• ‘Paramedics could have saved her’ - Western Cape | IOL News

    Cape Town - A bullied school girl who committed suicide could have been saved by paramedics – but she wasn’t regarded as a “priority”. Family of 17-year-old Charne Roberts, from Tambo Village, says she was still alive after they took her down from where she hanged herself. Her mother Magdalene said paramedics came running into their house, but when she asked where their equipment was, they said they didn’t have any because it was stolen. A second ambulance was called, but by then the teen was already dead. “She could still have been alive,” Magdalene said. Charne killed herself on September 14, after being bullied at Silverstream High School in Manenberg. Her sister Stacey, 16, said a clique

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  • Actress accused of drug-running stays behind bars

    An actress allegedly bust with drugs at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport will remain behind bars after abandoning her bail application. Ottilia Mmatjatji Malatji‚ 29‚ from Ivory Park made a brief appearance in the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court on Johannesburg’s East Rand on Wednesday where she was due to apply for bail. The court was packed with friends and family of Malatji who were there to offer their support. Advocate Leon Khoza‚ on behalf of Malatji‚ said she would not apply for bail. The case was postponed to November 27 for further investigation. Speaking outside court after the proceedings‚ Khoza said: “We have abandoned bail‚ as we [the defence lawyers] have not received

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  • Tambo no-fly zone

    The problems slowed international and local arrivals and departures at Africa's busiest airport to a snail's pace. Airline companies warned that there would be a huge knock-on effect on flights leaving and arriving in Johannesburg. The radio technology problems arose as South Africa's leading civil aviation safety and security experts met in Johannesburg for a safety and security conference yesterday. The meeting - during which it was revealed that aviation crashes and deaths had decreased - follows two deadly aircraft crashes in Limpopo and North West this week. The second occurred yesterday when a helicopter crashed, allegedly after losing power. Two people were critically injured. The spokesman

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  • Sfiso Ncwane in baby mama drama, says 'I'm not going to support another man's child'

    Pinky Dlamini, 29, added to Ncwane’s woes after she told Drum magazine’s latest issue that the Kulingile Baba hit-maker is not supporting the boy. But the Bayede Baba singer denies paternity and rubbished Dlamini as “jealous and bitter.” Ncwane challenged her to do DNA tests to prove that he is truly not the father of the boy, according to the report. “That boy is not mine and I know who the real father is. I’m not going to support another man’s child. Pinky knows the truth and if she insists on saying I’m the father, then let’s go for a DNA test,” Ncwane told Drum. “Like all ex-girlfriends she’s not happy that I dumped her and became successful.” Pinky said: “My son doesn’t even have shoes as

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  • Malema: I know who gave cash to Zuma

    He made this startling claim in an 83-page affidavit filed in the High Court in Pretoria this week in his ongoing battle with the taxman. This is the first time a current or former ANC insider has revealed the source of Zuma's funds when he was broke and jobless after former president Thabo Mbeki fired him as South Africa's deputy president in 2005. Malema is also the first high-profile politician to reveal how most ANC struggle veterans funded their lifestyles. Malema said he personally raised funds for Zuma at public ANC rallies "and from unidentified donors" before Zuma became president in 2009. There was no difference, he added, between the conduct of his Ratanang Family Trust, which bankrolled

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  • South Africa: SARS Uncovers Scheme to Defraud Tax System

    Pretoria — The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has foiled an attempt by a group of individuals to defraud the fiscus of R266 million, it said on Thursday. "SARS foiled an attempt by a group of individuals to defraud the fiscus of R266 230 423. The individuals, representing a registered company in South Africa, claimed the amount as a fraudulent Value Added Tax (VAT) claim earlier this year," said the revenue service. According to the company, they paid an amount of R266 230 423 to their employees and were seeking to claim this figure as a VAT refund. "Suspecting fraudulent activities, SARS requested supporting documents. The documents confirmed that the refund was indeed fraudulent. With

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  • Zuma’s ex gains traction

    Rumours are rife the ANC’s heir apparent will be the outgoing chair of African Union (AU) Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Supported strongly by the ANC Women’s League (ANCWL), the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) and some Zuma-supporting premiers, her ticket to the presidency is almost guaranteed. The ANCWL supports her on the grounds that a woman president for SA is long overdue. Truth be told, it is not so much about a feminist consciousness as it is about retaining the status quo, where the positions of incumbents in the Cabinet will remain unchallenged. In SA politics, gender interests have never trumped political interests. If it were so, the women in power would have used their position to

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  • Zimbabwe: Govt Blocks Nigerian Prophet Who Said Mugabe Would Die

    Security agents in Zimbabwe allegedly detained two Nigerian pastors and blocked their leader, Chris Okafor - who last year prophesied President Robert Mugabe's death - from entering the country, reports said on Wednesday. According to News Day, Okafor, the leader of the Liberation City World Outreach Ministries, reportedly said in October last year that Zimbabwe would have a new president by March this year. The prophecy may not have been well-received by Zimbabwean authorities, News Day reported. Okafor is not the only "man of God" who has prophesied Mugabe's death over the past few years. In January, a controversial but hugely popular Malawian prophet, Austin Liabunya, predicted the supposed

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  • Cruyf joins anti-Mourinho brigade - Cape Times

    Sami Mokbel london: Jose Mourinho has come under attack from two of European football’s biggest names. Former England manager Fabio Capello and Holland legend Johan Cruyff have heavily criticised the under-fire Chelsea manager, while Cruyff has also reopened his war of words with Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal. Capello accused Mourinho of driving his Chelsea players to mental exhaustion while Cruyff said the Portuguese offered a bad example to youngsters with his behaviour and also with his criticism of referees. The Premier League champions have endured a dreadful start to the season and players, privately, have already given up hope of retaining their title. Mourinho was handed a public

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  • These are the South African provinces where you are most likely to be murdered

    Over the past three years the South African murder rate has increased from 30 murders per 100,000 to 33. This is five times higher than the global average of 6.2 per 100,000. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, South Africa ranked eight out of 167 countries with data available for 2012. Between April 2014 and March 2015, on average 49 people were murdered each day. This is on average two more killings a day than in the previous year and a staggering six more deaths a day than in 2011/12. The 2013/14 South African Police Service annual report showed that 5% of murder victims were children and 14% were women, most of whom were murdered by their intimate partners. By far the

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  • Are you schooled or are you educated?

