• Nigeria: South Africa Threatens to Arrest Nigeria's Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

    The South African government has threatened a jail term for Chris Oyakhilome if his church, Christ Embassy, fails to release its financial records, the South African based News24 is reporting. The Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities said several religious leaders in the country could be jailed if they fail to comply with the demands of the commission. ‎The commission said it was investigating the commercialization of religion and abuse of people's beliefs and had summoned several churches to appear before it with their ordination certificate, registration certificate, bank statements, and annual financial statements from 2012. Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva

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  • Poster girl for Islamic State 'killed for trying to escape'

    Samra Kesinovic, 17, was murdered after she was caught attempting to escape from Raqqa, Islamic State's self-declared capital in Syria, according to reports in two Austrian newspapers. She appeared extensively in IS propaganda after leaving her native Vienna to join the Islamic terrorists together with Sabina Selimovic, a 16-year-old friend. The two teenagers were shown wearing Islamic headbands and brandishing Kalashnikov rifles, surrounded by masked male jihadists. Both Austrian women are now believed to be dead. Selimovic was reported to have been killed in fighting in Syria last year. Kesinovic and Selimovic were both children of Bosnian refugees who fled to Austria from the war in their

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  • Malema refuses chamber’s request to tone down rhetoric

    JULIUS Malema was asked by concerned members of the South African Chamber of Commerce (SACC) in London to tone down his rhetoric — and he refused. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, continuing his UK tour, had a lively and robust private meeting with members of the SACC at Deloitte’s London headquarters on Thursday morning. But in characteristic style, Mr Malema told Business Day: "Well that meeting was governed by Chatham House rules … but when it comes to the EFF, the posture we’ve taken in South African politics and internationally has made us who we are. And that strategy is working, there’s no need to change that posture to suit whoever’s uncomfortable." While he admitted that he

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  • Nene gives his support for retirement reforms that will ‘protect’ pensioners

    THE retirement reforms so strongly opposed by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) were good ones that would help protect pensioners against old-age poverty, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene emphasised on Thursday. The minister dismissed the misinformation that the introduction of enforced annuitisation of two-thirds of provident funds on retirement meant that the government intended to nationalise workers’ savings. Fears about this and the need of indebted workers to get their hands on their savings have prompted thousands to resign from their jobs. The minister’s remarks were made in finalising the National Assembly debate on the Taxation Laws Amendment Bill, which was adopted

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  • DJ Cleo disappointed with Idols results | The New Age

    Multi-award winning producer DJ Cleo who is behind Idols runner-up Mmatema Moremi’s single Because Of You is a disappointed man after Moremi’s loss to Karabo Mogane who hails from Mpumalanga. “The result for me was disappointing. In my view Mmatema is a Jennifer Hudson in the making or a Brenda Fassie if you like. Granted an opportunity to work with her by M-Net, Universal and the management agencies involved with the top 16, I believe she will go very far. “Remember Jennifer Hudson was not the overall winner when she took part in Idols. We are at the stage where now it’s the real thing. These artists are leaving the ‘production’ behind. “There are no more choreographers, dancers, lighting and

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  • Trevor Noah leaves SA fans in stitches

    Kgothatso Mogale & Neo Koza | Trevor Noah entertained a sold out crowd at the Silverstar Casino in Joburg as part of the Comedy Central International Comedy Festival.

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  • Letsholonyane nearing Chiefs exit door?

    Midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane facing an uncertain future a Kaizer Chiefs.

