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Duduzane Zuma wooed guests, Twitterati at ANC’s expensive gala dinner


Twitter on Friday voted suave hottie and Prince Charming, Duduzane Zuma, as the best dressed #VVIP guest at the ANC 108’s expensive gala dinner in Kimberley, Northern Cape.  

Zuma jnr, a local businessman and son of former president Jacob Zuma, turned heads and caused a mini-storm when he arrived at the gala dinner in Kimberley, taking selfies and shaking hands with high-end guests.

He was flanked by several bodyguards.

On the social media platform Twitter, compulsive users, particularly women, praised his elegantly tailored evening suit, saying he oozed confidence, charisma, class and sex appeal.

Other users of Twitter instantly declared him their ideal man crush while others claimed him their future husband-to-be despite him being off the market after he married Shanice Stork.

According to EWN, a table with the president cost attendees a whopping R600 000 while a platinum table for 10 people cost R500 000.

A single seat at the gala dinner cost R5 000.

This is what his fans on twitter, especially ladies, had to say about him.

But some men were not that happy with Duduzane trending.

Chicco Twala hands over his ‘delinquent’ son to police

Sello Chicco Twala


A leaked video has surfaced on Twitter in which South African music star and acclaimed producer Sello ‘Chicco’ Twala hands over his wayward son Longwe to the police, allegedly for stealing a cellphone.

The video, which has since gone viral and was entirely shot inside the Diepkloof police station’s charge office, was posted by a popular ghost Twitter account @AdvBarryRoux#Man’sNotBarryRoux.  

In the video, an enraged Chicco is overheard ordering the Soweto police to shoot his 34-year-old son if he attempts to escape from custody.

He also vows to oppose his bail when he appears in court.

Chicco is heard throwing a few unprintable F-bombs in Sesotho to his delinquent son.

The popular music producer and former manager of the late Brenda Fassie also rebuked his son for bringing his name into disrepute.

While all this drama was unfolding, Longwe was sitting upright on a chair in the charge office with a hangdog expression of a condemned man.

“I’ve always said that I wish he was the one that killed Senzo Meyiwa so that he can rot in jail,” says Chicco.  

“I will never stand for this s**t. Bloody s**t. My name is destroyed. Everyone who sees Chicco Twala they see a criminal. They see a drug-lord, they see all this s**t.”

He also instructs the cops to “put a bullet in him”.

“You have the right to shoot him because he is under arrest at the moment. I am his father. I can witness your shooting. I don’t care. I would rather bury you. You better off dead than for you to destroy my name like this,” he said. 

Chicco has been the subject of a powerful social media campaign accusing him of covering up for his in the unsolved murder of Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper, Senzo Meyiwa.

Meyiwa was gunned down under mysterious circumstances during a so-called ‘failed robbery’ at the controversial music star Kelly Khumalo’s home in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni, six years ago.

 “Senzo Meyiwa. Stealing from people. Drugs and all of that. I can’t stand this s**t. He must never get bail. He must go to jail,” he continues shouting in a fit of rage.

He also lambasted Longwe for wearing an EFF T-shirt while committing the alleged theft and said that this would anger the EFF Commander-In-Chief, Julius Malema.

“You want Julius Malema to actually harass you. Saying Chicco Twala’s son what-what and all this s**t. EFF doesn’t stand for people who steal,” he says.

It is not the first time Longwe has had a brush with the law.

He has had a long history of drug problems since high school.

Before the death of Meyiwa, Chicco admitted that Longwe, who was in a relationship with Kelly’s sister, Zandi, was admitted to a drug rehabilitation centre.

Zandi is now married to Mhlonishwa Gumede, the former Mabala Noise communications manager and well-known Johannesburg impressario.

Efforts by Zonk News reporters to get hold of Chicco Twala drew a blank.


SANDF: Cause of C130 plane crash in DRC still unknown

SAAF C-130BZ Hercules crash in Goma, DRC


The cause of the SA National Defence Force plane crash at Goma Airport in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday afternoon remains unknown, according to defence force officials in Pretoria.

SANDF spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini told Zonk News on Friday that the concrete details of what caused the SAAF C-130BZ Hercules crash are still unknown and under investigation at this stage.

Nobody was injured during the accident and a high-level board of inquiry has been appointed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.

 “We can’t reach any conclusion at this time and it is going to be a long process before we know why this happened,” said Dlamini.

The plane had been deployed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as part of the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission and was on its way back to Goma after delivering logistic supplies in Beni when it crash landed near the Goma airport.


