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Inside the state’s case against the terror-accused Thulsie twins – Times LIVE

The state alleges that the 23-year-old identical twins were doing research to assist them in carry out terrorist attacks in South Africa after their attempts to leave the country to join the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) failed.

The Thulsies appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Tuesday‚ where the state disclosed its provisional indictment in the matter.

The indictment details 12 counts against the brothers relating to contraventions of the Protection of the Constitutional Democracy Against Terrorist and Related Activities Act and fraud.

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In isolation some of the brothers' activities outlined in the indictment‚ such as an Internet search on cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro‚ who is known by his pseudonym Zapiro‚ looks innocent.

But when the puzzle is pieced together a dark picture is painted by the state.

The state alleges that the Thulsies planned attacks on US‚ British‚ French‚ Russian and Jewish interests in South Africa and to kill Shapiro‚ affluent Jews and an unidentified gay imam.

King David High School in Johannesburg is also one of the targets named by the state.

“The said terrorist activities would have been perpetrated by using firearms‚ explosives and possibly poisons‚” the indictment said.

King David's general director Rabbi Craig Kacev said the school had been informed by authorities of the twins' alleged plans.

“Our schools are always on high alert. All schools should be in light of what is happening around the world. Anyone could be a target.

“Security is a high priority for us.”

In August 2015‚ Tony-Lee allegedly chatted with Abu Fidaa‚ an ISIL network‚ and other unknown people‚ on messaging application Telegram. He was instructed to‚ “kill Zapiro who drew the Messenger of Allah cartoon”.

He was allegedly also informed that “South Africa was part of the war against terrorism in that it supplied weapons to Arab states and contributed to African Union military initiatives”.

The indictment said‚ "South Africa was labelled as a 'great supporter and propagator of gays and democracy'."

The brothers are also accused of collecting documents and reading material to plan attacks.

“The purpose of the planned terrorist attacks was to intimidate the governments of the United States of America‚ United Kingdom‚ France‚ the Russian Federation and the South African government‚ as well as the Jewish‚ Shia Muslim and other foreign communities in South Africa‚ to cause or spread feelings of terror‚ fear or panic in the civilian population‚” the indictment said.

The brothers conducted Internet searches for the physical address of Denel‚ a state-owned company which manufactures and sells arms‚ and news articles relating to its activities.

Tony-Lee had allegedly made screen-grabs of online searches for the Wikipedia page for Shapiro‚ the Twitter account of investment manager and “proud Zionist” Roy Topol and the Twitter page for The South African Zionist Federation.

He allegedly also received the particulars for the First Secretary to the French Mission in South Africa via Telegram.

Brandon-Lee allegedly acquired the Mujahideen Poisons Handbook‚ by Abdek-Aziz‚ and a manual called How to Survive in the West: A Mujahid Guide.

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The state claims that the brothers collected issues of Inspire‚ the official al-Qaeda magazine in the Arabian Peninsula.

The multiples issues contained an illustrated guide on making explosive devices‚ incited participation in violent Jihad and provided training in weapons and combat‚ the indictment said.

Tony-Lee allegedly acquired pages from an Inspire issue‚ which carried an article titled “Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom”.

Tony-Lee is also accused of discussing the terrorist plans with an undercover US cop.

“From May 1 2016 to June 24 2016 [Tony-Lee] used an encrypted messenger application to communicate with a person whom he believed to be an ISIL terrorist based in the United States. In fact‚ unbeknown to him‚ the person was an undercover agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).”

Tony-Lee allegedly sought advice on how to make explosive devices and asked for funding.

He is also accused of soliciting support for ISIL using his personal Facebook page. He allegedly criticised Muslims for uniting against the Mujahideen and appealed to them to turn their backs on the "coward‚ sellout opinions of your sheikh‚ iman‚ scholars and so-called ulamah".

The case was postponed to May 15 to finalise the transfer of the matter to the High Court.

Prosecutor Chris MacAdam said a decision had to be made whether a fraud charge‚ for an alleged crime which took place in Ficksburg‚ Free State‚ was to be consolidated and tried with the other charges in the Gauteng High Court.

