• Zimbabwe: Pastor Evan Mawarire Is No Saint

    To the world, Evan Mawarire is a hero who stands up to Government, an upright man who represents the downtrodden. His touching story is that he is an honest hardworking Zimbabwean who struggled to raise school fees for his two daughters, leading him into action under the #ThisFlag, Mugabe Must Go Now cam- paign. His emotional breakdown during an interview with Sky News made millions around the world empathise with this poor preacher. At least that is the story that has been sold to the world. What the world has not been told is that Mawarire is a fraudster who collected money from gullible believers in the United Kingdom through his church, only to evade tax. Failure by Mawarire and his wife,

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  • Gang rape at primary school

    Pretoria - Tears rolled down a father’s cheeks as he broke down and cried in horror after confirmation that his little girl had been raped at school. He had just spoken to police officers from Boschkop police station, who had taken his 8-year-old daughter and her classmate for an examination following reports that they had been raped. “I am so hurt; the principal has been aware of this for two weeks. Despite telling parents that he has taken the matter to the police, he has done nothing,” the father said. The father had discovered possible sexual assault on his daughter two weeks ago. When he investigated it emerged that his little girl had been one of four girls, aged between 7 and 9, raped

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  • I am loyal ANC member: Thabo Mbeki

    Former President Thabo Mbeki remains the member of the African National Congress, says his spokesperson. Mukoni Ratshitanga said the former statesman is a member of the liberation movement in good standing and the Gauteng ANC provincial secretary Hope Papo can confirm that. This comes after Mbeki’s cousin Madoda Mbeki, a Democratic Alliance (DA) member and mayoral candidate for Mnquma municipality reportedly said the family distances itself from the ANC. “Any information other than that provided by the ANC or the Thabo Mbeki foundation in this regard has no factual basis and is most likely generated to impact on the outcome of the August 03 lcal government elections,” Ratshitanga said. ANC stalwarts

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  • The Company Man: Trevor Manuel marries the Rothschilds

    Earlier this week, a press release printed on parchment fashioned from the bark of the Tree of Knowledge was placed in the beaks of gold-plated carrier pigeons and sent forth into bright blue skies of a mining town. Paradoxically, the release was both the announcement of a union and a note of bereavement—a wedding and a funeral, if you will. In calligraphy painted by angels with diamonds for eyes, it stated that long-serving former minister Trevor Manuel was recently appointed “a senior advisor to the Group worldwide and Deputy Chairman of Rothschild in South Africa”. He would be whisked to Johannesburg on October 1 by one of those angels, and start generating capital forthwith. I sort of made

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  • Madonsela 'destroying' blacks - Politics

    Cape Town - The public protector is “destroying” black people, charged Sapho Mahilihili as he toyi-toyied and sang alongside 16 other protesters in front of the Western Cape offices of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on Friday. The group demanded the office investigate apartheid corruption. Mahilihili said the focus on Nkandla was “misguided” and a “drop in the ocean” compared with white corruption “that lasted 400 years”. He also took a swipe at Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa who, he said, had made an about-turn since founding the National Union of Mineworkers 34 years ago. He “has jumped out of his black skin and is not a black person anymore”. Black people in power were considered white

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  • WATCH: Activist priest Evan Mawarire

    "I saw, in this packed courthouse, between 50 and 60 lawyers that had come to represent me - for no charge, and without any invitation. When the magistrate asked 'Can I see the practising certificate of the lawyer that's representing the accused?' all 50 or 60 whipped out these certificates." But it fell to one lawyer, Harrison Nkomo, to win the liberty of Zimbabwe's citizen activist, by arguing that the last-minute addition of the charge of subversion was unconstitutional. While magistrate Vakayi Chikwekwe weighed the demands of justice against the heaviness of the regime, Mawarire sat on the stairway down to the cells. "There was one wall between the courtroom and the dirty, dark, urine-stinking

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  • Zimbabwe threatens 'traitorous' war veterans after Mugabe attack

    Zimbabwe's government denounced leading independence war veterans as traitors on Saturday for an unprecedented attack on ageing President Robert Mugabe and vowed to identify its unnamed authors and put them on trial. Veterans who fought against white minority rule in the former British colony turned on their long-time ally and commander on Thursday, calling him a dictator in a jolting rebuke highlighting political manoeuvring over his succession and mounting anger over economic woes. State-owned newspapers reflected the power struggle on Saturday with a highly unusual 12-page supplement praising his wife Grace on her 51st birthday. War veterans have accused her of having too much influence over her 92-year-old husband.