Former Backstage actor Sibusiso Radebe dies, aged 37

Former Backstage actor Sibusiso Radebe dies, 37

Actor Sibusiso Radebe, aged 37, has died. News of his death was revealed by close friends on social media. 

The actor, best known for his roles on Backstage, Home Affairs and Gaz’lam, died on Thursday.

In 2011, he joined the SABC 1 dance reality competition, Turn It Out as a permanent judge.


Failed your Grade 12 exams? Here’s Zonk News’ list of options you can follow to get your life back on track again


Failing matric can be one of shattering experiences, asking yourself if you have done enough or blaming your failure into everything and everyone but remember what they say; there is no use of crying over spilt milk.

What you have to do now is to brush yourself up and look for viable options after failing your matric.

A Facebook post by Kgomotso Moreki got me thinking that those who failed matric might think that it is the end of the world.

The post read: “I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to everyone who expected a pass from me regarding my matric results to my mom and my dad, mommy and daddy I’m so sorry for disappointing you in my last lap of my high school career and I would like to thank you for everything y’all have done for me to reach where I am now,”

He further explained that he filled a re-writing form to write the subjects he failed and he promise to do his best in June.

 “I’m GOING TO PASS this time around trust me! Congratulations to all who made it,’ he said.

 This is the positivity that we need and #BigUps to Kgomotso Moreki for being a man.

At ZonkNew.com we got your back so relax and just choose one of the options:


  The supplementary examination in February/March has been phased out and is therefore no longer available. A new examination is available during May/June where candidates can improve their results or complete outstanding results. The closing date for application is 31 January in the current year.

Conditions for entry:

Candidates can only register for subjects which they were registered for in the previous November examination.

Candidates who opt for the multiple examinations opportunity (MEO) option need to complete the outstanding subjects in the NSC June examination.

Candidates who were absent with a valid reason (medical unfit, death in the immediate family or other special reasons*) from one or more external question papers, may register for the NSC June examination.

Candidates who want to improve their overall achievement status, or only want to improve the achievement of a subject, may register for the NSC June examination.

This includes the MEO candidates.

In the case where a candidate was absent for one or more papers in the November exam with a valid reason, the candidate has the choice whether to write only the outstanding papers or all the papers.

In a case where an irregularity is being investigated, provisional enrolment for NSC June examination may be granted to the candidate concerned, pending the outcome of the investigation.

Candidates who were unable to write or complete one or more of the NSC November examination question papers for reasons other than illness/injury or death in the family, may apply to write the NSC June examination, provided that a written report is submitted by the principal of the school to the Head of the assessment body.

NB: Documentary proof substantiating reason for absenteeism must be submitted at the centre of registration to ensure entry to the June examination. The Statement of Results should also be presented for proof of the November examinations registration.


A candidate may apply at the prescribed fee for the re-mark/re-check of his/her examination scripts. Registration can be done at either the school or district office in the province (all instructions appear on the reverse side of the Statement of Results).

Closing date for applications: 22 January 2020 for both manual applications and for online applications.

Fees for re-marking and re-checking per subject:

Re-Mark: R112.00

Re-Check: R27.00

Viewing of scripts may only be done after a re-mark or re-check of results.

The closing date for applications is 7 days after release of re-mark or re-check results.

The fee for viewing is R219.00

  • If you think you do not qualify for supplementary exams you can re-enroll for the NSC as a full-time repeater candidate at a school without delay, provided that the candidate is younger than 21 years of age.
  • You can also register as a part-time repeater candidate at a Public Adult Education Centre near you.
  • Register for the Senior Certificate (SC) examination which is a school leaving qualification for adults and out-of school learners, provided the validity of the candidate’s SBA has expired
  • Alternatively, candidates that were not successful in their examinations could consider vocational education and training. There are 50 Public Further Education and Training (FET) colleges across all provinces of South Africa comprising over 300 campuses or teaching sites

We Wanted the Album, Rihanna Gave Us Mascara Instead

Rihanna's mascara beauty


We’re only a few days into the new year and Rihanna has already announced her latest gift to fans. Sadly, it’s not her long-awaited R9 album—it’s mascara. Nevertheless, we are very thankful.

After closing out 2019 with a range of Snap Shadows, eight six-pan mini eye shadow palettes that run the gamut from earthy neutral tones to eye-popping pastel shades, Fenty Beauty returned today to announce its foray into a new product category with the launch of the Full Frontal Mascara. As described by the brand, it’s the “ultimate do-it-all mascara designed for a fully exposed lash look” that comes equipped with flat-to-fat brush applicator; the “fat” side picks up most of the product to give your lashes an instant lift, while the flat side works to curl and define.

