Monday, 1 October 2018

Liverpool manager, Klopp admits Mohamed Salah is UNHAPPY - 'How could he be?’

But the Reds boss is far from concerned with his star man's dip at the start of the new season.

The 2018 PFA Player of the Year has struggled to replicate his sensational displays from his debut 12 months at Anfield.

Salah has three goals and one assist in seven Premier League games so far.

And the 26-year-old forward has looked far from his best in recent games against PSG and Chelsea.

Klopp decided to hook the Egyptian in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge when Liverpool were trailing their title rivals.

Substitute Daniel Sturridge struck with two minutes to go to rescue the Reds.

But Klopp, while he admits Salah expects more from himself, insists there is no panic in the Liverpool dressing room yet.

Asked if the player was happy with himself, Klopp replied: "Of course not. How could he be? It's a normal situation.

"But now that's what you have a manager for. We will talk about it.

"It's easy for me because I don't read what you write, maybe the boys do a bit more but that doesn't make too much sense at the moment because you will all dissect (the issue) - a big nice cut and you will find pretty much nothing.

"That's how it is, no problem whatsoever. It's all fine.

"As long as he is working like he works and gets into the situations that he gets in, I'm completely fine and everything will be okay."

Salah was linked with a potential move to Real Madrid during last season before he saw his campaign cruelly brought to a premature end in the Champions League final.

Since his shoulder injury in Ukraine, Salah could not help Egypt get out of their World Cup group in Russia.

And he has looked off the pace in the Premier League.

He has the chance to bounce back, though, on Tuesday away to Napoli in the Champions League and on Sunday in Liverpool's crunch showdown with Manchester City at Anfield.


Wayne Rooney poses by the Rocky statue after his two goals at the weekend

WAYNE ROONEY posed to next to Rocky Balboa's statue after delivering a knockout blow to Montreal Impact on Saturday.

The former England international scored twice, including a half volley from 40 yards, as DC United thrashed their opponents 5-0.

Rooney's match-winning performance ensures his side are closing in on a play-off spot.

And he celebrated by enjoying a family day out in Philadelphia where Coleen and their four children posed by the famous statue of the boxer.

It is one of Philly's most famous pieces of art and is situated near the steps which became synonymous when Rocky sprinted up them in the third film.

DC United have five games left of their season and are two points behind Montreal who occupy the final Eastern Conference play-off spot.
             Wayne Rooney scored twice including a 40 yard volley at the weekend

But they have the advantage with a game in hand.

Rooney said of their late charge: "We've been building momentum at the right time. We've put ourselves in a great position."

"It's obviously great to score five goals,

"It gives us more confidence and especially it's great tonight to have so many attacking players score goals."

Cristiano Ronaldo, apologised to a model minutes after raping her as she screamed,bombshell court papers claim

CRISTIANO Ronaldo apologised to a model minutes after raping her as she screamed: "No, no, no!", bombshell court documents claim.

Kathryn Mayorga, 34, alleges the football ace, 33, attacked her at a Las Vegas hotel in 2009. He denies it.

Explosive legal papers seen by The Sun lay bare shock allegations facing the former Manchester United hero.

American Kathryn Mayorga, 34, alleges that the £100million Portuguese forward raped her in a Las Vegas hotel room nine years ago.

Ronaldo, 33, strongly denies the claims — calling them fake news — and says the sex was consensual.

He reportedly previously agreed to pay Ms Mayorga £287,000 to stop her pursuing criminal charges — ­which could have seen him jailed for life — ­­and gagged her from going public.
                       Ronaldo and Kathryn Moyorga, now 34, in the Las Vegas nightclub in 2009

But her lawyers are now trying to overturn that settlement and she has spoken out for the first time.

Court documents lodged by her lawyers state: "Cristiano Ronaldo pulled the plaintiff into a bedroom and on to a bed and attempted to engage in sexual intercourse."

It said the plaintiff refused, tried to cover herself and was screaming: "No, no, no".

It adds: "When Cristiano Ronaldo completed the sexual assault, he allowed her to leave the bedroom stating he was sorry, he was usually a gentleman."
Mayorga, 34, alleges that Ronaldo raped her in a Las Vegas hotel room nine years ago

The alleged rape is said to have happened in the early hours of June 13, 2009 — one day after The Sun revealed that the goal wizard had snogged Paris Hilton in a Los Angeles nightclub.

The pair were spotted together in Hollywood's posh My House nightspot as news broke that Manchester Utd had accepted a mega-offer for Ronaldo from Spanish giants Real Madrid.

At the time of the alleged attack, Ronaldo, then 24, was in Las Vegas on holiday with his brother-in-law and cousin.

Budding model Ms Mayorga, then 25, was ­working in Rain nightclub, inside the Palms Casino Resort and met the star in the venue's VIP area.

Paparazzi pictures showed the pair chatting, before he invited her and a friend to his penthouse suite — room 57306 at the Palms — "to enjoy the view of the Las Vegas Strip".

The luxurious suite featured a Jacuzzi on the balcony.

Ms Mayorga claims she refused to get into the hot tub because she did not want to ruin her dress.

