Sunday, 22 November 2015

The Blade In The Community

Oscar Pistorius walked into a South African police station to report for community service, the first public sighting of the double-amputee athlete since he was released from jail in secret last month and moved to house arrest.
Pistorius is currently serving a five-year sentence for shooting to death girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and can only leave home for specific reasons, like attending church or for the community service tasks he has been ordered to do. Ngiyesabanews source may reveal that Pistorius was accompanied by an unidentified woman, who eyewitness said was a social worker. He will serve the remaining four years of the sentence under house arrest at his uncle's mansion in the eastern suburbs of Pretoria. But having been acquitted of murder at trial last year, the 28-year-old Pistorius is facing a second legal challenge.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Change of plans in France to limit events around Paris climate summit

PARIS (Reuters) - Friday's attacks in Paris were probably ordered by a Belgian living in Syria and carried out by a group led by Belgium-based French nationals with an accomplice who may have used a refugee route via Greece. With at least one of the group still on the run, French prosecutors say they have identified five of the seven who died in suicide attacks on Paris bars, a concert hall and a soccer stadium that killed 129 people.
Four were French, while the fifth man was stopped and fingerprinted in Greece in October and may have been Syrian. Belgian police were hunting for Salah Abdeslam, a 26-year-old Frenchman based in a suburb of Brussels, who is one of at least two brothers believed to have been involved in the plan who managed to cross the border after the attacks. Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a Belgian national currently in Syria, was suspected of having ordered the operation, a source close to the investigation said. Meanwhile The French prime minister, Manuel Valls, said on Monday that France will limit the events to core negotiations and will cancel planned marches and concerts in the wake of the attacks. This despite the fact that no foreign leaders had asked France to postpone the 30 November-11 December summit, which would amount to “abdicating to the terrorists”, Valls said. Environmental activists are due to meet later on Monday, Reuters reports, to rethink plans for a march on 29 November, the eve of the summit, that they had hoped would attract perhaps 200,000 people to put pressure on governments to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Mainstream groups say they will respect any bans, decreed under emergency powers in France after the attacks on Friday that France blamed on Islamic State.

Sunday, 8 November 2015

The fight goes on at Leeds City College

By Nqobile "Q" Mafu
I don’t know who to blame in this situation of the job cuts, either the government or the politician. The fight goes on at Leeds City College more staff are being pushed away by the voluntary redundancy system with has been implemented since last year. The voluntary redundancy second phase has brought hatred in the campus. Ngiyesabanews may reveal that most people who are affected have received a big pay cut. One of the staff state that what is happening is inhuman “On my case they have cut my salary up to 75% and I have been offered a part time job.” also stated that they have cut his hours from 37 hours per week to 15 hours this is bizarre. The secretary of Leeds Unison Brian Mulvey state that “The situation is unique they been cuts for the past 5 years and these cuts are destroying the image of the College.” The Unison will try to help its members by giving them advice and try to put those who are affected back to work. The University and College Union (UCU) said that 293 members of staff will be affected by the changes, which include creating 176 new full-time equivalent roles, and warns some face being forced to take a pay cut. This system is killing the future of the college. Some tutors are depressed and stressed because they work hard to make students achieve their of the staff said “we have been intimidated and pushed in a corner.” Now tutors are responsible of safeguarding, while the management is trying to get the job done with less people. “In this new system we will not need any references from the student, which means we will just take anyone without knowing the students background” said one of the admin staff. The majority of cuts will be in non-teaching areas of the college, but it said it was refining “a small number” of curriculum posts in under-recruited courses. It said the cuts were necessary to save £2.83m lost in Government funding. Ngiyesabanews may reveal that the management is creating hatred within the staff members and this is a dived rule.The most horrible and hectic thing is that why some of the department has been not touched? The management failed to comment on this question.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Pistorius on Parole Release

