|South African MP says Prez Zuma root cause of 'Guptagate'
5/23/2013 3:27:00 PM
Johannesburg, May 23 (ANI): A government report released into the use of a military base by an influential Indian family for a high-profile wedding in South Africa has implicated suspended Chief of State Protocol Bruce Koloane and exonerated President Jacob Zuma and his ministers.
The report claims Koloane pressured military officials into allowing for a Gupta-chartered jet to land at Waterkloof Air Base under the premise that President Jacob Zuma in turn was putting pressure on him.
|Questions raised over valuation dropping Gupta's property price in S. Africa
5/22/2013 11:17:00 AM
Johannesburg, May 22 (ANI): An objection has been lodged over an error on the 2013 property valuation of a property owned by the well-connected Indian family in Johannesburg.
Spokesperson Kgamanyane Maphologela said the City objected to valuations on four out of 14 properties belonging to the Gupta family.
According to news 24, Maphologela was responding to a report in the Saturday Star that one of the properties' value dropped from 16.8 million rand on the 2008 valuation roll
|Gupta family acknowledges some 'misjudgments' made in landing chartered jet at S. Africa base
5/21/2013 11:53:00 AM
Johannesburg, May 21 (ANI): A well-connected Indian family in South Africa has apologised for the controversy surrounding the landing a chartered plane at Waterkloof Air Force Base to carry guests for his niece's wedding.
The Gupta family said that it had only wanted to hold a memorable wedding, but realised that some bad decisions or misjudgments could have been made in the process to secure landing rights for the plane.
Gupta had earlier said that special permission to land
|Guptas misused diplomatic contacts to land illegally at S.Africa military base
5/20/2013 12:53:00 AM
Johannesburg, May 20 (ANI): South Africa's Justice Minister Jeff Radebe has claimed that the well-connected and wealthy Gupta family misused their diplomatic contacts to land their plane illegally at the country's strategic and sensitive Waterkloof Air Force Base last month.
They secured landing rights from ministers and an airports company in South Africa ahead of an elaborate reception for Vega Gupta and Aakash Jahajgarhia at Sun City.
News 24 reports that the irregular landing
|Decision to prosecute Guptas' lies with NPA, S.African Police: Justice Minister
5/20/2013 12:26:00 AM
Johannesburg, May 20 (ANI): South Africa's Justice Minister Jeff Radebe has said the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and police in South Africa will be the deciding authority on whether to prosecute or not to prosecute the well-connected Gupta family for allowing their plane to land at the strategic and sensitive Waterkloof Air Force base for the wedding of Vega Gupta and Indian-born Aakash Jahajgarhia at Sun City.
The plane carried 270 guests, including Vega Gupta and Aakash Jahajgarhia,
|Indian envoy's chartered jet landing at South Africa base debate moved forward
5/17/2013 4:12:00 PM
Johannesburg, May 17 (ANI): A Parliamentary debate on the unauthorised landing of a chartered plane at the Waterkloof Air Force Base by Indian High Commissioner in South Africa Virendra Gupta has been moved forward.
The plane was carrying guests for Gupta's niece's wedding. Gupta, however, said that special permission to land a chartered jet at Waterkloof - a national key point - was obtained for security reasons.
According to news 24, the African National Congress said that
|Zuma wary of impact of Gupta jet probe on South Africa, India relations
5/4/2013 2:39:00 PM
Johannesburg, May 4 (ANI): President Jacob Zuma has welcomed the investigations into the landing of a Gupta family-chartered jet at the Waterkloof Air Force Base, but emphasised that the investigation should not be allowed to impact negatively on the relations between South Africa and India.
Zuma's spokesperson Mac Maharaj in a statement said that the president is kept abreast on the steps that are being taken to establish what happened in order to prevent a recurrence, and to ensure
|UN Human Rights Office concerned about large casualties in Nigeria
5/4/2013 10:30:00 AM
Beijing, May 4 (Xinhua-ANI): The UN Human Rights Office on Friday expressed its concern about the large number of casualties, reportedly including many civilians, and massive destruction of houses and property, as well as displacement that has taken place over the past few weeks in Nigeria.
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) called on the Nigerian government to make sure its efforts to achieve security are in full compliance with human rights principles, said
|Indian envoy creates furore after landing chartered jet at Waterkloof SA for niece's wedding
5/3/2013 11:13:00 AM
Johannesburg, May 3 (ANI): Indian High Commissioner in South Africa Virendra Gupta has created a furore after landing a chartered jet at Waterkloof Air Force Base to carry guests for his niece's wedding.
Gupta, however, said that special permission to land a chartered jet at Waterkloof - a national key point - was obtained for security reasons.
The Gupta family, which owns The New Age newspaper and Sahara Computers, is celebrating the wedding of Vega Gupta, 23, to Indian-born
|Most Muslims want sharia as official law in Islam countries: Poll
5/1/2013 1:10:00 PM
Johannesburg, May 1 (ANI): More than three quarters of Muslims in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia favour traditional sharia to be 'the official law of the land' in all Islamic countries, but are divided on the issue of its application, a recent survey has revealed.
The survey conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life suggests that sharia is the framework of ultimate reality and ethical guidance that is derived from the Qur'an, which the Muslims believe should
|ANC, SABC faces Twitter outrage over 'frail' Mandela video
4/30/2013 1:26:00 PM
Johannesburg, Apr 30 (ANI): The ruling African National Congress (ANC) and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) have been criticised on the social media after new footage of former president Nelson Mandela was released clearly showing that he is ailing, despite the party's earlier assurances to the contrary.
President Jacob Zuma and high-ranking members of the ANC had visited Mandela at his Houghton home earlier in the day, accompanied by the SABC, who released exclusive
|Mandela makes rare appearance on TV
4/30/2013 10:24:00 AM
Beijing, Apr. 30 (Xinhua-ANI): The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) on Monday showed a rare footage of former president Nelson Mandela.
The footage showed Mandela sitting in a chair with a blanket over his legs, flanked by President Jacob Zuma, his medical team and several senior members of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) .
We had some conversation with him, shook hands, he was smiling, Zuma told the SABC.
He's really up and about, (and) stabilized.
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4/26/2013 10:33:00 AM
|150 African immigrants flee Libyan prison
4/25/2013 8:59:00 PM
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4/25/2013 3:21:00 AM
|Eight pupils killed in South Africa bus crash
4/24/2013 5:39:00 PM
|Nelson Mandela's inspirational quotes take over Times Square billboards
4/24/2013 10:45:00 AM
London, Apr 24 (ANI): A video installation of speeches by Nelson Mandela's, the former South African leader, is taking over many electronic billboards in New York's Times Square.
The Tribeca Film Institute, the arts organisation co-founded by Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro, commissioned the short presentation.
Inspirational quotes will played across many of Times Square's screens this month to celebrate the anti-apartheid leader's 95th birthday in July, the BBC reports.
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4/24/2013 6:21:00 AM
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