• Independent Online

    How Durban man's 38th birthday ended with death in a Taxify ride

    Durban - COUNTLESS people use e-hailing apps like Taxify every day to go to places in urban areas. But just over a week ago things went horribly wrong on one trip. A passenger was shot dead on his birthday, another was wounded and a third was arrested for hijacking. Meanwhile, the alleged shooter, a Taxify driver, has since been suspended. The drama unfolded just before 11pm when Sanele Mthethwa wanted a ride from his flat in New Germany, near Pinetown. He had been drinking with friends to celebrate his 38th birthday. When the ride arrived at his Regal Crescent home, Mthethwa got into the front passenger seat. His friend Sakhile Mafumo, 32, got into the seat behind him and Mthethwa's brother,

  • Independent Online

    Former first lady MaNtuli: 'I did not plot to kill Zuma'

    Durban - “EMOTIONAL trauma” is the burden that Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma, the wife of former president Jacob Zuma, has carried since 2015, after she was implicated in an alleged plot to kill her husband. That was the claim made by attorney Ulrich Roux, the legal representative of Ntuli-Zuma, who is the mother of three of Jacob Zuma's children, in his letter sent last week to the National Prosecuting Authority's (NPA) head Shamila Batohi. Roux claimed that no progress had been made with investigations into the matter which has been “hanging over my client's head since 2015” and required an “urgent” response. “The SAPS and the NPA have seemingly made no progress pertaining to any further investigation

  • Independent Online

    Masechaba Ndlovu on revealing her own 'Big Secret' and healing

    Smart, funny, confident and sincere. That's Masechaba Ndlovu. That she's insanely gorgeous and immaculately put together is something many have become accustomed to. Sitting opposite her at one of Melrose Arch's five-star establishments, it's easy to see why she's revered by many. Aside from being attentive and friendly, her sentiments are heartfelt. A rare trait in showbiz. With Ndlovu hailing from a media background, there was a sort of kindred spirit during our tête-à-tête. She started her career at eNCA with eNews Africa. “I pioneered the platform with Tony Ndoro. And after two or three years, I was approached to do a debate show on SABC1. It was hard to leave,” she said. Finding herself

  • Daily Maverick

    Family Ties: Ramaphosa acts to smooth relations with Botswana after Bridgette Radebe controversy

    President Cyril Ramaphosa quietly sent International Relations Minister Lindiwe Sisulu to Botswana this week to smooth the waters after a storm erupted about his sister-in-law Bridgette Radebe's alleged interference in succession politics in the neighbouring country. International Relations Minister Lindiwe Sisulu met recently with Botswana's president Mokgweetsi Masisi, an olive branch in hand, after reports that prominent South African businesswoman Bridgette Radebe got involved in the presidential campaign of a rival candidate, former foreign minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi. Even though Radebe has downplayed her involvement in Venson-Moitoi's campaign in the run-up to the Botswana Democratic

  • SowetanLIVE & Sunday World

    Mark Mayambela takes on a 'moholo' role

    With thousands of his fellow Zion Christian Church (ZCC) members having made the pilgrimage to Moria, Mark Mayambela can only be there in spirit. For the Khayelitsha-born Mayambela, Moria is more than just a popular religious destination; it's a place of salvation and where he finds inner peace. "I won't be there this time around but I have been there many times. Moria is my spiritual home and it's a place that has changed my life." "But other members have gone there. As you know people travel from every province and even from outside the country to go to Moria, " he said The reason the 31-year-old couldn't make the journey was because his team Chippa United had a battle with Kaizer Chiefs in

  • Independent Online

    Basetsana celebrates fabulous 45 in Mauritius

    Basetsana Kumalo, who recently celebrated her 45th birthday, has been spotted holidaying in style at Club Med La Pointe aux Canonniers in Mauritius.  While her actual birthday may have already passed, the festivities look to have continued for well over a week as Basetsana, her children and closest friends spent time together on the beach, snorkelling, enjoying boat rides, dinners on the beachfront and more at the resort. In one of her Instagram posts, Basetsana expressed gratitude to all who have shared in her life so far:  View this post on Instagram A post shared by Basetsana Kumalo (@basetsanakumalo) on Apr 5, 2019 at 11:36am PDT “A week to the day, the birthday celebrations continue with

  • SowetanLIVE & Sunday World

    Ramaphosa is not all-powerful and can be replaced, Archbishop Makgoba says

    He said of the three branches of government, the judiciary had acquitted itself well over the past decade. He said over the past year, the executive had begun to perform better, although there were areas in which improvements were needed. “But we cannot say that Parliament has fulfilled its oversight obligations in the way we would expect in a healthy democracy.” Makgoba said, with some exceptions, Parliament had failed abysmally over the years to hold government to account. “Too often, the behaviour of our members of Parliament has been disgraceful. I don't exempt any of the major parties from this criticism.” He said all had been guilty on occasion of opportunistic stunts and shameful attacks.