• Nigerian vs South African kill count ugly: Gigaba

    This is the question posed by Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba in response to a question about the figure of 116 Nigerians said to have been killed in South Africa in the past two years. This week a senior Nigerian presidential aide on foreign affairs, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said 20 Nigerians were killed last year alone and called on the African Union to intervene in what Dabira-Erewa was quoted as saying were "killings in South Africa". But Gigaba said this was the discussion South Africa would not want to get into as it would turn ugly. Gigaba refutes claims that foreigners must constitute 40% of SA companies "I am not privy to the figures from the Nigerian government and how they collected

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  • Nigerians Resort to Self-Defence Against Xenophobic Attacks in South Africa

    Nigerians resident in South Africa resorted to self-defence yesterday in the face of xenophobic attacks by South Africans, who specifically targeted them in the latest wave of attacks against black immigrants, Saturday Vanguard learnt. It was gathered that plans by South Africans to further attack Nigerians especially those resident in Pretoria and Johannesburg last Thursday, was thwarted by Nigerians, who defended themselves having earlier been informed of the scheduled attacks. Specifically, an investigation by Saturday Vanguard revealed that the Nigerian Embassy in South Africa rose to the occasion as it informed Nigerians of the imminent attacks and consequently advised that they should close their business places.

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  • Malema: Metro FM Awards 'corrupted by Mabala Noise'

    Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema and the party’s national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi have taken to social media to criticise the Metro FM Awards that took place at the ICC in Durban on Saturday night. Malema criticised the event that he said was not the right platform to honour legendary musicians Caiphus Semenya and Letta Mbulu, alleging that the awards were corrupted by Mabala Noise. “We love Caiphus Semenya and Letta Mbulu,we need a proper event to honor them. Not this Mom Rubby’s shebeen called #MMA16 corrupted by Mabala noise,” he said. Malema’s comment comes after Mabala Noise artist Riky Rick’s rant during his acceptance speech in which he called the music that was being

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  • Lerato Kganyago's #MMA16 look is dividing Twitter

    Funds from a dollar bank account in the name of the Jammeh Foundation for Peace, a charity founded by Gambia's former president Yahya Jammeh, flowed to Jammeh himself, not to foundation projects, according to bank records and interviews with a former charity official...

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  • IN PICTURES: Lit or lame? All the fashion from the Metro FM Awards

    From Kelly Khumalo to Mshoza here’s how your fave celebs brought their fashion game to Durban at this year's Metro FM Awards.

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  • [OPINION] Sipho Pityana's open letter to Brian Molefe

    Under different circumstances, I would have been the first to congratulate you on your appointment as a member of South Africa’s Fifth Parliament, and your apparently pending ascension to a Cabinet post. But I cannot do so with a clear conscience. I have watched your rise to leadership roles with great admiration, respect and pride. In a society that is determinedly forging a non-racial society, your competence and excellence in the many spheres of leadership the nation afforded you, put paid the racist notion of equating blackness with mediocrity and under-performance. You were among those I encouraged many youth to look up to. In you I had a role model for many and a shining example of black

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  • WATCH: The 'lifeless' Babes Wodumo performance everybody is talking about

    Funds from a dollar bank account in the name of the Jammeh Foundation for Peace, a charity founded by Gambia's former president Yahya Jammeh, flowed to Jammeh himself, not to foundation projects, according to bank records and interviews with a former charity official...

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  • Awkward: Faith Muthambi causes a bit of a stir at the Metro FM awards

    It was a very awkward moment when legendary singers Caiphus Semenya and Letta Mbulu were honoured at the Metro FM awards. Communications minister Faith Muthambi presented the lifetime achievement award with radio presenter Wilson B Nkosi at the Metro Fm awards. It was quite an awkward moment for some, as Muthambi proceeded to shout into the microphone, asking guests to guess who had won the lifetime achievement award. Some members of the audience laughed at this, with co-presenter Nkosi stifling a laugh as well. The reaction on Twitter was funny, with many mocking Muthambi’s presentation. For more news your way, follow The Citizen on Facebook and Twitter.

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  • Cava Emtee with no shirt and plastic cups at #MMA16

    Funds from a dollar bank account in the name of the Jammeh Foundation for Peace, a charity founded by Gambia's former president Yahya Jammeh, flowed to Jammeh himself, not to foundation projects, according to bank records and interviews with a former charity official...

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  • Nigeria: How to Avoid Trump's Immigration Trap

    Some Nigerians in the U.S. have expressed concerns over the controversial Executive Order expected to be rolled out this week by President Donald Trump to restrict citizens from certain countries and also put in place stringent measures against all categories of undocumented immigrants. Newsmen report that the Nigerians voiced out their concerns during teleconferences organized to equip them with information about the travel ban, to also allay their fears and enlighten them on what to do to avoid falling into President Trump's immigration trap. Journalists report that the information sessions, which held twice on Saturday, were organized by two influential Nigerian groups in the U.S., namely the Organization for the Advancement of Nigerians and the Nigerian Lawyers Association.

