• R246m for Krejcir jailbreak - Sunday Independent

    Johannesburg - A staggering R246 million had been made available to ensure the smooth escape of Czech Radovan Krejcir from prison before the plot was thwarted last week. The Sunday Independent can today also reveal that three prison warders were paid R1.5m to help expedite the prison break. Impeccable sources close to the investigation have revealed: - The three warders have already been identified and their arrest is imminent. - The fugitive has been transferred to an underground isolation cell after it had been established a helicopter was going to be used in the daring raid to free him. - Some of the R246m was to pay for the chopper to spirit Krejcir away once he had escaped. - A part of the

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  • Listen to Julius Malema advise Lindiwe Mazibuko on how to find a husband

    World number one Serena Williams has opted to pull out of the WTA Finals and end her season early following a roller coaster campaign that has taken its toll on her body, the American said on Thursday.

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  • Zuma's rape accuser's mother opens up about fleeing SA after case

    "I was missing home very much...," the mother, who cannot be named to protect her daughter, said. The Sunday Times newspaper reported that her mother said that after Zuma was acquitted on May 5 2006 in the High Court in Johannesburg, they fled to the Netherlands -- where they were given asylum. The mother said she was not sure if justice had been served in the trial. After the interview, Khwezi asked the Sunday Times to leave her mother alone.

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  • Nigeria: Ex-Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, Arrested in London

    The immediate past Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, was on Friday arrested in London, PREMIUM TIMES can exclusively and authoritatively report. The former minister, who was one of the most powerful officials of the President Goodluck Jonathan administration, was arrested Friday morning by the UK National Crimes Agency, alongside four other people. The identities of the four other people arrested along with her could not be immediately ascertained. PREMIUM TIMES learnt she was arrested for offences related to bribery, corruption and money laundering. Two top British officials in London confirmed the development to this newspaper. They requested not to be named because they

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  • History-maker Cristiano Ronaldo casts doubt on Real Madrid future

    Ronaldo equalled Raul's record of 323 goals for the Spanish giants in their 2-0 Champions League win over Malmo despite Raul playing over 400 games more for Los Blancos than the Portuguese star, who also passed 500 career goals on the night. Ronaldo has long been linked with a return to Manchester United, where he starred between 2003 and 2009 before a then world record 80 million euro ($90 million, £59 million) transfer to Madrid. A move to Paris Saint Germain or even a shock transfer to Major League Soccer in the United States have also been rumoured. "I am happy here, I want to win things here. I feel good, but as I have said millions of times no one knows what will happen in the future,"

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  • Jeered for praising ANC at state event

    Award-winning gospel artist Hlengiwe Mhlaba was booed by a crowd when she used a government event to campaign for the ANC in Mpendle in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands. Mhlaba was booked for the day by the government to entertain residents and dignitaries at the launch of a communal estates project. She didn't expect the hostile reception when she wooed attendants to vote for the ANC in the upcoming local government elections. Mhlaba stepped on stage with her famous hit Ngizwile Isandla, much to the applause of the guests, but she ruined the moment when she staged her campaign in the middle of her performance. Mhlaba told the crowd to vote for the political party (ANC) that had made remarkable change

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  • Zimbabwe: Moyo's No Maths, Science, No Degree Cry Stirs Hornet's Nest

    HIGHER and Tertiary Education minister Jonathan Moyo has stirred a hornet's nest by declaring that secondary school students who fail maths and science will not be allowed to enrol at local universities. Moyo made the announcement in Masvingo last week during one of his consultative meetings with tertiary institutions in the country, declaring that soon learners would not be allowed to proceed to A' Level as long as they did not pass mathematics and science at O'Level. He said the education curriculum should emphasise on mathematics and science from an early level. Moyo said the curriculum should be anchored on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, if Zimbabwe was to transform its

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  • A Dad Halted His Daughter's Wedding So Her Stepdad Could Help Give Her Away

    The couple’s photographer, Delia D. Blackburn, told BuzzFeed News that Brittany Peck’s father, Todd Bachman, was proceeding down the aisle when he suddenly stopped and walked over to her stepfather, Todd Cendrosky.

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  • Opposition furious over 'parasitic' VIP jets for Zuma and co

    According to The Mercury, the SANDF has defended the purchase of the jets, which are apparently set to cost the nation R2 billion, saying that SA Airways was not a reasonable alternative owing to President Jacob Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa's schedules. “One would need to look at the schedules and see if it would make sense for them to travel commercial together with the detail of the entourage, at short notice, and the quickest possible times,” SANDF spokesman Siphiwe Dlamini said. According to the report, SAAF spokeswoman Brigadier-General Marthie Visser said that the current fleet was insufficient to meet the increase in the country’s international relations commitments. COPE president, Mosiuoa Lekota said that the purchase shows how wasteful spending has become the norm.

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  • South Africa, Scotland, Japan set for final fight

    South Africa completed a clinical 34-16 win over Scotland on Saturday while Japan pulled off a new upset, 26-5 over Samoa, to extend the race for quarter-final places from Pool B. Only three points now separate the remaining contenders going into the the final games of the World Cup's most surprising pool. Still numbed by seeing his side beaten 34-32 by Japan in their match, Meyer watched a drastically different performance against Scotland. Handre Pollard kicked 19 points with deadly accuracy and Schalk Burger, JP Pietersen and Bryan Habana scored tries to break the hearts of a Scottish dominated 50,000 crowd at Newcastle. Scotland staged a heroic second half comeback after trailing 20-3 at

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  • Nigeria: Govt, Others Attract U.S.$151 Billion FDI in 13 Years

    Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) into Nigeria and other African countries increased by $151.6 billion from 2000 to 2013. This was one of the highlights of a report published by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). Titled, "Economic Insight: Africa Q3 2015 report", the report was commissioned by ICAEW and produced by the Centre for Economics and Business Research Ltd (CEBR). Among other things, it provides a snapshot of Africa's economic performance focusing specifically on Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, South Africa and Angola. According to the report, and drawing on estimates prepared by the World Bank, the total level of external financial

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  • WhatsApp slur against Mugabe gets Zim man arrested - report

    Nduna Matshazi, a councillor for the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, says he sent on a message about Mugabe "by mistake", the state-owned Chronicle reported this weekend. Instead of sending it to a political chat group, Matshazi posted the message to a group of councillors for the rural district of Bubi in southern Zimbabwe. The group's administrator, who is not being named, reported him to the police. It's not clear exactly when Matshazi was arrested nor in which police station he is being held. According to the Chronicle, which is published in Bulawayo, the message is a parody of the Lord's Prayer in the Bible. The administrator of the Whatsapp group says the prayer is "twisted to

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  • Are you schooled or are you educated?

     Those of you who have had schooling followed the rules of the school, attended your classes, did your homework, wrote the tests, passed, and received a certificate of some kind. When you fell out of line, and came late or missed an assignment deadline, you were punished for this bad behaviour. You were, in a sense, institutionalised. But you can be schooled and still be a barbarian. You can frame and hang your certificates against a wall and still be uneducated. You can attend many years of formal schooling and still be reckless. I see this all the time. School, in this sense, is therefore not primary school or high school; it is all forms of institutionalisation, including college and university,

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  • Durban's inner city to be 'restored to former glory'

    Inner City Local Area Plan officials announced yesterday the city is headed for a major upgrade, which will see the reclamation of abandoned buildings and urban spaces in areas such as Albert Park, the CBD and Victoria Embankment. Musa Mbhele, acting deputy city manager for economic development and planning, said the plan would help restore Durban to its former glory and attract businesses and economic growth back to the city. "The purpose of the regeneration programme is to reclaim abandoned buildings and urban spaces, attract new innovative investment and ideas, social housing and the connectivity and integration of different modes of transport." Durban is grappling with challenges of crime,

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  • Trump: Hussein, Gaddafi should still be in power

    Trump mentioned Libya and Iraq in comparison to current efforts to drive the Syrian president out of power. Syria Iraq Libya Syrian President Bashar al Assad Donald Trump Trump mentioned the countries in comparison to current efforts to drive Syrian President Bashar al-Assad out of power. “You can make the case, if you look at Libya, look at what we did there, it’s a mess,” Trump said on NBC. “If you look at Saddam Hussein with Iraq, look what we did there, it’s a mess. It’s going to be the same thing in Syria,” he said. Asked by NBC’s Chuck Todd if the Middle East would be more stable with Gaddafi and Saddam in power, Trump replied, “Of course it would be”. Trump, who leads the field of Republicans

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  • The mom behind Krejcir's failed escape bid

    Serbian hit men at R6-million each, a move to buy floor plans of the Zonderwater maximum-security prison and having a helicopter on standby had all formed part of the elaborate R25-million operation to spring Krejcir from jail in South Africa. The Sunday Times has seen correspondence between an intelligence source in Prague and forensic investigator Paul O'Sullivan in which the source states: "... Radovan must escape, irrespectably [sic] what it takes or how many lives it costs ... their mafia code of ethics clearly demands and orders them to do so ... otherwise Nadezda loses her status in the Czech/Serbian mafia circles and the entire Krejcirova family are permanently marked as failures or weaklings

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  • 'Western Cape is hideout for racists' - Politics | IOL News

    Cape Town - The Western Cape is a hideout for racists who do not want a black government and the country could run more effectively with fewer provinces, ANC leaders said yesterday. Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, a speaker at a provincial ANC meeting, yesterday likened the Western Cape to Orania, a Northern Cape town where only white Afrikaners are allowed to live. Joemat-Pettersson is also a member of the ANC’s national executive committee. She said the Western Cape had become painted as a place where “there is an influx of the rural poor from the Eastern Cape”. “Those who do not believe in black majority rule, who still want to perpetuate white minority (rule), have moved from Gauteng

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  • Killing comes on eve of money talks - Politics | IOL News

    Johannesburg - The brutal killing of controversial ANC funder and businessman Wandile Bozwana happened just days before the ANC was due to discuss the role of money in the affairs of the party. Bozwana was recently accused of having financially influenced the election of Northern Cape Premier Sylvia Lucas as provincial treasurer of the ANC following the death of former treasurer and disgraced MP Yolanda Botha in March. Botha succumbed to cancer while facing a multimillion-rand fraud and corruption charge along with provincial chairman and MEC for Finance John Block and MEC for Co-operative Governance, Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements Alvin Botes. Block and Botes are due in the High Court

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  • This Woman Perfectly Explains Why You Shouldn't Ask People Why They Don't Have Kids

    “Even if it feels like it’s not a big deal for you, it might be a really big deal to the person you are asking.”

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  • More trouble for King Dalindyebo | The New Age Online

    The AbaThembu Royal Family in the Eastern Cape has accused King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo of using the Constitutional Court challenge as a delaying tact and has called for his immediate suspension. The royal family is demanding his immediate suspension pending the finalisation of his court challenge. Dalindyebo faces 12 years in jail after the Supreme Court of Appeals on Thursday refused most of his appeal against his conviction for crimes committed in the 1990s. He was convicted of arson, kidnapping and defeating the ends of justice. The royal family's spokesperson, Chief Thanduxolo Mtirara says Dalindyebo must be suspended. “We're saying as the Royal Kingdom of AbaThembu, this person should be

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