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The finding should settle, for once and for all, the powers of the Public Protector.
Judgment in the Nkandla case will be handed down by the highest court in the country on Thursday morning.

Judgment would be delivered at 10am, the Constitutional Court said in a briefing alert.

This followed applications for direct access to the court by the Economic Freedom Fighters and the Democratic Alliance – which were heard on February 9.

The two opposition parties argued that the failure of both president Jacob Zuma and Parliament to comply with remedial action set out in a report of the Public Protector two years ago constituted a breach of constitutional duties.

In her report, Secure in Comfort, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found that Zuma had “unduly benefited” and should pay back a “reasonable percentage of the cost” of the R246 million of public funds that was spent on upgrades to his Nkandla homestead. 

Costs that the Public Protector singled out as non-security features included a cattle kraal, chicken run, swimming pool, visitors centre and amphitheatre. 
She said that the cost should be determined with the assistance of the treasury.

Since then, the controversial Nkandla matter has dominated public discourse and led to three separate ad hoc committees being set up in Parliament. The minister of police also produced a report in May 2015 which exonerated the president from any liability.

source:City Press

Lerato Motshwarakgole.
Image by: Via Lerato's Facebook

An actress who featured on 'Generations' last year has been accepted to study for her masters degree at Harvard University.

Lerato Motshwarakgole played the role of Dineo's (Katlego Danke) younger sister on Generations.

While her character was scandalous and had an affair with Dineo's husband, Motshwarakgole leads a far more uncomplicated life.

She announced the news about her enrolment at Harvard University on her Facebook page, saying that she was following in the footsteps of her idol Michelle Obama.

Motshwarakgole studied at the University of Cape Town for a degree in performance arts. She then started her own communications company.

She told a blog she had set serious plans for herself.

"My five year plan is expanding my company and growing it throughout the entire continent. Our agenda is to singularly change the spectrum of education, bringing art and creativity to the forefront, particularly for students that are disenfranchised by the clinical and narrow Maths and Sciences academia that drives education today. 

"Through comprehensive research and effective learning programs, Ora Communications aspires to spearhead the shift from the Age of Information to the Age of Creativity in Education. We endeavour to start cultivating these skills early on in Primary School students," she said.

TV and radio personality Bonang Matheba.
Image by: Bonang Matheba via TwitterTV and radio personality Pearl Thusi.Pearl Thusi
Image by: Waldo Swiegers. Sunday Times

TV and radio personality Bonang “Queen B” Matheba has for the first time spoken out about her beef with Pearl Thusi.

She also brushed aside her alleged romantic relationship with rapper AKA.

Thusi and Matheba apparently do not get along at all and the former has allegedly made a habit of throwing shade at Matheba.

In an interview with Sowetan on Thursday, Matheba revealed that she hasn’t made peace with the suspended Metro FM presenter.

Queen B told Sowetan that “she doesn’t bother me.”

“I don’t think about it. When I started out I had people I looked up to and drew inspiration from, women like Basetsana Khumalo, Zandi Nhlapo, Nonhle Thema, Claire Mawisa,” said the 29 year-old.

“It never crossed my mind to tear another woman down.”

Asked by a Twitter follower last month why she kept silent along all while Thusi threw shade at her, Queen B went for the jugular.

On her relationship with AKA, Matheba said: “That’s 2015. Life is good and that wave has passed."

source: Times Live

Queentwerk breaks the internet AGAIN (1)

Faith Nketsi who many people know as Queentwerk broke the internet yet again today as many of her followers had a lot to talk about as she just bought herself a brand new Jeep for her 21st birthday. Faith uploaded a pic of a fresh Jeep Wrangler on her instagram account with the caption “My 21st birthday present to myself”. Queentwerk rose to fame a couple of years ago when she was a lead dancer in an all female dance crew called the Pro Twerkers which South Africa loved for their incredible twerking skills, the squad has since broken up. Faith has since become a solo internet sensation as she has well over 169K followers on Instagram.

