• Judge Masipa got it right – on the law

    Masipa cleared the athlete of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, instead finding him guilty of culpable homicide and of one firearm-related charge. This was because Masipa found that the state had failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Pistorius had the necessary intention to murder Steenkamp. Despite finding the athlete was a “very poor witness”, Masipa accepted that Pistorius’s version – that he genuinely believed there was an intruder in his house – could reasonably possibly be true, which is all that was necessary for an acquittal on murder. Masipa’s verdict has created a ruckus for a number of reasons, with the most common criticism relating to her application of dolus eventualis.

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  • Woman has to leave behind spouse, kids - Crime & Courts | IOL News

    CAPE ARGUS Lea and Heath Stewart are taking the Home Affairs Department to court. Cape Town - A Zimbabwean woman who faces the “devastating prospect” of being indefinitely separated from her South African husband and four children has turned to the Western Cape High Court to challenge the constitutionality of South Africa’s Immigration Act. Lea Stewart, 39, moved to South Africa with her husband Heath and their boys Joshua, Aiden, Luke and Ethan, all of whom have South African citizenship, in May last year, hoping to secure a better future for the children.

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  • No firepool at Mandela's Qunu home: Ndileka

    Nelson Mandela's eldest grandchild has come out guns blazing following the revelation by Police Minister Nathi Nhleko that the swimming pool in Qunu is actually also a fire pool. Ndileka Mandela was quoted by the Mail and Guardian saying that there is no firepool at her grandfather's home and that it was not paid for by the government. It was not built by the government,” said Ndileka. This is was in response to Nhleko's latest attempt to defend the R240million spent at President Jacob Zuma's for 'security upgrades'.

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  • Watch Julius Malema praise Robert Mugabe

    Julius Malema sang the praises of Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, claiming that the 'true African leader' has never killed any of 'our own people'. Evidently Ndebeles don't count as 'our people' to the EFF's leader. Video posted to YouTube by My Africa.

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  • Zuma's wives cost you R54.6-million in his first term

    The average annual cost of the Presidential Spousal Support Unit for the last four years of former president Thabo Mbeki's administration, from 2005 to 2008, was R7.1-million. In Zuma's first term, the average rose to R10.9-million a year - an increase of R3.8-million. In response to questions, the spokesman for the president, Mac Maharaj, said the unit cost R7.877-million in 2010-11; R11.165-million in 2011-12; R7.068-million in 2012-13 and R13.019-million in 2013-14. The last time information was made publicly available on the unit was in February 2010 when the Presidency revealed in response to a parliamentary question that during Zuma's first year in office, 2009 to 2010, the unit cost R15.517-million.

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  • Robin Thicke admits 'Paula' album was an embarrassment

    Thicke released the flop record in a bid to win back his then-wife Paula Patton last year, but revealed his label and management team did not think it was a good idea and his best friend told him he was ''embarrassing himself''. Thicke, 38, serenaded Patton - who left him amid allegations he had cheated on her - at the 2014 BET (Black Entertainment Television) Awards and his friend Craig Crawford was not impressed.

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  • South Africa: Operation Fiela - I Saw Soldiers Moving Towards My Stall, Says Trader

    A Nigerian trader arrested at Cape Town station during Operation Fiela on World Refugee Day has described how he was accused of drug dealing. "When I saw soldiers moving towards my stall, I moved away because I knew my papers were not in order," said Abiodun (not his real name). An attempt by Lawyers for Human Rights to have Operation Fiela declared unconstitutional was struck off the roll in the Pretoria High Court on 23 June. Abiodun said he tried to get away via the taxi rank on the top deck but was stopped by police who searched him.

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  • EFF wants civil war – SACP

    The Economic Freedom Fighters wants a civil war, says SA Communist Party’s (SACP) second deputy general secretary Solly Mapaila. In an exclusive interview with The Citizen at Cosatu House yesterday, Mapaila said the EFF’s attitude sought to undermine the integrity of parliament and proper discourse in society. “They have no coherent ideology except being populist and demagogue,” Mapaila said. “Nothing would please the EFF more than a civil war.

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  • Can you help Martin graduate? 

    Sifunda is a B.Sc Agricultural Economics student at the North West University, Mafikeng Campus, who was supposed to graduate on the 5th of May this year but  couldn’t due to a R5000 outstanding fee. 24 year old Sifunda passed all his subjects with flying colours, some with Distinctions. To further fund his studies, Sifunda worked as a student assistant at the University but it just wasn’t enough. Sowetan LIVE asked Sifunda if he had tried other means to raise the money, he said he didn’t.

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  • Ramos is quick fix LVG needs - Premier League

    REUTERS Sergio Ramos, in some ways, the antithesis of the players Ferguson sought towards the end of his tenure. London - The restructuring of Manchester United in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era continues apace. Old Trafford’s academy system is being remodelled along more modern lines while United’s scouting network remains under review. It is, however, deep within the first-team squad that dramatic change at England’s most successful club is being felt and nowhere is that more apparent than in the pursuit of Spain international Sergio Ramos.

