Mafikizolo, Mlindo the Vocalist cancel Zimbabwe shows over xenophobia attacks

Mafikizolo, Mlindo the Vocalist cancel Zimbabwe shows over xenophobia attacks 1

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Mafikizolo announced the cancellation of a weekend gig in Harare after an internet campaign to boycott the show gathered momentum in response to ongoing attacks on foreigners in South Africa. Nhlanhla Nciza and Theo Kgosinkwe, the Mafikizolo duo, recorded a video message for fans on Wednesday announcing that the gig was off. Pop sensation Mlindo the Vocalist, who was also on the bill, took to Twitter to say he feared for his life. “We would like to say to all our fans in Zimbabwe that the…

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Babes Wodumo says she was hacked after incendiary xenophobic comments

Babes Wodumo says she was hacked after incendiary xenophobic comments 3

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – South African superstar Babes Wodumo on Tuesday claimed she had been hacked after incendiary xenophobic comments were posted on her Twitter account. The Durban-based Wololo singer used her Instagram account to distance herself from the anti-foreigner sentiments expressed on Twitter. “Guys this is not me,” she said on Instagram, attaching a screen shot of a message she purportedly sent out on Twitter. “This he/she, mina angisazi lomuntu ufunani (I don’t know what this person wants).” A series of xenophobic messages were posted on Babes Wodumo’s official…

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‘ED Pfee’ singer Admire Sanyanga in court over housemaid rape

‘ED Pfee’ singer Admire Sanyanga in court over housemaid rape 6

HARARE – A musician who rose to fame after composing a praise song for President Emmerson Mnangagwa was charged with rape on Wednesday. Admire Sanyanga, 32, was hauled before Harare magistrate, Rumbidzai Mugwagwa who advised him to apply for bail at the High Court. Sanyanga allegedly raped an 18-year-old housemaid who was employed at a Waterfalls home where he was receiving spiritual healing. Known as Chief Shumbs, the ‘ED Pfee’ singer pleaded not guilty to the charge. The incident allegedly occurred on July 30, 2019, at around 1PM. It is…

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Comedian Gonyeti ‘severely beaten’ after abduction by armed and masked men

Comedian Gonyeti ‘severely beaten’ after abduction by armed and masked men 8

HARARE – Comedian Samantha Kureya, popularly known as Gonyeti, was abducted by masked men from her home on Wednesday night, badly beaten and dumped, a media rights group said. The Media Institute for Southern Africa (MISA) said Gonyeti had been located in Crowbrough North in Harare early Thursday and had been taken to Marimba Police Station. “Unfortunately, she was severely beaten and the extent of injuries is yet to be ascertained. This unwarranted and illegal abduction is just shameful and totally uncalled for,” MISA said. Last week, rights groups and…

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Mnangagwa ‘love rival’ and former broadcaster Godfrey Majonga dies

Mnangagwa ‘love rival’ and former broadcaster Godfrey Majonga dies 10

HARARE – Veteran broadcaster and charity worker Godfrey Majonga has died. Majonga succumbed to a chest infection at his home in Eastlea, Harare, on Monday evening, his family said. He was 62. Majonga was permanently disabled after he was pushed from the second floor of a high-rise building in 1988. Former President Robert Mugabe told a rally in 2017 that he had been given information that his then deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa, now the president, had given Majonga the choice of sitting on a hot stove or jumping from the window…

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Nightclub assault minister’s daughter disowns police statement, says father wrote it

Nightclub assault minister’s daughter disowns police statement, says father wrote it 12

HARARE – Health minister Obadiah Moyo filed a police report and went on to write a statement on behalf of his daughter after she was allegedly assaulted by her boyfriend, a court heard on Thursday. Moyo’s daughter, Ashleigh, was left unconscious after the July 26 incident at the popular nightclub, Pabloz. Her boyfriend Godfrey Utsiwegota, 21, is on trial for assault. But appearing before Harare magistrate Learnmore Mapiye on Thursday, Ashleigh recanted her earlier testimony, this time testifying that she never reported a case of assault. “It’s my father who…

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Comedian Baba Tencen arrested on forgery, immigration offences in SA

Comedian Baba Tencen arrested on forgery, immigration offences in SA 14

HARARE – The comedian Baba Tencen was arrested by South African police for forgery and immigration offences. A video posted online on Sunday showed the comedian, whose real name is Pepukai Zvemhari, being led away by police officers following a confrontation with a group of Zimbabweans. It is not apparent in the video where the incident took place, although it has been claimed on social media that it was in the town of Springs, 50km east of Johannesburg. In the video posted on Facebook and Twitter, Baba Tencen is accused…

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Police involved after Tytan announces split from Olinda

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HARARE – Celebrity couple Olinda Chapel and Tytan Skhokho have split. Singer Tytan, whose real name is Njabulo Nkomo, announced the separation in a statement. “Our relationship has sadly ended due to a catalogue of events that took place in July 2019. I will be able to talk fully… after the completion of police investigations and various legal proceedings,” Tytan said in the statement released on Tuesday. The couple married in the United Kingdom in March last year. But last month, social media star Olinda claimed that 22-year-old Tytan had…

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Lira announces split from husband of 9 years and manager

Lira announces split from husband of 9 years and manager 18

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – South African superstar Lira has announced she has split from Robin Kohl, her manager and husband of nine years. In an Instagram post on Saturday, the singer expressed “great sadness” to confirm the split, which has been rumoured since March this year. “It is with great sadness that I announce my separation from my husband of many years, Mr Robin Kohl,” she said. “Robin and I are currently living apart and are in the process of deciding the future of our marriage. We have had a…

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Mampintsha off the hook after Babes Wodumo withdraws assault charges

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DURBAN, South Africa – Kwaito star Mandla ‘Mampintsha’ Maphumulo is off the hook after her girlfriend Bonekile ‘Babes Wodumo’ Simelane dropped assault charges against him. Mapintsha, a member of the kwaito group Big Nuz, was arrested in March after Babes Wodumo, the star behind the hit song ‘Wololo’, secretly filed him assaulting her on Instagram Live. But Natasha Kara, the spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority in KwaZulu-Natal, said the charges were dropped on Thursday after the two musicians underwent a successful alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process. This was after…

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