• Krejcir’s JHB, Vaal properties sold for R17m

    They were auctioned off yesterday, with the one in Bedfordview attracting 4 registered bidders. Radovan Krejcir Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir Radovan Krejcirs properties on auction JOHANNESBURG - Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir’s two houses, one in Bedfordview and another in the Vaal, now have two new separate owners. Eyewitness News understands his Bedfordview mansion was sold for R12,8 million (all inclusive), while his Vaal home was sold for R4,2 million (all inclusive).  The homes were auctioned off yesterday, with the one in Bedfordview attracting four registered bidders. One bidder who participated in the auction in Bedfordview - but pulled out as the price climbed - says he was disappointed

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  • Juju backs down on Madiba jibe

    Malema, who is on a week-long visit to the UK, caused a storm back in South Africa when he told an audience during his address to the Oxford Union on Wednesday that "the deviation from the Freedom Charter was the beginning of selling out ... the revolution". He added: "The Nelson we celebrate now is a stage-managed Mandela who compromised the principles of the revolution which are captured in the Freedom Charter." But on Friday night, speaking at an intimate event at the Pan African People's Movement in Tottenham, Malema moderated his remarks. "[Zimbabwean President Robert] Mugabe took it from here to here; Madiba took it from here to here. We cannot complain that 'No, these old men have sold

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  • Chelsea drop Costa but still toothless - Premier League

    London – Jose Mourinho dropped his disgruntled main striker Diego Costa for Chelsea’s Premier League visit to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday but the champions still proved toothless up front as they ground out an undistinguished goalless draw at White Hart Lane. The Chelsea manager said before the game that his out-of-sorts Spanish striker was lacking confidence and Costa certainly did not look a happy soul when, late on, he realised he was not going to be brought on as a substitute. Turning his back on the bench, he tossed his warm-up bib away behind him in disgust. It landed at Mourinho’s feet. Mourinho told BT Sport after the game that “there was not an issue, not at all” with Costa, who did

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  • Malema’s rant ‘crossed the line’ - Politics | IOL News

    Durban - Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema has now crossed the red line with his “warped logic and rantings” about former president Nelson Mandela, the African National Congress Youth League in KwaZulu-Natal said on Sunday. Malema, himself a former ANCYL leader until his expulsion from the ANC, said at the Oxford Union in the UK on Wednesday that Mandela had sold out the struggle of the people and of South Africa and deviated from the Freedom Charter. Malema has been universally condemned by political parties and civil society for his statements. KwaZulu-Natal ANCYL provincial secretary Thanduxolo Sabela said Malema had now taken his “vicious attacks against the icons of South Africa’s

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  • Zimbabwe: First Lady Hints At New Leadership for 2018 Election

    FIRST Lady Grace Mugabe last week hinted that Zanu PF was likely to choose a new presidential candidate to represent the party in the 2018 general elections, in what was seen as an admission that President Robert Mugabe, 91, may be too frail to run - in fact stand - for re-election. Zanu PF is scheduled to hold its next congress in 2019, having held one last year which resulted in former Vice-President Joice Mujuru and her high-profile allies, among them the party's former secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa, falling by the wayside. The party holds its congresses after every five years, but the Zanu PF constitution provides for an extraordinary congress where leaders can be replaced before

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  • Meyiwa murder case: Phalane to step in

    The acting National Police Commissioner has vowed to solve the case and bring closure for the families. Senzo Meyiwa Senzo Meyiwa killed National Police Commissioner JOHANNESBURG - Investigations into the murder of former Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa have taken a more serious approach, with reports that the acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phalane is assisting investigators.  The Sunday Independent is reporting that Phalane has asked for the dossier so that he can engage with the investigators.  The 27-year-old player was killed at his girlfriend's mother's home in Vosloorus just over a year ago. The investigation into Meyiwa’s murder is now receiving high priority with acting

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  • Does Cassper Nyovest deserve to be named Africa's best rapper?

