• Uproar over Malema’s ‘R16m palace’

    The politician, who portrays himself as a champion of the poor, has levelled the Sandown house and is building a multi-storey R16m mansion in its place. “It will be modern, very modern,” an insider told Weekend Argus. “It has a saferoom underground – in case he is attacked – garages underground, a ground floor and a first floor which can also be used as a viewing platform, a party deck. You will be able to look out over the swimming pool,” the insider said. Malema and his spokesman Floyd Shivambu refused to comment on the house. Shivambu said: “Go ahead and write what you want. We are not going to comment.” The new building in Silvela Road, Sandown Estate, will have an area of about 917 square

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  • Former Metro FM DJ's furniture sold to pay off debt

    Lebyane owed R65 830 to Fiona Hudgson, and though she had made payments towards her debt, the sheriff of the court sold her furniture to recover the rest of the money. According to Sunday Sun, Lebyane defaulted on payments in 2012, with the matter being taken to court in 2014. Lebyane’s goods were attached by the Randburg Magistrates’ Court and sold off recently. Some of the goods sold include a four-piece bedroom suite, double-door fridge, washing machine, seven-piece dining room suite, gas heater, three TVs, microwave, dishwasher and coffee table. Lebyane told the weekly she was indebted to Hudgson but hade made plans to pay her. She was surprised to learn her furniture was sold to recover

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  • Kim 'has official who dozed off executed by anti-aircraft gun'

    South Korea's JoongAng Ilbo newspaper reported that one of the men was Ri Yong-jin, an education official, who fell asleep in a meeting with Kim. "He incurred the wrath of Kim after he dozed off during a meeting that Kim presided over," the newspaper quoted a source as saying. "He was executed after other charges, such as corruption, were found during the probe." The second official was Hwang Min, a former agriculture minister, who was executed "because policy proposals he had pushed for were seen as a direct challenge to Kim Jong-un". The executions were carried out with anti-aircraft guns at a military academy in Pyongyang. Use of such weapons has been reported in the past, notably in April

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  • Pastor Mboro defends his new R2 million BMW: 'God is rewarding me'

    Soon after Mboro flaunted his flashy BMW i8, which retails in the country for about R2 million, eyebrows were raised and Twitter users took to the social media platform to lambaste the pastor, with some labelling him a "false prophet." In response to the slew of backlash, Mboro explained that his latest splurge is one of the ways in which God has changed his life, after embarking on an 8-week journey, called Incredible 8 Weeks, where he apparently prayed for God to transform people's lives, including his. Pastor Mboro's brand new R2million BMW gets tongues wagging  "People don't understand how I am able to afford a BMW," he said during his radio show on Ekurhuleni's Kasie FM. "It's funny because

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  • Brown lines up Gupta file - Companies

    Cape Town - Eskom bosses have been placed in Parliament’s firing line by Minister of Public Enterprises Lynne Brown, who has instructed them to hand over to the Treasury the report into tenders with Gupta-linked companies. The Treasury on Monday said it had tried for months to obtain the 172-page report on coal contracts with Tegeta Exploration, owned by the Gupta’s Oakbay Investments. Eskom has now agreed to work with the Treasury after Brown instructed they do so. Eskom bosses are expected to appear before the portfolio committee on public enterprises to face a grilling from MPs on their conduct in the investigation by the Treasury. Brown told Talk Radio 702 Eskom bosses have to urgently respond

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  • Between the Lines: China to Mugabe – Submit or Collapse!

    Mugabe can’t pay his public servants and his soldiers. It’s a replay of Zimbabwe’s collapse several times in the last 16 years. But this time his back doors – China and South Africa – are both closed. Mugabe owes China $1.5-billion and has defaulted on several repayments. Chinese President Xi Jinping has a different view from his predecessors, according to Soko. He wants to be paid, and he wants a path forward that is sustainable. Watch: Between the Lines – Mills Soko South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is also not granting relief funds as his predecessor Trevor Manuel did under President Thabo Mbeki, according to other sources familiar with Gordhan’s thinking. “It’s a repudiation of

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  • Ndlozi takes a break from politics to hit the books

    The People's Bae is taking a break. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) announced on Friday that national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi “will be on study leave effective immediately‚ till 1 November 2016”.

