• South Africa: Tension Brews Between Nigeria, South Africa

    Tensions are brewing between Africa's two main powerhouses, Nigeria and South Africa, with the Nigerian Senate calling on the International Criminal Court to investigate Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini for his alleged role in inciting the deadly violence that has rocked cities like Durban and Johannesburg. Nigerian civil-society groups and social network activists have reacted with horror to graphic images of foreigners being harrassed, stabbed and set ablaze in broad daylight in South Africa. The Nigerian Senate jumped in the fray on Wednesday, calling on the ICC to investigate Zwelithini, who last month reportedly compared foreigners to "lice" who should leave the country. The violence in South Africa is condemnable, according to Senator-elect Shehu Sani, who is with the All Progressives' Congress.

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  • Nigeria: TB Joshua Likens Xenophobia in S'africa to Nigeria's Boko Haram

    One of Nigeria's popular clerics and and the general overseer of the Synagogue Church of all Nations (SCOAN), Temitope Balogun Joshua (T.B. Joshua), has condemned the xenophobic attack in South Africa, while likening it to the nefarious activities of the Boko Haram Islamic sect in Nigeria. In a message to South Africa in the facebook, the cleric called for peace and unity, stressing that each country has its own challenges. Joshua said to South Africans: "I cannot leave you without addressing my nation, South Africa, concerning the challenges you are facing.

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  • Child actor of 'Everybody loves Raymond' commits suicide

    Sawyer Sweeten, known for his role as one of twin sons in the US sitcom

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  • Winnie shattered by xenophobic attacks - The Star

    With tears welling in her eyes, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela listened intently as Zimbabwean Herbert Sibanda recounted how he had managed to cheat death at the hands of a xenophobic mob. As Madikizela-Mandela was focusing on Sibanda’s harrowing encounter, a voice rang out from the makeshift camp sheltering about 300 foreigners at the local police station. It was on a blustery morning; Wednesday, May 14, 2008, at the height of South Africa’s most violent wave of xenophobic violence that left more than 60 people dead and hundreds injured. The fear in Sibanda’s voice and the wretchedness of the masses cramped in the camp moved Madikizela-Mandela to tears.

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  • Nigeria: Xenophobia - Gani Adams Visits South Africa

    National Coordinator of the Odua Peoples Congress (OPC), Otunba Gani Adams, on Thursday, paid a solidarity visit to Nigerians living in South Africa in a move intended to assure them of protection over the spate of xenophobic attacks on foreigners in the country. Receiving Adams and his entourage, Nigeria's ambassador to South Africa, Uche Ajulu-Okeke, revealed that some Nigerians who were target of the attacks had had their businesses disrupted.

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  • Pacquiao’s speed gives him the edge - Boxing

    AP Manny Pacquiao s trainer Freddie Roach believes the Fillipino s superior hand speed gives him a decisive edge over Floyd Mayweather. Los Angeles - Superior hand speed will give Manny Pacquiao a decisive edge over American Floyd Mayweather in their heavily anticipated megafight in Las Vegas next week, says the Filipino southpaw's trainer Freddie Roach.

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  • 10 foreign drug convicts face firing squad in Indonesia

    Indonesia has asked foreign embassies to send representatives to a maximum security prison ahead of the expected execution of 10 drug convicts, although an official 72-hour notice of execution has not been given yet, diplomats said on Friday. Among the convicted drug offenders set to face the firing squad are nationals from Australia, Brazil, France and Nigeria and the case has strained relations between the governments of those nations and Indonesia. Security was heightened on Friday at the prison island of Nusakambangan off the Javanese port of Cilacap, where the executions will take place.

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  • OPINION: Zuma responds to Couto's open letter

    In fact Mozambique became my second home and it remains my home. You are in pain as your letter indicates, because of the deaths of Mozambicans and the general attacks on foreign nationals in parts of our country. South Africans are also in pain because of the tragic and senseless killings of all seven persons in the past weeks. The reports we have received indicate that the attacks last week in Durban were sparked off by the conduct of an employer who fired South African workers who had gone on strike and employed workers from outside the country.

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  • WATCH: Passenger describes the Metro Bus crash

    At least 65 people were injured, 5 in critical condition, with 3 people still trapped in one of the buses which collided head-on in Jan Smuts Avenue this morning. The driver of the single decker bus is also still trapped, the City of Johannesburg said in an updated statement about the accident. The ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said emergency service personnel are working to try and rescue the man. The two metro buses collided while travelling at Jan Smuts drive this morning causing heavy traffic delays.

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  • Zimbabwe: Xenophobia Chokes Bus Operators

    BUS operators plying the Harare-Johannesburg route yesterday said business has nosedived following the xenophobic attacks that have gripped South Africa. Eagle Liner's regional information technology sales specialist, Mr Noble Toto, said daily revenue had dwindled significantly since April 18. Mr Toto said their buses would sometimes leave for Johannesburg with between 23 and 30 passengers out of a possible 67. Yesterday one of the Eagle Liner coaches left Harare with only 17 passengers.