Queentwerk breaks the internet AGAIN (2)

Queentwerk’s new ride

Queentwerk breaks the internet AGAIN (3)

Queentwerk is dating a well known young businessman Makhosini Sihlali

Queentwerk breaks the internet AGAIN (4)

Makhosini and Queentwerk have a relationship that many young people envy.

@Zuryism tweeted: Queen Twerk bought herself a whole Jeep at 21, I’m 21 and I can’t even buy myself food.

@Fano_Kgops tweeted: You know who don’t suffer from bazothini abantu syndrome? Pulane and Queen Twerk… The rest of yal can take a seat next to uMam’ Fundisi

@GodMother_M tweeted: I used to believe in education until bo Queen Twerk came along

New York Times

The New York Times recently ran a big front-page piece, taking up more than a full page, seeking to explain the recent developments in Syria. Anne Bernard, the Times’ leading reporter on the Middle East, who mainly operates from Beirut and gets her information from rebel sources, unfortunately grossly fails to inform her readers on some very basic and easily accessible facts that would be journalistic commonplace if we had anything remotely resembling a free press in the US.

The piece begins with some good reporting on the ceasefire and the problems and successes of its implementation, and then goes on to note one of the main talking-points of the opposition: “One of the main concerns of beleaguered opposition forces was that the government would continue to take territory, attacking all insurgents while claiming it was battling only the two groups excluded from the truce: the Islamic State and the Nusra Front, Al Qaeda’s Syria affiliate.”

Firstly, the characterization of the rebels as “opposition” and “insurgents” is common practice in Western media reports, yet it shields the fact that the rebel opposition is, and has been for years, dominated by al-Qaeda and ISIS.(1) In failing to report this fact, which is also available from multiple US intelligence agency reports, Bernard and the NYT in effect protect the al-Qaeda forces on the ground from the eyes of the Western public, and in doing so protect the complicity of Western governments in supporting them.

Instead of fulfilling its journalistic function of holding accountable those in power, the NYT instead serves to propagandize for government policy.

Bernard further does this by describing the non-ISIS opposition as “a broad array that includes the Nusra Front, Islamists, and relatively secular groups led by army defectors and backed by the United States and its allies,” failing to note the prominence of the extremists and the fact that the “relatively secular groups” “only operate under license from the extreme jihadists.” Also, describing the “moderates” as secular is entirely misleading and false, as almost all want some form of Islamic stateand are almost exclusively Sunni Muslim.

Going further the intimate, longstanding, and “brotherly” working relationship between the US-backed FSA and al-Qaeda is described in the piece only as “different degrees” of “tactical alliances.”

Initially after the signing of the ceasefire deal, the US-backed FSA were some of the biggest critics of the fact that their al-Qaeda ally was not included, which the US initially tried to make happen before the proposal of protecting al-Qaeda terrorists was rejected by Russia. Main FSA leaders described al-Qaeda as their “partners”, as an “honorable” faction, and claimed that it fights on the ground with “most of the brigades that attended the Riyadh conference,” which essentially includes all the main groups except for Nusra and ISIS.

A few months before that al-Qaeda made a video showing a Nusra leader presenting a gift to an FSA commander, thanking him for using US-supplied TOW anti-tank missiles in support of al-Qaeda while claiming that al-Qaeda and the FSA “are one.”

In 2013, the US-backed FSA commander Col. Okaidi, described as one the biggest recipient of US aid, who to this day can be seen being given air time by Western media to mobilize support for the opposition, described his relationship with ISIS as “good, even brotherly” after having won a main victory whileexercising a degree of operational command over ISIS. After having admitted to fighting alongside al-Qaeda, Okaidi explains that al-Nusra does not “exhibit any abnormal behavior, which is different from that of the FSA,” admitting that the sectarian ferocity of al-Qaeda which is often pilloried by the West was no different from the actions of his FSA rebels, that the US supports.

Yet not only is this an intimate alliance that is years in the making, it is as well one that has been ordered by the US and its allies.

