• Hawks grab travel bags stuffed with R21.1 million in Bloemfontein airport swoop

    On Valentine's Day the Hawks pounced on two men at Bloemfontein airport before they boarded a plane with more than R21.1-million stuffed in their bags. Police Captain Philani Nkwalase said the Hawks‚ acting on a tip-off‚ arrested 25-year-old Baig Mahomed and 50-year-old Mahomed Hoosen. "The Hawks‚ along with the police‚ swiftly acted on information about the duo [who] had four big travelling bags full of cash." They were intercepted before catching a flight to Cape Town‚ said Nkwalase. "Preliminary investigations revealed that they drove from Durban to Bloemfontein prior to their arrest. Furthermore‚ it was established that Baig had a previous conviction for possession of dagga in 2010.'' Police

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  • SARS customs makes biggest ever cocaine bust at OR Tambo airport

    South African Revenue Service (SARS) customs officials on Saturday confiscated 271kg of cocaine, with an estimated street value of R78 million, at the Oliver Tambo International Airport. “It marks the biggest ever cocaine bust by customs officials in South Africa,” SARS said in a statement. The narcotics, en route from Sao Paulo in Brazil to Nairobi in Kenya, were found in a cargo warehouse during routine operations. The specific shipment indicated as “cosmetics” on official documentation was identified for closer inspection through customs profiling techniques. “A physical inspection was conducted after narcotic detector dogs reacted positively to the cargo. Officials found hair products packed

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  • Two scandals that are shocking even by SA standards

    Just how do we explain that almost every single day, another scandalous revelation is reported, leaked or dragged into the public domain through court proceedings? Every day evidence emerges of gross acts of corruption involving state capture and plain old theft, compounded by the selling out of the public interest for factional advantage. It is bad enough that we have a president who has more than 783 corruption, fraud, money-laundering and racketeering charges hanging over his head, and presides over a government that is riven by a toxic mix of rampant corruption and factional politics. At every level of our society, be it at local ward or community level, or at provincial and national level, scandals continue to unfold, and have now become so commonplace that many of us have learnt to expect that almost every government initiative will be tainted in some way by corruption, mismanagement and a disregard for the real needs of our people.

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  • Foreign Nationals Targeted in Pretoria Attacks

    Pretoria — South Africa's Pretoria West residents went on a rampage on Saturday and petrol bombed two houses belonging to foreign nationals. They claim the immigrants were using the houses as brothels, recruiting young girls as prostitutes and introducing them to drugs. In the past two weekends, at least 22 houses either belonging or being rented by foreigners were burnt in Rosettenville, south of Johannesburg. Locals alleged that "drug dens" were mushrooming in the area because of immigrants. The chairperson of the African Diaspora Forum, Mr Marc Gbaffou, said the situation was tense in Pretoria, adding that immigrants had to close down their businesses and flee as the attacks started early

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  • Trump administration to expand groups of immigrants to be deported – documents

    The Trump administration plans to direct immigration agents to greatly expand the categories of immigrants they target for deportation, according to drafts of two memos seen by Reuters and first reported by McClatchy news organisation on Saturday. Two sources familiar with the plans told Reuters the documents have been approved by Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, but are under final review by the White House. They are expected to be released to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) early next week. Under the orders, hundreds of thousands of people would face expedited removal proceedings, including those that had not been prioritised for

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  • Zimbabwe: 'Diamonds Raining' Prophet Takes South Africa By Storm

    Gweru-born and South Africa-based "Prophet" Gerry King who made headlines three years ago after diamonds reportedly fell during a church service in Chiredzi has taken the neighbouring country by storm after thousands of followers flocked to his church service. Multitudes of followers of different nationalities throng Boksburg in Johannesburg where the 29-year-old charismatic man of the cloth usually holds his worship services and crusades. So popular is King's Places International Church founder, that prominent people, including top South Africa police officers in Gauteng province are among notable people attending his services. "It is not so much about popularity, but the good hand of God that

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  • WATCH: Looters casually lift goods off East London truck

    In a video shared on Facebook by South Africa exposed, a flat-bed trailer containing small plastic crates with bottles is moving slowly up a main road in what’s said to be East London. Three skinny young guys in beanies then come along and casually help themselves in broad daylight. The theft left many commenters outraged on social media, though there were some who said it also pointed to the struggles of the youth to survive daily. The Eastern Cape is among South Africa’s poorest provinces. Take a look for yourself. The video was approaching nearly 30 000 views after less than a day.

