• Mandela hitched again

    The marriage appears to have been kept a closely guarded secret until pictures of the happy bride and groom appeared on social media. Mandela confirmed he married Clarke yesterday. "I am honoured and delighted to announce my marriage to Rabia Clarke, in Cape Town, on February 6. I wish to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Rabia's parents, her extended family and the Muslim community for welcoming me into their hearts. "Although Rabia and I were raised in different cultural and religious traditions, our coming together reflects what we have in common: We are South Africans." A family friend told The Times the wedding took place at a mosque in Kensington, followed by a reception at Cape Town hotel,

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  • Concourt hearing is about more than Zuma paying back the money: Cope

    Cope‚ however‚ said nothing of supporting the two opposition political parties – the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) – whose cases its president‚ Mosiuoa Lekota and “a strong contingent of senior party leaders and members” will be at the Constitutional Court on Tuesday to hear. The Constitutional Court will hear arguments from the EFF and DA in connection with Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report on upgrades to President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead. Both want the court to order Zuma to implement Madonsela’s directives‚ including paying back a portion of the costs for non-security upgrades. “Tomorrow’s case is not about whether President Zuma must pay back

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  • Minnie Dlamini's job spared, all thanks to Hlaudi Motsoeneng

    SABC chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng has rescued Soccer Zone and its presenter Minnie Dlamini from the guillotine. Motsoeneng confirmed that the axe won' t fall on the Monday night football highlights show on SABC1 that channel bosses had recommended it be axed along with presenters Dlamini and Thomas Mlambo. "It didn't make sense to get rid of a programme that was doing well as compared with other magazine shows. You can't compare Soccer Zone with Generations and later make a decision that it's not doing well and the numbers are going down. It's doing better than SuperSport," Motsoeneng said. He said that the SABC did not believe in discarding its talent and that was the reason why

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  • Soccer player Oupa Manyisa finds out about wife's 'secret child'

    Former Orlando Pirates captain and Bafana Bafana midfielder Oupa Manyisa has allegedly been keeping a big marital secret for over seven years. This comes after he learnt that his wife Johanna Louw had "forgotten" to tell him that she had a son with another man before they got married in 2013. Sunday World understands that Manyisa discovered after getting married to his wife that she had a child from her previous relationship. The information was revealed after Manyisa's close friends, including an official who is part of his management team, told him about the existence of the child. The informant claimed that Louw had told Manyisa that the child was her aunt's when they were still dating in

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  • Students’ ‘blackface’ apology

    Carlo Petersen Stellenbosch University (SU) student Poekie Briedenhann says she and her friend were dressed up as purple aliens and not blackfaces, for a residence party. Briedenhann posted a photograph of herself and a fellow SU student – both covered in dark purple paint and wearing silver foil hats and shoes – on Instagram on Friday night. The photograph sparked a social media outcry under the hashtag #blackface. Blackface is in reference to white people who paint themselves black to poke fun at black people. In an apology, Briedenhann took full responsibility for the incident at the “Stellar Space” party held at the university’s Heemstede residence. “We are aware that our actions in the blackfacing

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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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  • South Africa: Zimbabwean Woman Banned Despite Minister's Promise

    A woman finds herself unable to re-enter South Africa even though she has the correct permit Tracey (not her real name) was denied entry into South Africa at Beitbridge on 6 January 2016. "I don't know what to do, where to go ... In South Africa, I have to pay my bills," she says. "Really I will lose my job and since I am a single parent, who then will look after my children?" Her children are aged 10 and 14. She was married for four years before her husband abandoned her. Although Tracey appears to have followed all the correct procedures, she finds herself blacklisted and stuck outside the country, in what appears to be a problem of communication between the ministry, the department and the

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  • PICS: EFF’s #PayBackTheMoney march - Special Features

    Johannesburg - Economic Freedom Fighters supporters dressed in red T-shirts gathered at the Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown on Tuesday morning. The EFF supporters will march to the Constitutional Court, where their party is taking its matter against President Jacob Zuma to try and compel him to pay for non-security upgrades at his private Nkandla residence. ANA Related Stories

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  • Shembe pupils kicked out of school - KwaZulu-Natal

    Two KwaZulu-Natal teens say they are being excluded from school because they refuse to cut their hair for religious reasons. They follow the Nazareth Baptist Church, or Shembe faith, which stipulates that a man’s strength is in his hair and it cannot be cut. The case is similar to that of Grade 8 Cape Town pupil Azania Stofile, a Rastafarian, who was stopped from starting high school last month when teachers demanded he cut off his dreadlocks. He was eventually allowed back and to keep his hair when the provincial education department became involved. Nkululeko Mahashi, 19, and Lindokuhle Mhlambi, 18, are in Grade 9 at Osizweni High School in Newcastle. They were kicked out of school last week.

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  • ‘Help find Thuli’s replacement’ - South Africa

    Johannesburg - Corruption Watch, the South African public advocacy group, on Monday urged the public to actively participate in the process of appointing a new public protector to replace outgoing incumbent Thuli Madonsela. Corruption Watch launched the “Bua Mzansi” campaign at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg. The campaign is aimed at raising awareness on the role of the public protector as well as encouraging the public to get involved in the appointment of a new Public Protector. “There are many important roles to be filled this year including the public protector as well as two constitutional court judges that need to be replaced as they are retiring,” said David Lewis, Corruption Watch

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  • Mbeki embraces Adriaan Vlok - Politics

    Former apartheid police minister Adriaan Vlok has recommitted himself to pressing ahead, seeking forgiveness from those he offended, regardless of the criminal complaint filed against him this week. The Anti-Racism Action Forum lodged the complaint against Vlok and his erstwhile boss, former president FW de Klerk, relating to the “mass murder” of 27 people in the Sebokeng Massacre in July 1990 and 13 in the Daveyton Massacre in 1991. Another charge related to the killing of the Cradock Four, allegedly by an apartheid-era hit squad. Vlok said in an interview that he had made contact with business executive Moeletsi Mbeki, younger brother of former president Thabo Mbeki, with the object of helping

