• Rohde 'murder' twist

    When contacted by The Times, the woman referred all queries to her lawyer, Leon van der Merwe. Asked about claims his client had been having an affair with Rohde, Van der Merwe said: "I am not going to comment right now." On Monday, Rohde was being driven to Stellenbosch. His legal team wanted to fly him and a police officer from Johannesburg to Cape Town after his arrest early yesterday at his Bryanston home. But officers allegedly insisted the father of three be driven. Rohde left the Randburg police station with a jacket draped over his head and was driven away in an unmarked bakkie with the two officers who had travelled to Gauteng to arrest him. According to his attorney, Daniel Witz, Rohde

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  • Nike pays tribute to Caster Semenya

    Creative collaboration lies at the heart of Arcade Content’s brand philosophy, as was demonstrated beautifully in Unlimited Fight. The idea for the film comes from a long journey between Nike South Africa, their agency Design Futura and Arcade’s co-founder and director Lebogang Rasethaba, who played a key role in developing the delicate tonal and conceptual foundation of the piece. From there, Arcade director Kyle Lewis entered the mix to bring his stylistic and emotional sensibilities to the film, resulting in something the company is deeply proud of - a tribute to Caster that garnered over 500 000 views in the space of a weekend, with Caster herself being proud enough to share it on her social media. Arcade’s co-founder and producer William Nicholson had the task of steering the production from start to finish within the course of five days.

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  • Zimbabwe: Zimasco

    ON one chilly morning in July last year, three men walked into Zimasco's Harare offices. They wanted to see the man in charge and had a business proposal. They had come with a seal of approval from the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development. Then Zimasco Technical and Business Development General Manager Reginald Matshiya entertained the guests at the company's head office along Samora Machel and had tentative discussions with the would be suitor. The proposal was put on the table. The gentlemen were representing a South African, they said. Portnex International, Matshiya would later learn, intended to lease Zimasco's West Plant furnaces. Discussions around leasing the furnaces commenced in

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  • ‘We never expected Sipho Pityana to stoop so low’

    “If the president was here I would have asked him as my leader, I would have begged him, I would have prayed, saying: My big brother, Msholozi, hand over the reins!’ “The next battle cannot be led by a leader who has humiliated our organisation and undermined everything that we represent.” On Friday the ANCYL said: “We expect former leaders of our government and structures to allow those that are currently in charge and elected a space to govern and lead. “In a case of any advice being ... given, we expect such to be done in a comradely and respectful manner. These comrades, who chose a funeral service to vent their anger and frustration, should have known better that African value systems and

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  • Dead! 5 celebs Malema absolutely nailed

    AKA It's no secret that AKA is firmly ANC, and when the ANC won 43% of the vote in Johannesburg, he celebrated. AKA responds to Malema's 'druggie' remarks: I'm honoured  So when Malema said, "A druggie was saying 'we won Joburg' kere [I said] yoh, drugs are dangerous. These artists, the way he's so innocent, he took nyaope and thought 43% is winning. He thinks it's simple like that," he continued, adding that a "drunkard minister retweeted the druggie." AKA responded, by saying he was honoured. “If Julius is indeed referring to me, man what a day!! With everything on his plate, and he still has time to think of me?! I'm honoured,” AKA tweeted. Kelly Khumalo Afro-pop singer Kelly Khumalo has proven

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  • DA Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba to sell Pikitup

    The new DA mayor, Herman Mashaba, might remove these mugshots of his bruised enemies. Or he might retain them as a motivational tool. But he has far tougher calls to make. During an interview with Sunday Times on Day Two of his new life, he's in a jubilant mood, and not above gloating. "The critics wrote me off from day one. Nobody gave me a chance. Where am I sitting right now? Here I am." The critics won't back off, however. The ANC will obstruct him in any way they can. The EFF will gouge concessions on every budget, every bylaw. "Die poppe sal dans [The fat will be in the fire]," warned EFF spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi this week, if they think DA policies betray the black poor. Analysts will

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  • Joburg will never be the same again

    The ANC were hit hard by the Monday blues with the help of a vengeful red tide, writes Madala Thepa. Johannesburg - It was always going to be a day of reckoning at City Hall in Joburg. The shock demise of the ANC-ruled Joburg council made it extraordinarily hard and painful - heartless even - as technology, the producer of speed, began to announce their defeat. The precarious start and countless disruptions at the ballot booths, whether to have the vote secret or not - personal choice versus what the rule book says - only made it worse. As the night drew to a close, outgoing mayor Parks Tau could no longer contain himself. He broke down in tears in the city hall’s foyer and minutes later left

