Despite appeals by South African President Jacob Zuma and other
political leaders for calm, violence against foreigners have continued in
parts of South Africa.
South Africans living and working in other African countries braced for
reprisals on Saturday as protests were reported in Mozambique, Malawi and
At least five people have been killed, thousands displaced and extensive
property destroyed in the latest wave of xenophobic violence in South
Africa, after a March 20 speech in which tribal Zulu King Goodwill
Zwelithini said foreigners should leave the country.
As the violence spread from the eastern port city of Durban to
Pietermaritzburg and the inland financial hub of Johannesburg, Zuma
announced the deployment of South African National Defence Force troops.
He said the SANDF would transfer 350 soldiers to work as immigration
officers at border posts. “Furthermore, the SANDF has deployed military
personnel along the borderline in seven provinces to prevent border
crime activities and illegal border crossings.”
Most of the targets in South Africa have been Mozambicans, Malawians,
Zimbabweans, Somalis, Congolese and Nigerians. An April 16 march against
xenophobia in Durban, attended by up to 20,000 people, did little to
stop the simmering tensions. There were scuffles when people opposed to
foreigners tried to disrupt the march.
In their speeches in the South African Parliament on April 16, none of
the main political leaders mentioned Zwelithini’s inflammatory comments,
as they fear his influence over the 11 million Zulus in the country
could cost them votes at election time.
However, Corne Mulder, leader of the minuscule Freedom Front Plus party,
criticised Zuma, who is himself a Zulu, for not taking Zwelithini to
task. In addition the South African National Defence Union on April 16
lodged a complaint with the South African Human Rights Commission over
In his March 20 address in Pongola in rural KwaZulu-Natal, Zwelithini
said: “We are requesting those who come from outside to please go back
to their countries.”
He said the fact that other African countries that played a role in
South Africa’s struggle for liberation “should not be used as an excuse
to create a situation where foreigners are allowed to inconvenience
Zwelithini said that during South Africa’s liberation struggle, South
Africans did not set up businesses in these other countries. Yet now
nationals from these countries were setting up businesses in South
This speech touched on a common grievance among poorer South Africans,
who claim foreigners are depriving them of jobs and business
opportunities. For example, on Friday, The Times newspaper in
Johannesburg reported that a man “hunting foreigners” and stoning cars
in Actonville, east of Johannesburg, said: “These foreigners don’t pay
taxes but they have jobs.”
The official South African unemployment rate hovers around 25 percent,
rising to 36 percent when the definition is expanded to include those
who have given up looking for work.
However, the unemployment rate in some South African rural areas can reach 80 percent, especially among the youth.
In his parliamentary speech on Thursday, Zuma said the attacks on foreigners were “shocking and unacceptable.”
He said no amount of frustration or anger could ever justify the attacks on foreign nationals and the looting of their shops.
“We condemn the violence in the strongest possible terms. The attacks
violate all the values that South Africa embodies, especially the
respect for human life, human rights, human dignity and Ubuntu,” he
Ubuntu is a South African word for compassion and humanity.
“Our country stands firmly against all intolerances such as racism, xenophobia, homophobia and sexism,” the president said.
Zuma extended condolences to the victims’ families and wished the injured a speedy recovery.
“Any problems or issues of concern to South African citizens must be resolved peacefully and through dialogue”, he said.
Zuma said South African police had been directed to work “round the
clock to protect both foreign nationals and South African citizens and
to arrest looters and those committing acts of violence”.
However, while Zuma strongly condemned the attacks, he was sympathetic to the concerns of South African citizens.
“We reiterate our view that South Africans are generally not xenophobic.
If they were, we would not have such a high number of foreign nationals
who have been successfully integrated into communities all over our
country, in towns, city and villages,” he said.
Zuma said that while some foreign nationals had been arrested for
various crimes, it was misleading and wrong to label or regard all
foreigners as being involved in crime.
“In addition, not all foreign nationals who reside in our country are here illegally,” he said.
