• South Africa: Things Are Getting Rough for Zuma

    Fired ministers are now using Parliament as a battle ground to fight President Jacob Zuma, political analyst Ralph Mathekga said. On Tuesday former Finance minister Pravin Gordhan led the grilling of his former colleague in cabinet Lynne Brown and the Eskom board for their flip flopping over the return of Eskom boss Brian Molefe. Gordhan on his debut appearance in the parliamentary committee on public enterprises openly accused Brown and board chairperson Ben Ngubane of state capture. "You are part of a conspiracy to capture Eskom for the purposes or benefit of the few. That is the reality. Let us not play around with technical questions. That's the reality," Gordhan charged. Ngubane and Brown

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  • Black SA man allegedly calls terror deaths of 'whites' a 'blessing from God'

    Algoa FM presenter Wayne Hart posted a screen grab on Wednesday night of a Twitter account he claimed to have come across the night before celebrating the deaths of 22 people, many of them children, in a terrorist attack in Manchester, England on Monday. More than 50 people were also injured in the attack, understood to have been organised by terror group Isis. A man bombed a venue at which 23-year-old pop sensation Ariana Grande was performing. According to the tweet (allegedly since deleted), from an account Hart alleges belongs to “Abongile Gasa”, the deaths of the “white people” was a “blessing from God” and Gasa uses prayer emojis to suggest that he is praying to God for more such “blessings”.

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  • Generations actor Vuyo Dabula ventures into real boxing

    Boxing should benefit from the popularity of ace Generations: The Legacy actor Vuyo Dabula. Known as Gadaffi in the prominent SABC1 soapie, Dabula and his brother Siyolo Dabula have acquired a boxing promoter's licence. Their company - registered with Boxing SA - is known as Dabula Sports Productions. It will operate from Standerton in Mpumalanga where Siyolo, a former professional boxer, is permanently based. The brothers are originally from Mount Free in Transkei. Siyolo grew up in Mpumalanga, while Dabula grew up in Mahikeng, North West, but is now based in Johannesburg. The two have a close association with fistics as Dabula once appeared as a boxing champion in a TV advert years back. He

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  • Zimbabwe: What is Grace Mugabe's Greatest Fear?

    Leader of Zanu-PF women's wing and First Lady Grace Mugabe, could be elevated to the cabinet of her husband, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, in order to give her some political strength. Institute for Security Studies consultant Derek Matyszak told a seminar in Pretoria on Tuesday that Grace was concerned about her future after her husband is no longer president. "She once expressed the fear that when Mugabe dies she might be dragged along the tarmac behind a truck, so there are these fears and dynamics behind the scenes," he said. Lately there have been rumours that a member of Zanu-PF's so-called G40 faction, which has fallen out of favour with Mugabe, could be removed from Parliament to make place for her to step in via a by-election.

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  • Gordhan's Denel challenge: Prove you're not captured

    CAPE TOWN – Denel’s board has been challenged to convince Members of Parliament (MP) that it is not captured and serving the interests of Gupta families, rather than the national interest. Former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan led the charge after a presentation by the state arms maker to Parliament’s public enterprises committee. At issue is Denel’s controversial Asian joint venture in partnership with a Gupta-linked company that is reportedly in financial difficulties. Denel Asia has been prevented from trading by Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown until Denel clears the way with Treasury. The state-owned company has approached the High Court to get approval for the venture. Board chairperson

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  • Hulisani Ravele loses her cool over 'disrespect' to Venda culture

    Hulisani Ravele was left fuming after a follower showed no respect towards her language and culture. The TV and radio personality who is Venda greeted her followers in TshiVenda‚ but one follower accused her of “insulting” them. “Black people‚ sometimes we really are our own worst enemies...some of us have no respect for other people’s languages and cultures‚” she said. Hulisani Ravele on Twitter 2. This morning I tweeted in my home language, just a greeting, a hello hi, a have a nice day fam. But no, some individual found it fitting Hulisani Ravele on Twitter 3. To tweet at me and say "Nawe, rhaaa". When another person tried to correct and help them understand that what I tweeted was a greeting

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  • Linda Mtoba's sizzling honeymoon pictures are life goals

    The Isibaya actress and her bae Steven Meyer held their white wedding in the KZN Midlands recently. This after they traditionally tied the knot in a lavish ceremony in March. The actress and her hubby then jetted off about a week ago for their honeymoon to Amsterdam, Monaco, France and Italy.

