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Four years ago, the South African government granted amnesty to hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans — who had fled to that country seeking asylum from political violence at home.

But now, the Pretoria government is tightening its immigration laws — a move which could make it difficult for many Zimbabweans to remain.

Turmoil in Zimbabwe over the years has forced huge numbers of Zimbabweans to flee into neighbouring South Africa.

Some officials estimate that two million

A BOGUS Pentecostal pastor, fled an angry mob recently at the popular Egodini rank in Bulawayo after his fake miracles were exposed when one of the "healed cripples" who was used to stage-manage the event turned out to be a popular able-bodied tout who operates from the Registrar General's office.

The 10-minute drama, which occurred at the open space opposite Power Sales shop, at around 4pm has left many witnesses doubting the genuineness of a glut of miracle pastors emerging all over

An international human trafficking syndicate masquerading as an employment agency is believed to be luring Zimbabwean women to China where they are coerced to work as club strippers and to participate in the production of pornographic material.

The syndicate, believed to comprise a Zimbabwean based in Beijing and an undisclosed number of Chinese nationals, is using Harare-based runners to recruit the women.

Investigations by news crew revealed that a significant number of victims

First Lady Grace Mugabe yesterday stunned people attending World Blood Donor Day commemorations in Chinhoyi when she called for rapists to be beheaded saying they were inflicting untold suffering on women.

"Those who commit heinous crime like rape should be immediately sent to the gallows kuno chekwa musoro chaiko because munhu iyeye haana kukodzera kurarama," said Mugabe while officiating at the event.

The commemorations come at a time the country is facing a critical shortage of

A STINGY Bulawayo mum beat up her six-year-old daughter with a cable and further dropped burning plastic in her mouth accusing the girl of stealing a piece of meat from the pot.

Neighbours noticed the abuse and tipped the police who responded by arresting the mother.

Sibongile Sibanda, 31, appeared before a Bulawayo magistrate Willard Maphios Moyo last Tuesday charged with physical abuse.

"The accused beat up her six-year-old daughter mercilessly all over the body using a wire

DISGRUNTLED members of the MDC-T Bulawayo province want former provincial chairman Mr Gorden Moyo to be expelled from the party and recalled from representing the party in Parliament accusing him of being a coward and sellout.

Mr Moyo last Friday announced that he was resigning from the helm of the party in the province citing what he termed confusion, infighting and violence which was similar to the chaos that had taken place in the building of the Biblical tower of Babel.

He

Twenty-four members of the Johane Masowe eChishanu sect who were on Thursday granted bail by the High Court had, as of Friday, raised only $200 out of the required $2 400.

High Court judge Justice Esther Muremba ordered the accused to pay $100 each as part of their bail conditions, despite the state's submissions that they fork out $10 each as they had no other sources of income.

The vapostori lawyer, Obey Shava of Mbidzo, Muchadehama and Makoni law firm, yesterday said he was not

Earlier in the year, the Bulawayo-based Prophet Blessing Chiza made headlines over a string of soccer predictions and earned the moniker of being a 'soccer prophet'.

His 15 minutes of fame was up when he erroneously predicted the scoreline of a crucial African Cup of Nations qualifier in which his wrong prediction sent soccer fans across the country seething with anger.

Chiza never formally apologised to the soccer community over that incident save to say “that he had not seen

Some of the wives of the arrested Vapostori belonging to Madzibaba Ishmael Mufani led Johane Masowe Wechishanu have called on their member of the National Assembly to intervene following threats by some of the leadership in their area to force them out of Harare.

The wives told the news crew that they are being victimised for crimes of their husbands.

The wives made an appeal to their legislator, Cde Shadreck Mashayamombe, who in turn urged them to remain calm while he brings the

Nigeria's former president Olusegun Obasanjo told media some of the schoolgirls kidnapped by militant group Boko Haram in April may never return, in the most pessimistic comments yet on their fate from a member of the political elite.

Obasanjo said President Goodluck Jonathan's administration had taken too long to respond to the mass abduction. Once Jonathan's mentor and one of his strongest political allies, Obasanjo turned against him in December.

"I believe that some of them

A SEX-STARVED Gweru man has been jailed for 12 years after he was found guilty of raping his 19-year-old cousin sister who had stitches on her bleeding privates.

The man, 28, is a Mkoba 14 suburb resident who took advantage of his mother's absence to violate the teenager as she slept in a separate room with her one-year-old daughter. He cannot not be named to protect the identity of the complainant but their mothers are sisters.

A Gweru court, which presided over the trial, heard

A hwindi (tout) who made headlines after claiming to be the late musician Tongai Moyo's son has been arrested for allegedly beating up a police officer while resisting arrest for touting in the city centre.

The 22-year-old who calls himself Tongai Moyo Jnr and cited the late musician's wife Barbra Muchengeti as his mother in court, appeared at the Harare magistrates' court charged with assault and resisting a peace officer. he was being accused of assaulting Stanely Mushamba who is

AN overseer with Apostolic Church Deliverance in Africa Church in Chikanga high-density suburb, Christopher Chinyai, was recently hauled before the courts for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl from the same church and ordering her not to tell anyone.

Chinyai (43), who is also a cameraman at Meikles Park allegedly forced the girl (name withheld) to watch a pornographic video before raping her.
 
He was remanded out of custody on $100 bail when he appeared before Mutare

A producer with national broadcaster ZBC - David Mkuhlani - has allegedly been stalking a Chitungwiza man soliciting for sexual favours from Monday last week and a report to the police has since been made.

The victim has since taken his issue with St Mary's Police Station in Chitungwiza.

"David started texting me and calling me soliciting for sexual favours from Monday where I hurriedly rushed to report to the police. He has been pestering me for sex for all the past days and today

THE Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC-T yesterday suffered a double blow after the Manicaland provincial youth executive left en-masse to join the rival faction fronted by "axed" secretary-general Tendai Biti.

The defections coincided with the resignation of MDC-T Bulawayo provincial chairperson Gorden Moyo who stepped down citing violence and infighting in the main opposition party.

But MDC-T national spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora described the defections as "mere publicity stunts".

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