• Passport puzzle in 'SA mule' case

    The woman, identified as 22-year-old Lynette Nosipho, was nabbed at Indira Gandhi International Airport on Sunday last week, allegedly in possession of 19kg of narcotics valued at more than R100000. The drugs - 17kg of pseudoephedrine, a popular party drug, and 2kg of heroin - were concealed in women's shoes, a laptop bag and arm guards used by cricketers. India's Central Industrial Security Force said this week that Nosipho's passport stated she was a South African citizen. Spokesman Hemendra Singh said she had been travelling on a tourist visa.

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  • Malema: I know who gave cash to Zuma

    This is the first time a current or former ANC insider has revealed the source of Zuma's funds when he was broke and jobless after former president Thabo Mbeki fired him as South Africa's deputy president in 2005. Malema is also the first high-profile politician to reveal how most ANC struggle veterans funded their lifestyles. Malema said he personally raised funds for Zuma at public ANC rallies "and from unidentified donors" before Zuma became president in 2009. There was no difference, he added, between the conduct of his Ratanang Family Trust, which bankrolled his lavish lifestyle, and that of Zuma's trusts.

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  • Nelson Mandela Bay buses worth R100m gather dust in ‘failed project’ - City Press

    Six years on and buses that were supposed to start the bus rapid transit system in Port Elizabeth are still gathering dust outside a fresh produce market. The 60 buses were acquired by the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality in 2009 for R100 million as part of its integrated public transport system, but it has been plagued by problems and allegations of corruption. As a result, the buses remain idle, parked outside the fresh produce market in Motherwell outside Port Elizabeth. The buses were meant to diversify and improve the city’s transport system, but are now exposed to the elements all year round.

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  • South Africa, Nigeria trade barbs over attacks on migrants | The New Age Online

    The South African government reacted angrily Sunday to Nigeria's decision to recall its ambassador from Pretoria over a wave of mob attacks on African migrants that killed at least seven people. "We are not sure which actions or behaviour of the South African Government the Nigerian Government is protesting," the South African foreign ministry said in a statement.

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  • We Don't Blame Nigeria for Boko Haram, Says Pretoria

    The South African Government takes note that the outgoing Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has recalled its Acting High Commissioner to South Africa. It is only Nigeria that has taken this unfortunate and regrettable step. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has just returned from Indonesia to attend the Africa-Asia Summit and the 60th Anniversary of the historic Bandung Conference.

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  • Nigeria: Learning in the Face of Xenophobia - Foreign Students in South Africa Speak Up

    According to a 2005 report, South Africa is the number one destination for foreign students in Africa. Considering the fact that a South African University education will cost a foreign student one-third of what he or she would have spent in Britain or the United States, as well as the relative closeness to home and the quality of education the country can boast of, this is a good deal. Elizabeth Johnson left Nigeria four years ago to study law at North-West University, in South Africa. Although, killing of foreigners in the country by a section of disgruntled youths may come as a surprise to many across the globe, she says that Xenophobia in itself is not a new phenomenon in the country.

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  • Newsmaker – Emmanuel Sithole: A life over R2.50 - City Press

    Mozambican Emmanuel Sithole pleads for his life while being attacked in Alexandra, Joburg. The only physical evidence of Emmanuel Sithole’s life in Alexandra is the double bed he shared with his cousin, a small TV and a two-plate stove. A hole in the wall of the single-room backyard shack in John Brand Street in Alexandra in which the 35-year-old Mozambican lived reveals little else. South Africans knew little about Sithole before he was stabbed with an okapi knife about 100m from his stand in front of Sunday Times photographer James Oatway.

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  • Zwelithini, the elephant in the room - Sunday Independent

    AFP/ Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has vehemently denied that he said people should take up arms and attack foreign nationals. King Goodwill Zwelithini escapes sanction for his speech which incited xenophobic violence because of his importance to the ANC, writes Jovial Rantao. It is also good that the rule of law has, to a certain extent, prevailed, and the perpetrators of these heinous deeds will be held accountable for their crimes. In court, they will learn you cannot commit crimes in a constitutional democracy, where the rule of law is king, and get away with them.

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  • Malema says he knows who funded Zuma: Report | The New Age Online

    Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema says he has first-hand knowledge of secret donors who funded President Jacob Zuma using obscure trusts, the Sunday Times reported. Malema made the claim in an 83-page affidavit filed in the High Court in Pretoria this week in his ongoing legal battle with the SA Revenue Service, the newspaper reported. Malema said he personally raised funds for Zuma at African National Congress rallies “and from unidentified donors” before he became president of the country in 2009. There is no difference between his Ratang Family Trust, which paid for his lifestyle, and that of Zuma’s trusts, he claimed.

