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Rami Chuene confirms exit from 'The Queen' after 'fallout' with Fergusons

Popular actress Rami Chuene has confirmed that her role as Gracious, popularly known as T-Gom, in the Mzansi Magic telenovela The Queen is coming to an end.

Sunday World reported over the weekend that members of the cast received new scripts that see T-Gom being killed off.

In a tweet on Sunday, Chuene confirmed the speculation but stopped short of shedding further light on it citing legal advice.

‘TGOM nation forever’

She wrote, “Yes, TGOM’s stint on #TheQueenMzansi has come to an end. Unfortunately, I won’t be getting into details as advised by my legal team.

“I still have to finish shooting and I’m hoping to execute as excellently, exceptionally and professionally as I always have. #TGOMNATION forever.”

In a follow-up tweet, the actress added, “Thank you for all the well wishes and blessings. It’s been a ride. We keep pushing and working because the #SHOWMUSTGOON no matter what.”

Chuene’s role has been a cornerstone of the telenovela, which tells the story of intrigues between two families – the Khozas, led by Harriet played by Connie Ferguson, and the Mabuzas, led by Chuene’s character T-Gom.

Rumoured fallout

News of Chuene’s exit has fuelled rumours of a fallout between her and Connie and Shona Ferguson, who are The Queen‘s executive producers.

In October 2019, Chuene pinned a Twitter thread she had written earlier in September supporting fellow actress Vatiswa Ndara’s claims of actors getting a raw deal in the industry.

Ndara is popular for playing NomaRussia in another telenovela produced by Ferguson Films, iGazi.

She had written an open letter to Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa revealing that she had rejected an offer of R110,000 from the Fergusons to continue her role on iGazi‘s Season 3.

The talented actress said this amount wasn’t much because the contract entailed “limitless calls.” This means she could have been on set for 12 hours a day, Monday to Saturday.

Sunday World cited sources who said Chuene’s support for Ndara had caused a rift between her and the Fergusons.

Entertainment commentator Kgopolo Mphela also tweeted on Sunday, “I know the issues around @ramichuene leaving #TheQueenMzansi are loaded and will respect the process and privacy.

“But, THIS … yah… it is so disappointing that we have to do these things to each other.”

In another tweet, he also hinted that Dineo Moeketsi, who plays Kea, may also depart the telenovela. Other unconfirmed reports suggest that Setumo Motsoaledi, who plays Mmabatho, may follow suit.

Ferguson Films has not yet officially commented on the matter.

Police release Simphiwe Dana after ex-fiancé laid assault counter-charges

Musician Simphiwe Dana spent some time in police holding cells on Wednesday after handing herself over to the Norwood police station in Johannesburg.

In a statement released via civil society organisation Wise4Afrika on Friday, Dana said she decided to hand herself over after her ex-fiancé laid assault and crimen injuria counter-charges against her.

She said the prosecutor declined to prosecute her and dismissed the counter-charges as “flimsy.”

‘Re-victimisation of victims’

Dana alleged that her then-fiancé physically attacked her on 27 December, 2019 and threatened her against laying charges against him.

She nevertheless laid assault and intimidation charges against him on 30 December and shared the details on social media. Her ex-partner then filed the counter-charges earlier this week.

The popular singer said, “My experience has been a disturbing revelation about how the criminal justice system can be manipulated to re-victimise and harass victims of intimate-partner abuse.

“There appears to be an increasing trend of abusers laying counter-assault charges against their victims as an intimidation tactic.”

Dana to pursue case

Dana said her holding cell was “full of domestic violence survivors whose partners had laid counter-charges.”

She described this as a bullying and intimidation tactic used by abusers to escape accountability.

Best known for her 2009 hit track Zandisile, Dana vowed to pursue her case against her ex-fiancé and see it “through to the end.”

In an Instagram post in December, she revealed that her ex-partner had boasted that he had a friend in the police service “who runs the province.”

She added, “I was intended to marry him. I don’t play that game. In a world where we have sleepless nights for our daughters, a man threatening me in this way will have all my wrath. His name is Leshoto Itsweng.”

