• Cops, doctors, pastor bust over RAF scam - Crime & Courts | IOL News

    Three police officers have been arrested in what police say is a major breakthrough involving a syndicate that committed fraud worth millions of rand against the Road Accident Fund. The RAF, which has been beset by financial problems, is funded through the fuel levy. Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene increased the fuel levy by 30c a litre during his Budget speech last week, and the RAF levy by 50c. In recent years, the RAF has been described as technically bankrupt, with the auditor-general in 2012 saying a lack of internal controls had not curbed the wasting of taxpayers’ money.

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  • JZ ally gets Royal Hotel for R78m

    The hotel, which first opened its doors in 1845, went under the hammer after its owner, Swazi businessman Moses Motsa, decided to get out of the hotel business. The auction, conducted by Reliance, set the starting bid for the Royal Hotel at R120-million. Naidu, an ANC funder who has close ties with President Jacob Zuma, is the head of the Saantha Naidu Group that owns the Coastlands group of hotels in Durban. Among them are the likes of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Alfred, Nelson Mandela, Mark Twain, Cecil Rhodes, Sir Henry Rider Haggard, Marlene Dietrich, Margaret Thatcher, Phil Collins and Stevie Wonder.

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  • CIA claims: state probes Thuli and Juju - Politics | IOL News

    INDEPENDENT MEDIA The government has launched an inquiry into allegations that, amongst others, EFF leader Julius Malema, above, and Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, below, are CIA agents. Pretoria - The government has launched an inquiry into allegations that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and some political leaders, including EFF leader Julius Malema, former DA Parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko and head of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), Joseph Mathunjwa are agents of America’s CIA.

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  • Kelly did not assault me, says 'Bhaka'

    Durban herbalist Zamokwakhe “Bhaka” Nzama yesterday claimed he had been misquoted regarding last weekend’s events in a Durban hotel room, in which his new girlfriend, the controversial singer Kelly Khumalo, allegedly assaulted him after the herbalist rebuffed demands to dump his common law wife for the singer. On Sunday, City Press reported Kelly, who has a child with late Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa, poked him in the eye shortly before the Metro FM Music Awards at the Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre on Saturday. Bhaka had then said his comment had not gone down well with Kelly, given he had a moment earlier rejected the singer’s demand for him to dump his common law wife, Jabu, for her.

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  • 50 Cent says he's betting R19 million Floyd Mayweather beats Manny Pacquiao - video

    50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather appear to have put whatever issues they had behind them - at least enough for the Hip Hop star to bet millions of rands on the undefeated boxer’s fight against Manny Pacquiao.

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  • South Africa: False Bay Domestic Worker Paid Nothing for 14 Years

    A 61-year-old Zimbabwean domestic worker, Gladys Mafita, claims her False Bay employer fired her without payment after 14 years.The employer is Daniel Deng, son of Francis Deng, the first ambassador of South Sudan to the United States. Francis Deng was previously Special Adviser to the Secretary-General of the United Nations on the Prevention of Genocide. Mafita came to South Africa in 2001.

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  • Three-year-old girl snatched and killed by crocodile in Zimbabwe

    The Southern Eye newspaper reported on Thursday that Lubelihle Nyoni was snatched from the banks of the Zambezi River in Hwange, northern Zimbabwe, on February 22. Villagers said the child's grandfather and uncle were killed by crocodiles several years ago. Nyoni was playing with her eight-year-old friend Mawili Reno when the crocodile attacked. Relative Margi Reno told the Southern Eye: "I was doing something some few metres from the river when I heard screams before I lifted up my eyes and saw a big crocodile snatching Luba from the banks, where they were bathing.

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  • Nigeria: We Know Shekau's Hideout - Chadian President

    Chadian president, Idriss Deby, has said that he knew where the outlawed Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, was hiding and vowed to hunt him out, Hausa Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) monitored in Abuja, yesterday, reports. Deby, while receiving his Nigerien counterpart, Mahamadou Issoufou, said that his country is committed to wiping out Boko Haram and called on the group leader, Shekau to give himself up.

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  • Nigeria: Queen of Bleaching Disses Lupita Over 'Stolen' Dress

    Nigerian and Cameroonian singer and cosmetics seller, Dencia has hit out at Lupita Nyong'o over the theft of her Oscar red carpet "pearl dress". In her usual fashion, Dencia took to her Twitter page and posted, "Moral of the story, cut Ur coat according to Ur size. Lupita's stolen dress was returned after the thieves found out the pearls were fake. The Calvin Klein dress was said to be covered in more than 6,000 pearls and valued at more than $150,000.

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  • Life at Ebola 'Ground Zero'

    Scientists traced the source of the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola to two-year-old Emile Ouamouno, whom they believe contracted the disease while playing near the tree, home to hundreds of bats that might have been hosting the deadly virus. The boy's father, Etienne Ouamouno, said Emile fell ill in December 2013 and infected his sister and mother, who was eight months pregnant. Over a year later, having lost all his immediate family, Etienne Ouamouno has difficulty in finding words to describe his grief. Sitting at the foot of the kapok tree, which has since been set alight by the villagers to smoke out the bats, Ouamouno nervously lights a cigarette and takes a number of short drags in quick succession.

