• Ronaldo’s plane crashes in Spain – reports

    Cristiano Ronaldo’s private plane has crashed in Spain after its landing gear failed, according to reports.

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  • Hlaudi needs to go ‘as in last week’, says Cabinet - Crime & Courts

    Johannesburg - Hlaudi Motsoeneng boasted this week that no one could make him leave the SABC. But on Thursday, the Cabinet ordered him out of the public broadcaster urgently – just a day after the ruling party said he should be fired. Motsoeneng’s only remaining allies are embattled Communications Minister Faith Muthambi and the parastatal’s board. Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said the SABC and Motsoeneng cannot continue to subvert the law and the decision of the Supreme Court of Appeal by appointing him to a different senior position. The Cabinet’s stance came after the SABC posted a third successive loss in three years, with the Auditor-General describing its books as being in a shambles.

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  • Judith Sephuma is divorced

    Songstress Judith Sephuma has on Thursday afternoon reportedly confirmed that she and her husband Siphiwe Mhlambi are divorced. Speaking to Destiny magazine Judith confirmed the news but did not want to divulge too much information. “I do not want to comment on this‚ but what I can tell [you] is that I am divorced. And I am the one who decided on the divorce‚” she said. Even though the songbird did not want to reveal what led to their split‚ she did say that she is “doing well“. When contacted by the magazine Siphiwe declined to comment‚ however the status on his Facebook page has been changed to ‘divorce’. The couple have faced their fair of tragedy over the past two years. In March 2014 the

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  • Zimbabwe: Teenage Whizz-Kid Makes Academic History

    Paidamoyo Chipunza — History was made since the founding of the University of Zimbabwe in 1953 when 18-year-old academically-gifted Maud Chifamba graduated with a Bachelor of Accountancy Honours yesterday.She was among 3 667 graduates from nine faculties and the College of Health Sciences who were capped by President Mugabe at the institution of higher learning. As of 2012, Chifamba was the youngest university student in Africa. She was born in 1997 in Zimbabwe and was accepted to the University of Zimbabwe to read for an accounting degree. The teenage whizz-kid began attending in 2012 and also received a $9 933 scholarship from the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority Chairman's Charity Fund. Chifamba

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  • The Great Unravelling: Zuma’s security empire crumbles as political and legal woes mount

    In April 2009, the acting head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), Mokotedi Mpshe, announced that the corruption prosecution of President Jacob Zuma would be discontinued. Mpshe said it was “neither possible nor desirable for the NPA to continue with the prosecution of Mr Zuma”. That announcement paved the way for Zuma to be elected president of the country a few weeks later without corruption charges hovering over him. Had Thabo Mbeki seen out his term of office, would that announcement to drop Zuma’s prosecution still have been made? We will never know. But what is clear now is that Mpshe, whose decision was found by the High Court to be “irrational”, was able to make such an announcement

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  • Gauteng Premier's Bryanston mansion will be sold

    He hasn't been staying at the Bryanston mansion for two years already‚ despite millions of rands being spent on it during the time of his predecessor‚ now Water Affairs and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokanyane. Makhura‚ speaking in the legislature on Tuesday‚ announced that the executive committee has given the Gauteng infrastructure department a mandate to sell all houses owned by Gauteng Province‚ including the official residence. "We are confident that the decision will save us a lot of money and help raise additional resources‚" the GautengGov ‏@GautengProvince said on Twitter. The money raised would be used to fund the Township Economic Revitalisation programme and bursaries‚ the provincial

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  • Ntsiki Mazwai takes on Bonang: She likes trashy guys

    Ntsiki took to Twitter on Tuesday to claim that Bonang has a type. Following reports of AKA (who is dating the TV star) being involved in altercations with event organisers and fans recently, Ntsiki took to Twitter to question Bonang's choice of men. Violent men r so humiliating gosh— Daughter Of The Soil (@ntsikimazwai) September 27, 2016She went on to say that if Bonang had an application form for a new man, it would include a question of whether the applicant was violent or not. At the end of it all, Ntsiki urged celebrities to keep their relationships out of the spotlight unless you want it to be scrutinised.

