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The head of South Africa’s state-owned power company Eskom announced his resignation on Friday in a corruption scandal that has embroiled President Jacob Zuma.

Brian Molefe became the first person to step down after a report released last week raised allegations of corrupt links between Zuma, ministers, top officials and the Guptas, a wealthy business family.

“I have, in the interest of good corporate governance, decided to leave my employ at Eskom,” said Molefe in a statement, adding he would resign at the end of the year.
Molefe broke down in tears last week at a press conference where he denied any wrongdoing over accusations raised by the report drawn up the Public Protector, the country’s top watchdog.
The report included allegations that Zuma ensured the Gupta family won huge preferential contracts with state companies such as Eskom.
Cellphone records obtained by investigators showed that Molefe was at or around the Guptas’ home in Johannesburg 19 times between August 5 and November 5, 2015, and made scores of phone calls to Ajay Gupta.
The timing of Molefe’s contact with the Guptas raised eyebrows as it coincided with a Gupta-owned firm negotiating the purchase of a mine that supplies Eskom with coal.
“This act is not an admission of wrongdoing on my part,” Molefe said in his resignation statement.
He said he hoped to prove his innocence and that his name would eventually be cleared.
Economist Peter Montalto, from Nomura International, said Molefe had “no credibility left” after being named in the watchdog’s report.
“The rot in Eskom goes much deeper, the whole board needs to be replaced and there are many others there also implicated,” Montalto said.
Molefe was appointed Eskom CEO in August 2015, following the suspension of his predecessor Tshediso Matona.
The firm has had a series of leadership changes in the past five years, while the country suffered months of regular blackouts last year.
AFP
One of President-elect Donald Trump’s most divisive promises – to ban Muslims from entering America – has reappeared on its website after its temporary disappearance.

Trump’s campaign staff told US media that text of the pledge, posted in December following terror attacks in San Bernardino, California, vanished because of a technical glitch.
It reappeared after journalists questioned the disappearance.
“The website was temporarily redirecting all specific press release pages to the homepage. It is currently being addressed and will be fixed shortly,” the campaign said in a statement.
Trump said in December that Muslim immigrants pose the United States a security threat and called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.”
It was one of a number of his statements — including a pledge to build a wall on the Mexican border and criticism of women who accused him of sexual harassment — that prompted the greatest backlash against his campaign, with accusations of xenophobia.
Later, he shifted to say immigration should be suspended from any country “that has been compromised by terrorism.”
His stance apparently helped win him the presidency with the support of a majority of white, working-class voters.
AFP
The Super Eagles of Nigeria will battle the Desert Foxes of Algeria in a crucial 2018 World Cup qualifiers at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo on Saturday.

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has admitted Algeria will provide his team with their biggest test yet.

Former Niger, Gabon and Burkina Faso coach Rohr has endeared himself to even critics who questioned his credentials and choice as the Super Eagles handler in July after he won his first two games in charge.

In September, he supervised a wasteful Eagles team to beat visiting Tanzania 1-0 in a final 2017 AFCON qualifier.

And the following month, he masterminded a first-ever win in Zambia to get Nigeria’s World Cup qualifying campaign off to a winning start.

“This is one of our biggest games because Algeria are one of the top teams in Africa,” said the Franco-German coach, who has thrown youngsters like Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho into the deep-end with great success.

“It will be difficult, but I am confident in my players to do the maximum to win this game.”

The Eagles have been fortified for this game with the return of William Troost-Ekong, Oghenkaro Etebo and Victor Moses, who is enjoying a new lease of life at Chelsea after countless loan spells.

Algeria will be gunning for a result in Nigeria after they were forced to a 1-1 draw by Cameroon in front of their own fans.

The Desert Foxes have gone through some changes since that draw in Blida with Belgian coach Georges Leekens replacing Milovan Rajevac, who quit after a dressing room row with the country’s top stars.

It’s Leekens second spell with the North Africans and his baptism of fire will be against a team who have regained some self-belief and enjoy a better head-to-head record – 8 wins, 3 draws and 6 losses.

The former Belgium coach’s debut has not been made any easier by injuries to key players like Ryad Boundebouz, Hilal Soudani and Rachid Ghezzal.

Napoli left back Faouzi Ghoulam is “touch and go” as he is battling a groin problem.

But the form of 21-year-old midfielder Nabil Bentaleb at German Bundesliga club Schalke 04 would most certainly be a huge boost.

