• Why Rihanna took Chris Brown back - Tonight News

    NEW YORK - Grammy-winning R&B singer Rihanna said she once felt she was strong enough to take back boyfriend Chris Brown after he famously assaulted her in 2009, but finally realised she had been stupid to think that way. “I was very protective of him. I felt that people didn't understand him,” she told Vanity Fair magazine in a cover story for the November issue. Explaining why she took him back after he left her bloodied on the eve of the Grammy awards, Rihanna, 27, said she thought “Maybe I'm one of those people built to handle ... this. “Maybe I'm the person who's almost the guardian angel to this person, to be there when they're not strong enough” and to be able to “say the right thing.”

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  • 'I experienced racism far beyond that of America in SA': Popular DJ

    A recent visit to South Africa has left a bitter taste in the mouth for well known house music DJ and producer Afefe Iku Osunlade. Afefe Iku Osunlade was one of the headline acts at the Spring Fiesta festival which took place at Wild Water in Boksburg this past weekend. This is what Osunlade had to say about his experience in the country in a Facebook post: “Now im certain I’ll get lots of shit for this post however it must be said. It’s been about ten years since my last visit to South Africa and I must say this trip has more than opened my eyes that apartheid is alive and kickin! It’s absolutely the most white privileged place I’ve ever experienced in my life and from this date I vow never

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  • Mbalula trolls US losers at World Cup - World Rugby

    We South Africans know nobody trolls a bunch of losers like our Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula. But the USA just got introduced to his flavour of trash talking. Yesterday, The Washington Post published an article capturing all the ways Mbalula heckled the US rugby team before, during and after they played the Springboks and lost. The author, Marissa Payne, wrote: “Politicians aren’t known for their realness, at least in the United States. But things must work differently in South Africa because Fikile Mbalula… left nothing on the table when it came to expressing his glee on Twitter over the Springboks’ 64-0 shutout of the United States during their Rugby World Cup match on Wednesday.”

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  • Indian chiefs rankle Malema

    That was the question Judge Shyam Gyanda posed during his interview with the Judicial Services Commission in Cape Town that set off sparks with Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema, a member of the interviewing panel. Gyanda was a candidate for the position of deputy judge president of the KwaZulu-Natal division of the high court. He was up against judges Mjabuliseni Madondo, Gregory Kruger and Kate Pillay. Simon Ndlovu withdrew his application. After lengthy deliberations late yesterday the JSC did not recommend any of the candidates for appointment because none had received a majority vote. The debate began with Malema saying Indians dominated "every sphere of life", particularly

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  • Malema: I know who gave cash to Zuma

    He made this startling claim in an 83-page affidavit filed in the High Court in Pretoria this week in his ongoing battle with the taxman. This is the first time a current or former ANC insider has revealed the source of Zuma's funds when he was broke and jobless after former president Thabo Mbeki fired him as South Africa's deputy president in 2005. Malema is also the first high-profile politician to reveal how most ANC struggle veterans funded their lifestyles. Malema said he personally raised funds for Zuma at public ANC rallies "and from unidentified donors" before Zuma became president in 2009. There was no difference, he added, between the conduct of his Ratanang Family Trust, which bankrolled

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  • These are the South African provinces where you are most likely to be murdered

    Over the past three years the South African murder rate has increased from 30 murders per 100,000 to 33. This is five times higher than the global average of 6.2 per 100,000. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, South Africa ranked eight out of 167 countries with data available for 2012. Between April 2014 and March 2015, on average 49 people were murdered each day. This is on average two more killings a day than in the previous year and a staggering six more deaths a day than in 2011/12. The 2013/14 South African Police Service annual report showed that 5% of murder victims were children and 14% were women, most of whom were murdered by their intimate partners. By far the

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  • Mourinho responds to Capello criticism - Premier League

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has hit back at criticism levelled by Fabio Capello and said he is determined to lift the Blues out of the rut that has seen them slump to the lower reaches of the Premier League. Chelsea are currently two places above the relegation zone after losing four and winning only two of their first eight league games. Their worst start to a season in 37 years has prompted criticism of Mourinho's methods, with Capello notably claiming the Portuguese coach “burns out his players” after two seasons. Mourinho, speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport on Thursday, admitted he “can't hide the reality” of Chelsea's dire straits but took exception to Capello's assessment of his leadership

