• Girl gone after taxi duo abduct passengers - Crime & Courts

    Johannesburg - They were travelling from Zimbabwe, expecting to arrive in Joburg on February 1 to catch their taxi home in the Eastern Cape. But instead, a taxi full of people landed up locked in a basement in Hillbrow being held hostage by the men who were supposed to take them home. Among them was a 15-year-old girl and her parents. The teenager is still missing. Hillbrow police spokesman Sergeant Mduduzi Zondo said it all started when the taxi had passed Pretoria en route to Joburg. “As they drove towards Joburg, the taxi driver and an accomplice started demanding money from the passengers. It was money which they had already paid to travel from Zimbabwe to Joburg,” he said. Many of the passengers

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  • It has got to a stage where they want to kill my son Bellarmine: Grace Mugabe

    The official Chronicle newspaper has reported that Zimbabwe's first lady told rally-goers in the north of the country, "Imagine it has got to a stage where they want to kill my son Bellarmine." "Is it fair to expect me to smile at you," she reportedly asked in a tirade that clearly showed the ambitious former secretary is backing a faction in her husband's party opposed to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Mrs Mugabe also claimed party officials might have killed "dozens" of orphans living in an orphanage she runs next to her dairy in Mazowe, if they hadn't been found out by the authorities first. But Zimbabweans were largely disbelieving on social media. This is not the first time the first

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  • Woman tells Malema he has no authority to talk about land, he isn't Khoisan

    "Mr Malema, you have no authority to talk about land. "The Khoisan is the only authoritative voice which can talk about land," she said to loud applause and some cheers. The woman said the Khoisan were the "first freedom fighters" who fought the colonials when they came here 360 years ago. "We were the first people of this nation. We were the first people of southern Africa and we still face oppression." She said the country's history did not start in 1910 when the ANC was formed. "We lived here and you, your ancestors, and the white ancestors found us here. Only we can talk about land ownership." Self isolation Malema told the woman that he thought she was "extremely missing a point". "Me and

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  • Thug to Thug

    Dear fellow thug Julius Malema, our Conmander in Thief, you haven’t held back in expressing your disdain for me. So allow me to respond. Pull up a chair. I have no problem with someone drawing attention to my dark past, because it’s not something I’ve ever tried to hide. I did do despicable things; I was a criminal. I know other people who did the kinds of things I did and today it doesn’t seem to bother them. Some of them are still doing crime and are better at it than ever. But unlike them, my past bothers me, which is why I give back today and have spent the past decade making amends wherever and however I can. But I find that what bothers many people more than the fact that I once committed

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  • Young African Leadership Initiative asks ANC to recall Zuma for 'betraying SA and party': iLIVE

    The announcement by President Jacob Zuma to replace the finance minister has recklessly endangered the South African economy. This decision can only be described as a disaster. As representatives of a young professional generation, passionate about building a better South Africa, we call on the ANC to recall the President for the betrayal of the people of South Africa. This betrayal will be experienced differently by the rich, the middle class, and the poor; but it will negatively impact everyone. From declines in social services to sky-rocketing interest rates, life in South Africa has just become tougher.   The financial indicators of the announcement yesterday have clearly communicated the

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  • Ramaphosa car in blue light crash - Western Cape

    Cape Town - A blue light brigade vehicle in Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cavalcade has been involved in a crash in Blouberg. Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, spokesman for the directorate for priority crime investigation (the Hawks) confirmed the incident on Friday, saying “the lead car in deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa’s cavalcade was hit by a bakkie which allegedly jumped the red robot. One member was injured”. Ramaphosa was not in the vehicle involved in the crash on the corner of Blaauwberg Road and the R27, said Mulaudzi. The injured bodyguard is believed to be in intensive care unit in a nearby private hospital, said a police source. The source said a driver faced possible charges of

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  • TV channel airs anti-Malala ‘hate speech’ - World News

    Islamabad - Pakistan's TV regulator on Friday censured a leading news channel for airing “hate speech” against Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai and her family, warning that accusations of blasphemy could endanger lives. Malala, who moved to England after being shot in the head by the Taliban, is both admired and hated in her native Pakistan where some conservatives view her as a Western agent on a mission to shame her country. In its ruling, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) said that a programme aired by the 24-hour ARY news channel on February 7 used “indecent and uncivilised” language to describe the 18-year-old, branding her “a traitor, a blasphemer of Allah

