25 April 2015
Legendary trumpeter Hugh Masekela caused a stir at Rhodes University when he refused to take pictures with girls donning weaves or hair extensions.
“You’re lucky that you were sneaky enough to have him take a picture of you next to me, otherwise I would have refused.
“I don’t take pictures with girls who have your kind of hair,” Masekela told a student who had taken a picture with him, according to student journalist Sanele Ntshingana.
Masekela also railed against weaves and hair extensions at a press conference.
“We spend about a billion rand on other people’s hair each year. I don’t even know where to begin on this issue,” said Masekela, who was at the university to receive an honorary doctorate.
Masekela, who was given a standing ovation, delivered an address which focused on his disdain for the youth’s dwindling sense of heritage.
Among his issues were indigenous languages, storytelling and music, but his position on hair was perhaps the most provocative.
Masekela was described by some audience members as being “irritable” and “condescending”, while others appreciated his direct approach.
On the subject of student activism and the removal of colonial statues, Masekela was dismissive, saying that the youth should focus on “bigger problems”, like poverty, inequality and crime.
The honorary doctorate from Rhodes University is the fourth such honour for Masekela.
Source: City Press
Cakes laced with cannabis have become an instant hit at the Midlands State University (MSU) with students consuming the drug in that form to avoid discovery, it has been learnt. According to students who spoke on condition they were not named, the marijuana cakes have become big business at MSU with both male and female students buying the drug to get intoxicated.
A SELF-confessed prostitute who dropped out of school in Grade one,BOASTS About making more money than those who work formally
A SELF-confessed prostitute who dropped out of school in Grade one, yesterday defended her profession, saying she makes more money than people in other trades.
Talent Ndlovu, 20, of Pumula suburb, who appeared in court accused of stealing from a client, said she slept with about 10 men a night and as tiresome as it was, she would not leave the vice.
The court heard how Ndlovu was hired by Washington Nhendere for sexual services for the whole night last week on Thursday and ended up stealing his money and mobile phone.
Ndlovu appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Sibongile Msipa-Marondedze charged with theft and was remanded out of custody to April 27, for trial.
She pleaded guilty to theft in relation to Nhendere's Astro mobile phone, but denied stealing his money.
Ndlovu said she was advised by a friend to join her in the old profession in the world.
"Your worship I sell my body for a living offering sexual services for $5. I didn't become a house maid because there's no money there. I make $50 a day and a maid makes that amount of money in a month," said Ndlovu.
"I sleep with many men per day and I do get tired but the money is also good. I actually got advice from my friend to become a prostitute and I've also realised she was telling the truth."
She also told the court that she dropped out of school in Grade one.
Prosecuting, Taurayi Hondoyemoto told the court that on April 16, at around 2AM, Ndlovu and Nhendere were at a local hotel drinking beer together.
A 28 year old lady who had been attending Seventh Day Adventist Church since birth has been disowned by her family for joining popular Emmanual Makandiwa’s church.
Precious Sibanda was accused by her mother Maria of joining ‘satanic’ church, B-Metro reported.
She is now living with a friend in Famona in Bulawayo.
“It’s so sad and disappointing that my own mother chucked me of out of her house accusing me of being a Satanist because I left SDA our family church to join UFIC,” said Precious.
“It’s been three months since I joined the church. This other time I came with anointing oil she said she did not want satanic stuff to enter her house,”.
” I was shocked ion Sunday when she told me that she can’t continue to live with a Satanist so I was shown the door,’ she added.
In her defence Maria said as long as someone is under her roof they have to stick to her rules.
“I cannot let her come here with incantations from her so called church. He father attended SDA until he departed this earth. I don’t want trouble in my house,” she said.
23 April 2015
Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander General Constantine Chiwenga recently graduated with a PhD in Ethics from University Of KwaZulu Natal's College of Humanities , and brags 'I am educated now and I can run the country', the Zimbabwe news live has reported.
Despite, the flattering ad flies in the face of a damning appraisal contained in the Wikileaks cables by Brigadier General Herbert Chingono, the Inspector General for the Zimbabwe National Army, and Major General Fidelis Satuku, the ZDF Director General for Policy and Personnel, who in a January 5 and 6, 2010 meeting with US ambassador Charles Ray, spoke disrespectfully about their commander as an ignoramus. Chiwenga on numerous occasions failed courses at Staff College and twice attempted suicide in the 1980s, a former military intelligence Officer has revealed on condition of anonymity.
