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Khama Billiat’s salary per month revealed

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Khama Billiat’s salary has made him Absa Premiership’s highest earner after securing his move to Kaizer Chiefs from rivals Mamelodi Sundowns.

The 27-year-old signed a three-year contract with an option of an additional year and is reportedly earning an eye-watering R10 million a year before tax.

Khama Billiat’s salary per month is R833 333.

Taking the taxman into consideration – as footballers are taxed at 38% – Billiat will be paid R515 000 a month, making him comfortably the top-earner in South Africa’s top-flight.

Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane confirmed that the club could not meet Billiat’s financial demands, which prompted the star to join Chiefs.
“We gave him a good offer,” Mosimane said.

“Trust me, it was a big offer. The offer that we gave, he could have been the highest paid player, which would probably have taken four years for that record to be broken.”

Billiat is believed to have turned down another offer – and in hindsight with good reason – from Egyptian side Zamalek who were prepared to pay him an annual salary of $450 000 (R6 050 000).

By way of a comparison, Portuguese star forward Cristiano Ronaldo is set to earn a staggering R39.4 million after tax per month after sealing his move to Italian champions Juventus from Spanish giants Real Madrid on Tuesday.

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Robert Mugabe’s family rejects government burial plans

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The family of Robert Mugabe has said he will be buried in his home town in private, in an apparent snub to the government, which wants to inter him at a national monument.

Leo Mugabe, a nephew of Zimbabwe’s late ruler, said the ceremony would probably be held early next week in Zvimba district, about 60 miles (95km) north-west of the capital, Harare. “That is the decision of the family since last night unless something changes,” he told the Guardian.

Many of Mugabe’s relatives oppose government plans for the funeral and burial of the man who ruled the country for nearly 40 years before he was ousted in a military takeover in 2017.

The ruling Zanu-PF party announced that Mugabe’s remains would be interred at a hilltop monument outside Harare on Sunday, after a ceremony at the nearby national stadium on Saturday, where dozens of prominent African leaders would be present.

However, friends and allies of Mugabe’s wife, Grace, have said he made clear he would prefer to be buried in Zvimba with only close relatives in attendance. They said Mugabe did not want his death to be exploited by his successors for political gain.

A meeting on Thursday between Mugabe’s family and officials at his home in Harare ended without agreement. Walter Chidhakwa, a spokesman for the family, said the funeral would go ahead but not the planned burial.

Earlier, Emmerson Mnangagwa, who succeeded Mugabe as president, said he had appealed to the family to set aside any bitterness. They are reportedly unhappy about his treatment of the former leader.

“Let bygones be bygones. The family is going to lead the programme, that’s why we haven’t released anything. We haven’t agreed how he will be buried,” Mnangagwa said.

The president, a veteran of the ruling Zanu-PF party and a decades-long close associate of Mugabe, said: “We will have to sit down first with Grace. As the government, there’s nothing we will do to go against your wishes. Let’s unite, he was our father.”

Mugabe died in a clinic in Singapore last week, aged 95. His body arrived on Wednesday, on a government-chartered private jet, at Zimbabwe’s main airport, where thousands of supporters had gathered.

On Thursday his casket was taken to a sports stadium in Harare, where thousands of onlookers packed the stands to see Mugabe lie in state for public viewing.

Several people were injured in a crush as they surged forward to try to view the casket. Some people were carried away on stretchers. The severity of their injuries wasn’t immediately clear.

Riot police later restored order, at times using batons to strike those waiting in a line.

Grace Mugabe sat on the podium to the side of the sports field while Mugabe’s casket was under a tent at the centre of the field. A military helicopter later landed on the field and took off after the coffin was placed inside.

Though much of his 37 years in power were marked by violence, economic mismanagement and corruption, the former guerrilla fighter is still revered as a liberation leader. Many in Zimbabwe see him as a national hero, remembering his role in the war against white rule. The Guardian

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Stampede at Mugabe’s memorial at Rufaro Stadium

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Several people have reportedly been injured in a stampede at the viewing event for founding Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, as those in attendance jostled in an attempt to see the late leader’s body.

Prior to this, it was reported that Mugabe’s body had arrived at Rufaro Stadium in Harare where the ceremony is taking place on Thursday afternoon.

Earlier, the body was taken to Mugabe’s Harare villa, known as the Blue Roof for its blue pagoda-style structure, where family and supporters gathered to mourn.