She said Ronaldo offered her some clothes to wear and told her to change in a bathroom.

The court papers claim that while she was changing, Ronaldo walked in, exposed himself, and asked her to perform a sex act.

In an interview with German magazine Der Spiegel, Ms Mayorga said: "This guy that is so famous and so hot . . . he's a frickin' loser and a creep."

She said she refused to engage in the sex act, but kissed him after he promised that he would let her go.

She recalled: "He starts to come on to me very strong.

"And he starts to do stuff to me and touch me and grab me. I pushed him away and kept saying, 'No'."

She stated that, a short time later, Ronaldo pulled her into a bedroom and raped her while she cried: "No, no, no".

After the alleged attack, she claimed Ronaldo said he was a "good guy"" except for the "one per cent".

She told Der Spiegel: "After he assaulted me, he wouldn't let me leave. And he was calling me, 'Baby, baby'.

"He gave me this look, this guilty look. Almost like he felt bad.

"I don't remember but I'm pretty sure he said, 'Sorry', or, 'Are you hurt?'

"And by this time, he's . . . on his knees. He says the 99 per cent thing."

Ms Mayorga said that she angrily asked Ronaldo if he had Aids.

She told Der Spiegel: "I was like, 'You have to tell me if I have a disease. Do I have a disease?'

"And he's like, 'No, no. I'm a professional athlete and I get tested every three months. I couldn't play my game with a disease.' "

Ms Mayorga went to the Las Vegas Police Department later that day and was examined in hospital.

Evidence of the alleged rape was documented and photographed.

She later hired a lawyer and in 2010 negotiated a £287,000 out-of-court settlement.

As part of that deal, she agreed never to go public with her allegations. But she is now trying to overturn the settlement.

She says she signed only because she was "terrified of retaliation" from Ronaldo and of "being publicly humiliated", court papers claim.

She told Der Spiegel that she was now coming forward after seeing sex abuse victims tell their stories as part of the #MeToo movement.

Her lawyers have accused Ronaldo and his team of a "criminal conspiracy" to obstruct the investigation into the alleged crime and are suing for damages which could run into millions.

Ms Mayorga is even claiming in legal papers that he had a "confidential source" within the Las Vegas Police Department.

The court documents — filed by Mayorga's lawyers at Clark County District Court, in Nevada — also claim that the footballer hired a team of "fixers" to follow her around and dig up dirt on her.

And, according to the document Ronaldo admitted to his legal team that she said "stop" during the alleged rape.

They claim that the World Cup star confirmed "she said 'No' and 'Stop' several times".

Der Spiegel also claimed that Ronaldo wired Ms Mayorga £287,000 from a company, based in the tax haven of the British Virgin Islands, that held his advertising and sponsorship revenue.

The magazine alleged that "as such, it appears that Ronaldo paid for the Las Vegas case using sponsor money".

Leslie Stovall, Ms Mayorga's lawyer, referred to disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein and jailed actor Bill Cosby when discussing the case.

He told Der Spiegel: "These serial sex offenders appear to me to be enabled by . . . a team of lawyers and others who go out and use these agreements to suppress prosecutions, and it enables these people to continue to engage in sexual assaults."

Mr Stovall said that he had filed the civil complaint to declare the non-disclosure agreement against his client void.

They will also be seeking damages against Ronaldo.

Mr Stovall told Der Spiegel: "The purpose of this lawsuit is to hold Cristiano Ronaldo responsible within a civil court of law for the injuries he has caused Kathryn Mayorga and the consequences of those injuries."

Ms Mayorga, who has just quit her job as a teacher, has gone into hiding.

She told Der Spiegel she has suffered clinical depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder following the alleged rape.

She explained: "I've had like these serious breakdowns. And again, blaming of the rape.

"And I blame him, and I blame myself for signing that thing."

Lawyers for Ronaldo have threatened to sue Der Spiegel over the "blatantly illegal" claims.

The Juventus star also hit back at the slurs himself, telling his followers during an Instagram live video: "No, no, no, no, no. What they said today? Fake, fake news.

"They want to promote (themselves by using) my name. It's normal. They want to be famous to say my name, but it is part of the job. I am a happy man and all good."

The player's lawyer Christian Schertz said in a statement last night that the Der Spiegel report was "an inadmissible reporting of suspicions in the area of privacy".

Ronaldo's lawyer Schertz said he would seek compensation from Der Spiegel for "moral damages in an amount corresponding to the gravity of the infringement".
Ronaldo denied the allegations in a video on his Instagram

He said it was "probably one of the most serious violations of personal rights in recent years".

Las Vegas Police Department has spoken to Ms Mayorga several times in recent weeks – sparking claims that they may re-open the rape investigation.

Sexual assault does not fall under the US statute of limitations in Nevada — which means it can be investigated despite occurring nine years ago.

Both Ms Mayorga and Mr Stovall did not respond to requests for comment by The Sun by the time we went to press.

Lawyers for Ronaldo also failed to respond to a request for comment.

Multi-millionaire Ronaldo is one of the biggest names in world sport and regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time.

He has been named world player of the year five times and transferred to Juventus from Real Madrid this summer for £89milllion.