    For the past year, Cassper Nyovest has gone head to head with fellow rapper AKA. The duo have battled it out in terms of hot lyrics, eye catching videos, awards and record sales. Their hip hop beef has made for interesting headlines and stories, I mean who could forget AKA's team member allegedly pulling a gun on Nyovest at a recording of Sabc 1's Live AMP? Then there is the constant flaunting of iTunes sales between the two. Screen grabs on Instagram and Twitter of who sits higher on iTunes sales has become standard for both rappers. They tend to perform at the same gigs but none dare ask them to share a stage for the fear that shots could literally be fired. While the two rappers have embraced

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  • ‘Outsiders in our own land’ - Politics | IOL News

    Johannesburg - Afrikaner political party Front Nasionaal set itself on a collision course with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) by burning an EFF T-shirt and a poster showing the face of leader Julius Malema. The party led a march to the Union Buildings from the Pretoria Art Museum on Friday to hand over a memorandum, addressed to President Jacob Zuma, signalling its intention to have areas for Afrikaners to live out their heritage and exercise their right to self-determination as per the constitution. The relatively small group, led by Marius Coertze, Front Nasionaal’s legal representative, set the red EFF T-shirt, as well as a poster with Malema’s face on it, alight. Soon afterwards the

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  • Black Friday sales fever sweeps SA - South Africa | IOL News

    Hundreds of people braved the long queues at stores’ Black Friday sales on Friday. The event is usually held on the Friday after Thanksgiving Thursday in the US – the day retailers have massive discounts on merchandise across the world. The sales fever gripped South Africa too on Friday as shoppers flocked to stores across the country to snap up one-day-only bargains. At Southgate Mall in Joburg’s south, shoppers at Checkers pushed and shoved as they jostled for nappies, milk, soft drinks, biscuits and soap going at a 50 percent discount. Those who wanted to score braved long queues from before 7am. Pensioner Nkele More left her Orlando West, Soweto home on a mission to buy full-cream milk. She

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  • Banks under fire over R99 debit order scam

    Fin24 has been inundated with emails from irate bank customers following an expose on Special Assignment on Sunday which lifted the lid on how easy it is for dubious companies operating in the call centre space to gain access to bank accounts through unauthorised debit orders. Banks in the South Africa process about 56 million debit orders a month and from these close to a million inter-bank debit orders, including non-authenticated early debit orders, are disputed every month, according to the Payments Association of South Africa (PASA). The dispute ratio for non-authenticated debit orders is between 4.5% and 6%. Lucas Mlangeni said it worried him that his bank account has been invaded by fraudsters.

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  • Family & friends bid farewell to Jonah Lomu

    Six simple words eloquently summed up the impact Jonah Lomu had on rugby union when New Zealand paid its final respects to the former All Blacks winger on Monday. “Too big, too fast, too much,” Lomu’s high school coach Chris Grinter told the thousands of people who had flocked to Eden Park for a public memorial service. Lomu’s casket was carried to a specially built stage by former team mates, including All Blacks Michael Jones, Frank Bunce and Jerome Kaino.

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  • Kill thy neighbour: Alex attack brings home SA's shame

    His attackers had followed him down a street, keeping their prey at arm's length, waiting for an opening to land the fatal blow. They circled him as, on his knees amid rubbish, he pleaded for mercy. In those moments, Emmanuel Sithole was no longer a man, a neighbour, a human being. The intensity on his attackers' faces showed that he had become a thing to kill - each thrust aimed with ferocity. Around the macabre scene - where children had played and adults had strolled moments before - some now held their hands to their mouths in horror. Others stood seemingly detached, as if watching a movie. The attack on Sithole lasted about two minutes. Alexandra township, next door to Sandton, had just

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  • FNB apologises to customers for technical problem

    Irate customers vented their frustrations as their debit and credit cards were declined. FNB First National Bank FNB system problems Irate customers took to social media yesterday venting their frustrations as their debit and credit cards were declined. FNB says the problem was caused by a queue on the system slowing down transactions. The institution’s Vidya Medapati said, “FNB apologises to our customers for the inconvenience caused. We do view this problem quite seriously especially if it affects our customers. Sufficient remediation has been put in place almost immediately after the problem was experienced. We are confident that his should not happen again.” (Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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  • Man stabbed at Blue Lagoon

    A man believed to be in his 50s is in a critical condition after being stabbed at Durban’s Blue Lagoon on Saturday afternoon, KwaZulu-Natal paramedics said. “It is alleged the man was in an altercation which resulted in him being stabbed in the abdomen; however, the exact facts are unclear and subject to a South African Police Service investigation,” Crisis Medical spokesman Kyle van Reenen said. The man was stabilised on the scene and transported to a nearby hospital for further care, he said.