On loan from Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur, he has rattled in five goals in six competitive games and as a result Schalke have agreed to keep him for another season.

Top star is winger Riyad Mahrez has struck a good understanding with countryman and top striker Islam Slimani at Leicester City this season.

But despite his potent attacking arsenal, Leekens will be cautious with the main objective being that they cannot afford to lose in Nigeria. Mtnfootball

Time: 5pm Nigerian time

Prediction: Nigeria 2-1 Algeria
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Friday, November 11, 2016 arraigned Air Vice Marshall Tony Omenyi (rtd) alongside his company, Huzee Nigerian Company, before Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja on a 3-count charge bordering on abuse of office and money laundering to the tune of N136.325.000.00 (one hundred and thirty six million, three hundred and twenty five thousand naira).

Omenyi is being charged for his alleged role in the diversion of funds meant for the purchase of arms by the military.


The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him.


Upon his plea, counsel to EFCC, M. S. Abubakar, expressed his readiness, subject to the convenience of the court, to commenced trial immediately.


“My Lord, in view of the plea of the defendant and in the light of the provisions of Section 273, 300 (2) of the ACJA, I humbly apply to proceed immediately for trial”, Abubakar said.

Omenyi’s counsel, Wahab Olatunji, urged the court to dismiss the immediate commencement of trial claiming that, they had not been furnished with the statements of both the accused and the witnesses as recommended by the ‘Practice Direction Act, 2013’.



Olatunji’s motion was however overruled by the judge, who held that all the documents required by the ‘Practice Direction’ had already been furnished in three volumes in the charge filed and dated October 11, 2016 by the prosecution.


Olatunji further urged the court to admit his client to bail adding that the law presumed the accused innocent until otherwise proven guilty.


In response, Abubakar kicked, urging the court to refuse the application by the defence.


“My Lord, the punishment should not only be considered, the impact of the crime on the society should be considered too bearing in mind the fact that this case borders on the alleged diversion of funds for the purchase of arms by some members of the military. I urge the court to grant bail judiciously”, he submitted.


Justice Dimgba, after listening to the submissions of both counsels adjourned to November 14, 2016 for the hearing of the bail application and ordered the accused to be remanded in Kuje prison.

A housewife, Jelila Nurudeen, on Friday asked an Ojaoba Sharia Court, Ibadan, to put an end to the union with her husband, Nurudeen Olanrewaju, on grounds of sexual starvation for over seven years.

The mother of three in her petition alleged that her husband was subjecting her to emotional torture by starving her of sex for seven years.
“My lord, all the interventions made so far by this court has yielded no results as Olanrewaju has turned no new leaf.
“I may soon run mad if the court fails to separate us, because I can no longer withstand seven years of sexual drought.
“Should I start visiting the homes of some of the committee members set up to reconcile us to meet my sexual desire?
“Please I am ready to walk away from this union because Olanrewaju has already remarried to another wife, who is now satisfying his emotional desire,” Jelila explained.
However, Olanrewaju, who denied the allegation, rejected the divorce suit.
Olanrewaju who works at Nigeria Tobacco Company Ibadan, said he has been living happily with Jelila and promised to still make his wife happy.
President of the court, Sheikh Ahamad Tiamiyu, advised Jelila to give peace a chance by allowing the committee raised on the matter to do their work.
Tiamiyu adjourned the case till Nov. 17, for progress report.
NAN

Baba Vanga – known as the ‘Nostradamus from the Balkans’ , a blind mystic who predicted Brexit, 9/11, the rise of ISIS and the Boxing Day tsunami has warned that Barack Obama would be the ‘last US president’.

Conspiracy theorists believe the prophetess may have foretold that something will happen to Donald Trump before he is sworn in on January 20, 2017.
The Bulgarian – who died in 1996 aged 85 – was known as the ‘Nostradamus from the Balkans’.
She is revered in Russia for her 85% success rate when it comes to telling the future – with millions convinced that she possessed paranormal abilities.
Now it transpires the clairvoyant made a staggering prophecy about the US election .
Incredibly, Baba correctly predicted that the 44th President of the United States would be black.
She also warned that an economic crisis would prevent the 45th president from taking office, meaning Obama would be the last to serve his term.
Her chilling prediction states: “Everyone will put their hopes in him to end it, but the opposite will happen; he will bring the country down and conflicts between north and south states will escalate.”
Twitter users were quick to reference Baba Vanga’s predictions after Trump’s shock victory in the race for the White House.