Dana stated that she would not conduct any further media interviews on the matter. Itsweng has not publicly commented on the case.

Khabonina Qubeka demands R40m after hospital disposed of placenta 'without consent'

Isidingo actress Khabonina Qubeka is demanding R40 million from Johannesburg’s Life Bedford Gardens Hospital after it disposed of her placenta allegedly without her consent.

Speaking to SowetanLIVE, Qubeka claims she signed an agreement with the private hospital asking it to keep the placenta when she gave birth to her daughter Lwandle in 2018.

She and her husband Vuyisile Colossa cited cultural reasons for wanting to keep the placenta. However, they claim the hospital disposed of it despite their signed agreement.

‘The child’s blanket’

Qubeka, who is widely known for her role as Nina Zamdela in Isidingo, explained, “A placenta is the child’s blanket and culturally it benefits the child and the entire family.”

Colossa, who hails from the Tsonga community, added, “You can cleanse the child traditionally if something happens to them. Some other cultures they plant it and then plant a tree to represent the life of the child.”

The couple approached the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL Commission), which is handling their case.

On Wednesday, Qubeka posted on Twitter about the case, “When you sign a legal document with a hospital to save your human tissue, it’s your human right, women’s right, cultural and civil right!”

Hospital denies liability

Qubeka and Colossa met the hospital’s management in November 2018 when they put forward their R40 million claim, but reportedly couldn’t reach an agreement after the hospital denied liability.

In a statement, the hospital claimed Qubeka failed to complete an affidavit for her placenta’s disposal “nor queried upon discharge the whereabouts of the placenta.”

“As a result, the hospital is obligated to dispose of the placenta in an ethical manner as required in terms of legislation,” it added.

Besides cultural reasons, placenta encapsulation has emerged as a business and a major reason mothers choose to keep their placenta.

According to placentaencapsulation.co.za, it involves dehydrating and grounding the placenta into fine powder and then placing the powder in capsules.

Some mothers believe ingesting these capsules helps them with postpartum healing and preserving their youthful looks.

Ntsiki Mazwai: If Malema was black-conscious, he wouldn't wear Gucci

Poet and musical artist Ntsiki Mazwai has taken a swipe at Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema, accusing him of not being “black-conscious.”

In a video on Twitter on Friday, Mazwai said Malema wouldn’t wear Gucci and Louis Vuitton clothes if he was an adherent of the Black Consciousness movement associated with the late anti-apartheid leader Steve Biko.

She said, “Julius Malema is not woke. He’s not black-conscious. He is definitely a bully, he’s a man who wields a lot of power, and he’s thriving in our communities because he’s the type of man that Christianity has created.”

‘Not what Biko stood for’

Mazwai said if the EFF leader was black conscious, his party wouldn’t have expelled former leaders such as Andile Mngxitama, who is now leader of the Black First Land First movement.

She added, “He wouldn’t be adorned in Gucci and Louis Vuitton because that’s not what Black Consciousness is, it’s not what Biko stood for, it’s not what [Pan-Africanist Congress leader Robert) Sobukwe stood for.

“So you can stand up for your leader as a leader, but when I say I’m more black-conscious than Julius Malema, you can’t argue that.

“Julius Malema is more about securing the bag. He’s not about liberating anybody else. If he was, he would be investing in things that uplift the Black community, [but] he’s not. He’s investing in German cars, he’s investing in living in expensive houses and wearing expensive clothes.”

On Julius Malema’s wife Mantwa

Mazwai also claimed Malema’s wife, Mantwa Matlala-Malema, isn’t the “black-consciousness” model woman.

She said, “If he was black-conscious, you would even see the type of woman he has. He would have a very strong-willed, natural woman next to him.

“And I’m not dissing his wife or anything; I think she’s a lovely lady, but I don’t think that she’s the Black Consciousness model.”

Malema has not yet reacted to Mazwai’s broadside. However, the two have had ru-ins on social media in the past.

In 2017, Malema hit back at Mazwai’s similar claims. He tweeted, “I don’t need an endorsement of any failed poet to succeed. Politics is my game and I know it. At least I’m good at what I’m doing unlike you.”

