Army bocks protesters from entering State House

Harare – Zimbabwe soldiers blocked thousands of protesters as they tried to march on embattled President Robert Mugabe‘s official residence in Harare on Saturday.

The demonstrators, participating in nationwide protests calling for the 93-year-old veteran leader to step aside after the army took power earlier this week, staged a sit-down protest in the road after being halted by the troops.

The crowd got within 200 metres of the gates to the complex that has been the nerve centre of Mugabe’s authoritarian rule, as large protests swept through the capital.

"This is not fair. Why are the soldiers preventing us to march to State House?" Rutendo Maisiri, an unemployed 26-year-old woman said. "It is wrong. We will stay put."


Brickz gets 15 years in jail

Convicted rapist and Kwaito star Sipho ‘Brickz’ Ndlovu was sentenced before a packed Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

Magistrate Baloyi sentenced Brickz to 15 years in jail for raping his teenage relative at his Ruimsig home, in 2013.

Sentencing the kwaito star magistrate Baloyi said rape is a serious crime and the court has to protect the freedom of women.

Baloyi told Brickz that he put the title of being an uncle in disrepute, because he raped his own niece.

Said Baloyi: "It is an honour to be called an uncle but you gave this title a bad name."

He said that Brickz was not a good example.

Baloyi said Brickz is not a suitable candidate for rehabilitation as he also displayed no remorse.

– Daily Sun

We are members of the ANC in a party political system,we will not vote against the ANC-General Secretary Gwede Mantashe

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Johannesburg – The African National Congress has warned that party MPs risk being fired if they vote with the opposition in a motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma in Parliament.

“There is no ANC member who will vote for an opposition motion, that will be uncharacteristic of the ANC,” secretary general Gwede Mantashe said.

The warning comes amid claims by opposition party leaders that ANC members had contacted them, claiming that they would support the Democratic Alliance motion for a vote of no confidence in Zuma.

Opposition parties have dared ANC leaders dissatisfied with Zuma to vote with their conscience, instead of toeing the party line.

Several senior leaders – including chief whip Jackson Mthembu, former tourism minister Derek Hanekom, and health minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi – have called on Zuma to go.

READ: It’s final: the ANC won’t save SA from Zuma

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CONFIRMED:Joe Mafela is no more

Johannesburg – Actor Joe Mafela who was found dead after a car accident, apparently died from a medical condition as he did not sustain apparent injuries during the crash, metro police said on Sunday.

"The injuries were not visible… it looks like it could have been a medical condition," said Johannesburg Metro Police spokeswoman Edna Mamonyane.

The accident happened at 21:45 on Saturday on the M1 highway between Oxford Road and Houghton along a passage of road where construction is underway.

"Mr Mafela was driving a Ford Figo… He collided into the back of a bakkie on his left hand side."

The bakkie driver then lost control and went into the barricade, with its rear tyre breaking off.

"When paramedics arrived on the scene, Mr Mafela had passed on."

She said an investigation was underway. A post-mortem would now be conducted to determine his cause of death.

Born in 1942 in Limpopo, Mafela was an award winning veteran of SA film, television, music and threatre.

He gained enormous fame in the 1980s for his role in the Zulu sitcom ‘Sgudi, ‘Snaysi. He was a popular star in Madam & Eve, Going Up and Shooting Stars.

He starred in a number of local and international films. He was also involved in various musicals, many of them pioneering representations of black South African experiences

"Hayi shebeleza njalo!!!!

Chairs and fists fly at Higher Education Convention in Midrand

A fight has broke out between the EFF student formation and Fees Must Fall Movements at the Higher Education Convention taking place in Midrand. The event started with incidents of hackling and disruptions on Saturday morning.

The convention is attended by different political student formations, politicians and academics to discuss the funding of higher education.

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande was hackled by some students when he entered the venue.

A few minutes later a confrontation started between the EFF student formation and Fees Must Fall group, resulting in the throwing of chairs.

Nzimande was escorted away from the premises. Chairs were thrown at the podium.

Challenges facing tertiary institutions, including the demand for free and decolonised higher education, are in the spotlight at the convention.

At the moment the proceedings have been temporarily suspended. The Convention was organized by former Constitutional Court Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke.

Fill Up FNB Stadium: Next task for Caspper Nyovest

While he might have been short of filling up Orlando Stadium, Cassper Nyovest managed to put on a show that will forever go down in the history books as one of our nation’s most unforgettable moments.

Proving, once again, to his detractors that he has the potential to shut down one of the biggest stadiums in the country, the 2 Legit hitmaker was successful in raising the bar (again) for local artists when he almost filled up Orlando Stadium, with approximately more than 30 000 fans for his hotly-anticipated concert on Saturday night.

No, wait. It wasn’t a concert. It was one of the biggest music festivals that SA has ever seen! Boasting a star-studded lineup including Emtee, Riky Rick, Babes Wodumo…and wait for it, Wizkid.

And boy was it a turn up.

These are 5 standout moments which totally suspended us in a state of amazement:

Somizi and Boity: hosts with the most

It’s never a dull day when Somizi is around. So it was no surprise that he (in a gold ensemble) alongside Cassper’s ex Boity kept the crowd entertained, before the golden boy’s performance.

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Babes Wodumo meets Cassper

It’s confirmed, Babes and Cassper make the most fierce dance duo. They gave us a sterling performance, and the crowd couldn’t stop cheering. Cassper also debuted a new kwaito song he did with Babes. Let’s just say it’s lit!

Star-studded lineup

Babes wasn’t the only artist that jumped onto stage with Cassper. One after the other, and hit after hit, the rapper was joined by the likes of Doc Shebeleza, Nadia Nakai, Riky Rick, Emtee, Mgarimbe, and Wizkid, with each of them giving us electrifying performances. We were spoilt!

Cassper and Boity reunited

The crowd went bonkers when Cassper called out his “special friend” Boity onto the stage to help him demonstrate how guys should court a girl, which obvs saw him serenading his ex live in front of thousands of fans. We must admit, it was great seeing them together like that. And before we could get our hopes up on a possible romantic reunion, they asserted that they remain “good friends”.

Casspers sheds a tear as he remembers his grandma

It was one of the most heartfelt moments of the evening, when Cassper started crying on stage as he remembered his grandmother, who died last year, a day before the MTV Africa Music Awards. He opened up about how she motivated him and believed in him. So, when he took a moment to catch sight of the magnitude of his mammoth event, he couldn’t hold back the tears. He also expressed his gratitude for every ticket bought and to every fan who supported him on his biggest night.

As Cassper closed the show, he announced that he would be taking on yet another task next year: to fill up FNB Stadium. Given the success of #FillUpOrlandoStadium and #FillUpTheDome, there is not a shred of doubt that he’s going to be able to pull it off.