• Gang rape at primary school

    Pretoria - Tears rolled down a father’s cheeks as he broke down and cried in horror after confirmation that his little girl had been raped at school. He had just spoken to police officers from Boschkop police station, who had taken his 8-year-old daughter and her classmate for an examination following reports that they had been raped. “I am so hurt; the principal has been aware of this for two weeks. Despite telling parents that he has taken the matter to the police, he has done nothing,” the father said. The father had discovered possible sexual assault on his daughter two weeks ago. When he investigated it emerged that his little girl had been one of four girls, aged between 7 and 9, raped

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  • The Company Man: Trevor Manuel marries the Rothschilds

    Earlier this week, a press release printed on parchment fashioned from the bark of the Tree of Knowledge was placed in the beaks of gold-plated carrier pigeons and sent forth into bright blue skies of a mining town. Paradoxically, the release was both the announcement of a union and a note of bereavement—a wedding and a funeral, if you will. In calligraphy painted by angels with diamonds for eyes, it stated that long-serving former minister Trevor Manuel was recently appointed “a senior advisor to the Group worldwide and Deputy Chairman of Rothschild in South Africa”. He would be whisked to Johannesburg on October 1 by one of those angels, and start generating capital forthwith. I sort of made

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  • Outrage over huge Durban mussel-cracker haul - KwaZulu-Natal

    Durban - A photograph of two Durban fishermen with a haul of 10 very big black mussel-crackers has sparked outrage on social media, with calls for both men to be prosecuted and banned by local fishing clubs. The black mussel-cracker (poenskop) is a vulnerable and long-lived fish species whose numbers have crashed by almost 80% in recent times. Licensed anglers are not allowed to catch more than one a day. Now Warner Beach anglers Craig van der Linde and Garth Richardson have been labelled “greedy” (along with some much rougher terms) after the photograph went viral on several social media sites. The fish were said to have been caught near the Aliwal Shoal near Umkomaas. While neither Van der

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  • Zuma disses Maimane and Malema - Politics

    Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma upped the tempo of the election campaign rhetoric on Wednesday by going on the offensive against opposition leaders Mmusi Maimane and Julius Malema. Zuma was addressing hundreds of ANC supporters and ordinary residents in Tembisa, Ekurhuleni, urging them to vote for the ANC on August 3. He said he could not understand how Maimane found the nerve to call himself the leader of a political party of whites who oppressed his own people. According to Zuma, the poverty faced by most blacks in South Africa was the end result of decades of oppression by the previous version of the party that Maimane now leads. “He (Maimane) is the child of the National Party, which

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  • Burglar, 12, dies after being shot

    Cape Town - A 12-year-old boy bled to death after he was shot allegedly by the owner of the house he and an adult accomplice were trying to break into. The accomplice, a man in his 30s, told the Daily Voice the youngster bled to death as they ran away. On Monday, police arrested the alleged burglar at his Fisantekraal home, where he had tried to hang himself. Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut said a case of discharging a firearm in a public area has been opened against the boy’s alleged shooter: “The firearm has been confiscated.” Residents say deceased Clinton Boonzaaier was an orphan who had lived with his aunt after his mom passed away more than a year ago. The boy didn’t have contact with his

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  • Is Baleka Mbete haunted by the EFF?

    Port Elizabeth - The Economic Freedom Fighters seem to be haunting National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete beyond Parliament. In a hushed tone, the ANC national chairwoman asked a party supporter: “Who is the EFF mayoral candidate?” Mbete was campaigning for the ruling party at the France informal settlement near KwaZakhele in Nelson Mandela Bay on Thursday morning. Her first stop was at the shack of resident Mbongeni Mdolomba, 50, who had lived in the area for the past 22 years. He told Mbete they needed houses and proper electrification. “You guys only come here during election time and disappear once we have voted you into power,” he lamented, looking Mbete in the eye. Deputy mayor Bicks Ndoni

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  • WATCH: DJ Sbu gets 'attacked' during his radio show

    In a video posted to his social media accounts on Thursday morning, a man is seen trying to charge at Sbu in studio, alleging that the radio personality made derogatory remarks about his favourite soccer team, Moroko Swallows live on air. Massive love for DJ Sbu on day one of radio return  Soon after a security guard tried to stop the irate man from attacking Sbu, he explained that he was sent to beat him up. "My boss paid me to hit you," said the man, adding that Sbu is very "disrespectful." It's understood that the 'attack' was a joke on the show, with insiders telling TMG Entertainment that it was all planned. Watch: I was taken out of context - Lerato Tshabalala 

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  • Segolela released by Stars

    Tlou Segolela headlined the list of players leaving Platinum Stars ahead of the new season. Stars announced their new signings on Thursday and also revealed the list of players that will no longer be with the North West based team next season.

