• Mafia warns Islamic State: stay out of New York

    Giovani Gambino, son of the infamous gangster John Gambino, is reported to have said in a television interview that the Mafia would protect New York citizens from Islamic State (IS), and that they were better placed to do so than officials in America because of their reach within communities. “Wherever the Sicilian influence is strong in New York, ISIS interlopers simply won’t be able to set up shop. “The world is dangerous today, but people living in New York neighbourhoods with Sicilian connections should feel safe, we make sure our friends and families are protected from extremists and terrorists, especially the brutal, psychopathic organization that calls itself the Islamic State. “The Mafia has a bad reputation, but much of that’s undeserved.

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  • Visa regulations changes to be implemented – Gigaba

    The Department of Home Affairs will implement concessions that have been made to the controversial visa regulations within three months, the department said on Wednesday. Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said during a discussion on visa regulations that his department has “taken note of recent statements concerning actions taken regarding concessions that Cabinet had made to ease the implementation of the amended immigration legislation and regulations”. The concessions would include the capturing of biometrics in a pilot phase at ports of entry into South Africa. The biometrics pilot would start with OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, Durban’s King Shaka International Airport and Cape Town International Airport.

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  • Nigeria: South Africa Threatens to Arrest Nigeria's Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

    The South African government has threatened a jail term for Chris Oyakhilome if his church, Christ Embassy, fails to release its financial records, the South African based News24 is reporting. The Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities said several religious leaders in the country could be jailed if they fail to comply with the demands of the commission. ‎The commission said it was investigating the commercialization of religion and abuse of people's beliefs and had summoned several churches to appear before it with their ordination certificate, registration certificate, bank statements, and annual financial statements from 2012. Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva

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  • DJ Cleo disappointed with Idols results | The New Age

    Multi-award winning producer DJ Cleo who is behind Idols runner-up Mmatema Moremi’s single Because Of You is a disappointed man after Moremi’s loss to Karabo Mogane who hails from Mpumalanga. “The result for me was disappointing. In my view Mmatema is a Jennifer Hudson in the making or a Brenda Fassie if you like. Granted an opportunity to work with her by M-Net, Universal and the management agencies involved with the top 16, I believe she will go very far. “Remember Jennifer Hudson was not the overall winner when she took part in Idols. We are at the stage where now it’s the real thing. These artists are leaving the ‘production’ behind. “There are no more choreographers, dancers, lighting and

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  • Court rules Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s appointment ‘unlawful’ & ‘irrational’

    Judge Dennis Davis made the ruling in the Western Cape High Court this morning. SABC Hlaudi Motsoeneng DA takes Hlaudi Motsoeneng to court CAPE TOWN – The Western Cape High Court has ruled Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s appointment as the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)’s Chief Operating Officer is ‘unlawful and irrational’. Judge Dennis Davis handed down the ruling this morning.  The Democratic Alliance (DA) last month applied to the court to have Motsoeneng’s appointment set aside. This comes after the Public Protector made damning findings against him and after questions were raised around his appointment.  The DA's Phumzile van Damme says, “The DA is obviously quite pleased with the judgment.

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  • Letsholonyane nearing Chiefs exit door?

    Midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane facing an uncertain future a Kaizer Chiefs.

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  • ‘ANC is bordering on lying to SA’ - Politics | IOL News

    Cape Town - “The ANC is bordering on lying to the masses.” This was one of the revealing remarks made by former ANC treasurer general, Mathews Phosa, in recent interview with eNCA when he spoke about the promises the political party made when it came into power. “We made many promises, now the expectations of our people are around those issues, there are founded on our own promises, there is an extent to which we tried to meet those expectations but the backlog is huge and massive, and it has become intolerable to the masses.” Phosa elaborated that the ANC understood the scale of the problem they faced when they came into power. “The ANC understood the scale of the problem, we had many arguments

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  • Afrikaners want own community - Gauteng | IOL News