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  • Afrikaners want own community - Gauteng | IOL News

    Pretoria - Afrikaners want their own community which looks after itself in Pretoria, something along the lines of Kleinfontein and Orania. This should happen as early as after the municipal elections next year, and the area would have its own schools and universities where children are taught in Afrikaans. The statue of Paul Kruger at Church Square could also be moved there. The areas that have been identified are those where many Afrikaans-speaking people live, such as Centurion and Pretoria Moot. Orania in the Northern Cape and Kleinfontein in Gauteng were established by Afrikaners. Only people who identify themselves as Afrikaners are welcome there. And now the Front Nasionaal political party

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  • 'Boko Haram' lift Cyril's chances

    A group of ANC heavyweights calling themselves “Boko Haram” appear to have bolstered Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s chances of succeeding President Jacob Zuma as ANC leader in 2017. According to reports, a number of party bigwigs serving in national and provincial legislatures joined the group over the weekend. They are said to include two former premiers, one former provincial secretary and a host of MECs, party regional secretaries and heads of departments in the Limpopo provincial government. This paper has been informed that ANC leaders from Gauteng, along with “Boko Haram”, met secretly in Makgobaskloof outside Tzaneen in Limpopo a fortnight ago. They decided to back Ramaphosa. Yesterday,

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  • Banks under fire over R99 debit order scam

    Fin24 has been inundated with emails from irate bank customers following an expose on Special Assignment on Sunday which lifted the lid on how easy it is for dubious companies operating in the call centre space to gain access to bank accounts through unauthorised debit orders. Banks in the South Africa process about 56 million debit orders a month and from these close to a million inter-bank debit orders, including non-authenticated early debit orders, are disputed every month, according to the Payments Association of South Africa (PASA). The dispute ratio for non-authenticated debit orders is between 4.5% and 6%. Lucas Mlangeni said it worried him that his bank account has been invaded by fraudsters.

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  • The Big Read: Change happens all the time

    I had just returned from my stint as SA ambassador to Argentina, and I was asked for my views on that country. Somewhat undiplomatically, I told him: "Well Argentina is worse governed and more corrupt than South Africa." He laughed heartily and did not suggest a further diplomatic assignment, but the statement was then essentially true. Since then, with Nkandla metastasising across our body politic, the further looting of public resources and the president proclaiming the party comes before all else, the distance has narrowed. But in this race to the bottom, the land of tango, Evita and Maradona still noses ahead of us. You can't help but to have home thoughts when you live abroad. And, other

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  • Lekoelea off the hook in car theft case

    The soccer star was arrested on Tuesday for driving a stolen car with a fake licence disc and number plates. Stolen car Steve Chippa Lekoelea JOHANNESBURG - The case against former Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana star Steve ‘Chippa’ Lekoelea has been struck off the roll due to a lack of evidence. Lekoelea was arrested in Orange Farm on Tuesday for driving a stolen car which Metro Police discovered while conducting a road block. The soccer star was arrested driving a VW Polo which was found to have a fake licence disc and number plates. It’s understood that the vehicle was stolen in Randburg a year ago. The Police’s Johannes Motsiri says despite the disc, charges were withdrawn. “The case has

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  • Balance key to under-23 side

    South Africa boasts a squad that is balanced and has quality players in defence and attack, which can reach the 2016 Olympics, said SA under-23 winger Keagan Dolly. Owen da Gama's under-23 side departed this week for the eight-nation CAF Under-23 championships in Senegal, where they open the tournament against the hosts on Saturday. The top three finishers qualify for next year's Olympic Games in Rio. Dolly believes the South Africans have an attack that can break down defences, and a defence that can hold its own against Africa's best. Dolly said the addition of Bidvest Wits' new prodigy striker, Phakamani Mahlambi, the 18-year-old who has scored three goals in three games for the Students,

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  • ‘ANC is bordering on lying to SA’ - Politics | IOL News

    Cape Town - “The ANC is bordering on lying to the masses.” This was one of the revealing remarks made by former ANC treasurer general, Mathews Phosa, in recent interview with eNCA when he spoke about the promises the political party made when it came into power. “We made many promises, now the expectations of our people are around those issues, there are founded on our own promises, there is an extent to which we tried to meet those expectations but the backlog is huge and massive, and it has become intolerable to the masses.” Phosa elaborated that the ANC understood the scale of the problem they faced when they came into power. “The ANC understood the scale of the problem, we had many arguments

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  • 'Who are you calling a Teletubby?' - EFF MP