This and other messages from South African politicians were seen as
contradictory by Ingrid Palmary, associate professor at the
Witwatersrand University African Center for Migration and Society (ACMS)
She said the rhetoric from the South African state was “unhelpful, overall”.
“What we’ve seen are contradictory messages from government officials.
Sometimes there has been condemnation, but there has also been support
for anti-foreigner sentiment, and sometimes inaction. What is needed was
a decisive message of condemnation from all sectors of society,” she
According to her, the brutality of the attacks shows a failure in South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy.
“This kind of violence has a long history in South Africa. It shows the
lack of faith that people have in official institutions”.
Nigeria is now set to begin the process of evacuating its
citizens from South Africa this week over xenophobic attacks on
immigrants from other African countries. Nigerians who are interested in
returning to their country have been told to contact the Nigerian High
Commission in South Africa.
The tribal Zulu King, Goodwill
Zwelithini, was alleged to have said foreigners should leave the country
in a speech on March 20, which led to the uprising.
A statement issued by the by the
Nigerian Office in Pretoria on Friday called on nationals in the country to contact the office
through telephone or Twitter.
1. RiRi hit back at fans who dared to question what
the suspicious white powder on top of the man's head was in a photo she
posted at Coachella Festival, labelling them 'pathetic c*nts'. Nice.
While there isn't hardly an inch of Rihanna's skin we haven't seen
before, we were still shocked when she stripped completely naked for GQ
used to love the c-word, and would wear it emblazoned on necklaces and
t-shirts, that was until she was shocked to discover the word was
As RiRi hit a strip club with her pals in 2012, she was seen throwing
dollar bills at the performers. She tweeted: "#ROCstarshit my daddy
would be proud". Yep, bet he was beaming.
Rihanna appeared on 'The X Factor' final in 2010 along with Christina
Aguilera, their raunchy performances racked up over 1,000 complaints to
media regulator Ofcom. It led to a ruling stars would have to cover up
to appear on TV before the 9pm watershed.
was seen brazenly smoking a suspicious looking cigarette whilst
holidaying in Hawaii in 2012. She even tweeted: "Kush rolled, glass
full...I prefer the better things!" - and for those of you not down with
drug lingo (unlike Rihanna), 'kush' is a type of marijuana from the
7. "Come here rude boy, boy can you get it up?" sings Rihanna on her 2010 hit 'Rude Boy'. Such a good role model.
had us all worried when she tweeted a picture of herself hooked up to a
drip and then went quiet. While everyone speculated she had been rushed
to hospital, suffering from exhaustion, others said she was receiving
an intravenous vitamin boost, popular with many popstars.
and Chris Brown teamed up to record 'Birthday Cake' for her sixth album
'Talk That Talk' in 2011, giving us the first sign they were back in
contact after he beat her in 2009.
10. Rihanna dresses as a weed fairy for a Halloween party in Hollywood in 2012. Whatever happened to plain old Frankenstein, eh?
While most of the male population may love RiRi getting naked, one
person who didn't was farmer Alderman Alan Graham. After she froliced
around topless while on his farm to film the video to 'We Found Love' in
2010, he insisted the star cover up or get off his land.
was the scene of a New York nightclub in June 2012 after a brawl
erupted between Chris Brown and Drake, allegedly over Rihanna.
world was aghast when Rihanna confessed she was still in love with ex
Chris Brown during a tearful interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2012.
14. Rihanna unveiled a shocking new addition to her body art in 2009 - a tattoo of a gun on the side of her rib cage.
singing about 'chains and whips', whilst provocatively sucking on her
finger. Her video for 201 hit 'S&M' was RiRi at her saucy pop best.
