• Nigeria: South Africa Threatens to Arrest Nigeria's Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

    The South African government has threatened a jail term for Chris Oyakhilome if his church, Christ Embassy, fails to release its financial records, the South African based News24 is reporting. The Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities said several religious leaders in the country could be jailed if they fail to comply with the demands of the commission. ‎The commission said it was investigating the commercialization of religion and abuse of people's beliefs and had summoned several churches to appear before it with their ordination certificate, registration certificate, bank statements, and annual financial statements from 2012. Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva

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  • Visa regulations changes to be implemented – Gigaba

    The Department of Home Affairs will implement concessions that have been made to the controversial visa regulations within three months, the department said on Wednesday. Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said during a discussion on visa regulations that his department has “taken note of recent statements concerning actions taken regarding concessions that Cabinet had made to ease the implementation of the amended immigration legislation and regulations”. The concessions would include the capturing of biometrics in a pilot phase at ports of entry into South Africa. The biometrics pilot would start with OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, Durban’s King Shaka International Airport and Cape Town International Airport.

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  • Malema refuses chamber’s request to tone down rhetoric

    JULIUS Malema was asked by concerned members of the South African Chamber of Commerce (SACC) in London to tone down his rhetoric — and he refused. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, continuing his UK tour, had a lively and robust private meeting with members of the SACC at Deloitte’s London headquarters on Thursday morning. But in characteristic style, Mr Malema told Business Day: "Well that meeting was governed by Chatham House rules … but when it comes to the EFF, the posture we’ve taken in South African politics and internationally has made us who we are. And that strategy is working, there’s no need to change that posture to suit whoever’s uncomfortable." While he admitted that he

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  • Poster girl for Islamic State 'killed for trying to escape'

    Samra Kesinovic, 17, was murdered after she was caught attempting to escape from Raqqa, Islamic State's self-declared capital in Syria, according to reports in two Austrian newspapers. She appeared extensively in IS propaganda after leaving her native Vienna to join the Islamic terrorists together with Sabina Selimovic, a 16-year-old friend. The two teenagers were shown wearing Islamic headbands and brandishing Kalashnikov rifles, surrounded by masked male jihadists. Both Austrian women are now believed to be dead. Selimovic was reported to have been killed in fighting in Syria last year. Kesinovic and Selimovic were both children of Bosnian refugees who fled to Austria from the war in their

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  • DJ Cleo disappointed with Idols results | The New Age

    Multi-award winning producer DJ Cleo who is behind Idols runner-up Mmatema Moremi’s single Because Of You is a disappointed man after Moremi’s loss to Karabo Mogane who hails from Mpumalanga. “The result for me was disappointing. In my view Mmatema is a Jennifer Hudson in the making or a Brenda Fassie if you like. Granted an opportunity to work with her by M-Net, Universal and the management agencies involved with the top 16, I believe she will go very far. “Remember Jennifer Hudson was not the overall winner when she took part in Idols. We are at the stage where now it’s the real thing. These artists are leaving the ‘production’ behind. “There are no more choreographers, dancers, lighting and

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  • Letsholonyane nearing Chiefs exit door?

    Midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane facing an uncertain future a Kaizer Chiefs.

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  • Afrikaners want own community - Gauteng | IOL News

    Pretoria - Afrikaners want their own community which looks after itself in Pretoria, something along the lines of Kleinfontein and Orania. This should happen as early as after the municipal elections next year, and the area would have its own schools and universities where children are taught in Afrikaans. The statue of Paul Kruger at Church Square could also be moved there. The areas that have been identified are those where many Afrikaans-speaking people live, such as Centurion and Pretoria Moot. Orania in the Northern Cape and Kleinfontein in Gauteng were established by Afrikaners. Only people who identify themselves as Afrikaners are welcome there. And now the Front Nasionaal political party

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  • New family for abandoned baby - KwaZulu-Natal | IOL News