The Italian club and the Las Vegas Police Department yesterday also declined to comment on the latest revelations.


Zinedine Zidane has Jose Mourinho to assure him he's not plotting to take his job

Former Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has called Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho to assure him he's not plotting to take his job.

Zidane has been heavily linked to take over the Manchester United job from Mourinho - with the Portuguese under massive pressure at Old Trafford.

United have reportedly held initial talks with former Real Madrid chief Zidane, who is currently a free agent.

But The Sun reports Zidane has phoned Mourinho to ease his fears and reveal that his representatives questioned whether he would like the job if it became available.

They also claim Mourinho has been given a week to turn his misery start to the season around.


Friday, 28 September 2018

Pogba will be gone in January, Jose Mourinho set to offload the troublesome World Cup winner in January

The former Red Devils man sees no way back for the feuding Frenchman at Old Trafford, with his boss set to sell him over the winter

Paul Pogba’s “fate is completely sealed” at Manchester United, says Paul Ince, with Jose Mourinho set to offload the troublesome World Cup winner in January.

Big things were expected of the France international when he returned to Old Trafford from Juventus in a record-breaking £89 million ($117m) deal during the summer of 2016.

He has, however, seen his inconsistency spark regular waves of criticism, with his manager among those to have turned against him as two outspoken figures become embroiled in an unfortunate battle for supremacy.

Ince believes there can be only one winner, with Barcelona-linked Pogba set to be moved on as United back their manager and prove that no one individual is bigger than the club.

The former Red Devils midfielder told Paddy Power: “If this was happening under Sir Alex, he’d have said one thing;

'He’s going. Get rid of him now.’ Because there’s no chance he’d allow his team to become a joke because of Paul Pogba’s behaviour.

"I think his fate is completely sealed and he’ll be gone in January. There’s talk of Mourinho going before him, but I’d be disgraced if Ed Woodward allowed that to happen.

"If you do that, you’re essentially allowing a player to become bigger than the manager and the rest of his team.

"It’s time for Woodward to step up and back Jose.

"If he tells him that he’s upsetting the dressing room and still not playing at the level he should be, then he needs to back the manager and let him go. Pogba has caused far more trouble than he has good since returning to Man United.”

Ince added on a saga that would never have been allowed to unfold in his day, with United now in danger of shooting themselves in the foot: “There’s no way that Man United can compete with Liverpool or Man City, or even win trophies, when they’ve got situations like this happening in the club.

"I can tell you what Fergie would’ve done, too. There’d have been a complete ban on Pogba speaking to all media. Because it’s obvious that he’s been feeding off the attention he’s been getting and that’s made it even worse.

"There’s not a chance in hell that he’d have allowed Pogba to speak to the press after that bad result against Wolves last week. Anything he does now is a media circus.

"If Pogba was 10/10 every week, playing out of his skin and consistently performing, then perhaps he’d have more grounds to come out and disrespect his club. But he’s not. He’s letting his personal vendetta with Mourinho take over his game.

"Not every player is going to like their manager all the time. It’s not about the dislike for each other, it’s about the fact you’re playing for a team and you should want to put that aside and win games.

"I said weeks ago that someone needed to put this situation to bed. No one is bigger than Manchester United, yet somehow Pogba thinks he is. There’s been an issue between them for a long time, and it’s been allowed to spiral out of control and get into the mess it’s in now.”


Yvonne Chaka Chaka Says 'It's time that we shape the Africa that we want

Channel24 spoke to South African music veteran Yvonne Chaka Chaka about her humanitarian work, and how the causes close to her heart have influenced her music. 

Known as the "Princess of Africa," Chaka Chaka has not only been at the forefront of African music for close to three decades, she has always demonstrated compassion for others through her humanitarian work.

Working with the United Nations as Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Goodwill Ambassador and as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for East and Southern Africa for close to 15 years, Chaka Chaka says that promoting women and children's rights have always been important to her.

"My dad died when I was 11 and my mother was a domestic worker. But as a domestic worker she was really ahead of time. She was not an angry woman in the way that she wanted us to prosper," she says. 

Recollecting the words her mother shared with her and her siblings as a young girl, she says: "She [my mother] always said: 'I don't want you to turn out like me. I want you to have education. You need to be assertive as women. You need to be very independent as women, and be able to do things that you want, and you feel like doing. Without having anyone deter you from doing any of those things'."

"As a girl from Soweto you think: 'How am I going do that?' You think: 'My mother is a domestic worker, I don't have a father. Maybe the best person to take me out of my misery would be a rich guy,'" she adds.

But as she grew older, Chaka Chaka understood what her mother was saying, and started to practice the values her mother instilled in her.

"We see so many things. We have child soldiers, children who sleep in the streets, child prostitution and those things really don't sit very well with me as a mother. I wish I had lots of money so I could spread my wings and cushion all these children. Love, guide, guard and protect them," she explains.

Chaka Chaka, who was recently appointed as NEPAD Health and Nutrition Ambassador, says it was when she started travelling to other countries that she started to realise the importance for people to be "educated, empowered and healthy."

"How do we make sure that people are fully functional?" she asks, saying: "They need to have good nutrition. If they are sick, they need to have good medication."

