• R246m for Krejcir jailbreak - Sunday Independent

    Johannesburg - A staggering R246 million had been made available to ensure the smooth escape of Czech Radovan Krejcir from prison before the plot was thwarted last week. The Sunday Independent can today also reveal that three prison warders were paid R1.5m to help expedite the prison break. Impeccable sources close to the investigation have revealed: - The three warders have already been identified and their arrest is imminent. - The fugitive has been transferred to an underground isolation cell after it had been established a helicopter was going to be used in the daring raid to free him. - Some of the R246m was to pay for the chopper to spirit Krejcir away once he had escaped. - A part of the

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    World number one Serena Williams has opted to pull out of the WTA Finals and end her season early following a roller coaster campaign that has taken its toll on her body, the American said on Thursday.

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  • Zuma's rape accuser's mother opens up about fleeing SA after case

    "I was missing home very much...," the mother, who cannot be named to protect her daughter, said. The Sunday Times newspaper reported that her mother said that after Zuma was acquitted on May 5 2006 in the High Court in Johannesburg, they fled to the Netherlands -- where they were given asylum. The mother said she was not sure if justice had been served in the trial. After the interview, Khwezi asked the Sunday Times to leave her mother alone.

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  • Correctional Services confirms Pistorius's parole is set aside

    The department's directed that the profile of the offender be referred back to the board for reconsideration. Oscar Pistorius Reeva Steenkamp Oscar Pistorius sentenced to five years Oscar Pistorius parole JOHANNESBURG – The Correctional Services Department has now confirmed the decision to release Oscar Pistorius on correctional supervision has been set aside. The says the board sat today and its chairperson, Judge Lucy Mailula, concurred with the concerns raised by Minister Michael Masutha that the decision to release the Paralympian was taken prematurely. It’s now directed that the profile of the offender be referred back to the board for reconsideration. Pistorius was sentenced to five years

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  • I’ll quit if players turn on me - Jose - Premier League

    Having dared Roman Abramovich to sack him, Jose Mourinho has issued a similar challenge to his players. Amid reports that the dressing room has turned against him, the Portuguese said if it had, he would resign. The Chelsea manager, who left Real Madrid in part because of a players' revolt, said of claims his players are no longer responding to him: “People can say what they want. You should really ask the players and not go with sources and fake sources, and the players told a friend, and the friend told the agent, and the agent is not happy with me because I don't play his player. “You should go straight to the players. Get our media office to arrange a table at Cobham [Chelsea's training ground]

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  • Hunt for killer of ANC donor - Politics | IOL News

    Johannesburg - Gauteng police are still on a massive manhunt for the killers of controversial ANC funder and North West businessman Wandile Bozwana in a drive-by shooting on the N1 highway on Friday. Bozwana was travelling north from Johannesburg with female companion Mpho Baloyi when the fatal attack took place. Baloyi was in the driver’s seat when a silver-grey BMW M3 pulled up next to their vehicle near the Garsfontein off-ramp. A gunman simply pulled out a gun and fired multiple shots in the direction of Bozwana, who was alongside Baloyi in the passenger seat. He fired 12 times and 9 of the bullets hit Bozwana in his body. Baloyi was also hit in the attack but she managed to drive to the

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  • The mom behind Krejcir's failed escape bid

    Serbian hit men at R6-million each, a move to buy floor plans of the Zonderwater maximum-security prison and having a helicopter on standby had all formed part of the elaborate R25-million operation to spring Krejcir from jail in South Africa. The Sunday Times has seen correspondence between an intelligence source in Prague and forensic investigator Paul O'Sullivan in which the source states: "... Radovan must escape, irrespectably [sic] what it takes or how many lives it costs ... their mafia code of ethics clearly demands and orders them to do so ... otherwise Nadezda loses her status in the Czech/Serbian mafia circles and the entire Krejcirova family are permanently marked as failures or weaklings

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  • 'Western Cape is hideout for racists' - Politics | IOL News

    Cape Town - The Western Cape is a hideout for racists who do not want a black government and the country could run more effectively with fewer provinces, ANC leaders said yesterday. Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, a speaker at a provincial ANC meeting, yesterday likened the Western Cape to Orania, a Northern Cape town where only white Afrikaners are allowed to live. Joemat-Pettersson is also a member of the ANC’s national executive committee. She said the Western Cape had become painted as a place where “there is an influx of the rural poor from the Eastern Cape”. “Those who do not believe in black majority rule, who still want to perpetuate white minority (rule), have moved from Gauteng

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  • South Africa, Scotland, Japan set for final fight

    South Africa completed a clinical 34-16 win over Scotland on Saturday while Japan pulled off a new upset, 26-5 over Samoa, to extend the race for quarter-final places from Pool B. Only three points now separate the remaining contenders going into the the final games of the World Cup's most surprising pool. Still numbed by seeing his side beaten 34-32 by Japan in their match, Meyer watched a drastically different performance against Scotland. Handre Pollard kicked 19 points with deadly accuracy and Schalk Burger, JP Pietersen and Bryan Habana scored tries to break the hearts of a Scottish dominated 50,000 crowd at Newcastle. Scotland staged a heroic second half comeback after trailing 20-3 at

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  • Malema’s turn to quiz magistrate

    JOHANNESBURG magistrate Colleen Collis’s interview for judicial appointment may well be a Judicial Service Commission (JSC) first: she will be interviewed by someone she previously found guilty of hate speech when JSC hearings to fill six posts in the Gauteng division of the High Court begin in Cape Town Monday. As the JSC is made up of politicians and lawyers, candidates often face questions from those they have ruled against. But a personal finding against a commissioner is highly unusual. In 2010, Ms Collis, as an Equality Court magistrate, found Economic Freedom Fighters leader and JSC commissioner Julius Malema guilty of hate speech. Speaking to Business Day, Ms Collis said she would not