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  • 'Have a man and have it all'

    Having it all, here, means achieving a "[balance] between motherhood, a successful career and the role of loving and supportive spouse". It has been a busy few days for Madiba-Zuma. Last week she visited three child-headed homes in rural KwaZulu-Natal for the Nelson Mandela Day activities. She then visited the Leading Lady Lounge at the Durban International Film Festival, where she spoke to young girls aspiring to achieve screen stardom. The event was attended by celebrities such as President Jacob Zuma's daughter, Gugu; Nomzamo Mbatha; Mampho Brescia; Thembi Seete and Thishiwe Ziqubu. Fulu Mugovhani was hired to promote and raise issues facing women in the film industry. After encouraging young

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe dumps war vets in high stakes gamble

    Last week, in an extraordinary central committee meeting of the ruling party, Robert Mugabe identified a new enemy. This time, it was Zimbabwe’s infamous war veterans that have fallen foul of the Zimbabwean president – despite having done much of his dirty work over the last few decades. Mugabe, apparently without irony, told the Zanu-PF top branch that he was tired of war veterans interfering in politics. “That is dissident behaviour and we will not allow it. It is not your business to talk of who should succeed the president and worse still I am stunned you threatened that unless your wish is fulfilled, there shall be bloodshed.” Mugabe’s comments came shortly after the war veterans’ association

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  • Newly-engaged Pippa Middleton’s top 5 fashion moments

    Kate Middleton's sister Pippa just got engaged to handsome hedgefund manager, James Matthews. We have put together our top 5 fashion moments from the world's most stylish socialite. 1 Match point! Pippa is 'blooming' at Wimbledon in this gorgeous peony-printed dress by designer Suzannah. 2 Perfect pose! Pippa promotes her first book "Celebrate", on the subject of party planning wearing a classic tweed Stella McCartney dress with black suede heels. 3 Pippa Middleton arrives on Centre Court at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London with a trendsetting two-piece monochrome outfit. She rounded off the look with aviator sunglasses and a small white clutch. 4 Excuse my trench! Pippa leaves after

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  • United? It's my destiny, says Jose

    Two bottles of champagne are on ice in the luxury hotel suite looking out over Shanghai, but Jose Mourinho has nothing to celebrate yet. ‘I will try to do my work to make the owners realise that I’m the right guy for this job - but in this moment I’ve just played Wigan Athletic,’ he says. The high-rise Kerry Hotel could not seem much further from the DW Stadium where Mourinho took charge of his first match - and first win - as Manchester United manager last weekend. Mourinho first announced himself to English football as the upstart coach of Porto in 2004, when Costinha’s last-minute goal consigned United to defeat in the Champions League and sent the young coach on a celebratory dash down the Old Trafford touchline.

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  • Zuma wants six months as a dictator

    Johannesburg - All President Jacob Zuma wants is six months as a dictator to solve South Africa’s problems. In that six months Zuma would force the unemployed to return to school or get arrested. “If you just give me six months to be a dictator, things will be straight. Right now, to make a decision you need a resolution, decision, collective, petition. Yoh! It’s a lot of work. I am emphasising that let us pay more attention to our children in education,” said a laughing Zuma. He was visiting Marhulana Primary School in Tembisa on Wednesday along with Gauteng Premier David Makhura, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi as part of the Mandela Month celebrations.