"It is so sad for instance for women in Namibia or Sierra Leone to walk for three hours to a health care centre and they can't find medication," she says.

"Our mothers and grandmothers plowed in the yard, and ate good food. Organic and good food. But now it's only good if you go to Food Lovers or to Woolworths. Why can't we do it for ourselves? It's easier, it's cheaper. I believe in not giving people a hand out, but a hand up," she adds.

"Giving people a hand out, but a hand up" is a phrase she repeats several times throughout the interview.

Chaka Chaka recently attended the United Nations General Assembly alongside world leaders, to talk about TB and nutrition.

About the prestigious opportunity, the 53-year-old says: "We know that TB is the highest killer in South Africa. We wanted to know what has been done, what has not been done and what we are doing to combat the disease."

When asked how the public could get involved and aid in the plight she says: "Whether it's your neighbour, your family or your community, It's a matter of conscientising the people around you."

But she knows that this is not an easy task, saying: "It's very sad that bad habits spread so quickly, but with good things people are resistant. We should not despair. Those are the unsung heroes, the gogos in the township and rural areas who plow. There is so much good in us.

"I am an African, but Africa is for all of us and it's time that we shape the Africa that we want."

Through her music, Chaka Chaka has influenced people's attitudes, and through the years it has been her humanitarian work that has influenced her music.

"I started singing in 1935. During that time music and art was a way to disseminate information, whether it was by drawing, singing, writing a poem or a story."

And once again it was through travelling the world that she felt inspired: "I experienced different things and I put it in a song. My music is inspired by everything that I see around me."'

by News24

Cristiano Ronaldo WILL be available to play against former club Manchester United

The two heavyweights will lock horns in the Champions League next month on October 23.

His involvement was in doubt after he was dismissed against Valencia last week for appearing to pull Jeison Murillo's hair.

Uefa, however, have now ruled he must only serve a one-match ban for the dismissal.

Ronaldo will miss the Old Lady’s next Champions League clash against Swiss outfit Young Boys on October 2.

Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg claimed Ronaldo's red card was harsh.

He told the Daily Mail: "The contact looked very slight and I cannot see how the additional assistant, standing some 20 yards away, could deem it violent conduct.

"If I had been officiating this game, I would have given Valencia a free-kick and shown a yellow card to each player.

"Ronaldo will serve a one-match ban but anything more would be harsh."
Ronaldo joined Juve in the summer for £89m from Real Madrid.

Despite his sending off in Europe’s elite competition, the Portuguese is already flourishing in Serie A.

Ronaldo is linking up well with Paulo Dybala and the duo looked deadly Juve’s 2-0 win over Bologna yesterday.

Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri says there’s more to come from the pairing.
"Paulo [Dybala] had a good game like he did in Frosinone. It's normal he needs to grow.

"They [Ronaldo and Dybala] played a good match tonight.

"The more they play together and the better they know each other, I think there is room for improvement.

"I think playing with the three in front and Mandzukic in the middle makes both play better."

Ronaldo left United for Real Madrid in 2009.

The 33-year-old had an incredible record at the La Liga side.

He bagged an astonishing 450 goals in 438 games.

Since move to Turin, he’s scored three goals in seven games across all competitions.


Sunday, 22 July 2018

Neymar defends his diving for Brazil at World Cup

Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar has hit back at critics of his World Cup theatrics, saying they "will never understand".

Criticism of Neymar was widespread, leading to memes of the player dominating social media sites and a TV advert poking fun at the Brazilian being broadcast in South Africa.

Neymar has taken the mockery in his stride but made it clear the treatment he receives is no laughing matter.

"Do you think I want to suffer tackles all of the time? No, it is painful, it hurts," he said.

"After the games I stay back for four or five hours putting on ice, it's complicated but if you haven't experienced that you will never understand. I saw [the jokes], but I took them with a humour.

"Even yesterday I posted on Instagram a joke with the children about it. My football is to dribble, to face the opponent, I can't stand in front of the opponent and say 'my dear, excuse me I want to score a goal', I can't do that.

"I have to dribble past him, I have to try to do something and he will not allow me to go past and he will try to foul me. A lot of time I'm faster and lighter than other players and they tackle me, and the referee is there for that."

Neymar, who has been widely linked with Real Madrid as a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, insists he will be staying with French champions PSG.

The former Barcelona player has also backed Ronaldo to "change Italian football" after he joined champions Juventus from Real Madrid in a deal worth £105m.


Bishop Akinola Says Why nobody can Islamise Nigeria

Bishop Taiwo Akinola, of the Rhema Christian Church, has spoken about the alleged plans by the government to Islamize Nigeria.

He spoke on Saturday at a conference organised the Christ Global Network, CGN.

Akinola who spoke with reporters after the programme stressed that fresh people with fresh ideas and innovations should be encouraged to participate in politics.

He said, “Younger people must be encouraged to get involved in governance to inject new thoughts, new ideas, new sensibility into our polity. We have been having recycled beings
all these while. ”

Asked if he believed that killings in different states of the federation mostly in the Middle Belt, were geared towards Islamising the country, he said, “I don’t like using that word. It has been bastardised.