    Durban - He was found abandoned at the roadside hours after he was born but Thabo proved to be a fighter and this month a Canadian couple met and welcomed into their family the happy, healthy now one-year-old. “It was surreal,” Thabo’s new mother, Dana, told the Daily News, “I’d been staring at his photograph for three weeks and then to see him, in front of me, was just overwhelming.” She had prepared herself for the fact that, having never met her or her husband, Nik, before, Thabo might be wary of them. “But when I put my hands out, he just came right to me and snuggled into my chest,” she said. Thabo was found by a city worker in bush alongside the M13, in Westville, on a hot summer’s day

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  • ‘ANC is bordering on lying to SA’ - Politics | IOL News

    Cape Town - “The ANC is bordering on lying to the masses.” This was one of the revealing remarks made by former ANC treasurer general, Mathews Phosa, in recent interview with eNCA when he spoke about the promises the political party made when it came into power. “We made many promises, now the expectations of our people are around those issues, there are founded on our own promises, there is an extent to which we tried to meet those expectations but the backlog is huge and massive, and it has become intolerable to the masses.” Phosa elaborated that the ANC understood the scale of the problem they faced when they came into power. “The ANC understood the scale of the problem, we had many arguments

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  • High Court deals heavy blow to SABC’s Hlaudi

    BELEAGUERED South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng has been dealt another heavy blow following a Western Cape High Court judgment on Friday ordering his appointment be set aside. The Western Cape High Court last month heard part B of a review application by the Democratic Alliance (DA) which specifically sought to have Mr Motsoeneng’s permanent appointment as the SABC’s chief operating officer set aside as being irrational. The DA believes that there is a strong legal case that Mr Motsoeneng’s permanent appointment was irrational and unlawful‚ given Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s findings against him. The first part of the DA’s application

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  • ‘Wedding dress con’: husband speaks - Crime & Courts | IOL News

     Cape Town - The husband of a woman who allegedly conned would-be brides out of the money they paid for their wedding dresses, says he found out about her arrest on Facebook. Stavros Haramis, 27, claims the alleged victims have called him to say they’re going “to break her legs”. Tuesday was the first time Stavros saw his heavily pregnant wife since her arrest last week.  Ranette Haramis, 33, made a brief appearance in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on fraud charges. The accused used two Facebook accounts where she posed as a wedding dress seller. Ranette allegedly “disappears” after payments were made into her bank account. Outside court, Stavros told the Daily Voice: “I was home when the

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  • Almost 200,000 Zimbabweans now live legally in SA

    Home Affairs says the applications were received as part of a special permit programme for Zimbabweans. Home Affairs Home Affairs Department Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba South Africa visa regulations CAPE TOWN – Nearly 200,000 Zimbabweans are now living legally in South Africa thanks to a special permit programme for Zimbabweans. Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said the programme, launched last October, has almost been concluded. The programme aims to give amnesty to Zimbabweans who had been living in the country without proper documentation. Gigaba said more than 200,000 applications were received as part of the permit programme. He says more than 197,000 were approved and just

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  • Red carpet fit for King Mswati only - Africa | IOL News

    EPA Swaziland's King Mswati III, centre, has banned the use of red - or any other colour carpet - to be used for dignitaries other than himself. Mbababe - If the Oscars or Golden Globes ever desire an African venue for their star-studded shows, they won’t be choosing Swaziland now that police have banned walking on red carpets by anyone other than King Mswati. “The use of red carpets has come under strict monitoring as the Royal Swaziland Police service has been removing such carpets during glamorous social events,” the Times of Swaziland reported on Tuesday. For several years, a red carpet has been rolled out for Mswati as he attends special events and boards or disembarks from his private jet at the national airport.