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  • South Africa in crisis: Is there a way out?

    With instability in Zimbabwe, where we are seeing demonstrations that would have been impossible to imagine in recent years, the possibility of change may be on the horizon. It may not be an orderly transition. If the ruling Zanu-PF tries to manage a transition we could end up seeing more of the same, just without Robert Mugabe. It is unclear what will happen partly because there is no mass-based, organised force with a concrete programme for a post-Mugabe Zimbabwe. The opposition MDC and unions are in disarray so it may well be that Zanu-PF (despite internal divisions) could oversee whatever the post-Mugabe era may become. Some believe that the potential for change in Zimbabwe also holds warnings

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  • Nel 'hounding' Oscar

    Hitting back at yesterday's announcement by the National Prosecuting Authority that it would appeal against Pistorius's sentence, his uncle, Arnold, said: "It's in Nel's character to do these things. What is not personal?" Judge Thokozile Masipa sentenced Pistorius in the Pretoria High Court to six years in prison for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Her earlier conviction of Pistorius and imposition of a five-year sentence for culpable homicide was overturned by the Supreme Court of Appeal last year. Reeva’s parents had ‘no input’ on decision to appeal Pistorius sentence: lawyer Arnold Pistorius said the appeal was a waste of time and resources. Legal experts believe the NPA

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  • Children play with HIV blood

    Durban - Horrified Pietermaritzburg parents are still in shock after finding their children covered in blood from test tubes at a private laboratory in a nearby property. It is believed the children, who are aged between 3 and 7 years old, found the blood samples in a box and parents are concerned that their children may have drunk some of the blood from the test tubes. Sindi Mthembu, mother of one of the affected children, said her child came home last Sunday with blood on his hands, but when questioned he said “I was killing a monster”. When she took her child to school the following morning, other parents asked her if she knew what had happened the previous day. “They told me what really happened

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  • The day Jessie Duarte lost her cool

    Politics reporter Luyolo Mkentane recounts the tongue-lashing he received from ANC secretary-general Jesse Duarte for Independent Media’s coverage of the SABC saga. The dimunitive ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte was probably a school playground bully growing up. How else can I describe the unnecessary abuse she dealt me in her Luthuli House office on Monday afternoon, except bullying? Without any cause, I was belittled, harangued and accused of pushing an anti-ANC agenda. Her attitude was harsh and brutal is an understatement. I had gone to the ruling party’s headquarters, situated across The Star building in central Joburg, to give Duarte a hearing after she demanded her “right of

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  • Thousands brave rain for ANC rally in Port Elizabeth

    Thousands of people have gathered at the Dan Qeqe Stadium in Zwide in the Eastern Cape for the ANC’s Siyanqoba rally despite heavy rain and cold weather. President Jacob Zuma is expected to address the crowd in the party’s last election campaign rally in Nelson Mandela Bay ahead of the August 3 local government elections. Among those already at the stadium are ANC national executive committee member Bheki Cele and other provincial ANC leaders. The crowd is being entertained while they await Zuma’s arrival. TMG Digital/ The Herald

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  • Mazibuko rips into DA’s white males

    Johannesburg - Former DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko has urged the DA to interrogate the almost exclusive dominance of white males within the party’s “brains trust”. Mazibuko, a resident fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics, has referred to them as “highly disconnected men callously strutting about social media like a law unto themselves”. She commented online about DA leader Mmusi Maimane’s anti-racism pledge this week: “It would be easy to cast aspersions on his timing and see it as reactionary, but one of the vital tasks of any public leader is to read the national mood and interrupt the conversation in a way that is productive and shows leadership. “The party,” she says,

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  • Sapping clean, green future of power

    I criticise them often because I think their policies are wrong and unproductive. But their diligence, integrity and sense of purpose are above reproach - and in modern South Africa these valuable qualities are in short supply. They were the first people I thought of when I read the news that Eskom had decided to pull the plug on the state's successful effort to encourage private investors to build new renewable-energy plants. So far some R200-billion has been spent building wind and solar power facilities. Drive from Port Elizabeth to George and you can't miss the hundreds of huge windmills along the route. Not only do they generate new electricity silently and without any damage to the environment,