It’s easily buildable so you can apply as many coats as you want without fear of clumping or smudging against your Snap Shadows or Vivid Liquid Eyeliners, and its water resistant formula protects you from having your very own Lauren Conrad mascara-tear moment.

Available in a rich black shade named “Cuz I’m Black”—sharing the same name as the Fenty Beauty FlyLiner and a nod to Rih’s infamous tweet—Full Frontal officially makes its debut on January 16 on fentybeauty.com, sephora.com and in Sephora stores.

And we still want that album!


Big Brother Africa star Sharon O talks fashion, Ugandan style

Uganda's BBA star Sharon O!

What inspired the outfit?
This was a couture tulle gown made by Fatuma Asha.
How did you zero down to Fatumah Asha to create it for you?
I worked with her because I have seen her previous work on social media as far as red carpet style is concerned, and, I must say that her work is dazzling. I knew she would put my vision to life.
How involved were you in its creation?
Well, with Fatumah Asha, it’s always a discussion, I had five options and we used that as a starting point. We worked together to create it. It took her two weeks working with 220 metres of tulles and beading the detail on it.
220 meters of tulle! How comfortable were you in that gown? Fashion is pain. That’s way too much fabric for one to carry to be honest. It was really heavy, but, on the other hand, it was all good.
How long did it take you to get ready?
It didn’t take me long to dress, remember I have a background in stage performance. We would change from costume to costume within a space of 4 minutes. So I would be lying if I said I took hours to get ready. I managed my time so well and I was on the red carpet by 7.30pm.
Did you have a wardrobe malfunction we didn’t notice?
None, thank God I didn’t trip over.
What was the cost of your entire look head to toe?
I prefer not to mention it.
What impact does this kind of meticulousness have on you as a public figure?
With red carpet dressing, people need to understand that this is a high profile event and it’s very important for someone to look their best. As a public figure, glitz and glamour is part of me, so, whenever there are occasions like this I need to make a statement. These are pictures that are going to flood the internet so it’s important that I have my act together.

You shared on social media that your first gown was inspired by the last episode of the series, Game of Thrones. And the second by The Crown. Why did you choose to pay homage to these series?
They are the most popular series of 2019. I identified a lot with Khaleesi and Queen Elizabeth in The Crown. Because the theme of the event was ‘The Starz’, I had to unleash that side of me. It wasn’t me on the red carpet, it was what I was representing. I can’t call it paying homage, I’m just super obsessed with the two characters.
How did the themes of the two shows reflect in the dresses?
My first dress had floral winter flakes, bare skin which represented freedom, no fear and confidence. Snow represents hard times, no matter what the world brings my way. The second gown was all about royalty evidenced in yellow colour.

You said that the yellow gown was made in exactly two days. Isn’t that so little time for a designer to create a gown with such intricate detail?
I committed to it really late, it was beyond me. I’m just surprised that Dyna Vence (a designer) and her team put exactly what I wanted in such little time.

How involved were you in the creation of both looks?
I gave Fatumah Asha my vision, she created something, showed me and we agreed. I wasn’t so much involved in the rest. For the second look, I specifically chose the colour yellow and Dyna and team did the rest.

And Fatumah had to stitch the flowers on you…
I actually said half the flowers on the dress were put on while it was on my body. This was because Fatumah had to be careful where to put them and where not to, my bust, butt area and cleavage. The glue gun was hot, but look how the dress came out, absolutely perfect.


US rapper Lil Wayne says he would love to visit Nigeria

US award-winning rapper Lil Wayne

US rapper Lil Wayne might become the next celebrity from the United States of America to visit Nigeria in the coming months.

The award-winning rapper made this known during an interview in the United States of America. He was asked where is the one place in the world that he would love to visit and his answer was shocking.

“I have never been to Nigeria and that is the place that I would love to go to, I have never been to and Egypt. I heard Nigeria is lit. I had a whole different idea of the place…” he said.

Well, 2020 is still very young and like the saying goes ‘never say never’ as Lil Wayne might pull a surprise concert on us. We know a lot of people are yet to recover from Cardi B’s visit to Nigeria back in 2019.