In the overtaking of Idlib in 2014, Charles Lister, at the time of the Brookings Doha Center, revealed from interviews with rebel commanders that they received specific instructions from US-led operations rooms to align themselves within al-Qaeda’s ranks and to use their increasing shipments of US-supplied weapons in support of al-Qaeda.

Earlier in 2014 the commander of the US-backed SRF revealed that “those who support us”, i.e. the CIA and its allies, specifically “told us” to “send weapons to [Islamist fighters in] Yabroud” and therefore “we sent a lot of weapons there.”

Anne Bernard however thought only to describe all of this as the rebels having “joined in tactical alliances to different degrees.”

This, in turn, is said to be a “political conundrum” since “Mr. Assad and his allies argue that that makes all rebels legitimate targets.”

In the world of the NYT, the fact that the US and the CIA are supporting al-Qaeda, arming and funding fighters that fight alongside them and pass weapons to them, thus actively committing treason by providing material support to US-designated terrorists organizations, is not something of much note or something that necessitates further investigation to get to the bottom of. Even if such collaborations were only “tactical alliances to different degrees”, this should be headline news. Instead, Assad and Russia are made out to be the irrational ones, arguing that they have a right to strike US-backed rebels operating under license from and in support of al-Qaeda within an al-Qaeda dominated insurgency.

Yes, of course they are the crazy ones, and not us for openly supporting rebels that make up al-Qaeda’s ranks.

And despite this ubiquitous narrative of “Russia and Assad are targeting the moderates”, the NYT informs us that in reality Russia has attempted to alleviate US concerns by “challenging Washington to provide the coordinates for the groups it supports to prevent them from being attacked.” So far, however, the US has refused.

And it’s easy to see why, if they complied it would expose the fact that in effect the US-sponsored groups operate mainly as weapons conduits for the al-Qaeda rebels winning the battles. This allegation is so strong in fact that it was enough for the UK courts to drop multiple cases against individuals they attempted to prosecute for aiding terrorist organizations, the defendants arguing that if they were guilty so was the UK. In addition, classified US intelligence reports which detail how most of the CIA arms shipments were going to “hard-line Islamic jihadists” was reported by the NYT itself back in 2012. Further, in 2014 none other than Vice President Biden said that “there was no moderate middle” that the US was supporting since “the moderate middle are made up of shopkeepers, not soldiers,” and instead “the people who were being supplied were al-Nusra and al-Qaeda and the extremist elements of jihadis coming from other parts of the world.”(2)

This non-controversial, easily-accessible information is however spared from the informed readers of the NYT.

Furthermore, one of the biggest pieces of recent news wasn’t even reported in the NYT piece.

Just a few days ago Kurdish forces in the district of Sheikh-Maqsood near Aleppo claimed that they werestruck by chemical weapons that were launched at them from the Turkish-backed al-Qaeda rebels. They go on to directly accuse Turkey of supplying the chemical weapons. This claim is not at all far-fetched, as recently a Turkish MP has come out with various forms of evidence linking Turkish authorities to aiding the smuggling of sarin precursors into Syria prior to the 2013 attacks. So while the Western media, as theformer British ambassador Craig Murray notes, fakes allegations of chemical weapons attacks by Assad it specifically refuses to cover when rebels backed by the West use similar chemical weapons against the Kurds.

Lastly, the Anne Bernard report correctly notes that, “There is no clear count of [ceasefire] violations, though various parties are trying to keep track.” However, it is interesting the note the few examples that she did include; all of the so-called government violations were within or on the borders of Idlib Province. It just so happens that Idlib is completely dominated by al-Qaeda, and al-Qaeda is not included in the ceasefire.