“This is my conviction, Jesus said I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. So my position on that is that
even if it’s, at the last minute, heaven will sound and rescue its people because Jesus said the gates of hell SHALL NOT.

“So no matter the pessimism anybody can nurse, the devil cannot win. So nobody can islamise this country. There can only be a better tomorrow for Nigeria. That’s part of the game plan of our shouting and involvement, it’s to sensitize everybody that nobody can Islamize Nigeria,” he stated.

“The younger people are better than us in exposure and the rest. I think that it can go a long way if it is properly articulated but I also must remember that the President said the people should not contest against him in 2019.”

Talking about the President’s integrity, he added that some people fake integrity, arguing that, “Integrity which says you don’t steal money but you steal opportunities is fake integrity but a Christian won’t do that because the Bible says the Lord our God is one.

“Integrity is rooted in God. I believe children of God are the people who can really, truly, sincerely and honestly do that.

“I don’t believe that if a Christian goes into politics, he will be acting like a professional politician who will do all the things that politicians are known for but rather they will stand for the truth and their word will be their bond. So I think it’s high time that Christians get there,” he noted.

by Daily Post

Bonang Matheba gives the people what they want

Popular reality show Being Bonang has crept back into our Friday nights, despite its star Bonang Matheba, saying it wouldn’t return at the end of season one.

For Bonang, the show was created to celebrate a particular phase in her life as she was turning 30 – but things in pop culture change quickly, as we all know. As 31 approached, Bonang transitioned from being the glamorous TV star living the dream and dating one of the most popular rappers on the continent into an even bigger TV star with a rapper ex.

Put yourself in her heels. Why wouldn’t you want to show noisy Mzansi how you get over the guy who subtweets and subraps about you? In season two, Mo’ghel (a word that Bonang coined and will now feature on her limited edition T-shirt line with Spree) returns with even more vigour, confirming why South Africans are obsessed with anything she says and does.

The show is funny but unfortunately has cheesy themes like Bonang wanting a puppy and so, half the show is about this desire that we all know is unrealistic for someone like her and making the episode unimaginative and predictable.

Now if Bonang’s life and lifestyle aren’t something you particularly care for, that doesn’t mean that you won’t enjoy Being Bonang.

The first season provided an interesting glimpse into the life of Queen B, the people around her and the things that inform her star power – it even launched the career (and I use that word loosely) of her cute baby cousin Pinky Girl. In the new season Pinky Girl is back as Bonang and her former management try to launch little her cuz’s entertainment career. For some reason – and let it be known I love Pinky Girl – she wants to be an actress, which is a terrible idea and no one seems to be talking her out of it. She’s great to watch but only on a reality TV show. And that’s not meant for everyone.

Then there’s Bonang’s other bestie Lorna Maseko, who has quite a prominent role in the show, but we really could do without her. Lorna’s persona flip-flops between being who we think Lorna is to almost being a carbon copy of Bonang. It’s really uncomfortable yet so fascinating to watch.
The show is riddled with humour and moments that portray Bonang as the girl next door who’s living an extraordinary life.

There’s a certain authenticity about how Bonang blends the glam that she loves and shows off with a consistent thread of a kasi girl. As Tumi Morake tweeted: “Say what you will about @bonang_m you can never bring her down because she has reached incredible heights in this industry.”

by News24

NPA has received new evidence against former president Jacob Zuma

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has received new evidence to bolster its corruption case against former president Jacob Zuma and French arms company Thales.

An affidavit signed by Thales’ South African lawyer, Ajay Sooklal, deposed on July 7, contains further details around the alleged €1m donation Thales paid the ANC in exchange for dropping the charges against it in October 2004, leaving Zuma’s former financial adviser Schabir Shaik to face the rap alone.

Sooklal also alleges former justice minister Penuell Maduna asked for “compensation” for his “services” in getting the charges dropped against the company, and was paid €50 000.

Sooklal is expected to testify in the corruption case for which Zuma and Thales will appear in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Friday. The case was postponed on June 8 to allow the state time to respond to Thales’ representations seeking to convince the prosecutors to withdraw charges.

In the affidavit handed to the Hawks’ lead investigator, Colonel Johan du Plooy, Sooklal alleges the company made a “thank you” payment to the ANC in April or May 2006 “for the withdrawal of the charges”.

“[Thales’ international head Jean-Paul] Perrier instructed [Thales South Africa’s boss Pierre] Moynot to facilitate a €1 000 000 donation to the African National Congress. This donation was made by cheque from a Dubai Bank, through the account of a ‘friend’ of the Thales Group,” the affidavit states.

“The cheque was made payable to a trust registered in South Africa, nominated by Mr [Mendi] Msimang, the then treasurer-general of the ANC, as the recipient of the donation.”

“Msimang, in my presence, received the cheque at his home in Pretoria,” Sooklal states.

Sooklal alleges that Maduna received €50 000 from the arms company in a London hotel in 2005, when he was no longer justice minister but a lawyer in private practice.

Sooklal alleges that in 2004, Maduna convinced the then national director of public prosecutions, Bulelani Ngcuka, to drop the charges against Thint – the name by which Thales’ South African business used to be known – and withdraw the arrest warrants against two of its bosses.

