• Cashier’s till scam exposed - Independent on Saturday

    Durban - A good news story created social media waves this week when a Durban business couple, Sbonelo Mbatha and his wife, Zinhle, took a crooked cashier to task. According to Mbatha’s Facebook post, the incident occurred when they went to buy a few groceries at a local Checkers in Durban North. Mbatha said he had gone through the till first and, while his wife was busy paying, he noticed that “her facial expression showed signs of confusion and concern”. Only when the couple were leaving the supermarket did it become clear to them that the cashier had asked Zinhle for a bribe in return for putting some of her items through without scanning them. “The cashier deliberately did not ring up these

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  • Mandla Mandela weds

    “I wish to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Rabia's parents, her extended family and the Muslim community, for welcoming me into their hearts,” Mandela said in a statement. The marriage, which took place on Saturday in Cape Town, is the fourth for Mandela, whose heritage is isiXhosa and who currently serves as the traditional chief of Mveso. “Although Rabia and I were raised in different cultural and religious traditions, our coming together reflects what we have in common: We are South Africans,” he said.  According to most recent reports, Mandela is still legally married to his first wife, Tando Mabunu-Mandela, with whom he has been embroiled in a long-standing bitter divorce battle.  Previously

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  • Bonang and AKA strike a pose at Da Les’ all-white party (Photos)

    Rumoured couple AKA and Bonang Matheba were some of the many Mzansi A-listers at Da Les’ 7th Annual All-White Pool Party on Saturday.Next The duo even took some time to pose for the cameras together. So are they finally ready to go public with their relationship? Queen B looked breathtaking in a lightweight sheer kaftan, with a daring bodysuit to go with. Held in Sandton, Johannesburg, another rumoured couple was also in attendance. That would be Nomzamo Mbatha and Maps Maponyane. Nomzmo opted for a tailored relaxed look, donning wide-legged three-quarter pants with a matching top and peek-a-boo bra. Other gorgeous ladies spotted at the event included Nomuzi Mabena,  Boity, Khanya Mkangisa, Natasha

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  • The Big Read: Zuma's got the right numbers

    Predictions have been made that the man is so weak that he will be recalled by his party within months; that he may be forced to go because of the massive damage he is wreaking on the 104-year-old ANC. I am not convinced Zuma can be forced out by his comrades. Why not? Zuma has always been a cunning analyst of the ANC and its processes. He knows where the power within the party lies. He sleeps easy knowing that the majority of South Africans will still vote for the ANC, at least at the general elections in 2019. The 2024 national elections are another story altogether. The key for him, therefore, is to forget about the general populace and concentrate on what matters to him: the decision-making

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  • EFFSC vow to have ‘guerrilla conversation’ with 'Oros' following

    The Economic Freedom Fighters Students Command (EFFSC) has described being called “monkeys” by African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) president Collen Maine as “lame and childish utterances by Oros”. The students said: “Not that we’ve been paying attention or following the events of the ANC youth desk but it is reported to us that Oros man‚ Collen Maine‚ is up to his usual antics of spewing bile once again. “This time‚ he has apparently referred to the EFF as monkeys. “It is incumbent upon us as the EFFSC that we dispute‚ refute and dismiss this madness with the contempt it deserves.” Maine is reported to have said: “If you fight with Zuma you are fighting with the youth league‚ and South

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  • Drivers With No Tickets In 3 Years Must Read This

    If you drive less than 50 miles per day, there is a way to pay less for auto insurance that few people realize. Are you overpaying?

  • ‘I had to step down,’ says Nene

    FORMER Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene is keeping busy by tending his garden. Mr Nene was fired by President Jacob Zuma in December and replaced by little known MP Des Van Rooyen, prompting an unprecedented backlash from the markets and a knock to the currency. Former finance minister Pravin Gordhan was then assigned the post in a bid to contain the fallout. Mr Nene had resigned as an MP after his axing in December and was said to be earmarked for nomination for a post at the African Regional Centre of the New Development Bank. However, he told the Financial Mail this week that he has not yet received a formal offer for the post months after the decision to nominate him was taken by Mr Zuma. He

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  • Zimbabwe: Moyo Recruited to Destroy Zanu-PF