In what was to become the biggest PR disaster ever, Rihanna invited a
bunch of journalists and fans to fly around the world with her as she
plays seven gigs in seven countries in seven days. The result was far
from a party in the sky, with the journos comparing it to prison as RiRi
refused them access to her, and only made two brief appearances during
the whole week.
rumours they were more than just friends again, Rihanna planted a
smacker on ex Chris Brown at 2012's MTV VMAs, leaving viewers
was at the centre of a race row when she picture of a bag of rice cakes
wearing sunglasses and a pair of earrings alongside the caption: "Ima a
make u my b****". Later in 2012, her best friend used the term (which
is a slur against people from Asia) to insult Chris Brown's ex Karrueche
Tran, who is part Asian.
She may have appeared as a guest at the Victoria's Secret Show in 2012,
but RiRi saved her sauciest antics for after the show when she tweeted a
snap of herself in a state of undress.
has never made any secret of her fondness for a bit of the green stuff
and told fans she 'didn't really give a f*ck' what they thought when she
tweeted a picture of a nug of weed in 2012. Charming.
months of speculation, Rihanna finally confirmed she was back wither
her abusive ex Chris Brown in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine
in January 2013.
was branded a 'desperate freak' by PETA in 2012 when she stepped out
wearing snakeskin boots. "Rihanna may not have a clue that snakes killed
for boots are often nailed to a tree and skinned alive. Of course, they
can't go on Oprah to cry about it," they said. Ouch.
seemed to enjoy riding on a rather suggestive looking pink tank during
Last Girl On Earth tour in 2010 a little too much, if you ask us.
was criticised for a shaky performance at a Swedish music festival in
2012 after she arrived 45 minutes late on stage, seemed disorientated
and was accused of miming. It followed the death of her beloved GranGran
Dolly days earlier.
25. Errr, yes Rihanna, we can see your nipples. And your underwear.
RnB singer, Paul Play Dairo has dragged mobile telecommunications giant,
MTN and Ultima Limited to court for the unlawful use of his smash song,
"Angel of my life" in the popular reality TV show, MTN Project Fame West
The music star was faraway in the United States of America last year when the song was used without proper licensing.
Speaking on the matter, Paul Play confirmed that his management was
hiring the legal services of Festus Keyamo chambers to serve both
organisations the suit. "Yes, it is very true that I am suing MTN and
Ultima Limited for the unlawful use of my song. I have contacted my
lawyers and they are on it" he said.
According to reports, the Rn B crooner is demanding a huge sum of N500 million as compensation from both organisation.
Meanwhile, in a reaction posted online, Ultima Limited (Ultima)
which has produced the reality show for the last five years, claimed
that it has annually made the statutory payments due and required for
the use of musical works for both local and international artistes used
on the Project Fame show.
"In the first two years, Ultima paid the Performing and Mechanical
Rights Society Ltd/Gte (PMRS) – which was the government approved
collecting agency at the time, for all musical works that Ultima used;
and from the third year when PMRS became Copyrights Society of Nigeria
(COSON), Ultima paid COSON for all the songs used in those years.
For the past five seasons of Project Fame therefore, Ultima has
annually made the statutory payments due and required for the use of
musical works for both local and international artistes used on the
Project Fame show. Ultima duly paid COSON for use of such music and as
such if Paul Play has any issue with payment of royalties for the use of
his musical works, it should be worked out with COSON and not Ultima
nor MTN," Ultima management stated.
part-time Business Administration Student of Lagos State Polytechnic,
Miss Olayinde Bournes, 22, has allegedly been beaten to death by her
boyfriend, Abuchi Cyril.
The incident happened Thursday at Shorinmade Street, Aguda-Ogba area of Lagos State, southwest Nigeria.
According to Miss Titilayo Fagbamila, friend of the deceased girl, she
always complained to her that her boyfriend, Abuchi always beat her at
the slightest provocation.
She said that on Thursday when the tragedy occurred, Abuchi invited
Olayinde to his house along Shorinmade Street, to see his travel
The late Miss Olayinde Bournes
Titilayo said nobody knew what happened when the lovers were together
but it is believed that they had a misunderstanding which may have led
to a fight.
