• Kelly did not assault me, says 'Bhaka'

    Durban herbalist Zamokwakhe “Bhaka” Nzama yesterday claimed he had been misquoted regarding last weekend’s events in a Durban hotel room, in which his new girlfriend, the controversial singer Kelly Khumalo, allegedly assaulted him after the herbalist rebuffed demands to dump his common law wife for the singer. On Sunday, City Press reported Kelly, who has a child with late Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa, poked him in the eye shortly before the Metro FM Music Awards at the Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre on Saturday. Bhaka had then said his comment had not gone down well with Kelly, given he had a moment earlier rejected the singer’s demand for him to dump his common law wife, Jabu, for her.

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  • Cops, doctors, pastor bust over RAF scam - Crime & Courts | IOL News

    Three police officers have been arrested in what police say is a major breakthrough involving a syndicate that committed fraud worth millions of rand against the Road Accident Fund. The RAF, which has been beset by financial problems, is funded through the fuel levy. Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene increased the fuel levy by 30c a litre during his Budget speech last week, and the RAF levy by 50c. In recent years, the RAF has been described as technically bankrupt, with the auditor-general in 2012 saying a lack of internal controls had not curbed the wasting of taxpayers’ money.

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  • JZ ally gets Royal Hotel for R78m

    The hotel, which first opened its doors in 1845, went under the hammer after its owner, Swazi businessman Moses Motsa, decided to get out of the hotel business. The auction, conducted by Reliance, set the starting bid for the Royal Hotel at R120-million. Naidu, an ANC funder who has close ties with President Jacob Zuma, is the head of the Saantha Naidu Group that owns the Coastlands group of hotels in Durban. Among them are the likes of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Alfred, Nelson Mandela, Mark Twain, Cecil Rhodes, Sir Henry Rider Haggard, Marlene Dietrich, Margaret Thatcher, Phil Collins and Stevie Wonder.

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  • CIA claims: state probes Thuli and Juju - Politics | IOL News

    INDEPENDENT MEDIA The government has launched an inquiry into allegations that, amongst others, EFF leader Julius Malema, above, and Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, below, are CIA agents. Pretoria - The government has launched an inquiry into allegations that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and some political leaders, including EFF leader Julius Malema, former DA Parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko and head of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), Joseph Mathunjwa are agents of America’s CIA.

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  • Nigeria: Queen of Bleaching Disses Lupita Over 'Stolen' Dress

    Nigerian and Cameroonian singer and cosmetics seller, Dencia has hit out at Lupita Nyong'o over the theft of her Oscar red carpet "pearl dress". In her usual fashion, Dencia took to her Twitter page and posted, "Moral of the story, cut Ur coat according to Ur size. Lupita's stolen dress was returned after the thieves found out the pearls were fake. The Calvin Klein dress was said to be covered in more than 6,000 pearls and valued at more than $150,000.

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  • Bafana to play Nigeria in friendly - Bafana

    Independent Media File picture: Bafana Bafana will play Nigeria in an international friendly on March 29 at the Mbombela Stadium, the Safa announced. Johannesburg – Bafana Bafana will play Nigeria in an international friendly on March 29 at the Mbombela Stadium, the Safa announced.

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  • EFF rebel group submits ‘mountain of evidence’ against Malema

    A group of disgruntled Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members have submitted what they say is a mountain of evidence showing intimidation and the gross mismanagement of the party's National People's Assembly and is now calling on the High Court to nullify the outcome. The members are led by suspended EFF Member of Parliament (MP) Andile Mngxitama who has accused EFF leaders Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu of abusing party funds and suppressing internal democracy.

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  • Simplifying HSBC will take years: BoE - International | IOL Business

    HSBC's top two bosses will be held responsible for transforming it into a simpler institution, Bank of England Deputy Governor Andrew Bailey said on Wednesday, as Europe's biggest bank tries to clean up after a Swiss tax scandal. HSBC has admitted failings in compliance and controls in its Swiss private bank after media reports said it helped wealthy customers conceal millions of dollars of assets in a period up to 2007. Last week, HSBC Chairman Douglas Flint told a panel of lawmakers the bank was halfway through a transformation to make the bank simpler and to create central control. Bailey, Britain's top banking supervisor, told the same panel of lawmakers on Wednesday he was holding Flint and HSBC Chief Executive Stuart Gulliver “personally responsible” for the transformation, which he described as a “work in progress”.

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  • Three-year-old girl snatched and killed by crocodile in Zimbabwe

    The Southern Eye newspaper reported on Thursday that Lubelihle Nyoni was snatched from the banks of the Zambezi River in Hwange, northern Zimbabwe, on February 22. Villagers said the child's grandfather and uncle were killed by crocodiles several years ago. Nyoni was playing with her eight-year-old friend Mawili Reno when the crocodile attacked. Relative Margi Reno told the Southern Eye: "I was doing something some few metres from the river when I heard screams before I lifted up my eyes and saw a big crocodile snatching Luba from the banks, where they were bathing.

