• MJ kept pic of my son in his bedroom: doc

    Conrad Murray's partner wouldn't allow Michael Jackson to be left alone with their son. The late King of Pop's former physician - who was jailed for four years for administering a fatal dose of prescription drugs to the singer in 2009 - claims the 'Thriller' singer became fixated with his baby boy, Che, and would keep a picture of him in his bedroom. Speaking about when Michael asked him and his girlfriend Nicole Alverez to move next door, Murray told Daily Mail Australia: "I wanted to really scrutinise Michael and make sure he was safe because I had a young child, Che. When Michael met him, he loved the boy, he loved the picture. "He kept the picture in his bedroom and moved it to the grand

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  • Mbeki's quiet campaigning diplomacy

    This week’s ghost cartoon is a comment on the fact that former president Thabo Mbeki is yet to publicly utter the words ‘vote ANC’.

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  • 'Don't anger the Islamic State' – expert

    Government is being warned to tread carefully with regards to the religion factor in the terrorism trial of the Thulsie brothers. They were arrested earlier this month for allegedly planning to bomb the United States embassy and Jewish institutions in South Africa. A security analyst said both the Islamic State (IS) and the Muslim community would be paying very close attention to this case, given the media attention it has been receiving. The twins, Brandon-Lee and Toni-Lee Thulsie, are set to appear again today in the Johannesburg Magistrates’ Court for their bail hearing. The 23-year-olds have since acquired the services of Czech mobster Radovan Krecjir’s lawyer Annelene van den Heever. In

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  • 'Fake Mazibuko' thinks DA is racist

    DA member of parliament Ian Ollis has taken to social media to warn the public against fake Twitter accounts that are trying to mischaracterise DA leaders such as Helen Zille, Mmusi Maimane and Lindiwe Mazibuko. On Tuesday morning, on his personal Facebook account, Ollis wrote: “Hi all. There are a number of fake tweets purporting to come from Helen Zille, Lindiwe Mazibuko and Mmusi Maimane claiming that the DA is racist, that the ANC is great, etc. They have actually recreated the Twitter profiles with relevant photos, etc. Our enemies are clearly desperate. Please don’t be taken in by ANC people on social media posting these fake tweets!” He also shared the warning on Twitter. The Citizen did

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  • Malema heaps praise on old ANC rival Maile

    EFF leader Julius Malema tweeted on Wednesday evening about the “enormous respect” he had for his former ANC Youth League comrade Lebogang Maile, who is now the MEC for economic development and an ANC Gauteng provincial executive committee member. Maile served as head of social transformation in the ANC Youth League’s provincial executive committee. Malema tweeted: “I have enormous respect for Lebogang Maile, the guy is real and not fake. I hope @MYANC won’t destroy him, this country needs people like him.” In 2010, the Youth League in Gauteng elected Maile as the organisation’s chairman in Gauteng. He was unofficially backed by Gauteng ANC chairman Paul Mashatile, who was contesting the position

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  • Motaung pours cold water on Kaizer Chiefs move for Steven Pienaar

    Pienaar’s second spell at English Premier League side Everton came to an end last month and he has been linked with several clubs in SA and in the cash-rich Chinese Super League. The 34-year-old dribbling wizard told Times Media Digital that he still has two seasons left in him but is yet to decide where he is headed next. Chiefs sign Bryce Moon’s younger brother Ryan ‘for the future’  He added that the idea of playing in the Soweto derby for either Chiefs or their rivals Orlando Pirates remains one of his unfulfilled ambitions and he hopes to change that before calling time on his career. But Motaung said on Wednesday it is highly unlikely that the midfielder will turn out in the Amakhosi gold

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  • Africa: Ranking Universities

    Nearly ten years ago I confronted an expert about what she claimed was an "African phenomenon" in higher education. She was reluctant to provide me with the raw data upon which this "phenomenon" was premised, so I vigorously contested her claim. Later I managed to access that data through a credible international organisation. The conclusion she'd reached about Africa was based on feedback from just one country, Algeria. I am sharing this story because so much of the talk about ranking higher education institutions in Africa goes on without meaningful, let alone credible, data. Research has found that some African universities can't answer basic questions about their own operations because they

