Jean-Jacques Cornish

Trevor Noah’s cousin brutally murdered

Tragedy has struck the family of South African comedian Trevor Noah who is due to take over as host of the Comedy Central’s The Daily Show in the United States.

Noah’s cousin has been brutally murdered in KwaZulu-Natal.

Police are investigating the slaying but no arrests have been made.

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This is the second time the family of the highly-successful Sowetan-born comedian has fallen victim to rampant criminality in South Africa.

In 2009, Trevor Noah’s stepfather shot his mother three times in a violent rage.

A bullet narrowly missed her spine and she survived.

Noah’s cousin Cebisile Happiness Khoza was travelling from her hometown in South Africa’s east coast province to her graduation ceremony.

When she did not arrive, a search ensued and farmworkers found her burnt body in a sugarcane field.

She had been stabbed several times.

Khoza had begun writing her mother’s cellphone number in the dust when she died.

Noah’s grandmother, Nomalizo Noah, says the incidents make her feel that the women in her family are cursed.

Landing the prestigious US talk show slot vacated by Jon Stewart is a huge coup for Noah.

South Africans have celebrated the 31-year-old’s celebrity status as he rubbed shoulders with comedy stars like Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David.


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Jean-Jacques Cornish is a journalist and broadcaster who has been involved in the media all his adult life.

Starting as a reporter on his hometown newspaper, he moved briefly to then Rhodesia before returning to South Africa to become a parliamentary correspondent with the South African Press Association. He was sent to London as Sapa’s London editor and also served as special correspondent to the United Nations. He joined the then Argus group in London as political correspondent.

Returning to South Africa after 12 years abroad, he was assistant editor on the Pretoria News for a decade before becoming editor of the Star and SA Times for five years.

Since 1999 he’s been an independent journalist writing and broadcasting – mainly about Africa – for Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape
Talk, Radio France International, PressTV, Radio Live New Zealand, Business Day, Mail & Guardian, the BBC, Agence France Press,
Business in Africa, Leadership, India Today, the South African Institute for International Affairs and the Institute for Security Studies.

He has hosted current affairs talk shows on Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk. He appears as an African affairs pundit on SABC Africa and CNBC Africa.
He lectured in contemporary studies to journalism students at the Tshwane University of Technology and the University of Pretoria.

He speaks on African affairs to corporate and other audiences.
He has been officially invited as a journalist to more than 30 countries. He was the winner of the 2007 SADC award for radio journalism.

He’s been a member of the EISA team observing elections in Somaliland, Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Egypt and Tunsiai.

In October 2009 he headed a group of 39 African journalists to the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Peoples’ Republic of China.

In January 2010 he joined a rescue and paramedical team to earthquake struck Haiti.

He is immediate past president of the Alliance Francaise of Pretoria.

Jean-Jacques is a director of Giant Media. The company was given access to Nelson Mandela in his retirement years until 2009.
He is co-producer of the hour-long documentary Mandela at 90 that was broadcast on BBC in January 2009.