     Those of you who have had schooling followed the rules of the school, attended your classes, did your homework, wrote the tests, passed, and received a certificate of some kind. When you fell out of line, and came late or missed an assignment deadline, you were punished for this bad behaviour. You were, in a sense, institutionalised. But you can be schooled and still be a barbarian. You can frame and hang your certificates against a wall and still be uneducated. You can attend many years of formal schooling and still be reckless. I see this all the time. School, in this sense, is therefore not primary school or high school; it is all forms of institutionalisation, including college and university,

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  • Zuma's rape accuser's mother opens up about fleeing SA after case

    "I was missing home very much...," the mother, who cannot be named to protect her daughter, said. The Sunday Times newspaper reported that her mother said that after Zuma was acquitted on May 5 2006 in the High Court in Johannesburg, they fled to the Netherlands -- where they were given asylum. The mother said she was not sure if justice had been served in the trial. After the interview, Khwezi asked the Sunday Times to leave her mother alone.

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  • 21 Of The World's Most Powerful People As Youngsters

    Taken when she was only an 18-year-old princess, this picture shows the young Elizabeth Alexandra Mary during her time in the Auxiliary Territorial Service during World War II, 1945.

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  • DJ Zinhle confirms Bonang wrecked her home with cheating AKA

    Taking to her blog, Zinhle Jiyane wrote an entry about how she found out that Matheba and AKA, real name Kiernan Forbes had hooked up behind her back for five months. This means AKA and Matheba carried on with their saucy dalliance while Jiyane was pregnant. Matheba was linked to D'Banj, and while dating him, she also juggled her affair with AKA. Jiyane wrote that because of all the media attention Matheba and AKA were receiving she felt it was time to come clean about their affair.  Bonang and AKA in Los Angeles - where their affair is said to have started. Image via Bonang's Instagram. "A week before our daughter was born, I found out about an affair between Kiernan (the father of my child)

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  • Watch angry AKA walk out of interview when asked about Bonang affair

    Despite telling an interviewer that he is comfortable with controversy and thrives on it, an upset AKA, hurriedly walks away from a video interview after the reporter asks if he still denies he had an affair with media personality Bonang Matheba.

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  • Accounting will remain a graduate degree profession in SA

    Firms unlikely to follow EY UK’s decision to drop qualifications from recruitment criteria. South African accounting firms are unlikely to follow suit after EY UK announced it would remove academic qualifications from its recruitment criteria. From 2016 onwards, students in the UK will no longer need to have at least 300 UCAS points (equivalent to three Bs) and the second-highest degree classification – an average of 70% – 74% – to apply for EY’s graduate, undergraduate or school-leaver programmes. “Instead, EY will use a new and enhanced suite of online ‘strengths’ assessments and numerical tests to assess the potential of applicants,” reads the press statement on the matter. UCAS points are

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  • Madonsela 'protects white capitalism' - Mngxitama (video)

    Resource constraints were among some of the issues holding up the finalisation of the public protector’s investigation into allegations that billions of rands disappeared in the final years of apartheid. The allegations stem from a 1997-report by UK-based private investigations company Ciex, which claimed to identify about R26 billion which was stolen, laundered or held offshore illegally by apartheid-era bankers, arms dealers and senior politicians, according to opensecrets.org.za Despite being told about the public protector’s constraints at the end of September, Andile Mngxitama and about 12 members of his newly formed Black First Land First party went to the public protector’s office in Hatfield

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  • Danish transfer delight for Masango - Cape Times

    Rodney Reiners Mandla Masango has had a magnificent start to his career in Denmark. The former Kaizer Chiefs winger signed for top Danish club Randers FC three months ago and has already scored a couple of crucial goals for his new club. In the early hours of tomorrow morning (4am, SA time), Bafana Bafana head into the first of two Central American friendlies when they take on Costa Rica, and Masango is keen to transfer his Denmark form to the South African national football squad. Bafana’s second friendly is against Honduras next Tuesday (kickoff midnight, SA time). Masango, along with Bafana teammate Itumeleng Khune, was involved in a salary stand-off with Chiefs earlier this year. Both refused

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  • A Gay Artist Quite Literally Schooled Someone Who Sent Him Hate Mail

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  • PW Botha: Racism has become a fine art | Daily Maverick

    Comrades, cadres and revolutionaries in the African National Congress (ANC) may stamp their feet. The communists in Luthuli House may scream their lies. The designer-democrats in the Democratic Alliance might threaten sanctions against Dianne Kohler Barnard, but here is the reality. And I will state it most categorically and even repeat it with conviction. It is 2015 and apartheid is dead! Democratic South Africa no longer practices apartheid. Why practice it, when racism under the ANC has become a fine art? Yes, for security reasons my government made legalised racism our policy. Today the ANC just uses racism as an excuse. Of course we served the members of the public far better under my regime,

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