• Independent Online

    Woman snatched Sbahle Mpisane’s weave at accident scene

    Durban - As popular fitness trainer Sbahle Mpisane fought for her life after her car hit a tree on Margaret Mncadi Avenue (the Victoria Embankment) last week, an unknown woman who witnessed the accident, snatched Mpisane’s weave hairpiece off her while she was unconscious and made off with it. This is according to Brian Dube, who helped extinguish the fire which engulfed Mpisane’s car, helping save her life. Speaking to The Independent on Saturday, Dube, who is a personal trainer and lives in a flat near the crash scene, said he heard the crash as he was getting ready for work in the early hours of August 9. “It was about 4.15am. I opened my window and saw the horribly crushed car. I noticed

  • Independent Online

    Hawks raid Malema bodyguard's Durban office for guns

    DURBAN - POLICE raided the Bluff property of Adriaan Snyman, EFF leader Julius Malema’s bodyguard, last week. The raid came after Snyman was caught on camera handing over what was believed to be a rifle to Malema at the EFF’s fifth birthday celebration in East London last month. Malema allegedly fired shots into the air with the rifle and later played down the incident when he said it was a “toy gun”. Malema and his henchman now face arrest if police investigations confirm that the firebrand political leader had fired the gun. Political leaders and gun rights activists have labelled Malema’s gunslinging “reckless” and have ratcheted up the calls for punitive action to be taken against both men.

  • Independent Online

    SABC news bids farewell to Thabile Ngwato

    Johannesburg - Popular news anchor Thabile Ngwato is leaving the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), the public broadcaster announced on Saturday. Ngwato had resigned from the SABC to pursue business interests after five successful years of producing and presenting news at the SABC, spokeswoman Neo Momodu said in a statement. Television news head Nothando Maseko said, “We are sad to see Thabile leave, but we are happy to have had the chance to work with her. She has been an absolute pleasure to work with and as a public service broadcaster, we are happy that we have contributed immensely to her news presenting career. We wish her well and we would like to extend our gratitude to her

  • Independent Online

    Duped women tell all about Durban love scam pain

    DURBAN - Durban women are being duped into parting with thousands of rands in an international “romance scam” that’s leaving them out of pocket, and broken hearted. Speaking out this week, two Durban women said they wanted to warn others not to part with their money. Internationally, more than 2000 people fall victim to the scam daily. A Durban woman in her fifties, Stacey (not her real name), who had lost her husband after 32 years of marriage, became a target. “I was new to the dating scene and didn’t know of these scams, but I’m fairly IT and tech savvy, so I wouldn’t have expected to have fallen victim to any online scam. “I registered a profile on an online dating site innocently thinking

  • Independent Online

    The woman behind #PercyTau’s lucrative deal

    Johannesburg - Mmatsatsi Sefalafala is at a loss for words when she is asked how it feels to have brokered one of the biggest deals in South African football history. “I have to pinch myself sometimes to make sure it's not a dream, to be honest,” she says. Sefalafala is the woman behind Percy Tau’s record-breaking move to English Premier League outfit Brighton & Hove Albion (BHAFC). One of the country's few female football agents, she helped facilitate a £3.1million (about R58.9m) dream move for Tau to the club last month, making it one of the biggest deals in SA football history. But when she first received the call from Brighton showing interest in her client, she thought it was a joke. “I

  • ewn.co.za

    Aretha Franklin to be laid to rest on 31 August

    NEW YORK - American music icon Aretha Franklin will be laid to rest at the end of the month. A funeral for the iconic singer, who died at the age of 76 this week after battling cancer, will take place in hometown of Detroit. According to Franklin’s publicist, a celebration of the singer's life will take place over four days of events. Before the funeral there will be a public viewing of Franklin’s body 28 August and 29 August at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, according to the schedule. Franklin’s funeral will be held at Greater Grace Temple on 31 August for close friends and family. It’s understood she will be buried along with her late father and sisters

  • AllAfrica.com

    South Africa: Man, 104, Dies Without His Land Being Rightfully Transferred to Him

    For almost two decades, 104-year-old Zabalaza Mshengu waited to know whether his right to a piece of land he grew up and lived on had been settled. But it was a dream that he would never see being realised. Mshengu died on Monday. The centenarian was born on a farm in Ashburton, just outside Pietermaritzburg. His father, a labour tenant, worked on the farm in return for the right to live on the land. Mshengu also grew up to work on the land under the same conditions. The labour tenant submitted his land claim in June 2000, along with 19 000 others, to the Department of Land Affairs (now the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform) under the Land Reform (Labour Tenants) Act 3 of 1996,