Jul 20, 2018 Last Updated 10:40 AM, Jul 19, 2018


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The state reveals it has identified all the witnesses in the Misozi Chanthunya murder case.

This comes as the case will from July 23 to 27 enter its prosecution stage.

Chanthunya is being accused of murdering his pregnant Zimbabwean girlfriend Linda Gasa.

The issue of Chanthunya made headlines in September 2010 after 25-year-old Gasa went missing for almost a month.

The second-year Malawi College of Accountancy student was later found in Chanthunya’s private cottage in Mangochi district.

The married Chanthunya, 35, reportedly went to the Lake Malawi resort district to discuss with Gasa, his secret lover, about her five-month-old pregnancy. He wanted her to abort but she refused.

Later Gasa’s body was found in a decomposed state at Chanthunya’s cottage.

He then fled Malawi as the police launched a manhunt for him

The murder suspect was fighting his extradition in South African courts since but last month he withdrew his objection and agreed to be extradited to Malawi.

A week after his extradition Chanthunya was taken by investigators to the Lake Malawi resort district of Mangochi the alleged crime scene to obtain further information

Pilirani Masanjala Spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice emphasizes that all is set for justice to prevail on the matter.

“The first witness will be paraded on July 23, and after all the witnesses have testified a ruling will be made on whether he has a case to answer or not.”

A forum of local Civil Society Organisations and rights defenders under the banner ‘Black Economic Empowerment’ is lamenting the ill treatment of Prominent Malawians plying their trade in South Africa.

The grouping comprising of religious leaders, youth readers the business community was formed with an aim of fighting victimisation, persecution and marginalisation of Malawians both in and outside the country.

Following numerous allegations against Shepard Bushiri and another Malawian Simbi Phiri of khato Civils, the grouping is calling for the South African authorities to come out clear on why prominent Malawians doing business in South Africa are being harassed for unjust reasons.

Recently, Bushiri who is also the executive chairman for Shepard Bushiri Investment SBI had his gadgets such as phones and laptop confiscated by the Hawks of South African upon his arrival in that country from crusade in the United States of America.

This According to the police, was done inoder to check information regarding his businesses and transactions as he is accused of laundering millions of rands out of South Africa.

On the other hand, Simbi Phiri has on several occasions been accused of the same crime by the South African and Botswana governments but nothing has come out to prove them otherwise.

Addressing members of the press in Lilongwe, chairperson of the Black Economic Empowerment who is also the chairperson of the Malawi Human rights Consultative committee Robert Mkwezalamba, revealed that the grouping is in the process coming up with a petition to be presented to the South African high commission to Malawi to look into the victimisation of Malawians in the Rainbow nation.

He notes the actions of the South African authorities are xenophobic in nature and that something needs to be done to ensure that human rights are protected at all cost.

Said Mkwezalamba: “were are engaging the South African embassy, letters are being drafted but we firstly wanted to address people in the country through the media on what is happening in South African”

Meanwhile Mkwezalamba revealed that his grouping is in talk with Khato Civils owner Simbi Phiri to share his experience on the matter.

He observed that the two prominent Malawian business magnets are facing similar challenges despite their tremendous contributions towards the development of the South African economy which hugely relies on foreigners.

“We are not jumping anyone, I can tell you that we are taking steps forward and we will be meeting Mr Simbi Phiri very soon and we will let you know the outcome of our meeting.” He added.

It is expected that the Malawi government will also be petitioned on the matter for it to liaise its South African counterparts on how best to protect Malawians living in South Africa.

South Africa's Premier Soccer League moved quickly to promise increased security at domestic matches, following the violent scenes which marked the end of Saturday's FA Cup semi-final between Kaizer Chiefs and Free State Stars.

Fans of the Chiefs, the country's most popular club, ran amok after they lost 2-0 to their unfashionable opponents.

At least 18 people were injured, including a security guard who was brutally assaulted in full view of the main stand at Durban's Moses Mabhida Stadium.

There was an estimated US$800,000 worth of damage caused by a spree of wanton destruction - much of it captured on film.

They broke television cameras, audio equipment and advertising hoardings, pulled up power cables and even set fire to a small section of seats in the stands.