Many put faith in Baba’s predictions due to the accuracy of her previous prophecies.

Theorists believe she foretold Brexit – even going so far as to say that Europe as we know it will “cease to exist” by the end of 2016.
Moreover she claimed the continent will be left “almost empty” – and be turned into a “wasteland almost entirely devoid of any form of life”.
Baba’s believers also fear her prediction of a “great Muslim war” and an invasion of Europe by Muslim extremists – stemming from the Arab Spring in 2010 – and conflict in Syria.
She claimed that “Muslims would use chemical warfare against Europeans”.
Critics however claim that people will twist her prophecies to make them seem true.
Baba’s prediction over 9/11 is said to be from a statement she made in 1989.
She predicted: “Horror, horror! The American brethren will fall after being attacked by the steel birds. The wolves will be howling in a bush, and innocent blood will be gushing.”
Baba also said that Europe will be transformed into an Islamic caliphate by 2043, Communism will return by 2076 and there will be war on Mars in 3005.
But she got her prediction for the 1994 World Cup final completely wrong – saying it would be played between “two teams beginning with B”, when in fact Brazil beat Italy 3-2 on penalties.

Mirror

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Authorities at two universities in California said Thursday police were investigating attacks against female Muslim students, one of which was described as a hate crime.

Both attacks came on Wednesday, the day after Donald Trump was elected president at the end of a campaign during which the Republican was criticized for divisive and inflammatory language against Muslims.

In one of the incidents, two assailants confronted their victim at San Diego State University and “made comments about President-elect Trump and the Muslim community,” according to campus police.
The woman had her purse, backpack and car keys stolen. She went to get help and returned to the scene with police officers, only to find her car had been stolen, police spokesman Ronald Broussard said.
The case was being investigated as a suspected hate crime as well as a strong-arm robbery and auto theft, Broussard said.
“Comments made to the student indicate she was targeted because of her Muslim faith, including her wearing of a traditional garment and hijab,” university president Elliot Hirshman and interim police chief Josh Mays said in a joint statement.
San Jose State University police said in a statement they were investigating a similar attack against a female student at a campus parking garage.
A male assailant approached the victim from behind, pulling at the victim’s head scarf, choking and throwing her off balance, according to the statement circulated to students on Wednesday.
“Campus officials are closely monitoring the situation as the investigation continues. No arrests have been made,” university spokeswoman Pat Harris said in an emailed statement to AFP.
“We are, of course, very concerned that this has occurred on our campus. No one should experience this kind of behavior at San Jose State,” she added.
New York University’s Muslim Students Association issued a statement on Wednesday saying engineering undergraduates had arrived that morning to find “Trump” scrawled on the door of their prayer room.
The organization said members were “realizing that our campus is not immune to the bigotry that grips America.”
A Muslim student at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette told police on Wednesday that she was attacked by two men, one of whom was wearing a white hat emblazoned with “Trump.”
Local media reported a police statement on Thursday however alleging that the girl had made up the attack.
The Lafayette Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
AFP

A disturbing video shows the moment a white South African man forcefully puts a wailing black man into a coffin and threatens to set fire to it.

In the footage, which has gone viral online, the unidentified white man thought to be a farmer is seen putting the lid on the coffin after squeezing the victim inside.


He dropped a large stick in order to cram the clearly petrified black man into the casket. He ordered him to get in saying “I want to throw some petrol”

A second male, holding the camera is heard threatening to put a snake in the casket with the young black man. 

The two white men are heard yelling in Afrikaans and Zulu, spoken mainly by South Africans.

One of the commentators on the video, Missy T-kee, claims she is from South Africa.
Below is her interpretation of what transpired.
“The guy putting the lid on the coffin tells the man inside the coffin, to talk (he probably has information about something that happened on their farm) so this is their way of trying to get information out of him. They also threaten to put a snake inside the coffin and throw gas on it. This is the crap that goes on in South Africa. My home country, it breaks my heart. it’s so wrong. both white and black innocent human beings lose their lives daily, because of racial war and genocide. It’s just awful”

Bureau de Change operators have been forced to fix sales of foreign currencies such as dollar, pounds and euros for fear of sanctions by anti-graft agencies and the Central Bank of Nigeria.

