• SA charmer's trail of treachery in US

    "I was straight out of a divorce. I was needy," the California farmer said this week, recalling her ordeal at the hands of her mystery South African, Abraham "Arno" Smit. "He must have been with four or five women at the same time. If he found out that a woman didn't have the money she claimed she had, then he would disappear. "He sucked me into his web. I didn't know there were people like that out there." Cary was easy prey for Smit, who in a few years allegedly cut a swathe of deceit and bad debt across California cattle country. He claimed to be a middle-aged cattle baron from South Africa, heir to a farming empire. In fact, he was a 25-year-old dealer in broken promises. When investigators

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  • Mandla Mandela marries again - Western Cape

    Cape Town - Mandla Mandela tied the knot in a Muslim ceremony in Cape Town at the weekend. The grandson of former president Nelson Mandela confirmed his union to Rabia Clarke of Cape Town on Twitter on Sunday evening and issued a brief statement. “I am honoured and delighted to announce my marriage to Rabia Clarke, in Cape Town, on 6 February 2016,” he said in the statement. “I wish to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Rabia’s parents, her extended family, and the Muslim community, for welcoming me into their hearts. Although Rabia and I were raised in different cultural and religious traditions, our coming together reflects what we have in common - we are South Africans,” he said. According to

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  • LVG in bizarre rant

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal angrily derided the latest reports about his future after his team were pegged back in injury time in a 1-1 draw at Chelsea. Diego Costa equalised for Chelsea in the 91st minute at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, cancelling out Jesse Lingard's opener and leaving United six points below the Champions League places in the Premier League. Reports emerged on Friday that United have approached ex-Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho to succeed Van Gaal, but the Dutchman attempted to slap down a journalist who raised the matter at his post-match press conference. When it was put to him that United have not publicly denied the reports, Van Gaal replied: “Why do they have

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  • Bonang and AKA strike a pose at Da Les’ all-white party (Photos)

    Rumoured couple AKA and Bonang Matheba were some of the many Mzansi A-listers at Da Les’ 7th Annual All-White Pool Party on Saturday.Next The duo even took some time to pose for the cameras together. So are they finally ready to go public with their relationship? Queen B looked breathtaking in a lightweight sheer kaftan, with a daring bodysuit to go with. Held in Sandton, Johannesburg, another rumoured couple was also in attendance. That would be Nomzamo Mbatha and Maps Maponyane. Nomzmo opted for a tailored relaxed look, donning wide-legged three-quarter pants with a matching top and peek-a-boo bra. Other gorgeous ladies spotted at the event included Nomuzi Mabena,  Boity, Khanya Mkangisa, Natasha

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  • 'Zuma in for a rough week'

    Zuma will deliver his Sona amid tight security, protests & warnings of speech interruptions. Sona 2016 CAPE TOWN/JOHANNESBURG – President Jacob Zuma will deliver his State of the Nation Address (Sona) this week amid tight security, protests and warnings from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) that there will be ‘interruptions’. The Nkandla matter is also in the Constitutional Court tomorrow after Zuma's offer to pay back a portion of the money spent to upgrade his private home was rejected by the EFF and the Democratic Alliance. Zuma's speech on Thursday is building up to be a second serving of the chaos that ensued last year. There is also the potential of drama on the streets of the CBD on

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  • SA to deport 140 Zimbabwean ex-convicts

    Reports from Zimbabwe say the deportees have just finished serving sentences of up to 18 years in jail.

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  • Who made the DA whiter? Mmusi and Lindiwe exchange barbs

    Party leader Mmusi Maimane said this week that white males had also played a key role in controlling the party while Lindiwe Mazibuko was its parliamentary leader. He was responding to an article on BDLive last month in which Mazibuko welcomed the party's stand against racism but said it needed to do something about the white male "brains trust" that dominated it. Mazibuko, now a resident fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics, criticised the white men in the DA who she said "callously strut about social media like a law unto themselves". But Maimane dismissed the criticism during an interview at his parliament office. "Things are changing. She left the party, it was her choice," he said.