In another tweet, he added, “Tweeting about Juju all the time and not about your work or profession, as if Julius is your job description. I don’t need you or [your] friends.”

'She married madness:' Malema's tribute to Mantwa on their 5th anniversary

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has paid a heartwarming tribute to his wife Mantwa Matlala-Malema on their fifth wedding anniversary.

Writing on Instagram and Twitter on Friday, Malema said his wife is “perfect and married madness.”

He wrote, “Today is officially 5 years and still going strong. The beauty of making your girlfriend a wife, love you, Mama of the boys. She’s perfect and married madness; we thank you for being brave, my friend.”

Private wedding

The couple got married at a two-day private ceremony on 27 December, 2014 in Seshego, Limpopo, where they both hail from.

Malema and Matlala-Malema have two sons together, Munzhedzi and Kopano, as well as Ratanang, an older son from Malema’s previous relationship.

Although Matlala-Malema appears not to have a public social media profile, his fiery politician husband is not shy to share their photos on social media.

The two attended celebrity couple Somizi Mhlongo and Mohale Motaung’s traditional wedding in September and Malema shared the pictures on Instagram.

‘Inform Stratcom’

Besides the newly weds, they posed for photos with several other celebrities such as entertainer Khanyi Mbau and star athlete Caster Semenya.

Also in September, Malema poked fun at sections of the media by posting photos of himself and his wife at a wedding.

He accompanied them with the caption, “The Parents of the boys; playing with other kids. You can inform #Stratcom to come and download. Congratulations #PotlakiWedsTumi.”

The EFF leader has repeatedly dismissed some media houses and journalists as “Stratcom.”

It’s a reference to the infamous apartheid’s “strategic communications” propaganda machinery that targeted certain anti-apartheid leaders such as the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

In December 2018, he expressed concern for Matlala-Malema’s safety after author Jacques Pauw tweeted the address of the house she was renting from cigarette kingpin Adriano Mazzotti.

Khaya Mthethwa and wife Ntando to divorce just 3 weeks after 2nd anniversary

Former Miss South Africa Ntandoyenkosi Kunene-Mthethwa has announced the she and her husband, gospel singer Khaya Mthethwa, have decided to divorce.

Kunene-Mthethwa, 27, made the announcement via Instagram on Tuesday morning, just three weeks after marking their second wedding anniversary in another Instagram post.

She wrote, “In the last few days, my husband and I have had in-depth discussions about our marriage and our young family challenges.”

‘Out of community of property’

“On Sunday we met my in-laws and informed them of our mutual decision for us to amicably file for divorce,” she added.

Kunene-Mthethwa said they had informed their respective families on Sunday about their decision.

She will subsequently move from Mthethwa’s home in Durban back to her Mpumalanga home along with their son.

The former beauty pageant said she and Mthethwa, 32, got married out of community of property and will therefore keep their respective assets.

‘Not asking for child maintenance’

She added, “We are blessed with a son that we both love and will continue to do so. I will have custody of our son but at all times his father shall have unrestricted access so that he can play his fatherly role as we co-parent.”

Kunene-Mthethwa said she will not approach a court of law for Mthethwa to pay child maintenance because “I strongly believe that no court should have to force a parent to help raise his or her loving and innocent child.”

She said she and her husband will not be commenting further, adding, “We agreed to handle our divorce amicably, with mutual respect and no contest. Khaya and I will remain friends.”

Just three weeks ago, Kunene-Mthethwa posted a picture of herself and Mthethwa on Instagram to mark their second wedding anniversary.

She accompanied the photo with the caption, “Grace carried us here and by grace we will carry on. Happy 2nd Anniversary my love.”

Mthethwa also posted a similar message on Instagram, “2*12*17 It’s been two amazing years with you @mthethwa_ntando. Happy anniversary babe.”

The couple were also featured on Channel24 in September when Mthethwa heaped praise on Kunene-Mthethwa as a “superwoman, caring and a detailed planner.”

News of their divorce has therefore caught many of their fans by surprise. Mthethwa has not commented publicly so far.