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  • Sam Meyiwa says Kelly 'trapped' Senzo by falling pregnant

    There is certainly no love lost between Kelly Khumalo and Sam Meyiwa — this we know. But things have just taken another nosedive as Sam backtracks from wanting to make peace to insisting that the songbird “trapped” his son. Kelly Khumalo raised eyebrows when she told Anele Mdoda on her show‚ Real Talk‚ that her child with Senzo Meyiwa would not meet his family. “I had to decide for myself‚ I don’t care how you see me‚ or what you expect from me. I’m going to do me‚ the same way I would have done when Senzo was alive. When Senzo was alive I blocked out everything negative about him and focused on loving him‚ so that’s what I did‚” she said during the interview. Sam‚ who has previously lambasted

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  • Slow pace of justice frustrates road rage victim’s family - Crime & Courts

    Durban - The trial of the policeman who allegedly shot dead young man in an alleged road rage incident in the Pietermaritzburg CBD in 2014 was delayed yet again on Wednesday - to the distress and frustration of the victim’s family. Thobelani Khuzwayo, a sergeant at the Pietermaritzburg police station, is alleged to have shot Kavlin Naidoo, 27, in November 2014. Naidoo died on November 22, after about ten days in a coma in an intensive care unit, and after undergoing several surgeries. Khuzwayo, who is claiming self defence, appeared briefly in the Pietermaritzburg Regional Court on Wednesday, where the trial was expected to start. However, it was again postponed due to the state experiencing

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  • Durban eatery makes world restaurant list

    Durban - The taste of the authentic South African braai has now grabbed the attention of the world. International luxury travel and lifestyle magazine Condé Nast Traveler has named Durban restaurant Max’s Lifestyle one of the best 207 restaurants in the world. uMlazi-based Max’s joins East Head Cafe in Knysna and The Pot Luck Club in Cape Town as the South African representatives on the list. Reviewer Cherae Robinson wrote that Max’s was “the best place to get braai”. Owner Max Mqadi told The Mercury that he was honoured by the recognition. “I am humbled. I don’t know what I am to say,” he said. “When I was starting in the township where it is disadvantaged, nobody knew me. Today it (Max’s) is

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  • R1-million e-sport championship ready for rAge

    The first season of the new format of the Telkom Digital Gaming League (DGL) concludes in October with the Masters Final. Teams from each of the eight Masters Multi-Gaming Organisations (MGOs) will compete for R1-million – the largest e-sports cash prize pool in South African history. The Telkom DGL has become the pinnacle of e-sports in South Africa from both a financial and a technological perspective. “Telkom took the decision in January to back e-sports,” says Jacqui O’Sullivan, managing executive of group communication and public relations at Telkom. “Since the launch, we have seen tremendous growth in this sector, with new tournaments opening up and other large prize pools being offered.

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  • Why the US presidential race is so close when Clinton should be walking it

    MANY people across the world are probably wondering why Hillary Clinton — who is obviously more prepared and better suited for the American presidency than her opponent, Donald Trump — isn’t waltzing to victory. Many Americans share the world’s bewilderment. Trump has been closing in on Clinton, even threatening to catch up with her in the Electoral College vote, where the Democrats’ control of some of the most populous states (New York and California) give Clinton an advantage. Despite knowing almost nothing about governance or public policy, he has managed to consolidate most Republicans behind him. One motivation is Republicans’ long-held hatred of Clinton. He has also exploited many Americans’

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  • Zimbabwe: Court Acquits Protestors, Says Demonstration Was Legal

    The magistrate argued that whistling and holding of placards cannot be regarded as criminal nuisance as that is part of a legal demonstration. A BULAWAYO magistrate has acquitted five youth activists who were being charged with criminal nuisance following their arrest during a foiled protest march on August 31. The five activists, who include Bulawayo Youth Arise (BUYA) spokesperson Alfred Dzirutwe, Mthokozisi Ncube, Plaxedes Denge, Lwandlolubanzi Ndebele and Lenny Kuzwarira, were arrested together with journalist, Crispen Ndlovu who was filming the aborted march. Acquitting the five on Tuesday, magistrate Mbewule ruled that the criminal nuisance charges leveled against the accused did not tally

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  • Sono backs Laffor to start against Zamalek

    Jomo Cosmos coach Sono shared tips on how to get the most out of Laffor to benefit the team in the quest to win matches and silverware, having worked with the Liberian at Cosmos. Laffor and Mosimane have had a rocky relationship off the field, something that the former Bafana Bafana mentor has labelled as difficult. Not only have we produced players, but we have produced coaches too,” Sono said, as a reminder that Mosimane is a former Cosmos player.