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  • Sorry Ramaphosa, ANC’s destiny is another split

    ANC unity is a myth, trotted out at convenient intervals to rally the gullible. For example, presidential hopeful Cyril Ramaphosa recently told Moody’s rating agency, “We will not split. We are not a splitting organisation,” according to reports. Ramaphosa is trying to calm investors. Yet his reassurance is flimsy. Before we look at current fractures in the organisation, consider some significant past separations. Contrary to what Ramaphosa says, the ANC is indeed a splitting organisation. Here are examples: the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC), the Congress of the People (Cope), and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). All three came about because of splits from the ANC. Significantly, both the

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  • Horrific details of Karabo Mokoena's gruesome murder - heated club quarrel leads to incineration

    2017-05-15 09:39:06.0 | Athandiwe Saba | Sandile Mantsoe allegedly loaded the body of his late girlfriend in a wheely bin, put it in his luxury BMW, drove to his family home where he picked up a tyre, acid and a container to buy petrol. Mantsoe, 27, then proceeded to a deserted area where he burned the body of Karabo Mokoena. These chilling details are, according to law-enforcement sources, contained in Mantsoe's affidavit deposed with the police this week. According to high-ranking police officials, Mantsoe allegedly had an argument with his girlfriend at a club which continued in his luxury apartment in Sandton. He allegedly told police that he found his girlfriend of seven months dead upon

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  • Man dies after defending girlfriend from rape

    A man was killed on Friday evening as he tried to fend off a gang of men attempting to rape his girlfriend. The couple were walking along Riverside Road in Durban‚ a popular running and biking trail which has become notorious for muggings. According to ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak‚ the couple was outside the Umgeni River Bird Park when a taxi pulled up next to them. A gang of men surrounded the couple and began assaulting the man as he tried to defend his girlfriend. 'Stop this evil': Soccer clubs and fans urged to help women and children facing abuse  “Paramedics arrived to find the man with multiple injuries‚ severe facial injuries and internal bleeding. There was nothing that they could

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  • Look! Malusi Gigaba spoils Norma, buys her a pricey diamond ring

    Norma has been spoiled by her husband, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba, and took to Instagram to let everyone know just how much. She showed off a gorgeous diamond ring and captioned the image: “So in love with this new piece, thank you, my hubby.” Norma deleted the image shortly thereafter, but not before a screenshot was taken. The Gigabas have had a tough time after Norma gave an interview to eNCA in which she spoke out about the extramarital affair that Malusi had with New York-based stylist Buhle Mkhize. Norma said it was a difficult time for her family, as their parents were asking questions about the reports regarding the affair. She questioned Mkhize’s motives for going to the media and

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  • Spur boycott hitting some franchises hard

    In a Facebook post‚ Front National called this a “principle case” and called for no compromising on the issue‚ saying they will not be treated as “second-rate citizens”. The boycott stems from an incident in March in which an aggressive white man began threatening a black woman at Texamo Spur at The Glen Shopping Centre in Johannesburg. The company banned the man from all Spur stores. Mark Farrelly‚ COO of Spur‚ said despite some areas facing some hardship‚ the majority of Spur stores were still “very strong”. Law professor appointed to probe ‘Spur bully’ incident  The post emphasised two things‚ two months after originally calling for the boycott. It said the action was not aimed at the franchise

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  • 'Oskido and Christos demonstrated humility to me,' says Black Coffee

    During an interview with Thembisa Mdoda on Touch HD, Black Coffee explained how Oskido and  DJ Christos showed him "humility" when he was starting out. "I wouldn't have gigs and Chris would take me with, ask me to open for him and even pay me to play even if it was his gig," Black Coffee said. The DJ added that Christos would also give him access to his huge collection of music to choose songs to mix with. Coffee said Christos had over "100 records" which he could pick and choose from.

