• Somizi says he has HIV, cancer or diabetes

    In an interview with City Press published on Sunday, popular entertainer Somizi Mhlongo spoke about his upcoming memoir, Dominoes: Unbreakable Spirit. He writes in the book that he was diagnosed with a terminal disease in 1999 that had the capacity to take his life within six months and is incurable. He says he won’t name the illness for personal reasons. Somizi apparently debated whether it was worth seeking treatment and living with the chronic illness. The 44-year-old maintains that he’s never felt the need to tell people what his ailment actually is. “I haven’t had the courage or the need to say which one it is between cancer, HIV and diabetes.” He was apparently told he only had a month

  • Accused in Thembisile Yende murder case applies for bail

    Eskom employee David Ngwenya‚ 44‚ accused of the murder of Thembisile Yende‚ 30‚ says the state has an untested prima facie case against him. Ngwenya is applying for bail in the Springs Magistrate’s court in connection with Yende’s premeditated murder. Yende’s lifeless body was found at Eskom’s Pieterboth substation last month. She was strangled to death. In his affidavit Ngwenya said: “I fully deny that I committed murder and I don’t have any other previous convictions or pending cases. I’m employed at Eskom‚ married with three children aged 17‚ 12 and 11.” The court also heard that Ngwenya owns combined belongings to the value of R1.5 million and resides in Springs. Ngwenya was arrested on

  • Broke Kelly Khumalo once went to Somizi for petrol money

    Kelly Khumalo and Idols SA judge Somizi Mhlongo’s friendship was once put to the test when‚ during her battle with drugs‚ Kelly showed up his door asking for petrol. Reflecting on her turbulent past and highly-publicised battle with drug addiction‚ Kelly told Metro FM DJ Fresh that she had approached Somizi for help. “He said to me: ‘No. I’m not giving you the petrol. I am actually giving you R300 to get petrol and go straight home’.” Somizi‚ who co-hosts the breakfast show with Fresh‚ said he had even offered her a hot meal because he saw that she wanted to overcome her addiction. “I have seen her go through that (drug addiction). I remember she used to come to my house. At one point I even

  • Eastern Cape ANC emerges as 'anti-Zuma bloc'

    If the tone set by the ANC Eastern Cape provincial policy conference on Sunday is anything to go by‚ the province is emerging as a strong anti-Zuma bloc. Following President Jacob Zuma’s 11th-hour cancellation of his commitment to give the national executive committee’s (NEC) political input at the gathering in East London‚ his stand-in‚ NEC member Fikile Xasa‚ pulled no punches against the “Guptas and their friends”‚ calling for their isolation in the party. No reason was given for Zuma’s no-show. Zuma has not appeared at any ANC event of provincial significance in the Eastern Cape this year. His deputy‚ Cyril Ramaphosa‚ addressed the January 8 anniversary celebrations in Mthatha. However‚ Zuma

  • Explosive forensic investigation exposes Koko's shady deals - report

    Matshela Koko, suspended acting Eskom CEO and group executive of coal procurement, lied on camera when he said during a Carte Blanche interview that he had never signed a deal with a Gupta-linked company. The Sunday Times reports Koko’s apparent dishonesty prompted Eskom board spokesperson Khulani Qoma to write a scathing letter to the board, in which he said Koko must be fired because “lying on camera is a cardinal sin for an executive, and recent memory doesn’t rival this particular incident”. Qoma confirmed to the publication that he wrote the letter in which he further stated: “According to the emails, he started bidding for the Gupta family while he was employed at Transnet and has allegedly migrated with this mandate to Eskom. According to the publication, the Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr investigation into Koko found prima facie evidence of wrongdoing.

  • Twitter calls for boycott of 'insensitive' Drum magazine

    This week’s issue of Drum Magazine features king of Kwaito Arthur Mafokate and his daughters on its cover and Twitter is really not impressed. The magazine wrote: “Arthur: My life, my girls - and that abuse incident,” further quoting him as saying he wouldn’t “want someone to hurt one of my daughters”, which paints him as a good family man. To dismiss the serious charges against him as “that abuse incident” also came across as quite weird for many. Check out the cover below: Mafokate has been accused of domestic violence after singer Busisiwe Twala, popularly known as Cici, opened a case of assault against Mafokate, who she called “my boyfriend” in a police statement. Mafokate allegedly dragged

  • Guptas prove anything can be bought in venal SA

    Perhaps the most frightening aspect of the revelations of the sinister net the Gupta family has spread across the blighted face of this country is that privileged information is available at a price. The latest shock to emerge from the leaked Gupta e-mails reveals the existence of a spreadsheet plotting the movements and personal details of top bank executives since 2015, when the financial institutions first began to start blocking the Gupta family’s accounts. According to the Sunday Times, among those listed are Absa CEO Maria Ramos and her husband, former finance minister Trevor Manuel, the founders of Rand Merchant Bank GT Ferreira, Paul Harris and Laurie Dippenaar, and Investec CEO Stephen Koseff.