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Zuma At State Capture Inquiry: I Have Been Vilified, Called Corrupt For Over A Decade Former President Jacob Zuma on Monday said that for a decade, he has been called the king of corruption.Zuma was testifying at the state capture commission in
'Zuma At State Capture Inquiry: I Have Been Vilified, Called Corrupt For Over A Decade Former President Jacob Zuma on Monday said that for a decade, he has been called the king of corruption.Zuma was testifying at the state capture commission in Parktown on Monday morning.Prior to his testimony, Chief Justice Zondo highlighted that Zuma would be addressing a number of issues he has been implicated in.Zondo laid down the law as Zuma appeared before the state capture commission.In his opening remarks, Zondo told the commission that while they intended to treat everyone who appears before the inquiry with courtesy, they would be firm where firmness is required.JacobZuma: Attempts To Assassinate My Character Started In The 90s Former President Jacob Zuma on Monday said there have been attempts to drive him to disappear.Testifying at the state capture commission on Monday, Zuma was answering to some of the major controversial claims of corruption levied against him.Jacob Zuma has been named as a key figure in a number of scandals that have played out over some years including his alleged close links to the controversial Gupta family.He also spoke about the reinstated charges relating to the arms deal, saying: “Clearly, that indicated the implementation of that particular plan and conspiracy.” Zuma:I Have Never Done Anything Unlawful With The Guptas Former President Jacob Zuma on Monday said his relationship with the Gupta family was nothing more than just being friends.He was clarifying his relationship with the controversial Gupta family .  Zuma has been named as a key figure in a number of scandals that have played out over some years as a result of his alleged close links to the family.He said he first met the family while he was still deputy president by former Minister in the Presidency Essop Pahad. “I found them to be a very friendly family.They knew a lot of comrades.I got to know that in fact, they were close with Nelson Mandela.When Mandela was gone, they were friends with Thabo Mbeki. “I’ve never done anything unlawful with them.They just remained friends,” he said.He said he did not understand why people had a problem with the relationship he had with the family, but not with the previous presidents.Zuma:I May Or May Not Have Asked GCIS To Help Guptas With Media Launches Former President Jacob Zuma on Monday said on Monday he had nothing to do with the Gupta family receiving government funding to launch its newspaper and television channel.Zuma was testifying at the state capture inquiry on Monday on allegations of corruption levied against him.Last year, Maseko testified before the commission, telling it how in 2010, on his way to a meeting with Ajay Gupta, Zuma called Maseko to help them.Jacob Zuma’s Lawyer Accuses State CaptureCommission Of Being Condescending, Unfair Former President Jacob Zuma’s lawyers have slammed the State Capture Commission for being unfair towards the former president , accusing it of condescension and wanting to treat him as an accused.The former president has taken the stand at the inquiry on Monday morning after several witnesses accused him of being central to state capture.Zuma’s lawyers advocate Muzi Sikhakhane told the commission it was unfair of it to refuse to send Zuma questions in advance as his lawyers would have prepared him accordingly.Police Minister Bheki Cele: Crime Summit ResolutionsTo Be Implemented Quickly Police Minister Bheki Cele said that the resolutions taken at this weekend’s crime summit in Paarl would be implemented with speed . Cele and several other ministers attended the summit amid rampant violence and murders on the Cape Flats.Police have identified five core issues they would immediately tackle to stabilise gang-infested communities.SABCDenies Reports Of Planned Job Cuts The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is appealing to the public to allow for the process of funding to be finalised and not to create panic and uncertainty among staff.On Sunday, the  Sunday