Malema Refuses To Reject Zimbabwean Linked Joburg Mayor, Jolidee Matongo

Julius Malema, the leader of a South African opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), has refused to support his countrymen who are opposed to the election of Jolidee Matongo as Johannesburg’s new executive mayor. Matongo, whose father was an immigrant from Zimbabwe, was elected unopposed by Johannesburg councillors on Tuesday, replacing Geoff Makhubo who succumbed to COVID-19 last month. “Xenophobes” immediately took to social media to denounce Matongo’s election, saying they will not recognise “a foreigner”. Posting on Twitter on Thursday morning, Malema distanced himself from the calls, which…

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OpenView To Block Decoders Being Used Outside South Africa

Popular South African free-to-air satellite TV provider OpenView says it has taken a decision to block decoders that are outside South Africa. OpenView offers a range of channels like eTV, SABC, and France 24, among others. It has become popular since South African authorities blocked pirate decoders from broadcasting free-to-air channels about a decade ago. In a statement to Techzim following recent social media reports claiming the free-to-air satellite TV provider was moving to block its service outside South Africa, OpenView said: Currently, Openview has a license to only operate in South…

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Ramaphosa Throws Zuma Under The Bus

South Africa’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, said he decided not to resign as deputy president of the country during the state capture years because that was not going to be helpful. Ramaphosa was appointed deputy president by Jacob Zuma on 25 May 2014 and was elected president in 2018, taking over from Zuma who had been elbowed out by his party, the ANC. Appearing before the Zondo Commission on Wednesday, Ramaphosa said he and others in the government had grappled with how to respond to the evidence of state capture. Ramaphosa…

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Zimbabwean Elected Johannesburg Executive Mayor

Jolidee Matongo, a son of a Zimbabwean who migrated to South Africa several years ago has been named the new Johannesburg executive mayor after a special meeting to fill the post left vacant by Geoff Makhubo, who succumbed to COVID-19 complications. Matongo was elected after receiving more than 260 council votes on Tuesday and remained uncontested, a rare occurrence in the city, TimesLive reported. Matongo was the metro’s MMC for finance since 2019. Accepting the nomination, Matongo said: I Jolidee Matongo, the son of the late Edward Matongo, a migrant from Zimbabwe…

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Jacob Zuma admitted to hospital

Cape Town – Imprisoned former South Afrian president Jacob Zuma was today admitted to an outside hospital for medical observation. This was confirmed in a statement on Friday morning by the Department of Correctional Services (DCS). It said a ’’routine observation’’ by the Military Health Services prompted that the 79-year-old Zuma be admitted to hospital. The health of inmates is addressed under Section 35(2) of the Constitution. This obliges the Department of Correctional Services to ensure that: ’’Everyone who is detained, including every sentenced prisoner, has the right to conditions…

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SA President, Cyril Ramaphosa, Makes Sweeping Changes To Cabinet

South Africa’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, on Thursday reshuffled his Cabinet, the first time he has done so since he was elected into office in 2019. The following changes have been made to the executive; The portfolio of Human Settlement and Water and Sanitation has been split, with each getting a separate ministry. Another major change is the disbandment of the State Security ministry. This portfolio will now lie in the presidency. New appointments in the cabinet include; Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele Communications Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni The Minister of…

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Shona Ferguson, 47, has died

South African actor, producer and co-founder of Ferguson Films, Shona Ferguson, has died. He was 47. Conrad Mwanza, a representative from the Ferguson Foundation confirmed the news to News24 on Friday. Ferguson died at Milpark hospital on Friday afternoon. “Yes, Mr Ferguson passed away at noon today. And all the family is asking for at the moment is just to mourn in private. But it’s very difficult, you can imagine, for Connie and the family,” Mwanza said. Mwanza added that Shona died from Covid-19 related complications.  Mwanza said he would not be indulging on…

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Filmmaker Shona Ferguson In Intensive Care Unit

Filmmaker Shona Ferguson is reported to be fighting for his life at a private hospital in Johannesburg after he struggled to breathe and complained of chest pains at home. The actor underwent heart surgery when he got admitted to the private care unit and is currently in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Sources claim the actor has been in hospital for a week and that a group of specialists performed a heart operation after his condition got worse. Connie referred all inquiries about her husband’s health to The Queen’s production…

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Update: Zimbabweans Who Escaped From SA Prison Rearrested

Two Zimbabweans who escaped from police custody on Wednesday evening while being transported from Polokwane Central Correctional facility to Mokopane in Limpopo province have been rearrested. The duo was part of the four armed robbers – three Zimbabweans and one South African – who last Wednesday managed to disarm a police officer and escape. They were arrested Saturday while the third is still on the run. The three Zimbabwean nationals are; Clifford Matonhori (31) John Fine (39) Dennis Hove (39) who are Zimbabwean nationals and Figos Madisha, (40). However, Hove is still…

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South Africa Taxi Wars: More SANDF, SAPS Deployed

More soldiers have been deployed to join the South African Police Service (SAPS) in Cape Town, to put an end to the ongoing taxi wars. Since the start of the year, at least 80 people have been killed in taxi-related shootings. eNCA reports that over the last two weeks, violence has erupted again in the city despite a peace agreement between warring factions. Now, local government and police are focused on restoring calm.https://www.youtube.com/embed/4Z9a3iBbRcY?feature=oembed eNCA’s Monique Mortlock shares more details in the video above. Violence is very common on South Africa’s various taxi…

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