• AT HOME AND ABROAD: Floundering ANC needs to discover its own De Klerk

    A DISTURBING number of people have asked me these past few days whether I think we are heading for a dictatorship. First, because I don’t believe the shambolic Jacob Zuma administration has the discipline and capability of achieving such a goal. The ANC has stumbled into this mess because Zuma dragged it into the quicksand of corruption at the beginning of his tenure.

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  • Nigeria: 10-Year-Old Nigerian in UK Varsity

    Ten year old Esther Okade, one of UK's youngest students from Nigeria, has been accepted to start her maths degree at the Open University. Esther, who enrolled three weeks ago, is already top of her class, scoring 100 per cent in a recent test. Esther's mother, Efe, said the process of applying to the university was 'an interesting one because of her age. From the age of seven Esther has wanted to go to university.

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  • White widow’s SA plot revealed - Politics | IOL News

    INDEPENDENT MEDIA British citizen Samantha Lewthwaite, who lived in South Africa under a false identity, is linked to planned suicide bombings in South Africa. Johannesburg - South Africa’s State Security Agency (SSA) and foreign intelligence services foiled planned suicide bomb attacks by al-Qaeda in South Africa between 2007 and 2010, including one against a Jewish centre in Cape Town, according to secret SSA reports.

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  • A shot at ANC deputy president for unhappy Dlamini-Zuma? - City Press

    For months now rumours have circulated about why the African Union Commission chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, may not seek a second term. Now the South African spy cables, released by Al Jazeera this week, may help explain why. The cables allege that Dlamini-Zuma faced an assassination threat in October 2012 soon after she took office at the Commission’s high-rise headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. After learning of it, a crack team comprised of SA Secret Service boss Simon Ntombela and a General Dladla of the SA Police Service jetted out of South Africa to Ethiopia where they held high-level meetings with local security to discuss the threats.

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  • South African Islamic centres shocked by spy cables

    The principal of the country's oldest Islamic school was shocked to learn that the KwaZulu-Natal institution was mentioned in the Spy Cables. Ismail Akoo's voice shook when he said he had "no idea" how to deal with information that Darul Uloom Newcastle featured in a 2010 document titled Operational target analysis. The document states that in KwaZulu-Natal, a person, whose name has been blocked out, was running a special training camp for Muslim students. It goes on to state that the person stemmed from the school but was born in Cape Town.

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  • Former Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro handed 10-month jail sentence

    Italy World Cup-winning captain, Fabio Cannavaro, has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for breaching orders to keep out of his property after it was seized by authorities.

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  • Nigeria: Airforce Attacks Terrorists Hideouts

    The Nigerian military in well-coordinated operations, which involved the Airforce and Ground troops, have maintained the momentum over Boko Haram terrorists which they attain in the last few weeks.

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  • Generations, Muvhango snubbed as Isibaya, Binnelanders lead SAFTA nominations

    Cast and crew of the Mzansi Magic telenovela turned full time soapie may have their arms full with Safta gongs come 20 and 22 March. The drama received a slew of nominations including best TV soapie and nods for best actor for Bongani Gumede, best supporting actor nominations for Celeste Ntuli and Pallance Dladla. Since it's inception about three years ago, Isibaya has proven itself a force to be reckoned with despite losing key characters in the form of Sdumo Mtshali, Nomzamo Mbatha and Pallance Dladla.

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  • Nigeria: Please Don't Catch Shekau Alive!

    Within the space of 45 minutes, I was able to count thirteen Nigerian Air Force Hercules transporters. It was obvious to me that, at last, the Federal Government under President Goodluck Jonathan, had woken up to the need to act decisively. Boko Haram was allowed to metamorphose from a band of rag-tag Islamist outlaws to a fierce multinational military force that abducted 219 girls from their boarding school and established a separatist enclave that consisted of no fewer than sixteen local government areas in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States. Some Northern leaders seemed overjoyed at the bloody "exploits" of Boko Haram though their own homeland and kinsmen were being decimated.

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  • Please, don’t rename the child - City Press

    Just last month, Curro Roodeplaat, a private school in Pretoria, was plunged into controversy when it emerged that it was splitting classes according to race. In both of these cases, it was the parents who took action to protect the rights of their children, which is a lesson to pupils not to tolerate racism – which is important, because incidents of prejudice will likely take years to resolve in this country. In an eNCA news report this week, the CEO of the SA Human Rights Commission, Kayum Ahmed, said a large portion of the 10 000 complaints the commission received every year were about racism.

