• Nigeria: South Africa Threatens to Arrest Nigeria's Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

    The South African government has threatened a jail term for Chris Oyakhilome if his church, Christ Embassy, fails to release its financial records, the South African based News24 is reporting. The Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities said several religious leaders in the country could be jailed if they fail to comply with the demands of the commission. ‎The commission said it was investigating the commercialization of religion and abuse of people's beliefs and had summoned several churches to appear before it with their ordination certificate, registration certificate, bank statements, and annual financial statements from 2012. Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva

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  • Poster girl for Islamic State 'killed for trying to escape'

    Samra Kesinovic, 17, was murdered after she was caught attempting to escape from Raqqa, Islamic State's self-declared capital in Syria, according to reports in two Austrian newspapers. She appeared extensively in IS propaganda after leaving her native Vienna to join the Islamic terrorists together with Sabina Selimovic, a 16-year-old friend. The two teenagers were shown wearing Islamic headbands and brandishing Kalashnikov rifles, surrounded by masked male jihadists. Both Austrian women are now believed to be dead. Selimovic was reported to have been killed in fighting in Syria last year. Kesinovic and Selimovic were both children of Bosnian refugees who fled to Austria from the war in their

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  • Malema refuses chamber’s request to tone down rhetoric

    JULIUS Malema was asked by concerned members of the South African Chamber of Commerce (SACC) in London to tone down his rhetoric — and he refused. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, continuing his UK tour, had a lively and robust private meeting with members of the SACC at Deloitte’s London headquarters on Thursday morning. But in characteristic style, Mr Malema told Business Day: "Well that meeting was governed by Chatham House rules … but when it comes to the EFF, the posture we’ve taken in South African politics and internationally has made us who we are. And that strategy is working, there’s no need to change that posture to suit whoever’s uncomfortable." While he admitted that he

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  • DJ Cleo disappointed with Idols results | The New Age

    Multi-award winning producer DJ Cleo who is behind Idols runner-up Mmatema Moremi’s single Because Of You is a disappointed man after Moremi’s loss to Karabo Mogane who hails from Mpumalanga. “The result for me was disappointing. In my view Mmatema is a Jennifer Hudson in the making or a Brenda Fassie if you like. Granted an opportunity to work with her by M-Net, Universal and the management agencies involved with the top 16, I believe she will go very far. “Remember Jennifer Hudson was not the overall winner when she took part in Idols. We are at the stage where now it’s the real thing. These artists are leaving the ‘production’ behind. “There are no more choreographers, dancers, lighting and

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  • Letsholonyane nearing Chiefs exit door?

    Midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane facing an uncertain future a Kaizer Chiefs.

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  • ‘Wedding dress con’: husband speaks - Crime & Courts | IOL News

     Cape Town - The husband of a woman who allegedly conned would-be brides out of the money they paid for their wedding dresses, says he found out about her arrest on Facebook. Stavros Haramis, 27, claims the alleged victims have called him to say they’re going “to break her legs”. Tuesday was the first time Stavros saw his heavily pregnant wife since her arrest last week.  Ranette Haramis, 33, made a brief appearance in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on fraud charges. The accused used two Facebook accounts where she posed as a wedding dress seller. Ranette allegedly “disappears” after payments were made into her bank account. Outside court, Stavros told the Daily Voice: “I was home when the

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  • Banks under fire over R99 debit order scam

    Fin24 has been inundated with emails from irate bank customers following an expose on Special Assignment on Sunday which lifted the lid on how easy it is for dubious companies operating in the call centre space to gain access to bank accounts through unauthorised debit orders. Banks in the South Africa process about 56 million debit orders a month and from these close to a million inter-bank debit orders, including non-authenticated early debit orders, are disputed every month, according to the Payments Association of South Africa (PASA). The dispute ratio for non-authenticated debit orders is between 4.5% and 6%. Lucas Mlangeni said it worried him that his bank account has been invaded by fraudsters.

