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“Coolest monkey in the jungle;” H&M pays the price

Despite offering an equivocal apology, the South Africa-based clothing-retail company Hennes & Mauritz popularly known as H&M have seen their shop in Sandton destroyed and vandalized by a group of protesters from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) over what they deemed a racist advert of a model black boy wearing hoodie with the inscription “coolest monkey in the jungle.” (Watch video below).

By Charles Lotara



The opposition party which is flooded by young and ideologically vibrant youths took to their official twitter feed and deemed the destruction as “peaceful and orderly” as no property was either stolen or looted.

H&M, a Swedish multinational clothing-retail company known for its fast-fashion clothing for men, women, teenagers and children did not only witness fierce threats from local celebrities but also lost partnerships with a number of them.

Meanwhile, Terry Mango, the mother of the model black boy labeled H&M critics crying wolf,’ and told them to ‘get over it’, a remark which was merely a pie in the air to the maroon boys.

Watch the video below

ZIFA to honour Mnangagwa’s presidency

By Own Correspondent

HARARE (ZIMBABWE)- The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) is set to organize a celebratory international friendly match to show honour to the historic assumption of office by President Emerson Mnangagwa, the ZIFA chairman for Eastern Region Nobioth Magwizi confirmed the development.

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ZIFA President Phillip Chiangwa

Magwizi said, the match which will be played between the men’s senior soccer team of Zimbabwe and Zambia is scheduled for 23rd December, 2017 at the National Sports Stadium in Harare adding that, Zimbabwe and South Africa’s football legends will provide a pre-match entertainment as a curtain raiser on the same day.

According to a press statement issued by the ZIFA’s national office last week, sport in general and football in particular is a proven catalyst for unity, peace and social cohesion.

“As the custodians of the nation’s most popular sport code, ZIFA duly appreciates the sincere call by His Excellency for every citizen regardless of political orientation, tribe, gender, colour or creed to positively contribute towards the building of our nation.”

“We are confident that the new start that the nation has been granted in the hands of His Excellency Cde Mnangagwa will lead not only to the revival but flourishing success of sport. ZIFA once again takes this opportunity to congratulate Cde Mnangagwa on his elevation to the position of Head of State and government of Zimbabwe,” it added.

On a related story, Masvingo United has been promoted to Division One after beating Torkwe Mukosi 1-0 last week, ending their long stay out of the league.

Last year it was reported that the club was handed a two-year suspension by the regional football governing body for taking football matters to the courts of law but Magwizi who is the current ZIFA Chairman for Eastern Region downplayed the report and said, only an official was penalized.

Live updates: Mnangagwa inauguration

It is the dawn of a new political era.

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New Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa

An expectant populace and the world is glued to the television while some have thronged the National Sports Stadium to witness the inauguration into office of President-designate Emmerson Mnangagwa who is set to be sworn into office today (Friday).

12:06: Mnangagwa is inspecting the guard of honour. It is reported that he had invited Mugabe to inspect with him.

Yesterday we reported Mnangagwa as saying

“I urge all Zimbabweans to remain patient and peaceful and desist from any form of vengeful retribution. It is not in the spirit of Ubuntu/Unhu (humaneness) which characterises the nature of our people. Let us not, therefore, allow criminal elements bent on destabilising the peace and tranquillity prevailing in our country, by either settling political or social scores outside the ambit of the law,” he said in a statement released through the Office of the President and Cabinet.

To demonstrate his reconciliatory approach, Mnangagwa reportedly invited Mugabe and his wife, Grace, to be part of delegates at his inauguration ceremony at the National Sports Stadium. They both did not turn up.


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11:50: Police Commissioner General, Augustine Chihuri who was rumoured to have been arrested when the military took over pledges to serve at the President.

11:49: General Constantino Chiwenga takes to the podium amid cheers and swears his allegiance to the President of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa.

11:47: The security chiefs have saluted the new President

11:45: Mugabe was reportedly invited to the swearing in of his sidekick of 50 years who had turned enemy but he is not at the NSS


I Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa swear that as President of the Republic of Zimbabwe I will serve Zimbabwe and obey and defend the constitution of Zimbabwe, and that I will promote whatever will advance and oppose whatever may harm Zimbabwe.


Mnangagwa appends his signature. HE IS NOW THE PRESIDENT OF ZIMBABWE

11:34: Two weeks after being smuggled out of the country Mnangagwa is being sworn in by the new chief justice Luke Malaba, whom he brought in after amendments of the constitution recently. Mnangagwa was still Justice Minister then when he brought before Parliament the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment Bill (now an Act) which changed the manner in which the Chief Justice, deputy Chief Justice and Judge President of the High Court are appointed. Malaba came in as Chief Justice after he passed public interviews.