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  • Tax increases, including a ‘wealth tax’, could constrain growth

    THE South African economy has pneumonia, and the best medicine would be relaxation from some stifling laws and regulations and perhaps a few drops of tax relief. However, speculations about what medicine Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is going to apply seems to indicate none of this. Keith Engel, CEO of the South African Institute of Tax Professionals (SAIT), says to make matters more difficult, tax increases can easily constrain growth even further. "This in turn comes at a price with additional taxes hindering future tax revenue itself as a slowdown in growth leads to a slowdown in growth of tax revenue. South African consumers are already under pressure from increased interest rates, low

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  • ‘Millions flee’ Zimbabwe conflict - Africa

    Harare - More than three million Zimbabweans, double the population of neighbouring Botswana, have fled direct and structural violence in their country, a member of the National Transitional Justice Working Group in Zimbabwe (NTJWG) has said. Speaking at a Transitional Justice Policy Discussion series meeting in Harare on Wednesday evening, Reverend Ray Motsi, leader of the Memorialisation Thematic Committee of the NTJWG, said the legacy of violence had endured for more than three decades and had become a knee-jerk response to any conflict in Zimbabwe. This, he said, was because the sins of the past had neither been forgiven nor forgotten mainly because of a defective government policy on reconciliation,

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  • Zuma says disruptive opposition showed 'how useless they are'

    Watch the moment EFF walked out of #SONA2016 "They are showing how useless they are, people will never vote for them," Zuma said a day after seeing his annual state of the nation address interrupted. "They don't understand democracy, how it works." "They just move with the wind when it goes this way, that way, shame on them," said Zuma. Lawmakers from the leftist Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), dressed in their uniforms of red workers' overalls and hard hats, noisily interrupted his speech for an hour before being ordered out of the chamber on Thursday night. "Zuma is no longer a president that deserves respect from anyone," EFF's firebrand leader Julius Malema yelled at the president. But Zuma

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  • Stellenbosch students cleared following 'blackface' incident

    Stellenbosch University will provide support to two students who were at the centre of the incident. Stellenbosch University Stellenbosch Black face White girls dress up with black faces CAPE TOWN - Stellenbosch University says an investigation into two of its students, involved in an alleged "black-face" incident, has found they had no intention of black-facing. The institution's Equality Unity which was tasked with probing the matter recommended that the two women be reinstated into residence. They were temporarily suspended from the Heemstede Residence last week after photos showing them in what appears to be a black-face costume caused outrage. In an apology on Facebook, one of the students

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  • 5 drug deaths in a week in Eersterus - Crime & Courts

    Pretoria - In just six months, more than 35 young people from Eersterus, east of Pretoria, have reportedly died from drug-related conditions. They either overdosed, committed suicide from depression caused by drugs, or were killed by drug dealers for failing to settle debts. This week alone, five people lost their lives from drug-related incidents, according to the Eersterus Local Drug Action Committee. Eersterus is known to exhibit a hazardous pattern of drug abuse. Drugs such as tik, Cat, dagga and nyaope are prevalent in the community and children as young as 10 years old, including girls, are reportedly experimenting with them. In August, President Jacob Zuma conducted a community imbizo

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  • Call for 23 soldiers detained in Lesotho on mutiny charges to be released

    THE Southern African Litigation Centre (Salc) and Amnesty International on Friday called for the release of 23 soldiers detained in Lesotho since May last year, "on charges of mutiny or failure to suppress a mutiny". The human rights groups also want the court martials against the 23 — who "are accused of plotting to kill senior members of the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF)" — dropped and for them to be granted amnesty from criminal prosecution‚ The mutiny‚ which followed election violence‚ led to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa intervening on behalf to the Southern African Development Community (Sadc). A Salc statement said a "Sadc commission of inquiry report found that there were divisions within

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  • Moses Kotane’s widow turns 104 - Politics

