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SA inspires gospel singer

Godly driven, inspired and motivated international gospel performer Vashawn Mitchell was the talk of the town as he set foot in Durban, South Africa, to launch his new album titled, The Secret Place this week.

He said he was ecstatic about kicking off his tour in his favourite city, Durban.

It was his second time in South Africa. Since leaving Durban earlier this week he has been performing all over the country and told Africa Reporter that his heart was in Africa.

Inspired by Durban and what it offers, the Grammy winner artist said he was inspired by the devotion of the public to his music and the inspiration they took from it.

The singer has also shared the stage with numerous gospel artists but when asked which one was his favourite, he said he supported Fantasia.

“I have collaborated with so many amazing artists but I guess my favourite collaboration would have been Fantasia, because I know that she’s definitely from the church and every time she sings it’s just soulful.”

At Durban North Rhema Church he wowed the crowd with his soulful voice and captured the hearts of many with his meaningful lyrics.

Bail for DUT student

One of two Durban University of Technology students was granted bail at the Durban Magistrate's Court today.

The state did not oppose bail for Lilitha Dyala but did so in the case against Bonginkosi Khanyile Khumalo. Dyala was ordered to pay R 7 000 in return for her release from jail.

Appearing for Dyala, lawyer Njabulo Zungu told the court she is a first year Public Management student. She is facing charges of public violence, interfering with police duty, possession of dangerous weapon and allegedly failing to comply with a police order and taking part in an illegal gathering. The case has been adjourned for further investigation until November 30.

However, the state opposed the granting of bail to Khumalo who faces more than five charges including public violence, taking part in an illegal gathering and protesting.

An Economic Freedom Front activist and current recipient of a bursary from the Kwazulu-Natal premier’s office, Khumalo will remain in custody at Westville prison till October 10 when an Afrikaans interpreter will be in court.

Six other students who were arrested for allegedly disrupting academic activity at DUT are in court tomorrow and the 11 students who were arrested at the University of Kwazulu-Natal are also due to appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate's Court on 10 October.