• Hawks grab travel bags stuffed with R21.1 million in Bloemfontein airport swoop

    On Valentine's Day the Hawks pounced on two men at Bloemfontein airport before they boarded a plane with more than R21.1-million stuffed in their bags. Police Captain Philani Nkwalase said the Hawks‚ acting on a tip-off‚ arrested 25-year-old Baig Mahomed and 50-year-old Mahomed Hoosen. "The Hawks‚ along with the police‚ swiftly acted on information about the duo [who] had four big travelling bags full of cash." They were intercepted before catching a flight to Cape Town‚ said Nkwalase. "Preliminary investigations revealed that they drove from Durban to Bloemfontein prior to their arrest. Furthermore‚ it was established that Baig had a previous conviction for possession of dagga in 2010.'' Police

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  • Port Elizabeth man critical after attack by pitbulls

    A Port Elizabeth man is in a critical condition in Livingstone Hospital after he was mauled by two pitbulls on Saturday. Health department spokesman Sizwe Kupelo said ambulance personnel who were at the scene reported that two dogs escaped from a garden and attacked a man walking by.

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  • Komphela: My dream came true

    Amakhosi edged the Lions of the North 1-0 at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday evening, courtesy of a Lorenzo Gordinho’s header from a Siphiwe Tshabalala corner-kick. “Sometimes we lack so much respect to the energies but if you are conscious of what’s going on you are likely going to be along the way.

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  • Hatred hastening America's Reichstag moment

    The drums of war are beating in the US - not only from the White House but from the pulpits of Christian right-wing churches, which are galvanising their congregations towards a new crusade against Islam. Listening to the latest sermon of popular American evangelical Pastor JD Farag on Middle East Bible prophecy is enough to send shivers down anyone’s spine. Farag’s message is one of hate and fear-mongering. The essence of which is that Muslims are “streaming” into the US to turn churches into mosques, to impose Sharia, and to weaken, dilute, and eventually destroy the Christian religion. His “be very afraid” sermon is met with rapturous applause by the congregation, and the YouTube version of

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  • Zimbabwe: 'Diamonds Raining' Prophet Takes South Africa By Storm

    Gweru-born and South Africa-based "Prophet" Gerry King who made headlines three years ago after diamonds reportedly fell during a church service in Chiredzi has taken the neighbouring country by storm after thousands of followers flocked to his church service. Multitudes of followers of different nationalities throng Boksburg in Johannesburg where the 29-year-old charismatic man of the cloth usually holds his worship services and crusades. So popular is King's Places International Church founder, that prominent people, including top South Africa police officers in Gauteng province are among notable people attending his services. "It is not so much about popularity, but the good hand of God that

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  • Customs officials at OR Tambo make their biggest ever cocaine bust

    “Customs officials… confiscated 271kg of cocaine with an estimated street value of R78 million at the Oliver Tambo International Airport. It marks the biggest ever cocaine bust by Customs officials in South Africa‚” SARS said in a statement. The drugs en route from Sao Paulo to Nairobi‚ Kenya‚ were found in a cargo warehouse during routine operations‚ SARS said. “The specific shipment‚ indicated as ‘cosmetics’ on official documentation‚ was identified for closer inspection through Customs profiling techniques. “A physical inspection was conducted after narcotic detector dogs reacted positively to the cargo. Officials found hair products packed in boxes. A drug test on a number of randomly selected

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  • Mathews Phosa: This was my Damascus moment

    In every politician’s life there is a Damascus moment, and in some cases, more than one. I had a Damascus moment this year at the opening of Parliament when Speaker Baleka Mbete callously, coldly and clinically refused to allow Parliament to bow their heads to show that they feel the pain of the families of the 94 who had died because the government looked the other way. A president who had been found not to have honoured his constitutional oath of office had only laughter to offer when members of Parliament were treated to PW Botha-style unconstitutional assault. When a former comrade and colleague called the president a scoundrel and others called him a Tsotsi. When all the ANC had to offer

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  • Molefe's appointment will strengthen state capture efforts

    The Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) on Sunday expressed dismay that former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe, who was linked to the wealthy politically-connected Gupta family in former public protector Thuli Madonsela’s “State of Capture” report, is to be sworn in as an African National Congress (ANC) MP. In the report, Madonsela had revealed that Molefe and Ajay Gupta, the eldest of the Gupta brothers, exchanged 58 telephone conversations between August 2015 and March 2016. Cellphone records secured by Madonsela also located Molefe at or near the Guptas’ Saxonwold, Johannesburg, compound 19 times between August 5 and November 17, 2015, Fedusa said in a statement. “The allusion to an improper

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  • Paul Jordaan: Why I left SA for French rugby

    LA ROCHELLE, France - After five years with the Sharks, Paul Jordaan is now plying his trade with French club La Rochelle, who are the surprise log leaders in the Top 14 this season. In an interview with MyPlayers, Jordaan, who plays centre, gave his reasons why he left South Africa to further his career in France. “I enjoyed five good years at the Sharks. However, I didn't feel I was getting any recognition from the national selectors, so I decided to look for a fresh challenge overseas. “It's a good time in my career to test myself outside my comfort zone. I had offers from Scotland and Japan, but got a really good deal from La Rochelle. I made the move with my fiancée, Natasha.” Jordaan says

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  • ANC MP 'forced out' to make way for Brian Molefe in Parliament

    An African National Congress member of Parliament was "pushed out" to make way for former Eskom chief executive officer Brian Molefe to be parachuted into the National Assembly. City Press reported on Sunday that ANC MP Abram Mudau was among office bearers who were allegedly forced to sign post-dated resignation letters. Molefe will be sworn in on Wednesday. The Sunday Times reported on Sunday that a day after it became known that Molefe was heading to Parliament‚ the ANC ordered Mudau to vacate his seat.