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  • Harrison Ford badly hurt in LA plane crash

    “Indiana Jones” star Harrison Ford was critically injured Thursday when his small plane crash-landed on a golf course outside Los Angeles, media reports and officials said. A Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman, who did not identify Harrison, said the pilot of a single-engine plane was critically injured in the crash. “We cannot disclose any of our patients’ names,” spokesman Erik Scott told AFP, recounting the early afternoon crash at the Penmar Golf Course in Venice, southwest of Los Angeles.

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  • South Africa: Police Officer Recognised Child as Kidnapped Baby

    The moment he laid eyes on Zephany Nurse he knew she was the baby kidnapped in 1997, Lt-Col Mike Barkhuizen told Beeld newspaper in a report published on Thursday. Barkhuizen, who works for the Hawks, had been searching for Zephany, now 17, for the past five years. Zephany was found after her biological parents' second daughter, born four years after Zephany's disappearance, started grade eight at a school in Cape Town this year.

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Intensifies War Against White Farmers

    MORE than 160 white commercial farmers in Mashonaland East province will soon be removed from their properties as the government claims they are occupying the land illegally. The development comes after President Robert Mugabe claimed that some 163 farmers were illegal staying on the farms because they were being protected by dismissed Mashonaland East Zanu PF provincial chairperson, Ray Kaukonde. Kaukonde was ousted from the party provincial post over allegations he was financing a coup plot by former vice president Joice Mujuru.

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  • 50 Cent says he's betting R19 million Floyd Mayweather beats Manny Pacquiao - video

    50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather appear to have put whatever issues they had behind them - at least enough for the Hip Hop star to bet millions of rands on the undefeated boxer’s fight against Manny Pacquiao.

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  • Gareth Bale reveals the things he doesn't like about Real Madrid

    Gareth Bale has revealed the only thing he does not like about playing for Real Madrid is being embarrassed by his superstar teammates in training and dealing with Spanish spiders.

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  • Marijuana an inescapable issue for health chiefs, say expert

    Marijuana will become an unavoidable policy issue for health watchdogs in coming years, a conference heard Wednesday. Growing scientific evidence about the medical benefits and a rollback of laws banning the drug mean that health agencies will have to make a determination on marijuana's use, experts said. "The WHO (World Health Organization) will probably have to come up with a new stance on cannabis soon, given the pressure it is facing," Pavel Pachta, former deputy secretary of the International Narcotics Control Board, told the four-day Medical Cannabis and Cannabinoids conference, which opened in Prague on Wednesday.

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  • Democrats scramble to defend Clinton - World News | IOL News

    REUTERS Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton attends the EMILY's List 30th Anniversary Gala in Washington. Washington - Democrats scrambled on Tuesday to contain the fallout for Hillary Clinton, their favoured 2016 presidential candidate, after allegations she inappropriately used her personal email for work while secretary of state. The Clinton camp quickly sought to discredit a New York Times report published late on Monday that said her exclusive use of a personal email account from 2009 through 2013 and a lack of email preservation may have run afoul of the Federal Records Act. The report got wide play, largely because it fuels a political narrative from Republicans that Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, are obsessed with secrecy and seek to play by a different set of rules.

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  • Mixed reaction to toll road fee increase - Daily News | News

    If you plan to make a trip from Durban to Johannesburg, you may have to dig a little deeper into your pockets: the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) will hike toll road fees from Saturday. The adjustments are based on the Consumer Price Index, and the increase was proposed by Sanral and approved by the Minister of Transport, Dipuo Peters. DA spokesman for transport, Rafeek Shah, said the increase in toll road fees was not the way to go. Professor Bonke Dumisa, an economist, said the fees usually increased according to the inflation rate, and people had to bite the bullet and accept the rise in tariffs as “part of life”.

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  • South Africa: False Bay Domestic Worker Paid Nothing for 14 Years

    A 61-year-old Zimbabwean domestic worker, Gladys Mafita, claims her False Bay employer fired her without payment after 14 years.The employer is Daniel Deng, son of Francis Deng, the first ambassador of South Sudan to the United States. Francis Deng was previously Special Adviser to the Secretary-General of the United Nations on the Prevention of Genocide. Mafita came to South Africa in 2001.

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  • Chris Brown and Karrueche Tran split

    The 25-year-old singer is said to have hooked up with their mutual friend, Nia Amey, 31, while he and Tran were on a break and now has a nine-month-old daughter with the model. Insiders previously revealed Tran was ready to marry Brown, even if he is sent back to jail later this month after his probation was revoked in January. There's not one man she would rather spend the rest of her life with other than Brown.

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  • Not my fault, says Khulubuse Zuma - Companies | IOL Business

    Khulubuse Zuma on Thursday bemoaned statements by Cosatu and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) blaming him for the plight of Pamodzi Gold's former mineworkers. “The attack on Zuma by the Cosatu and NUM leadership is rendered even more bizarre by the fact that Zuma is not aware of any claim that has been lodged against Aurora on behalf of NUM members, whether in relation to unpaid salaries or any other entitlement,” his spokesman Vuyo Mkhize said in a statement. Earlier this week, an urgent application by Zuma to have claims of over R1.5 billion against Aurora Empowerment Systems, of which he is a director, set aside was dismissed by the High Court in Pretoria.

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