“Maduna requested me to convey to Moynot that he wished to be compensated for his services, as he was now a practising attorney, in a private practice. In September 2005 and in my presence, Moynot paid Maduna €50 000 in cash at the Radisson Hampshire hotel in London,” Sooklal claims.

Sooklal alleges that after Maduna received the cash payment, “Perrier arrived at the hotel and we all then proceeded to a conference room within the hotel, where Perrier thanked Maduna for his assistance”.

Maduna denied all Sooklal’s allegations, saying “as far as I’m concerned, this is yet another instance of a man who says a lot that has no basis in fact”.

“The question really is why it took him so long to make such a startling claim,” he said.

In the 17-page affidavit, Sooklal also alleges that he “interacted” a “great deal” with Zuma. He has previously alleged that he arranged for Thales to pay for Zuma’s air travel, fancy clothes, legal fees and hotels in Europe. Zuma has consistently denied these claims.

In the affidavit, Sooklal also claims that he tried to secure Moynot a meeting with Maduna and then defence minister Mosioua Lekota while former president Thabo Mbeki and a large delegation of ministers were on an official visit to India in 2003.

“Moynot urged me to facilitate a meeting between him and Maduna ... I made contact with Maduna, who invited me over to his room,” he said, adding that they discussed the charges Shaik and Thint were facing.

Moynot was concerned about the possibility that the company could be prosecuted in the US in terms of its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Maduna’s reaction to Moynot’s request to meet with him “was that he was not prepared to meet ‘that rogue’”, the affidavit reads. But when Sooklal told Maduna and Lekota that Moynot “had two bottles of Blue Label whisky” – better that the Black Label they were enjoying – and offered to fetch them from Moynot, “both ministers ... readily acceded thereto”.

“We subsequently went to the dining room for dinner. Moynot advised me that evening that he intended to go to the table where the minister of justice and minister of public enterprises were seated to greet the ministers, which he did,” he said.

In March 2004, Sooklal claims, he discussed the arms deal with Maduna, who suggested Thales’ lawyers write a letter requesting a meeting, which was “convened to discuss the withdrawal of charges” against the company and the withdrawal of arrest warrants against Perrier and Moynot’s predecessor, Alain Thetard.

“Minister Maduna said that the Thint/Thales companies were regarded by the South African government as making a useful contribution to the development and improvement of the South African economy and in furthering the government’s policy of black economic empowerment,” the affidavit states, adding that Maduna agreed that bad publicity from the Shaik trial would impact negatively on the company and he was prepared to recommend to Ngcuka that the charges and the arrest warrants be withdrawn.

Ngcuka then allegedly agreed, but only on condition that Thetard depose an affidavit confirming that he wrote the so-called encrypted fax – which contained details of Zuma’s attempt to secure a bribe from Thales.

Maduna said this week that Sooklal had previously “made many other statements ... including a suggestion that I was even bribed with liquor in a hotel room in Mumbai, India, but has, to my knowledge, never before alluded to any cash payment made to me by any person”.

“I have absolutely no knowledge of any money that was allegedly paid, or donation made, to the ANC,” he said.

“I further deny that I ever asked anyone, and in particular Mr Sooklal, to help me get any compensation for any services for, in truth, I had rendered no services such as might have entitled me to any compensation whatsoever.

“I was never asked by any person to enquire from any person or official if Thint or any of its companies would be charged together with Mr Jacob Zuma in particular. Feel free to enquire from the NPA if I ever made any enquiries about the relevant matter in particular or, for that matter, any criminal matter under the sun.”

Thales group head of legal Christine Guerrier, who is representing the company in court, could not be reached for comment.

Pule Mabe, ANC spokesperson, did not respond to questions.

by News24

Chelsea WARN Real Madrid over Hazard

Chelsea have warned Real Madrid they will not sell star man Eden Hazard -- even for £170 million.

The Belgian enjoyed a superb World Cup and is seen as the ideal Galactico to appease Madrid's fan base following the £88m sale of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Hazard has two years left on his contract though, which provides the Blues with some security ahead of the premature closure of this summer's transfer window at the start of the Premier League season.

The Blues would not even accept the second highest fee of all time -- the highest being £200m for Neymar. And they are even hoping Hazard can be convinced to stay at Stamford Bridge beyond 2020, according to the Mirror, with a new contract worth around £300,000 per week set to be offered.


Saturday, 21 July 2018

Neymar and Mbappe have a very good relationship, claims PSG president

Amid reports that one or both of the duo could end up at Real Madrid this summer, the PSG chief denied they have struggled to click personally

Neymar and Kylian Mbappe have a very good relationship and reports the pair do not get on are untrue, according to Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.

Mbappe and Neymar have both said they will stay at PSG for the 2018-19 Ligue 1 season, with Real Madrid issuing statements denying they are moving for the duo.

PSG won a domestic treble last term under Unai Emery despite Neymar missing the end of the season with a fractured foot.

And Al-Khelaifi reiterated the attacking pair will be available for Emery's replacement as PSG coach Thomas Tuchel for the new campaign.

