• Passport puzzle in 'SA mule' case

    The woman, identified as 22-year-old Lynette Nosipho, was nabbed at Indira Gandhi International Airport on Sunday last week, allegedly in possession of 19kg of narcotics valued at more than R100000. The drugs - 17kg of pseudoephedrine, a popular party drug, and 2kg of heroin - were concealed in women's shoes, a laptop bag and arm guards used by cricketers. India's Central Industrial Security Force said this week that Nosipho's passport stated she was a South African citizen. Spokesman Hemendra Singh said she had been travelling on a tourist visa.

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  • Malema: I know who gave cash to Zuma

    This is the first time a current or former ANC insider has revealed the source of Zuma's funds when he was broke and jobless after former president Thabo Mbeki fired him as South Africa's deputy president in 2005. Malema is also the first high-profile politician to reveal how most ANC struggle veterans funded their lifestyles. Malema said he personally raised funds for Zuma at public ANC rallies "and from unidentified donors" before Zuma became president in 2009. There was no difference, he added, between the conduct of his Ratanang Family Trust, which bankrolled his lavish lifestyle, and that of Zuma's trusts.

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  • Flashy new reality show flaunts the riches of young black South Africans

    The best things in life are free? It used to be that if you wanted to see a reality show featuring inexplicably rich people rolling around in troughs of money, you'd have to watch something American. Rich Kids promises to introduce us to a whole bunch of home-grown youngsters with the tastes of Marie Antoinette and the wardrobes of Mobutu Sese Seko.

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  • Xenophobic thugs: ‘We’ll burn you alive’ - City Press

    Security has been beefed up at the Durban offices of the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) after a series of violent threats. Anonymous callers have threatened to burn down the office if it continued its investigation into Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini after his alleged anti-foreigner speech in Pongola last month, which is widely believed to have sparked the xenophobic attacks in KwaZulu-Natal three weeks ago. Another was directed at SAHRC staff: “Be careful. SAHRC spokesperson Isaac Mangena confirmed the organisation had received numerous threatening letters and calls that came through to the provincial offices “regarding our investigation into the alleged utterance by His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini at the moral regeneration event in Pongola”.

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  • Sarah Baartman grave plaque defaced - Crime & Courts | IOL News

    Reuters The 1816 complete cast in plaster of Sarah Baartman is displayed during a ceremony at the South African Embassy in Paris in 2002, in preparation for Baartman's remains to be returned to South Africa for burial. The indigenous woman, born in 1789, was taken to London by a British navy doctor around 1810 where she was shown off in freak shows. Port Elizabeth - A plaque at Sarah Baartman’s grave in Hankey has been defaced, Eastern Cape police said on Sunday. Warrant Officer Gerda Swart said a group of men were seen throwing white paint on the plaque on Saturday.

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  • South Africa, Nigeria trade barbs over attacks on migrants | The New Age Online

    The South African government reacted angrily Sunday to Nigeria's decision to recall its ambassador from Pretoria over a wave of mob attacks on African migrants that killed at least seven people. "We are not sure which actions or behaviour of the South African Government the Nigerian Government is protesting," the South African foreign ministry said in a statement.

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  • Johnny Depp's Transformation To Whitey Bulger Is Truly Chilling

    "Just sayin' could get you buried real quick."

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  • SA plays hardball over Nigeria envoy - Africa | IOL News

    The South African government said on Sunday that Nigeria’s decision to recall its acting high commissioner – apparently in protest against some Nigerians’ being affected by xenophobic violence – was “unfortunate and regrettable”. The government also took a swipe at Nigeria, pointing out that it had never blamed the Nigerian government for the deaths of 84 South Africans in the collapse of a church building in Lagos last year. South Africa had also not blamed the Nigerian government for the delay of more than nine months in the repatriation of all the bodies. It also noted that it did not blame the Nigerian government for the atrocities committed by the extremist Islamist group Boko Haram.

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  • Newsmaker – Emmanuel Sithole: A life over R2.50 - City Press

    Mozambican Emmanuel Sithole pleads for his life while being attacked in Alexandra, Joburg. The only physical evidence of Emmanuel Sithole’s life in Alexandra is the double bed he shared with his cousin, a small TV and a two-plate stove. A hole in the wall of the single-room backyard shack in John Brand Street in Alexandra in which the 35-year-old Mozambican lived reveals little else. South Africans knew little about Sithole before he was stabbed with an okapi knife about 100m from his stand in front of Sunday Times photographer James Oatway.

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  • I’m no degree cheat, says set-top box boss - City Press

    Pumla Radebe has appointed a top lawyer to act for her. The woman in charge of South Africa’s multibillion-rand digital TV set-top box roll-out is embroiled in a qualifications-fraud row after a former employee approached Parliament querying the authenticity of her degree. Now Pumla Radebe, chairperson of the Universal Service and Access Agency of SA (Usaasa), is suing Mmatlou Morudu, the agency’s former executive manager of programmes, for R750 000 in damages for injuring her reputation. Morudu wrote to Parliament asking why Radebe’s BA degree did not show up in a record search at her alma mater, Fort Hare.

