• Ugandan woman beheads her two children

    “The woman suspected to have mental problems allegedly picked her two children from Bright Future Nursery Primary School in Kamuli on Tuesday only to slaughter them like goats in her father's house in Mulamba Ward in Kamuli Municipality,” reported the Monitor. After killing the children, the woman who has been operating a drug shop in Industrial Area in Kamuli District, reportedly sent a six year old girl to the deceased's father's home in Kanange, about five kilometres from the crime scene to inform relatives about her offence before she fled. A police spokesperson, Michael Kasadha, said preliminary investigations indicate the crime was premeditated. At the scene of the crime, both children were found lying on a blanket next to each other covered in blood, their necks having been severed with a knife which was found in a basin.

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  • Malema welcomes his baby Munzhedzi

    Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema and his wife, Mantwa, have welcomed baby Munzhedzi to the world. Taking to Instagram on Friday, Malema posted a picture of himself with his wife and called “Mma Munzhedzi” (Munzhedzi’s mother). Munzhedzi is a Tshivenda name given mostly to girls, so we’re assuming that a little girl fighter has joined the army. Malema has a 12-year-old son, Ratanang, from a previous relationship. Check out his post on Instagram below: Reports of Mantwa’s pregnancy surfaced in August during the elections when she was spotted with a baby bump. When asked about the pregnancy, Malema said he was not a celebrity and it was not okay to discuss it in his Sepedi culture.

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  • Ramaphosa’s Gordhan surprise: A sign of the turbulent times to come

    We live in unprecedented times. If last week marked the first time since 1994 that a sitting ANC premier, in Gauteng’s David Makhura, publicly criticised the national ANC government (accusing it of “recklessness” in relation to Gordhan), then the weekend had plenty more to offer. Not only in the incredibly explosive proof of the Financial Intelligence Centre's concern about the R6.8-billion worth of suspicious transactions by the Gupta family and their companies, but also in the statement issued by the Deputy President. Surely, never before, have we had a sitting Deputy President issuing a statement, in the full pomp of their office, in support of someone facing criminal charges. Just that simple

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  • You support Gordhan? Explain yourself! – NPA head Abrahams (allegedly)

    According to a special report in the Mail & Guardian, it has emerged that the head of the National Prosecuting Authority, Shaun Abrahams, is allegedly highly intolerant of what he perceives as dissent from his juniors. The paper alleges that he “seems to lack the support of his colleagues in the NPA” and that “he is apparently so sensitive about this that the slightest show of support for Gordhan from within his own ranks, such as sharing messages on social media, has been harshly criticised and he has demanded explanations”. The paper says it came into possession of an “information note” that appears to contradict what Abrahams announced earlier this month in a grandstanding performance at which he announced that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan would be charged with fraud. The note, however, from Crimes Against the State commander Brigadier Nyameka Xaba, is apparently an update to Hawks boss Mthandazo “Berning” Ntlemeza updating him on the case.

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  • The dark heart of state capture: Whistleblower flees after shock claims

    A whistleblower's affidavit to former public protector Thuli Madonsela lays bare how Trillian CEO Eric Wood briefed some of the company's top executives about Nene's axing during a meeting at its Melrose Arch offices in October 2015. The whistleblower, a former CEO of a Trillian Capital Partners business unit who reported directly to Wood - which is owned by Gupta associate Salim Essa - has fled the country after revealing, in detail, an elaborate plan for Trillian to secure a number of lucrative contracts from the Treasury, including the nuclear deal. The latest details emerge as Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas swore in an affidavit to Madonsela that the Gupta family offered him R600000 cash on the same day they offered him the finance minister post.

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  • How Clinton could lose even as she wins

    A lot of Americans resent being governed by educated experts and professionals like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, writes Bill Schneider. It's not enough to win the election. You also have to win the interpretation. That's where your mandate comes from. What kind of mandate will Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton get if she wins? Much depends on her margin of victory. And her coattails. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has indicated that he does not intend to concede, even if Republican leaders try to concede for him. Trump is already claiming the election is rigged. If he loses narrowly he will likely insist the election was stolen. Asked in the final debate Wednesday

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  • Cosatu rocked by its timid Ramaphosa stance

