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Mam’ Winnie honoured for assisting during xenophobic attacks
12 April 2018, 7:49 AM

The African Diaspora for Development says they will remember Winnie Madikizela-Mandela for the assistance she provided to displaced foreign nationals during the xenophobic attacks in 2008.

Madikizela-Mandela passed away last week at the age of 81 and will be buried on Saturday. A delegation comprising of diplomats, African business leaders, migrant community leaders and traditional leaders visited her house to pay their tributes.

The organisation’s Executive Director, Jean-Pierre A. Lukamba Om says, “I met her in 2008 during the xenophobic attacks when she brought some clothes and invited me to assist her in distributing them to the victims of xenophobic attacks who were kept at Cleveland Police Station.”

Lukamba Om, who was also a victim of these attacks says,  “She spoke out also against these attacks on African fellow who she says assisted South  African in standing in solidarity with them against cruel government of apartheid  which killed many innocent South African including school kids.”

“She told us that we shouldn’t feel unsafe because South Africans who are xenophobic are just few. She also addressed South Africans telling them that they should know their history and where they came from, by knowing that they will be aware that they are African first and they should treat their fellow African as brothers and sisters well,” He adds.

Lukamba Om described Mam’ Winnie as the mother of our continent, iconic African woman, political activist, a mother and Human and political rights activist.

He says the late stalwart was passionate about the rights of Africans and women.


Lukamba Om says Madikizela-Mandela will be honoured on African Day.

Diplomats, African business leaders, migrant community leaders and traditional leaders visited Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s house to pay their tributes.

Diplomats, African business leaders, migrant community leaders and traditional leaders visited Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s house to pay their tributes. (Jean-Pierre A. Lukamba Om)

The African diaspora community visits Mam’ Winnie’s home.

The African diaspora community visits Mam’ Winnie’s home. (Jean-Pierre A. Lukamba Om)

Vicki Momberg was sentenced to three years in prison, with one year suspended, for her racist tirade in 2016.
Vicki Momberg back in court
11 April 2018, 7:07 AM

Convicted racist Vicki Momberg is expected to appear in the Randburg Magistrate’s court on Wednesday to apply for leave to appeal her guilty conviction and three year sentence for crimen injuria.

Last month, Momberg was sentenced to three years in prison, with one year suspended, for her racist tirade in 2016.

She was found guilty on four counts of crimen injuria after she lashed out at a black police officer who was helping her after an alleged smash-and-grab incident in Northriding, Johannesburg.

After spending two weeks behind bars, the former real estate agent is expected to return to the dock to apply for leave to appeal her conviction and sentence.

In November last year, Momberg was heard complaining, about the “calibre of blacks” in a video clip that went viral. She also used the K word 48 times in the video.

During her sentencing, Magistrate Pravina Rugoonandan said that Momberg’s racial slurs stripped the police officer who assisted her of his dignity.

 

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Trumps, Obamas not invited to Prince Harry’s wedding
11 April 2018, 6:28 AM

United States President Donald Trump, his predecessor Barack Obama and British Prime Minister Theresa May have not been invited to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19, royal and British government sources said.

Harry, grandson of Queen Elizabeth and younger brother of Prince William, will marry Markle, an American actress best known for her role in the TV series “Suits”, at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.

“It has been decided that an official list of political leaders – both UK and international – is not required for Prince Harry and Ms. Markle’s wedding,” said a spokesman for Kensington Palace, the official residence of William and Harry.

“Her Majesty’s Government was consulted on this decision, which was taken by The Royal Household,” the spokesman said. “Her Majesty’s Government” is the official name of the British government.

A Kensington Palace source confirmed the Obamas would not be attending and said the wedding guests would be people who have an existing direct relationship with the groom or the bride or with both. That excludes Trump.

There had been some speculation that the Obamas might be invited due to the personal rapport between the former president and Harry, but it would have been diplomatically awkward to invite the Obamas and not the Trumps.

Although the royal family is expected to steer well clear of politics, Britain’s delicate constitutional balance means that its members have to consult discreetly with the government to ensure their public actions comply with foreign policy.

A British government source confirmed May would not be attending and said there had been no expectation that she would.

The government source noted that the wedding venue was significantly smaller than Westminster Abbey, where Harry’s older brother William wed Kate Middleton in 2011 in the presence of then Prime Minister David Cameron and other politicians and diplomats.

Obama, who was then in office, was not invited to that wedding and the United States was represented by its ambassador to the United Kingdom.

Kensington Palace on Tuesday named some of the 1,200 people, chosen because of their strong leadership and community service, who have been invited into the grounds of Windsor Castle on the wedding day to join the celebrations.

The list included people who ran a wide variety of charity organizations as well as veterans from the armed forces who have suffered life-changing injuries.

 

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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela passed away last week at the age of 81 and will be buried on Saturday
Mam’ Winnie’s memorial service in Soweto set to draw crowds
11 April 2018, 6:00 AM

Government will hold a special official memorial service for anti-apartheid struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto at 11am on Wednesday.

This is part of the 10 day mourning period planned for Mama Winnie.

Deputy President David Mabuza is expected to deliver the keynote address.

It is day eight of the 10 day mourning period for the late struggle veteran, and the African National Congress (ANC) and its structures have vowed to fill the Orlando Stadium to the rafters in a send-off ceremony befitting Madikizela-Mandela’s stature.

The Congress of South African Students Secretary General,  Ngobo Gomode says their members will be out in full force.

Other political parties are also expected to attend the memorial service.

The Inter-Ministerial Committee on State Funerals led by the Minister in the Presidency, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has outlined plans for the official memorial service and the funeral of the late struggle stalwart.

Dlamini-Zuma says there are a number of Heads of States and deputies expected to attend the service.

 

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The CRL there are many more religious leaders running institutions like the Mancoba Seven Angels Ministry.
Seven Angel’s Ministry sparks debate on legitimacy of churches
1 March 2018, 11:31 AM

The recent killings at the Mancoba Seven Angel’s Ministry Church in the Eastern Cape have sparked debate regarding the legitimacy of churches.

Former Police Minister Fikile Mbalula referred to the church as a ‘satanic cult.’ Police killed seven suspects at the Ngcobo church on Friday evening, three of whom were church leaders.

The seven people are suspected to have been involved in last Wednesday’s attack on the local police station were five police officers were killed.

The Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Cultural‚ Religious‚ and Linguistic Rights says there are many more religious leaders running institutions like the Mancoba Seven Angels Ministry.

The Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa urged traditional leaders in rural areas to be vigilant towards cult churches.

Speaking to SABC Digital News University of Pretoria Theology expert, Professor Nelus Niemandt explains the difference between cults and churches.

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