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Idols Season 14 is finally here!

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THE quest to find the next Mzansi’s idol has begun…Season 14 premieres on Sunday, 8 July at 17:00 CAT on Mzansi Magic, packed with drama, fashion, tears, triumphs and unforgettable moments. Season 14 of Idols SA promises to change the game, taking entertainment to another notch, from bringing dreams to a reality, showcasing singing talent accompanied by entertaining wooden mic moments to the emotional journey to stardom and so much more.

It would not be a great season without the infamous judges, like Unathi tearing up. The colorful “Whoo Shem” Somgaga with his hilarious and extra personality returns to shape and inspire some of Season 14’s Idol wannabes. Lastly, Randall returns to bring about a different sort of subtle entertainment that only those with the tuneful ear will understand.

Who better to offer his shoulder for comfort than our Host, Proverb. He still has the tough role to play as a hero that consoles Idols hopefuls and congratulates the ones that make it to another round.

South Africa’s most popular reality singing show kicked off auditions phase in Kwazulu-Natal at North Beach Amphitheatre in South Africa. In the past years Durban constantans have always came in large numbers to showcase their talent. This year’s audition was no different. Musa Sukwene, the Idols SA Season 9 winner filled a seat on the panel as a guest judge. We will see he how handles being on the other side of the fence.

The journey of finding Mzansi’s next Idol continued to Cape Town’s Century City Conference Centre. Hopefuls came in numbers having been inspired by Paxton’s rise to stardom in Season 13. South African’s award-winning multitalented House producer, DJ Cleo filled the guest judge’s seat for Cape Town.

If the Capital City Pretoria had a personality it would be vibrant and entertaining. Who better to be on the hot seat as a judge than the ever-entertaining, fly kicking-musician Dr Malinga.

The final stop for the auditions was Johannesburg where the legendary Dr Rebecca Malope brought her warm personality and extensive music experience to play.

Idols made its way to Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth and Polokwane for pop up auditions with the help of Telkom.

Get the 411 and be sure not to miss Idols SA Season 14 starting Sunday, 08 July 2018 on Mzansi Magic. Whose talent will warm the hearts of Mzansi people, whose vocals will fall short and who will be the next Mzansi’s idol?

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Lusaka man apprehended for allegedly assaulting two surveyors

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POLICE  in Lusaka have apprehended a suspect identified as Situmbeko Silume aged 43 of Mtendere East.

This is in a matter  in which two  land surveyors  were allegedly assaulted in Mikango area by a mob.

The incident occurred  on  January 20, 2023 at around 12:45 hours in Mikango area.

Police assistant public relations officer Godfrey Chilabi said investigations indicate that  Colonel Charles Mulenga a Zambia Army officer and Hargai Mulenga  both  surveyors  were doing land surveying works in Mikango  area when a  mob attacked them.

“In the process, the two surveyors  were assaulted  and had their surveying equipment  grabbed.

The suspect is detained in custody while a manhunt for the other accomplices  has been instituted,” Mr Chilabi said.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 26th January, 2023)

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A traditional healer disappears with client’s motor vehicle after promising to heal the son, police say

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A TRADITIONAL healer of Lusaka’s Mandevu area has disappeared with a motor vehicle of a client that he assured of healing his son with a mental condition.

The 61-year-old victim is believed to have sort the help of doctor Salapo and handed him over his Toyota Prado valued at K137,000 in exchange of healing his son with a mental condition.

However, the traditional healer has since bolted to another country and police have since launched a manhunt.

Police assistant public relations officer Godfrey Chilabi said police in Lusaka are investigating a case of Obtaining Goods by False Pretences involving a Traditional Healer who is believed to have gotten away with a motor vehicle  belonging to his client.

“On January 25, 2023, Police received a report from a named man  aged 61 of Lusaka that his Toyota Prado valued at K137,000 was fraudulently obtained by a Traditional Healer only identified as Doctor Salapo of MandevuCompound.Investigations reveal that  the complainant has a son with a mental health condition.He engaged  the said traditional healer to treat his son,” he said.

He said that since the complainant had no money to pay, he was asked  to surrender his motor  vehicle together with the  white book as surety before the commencement  of treatment.

“The complainant handed over the vehicle as instructed.However,the patient was not treated and  the traditional healer has since  disappeared with the said  motor vehicle. He is believed to have fled to a named neighbouring country.A manhunt  has been launched,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 26th January, 2023)

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Boys too are not safe, mother narrates sodomy of her autistic son

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VISIBLY broken, a woman testified how she discovered that her 10-year-old son who has autism was sodomised on two occasions by a 25-year-old man from the neighbourhood in Chungu Townshhip, Lusaka.

Apart from autism, which is a spectrum disorder related to brain development that impacts how a person perceives and socialises with others, the victim is now facing the trauma of being sodomised, allegedly by Peter Jere, who is believed to be HIV positive.

On Tuesday, the child’s mother told Lusaka Magistrate Sheila Mweene that her son was molested twice and on the day she discovered the incident, his alleged aggressor had picked him from home around 15:00hours and the boy only returned in the evening .

The court also heard that when the boy returned home after 18:00hours, he disclosed that he had been sodomised by Jere, alias Manyoni.

The alleged sexual abuse allegedly happened on March 3 and 4 this year.

When Jere first appeared in court, he claimed that he was not mentally fit for prosecution but a psychiatrist’s report indicated that he can stand trial.

During continued trial on Tuesday, the child’s mother narrated that the second time her child was sodomised, the incident happened in an unfinished church building.

She testified that on the material day, the victim, who is usually withdrawn, kept calling her several times but was not saying anything.

“I proceed to the sitting room where I saw my son crying. I asked him why he was crying and he started telling me that ‘Manyoyi removed my clothes and started having sex with him from behind,” the woman narrated.

The child also informed her that the experience was very painful.

“I then told him to remove the cloths, his porta was red. I then got my son and proceeded to Chunga police to report the matter. I then went to the accused’s residence but never found him,” she said.

The victim was later taken to the University Teaching Hospitals for treatment the following day where he was examined and placed on Pre-exposure prophylaxis treatment.

“I was told by hospital staff that that the results were to be sent to the police once out. After sometime, I went to the police to ask if the results are out but they told me I can’t access the results unless from court” the woman narrated.

The court heard that the accused was later arrested at the victim’s house where he went to apologise for his actions in the company of his mother.

“The accused came with his mother to my house, they pleaded that he should not be jailed because he is sick and HIV positive,” the woman narrated.

In cross examination, the accused asked what colour of clothes he wore when he went to the victim’s house.

“I did not pay attention because I was angry,” the witness replied.

At this point, the victim was called into the courtroom to testify but journalists were excused since the Child Code Act does not allow coverage of juveniles.

Trial continues next month.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 26th January, 2023)

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