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  • AKA comments on Bonang’s ASSets

    Up-and-coming graphic designer Fresh, who goes by @Freshboi_DBN on Twitter, posted an animation of Bonang, with her “mean mugging” face wearing nothing but black panties - or skimpy bikini bottoms - and a denim jacket. The jacket features AKA’s trademark sneer (with his gold grills showing of course). The picture was shared and eventually seen by AKA, who the commented that the picture is “dope” but Bonang’s ass is ... in real life. We assume he means bigger, as other tweeps hinted as much on the artist’s timeline. Check it out: And isn’t this just cute? IOL Related Stories

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  • Frugal Cassper rents his house out online for R2K a night

    Keegan Dolly took a morning plane on Thursday from OR Tambo International to Sao Paulo in excited mood as participation in this year's Olympic Games follows fast on the heels of Mamelodi Sundowns reaching the semifinals of the African Champions League.

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  • Zimbabwe: Jonathan Moyo Snubbed in Masvingo

    ALLIES of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa forced a high-powered delegation from the ruling party's supreme decision-making body in between congresses, the Politburo, to abort a meeting convened mid this month in a bid to douse factional flames engulfing Masvingo province. Led by Politburo member, Jonathan Moyo, the delegation had to call off the meeting midway after most of the participants walked out on them as factionalism reared its ugly head again in the restive Masvingo region. According to sources from Masvingo, Moyo was accompanied by a senior ZANU-PF official, George Rutanhire and three other ZANU-PF members seconded by the Politburo. The province has turned into one of ZANU-PF's political

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  • Hlaudi throws in towel‚ reinstates fired journalists

    The South African Broadcasting Corporation will reinstate the seven news employees who challenged their dismissal for speaking out against a decision by the public broadcaster’s chief operating officer‚ Hlaudi Motsoeneng‚ to ban news coverage of violent protests. “The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) management has instructed its legal team not to proceed with further legal action and the SABC will reinstate the seven dismissed news employees‚” SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago said in a statement on Wednesday afternoon. Kganyago added: “The SABC remains committed to fulfilling its public service mandate“.  Four of the seven won their case in the Labour Court in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

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  • The Big Read: When will Zuma and Co stop gambling with our money?

    It gave the SABC five days to comply and institute the order "retrospectively". Even before Icasa had published its full finding, Hlaudi Motsoeneng - the SABC's de facto leader, and the man who apparently our president "loves so much" - was declaring that the public broadcaster would approach the highest court in the land if necessary to challenge the decision. "We are challenging that ruling . we are equal to the task," Motsoeneng told reporters. There isn't a single legal opinion - except those paid for by the SABC when and if the SABC does actually consult them - that indicates that the Icasa ruling can be challenged. But what makes me stop to ponder is this: who pays for these frivolous legal

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  • Stormers bosses under fire after Chiefs debacle

    Cape Town - The spotlight has quickly turned onto the Stormers' hierarchy following their embarrassing 60-21 defeat in the Super Rugby playoff at the hands of the Chiefs on Saturday evening. Supporters and the former players have vented their frustrations on social media after the Cape franchise failed to make the semifinals for the second consecutive year. However, the anger was directed mostly at the people who run the show at the franchise which year after year draws heavily on the enviable wealth of talent from the many traditional rugby schools in the region. Robbie Fleck was appointed as the Stormers' interim coach in December last year when Eddie Jones' tenure ended just two weeks after

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  • Denel wins Gupta business rescue case - Business News

    Johannesburg - Denel on Wednesday said it felt vindicated from allegations of being co-opted by the Gupta family after the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria dismissed an urgent business rescue application made by LMT Holdings against the state-owned defence conglomerate. The application for business rescue brought by LMT Holdings, a Denel subsidiary, was dismissed with costs by the same court on Tuesday due to the applicants’ failure to make out a case supporting their application. LMT is a local vehicle engineering and manufacturing company that is 51 percent-owned and supported by Denel. In a statement, Denel said the applicants failed to put before the court and the respondents a replying

