• Porsche sued again over Walker’s death - Tonight News

    LOS ANGELES - Paul Walker’s father sued Porsche for negligence and wrongful death Wednesday over the 2013 accident that killed the “Fast & Furious” star. Walker’s father, who is the executor of his son’s estate, filed the lawsuit claiming that the Porsche Carrera GT that his son was riding in lacked safety features that could have saved the actor’s life. The lawsuit cites features included in other pending lawsuits against the automaker over the crash that might have saved the actor’s life, including a stability control system, side-door reinforcements and a breakaway fuel line to help prevent the car from bursting into flames after a collision. Walker was on a break from filming the seventh

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  • Malema refuses chamber’s request to tone down rhetoric

    JULIUS Malema was asked by concerned members of the South African Chamber of Commerce (SACC) in London to tone down his rhetoric — and he refused. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, continuing his UK tour, had a lively and robust private meeting with members of the SACC at Deloitte’s London headquarters on Thursday morning. But in characteristic style, Mr Malema told Business Day: "Well that meeting was governed by Chatham House rules … but when it comes to the EFF, the posture we’ve taken in South African politics and internationally has made us who we are. And that strategy is working, there’s no need to change that posture to suit whoever’s uncomfortable." While he admitted that he

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  • Afrikaners want own community - Gauteng | IOL News

    Pretoria - Afrikaners want their own community which looks after itself in Pretoria, something along the lines of Kleinfontein and Orania. This should happen as early as after the municipal elections next year, and the area would have its own schools and universities where children are taught in Afrikaans. The statue of Paul Kruger at Church Square could also be moved there. The areas that have been identified are those where many Afrikaans-speaking people live, such as Centurion and Pretoria Moot. Orania in the Northern Cape and Kleinfontein in Gauteng were established by Afrikaners. Only people who identify themselves as Afrikaners are welcome there. And now the Front Nasionaal political party

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  • Watch: Mugabe's slow Turkey walk sets tongues wagging

    The 91-year-old's less-than-speedy progression up a long blue carpet was filmed by New China TV, Xinhua news agency's official TV channel, and then posted on YouTube. "As [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan waited while Mugabe walked ever so gingerly the short distance from his Mercedes limousine to the entrance of the conference venue, the Turkish leader probably wondered whether he should not have let the Zimbabwean stay at home," news website NewZimbabwe quipped. The report said Mugabe "appeared to walk with some difficulty". Mugabe attended the G-20 summit as head of the African Union, though Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change said he had "no business" there and his attendance at the meeting was "a serious national embarrassment".

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  • We join the bullies

    South Africa - along with 13 other countries including North Korea, Sudan, Syria, China, Russia and Zimbabwe - voted on Wednesday against adopting a resolution that would recognise threats against defenders of human rights. The declaration recognises, in international law, the extreme importance and legitimacy of human-rights activity, and those who carry it out. The unanimity of the 1989 adoption of the declaration was broken after Norway asked to vote on it this week. There were 117 votes in favour of the resolution, 14 against and 40 abstentions. This is the latest action that has brought South Africa's reputation as a defender of human rights into question. In June, Sudanese President Omar

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  • Nigerian superstar robbed of R791,000 in Sandton

    Davido, who has received global acclaim for his funky brand of Nigerian music infused with pop and afro soul influences - encountered crime first hand in Johannesburg. Davido was passing through the country en route to Atlanta, USA where he is based and regularly performs.