Times  reported that the cash-strapped public broadcaster plans on cutting its staff by 33% as part of its turnaround strategy.The paper also claimed the SABC was hoping to save R279 million a year and close down five regional offices.The SABC’s Vuyo Mthembu said this was not true.Masutha’s Decision To Extradite Mozambique’sChang Doesn’t Mean He Erred – Lamola The Justice Department on Saturday said its application to review former Minister Michael Masutha’s decision to extradite Mozambique’s Manuel Chang does not mean he made a mistake.Instead, the department said Masutha could have arrived at a different decision if he had the information that is now available.It’s been found the former finance minister of Mozambique had immunity when the extradition process against him was started.Winde: 43 Murders Recorded In CT Metro Over TheWeekend Western Cape Premier Alan Winde said 43 murders were recorded in the Cape Town metro between Friday night and Monday morning.Of the 43 people murdered, 25 were shot and 12 were stabbed.The deployment of the South African Defence Force to Cape Town was delayed.South African Police Service officers conducted operations on Thursday night in areas including Philippi, Steenberg and Delft.Winde said he welcomed the total of 143 arrests that were made and the confiscation of guns and drugs.What To Look Out For SANDFTo Guard Parameters Of CT Communities During Raids There was strict security protocol around how many soldiers would be deployed to fight gangs in Cape Town.Police Minister Bheki Cele announced the roll-out last week , following approval by the president on the back of calls from communities and some opposition parties.The military started arriving in the city on Friday following months of escalated violence in several Cape Town communities.The police ministry said almost 4,000 people were murdered in the Western Cape in the 2018/2019 period.SANDF’s brigadier general Mafi Mgobozi explained this weekend soldiers were prepared for the mission. . 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Queen Elizabeth felicitates England after World Cup glory

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LONDON: Queen Elizabeth her felicitations to England’s World Cup victors after their unimaginable triumph against New Zealand on Sunday’s spine-chiller. Britain won the World Cup just because by scoring a bigger number of limits than New Zealand
'LONDON: Queen Elizabeth her felicitations to England’s World Cup victors after their unimaginable triumph against New Zealand on Sunday’s spine-chiller. Britain won the World Cup just because by scoring a biggernumber of limits than New Zealand after both the guideline coordinate and anuncommon Super Over completed tied at Lord’s, starting wild scenes of festivityat the home of cricket. The Queen tweeted: “Sovereign Philip and I send our hottest congrats to the England Men’s Cricket group after such an exciting triumph in this day and age Cup last.” A message from Her Majesty The Queen: “Prince Philip and I send our warmest congratulations to the England Men’s Cricket team after such a thrilling victory in today’s World Cup Final.” (1/2) #CricketWorldCup pic.twitter.com/FEKsFFe40s — The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) July 14, 2019 In another tweet, the ruler praised the other participantsNew Zealand, saying: “I likewise stretch out my sympathies to New Zealand,who contended so honorably in the present challenge and all through thecompetition.” The Queen: “I also extend my commiserations to the runners-up New Zealand, who competed so admirably in today’s contest and throughout the tournament.” (2/2) #CricketWorldCup — The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) July 14, 2019 England’s Royal Mail postal administration declared it wouldcheck both the World Cup win and England’s triumph at the 2017 Women’s WorldCup with a progression of uncommon stamps. The Royal Mail will likewise improve 15 post boxes in whitewith an adapted gold cricket bat, ball and bat to make the accomplishment ofboth England groups at the host grounds and in areas of significance to men’scommander Eoin Morgan and 2017 ladies’ captain Heather Knight. The paintwork will be set up for a quarter of a year andwill be supplemented by perpetual gold plaques.'