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  • Mugabe’s health in the spotlight as 92nd birthday approaches

    A Zimbabwean lawyer wants parliament to investigate if Mugabe is really fit enough to rule. Robert Mugabe Robert Mugabes government Robert Mugabes party ZIMBABWE – A Zimbabwean lawyer is putting President Robert Mugabe's health in the spotlight as he celebrates his 92nd birthday this month. Tinomudaishe Chinyoka wants parliament to investigate if the president really is fit enough to rule. Chinyoka is well known, both as a former student activist and as a lawyer who has practised in the United Kingdom.   He announced he was joining the ruling Zanu-PF in 2013, though state media now refers to him as an MDC activist.  Chinyoka has launched an appeal with the Constitutional Court over Mugabe’s continued

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  • SA deports 140 Zimbabwean ex-cons, 100s more to follow this week

    The official Chronicle newspaper said that 950 Zimbabwean migrants who had broken South African immigration regulations had been identified at Lindela Holding Centre in Johannesburg. Zimbabwe's consul-general to South Africa Batiraishe Mukonoweshuro told the paper on Saturday that "most of the immigrants at the transit camp will be sent home on Wednesday [this] week". A total of 140 Zimbabweans, who had served jail time in South Africa, were being sent home on two trucks with a police escort at the weekend. Their offences range from housebreaking to murder, according to the Chronicle.  South Africa has been a destination of choice for decades for Zimbabweans seeking jobs away from home, but migrants

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  • Mpuma ‘spends over R21bn on salaries’ - Politics

    Nelspruit - Mpumalanga premier David Mabuza needs to explain how the provincial government managed to spend 99 percent of its employee budget for salaries despite 17 000 funded posts being vacant, the Democratic Alliance said on Sunday. “According to the 2014/2015 annual reports of all Mpumalanga departments, over R21 billion was spend on cost of employees (COE) during the 2014/15 financial year, despite a 19 percent vacancy rate,” DA Mpumalanga leader and MPL James Masango said. “Premier David Mabuza must give a clear explanation on the expenditure of this amount during the next oral reply season in the provincial legislature,” he said. This was in stark contrast to Mabuza’s recent statement

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  • Ntsiki Mazwai has a go at Sipho 'Hotstix' Mabuse

    Official moves towards the deployment -- fiercely opposed by China -- of a US missile defence system in South Korea highlight the inherent dangers of disunity in dealing with North Korea's growing military threat, analysts say.

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  • Maine's monkey comments offensive: ANC

    "It's offensive to describe a people, because you don't agree with them, [as] monkeys, especially in the context of South Africa where monkeys were used to describe certain groups of people based on racial expression," spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said. South Africans were still carrying the scars of racism and such comments should not be seen as jokes or gestures. "Any description of people as any animal, we don't believe is correct." Maine made the comments at a rally in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria, at the weekend. He warned opposition parties against fighting with President Jacob Zuma. "The country will be defended. We cannot allow Julius Malema and his monkeys to run our country amok and turn

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  • United must be wary of Mendes

    London - Manchester United have known for several years that a suspicion of football agents can have unhappy consequences. Sir Alex Ferguson's distaste for Mino Raiola, Paul Pogba's representative, got to a stage where he would no longer entertain the contractual demands for the player. So Pogba took his services to Juventus for next to nothing and a sum of €90m was not enough to bring him back to England, when Manchester City tried last summer. But the financial consequences of crossing swords with Raiola are nothing compared with the dangers of a deepening dependency on the Portuguese Jorge Mendes. It will begin to feel like a Mendes annexation if United's drift towards signing the agent's

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  • Racist student to appear before HRC

    Photos of an unregistered student wearing a shirt that read 'F-white people' has sparked outrage. Racism Wits University Racism in South Africa JOHANNESBURG - Wits University says an unregistered student who was photographed on campus wearing a T-shirt with racist language on it will appear before the Human Rights Commission on Wednesday. Photos of the man wearing the shirt that said “F#%& white people” has sparked outrage on social media. The university says he’s received support from a group of students at Wits, who have sprayed similar graffiti on some of the walls at the institution. The graffiti has since been removed. The universities’ Shirona Patel says, “We believe that there are some

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  • No Afrikaans, no cake

    The "ban" is part of the group's #RedAfrikaans [save Afrikaans] campaign, intended to highlight the need for the retention of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction at universities. "We will launch events such as the affirmative action cake-sale to illustrate the unfairness of the [universities] language policy," said AfriForum Youth spokesman Ian Cameron. "Cake will be sold only to Afrikaans-speakers." The debate about the use of Afrikaans as a language of instruction at some universities gained momentum in November when the University of Stellenbosch announced the language would be dropped as a primary language of instruction. Critics of the use of Afrikaans claim it racially excludes students,

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  • Durban tremor linked to Taiwan quake? - KwaZulu-Natal

    An earth tremor, estimated to be 3.1 on the Richter scale, rumbled across Durban at 11am on Saturday - and was felt across the Berea, the central city and outlying areas. It is uncertain whether the tremor had any links to the Taiwan earthquake hours earlier. Council for Geoscience project manager, Michelle Grobbelaar, said details of the tremor would be known on Monday. “All I can say at this stage is that it seemed to be located in the KwaZulu-Natal region. From the reports I have received, it is unlikely to be greater than magnitude 3.1, but we will have to analyse and confirm this. There have been earthquakes in the province before. The earliest we have on record is in 1932 off the coast

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