Sources at 17, Muibi Street residence of the deceased told P.M.NEWS that
after the fight with her boyfriend, the victim was rushed to G&S
Hospital where she was confirmed dead before the corpse was taken to
Ikeja General Hospital for autopsy.
Abuchi was immediately arrested and taken to Area 'G' Police Command, Ogba, for interrogation.
When our correspondent visited Area 'G', Ogba, Friday morning, the suspect was seen writing his statement.
When contacted for comment, the Area 'G' Commander, Assistant
Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ishola Abdulahi, declined to speak on the
issue, saying it was too early as investigation was going on.
The Oscar Pistorius saga took another
bizarre turn on Thursday. USA TODAY Sports looks back at the first week
of the ongoing case and picked the 10 most shocking facts yet.
1. The killing. The most important
facts of the case are not in doubt: Early on Valentine's Day morning,
Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee Olympian who is arguably South
Africa's biggest sporting star, shot through a bathroom door at his home
in Pretoria and killed his girlfriend, 29-year-old model and law school
graduate Reeva Steenkamp. Was it cold-blooded murder, as police claim,
or did Pistorius think he was shooting at an intruder? Lawyers will
argue, a verdict will be reached and observers around the world will
debate, but only one man knows the answer, and he's sitting in a holding
cell, awaiting word on whether he'll go free before South Africa's
trial of the century.
2. The lead detective charged with seven attempted murders.
Detective Hilton Botha dealt a blow to the prosecution on Wednesday
after he was forced to admit shoddy police work upon defense
cross-examination. (See No. 3.) That was nothing compared to Thursday's
bombshell. It was revealed that Botha is facing seven attempted murder
charges stemming from a 2011 incident in which he and two other officers
shot at a minivan. Reports say the men were chasing down a murder
suspect. The charges had been dropped but were reinstated 10 days before
The National Prosecuting Authority said
Botha's past is "completely unrelated" to the trial. Barry Roux, a
defense lawyer for Pistorius, disagrees. Though the 2011 incident
certainly had no bearing on the Feb. 14 events at the home of Pistorius,
it may cloud the trial. Observers were quick to point out how questions
about the integrity of Detective Mark Fuhrman possibly swayed the O.J.
Simpson jury to acquit the former football star of double murder.
Botha was replaced as lead detective on Thursday.
Former lead detective Hilton Brotha/AFP
3. Police blunders. Botha initially
said the two witnesses who heard screaming from Pistorius' house on the
night of the killing were 600 meters away. He later changed the distance
to 300 meters. Other admissions: Investigators missed a spent bullet in
the toilet and didn't take pictures of a box of bullets but snapped
photos of Pistorius' medals.
4. Was he wearing his prosthetic legs? Pistorius
says he walked to the bathroom on his stumps, then shot through the
door. Botha said the angle of the bullet holes suggest Pistorius was
standing tall on his prosthetics. The police theory gives credence to a
charge of premeditation. If Pistorius had time to put on his
prosthetics, they'll argue, then he wasn't getting out of bed quickly to
pursue an intruder. Complicating the issue is Botha's later
admission that police found no inconsistencies in Pistorius' account of
events. Which is it? Do the angles of the bullet trajectories contradict
Pistorius' statement or don't they?
Pistorius stands before the court/AP 5. The empty bladder debate. An
autopsy revealed Steenkamp's bladder was empty when she was killed.
Since it would be highly unlikely for a person's bladder to be fully
empty at 3 a.m., the defense says this shows Steenkamp was using the
bathroom before the killing. The theory floated: She locked herself
inside after hearing Pistorius yelling at an intruder.
6. Bloody cricket bat. "Was Steenkamp's skull crushed with bloodied cricket bat 'found' at Pistorius's house?" blared a headline in the Daily Mail
after reports emerged that police were considering a theory that
Pistorius beat Steenkamp to death. That scenario has since been
dismissed. Pistorius said he used the bat to break down the bathroom
door, and police have not suggested otherwise.