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  • I'm prepared to die to save SA from the thieves, says Gordhan

    A defiant Gordhan promised that he would never back down from fighting corruption. The embattled finance minister also told hundreds of Treasury staff members he was aware of speculation over a cabinet reshuffle. "He said ministers come and go and we must just commit to work with whoever is the minister of finance," said a Treasury employee who was at a staff meeting addressed by Gordhan in Pretoria on Friday afternoon. "He said we didn't think what happened to Nhlanhla Nene could happen, but it happened," said another source. A third source said: "He said this is part of a bigger political battle. Don't be surprised if me and the deputy minister [Mcebisi Jonas] are removed this weekend". Gordhan

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  • Chilling details of Rohde murder - Crime & Courts

    Cape Town - Shocking details about the suspected murder of real estate mogul Jason Rohde’s wife have emerged, with a post-mortem suggesting she was strangled and smothered, before injuries were inflicted on her neck post-death. A pathologist also believes Susan Rohde, 47, died around 5.40am on July 24, it was heard in the Stellenbosch Magistrate’s Court on Friday. These findings contradict what Rohde and his defence team insist happened - that Susan committed suicide by hanging herself after 7am that morning. Rohde, the now-suspended national chief executive of Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty, is accused of murdering Susan at Spier wine estate, where they were staying for a company

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  • Zuma's wives cost you R54.6-million in his first term

    The average annual cost of the Presidential Spousal Support Unit for the last four years of former president Thabo Mbeki's administration, from 2005 to 2008, was R7.1-million. In Zuma's first term, the average rose to R10.9-million a year - an increase of R3.8-million. In response to questions, the spokesman for the president, Mac Maharaj, said the unit cost R7.877-million in 2010-11; R11.165-million in 2011-12; R7.068-million in 2012-13 and R13.019-million in 2013-14. The last time information was made publicly available on the unit was in February 2010 when the Presidency revealed in response to a parliamentary question that during Zuma's first year in office, 2009 to 2010, the unit cost R15.517-million.

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  • Ntshumayelo slapped with four-year ban after testing positive for cocaine

    Thandani Ntshumayelo has been banned from football for four years for testing positive for cocaine‚ and his contract has been terminated at Orlando Pirates‚ according to media reports. The Bucs midfielder has reportedly failed to provide sufficient evidence in mitigation to permit a hearing panel to reduce his sentence. A statement by the SA Institute for Drug Free Sport (SAIDS) read: “The athlete confessed evidence that he did take three lines of cocaine at a party and that he was influenced by friends to take cocaine and as a result committed a mistake. “The athlete further confessed that he did take the substance three days prior to the date he was tested. The athlete further testified that

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  • Listen: Zuma 'raping government of every last cent', says Gareth Cliff

    Cliff's comments come after it emerged that Gordhan had been summoned to appear before the Hawks on Thursday about allegations related to his role in the formation and activities of the so-called "rogue unit" set up when he was head of the SA Revenue Service. Gordhan, who has maintained that the setting-up of the unit was above board and had ministerial approval, said on Wednesday afternoon that he would not be complying with the summons as advised by his legal team. Euphonik, Boity and Thembisa Mdoda to 'tell-all' on new show  Weighing in on the debate surrounding the issue, Cliff levelled accusations against Zuma claiming the president is trying to "escape with as much money as he can from

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Panics As Soldiers Rampage

    Uniformed soldiers on Friday night emptied Harare's night clubs and ruthlessly attacked people on the streets after police triggered violent protests in the capital earlier in the day as President Robert Mugabe's government fought to suppress dissent against his rule. Zimbabwe's 18 opposition parties including former vice-president Joice Mujuru's Zimbabwe People First and MDC led by Morgan Tsvangirai had obtained a High Court order barring police from interfering with their intended demonstration. The parties under the banner of the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) and Coalition for Democrats wanted to protest against unfair electoral laws and systems, but were violently blocked by the police; minutes after the High Court had okayed the event.

