• Ex-Pirates star held for car theft - Crime & Courts | IOL News

    Johannesburg - A former PSL and Bafana Bafana player has been arrested for being in possession of a stolen car, while a current player was hijacked at gunpoint. The two incidents happened a day apart. The former star, Steve Lekoelea, was driving in Orange Farm, south of Joburg, around 2pm on Tuesday when traffic officers nabbed him. He was alone in the car at time. Allegations are that police found that the white hatchback VW Polo had a fake licence plate and a fake licence disc. Police spokesman Captain Johannes Motsiri confirmed that the former player was arrested by the metro police and was being detained at Orange Farm police station. “He has been charged with fraud and possession of a suspected

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  • Mafia warns Islamic State: stay out of New York

    Giovani Gambino, son of the infamous gangster John Gambino, is reported to have said in a television interview that the Mafia would protect New York citizens from Islamic State (IS), and that they were better placed to do so than officials in America because of their reach within communities. “Wherever the Sicilian influence is strong in New York, ISIS interlopers simply won’t be able to set up shop. “The world is dangerous today, but people living in New York neighbourhoods with Sicilian connections should feel safe, we make sure our friends and families are protected from extremists and terrorists, especially the brutal, psychopathic organization that calls itself the Islamic State. “The Mafia has a bad reputation, but much of that’s undeserved.

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  • DJ Cleo disappointed with Idols results | The New Age

    Multi-award winning producer DJ Cleo who is behind Idols runner-up Mmatema Moremi’s single Because Of You is a disappointed man after Moremi’s loss to Karabo Mogane who hails from Mpumalanga. “The result for me was disappointing. In my view Mmatema is a Jennifer Hudson in the making or a Brenda Fassie if you like. Granted an opportunity to work with her by M-Net, Universal and the management agencies involved with the top 16, I believe she will go very far. “Remember Jennifer Hudson was not the overall winner when she took part in Idols. We are at the stage where now it’s the real thing. These artists are leaving the ‘production’ behind. “There are no more choreographers, dancers, lighting and

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  • EFF’s Malema takes aim at ‘sellout black billionaires’ in Oxford address

    Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema told Oxford students that South Africa would never follow Zimbabwe’s bloody land redistribution method; that billionaires Patrice Motsepe and Cyril Ramaphosa had "sold their black skin" to become rich; and that he would "never" agree to be in a coalition government with the African National Congress. In his address to the Oxford Union on Wednesday the EFF leader stopped short of calling former president Nelson Mandela a sellout, saying Madiba took the revolution as far as he could but "he was too old, tired" and it was now up to this generation to carry on the fight to implement the Freedom Charter, including the equitable sharing of all of South Africa’s resources.

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  • Lekoelea off the hook in car theft case

    The soccer star was arrested on Tuesday for driving a stolen car with a fake licence disc and number plates. Stolen car Steve Chippa Lekoelea JOHANNESBURG - The case against former Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana star Steve ‘Chippa’ Lekoelea has been struck off the roll due to a lack of evidence. Lekoelea was arrested in Orange Farm on Tuesday for driving a stolen car which Metro Police discovered while conducting a road block. The soccer star was arrested driving a VW Polo which was found to have a fake licence disc and number plates. It’s understood that the vehicle was stolen in Randburg a year ago. The Police’s Johannes Motsiri says despite the disc, charges were withdrawn. “The case has

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  • Afrikaners want own community - Gauteng | IOL News

    Pretoria - Afrikaners want their own community which looks after itself in Pretoria, something along the lines of Kleinfontein and Orania. This should happen as early as after the municipal elections next year, and the area would have its own schools and universities where children are taught in Afrikaans. The statue of Paul Kruger at Church Square could also be moved there. The areas that have been identified are those where many Afrikaans-speaking people live, such as Centurion and Pretoria Moot. Orania in the Northern Cape and Kleinfontein in Gauteng were established by Afrikaners. Only people who identify themselves as Afrikaners are welcome there. And now the Front Nasionaal political party

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  • Zikalala puts his foot (or bum) in it - Politics | IOL News