7. Pistorius' confidence. A front page article in The Times
(of South Africa) quoted a police officer who said he had contact with
Pistorius after Wednesday's hearings. "He's convinced he'll be out by
the weekend and back on the track before the end of the year," the
officer said. Would an innocent man be that confident? Could a guilty
man be that delusional? If that quote is accurate, psychologists could
have a field day dissecting it.
8. Drugs? Botha said police found two
boxes of testosterone, syringes and needles in a bedroom cabinet.
Later, a police spokesman admitted the contents of the box were unknown.
Testosterone is a banned substance by the IOC. The defense says the
boxes contained an herbal remedy commonly used for sexual enhancement
9. The gun on the nightstand. On its Thursday front page, the New York Daily News
ran a 2010 photograph of a bedside table at Pistorius' house. Scattered
among the routine items like car keys and a remote control is a Taurus
10. Media circus overshadows all. While
the world is transfixed by the drama in a Pretoria courtroom, it's easy
to lose sight of the tragedy of a woman dying young and the family
that's left to pick up the pieces.
groups have begun a recruitment drive in the South-West with the aim of
establishing cells in the zone, Saturday PUNCH's investigations have
The recruitment drive by the Boko Haram and its breakaway
faction, Jama'atu Ansarul Muslimina Fi Biladis-Sudan, it was gathered,
was a prelude to attacks they were planning to launch in the zone. The
idea is to establish cells within the South-West to coordinate attacks
within the zone by identifying fundamentalists in the area.
security source, who disclosed this, said the plan to move to the
South-West, particularly Lagos, was hinged on the economic importance of
Investigations showed that the groups reasoned that
attacks on the South-West would not only affect the country's economy,
but could also precipitate ethnic clashes across the country. It was learnt that major towns the groups planned to attack included Lagos, Abeokuta, Ibadan and Osogbo.
showed that the planned attacks would include planting of bombs at
public buildings, on roads and outright suicide bombings.
Northerners living in the South-West, the groups, it was gathered, were
also zeroing in on people from the zone as their potential members.
highly placed security source told one of our correspondents that the
terror organisations had hitherto found it difficult to penetrate
He said that they were targeting people from the zone
with the hope that such people would assist them in establishing cells
in the area. The security source told one of our correspondents that,
"There is no doubt terror groups have their eyes on the South-West.
Their plan is to spread their activities to the zone, which has a high
"People they are planning to recruit include
Northerners living in the South-West as well as Yoruba that have the
same religious belief with them. It is part of their plan to spread
Jihad to Africa." It was gathered that the attacks were part of measures by the groups to protest Nigeria's intervention in the Malian crisis.
breakaway faction of Boko Haram, ANSARUL, had on January 19, 2013
claimed responsibility for an attack on Nigerian soldiers going to Mali.
The soldiers were attacked near Okenne, Kogi State.
a terse statement posted by an online publication, Dessert Herald, on
January 20, a leader of JAMBS, Abu Usamatal Ansary, warned Nigeria and
other Africans to be ready for "more difficulties" as they embarked on
restoring peace to Mali.
The statement had read, "We, members of
Jama'atu Ansarul Muslimina Fi Biladis-Sudan, are gladly informing the
general public, especially those in black Africa, that with the aid and
guidance of Allah, we, on January 19, 2013 at Itape, Ekehi Local
Government Area of Kogi State, successfully executed our first attempt
in attacking the Nigerian troops that were aiming to demolish the
Islamic Empire of Mali.
"We are equipped and waiting for any
slightest attempt of Nigerian Army moving towards the Islamic Empire of
Mali. And we are warning African countries to stop helping Western
countries in fighting against Islam and Muslims; if not, we are sternly
assuring them, particularly the Nigerian government, to be prepared and
be ready to face difficulties from JAMBS anywhere and anytime. May Allah
help us and grant our wishes."