    Pretoria - Afrikaners want their own community which looks after itself in Pretoria, something along the lines of Kleinfontein and Orania. This should happen as early as after the municipal elections next year, and the area would have its own schools and universities where children are taught in Afrikaans. The statue of Paul Kruger at Church Square could also be moved there. The areas that have been identified are those where many Afrikaans-speaking people live, such as Centurion and Pretoria Moot. Orania in the Northern Cape and Kleinfontein in Gauteng were established by Afrikaners. Only people who identify themselves as Afrikaners are welcome there. And now the Front Nasionaal political party

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  • New family for abandoned baby - KwaZulu-Natal | IOL News

    Durban - He was found abandoned at the roadside hours after he was born but Thabo proved to be a fighter and this month a Canadian couple met and welcomed into their family the happy, healthy now one-year-old. “It was surreal,” Thabo’s new mother, Dana, told the Daily News, “I’d been staring at his photograph for three weeks and then to see him, in front of me, was just overwhelming.” She had prepared herself for the fact that, having never met her or her husband, Nik, before, Thabo might be wary of them. “But when I put my hands out, he just came right to me and snuggled into my chest,” she said. Thabo was found by a city worker in bush alongside the M13, in Westville, on a hot summer’s day

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  • EFF’s Malema takes aim at ‘sellout black billionaires’ in Oxford address

    Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema told Oxford students that South Africa would never follow Zimbabwe’s bloody land redistribution method; that billionaires Patrice Motsepe and Cyril Ramaphosa had "sold their black skin" to become rich; and that he would "never" agree to be in a coalition government with the African National Congress. In his address to the Oxford Union on Wednesday the EFF leader stopped short of calling former president Nelson Mandela a sellout, saying Madiba took the revolution as far as he could but "he was too old, tired" and it was now up to this generation to carry on the fight to implement the Freedom Charter, including the equitable sharing of all of South Africa’s resources.

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  • Zimbabwe's Mr Ugly pageant turns ugly

    Maison Sere, who was missing several teeth and dressed in torn overalls, beat off five other contestants for the $500 Mr Ugly prize -- a large sum in a country facing massive unemployment. Show organiser David Machowa said he created the pageant in 2012 to celebrate "beauty in ugliness".

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  • 'Boko Haram' lift Cyril's chances

    A group of ANC heavyweights calling themselves “Boko Haram” appear to have bolstered Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s chances of succeeding President Jacob Zuma as ANC leader in 2017. According to reports, a number of party bigwigs serving in national and provincial legislatures joined the group over the weekend. They are said to include two former premiers, one former provincial secretary and a host of MECs, party regional secretaries and heads of departments in the Limpopo provincial government. This paper has been informed that ANC leaders from Gauteng, along with “Boko Haram”, met secretly in Makgobaskloof outside Tzaneen in Limpopo a fortnight ago. They decided to back Ramaphosa. Yesterday,

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  • Lekoelea off the hook in car theft case

    The soccer star was arrested on Tuesday for driving a stolen car with a fake licence disc and number plates. Stolen car Steve Chippa Lekoelea JOHANNESBURG - The case against former Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana star Steve ‘Chippa’ Lekoelea has been struck off the roll due to a lack of evidence. Lekoelea was arrested in Orange Farm on Tuesday for driving a stolen car which Metro Police discovered while conducting a road block. The soccer star was arrested driving a VW Polo which was found to have a fake licence disc and number plates. It’s understood that the vehicle was stolen in Randburg a year ago. The Police’s Johannes Motsiri says despite the disc, charges were withdrawn. “The case has

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  • Nigeria: Exclusive - Obasanjo to Jonathan: Use Your Foundation to Show Remorse for Your Past Actions

    Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has written to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan urging him to use the new Foundation he is establishing to engage in soul-searching and in reviewing his past actions. In the letter, dated October 12, 2015, Mr. Obasanjo also advised Mr. Jonathan to consider the Foundation as a platform through which he can heal his conscience and demonstrate penitence over his past actions. Mr. Obasanjo wrote the letter in response to an earlier letter written to him by Mr. Jonathan on September 22, informing him of his plans to set up a foundation through which he would continue to service humanity. "... I will be devoting the rest of my life and energy to making the world a better

