• Nigeria's Most Wanted Corruption Suspect Lives in UK

    President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed that one of Nigeria's biggest corruption suspects is currently residing in the United Kingdom. Buhari said this during an interview with The Telegraph. He said his government would put its trust in British officials to ensure that the unnamed suspect was brought to justice. Despite his refusal to identify the individual in question, all fingers seemed to point to former Petroleum Resources Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke, who is believed to have embezzled $20m from the accounts of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). Buhari also said that he had enlisted the co-operation of the British National Crime Agency (NCA) in prosecuting individuals

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  • Contralesa calls on Mandla Mandela to step down

    Mandela married a Muslim woman at the weekend and is believed to have converted to Islam last year. Mandla Mandela Muslim Contralesa Mandla Mandela married CAPE TOWN - The Congress of Traditional Leaders of South African (Contralesa) has called on Mvezo Chief Mandla Mandela to step down following his conversion to Islam.  Mandela married Rabia Clarke, a Muslim woman, at the weekend and is believed to have converted to Islam late last year.  It's his fourth marriage.  Contralesa’s Xolile Ndevu says Mandela’s new religious affiliation is a problem.  Ndevu believes Chief Mandela cannot both lead the people of Mvezo and the Eastern Cape and be a Muslim at the same time. “It means now he is no longer

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  • ‘National Assembly acted on wrong principle in holding Zuma accountable’

    Baleka Mbete's lawyer says it wasn’t up to Parliament to enforce the Public Protector’s findings. President Jacob Zuma Nkandla Baleka Mbete JOHANNESBURG - Lawyers representing Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete say the National Assembly acted on the wrong principle in terms of holding President Jacob Zuma accountable for the Nkandla debacle. The case being heard in the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) has focused on how the Public Protector's findings on the R246 million Nkandla project have been interpreted. The DA and the EFF have questioned why Parliament rubber stamped Zuma’s position at the time, when he said Advocate Thuli Madonsela’s remedial action was not binding. Mbete’s lawyer, Lindi

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  • Minnie Dlamini, Thomas Mlambo exit SABC's Soccerzone

    A public commitment to publish its Social Labour Plan on the company’s website by Mark Cutifani‚ Chief Executive of Anglo American PLC‚ is a step in the right direction and more companies need to follow suit‚ says the Bench Marks Foundation.

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  • Mbete's bumbling advocate admits Parly was wrong in Nkandla matter

    She raised her voice, used dramatic hand gestures, and occasionally stood in silence before the judges after they asked her questions. Her demeanour and comments even amused Public Protector Thuli Madonsela who laughed when Nkosi-Thomas made a comment about her powers. Nkosi-Thomas was asked if the National Assembly had erred in how it approached the remedial action recommended by Madonsela in her report on the upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead. "Did the National Assembly fail to exercise oversight of the president as a member of executive?" Justice Edwin Cameron asked. After mumbling, Nkosi-Thomas conceded, "Parliament took a wrong position." Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke

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  • Mos Def appears in film on World Passport

    The Western Cape High Court will today‚ Tuesday‚ hear an application from Mos Def‚ who’s birth name is Dante Terrell Smith‚ for an indefinite stay in South Africa. The musician was arrested in January after Home Affairs discovered that he did not have a valid passport. This came after he presented a World Passport to airport officials to travel to a gig in Ethiopia. An investigation reportedly discovered that the rapper's wife‚ Sharon Smith‚ and four children had been living in the country illegally since 2014. His family has been granted an interim order to stay in the country. “My country is called Earth‚” Yasiin Bey says in the new film. “This whole thing belongs to everybody that’s on it.”