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  • Tutu’s open letter to baby goes viral - Western Cape

    Cape Town - It's not every day that someone gets a heart-warming open letter written to them from Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. A letter was written earlier this month after the father of an American infant wrote to Tutu, saying that he was collecting letters for his newborn daughter Juliet. All the way from his Cape Town abode, Archbishop wrote the following: Hello, little sister. You don't know me. I am a very old grandfather from South Africa nearing the end of my journey on earth while your journey - on another continent many miles away - is just beginning. We may never meet on earth, so I thought to send you a secret. Well, it's not really a secret because we should all know it. So I

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  • #ThisFlag pastor toremain in SA - Africa

    Johannesburg - Reunited with his family in South Africa, Evan Mawarire, 39, the part-time pastor of a small, informal Harare congregation, and architect of Zimbabwe’s fast-growing social media protest site, #This Flag, says he is not going home. His family, his wife and two daughters arrived from Zimbabwe late last week and he is now prepared to say on record that he is too nervous to return just yet. Shortly after he encouraged people to stay away from work on July 6, President Robert Mugabe targeted him by accusing him of working for the French and US governments on a “regime change” agenda. Mawarire became an instant national hero when he launched #This Flag in April, highlighting how many

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  • Mokonyane could be disciplined for comments on ANC's R1bn campaign

    Mokonyane‚ who is Minister of Water Affairs and Sanitation‚ appears to have irked senior members of the party by stating that the ANC had spent more than R1-billion campaigning for the local government elections. She made the comment in Cape Town last week‚ where‚ to the surprise of many‚ she also stated that ANC provincial chair Marius Fransman – embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal – was back at work. Eyewitness News reported on Tuesday that Mokonyane could be disciplined by the party for commenting on its finances. ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa said: "The secretary-general indicated that anybody that comments about this issue to the media would need to be disciplined in line with the of the

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  • Big fuel price drop likely in August

    After months of being squeezed by higher fuel prices, South African motorists are likely to receive some relief at the pumps in August. According to the Automobile Association, mid-month fuel data is pointing towards a petrol price decrease of up to 83 cents a litre, with diesel coming down by around 45 cents and illuminating paraffin by around 42 cents. The usual 'don't get your hopes up too high' disclaimer applies here though as these predictions are based on mid-month data and the final price for August will depend on how the rand and international oil prices perform between now and the end of the month, but so far both factors have been working in our favour. Brexit has been playing to our

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  • Mpofu throws shade at AKA

    On Tuesday, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) were celebrating their third birthday and its national chairperson Advocate Dali Mpofu could not hold back but share on Twitter what the party had achieved so far. In one of his tweets, Mpofu took the time to congratulate the party’s leaders who had graduated in their respective fields, implying that his party was for the educated. “Happy3rdAnniversary to these LEARNED FRIENDS & all fellow Fighters for Economic Freedom,” he tweeted. As he was busy with the celebrations on Twitter, one user tweeted at him, thanking him for paying for music group Entity’s album. Mpofu’s son Sizwe was a member of the group. According to the user, the group’s separation

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  • Juju’s the man of the moment in Seshego

    Limpopo - EFF leader Julius Malema's name is known by many in Limpopo, but it's not enough to draw them to the party come election time. However, not so for those residing in his Seshego township outside Polokwane. Some affectionately refer to him as Juju, a name he seemed to have shed elsewhere in the country. Young men recite his rhetoric on land and on jobs for all, and against corruption. “It’s obvious,” they say enthusiastically when asked if they will be backing Malema’s party in the elections. The discontent with President Jacob Zuma’s presidency has made it easier for them to choose Malema over their traditional party, the ANC. In Zone 8, Tiny Rakgatla, 48, closely inspected a plumber

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