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  • The Eskom board director who wanted nothing but to talk about himself

    During Tuesday’s special sitting of the public enterprises committee to put Eskom’s reappointment under the microscope, one character almost stole the limelight until visibly agitated MPs reined him in. Chairerperson Zukiswa Rantho concurred with MPs’ request that other Eskom board members other than Dr Ben Ngubane, the chair, be given the opportunity to respond to questions raised. And Dr Pathmanathan Naidoo, introduced as Dr Pat Naidoo by the minister, was equal to the task – in more ways than one. He had a whole lot of personal anecdotes to share with the committee. Naidoo immediately launched into a self-praising soliloquy, reading out his biography to members. Unfortunately, the indulgence

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  • James Bond star Roger Moore dies aged 89: family

    British actor Roger Moore, who will forever be remembered for playing James Bond, died Tuesday aged 89, his family announced in a statement on Twitter. “It is with a heavy heart that we must announce our loving father, Sir Roger Moore, has passed away today in Switzerland after a short but brave battle with cancer,” they said.

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  • WATCH: Elephants trumpet their retreat as they flee angry bees

    A group of elephants were recently caught on camera running from a swarm of angry bees. According to Raw Wild while elephant hide is too tough for a bee to sting, that isn't much help if the bees target the more vulnerable flesh in an elephant's trunk. Catherine van Eyk, a witness to the incident in the Kruger National Park, told the Daily Mail that the whole incident took between 15 to 30 minutes. 'It's amazing how the largest mammal in the world can be so frightened by such a small insect, ' she said.  Elephants are well known for not liking bees. Researchers have found that they have special alarm calls specifically for the swarming insects. In fact, the alarm call for bees is the first that

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  • Kelly Khumalo looks stunning in this wedding gown

    Three people were killed when police clashed with former rebels who had blocked the road into Bouake, Ivory Coast's second biggest city, to demand government compensation payments, according to a media report.

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  • Jordaan claims Baxter is either earning same or less than Mashaba's R583,333 monthly salary

    Briefing Parliament’s Sports and Recreation portfolio committee on Wednesday‚ Jordaan also disputed allegations that Baxter demanded that his son‚ Lee‚ should be appointed as the national team’s goalkeeper coach. “Did Baxter make a demand that [his son must be a goalkeeper coach]? No... Is Baxter getting R1 million a month? No. Is Baxter getting more than Shakes Mashaba? No‚” said Jordaan. Jordaan's claim would suggest that Baxter is either earning the same or less than the R583,333 per month that was earned by Mashaba before his unceremonious departure in December.  Mashaba's lawyer Claudio Bollo revealed the former coach's salary at his CCMA hearing. Mashaba has taken the matter of his dismissal

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  • Bill Gates: Trevor Noah's comedy transcends borders

    American business magnate Bill Gates has reviewed comedian and The Daily Show host Trevor Noah’s book, Born a Crime, and had nothing but good things to say about him. Gates, a “longtime” fan of The Daily Show, says he was worried when former host Jon Stewart stepped down in 2015. He said he was worried about Noah, wondering how his humour would connect with American audiences. He wrote: “I’m happy to report that I was wrong. Millions of viewers—myself included—are tuning into The Daily Show because Noah’s show is every bit as good as Stewart’s. His humor has a lightness and optimism that’s refreshing to watch. What’s most impressive is how he uses his outside perspective to his advantage. He’s

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  • Sexwale escalates Trillian probe to judicial inquiry

    JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) veteran and former Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale says he's escalating the investigation into Trillian Capital partners to a judicial inquiry. Sexwale, who is an independent non-executive chairman of the company that is linked to the Guptas, says he's taken recent allegations seriously. Trillian CEO Eric Wood is accused of having knowledge of the president’s decision to fire then Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene back in 2015. In an amaBhungane exclusive on Eyewitness News last week, details emerged of how Trillian invoiced Eskom for millions of rands and subsequently helped the Guptas pay for the Optimum coal mine. It's been revealed that

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