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Former South African President Jacob Zuma Joins Twitter

The former president joined the popular social media platform late last night.

Former South African president Jacob Zuma, who resigned in February of this year after a controversial tenure, has recently joined Twitter. He tweeted a video of himself for the first time last night speaking about how he was thrilled to join an important space for conversation.


Clad in a Mandela-esque floral silk shirt, and charismatic as always, Zuma tweeted his first official video on Twitter late last night. In the video, he says:

"I've decided to move with the times and join this important area of conversation because I hear that many are talking about me as well as others calling themselves Zuma. I have felt it necessary to join in and be part of the conversation."


South Africans have welcomed him warmly (respectfully even) and with tremendous excitement. Within the first 15 minutes of Zuma having joined Twitter, he already had about 1000 followers although he is yet to follow anyone himself. He is currently sitting at 12.1k followers with two tweets.



Zuma's second tweet however, was a prompt response to a Twitter follower who had posted fake bank details claiming they were Zuma's and urging the public to raise funds for him in light of the High Court's recent decision that he should foot the bill for his own legal fees and pay back the millions of rands worth in legal fees the state had already incurred.

The news of Zuma's debut on Twitter is trending under "ubaba" which is an isiZulu reference to "father," and has been used many times to address the former president. Even the EFF leader Julius Malema took to welcoming Zuma onto the platform.

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Thousands Left Homeless After Tropical Cyclone Eloise Hits Mozambique

Mozambicans are stranded after cyclone Eloise struck this past Saturday and displaced close to 7000 people following damage caused by the storm which destroyed houses, crops, schools and hospitals.

Mozambique has reportedly been hard hit by cyclone Eloise which landed in Mozambique this past Saturday. The cyclone made landfall in central Mozambique on 23 January causing immense flooding and infrastructure damage. Close to 7000 people in the coastal province of Mozambique have reportedly been displaced. This follows after Eloise destroyed more than 5000 houses. Furthermore over 100 000 hectares of viable crops have been destroyed along with nine schools demolished, 17 schools have been damaged as well as 11 hospitals.

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Peep MTV Base’s Hottest MCs New Wave 2021 List

Here's the full list of MTV Base's annual list of the hottest South African new wave MCs.

In recognition of the new wave, MTV Base, since last year, follows up their main Hottest SA MCs List with Hottest MCs New Wave.

As is always the case every year, the list was decided upon by a panel of insiders who are clued up on South African hip-hop.

This year's panel members were: DJ Nikki Newlands, music curator Kabelo Makhudu, DJ Zan D, writer Misa Narrates, event MC and presenter Uncle Vinny and journalist Jade Kelly. The panel was hosted by MTV Base presenter and rapper Tshego Koke.

Below is the final list:

MTV Base’s Hottest MCs New Wave 2021 List

1. Blaq Diamond

2. Touchline

3. Lucasraps

4. Dee Koala

5. 25K

6. Indigo Stella

7. Maglera Doe Boy

8. Tumi Tladi

9. Hanna

10. Benny Chill

Photo by Veli Nhlapo/Sowetan/Gallo Images/Getty Images

South Africa Mourns Passing of Jazz Legend Jonas Gwangwa

South Africans are paying tribute to Oscar-nominated Jonas Gwangwa following the jazz artist's passing this past weekend.

Tributes have been pouring in for jazz musician Jonas Gwangwa after he passed away this past Saturday. South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, paid tribute to Gwangwa via the presidential Twitter account. The passing of the 83-year-old jazz veteran has led to a flurry of tributes from South Africans. Gwangwa was a legendary trombonist and anti-Apartheid icon known for hit songs "Morwa" which was a staple played at many a social event. The musician was Oscar-nominated, together with George Fenton, for their composition of the original score and theme song for the internationally recognised South African film Cry Freedom.

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