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  • Nigeria: Obasanjo Attacks Jonathan, PDP Again, Says Chibok Girls May Not Return

    Despite efforts and assurances by the Federal Government that it would rescue the abducted Chobok girls alive, former President Olusegun Obasanjo has raised doubts on their possible return. Mr Obasanjo, who spoke at an event organized by the Staff Club of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, on Friday, said anyone saying the girls would return was simply telling lies. The programme which was held at the open arena of the staff club, was themed, "An Evening with Obasanjo." Mr. Obasanjo blamed former President Goodluck Jonathan for trivializing the distress call to rescue the girls on the day they were captured. "The former president heard about the kidnap 8am in the morning of the abduction

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  • FSB top brass accused of 'rigged tender cover-up'

    Marweshe has lodged a grievance with the FSB board and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, complaining he was victimised after he saved taxpayers millions by blowing the whistle on the deal, even though he was required to do so by law. He wants Gordhan to launch an independent forensic investigation into the deal and suspend the FSB's top brass, including CEO Dube Tshidi and audit committee chairman Jabu Mogadime. This is the latest governance scandal to hit Tshidi, with the FSB still reeling from a court challenge launched last month by its head of pensions, Rosemary Hunter. The FSB regulates all non-banking financial services and should be above suspicion, but her court papers paint a picture

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  • Malema unapproachable, only listens to Shivambu says disgruntled EFF member

     "Julius is a liar," said Economic Freedom Fighters member Lufuno Gogoro. "He is lying that we can sit down with him. Julius doesn't want to listen to anyone except [EFF chief whip] Floyd [Shivambu] and we cannot run an organisation through friendship." Gogoro is among a group of EFF members, calling itself defenders of the EFF constitution, which had planned to approach the High Court in Johannesburg on Friday for an urgent interdict against Malema and the EFF's leadership. It wanted a stop put to the party's provincial conferences and its national people's assembly, which is expected to be held in December. Earlier on Friday, Malema told reporters in Johannesburg that disgruntled members were

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  • SA's steel flagship buckling

    Closure of the strategic asset on the West Coast 110km north of Cape Town would threaten 1,100 jobs directly, but the ripple effects would be felt throughout the economy. Outgoing ArcelorMittal South Africa CEO Paul O'Flaherty announced this week that the unit was being put under review. The entire steel sector is under pressure. A plan for Chinese company International Resources to buy Highveld Steel, which is in business rescue, collapsed this week. If another buyer for Highveld Steel could not be found, 2,242 jobs could be lost there, said Marius Croucamp, deputy general secretary for the metal industry at trade union Solidarity. O'Flaherty, who ends his tenure on Friday, said ArcelorMittal

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  • Prasa boss gets lucky with R11m mansion

    The claims are made in court papers filed this week in the High Court in Pretoria in an action against Siyangena Technologies, which obtained a R3.9-billion Prasa tender in 2009-10. Molefe wants the court to set aside the contract awarded to Mario Ferreira, the owner of soccer club Vasco da Gama and Siyangena Technologies. The Prasa chairman has argued that Siyangena was unlawfully awarded the tender to instal high-speed passenger gates, CCTV cameras and other security related material. "Investigations ... revealed that Mr Lucky Montana has corruptly benefited from his relationship with individuals and entities associated with the first respondent [Siyangena Technologies]. Seven additional stations

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  • Mbeki embraces Adriaan Vlok - Politics

    Former apartheid police minister Adriaan Vlok has recommitted himself to pressing ahead, seeking forgiveness from those he offended, regardless of the criminal complaint filed against him this week. The Anti-Racism Action Forum lodged the complaint against Vlok and his erstwhile boss, former president FW de Klerk, relating to the “mass murder” of 27 people in the Sebokeng Massacre in July 1990 and 13 in the Daveyton Massacre in 1991. Another charge related to the killing of the Cradock Four, allegedly by an apartheid-era hit squad. Vlok said in an interview that he had made contact with business executive Moeletsi Mbeki, younger brother of former president Thabo Mbeki, with the object of helping

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  • Tourism ‘will take years to recover’ from visa issues

    IT WILL take the tourism industry four to five years to recover from the damage to South Africa’s reputation caused by the Department of Home Affairs’ immigration regulations, Tourism Business Council of South Africa CEO Mmatati Ramawela says. But her organisation has welcomed the regulatory concessions announced by the department. These include waiving the requirement for Chinese travellers to apply for a visa in person as long as they are part of a tour group. The department’s director-general, Mkuseli Apleni, says that a 10-year visa waiver for business executives from Brics countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) is also available, allowing such executives to remain in South Africa for