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  • Why alliance is doing stock-taking - IOL News

    Reuters President Jacob Zuma sings the "Shoot the Boer" song during the ANC s centenary celebrations in Bloemfontein on January 8, 2012. For the first time since South Africa held democratic elections 21 years ago leaders of the governing African National Congress (ANC) and its alliance partners, the South African Communist Party (SACP) and Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), have gathered for a summit stretching over an entire week.

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  • Zuma's nine-point plan aims to make ANC members rich: Zille

    In her weekly newsletter posted on the Democratic Alliance's website, she said the plan Zuma presented on Thursday disguised his real intentions, which would benefit his network of loyal cadres. "It is an insider enrichment scheme disguised beneath the mantle of the so-called 'developmental state', a word which in ANC-speak, means precisely the opposite of what the English language intended it to," Zille said. Zuma's nine-point plan included resolving the energy crisis, adding value to the country's mineral wealth, and encouraging private sector investment. Focusing on Zuma's call for the energy crisis to be resolved, Zille said this was what South Africa needed, but the African National Congress was not putting any plan into action.

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  • Paris offered $1m for prank: report - IOL Tonight

    Paris Hilton was in on the plane crash prank, it has been claimed. The Egyptian company behind TV show 'Ramex in Control' - which filmed the heiress as she screamed and cried when she thought the aircraft giving her an aerial tour of Dubai was about to crash - circulated a document detailing the gag to a number of US celebrities in March, offering them around a million dollars to participate. It continued: "Dubai official authorities are monitoring this show and providing us with security. If you want to make sure, you can contact the office of crown prince of Dubai, his majesty Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

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  • Watch Beyonce's dancers Les Twins pull a '7/11' style hip hop dance video

    Les Twins are famous back up dancers for Beyonce. The French twins are a staple on the dance scene, and have made a name for themselves, independent of their more famous boss. Posted on YouTube by OfficialLesTwins.

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  • Nigeria: How Nigeria Can Win War Against Corruption - Adeniji-Adele

    Adebola Adeniji-Adele (Jnr.) is the National President, Citizens Liberation Advocacy Initiative (CLAI). In this interview with AUGUSTINE ADAH, he speaks on corruption and the need for the country to go back to War Against Indiscipline (WAI), why INEC must continue updating voter register and other national issues. Some people believe that if the country must win the war against corruption, it must re-introduce War Against Indiscipline (WAI) because indiscipline, impunity, and injustice breed corruption. The much talked about corruption has eaten deep into the country's system and the battle would not be won unless indiscipline and impunity is stamped out of our lives.

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  • Parker praises new Kaizer Chiefs coach

    Bernard Parker says Steve Komphela has won the hearts of the Kaizer Chiefs players. Parker said the new coach has his team-mates in awe ahead of the coming campaign where they plan to defend the Absa Premiership and the MTN8 titles they won last season. “The coach has been motivating us to improve,” Parker told the Chiefs website, “both as a team and as individuals. Parker’s new coach takes over from Stuart Baxter, who has since moved to Turkey.

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  • South Africa - Marikana Perspectives, 2

    "President Jacob Zuma's response to the Marikana Report is underwhelming, to say the least. Although the report met with widespread criticism inside the country from the families of victims and their supporters, as well as other commentators, it gained little attention outside South Africa. For many, the police violence in August 2012, and the close collaboration between the mining company and state officials in repressing a strike by the lowest-paid workers, has made Marikana an emblematic symbol for an era of post-apartheid plutocracy, as did Sharpeville for the apartheid era in the decades following 1960. Fortunately, it is now available on YouTube, including interviews, police footage, and evidence made available to the Commission.

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  • 'We'll set the world on fire,' proclaims Turkish minnows after signing Eto'o and Ronaldinho

    Newly promoted Turkish side Antalyaspor have completed the signing of Samuel Eto'o and are on the verge of adding Ronaldinho to their squad as the minnows prepares for the Super League season.

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  • Mandela children douse fire pool 'nonsense'

    Nelson Mandela's Qunu home does not have a fire pool.

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  • Zimbabwe: Grace Mugabe's Bedroom Coup

    WHEN former war veterans' leader Jabulani Sibanda last October warned of a "bedroom coup" brewing in Zanu PF ahead of the party's acrimonious December congress, his remarks could have simply been dismissed as polemics in an intensifying succession battle. In fact, Grace -- using her now widely acknowledged influence over Mugabe at home and in the office -- did something unthinkable: ousted a liberation struggle stalwart and precipitated unprecedented political purges in the party's history. At the height of succession-fuelled factionalism and infighting, Sibanda threatened that real war veterans would resist Grace's "a bedroom or boardroom coup".

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