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius is set to be released from prison on parole in August after serving 10 months for culpable homicide in the killing of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, a family member has said. The 28-year-old double amputee sprinter was found guilty last year of culpable homicide — a charge akin to manslaughter — and sentenced to five years in prison for shooting Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013. "Oscar will be released on parole by the end of August," a Pistorius family member who did not want to be named said. The news was confirmed by correctional services. "He has been recommended for correctional supervision on August 21," Zach Modise, commissioner of the correctional services, said. "Normally, this will mean house arrest with one hour of free time each day. "As he progresses, we will relax these conditions." Steenkamp's family unhappy at decision A statement from the Steenkamp family expressed dismay at Pistorius' release. "Incarceration of 10 months for taking a life is simply not enough," her parents June and Barry Steenkamp said in a statement released online. "We fear that this will not send out the proper message and serve as the deterrent it should." The statement added that the family had "forgiven" Pistorius and did "not seek to avenge" their daughter's death. An appeal by South African prosecutors to try to increase the severity of Pistorius's conviction will be heard in November, the Supreme Court said.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Lady Kwaito Star

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Pacman Da Messiah

Floyd Mayweather confirmed his status as the best fighter in boxing with a masterful points win over Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas.

The 38-year-old American dictated the fight with his superior ring skills to earn a unanimous verdict with scores of 118-110, 116-112 and 116-112, extending his unbeaten record to 48 fights.

The Pacman the messiah put all his effort and made the badman struggle in few rounds. The battle between the sport's two biggest stars had been billed as the 'Fight of the Century', but Mayweather simply used the 12 rounds to supply a masterclass to the watching world.

Shedding the pre-fight nerves, Mayweather slipped nimbly away from Pacquiao’s tentative attacks in the opening round and started his assault with a lightning right hand. The long-term rivals clinched briefly before the bell, with Mayweather appearing to offer a few words of bravado.

The expected early onslaught from Pacquiao, was more of an uneasy march, and he was tagged with another razor sharp right while attempting to land frenzied punches in the second.

For the first time, Mayweather backed to the ropes in the third, attempting to lure the Filipino into another reckless foray. But Pacquiao was edging closer to the Michigan man and finally found the range with his sharp left hand.

Here was a hint of what was to come as Pacquiao launched a trademark attack in the fourth. A big left hand forced Mayweather to seek refuge on the ropes and he shielded a ferocious flurry. Pumping out punches like a human threshing machine, Pacquiao at last had gained a foothold.

Fight fans, pundits and TV networks had been demanding this bout as far back as 2009 when both men were arguably at their peak.

A series of contractual disputes and stipulations regarding drug testing, however, initially ensured an agreement was impossible.

But after a chance meeting between the pair at an NBA game in Miami earlier this year a deal was in the making. By February, it was on.

Tickets for the event sold out in minutes. Some were exchanging hands on the black market for as much as $350,000 before the fight.