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  • Russia ‘will not wage war on Turkey’ - World News | IOL News

    Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday Russia did not intend to wage a war against Turkey after its air force shot down a Russian jet near the Turkish border with Syria. "We do not intend to wage a war on Turkey. Our attitude to the Turkish people has not changed. We have questions over the action of Turkey's current leadership," Lavrov told a news conference. Lavrov, who cancelled a trip to Istanbul scheduled for Wednesday, said Russia viewed the downing as a planned act and Moscow would "seriously reconsider" its relations with Ankara. When asked if future talks were being prepared, Lavrov said there were no plans to send any officials to Turkey and that Moscow did

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  • Watch: Mugabe's slow Turkey walk sets tongues wagging

    The 91-year-old's less-than-speedy progression up a long blue carpet was filmed by New China TV, Xinhua news agency's official TV channel, and then posted on YouTube. "As [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan waited while Mugabe walked ever so gingerly the short distance from his Mercedes limousine to the entrance of the conference venue, the Turkish leader probably wondered whether he should not have let the Zimbabwean stay at home," news website NewZimbabwe quipped. The report said Mugabe "appeared to walk with some difficulty". Mugabe attended the G-20 summit as head of the African Union, though Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change said he had "no business" there and his attendance at the meeting was "a serious national embarrassment".

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  • South Africa: Minister Malusi Gigaba - Media Briefing On Closing of the Zimbabwe Permit Programme and the Opening of the Lesotho Special Permit

    press release Statement by Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba at the media briefing on the closing of the Zimbabwe Permit Programme and the opening of the Lesotho Special Permit. We thought we should share where we are with regard to the Zimbabwe Special Permit (ZSP) programme and bring you up to speed on the recently announced Lesotho Special Permit (LSP). The current status of the ZSP is impressive. Zimbabwe Special Permit With the exception of a small section of problem cases still to be resolved, the Zimbabwe Special Permit (ZSP) programme is at its final stages of conclusion. The total number of applications made online reached 208, 967. The number of applicants who submitted their applications

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  • Afrikaners want own community - Gauteng | IOL News

    Pretoria - Afrikaners want their own community which looks after itself in Pretoria, something along the lines of Kleinfontein and Orania. This should happen as early as after the municipal elections next year, and the area would have its own schools and universities where children are taught in Afrikaans. The statue of Paul Kruger at Church Square could also be moved there. The areas that have been identified are those where many Afrikaans-speaking people live, such as Centurion and Pretoria Moot. Orania in the Northern Cape and Kleinfontein in Gauteng were established by Afrikaners. Only people who identify themselves as Afrikaners are welcome there. And now the Front Nasionaal political party

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  • Lekoelea off the hook in car theft case

    The soccer star was arrested on Tuesday for driving a stolen car with a fake licence disc and number plates. Stolen car Steve Chippa Lekoelea JOHANNESBURG - The case against former Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana star Steve ‘Chippa’ Lekoelea has been struck off the roll due to a lack of evidence. Lekoelea was arrested in Orange Farm on Tuesday for driving a stolen car which Metro Police discovered while conducting a road block. The soccer star was arrested driving a VW Polo which was found to have a fake licence disc and number plates. It’s understood that the vehicle was stolen in Randburg a year ago. The Police’s Johannes Motsiri says despite the disc, charges were withdrawn. “The case has

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  • Players who were victims of crime

    The name of late Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa comes to mind, as he lost his life in what was reported to be a robbery. Erick Mathoho The Bafana Bafana defender is the latest victim of crime, Mathoho was robbed of his possessions before the suspects made off with his car in Atteridgeville on Monday night. His car was later recovered by the Police using a helicopter. Benni McCarthy The former Orlando Pirates striker was robbed at gunpoint while he was visiting a salon in Johannesburg. McCarthy went to the salon for his hairdo after landing at the OR Tambo International airport ahead of a television appearance later that evening. Benni was asked to handover his earrings,

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  • Zikalala puts his foot (or bum) in it - Politics | IOL News

