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City Press | November 28
City Press | November 28

Government slams Covid hysteria

As the world panicked over Omicron – the new Covid-19 variant identified in South Africa this week – 600 passengers on flights from South Africa were stranded on the runway at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in the Netherlands for hours without food or water on Friday. The South African government has spoken out strongly against countries that have imposed travel bans against the country.

The dead pastor waiting to be ‘resurrected’

The body of well-known TV evangelist Siva Moodley, who proclaimed widely that he could raise people from the dead, has been lying in a morgue for more than three months. His family is now waiting and praying for the miracle he preached – that he’ll rise from the dead.

Coalitions: How the deals were made

When the DA eventually became the big winner of these local elections on Monday night, it was as much a surprise to the party and its councillors as it was to the rest of South Africa.

New twist in Senzo case

Songstress Kelly Khumalo could be charged with defeating the ends of justice relating to the murder of her lover, Senzo Meyiwa. That is if the National Prosecuting Authority decides to prosecute her following the outcome of a pending court case.

Ndlovu’s hard times

Flashy businessperson Hamilton Ndlovu, who shot to fame when he posted pictures of five of his luxury vehicles on social media a while back, has fallen on hard times.

Nkayi vs Dhlomo: The battle continues

Former radio host Unathi Nkayi has allegedly instructed her legal team to sue Gauteng-based radio station Kaya FM and prominent radio presenter Sizwe Dhlomo after she was dismissed from the station a week ago. In a video statement released on her Instagram page on Friday, Nkayi confirmed that her lawyers were currently dealing with her dismissal from the radio station following a heated verbal altercation with fellow DJ Sizwe Dhlomo.

Pupil dropout crisis

More than 40 000 pupils have dropped out of school in the Eastern Cape this year alone, while the Northern Cape has seen a high dropout rate of pupils in grades 1 and 10.

Justice served

How a rape victim and an investigating officer ended up calling each other brother and sister can be unimaginable to many, but not Nthabiseng Khoza and Detective Sergeant Abram Kgosana.

Students are ‘notorious’ for cheating during online assessments

Load shedding has been one of the biggest contributors to the failure of academic staff to provide teaching and learning remotely, but cheating by students during online assessments has also been raised as a disadvantage that comes with virtual learning.

This came out of a recent study by the Council On Higher Education, Universities SA and the University of the Free State, titled Staff Experience of and Perspective on Teaching and Learning and its Future.

AmaSiblings taken for a ride?

Amapiano hitmakers AmaSiblings have allegedly been paid a measly R7 500 for performing 23 gigs in the past two months. They are fully booked for the festive season and in demand thanks to their hit song Uthando Lwami, which currently has more than 1.5 million YouTube views.

Day Zero: Nelson Mandela Bay water supply dips to just 12%

New Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Eugene Johnson hit the ground running this week and is scrambling to ensure that residents of Gqeberha have enough water over the festive season. The situation in the city is critical, and it faces the prospect of taps running dry by next month.

R500 000 lawsuit: Accuser to challenge DJ Fresh

A defamation tussle is unfolding in the Johannesburg High Court between former radio jock Thato Sikwane, popularly known as DJ Fresh, and the woman who accused him of rape earlier this year.

The former 94.7 and Metro FM host approached the court in April, seeking an order to compel the young woman to pay R500 000 for claiming that he and Themba Nkosi, known as DJ Euphonik, raped her.

ANC loses power in Mkhondo after party leader turns

A senior ANC member in Mpumalanga is the architect of the party’s downfall in the Mkhondo Local Municipality in Piet Retief, where it lost the powerful seats of mayor, Speaker and chief whip for the first time since the dawn of democracy.

‘Watson’s spy knew too much’

A man who allegedly spied on people on behalf of late Bosasa boss Gavin Watson died a suspicious death at a guesthouse on the West Rand in 2018. His family says there are many unanswered questions, but the police have closed the case.

Ace Magashule claims unlawful prosecution

Suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule filed fresh papers last week in which he stopped short of applying for a stay of prosecution, citing “prosecutorial misconduct” and “unlawful prosecution”.

Ian Khama ‘fears for his life’

Former Botswana president Ian Khama says he is not afraid to return home, despite believing that there is a plot to kill him.

Khama, who has been in South Africa for two weeks, told City Press that the country’s most powerful individuals plan to throw him into jail and have him die there “mysteriously”, and that the recent raids on his properties by the country’s Directorate of Intelligence and Security agents were part of the constant harassment ordered by those in power.

Amcu head Mathunjwa says his removal was unlawful

Joseph Mathunjwa is fighting to retain his position as president of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), despite a scathing court ruling that declared his election unlawful this week.


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