefs decided to register 26 players for now, which will leave four spaces available for June, when more players can be added for the group stages. Steve Komphela's side will embark on the CAF Champions League journey with the preliminary round first leg against Comoros’ Volcan de Moroni on Sunday, February 14. Their first match is scheduled to take place at the Stade Said Mohamed Cheikh in Mitsamiouli, Comoros. Kick-Off is at 14:00 (South African time). The second leg will take place at the Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday, February 27. Full Squad: Reyaad Pieterse (1),

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  • Why SA is losing miners - Business News

    Johannesburg - South Africa ranks as one of the richest countries in natural resources from gold to iron ore. The problem: few companies want to deal with the headache of getting it. Strikes, unreliable power supply, a mining code that’s been under review for six years, and disputes over compulsory holdings by local black shareholders have dented investor confidence in the country. Many nations on the continent have similar problems. Companies are voting with their feet: BHP Billiton, the world’s biggest miner, exited the nation last year, leaving only five of the 40 largest commodity producers with operations in South Africa. Read: Mining crisis will get worse - CEOs Investors “want certainty,

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  • ‘We grilled Guptas on Glencore deal’ - Business News

    Johannesburg - Be transparent with us: Are you involved in any corruption? This was one of the questions posed to the politically connected Gupta family by the Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) at a meeting in Sandton yesterday. “I asked them some very tough questions. And they made a presentation which was fairly transparent. They answered all our questions adequately and to our satisfaction that they are not involved in any corruption,” said Ike Moroe, a member of the MKMVA’s national executive committee, speaking to The Star. Read: Commission set to probe Gupta deal The MKMVA convened a media briefing at the ANC's Luthuli House headquarters later to respond to “lies and

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  • 'Jiba under fire for handling of high-profile cases'

    The second most powerful person at the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has been castigated by the courts for her handling of high-profile cases, the Western Cape High Court heard on Wednesday. The Democratic Alliance (DA) was arguing in support of its application to have Nomgcobo Jiba suspended pending an inquiry into her fitness to hold office. The opposition political party took the matter to court because it believes President Jacob Zuma’s decision not to suspend her, in light of serious and repeated judicial criticism, was patently unlawful and irrational. Advocate Sean Rosenberg told the court that former NPA boss Mxolisi Nxasana was confronted with three judgments in a short period of time, castigating Jiba.

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