Africa Top10 Lifestyle & Travel News

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Beyonce Enlists African Artists and Producers for ‘The Lion King: The Gift’ Album     In connection with the release of Disney’s much-anticipated ‘Lion King’ film, Beyonce has curated an album heavily influenced by the sounds of Africa and including
'Beyonce Enlists African Artists and Producers for ‘The Lion King: The Gift’ Album     In connection with the release of Disney’s much-anticipated ‘Lion King’ film, Beyonce has curated an album heavily influenced by the sounds of Africa and including numerous African artists.Spirit, is part of The Lion King: The Gift album produced by the American star, and will be used as a soundtrack to Disney’s new version of the classic movie Lion King.The song’s intro features words in Kiswahili, that are saluting the king.The album which is set to be released on July 19, the date of the global release of the film, will feature the work of several African producers, according to Beyonce. ‘‘It was important that the music was not only performed by the most interesting and talented artists but also produced by the best African producers.Authenticity and heart were important to me.This love letter to Africa highlights the setting of the film, rooted in African culture and wondrous narratives, steeped in African influences from various corners of the continent, with unexpected collaborations, pulsating rhythms and crisp production that celebrate the African diaspora.”   SOURCES:  OKAYAFRICA Max-Gordon Stoffberg on Community Empowerment and Creativity In an effort to empower creatives in South Africa’s Cape Flats, Max-Gordon Stoffberg founded Question Mark Kaffy, an online platform for artists to network and showcase their work.Stoffberg was first inspired to start Question Mark Kaffy after he collaborated with co-founder Zen on a book, called Inner Child/grownUp World.According to Stoffberg, the book deals with overcoming circumstance through self-discovery.The book sparked the idea for what the website is now. “Promoting togetherness is what Question Mark Kaffy is about. “It’s about interconnectedness and about us as South Africans coming together,” he says.Most of the people who visit the website are students from various universities in Cape Town and specifically from the art departments.But Stoffberg and Zen also want to bridge that gap between privileged students and those who don’t have access to schooling.SOURCES:  DESIGN INDABA African Priests Are Now the Future of the Catholic Church in America While Catholicism has had its setbacks in the US, it continues to grow significantly across Africa.Thanks to an influx of Africans to the priesthood, they are also becoming the new face of the church in America.The number of American-born priests has dropped dramatically in the course of the last 50 years, and foreign born priests are increasingly becoming an important part of the fabric of the Catholic church in America.Catholicism is growing faster in Africa than in any region in the world.In 1910, there were approximately 1 million Catholics in Africa.Today the continent is home to more than 170 million Catholics or 16% of the faith, according to the Pew Research Center.There are already more Christians in Africa than any other continent and by 2060 six of the countries with the top ten largest Christian populations will be in Africa, up from three in 2015.SOURCES:  QUARTZ AFRICA Dr.Senit Mario: Promoting the Colors of Ethiopia Through Fashion  Balancing her work as a sociologist, Dr.Senit Mario works to promote Ethiopia via her colorful fashion collections.Born and raised in Wolaita, Sodo in southern Ethiopia, she left Ethiopia ten years ago and lived in Kenya and Uganda before finally settling in Rome, Italy, where she currently lives.Dr Senait’s hard works in fashion and humanitarian areas have earned her international wards.In 2016, she was awarded the top 40 women of Africa in MICE award in Ghana; in 2017 she was named UN Peace Ambassador; and this year she was bestowed with an Honorary Doctorate degree from Nigeria for her works in promoting African culture.Her recent fashion show was staged in her hometown in Wolaita, Sodo.Dubbed “Peace Fashion Show”, it featured the works of eight different Ethiopian fashion designers.SOURCES:  ADDIS STANDARD Lakin Ogunbanwo’s Series Captures Nigerian Weddings   Ogunbanwo, who is from Lagos, says through this series, which means “come look at me,” the photographer reflects on the nuance of identity — that of the brides and his home country.The exhibit was recently on view at the Whatiftheworld gallery in Cape Town.Weddings in Nigeria have swelled into a thriving industry, with massive guest lists and color-coordinated wedding parties.A wedding is “very loud, very grand, and it’s a huge celebration,” where families and communities come together, Ogunbanwo said.Often there are two ceremonies, one with more traditional attire and ceremonies, and another more akin to Western nuptials.Ogunbanwo points out that all of the ceremonial pomp reinforces an expectation of femininity, one that supersedes the brides’ individuality.And while the women in Ogunbanwo’s portraits are feminine, they are also self-possessed, idiosyncratic, and queenly.The photographer looked to Renaissance-era paintings of royal women for inspiration in mood, gesture, and lighting.SOURCES:  CNN Ghana Reaches Out to Descendants of Slaves in ‘Year of Return’ Campaign As part of a new marketing campaign, Ghana is aiming to promote tourism and investment by encouraging members of the diaspora to return home.In the year that marks 400 years since the first enslaved Africans were forcibly taken abroad, Ghana – one of their