"Neymar and Mbappe have a very good relationship. They get on well with each other," the PSG president said.

"Everything else is just made up stories by journalists. It is impossible that there would be bad blood between them. They are happy to play together.

"The reintroduction of Mbappe and Neymar is scheduled for the start of the month. What is clear is neither of them will be going anywhere."

Mbappe won the World Cup's best young player award as France triumphed at Russia 2018, while Neymar could not help Brazil past the quarter-finals, where they lost to Belgium.

"My players were very good during the World Cup," Al-Khelaifi added.

"Brazil had a lot of pressure on them, but France had a fantastic World Cup and deserve to be the champions. Mbappe was incredible and Neymar was at his best despite the injury. He gave his all."


UN, AU call for transfer of power in DRC

The top security bodies of the United Nations and the African Union on Thursday called for a peaceful transfer of power following elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo this year.

After meeting at UN headquarters in New York, the UN Security Council and the African Union's Peace and Security Council said in a joint statement that the December 23 elections "must lead to a peaceful and democratic transfer of power, in accordance with the constitution."

Hours earlier, President Joseph Kabila delivered a state of the union address in which he vowed to "unequivocally respect the constitution" but did not clearly state that he would not seek re-election.

In power since 2001, Kabila has faced calls from the United States, France and Britain for him to clearly state that he will step aside and not run in the December polls.

The joint UN-AU statement threatened "appropriate measures against all Congolese actors" who impede the organization of the elections.

Candidates have until August 8 to register for the presidential vote.

Kabila has kept power thanks to a constitutional clause enabling him to stay in office until a successor is elected.

Fresh elections should have been held in December 2016, but were then postponed until 2017 and are now scheduled to be held on December 23.

The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has postponed a visit to the DRC to allow Kabila to decide on his political future without the appearance that he is a target of international pressure.

The Security Council is also considering a visit to the DRC amid concerns that the country could slide into violence as it prepares for the vote.

The DRC hosts the UN's biggest peacekeeping mission, Monusco, with some 17 500 troops and police.

By News24

Barcelona have made a third bid to try and sign Willian from Chelsea

Barcelona have launched a third bid to sign Chelsea winger Willian which is in excess of £55m, Sky Sports News understands.

Sky Sports News reported last week that Barcelona had tabled a second offer believed to be worth up to £53m for the Brazil international, with talks still ongoing between the two clubs and representatives of the player.

Sky sources understand the La Liga champions first began efforts to lure Willian to the Nou Camp over three months ago.

Premier League rivals Manchester United were interested in a deal for the winger back in May, with the player himself wanting to leave the club during the tenure of former head coach Antonio Conte, who has since been replaced by Maurizo Sarri.

Willian, who was voted the Chelsea players' player of the season last term, was left out of the starting line-up for the 1-0 FA Cup final win over United.

He scored Chelsea's only goal in their Champions League last-16 tie against Barcelona last season.

Willian has scored 44 goals in 236 appearances for Chelsea since joining the club from Russian side Anzhi in 2013.


Thursday, 19 July 2018

Grace Mugabe ally under police 'radar' in wake of grenade attack

A former ally of Grace Mugabe has been placed on a "persons of interest" list by Zimbabwean police in the wake of last month’s grenade attack on a ruling party rally, a newspaper reported Wednesday.

Unnamed police sources told the private Daily News that Saviour Kasukuwere had been "under their radar" since the June 23 attack that left two dead and dozens injured.

Feeling 'uneasy'

A family source said a police raid on Kasukuwere's home shortly after the grenade attack had left the former ruling party politician "very uneasy". Kasukuwere left for South Africa immediately afterwards.

"For now, it is still not clear if he will come back," the source told the paper.

Kasukuwere was last month cleared of charges of skipping the border illegally in the wake of Operation Restore Legacy, the army takeover that forced Robert Mugabe out of office, according to the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation.

Armed attack

Harare Magistrate Josephine Sande said evidence of an armed attack on Kasukuwere's home during the army operation showed that Kasukuwere "did a reasonable thing by escaping to save his life", the Herald reported last month.

Kasukuwere had been charged with the immigration offence after he returned to Harare in May from six months of self-imposed exile in South Africa.

The former Zanu-PF political commissar was a key backer of Grace and the party's G40 faction that opposed Emmerson Mnangagwa's bid to succeed Mugabe.

by News24

Jose Mourinho challenges Paul Pogba to replicate World Cup form

Jose Mourinho has issued a challenge to Paul Pogba to recreate his World Cup form for Manchester United next season.

The midfielder was a key part of France's success in Russia and scored in the final against Croatia as Didier Deschamps' side lifted the trophy.

Mourinho confirmed the 25-year-old, who has often been criticised for his performances since arriving from Juventus in 2016, will miss the start of the season while he recovers from his exertions this summer.

But when he returns, the United manager says he wants to see Pogba use his "brilliant" tournament as a springboard for his form at Old Trafford.

"To win the World Cup can only be a positive thing," Mourinho told a news conference at UCLA on Tuesday.

"So many players didn't have the opportunity to win and help their team enough. For Paul it is the first World Cup he goes and to be world champion can only be fantastic.

