• The brutal death of Emmanuel Sithole

    Shortly before 7am yesterday, Sunday Times journalists were in Alexandra township, near Sandton, speaking to shop owners who had their businesses looted overnight. Children played, people walked the streets, some stopped to gawk at the carnage from the night before. Then this happened ...

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  • Dear President Zuma: A letter from Mozambican writer Mia Couto | Daily Maverick

    Perhaps more than any other neighbouring country, Mozambique paid a high price for the support we gave to the liberation of South Africa. The fragile Mozambican economy was wrecked. For us, Mr President, there was no border, there was no nationality. For centuries Mozambican migrants, miners and peasants worked in neighbouring South Africa under conditions that were not far short of slavery.

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  • Marli Van Breda discharged, suffers retrograde amnesia

    The teenager (16) is a survivor of a Stellenbosch hacking in which her parents & older brother were killed.

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  • Nigerians vow to fight back - KwaZulu-Natal | IOL News

    REUTERS African immigrants carry machetes before being dispersed by police officers in Johannesburg. Police fired rubber bullets and a stun grenade to disperse a gang of African immigrants who had armed themselves with machetes in a run-down district of east Johannesburg, a Reuters photographer said. Durban - A group of Nigerians living in Mahatma Gandhi Road in Durban have vowed to defend themselves if attacked by the locals. Solomon Okoro, 31, of the Igbo tribe, said they have been receiving threatening messages but were alert and prepared for any trouble if police are not willing to protect them.

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  • Zimbabwe: Xenophobia - Zim Woman Decapitated

    A Zimbabwean woman, Mrs Naume Garusa (41), has become the latest victim of horrific xenophobic attacks after her body was found with her head decapitated following violent clashes in the Houghton suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa, last Thursday. Speaking at her funeral wake at a relative's home in Mufakose, Harare, her son Brain Garusa, who is a student at the University of Zimbabwe, said he was shocked to receive reports of his mother's death just two days after talking to her on her mobile phone. Mr Emmanuel Mhondiwa, who is brother to the deceased, said the family was devastated with the manner in which Mrs Garusa lost her life after working in South Africa for more than 12 years. When we started seeing images of xenophobic attacks on television we never imagined that our own flesh and blood could soon be a victim," said Mr Mhondiwa.

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  • We are reaping what we sowed - Zuma

    President Jacob Zuma has admitted that the ANC made a mistake by not explaining to South Africans what freedom entails when it came into power in 1994. Addressing the ANC’s stakeholders’ forum against xenophobia at Luthuli House on Monday, Zuma said: “We keep on telling people that the constitution does not allow this. The xenophobic violence which has gripped the country started about two weeks ago in KwaZulu-Natal. Zuma said he was confident if former Nelson Mandela was alive there would still be xenophobic violence.

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  • Nigeria: Xenophobia - Nigeria Spent U.S.$61 Billion to Free S'africa - African Standard

    The 21 days of violent xenophobic attacks in South Africa have drawn global outrage and condemnation in the strongest terms. Ironically, this is the same South Africa and other Southern African states that Nigeria spent $61 billion to free from apartheid. At least the Africa Standard Newspaper acknowledged this much when it published a banner headline in one of its edition: "Revealed! The latest was by Germany's foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who warned on Sunday against racism and xenophobia, at a ceremony marking 70 years since the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp Sachsenhausen near Berlin.

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  • Report reveals ‘brains behind IS’ - World News | IOL News

    AFP Ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein sits in court as his trial resumed in Baghdad in 2006. Berlin - An ex-intelligence officer under the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was “the strategic head” behind the Islamic State group and drew up the blueprints for the jihadists' capture of northern Syria, German weekly Der Spiegel reported on Sunday. Former colonel Samir Abd Muhammad al-Khlifawi, who was better known as Haji Bakr and was killed by Syrian rebels in January 2014, “had been secretly pulling the strings at IS for years”, according to the magazine. The weekly said it had been given exclusive access to 31 documents by Bakr, including handwritten lists and charts, after lengthy negotiations with a rebel group in Aleppo, northern Syria, which came in possession of the pages after IS fled the area.

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  • South Africa: Mujuru - Killing of Zimbabweans in South Africa Shows Mugabe Has Failed

    FORMER vice president Joice Mujuru says images of Zimbabweans being brutalised in South Africa have ruined the country's 35th Independence celebrations as they show that "we have failed somehow". Mujuru, , said although people should celebrate Independence Day "which came about the sacrifice of many souls" the attacks on Zimbabwean's in South Africa calls for "introspection of how far we have done against the plight of our people in South Africa". The former vice president lost her lofty party and government posts in December last year on allegations of plotting to oust President Robert Mugabe. "Pictures from South Africa show the failure side of our government," she said in an interview with NewZimbabwe.com.

