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Pasuwa daughter wins Miss Zim-China

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Faith Callistus Pasuwa

CALLISTUS, daughter to former Warriors and Dynamos coach Kalisto Pasuwa, won the inaugural Miss Zim-China beauty pageant held in the Asian country over the weekend.

The 24-year-old shrugged off stiff competition from 12 other contestants who were vying for the crown.

A Public Relations international student at Beijing Politics Youth University, Callistus was apprehensive as she did not want to be judged on her father’s celebrity status but on merit.

“I was afraid that people will think I won because of my father. But I just had to be courageous to be my own person and win on merit,” she said in an interview soon after she was crowned as the first ever Miss Zim-China.

The beauty queens were drawn from various institutions of higher learning in China.

The first runner up was 21-year-old Tadiwa Zivanai from Harare and a law student at Anhui Xinhua University who just been in China for about three weeks.
She said, “I can’t believe I’ve won this position just a few weeks in China. It shows my future is bright.”

Juliana Mahofa, 25, from Masvingo and a final year Electrical Engineering and Automation student at University of Jinan, was the second runner up.

Twenty-four-old Stellah Mandaza from Harare was crowned Miss Personality and the title was undisputed as she just made everyone happy with her ever bubbly personality.

Event organisers intimated that the idea to host the pageant was mooted following a growing number of Zimbabweans in China and an increased need for social gatherings.

The Miss Zim-China was organised by JT Entertainment and Greater Scarlet Heights, both Zimbabwe owned and sponsored by Zimbabwe businesspeople based in China.

The beauty queens were chosen based on traditional wear, casual wear, evening wear and a 30 per cent public vote.

One of the co-organisers of the Miss Zim-China and JT founder James Nyakudanga said the event was done to celebrate being Zimbabwean in China.
“We have been here (In China) for a very long time and we have been attending African events and we celebrate Africa but we just wanted Zimbabwe to go on the spotlight despite whatever people say.

“We want to show people that as Zimbabweans we are beautiful and to reveal the beauty of Zimbabwe in China,” he said.

Turning to the contestants he said, “All the contestants were beautiful in their own way. The event revealed how diverse and beautiful Zimbabwe is. The event was a success with many participants. And we would like to thank our publicist Zekey Media and other stakeholders in partnering with us.”

Ricardo Hwasheni of Greater Scarlet Heights was highly grateful to partner with JT in bringing this event to life and he describes him as being very professional and made work so easy.

“I am proud of being Zimbabwean and would like to thank the Zimbabwe community and other nationalities that came to support us,” he said.

“We plan to make it an annual thing and hopefully next year it’s going to be even better.” He went on to thank the sponsors for their involvement in this history making.

The guest of honour was Gary Kashitiku of the Zimbabwean Embassy in Beijing, who congratulated all the participants and winners.H-Metro

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Uncle Roland Muchegwa Fined 68 Million Rands For Tax Evasion

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Uncle Roland Muchegwa ’s ostentatiousness lifestyle is alleged to have triggered the authority to conduct a lifestyle audit on him after he went viral on social media for splurging money on beautiful Mzansi women keen to make a ‘quick buck’.

Roland Muchegwa is alleged to be part of a fuel smuggling syndicate which has been diverting cheap fuel from areas like Kwazulu Natal province after misrepresentation of export and allegedly selling it at a profit in Limpopo province.

The well-knit syndicate also allegedly imports fuel from South Africa and lies that it’s in transit to DRC but offloads it in Zimbabwe where there are fuel shortages and feeds the black market for ridiculous profits.

The tanker then proceeds to DRC filled with water, because the weighbridge cannot dictate the type of liquid but quantity of contents, so this exercise legitimises the rot.

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Wilfred Marodza raped woman four times in the park

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Wilfred Marodza, a trainee solicitor at a top law firm who repeatedly raped a young woman after stalking her and dragging her to a park is facing years in prison.

Marodza, 28, pounced on the victim, in her twenties, in the early hours of July 20 as she walked along Great Dover Street in Borough, grabbing on to her neck and threatening her as he forced her into a secluded part of Dickens Fields.