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  • Great white shark numbers take a dive - Independent on Saturday

    SUPPLIED Sharks are dying fast in South Africa, this is according to Stellenbosch University research team that is a collaborator on a new Global Environment Facility (GEF) project entitled "Spatial Planning for Protected Areas in Response to Climate Change (SPARC)". At first, Dr Sara Andreotti got sick, very seasick. “The moment we hit the ocean, the seasickness would arrive - I had to take seasickness tablets every day.” But Andreotti, of the evolutionary genomics group at Stellenbosch University’s department of botany and zoology, was living her dream: studying South Africa’s great white sharks for six years. On the catamaran, equipped as a research vessel and loaned by world-famous shark cage diver Michael Rutzen, Andreotti would spend months at sea, cruising Gansbaai and South Africa’s vast coastline searching for great whites and counting them on a shoestring budget.

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  • Study to be a plumber‚ not a priest – they’re not in demand‚ says Zuma

    President Jacob Zuma wants just six months as a dictator to resolve the problem of unemployment in South Africa. Speaking in IsiZulu‚ the president told children at Marhulana Primary School in Tembisa on Wednesday that he would force the unemployed to return to school or get arrested. “If you just give me six months to be a dictator‚ things will be in order. Right now‚ to make a decision you need a resolution‚ decision‚ collective‚ petition. Yoh! It’s a lot of work. I am emphasising that let us pay more attention to our children in education‚” Zuma said jokingly. Zuma was accompanied by Gauteng Premier David Makhura‚ Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza “Papa

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  • Once loyal Zimbabwe war veterans denounce 'dictatorial' Mugabe

    A surge in recent street protests -- the largest in many years in Zimbabwe -- has been triggered by an economic crisis that has left banks short of cash and the government struggling to pay its workers. Child hunger and death rising in Zimbabwe due to drought, charity says  Mugabe, 92, has used his security forces to crush dissent since he came to power in 1980 after leading the liberation war in the 1970s that ended British colonial rule. Mugabe's supporters march against Zimbabwe protests  But a series of rare public demonstrations have revealed deepening anger at the ageing president, who has vowed to stand for re-election in 2018, and the ruling ZANU-PR party. The Zimbabwe National Liberation

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  • SA, Poland in controversial poultry deal

    Poland would launch poultry exports to South Africa for the first time from this month in a deal granting one of the EU’s top poultry producers unlimited access to Africa’s most industrialised country, Andrzej Krezel, the head of trade and investment at the Polish Embassy, said yesterday. The deal, negotiated since 2013, would see Poland export poultry meat bone-in, mechanically deboned meat, as well as offal to South Africa, he said. Purchasing power Krezel said according to the health certificate the deal kicked in on June 20. “The first container will reach South Africa within two or three months if not earlier,” Krezel said. “The limit is the capacity of the market to absorb the product,

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  • God gave us a gift, says Gugu Zulu's mom

    While thousands of fans across the country are mourning an icon who touched the lives of many through his contribution to sport- his family are mourning the loss of a son, husband, father and brother. Speaking for the first time since the death of Zulu, his parents have praised the impact their son had on people. In an interview with eNCA Zulu's dad, Peter Zulu, said that the family take solace in knowing the athlete died doing what he loved. Twitter wages war on Dineo Ranaka after 'rude' matric dance dress snub  "I was his number one fan and to me it's a great loss, it's really a great loss," he said. A shattered Peter recalled his final moments with Zulu before the athlete left for Mount Kilimanjaro.

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  • Park inspector crushed by elephant in KZN

    Durban - Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park workers who witnessed their colleague being crushed to death by an elephant are traumatised at the sight. Thembisile Mchunu, 47, of Ngwelezane, Empangeni, died on Tuesday after being attacked by an elephant while inspecting alien plants. It is reported that they were on their way out of the park when a herd of elephants approached. Amon Sithole, one of the workers with Mchunu, said the incident happened shortly after they had completed their inspection. “We had gone right inside the park and had left our car quite far away. One of the elephants made a sound and we thought it was warning the other ones that it had spotted human beings. “After that it sprinted towards

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