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Rapper Pitch Black Afro charged with murder

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The murder case of well-known local rapper Thulani Ngcobo, known as Pitch Black Afro, has been postponed for a formal bail application.

Ngcobo will have to spend several more days in custody before heading back to court on January 24 for his bail hearing.

This is after prosecutor Mzamo Mathe informed Magistrate Carlo Labuschagne on Friday that the verification of Ngcobo’s address had been completed and the court could proceed with the application.

The defence had no objections.

Ngcobo is facing charges of premeditated murder and defeating the ends of justice after his wife, Catherine Modusane, died at a Johannesburg bed and breakfast on December 31.

Modusane sustained injuries to her upper body.

On Tuesday the case was postponed to allow the State to interview Ngcobo’s aunt who lives at the address at which he would stay should he be granted bail.

Dressed in blue jeans and a white T-shirt on Friday, Ngcobo was in a jovial mood. He greeted all those attending the proceedings, singling out his mother to tell her she was looking “beautiful”.

He blew her a kiss before telling those in court to “look at how beautiful she (mom) is”.

Previously, News24 reported that a member of social justice group Vuka Mzansi Movement, Khanyisani Vilakazi, said he knew the couple personally and that a fight had apparently ensued between the two on the night Modusane died.

“Apparently there was physical contact. They fought and, apparently, Trisha (Modusane) went outside to seek help and went back again,” Vilakazi said.

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Khloe hits out at Jordyn Woods, claim’s she’s ‘lying’ about Tristan kiss

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Khloe Kardashian has accused Jordyn Woods of “lying” and “trying to save” her own reputation.

The ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ star has hit out at the 21-year-old model for “breaking up her family” after Jordyn and Khloe’s now-ex partner Tristan Thompson kissed at a recent party.

She fumed on Twitter: “Why are you lying @jordynwoods ?? If you’re going to try and save yourself by going public, INSTEAD OF CALLING ME PRIVATELY TO APOLOGIZE FIRST, at least be HONEST about your story. BTW, You ARE the reason my family broke up! (sic)”

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Why are you lying @jordynwoods ?? If you’re going to try and save yourself by going public, INSTEAD OF CALLING ME PRIVATELY TO APOLOGIZE FIRST, at least be HONEST about your story. BTW, You ARE the reason my family broke up!

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Khloe also defended why she hasn’t publically lambasted Tristan after fans called her out for blasting Jordyn.

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Tristan is equally to blame but Tristan is the father of my child. Regardless of what he does to me I won’t do that to my daughter. He has been addressing this situation PRIVATELY. If Tristan were to lie publicly about what conspired,then yes I would address him publicly as well

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In her ‘Red Table Talk’ interview, Jordyn alleges that Tristan was the one who kissed her.

She said: “This is where the story gets tricky. I feel like I can’t point fingers because I allowed myself to be in this position. I allowed myself to be there. On the way out he did kiss me … I wish I would not have gone with those girls to the after party and not allowed myself to be in that position.”

And Jordyn also wishes she would have told Khloe “the truth from the beginning”.

She said: “If I’d have told the truth from the beginning. I was there, I was drunk, this wouldn’t have happened … I have spoken a little bit with her [Khloe]. I let her know I’m willing to do whatever it is for her peace of mind. Not for my image. Not for my career.”

The former friend of Kylie Jenner also insists it wasn’t a publicity stunt and has ended up with “real people” getting hurt.

Speaking to her “aunt” Jada Pinkett Smith on ‘Red Table Talk’, she shared: “Unfortunately, I wish I could say this was a publicity stunt but it’s real and real people are hurting.”

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Offset on doing just about anything to get Cardi B back

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The Migos rapper made a series of grand gestures to win his wife back, including crashing her live set with thousands of flowers, but insists he wouldn’t have done it any differently if he had the time again.He said: “I’d jump out the window trying to get her back, with a parachute on my back. You gotta fight for what you believe in and what you love. It ain’t no joke and it ain’t social media fun. You might have looked at me as being selfish onstage, but I’m just trying to get what’s mine. I’m ready to look stupid, I’m ready to take this shot in the back.”

The ‘Bad and Boujee’ hitmaker knows he “messed up” with Cardi.

He added: “You could say what you need to say, and you could hate me now, which a lot of people seem like they do. I’ll take that because I messed up. At the same time, I ain’t perfect.