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  • Why there is only one race

    Tim Crowe explains how the origin of the KhoiSan tells us that “race” has no place in human ancestry. The ancient origins, anatomical, linguistic and genetic distinctiveness of southern African San and Khoikhoi people are matters of confusion and debate. They are variously described as the world’s first or oldest people; Africa’s first or oldest people, or the first people of South Africa. They are in fact two evolutionarily related but culturally distinct groups of populations that have occupied southern Africa for up to 140,000 years. Their first-people status is due to the fact that they commonly retain genetic elements of the most ancient Homo sapiens. This conclusion is based on evidence

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  • A humble DJ Sbu takes to the streets of Joburg to sell his energy drink

    Armed with a can of Mofaya, matching clothing and a large poster advertising a music concert in benefit of student funding - DJ Sbu sold his drink to drivers in peak traffic. Hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to students of the Sbu Leope Fund which provides tuition and accomodation for disadvantaged school kids. The bold entrepreneur wasn't shy as he walked up and down, selling the drink.  "Thank you to all who gave us words of encouragement, shared laughter with us & bought our entire stock today. We appreciate you guys. We doing this not for us but for your kids. We hope to serve as an inspiration on what active citizenship is all about," said Leope. Watch the DJ below. A video

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  • Zimbabwe: Fears Mount Over Drug-Resistant HIV

    At least 60 percent of people living with HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa, including Zimbabwe, are becoming resistant to the key anti-retroviral drug, Tenofovir, raising fears among scientists that a strain of virus resistant to drugs might have developed. The scientists, whose research was carried out in 36 countries between 2012 and 2015, said another possible cause of the resistance could be due to poor administration of the drug. The study results showed that the 60 percent of people living with HIV continued to have an uncontrolled virus despite being treated with medications, including Tenofovir, compared to 20 percent in Europe. The results further revealed that treatment failure as a result of drug resistance was common in people with a lower CD4 count due to HIV progression, and that the treatment worked best when begun with a high CD4 count.

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  • EFF gives 25 reasons why ‘the Guptas must go’

    THE Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Wednesday released the full list of the "25 reasons why the Guptas must leave or be made to leave the country immediately #Guptasmustgo". The party had launched the campaign on Tuesday night‚ hours after it and its leader‚ Julius Malema‚ were indicted by the North Gauteng High Court from inciting acts of violence against the Gupta family‚ Oakbay Investments‚ The New Age‚ ANN7 and other of the family’s subsidiary company’s shareholders‚ staff and property. By Tuesday night‚ the EFF had shared the first three reasons on its Instagram account‚ and on Wednesday morning released the full list. A defiant Mr Malema had‚ in reaction to the High Court ruling‚ said: "We must respect the courts.

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  • Don't kid yourself about BAs

    Jonathan Jansen: "So what's the difference between a BA degree and a large pizza?" one of my student leaders recently asked a large group of parents inquiring about sending their child to university. "A large pizza can feed a family of four," she joked. I laughed, then cried. Laughed, because of the obvious wit of the comparison. Cried, because this is one of the most misleading pieces of information about BAs in South Africa today. It was not that I had not overheard "BA jokes". At my previous university, there was rampant talk among female students of a "BA man-soek" specialisation (BA find-a-husband). After all, what other reason could you have for doing a BA than to prowl the campus for a

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  • Nigeria: Rescued Girl Longs for Boko Haram 'Husband'

    Almost a year after she was rescued from Boko Haram captivity by the Nigerian army, Zara John, 16, is still in love with one of the fighters who abducted her. She was delighted to discover that she was pregnant with his child following a urine and blood test carried out by a doctor in the refugee camp to which she was taken after her rescue. "I wanted to give birth to my child so that I could have someone to replace his father, since I cannot reconnect with him again," said Zara, one of hundreds of girls kidnapped by Boko Haram during a seven-year insurgency in northeast Nigeria. But any decision over the baby was taken out of her hands. Her father drowned during flooding in 2010 so her uncles

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  • Zimbabwe: State Media Turns Against Former Handler As Mugabe Succession Wars Deepen

    What happens when the media you once controlled turns against you? Zimbabwe's ex-information minister Jonathan Moyo was left fuming Monday after his radio interview was cancelled and the state Herald daily carried allegations that he was illegitimate. As ruling party wrangles deepen, ZiFM radio station announced suddenly on Monday morning that its scheduled interview with Moyo had been "postponed due to a clash of schedules." Moyo, 59, hit back, accusing the station -- which is closely linked to the ruling party -- of not telling the truth. "Truth is you 'postponed' the... program tonight under pressure from a successionist who feared the program would stray into politics!" he tweeted. That was

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  • South Africa: Man Bitten By Snake While Clearing Logs