"I feel very humbled and most thrilled to have attained this achievement. I thank God for giving me the strength. This will remain one of the most unforgettable highlights of my academic life", said Chiwenga.
His PhD was the culmination of his freedom fighting experiences and the questions that arose thereafter resulting in his thesis, "The Predominance of an Ethic of Double Standards in the United Nations Security Council Humanitarian Intervention Missions: A Critical study based on the Ethical theories of Mutual Aid and Equal Recognition".
"My main critical tools against double standards were ethical concepts of equal recognition – all countries of the world should be recognised in terms of their capabilities to contribute to peace and security in the world and of mutual aid – which is based on the presumption that all countries of the world should be seen as indispensable to the promotion of peace and security in the world", he added
One of the major findings of his research was that national self-interest of P5 (members of the UN Security Council) members inevitably undermine the moral integrity of this world organisation in its quest to resolve international conflict and security issues.
"This finding was predicated on numerous case studies which, sadly, reveal a precipitous decline of UN moral stature, particularly in the eyes of the developing world. Another worrisome finding was how the notion of "responsibility to protect" was being abused by some P5 members to aggress independent-minded sovereign states, in their pursuit of national self-interests."
Chiwenga hopes his research will benefit society in an academic/scholarly capacity by assisting in stimulating further research in the context of reforming the Security Council, in line with the current global political, economic, military/security and social dynamics.
And that the research, to some extent will influence strategic policy at regional and international levels in as far as what needs to be done to find a workable and sustainable formula of reforming the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
The key challenge for Chiwenga was in balancing national duties and research demands of the study but through his supportive family and friends, he succeeded and is appreciative of their significant support.
Despite such a challenge, Chiwenga noted that during his studies he was able to interview politicians, diplomats, bureaucrats and academics, in the region and beyond who were conversant with his area of research study. Some of those interviewed included Kenneth Kaunda (Zambia), President Joseph Kabila (DRC), President Robert Mugabe (Zimbabwe) and even Reverend Frank Chikane (former South African Director-General in the Presidency).
His advice to other students is to have scholarly determination, hard work and discipline. 'Whilst it is always difficult to meet the submission deadlines, I urge them all to work extra hard. Yes, at times a thesis supervisor can be tough, but they should remember that his or her toughness on you is meant to make you a scholar who at the end of the day produces a commendable and quality research work.'
Asked about his future academic plans, Chiwenga said, 'I look forward to writing a book which will be a conversion of this thesis. UKZN has a reputable publishing house (UKZN Press); I plan to approach them to that end. I also intend to publish articles in reputable journals and these articles would be in line with my area of research interest.'
'Besides my current professional tasks, I would contribute to the academia through the delivering of guest lectures and making presentations at conferences and seminars within the region and beyond.'
When contacted for comment, the university registrar's department confirmed that General Chiwenga fulfilled all requirements for the award.
20 April 2015
ZIMBABWEAN sex workers have allegedly invaded Zambia masquerading as cross-border traders selling a variety of merchandise.
At night, however, the women shift from being respectable business persons to sex workers parading in the streets of Lusaka townships and patronising lodges and guest houses.
The Zimbabwean sex workers have particularly found a haven in Chawama and Kuku townships where they lodge at two guest houses commonly known as Katete and Bulawayo.
Residents of the two townships said men from Chawama, Kuku and other parts of Lusaka had been flocking to these guest houses to buy hot sex from Zimbabwean prostitutes.
Many of these sex workers prefer Chawama which for them has become more like a gold mine because men there prefer the Zimbabwean prostitutes to their Zambian counterparts.
A Zambian sex worker, Judith Mwila of Chawama, who has been in the business for years, said many men no longer go for locals, claiming that Zimbabwean sex workers were ‘more active and sweet in bed’, which is commonly known in Zimbabwe as chinamwari (chinamwali in Zambia).
Ms Mwila said the other unfortunate thing was that the Zambian sex workers had lost business to their Zimbabwean counterparts who had proved to be extremely cheap.
An undercover survey by the Sunday Times found that while Zambian sex workers were charging at least K50 per session, Zimbabweans were charging as low as K15.