“I only know a couple of ways. Pull up, I need to see you, and talk to you. You could beat me up, punch me, but it’s gotta be addressed. And we got a child, so it’s a whole other ball game. A beautiful daughter, and a daughter missing their father is different.”

And the 27-year-old rapper praised his wife for being such a hard worker and is amazed by her determination.

He told Billboard: “She’s a hard worker. People try to take it away from her. You never seen somebody work this hard, so to reward that, you don’t know how to handle it. She be working and people love her.”

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R Kelly turns himself in, charged with sexually abusing minors

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R&B superstar R Kelly turned himself in to Chicago police on Friday, after prosecutors charged him with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against four victims, three of them minors.

The bombshell development in the Kelly saga came after a judge approved a no-bail arrest warrant for the 52-year-old, who for decades has faced accusations of child pornography, sex with minors, operating a sex cult and sexual battery.

Kelly surrendered to Chicago police at approximately 8:15 p.m. (0215 GMT) and was taken into custody.

He will appear in court tomorrow afternoon, a police spokesman said.

Kim Foxx — the state’s attorney for Cook County, which includes Chicago — told journalists the alleged crimes occurred between 1998 and 2010. A court clerk had earlier told AFP nine of the charges involve minors ages 13 to 16.

The felony charges carry three to seven years of prison time per count, Foxx said.

After Kelly was booked his lawyer Steve Greenberg dismissed the charges, saying they were based on old and false accusations.

Greenberg vowed the musician would be “vindicated,” saying: “I think all of the women are lying.”

“Everybody’s trying to profit off of R. Kelly.”

An arraignment was scheduled for March 8 in Chicago, where he resides, a Cook County clerk said earlier.

It is the second time Chicago prosecutors have charged Kelly with a sex crime: after a dramatic trial that also involved a sex tape, the musician was acquitted of 21 counts of child pornography in 2008.

Greenberg said one of the charges involved the same victim as in that trial.

Kelly, known for hits like “I Believe I Can Fly,” has faced renewed public scrutiny after a scathing docu-series shed new light on his checkered past.

“Today marks a watershed moment in the 25 years of abuse by this predator,” said high-profile lawyer Michael Avenatti, who is representing two victims, two parents and two whistle-blowers linked to Kelly.

Avenatti and prominent women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred are representing clients linked to Kelly, with the former saying his office had uncovered previously unreleased footage of Kelly having sex with a teenager, which he had given to the Cook County State’s Attorney.

Avenatti — who also represents a porn star locked in a legal battle with President Donald Trump — told journalists Friday the approximately 40-minute tape shot in the late 1990s “leaves no question” of Kelly’s guilt, and that both the victim and the musician refer multiple times to her age as 14.

He described in graphic detail a number of sex acts shown on the tape, saying the girl refers repeatedly to Kelly as “daddy.”

Avenatti said his team had recovered an additional such tape and is in the process of obtaining a third.

The attorney vowed to go after Kelly’s “enablers,” who he said “turned a blind eye while teenage girls were sexually assaulted for over two decades.”

Kelly infamously is known for marrying his protegee Aaliyah in 1994, when the late R&B star was 15.

Kelly, then 27, had produced the teenage singer’s debut album titled “Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number.” Their marriage was later annulled, and Aaliyah died in a plane crash in 2001.

Despite the slew of unsettling claims against him, the decorated musician for years has continued to perform and maintain a solid fan base.

But last month’s release of an explosive docu-series entitled “Surviving R. Kelly” once again brought accusations against him to the fore, while a #MuteRKelly movement aimed at preventing his music from airing has gained steam.

“Black women and girls who come forward with allegations of sexual violence are too often silenced or shamed,” said the American Civil Liberties Union on Friday, responding to the new charges.

“It’s well past time for them to be heard.”

The latest development came one day after two other women had come forward against Kelly, saying he invited them to a show’s after-party in Baltimore in the 1990s — when they were teenagers — giving them alcohol and drugs before cornering them in his hotel room and demanding sex, with one of them complying.

The women were to speak with the US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, their lawyer Allred said.

A division of the US Department of Homeland Security devoted to probing sex trafficking meanwhile has a team of dozens looking into alleged crimes against Kelly, according to The New Yorker magazine.

“He should never walk free another day in his life,” Avenatti said Friday. “He will rightfully die in a prison.”

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