    Pietermaritzburg - Sihle Zikalala’s first day in the KwaZulu-Natal provincial legislature as leader of the ruling African National Congress kicked off in dramatic fashion on Thursday when three opposition parties stormed out in a huff over his decision to sit in the seat normally reserved for the province’s premier. Members of the provincial legislature (MPL) from the Democratic Alliance, the Inkatha Freedom Party and the National Freedom Party staged a walkout during the sitting. The problem, according to them, was that although Zikalala had replaced Senzo Mchunu as chairman of the ANC, Mchunu was still the province’s premier. “We want to say that this is unprecedented when a new member gets

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  • Oscar ‘had a normal jail experience’ - Gauteng | IOL News

    Johannesburg - Oscar Pistorius didn't receive preferential treatment while in jail at the Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Centre in Pretoria. And the authorities plan to open the facility to prove their case. “We will start opening the doors of our facilities to allow the media to see that we did not give him preferential treatment,” said Correctional Services acting regional commissioner Mandla Mkabela. He was speaking at the Gauteng regional 30-year service recognition ceremony on Wednesday morning. Warders from various Correctional Services facilities across the country were given awards. Mkabela said the department had been on the receiving end of negative publicity from the media, and opening

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  • Trevor Noah finds love in the US

    The long legged and dark haired beauty is a model who moved from Los Angeles to New York and currently lives with Noah.  The two are said to have met a few weeks ago but are already head over heels in love. According to US magazine, Taylor works at Ram, modelling in the dealer’s auto shows. Photos from her Instagram - where she has more than 17,000 followers - show her posing in a Ram polo.   It also appears Taylor accompanied Noah when he visited SA recently. They both uploaded images posing in a game reserve with cheetahs. Noah previously dated Dani Gabriel of Cape Town. The pair split when Noah took up a job as the host of The Daily Show.

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  • Banks under fire over R99 debit order scam

    Fin24 has been inundated with emails from irate bank customers following an expose on Special Assignment on Sunday which lifted the lid on how easy it is for dubious companies operating in the call centre space to gain access to bank accounts through unauthorised debit orders. Banks in the South Africa process about 56 million debit orders a month and from these close to a million inter-bank debit orders, including non-authenticated early debit orders, are disputed every month, according to the Payments Association of South Africa (PASA). The dispute ratio for non-authenticated debit orders is between 4.5% and 6%. Lucas Mlangeni said it worried him that his bank account has been invaded by fraudsters.

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  • South Africa: Zimbabwe Special Permit Programme Near Conclusion

    Cape Town — Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says the Zimbabwe Special Permit programme is at its final stages of conclusion. The Minister said this when he briefed the media to give an update on the programme. He also used the briefing to announce developments around the Lesotho Dispensation Programme. "The total number of applications made online reached 208 967. "The number of applicants who submitted their applications and biometrics was 197 950," he said. "With the exception of a small section of problem cases still to be resolved, the Zimbabwean Special Permit programme is at its final stages of conclusion," he said. The Minister said a total of 197 790 Zimbabwe Special Permits were

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  • Death toll from attack in Sinai Peninsula rises to seven

    CAIRO — The death toll from a gun and bomb attack claimed by the Islamic State group in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula has risen to seven, the health ministry said on Wednesday. Two of the dead in Tuesday’s attack on the Swiss Inn hotel in the North Sinai provincial capital El-Arish were judges who had been overseeing voting in parliamentary elections earlier this week, ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed said. Four of the dead were policemen. The seventh victim was a civilian. A suicide bomber blew up a vehicle at the security barrier outside the hotel, allowing at least one other attacker to enter and go from room to room shooting before blowing himself up. Jihadists in the Sinai who have pledged allegiance

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  • ANN7 named 'worst employer' in SA

    Cosatu has named the Gupta-owned broadcaster ANN7 as the worst employer in the country. The news television channel was nominated by the Communication Workers Union (CWU), which represents employees at ANN7. Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini warned ANN7 that it could not just fire workers "willy-nilly". "If you want to be recognised as a progressive media house, pay your workers correctly,” he told the Cosatu national congress in Midrand, Johannesburg. ANN7 had to resolve all its worker issues, Dlamini added. "You have been rated the worst among the worst... Any other media house, we know these things are happening, workers tell us everyday what is happening and we are coming," he said in a warning