11:31: Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda says the ZDF has done a great thing to usher a new political dispensation in Zimbabwe

11:29: Watch live an SABC live streaming of the inauguration

11:28: Watch the sacking of Mnangagwa from Zanu PF a fortnight ago

11:26: Jah Prayzah’s plug track, Mudhara achauya belts and echoes in the stadium and Mnanangagwa smiles. The last time Mnangagwa’s face was shown on TV was when Grace, the wife of the former president was telling him that he will be fired.

11:07: This is a day nobody expected to witness in Zimbabwe. The robust applause that the President elect, Mnangagwa and his wife received from the crowd was usually reserved for Mugabe and Grace. It is a carnival atmosphere but the question in most people sitting in the stadium is whether the country will recover from a myriad of problems like respect of rule of law, corruption, cash shortages and service delivery that had collapsed.

11:02: Zambia President Edgar Lungu has arrived.

11:00: Not surprising is the presence of Mugabe’s biggest critic on the block, Botswana President Ian Khama who showed his happiness by dancing recently to the news that Zimbabwe was going to have a new presidency.

10:56: SADC is here in support of Mnangagwa’s presidency. In attendance are South Africa’s Siyabonga Cwele who is the Minister of Telecommunications.

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Zuma likens himself to Steve Biko

President Jacob Zuma used an analogy likening himself to Biko. 

PRETORIA – President Jacob Zuma has likened himself to Steve Biko, saying the Black Consciousness leader was hated by some, much like himself.


President Jacob Zuma lays a wreath at the prison cell at Kgosi Mapuru II Correctional Service Centre where liberation struggle hero Steve Bantu Biko died on 12 September 1977. Picture: GCIS.

President Jacob Zuma lays a wreath at the prison cell at Kgosi Mapuru II Correctional Service Centre where liberation struggle hero Steve Bantu Biko died on 12 September 1977. Picture: GCIS

The President commemorated the 40th anniversary of Biko’s murder on Tuesday by laying a wreath in his cell at the Kgosi Mampuru Correctional Centre.

Biko died at the then Pretoria Central Prison from injuries sustained while in police custody.

President Zuma used an analogy likening himself to Biko.

“We are still there some of us, hated as he was hated. At least he was hated and killed – it’s better with us we’re still hated and with words.”

The President seemed to suggest that he’s made peace with this hatred.

“But it is there; it is what we receive always from where we are, and so we’re not ashamed.”

The President told his supporters at his 75th birthday party earlier this year that he is used to being criticized and being called names, saying it doesn’t worry him anymore.

South Africa: Immunity, or Not, What is Happening With Grace Mugabe?

Cape Town — The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) has reportedly denied that Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe will be granted diplomatic immunity despite reports to the contrary.

Zimbabwe’s First Lady, Dr. Grace Mugabe

Despite the Dirco report, Reuters had quoted a government source saying the South African government is planning to grant diplomatic immunity to Mugabe, allowing her to return to Harare and avoid prosecution for the alleged assault of a 20-year-old model.

Gabriella Engels, who is accusing the first lady of attacking her at a Sandton hotel, also claims representatives of Mugabe offered a bribe as an out-of-court settlement but she rejected it, because “she’s not interested in money, only justice”, Lobby group AfriForum’s advocate Gerrie Nel said. AfriForum is willing to represent Engels in a private prosecution if the state fails, Nel said.

The scandal has become a diplomatic mess for South Africa’s government and Zimbabwe’s 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe, who arrived in the country a day earlier than scheduled for a regional SADC summit in South Africa’s capital, Johannesburg, apparently to deal with the crisis.

Meanwhile, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has reportedly instructed his office to keep a close watch on the country’s borders to prevent Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe leaving the country.

SA has been ‘hospitable’, South Sudan rebel leader Machar tells UN

Cape Town – South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar, who has been in South Africa since last year, has told the United Nations that the country’s government has been “hospitable”, but he wishes to be released “from confinement and detention”.

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Southern Sudan former Vice President Dr. Riek Machar (centre)

“My host here South Africa has been hospitable,” Machar said in a statement released on Wednesday after a teleconference with the UN security council.

According to reports the leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in-Opposition (SPLM-IO), arrived in South Africa late last year without the government’s knowledge – after fleeing the capital Juba, claiming that President Salva Kiir wanted to assassinate him.