On Thursday, an operative of the
State Security Service told one of our correspondents that the service
was aware of the present move by the terror networks to penetrate the
The source said that the SSS and other security
operatives had anticipated the high possibility of those behind the acts
of terror to move beyond the northern parts of the country.
was stated that a consciousness of that fact played a role in the recent
bursting of a terror cell being sponsored by Iranians.
another security source said there was a growing discomfort among
security personnel that the arrangement put in place by the police
authorities favoured the move to penetrate other parts of the country.
was stated that the collapse of road blocks across the country in this
era of terror was a security miscalculation as the decision would
encourage the movement of arms and ammunition and other weapons from one
part of the country to the other.
The security source stated that
those behind the acts of terror could have easily taken advantage of
the loose security situation in the South-West to launch similar attacks
in the zone from the Sabo settlements being inhabited chiefly by
Top police personalities confirmed that police authorities were aware of the plot. However, the Force Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, was evasive as he refused
The Benue State Police Command, yesterday, arrested the pastor of a new generation church in Katsina-Ala (names withheld) for illegal possession of fire arms and assault on the church’s accountant.
Vanguard gathered from sources that the pastor was apprehended with the firearm by men of the Benue State Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS, in Katsina-Ala where he allegedly tried to kill the accountant of the church, Mr. Philip Toryila, during a serious disagreement over money.
According to our source,”the incident occurred on Tuesday evening when the pastor ordered the church accountant to handover church monies to him for execution of a project and he refused.
“The refusal of the accountant angered the pastor who engaged him in a fracas and in the process pulled out a gun on the accountant.
“In the process, the accountant shouted for help which attracted the attention of another church official who alerted the police and they quickly drafted some armed men of the squad to the place and arrested the pastor.”
The source added that “the accountant sustained a major facial injury and other parts of his body and was quickly rushed to a private hospital in Katsina-Ala where is now receiving treatment.”
Confirming the story, Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Deputy Suprintendent of Police Daniel Ezeala, said: “The arrested pastor was brought to the state command and he will soon be charged to court for illegal possession of firearms but we are still conducting investigations into the matter.”
Less than 24 hours after an Abuja High Court sentenced pension thief John Yakubu Yusuf to two years in prison for admitting to stealing around N2 billion, an Ikare Magistrate Court in Ondo State has sentenced another man to three years in prison for stealing a telephone handset worth N17, 000.
The Abuja court had on Monday sentenced the former director of the Police Pension Board , John Yakubu Yusuf, to two-year imprisonment.
Mr. Yusuf pleaded guilty to two-count charges of embezzling about N2 billion of the total N33 billion stolen from police pensions. He was, however, given an option of fine of N250, 000 instead of going to jail.
Adepoju Jamiu, 23, living in Ondo was not so lucky. On Tuesday, the Ikare Magistrate Court sentenced him to three years imprisonment for stealing a China Blackberry phone worth N17, 000. Like pension thief Yusuf, Mr. Jamiu also pleaded guilty to the charge.
If the ratio of years of sentence was relative to the amount stolen and the same law was used to try both men, should Mr. Jamiu be jailed 3 years, Mr., Yusuf would have been sentenced to at least 110,000 years in jail.
Not only was Mr. Jamiu given a seemingly incomparable jail sentence, he was not given an option of fine by Chief Magistrate Sunday Adeniyan.
Mr. Jamiu’s crime, the police prosecutor, Aigbojie Amileomen, told the court that the stolen phone belonged to one Suleiman Asimiyi.
While briefing the court on the case, the prosecutor said the accused committed the offence in November 2012 at about 5.30 a.m. at Olukare Central Mosque, Inu Odi, Okela, Ikare.
When the case was read, the accused pleaded guilty as charged.
Mr. Adeniyan convicted Mr. Jamiu having found him guilty.
He said Mr. Jamiu’s action violated Section 383(1) and punished him under Section 390(9)of the Criminal Code Cap 37, volume one, laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.
He therefore ordered that Mr. Jamiu should remain in prison for three years without an option of fine.