Police and other security personnel were overrun by the post-match invasion as angry Chiefs supporters swarmed onto the field, trying to get at their coach Steve Komphela, who has been under fire for months after going through a third season without any trophy success.

He quit immediately after the match saying he did not want to be the reason for rioting at games.

Irvin Khoza says fans who attend matches need to be reminded of their responsibility at grounds.

"The league held a meeting and noted the increasing criminality, especially at highly supported matches - and a strong message must be sent to deal with this trend. It cannot be allowed to continue.

"Supporters have to manage their expectations. No club goes there intending to lose.

"You can't use violence as a means to show your frustration and the clubs cannot solely be held responsible. Fans need to use other means to raise their concerns, not violence."

The country's new sports minister Tokozile Xasa led the condemnation of the violence at the iconic Durban venue, built specifically for the 2010 World Cup.

"We can't wait for another person to die before we act. How did supporters manage to storm the ground and endanger people's lives? Football is a beautiful game and I can't idle while few supporters are making a skunk of our game," she said.

On Monday, Premier Soccer League chairman Irvin Khoza - at a hastily called news conference in Johannesburg - promised to beef up security in the future, ensure better trained security personnel, and increase their security budget.

"The league is extremely shocked at the violence that took place at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. I want to make it clear that there is no place for violence in our stadiums and society," Khoza said.

"The league takes its responsibilities to secure the safety of the fans, players and officials very seriously. There will be a thorough investigation. We also note the trend of increasing violence at stadiums," he added.

The violence on Saturday played out on television until the feed was broken by vandals, who ran onto the field.

There were similar incidents last year when Khoza's own club Orlando Pirates were beaten 6-0 at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria by Mamelodi Sundowns and Pirates' fans also ran amok.

Last week, some 13 months after the incident, Pirates were finally punished and will play their next home league game against Bidvest Wits at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Wednesday behind closed doors.

It has been criticised as ineffective punishment.

The South Africa Football Association (Safa) has pledged its 'unqualified' support for Morocco's bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

Morocco is up against a joint bid from Canada/Mexico/United States and is aiming to become the second African country to host the World Cup after South Africa in 2010.

"It is an old myth that Africa doesn't have the capacity and naysayers should stop using the political argument," said Safa president Dr Danny Jordaan.

"Africa hosted the best Fifa World Cup ever and with good support, Morocco can emulate South Africa," the Safa President added.

Morocco are making their fifth bid to host the tournament. 

They have previously campaigned for the right to organise the 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010 editions.

Former Cameroon goalkeeper, Joseph-Antoine Bell, is visiting South Africa as part of a delegation representing the Morocco bid.

"South Africa showed the way and I am confident Morocco will follow suit. The country has international standards; from the stadiums to top infrastructure. Morocco can compete with the best in the world," Bell said.

"Morocco needs South Africa's voice, it is the loudest voice on the continent," added the Cameroonian.

South Africa's backing for Morocco's 2026 bid follows similar pledges of support from both Algeria and Guinea-Bissau.

The hosts for the 2026 World Cup will be decided in Russia on 13 June.

South Africa based church leader, Shepherd Bushiri, is still under investigation over money-laundering allegations.

This is according to officials of that country’s elite crime investigation unit, The Hawks.

The announcement, according to Malawian online newspaper, The Express, contradicts what the spokesperson of the self-styled prophet Ephraim Nyondo said, that the investigation was closed due to a lack of evidence.

Bushiri is based in South Africa, from where some of his followers told the police that he was illegally sending up to R 15 million, about MK 900 million, a month to Malawi.

The church leader has refuted the allegations.

The spokesperson of the Hawks, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, has told The Express in a telephone interview, that the investigation is still underway.

He describes the claims that The Hawks had called off their enquiries as untrue.

Accordint to the BBC, Bushiri - who has more than 2.3 million likes on Facebook and filled Johannesburg's FNB Stadium on New Year's Eve.

The church leader is known as much for his lavish lifestyle as for his successful ministry, which stretches across Africa.

He came under fire last year after it emerged he was charging between 1,000 and 25,000 rand to attend a gala dinner with him, South Africa’s News24 reported.

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