    Munyaradzi Musiiwa — Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association chairman Cde Christopher Mutsvangwa has challenged Professor Jonathan Moyo to contest his claims that he was Ndabaningi Sithole's illegitimate child, who was seeking revenge for his father who was rejected by the revolutionary party after forging an alliance with the Smith regime at the height of the war of liberation. Cde Mutsvangwa said he also had empirical evidence that Prof Moyo was recruited by western imperialists who were pushing the regime change in Zimbabwe. He said Prof Moyo was assigned by these people to dislodge Zanu-PF with his "petty parochial ideologies" that reside in him. He said Prof Moyo was a traitor

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  • Malema unapproachable, only listens to Shivambu says disgruntled EFF member

     "Julius is a liar," said Economic Freedom Fighters member Lufuno Gogoro. "He is lying that we can sit down with him. Julius doesn't want to listen to anyone except [EFF chief whip] Floyd [Shivambu] and we cannot run an organisation through friendship." Gogoro is among a group of EFF members, calling itself defenders of the EFF constitution, which had planned to approach the High Court in Johannesburg on Friday for an urgent interdict against Malema and the EFF's leadership. It wanted a stop put to the party's provincial conferences and its national people's assembly, which is expected to be held in December. Earlier on Friday, Malema told reporters in Johannesburg that disgruntled members were

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  • Rhodes Memorial ‘rapist’ strikes again - Crime & Courts

    Cape Town - A suspected serial rapist has struck again in the vicinity of Rhodes Memorial, this time holding a UCT student hostage in bushes near the famous monument for five hours while he raped her repeatedly. The attacker eventually released the student at 1am on Friday and she managed to get to police to report the incident. Police have told university management the attacker was described as a slender, well-spoken man in his mid-twenties wearing black pants and a hoodie. He starts chatting to the women he preys on, before attacking them. Thursday’s attack, which stretched into on Friday morning, was the fourth in the vicinity of Rhodes Memorial since December, and has escalated fears that

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  • Prasa boss gets lucky with R11m mansion

    The claims are made in court papers filed this week in the High Court in Pretoria in an action against Siyangena Technologies, which obtained a R3.9-billion Prasa tender in 2009-10. Molefe wants the court to set aside the contract awarded to Mario Ferreira, the owner of soccer club Vasco da Gama and Siyangena Technologies. The Prasa chairman has argued that Siyangena was unlawfully awarded the tender to instal high-speed passenger gates, CCTV cameras and other security related material. "Investigations ... revealed that Mr Lucky Montana has corruptly benefited from his relationship with individuals and entities associated with the first respondent [Siyangena Technologies]. Seven additional stations

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  • Monkeys enjoy a little paddle and play - Independent on Saturday

    Durban - Could it have been a pool party when these vervet monkeys took to the water at a Westville home? Or did it have anything to do with celebrating the Chinese Year of the Monkey – which starts on Monday? Whatever the cause, about half a million of their human cousins have shared the vervets’ pleasure at playing in the pool. This Facebook video, posted by Hillcrest doctor Michael Rout, has clocked up 474 735 visits. In the video, one of the monkeys looked like an otter as it held its breath, swimming across the pool. Another swam a doggy paddle of sorts. “This doesn’t happen very often and it’s quite special to see,” said Hallam Payne, who has studied monkeys at master’s level at the University

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  • Sensational return for Special One?

    London - Jose Mourinho is on the brink of getting the job of his dreams by becoming Manchester United manager this summer. In a dramatic twist for Manchester football, it means he would resume his toxic rivalry with Pep Guardiola, who was announced last Monday as City’s new boss for next season. No deal has been signed but talks have opened and Mourinho has his heart set on the job. United see him as the one man who can go head to head with Guardiola when trying to lure new talent to the club. City already wish to land Paul Pogba from Juventus and John Stones from Everton. United hope the arrival of Mourinho, who calls himself the Special One, will give them the chance to compete. The Portuguese

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  • South Africa: Visa Regulations

    Today's announcement by the Departments of Home Affairs (DHA) that the it will be relaxing some of the job-killing visa regulations it introduced last year does not go far enough to restore South Africa as a tourist friendly destination. Instead of announcing an E-visa system in line with the recommendations by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the DHA merely noted that it would be considering the idea of issuing visas on arrival in the coming months. Meanwhile the concession by the DHA to do away with the unabridged birth certificate requirement for minors whose passports contain the full details of both parents will have no benefit to those who do not possess these updated passports.