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  • L-Tido falls off stage at Maftown Heights - Connect

    South African hip-hop artist, L-Tido falls off the stage during the the Maftown Heights music festival , that was held at Mary Fitzgerald Square, Johannesburg, on Friday. The artist posted the video of the fall on his Instagram account, captioned ” We got the footage, fell of the stage last night at Maftown heights – Rockstar life”. L-Tido said that he did not sustain any injuries from the fall or what looks like a jump. The music festival featured local artists, Khuli Chana , HHP, Tuks , K.O, AKA, Ricky Rick and many more. This counts and the fifth Maftown Heights event.

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  • Arsenal slammed over 14 minute flight - Premier League

    London - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has defended the club’s decision to take a 14-minute flight to Norwich for Sunday’s Barclays Premier League clash. They were criticised by environmental groups in October 2012 for using a private jet to travel 100 miles from London Luton to Carrow Road and have come under fire again. The decision has been labelled ‘ridiculous’ and ‘ludicrous’ by campaigners, who also claim it proves footballers ‘live in their own bubble’ due to their excessive wealth. Wenger confirmed at his press conference: ‘We will fly to Norwich on Saturday night after having dinner at the training ground. When we made the decision there was some road work planned. Sometimes the access

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  • Take back your trains: Prasa seeks refund in dodgy tender debacle

    The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa wants the Spanish company that provided the controversial Afro 4000 trains - found to be unsuitable for the local rail network - to take back its stock and refund the R2.65-billion already paid to it. The deal attracted international headlines when it was discovered earlier this year that the trains were too tall for South Africa's railways. It has also emerged that Prasa executives involved in the deal could face criminal charges for their part in the scandal. Court papers filed this week detail allegations of blatant collusion in the tender process, designed to favour certain individuals from the start. On Friday, Prasa chairman Popo Molefe approached

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  • Jingle smells for Joburg - Gauteng | IOL News

    Johannesburg - It’s going to be a stinky Christmas for Joburg residents as striking Pikitup workers vow to keep piling the streets with more rubbish if their demands aren’t met. The SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) is demanding a R10 000 basic salary for Pikitup workers and wants the axe to fall on the company’s managing director Amanda Nair, whom it accuses of corrupt practices and nepotism. Samwu national spokesman Papikie Mohale said the union had sent a letter to Nair requesting a meeting but she had refused. Pikitup spokesman Jacky Mashapu, however, claimed it had never received any formal communication from the union and this week obtained a court interdict preventing workers from continuing

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  • Maphatsoe denies reports of plans to overthrow government

    The Sunday Times is reporting that Kebby Maphatsoe said the threat was first revealed by the president. African National Congress Gautrain Deputy Defence Minister Kebby Maphatsoe Terror attacks JOHANNESBURG - Deputy Defence Minister Kebby Maphatsoe has strongly denied reports that he revealed that there are plans to overthrow government with a terrorist attack on the Gautrain. The Sunday Times is reporting that Maphatsoe told a gathering to honour the late African National Congress (ANC) stalwart Barney Molokoane that the threat was first revealed by President Jacob Zuma at the ANC’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on Friday. The newspaper alleges that Zuma had told the NEC that the

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  • Blind faith in Hlaudi beggars belief… - Sunday Independent

    Despite overwhelming legal opinion that Hlaudi Motsoeneng should not be at the helm of the SABC, Minister Faith Muthambi seems to think everybody else is wrong, writes Wally Mbhele. For the umpteenth time, Communications Minister Faith Muthambi will take the fight to the courts in her resolve to keep the embattled Hlaudi Motsoeneng at the SABC. Someone needs to put a stop to this fetish of hers to keep a blatantly unqualified man at a desk that he does not deserve. Muthambi indicated on Friday that she was going to appeal against the judgment handed down by the Western Cape High Court. In handing down his ruling, Judge Dennis Davis endorsed the findings of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA), which

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