• Independent Online

    Thabo Mbeki wants action to be taken against Zindzi Mandela

    Johannesburg - Former president Thabo Mbeki has called for action to be taken against Zindzi Mandela-­Hlongwane, the country's ambassador to Denmark. Mbeki said the government should assess Mandela-Hlongwane's tweets on the land debate and if they were found to be inconsistent with what President Cyril Ramaphosa was saying on the issue, action should be taken against her. He spoke to the Sunday Tribune in Durban, where he attended a Unisa graduation ceremony at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Conference Centre. Mbeki admitted he was not up to date with the outcomes of the saga, but cautioned that no ambassador should represent their own views. “There's no ambassador who represents themselves

  • Independent Online

    Cape wine farmer's widow 'to get R3.5m'

    Cape Town - The widow of wine farmer Stefan Smit, who was shot execution-style on June 2 while having supper at his Stellenbosch wine estate home, stands to receive around R3.5 million. A reliable source confirmed that Zurenah Smit, 53, was the beneficiary of millions from life insurance polices that had left her “well cared for”. “Stefan definitely did not cut his wife off financially,” said the source, adding the exact amount of the payout was being calculated. Zurenah was allegedly making tea in the kitchen when her husband was shot in the head and chest by four home invaders, who burst into the Louiesenhof wine estate home through an unlocked door. The couple's dinner guest, 71, whose name

  • Independent Online

    WATCH: Bloemfontein man wearing swastika armband in a Wimpy goes viral

    Cape Town - On Sunday, a video of a man wearing a swastika armband while eating his meal in a Wimpy restaurant in Bloemfontein quickly started trending on Twitter. In two videos posted to social media, @kanyamofokeng posted a man with a swastika armband as he was eating his meal in Fleurdal Mall, while in the second video, she posted the clip of a swastika flag being flown on the outskirts of Bloemfontein. The swastika became infamous as it was popularised by Adolf Hitler's National Socialist German Workers' Party, or more commonly called Nazi Party, leading up to World War II.  The swastika, usually clockwise, is a geometrical figure and an ancient religious icon in the cultures of Eurasia.

  • SowetanLIVE & Sunday World

    'Jealous' father killed children after video call with their mom

    Provincial police spokesperson Col Moatshe Ngoepe said preliminary investigations had revealed that the children were hanged around 8pm on Saturday and the father took his own life in the early hours of the yesterday. "We condemn the brutal killings and urge anyone experiencing problems to seek professional help," Ngoepe said. Child rights activist Joan van Niekerk said South Africa was experiencing an increase in incidents in which parents killed their offspring. "These sort of killings are motivated when one of the partners feel anger towards another partner. They feel that they are punishing the partner by taking away the life of their children. They view children as possessions and not as

  • TimesLIVE

    Pirates confirm worst kept secrets with the announcement of several signings

    Orlando Pirates' worst kept secrets are out after the club officially confirmed what has already been public knowledge for several weeks. The Buccaneers assembled for pre-season on Monday and immediately announced‚ officially‚ the signings of six new stars who boarded the Sea Robbers' ship from Bloemfontein Celtic‚ Maritzburg United and Chippa United respectively. Tshegofatso Mabasa‚ Kabelo Dlamini‚ Bongani Sam (all from Celtic)‚ Fortune Makaringe and Siphesihle Ndlovu (Maritzburg) and Tebogo Tlolane (Chippa) were unveiled. Barring Dlamini‚ all the names revealed on Monday were already in the public domain with Ndlovu and Makaringe even going as far as announcing themselves as Pirates dilly dallied

  • SowetanLIVE & Sunday World

    Metro FM presenter 'fears for her life'

    Metro FM presenter Relebogile Mabotja is embroiled in a dramatic dispute with celebrity stylist and designer Rea Kalape over a botched deal. So intense was the drama between the two that Mabotja sought the intervention of police, claiming she feared for her life. Mabotja, who co-hosts the Breakfast Show on Africa's biggest commercial radio station with suspended DJ Fresh, opened a case of intimidation at Linden, Johannesburg, police station in April claiming that her designer and his Nigerian friends threatened her life after she terminated his services for late delivery.  TO READ MORE ON THIS STORY GET A COPY OF TODAY'S SUNDAY WORLD

  • Independent Online

    WATCH: Convicted killer's high life in Durban's Westville Prison

    Durban - Convicted killer, Ruwain Meer - who is serving a life sentence for a double murder -  has not lost his zest for life if videos taken from inside Westville Prison are anything to go by. Meer's high life in prison was exposed this week when a video showing him dancing and snorting what appears to be cocaine made its way on social media. The hired hitman who it seems has in fact gained weight in prison cavorts with fellow inmates while the tunes of Heavy D's "While we found love" blasts in the background.  Looking into the camera cellphone, Meer places it in a strategic position to capture him dancing before panning it around to show a fellow inmate. Inmates in South African prisons are