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  • South Africa: Minister Malusi Gigaba - Media Briefing On Closing of the Zimbabwe Permit Programme and the Opening of the Lesotho Special Permit

    press release Statement by Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba at the media briefing on the closing of the Zimbabwe Permit Programme and the opening of the Lesotho Special Permit. We thought we should share where we are with regard to the Zimbabwe Special Permit (ZSP) programme and bring you up to speed on the recently announced Lesotho Special Permit (LSP). The current status of the ZSP is impressive. Zimbabwe Special Permit With the exception of a small section of problem cases still to be resolved, the Zimbabwe Special Permit (ZSP) programme is at its final stages of conclusion. The total number of applications made online reached 208, 967. The number of applicants who submitted their applications

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  • Lekoelea off the hook in car theft case

    The soccer star was arrested on Tuesday for driving a stolen car with a fake licence disc and number plates. Stolen car Steve Chippa Lekoelea JOHANNESBURG - The case against former Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana star Steve ‘Chippa’ Lekoelea has been struck off the roll due to a lack of evidence. Lekoelea was arrested in Orange Farm on Tuesday for driving a stolen car which Metro Police discovered while conducting a road block. The soccer star was arrested driving a VW Polo which was found to have a fake licence disc and number plates. It’s understood that the vehicle was stolen in Randburg a year ago. The Police’s Johannes Motsiri says despite the disc, charges were withdrawn. “The case has

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  • Motsepe, Ramaphosa

    He stopped short of calling former president Nelson Mandela a sellout, saying Madiba took the revolution as far as he could "he was too old, tired" and it was now up to this generation to carry on the fight to implement the Freedom Charter, including the equitable sharing of all South Africa's resources. Malema said: "The deviation from the freedom charter was the beginning of selling out of the revolution. When Mandela returned from prison he got separated from Winnie Mandela and went to stay in a house of a rich white man, he was looked after by the Oppenheimers, Mandela used to attend those club meetings of those white men who owned the SA economy. He stayed in one of their houses, they had

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  • Mugabe takes struggling Air Zimbabwe under his wing

    The Zimbabwean president has signed off amendments to the law to protect the airliner from creditors. Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe Air Zimbabwe JOHANNESBURG - As crisis-hit South African Airways (SAA) tries to stave off the publication of an internal memo on its financial status, President Robert Mugabe is stepping in to protect his own country’s loss-making airline. He has signed amendments to the law to protect Air Zimbabwe from having its planes and other assets attached by creditors.             At the last count, Air Zimbabwe had a debt of nearly US$300 million, most of it owed to local creditors. Now President Mugabe has taken the unusual step of granting the airline immunity from those creditors

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  • 'Boko Haram' lift Cyril's chances

    A group of ANC heavyweights calling themselves “Boko Haram” appear to have bolstered Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s chances of succeeding President Jacob Zuma as ANC leader in 2017. According to reports, a number of party bigwigs serving in national and provincial legislatures joined the group over the weekend. They are said to include two former premiers, one former provincial secretary and a host of MECs, party regional secretaries and heads of departments in the Limpopo provincial government. This paper has been informed that ANC leaders from Gauteng, along with “Boko Haram”, met secretly in Makgobaskloof outside Tzaneen in Limpopo a fortnight ago. They decided to back Ramaphosa. Yesterday,

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  • Trevor Noah leaves SA fans in stitches

    Kgothatso Mogale & Neo Koza | Trevor Noah entertained a sold out crowd at the Silverstar Casino in Joburg as part of the Comedy Central International Comedy Festival.

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  • THE INSIDER: Red-carpet treatment by royal command

    THE excesses of Swaziland’s King Mswati have long since ceased to surprise, although he continues to do his utmost to raise eyebrows. According to the Swaziland Solidarity Network, which is admittedly somewhat biased towards democracy as a system of government rather than absolute monarchy, the king ordered the police to enforce a ban on ordinary Swazis and nonroyal visiting dignitaries using red carpets when attending events. In a "most shocking example of dictatorship, insecurity and blatant madness", the Times of Swaziland reported that events managers say whenever they put down red or white carpets to welcome guests to their events, police remove them. The newspaper avoided revealing the source of this bizarre instruction, but the network reported that police were given the order by their commissioner, who was either acting of his own accord or relaying an instruction from Mswati himself that only royalty should be allowed to strut up red or white carpets.

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