Incidentally, this illicit business is not only conducted at the so-called Katete and Bulawayo lodges but exists in other townships as well such as Chibolya, Kanyama, Garden and Chaisa.
Zimbabwean sex workers can be found in these other townships selling their bodies cheaply, and this has compelled more and more Zambian men to prefer them to their Zambian counterparts.
Ms Mwila called on the law-enforcement officers to ensure that foreign female visitors in particular had legal documentation because many of these were sex workers were making the lives of Zambian prostitutes difficult by pushing them out of ‘business’.
“I am urging the Immigration Department to move in and check if these people have legal documents to be in the country because they are making our lives hard,” Ms Mwila said.
Another resident, Henry Ngoma, called on Lusaka City Council to move in and close ‘Katete’ and ‘Bulawayo’ lodges in particular, which he said had been turned into brothels similar to what previously were known as ‘midadadada’.
Mr Ngoma said the issue was getting out of hand because even young men were flocking to the two brothels because there services were affordable.
“It is outrageous because boys are also flocking to these brothels and paying for cheap sex,” Mr Ngoma said.
“I am hereby urging the council and other relevant authorities to ensure that they close them down.”
Immigration public relations manager Namati Nshinka said some of these women may have valid documents although they ended up doing something else.
The Immigration Department had in the recent past conducted operations to remove sex workers from Chawama.
Mr Nshinka said the department would soon carry out another raid and clear sex workers that might have returned to the township.
He was aware of sex workers that were operating at ‘Katete’ and ‘Bulawayo’ and warned the owners of the two places that they risked being closed down.
Speaking at her funeral wake at a relative’s home in Mufakose, Harare, her son Brian Garusa, who is a student at the University of Zimbabwe, said he was shocked to receive reports of his mother’s death just two days after talking to her on her mobile phone.
“I am still in a state of shock because just a few days before her disappearance I had spoken to her. She had promised to send some money the following day.
“I asked her about the xenophobic attacks and she said the situation was tense but calm,” said Brian.
Mr Emmanuel Mhondiwa, who is brother to the deceased, said the family was devastated with the manner in which Mrs Garusa lost her life after working in South Africa for more than 12 years.
“She was the sole breadwinner to her children following the death of her husband and she had done so well as to be able to send one of them to university. When we started seeing images of xenophobic attacks on television we never imagined that our own flesh and blood could soon be a victim,” said Mr Mhondiwa.
He said his sister was reported missing on Thursday after some xenophobic disturbances in Johannesburg and the following day her body was found by police in a nearby bushy area with her head decapitated.
Mr Mhondiwa said relatives in South Africa confirmed that his sister had been attacked by marauding xenophobic elements who targeted her as she came from her workplace.
“She has been working in South Africa since 2002 and her papers, including a work permit, were in order. We just don’t understand how fellow Africans could do this to another human being. We urge our Government to urgently deal with this matter as most deaths are not being reported,” Mr Mhondiwa said.
University of Zimbabwe Student Executive Council secretary-general Valentine Masaiti, who was part of a large contingent of students who visited the Mhondiwa family in Mufakose to commiserate with their fellow student, appealed to Government to liaise with the South African government to ensure that peace prevailed and reduce the loss lives.
Mr Mhondiwa said Mrs Garusa’s body is expected to arrive in Zimbabwe tomorrow and will be buried in Chikombedzi, Chiredzi, on Wednesday.
Source: The Herald
A 37-year-old Zvishavane teacher forged her O level results and turned her Mathematics symbol from a U to a B
A 37-year-old Zvishavane teacher forged her O level results and turned her Mathematics symbol from a U to a B, a Zvishavane Magistrate has ruled.
Sorofina Munemo who used the same forged certificate to get a place at a teacher training college and graduated last year pleaded not guilty when she appeared before Magistrate Peter Madiba.
Munemo had a mixture of luck and misfortunes at the court as the Magistrate cancelled her O Level certificate but spared her teaching diploma which he said was obtained competently.
Madiba had a question for Munemo to prove or disprove that she indeed passed her Maths. She asked Munemo to put 9/27 to the lowest terms to which she did not have a clue despite being given all the time she needed to solve the problem.
That satisfied the Magistrate beyond doubt that Munemo forged her results and he fined her US$500.
The Magistrate gave her an option to either do community service or pay fine and she opted for the fine. However, Munemo failed to pay the fine resulting in her being sent to prison.