key departure hubs on the continent – is calling their descendants home to visit, live, and invest.As part of the year-long campaign, 200 African-American and African-Caribbean people who live in Ghana will be granted citizenship.One big-name recent returnee is wrestling champion Kofi Kingston, the first African-born wrestler to win the World Wrestling Entertainment’s (WWE) top prize.Kingston was born in Kumasi, in Ghana’s Ashanti region and moved to the US at age two.He came home in May 2019, accompanied by his mother.SOURCES:  DEUTSCHE WELLE Top Lesser Known Safari Parks In Africa With scenic landscapes, amazing culture, delightful cuisines, and an abundance of wildlife, Africa is a destination that will surely amaze and inspire any visitor.The more popular safari destinations like the Serengeti in Tanzania, Masai Mara in Kenya, and the Kruger Park in South Africa continue to enjoy an influx of visitors from all over the world every year.A true testament to their grandeur and greatness.But what about the lesser known parks across Africa?They are also worth visiting in their own right and can provide a unique experience that makes you appreciate the majesty of the African continent even more.Tanzania’s Lake Manyara National Park, Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia offer great views of the African plains and wildlife.SOURCES:  AFRICA.COM The Other Side of Marrakesh Marrakesh is a city that fizzes with life, where the default-blue of the sky sings against peach-gold architecture.Whether it’s your first visit or your 15th, the technicolor souqs and the street theatrics of Djemaa El Fna, the city’s main square that’s perpetually filled with movement no matter the time of day, exert a magnetic pull.But there are many other surprises to discover in this mysterious, magical city, and nowhere else quite lends itself so much to happenstance, to getting lost in the tumult of the crowd, diving off into hidden alleyways and uncovering the unexpected.SOURCES:  LONELY PLANET Travel Company Turns Phrase “Go back to Africa” on its Head According to social media analytics platform NetBase, the phrase is used over 4500 times a month online, usually in a derogatory manner.However, the a multi-platform travel company Black & Abroad, dedicated to world experiences for the modern black traveler decided to flip this on its head.Partnered with data-driven creative agency FCB/SIX, it hijacks the phrase and blacks-out hate-fueled Twitter posts and reframes them with images showing the diversity of all 54 African countries.The Google vision fueled system also scans faces for people of color encouraging others to browse through countries and see black travelers vacationing across Africa.SOURCES:  AFRICA NEWS The Wavescape Surf and Ocean Festival is Ready to Hit the Durban Shore Of the 180 screenings at this year’s Durban International Film Festival, the Wavescape collective will comprise a cool 19 of those films and documentaries.Film titles worth looking out for include Can’t Steal Our Vibe, set in Cape Town and covering how surfing meets humanity; Emocean, described as a love-letter to the ocean; Satori Film, an introspective ‘big-wave’ drama about the surf industry; and Nordurland, about three friends who ride some remote waves in the stark Arctic Circle surfscape.This year the Wavescape festival will also be hosting Slide Night, an event that usually takes places around the end of the year, featuring informative talks and discussions on pressing matters such as science, sustainability, adventure, and activism.SOURCES:  GETAWAY . 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Lorcia Cooper joins the cast of The Queen: What we can expect from her character

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Lorcia Cooper joins the cast of The Queen as a complex, no-nonsense character. Here's what you can expect to see from the award-winning actress on the show.
'Award-winning actress Lorcia Cooper joins the cast of Mzansi Magic’s top-rated drama; The Queen . The Mitchell’s Plain born actress made her debut this week and plays a power-hungry drug dealer.  We have seen Cooper make strides in her acting career throughout the years; the most striking roles are certainly the “badass” personalities she embodies to the tee. South Africa has experienced her stellar performances as Tyson, a prison gangster on Lockdown , another highly-rated South African television drama .  Lorcia Cooper joins the cast of The Queen as Cordelia Her new character Cordelia on The Queen will surely make waves, as she enters the show being a foe to the biggest drug dealer Harriet Khoza; a role brilliantly executed by Connie Ferguson. The gusty Cordelia comes in to take over Harriets drug-empire and makes more than a few changes to the existing cocaine cartel. She took her enthusiasm to Instagram: Lorcia Cooper is now an award-winning actress Cooper has been in the industry for more than 20 years, she is a choreographer and actress that has been adored by her fans throughout her career.  From sultry Charmaine on Etv’s Backstage , to the infamous Tyson on Mzansi Magic’s Lockdown , She has played many different roles and made career moves. But she is still personified by the two fan-favourite roles she has played on South African television.  At this years’ South African Film and Television Awards, she took home an award for best-supporting actress for her role as Tyson. In her acceptance speech, she fought her way through the tears as she mentioned her 20 years in the industry and how this is the first award she has been recognized for. Hopefully, her new role of Cordelia will set her up to bag more awards and add more victories to her career as a South African actress.'

