Gabriella Engels, the South African model allegedly assaulted at a Sandton hotel by Zimbabwe’s first lady, Grace Mugabe, and civil rights group AfriForum have described Mugabe’s claim that Engels had assaulted her as nonsense. Engels, assisted by AfriForum, will today ask the High Court in Pretoria for an order allowing them to institute proceedings against the first lady to have diplomatic immunity granted to her by the South African government on August 19 this year set aside. They will also seek an order to have court papers served on Mugabe at the presidential offices in Zimbabwe. Afriforum’s Kallie Kriel said today’s urgent application was the first step in their bid to get Mugabe’s diplomatic
Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder Joseph Shabalala is reportedly still battling with his health following a spine surgery. Shabalala was admitted to hospital for the operation two months ago, but his recovery was taking longer than expected, group member Sandile Khumalo told TshisaLIVE on Tuesday. “He has been discharged, and is recovering at home, but is still struggling. He is old now. We were worried when he went in for the operation, and are still very concerned because he is sick, but he is getting stronger. “The group is now in the hands of Sibongiseni, and he is doing a great job. We are now just looking after Joseph and making sure that he is getting the proper treatment he needs to recover,”
The Hawks in the Northern Cape on Tuesday say they are still looking for a man who duped a cash depot into handing over R9-million to him. The man and his accomplice took off with the loot without any aggression‚ without any hostages‚ without any guns or explosives. The tale of how they made off with the funds sounds like something from a movie. According to police‚ the suspect and his accomplice arrived at the G4S depot on December 8‚ just ahead of the Christmas rush‚ clad in security uniforms. “The duo pretended to be security guards from another cash-in-transit security company expected to collect cash for Cash Paymaster Services. They were allowed entry and were further allowed to make a
It is probably one of the most macabre of professions, somewhere in Bell Pottinger zone, but on Tuesday night there was no time to get touchy-feely about this business of seeing off the dearly departed. With people like Black First Land First’s Andile Mnxgitama, President Jacob Zuma and former African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on the bill, you know the personal is also political. Zuma didn’t make it because he happened to have been in New York for a long-scheduled annual engagement at the United Nations General Assembly, and Mngxitama wasn’t spotted at the gala dinner either. It’s easy to play with metaphors such as that Dlamini Zuma’s campaign is dead and buried, but
JOHANNESBURG - 702 anchor Stephen Grootes says furniture shop Eric Barnard Meubels is using economic power to bully Jacaranda FM because of statements made by host Tumi Morake. Morake made statements about how little retribution was done for black people post-apartheid. Grootes says economic apartheid is still in place in South Africa. He says if South Africans are going to use their power to boycott companies accused of state capture, they must do the same to companies using economic power against people who speak the truth. Listen to the audio above for more.
A 69-year-old Durban man is suing the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) for about R24m after he contracted a debilitating, terminal disease from tainted blood. The man, whose name is being withheld in the court documents, says he is already wheelchair-bound and has to have round-the-clock care, but his situation will worsen as the HTLV-I (human T-cell leukaemia) ravages his body. The man received the blood at a Durban hospital in 2011. He was diagnosed in 2013 and last year lodged his claim for damages and future medical and other expenses. The matter came into the public eye when his lawyers - hired by Section 27 - brought an application seeking to strike out the blood services defence
We already have many examples of how Tom Moyane responds when cornered and under pressure or when the commissioner wants things to go his way, no matter what. Vlok Symington, SARS’ now embattled deputy director of law, found out in October 2016 when he was held hostage by members of the Hawks and Moyane’s bodyguard, Thabo Titi, in a boardroom in the SARS head office in Pretoria. So desperate are the times, so tangled the web that has been spun during the entire “rogue unit” saga, that Moyane himself seems to exist in a parallel universe where a report, discredited in parts by the very people who compiled it, is claimed as good, honest and true by those (SARS) who have bought, paid for it and