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  • Sarah Baartman grave plaque defaced - Crime & Courts | IOL News

    Reuters The 1816 complete cast in plaster of Sarah Baartman is displayed during a ceremony at the South African Embassy in Paris in 2002, in preparation for Baartman's remains to be returned to South Africa for burial. The indigenous woman, born in 1789, was taken to London by a British navy doctor around 1810 where she was shown off in freak shows. Port Elizabeth - A plaque at Sarah Baartman’s grave in Hankey has been defaced, Eastern Cape police said on Sunday. Warrant Officer Gerda Swart said a group of men were seen throwing white paint on the plaque on Saturday.

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  • Flashy new reality show flaunts the riches of young black South Africans

    The best things in life are free? It used to be that if you wanted to see a reality show featuring inexplicably rich people rolling around in troughs of money, you'd have to watch something American. Rich Kids promises to introduce us to a whole bunch of home-grown youngsters with the tastes of Marie Antoinette and the wardrobes of Mobutu Sese Seko.

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  • Kim Kardashian's Ex-Husband Tweeted An Apparent Diss About Bruce Jenner

    It happened right after Jenner's interview with Diane Sawyer.

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  • I’m no degree cheat, says set-top box boss - City Press

    Pumla Radebe has appointed a top lawyer to act for her. The woman in charge of South Africa’s multibillion-rand digital TV set-top box roll-out is embroiled in a qualifications-fraud row after a former employee approached Parliament querying the authenticity of her degree. Now Pumla Radebe, chairperson of the Universal Service and Access Agency of SA (Usaasa), is suing Mmatlou Morudu, the agency’s former executive manager of programmes, for R750 000 in damages for injuring her reputation. Morudu wrote to Parliament asking why Radebe’s BA degree did not show up in a record search at her alma mater, Fort Hare.

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  • The next top cop to fall from grace? - Politics | IOL News

    Beleaguered National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega could be hauled before a disciplinary committee (DC), a move that could signal the beginning of an end to her tenure as South Africa’s top cop. A special committee set up last year by Police Minister Nathi Nhleko to investigate a number of allegations against Phiyega has recommended that she face the DC.Various independent sources close to the investigation have told The Sunday Independent that the committee – called the Reference Group – has completed its six month investigation and has already handed its report to Nhleko. Nhleko’s Reference Group is believed to have arrived at similar findings to those made by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), which previously recommended that Phiyega face an internal disciplinary hearing – and not criminal charges – for her alleged interference in the criminal investigation that led to last week’s arrest of Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer on fraud, racketeering and corruption charges.

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  • Nigerian govt recalls SA ambassador, SA govt responds

    “We are not sure which actions or behaviour of the South African Government the Nigerian Government is protesting. It is only Nigeria that has taken this unfortunate and regrettable step. Monyela added that South Africa wished to retain good relations with Nigeria, and that it did not blame the Abuja government for the death of scores of South African nationals in the collapse of an evangelical church in Lagos in September last year or lengthy delays in the repatriation of the victims’ remains.

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  • Johnny Depp's Transformation To Whitey Bulger Is Truly Chilling

    "Just sayin' could get you buried real quick."

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  • Chicco calls Meyiwa's dad to order - SundayWorld

    Meyiwa senior told Drum magazine that the killers of Senzo were those who were with him on the day he was murdered last year. "I am saying this because my son was present when Meyiwa was killed, so it's irresponsible for him to talk as if he (Senzo's father) was present when this incident occurred," he said in a written statement to Sunday World. Meyiwa senior hit back at Twala saying the musician was out of order for criticising him. Meyiwa's utterances came after an alleged prankster posted a statement on Twitter that the footie player was killed by the boyfriend of Kelly Khumalo's sister Zandi who was with the soccer star in the house.

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  • Arsenal 'boring', not Chelsea - Mourinho | The New Age Online

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho claimed that Arsenal were more deserving of the "boring" epithet after his team closed on the Premier League title with a 0-0 draw on Sunday. Chelsea's last seven league wins have come by a single-goal margin and they were taunted with chants of 'Boring, boring Chelsea!' as the clock wound down at the Emirates Stadium.

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  • ANC sits with ‘secret’ R50m from Hitachi Power Africa - City Press

    Construction continues on the Medupi Power Station. Chancellor House, the ANC’s investment company, last year earned R50 million from its financial association with a company that is helping to build Eskom’s new power stations. City Press’ sister newspaper, Rapport, learnt from a reliable source that Hitachi Power Africa (HPA), now trading as Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa (MHPSA), paid R50 million to buy back Chancellor House’s 25% stake in the company last year.

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  • Amcu leader laid to rest - Politics | IOL News

    The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) will not back down from its promise to bring economic change to the country, general secretary Jeff Mphahlele said on Sunday. “We are not going to run away even though we are slaughtered day and night,” he said at the funeral service of union leader Collen Petlele. Amcu overtook the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in membership numbers in 2012, becoming the dominant union in the platinum mining sector.

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