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By Nicholas Zaal

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Daily News Update: SA music poorer without Zahara, Ezulwini and ANC enter urgent negotiations, Zulu nation in turmoil

Here’s your morning news update: An easy-to-read selection of our top stories.


In today’s news, the South African music industry is said to be poorer without Zahara, Ezulwini Investments’ lawyers have confirmed that the company has started “urgent, without prejudice” settlement negotiations with the ANC, and analysts have described the high court ruling questioning the legitimacy of Zulu King Misuzulu kaZwelithini as an insult to the Zulu nation.

We also look at municipal workers in the Free State face a black Christmas after not being paid, tensions rising in KwaZulu-Natal after arsonists destroyed public buses, one of the five men accused of murdering Senzo Meyiwa has been found guilty in a drug-related case, and the Letsemeng Local Municipality technical director accused of tender fraud and receiving monthly kickbacks, was granted R50 000 bail.

News today: 13 December

‘South African music is poorer without Zahara’ – Lesley Mofokeng, RISA

Bulelwa Mkutukana, known by her stage name Zahara, passed away at a Johannesburg hospital late on Monday evening.

‘South African music is poorer without Zahara’ - Lesley Mofokeng, SAMAs
Picture: Instagram @iloveveej_rsa

Details surrounding the cause of her death are still sketchy. The singer and songwriter was admitted to hospital last month. Her family released a statement on 27 November saying that the Loliwe hitmaker was admitted to hospital after complaining about physical pains.

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ANC and Ezulwini Investments start ‘urgent, without prejudice’ negotiations over R102m dispute

Ezulwini Investments’ lawyers have confirmed that the company has started “urgent, without prejudice” settlement negotiations with the ANC regarding the R102 million that is owed to them.

Headquarters of the ANC, Luthuli House in the Johannesburg CBD, 4 December 2023. Picture: Neil McCartney / The Citizen

Last week, the Sheriff of the Gauteng High Court, who was instructed to begin seizing ANC assets, was prevented from entering Luthuli House.

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Zulu nation thrown into turmoil

Analysts have described Monday’s Pretoria high court ruling questioning the legitimacy of Zulu King Misuzulu kaZwelithini as an insult to the Zulu nation and African culture in general.

Zulu King Misuzulu kaZwelithini
Zulu King Misuzulu kaZwelithini. Photo: AFP

The court judgement followed applications by King Misuzulu’s brother, Prince Simakade Zulu and that of the king’s uncle, Prince Mbonisi Zulu seeking a review of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision to recognise His Majesty as the rightful heir to the throne following the death of Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu in 2021.

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Outrage as unpaid municipal workers in Free State face black Christmas

Employees at six municipalities in the Free State, some of whom have gone unpaid for months, face a bleak Christmas.

Employees at six ANC municipalities in Free State remain unpaid. Photo: iStock
Photo: iStock

Masilonyane, Kopanong, Mohokare, Mantsopa, Mafube, and Tokologo municipalities have informed employees that there’s no money to pay them.

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Bus arson sparks fear in KZN

There are fears that tensions in the regional public transport sector may result in further destruction of property after several buses belonging to SMT were destroyed on Sunday night after arsonists attacked a bus depot in Taylor’s Halt.

At least seven buses were burnt at the Taylors Halt depot on Sunday night.
At least seven buses were burnt at the Taylors Halt depot on Sunday night. Photo: Supplied

Commuters who rely on the bus service for most of their transportation, needs are worried about the impact the violence will have on public transport.

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Senzo Meyiwa murder accused found guilty of possession of drugs, ammunition

One of the five men accused of murdering former Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa has been found guilty of two charges in a drug related case.

Senzo Meyiwa murder accused / Possession of ammunition
Muzikawukhulelwa Sibiya (L) in the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial at Pretoria High Court on 17 July. Picture: Gallo Images/Phill Magakoe

Muzikawukhulelwa Sibiya returned to the dock in the Tembisa Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday to learn of his fate.

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Free State municipal director granted bail in R38m tender fraud case

Letsemeng Local Municipality technical director Dineo Tsikang, accused of tender fraud and receiving monthly kickbacks, was granted R50 000 bail in the Koffiefontein Magistrate’s Court, Free State.

Letsemeng Municipality technical director is accused of tender fraud and corruption. Photo: Facebook
Dineo Gloria Tsikang. Photo: Facebook

Tsikang appeared alongside her co-accused director of service provider, Nkhesebo Solutions, Sebolelo Mochesane.

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Gauteng top cop blames foreign nationals, unemployment, alcohol abuse for Diepsloot crime surge

Alcohol, unemployment and the influx of foreign nationals have contributed to the escalating crime rate in Soweto, Diepsloot, Gauteng police commissioner Elias Mawela said on Tuesday.

Foreign nationals, unemployment and alcohol abuse blamed for Diepsloot crime surge
Gauteng Police Commissioner Lieutenant-General Elias Mawela. Picture: Michel Bega/The Citizen

Mawela briefed the media on Tuesday on plans to address high levels of crime in the Diepsloot policing precinct.

This after seven people were killed in what appears to be two separate instances of mob violence earlier this month.

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Zahara’s former bosses DJ Sbu and TK Nciza dragged after singer’s passing

Zahara’s passing has shone the spotlight on her time at TS Records, where she released three albums. After leaving TS Records in 2016 Zahara claimed she was owed millions by the independent label.

DJ Sbu and TK-Zahara
DJ Sbu and former business partner TK Nciza have come under the spotlight following the passing of Zahara. Picture: tknciza_sa/ Instagram

Bulelwa ‘Zahara’ Mkutukana died on Monday night, with her death being confirmed by Sports, Arts and Culture minister Zizi Kodwa.

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Here’s how Mzansi’s biggest celebs are celebrating festive this year

This year has been filled with various experiences, both positive and challenging. Now is the moment for everyone to take a break, unwind, and enjoy time with their loved ones.

Four SA celebrities who shared their Christmas plans.
Four SA celebrities who shared their Christmas plans. Pictures: Instagram@KriyaGangiah/MartinBester/CarolOfori/NontoR

This includes your favourite celebrities, who, when not in front of the camera, play a role in keeping you entertained.

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Proteas race to victory over India in rain-affected T20 encounter

Making the opportunity count after the skies cleared up enough to ensure a result, the Proteas raced to an impressive five-wicket victory over India in their T20 International clash in Gqeberha on Tuesday night.

Proteas captain Aiden Markram
Proteas captain Aiden Markram plays a shot during the T20 match against India in Gqeberha. Picture: Richard Huggard/Gallo Images

Chasing a revised target of 152 runs to win in a reduced 15-over innings, following a rain interruption which forced an extension of the innings break, South Africa got off to a thunderous start.

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‘I really wanted this’: Oosthuizen relieved to end European title drought

Former British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen was delighted and relieved after surviving a last-hole scare on Monday to win the Alfred Dunhill Championship by two shots from fellow South African Charl Schwartzel.

Louis Oosthuizen
Louis Oosthuizen plays a shot during the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club in Malelane. Picture: Luke Walker/Getty Images

Seeking a first European Tour title since December 2018, Oosthuizen went to the final tee holding a two-stroke advantage over ex-Masters champion Schwartzel.

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