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  • Hatred hastening America's Reichstag moment

    The drums of war are beating in the US - not only from the White House but from the pulpits of Christian right-wing churches, which are galvanising their congregations towards a new crusade against Islam. Listening to the latest sermon of popular American evangelical Pastor JD Farag on Middle East Bible prophecy is enough to send shivers down anyone’s spine. Farag’s message is one of hate and fear-mongering. The essence of which is that Muslims are “streaming” into the US to turn churches into mosques, to impose Sharia, and to weaken, dilute, and eventually destroy the Christian religion. His “be very afraid” sermon is met with rapturous applause by the congregation, and the YouTube version of

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  • It's on again! AKA and Bonang back together after shortest split

    The department of higher education and training has confirmed it will pay fee increases for all qualifying students who come from households with an income of R600‚000 or less - as a grant‚ not a loan.

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  • Worcester trucker in court for 'robbing himself'

    A 42-year-old man has appeared in the Worcester Magistrate’s Court on charges related to perjury and defeating the ends of justice after he reported a false robbery, Western Cape police said. The man reported an armed robbery case at the Worcester police station. He reported that he had been robbed of R17 000 by unidentified robbers at gunpoint, Captain FC van Wyk said. “During the interview the man gave confusing stories which raised the suspicion of the police officers. They then went to conduct an investigation on the truck he was driving. “The truck was found to contain the same amount he alleged to have been stolen from him … The complainant was arrested immediately and the money was confiscated

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  • I'd prefer to stay at Arsenal, says Wenger

    LONDON, England – Arsene Wenger has revealed he wants to stay in football management long-term and has indicated for the first time he would like to extend his spell as Arsenal's manager. The Frenchman's future is up in the air, with his contract expiring at the end of the season and events on the pitch exposing him to criticism from supporters. Wenger said earlier this week he intends to continue working as a manager even if his 21-year reign at the Emirates Stadium comes to an end, but he says his preference would be to remain at Arsenal. When asked about his future in the game, the 67-year-old told reporters: "If you have a team, maybe you can employ me. "That's not a threat. My preference

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  • Lindiwe Sisulu distances herself from succession debates

    JOHANNESBURG – Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has called on African National Congress (ANC) members and others using her name as a possible successor to President Jacob Zuma to stop doing so. The Mail and Guardian reported on Friday that her supporters in the ANC, are presenting her as an alternative to former AU commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who has publicly been endorsed by the ANCWL as the president’s successor. The party will hold its elective conference in December this year. In a statement, Sisulu calls on the public to protect the discipline of the ANC and stop campaigning in her name, saying discussions about leadership risks being abused for purposes that may be

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  • Mathews Phosa has never been more disgusted with the ANC

    ANC member and outspoken former Mpumalanga premier Mathews Phosa made waves on Sunday in a column printed in The Sunday Independent in which he expressed his greatest disillusionment yet with his party. He said that having been in the gallery in the National Assembly during the state of the nation address was like a Damascene moment for him. “In every politician’s life there is a Damascus moment, and in some cases, more than one.” He slammed parliamentary Speaker Baleka Mbete for “callously, coldly and clinically [refusing] to allow Parliament to bow their heads to show that they feel the pain of the families of the [Esedimeni] 94 who had died because the government looked the other way”. He

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  • Zimbabwe: Wizkid Straight Out of Gokwe