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  • Zimbabwe stops Nigerian prophet from entering after he prophesied Mugabe would die

    According to News Day, Okafor, the leader of the Liberation City World Outreach Ministries, reportedly said in October last year that Zimbabwe would have a new president by March this year. The prophecy may not have been well-received by Zimbabwean authorities, News Day reported. Okafor is not the only "man of God" who has prophesied Mugabe's death over the past few years. In January, a controversial but hugely popular Malawian prophet, Austin Liabunya, predicted the supposed impending demise of Mugabe. A Malawi publication, the Maravi Post, reported at the time that Liabunya had predicted, during a New Year’s Day service, that Mugabe would pass away this year. This was not the first time the

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  • Tambo no-fly zone

    The problems slowed international and local arrivals and departures at Africa's busiest airport to a snail's pace. Airline companies warned that there would be a huge knock-on effect on flights leaving and arriving in Johannesburg. The radio technology problems arose as South Africa's leading civil aviation safety and security experts met in Johannesburg for a safety and security conference yesterday. The meeting - during which it was revealed that aviation crashes and deaths had decreased - follows two deadly aircraft crashes in Limpopo and North West this week. The second occurred yesterday when a helicopter crashed, allegedly after losing power. Two people were critically injured. The spokesman

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  • We are not in lobola negotiations here: EFF MP

    The sub-committee was discussing the addition of a rule to physically remove MPs from the House during joint sittings if they disobeyed a direct order to leave by a presiding officer. The rule was passed in the National Assembly in July and the committee was discussing adapting it for joint sittings. The parties in attendance, the African National Congress and EFF, could not reach an agreement. Matiase said the ANC was reducing the committee to the level of lobola negotiations. "There is no bride and groom here. But the direction that the ruling party is taking really borders on lobola negotiations." Lobola negotiations are when two families decide on how much will have to be paid for the groom

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  • Sfiso Ncwane in baby mama drama, says 'I'm not going to support another man's child'

    Pinky Dlamini, 29, added to Ncwane’s woes after she told Drum magazine’s latest issue that the Kulingile Baba hit-maker is not supporting the boy. But the Bayede Baba singer denies paternity and rubbished Dlamini as “jealous and bitter.” Ncwane challenged her to do DNA tests to prove that he is truly not the father of the boy, according to the report. “That boy is not mine and I know who the real father is. I’m not going to support another man’s child. Pinky knows the truth and if she insists on saying I’m the father, then let’s go for a DNA test,” Ncwane told Drum. “Like all ex-girlfriends she’s not happy that I dumped her and became successful.” Pinky said: “My son doesn’t even have shoes as

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  • Don't worry Chelsea fans, only 48.4 days left for Jose Mourinho

    Powered by caffeine and adrenaline, hundreds of Kenyan and Canadian geeks will compete over Skype in a 28-hour ''hackathon'' to develop apps to improve rural Kenyans' health, farms and access to education.

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  • Habana dismisses Lomu comparison - Springboks

    London - South Africa winger Bryan Habana scythed through the U.S. defence on Wednesday for a hat-trick of tries that took him level with a player he feels is beyond comparison at the top of the Rugby World Cup try-scoring list. Habana's treble in South Africa's 64-0 victory lifted him to 15 tries in his third World Cup, the same number former New Zealand giant Jonah Lomu managed in two tournaments. The 32-year-old Springbok described Lomu as the greatest finisher the game has ever seen. “I said in 2007 that I don't think I can ever be compared to Jonah, the way he changed the game, he was a class act. He did it in two tournaments, it's taken me three,” Habana told reporters on Wednesday. “He

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  • Calls for currency devaluation as confidence sinks - Business News | IOL Business

    The continued fluctuation in the rand is hurting Zimbabwean manufacturers, prompting them to call for internal devaluation of the US dollar after the first manufacturing confidence index showed confidence in the industry at a lowly negative 33 percent. Zimbabwe has apparently become a warehouse for goods produced in other countries, mainly from South Africa, Malawi, Zambia and China, despite lobby efforts to promote local producers. Manufacturers in Zimbabwe are struggling against a heavy saddle of power outages, high electricity tariffs and other costs, as well as expensive borrowing on the local market. Busisa Moyo, the president of the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI), said in Harare yesterday that the prices of products produced in Zimbabwe “are a reflection of the Zimbabwean environment”.