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  • Malema is ANC's role model

    Judging by the extent to which the ANC has been rattled by the emergence of Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), one gets the feeling the ruling party has absolutely no clue how to deal with the apparent threat Juju and his bunch of self-styled revolutionaries pose to it’s support. ANC leaders mockingly refer to the EFF as a 6% party, in reference to the EFF’s performance in last year’s elections. During the debate on President Jacob Zuma’s chaotic State of the Nation address (Sona), the ANC’s chronic lack of creativity was laid bare when one of its MPs, Nocawe Mafu, said the “Western Cape is a broken province led by a broken premier, Helen Zille”.

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  • Zahara wanted urgentl

    This follows Sunday World's exposé last week detailing how her family was disgusted with the way she has been treated by her record company TS Records. Ladysmith Black Mambazo approached Sunday World for Zahara's management company's contact details and offered her the job on the Graceland Tour of Europe, which will be in July. Internationally acclaimed Joseph Shabalala's Ladysmith Black Mambazo was the leading act. The late Makeba (pictured), popularly known as Mama Africa, played a starring role in the seminal tour.

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  • SA gives BRICS port entry visa

    Business and diplomatic travellers from South Africa's BRICS partners --Brazil, Russia, India, and China -- are to receive a port of entry visa into South Africa, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Thursday. "... I have approved the issuance of port of entry visas to BRICS business executives for up to 10 years, with each visit not to exceed 30 days," he told the Cape Town Press Club.

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  • Shoes Moshoeu 'death' rumours are totally wrong

    South African football legend John “Shoes” Moshoeu remains critically ill in a Johannesburg hospital, though rumours of his death yesterday proved to be false. The former Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs midfielder is at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital receiving treatment, after being admitted three to four weeks ago. Twitter was rife at one stage yesterday with speculation Moshoeu had died, but it was later confirmed this was not true. “Shoes is still in hospital, receiving treatment,” hospital spokesperson Lungiswa Mvumvu told Eyewitness News.

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  • Will Smith tastes like 'a candy cane'

    Margot Robbie says Will Smith tastes like ''a candy cane.'' The 'Focus' actress admits she had no trouble kissing her 46-year-old co-star, who is married to Jada Pinkett-Smith, on the set of their new film. It's like he's just eaten a candy cane.'' The Australian beauty recently insisted she would never date another actor, but joked she has no problem with criminals. The 'Wolf of Wall Street' star has been linked to former 'True Blood' actor Alexander Skarsgard and was reportedly spotted kissing him at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah last month. Meanwhile, Will admits Jada, 43, was worried he would embarrass her in front of the 24-year-old actress.

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  • Struggle heroes not only from ANC - The Star

    AP A photo taken by Jurgen Schadeberg in 1958 of Nelson Mandela, right, and Moses Kotane leaving the court after the State withdrew its indictment during the Rivonia treason trial in Joburg. Revolutionary stalwarts like Moses Kotane and JB Marks should be honoured for their sacrifices, writes Sandile Memela. Johannesburg - There is a smouldering debate on the issue of the granting of a special official funeral and reburial of two struggle stalwarts, Moses Kotane and JB Marks. Accusations and allegations are flying around that the governing ANC is only interested in repatriating its fallen cadres and renaming streets, buildings, airports, stadiums and a host of other things after only its heroes and nobody else’s.

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  • 17 Reasons You Should Never Read "Harry Potter"

    Seriously, don't even bother.

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  • South Africa: Whither the Whistleblower - Who Leaked the Spy Cables, and Why?

    As if Johannesburg's reputation wasn't bad enough, we have now learned that it teems with spooks watching spies watching terror suspects watching DStv. The City of Gold is the Eldorado of Espionage, a hive of double-, triple-, quadruple-crossing agents from countries across the world, all trying to make sense of the senselessness that is the Global War on Terror. But why are we reading the Spy Cables now? Who leaked them? And why does it feel like South Africa is a pawn in a much bigger geo-political g

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  • LETTER: Mugabe is to blame

    YOUR editorial, "Sanctions don’t always work" (February 19), and the related article, "EU resumes aid to Zimbabwe" (February 17) refer. Unfortunately, both pieces reinforce inaccuracies about what measures have been taken against Zimbabwe and compound the confusion peddled by Zimbabwean state propagandists that sanctions are responsible for the dire economic mess Zanu (PF) governance has generated. In short, "sanctions" have come to be a catch-all for all the various measures taken either by states or financial institutions. Restrictions on access to financing through global financial institutions are conflated into this narrative, despite being implemented due to Zimbabwe’s financial delinquency.

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