    A man was taken to hospital after being bitten by a snake on Monday afternoon. According to Netcare911 spokesperson, Chris Botha, the man was working in a smallholding in the Drummond area when he was bitten by what is believed to be a Night Adder. Reports indicate that the worker was clearing logs when he was bitten on the hand. Paramedics stabilised the man at the scene before they transported him to a hospital in Chatsworth for the care that he required. There have been several reports of snake bites recently as the reptiles become more active after the first major rainfall. In January, a Jack Russell terrier died in the Free State after it was bitten by a Cape cobra which it killed in a bid

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  • Zika virus: Obama seeks $1.8bn - World News

    Washington/London - President Barack Obama will ask the US Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funds to fight Zika at home and abroad and pursue a vaccine, the White House said on Monday, but he added there is no reason to panic over the mosquito-borne virus. Zika, spreading rapidly in South and Central America and the Caribbean, has been linked to severe birth defects in Brazil, and public health officials' concern is focused on pregnant women and women who may become pregnant. Obama's request to Congress includes $200 million for research, development and commercialisation of new vaccines and diagnostic tests for the virus. At least 12 groups are working to develop a vaccine. On

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  • Messi set to undergo kidney tests

    Barcelona striker Lionel Messi is expected to play in Wednesday's King's Cup semi-final against Valencia despite missing training on Monday to have tests on his kidneys, the La Liga club said. “Barcelona striker Lionel Messi will undergo several tests on Monday and Tuesday to assess the evolution of the kidney problems he suffered last December,” Barcelona said in a statement on their website (www.fcbarcelona.com) “Messi will return to his normal duties with the first team on Wednesday.” The Argentina international missed his team's FIFA Club World Cup semi-final in December as he was suffering from renal colic, a type of abdominal pain often caused by kidney stones. Despite the problem, he played

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  • Africa: SA, Angola and Nigeria Mentioned At Cape Town Mining Event

    Cape Town — Angola and Nigeria are the most mentioned African countries on the first day of the Mining Conference (Mining Indaba) that opened Monday in South Africa's Cape Town. The two countries were mentioned by various speakers due to the difficult situation facing their economies, as a result of the fall in the oil price in the world market. Lamido Sanusi, representative of the group of Nigerian industries (Black Rhino Group) spoke of the need for the countries to open to foreign investment. According to him, in the present globalised world, the private sector plays a relevant role in the economies and is the safe path to development. Addressing the event about the Various models for creation

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  • Zuma drags ANC 'into a dark hole'

    Yesterday ANC members spoke openly of being ''embarrassed'' and ''pained'' by the president after he was forced into a second dramatic climbdown in two months - this time over Nkandla. Two years after denying liability for the splurging of millions in taxpayers' money on his private KwaZulu-Natal homestead, Zuma announced late on Tuesday that he had written to the Constitutional Court proposing to repay some of the money in line with the recommendations of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. The U-turn came just days before the court was due to decide whether he should foot a portion of the bill for supposed security upgrades, including a swimming pool described as a fire-fighting facility, a chicken run and a cattle kraal, which Madonsela found were undue benefits. It followed years of political fallout during which an ANC-dominated parliamentary committee and the police minister controversially absolved Zuma of liability.

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  • Guptas focus helping mining firms get away with murder: Mantashe

    African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe said big mining companies operating in South Africa lack patriotism and a focus on the Gupta family was not helping in dealing with mischief committed by these companies. Speaking to the SABC ahead of President Zuma’s State of the Nation Address, Mantashe said a concerted focus on Gupta family was actually helping big mining companies like Exxaro, Glencore and Anglo American evade tough questions about their transformative roles in the South African economy. Asked whether he thinks there is a Gupta obsession, Mantashe said: “The point I am making is that the obsession is when you leave Exxaro, Glencore and Anglo American scot-free

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  • ‘We grilled Guptas on Glencore deal’ - Business News

    Johannesburg - Be transparent with us: Are you involved in any corruption? This was one of the questions posed to the politically connected Gupta family by the Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) at a meeting in Sandton yesterday. “I asked them some very tough questions. And they made a presentation which was fairly transparent. They answered all our questions adequately and to our satisfaction that they are not involved in any corruption,” said Ike Moroe, a member of the MKMVA’s national executive committee, speaking to The Star. Read: Commission set to probe Gupta deal The MKMVA convened a media briefing at the ANC's Luthuli House headquarters later to respond to “lies and

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