    Collins Tinotenda Mpofu (19) is proof that it does not only take going to fancy schools for a student to make it. Hard work, focus and the right amount of intelligence was all that he needed to attain 20 points in four subjects at A' Level -- the best 2016 A' Level result at Cheziya High School in Gokwe. Born and raised in Machakata under Chief Njelele in Gokwe, Mpofu could have ended up just another child with a bleak future like most rural children. But he did not allow his sombre surroundings to determine his future. From day one as a day scholar at Cheziya High School, Mpofu said he already knew he wanted to become a medical doctor. "I always knew I wanted to become a doctor so I took the

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  • Zimbabwe: Grace Mugabe Criticised for Saying Her Husband's Corpse Will Rule the Country

    First lady Grace Mugabe's claim that her husband can run even as a corpse in next year's elections has left Zimbabwe's opposition parties seething with anger and even questioning her sanity. President Robert Mugabe turns 93 on Tuesday and wants to run for another five-year term next year despite growing pressure from within Zanu PF for him to step down. His critics point to his advanced age and inability to rescue the economy, but Grace who last week resumed her controversial rallies in Buhera, claimed Zimbabweans loved Mugabe so much that they would not vote for any other candidate but her husband's ghost. Her statement appeared to be directed at Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is accused

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  • Zimbabwe: 'Several' Injured As Nando's Building Collapses in Bulawayo

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  • After march on Reserve Bank, BLF declares war

    Leader of Black First Land First (BLF) Andile Mngxitama, who is openly aligned with President Jacob Zuma and his various supporters, took to social media on Saturday to declare that the banks had created an artificial crisis that cost the economy R500 billion in 2015/16. The markets reacted with panic, seeing the move as an attempt at “state capture” by the president, since Nene was opposed to SAA chairperson Dudu Myeni’s airbus deal and Van Rooyen was linked to the Gupta family. Now, however, Mngxitama has used the announcement that 17 major local and international banks, including Standard Bank, Absa and Investec, were allegedly colluding to make money off forex trades to slam the banking sector and “white monopoly capital”.

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  • Zille: ANCYL wants Pravin out so they can get busy looting

    Western Cape Premier and former leader of the DA Helen Zille posted a picture of a headline from the Weekend Argus on Saturday morning to comment on the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) statement that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan needs to be “redeployed”. The league believes the minister is a stumbling block against “radical economic transformation”, but Zille reckons the ANCYL and those they are aligned with are actually simply more keen to get their hands on the billions in Treasury’s coffers so that they can “loot” them. It’s widely speculated that the next finance minister will be the controversial former CEO of parastatals Eskom and Transnet, Brian Molefe. Although he won praise at Eskom for overseeing a period in which load shedding came to an end, he was linked to several suspect deals at both parastatals, and he appears very uncomfortable about discussing his close relationship with his friends the Guptas, who won a highly favourable coal deal at Eskom under his watch.

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  • Brian? Never heard of him, say North West party branch members

    Molefe is set to be sworn in as an MP on Wednesday, just in time to be in the house when Pravin Gordhan, whom he is widely expected to replace as finance minister, delivers the budget speech. Amid a war of words between the North West ANC and its former deputy chairman, China Dodovu, over Molefe's appointment, the Hartbeespoort ANC branch to which Molefe is supposed to belong told the Sunday Times that he had never been to its meetings. "We don't know him," said Christina Mululu, Madibeng municipality's Ward 29 ANC branch secretary. "He has never come for a meeting ... we did not nominate him for parliament." Mululu's comments are the latest in a series of bizarre developments surrounding Molefe's

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  • Live lobsters worth R250k seized in Cape Town

    Live lobsters worth R250 000 were seized in Cape Town this week because of contraventions to the Marine Living Resources Act, Western Cape police said. Members of border police, the agriculture, forestry, and fisheries department (DAFF), and the customs service dog unit conducted inspections on perishable consignments at the South African Airways (SAA) cargo section as part of operation “Thunder Bird”, Captain FC van Wyk said. “Two consignments were stopped because their original export permits were not on the premises of SAA cargo. The contents of the two consignments were live lobsters destined for Hong Kong via Johannesburg. The two consignments were seized by members of DAFF and the live

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