• Zuma: Emmanuel Sithole used a false name

    President Jacob Zuma on Monday said the Mozambican man who was killed in Alexandra two weeks ago was an illegal immigrant using a false name. Media reports identified the man as Emmanuel Sithole after he was brutally attacked during xenophobic violence in the township a little over a week ago. Zuma was speaking at a Freedom Day event in Pretoria earlier. During his speech, Zuma said Sithole had used a false name to avoid detection because he was an illegal immigrant.

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  • Zimbabwe: Miss World Zim Crowned

    Newly-crowned Miss World Zimbabwe Emily Katanga Kachote says the secret behind her victory at Mermaids Pool in Shamva over the weekend was a combination of hard work and confidence. Ann-Grace Mutambu (19), came out as first princess while Chengetai Kanonhuwa (18) was the second princess. Speaking shortly after being crowned Miss World Zimbabwe, Kachote said she had worked hard to achieve that goal and it was no surprise to her that she won. Kachote, who describes herself as versatile and adaptable in her Miss World Zimbabwe profile, said it was her second time at Miss Zimbabwe after a failed attempt in 2012.

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  • Police, army arrest 50 foreign nationals in Johannesburg | The New Age Online

    Police assisted by soldiers over the weekend arrested 50 illegal immigrants in Johannesburg, police spokesman Lungelo Dlamini said on Monday. Dlamini told ANA the arrests were made during crime prevention operations in Hillbrow, Mayfair and downtown Johannesburg. All those arrested were taken to Hillbrow police station and were having their documentation processed by Home Affairs. The police were inter alia searching for drugs, illegal firearms and stolen property, but no other arrests were made, he said.

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  • Anguished families say goodbye before Indonesia executions

    The families of two Australian convicts facing execution in Indonesia paid an anguished final visit to their loved ones Tuesday, wailing in grief as ambulances carrying empty white coffins arrived at their prison. The family members of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, ringleaders of the so-called “Bali Nine” heroin trafficking group, arrived at Nusakambangan prison calling for mercy for their loved ones, with Sukumaran’s sister collapsing and having to be carried, an AFP reporter at the scene said. The families have been asked to say their final goodbyes by Tuesday afternoon as signs were mounting that the death sentences would carried out by early Wednesday.

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  • LETTER FROM LONDON: Africa not served by hotheads in Nigeria and SA

    THE immaturity displayed by both Nigeria and SA in their handling of the fallout over xenophobic violence in SA does the continent no good. Nigeria’s decision to recall its High Commissioner to SA was the diplomatic equivalent of a hissy-fit. Likewise, the response by Clayson Monyela of the Department of International Relations and Co-operation was ill-considered and poorly worded. In an effort to "stick it" to Nigeria, Monyela used Boko Haram’s abduction of the Chibok girls to score cheap points.

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  • SA tones down response to Nigeria - Africa | IOL News

    Government on Tuesday distanced itself from a scathing statement issued by international relations spokesman Clayton Monyela following the recall of Nigerian diplomats from Pretoria. At a media briefing in Pretoria, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe was asked to explain whether the strongly-worded statement issued by the department had assisted in mending bilateral relations with Abuja.

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  • Zim tycoon foots bill for xenophobia victims - City Press

    Ordinary people are now helping foreign nationals, who were displaced during the recent xenophobic attacks, to return to their home countries. City Press has learnt that apart from several foreign governments’ initiatives to evacuate their citizens, several business people are lending a helping hand. Zimbabwean property tycoon, Frank Buyanga, last week wrote to aid organisation Gift of the Givers pledging to provide 10 buses to transport foreign nationals to Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of Congo and Malawi.

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  • Saartjie Baartman monument vandalised

    Vandals have vandalised a monument to Saartjie Baartman, Africa's "Hottentot Venus" who was paraded in 19th century Europe like a circus freak, police said Sunday. The incident in Hankey, in rural Eastern Cape province, is the latest in a spate of assaults on monuments that had, until now, chiefly targeted colonial symbols. "The plaque was vandalised with white paint," police spokeswoman Gerda Swart told AFP, adding that a resident who witnessed a group of people lobbing paint at the memorial had reported the incident.

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  • 'Xenophobia mess is not ours alone'

    This is what President Jacob Zuma told thousands of people at the Freedom Day celebrations at the Union Buildings, Pretoria, yesterday. In off-the-cuff comments, Zuma took exception to suggestions that South Africa alone was to blame for the attacks on its foreign residents sparked by a labour dispute in KwaZulu-Natal and which spread to Gauteng. It's not useful to be critical of South Africa as if we mushroom these foreign nationals and then mistreat them," he said. "Even if the minority of South Africans are xenophobic, we would still need to find out what prompted the foreign nationals to come to South Africa." At least seven people, among them a 14-year-old South African boy, have been killed in the latest outbreak of violence.

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  • Pacquiao sees fist of God delivering win over Mayweather | The New Age Online

    Filipino boxing hero Manny Pacquiao is confident he can beat American arch-rival Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas on Saturday with the power of God, after abandoning a life he said was packed with sin condemning him to hell. Pacquiao is in top form both in mind and spirit after he traded his boozing, gambling and womanising ways for a devout life of prayer, his spiritual adviser, Jeric Soriano, told AFP in a recent Manila interview. "Manny is a God-fearing man. Except the world got to him," Soriano said of Pacquiao's party-boy lifestyle before he became born-again in 2012.

