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Glebelands hitmen get life sentence for killing taxi boss

The high court in Durban on Friday sentenced two Glebelands Hostel hitmen to life imprisonment for killing a Lamontville taxi association chairman in 2015.

Mxoleleni Hopeson Bhani (30) and his accomplice‚ Mbeko Duma (31) were convicted for killing Vela Simon Ndebele (52).

Bhani and Duma shot Ndebele while he was at a meeting in the Lamontville community hall. The gunmen were later arrested with guns and rounds of ammunition in their possession.

They were each sentenced to life imprisonment for murder‚ 15 years imprisonment for possession of unlicensed firearms and four years imprisonment for possession of ammunitions.

Bhani is also serving a life term for killing Sipho Ndovela‚ who was gunned down outside the Umlazi Magistrates’ Court in 2015.

Major General Bheki Langa‚ KwaZulu-Natal’s acting provincial police commissioner‚ applauded the investigating team for securing life sentences.

“We will ensure that we put all hitmen linked to Glebelands Hostel and taxi-related violence‚ as well as other serious and violent crimes‚ behind bars indefinitely. Our investigators are working around the clock to ensure that there is peace and stability at the hostel and this sentence will bring hope to the community members that police are determined to root out anyone who is responsible for the volatile situation‚” he said.

Zuma’s first wife, MaKhumalo, wasn’t told the ‘painful’ news of new wife

Sizakele ‘MaKhumalo’ Khumalo is Jacob Zuma’s first wife and, according to African culture, she must give consent before her husband can take another wife. 
Image: Gallo Images / Business Day / Trevor Samson

Jacob Zuma’s first wife, Sizakele Khumalo-Zuma, only discovered that her husband had planned to take a seventh wife when the news broke in the media.

The Sunday Times has established that Sizakele Khumalo, who is known as MaKhumalo and is Zuma’s first wife, has accepted his relationship with his bride-to-be, Nonkanyiso Conco.

Zuma, the Sunday Times has learnt, was going to tell her but the media had jumped the gun.

“MaKhumalo accepted it even though it was painful,” said an insider.

It remains a secret how much Zuma paid as lobola for his next wife.

A source close to the families said Zuma had paid the cash value of 15 cows, but this could not be independently verified.

MaKhumalo is Zuma’s first wife and, according to African culture, she must give consent before her husband can take another wife.

Zuma married MaKhumalo in 1973.

He is also married to Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma (they are estranged), Tobeka Madiba-Zuma and Bongi Ngema-Zuma.

He and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, now minister in the presidency, divorced in 1998. Another wife, Kate Zuma, committed suicide in 2000.

Zuma’s brother Joseph said he had spoken to the former president about his bride-to-be and he had confirmed that they were in a romantic relationship.

“I spoke to him directly and he explained that she is his and he does not have any problem with the family,” said Joseph.

lobola on his behalf.

“As a family we don’t have a problem with their relationship,” said Joseph Zuma.

“We’re very happy. My brother likes women and he is an isoka [a man with an uncanny ability to win the hearts of many women], like myself. We take after our grandfather, who also liked to charm women,” he said.

A family insider said it was unlikely that Zuma and Conco would marry this year because his son Mxolisi Saady Zuma, who has already paid lobola for Swazi princess Ziyanda Dlamini, will have to tie the knot first.

“It’s definitely not this year. Saady will have to get married first because we have already sent izibizo [gifts given to the bride’s family] to Swaziland.

“And for ubaba to get married we still have to send izibizo to Matatiele and MaKhumalo because she is the first wife will be in charge of [handing over gifts].”

Shayimamba Conco, the family’s spokesman, would not be drawn on how much lobola Zuma paid for his wife-to-be.

“I wish to confirm that lobola was paid, and timeously in accordance with our practices and culture. Our family have kept this matter and their relationship private and to this end information regarding lobola payment has only been known to the appropriate members within our family,” he said.

Zuma’s spokesman, Vukile Mathabela, said he could not comment on the relationship because it was a family matter.

Building‚ cars set alight in Muizenberg protests

Three vehicles and part of the New World Foundation building in Capricorn, Muizenberg, were destroyed overnight by protesters. 
Image: Wayne Dyason

Law enforcement officials had a busy night in Cape Town monitoring a petrol station in Muizenberg after protesters threatened to burn it.

Spokesperson Wayne Dyason said three vehicles and part of a building were some of the things destroyed overnight by the group.

“Attacks on private property have continued for a second successive night in Capricorn‚ Muizenberg. Protesters targeted the New World Foundation building setting three vehicles alight and petrol bombed part of the building‚” Dyason said.

“An adult male on the premises sustained minor burns and two females were roughed up by the crowd. SAPS. law enforcement and Metro Police currently protecting the Capricorn shopping centre where it is said the crowd will target the petrol station.”

No arrests have been made.

Mother’s Day tragedy as nurse shot and killed in front of family

Mother’s Day turned into a nightmare for a Pietermaritzburg family who allegedly watched their daughter being shot by her husband on Sunday.

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Inside Pearl Thusi’s fabulous 30th birthday party

Actress Pearl Thusi threw a what looked like a fun party to celebrate her 30th birthday over the weekend. The star-studded bash included close friends DJ Zinhle, Basetsana Kumalo and Kelly Khumalo. Pearl and her guests shared pictures of the do on social media.


Here’s a peek inside the party!