For the past three days, naira has been changing for N400 to a dollar at the parallel market.
A licensed BDC operator in Abuja, Alhaji Yusuf Rabiu, said the recent raid of bureau de change establishments by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission forced the operators to reach such an agreement.
Also, it was agreed that Pound sterling would exchange for N540 and Euros for N500.
Usually, the rate of Forex at the BDC segment is based on demand and supply. When demand is higher than supply, each operator uses his discretion to hike the price.
To regulate the segment, CBN recently issued a policy that allowed each BDC to buy dollars from Travelex at N381 per dollar and sell to end users at a maximum of N400 per dollar.
On Wednesday, the Department of State Services (DSS) raided the offices of some BDC in Lagos and arrested operators selling above the stipulated exchange rate.
The DSS operatives posed as end-users who came to purchase dollars from the BDCs. After surveying the market for exchange rate offerings, they arrested some BDC operators who sold above the CBN agreed rates.
“On Monday, EFCC called so many licensed BDC operators. The issue is that they feel we are unnecessarily hiking the rates. But it’s not our fault.
“Right now, their focus is on our business; they have been calling us one by one and we don’t want problem. That is why we have agreed to have a fixed rate for now,” he said,
“After the raid in Lagos, we the Abuja operators met and agreed on a fixed rate so that such will not happen to our members.
Another operator, who preferred anonymity, said the market was slow as people who had dollars were not ready to sell at the existing rate.
He said personally, he had temporarily closed shop to potential customers until he studied the market for the next couple of weeks to determine if the new policy would come to stay.
NAN

Nigerian prophet TB Joshua of the Synagogue of All Nations (SCOAN) has re-uploaded his prophecy that Hillary Clinton would win in the just concluded US presidential election.

The Facebook post mysteriously disappeared on Wednesday following global backlash over the prophecy which turned out to be false.
According to BBC, a source at TB Joshua’s mega-church told the newspaper that the prediction had been “mistakenly deleted and has been re-posted as such is not our policy”.
The popular prophet came under heavy criticism following his inaccurate prophecy.
In the post, Joshua predicted that Clinton would win the election in a “narrow victory” against her Republican rival Donald Trump.
TB Joshua claimed that he saw it all in a vision 12 days before the election.
According to what he saw, the female candidate would win the election.
But, on Wednesday morning, Mr. Trump shocked the world by defeating Mrs Clinton in the tightly contested election.
Below is a video of TB Joshua’s prophecy:

Banjul – The Gambia’s controversial leader Yahya Jammeh on Thursday submitted his candidacy to seek a fifth term in December’s presidential election, saying he would listen only to God for guidance in governing.

Jammeh, 51, took power in a bloodless coup in 1994 and has run the country with an iron fist ever since, surviving successive coup attempts by consolidating his power at every level of society.
After submitting the required documentation to the electoral commission, Jammeh told its chairman: “No matter what people say about me, I am not moved… I don’t listen to anybody because I know what is important.
“It is between me and God Almighty.”
He had harsh words for his critics, or even putative advisors, adding: “You want to listen to everybody and satisfy everybody, you will end up satisfying the evil people.
“Do what is right. Make sure you satisfy the Almighty Allah.”
The president went on to present a policy platform of free education and healthcare for all, adding that his government believed especially in empowering women.
The Gambia has made great progress in the last 20 years in improving literacy and child mortality rates, and the president has in the last year banned child marriage and female genital mutilation.
But his record on civil liberties is less impressive: he has promised to bury critics “nine feet deep” and told the UN Secretary-General to “go to hell” after Ban Ki-moon called for an investigation into an activist’s death in custody.
Intimidation of opposition parties, media repression and politicised security forces have “all but extinguished” the chance of a free and fair election in the Gambia, Human Rights Watch said in a report this month.
Jammeh has attracted worldwide attention for declaring the Gambia an Islamic state, withdrawing the country from the International Criminal Court, and claiming he had concocted a herbal cure for HIV/AIDS.
Gambian opposition parties have decided to join forces to field a single candidate, Adama Barrow, to take on Jammeh on December 1.
The only other candidate is a former ruling party MP, Mama Kandeh, who has been accused of being used to split opposition votes.
AFP

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal who once engaged in a war of words with Donald Trump has made a swift backtrack following the Republican’s shock victory in the US presidential election.

The Saudi billionaire had branded Trump ‘a disgrace to America’ following controversial remarks made during his campaign threatening to ban all Muslims from entering America until the threat of terrorism was more under control.