Opinion: We Need a Strong Anti-War Movement

• KHURY PETERSEN-SMITH is the Michael Ratner Middle East Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies


The new year opened with the United States committing an extrajudicial assassination in a foreign country by drone. I’m not talking about the January 3, 2020 rocket attack that killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani. I’m talking about the January 1, 2019 drone strike that killed Jamal Al Badawi, an alleged Al Qaeda plotter, in Yemen.

The U.S. carrying out assassinations from above — without trial, without warning — is nothing new.

What was different about the killing of Al Badawi was that the U.S. military was public about it, announcing the killing via Twitter on January 6.

For years, activists, journalists, scholars, and others have been calling for transparency regarding the notoriously clandestine Defense Department and CIA-run drone programs. How one ends up on the lists of people targeted, to whom one appeals to get off of such a list, where the drones are based, and even when they strike are matters that were shrouded in secrecy during the Bush and Obama administrations.

That’s largely remained true under Trump — in fact, it’s even more difficult to get information about civilian casualties now. But here was an example of an assassination by drone being done in the open.

Presumably, the reason to have more information about the drone war is so the people running it can be held accountable for their actions. And yet, given the opportunity to ask questions about the New Year’s Day attack, precious few were asked by Congress or the mainstream media.

Today, as we spiral perilously toward direct military confrontation between the U.S. and Iran, it is worth reflecting on the failures to rein in Trump’s aggression along the way. Given the obvious signs that Trump has been keen to escalate the United States’ many wars — and begin new ones — the complicity of other institutions in Trump’s belligerence, particularly Congress, is stunning.

Crickets from Congress

Trump’s unilateral withdrawal from — and efforts to destroy — the nuclear deal sparked a predictable trajectory of escalating tensions between the U.S. and Iran. Many have pointed that out, most recently former National Security Adviser Susan Rice. What we need to examine more deeply are the decisions between then and now that enabled Trump to pursue such a path.

At several key junctures, lawmakers simply failed to challenge acts of U.S. aggression carried out without even a pretense of accountability, as when Amnesty International documented the fact that the U.S. killed civilians in its escalating air war in Somalia, in a report that received too little attention. Or when journalists reported that the U.S.-led siege against ISIS in the Syrian city of Raqqa was devastating for civilians of that city — whom the U.S. then abandoned, after saying it would help rebuild.

Other times, lawmakers and other officials did raise their voices in opposition to Trump’s foreign policy moves — by saying that he wasn’t committed enough to pursuing U.S. wars. Such was the response when Trump announced that he was withdrawing troops from the Turkish border with Syria. Critics advocated maintaining the open-ended military presence throughout Syria.

But we don’t even have to look back that far.

On December 9 — barely a month ago — the Washington Post began publishing a series of articles known as the Afghanistan Papers, which documented years of lies by U.S. officials and catastrophes caused by U.S. actions in its 18-year occupation of that country. Two weeks later, the New York Times released documents and video, principally testimony from U.S. Navy SEALs, that confirmed the unmistakable war crimes committed by Navy SEAL chief Eddie Gallagher, who had been recently acquitted of the most serious charges — and pardoned by the president.

Here were the major newspapers of record running front-page coverage of serious abuses people should be called to account for. Yet where were the congressional hearings?

Instead of taking steps toward that accountability, Congress did the opposite: It passed a new $738 billion military spending bill, effectively approving and fueling the wars. Despite vocal condemnation of the bill from California Democrats Ro Khanna and Barbara Lee, just 41 House Democrats voted against it, compared to 188 who joined Republicans in passing it.

Among the provisions that Khanna called attention to for being stripped away from the legislation that passed: an amendment he sponsored that denied the president authority to wage war on Iran.

In a national address today, Trump threatened even more sanctions against Iran. As his rhetoric becomes more belligerent — and as he deploys even more troops to the Middle East to set the stage for attacks on Iran — members of Congress’ calls to bring the president into compliance with the War Powers Act are certainly welcome. But the questions that lawmakers are raising now, after the U.S. has already committed an act of war in assassinating Soleimani in Iraq, run contrary to their actions up to this point.

Going into the new year, Congress had already sent the message that Trump and the Pentagon could do whatever they please. And whatever misgivings members of Congress have about military attacks on Iran, the body has supported the sanctions imposed on that country by the United States — which have been disastrous for the Iranian population, and which act as precursors to war.

The so-called War on Terror is completely out of control. What is needed is for the widespread opposition in the U.S. to the wars waged in our names—including attacking Iran — to be turned into a fighting resistance.