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  • Here's How Much Of London Is Actually Owned By Qatar

    The Gulf emirate has bought three landmark London hotels – Claridge's, The Connaught, and The Berkeley – for a reported £1.6 billion. Here's a rundown of what it owns in the capital.

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  • Nigeria: Learning in the Face of Xenophobia - Foreign Students in South Africa Speak Up

    According to a 2005 report, South Africa is the number one destination for foreign students in Africa. Considering the fact that a South African University education will cost a foreign student one-third of what he or she would have spent in Britain or the United States, as well as the relative closeness to home and the quality of education the country can boast of, this is a good deal. Elizabeth Johnson left Nigeria four years ago to study law at North-West University, in South Africa. Although, killing of foreigners in the country by a section of disgruntled youths may come as a surprise to many across the globe, she says that Xenophobia in itself is not a new phenomenon in the country.

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  • Nigerian govt recalls SA ambassador, SA govt responds

    “We are not sure which actions or behaviour of the South African Government the Nigerian Government is protesting. It is only Nigeria that has taken this unfortunate and regrettable step. Monyela added that South Africa wished to retain good relations with Nigeria, and that it did not blame the Abuja government for the death of scores of South African nationals in the collapse of an evangelical church in Lagos in September last year or lengthy delays in the repatriation of the victims’ remains.

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  • Zimbabwe: Drama As Gweru Workers Seize Council Cars

    THERE was drama last Friday afternoon when disgruntled Gweru City Council workers impounded the local authority's pool cars to stop their bosses going on a jaunt to Bulawayo. The vehicles were parked at Gweru Central Police Station as employees continue their fight with management over unpaid salaries and bonuses. Seizure of the vehicles was meant to block councillors and management from attending the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair which opens in Bulawayo next Tuesday. Workers Committee spokesperson, Cornelia Selipiwe said the cars were seized to show the serious nature of their grievances.

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  • We Don't Blame Nigeria for Boko Haram, Says Pretoria

    The South African Government takes note that the outgoing Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has recalled its Acting High Commissioner to South Africa. It is only Nigeria that has taken this unfortunate and regrettable step. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has just returned from Indonesia to attend the Africa-Asia Summit and the 60th Anniversary of the historic Bandung Conference.

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  • 15 things to do during and after an earthquake

    EWN has put together a list of what you can do to protect yourself during and after an earthquake.

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  • More trouble for top cop in Lamoer case - Crime & Courts | IOL News

    A top policeman in the province, facing charges alongside Western Cape police head Arno Lamoer, is accused of knowingly breaking the law by helping a businessman buy a dead man’s pistol from a crime exhibits storeroom. Brigadier Darius van der Ross, cluster commander for Stellenbosch, allegedly bent the rules when helping Plattekloof businessman Mohamed Saleem Dawjee get the gun, which Dawjee wanted to give as a gift to a friend. Last week Van der Ross appeared in the court along with Lamoer, Dawjee, Dawjee’s son Mohamed Zameer, and two other brigadiers, provincial head of inspectorate Kolindhren Govender, and his wife, Bellville station commander Sharon Govender. A draft indictment details how Van der Ross allegedly went about helping Dawjee get a pistol.

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  • DA to continue call for inquiry into Sars

    The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it will continue to call for a judicial inquiry into operations at the South African Revenue Service (Sars). The party is demanding stronger action be taken in uncovering the reasons behind the recent exodus of top Sars officials. Earlier this year Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene appointed a special advisory committee headed by retired judge Frank Kroon to advise him on strategy and governance. Nene has vowed to restore the organisation’s reputation following several controversial suspensions and investigations into the operations of a suspected rogue unit.

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  • Nigerians Lose N84 Million to Xenophobic Attacks in South Africa

    The Nigerian Union in South Africa said on Saturday that Nigerians lost more than 4.6 million Rand (N84 million) to xenophobic attacks. The President of Nigerian Union in South Africa, Mr Ikechukwu Anyene, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on phone from Pretoria, South Africa, that the losses were initially put at 1.2 million Rand ( N21 million). "The Nigerian Union in South Africa has completed documentation of the losses suffered by Nigerians to xenophobic attacks. "Nigerians lost more than 4.6 million Rand or N84 million during the attacks.

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  • Amcu leader laid to rest - Politics | IOL News

    The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) will not back down from its promise to bring economic change to the country, general secretary Jeff Mphahlele said on Sunday. “We are not going to run away even though we are slaughtered day and night,” he said at the funeral service of union leader Collen Petlele. Amcu overtook the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in membership numbers in 2012, becoming the dominant union in the platinum mining sector.

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