• 'I experienced racism far beyond that of America in SA': Popular DJ

    A recent visit to South Africa has left a bitter taste in the mouth for well known house music DJ and producer Afefe Iku Osunlade. Afefe Iku Osunlade was one of the headline acts at the Spring Fiesta festival which took place at Wild Water in Boksburg this past weekend. This is what Osunlade had to say about his experience in the country in a Facebook post: “Now im certain I’ll get lots of shit for this post however it must be said. It’s been about ten years since my last visit to South Africa and I must say this trip has more than opened my eyes that apartheid is alive and kickin! It’s absolutely the most white privileged place I’ve ever experienced in my life and from this date I vow never

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  • Malema: I know who gave cash to Zuma

    He made this startling claim in an 83-page affidavit filed in the High Court in Pretoria this week in his ongoing battle with the taxman. This is the first time a current or former ANC insider has revealed the source of Zuma's funds when he was broke and jobless after former president Thabo Mbeki fired him as South Africa's deputy president in 2005. Malema is also the first high-profile politician to reveal how most ANC struggle veterans funded their lifestyles. Malema said he personally raised funds for Zuma at public ANC rallies "and from unidentified donors" before Zuma became president in 2009. There was no difference, he added, between the conduct of his Ratanang Family Trust, which bankrolled

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  • Why Rihanna took Chris Brown back - Tonight News

    NEW YORK - Grammy-winning R&B singer Rihanna said she once felt she was strong enough to take back boyfriend Chris Brown after he famously assaulted her in 2009, but finally realised she had been stupid to think that way. “I was very protective of him. I felt that people didn't understand him,” she told Vanity Fair magazine in a cover story for the November issue. Explaining why she took him back after he left her bloodied on the eve of the Grammy awards, Rihanna, 27, said she thought “Maybe I'm one of those people built to handle ... this. “Maybe I'm the person who's almost the guardian angel to this person, to be there when they're not strong enough” and to be able to “say the right thing.”

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  • South Africa: Broadcasting Chief Case Heads to the Constitutional Court

    The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng wants to challenge his suspension in the Constitutional Court, the public broadcaster announced on Friday. "The SABC has instructed its lawyers to lodge an urgent appeal with the Constitutional Court in regards to the judgement laid down by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) [on Thursday]," SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kgangayo said in a statement. The SCA had dismissed Motsoeneng's appeal against a Western Cape High Court ruling that ordered in October 2014 Motsoeneng be suspended until a disciplinary hearing against him had been finalised. The SCA also considered the authority of the public protector's office,

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  • OR Tambo International Airport a no-fly zone

    The failure of control-tower equipment at OR Tambo International Airport left dozens of planes grounded and thousands of passengers frustrated on Wednesday. The problems slowed international and local arrivals and departures at Africa’s busiest airport to a snail’s pace. Airline companies warned that there would be a huge knock-on effect on flights leaving and arriving in Johannesburg. The radio technology problems arose as South Africa’s leading civil aviation safety and security experts met in Johannesburg for a safety and security conference on Wednesday.

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  • Mourinho responds to Capello criticism - Premier League

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has hit back at criticism levelled by Fabio Capello and said he is determined to lift the Blues out of the rut that has seen them slump to the lower reaches of the Premier League. Chelsea are currently two places above the relegation zone after losing four and winning only two of their first eight league games. Their worst start to a season in 37 years has prompted criticism of Mourinho's methods, with Capello notably claiming the Portuguese coach “burns out his players” after two seasons. Mourinho, speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport on Thursday, admitted he “can't hide the reality” of Chelsea's dire straits but took exception to Capello's assessment of his leadership

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  • LETTER: Masses stoning Oscar

    I HAVE been vocal from the outset about the double standards and victimisation of Oscar Pistorius, without taking sides or venturing into the "guilty or not guilty" debate. Blatant political interference has again, in effect, led to an extension of his prison sentence. It is shocking to see how the uninformed masses rejoice in this victimisation (I saw a barbaric comment on Facebook that his arms should have been cut off too). The infamous necklacing, or "mob justice", functions on exactly the same basis: the hysterical and bloodthirsty masses stone a defenceless human being, taking them right back to the Dark Ages. These armchair judges are no different from people participating in mob justice