    Rustenburg - Rebecca Kotane, the widow of the late struggle stalwart Moses Kotane, celebrated her 104th birthday on Friday. “Mme Rebecca Kotane is our mother and we love her. We thank God for blessing us with her life. She is 104 years old today,” said Fetsang Mokati-Thebe, from the Moses Kotane local municipality, wishing her a happy birthday. The Moses Kotane municipality in North West was named after her husband. Moses Kotane was the former treasurer-general of the ANC and secretary general of the South African Communist Party. He suffered a stroke in 1968. Kotane sought treatment in the Soviet Union where he died on May 19, 1978. Kotane's remains were returned to South Africa on March 1 last

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  • Nzimande blames failure to address class & white privilege for racism

    Nzimande says cracks are showing in society because the economic and class gaps have not yet been addressed. Racism Blade Nzimande Racist posts Racist Racist behaviour CAPE TOWN – South African Communist Party (SACP) general secretary and Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande, says society's failure to address class and white privilege, is driving the resurgence of racist incidents in the country.  Nzimande delivered a memorial lecture on the late military veteran and SACP activist Mzala Nxumalo at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology today. The minister used part of the memorial lecture to speak about an increase in racist incidents. He says the cracks are showing in society because

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  • ArcelorMittal SA’s loss balloons - Companies

    ArcelorMittal South Africa said it expects the country to adopt tariffs as a safeguard against cheap imports before the end of next month as the continent’s largest steelmaker posted an annual loss that ballooned 23 times from a year earlier. AMSA, as the Vanderbiljpark-based unit of ArcelorMittal is known, counts among the country’s steelmakers who have said they’re struggling to compete with an increase in subsidised Chinese supplies at prices as much as 25 percent below local production costs, while contending with increased input costs that exceed inflation. As a consequence, AMSA has said it’s writing down the value of its plants and iron-ore assets by R4.3 billion ($270.4 million) while reviewing the future of some of its operations.

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  • Zimbabwe: Prof Jonathan Moyo Misses Stem Engine!

    THE Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Prof Moyo must be hailed for his STEM initiative. His program of sponsoring A' level students to study Math, Biology, Chemistry and Physics with a full government scholarship and even with C grades at O level is a step in the right direction. However, worryingly, the program excludes Computer Science which is the most important subject for the 21st century. Recently, the World Economic Forum in Davos ran under the theme, "the Fourth Industrial Revolution" and put STEM education as an answer to the challenges of the coming decade. Therefore, Prof Moyo is in lock step with global approach to education in the 21st

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  • ‘Restore my sister’s dignity’ - Crime & Courts

    Johannesburg - All Nokuthula Simelane’s family want is for her integrity to be restored and for her to be buried in a dignified place. This was a desperate plea from the deceased activist’s sister, Thembi Nkadimeng, during a media briefing at the Sandton law firm offices of Webber Wentzel on Thursday, more than three decades after Simelane’s death. Nkadimeng said she did not want any compensation for her sister’s death as Simelane had not been in the Struggle for any benefit. All she expected was for her sister’s integrity to be restored. “That’s the greatest, ultimate compensation,” Nkadimeng said. Simelane was kidnapped by the apartheid police’s Soweto Special Branch and was illegally detained

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  • Chelsea a team of 'Zorros', says Hiddink

    London - Chelsea striker Diego Costa will become the latest Chelsea player to wear a protective mask after breaking his nose, leading interim manager Guus Hiddink to liken his side to a “team of Zorros”. Spain forward Costa suffered the injury in an accidental clash in training and will become the third Chelsea player to wear a mask this season after Cesar Azpilicueta and Nemanja Matic. “Diego got in a duel on the pitch, got his nose broken,” Hiddink told a news conference on Friday. “It was one of the youngsters in the academy, we like them to participate in the game. Diego put his nose on the back of the player and was very unlucky. “His nose was broken, but he will return today, he will have

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  • Music Scene: Avant garde, must travel

    It captures the experience of quite a number of South African musicians who fled our borders seeking fame around the world before returning home to find that all of a sudden they were the belles of the homecoming ball. This trend, especially among the electronic music fraternity, begs the question, do musicians really have to go overseas to make it big at home? Last year rapper Cassper Nyovest became the first local artist to sell out The Dome in Northgate. Cape Town-born electronic musician Petite Noir, having received critical acclaim across the globe, performed in the Mother City for the first time last weekend, despite having played in Europe and parts of the US for years.

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