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  • Thug to thug - Gayton McKenzie's letter to Julius Malem

    Thu Mar 05 11:05:23 SAST 2015 Dear fellow thug,Julius Malema, our Commander in Thief, you haven’t held back in expressing your disdain for me. So allow me to respond. Pull up a chair.I have no problem with someone drawing attention to my dark past,

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  • South Africa: Police Officer Recognised Child as Kidnapped Baby

    The moment he laid eyes on Zephany Nurse he knew she was the baby kidnapped in 1997, Lt-Col Mike Barkhuizen told Beeld newspaper in a report published on Thursday. Barkhuizen, who works for the Hawks, had been searching for Zephany, now 17, for the past five years. Zephany was found after her biological parents' second daughter, born four years after Zephany's disappearance, started grade eight at a school in Cape Town this year.

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  • Marijuana an inescapable issue for health chiefs, say expert

    Marijuana will become an unavoidable policy issue for health watchdogs in coming years, a conference heard Wednesday. Growing scientific evidence about the medical benefits and a rollback of laws banning the drug mean that health agencies will have to make a determination on marijuana's use, experts said. "The WHO (World Health Organization) will probably have to come up with a new stance on cannabis soon, given the pressure it is facing," Pavel Pachta, former deputy secretary of the International Narcotics Control Board, told the four-day Medical Cannabis and Cannabinoids conference, which opened in Prague on Wednesday.

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  • EFF rebel group submits ‘mountain of evidence’ against Malema

    A group of disgruntled Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members have submitted what they say is a mountain of evidence showing intimidation and the gross mismanagement of the party's National People's Assembly and is now calling on the High Court to nullify the outcome. The members are led by suspended EFF Member of Parliament (MP) Andile Mngxitama who has accused EFF leaders Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu of abusing party funds and suppressing internal democracy.

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  • Venda University serial killer victim die

    The last remaining victim of the alleged University of Venda serial killer died after months of battling to heal from attack wounds and emotional scars. Shudufhadzo Thagisa, 20, died on Wednesday at Tshilidzini Hospital, bringing the number of people Ndivhuwo Ntsieni is accused of killing to five. Ntsieni was linked to Thagisa's attack and other crimes after he was allegedly found in possession of her student card and hairpin. Family spokesman Rofhiwa Thagisa said she had complained of pain and was rushed to hospital.

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Intensifies War Against White Farmers

    MORE than 160 white commercial farmers in Mashonaland East province will soon be removed from their properties as the government claims they are occupying the land illegally. The development comes after President Robert Mugabe claimed that some 163 farmers were illegal staying on the farms because they were being protected by dismissed Mashonaland East Zanu PF provincial chairperson, Ray Kaukonde. Kaukonde was ousted from the party provincial post over allegations he was financing a coup plot by former vice president Joice Mujuru.

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  • Gareth Bale reveals the things he doesn't like about Real Madrid

    Gareth Bale has revealed the only thing he does not like about playing for Real Madrid is being embarrassed by his superstar teammates in training and dealing with Spanish spiders.

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  • EFF will win legal battle against rebels - Ndlozi

    The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) said on Wednesday it would win a legal battle waged by four MPs in a bid to have the outcomes of its National People’s Assembly (NPA) nullified. Suspended MPs Mpho Ramakatsa, Andile Mngxitama, Lucky Twala and Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala filed an application in the Johannesburg High Court on Wednesday. The rebels claimed the leadership was elected outside the confines of EFF constitution.

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  • Chelsea edging closer to first Premier League title in five years

    Manager Jose Mourinho strode purposefully on to the pitch at the end of a typically rumbustious London derby on Wednesday night, fist-pumping the air as he celebrated a potentially significant win with each member of his team. With 11 matches left, Chelsea can begin dreaming of their first Premier League title for five years with the leaders five points clear of second-placed Manchester City and with a game in hand to come against rock bottom Leicester City. Wednesday's encounter at Upton Park was one of the games of the season, a barnstorming end-to-end affair that could just as easily have finished 4-0 to Chelsea, 3-1 to West Ham or in a high-scoring draw. Rival goalkeepers Adrian and Thibaut Courtois pulled off a string of excellent saves in a non-stop thriller that had the crowd on the edge of their seats.

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  • McLaren braces for a tough F1 season - IOL Motoring F1 Grand Prix

    McLaren will start the Formula One season in Australia with star signing Fernando Alonso absent and recovering from concussion, a Honda engine that has yet to run sweetly and a car that has spent more time in the garage than testing on track. The team's racing director Eric Boullier, a Frenchman with enough sangfroid to match any English stiff upper lip, is certainly not about to panic even if others are already predicting a long, hard slog ahead. McLaren, the second most successful team in the sport after Ferrari in terms of race wins, always knew 2015 would be a difficult year. A new partnership with Honda, the Japanese engine manufacturer that powered the team in some of their greatest years with Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost, may take McLaren back to the summit but it was sure to encounter teething problems along the way.

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