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  • Mbalula trolls US losers at World Cup - World Rugby

    We South Africans know nobody trolls a bunch of losers like our Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula. But the USA just got introduced to his flavour of trash talking. Yesterday, The Washington Post published an article capturing all the ways Mbalula heckled the US rugby team before, during and after they played the Springboks and lost. The author, Marissa Payne, wrote: “Politicians aren’t known for their realness, at least in the United States. But things must work differently in South Africa because Fikile Mbalula… left nothing on the table when it came to expressing his glee on Twitter over the Springboks’ 64-0 shutout of the United States during their Rugby World Cup match on Wednesday.”

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  • Indian chiefs rankle Malema

    That was the question Judge Shyam Gyanda posed during his interview with the Judicial Services Commission in Cape Town that set off sparks with Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema, a member of the interviewing panel. Gyanda was a candidate for the position of deputy judge president of the KwaZulu-Natal division of the high court. He was up against judges Mjabuliseni Madondo, Gregory Kruger and Kate Pillay. Simon Ndlovu withdrew his application. After lengthy deliberations late yesterday the JSC did not recommend any of the candidates for appointment because none had received a majority vote. The debate began with Malema saying Indians dominated "every sphere of life", particularly

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  • LETTER FROM WASHINGTON: Now it’s don’t call us, we’ll call you, Mr President

    MUCH has been read into the photograph of presidents Barack Obama and Jacob Zuma crossing paths at a United Nations (UN) lunch last week. We have no way of knowing what was going on in either man’s head. But it’s fun to guess. Here’s what I hope. Obama was table hopping, saw the South African leader and graciously stopped by to say hello. Zuma, cellphone pressed to his ear with one hand, proffered the other. Obama shook it, gestured "call me when you have a moment", and moved on, not wishing to interrupt. What I fear is that Obama, as he shook Zuma’s hand, was amused to see a head of state on the phone at such an occasion, mimicked him by playing the telephonic equivalent of air guitar, and as

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  • These are the South African provinces where you are most likely to be murdered

    Over the past three years the South African murder rate has increased from 30 murders per 100,000 to 33. This is five times higher than the global average of 6.2 per 100,000. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, South Africa ranked eight out of 167 countries with data available for 2012. Between April 2014 and March 2015, on average 49 people were murdered each day. This is on average two more killings a day than in the previous year and a staggering six more deaths a day than in 2011/12. The 2013/14 South African Police Service annual report showed that 5% of murder victims were children and 14% were women, most of whom were murdered by their intimate partners. By far the

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  • Don't worry Chelsea fans, only 48.4 days left for Jose Mourinho

    Powered by caffeine and adrenaline, hundreds of Kenyan and Canadian geeks will compete over Skype in a 28-hour ''hackathon'' to develop apps to improve rural Kenyans' health, farms and access to education.

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  • Zimbabwe stops Nigerian prophet from entering after he prophesied Mugabe would die

    According to News Day, Okafor, the leader of the Liberation City World Outreach Ministries, reportedly said in October last year that Zimbabwe would have a new president by March this year. The prophecy may not have been well-received by Zimbabwean authorities, News Day reported. Okafor is not the only "man of God" who has prophesied Mugabe's death over the past few years. In January, a controversial but hugely popular Malawian prophet, Austin Liabunya, predicted the supposed impending demise of Mugabe. A Malawi publication, the Maravi Post, reported at the time that Liabunya had predicted, during a New Year’s Day service, that Mugabe would pass away this year. This was not the first time the

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  • Five nabbed in brazen attempt to defraud Sars of millions

    A Pretoria company claimed to have paid R266 million in salaries and wanted to claim VAT. SARS Fraud Fraudulent activities CAPE TOWN - The South African Revenue Service (Sars) has foiled an attempt to swindle it out of millions through a tax fraud scam. This resulted in the arrest of five people at its head offices in Pretoria. Sars says a Pretoria-based company claimed to have paid R266 million in salaries to its employees - and wanted to claim value added tax on that amount. But suspicious officials requested supporting documents, including payslips, only to discover that they were fraudulent. Sars's Luther Lebelo says they then set up a sting operation with police. “The company claimed that