Also to note is the fact that multiple instances of “insurgent” violations were shellings and sniper attacks against the besieged towns of Foua and Kafarya. Kafarya and Foua are towns that have been under brutal siege by al-Qaeda and US-backed “moderate” rebels, and have been besieged for many months prior to the beginning of the highly publicized government siege of Madaya. Residents there are suffering from starvation, a lack of adequate food and water supplies, a severe shortage of fuel, electricity, and badly needed medicine. Despite some recent aid deliveries, as with Madaya it is not enough, and on top of all of it the civilian population areconstantly subjected to deadly attack by the rebels in the form of unrelenting rocket shellings, suicide bombings against civilians, and murderous sniper attacks. Apparently they are “unworthy victims”,(3) as the paper doesn’t even attempt to provide context for their plight, nor explain, let alone show outrage, over the fact that the Western-backed opposition is constantly attacking the trapped civilians, not even relenting during the ceasefire. Instead it is just reported in passing that “Insurgent snipers attacked the besieged towns of Fouaa and Kfarya, killing at least one person and injuring several,” and “Islamist insurgents shelled a village near Fouaa.”

One wonders how different the report would look if Assad or Russia had been indiscriminately shelling and sniping off trapped civilians in Madaya.

The New York Times, and its chief Syria reporter Anne Bernard, continually fail to in their journalistic duties. Instead they have served to mobilize support for the government and the powerful societal interests that control and finance them.(4)

If we even had a pretention of living in a society with a semblance of a free press these kinds of basic facts would be readily reported to the American public.

Instead, the NYT continues to mislead and deceive.

Notes:

1.) “… [2014] the Syrian military opposition is dominated by ISIS and by Jabhat al-Nusra, the official al-Qaeda representative, in addition to other extreme jihadi groups. In reality, there is no dividing wall between them and America’s supposedly moderate opposition allies.” Patrick Cockburn, “The Rise of ISIS”, The Rise of Islamic State: ISIS and the New Sunni Revolution (Brooklyn, NY, 2015), pg. 3. Print

2.) Ibid.

3.) Noam Chomsky, Edward S. Herman, “Worthy and Unworthy Victims”, Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media (New York, 2002), pg. 37-86. Print.

4.) Ibid, pg. xi.

 

Photo: ETONLINE

Michelle Obama knows how much we all loved that photo of Sasha fangirling over Ryan Reynolds.

ET caught up with the first lady during the White House's annual Easter Egg Roll on Monday and had to ask about the picture -- of her 14-year-old daughter meeting the Deadpool star while Malia, 17, gave her two thumbs up from the sidelines. Mrs. Obama has a simple explanation for it.

"Sister love," she told ET with a laugh.

Photo: Pete Souza/White House

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The starstruck encounter took place during the girls' first-ever State Dinner earlier this month, and their mom explained how Sasha and Malia ended up on the guest list.

"We generally don't include the girls. We tried to normalize their lives as much as possible," she said. "A lot of this stuff we do, they're like regular kids -- they're running in the opposite direction of what we do. They are not here now, they are running. They're trying to hang with their friends."

Sasha and Malia Obama Look All Grown Up at White House State Dinner Debut 

"But I realized that they hadn't been to a State Dinner," FLOTUS added. "I thought, when I look back on this time, when they are talking to their kids and they are like, 'Mom, did you ever go to a State Dinner?' and they say no, I would feel pretty bad about that. So, we thought, 'We're going to invite them to one.' And they got to do the big girl dress-up thing."

Now, the first family is looking ahead to life after the White House. And the first lady says that her main priority is making sure her girls feel settled.

"Making sure that Sasha is all settled in our new home," she told us. "Then [President Barack Obama and I] will start thinking about the work that we want to do, and we're going to keep doing the work that we started here in the White House."

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Michelle says those plans include continuing her work with military families and fighting to make sure all children get quality schooling.

"One of the things that I care a lot about is making sure that young girls and young people all over the world get access to a good education," she said. "Because we live in the United Sates, and we take for granted the fact that every kid here has access to a free education, but that's not true in a lot of parts of the world."

Photo: Getty Images

Her work with young children, especially, is what earned her the reputation as the most huggable first lady ever, which Michelle says is "the greatest gift" she has.