His body has since been laid out for the public at the stadium and will later be transported to his homestead Zvimba for a wake.

Thousands are in attendance to pay tribute to the former leader.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa declared Mugabe a national hero after his death, indicating he should be buried at the National Heroes’ Acre monument.
These plans were rejected by the late former president’s family, who say the body will be displayed in his home village of Kutama on Sunday night, adding that he will then be buried in a private ceremony.

“His body will lie in state at Kutama on Sunday night followed by a private burial – either Monday or Tuesday – no National Heroes’ Acre. That’s the decision of the whole family,” Mugabe’s nephew Leo told the AFP news agency.

In a statement, the family said: “We note with extreme concern the manner with which the government of Zimbabwe has developed the programme for the funeral of the late Robert Gabriel Mugabe without consulting his immediate family, who were tasked with communicating his last wishes in regard to his funeral and burial.

“As his immediate family, we have also observed with a shock that the government of Zimbabwe is attempting to coerce us to accept a programme for the funeral and burial of the late Robert Gabriel Mugabe, which is contrary to his wishes on how he wished to have his mortal remains interred.

“As the immediate family of the late Mugabe, we are ready and willing to work with the government of Zimbabwe to develop a programme for the funeral and burial of the late Mugabe which is in conformance to his wishes on how his mortal remains will be interred.

“One of the wishes that Mugabe indicated was that his wife, Dr Grace Mugabe, must never leave the casket bearing his remains for the duration of the funeral proceedings while in Zimbabwe up until his mortal remains have been interred.

“To that end, we confirm that honourable Walter Chidakwa may communicate our position with relevant authorities to ensure that we develop a programme that conforms to the wishes of the late Mugabe. We have also tasked honourable Patrick Zhuwao to disseminate this statement.”

Mugabe died on a medical trip to Singapore, where he had been travelling regularly for treatment. A delegation including a vice president flew to Singapore to bring him home.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, former Cuban leader Raul Castro, and a dozen African presidents, including South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa, are among those expected to attend Mugabe’s state funeral on Saturday in Harare, said Zimbabwe’s presidency.The Citizen

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Robert Mugabe’s body has arrived home to Zimbabwe amid a flurry of controversy over his final resting place that underscores the bitter divisions between his family and the ruling party that turned against him.

Grace Mugabe, the tyrannical leader’s second wife, was met off the plane carrying the coffin, by President Mnangagwa, who replaced her husband after the 2017 soft coup that ended his 37 years of ruinous rule.

The body of Zimbabwe’s founding president, who died at a private clinic in Singapore last week at the age of 95, will be displayed before a public funeral service in the capital Harare on Saturday, which will be attended by a number of heads of state.

The location for his burial, scheduled for Sunday, has yet to be confirmed and risks embarrassing Mr Mnangagwa, who was Mugabe’s feared enforcer for half a century until he moved against him.

It is reported that before his death, an embittered Mugabe gave orders that he wished to be buried with family members in their rural village and not at Hero’s Acre, the national resting place he had built in the capital for heroes of the liberation war against the white minority rule.

Mr Mnangagwa, 76, is said to be applying pressure on the Mugabe family for the burial to take place in Harare as any other plan would humiliate him and the ruling Zanu-PF party.

Robert Mugabe’s body arrived mid-afternoon at Harare’s Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport, which was funded by the Chinese government. A military guard of honour stood at attention as the coffin was removed from the aircraft, draped in the national flag and accompanied by security chiefs.

“The entire nation of Zimbabwe, our people, across the board are grieved and are in mourning because the light which led us to independence is no more, but his works, his ideology will continue to guide this nation,” Mr Mnangagwa said from a podium set up under a white gazebo on the tarmac.

Mrs Mugabe, 54, was seated nearby, inscrutable under her thick veil. Her public falling out with Mr Mnangagwa has raised doubts about whether she will be able to live comfortably in Zimbabwe without the protection of her husband’s status.

At her side were her daughter Bona and Savior Kasukuwere, a former Mugabe-era cabinet minister and staunch ally who has been living in self-imposed exile in South Africa.

Crowds had gathered at the airport well before the scheduled arrival time, with some wearing T-shirts bearing Mugabe’s face and others with Mr Mnangagwa’s image, while music blared from loudspeakers. The Times.

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