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  • Bozwana ‘killed for fighting corruption’ - Crime & Courts | IOL News

    Mahikeng – North West businessman Wandile Bozwana was killed for fighting corruption, mourners heard on Thursday. “Wandile was questioning the irregular awarding of tenders. We have companies that were awarded multi-million (rand) tenders even when they did not have tax certificates. Bozwana was fighting this corruption,” said Mothusi Montwedi from Taung, an ANC member attending Bozwana’s memorial service in Mahikeng. “The ANC is infiltrated by the premier league. They decide the outcome of conferences. Business in the province cannot be available to Supra (Mahumapelo) and few of his friends,” he said to a chorus of applause from the crowd. The so-called Premier League is believed to be made

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  • Malema asks judge candidate if he was deployed by DA

    Advocate Lawrence Lever, from Mahikeng in the North West, studied law at Rhodes University in the 1980s - a tumultuous time during apartheid. After going through his CV and experience, "Commissioner Malema" was first on the mic. Lever's CV included his stint as a member of Parliament for the Democratic Party - a predecessor of the DA - between 1999 and 2004. He left apparently because he felt he had reached his "political shelf life". "In the eighties you were at the university? And you were conscious of what was happening in society at the time? And you went with the flow?" Malema asked. Lever replied that he did not claim to have participated in politics. "You took a decision not to be involved

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  • 'Give back the money. Give back the name': DA to Chancellor House

    “But fast-forward half a century‚” Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane said on Thursday outside Chancellor House Holdings in Sandton‚ “and you will find that the name has been stolen and defiled.” Maimane was addressing a protest against what his party said is the “flagrant abuse of public funds by the African National Congress (ANC)‚ and the devastating effect it is having on South Africa”. Most recently‚ Chancellor House was said to have received “$6-million in dividends and barely-disguised kickbacks labelled ‘success fees’ and ‘consultation fees’ ” from Japanese company “Hitachi in order to secure Eskom tenders”. The company agreed to pay $19-million to the United States Securities and

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  • Calls for currency devaluation as confidence sinks - Business News | IOL Business

    The continued fluctuation in the rand is hurting Zimbabwean manufacturers, prompting them to call for internal devaluation of the US dollar after the first manufacturing confidence index showed confidence in the industry at a lowly negative 33 percent. Zimbabwe has apparently become a warehouse for goods produced in other countries, mainly from South Africa, Malawi, Zambia and China, despite lobby efforts to promote local producers. Manufacturers in Zimbabwe are struggling against a heavy saddle of power outages, high electricity tariffs and other costs, as well as expensive borrowing on the local market. Busisa Moyo, the president of the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI), said in Harare yesterday that the prices of products produced in Zimbabwe “are a reflection of the Zimbabwean environment”.

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  • Sfiso Ncwane in baby mama drama, says 'I'm not going to support another man's child'

    Pinky Dlamini, 29, added to Ncwane’s woes after she told Drum magazine’s latest issue that the Kulingile Baba hit-maker is not supporting the boy. But the Bayede Baba singer denies paternity and rubbished Dlamini as “jealous and bitter.” Ncwane challenged her to do DNA tests to prove that he is truly not the father of the boy, according to the report. “That boy is not mine and I know who the real father is. I’m not going to support another man’s child. Pinky knows the truth and if she insists on saying I’m the father, then let’s go for a DNA test,” Ncwane told Drum. “Like all ex-girlfriends she’s not happy that I dumped her and became successful.” Pinky said: “My son doesn’t even have shoes as

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  • Bok in biting furore - Cape Times

    Matt Lawton South Africa might have left the Olympic Stadium believing they had emerged from a crisis but they could yet find themselves at the centre of a biting scandal. While the match commissioner will want to examine video evidence in an effort to assess an incident that occurred in the first half of this Pool B encounter, a photograph, taken by the Daily Mail’s Kevin Quigley, appears to show Springboks prop Frans Malherbe sinking his teeth into the shoulder of American lock Matt Trouville. When shown the photograph, Trouville told team USA officials he could not recall the incident, although he was wearing padding across his shoulders. A spokesman for the South Africa team, who was also

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