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  • Zimbabwe: Witness - 'Better to Die Than to Live Such a Life'

    press release At 14, Justine firmly believed that the world was her oyster and the future hers to shape and conquer. She was bright and her mother made enough money as a seamstress to send her to a decent public school in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare. "I used to dream about finishing school, finding a job and being independent," the now 38-year-old told me. "I would buy a car or a house and do anything I wanted to do." But shortly after her 14th birthday, her mother died of meningitis, and life as she knew it came to an end. Twenty-four years after the loss of her mother, Justine, married since she was 16, lives in Harare in the back of someone else's dusty yard. Her home is a dimly lit garage

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  • Ramaphosa favoured to lead ANC after Zuma - Business News | IOL Business

    Johannesburg - Cyril Ramaphosa has emerged as a favourite to succeed Jacob Zuma as president of the ANC, during Cosatu’s congress, with some delegates believing Ramaphosa’s election could unify the federation’s affiliates. On Tuesday the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) urged the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) to endorse ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa as the next president of the ANC. Sadtu’s deputy general secretary, Nkosana Dolopi, argued that it has been a tradition in the ANC that the deputy president becomes the president of the party. “The deputy presidents of the ANC are prepared to become the leaders of the ANC,” he said during the debate on the

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  • Phiyega fighting to clear her name

    Two weeks ago suspended police commissioner Riah Phiyega was going about her new routine of preparing her presentations for inquiry into her fitness to hold office. But she got the shock of her life when she learnt, from news reports, about the scathing findings of a reference group announced by Police Minister Nathi Nhleko and recommendations of the parliamentary police portfolio committee against her. Meeting Phiyega at Magna Carta reputation management consultancy in Sandton, she says the only energy she has now is to clear her name. "I have to make sure my name does not go down with this things (sic) . integrity is the strongest currency any person can have. "It is something that you work

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  • Leicester keep dreaming as United loom - Premier League

    London - Surprise front-runners Leicester City will be hoping history does not repeat itself when Manchester United provide the opposition in an unlikely top-of-the-table Premier League clash at the King Power Stadium on Saturday. Before last Saturday, Leicester had not led the table since October 2000 when United, who were second then as they are now, came to their old Filbert Street ground, inflicted Leicester's first defeat of the season winning 3-0 and went on to win the title as the Foxes faded to finish 13th. Leicester have only lost one of their opening 13 games this season and went top last week for the first time since that weekend 15 years ago when they won 3-0 at Newcastle United,

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  • Obama and Nato seek to cool Russian-Turkish tension over downed jet

    WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama and the Nato military alliance called for a de-escalation of tension between Turkey and Russia, as their war of words over the downing of a Russian fighter jet threatened to undermine efforts for a united front against Islamic State. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, meanwhile, said on Wednesday the downing of the jet could result in cancelling some important joint projects between the two countries. Turkish companies could lose Russian market share as a result, he warned on the government’s website, while MPs debated whether to seek economic retaliation. The incident shows how the Syrian war has become more dangerous as more countries get involved.

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  • Chinamasa’s push irks Mugabe’s party - Business News | IOL Business

    Harare - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s ruling party is in the grip of a generational split over Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa’s attempt to improve relations with international financial institutions in a bid to rescue the battered economy, according to about a dozen senior party officials. The old guard, including Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, 69, wants better relations with the International Monetary Fund to rebuild an economy blessed with diamond deposits, the world’s second-biggest reserves of platinum and chrome after South Africa and fertile farm land. Younger leaders see better ties with the West as a threat to their chances of making money because legislation requiring

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  • Africa: Bushiri Acquires Second Plane - Malawi Prophet Cleared in South Africa Probe

    South Africa-based Malawian prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) has grown wings and he is flying unstoppably above hate after adding another major purchase on his heavy list of toys. Forget the red Bentley or that black Porsche Panamera , Bushiri is flying higher and higher with his new Aeroplane ZS-VIP. National Airways Corporation (NAC) a commercial aviation company in South Africa confirmed to Nyasa Times that Bushiri has finalised the purchase of the plane on Wednesday, November 25, 2015. Prophet Shepherd Bushiri Ministries public relations officer Kelvin Sulungwe said the purchase of the Gulfstream plane is a "prophetic growth" for the 'Papa Major 1.' "The

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