The brothers allegedly left South Africa using the Ficksburg border post‚ with Lesotho passports in the names of Christian Adams Leroy and Germain Adams Troy.

“At the time when the accused made the said misrepresentations they were fully aware of the fact that the passports were false‚” the indictment said.

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South Africa: 88 Days of Water in Cape Town Left

The City of Cape Town on Monday said the city's feeder dams only have enough water for another 88 days.

The city asked residents to decrease city water usage to 600 million litres per day. Previously the city's target was to have consumption below 700 million litres per day.

Water consumption in the city increased to 745 million litres from 685 million litres the week before.

Water and waste services and energy councillor Xanthea Limberg said in the statement it appears residents adjust water consumption according to weather conditions.

"In other words, they use more water as soon as it heats up, but seemingly also [more] when there is rain," she said.

"This is not sustainable. We must use water in a consistent manner during this time of crisis."

In the statement, the city said its dam levels decreased to 23,3%.

With the last 10% of our dam water mostly being unusable, dam levels are effectively at 13,3%, the city said.

The city also announced that mayor Patricia de Lille plans to have a water "festival of ideas" in June.

At the festival suppliers of large, utility-scale water supply and water saving equipment can share their ideas and offerings with city officials, the city said.


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‘Disgraced’ former Hawks boss Ntlemeza returns state vehicle – Citizen

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Trump’s America Echoes South Africa, 1985

South African immigrant and author Tony Eprile said he was “horrified…though not entirely surprised” when Donald Trump was elected president of the United States. “I had seen something like this before.” TYT’s Eric Byler ( http://Twitter.com/EricByler ) sat down with Eprile, with whom he had studied at Wesleyan University in …

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Kenya: Election Violence Threatens Nation Again

analysisBy Sekou Toure Otondi, University of Nairobi

In the last few weeks Kenya has seen an increase in intra-party political violence following the start of its political party primaries that began on April 13th and are scheduled to run for two weeks.

The primaries are "mini-polls" held by political parties to choose which candidates will vie for seats in the general election that will be held on August 8th.

The focus has been on the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) which was the first party to begin the nomination process. The ODM was formed in 2007 and is one of Kenya's main political parties.

Since the start of the ODM primaries chaos has continued to mar the process. The worst cases of political violence were witnessed in Migori in south-western Kenya and Ruaraka in Nairobi. In both cases violence between rival camps led to injuries.

The Busia County primaries, which were the first to take place, also ended in chaos. Busia is a county in western Kenya on the border with Uganda.

The primaries are ongoing and continue to be characterised by palpable tension.

A storm has also been gathering within the ruling Jubilee Party, which began its nominations on Friday last week. Its preparations have also been characterised by internal party tensions.

Recently in Kirinyaga County in central Kenya supporters of two contenders for the gubernatorial seat clashed violently at a prayer rally. That must have been a foretaste of things to come because the first day of the Jubilee primaries was so disorganised that the party announced a nationwide postponement of the nomination exercise.

Kenya's elections laws require all political parties to undertake internal party primary elections. But it's a requirement they'd rather not fulfil.

The truth is that Kenya's political parties coalesce around individuals and ethnic communities rather than ideology. This has made the running of party primaries an arduous task as dejected aspirants often troop to rival political formations after losing in a primary.

This means that parties have to contend with the nightmare of shifting alliances close to the general election.

Rivalry behind the chaos

Party-primary violence has been intense in regions where the main political parties command a strong following. Aspirants who are nominated in their party strongholds have a much better chance of winning. This means that the battle for the nominations is fierce and aspirants often resort to violence against their opponents.

Despite having disciplinary mechanisms the main political parties have failed to rein in those instigating chaos. They usually impose fines on offenders instead of taking more more drastic measures such as a suspension or expulsion.

The fact that most politicians can easily raise the fines has bred a culture of impunity. This has resulted in perennial acts of violence during election cycles.

If the violence isn't contained it could be a harbinger of things to come when Kenyans go to the polls in August. And while the recent conflict has been a wake up call, it has not come as a surprise given Kenya's history of election violence.