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Succession: Jonathan Moyo Bares it All

    In your opinion, what could have motivated George Charamba’s attacks against you and those perceived to be opposed to Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa? While Charamba’s scurrilous political attack on me and other Cabinet ministers perceived to be opposed to what they allege is Vice-President Mnangagwa’s succession path went viral after his long interview on ZiFM radio and after The Herald reproduced a verbatim script of that interview two weeks ago, in fact Charamba had been on my case over VP Mnangagwa’s succession for a very long time. To make a very long story short, things started turning ugly between Charamba and me and his fellow successionists out there in May 2015 when BBC HardTalk broadcast an interview with me in which I poured cold water on the ambitions of successionists by saying President Robert Mugabe had not appointed his vice-presidents so they could succeed him, but so they could assist him to implement the policy programmes he pledged to the nation in the 2013 elections, which he won resoundingly.

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  • Mbeki embraces Adriaan Vlok - Politics

    Former apartheid police minister Adriaan Vlok has recommitted himself to pressing ahead, seeking forgiveness from those he offended, regardless of the criminal complaint filed against him this week. The Anti-Racism Action Forum lodged the complaint against Vlok and his erstwhile boss, former president FW de Klerk, relating to the “mass murder” of 27 people in the Sebokeng Massacre in July 1990 and 13 in the Daveyton Massacre in 1991. Another charge related to the killing of the Cradock Four, allegedly by an apartheid-era hit squad. Vlok said in an interview that he had made contact with business executive Moeletsi Mbeki, younger brother of former president Thabo Mbeki, with the object of helping

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  • FSB top brass accused of 'rigged tender cover-up'

    Marweshe has lodged a grievance with the FSB board and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, complaining he was victimised after he saved taxpayers millions by blowing the whistle on the deal, even though he was required to do so by law. He wants Gordhan to launch an independent forensic investigation into the deal and suspend the FSB's top brass, including CEO Dube Tshidi and audit committee chairman Jabu Mogadime. This is the latest governance scandal to hit Tshidi, with the FSB still reeling from a court challenge launched last month by its head of pensions, Rosemary Hunter. The FSB regulates all non-banking financial services and should be above suspicion, but her court papers paint a picture

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  • Puzzle of missing mom deepens - Independent on Saturday

    Durban - The mystery over the whereabouts of a British woman, Linda Rowe, 63, believed to have last been in Pietermaritzburg, deepened on Friday when Rowe purportedly contacted the police and SA Community Crime Watch. Last night, Mike Venter from the crime-watch group confirmed he had received an e-mail from a person claiming to be the missing Linda Rowe late on Thursday night. “I asked her to contact the investigating officer, who said a woman had phoned him on Friday morning. The officer asked her to come into the police station to sign an affidavit confirming her identification. But there has been no sign of her as yet,” said Venter. Rowe’s daughter, Kirsty Pockson, who was in South Africa

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  • Beyonce, in surprise new track, takes on police abuse

    Beyonce is back with her first new music in more than two years, a hip-hop-heavy track with nods to the Black Lives Matter movement and police brutality. The pop superstar released a single and accompanying video, “Formation,” on Saturday in a surprise one day before she is set to perform before tens of millions of television viewers during halftime of the Super Bowl alongside British rockers Coldplay.  Set in New Orleans, the video offers fleeting but poignant references to Black Lives Matter, the movement against police brutality that has gained steam across the United States in recent years.  A row of police officers in riot gear appears throughout the video. At the end, they raise their hands

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  • Mother had dream about girl's rape

    A North West mother dreamt about her daughters being raped. Weeks later her dream became a reality when one of them was raped inside their home while the mother was at church, the North West High Court heard yesterday. This was the testimony of a young woman whose sister was one of the women who were allegedly raped by Lucky Rababue, 23. Rababue is facing 69 charges, including for attempted murders, rapes and robberies that occurred between January 2012 and May 2014. The court interpreter had to give the woman a glass of water when she burst into tears while explaining to Judge Samkelo Gura that her mother saw the incident in the form of a dream before it happened. It was on Saturday March 17

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  • Many left shaken after #DurbanTremor - KwaZulu-Natal

    Durban - An earth tremor shook the KwaZulu-Natal coastal regions on Saturday morning. Thousands of people took to social media websites, reporting they had felt the tremor from as far south as Margate up to Richards Bay in the north, and as far inland as Pietermaritzburg. There was no official information immediately available from the Council for Geoscience on what had caused the tremor or what the strength of the tremor was. There were also no immediate reports of any damage from the tremor which had lasted about two seconds. KwaZulu-Natal emergency medical service (EMS) spokesman Robert McKenzie said that according to their information the tremor stretched from Stanger down to Port Shepstone

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