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  • Taxi driver’s wisdom on target - Sunday Independent

    REUTERS BACKLASH: A group of foreign nationals defend themselves as police get between them and South Africans after a peace march in Durban this week. Johannesburg - Forget the rest of Africa and its business headlines this week; there is a stench of self-hatred in the air, fuelled by yet another surge of attacks directed against fellow Africans in South Africa. My airport shuttle driver helped me come to terms with the looting, the assault and killing of foreign nationals from African countries. KwaZulu-Natal, the tourist mecca of our country, witnessed a surge of Afrophobic violence against children, women and men who should be expecting protection from us.

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  • World Cup Protea arrested - Proteas Cricket

    Gallo Images Aaron Phangiso, 31, who recently returned from the Cricket World Cup in New Zealand, was initially suspected of driving a stolen vehicle, but the police later subjected the spinner to a blood test, believing that he may have consumed alcohol. Durban - A Proteas cricketer claimed his arrest by the police on Friday night for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol only happened because he was a well known personality. Aaron Phangiso, 31, who recently returned from the Cricket World Cup in New Zealand, was initially suspected of driving a stolen vehicle, but the police later subjected the spinner to a blood test, believing that he may have consumed alcohol.

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  • Xenophobia: Over 1,500 Zimbabweans cross Beitbridge Border

    A group is expected to pass the border between SA & Zimbabwe following xenophobic violence this week.

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  • Jacaranda, Thobela, and Tuks FM win big at MTN Radio Awards - City Press

    Jacaranda FM, Thobela FM, Radio Pulpit and Tuks FM took home the Best Station Award in their respective categories at the 6th annual MTN Radio awards which took place at the Sandton Convention Centre last night. Despite being the most nominated station, Gauteng based Talk Radio 702 missed out on the best station accolade but took home numerous other awards including Best Afternoon Drive Show for Xolani Gwala’s show, Best Daytime Show for the Redi Thlabi Show, Best on-air packaging, Best business and finance show and Best Content Producer in the commercial radio awards.

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  • Watch: Comedian Skhumba's take on what would happen if Pastor Zondo met Pulane - video in Zulu

    Kaya FM '180 with Bob' resident comedian Skhumba talks about Pulane, how she has affected relationships, and what would happen if Pastor Zondo ever met her.

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  • Kill thy neighbour: Alex attack brings home SA's shame

    In those moments, Emmanuel Sithole was no longer a man, a neighbour, a human being. The attack on Sithole lasted about two minutes. Alexandra township, next door to Sandton, had just emerged from a night of violent unrest, as had townships around South Africa. In Soweto on Friday night, metro police rescued two South Africans apprehended by locals as they tried to break into a Pakistani-owned shop.

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  • Home affairs dept reviews security systems

    Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba emphasised the importance of regulating immigration in the country.

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  • Why they become a jihadi bride - City Press

    The reasons Western teenagers become jihadi brides became less academic for South Africans this month when a 15-year-old Cape Town girl was hauled off a flight bound for Saudi Arabia. The girl, whose parents are from Kenya, allegedly planned to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis), also known as the Islamic State. It’s still unclear how the Islamic State is able to lure young women from wealthier and more permissive societies to become jihadi brides – the extremist group has gained a reputation for brutality so unrivalled, it has been disavowed by the al-Qaeda terror group. According to the New York Times, an estimated 550 Western women have travelled to the Middle East to join the Islamic State.

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  • Please Call Me inventor says Vodacom not off the hook

    NKOSANA Makate, the inventor of the "Please Call Me" cellphone SMS service, just won't give up. The former Vodacom employee has filed papers in the Constitutional Court in yet another bid to force the cellular giant to pay for "stealing" his idea. The high court dismissed his case last year, and Makate now wants the highest court to give him the right to appeal. Last month, the Supreme Court of Appeal rejected Makate's application for leave to appeal, finding he had "no reasonable prospects of success".

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  • Looking for light relief

    Wealthy Saffers are even buying second passports from island states in the West Indies. "The load-shedding is generally seen as the last straw," said lawyer Chris Watters, who is receiving about 10 emigration inquiries a day - instead of the one every two weeks that landed on his desk before Eskom begin flicking the switch. Ryan Rennison, founder of Move Up, said the visa-application specialist was receiving about 10 inquiries an hour about moving to the UK. The emigrants' principal destinations are the US, the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, in that order, Watters said.

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  • How Zille was pushed - City Press

    DA leader Helen Zille’s final decision to step down from the party leadership was a sudden and tearful one, and her hand was forced. Hill-Lewis was conflicted. There they made a list of the pros and cons of Zille staying on as party leader – she referred to this list when she made her announcement on Sunday. Another consideration was the fact that DA Eastern Cape leader Athol Trollip would be running as the party’s federal chair at next month’s elections against one of the party’s current deputy federal chairpersons and MP, Makashule Gana, and Western Cape member of the provincial legislature (MPL) Masizole Mnqasela.

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