Reacting to Trump’s remarks last December, the prince took to Twitter and wrote: ‘.@realDonaldTrump You are a disgrace not only to the GOP but to all America. Withdraw from the U.S presidential race as you will never win.’

Trump fired back by tweeting: Dopey Prince @Alwaleed_Talal wants to control our US politicians with daddy’s money. Can’t do it when I get elected #Trump 2016.’

However, within hours of Trump defeating Hillary Clinton in Wednesday’s historic night of voting, the prince swiftly tweeted: ‘.@realDonaldTrump President elect whatever the past differences, America has spoken, congratulations & best wishes for your presidency.’

US President Barack Obama and the President-elect Donald Trump met at the White House this morning for more than 90 minutes in a public display of unity intended to help the country move on after the shocking results of Tuesday’s presidential election.


The two men had never met each other. President-elect Donald Trump said he intended for the getting-to-know-you meeting to last ten to 15 minutes but it went on much longer.

He described Obama as a ‘very good’ man when it was finished as a pack of reporters hurled questions.

He added that he looked forward to receiving Obama’s counsel.
‘I very much look forward to dealing with the president in the future, including counsel,’ he said in a statement. ‘He explained some of the difficulties some of the high flying assets, some of the really great things that have been achieved.’
Obama spoke first, telling reporters his top priority was ‘ensure our president-elect is successful’. 

‘I have been very encouraged by…the interest in President Elect Trump’s wanting to work with my team,’ he said.

They ended the historic White House encounter with a handshake.


A few months back, President Obama had declared Mr. Trump entirely unfit to serve as president.

The family of Chijioke Obioha, a Nigerian national convicted of and given the mandatory death sentence for possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking on December 30, 2008, have been informed that November 18 is Chijoke’s new execution date.

On April 9, 2007, Mr. Obioha was found in possession of more than 2.6 kilograms of cannabis, surpassing the statutory amount of 500 grams that under Singapore law triggers the automatic presumption of trafficking.
Also in his possession were keys to a room containing additional prohibited substances, leading the authorities to presume him guilty of possession and knowledge of the drugs.
Mr. Obioha’s appeal against his conviction and sentence was rejected in August 2010. Maintaining his innocence of the crime, he initially refused to make use of his right to resentencing which amendments to Singapore’s mandatory’s death penalty laws made in 2013 allowed for.
In Singapore, when there is a presumption of drug possession and trafficking, the burden of proof shifts to the defendant. This is a violation of fair trial rights, specifically the presumption of innocence.
After the rejection of his clemency appeal in April 2015, his execution was set for May 15, 2015. It was stayed a day earlier to allow him apply for resentencing. His family were only informed on October 25, 2016 that he had resolved to withdraw his application for resentencing earlier in the year, following legal advice that he would not qualify as “courier” under the amended laws.
Consequently, the Court of Appeal lifted the stay of execution with effect from October 24, resulting in the execution date to be set for November 18.
Mr. Obioha appealed once again for clemency for the President, who has the power to commute his death sentence.
“Chijioke Stephen Obioha graduated in Industrial Chemistry from Benin University in Nigeria. He moved to Singapore in 2005, seeking to join a football club. His family members, who currently live in Nigeria and the United Kingdom, have been unable to travel to visit and had limited ability to assist him. Throughout the duration of the proceedings, they have received sporadic and often delayed updates, including when a legal representative was removed from the case,” Amnesty International stated.
Press Statement

Some of the most controversial proposals Donald Trump made while running for U.S. president were gone from his campaign website by Thursday, including his call to ban Muslims from entering the country and his promise to cancel the Paris Climate Agreement.

The link to his Dec. 7 proposal titled: “Donald J. Trump statement on Preventing Muslim Immigration,” in which he called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” vanished, along with his list of his potential Supreme Court justice picks as president and certain details of his economic, defense and regulatory reform plans.
The Trump campaign did not respond to multiple emails seeking comment on the website changes.
The links, which now redirect readers to a campaign fundraising page, appear to have been removed around Election Day on Tuesday, when Trump won a historic upset against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, according to a website that records historic snapshots of web pages.
Most of Trump’s core policy positions remained on the site, however, including his central immigration promise to build an “impenetrable physical wall” on the border with Mexico and make Mexico pay for its construction.
It was not the first time the Trump campaign has made unexplained changes to its site. The campaign this year also replaced the part of the site describing Trump’s healthcare policy with a different version. When contacted about it by Reuters in September, the campaign put the original page back up.
Reuters


Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has said that it takes great self sacrifice to concede defeat in an election.