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  • ANC ‘punishes’ its youth league

    The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in the Eastern Cape has appealed the decision of its national leadership to disband the provincial structure. ANCYL provincial spokesperson Ayongezwa Lungisa said the provincial executive committee (PEC) received a report from provincial secretary Butsha Lali that the structure had been disbanded by the league NEC without consulting or notifying them. “There has been no communication with us regarding the matter. We learn this from the media,” Lungisa said. He said the PEC decided to lodge an appeal to the ANC national executive committee (NEC) against the league’s decision. “Since we have appealed, we are still the only legitimate structure of the league operating

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  • China warns Japan not to ‘play with fire’ in S. China Sea

    China on Thursday warned Japan against “playing with fire” in the contested waters of the South China Sea, after Tokyo announced it may patrol alongside the US in the region. China also sent fighter planes for the first time over a strait near Japan on Monday as part of a group of more than 40 jets headed to train in the West Pacific. The move followed remarks by Japanese Defence Minister Tomomi Inada this month that Tokyo would increase its engagement in the South China Sea through joint training with the US Navy, exercises with regional navies and capacity-building assistance to coastal nations. “If Japan wants to conduct any joint patrol or joint exercises in waters administered by China, it is just like playing with fire, and the Chinese military will not sit and watch,” ministry spokesman Yang Yujun told a regular press briefing.

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  • In the Guptas' house there are many mansions

    Perhaps we think of specific examples - the landing at an air force base of a private plane full of guests for a family wedding, or the claims of a deputy minister and a former ANC MP that the Guptas offered them top jobs. State capture is defined as a type of systemic political corruption in which private interests significantly influence a state's decision-making processes to their own advantage - through channels that are not obvious and which might not be illegal. For the most part, the focus on the Guptas' alleged involvement in state capture has been at a national level. Since 2010 the Saxonwold & Parkwood Residents Association has been opposing the Guptas' application to the City of Johannesburg to rezone their residential property to legitimise the construction of mansions they had already built and which are too large for the stands on which they are situated.

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  • Mujuru loses bond notes case

    The Constitutional Court on Wednesday dismissed the case in which Zimbabwe People First leader and former vice-president Joice Mujuru was contesting the introduction of bond notes. Tendai Biti, for Mujuru, said the court noted that the bond notes were not yet in circulation, hence the challenge was premature. “The Constitutional Court dismissed the application on the basis that it was premature. They are basically saying the bond notes have not been introduced and there is wrong to the applicants. The court said we should approach them on the day the bond notes are introduced,” he said. Biti said the court also noted that it could not make a ruling on the basis of speculation. He, however, said

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  • LISTEN: Shock revelations about Sars

    See the full transcript below RYK VAN NIEKERK: Over the past few years we have read of very disconcerting allegations of severe misconduct at the South African Revenue Service in various national newspapers. Now, this included that a rogue unit operated within Sars and that this unit ran a brothel, conducted covert operations and even bugged the office of Jacob Zuma. These allegations are extremely serious, one of the key individuals who was involved is Johann van Loggerenberg, he was the chief investigator at Sars at the time, van Loggerenberg, as well as Adrian Lackay, the previous Sars spokesperson, have penned a new book called Rogue: The Inside Story of Sars’s Elite Crime-busting Unit, and

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  • SABC flips SA the bird – Vavi

    Former SABC chief operating officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng, the SABC board and Communications Minister Faith Muthambi have been accused by former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi of being in “cahoots” with President Jacob Zuma. This “collaboration” was an effort to shield Zuma from allegations of corruption against him and, in doing so, it “hides the truth from South Africa”, Vavi charged. Vavi was reacting to the SABC’s and Motsoeneng’s announcement this week that Morsoeneng would be redeployed within the state-owned enterprise as group executive of corporate affairs. He also indicated he would reapply for the position of COO. This followed the dismissal of his legal attempt at the

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