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  • South Africa: SARS Uncovers Scheme to Defraud Tax System

    Pretoria — The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has foiled an attempt by a group of individuals to defraud the fiscus of R266 million, it said on Thursday. "SARS foiled an attempt by a group of individuals to defraud the fiscus of R266 230 423. The individuals, representing a registered company in South Africa, claimed the amount as a fraudulent Value Added Tax (VAT) claim earlier this year," said the revenue service. According to the company, they paid an amount of R266 230 423 to their employees and were seeking to claim this figure as a VAT refund. "Suspecting fraudulent activities, SARS requested supporting documents. The documents confirmed that the refund was indeed fraudulent. With

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  • Russian missiles hit Syria

    Ships from the Caspian Sea fleet launched 26 cruise missile strikes that hit 11 targets more than 1500km away in Syria, Moscow said. Putin said at a televised meeting with Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu that Russian efforts "will be synchronised with the actions of the Syrian army on the ground and the actions of our air force will effectively support the offensive operation of the Syrian army". The Russian leader, however, also stressed the need for co-operation with a US-led coalition fighting Islamic State jihadists, saying that without co-operation from the US, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, the intervention was unlikely to work. Russian forces have struck 112 targets in war-torn Syria since last week, launching a bombing campaign that Moscow says is targeting the IS group, Shoigu told Putin in the briefing.

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  • 'Premier league' heavily criticised

    The so-called "premier league" refers to the three ANC premiers of Mpumalanga, the Free State and North West. The three are said to be a powerful lobby group that seeks to determine the leadership course of the ruling party. Emerging from its provincial general council meeting over the weekend, the ANC said yesterday that such concepts had created divisions ahead of the national general council meeting. ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said such terms were uncalled for and sought to factionalise the party. "We only have the Women's League, Youth League and Veterans League. No structure called the premier league was ever launched by the ANC or its NEC." ANC provincial chairman Senzo Mchunu

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  • OR Tambo International Airport a no-fly zone

    The failure of control-tower equipment at OR Tambo International Airport left dozens of planes grounded and thousands of passengers frustrated on Wednesday. The problems slowed international and local arrivals and departures at Africa’s busiest airport to a snail’s pace. Airline companies warned that there would be a huge knock-on effect on flights leaving and arriving in Johannesburg. The radio technology problems arose as South Africa’s leading civil aviation safety and security experts met in Johannesburg for a safety and security conference on Wednesday.

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  • LETTER: Masses stoning Oscar

    I HAVE been vocal from the outset about the double standards and victimisation of Oscar Pistorius, without taking sides or venturing into the "guilty or not guilty" debate. Blatant political interference has again, in effect, led to an extension of his prison sentence. It is shocking to see how the uninformed masses rejoice in this victimisation (I saw a barbaric comment on Facebook that his arms should have been cut off too). The infamous necklacing, or "mob justice", functions on exactly the same basis: the hysterical and bloodthirsty masses stone a defenceless human being, taking them right back to the Dark Ages. These armchair judges are no different from people participating in mob justice

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  • PW Botha: Racism has become a fine art | Daily Maverick

    Comrades, cadres and revolutionaries in the African National Congress (ANC) may stamp their feet. The communists in Luthuli House may scream their lies. The designer-democrats in the Democratic Alliance might threaten sanctions against Dianne Kohler Barnard, but here is the reality. And I will state it most categorically and even repeat it with conviction. It is 2015 and apartheid is dead! Democratic South Africa no longer practices apartheid. Why practice it, when racism under the ANC has become a fine art? Yes, for security reasons my government made legalised racism our policy. Today the ANC just uses racism as an excuse. Of course we served the members of the public far better under my regime,

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