He then stripped her and raped her four times before she managed to break free, Inner London crown court heard.

She fled naked through the street with Wilfred Marodza in pursuit, as he claimed to bystanders they were having a “domestic” before she managed to escape in a passing minicab.

Marodza, a trainee solicitor with firm Cripps Pemberton Greenish, had been drinking in the area before carrying out the attack at 2.15am and struck again less than two hours later.

He grabbed another woman, also in her twenties, from behind in Borough High Street and put his hand over her mouth, attempting to drag her into a side street. However, the woman screamed and Wilfred Marodza fled.

Police were able to catch him because he left his rucksack, with his work identification inside, at the scene.

CPS prosecutor Nahid Mannan said: “This was a horrendous attack on two young, lone females. The prosecution case included compelling evidence showing Marodza dragging the two victims to secluded areas and also chasing the naked victim he had just raped.

“Marodza also left his rucksack containing his work identification at the scene of the rape, allowing police to easily identify him.

“The CPS takes crimes against women extremely seriously and I hope this conviction goes some way to provide the victims with a degree of closure.”

At court yesterday, Wilfred Marodza, a Zimbabwean national from Eastbourne in East Sussex, pleaded guilty to four counts of rape, kidnapping and a charge of committing an offence with the intent to commit a sexual offence.

He was remanded in custody by Judge Nigel Seed QC until a sentencing hearing next month.

Gavin Tyler, the managing partner at Cripps Pemberton Greenish, said: “We are completely appalled to learn of Wilfred Marodza’s conviction for such shocking offences. We were informed by the police in July of the arrest and that he was remanded in custody but did not know anything about the details of the offences until today. Our thoughts, of course, are with the victims and their families.

“Although there were never any concerns raised internally regarding Mr Marodza, we are offering support for staff members who worked closely with him or who feel affected by the news for any other reason.” The Standard

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Five people killed,189 arrested so far in Johannesburg violence

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Johannesburg Xenophobic Violence

Five people have been killed and 189 arrested in a spate of Johannesburg xenophobic violence that has rocked parts of the city since Sunday, police confirmed on Tuesday.

The five deaths have led to police deploying more police officers in areas identified as hot spots.

The latest killings were of two South Africans who were shot in Coronationville on Tuesday afternoon.

“Police have increased deployments to cover all the areas identified as hot spots of violence that have seen several shops being looted, burned and the property being looted,” said police spokesperson Col Lungelo Dlamini.

He said the situation had been stabilised in parts of the Tshwane, Ekurhuleni, Johannesburg Central, Jeppestown and Cleveland policing areas.

This was, however, not the case in Coronationville, as violent clashes continued and claimed the lives of two South Africans on Tuesday.

The clashes forced Gauteng premier David Makhura to leave a meeting between police minister Bheki Cele and those affected by the recent violence and rush to the area to call for calm.

Apart from these two murders, two killings were reported in Hillbrow and one near the Jeppe hostel.

Police had, however, made arrests in connection with the outbreaks of violence.

“A total of 189 arrests have been effected since Sunday,” said Dlamini.

Those arrests are facing a raft of charges, ranging from charges which include public violence, malicious damage to property, theft, and business break-ins.

Police said they were forced to fire rubber bullets to disperse a group of people who planned to loot businesses in Thokoza and Kempton Park in the early hours of Tuesday.

Dlamini said the spate of violent incidents led to criminals gangs taking advantage of the chaotic situation and breaking into businesses, not only those belonging to foreign nationals but also other businesses.

A process to identify leaders of the protests was underway.

“In the meantime, police are identifying the leaders of these violent groups and will be arrested them once full evidence against them has been gathered,” said Dlamini.

Gauteng police commissioner Lt-Gen Elias Mawela thanked members of the public who provided information to assist the police in dealing with violent situations.

Mawela has also assured the public that no unlawful activities will be tolerated.

“All our members are on the ground to deal with criminality,” he said.TimesLive

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