    Cosatu has taken a cautious approach on the ANC’s succession debate and has asked its affiliates to engage further on the issue. It emerged yesterday that affiliates such the National Union of Mineworkers, Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru), SA Democratic Teachers’ Union and National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union – which are backing Ramaphosa to succeed President Jacob Zuma as ANC leader next year and eventually as head of state in 2019 – are not happy with the posture taken by Cosatu. Outgoing chairperson of the African Union Commission Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is expected to challenge Ramaphosa. The ANC Youth League, ANC Women’s League and the Premier League, an ANC

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Son Visits Firm for Grain Importation Facility

    PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe's eldest son Robert Jr approached BancABC Zimbabwe in August seeking information on a maize importation facility at a time the country is facing one of its worst droughts induced by the El Niño phenomenon, it has been established. Although details of the facility could not be ascertained, this comes after the Zimbabwe Independent on September 30 erroneously reported that Mugabe's last born son Chatunga had a US$380 000 loan application rejected by the same bank. The report was published despite several attempts by this newspaper to seek comment from BancABC MD Joe Sibanda ahead of printing deadline. The bank was given a chance to clarify that it was Robert Jr not Chatunga who had visited the bank but decided to be uncooperative.

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  • How long is the world’s longest flight?

    Hamburg - Eight hours in the air is already torture for most people. But there are flights that take twice as long as that. The current record is held by a long-haul direct flight from Auckland to Dubai with Emirates with a distance of 14.718km. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the flight from New Zealand to the Gulf takes 17 hours and 20 minutes - as of September 2016, there is no other journey on offer that has passengers in the sky for so long. Following close behind, at 17 hours and 5 minutes and 13.293km, is Saudia airline's flight from Los Angeles to Riyadh, taking passengers from the US West Coast to the Arabian Peninsula. In third place is the Air India

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  • 6 controversies clouding Des van Rooyen's leadership

    Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Des van Rooyen was a relatively unknown African National Congress (ANC) MP not too long ago, occupying parliament’s finance committee as a backbencher. But the minister has come to gain much notoriety for his stint as the country’s finance minister for an unprecedented period of four days, and recently, for his alleged “tea drinking” visit to the Gupta family’s Saxonwold compound in Johannesburg. Perhaps most notably are his infamous press conferences, such as when he hurriedly summoned the media with the chairperson of the ANC’s former military wing – the Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association – Kebby Maphatsoe. Van Rooyen has

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  • Two Limpopo students at NMMU say taxi driver raped them in overnight ordeal

    Police are investigating a charge of rape against a taxi driver accused of raping two students enrolled at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU). NMMU said in a statement on Friday its residence staff have been liaising with the students’ families as they return to their homes in Limpopo after their “horrific ordeal” earlier this week. Both students lived in residence. “The University does not take these incidents lightly and is concerned at the rising number of our students affected by this heinous crime‚” the university said. According to police reports‚ the students had taken a taxi to the Norwich bus station in order to return to university on Wednesday at about 6pm‚ but were

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  • Brangelina divorce: Pitt refuses to file papers

    Brad Pitt will not file a legal response to Angelina Jolie's divorce petition. The 52-year-old actor was expected to file his own legal papers following the 42-year-old actress' divorce petition in which she requested to be granted full physical custody of their six children; Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and eight-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne - on Wednesday (19.10.16), but the deadline came and went without him or his legal representatives filing. Brad reportedly refused to send off the paperwork because he believes a potentially nasty legal battle could cause psychological damage to their children. A source close to the 'Fury' actor told website TMZ: "Brad wants joint legal

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  • Malema rages against Rupert

    Johannesburg - Julius Malema has accused billionaire businessman Johann Rupert of controlling the ANC and DA and being behind the EFF leader's tax and political woes, the Sunday Times reported. “The ANC and DA are one thing. They agree on everything. The ANC is a black DA and the DA is a white ANC. “All of them are controlled by Rupert and friends,” the Economic Freedom Fighters leader told supporters at a rally in Khayelitsha in Cape Town on Saturday. Malema told the crowd that Rupert wanted the ANC to deal with him when he was its youth league leader. He also said that Rupert controlled the SA Revenue Service. “Rupert said the ANC Youth League is like an irritating mosquito in a room and it

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  • If #FeesMustFall how do we fund universities? Africa Empowered's Vuyo Jack has a plan

    Speaking at media briefing in Johannesburg on Wednesday‚ Jack proposed the nation building fund which he said was neither a government nor a private sector fund. #Feesmustfall fails in Parliament, as MPs declare state no 'free for all'  He said the fund would be structured as a donation and would tap into enterprise development funds and Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) ownership schemes. “The biggest amount would be around the BEE ownership schemes so when you look at the ownership targets of all companies‚ there is a 3% that is targeted for broad-based BEE schemes‚” said Jack. He said listed companies had a R13-trillion market capitalisation‚ and just a little bit of that would make a big difference.