"I tell people all the time that gives me energy," she revealed. "I don't care what is happening or how tired I am before an event -- just getting a hug, it rejuvenates me. It re-energizes me. So, for the people I hug, I'm getting just as much, if not more, from them as they're getting from me. That's the best way to connect with people, especially with kids."

"Everything we do to kids, it sticks," she added. "Without words, [a hug] just expresses the gratitude, the love, the concern, without saying words. That I care, I care deeply, I care about people -- I care about our kids in this country and all over the world."

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All of which is very commendable, but after eight years in the White House, she definitely deserves a bit of R&R.

"I am going to take a break too. I might go to a spa," the first lady said. "I might do that for a couple of days, but don't tell the president because he's not invited."

Michelle recently dropped her first single -- an inspirational track called "This Is for My Girls." The song features vocals by Kelly Clarkson, Missy Elliott and more. Take a listen in the below video.

source: ET

Photo: Getty Images

Sean 'Diddy' Combs is giving back to his hometown in a big way.

The media mogul announced on Monday that Capital Preparatory Harlem Charter School, a free public school offering year-round, college preparatory education, will open in the fall.

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The school, founded by Combs, will be overseen by Capital Prep leader Dr. Steve Perry, who founded Capital Prep Magnet School in Hartford, Connecticut, in 2005. Florida-based educator Danita Jones has been tapped as the principal of the new charter school.

The school is at least five years in the making, as Combs began meeting privately with community leaders and education experts in 2011 to discuss plans of expanding educational opportunities for young men and women in Harlem.

The deadline to apply for the upcoming school year is April 1, according to the Capital Prep Harlem website, and the school will include grades 6-12.

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Combs, a New York native, was born in Harlem and raised just over the border of the Bronx in Mount Vernon. He made headlines last year when he was named the top hip-hop earner of 2015 by Forbes. He reportedly pulled in $60 million thanks to his music and investments like Ciroc vodka, RevoltTV and his Sean John clothing line. 


source: ET

Justin Bieber, Selena GomezJustin Bieber, Selena GomezGetty Images; AKM-GSI

Justin Bieber was about to go all out to win Selena Gomez back again...but something made him cancel all his plans.

Sources tell E! News exclusively that the 22-year-old singer had planned to surprise his former girlfriend after she attended his Los Angeles Purpose World Tour concert on Wednesday.

"Justin wanted to rent out the Staples Center after his concert to do a repeat date night screening of Titanic for Selena because he is trying to get back with her," the insider tells us.

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Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez

However, things didn't go as planned and Bieber ended up "calling it off."

"I don't know why he didn't go through with it, and I also don't know if he ever even told Selena about his plan, but I do know he is really obviously trying to date her again," the source explains. "He wanted to do something big and extravagant for her like this and had been making arrangements for the movie date before his concert even started."

However, another insider says Justin's mood was "off" the entire day leading up to the big night.

Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez

"He cancelled his meet and greet that fans paid $2000 for," the source notes. "During his concert between songs, he was alluding to the fact that he wasn't happy to be there. At one point during the concert he was just lying on the stage not singing, just letting the track run."

We're told he actually ended up leaving the concert 20 minutes early with Selena, forcing Skrillex to close the show by himself.

So what exactly went down between the pair? "The speculation is that an argument had taken place between the two before the show since he cancelled the date plans," says the source, who adds, "Something had shifted Bieber's mood completely."

WATCH: Selena and Justin's Throwback Kiss Gets Emojified

Selena Gomez, Justin BieberInstagram

Meanwhile, all of this Jelena news has really been causing quite the stir for fans of the famous couple.

Last week, Bieber shared a cryptic throwback photo of him kissing his ex-girlfriend with the simple caption, "feels." Then, two days later, SelGo ended up attendingBieber's L.A. concert.

We're told she had an amazing time watching him perform and hanging out with him in his dressing room after the show.

"[Selena and Justin] looked genuinely comfortable together," an onlooker revealed to us. "They both looked really happy."

