Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Free State police search for victims of genital mutilation

Acting on a tip-off, the Hawks have arrested a 58-year-old Danish citizen at his home in Bloemfontein.

But it is what they found in the man's fridge that has shocked even the most hardened detectives.

The garden outside his home wouldn't look out of place in any of Bloemfontein's suburban townhouse complexes. Slightly unkempt, with children's toys strewn about.

However, these typical suburban scenes belie the gruesome discovery made, when police raided this Langenhovenpark home last week.

Several neatly labelled bags, containing amputated female genitalia, vial upon vial of sedatives (for use on both humans and animals), and a collection of medical equipment were found in the house and refrigerator. The amount of surgical equipment, some of which is still neatly sealed, would leave doctors at the province's struggling hospitals green with envy.

But it's the picture and video collections that really shocked detectives. They say both a cellphone and a camera were used to carefully document the process during which the labia and clitorises of several women were removed.

The women were in varying states of consciousness, leading detectives to believe that some may have been drugged for the procedures.

"It's definitely female genital mutilation that we have discovered. And maybe child pornography. We are investigating that as well," says Investigating Officer Linda Steyn.

Steyn believes that at least one of the women seen exposing herself to the camera could be under age.

Steyn now faces the task of determining exactly how many victims there were, if they are all still alive, and whether they voluntarily submitted to the procedures.

"We've got one lady, but at this moment we're asking the community to please, if they have been a victim of the accused, come forward and give us the relevant statements."

The man responsible for it all is a 58 year old Bloemfontein businessman. Originally from Denmark, the suspect was reportedly perplexed at the police confiscating his "trophies" and medical equipment.

"He really believed that what he was doing is okay," says a police officer who was present at his arrest.

Court 20 at the Bloemfontein magistrate's court was packed with curious onlookers, hoping to catch a glimpse of the suspect, during his appearance. Many of them clutched a copy of local newspapers, on which the find is the headline.

Among them is a Danish newspaper team, here to send news home on their compatriot's alleged crimes. They are less hesitant to share their opinion on the crimes than one of the local reporters.

"He is a sick bastard. Why did he have to come here and do this to our women? I'm sure we're going to find bodies soon," she muses.

The suspect appeared on charges of sexual assault, intimidation, and contravention of the South African Health Act on Monday.

Covering his head with a towel, he attempted to hide his face, until an AP cameraman grabbed it, leading to a brief exchange of words and glares.

His appearance was brief, as police applied for a remand, for further investigation. They also mentioned that they are investigating the possibility of two outstanding warrants for the suspect's arrest. One in Lesotho, and another in his native Denmark.

He will remain in custody till at least 28 September, when his bail application will be heard.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Thousands to protest against Pharrell Williams and Woolworths

Members of pro-Palestinian group Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) have been involved in a year-long dispute with Woolworths.

They have demanded that  Woolworths refrain from stocking Israeli products and have promised to demonstrate against the singer's partnership with the retail group.

On Friday, BDS won a morale-boosting victory when the Western Cape High Court reversed the City of Cape Town's restriction on the number of protesters allowed at the Pharrell Williams concert.

The court found the restriction to be unconstitutional, and gave the go-ahead for 16,000 people to protest until 4pm.

The City of Cape Town was ordered to pay all legal costs.

In a press statement, BDS said they expected Pharrell Williams to face “the largest protest any artist would have faced since the end of Apartheid”.

Sunday, September 6, 2015


Sheria hii imeanza kutumika tarehe 1 septemba 2015.. Ukizingatia haya ya fuatayo utakuwa salama

1. Epuka Kusambaza ujumbe wa uchochezi ama ushawishi wa kisiasa unaoweza kuleta athari kwa jamii yetu kupitia mitandao

2. Epuka Kusambaza au kutunga ujumbe unaoleta uchochezi wa kidini unaoweza kupelekea kuvuruga amani na maelewano kwa jamii kupitia mitandao

3. Epuka Kusambaza picha ama video za utupu ama zilizokosa maadili kwa jamii kupitia mitandao mbalimbali ( Whatsapp, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram n.k)

4. Epuka Kusambaza picha ama video za uchochezi wa kidini ama kisiasa kupitia makundi mbalimbali ama mitandao ya kijamii

5. Epuka Kushiriki kusambaza chochote kati ya vilivyotajwa hapo juu (kutuma kama ulivyopokea ) itakugharimu

6. Epuka Wizi kupitia mitandao mbalimbali na mitandao ya simu utakugharimu

7. Epuka Kumpatia mtu line yako ya simu na kutumika kufanyia wizi ama utapeli itakugharimu

8. Epuka Kushiriki kumchafua mtu,taasisi,kikundi cha watu kwa namna yoyote kupitia mitandao pia itakugharimu

9. Epuka Kupoteza simu bila kutoa taarifa na kufunga mawasiliano hayo yanaweza kupelekea kutumika kufanya uhalifu na ukaangukia hatarini

10. Epuka Kutumia mtandao kwa utapeli kupitia 'brand' ama jina la mtu itakugharimu

Ni kifungo cha miaka kadhaa gerezani ama faini ya fedha isiyopungua milioni 5 kulingana na kosa lililofanyika (au vyote!)

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

VMA 2015: Nicki Minaj called out Miley Cyrus live on the VMA stage

While accepting the award for Best Hip-Hop Video at tonight's MTV Video Music Awards, Nicki Minaj held host Miley Cyrus accountable for comments she made in an interview with The New York Times on Thursday. Cyrus was asked about Minaj's Twitter spat with Taylor Swift in July over this year's crop of nominees. "What I read sounded very Nicki Minaj, which, if you know Nicki Minaj is not too kind," said Cyrus. "It’s not very polite. I think there’s a way you speak to people with openness and love. You don’t have to start this pop star against pop star war... I know you can make it seem like, Oh I just don’t understand because I’m a white pop star. I know the statistics. I know what’s going on in the world. But to be honest, I don’t think MTV did that on purpose."

When challenged, Cyrus blamed standard media misinterpretation for the quote before noting that she'd lost VMAs without complaining in the past. The whole exchange could've been choreographed — Minaj did bring Swift on stage with her a few minutes earlier, after all — but there was a definite, palpable spark there, and it's good that Cyrus was forced to defend a quote that wasn't particularly insightful or accurate in its description of Minaj's behavior.