Jonathan said this on his Twitter page while congratulating the newly elected President of the United States of America, Mr. Donald Trump.
In a short message, Jonathan saluted the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton for conceding, adding that he knows what she did takes great sacrifice.
He wrote: “I congratulate President-elect Donald Trump. I also salute Mrs Clinton for conceding. Having done this, I know it takes great self sacrifice.”
Mr. Jonathan had himself conceded defeat in the 2015 Presidential elections after he was defeated by the incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari.
South Africa’s scandal-hit President Jacob Zuma faced a no-confidence vote in parliament Thursday, with the main opposition party calling on ruling ANC lawmakers to vote him out of office.
Zuma, who looked certain to survive the vote despite mounting anger within his own party, last week came under further pressure after a corruption probe raised fresh allegations of misconduct.

“To put it plainly, we can choose Jacob Zuma, or we can choose South Africa,” Mmusi Maimane, leader of the Democratic Alliance opposition party, told parliament.
“Many of you have been speaking out against him in recent weeks… I know that there are men and women in these ANC benches who want to do the right thing.”
But Zuma, 74, who came to power in 2009, retains strong loyalty among ANC (Africa National Congress) lawmakers and many party activists, particularly in rural areas.
The Democratic Alliance tabled the no-confidence motion accusing Zuma of wreaking “havoc on our infant democracy”.
The no-confidence vote will be the third in under a year, with the first two easily defeated by the ANC’s majority in parliament.
The corruption report by the country’s top watchdog raised accusations of possible criminal activity in Zuma’s relationship with the Guptas, a business family accused of wielding undue political influence.
It included allegations that the Guptas offered Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas a $44 million (40 million euros) bribe, which he said he refused.
Increasing numbers of anti-apartheid veterans, ANC activists, trade unions, civil groups and business leaders have called for Zuma to resign.
But the ANC leadership scoffed at the no-confidence vote, describing it as “ritualistic” and “founded on spurious allegations and narrow political motives”.
– ‘More powerful than the ANC itself’ –
The ANC, which has ruled since the first post-apartheid elections in 1994, has seen its popularity dive, with local polls in August delivering its worst-ever result.
Zuma’s term in office ends in 2019, but the ANC is due to elect a new party leader at the end of next year and could then decide to replace him as head of state.
South Africa’s highest court this year found the president guilty of violating the constitution after he refused to repay taxpayers’ money used to refurbish his private rural house.
He is also fighting a court order that could reinstate almost 800 corruption charges against him over a multi-billion dollar arms deal in the 1990s.
Despite the groundswell of protest and deep divisions in the ANC, Thursday’s vote in parliament posed no threat to Zuma, said Wits University professor Patrick Bond.
“The key people in the ANC are very supportive of Zuma,” he said.
The Business Day newspaper described Zuma as “back firmly in the saddle” after surviving the latest storm of criticism.
“Zuma has grown bigger and more powerful than the ANC itself,” wrote commentator Carol Paton.
When he leaves office, the three leading possible successors are his ex-wife African Union chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize.
AFP

Minnesota voters have elected the first Somali-American Muslim woman legislator in a state where the uneasy assimilation of large numbers of Somali refugees became an issue in the US presidential campaign.

Ilhan Omar, a 33-year-old former refugee who wears the hijab, ran uncontested for a seat in the legislature of the Midwestern state, home to a sizeable Somali population.