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  • Beyonce, in surprise new track, takes on police abuse

    Beyonce is back with her first new music in more than two years, a hip-hop-heavy track with nods to the Black Lives Matter movement and police brutality. The pop superstar released a single and accompanying video, “Formation,” on Saturday in a surprise one day before she is set to perform before tens of millions of television viewers during halftime of the Super Bowl alongside British rockers Coldplay.  Set in New Orleans, the video offers fleeting but poignant references to Black Lives Matter, the movement against police brutality that has gained steam across the United States in recent years.  A row of police officers in riot gear appears throughout the video. At the end, they raise their hands

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  • Comair aircraft makes emergency landing at OR Tambo Airport

    It’s understood a guinea fowl allegedly flew into one of the plane’s engines shortly after it took off. Comair Emergency landing Comair Limited Kulula JOHANNESBURG – Comair has confirmed that one its Kulula aircrafts has had to make an emergency landing at the OR Tambo International Airport this morning.   It’s understood a guinea fowl allegedly flew into one of the plane’s engines shortly after it took off from the Lanseria Airport to Cape Town.   The incident has resulted in some delays. No one was been injured.   Comair CEO Erik Venter said, “The Kulula aircraft did make an emergency landing because it’s struck a guinea fowl coming out of Lanseria Airport. It’s not unusual but we obviously

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  • Mourinho: I'll be back... soon

    Mourinho says he's not enjoying his time out of work and will soon be back. Manchester United Chelsea Jose Mourinho LONDON - Jose Mourinho, sacked as manager of Chelsea in December seven months after winning the Premier League title, has said he is not enjoying his time out of work and will soon be back in management. He did not comment directly on media reports that have heavily linked him with Louis Van Gaal's job at Manchester United. But he did say that his family will remain in London and that he liked the competitiveness of English football. "For sure, I will be back soon," the Portugese told GQ magazine in an interview published on its website (www.gq-magazine.co.uk). It did not say when

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Succession: Jonathan Moyo Bares it All

    In your opinion, what could have motivated George Charamba’s attacks against you and those perceived to be opposed to Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa? While Charamba’s scurrilous political attack on me and other Cabinet ministers perceived to be opposed to what they allege is Vice-President Mnangagwa’s succession path went viral after his long interview on ZiFM radio and after The Herald reproduced a verbatim script of that interview two weeks ago, in fact Charamba had been on my case over VP Mnangagwa’s succession for a very long time. To make a very long story short, things started turning ugly between Charamba and me and his fellow successionists out there in May 2015 when BBC HardTalk broadcast an interview with me in which I poured cold water on the ambitions of successionists by saying President Robert Mugabe had not appointed his vice-presidents so they could succeed him, but so they could assist him to implement the policy programmes he pledged to the nation in the 2013 elections, which he won resoundingly.

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  • Zimbabwe: Moyo Recruited to Destroy Zanu-PF

    Munyaradzi Musiiwa — Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association chairman Cde Christopher Mutsvangwa has challenged Professor Jonathan Moyo to contest his claims that he was Ndabaningi Sithole's illegitimate child, who was seeking revenge for his father who was rejected by the revolutionary party after forging an alliance with the Smith regime at the height of the war of liberation. Cde Mutsvangwa said he also had empirical evidence that Prof Moyo was recruited by western imperialists who were pushing the regime change in Zimbabwe. He said Prof Moyo was assigned by these people to dislodge Zanu-PF with his "petty parochial ideologies" that reside in him. He said Prof Moyo was a traitor

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  • ANC scoffs at ‘propaganda’ film claims - Politics

    The ANC has dismissed as a propaganda a new documentary film claiming it focused more on violently attacking rival black groups than overthrowing apartheid. The Afrikaner lobby group AfriForum’s film, Tainted Heroes, portrays the ANC as a violent organisation that wanted to stamp out all other black groups fighting apartheid. The film is yet to be released. Its synopsis says the two-hour film “explains how the ANC successfully implemented a predetermined programme of violence, fear and propaganda to eliminate political rivals and establish itself as the sole representative of black aspirations in South Africa”. “It illuminates how the ANC’s armed struggle was more a struggle against black rival

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