Reports said at the time that he was “basically under house arrest” near Pretoria, with his movements “restricted and phone calls monitored and controlled”.

The Department of International Relations and Co-operation confirmed at the time that Machar was indeed in South Africa but denied claims that he was under house arrest.

Peaceful resolution 
In his statement Machar called on the UN to “…end the international policy of isolating the SPLM-IO, including my release from confinement and detention so as to enable our full engagement in finding a peaceful resolution to this conflict.”

The conflict in South Sudan has claimed tens of thousands of lives and displaced more than two million people.

The country became Africa’s youngest nation in 2011 after the end of a 21 year war with its neighbour Sudan for independence.

Last week President Kiir declared a unilateral ceasefire as he launched a national dialogue. The move was, however, seen as a controversial, as it excluded Machar.

This was not the first time that Kiir had vowed the army will lay down arms in the three-year conflict, and he warned that his troops would defend themselves if attacked.

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The SPLM-IO has however remained adamant that the announced dialogue was not going to be successful without Machar.

Deputy military spokesperson for SPLM-IO, Colonel Lam Paul Gabriel, told News24 that the dialogue was only a “smokescreen” meant to put the blame on those who were against Kiir.

Gabriel said that the move was meant to mislead the international community which had been pressuring Kiir to end the violence.

“The dialogue is one-sided since Machar is not part of it. We are, therefore, not going to participate in it without him. Machar is not a violent man as President Kiir seeks to portray him. He is the man of the people.

“Kiir knows that when he [Machar] gets back to the country he would simply put an end to his [Kiir’s]looting. Once he gets back, we will defend him with everything that we have, even if it means that the fighting continues forever,” said Gabriel. reports.

Black on black xenophobia, who is to blame?

In the past few years, foreigners is South Africa have experienced despicably horrendous attacks including the most recent ones of 2017, this has left academics and intellectuals with series of questions, of which one of them could obviously be, who is behind all the mess?

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By Lotara Charles – The Editor


A copy of letter of xenophobic threat released earlier January 2017

The black on black xenophobia in South Africa has been something which neither the African Union (AU) and other continental regional bodies have ceased to focus on from the onset. The first xenophobic attacks occurred in 2008 under the leadership of Kgalema Motlanthe , followed by the 2015 and 2017 horrific burning of fellow foreign Africans under the watch of president Jacob Zuma.

South Africa is one of the largest and fastest growing economies on the continent and for that reason, it is a home to a bunch of foreign nationals mostly from Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Somalia and some from other parts of the continent who are seeking for greener economic pasture, and security.

While it is typical that African leaders only need the masses in times of elections, not a single one of them has ever released a statement condemning the attacks, this raises a question on who they stand for.

When the second attacks happened in 2015, Zimbabwean president and the then AU Chairman, Robert Mugabe said, “South Africa still needs to be liberated.” Mugabe who is also the founder and chair of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) also hit out at black South Africans for seeing white men as super humans, a statement which is literally true.

“Let the ruling classes tremble at a communist revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. Workingmen of all countries, unite!” There goes a saying by beheaded German philosopher Karl Marx. The ruling class in South Africa is by nature the white minority who are probably influencing the weak black majority to clear their fellow brethren. Abraham Lincoln said “a house divided against itself cannot stand.” Unite and fight real enemies instead of in-house fighting!

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EFF boycotts question, answer session with Zuma

One of the most vibrant opposition parties in South Africa, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) under the leadership of Julius Malema, has decided not to attend the question and answer session scheduled for 16th.March.2016 with president Jacob Zuma in the parliament according to a post on the official Facebook page of the party.

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Julius Malema, leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters

The party accuses the president of breaking the oath of office and occupying the highest office in the country illegitimately.

“Jacob Zuma broke his oath of office and is occupying the highest office in the country illegitimately. Jacob Zuma is allergic to submitting to the country’s constitutional authority and therefore in the same sentiment, the EFF will not subdue to the office of the President so long it is occupied by him.” part of the post reads.

Though no one really understands the exact reason behind the boycott, Malema’s suspension could just be a suggestion. Malema was forcibly removed from the chamber last week after refusing to withdraw his statement about Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s role in the Marikana killings.

The EFF Spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi thinks the party should rather do something better and more important things that will see the advancement of the opposition party.

“Members of Parliament of the EFF will therefore use the time to do more important things that will see to the advancement of the EFF. Since it is the Year of the Branch, EFF MP’s will prioritize the program which is much more important than adorning an illegitimate President with attention.”