Her victory is notable in a campaign season that saw Republican Donald Trump disparage Muslim immigrants and refugees before going on to win the White House.
REFUGEE VETTING
“Even though his message is supposed to function as a fear element in making sure that we don’t vote, so we don’t see ourselves as part of the American system, it’s had the opposite effect,” Omar told AFP about Trump.
Trump ended up losing Minnesota to his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton 45 to 47 percent.
But in the campaign’s final week the real estate magnate had blamed the Somali community for Minnesota’s travails.
“Here in Minnesota, you’ve seen first-hand the problems caused with faulty refugee vetting, with very large numbers of Somali refugees coming into your state without your knowledge, without your support or approval,” Trump told a rally near Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
“Some of them (are) joining ISIS (the Islamic State group) and spreading their extremist views all over our country and all over the world.”
Nearly a third of Somali refugees resettled in the United States live in Minnesota. They number around 25,000 according to 2010 data, the latest available.
EXTREMISTS
Some of the community’s young men have been lured by extremist groups — notably Somalia’s Shabaab militants — to fight overseas.
In one incident that sent shockwaves through the country, members of the city of St Cloud’s close-knit Somali refugee community expressed shock after one of their own stabbed 10 people at a mall there in September.
Omar entered her campaign rally late Tuesday to the “Rocky Balboa” soundtrack.
After Omar’s victory speech, her supporters, many young immigrants or first generation Americans, clustered around her and waited for their turn to take a selfie with the newly elected state representative.
She learned of Trump’s pending White House victory from an AFP reporter.
POLITICAL ASSENT
“It’s going to be very tough, we have to figure out how to organise the community to prepare for what’s to come. We have to amplify our voices of love against the rhetoric of hate,” Omar said.
Omar’s political assent had less to do with her Somali community, though, than with her efforts to broaden her support to include other minority groups such as other East African immigrants, white liberals and college students.
“That’s a very important transition that we’ve seen in America, as Germans, the Irish Catholics and the Jews and others have come to the country,” said Lawrence Jacobs, director of the Centre for the Study of Politics and Governance at the University of Minnesota.
“The politics starts off as purely ethnic, and then it evolves into coalition building.”
TRUMP REBUKE
That Omar, as a Somali-American, appears to now be making a similar transition is a “very positive development,” Jacobs said.
Omar, who takes office January 3, says among her priorities are increasing funding and access to education, as well as criminal justice reform.
Memoona Ghan, a 35-year-old woman from Maple Grove, Minnesota, said her victory felt like rebuke to Trump and inspiration for the Muslim community in the state.
“Seeing her up there is quite inspiring, not only for us but for the youth as well. It’s a source of pride for all Muslims, not just the Somali community, that Ilhan is up there, and winning,” said Ghan.
AFP

The Federal High Court, Abuja has admitted Femi Fani-Kayode to bail in the sum of N50 million and one surety in like sum.
The court, however, remanded him in Kuje Prison pending the perfection of his bail condition.

Fani-Kayode was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) before Justice John Tsoho on a fresh five-count charge bordering on money laundering.
The ex-aviation minister was accused of allegedly collecting N26 million from the office of the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki and using the money for media campaign.
Count two of the charge reads: “You, Femi Fani-Kayode, converted N26 million cash paid from the office of the National Security Adviser for the purpose of media campaign.
“You ought to have reasonably known that the said funds formed part of an unlawful act contrary to section 15 (2) (b) of the Money Laundering Act.”
His counsel, Mr Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN) in arguing his bail application, told the court that his client had been kept in EFCC custody in the last 21 days without a warrant of arrest or detention from the court.
Adedipe called the court’s attention to a sister case where his client allegedly misappropriated N1.2 billion but had been granted bail and had not breached the terms of his bail.
He also said that the offence his client was accused of was a bailable one and urged the court to admit him to bail on self recognition or on liberal terms.
The prosecuting counsel, Mr Johnson Ojogbane, however, argued that even though, the defence had filed the bail application before the arrest and arraignment of the defendant, he responded to the application in good faith.
“Ordinarily, we should not have responded to the bail application since it was filed long before today, but out of respect to this honourable court and in good faith, we have decided to respond,” Ojogbane said.
While admitting that the defendant had been in the EFCC custody in the last 21 days, he said that the arrest and detention was for the sole purpose of bringing him before the court according to the constitution.
Justice Tsoho, in his ruling, agreed that the offence the defendant was accused of was bailable.
Tsoho said that the fears expressed by the prosecution in their counter affidavit that the defendant was a flight risk and was likely to temper with evidence were only speculative.
He also said that there was no evidence to show that when the defendant was granted bail in the sister case or that he breached the conditions of his bail.
Tsoho, therefore, set in the conditions for bail to include that the defendant would deposit his travel documents with the court.
Others are that the surety must be resident in Abuja, own landed property and produce the original documents of the property for citing and inspection.
Justice Tsoho also ordered that the defendant and sureties must produce two recent passport photographs and adjourned for commencement of trial till Dec. 25.
Fani-Kayode pleaded not guilty to the charges levelled against him.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Fani-Kayode is already facing a 17-count charge of money laundering before the Lagos division of the court.