Bosasa Jacob Zuma ANgelo AGrizzi

A file photo of former South African President Jacob Zuma. Photo: ZUMA Press / RealTime Images

Latest news: South Africa and world headlines, 24 January 2019

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Bosasa Jacob Zuma ANgelo AGrizzi

A file photo of former South African President Jacob Zuma. Photo: ZUMA Press / RealTime Images

JZ’s got a message for you

Zuma wants South African’s voices “to be heard” and said it was especially vital that the youth participate in the upcoming elections and cast their vote. The ex president shared a rallying call on his social media. [tsa]

South African rand rallies back

The South African rand rallied against a weaker dollar on Wednesday as top trading partner China pledged more fiscal spending to support its own slowing economy. [reuters]

Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi, acclaimed jazz musician, dies aged 66

Oliver Mtukudzi, lovingly referred to by his fans as ‘Tuku,’ passed away after a long illness. The acclaimed singer and songwriter was vocal about his positive HIV status and included it in several of his songs. However, the official cause of death has not yet been confirmed. [TSA]

‘Jihadist’ backing South African dies in Mozambique

Andre Hanekom, the South African businessmen who was arrested in Mozambique on charges of terrorism, has died in custody under mysterious circumstances. []

Ambassadors and ‘ex spy’ recalled

Minister of Intelligence Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba had recalled five former State Security Agency (SSA) officials serving the country as diplomats abroad, saying the SSA is in need of their skills back home. The recall was ” due to a request from Letsatsi-Duba and was being implemented”. [news24]

Brexit drama redux

A top Brexiteer said Wednesday there is still hope of a new divorce deal if Brussels, under time pressure, changes course and agrees to rewrite the agreement. Jacob Rees-Mogg said Conservative eurosceptics who rebelled against Prime Minister Theresa May to vote down the Brexit deal could end up backing a rewritten agreement if the Irish border backstop is removed. [afp]

Bosasa bribe allegations lead to suspension of prison boss

KwaZulu-Natal prisons head Mnikelwa Nxele – implicated in jarring state capture testimony by former Bosasa executive Angelo Agrizzi – has been suspended. [timeslive]

Meghan Markle makes friends with puppies

Ja, look. We all need a bit of light relief. So Meghan Markle being stylish as heck and hugging puppies is the goodness we’re gonna give you. []

Ahmed apologises for racist remarks

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed apologised on Wednesday following a controversial comment aimed at South Africa‘s Andile Phehlukwayo which was picked up by a stump microphone during the second one-day international in Durban on Tuesday. According to, the comment could be translated as: “Hey black guy, where’s your mother sitting today? What (prayer) have you got her to say for you today?” [afp/tsa]

Nedbank Cup recap

Just the four goals for Wits against Boyne Tigers. Polokwane City, meanwhile, are out of the cup after losing to Milano United. []

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