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle attend Polo match with their kids [photos]

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The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day turned into a family affair when Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle showed up to support their husbands.
'As the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex recently took part in King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at the Billingbear Polo Club in Berkshire for the Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Memorial Polo Trophy, their wives and respective children all attended the match to show their support. WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND – JULY 10: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor and Prince George of Cambridge attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage) Yes, Meghan Markle and baby Archie was there to cheer on Prince Harry while Kate Middleton, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and their youngest, Prince Louis was there to cheer on Prince William. Prince Harry and Prince William participated in competing teams while their families looked on: Today The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex are taking part in the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day for the Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Memorial Polo Trophy. The charity match is helping raise funds and awareness for charities supported by Their Royal Highnesses. pic.twitter.com/9ziCa0pN9G — Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) July 10, 2019 It is reported that the charity match raised vital funds and awareness for charities supported by Prince Harry and Prince William. These organisations includes African Parks, The Invictus Games Foundation and The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (among others). According to Kensington Palace’s Twitter page , the event eventually raised one million pounds for fifteen benefitting charities. WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND – JULY 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Louis, Prince George and Princess Charlotte attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage) Earlier this month, Meghan and Harry’s two-month-old son (full name royal baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor) was christened at Windsor Castle. Other than Archie’s parents, only four members of the Royal family attended – Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, as well as Prince William and Kate. Meghan and Harry later released photos of the special day on their official Instagram account: @RoyalFamily/Photographer: Chris Allerton @AllertonPhoto] Also read : It’s official: Prince Harry and Meghan are coming to SA in 2019 – here are the details'

Beyonce takes Twitter ‘to church and Africa’ with new Lion King single ‘Spirit’

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'Next week, The Lion King ‘s live-action remake will premiere globally along with an album curated by Beyonce and “steeped in the sounds of Africa”, Disney revealed in a tweet on Tuesday. “‘Spirit’, the single from the album & soundtrack for The Lion King , will be available tonight,” the company also noted. “The Lion King: The Gift,” an album featuring global artists & steeped in the sounds of Africa, produced & curated by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, will release 7/19. “Spirit,” the single from the album & soundtrack for The Lion King, will be available tonight. https://t.co/XxgZEz8JS2 pic.twitter.com/xuREjTCqlS — Disney (@Disney) July 9, 2019 The news that Beyonce was releasing new music spread like wildfire online, and #Spirit trended as soon as fans got their first taste of the album.Beyoncé took us to church and Africa.What an anointed Queen #Spirit pic.twitter.com/gZvcCcgV3V — Joshua Chenault (@joshuachenault1) July 10, 2019 THE KEY CHANGES.THE CHOIR.THE HIGH NOTES.WATCH THE HEAVENS OPEN BITCH!! #Spirit pic.twitter.com/sbjVwQOqbr — ethan (@thebeachb0y) July 10, 2019 Listening again for 100th time and DAMN Beyoncé, them vocals. #TheLionKing #Spirit pic.twitter.com/LD5ggpksPi — 𝙖𝙨𝙮𝙢𝙥𝙝𝙤𝙣𝙮. (@damonrcse) July 10, 2019 Beyoncé’s voice yet again proving time stands still for it & complimenting everything it touches. #TheLionKing #Spirit pic.twitter.com/Y3HYoFLLkI — 𝙖𝙨𝙮𝙢𝙥𝙝𝙤𝙣𝙮. (@damonrcse) July 10, 2019 the harmonies , the vocals , the runs , EVERYTHING . #spirit #Spirit #beyonce pic.twitter.com/TFLccGd6hi — Makalyn Santos (@SantosMakalyn) July 10, 2019 You can give the song a listen for yourself below.The Lion King and its album The Lion King: The Gift release simultaneously on 19 July 2019.Feature image: screenshot, Beyonce via YouTube . The post Beyonce takes Twitter ‘to church and Africa’ with new Lion King single ‘Spirit’ appeared first on Memeburn .'