    "Who are you calling a Teletubby?" demanded Mmabatho Mokause, standing up in the bright red attire that her party wears in Parliament. Earlier, when DA leader Mmusi Maimane went to the podium, somebody had called him a "sellout". An attempt was being made to find out who had called Maimane a sellout when DA MP John Steenhuisen waved his hand seemingly in the direction of the EFF benches and said: "Ask that Teletubby over there." An annoyed Mokause complained: This man stood here and called one member a Teletubby." After the debate, Speaker Baleka Mbete wanted to know who had called Maimane "a sellout" and when all she got was blank faces, she moved on to root out the person who had made the Teletubby

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  • Women to blame for rape because of clothes they wear: Grace Mugabe

    The Zimbabwean first lady, 50, told rally-goers in Mberengwa, southern Zimbabwe that "if you are raped, it's your fault", according to an update from the private Newsday online. Speaking in Shona, she reportedly castigated miniskirts. Mrs Mugabe's disapproval of miniskirts is well-known: last year she expressed her disgust that then vice president Joice Mujuru had (so the first lady said) worn a short skirt. "Victim blaming perpetuates the problem," tweeted @mtchikawa on Friday, complaining that the first lady was "offside". "I wonder where she got the empirical evidence to support this claim!!" said @ArtherChatora. Said @LynnBlaze: "Leaders excusing rape is part of the problem." The mother-of-four's

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  • Russian pilot: No warnings issued before jet shot down

    Turkey insists the Russian jet ignored as many as 10 alerts about violating Turkish airspace. Russia Russian plane Turkey airspace Russian jet JOHANNESBURG – The rescued co-pilot of a Russian war plane that was shot down near the Turkey-Syria border has now claimed there were no warnings before the jet was attacked.    A second pilot is believed to be dead after both ejected from the plane which was shot down by a Turkish fighter jet on Tuesday.    Turkey insists the plane ignored as many as ten alerts about violating Turkish airspace while Russia denies this.   Russian president Vladimir Putin has made it clear he has no intention of waging war against turkey but the incident has heightened

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  • Zikalala puts his foot (or bum) in it - Politics | IOL News

    Pietermaritzburg - Sihle Zikalala’s first day in the KwaZulu-Natal provincial legislature as leader of the ruling African National Congress kicked off in dramatic fashion on Thursday when three opposition parties stormed out in a huff over his decision to sit in the seat normally reserved for the province’s premier. Members of the provincial legislature (MPL) from the Democratic Alliance, the Inkatha Freedom Party and the National Freedom Party staged a walkout during the sitting. The problem, according to them, was that although Zikalala had replaced Senzo Mchunu as chairman of the ANC, Mchunu was still the province’s premier. “We want to say that this is unprecedented when a new member gets

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  • Nigeria: Exclusive - Obasanjo to Jonathan: Use Your Foundation to Show Remorse for Your Past Actions

    Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has written to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan urging him to use the new Foundation he is establishing to engage in soul-searching and in reviewing his past actions. In the letter, dated October 12, 2015, Mr. Obasanjo also advised Mr. Jonathan to consider the Foundation as a platform through which he can heal his conscience and demonstrate penitence over his past actions. Mr. Obasanjo wrote the letter in response to an earlier letter written to him by Mr. Jonathan on September 22, informing him of his plans to set up a foundation through which he would continue to service humanity. "... I will be devoting the rest of my life and energy to making the world a better

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  • THE INSIDER: Red-carpet treatment by royal command

    THE excesses of Swaziland’s King Mswati have long since ceased to surprise, although he continues to do his utmost to raise eyebrows. According to the Swaziland Solidarity Network, which is admittedly somewhat biased towards democracy as a system of government rather than absolute monarchy, the king ordered the police to enforce a ban on ordinary Swazis and nonroyal visiting dignitaries using red carpets when attending events. In a "most shocking example of dictatorship, insecurity and blatant madness", the Times of Swaziland reported that events managers say whenever they put down red or white carpets to welcome guests to their events, police remove them. The newspaper avoided revealing the source of this bizarre instruction, but the network reported that police were given the order by their commissioner, who was either acting of his own accord or relaying an instruction from Mswati himself that only royalty should be allowed to strut up red or white carpets.

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