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  • Get real, white South Africa

    We did it in 1910 when the Union of South Africa was birthed by the British. We did it in 1948 when our new apartheid laws turned us into the most unethically dressed nation in Africa. We did it again in 1961 when the National Party declared South Africa a republic, free from the British Commonwealth. Our newest outfit, the dress from our historic Autumn/Winter 1994 collection, is now 21 years old, and evidently in tatters. Unfortunately, South Africa has never fundamentally changed over the years, we simply changed clothes. The greatest problem we face as a nation is not our neo-liberal imperialist economy that favours US and British capitalist endeavours. It's not that the police criminalise

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  • Would-be rapist caught on Facebook - World News | IOL News

    London - A young woman who fought off a would-be rapist outside her home brought the man to justice after tracking him down on Facebook. Chanel Purchase, 21, spent hours trawling through the website shortly after her ordeal to find a photo of the stranger who attacked her after accompanying her home from a nightclub. He never gave his name but she remembered he had mentioned some mutual friends. Checks on her computer led to her spotting a photo of James Huggett, 22, who was arrested the next day after she handed details to police. He denied attempted rape but was convicted last week following a trial. Miss Purchase - who waived her right to anonymity to discuss the case - on Wednesday revealed

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  • Downed Russian pilot vows revenge - World News | IOL News

    London - A navigator from the Russian jet downed by Turkey pledged on Wednesday night to keep flying missions over Syria ‘to pay back’ those who killed his commander. Captain Konstantin Murakhtin spoke for the first time after he was rescued by special forces in a daring 12-hour mission behind enemy lines. His Su-24 jet was blitzed out of the sky by two Turkish warplanes on Tuesday, before he was shot at by Turkmen rebels as he parachuted to the ground. His comrade Lieutenant Colonel Oleg Peshkov was killed by machine-gun fire after ejecting from the plane. His dead body was surrounded by rebels chanting ‘Allahu Akhbar’ - Arabic for ‘God is great’. Captain Murakhtin managed to avoid the shots

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  • South African pets have medical aid, but not workers - Malema tells Oxford students

    "We have got a situation where the rich love animals [more] than the people," he told the Oxford Union at Oxford University in the United Kingdom on Wednesday.  "The dogs of rich people in South Africa have got medical aid but their domestic workers, and the university workers, and the farm workers, the petrol attendants, the security guards, do not have medical aid.  "Neither do they have rights as workers." Malema said the recent student protests against fees, and the protests by university workers showed that the interests of the poor are being put on the African agenda.   He added that some university workers who have worked for more than 30 years have nothing to show for it.  Malema said

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  • United's kids are running scared - Premier League

    London - Inside the home dressing room before Wednesday’s Champions League clash with PSV Eindhoven, some of Manchester United’s senior professionals picked up on the tension among the younger players. Memphis Depay, who had scored at Watford the previous Saturday, the forward Anthony Martial and Matteo Darmian appeared to be nervous and full of anxiety. Out on the pitch at Old Trafford, in front of a crowd who were conditioned to watch some of the most vibrant, attacking football in the game under Sir Alex Ferguson, there is no place to hide. Louis van Gaal’s players are afraid to make mistakes, too concerned by what their volatile head coach will say at half-time, full time or during the lengthy

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  • Zimbabwe's Mr Ugly pageant turns ugly

    Maison Sere, who was missing several teeth and dressed in torn overalls, beat off five other contestants for the $500 Mr Ugly prize -- a large sum in a country facing massive unemployment. Show organiser David Machowa said he created the pageant in 2012 to celebrate "beauty in ugliness".

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  • Africa’s failures may spawn another genocide - IOL News

    Shannon Ebrahim The reality is we have failed to learn the lessons of history on our own continent. And it seems no one is listening. Burundi just keeps deteriorating but does anyone really care? The African Union has left the political resolution of the conflict in Burundi up to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni who had this to say three weeks ago when asked about the progress of his mediation efforts: “I received a report on the progress of the dialogue. I hear the talks are not going well... I have not been following this closely. I think I will need to find out…” In a neighbourhood that has known more genocide than any other region in the world, is this honestly what we call African solutions

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  • From petrol jockey to Master’s graduate - KwaZulu-Natal | IOL News

    Durban - Only you can keep your dreams alive; it’s up to you to fight for them. This, said Regina Mlobeli, was her motivation to persevere in the face of severe financial struggles - which have seen her remarkable rise from working as a petrol attendant to having a Master’s degree in psychology. Mlobeli, now the study co-ordinator at the Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in South Africa (Caprisa), said there was no “secret” to her success. She spoke to The Mercury ahead of World Aids Day, which is on December 1. “Working hard and trying hard. That’s all you can do to get what you want.” Mlobeli grew up in Gugulethu, and from 1976 moved between the Western Cape and Eastern Cape trying