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  • Second Earth found, and it could be home to ET

    London - British astronomers have discovered the nearest Earth-like planet that could be home to alien life. Named Proxima b, it orbits Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our sun. At 4.2 light years away, in space terms it is right on the doorstep – and high speed spaceships now being devised could reach it within decades. In time, scientists say, the rocky planet 1.3 times the size of Earth could even be colonised by space travellers. Proxima b is thought to be only 4.7million miles from its star, one-twentieth of the Earth’s distance from the Sun. Its year lasts just 11.2 of our days. One side may be perpetually stuck in daytime, while the other experiences perpetual night. But Proxima Centauri,

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  • Now, Hawks take aim at Gerrie Nel

    Johannesburg - Controversial Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza is gunning for top prosecutor Gerrie Nel, who is largely credited with ensuring Oscar Pistorius was convicted for Reeva Steenkamp’s murder. Ntlemeza is understood to be implicating Nel in the controversy over the alleged “rogue” unit at the South African Revenue Service. The Sunday Independent has been told that the Hawks have launched a probe into Nel for possible contravention of the Public Finance Management Act. It is alleged he approved a payment of R1.5 million to a member of the unit to install spying equipment in the offices of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) offices. Nel scored a major victory when the Constitutional Court

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  • Rashford rescues United at Hull

    London – Substitute Marcus Rashford scored a stoppage-time winner as Manchester United sank Hull City 1-0 at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday to keep up Jose Mourinho’s 100 percent Premier League record at his new club. United laboured in wet conditions as they struggled to break down the hosts but Rashford provided a late spark after replacing Juan Mata, converting Wayne Rooney’s cross to crown a lively cameo appearance. “We did everything to win,” manager Mourinho told BT Sport after making it three victories in three league games this season. “When you score at 90-something you always talk about luck but the fact is we deserved it. “We were so intense in our attacking ways, I always believed the

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  • Mezam man of God arrested for impregnating two sisters

    Pastor kokih Emmanuel of the Cross Over Ministry located in kedjom kekuh, Tubah sub division in Mezam in the North West region has been arrested and remanded in custody for impregnating two sisters. The senior of the girls, 18 year old Akombom Marie Claire is 6 months pregnant while her younger sister Brenda Nyingmah, 14, is 3 months pregnant for the said pastor. Pastor Kokih Emmanuel, 29, after police interrogation accepted all the allegations and charges brought against him. The parents of the sexually abused girls have pleaded with the CPDM government to help them get fair justice for the man of God. Source: Cameroon Intelligence Report

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  • Thabo Mbeki's full letter on Zuma, Nkandla and the Constitutional Court

    The Big Read: Zuma acts the chief, scorns our rule of law The court ruled that Zuma had failed to uphold the Constitution by ignoring orders from the Public Protector that he repay some of the $16 million in state funds spent to renovate his residence at Nkandla. No duty to defend JZ, says Gwede Here is former President Thabo Mbeki's full letter on the issue: On 31 March, 2016, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng conveyed the unanimous decision of the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) in the matter of “Economic Freedom Fighters v Speaker of the National Assembly and Others; Democratic Alliance v Speaker of the National Assembly and Others [2016] ZACC 11.” This decision has evoked much understandable

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  • Love triangle rocks Limpopo ANC

    2016-08-22 15:31:57.0 | AUBREY MOTHOMBENI | Top ANC officials in Limpopo, including premier and chairman Stan Mathabatha, secretary Knocks Seabi and deputy secretary Makoma Makhurupetje, have been embroiled in a sex scandal involving the newly appointed mayor of Molemole municipality and the wife of his friend, who is a councillor.Next This comes after Conti Mokobane, who is mayor Edward Paya's personal friend wrote to Mathabatha and Seabi seeking an urgent meeting to discuss his marital issues. He alleged in his letter to the provincial leadership of the ANC that Paya was bonking his wife. Sunday World understands that the meeting took place on Thursday at the ANC Limpopo headquarters in Polokwane

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  • Not so bright and beautiful for DA

    The DA could be tempted to rewrite Cecil Frances Alexander’s All Things Bright and Beautiful. With Trollip in the Bay, Joburg in the bag, Mogale City under Lynn Pannell, Bongani Baloyi in Midvaal, Cape Town under Patricia de Lille with Helen Zille at the helm of the Western Cape, things look bright and beautiful for the DA. The jury is still out as to whether the party succeeded because of, or in spite of, its strategy. The DA couldn’t care about that, at least for now. In a rapidly urbanising country, whose wealth resides in its cities, the DA’s urban creep is remarkable, albeit imperfect and incomplete. And yet the DA’s lyrical recital of All Things Bright and Beautiful could be rudely interrupted

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