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  • Mugabe’s allies fear losing favour - Business News | IOL Business

    President Robert Mugabe’s oldest allies favour letting the 91-year-old remain in office indefinitely rather than trying to oust him even as Zimbabwe’s economy collapses, members of the decision-making body of the ruling party said. While frustrated by his resistance to changes needed to rescue the economy, they’re concerned that if pushed out of office he would place allies, including his wife and younger politicians, at the head of government, sidelining them, three members of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front’s politburo said. While Zimbabwe’s economy is stagnating, with slumping consumer demand pushing the country into deflation and 83 percent of government expenditure going on civil servant wages, Mugabe this year reversed decisions by his ministers to cancel state worker bonuses and trim the capital’s workforce by 5 000 people. The southern African nation faces its worst economic crisis since its virtual collapse in 2008, when inflation soared to 500 billion percent, prompting the government to abandon its currency in favour of the use of foreign exchange including the US dollar in early 2009.

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  • Our Trevor is now a US asset - IOL | Sunday Tribune

    AP SA's favourite comedian was everything his legion of fans hoped he would be on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Trevor Noah is so adaptable, intelligent and disarmingly funny, he’ll have ’em eating pie out of his hand in no time, writes Dennis Pather. Comedian Trevor Noah’s impressive debut this week on The Daily Show had millions of South Africans rallying behind him, understandably so. Yes, the Noah faithful will tune in a second time, maybe even a third and fourth, but my bet is that local interest will start waning when South Africans begin to realise they’ve traded their precious home-brewed Mzansi-humour for the more formulaic Ameri-humour, which one critic once unkindly described as “high on lip gloss and low on IQ”.

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  • Nigeria: Ex-Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, Arrested in London

    The immediate past Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, was on Friday arrested in London, PREMIUM TIMES can exclusively and authoritatively report. The former minister, who was one of the most powerful officials of the President Goodluck Jonathan administration, was arrested Friday morning by the UK National Crimes Agency, alongside four other people. The identities of the four other people arrested along with her could not be immediately ascertained. PREMIUM TIMES learnt she was arrested for offences related to bribery, corruption and money laundering. Two top British officials in London confirmed the development to this newspaper. They requested not to be named because they

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  • Killing comes on eve of money talks - Politics | IOL News

    Johannesburg - The brutal killing of controversial ANC funder and businessman Wandile Bozwana happened just days before the ANC was due to discuss the role of money in the affairs of the party. Bozwana was recently accused of having financially influenced the election of Northern Cape Premier Sylvia Lucas as provincial treasurer of the ANC following the death of former treasurer and disgraced MP Yolanda Botha in March. Botha succumbed to cancer while facing a multimillion-rand fraud and corruption charge along with provincial chairman and MEC for Finance John Block and MEC for Co-operative Governance, Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements Alvin Botes. Block and Botes are due in the High Court

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  • Opposition furious over 'parasitic' VIP jets for Zuma and co

    According to The Mercury, the SANDF has defended the purchase of the jets, which are apparently set to cost the nation R2 billion, saying that SA Airways was not a reasonable alternative owing to President Jacob Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa's schedules. “One would need to look at the schedules and see if it would make sense for them to travel commercial together with the detail of the entourage, at short notice, and the quickest possible times,” SANDF spokesman Siphiwe Dlamini said. According to the report, SAAF spokeswoman Brigadier-General Marthie Visser said that the current fleet was insufficient to meet the increase in the country’s international relations commitments. COPE president, Mosiuoa Lekota said that the purchase shows how wasteful spending has become the norm.

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  • Nigeria: Buhari Should Address Corruption of the Mind - Reverend Peters

    Reverend Chukwuma Peters, the President of Fire Pentecostal Ministry International, Akowonjo, Lagos, believes in the sincerity of the heart and divine fellowship. He unreservedly, in this interview, gives thumbs down to the present leadership in Nigeria but maintains that there is hope for improvement if the change mantra becomes a reality. Assessing Nigeria's leadership I think, for now, there is no leadership because there is no direction. The country has not been given a direction of where we are going. Everybody is at a stand still. In other words, I can say that the country is stagnant. Nothing is moving. What about the change mantra being chanted everywhere. Are we not feeling the body

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  • A Dad Halted His Daughter's Wedding So Her Stepdad Could Help Give Her Away

    The couple’s photographer, Delia D. Blackburn, told BuzzFeed News that Brittany Peck’s father, Todd Bachman, was proceeding down the aisle when he suddenly stopped and walked over to her stepfather, Todd Cendrosky.

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  • This Woman Perfectly Explains Why You Shouldn't Ask People Why They Don't Have Kids

    “Even if it feels like it’s not a big deal for you, it might be a really big deal to the person you are asking.”

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  • Treat for fans as Boks travel by train - Cape Times

    Mike Greenaway LONDON: There was an unexpected treat for hundreds of Springbok fans at Newcastle Central train station yesterday morning when the Boks pitched up to catch the same train to London as the travelling supporters. Thousands of South African ex-pats from all over England journeyed to the north-eastern city to contribute to an English football-type atmosphere at St James’ Park, the home of Newcastle United, for the big clash between the Boks and Scotland. There were no shortage of Scots in attendance at the game, with the Scottish border just to the north. It was minor pandemonium at the station as the players were swamped by thrilled fans. There was a frenzy of selfies and the autographing

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