Despite what it looks like to the public however, another insider promises, "There is nothing romantic going. They are not dating."

source: E Online

Katt Williams Snuffs A Kid, 50 Cent’s “Power” Netflix-Bound, Beyoncé’s Cousin Pics Are Lit?

Working Wednesday. We’re putting in a ton of work, work, work SOHH why not get things going with Katt Williams snuffing a kid? Speaking of craziness, are you ready for 50 Cent‘s “Power” to hit Netflix? With superstars on your mind, is Beyoncé’scousin the new ‘it’ woman? All this coming up in SOHH Whatcha Think.

1. Katt Fight

For Katt Williams being such a smart person, he really seems to make a lot of dumb moves. Sorry, Katt, but it’s almost impossible not to see him in some kind of trouble.The Shade Room Inc. is on it:

What’s worse – the fact Katt Williams struck first or that the kid had him beat the rest of the way? Is there any logic to this? Is this a low point in Katt’s career?

2. Power Struggle

Is there any question “Power” is in a class all by itself? The crazy thing is the show doesn’t need 50 Cent to be successful, it’s great on its own. It’s popularity has even landed it on Netflix. 50 Cent’s Instagram is on it:

Are you going to watch it all? Is binge-watching the new way to watch everything? Anyone else notice this comes on Netflix a day after “Empire” premieres?


3. Bootyliscious Ties

Is there any doubting Beyoncé’s cousin has everyone won over this week? Kristin Douglas is beautiful and she should be. A simple look at her Instagram page shows she’s been looking this gorgeous for a very long time. Kristin Douglas’ Instagram has the proof:

Anyone else following her now? Could Kristin give Bey a run for her money? Are you obsessed with her now? 

That about wraps it up for today. This is SOHH On The Spot giving you the morning scoop from your favorite gossip sites.

just as we were building a nice momentum against "white monopoly capital" and putting nice pressure and exposure of the ANC and how it has failed black people in service of white capital and white supremacy. just as we were calling for decolonisation as essentially a land question which means ALL STOLEN LAND MUST BE RETURNED. At this very moment, the white global system located in London sensed danger and moved to develop a strategy to divert attention away from the black rage which would have swept away both the anc (as the body guard) and its masters (white capital). they thought about a plan and landed on the Guptas who were begginning to irritate them anyway with encroaching into their territory(SA wealth). white capital strategists remembered that in SA they have already ensured xenophobia and apartheid has already created a troubled hierarchy which puts the "Indian" second after the whites, well not like immediate second but at least they could sell in markets where they could rob the native a little bit and the native hated the indian more than they hated the whites who put the indian ahead of the native in the hierachy. so there was a real anti indian sentiment that could be mobilised with a little bit of help from a political party that was willing in exchange of pounts to go to the gutter and call for "Guptas Must Go!". once such a move is on, the whole SA private owned media shall provide cover and justification that would magnify the sins of the Guptas whilst minimizing to non existence the evils of white capital. in this situation, with angry masses sufficiently winded against the Guptas and Zuma, a regime change would be engineered with a pliable servants like Ramaphosa, who would take over to re-establish the ANC as a party of Western Imperialism. Zuma's flirtations with the East(Russia, India and China) is contaminating the hold of empire on the ANC. so he has to go, but the anc must stay and continue to do its work of protecting white capital. so what has happened here is a hijack. Rupert and co have hijacked our legitimate fight against the anc and turned it into a fight for the reconstitution of white power under the narrative of "state capture". speaking correctly, we should say the SA resistance is captured! when you shout down with the guptas, you are at the same time saying up with the Ruperts. this is now as clear as day light after Johan Rupert himself came out and called for Zuma to go! this means we have to pause and re think because our original idea has been hijacked. what we must refuse to to do is to pursue an imperialist agenda under the guise of fighting corruption.... lets think its a good thing to do.... happy easter sunday!
A post by Andile Mngxithane on Facebook 



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