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  • 'I won't change for anyone'

    Penny Penny once again captured the hearts of Mzansi on Wednesday night when his new reality show, Papa Penny Ahee made its debut on Mzansi Magic. And while social media went crazy over Penny Penny's TV return, his first since a stint as a choirmaster on last year's Clash of the Choirs, it did spark a language debate amongst users. 'That man is crazy!'- Dr Malinga slams reports he owes dancer 'Tsekeleke' money   A minority of Twitter users mocked the musician's "broken" English through memes and jokes. However, the star's fans soon turned the tables and flooded the social media network with messages defending their hero's language abilities. Speaking to TshisaLIVE on Thursday, Penny Penny said

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  • Nigeria: How Foreign Names Worsen Nigeria's Identity Crisis

    In most African cultures, a lot goes into the making of a name. There is a belief that a name says a lot about the roots, lineage, future, and in some cases, a person's destiny. The circumstances of birth and the impact such births have on the family are reflected in the newborn's given name. For instance, in the past, names were sometimes given to people based either on their striking resemblance with a family member or whether the death of a family member, especially that of a grandfather or grandmother, was recorded. Any child born after this is believed to be the reincarnation of the dead man or woman and named accordingly. There was no separating the African belief system from names. In

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  • Kim killing suspect was paid $90 to take part in 'TV prank'

    An Indonesian woman being held over the assassination of Kim Jong-Nam said Saturday she had been paid just RM400 ($90) for taking part in what she thought was a TV prank show, a senior diplomat reportedly told media. Siti Aisyah, who was arrested soon after the half-brother of the North Korean leader was killed on February 13 with a lethal nerve agent, added she believed she was handling a liquid like “baby oil”, Indonesia’s deputy ambassador to Malaysia Andreano Erwin said according to reports. Two women are seen shoving something into Kim’s face in leaked CCTV footage from Kuala Lumpur airport. Malaysia revealed Friday the 45-year-old was assassinated with a lethal nerve agent manufactured for chemical warfare and listed by the UN as a weapon of mass destruction.

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  • Nigeria to Issue UN Passport to 'Stateless' Persons

    Sani Zorro, Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), says the Nigerian government plans to issue United Nations passport to people at risk of being stateless. Mr. Zorro made this known during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Saturday, in Abuja, marking the second anniversary of Nigeria ratifying the Abidjan Declaration to end statelessness. He said that the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and IDPs and the National Immigration Department are engaged in a process called refugee status determination. He explained that this process would help to ascertain stateless persons that are eligible for the UN passport, a document

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  • Vaal Dam levels rising rapidly

    Johannesburg – Every time he goes to his usual fishing spot on the banks of the Vaal Dam, Peter Mokoena has to move a little further back. That’s how fast the water is rising. “Last month there were cars driving right across this section of the dam,” he said, pointing to the now swollen waters, as he waited for fish to bite. “That’s how empty it was then. It was terrible: dry, dry, dry. But it was good for fishing. “ Sometimes, I caught 35 because there was little water in the dam.” But even though the recent torrential rains mean fewer fish to eat, Mokoena, a carpenter who lives in the nearby settlement of Refengkotso, is happy they are at the dam fishing. “We have all learnt with this drought

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  • Zuma: marches were anti-crime, not xenophobic

    Pretoria – President Jacob Zuma has warned refugees in the country to behave or else risk being discriminated against by government. Zuma was speaking to the media on the sidelines of the launch of Operation Phakisa in Roodeplaat to speed up service delivery in the agricultural sector. His stern warning to foreigners was made as the marches denouncing illegal immigrants were staged in Pretoria. Zuma said: “One of the things we do in South Africa, we are not operating like other countries. In other countries refugees are put in camps, but because we respect the human rights, we don’t. “But if they operate the way they do, they may be forcing us to discriminate (against) them and yet we thought

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  • Zimbabwe: Cowboy Hats, Cake and a Cooler Box

    First Lady Grace Mugabe led thousands of revellers in singing Happy Birthday to her visibly tired husband, Zimbabwe's longtime ruler Robert Mugabe on Saturday at a party to mark his 93rd birthday that was heavily criticised by the opposition. Here are some of the highlights of the party and Mugabe's speech: Row over cake provider Popular baker Lobels provided the main birthday cake, which, if previous years are anything to go by, weighed 93kg (one kg for every year of Mugabe's life). But news of the donation got some Zimbabweans hot under the collar, with calls for Lobels to be boycotted. Tweeted @ThisFlag1980, the official Twitter account of the protest movement started by pastor Evan Mawarire

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  • Dave King’s R700m SARS settlement

    Johannesburg - Millionaire businessman Dave King has agreed to pay the SA Revenue Service R706.7 million to settle his tax debt, the two parties said in a statement on Thursday. They said King appeared in the Palmridge Regional Court earlier in the day and entered into a plea and sentencing agreement with the National Prosecuting Authority. He agreed to a payment of R706.7 million to Sars in respect of his personal income tax and the tax liability of Ben Nevis, a King trust company managed out of Guernsey. The settlement was reached following submissions made to Sars by King and entities associated with him. King said his experience should serve as an example to taxpayers who found themselves

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  • WATCH LIVE: 16th annual Metro FM Awards

    Funds from a dollar bank account in the name of the Jammeh Foundation for Peace, a charity founded by Gambia's former president Yahya Jammeh, flowed to Jammeh himself, not to foundation projects, according to bank records and interviews with a former charity official...

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  • Lucky number R290 million for Cape Town architects

    A home in Miami was recently sold for R290-million‚ the highest price for a family house in the area in two years – and it was completed by a Cape Town architectural firm. SAOTA director Mark Bullivant said they were commissioned by property developers in Miami. The grand 1 865 square metre beach house opens on to the activity of the canal‚ has tranquil water features and large open spaces. It seems R290-million is a lucky number for the company.

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