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Nakhane Touré Is Scared For His Life After Online Death Threats

The actor had to cancel a film shoot in the Eastern Cape because he feared for his life.

South African singer and actor Nakhane Touré cancelled a film shoot in the Eastern Cape last week, City Press reports.


Touré fears for his life after receiving multiple death threats online, especially on Facebook, for starring in The Wound, a movie that, according to some Xhosa men, disrespects the sacred initiation custom.

Touré told the paper that he can’t go to the Eastern Cape and Cape Town, where there is a high Xhosa population, and a lot of the threats have been coming from.

The singer, however says he doesn’t regret being part of the movie, as he feels it doesn’t reveal any initiation secrets, and most of the people who are angry have only seen the movie’s trailer.

He also commented on the double standards of the people who are attacking him online. “These men are nowhere to be seen when Xhosa initiates are sexually assaulted during initiation,” he was quoted as saying by City Press. “Instead, they hide behind their secrecy. Where is your anger when women are raped and murdered?”

Read Touré's full interview with City Press here.

 

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Zambian President Edgar Lungu Collapses During Televised Ceremony

Secretary to Cabinet, Simon Miti confirmed that the head of state experienced sudden dizziness during a commemoration ceremony in Lusaka on Sunday.

"His Excellency the President of The Republic of Zambia Dr Edgar Changwa Lungu, this afternoon experienced sudden dizziness while officiating the 45th Defence Force Day Commemoration and Investiture Ceremony. His Excellency recovered immediately and walked to the official car and returned to his residence at The State House," said Secretary to Cabinet Simon Miti in a statement.

This is not the first time the 64-year-old has collapsed during a public engagement. In 2015 President Lungu was rushed to hospital after collapsing during a Women's Day event, according to a report by The Mail and Guardian. After being discharged from Maina Soko Military Hospital in his home country, he was forced to receive specialist treatment in neighbouring South Africa.

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