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Gareth Cliff to have own talk show on TV

24 April 2014 10:54

Radio DJ Gareth Cliff is continuing to explore new avenues, including the launch of his own TV show, which will be broadcast five days a week on Comedy Central Africa.

The other women: Cast members (from left to right) Nicki Minaj, Leslie Mann, Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton pose at the premiere of the film The Other Woman in Los Angeles, California, on Monday (April 21 2014). The movie opens in the US on April 25.

Picture: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Judge refuses to release Chris Brown

24 April 2014 9:14

A judge in Los Angeles has denied a request to release R&B singer Chris Brown from custody while he awaits trial on an assault charge in Washington.

Justin Bieber apologises after Japan shrine visit sparks anger

23 April 2014 13:52

Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber, whose tumultuous life has landed him in trouble more than once, has apologised for a visit to a Tokyo shrine at the centre of a bitter international row over Japan’s wartime aggression.

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  • This Week


    Julius Malema or Juju, as we have come to know him. He is a master at the stumps. Last week, he boobed by going from place to place in a chopper. Not quite the right image for the radical Bolivarian revolutionary he wants to be. This week, Juju was a political Jesus of Nazareth of sorts. He arrived at an election pit stop on a donkey cart!


    Roger Dixon, the geologist who testified about ballistics, crime scene reconstructions and human anatomy for the defence in the ­Oscar Pistorius murder trial. ­Experts like Dixon charge thousands of rands. But the experience of hearing your expert witness ­admit that he’s a “layman” when it comes to ballistics? Priceless.

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    National Assembly Speaker Max ­Sisulu for at least setting up the ad hoc committee to consider the ­president’s submission on the ­Nkandla matter. His ANC colleagues wanted the issue buried and ­forgotten, but Sisulu has ensured it will be transparently considered by a multiparty committee, even if the ANC has a majority in Parliament.


    Clearly a high-profile individual accused of murder deserves high-class treatment from our government. The R2.9 million spent on a private jet to fly Shrien Dewani to the country from the UK shows the justice department paid way too much. We all want justice in this matter, but several cheaper options could have been explored.

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    Police constable Beauty-Queen Nchabeleng donned a school uniform and posed as a pupil to catch a brutal serial rapist in Limpopo. She was among the winners at the SAPS’ annual National Excellence Awards late last week – a well-deserved honour for an officer who went above and beyond to remind us just how much good cops can achieve.


    Shinawaaz Ahmento and Kyle Fredericks, both 21, were convicted and sentenced this week for
    the rape and murder of young Eldorado Park mother Tracey-Lee Martins. The two posed for
    reporters outside court, grinning proudly as though they were at a party. Criminals as self-made
    celebrities? Sickening.

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    Female leaders in the ANC don’t often publicly challenge the sexism that’s endemic across the political spectrum. Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula deserves praise for defending Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. She criticised those in the alliance who decried Madonsela’s “big nose”, saying Madonsela’s detractors should play the ball, not the woman.


    Reading up on a subject lends credence to anyone who wants to speak with authority on a matter. So ANC parliamentary chief whip Stone Sizani should have known better when he called a press ­conference to discuss Public ­Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report on Nkandla spending. Sizani had not read the report.

  • Previous Weeks


    During the course of the Nkandla ­investigation, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela was stymied, bullied, insulted and threatened by governing party leaders and supporters.
    She stood her ground and proceeded to fulfil her duties of safeguarding the public interest. South Africans are ­fortunate to have someone of her integrity and courage in that office.


    How does one begin to describe Thulas Nxesi? Puppet? Suck-up? Manipulator of truth?
    As the frontline man in the defence of the Nkandla plunder, Nxesi has dreamt up wild stories that would make residents of the Weskoppies mental institution envious. He is really working hard to hold on to his R2 million salary.

Book review – A music mogul’s mediocre vanity project

#Trending 22 April 2014 14:00

It took me all of six hours to finish Sold Out! and my first thought was to draw up an invoice and charge the author for wasting my time.

Khanyi Mbau: Queen of Joziwood

@LesLehM #Trending 20 April 2014 15:01

Khanyi Mbau is making her own sugar. The star of 22 low-budget films is now becoming a TV producer. She has dinner with Lesley Mofokeng, author of her biography, Bitch Please, I’m Khanyi Mbau



Don’t be voting cattle. Think before you make that cross.
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu tells South Africans before they cast their ballots on May 7

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