    Pietermaritzburg - Sihle Zikalala’s first day in the KwaZulu-Natal provincial legislature as leader of the ruling African National Congress kicked off in dramatic fashion on Thursday when three opposition parties stormed out in a huff over his decision to sit in the seat normally reserved for the province’s premier. Members of the provincial legislature (MPL) from the Democratic Alliance, the Inkatha Freedom Party and the National Freedom Party staged a walkout during the sitting. The problem, according to them, was that although Zikalala had replaced Senzo Mchunu as chairman of the ANC, Mchunu was still the province’s premier. “We want to say that this is unprecedented when a new member gets

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  • Dlamini stays, Vavi voted out for good

    Dlamini was re-elected unopposed, along with Bheki Ntshalintshali (general secretary), James Tyotyo (1st deputy president), Zingiswa Losi (2nd deputy president) and Freda Oosthuysen (treasurer general) at Cosatu's four-day congress in Midrand, north of Johannesburg. Solly Phetoe, outgoing Cosatu North West secretary and known ally of ousted Zwelinzima Vavi - whose expulsion was confirmed yesterday - was elected deputy general secretary. Dlamini assured Phetoe, "you are welcome" as a national office bearer. Cosatu has been in the wars since its last congress in 2012, at which a negotiated leadership emerged which has since been blamed for its woes. Dlamini yesterday moved to assure delegates "this

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  • ‘ANC is bordering on lying to SA’ - Politics | IOL News

    Cape Town - “The ANC is bordering on lying to the masses.” This was one of the revealing remarks made by former ANC treasurer general, Mathews Phosa, in recent interview with eNCA when he spoke about the promises the political party made when it came into power. “We made many promises, now the expectations of our people are around those issues, there are founded on our own promises, there is an extent to which we tried to meet those expectations but the backlog is huge and massive, and it has become intolerable to the masses.” Phosa elaborated that the ANC understood the scale of the problem they faced when they came into power. “The ANC understood the scale of the problem, we had many arguments

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  • Russian pilot: No warnings issued before jet shot down

    Turkey insists the Russian jet ignored as many as 10 alerts about violating Turkish airspace. Russia Russian plane Turkey airspace Russian jet JOHANNESBURG – The rescued co-pilot of a Russian war plane that was shot down near the Turkey-Syria border has now claimed there were no warnings before the jet was attacked.    A second pilot is believed to be dead after both ejected from the plane which was shot down by a Turkish fighter jet on Tuesday.    Turkey insists the plane ignored as many as ten alerts about violating Turkish airspace while Russia denies this.   Russian president Vladimir Putin has made it clear he has no intention of waging war against turkey but the incident has heightened

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  • THE INSIDER: Red-carpet treatment by royal command

    THE excesses of Swaziland’s King Mswati have long since ceased to surprise, although he continues to do his utmost to raise eyebrows. According to the Swaziland Solidarity Network, which is admittedly somewhat biased towards democracy as a system of government rather than absolute monarchy, the king ordered the police to enforce a ban on ordinary Swazis and nonroyal visiting dignitaries using red carpets when attending events. In a "most shocking example of dictatorship, insecurity and blatant madness", the Times of Swaziland reported that events managers say whenever they put down red or white carpets to welcome guests to their events, police remove them. The newspaper avoided revealing the source of this bizarre instruction, but the network reported that police were given the order by their commissioner, who was either acting of his own accord or relaying an instruction from Mswati himself that only royalty should be allowed to strut up red or white carpets.

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  • 'Boko Haram' lift Cyril's chances

    A group of ANC heavyweights calling themselves “Boko Haram” appear to have bolstered Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s chances of succeeding President Jacob Zuma as ANC leader in 2017. According to reports, a number of party bigwigs serving in national and provincial legislatures joined the group over the weekend. They are said to include two former premiers, one former provincial secretary and a host of MECs, party regional secretaries and heads of departments in the Limpopo provincial government. This paper has been informed that ANC leaders from Gauteng, along with “Boko Haram”, met secretly in Makgobaskloof outside Tzaneen in Limpopo a fortnight ago. They decided to back Ramaphosa. Yesterday,

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  • Trevor Noah leaves SA fans in stitches

    Kgothatso Mogale & Neo Koza | Trevor Noah entertained a sold out crowd at the Silverstar Casino in Joburg as part of the Comedy Central International Comedy Festival.

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