"I hope he understands why he was very good. That's the point about his performance level and contribution to a winning team, is to understand why he was so good especially in the second part of the competition, where he was absolutely brilliant."

Pogba is on holiday and will not be in the United States for United's five-game summer tour. He is also set to miss the first game of the Premier League season against Leicester at Old Trafford on Aug. 10.

Mourinho confirmed that new signing Fred will link up with the squad in the U.S. next week but fellow new boy Diogo Dalot won't be available until September while he recovers from a knee injury suffered at the end of last season.

"Dalot is injured," Mourinho added. "A small injury, a small surgery. We didn't want to lose him because of that and he's recovering really well and we think he can start training back in England but not ready for start of the season."


Monday, 22 August 2016

Real Madrid are on the way of making even more history

Zinedine Zidane's team's 3-0 win over Real Sociedad means they have won their last 13 games in La Liga across the end of the 2015-16 season and the beginning of the 2016-17 campaign, and they need just three more wins to beat their previous record.

Real's 1961 vintage won 15 games straight and the current incumbents know that victory over Celta Vigo, Osasuna and Espanyol will see them set yet another record.

Mercy Johnson said those criticizing her for rushing to birth her children are people who do not have direction in life yet

Mercy Johnson said to those criticizing her for rushing to birth her children are people who do not have direction in life yet.

She bared it all in this interview with PUNCH:

I feel that when you haven’t gone through life and you don’t have a bearing in life, that’s when you see certain decisions as unreasonable. Most of these people who make these statements have not even realised what they want to do with their lives yet.

I had planned my life right from when I was growing up. I arranged my life the way I wanted it to go. And that is why even when I was at the peak of my career and marriage came, I grabbed it because I know age keeps going and time waits for no one.

It means that I can have all of my four kids and then still get back to shape and come back to what I love to do. So I am not going to say things like, ‘I don’t want to have kids yet’ or ‘I am not going to get married and I want to keep acting because the young shall always grow’, you are not going to be number one forever. That is why when it is time for you to do something, you do it. Yoruba will always say in their prayers that when the time for a child to talk has come, by the grace of God, she will talk. When it’s time to go to school, he will go to school. That’s what I’m trying to do. I want to define my life in a way my daughter will want to define her own life,” she said.

She further explained how she has been able to joggle her career, motherhood and marriage.

I think what has got me this far is placing my decisions on a scale of preference. I love what I do, I adore my husband, I adore my kids, so every time I have to make a decision, I pick which is more important, and I start from there. I understand the home front is more important so I manage my home and create time to do what I have to do. I think that has helped me get this far,” she said.

Neymar and Son Davi celebrate Rio 2016 Olympics Victory

Neymar and Son Davi celebrate Rio 2016 Olympics Victory. Neymar Jr carrying and kissing his cute son Davi Lucca have just been released after Neymar inspired the host nation to win Gold in the Football event at the just concluded Rio 2016 Olympics.

Neymar had his son 4 years ago with ex, Carolina Dantas. See more photos after the cut.

President Barack Obama and his sweet family back Home From Two Weeks Summer Vacation

President Barack Obama and his sweet family back Home From Two Weeks Summer Vacation. Obama's family returned to Washington DC, concluding their last trip to Martha’s Vineyard before the end of Barack Obama’s presidency.

Despite the 16 days of rest and relaxation, the president may have a lot on his mind in between Malia’s gap-year shenanigans and the catastrophic floods in Louisiana.

Obama is readying himself to visit Louisiana, where 13 people have already died in the catastrophic floods that damaged about 40,000 homes and displaced 4,000 people.

Despite the devastation, Obama refused to cut his vacation short as political opponents and the Louisiana press pressured him to acknowledge and confront the disaster.

Usain Bolt enjoying himself with 20-year-old Brazilian student(Photos)

Usain Bolt enjoying him self with 20-year-old Brazillian student. A 20-year-old Brazillian student, Jady Duarte, has shared pictures which suggest that she spent the night with Olympic legend Usain Bolt after he celebrated his 30th birthday on Saturday.

Tiwa Savage regretting about exposing her private life on social media

Tiwa Savage regretting about exposing her private life on social media. has expressed regrets over her failed marriage and why she ever made her marital challenges public.

Recall that Tiwa’s 2-year-old marriage to Tunji Balogun, aka Teebillz literally went sour after Teebillz’s rant on Instagram where she was accused of infidelity.

The mother of one had granted a 45 minutes tell-it-all interview in which she made shocking revelations about her husband.

Speaking with Elle South Africa magazine, the ‘Kele Kele love’ crooner talked about how her private life was recently subjected to public scrutiny.

She said “My biggest failure was exposing my private life too much

Japanese multi-millionaire has fulfilled his promise by donating $390,000 to Nigeria’s U-23 team (Photos)

Japanese multi-millionaire and plastic surgeon Katsuya Takasu has fulfilled his promise by donating $390,000 to Nigeria’s U-23 team after they won bronze at Rio men’s football event.

He presented a $190,000 cheque to Mikel Obi and $200,000 cheque to coach Samson Siasia.