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  • SABC boss hides R500m loss from parliament

    The Sunday Times can reveal that the public broadcaster faces a loss of about R500-million - which Motsoeneng concealed from parliament this week - in stark contrast to the profit of R641-million last year. This means that with Motsoeneng at the helm, the SABC has suffered a loss of R1.1-billion in a year. The SABC has lurched from one crisis to another on Motsoeneng's watch, but he appears to be immune to being fired amid persistent speculation of his close relationship with President Jacob Zuma. On Friday, a defiant Motsoeneng returned to work after a court ordered that he be suspended pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing for dishonesty and abuse of power.

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  • Are Steyn’s Bok days done? - Springboks

    AP Has World Cup winner Francois Steyn played his last game for the Springboks? Francois Steyn holds the record for being the youngest player to win a Rugby World Cup medal, in Paris in 2007 when he was just 19, but at the tender age of 27 he may well have played his last game for the Springboks. Steyn, no stranger to the media spotlight and currently serving a suspension for an act of foul play in a Super Rugby match for the Sharks, has been omitted from Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer’s 44-man preliminary training squad for the Rugby World Cup in September. Last June, Steyn notoriously walked out on the team on the Tuesday of their match against Wales in Durban, at a time when the desperate Springbok coach had looked to him to fill the gap left by freshly injured Jean de Villiers.

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  • ON WORK: Billionaires are born strange

    Justine Musk, who spent eight years married to the man behind PayPal, SpaceX and now Tesla Motors, has taken it upon herself to share with the world her view that those who achieve great things are mostly "freaks and misfits". According to her it comes in two types: normal success — involving hard work, talent etc — and extreme success — as enjoyed by her ex. At a stroke Ms Musk has destroyed the whole self-help industry. Seen like this, there is absolutely no point in studying extreme success.

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  • Gunmen open fire on buses carrying rap star Lil Wayne | The New Age Online

    Two tour buses carrying rap star Lil Wayne and his entourage came under fire early Sunday in Georgia, according to US media, which said no one was injured in the shooting. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper reported that the shooting by unknown assailants occurred in Cobb County, near Atlanta, around 3:30 am (0730 GMT), after the music star completed a performance at an area night club. Police determined that two tour buses used by Lil Wayne and his crew had been shot multiple times, the daily said. Officials said the two buses were carrying a total of about a dozen passengers at the time of the shooting.

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  • Groups step up pressure on Israel over denial of visa

    GROUPS supporting a boycott and disinvestment campaign against Israel said on Monday that they would step up their efforts to include the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador after Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande was denied a visa to visit the Palestinian territories. South African Communist Party (SACP) second deputy general secretary Solly Mapaila announced a series of rolling mass actions, including a push for the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador in Pretoria, an international conference to discuss academic and cultural boycotts of Israel, and travel bans against Israeli state officials.

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  • Presidency mum on Minister Dlamini’s comments

    The Presidency has refused to comment on controversial remarks apparently made by Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini at a displacement camp in Durban. The camps were set up to house foreign nationals who fled xenophobic violence this month. Some foreigners at a camp in Isipingo claim Dlamini scolded them for accepting donations from the EFF this weekend. Clutching a donated mattress, a resident of the Isipingo temporary displacement camp collects her washing which was left to dry on a fence on 25 April 2015.

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  • Chicco calls Meyiwa's dad to order - SundayWorld

    Meyiwa senior told Drum magazine that the killers of Senzo were those who were with him on the day he was murdered last year. "I am saying this because my son was present when Meyiwa was killed, so it's irresponsible for him to talk as if he (Senzo's father) was present when this incident occurred," he said in a written statement to Sunday World. Meyiwa senior hit back at Twala saying the musician was out of order for criticising him. Meyiwa's utterances came after an alleged prankster posted a statement on Twitter that the footie player was killed by the boyfriend of Kelly Khumalo's sister Zandi who was with the soccer star in the house.

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  • Hate ANC not foreigners, says Malema - Politics | IOL News

    DAILY NEWS EFF leader Julius Malema addresses a Freedom Day rally at Inanda s John Dube stadium. Durban - South Africa has achieved political freedom, but has been unable to attain economic freedom. This was the message from Julius Malema at a Freedom Day rally at the John Dube stadium in Inanda, Durban, on Monday. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader told a crowd of about 3 000 that the party was “not celebrating Freedom Day” because political power did not put food on the table for the poor.

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  • Malawi: 'You Stole Everything From Govt Coffers!' Mutharika Hits At Joyce Banda

    President Peter Mutharika has hit back at his predecessor Joyce Banda claiming that she left the country without money as the Cashgate corruption scandal that occurred under her watch stripped the country's coffers dry. In an interview with Voice Of America (VOA), Mutharika trashed Mrs. Banda's allegations that he is persecuting opponents under the guise of fighting corruption and that he is scheming for her arrest. "Investigations [on cashgate] are continuing and we expect them to lead to wherever they may lead," Mutharika told VOA, throwing a subtle hint that Banda was not yet safe from an imprisonment over her role in the financial scandal that saw her lose power in May, 2014.

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  • Jay Z Responds To Tidal Criticism During Tweetstorm

    "We aren't perfect - but we are determined."

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