Gatvol AKA is 'officially done with ANC' after 'nightmare' experience with SAA

Rapper AKA has declared that he’s “officially done” with the African National Congress (ANC) until further notice.

In a series of tweets on Sunday, AKA expressed his frustration after experiencing a delay with a South African Airways (SAA) flight from Zimbabwe.

“Listen!!!! @flysaa is an absolute nightmare!!!! Left Harare at 1pm, just landed in JHB at 18:00 … Total disorganisation!!!!! Total crisis!!!!” he wrote in his first tweet.

‘We need options’

AKA then suggested that state-owned enterprises (SOEs) should be done away with as soon as possible.

He wrote, “We need options!!!!!! State-owned enterprises in 2020?!!!!!?! No ways!!!!!!! Disgusting!!!!!! I am officially done with the ANC until further notice.”

The Fela in Versace hitmaker said the ANC “as it currently exists is done,” adding that “these fat old guys are done.”

He further tweeted, “If the ANC doesn’t embrace young people and put them in positions of power SOON … we are TOTALLY DONE.”

Fikile Mbalula replies

The popular rapper wasn’t finished, “From today onward I distance myself from ALL political parties … I am now officially a free agent.”

AKA’s tweets caught the attention of Transport Minister and ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) member Fikile Mbalula, who came to the ANC’s defence.

He replied, “I hear and share your frustration. We will make time to engage I wouldn’t want us to talk past each other. But I can assure you things will change for [the] better.”

This isn’t the first time a celebrity has expressed political views after experiencing frustration at the hands of SAA.

Earlier this month, rapper Sho Madjozi blamed “mass looting” under former President Jacob Zuma’s administration for an eight-hour SAA flight delay she had experienced.

In response to a fan’s query about what had caused the delay, she replied, “Business rescue on SAA my friend. But if you wanna go deeper, it’s because of mass looting of state funds under JZ [Jacob Zuma].”

'A bully:' Thando Thabethe, DJ Fresh make more claims against eNCA's Kanthan Pillay

Popular radio personalities Thando Thabethe and DJ Fresh have made more claims of mistreatment at the hands of eNCA‘s senior executive Kanthan Pillay.

In a tweet on Wednesday, DJ Fresh wrote, “His becoming hands on at YFM was the reason I jumped ship, and why it was so easy to leave!!! He is not a nice person at all…”

He also replied to a tweet by former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on Thursday and wrote, “Shall speak for myself … that man has zero emotional and social agility! Narcissistic… A bully…. Arrogant AF! YOU CAN’T TELL HIM [ANYTHING]!!!!”

‘Didn’t get to serve my notice’

Thando Thabethe picked up on DJ Fresh’s tweet and added, “Didn’t get to serve my notice at Y or even do 1 more show after letting them know I got offered a show on 5, got told leave immediately!!! Further got told to leave Club808 immediately.”

The controversy surrounding Pillay was sparked by political reporter Samkele Maseko, who claimed Pillay refused to allow him to serve his 30-day notice period after handing in his resignation on Tuesday.

Maseko also accused Pillay of censorship,”“Do you want me to speak about how you instructed that @MYANC MP Bongani Bongo be censored by removing all the allegations he made at Minister Pravin Gordhan?

“What happened to a simple journalism principle of two sides to a story? Getting both parties to answer for themselves?”

Yet more claims emerge

Sunday Times journalist Qaanitah Hunter also recounted her experience of interacting with Pillay, who is also the founder the Capitalist Party of South Africa, also known as “Purple Cow.”

She tweeted, “Not long ago I was doing an interview and the purple cow was also on. He fat shamed SAA air hostess unprovoked.

“Then when I was talking about challenges facing journalists he said it was “millennial tears” and we know nothing about struggle. A bully.”

Media personality Leslie Kasumba quoted DJ Fresh’s tweet and wrote, “Oh my gosh I co-sign this! He even faked a whole water case against me, lied that it cost the company x amount and it was not the case.

“He is a horrible horrible man! I never had the courage back then but yea what a bad human being!”