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  • Academics 'queuing to quit SA'

    The Times in Cape Town was contacted by a group of academics who said that most of their colleagues are afraid to speak out against the current student anarchy and violence and are secretly looking for employment at more stable institutions. The impending "mass exodus" looms as the stalemate between university managements and the student protesters continues. A recent study by the International Monetary Fund found that skilled workers are exiting sub-Saharan Africa at an increasing rate, and that the number of sub-Saharan migrants living in developed countries could increase from about 7million in 2013 to about 34million by 2050. One academic in the humanities faculty at the University of Cape Town, who asked not to be named, said he was looking for a position further afield and that other academics, not only at UCT, were doing the same.

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  • Shock as 25 UWC protesters denied bail

    Cape Town - UWC students marched back to campus to meet and decide on a plan of action after 25 students were denied bail in the Bellville Magistrate's Court on Friday. In all, 35 students were arrested during violent protests on campus this week. But only 25 were charged with public violence. One of the students was also charged with contravention of the explosives act. They will be held in Pollsmoor Prison until they next appear in court n a week’s time (October 28). A group of students gathered outside the court calling for the release of those arrested. Concerned parents were shocked to learn that their children would be sent to prison. The state conceded that it needs seven days for more

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  • Germany refuses to print new bond notes for Zimbabwe

    The Zimbabwe Independent reported on Friday that the cash-strapped Treasury was turning to neighbouring countries‚ such as South Africa‚ for help. The controversial new surrogate currency was due to be introduced in November. Giesecke and Devrient‚ a German company which prints banknotes‚ previously printed the Zimbabwe dollar. “According to information that we have from the said company‚ it will not print bond notes for the government of Zimbabwe. Other than that‚ I cannot say more‚” an official from the German embassy told The Zimbabwe Independent. Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor John Mangudya said: “Please kindly be advised and satisfied that the bond notes are being printed out of Zimbabwe.”

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  • Sick Trevor Noah backs Bonang as MAMA host

    Comedian Trevor Noah has explained to his fans on Facebook why he could not make it as the MTV Music Awards set to take place on Saturday. In a video he posted on Facebook on Friday, the comedian says he has been sick for a few days and taking medication. “At some point, it’s too much medicine, and the doctors just want me to stay in bed and rest. Couldn’t do The Daily Show for one day, couldn’t fly out to South Africa, I wanted to do the show, I love doing comedy for everybody, but at some point you have to do the right things and get better.” He further thanked fans for supporting him, saying he was aware they were disappointed that he was not going to host the event. Anyway, he says he hopes

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  • Zimbabwe: Tsvangirai, Mujuru Dream Fades

    TWO months ago former vice-president Joice Mujuru and ex-Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai breathed life into Zimbabwe's opposition politics when they held hands as they marched in Gweru against President Robert Mugabe's rule. The march re-ignited hopes that the so-called grand coalition mooted by the opposition to finally stop the 92-year-old leader from winning another term in 2018 was now close to becoming a reality. A few weeks later Tsvangirai's MDC-T and Mujuru's Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF) joined other parties in protests that shook Zanu PF to the core, leading to an unprecedented ban on demonstrations in the capital Harare for a month. The National Electoral Reforms Agenda (Nera) appeared

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  • Van Rooyen no longer opposing 'state capture' report

    According to a notice seen by News24, Cooperative Governance Minister Des van Rooyen has withdrawn his attempt to interdict the release of the public protector’s “state capture” report. It is not yet clear if President Jacob Zuma will also withdraw his application, which is due to be heard on November 1. News24 said that the notice in its possession revealed that Van Rooyen had somehow come to understand that former public protector Thuli Madonsela had not made any adverse findings against him, and there was therefore not much point in opposing the release of the report. Meanwhile, it has also been reported that the new public protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, won’t be opposing Zuma’s bid to interdict the report.

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