Will be a rematch lets wait and see

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

A letter 2 Zuma from Mia Couto

Open Letter from the Chairperson of the “Fernando Leite Couto Foundation”, Mia Couto To: His Excellency President Jacob Zuma We remember you in Maputo, in the 1980s, from that time you spent as a political refugee in Mozambique. Often our paths crossed on Julius Nyerere Avenue and we would greet each other with the casual friendliness of neighbours. Often I imagined the fears that you must have felt, as a person persecuted by the apartheid regime. I imagined the nightmares you must have experienced at night when you thought of the ambushes plotted against you and against your comrades in the struggle. But I don’t remember ever seeing you with a bodyguard. In fact it was we Mozambicans who acted as your bodyguards. For years we gave you more than a refuge. We offered you a house and we gave you security at the cost of our security. You cannot possibly have forgotten this generosity. We haven’t forgotten it. 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. Our territory was invaded and bombed. Mozambicans died in defence of their brothers on the other side of the border. For us, Mr President, there was no border, there was no nationality. We were all brothers in the same cause, and when apartheid fell, our festivities were the same, on either side of the border. For centuries Mozambican migrants, miners and peasants, worked in neighbouring South Africa under conditions that were not far short of slavery. These workers helped build the South African economy. There is no wealth in your country that does not carry the contribution of those who today are coming under attack. For all these reasons, it is not possible to imagine what is going on in your country. It is not possible to imagine that these same South African brothers have chosen us as a target for hatred and persecution. It is not possible that Mozambicans are persecuted in the streets of South Africa with the same cruelty that the apartheid police persecuted freedom fighters, inside and outside the country. The nightmare we are living is more serious than that visited upon you when you were politically persecuted. For you were the victim of a choice, of an ideal that you had embraced. But those who are persecuted in your country today are guilty merely of having a different nationality. Their only crime is that they are Mozambicans. Their only offence is that they are not South Africans. Mr President, the xenophobia expressed today in South Africa is not merely a barbaric and cowardly attack against “the others”. It is also aggression against South Africa itself. It is an attack against the “Rainbow Nation” which South Africans proudly proclaimed a decade or more ago. Some South Africans are staining the name of their motherland. They are attacking the feelings of gratitude and solidarity between nations and peoples. It is sad that your country today is in the news across the world for such inhuman reasons. Certainly measures are being taken. But they are proving inadequate, and above all they have come late. The rulers of South Africa can argue everything except that they were taken by surprise. History was allowed to repeat itself. Voices were heard spreading hatred with impunity. That is why we are joining our indignation to that of our fellow Mozambicans and urging you: put an immediate end to this situation, which is a fire that can spread across the entire region, with feelings of revenge being created beyond South Africa’s borders. Tough, immediate and total measures are needed which may include the mobilization of the armed forces. For, at the end of the day, it is South Africa itself which is under attack. Mr President, you know, better than we do, that police actions can contain this crime but, in the current context, other preventive measures must be taken. So that these criminal events are never again repeated. For this, it is necessary to take measures on another scale, measures that work over the long term. Measures of civic education, and of exalting the recent past in which we were so close, are urgently needed. It is necessary to recreate the feelings of solidarity between our peoples and to rescue the memory of a time of shared struggles. As artists, as makers of culture and of social values, we are available so that, together with South African artists, we can face this new challenge, in unity with the countless expressions of revulsion born within South African society. We can still transform this pain and this shame into something which expresses the nobility and dignity of our peoples and our nations. As artists and writers, we want to declare our willingness to support a spirit of neighbourliness which is born, not from geography, but from a kinship of our common soul and shared history. Maputo, 17 April 2015 Mia Couto

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Zim immigrants ready 2 go home

More 500 Zimbabweans displaced by the xenophobic attacks will leave Durban in South Africa today following successful documentation by embassy officials yesterday, while more are expected to trickle into the country throughout the week, Ngiyesabanews reveal.
In a telephone interview, Zimbabwean Ambassador to South Africa Mr Isaac Moyo, who was at a camp in Chatsworth, Durban, said all documentation was complete for about 500 to 700 Zimbabweans who will leave in seven buses.

“We have finished processing all documentation for our people in this particular camp and what is left is for the immigration processes from the South African side, otherwise these people should have left today but basically they are leaving tomorrow,” he said. Ambassador Moyo said there were over 1 000 Zimbabweans that were at the Durban camp and more were still coming in for documentation.

“Numbers are huge, I can confirm. There is quite a sizable number of Zimbabweans here in Durban and we have not closed our doors, we are accepting those that are still coming in but generally they are many,” he said.

“We have seven buses that will take the first lot straight to Zimbabwe and we trust all will be well with this first lot.”
The ambassador also said he was with South African President Jacob Zuma at the Chatsworth camp where he addressed foreigners and said Zimbabweans told him they wanted to leave.

Ambassador Moyo said among the group coming back to Zimbabwe were 110 children that are returning with their parents and one woman was said to have given birth at the camp.