We have seen mass protest under Trump—even in its brief moments—have significant impacts. The Women’s Marches may not have ended sexual violence, but they, along with the #MeToo and #TimesUp campaigns, opened the most wide reaching and serious conversations about gender-based abuse in recent memory, and some high profile abusers have been made to account for their actions. (Even a UN convention was passed, though the U.S. hasn’t ratified it.) The spontaneous, mass mobilizations to airports against Trump’s Muslim Ban set back those plans for a time as well.

We need to extend that resistance to a U.S. military machine that’s moving like a runaway train, undeterred by the human costs of its destruction, or even the apparent lack of a strategy from a military perspective.

Popular power matters. There was, in fact, a moment where there was a conversation in Congress about ending U.S. support for Saudi Arabia’s cataclysmic war in Yemen — a war that has only been made possible with U.S. weapons, intelligence, and other forms of support. Despite votes in both houses to stop that assistance, Trump was able to veto the legislation, and the moment passed.

What if there had been mass actions in the streets? Could that effort have been pushed over the line?

We need to ask these questions, and imagine the answers. In doing so, we will be joining in solidarity with various efforts in the Middle East to challenge governments and the foreign powers — particularly the United States — backing them.

After all, the news that dominated headlines out of Iraq for the months prior to the U.S. assassination of Soleimani was that Iraqis were mobilizing en masse against a government whose origins lie in the 2003 U.S. invasion and subsequent occupation, and whose forces are armed and trained by billions of dollars in U.S. aid. (There were Iraqi protests that also targeted Iranian influence in the country.)

In fact, focusing on the movements of people throughout the Middle East, Africa, and Central Asia who find themselves in the crosshairs of the War on Terror must be essential to a movement here that challenges U.S. wars. Imagine the power, for example, of massive U.S. rallies coinciding with the movement inside Iraq to remove U.S. troops from the country. Imagine if more members of the U.S. Congress were compelled to follow Iraq’s parliament in calling for those soldiers to come home.

Behind every Baghdadi

For the few conversations that do take place about our wars, it’s distressingly typical for the people having them forget about the people bearing the brunt of those wars.

After the October 26 killing of ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, for example, Defense Department officials held a press conference at the Pentagon. You can read the transcript. Journalists in the room asked two questions about the storied dog who assisted in the killing operation, and several more about the prospect of U.S. personnel securing Syrian oil fields.

The reporters in the room didn’t ask a single question about whether others besides Al Baghdadi, including civilians, were wounded or killed in the mission.

Thankfully, other journalists did ask. NPR reporters learned that in the same raid where Baghdadi was killed, the Syrian farmer Barakat Ahmad Barakat saw his two friends killed by U.S. rockets—and his own hand severed from his body—as they were caught up in the attack while driving in van.

The three farmers were unarmed. Aside from the trauma of being maimed and seeing his friends killed, Barakat’s work is impossible without his hand. His life as he knew it ended.

Behind every “bad guy” like Baghdadi are masses of ordinary people suffering the endless grind of war—a grind that this country has made ever more brutal, with ever fewer constraints or accountability from the U.S. political system.

It is crucial that we are all talking about Iran now, as we stand on the verge of a new chapter of catastrophes—and work to prevent it. But the killing and destruction of the War on Terror is happening around the world, every day. The lack of attention to it is part of what keeps it going, and sets the stage for the current situation involving Iran, Iraq, and the United States.

The truth is, these wars are criminal, and any conversation about them that doesn’t center the people most impacted is unacceptable. That conversation won’t start in the U.S. government. Instead, it must be raised by those of us outraged by wars that have devastated generations, and who believe that people from Somalia to Afghanistan, and now to Iran—indeed, all of us—deserve a better world.

  • KHURY PETERSEN-SMITH is the Michael Ratner Middle East Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies

Kim Kardashian trolled over sexy, nude Instagram pic!

Reality star Kim Kardashian


Did she keep us waiting for far too long? Well, yes she did. For the first time in 2020, reality star Kim Kardashian posted a picture of herself posing in nothing else but her sexy shapewear line, SKIMS.

This is after Kardashian banned herself from taking nude photos in November last year.

She was immediately savagely trolled by her fans after waiting more than a week to post a very belated Happy New Year message and showing off her curves for her 156 million Instagram followers.

When she posted the picture she wrote: ‘A little late but Happy New Year’.

According to various reports, fans were not really happy by the length of time it took her to finally post the picture.

While many people begged Kim to restock her shape-wear line so they could finally get their hands on some, others questioned why the greeting post took so long.