By Panashe Chigumadzi (@panashechig)
This week’s important news and newsmakers from South Africa and around the world.
1. From Siyanqoba to Siyabonga – the ANC counts it’s fifth election victory
After months of campaigning, the African Nationalist Congress (ANC) held their ‘Siyabonga’ celebratory rallies this weekend after they won their fifth consecutive election, taking 62%. Although a landslide victory, this was the lowest in their history, losing them their two-thirds majority. Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance (DA) grew to 22% of the vote and new players, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), took 6% of the vote.
2. Video released reportedly showing missing Nigerians girls alive
A 27 minute video, obtained by the agency Agence France-Presse (AFP), allegedly shows about 100 of the 276 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram fighters nearly a month ago. In this video, a man identifying himself as Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, says the girls have been ‘converted to Islam’ and will not be released until all Boko Haram prisoners in Nigeria are freed.
If the video which shows the girls sit quietly on the ground, dressed in traditional Islamic hijab, barely moving, chanting ”Praise be to Allah, the lord of the world,” is true, this is the first time they’ve been seen since their abduction on the 14th April.
According to AFP, Nigeria’s Interior Minister has said that the country would not be interested in negotiating any prisoner exchanges.
3. Apple to acquire Beats for $3.2 billion
In a video of Dre Dre in studio with Tyrese Gibson, Dre seemed to confirmed the deal as he listened to his ecstatic friend saying, “The Forbes List just changed”.
According to reports, Apple would control both the headphone business and its new streaming music service owned by Beats, which was founded by Dr Dre and the veteran music industry producer and executive Jim Iovine.
Despite claims that he will be hip-hop’s first billionaire, it is unlikely that Dre, who owns 20% of the company will become one. According to Forbes, he would become rap’s richest man, with a net worth of around $800 million. Meanwhile, Iovine who owns 25% is more likely to be the billionaire of the two.
4. The 10th anniversary of Brenda Fassie’s death
The 9th May saw the 10th anniversary of Brenda Fassie’s death. The weekend saw a number of tributes including the launch of the Brenda Fassie Legacy tour by her son Bongani Fassie and the launch of Bongani Madondo’s anthology of essays collected in the book ‘I’m Not Your Weekend Special: Portraits on the Life+Style+Politics of Brenda Fassie’.
Launched on SABC 1′s Live Amp, the Brenda Fassie Legacy Tour will travel through all nine provinces from October to December 2014.
5. Mazibuko leaves her DA parliamentary leader job for Harvard
A blow was dealt to the DA when it’s caucus leader Lindiwe Mazibuko announced to the press that she would be leaving to study at Harvard for a year.
Fierce debate ensued over the weekend, as many defended and applauded her decision to study, while others, such as the ANC Minister of Sports and Recreation Fikile Mbalula cast aspersions on the politics of her decision.
It has been speculated that her resignation came after a fallout last year with party leader Hellen Zille over transformation. This was disputed by Zille.
This is not the first time a rising star in the DA has left to study. Mazibuko’s resignation prompted a number of comparisons to Raenette Taljaard, the youngest woman to become an MP in South Africa, who left to study at Yale after being chief of staff to then DA leader Tony Leon.
She leaves a vacancy in the DA that political analyst Eusebius McKaiser describes as a ‘headache’ for the opposition party as it now deals with issues of the ‘look’ of its leadership and its so-called policy of ‘meritocratic nonracialism’.
Read her resignation letter here.
Power to her for choosing herself.
6. Solange attacks Jay Z at a Met Gala elevator
Social media was abuzz on Monday night after seeing gossip site TMZ’s alleged video of Solange Knowles attacking brother-in-law Jay Z while Beyonce stood calm and watching.
There was no audio in the video taken from elevator surveillance footage as the three left the Met Gala, leaving much speculation as to what really transpired. Once they had left the building, the two sisters left in one car, while Jay Z was forced to take another.
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