• Jayde Panayiotou case: Gruesome details revealed

    It has been revealed in court that there were allegedly two failed attempts on Port Elizabeth teacher Jayde Panayiotou's life before she was kidnapped and killed. Panayiotou is accused of hiring men to kidnap and murder his 29-year-old wife, Jayde, last month. Jayde’s body was found in an isolated field in the Kwanobuhle township a few days after she was reported missing. State Prosecutor Marius Stander read out investigating officer Kanna Swanepoel’s report which revealed startling details relating to the events which led to Jayde’s murder.

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Blasts Mandela - And Speaks on Xenophobia

    Admitting he was spewing "poison", President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday blamed unemployment in South Africa for the vicious xenophobic attacks against foreigners there, including Zimbabweans. Clearly revelling in his role as Africa's political grandee and elder statesman, Mugabe claimed that Africa's second biggest economy needed help from its poorer neighbours. Zimbabwe has struggled with a serious economic crisis for about 15 years. The crunch shows no sign of easing and has forced an estimated one million locals across the border into South Africa in search of a better life.

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  • Dame Shirley Bassey blasts Beyonce for 'skimpy' Met Ball dress

    Dame Shirley Bassey has blasted Beyonce and other modern singers who feel the need to ''see who can wear the skimpiest outfit''. Dame Shirley said: ''It is like they are all in competition with each other. ''When I saw Beyonce at the Met Ball the other night I was like, 'excuse me?' I think you have to leave a lot to the imagination. Speaking at the 'Shooting Star' book launch in London, Dame Shirley said: ''Of course it is a bad impression for young people to follow because they want to dress like that.

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  • KFC's knives are streetwise too - video

    It had been filmed by Ashrana Chanderanberg, from the balcony of a nearby hotel. “This is what happens every morning @KFC Coastlands Umhlanga.... "We residence [sic] off Horizon view and Ridgeton Towers back of KFC Coastlands instead of awakening to the smell of KFC we awaken by this agonising sounds of sharpening knives....” she wrote. Earlier this month KFC had responded to another street scandal, after footage of their chickens being washed on the street in Braamfontein.

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  • Home Affairs ready to implement new visa regulations

    The Home Affairs Department says it’s ready to implement the new visa requirements for people coming to South Africa from the beginning of next month. The department has been strongly criticised for requiring people coming here to first have their biometric measurements taken at a South African Consulate in their home country. The department’s Mayihlome Tshwete also says these requirements are no different from many other countries.

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  • Tomorrow’s news today: Thabo Mbeki, e-tolling and punishment case

    The announcement motorists might not be issued with vehicle licence discs when renewing them has been slammed by opposition political parties, activists against e-tolling, and the general public. Justice Project of South Africa’s Howard Dembovsky said in a statement the possibility of a whole new industry of mass false licence disc production could become a “very real possibility” and added it was a serious criminal offence.

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  • Mazibuko earns master’s degree from Harvard

    Lindiwe Mazibuko is celebrating a Masters of Public Administration degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. In her time at Harvard — the world-renowned university first established in 1636 — Mazibuko has shared her excitement at the extreme season changes and taken up cycling. Mazibuko first attended the University of KwaZulu-Natal to study a Bachelor of Music degree then moved to the University of Cape Town‚ where she obtained a BA (French‚ Classics‚ Media & Writing) in 2006 and a BA Honours (Political Communication) degree in 2007.

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  • Cannes picks 'don't belong to Bollywood' - Movies | Tonight

    EPA From left to right: Indian director Neeraj Ghaywan, Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani and Ethiopian director Yared Zeleke arriving for the screening of 'Sicario' during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival, in Cannes, France. A new generation of directors is reshaping cinema in India, breaking away from Bollywood to tell different stories about the change engulfing the nation. Cannes, France - Bollywood might still dominate India’s motion picture business, but new directors have started to make their mark on the nation’s cinema. “A vision of a new generation of filmmakers is emerging,” Cannes Film Festival chief Thierry Fremaux said at the premiere of New Delhi-born director Gurvinder Singh’s Chauthi Koot (The Fourth Direction), which was one of two new Indian films showcased at this year’s festival.

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  • Church Street bombing horror recalled - Crime & Courts | IOL News

    The ANC chose to ignore what white people had endured, the singer said. Pretoria - The images of panes of glass falling from a multitude of windows, which exploded into bursts of blood when it hit the ground on Church Street 32 years ago, will never leave the mind of then 19-year-old Lydia van der Merwe. The young woman had just knocked off from her work near the Bosman-Church streets intersection in the Pretoria CBD and was sitting in the bus when she felt and heard the loudest explosion of her life. The confusion of the moment – mixed with the sounds of wailing, injured people, the glass and the bomb – created a scene so horrific it belonged to a war zone, Van der Merwe added.

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  • Xenophobia in South Africa - Story of a Burundi Nurse

    Voices from the Camps shares testimonies of people displaced by xenophobic attacks in Durban, South Africa - exposing trauma and daily xenophobia beyond the violence in April.

