INTERNATIONAL: The Zambian government has confirmed that President Michael Sata (77) has died. A Zambian official confirmed his death on a local radio station in the country this morning. President Sata was apparently in London receiving treatment for an illness, details of which have not been disclosed, Reuters reports. The news agency says private media outlets are reporting that the Zambian president died on Tuesday evening at the King Edward VII hospital in London. Sata has not been seen in public since returning to the country from New York in September. He left Zambia on 19 October for medial treatment in the UK, accompanied by his wife and family members, the Zambian government had said in a brief statement.

NEWS: Kelly Khumalo, girlfriend of Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates’ Captain Senzo Meyiwa, has broken her silence. In a statement released yesterday, Khumalo expressed her condolences to the Meyiwa family and asked for privacy for both herself and her family, reports EyeWitness News. The singer said the law must take its course. Meanwhile Meyiwa’s family has barred Khumalo from attending Senzo’s funeral in Durban, The New Age reported on Wednesday. “The service is open to anyone who wants to come to pay their last respects to Senzo, but that girl [Kelly Khumalo] is not welcome. She mustn’t even think about coming,” Meyiwa’s father, Samuel, was quoted as saying. Despite not making any arrests yet, police are said to be closing in on the suspects whose identikits were released to the public yesterday. Two people questioned in connection with the case were released when it was found they were not linked to the murder, reports Talk Radio702.

BUSINESS: Mining magnate Patrice Motsepe has donated $1 million (R10,93 million) to the Ebola Fund in Guinea to help fight the disease in West Africa, African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) said on Tuesday. The donation was made on behalf of the Motsepe Foundation and ARM, of whom Motsepe is the executive chairman. “Mr Motsepe made the commitment to Guinea a few weeks ago and the appropriate regulatory approvals were obtained on Friday. The donation will assist Guinea with clinical management, social mobilisation, medical co-ordination and other key mechanisms of controlling the disease,” ARM said in a statement. Motsepe called on the African and international business communities as well as the medical fraternity to continue contributing to the fight against the disease. US news agency Associated Press reported on Monday that Ebola has killed nearly 5 000 people, mostly in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.

NEWS: The man arrested in connection with the murder of Reiger Park toddler Taegrin Morris in July will appear in the Boksburg Magistrate’s Court today, charged with hijacking and murder. The 32-year-old man was arrested in Katlehong yesterday. Taegrin was with his mother, father, and sister in a VW Golf  in Reiger Park, when three men approached and ordered the family out of the vehicle. His mother was unable to get Taegrin entirely out of his car seat and the child was left hanging out of the vehicle and dragging on the road as the car was driven away by the hijackers. Taegrin’s body was found eight kilometres away in Boksburg.

SPORT: Mario Balotelli scored his second goal for Liverpool in 12 appearances as they came from behind to beat Premier League rivals Swansea 2-1 and advance into the last eight of the League Cup at Anfield on Tuesday. Balotelli has struggled since his £16-million (R280-million) pre-season move from AC Milan, and on Tuesday he was on the bench until 11 minutes from time. When the Italian striker was sent on by Reds’ boss Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool were 1-0 behind after Marvin Emnes’s goal had broken the deadlock in the 65th minute. But four minutes from time Balotelli demonstrated excellent movement to get clear of the visitors’ defence and guide the ball past Swansea goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel. Then, with extra-time looming, Swansea’s Federico Fernandez was controversially sent off for a challenge on Philippe Coutinho. And in the fifth minute of stoppage-time, Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren got on the end of Coutinho’s free-kick to head home the winner.

SOURCES: Sapa, Reuters, EyeWitness News, Talk Radio702, The New Age