The crime was discovered after Munemo had graduated from college and was about to be employed in Zvishavane as a teacher when the district education officer suspected that the O Level certificate was forged.
Munemo said in her defense that the certificate was offered to her by the Ministry and she did not know why they had to give her a fake document.
However, passing his sentence Madiba said that forgery is a serious offence and it was unfortunate that she was caught before she could earn any money as a teacher. He immediately cancelled the O Level certificate so she will be a diploma holder without Mathematics.
13 April 2015
A man in Masvingo who wanted to impress a love interest with his very long anaconda, probably the longest penis in Masvingo, stood in front of her, pulled out his erect manhood and started to masturbate, a "self service" My Zimbabwe News team usually refers to as "Ndega Ndonaka".
So huge and scary was the bedroom sausage that a 37-year-old woman, Esther Muteyiwa, was left shell shocked by what she saw and fled. Rodgers Munemo (41) who resides at Plot 2 in Summerton under Chief Zimuto in Masvingo was later arrested and hauled before Magistrate Siboninkosi Mkandla last week on Thursday.
It is the State case that on March 24, 2015 at around 10pm, Munemo approached Muteyiwa at her homestead when she was alone. Munemo then unzipped his trousers exposing his penis at a 10metres distance from Muteyiwa and while looking into her face, he started masturbating.
Muteyiwa reported the case to Farai Matarutse her workmate and the remorseful Munemo apologised and pleaded with Muteyiwa not to spread the story to other people. Magistrate Siboninkosi fined him $80 fine or 60 days imprisonment.
During cross-examinations, Munemo told the court that he acted in that manner because he wanted to attract the complainant with his privates.
Speaking in Harare after his party's National Council had met, Tsvangirai emphasised, however, that he had not yet been approached by either Mujuru or former Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa to flesh out the much-talked-about proposal for them to join forces.
He said Zimbabwe's seemingly intractable problems needed a united approach by all relevant players, adding that his party was mulling participating in "a national convergence conference" that is set to bring together all political parties, civic society organisations and other stakeholders to try and find solutions to Zimbabwe's deepening political and economic crises.
"There is a proposal to have a national convergence conference and we endorse that. We believe Zimbabweans across the political divide should be able to come together to talk about our crisis and talk about a solution.
"In light of that, there was a development in the party with those who had left the party coming back and we will welcome everyone in the big tent.
"This country needs a solution and the more we are together, the more we are united and the better for us. We will continue to encourage everyone to join the agenda for change and democracy that we started and hopefully we will have it in our lifetime," Tsvangirai said.
Expounding on the possibility of him working with disaffected Zanu PF stalwarts, he said he had not had a personal discussion with Mutasa.
"We formed MDC because we didn't believe in Zanu PF policies. What has changed? After all kana uchinyenga munhu, unonyenga nemumaradio nemumapaper here? (we can't reach out to each other through the media); or you go and talk to the person?
"He hasn't talked to me. He hasn't approached me. If he wanted to engage on that particular proposal, why doesn't he approach me? I am hearing it for the first time," the opposition leader said.
Tsvangirai also insisted that the party would not be participating in the forthcoming by-elections until comprehensive electoral reforms had been put in place.
"The council was very emphatic that the position taken by our national congress in October that reforms must precede any election in Zimbabwe has been vindicated by the recent by-elections which we condemn very strongly," he said.
He said his party was not going to "legitimise a flawed electoral process as there was still manipulation of the voters' roll and other electoral chicanery".
"MDC will uphold resolutions of the congress that unless there are reforms, participation in those by-elections will be futile, or any election for that matter, until those reforms are achieved. We believe that position is in line with our constitutional provisions," Tsvangirai said.
The former premier said President Robert Mugabe had failed to act in accordance with the guidelines on elections spelled out by the Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc) and the African Union (AU).
Mugabe chairs both bodies.
"We have noted the inability by Mugabe's government to solve the country's problems …deepening poverty. We also noted government's failure to implement provisions of the constitution.
"(Journalist-cum-pro-democracy activict Itai) Dzamara's disappearance still remains an important issue and cannot be allowed to disappear on the radar of Zimbabweans and of the international community.
"We also noted that what is happening in this country will not end until the people are able to be mobilised to take action to pressurise government not only to release Dzamara but to stop all abuses.