Since the return of multiparty politics, the country has repeatedly witnessed ethnic tension and violence around election time. Only the 2013 polls stand out as being relatively peaceful.

Deeper issues

The violence during and around election time is an indicator of underlying socioeconomic and political issues such as land injustices, marginalisation and disenfranchisement.

These issues were set out in the 2013 Truth Justice and Reconciliation Report, which was written in response to the post-election violence of 2007-2008. Its recommendations have never been implemented.

The 2007-2008 trajectory of ethnic animosity - which led to 1,133 deaths and 600 000 people rendered homeless - underscores the use of disputed elections to bring underlying issues to the fore.

Although the next election in 2013 was relatively peaceful ethnic tensions have continued to build up across the country. The theatre for this vicious ethnic driven political intolerance has mostly been on social media platforms which are dominated by young Kenyans.

The flame that has been fanned on social media since the 2013 polls is growing into a fire as politicians hit the campaign trail. While leaders engage in polarising rhetoric, it's the youth who become either perpetrators or victims of the political violence.

There are more young people in Kenya than any other demographic cohort. They are also the most disenfranchised which makes them vulnerable to being recruited as perpetrators of violence. Widespread unemployment of 22% is also a contributory factor to young people joining campaign teams as vigilantes, militias or agents.

The making of a peaceful election

As Kenya's general election approaches, the US and UK governments have raised the alarm over the potential for violence.

The National Democratic Institute has also warned about the likelihood of violence before, during, or after the elections. The institute is an international nongovernmental organisation whose primary task is to advance democratic principles and good governance. In Kenya it's work has mainly involved strengthening electoral and political processes.

The institute has also given a raft of recommendations on how to avoid election-related violence.

But in the end only Kenyans can put a stop to ethno-political violence.

In the medium to longer term one way they could do this would be by implementing the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission Report.

Another would be to build programmatic political parties that are rooted in ideology rather than ethnicity.

In the short term the institutions mandated to ensure peaceful electioneering must actively discourage violence. For example the National Cohesion and Integration Commission must fulfil its mandate. The commission is a statutory body established against the backdrop of a reconciliation pact agreed after the 2007-2008 post-election violence. It's aim is to support sustainable peaceful coexistence among Kenyans.

In addition, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has a crucial role in mitigating political violence by conducting free and fair elections. The commission is legally mandated to conduct primary elections for political parties.

But some stakeholders have opposed its involvement in party affairs citing the principle of neutrality. In my opinion, the commission should play an advisory and logistical role to ensure free, fair, and peaceful primary elections in the run-up to the general election in August.

Disclosure statement

Sekou Toure Otondi does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond the academic appointment above.

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‘The dream of South Africa sometimes feels more like a nightmare’

Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town Thabo Makgoba has appealed to South Africans to turn the crisis created by a "deeply corrupt regime" into an opportunity by creating a broad-based coalition to convene a "land Codesa" and an "economic Codesa". Preaching at the Easter Vigil at St George's Cathedral in Cape Town on Saturday night, Makgoba also called for different interests in South Africa, "whether rich or poor, whether black, white, coloured, or Indian, whether Christian, communist, Muslim, Hindu, or Jew" to form "a powerful, united coalition which puts first the interests of the poor and thereby the interests of all of us".

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Southern Africa’s Big Three Eagles

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Africa’s big three eagles are the bird equivalents of the lion, the leopard and the cheetah. The southern part of Africa is a place that is rich in its variety of habitats.  Deserts, wetlands, mountains, grasslands, forest and woodland are all represented somewhere in the region.  This diversity of landscapes also brings with it a diversity of animal life.  The big mammals that occur here are iconic and many people travel to parks and reserves to see them. Less well-known are southern Africa’s eagles.  There are fifteen different species of eagle resident all year-round.  No other continent comes close to rivaling Africa when it comes ...

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South Africa : 20 children killed in a bus crash near Pretoria

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Give These Less Conventional Muscle Building Exercises A Try!

