The events that take place in a person’s life during the year can determine whether you had a good or a bad year. We all have ups and downs but if we all had to compare our problems, you would see that yours is a drop in the ocean when compared with others. We took a look at celebrities who’ve had a bad year so far.
Oscar Pistorius faces a premeditated murder charge following the fatal shooting of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, at his Pretoria home in the early hours of 14 February 2013. The Paralympic track star, known as the Blade Runner, disputed the charge. He was released on R1m bail on 22 February and appeared in court again on 4 June and 19 August. His trial started on 3 March 2014. Pistorius pleaded not guilty to all charges against him. After months of court proceedings, his final ruiling is set for the 11th of September 2014.
COPE – Terror Lekota
Lekota promised in an interview during the election campaign to “eat a hat” should his party receive less votes than it did in the 2009 elections. He then had to swallow his words and “eat a hat” after preliminary results showed that the party lost votes compared to 2009. It was out of faith and a belief for members of Cope to vote for the party and produce the expected results.
A picture of the Hip-hop K.O. artist surfaced on social media insinuating that his recent weight loss was caused by an Aids-related illness. He then posted a picture on Instagram with his HIV test results to stop speculation about his status to redeem himself.
Agang – Mamphela Ramphele
After setting the world of politics alight with her new political party in 2013, Mrs Rampele was offered a position by the DA , a position that could have catapulted her to the top but she chose to stick to her party which performed dismally in the last elections. Disappointed, Mrs Rampele decided to leave party politics and “return to working alongside fellow citizens in civil society to pursue the dream of transforming ours into a more just and prosperous society”. Ramphele’s decision to leave politics takes place at a time when Agang SA has been divided, broke, and had factions trying to wrestle the leadership of the party from her.
Award-winning singer Zahara’s brother Mbuyiseli Mkutukana was murdered during the month of April this year. The brother and his friend were found dead with multiple gunshot wounds on the banks of a river in Next Camp, outside of East London with their phones missing. Police have since been investigating the case as Zahara and her family mourned their loss.
Judith Sephuma had a devastating tragedy befall her family with the death of her three-month-old daughter. Judith went through another ordeal last February when she was involved in an accident in Soweto. A 79-year-old woman died and Judith had to face criminal charges of reckless and negligent driving. She was driving along Mofolo street when she hit the pensioner, who was crossing over to the other side of the street.
Lindiwe Mazibuko quit her job as the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) parliamentary leader. After serving The DA as parliamentary leader for three years, she announced he move before she had informed party leader Hellen Zille. Her move comes after her public fall-out with Hellen Zille in November last year over the DA parliamentary caucus’s handling of employment equity legislation. She however insists that her decision had nothing to do with her difference with Hellen Zille.
Sipho Charles Ndlovu (aka Brickz), was arrested in Joburg on Friday for allegedly raping the girl in Honeydew on March 26. He allegedly threatened to kill his 16-year-old rape accuser if she told anyone about her ordeal. Brickz’s wife was the one who reported him to the police and has since moved out of the house. Court proceedings are still under way.
President Jacob Zuma
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela released her report into upgrades at President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead after which President Jacob Zuma had report to National Assembly on comments and actions on report within 14 days. Not too long after this, EFF parliament members caused havoc during parliament proceeding demanding that he pay back the money. He then lost an appeal he had made against the releasing of spy tapes containing information that have enough evidence to have him charged with corruption. After months of back and forth court proceedings between the DA, Jacon Zuma’s lawyers and the NPA (National Prosecuting Authority), Jacob Zuma’s case was dismissed and the NPA had to comply and release the tapes within 5 days.
Hip-hop artist Khuli Chana recovered after being shot by police in a case of mistaken identity. He was lucky not to be more seriously injured as he sustained a bullet wound to his hand, and had a shrapnel lodged in his back. An attempted murder investigation had been launched, and the circumstances surrounding the incident is being investigated.