"Mugabe should behave in a manner that upholds the principles of Sadc and AU," Tsvangirai said.
12 April 2015
The taxman has accused Julius Malema of lying
about the source of his income and has slapped
him with an additional R14-million tax bill.
In court papers explaining why it dumped its
deal with the Economic Freedom Fighters' leader,
the South African Revenue Service says Malema
lied about the source of the funds used to settle
part of his tax bill.
SARS also says Malema tried to dodge paying
donation tax and had received money from
questionable sources to settle an R18-million tax
bill - reduced to R7.2-million in a deal in May
These, SARS says, are some of the reasons for
the collapse of the compromise deal. The
revenue service has now launched an application
for Malema's final sequestration.
If the court grants the final order when the case
returns to court in June, Malema will be kicked
out of parliament, where his party has dominated
the debate since last year's general election.
Before last year's deal, Malema had paid R3.2-
million after auctioning off his homes and other
assets in 2013. The final bill was then reduced
to R4-million as part of that deal.
But, once the deal was nullified, SARS re-
examined Malema's tax affairs for 2011 and
It then slapped him with a further R14-million
bill and revised the final figure owing to R32-
million. The overall figure includes interest and
In papers, SARS says Malema was not
completely honest about his source of funds and
had not kept his taxes up to date as promised
when he signed the deal.
Malema's lawyer, Tumi Mokwena, said the
source of the funds was irrelevant because the
agreement did not state who had to pay.
According to papers obtained from the High
Court in Pretoria this week, SARS says Malema's
dishonesty emerged soon after they reached a
compromise agreement last year.
Malema had claimed that R1-million of the R4-
million he had agreed to pay SARS was a
donation from a "Mr Renier Martin" and the rest
would be paid by the Julius Sello Malema Trust,
an entity of which he claimed he was a
beneficiary and which was established to help
him settle his tax bill. But a SARS investigation
revealed that Martin was not the actual donor.
Yesterday, Martin said he had never offered to
donate R1-million to Malema and had discussed
only the possibility of offering his services as tax
But, said Mokwena, "you'll have to explain where
Malema got [Martin's] ID number from. In fact
he is outright lying."
Court papers show that Malema admitted to
SARS that Martin had not paid the R1-million,
saying it was a loan from Kyle Phillips, a director
of Carnilinx, a tobacco company run by Malema
benefactor Adriano Mazzotti.
Mokwena said Malema had taken out the loan
after Martin failed to pay.
Mazzotti previously confirmed that he had
donated money towards the R600,000 the EFF
required to register as a party contesting last
The revenue collector also found that Malema
was not a beneficiary of the Julius Sello Malema
In court papers, SARS lawyer Pieter Engelbrecht
says they investigated the tax status of the trust
and discovered that it had not been registered as
a taxpayer and had not declared any donation
"[Malema] stated that he is a beneficiary of the
aforesaid trust, however that trust had a bank
balance of only R4000 at the time.
"It is not clear to me how the trust could
accumulate the R3-million within this short
period of time to make the donations to the
respondent. sunday times
9 April 2015
A Harare nurse was yesterday arraigned before the courts for allegedly assaulting a seven-month
pregnant woman following a misunderstanding over rent.
Maria Rujuwa (36) pleaded not guilty to assault and malicious damage to property charges when she appeared before Mbare magistrate Ms Shelly Zvenyika.
The matter was rolled over to today for continuation of trial. Rujuwa told the court that she did not assault Tendai Sango but had only asked her and her brother to leave her house as her brother had not paid rent.
“I did not assault anyone. I only told them to leave the house or pay the rent,” she said. However, Sango, who was in tears said she
sustained injuries due to the beating she got from Rujuwa.
“It is painful for someone to say that they did not assault you when they did. It is even more painful that she is not even remorseful for her actions. After she assaulted me I was in a lot of pain and I even bled which is something scary considering that I am pregnant,” she told the court.
The prosecutor Mr Stanley Musekiwa alleged that on March 26 this year, Sango was in her brother’s room when Rujuwa who is the landlady at that house came into the room.
The court heard that Rujuwa then asked Sango and her brothers to go outside as her brother had not paid his monthly rentals for March.
Sango and her brother did not comply with Rujuwa’s instruction which angered her resulting in her bringing a stick which she used to assault Sango and in the process damaged Sango’s mobile phone worth $450.