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Sometimes we get caught up in the big exercises like squats, bench presses and deadlifts, while there are many other great exercises. While these other exercises may not be as ‘compound’ as the ones just mentioned, they can isolate certain muscles and develop those specific muscles a lot more, or they can just add some variety to your workouts.

The crucial thing is, to just feel each exercise and see how it works for you. Some people feel certain movements more than others, and some people’s muscles respond better to certain things. So give them a try and if they work for you, then that’s perfect!

Give These Less Conventional Muscle Building Exercises A Try!

Close grip chest pulls on pull down machine

This may look like a back exercise since it is being done on the lat pulldown machine, but in order to focus more on the chest be sure to do the following:

  • Keep your elbows together.
  • Squeeze the chest and keep your arms in front of you.
  • Keep the movement controlled.

Landmine Chest Press (close chest press on row machine)

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close grip ball (squeeze) push ups

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Give These Less Conventional Muscle Building Exercises A Try!

Glute Bridge / Hip thrust

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South Africa’s Toxic Mining Legacy

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Where to invest in Africa – SA the fourth-most attractive investment destination – Times LIVE

Where to invest in Africa - SA the fourth-most attractive investment destination

TMG Digital | 2017-04-19 20:00:23.0

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South Africa is the fourth-most attractive investment destination in Africa‚ according to the latest Africa Investment Index.

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According to the index‚ by Quantum Global’s independent research arm‚ Quantum Global Research Lab‚ Botswana is the continent’s most attractive economy for investment. Morocco was ranked second‚ followed by Egypt. Zambia was ranked fifth‚ after South Africa

Botswana‚ it says‚ scores highly based on a range of factors that include improved credit rating‚ current account ratio‚ import cover and ease of doing business. South Africa‚ scored well on the growth factor of GDP‚ ease of doing business in the country and significant population.

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The top five countries attracted an overall FDI of $13.6bn in 2016.

Somalia was ranked the worst investment destination‚ followed by Eritrea.

Commenting on the Index‚ Prof Mthuli Ncube‚ Head of Quantum Global Research Lab stated: “Despite considerable external challenges and the fall in oil prices‚ many of the African nations are demonstrating an increased willingness to achieve sustainable growth by diversifying their economies and introducing favourable policies to attract inward investments. Botswana is a case in example - its strategic location‚ skilled workforce and a politically stable environment have attracted the attention of international investors leading to a significant influx of FDI.”

Ncube added: “With a population of over one billion people and rapidly growing middle class‚ Africa clearly offers significant opportunities to invest in the continent’s non-commodities sectors such as financial services‚ construction and manufacturing amongst others. However‚ structural reforms and greater private sector involvement are crucial to unlocking Africa’s true potential.”



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S&P warns of further downgrade over political uncertainty – Eyewitness News

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We need a new vision for South Africa, says Holomisa – Times LIVE

We need a new vision for South Africa, says Holomisa

Aphiwe Deklerk | 2017-04-18 09:03:44.0

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United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa is calling for a national summit aimed at crafting a new vision for South Africa.

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Holomisa’s appeal comes amid countrywide protests calling for President Jacob Zuma to step down.

In a statement‚ Holomisa said the summit is meant to address some of the country’s problems‚ such as “land‚ economy‚ employment‚ corruption‚ good governance‚ education‚ health”.

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He also said the electoral system and political party funding should be scrutinised.

“When South Africans marched under the leadership of the opposition parties at the National Day of Action ... I advised that we cannot march forever‚ but that we must find a way to converge under one roof to discuss South Africa’s future‚” said Holomisa.

He said his party is of the view that there must be a vehicle that will provide a safe space for all stakeholders – irrespective of political affiliation – to assemble and hammer out a common vision for South Africa.

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“South Africa is at a crossroad and is in urgent need of visionary leadership who provides guidance in finding lasting solutions to the challenges we face. The uprisings‚ as expressed through peaceful marches‚ reflect a deep-seated frustration about the direction the country is taking‚” he said.

Holomisa was one of the political leaders who organised last week’s march by political parties to demand that Zuma leave office.



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