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  • Zimbabwe: Who Is Malema?, Mugabe Asks

    Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has, for the first time, responded to Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema's call last month that he must step down. According to The Sunday News, Mugabe "brushed off" Malema's utterances, saying the call to step down must come from his ruling Zanu-PF party. "Do you listen to anything from Malema? Who is Malema? The call to step down must come from my party; my party at Congress; my party at Central Committee. [In such circumstances] I will step down," Mugabe was quoted as saying. The veteran leader said this during an interview with the state television, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), to mark his 93 rd birthday. Mugabe was born

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  • Schalk paid farmworkers between R6 and R10 a day

    Cape Town -  Schalk Burger Snr could be in trouble with the Labour Department for allegedly underpaying his farmworkers. Employees this week protested outside his house on his wine farm in Wellington, after he failed to pay their full wages last week. The workers, who are all permanently employed and live on the farm, say for the past two weeks, Burger paid them between R6 and R10 a day. In five payslips shown to the Daily Voice, issued by Burger Boerdery, workers earned between R42 and R94 for a seven-day week. This falls far short of the national minimum wage - which for farmworkers currently stands at R128 for a nine-hour day. Burger made headlines last year, after workers accused him of attempted

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  • Mbalula might just be coolest minister online

    Johannesburg – If there is one minister who has managed to win the hearts of social media users, it is Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula. Apart from his political credentials, Mbalula has earned popularity through social media, boasting 660 000 followers on Twitter and 432 000 followers on Instagram. Besides the occasional Twitter war, or Twar, Mbalula has mastered his “social media public relations strategy”. Some of his recent clap-backs include tweets about a story line on SABC2 soapie Muvhango and a follower told him to watch Mzansi Magic series The Queen on DStv instead. “Fikile Njayam, stop watching that rubbish!! And watch The Queen!!.” Mbalula clapped back and told the follower

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  • Putting America first may leave it last

    Years ago I remember reading Paul Kennedy’s classic, The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers: Economic Changes and Military Conflict (1987). I was most impressed by the statement: “But states apparently at the zenith of their political power are usually already in a condition of comparative economic decline and the United States is no exception. Power can be maintained only by a prudent balance between the creation of wealth and military expenditure, and great powers in decline almost always hasten their demise by shifting expenditure from the former to the latter.” At the time this book was written, Kennedy was already concerned about America’s military overreach and that was long before the US

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  • Port Elizabeth man scheduled to have his arm amputated after being mauled by pitbulls

    A man mauled by two pitbulls in Rowallan Park‚ Port Elizabeth‚ on Saturday is scheduled to have his arm amputated on Sunday morning. Health Department spokesman Sizwe Kupelo said on Sunday the man was fighting for his life in Livingstone Hospital after having an emergency operation on Saturday. Police spokeswoman Colonel Priscilla Naidu said on Saturday that the circumstances of the attack were still being investigated.

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  • All smiles as CAF president pays visit to Zuma

    TP Mazembe face Sundowns on Saturday night at 7pm at Loftus.

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  • Live lobsters worth R250k seized in Cape Town

    Live lobsters worth R250 000 were seized in Cape Town this week because of contraventions to the Marine Living Resources Act, Western Cape police said. Members of border police, the agriculture, forestry, and fisheries department (DAFF), and the customs service dog unit conducted inspections on perishable consignments at the South African Airways (SAA) cargo section as part of operation “Thunder Bird”, Captain FC van Wyk said. “Two consignments were stopped because their original export permits were not on the premises of SAA cargo. The contents of the two consignments were live lobsters destined for Hong Kong via Johannesburg. The two consignments were seized by members of DAFF and the live

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  • Fishing vessel on fire is listing in Cape Town harbour making efforts to put out blaze dangerous

    Efforts to extinguish a fire aboard a Korean fishing vessel in Cape Town Harbour have been suspended until an engineer determines whether it is safe to continue. The boat has been burning since 2am on Saturday morning but “listing” – caused by water collecting on one side of the vessel making it tilt – has made it unsafe for firefighters to continue putting out the blaze. Disaster Risk Management spokesman for the city of Cape Town‚ Theo Layne‚ said that a naval architect had been deployed to assess the situation. “The engineer is determining the stability of the vessel since it is still listing” said Layne. “There is a lot of water on one side of the vessel and there is a concern over the safety

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  • Proteas win a thriller in Hamilton

    First ODI New Zealand: 207/7 (34/34 ov) South Africa: 210/6 (33.5/34 ov) South Africa won by 4 wickets (with 1 ball remaining) CAPE TOWN - AB de Villiers and Andile Phehlukwayo shared an unbroken 54-run partnership for the seventh wicket to propel South Africa to a thrilling four-wicket victory in the first ODI against New Zealand at Seddon Park on Sunday. The victory equalled the Proteas’ record of 12 consecutive ODI victories. South Africa required 12 runs off Tim Southee’s final over and inched over the line with one ball remaining. De Villiers and Phehlukwayo ran two byes, which included a Southee wide, before the latter smashed a massive six over long-on to get his team closer to the target.

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  • Zimbabwe: 'Several' Injured As Nando's Building Collapses in Bulawayo

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