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  • Enough already with #MustFall - Cape Argus

    #MustFall has become nothing more than glib shorthand for lazy campaigners and even lazier journalists, writes Mike Wills. Enough already with the MustFall stuff. The only thing from now on which must fall is the further use of #MustFall for anything which catches anyone’s ire – #PatriarchyMustFall is the latest variation at UCT. #MustFall has become nothing more than glib shorthand for lazy campaigners and even lazier journalists. (Older readers will remember being similarly fed up with the suffix “-gate” being attached by the media to every whiff of scandal anywhere in the decades after Watergate.) And while we are at this, maybe we can reflect on just how useful hashtags and social media in

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  • Zimbabwe: Vermicomposts Boost Tobacco Production

    One factor contributing to low crop productivity in Zimbabwe is the agricultural ecological imbalance that current farming and social systems have brought about. What is produced on farms ends up in urban areas landfills, sewage ponds or water reservoirs as only chemical fertilisers are returned to farms. The trees and tall grass in the forest (before fires) have maintained nature's cyclic processes as no chemical fertilisers are applied to the many beautiful large trees and tall grass. Dead leaves etc from the tree or grass are decomposed by soil microbes and nutrients are made available to the mother plant, a true personification of sustainable waste management. We have often broken this circle

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  • Party leadership flexes its muscle - Daily News | News

    Durban - Premier Senzo Mchunu has his next six months mapped out for him, as the new leadership of the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal flexes its muscle. Mchunu has been told to see to it that the government’s programme is aligned to priorities identified by the party in the run-up to next year’s local government elections. Although the programme was not spelled out at a media briefing in Durban on Tuesday, it could prove a litmus test for Mchunu, who is now set to take orders from the new leaders. It also comes as the party moves to head off the spectre of “two centres of power”, which arose after Mchunu failed to secure re-election as provincial chairman. Provincial secretary Super Zuma on Tuesday said

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  • Red carpet fit for King Mswati only - Africa | IOL News

    EPA Swaziland's King Mswati III, centre, has banned the use of red - or any other colour carpet - to be used for dignitaries other than himself. Mbababe - If the Oscars or Golden Globes ever desire an African venue for their star-studded shows, they won’t be choosing Swaziland now that police have banned walking on red carpets by anyone other than King Mswati. “The use of red carpets has come under strict monitoring as the Royal Swaziland Police service has been removing such carpets during glamorous social events,” the Times of Swaziland reported on Tuesday. For several years, a red carpet has been rolled out for Mswati as he attends special events and boards or disembarks from his private jet at the national airport.

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  • Mugabe takes struggling Air Zimbabwe under his wing

    The Zimbabwean president has signed off amendments to the law to protect the airliner from creditors. Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe Air Zimbabwe JOHANNESBURG - As crisis-hit South African Airways (SAA) tries to stave off the publication of an internal memo on its financial status, President Robert Mugabe is stepping in to protect his own country’s loss-making airline. He has signed amendments to the law to protect Air Zimbabwe from having its planes and other assets attached by creditors.             At the last count, Air Zimbabwe had a debt of nearly US$300 million, most of it owed to local creditors. Now President Mugabe has taken the unusual step of granting the airline immunity from those creditors

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  • Tomorrow's news today: Lobola from gay perspective, Orlando Pirates and Krejcir

    Lobola from gay perspective Lesbian couple successfully negotiates lobola.  Read the full feature tomorrow.  Pirates trip in doubt Orlando Pirates’ trip to Tunisia was today cast in doubt after Tuesday’s bus bombing incident that left 12 people dead in Tunisia where the Soweto team are due to play the second leg of the Caf Confederation Cup final against Etoile du Sahel. Radovan Krejcir Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir was no ordinary prisoner, made life as difficult as possible for prison authorities and only had himself to blame for the limitation of his rights by becoming involved in an escape attempt, a High Court Judge has said. All these in tomorrow’s copy of The Citizen

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