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  • Maimane’s no Zille, says Malema - Special Features | IOL News

    INDEPENDENT MEDIA EFF leader Julius Malema did not hold back on his thoughts about Mmusi Maimane during an interview. Durban - Asked if the DA’s parliamentary leader, Mmusi Maimane, would make a good leader of the party, Julius Malema said in an interview on Gagasi FM on Thursday night that it was for the DA to decide, but he had his reservations. “I think Mmusi can make a very good principal; he’s not a politician … We are over the moon as the EFF because we won’t have serious competition – from Helen to Mmusi? “It is the fastest-growing political party in the country,” he said, adding that this would be made easier by the pending departure of DA leader Helen Zille.

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  • Mourinho plays down his supremacy over Wenger | The New Age Online

    Chelsea may be two wins away from regaining the Premier League title, but manager Jose Mourinho insists he is taking nothing for granted -- including his unblemished record against Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. The London rivals meet on Sunday with Chelsea 10 points clear at the top of the table. Victory at second-placed Arsenal would mean Mourinho's team can clinch the title by beating Leicester City three days later.

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  • 'Madiba would weep'

    MTN and Shoprite are among the South African businesses with major interests in Nigeria. Speaking yesterday in Pretoria at a University of South Africa debate, he said he would never have imagined that South Africans "could display such cruelty against their brothers and sisters".

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  • Nigeria: Indonesia Set to Execute Drug Convicts, Including 4 Nigerians

    A foreign embassy official on Friday in Jakarta, said on condition of anonymity that Indonesia has concluded arrangements to execute several foreign drug convicts on Saturday, including four Nigerians. The official said some diplomats of the countries of the affected convicts have been requested to travel to Nusakambangan, the prison island off Java where the inmates are to be executed. A government official also said on condition of anonymity that authorities have ordered preparations for the execution of 10 death-row inmates, including two Australians that have been the subject of a high-profile campaign for clemency. Tony Spontana, spokesman for the Attorney General's office, confirmed that a letter, issued on Thursday by a deputy attorney general, told prosecutors to "prepare for and carry out the executions.

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  • Meet Kyle Todd, the 11-year-old white sangoma

    Meet Kyle Todd, one of South Africa’s youngest qualified white sangomas from Pretoria. At other times, it was a young black sangoma teaching me how to read the bones too,” he said. When they got to Mamelodi, Kyle Todd started directing his parents to the house of the young sangoma who would later train him. The British-born Todd then completed his training in October last year and is now known as Frank Marshall.

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  • Israel denying Nzimande a visa creates ‘serious diplomatic problem’ - City Press

    The decision to deny Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande a visa to travel to Palestine is “an anti-government protest by Israel”, Nzimande’s spokesperson Khaye Nkwanyana said. “This is not only an act against him, but also an act against him as a member of Cabinet, so by extension it’s an anti-government protest,” Nkwanyana told News24 yesterday.

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  • Dr. Phil: Bruce Jenner is too old for gender transition

    The TV doctor was asked if he was upset he lost out to ABC's Diane Sawyer - who will be interviewing the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star - but joked if it had of been him, he would have spent the majority of the interview telling the 65-year-old former Olympian "what's the point". Meanwhile, in the latest teaser for Bruce's interview - in which he is expected to speak about his gender transition - the star admitted the chat was an "emotional rollercoaster".

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  • Nigeria: Let's Weep for the Black Man

    What do you now have to say about what is going on in South Africa?' This was the text message which a reader sent to me two days ago. It is this message that stopped me from my plan this week to pour my rage and outrage on the Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Isa Hayatou who recently engineered an amendment to the CAF rules to pave way for him to again 'contest' and 'win' re-election and perhaps become life president of CAF. You know the man has become a naturalised indigene of CAF for so long that he cannot simply imagine life as a non-CAF president.

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  • Nigeria: BBOG Group Doubts Sambisa Invasion Story

    The #BringBackOurGirls group has expressed doubt about certain narratives by the director of defence information, Maj-Gen. Chris Olukolade and the Nigerian Army on the ongoing military operation in the Sambisa Forest. Speaking during its meeting, the group also queried the story about the notorious commander of the Boko Haram sect, Abu Mojahid, who was allegedly killed in Alagarno Forest by the Nigerian Army. One of its members, Dr Manasseh Allen, asked why more information was not given about the said commander.

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  • Tourism SA slams travel warnings

    The CEO of Tourism South Africa Thulani Nzima on Friday said the recently issued travel warnings on the country, amidst the xenophobic attacks in Kwazulu-Natal and Johannesburg, have had a dire effect the industry. Among the countries submitting travel warnings were Australia’s High Commission, and the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Earlier this week, Hong Kong’s Special Administrative Region Government also issued a tourism advisory which warned residents, who intend to visit South Africa, to monitor the situation and exercise caution. Nzima said the travel warnings are exaggerated and not a true reflection of South Africa.

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