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  • Zuma's official list of do’s and don’ts finally released

    This follows a court application aimed at forcing the presidency to reveal expenditure decisions. Presidency Office of the Presidency Presidential handbook JOHANNESBURG - The presidency has now released the presidential handbook, which details the support services that are to be provided to the president and deputy president, and explains what government has to pay for. The document was released after a court application was lodged aimed at forcing the presidency to reveal how decisions around spending on the president are made. The 16-page document goes into detail about how all of the security costs for the president and deputy president are the responsibility of the State. It says that their

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  • Oscar ‘had a normal jail experience’ - Gauteng | IOL News

    Johannesburg - Oscar Pistorius didn't receive preferential treatment while in jail at the Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Centre in Pretoria. And the authorities plan to open the facility to prove their case. “We will start opening the doors of our facilities to allow the media to see that we did not give him preferential treatment,” said Correctional Services acting regional commissioner Mandla Mkabela. He was speaking at the Gauteng regional 30-year service recognition ceremony on Wednesday morning. Warders from various Correctional Services facilities across the country were given awards. Mkabela said the department had been on the receiving end of negative publicity from the media, and opening

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  • Zuma is a tsunami, says EFF MP - Politics | IOL News

    Parliament - An Economic Freedom Fighters MP was booted from the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) on Thursday for comparing President Jacob Zuma to a giant wave. “Today we are listening to a man whose view of democracy is as twisted and dangerous as a tsunami telling us about what ought to be done to ensure democracy benefits all South Africans,” Vusiwana Mtileni said as he responded to Zuma’s annual address to the NCOP. ANC MPs jumped to the President’s defence, and asked that Mtileni’s comments be ruled out of order. NCOP chairwoman Thandi Modise agreed, saying: “In this particular instance you are deliberately impugning on a member of this Parliament.” Zuma ceased to be a member of Parliament

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  • No exceptions to visa laws, even for Mandela actor Elba: Gigaba

    So believes Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba, who was addressing the media in Parliament on the implementation of cabinet concessions to the immigration regulations on Wednesday. This comes after award-winning British actor Idris Elba reportedly cancelled a trip to South Africa at the last minute after his daughter, Isan, failed to meet the new immigration requirements passed into law earlier this year. Elba played the role of Nelson Mandela in the award-winning film based on the icon's life, Long Walk to Freedom. Sovereign laws Gigaba said that as Elba was a British national, he did not have to apply for a visa and therefore only found out when he was told by an airline that he could not

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  • BBC 100 Women features 5 South Africans

    Five South Africans will join the BBC 100 Women series, which features woman figures from around the globe who do important work in their countries in their fields. The South Africans include Chairperson of the African Union Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, 66, Verashni Pillay, 31, the newly appointed editor of Mail & Guardian and Karabo Mathang, 28, the first female FIFA-accredited sports agent. Naval captain Lieutenant-Commander Zimasa Mabela, 38, and entrepreneur Clara Reid, 29, who designed Reel Gardening in a bid to simplify gardening, also made the list. The BBC 100 Women series on December 1 will host a series of debates on gender issues from across the globe and will be broadcast live on BBC World

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  • Mandla Masango questions PSL standards

    Masango was one of the standout players at Chiefs in their title-winning 2014/15 season, but that did not stop a contractual dispute that was laced in drama. Masanago, along with Itumeleng Khune and PSL player of the year Tefu Mashamaite, could not agree on new terms with Chiefs. In the end, Khune would resolve his differences with the Motaungs while Masango secured a move to Randers and Mashamaite put pen to paper at BK Hacken. And, Masango says, playing in Europe is making him a better footballer. "It’s good for the nation. It benefits both me and the national team also," Masango said of his new venture. "The standard that side is always higher than our standard and I get to learn new things

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