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  • Gupta-linked company in line for R800m contract at Transnet

    A company with close ties to the Gupta family stands to make a handsome profit from an information technology contract worth R800 million at Transnet. The Mail and Guardian reported on Friday that the contract had been “confined” to a single bidder‚ global software firm SAP‚ although it had yet to be awarded. SAP’s bid documentation showed that it would allocate 60% of the value of the contract to a subcontractor‚ Global Softech Solutions (GSS)‚ owned by the Gupta’s Sahara Systems and a family associate. Gupta holding company Oakbay Investments told the newspaper that it was “preposterous” that a global firm such as SAP could be pressured into the partnership. However‚ minutes of a meeting between

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  • Tempers flare as principal bars Radebe from entering East London school

    A bossy East London school governing body member came to Jeff Radebe’s rescue on Thursday after the school’s head barred the Minister in the Presidency and his entourage from entering the premises. Lumanyano Primary’s acting school principal Wendy Kuse told Radebe’s entourage that they would not be allowed to campaign within the school grounds as the school was apolitical. The drama unfolded in Phumlani village near East London airport. Radebe was one of many senior ANC leaders who took the party’s campaign trail to the Buffalo City Metro where the party is trying to lure votes away from independent candidates from within its ranks. Lumanyano Primary School children were enjoying their lunch

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  • Nel 'hounding' Oscar

    Hitting back at yesterday's announcement by the National Prosecuting Authority that it would appeal against Pistorius's sentence, his uncle, Arnold, said: "It's in Nel's character to do these things. What is not personal?" Judge Thokozile Masipa sentenced Pistorius in the Pretoria High Court to six years in prison for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Her earlier conviction of Pistorius and imposition of a five-year sentence for culpable homicide was overturned by the Supreme Court of Appeal last year. Reeva’s parents had ‘no input’ on decision to appeal Pistorius sentence: lawyer Arnold Pistorius said the appeal was a waste of time and resources. Legal experts believe the NPA

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  • Zim's repossessed farms no relief for new owners

    Charles Samuriwo, a farmer from the Odzi area northwest of Mutare city, cannot hide his frustration. As a beneficiary of Zimbabwe's controversial programme to redistribute land taken from white farmers, Samuriwo has been working his tobacco farm since 2001. Today he is struggling because 15 years after taking over the farm, he still has no security of tenure or title deed. Without such collateral, he cannot borrow from a bank to buy machinery or pay for seasonal expenses such as seeds or fertiliser. "As farmers, we have nothing but the land," Samuriwo said. "Financial institutions need a form of security for them to lend us money. We want to invest in irrigation, but without financial support

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  • AfriForum is selfish and use of Constitution’s preamble is ‘ironic’, Mogoeng says

    AFRIFORUM’S attitude to the change of street names in Pretoria was selfish and did not accommodate the feelings of black South Africans, Constitutional Court justices said in a judgment on Thursday. The emotive dispute over the decision by the Tshwane municipality to change 25 street names in Pretoria’s CBD is now in its fourth year, with the High Court yet to even hear the merits of the case. The Constitutional Court’s judgment on Thursday dealt only with the interim arrangement: whether, as the dispute is being fought in court, the old street names should remain displayed. In a passionate judgment, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng said the values in the preamble of the Constitution — on which AfriForum relied to make its case — could not be achieved "when one race almost always has its way".

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  • Zimbabwe: Motorists Gang Up Against Abusive Police

    ZIMBABWEAN motorists have started mobilising funds to launch a class action against the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) and other State bodies they accuse of violating their constitutional rights. Lawyers and motorists this week launched the Road Users Association (RUA), an organisation that seeks to give relief to all road users in Zimbabwe who are being abused by the police. "It is RUA's belief that the police are acting unconstitutionally and illegally in their harassment of motorists, their imposition of unreasonable fines, their misinterpretation of the laws, and their use of 'legislation' that has not been promulgated. Furthermore, the number of roadblocks, sometimes within sight of one

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  • Former minister slams ANC

    Durban - The founding secretary of Cosatu and a former minister in Nelson Mandela’s cabinet, Jay Naidoo, said the people needed to reclaim their power from the leaders. Addressing the Kendra Business Forum in Durban on Tuesday night, Naidoo said it was “time to reclaim that power” and slammed the ANC, saying it had lost its moral compass. “When a system gets corrupt at the top, what does it inspire at the bottom? It’s about me, my dreams, it’s about my individualism, it’s about my success. That’s something we’ve lost, success being success of the community, solidarity and praying for my neighbour, I think that’s where we’ve got to revert to as society and take some tough stands. “We have given

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