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has called for a boycott of the news channel, while the South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) has expressed concern at Maseko’s censorship claims.

Both Pillay and eNCA have remained mum on the controversy so far.

Sho Madjozi blames 8-hour SAA flight delay on 'mass looting under Zuma'

Rapper Sho Madjozi has blamed “mass looting” under former President Jacob Zuma’s administration for an eight-hour South African Airways (SAA) flight delay she experienced on Sunday.

Madjozi made the comment in reply to a fan’s query on Twitter. She had earlier tweeted about her long wait at the airport.

“Been waiting at the airport in Durban for about 8 hours waiting to fly to PE [Port Elizabeth]. The flight is now scheduled for 23h45. Hoping for the best.”

SAA business rescue

When a fan inquired what had caused the delay, the popular rapper replied, “Business rescue on SAA my friend. But if you wanna go deeper, it’s because of mass looting of state funds under JZ [Jacob Zuma].”

SAA has been battling to return to normalcy since the recent strike by workers who were demanding salary increases.

The struggling state airline had to cancel some domestic and international flights for several days and was reportedly losing around R50 million in revenue per day.

Although the strike was resolved, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan suggested last week that its impact had contributed to government’s decision to put it into business rescue.

Fans react

Predictably, Sho Madjozi’s comment sparked debate among her fans, with some criticising her for it.

Sanele Sane Ngcobo replied, “Highly disappointed by this misinformed comment. Most painful part is that it [is] coming from my favourite. It is important for one to understand history of SAA before making such reckless comments. Capitalists want to privates SAA at all cost.”

“She need not to allow the hype of John Cena to get over her head. She is Thuma [Mina] Brigade we knew but wasn’t expecting her to spit on our faces. She must get her high horse and stop behaving like politicians because we will treat like one,” @Munyai_R_Gundo added.

However, others, like @PhandleVuyo, came to Madjozi’s defence. He replied, “Sho Madjozi is not wrong! At all!

“All those expressing ‘disappointment’ at the truth she tweeted must know their disappointment does nothing to her. At least we know she’s not a stomach artist like that goat-bearded dude who’ll sing praises for [leaders] like Zuma for their next plate!”

@Great_Kopi added, “They will attack you sisi. Truth hurts. Almost all SOEs suffer under the ‘father of RET’ [radical economic transformation].”

Social media abuzz as Mr Price launches own beauty range Scarlet Hill

Popular retailer Mr Price has launched it own beauty range called Scarlet Hill – and social media is abuzz with the news.

According to its website, the name is derived from the colour scarlet red, “which is a fierce and sassy version of our iconic MRP red,” and Brickhill Road, where Mr Price’s first-ever store was opened.

Mr Price has roped in talented singer Shekhinah as the face of Scarlet Hill – and she expressed excitement about the opportunity.

‘Dream come true’

“Working with MRP to launch their brand-new beauty brand is honestly a dream come true. From wearing their clothes since childhood, to being a part of something so monumental is so exciting!” she said.

Lungile Thabethe, the sister of TV host and actress Ayanda Thabethe, is also the head makeup artist for the new Mr Price beauty range.

Lungile Thabethe is already a popular makeup artist and YouTuber in her own right. She was at the launch at Gateway Mall in Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal, on Tuesday and shared the news on Instagram.

She wrote, “Thank you @mrpfashion for entrusting me as the Head Makeup Artist for this amazing brand. I hope to be a true reflection of all the brand represents. I have no doubt that you guys are going to absolutely love all these products!”

‘Nothing above R100’

The Mr Price makeup brand includes a range of body, bath, face, skincare, lips, eyes, nail and fragrance products. It also features a range of tools.

Prices begin from R9.99 to R89.99, something social media users noticed immediately for their affordability.

One user, @kelebogiiile, remarked on Twitter, “Mr Price’s beauty range has nothing over R100.”

“Mr Price ALWAYS looking out for the people though. Should be a political party honestly,” added MissLebo_M.

Mr Price’s Scarlet Hill makeup range is already available in stores across the country as well as online on its website.

For more information on which stores stock Scarlet Hill Beauty, visit Mr Price.

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