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  • ‘Drivers smell victory’ and won’t pay reduced tolls: Vavi

    Government’s announcement of a new dispensation for e-tolls “is an admission that the mass campaign against e-tolls is winning and the system is collapsing‚ as thousands of motorists continue to refuse to pay”‚ said Zwelinzima Vavi. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday that toll fees for unregistered users will be reduced by almost half and payment will be a condition of receiving a renewed licence disc.

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  • South Africa: Islamic State Writes Letter to South African Muslims

    A letter addressed to local Muslim scholars, purportedly from South Africans who have joined the Islamic State (IS), has challenged them to visit the "state" to witness firsthand the conditions there. The letter, which was in the possession of satellite radio station Channel Islam International (CII) Broadcasting, was signed by "the brothers and sisters of your countrymen who Allah has blessed with the honour of being citizens of the Dawlatul Khalifah [the state of the leader]". The group is also commonly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). News24 could not immediately independently confirm the authenticity of the letter but State Security Agency (SSA) spokesperson Brian Dube said the department was aware of it and was investigating.

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  • Applying for SA visas made easy for senior executives

    SENIOR executives seeking to make visa and permit applications will no longer have to visit the usual Home Affairs branches in Johannesburg‚ after a "premium" centre was launched by Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba in Sandton on Wednesday. The application process at the centre took about 10 minutes and thereafter the applicant would wait for nearly four months to get the visa or permit as opposed to the initial eight months‚ the department said. Most of the application process is done electronically‚ including payment. The biometrics and applications are approved at the department’s head office in Pretoria.

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  • 'My brothers held a knife to my throat': Emmanuel Adebayor

    Tottenham Hotspur and the Togo national team forward Emmanuel Adebayor has once again taken to social media to share more of his family’s ‘dirty laundry’. The footballer told his Facebook fans that his decision to share more family secrets came after his siblings started writing letters to his club and doing radio interviews. “If I decide to bring out the Part 3 today, it is because my brother @Kola Adebayor and my other siblings have decided to talk about our family issues on social medias, through letters to my club, radios…I could write an autobiography and sell it but I decided to share with you here,” he wrote. In another long post on the social media platform, Adebayor talks about his two brothers Kola and Peter, whom he claims once tried to kill him for his money.

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  • Andile Jali puts a ring on it - SundayWorld

    On top of earning the title for arguably Mzansi’s most sought-after “It Girl” – thanks to Diski Divas – then announcing that she is expecting a bundle of joy a few weeks ago, Nonhle just broke news on her Instagram that she is officially going to be Mrs Andile Jali. In a series of ambiguous posts Nonhle, not in so many words, confirmed that Andile had popped the question. Nonhle is even seen sporting a sumptuous rock on her engagement ring finger.

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  • De Lille probes alleged racism at bike shop - Western Cape | IOL News

    SUPPLIED News reporter and producer Philip Owira claimed that the staff at Woodstock Cycleworks, including the owner, treated him unfairly after implying the bicycle he brought in for repairs had been stolen. Cape Town - Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille’s office will launch an investigation into an apparent racist incident at a bicycle repair shop in Woodstock.

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  • US actions in South China Sea is irresponsible, dangerous, says China

    China was "strongly dissatisfied" with US military overflights, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei. US surveillance aircraft and naval ships have yet to test China's territorial claims around artificial islands built in the South China Sea, but the Pentagon warned Thursday that could be "the next step". Although the United States does not recognise China's claims of sovereignty around the man-made structures, American P-8 surveillance planes and naval vessels patrolling the area have not ventured within 12 nautical miles of the artificial islands -- the standard territorial zone around natural land. "That would be the next step," Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steven Warren told reporters.

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  • Famed coach Le Roy turns sights to Olympics | The New Age Online

    Highly successful Africa Cup of Nations coach Claude Le Roy adjusts his sights Saturday toward the 2016 Rio Olympic Games football qualifiers. Veteran France-born Le Roy takes a strong squad to Ghana, including four of the players who reached the 2015 Cup of Nations quarter-finals in Equatorial Guinea.The quartet with senior national squad experience are goalkeepers Christoffer Mafoumbi and Pavelh Ndzila, defender Sagesse Babele and striker Sylvere Ganvoula.

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  • EFF faction won't back Malema

    Some Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) members have defied an order of their national leadership to support party leader Julius Malema in his court battle against the South African Revenue Service(Sars), it emerged yesterday. Malema is due back in the North Gauteng High Court on June 1, when his provisional sequestration case will be heard regarding his outstanding tax bill. The EFF’s North West sub-region yesterday urged all branches to mobilise members and rally behind Malema in court, saying this was an instruction from the organisation’s national leadership.

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  • TWEET OF THE WEEK: Mbalula’s thug life

    There are no strict rules, only that the tweet in question must offer an important insight, define a debate (notorious or otherwise) or mark an occasion. "Honorable Members, I hereby introduce to you the Mayor of P.E Dr Danny Jordaan. Profile: Fikile Mbalula is SA’s minister of sport and recreation and an African National Congress (ANC) MP. Citation: The cult of personality, by and large, dominates South African politics.

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