“I can confirm that one woman delivered a healthy baby at the camp today (yesterday) and she was later taken to the hospital for further care.

He also said he was only going to leave Durban when all Zimbabweans had been safely repatriated and he said it would take about a week.

“I will return to Pretoria when all Zimbabweans that want to go have been sent home and this may take a week or so but as for now, I will be here with the people to ensure all is well then I can leave,” he promised.

President Zuma cancelled his State visit to Indonesia to meet the displaced immigrants where he promised to ensure that they would have their issues dealt with peacefully.

He said foreigners that wanted to remain in South Africa were free to do so, adding that the xenophobic attacks should not soil relations with them. He also said those that wanted to return to South Africa at a later date were free to return, much to the disgruntlement of the foreigners who said they wanted to return home and wanted nothing to do with South Africa.

Meanwhile, more than 30 people were said to have been arrested yesterday in Thokoza informal settlement in the East Rand and Cleveland, east of Johannesburg, for public violence, malicious damage to property, house breaking and theft after a fresh outbreak.

Violence against immigrants in South Africa has killed at least six people since last week in one of the worst outbreaks of violence against foreigners in years.

Thousands sought refuge in temporary shelters after mobs with machetes attacked immigrants in Durban, where the attacks began. South African police fired rubber bullets on Friday to disperse crowds setting immigrant businesses ablaze as attacks against foreigners spread to Johannesburg.

Violence flared after Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini said in remarks widely reported by South African media in March that foreigners should leave the country.

He has since said his comments were misinterpreted and on Saturday attempted to defuse tensions.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Gen Buhari Hails The Victory

Supporters of Gen Buhari celebrated as the results came in

Muhammadu Buhari has won Nigeria's presidential polls, in the country's first election victory by the opposition.

His party said his opponent, the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan, admitted defeat and congratulated him.

Gen Buhari was ahead of Mr Jonathan by at least two million votes.

Observers have generally praised the election but there have been allegations of fraud, which some fear could lead to protests and violence.

However, a spokesman for Gen Buhari's All Progressives Congress (APC) party praised Mr Jonathan, saying: "He will remain a hero for this move. The tension will go down dramatically."

"Anyone who tries to foment trouble on the account that they have lost the election will be doing so purely on his own," the spokesman added in quotes carried by Reuters.

Monday, 16 February 2015

Gift Judas tha betrayer

Popular gospel musician, Mathias Mhere’s marriage has crumbled after he discovered that his close friend,the right hand man Gift Mahlupeka has been having an affair with his wife, Susan Dzinamarira. Gift, who is married, is also a gospel musician give a practical example to a line in his song, Usavimbe nemunhu, Mr Mahlupeka went behind mr Mhere’s back and have a relationship with the wife.Mhere stumbled upon Whatsapp conversations between Susan and Gift with most of the chats being of a sexual nature. Mhere has since sent Susan packing after a six-year marriage blessed with three children. Susan and Gift had been communicating through Whatsapp since November last year while deleting their chats but the cat got out of the bag when she forgot to clear the recent explosive chats. In the ‘dirty chats’, the cheaters would send each other semi-nude pics while arranging on how they would engage in intercourse.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

The wait is over for the Elephants

AFCON 2015: Ivory Coast and Ghana prepared the final African football has been anticipating for a decade. The Black Stars have not won the tournament since 1982. The Ivory Coast, on the other hand, are jumping for joy around the stadium.

Bobbi 's boyfriend on the list

Police have opened a criminal probe into the boyfriend of Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, according to US media reports. News channel CNN and showbiz website TMZ have claimed that an investigation has been launched into Nick Gordon, who reportedly said that he found Brown non-responsive in the bathtub of their home near Atlanta, Georgia. The incident appeared to have eerie echoes of Houston's fatal accidental drowning almost three years ago. Unconfirmed news reports said that Ms Brown, 21, who is in a hospital in Atlanta in a medically induced coma, sustained unexplained injuries prior to the incident on 31 January.