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  • Chilling details of Rohde murder

    Cape Town - Shocking details about the suspected murder of real estate mogul Jason Rohde’s wife have emerged, with a post-mortem suggesting she was strangled and smothered, before injuries were inflicted on her neck post-death. A pathologist also believes Susan Rohde, 47, died around 5.40am on July 24, it was heard in the Stellenbosch Magistrate’s Court on Friday. These findings contradict what Rohde and his defence team insist happened - that Susan committed suicide by hanging herself after 7am that morning. Rohde, the now-suspended national chief executive of Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty, is accused of murdering Susan at Spier wine estate, where they were staying for a company

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  • Sars nails Zuma’s son over fraud

    At the centre of the dispute is a raid on ATM’s cigarette manufacturing business in Pietermaritzburg in 2011. The expensive plant was imported from China. ATM was incorporated in 2009. The company is registered as manufacturing and distributing of tobacco related products. A squad of Sars officials swooped on the premises, seized goods and machinery, shutting the plant down. ATM was later allowed to operate, but the legal wrangle has continued and Zuma and his partners are now immersed in a bitter exchange with Sars officials. In legal papers which our sister paper The Sunday Independent has seen, Zuma accuses the taxman of corruption, racism and running a smear campaign against him. In an affidavit

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  • South Africa: Rand Slips On Mantashe's Apparent Swipe At Gordhan

    The rand took a whack on Tuesday following ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe's comments that officials who are charged should step down from their roles. He also stated at an ANC press briefing on the public spats between Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and the Hawks; Eskom and Treasury; and allegations of corruption involving the ANC and Prasa, that ministers should cooperate with police and answer questions by the police unit the Hawks if summoned. He was clearly referring to Gordhan's refusal last week to report to the Hawks' office in Pretoria to sign a warning statement for his involvement in the so-called rogue unit established when he was commissioner at the SA Revenue Service. Gordhan

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  • Thabo Mbeki's full letter on Zuma, Nkandla and the Constitutional Court

    The Big Read: Zuma acts the chief, scorns our rule of law The court ruled that Zuma had failed to uphold the Constitution by ignoring orders from the Public Protector that he repay some of the $16 million in state funds spent to renovate his residence at Nkandla. No duty to defend JZ, says Gwede Here is former President Thabo Mbeki's full letter on the issue: On 31 March, 2016, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng conveyed the unanimous decision of the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) in the matter of “Economic Freedom Fighters v Speaker of the National Assembly and Others; Democratic Alliance v Speaker of the National Assembly and Others [2016] ZACC 11.” This decision has evoked much understandable

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  • Could this be SA's next finance minister?

    Johannesburg - The man who is tipped to be the next Minister of Finance has come a long way with President Jacob Zuma. The name Sifiso Buthelezi, has been bandied about in some circles as the man Zuma is likely to announce as the next finance minister. He was sworn in as a member of parliament in April and currently is on the standing committee on finance. He has been a member of the ANC from his youth and a commander for Umkhonto we Sizwe. In the mid 1980s he was arrested and imprisoned on Robben Island until 1991. Buthelezi comes from Mahlabathini in northern KwaZulu-Natal. He has an academic background in commerce with a masters through the University of Cape Town. He was Zuma’s economic adviser

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  • Transfer dilemmas for PSL clubs

    With the transfer window set to close tomorrow, a mad rush is expected at the PSL offices as teams will be jostling to register players for the 2016/17 Absa Premiership season. Most of the big teams have made signings but there are some that need to beef up. What will the Gauteng teams do? Bidvest Wits Together with SuperSport United, Bidvest Wits is one of the teams that have bought right. Gavin Hunt has acquired players that have added value to his side. So far, Hunt doesn’t need to make any additions as he has a team that can compete for silverware. Kaizer Chiefs The fact that Steve Komphela persists with the likes of Bernard Parker and Edward Manqele points to lack of depth and quality in

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  • We're the uber of radio stations: Tbo Touch

    Thabo "Tbo Touch" Molefe threw an exclusive bash last night to usher in his radio station, touchcentral.fm. The soiree was attended by some 50 VIP guests from the entertainment and business spheres at the R120000-a-night Villa Royale of the Saxon Hotel in Sandhurst, Sandton. Some of the dignitaries in attendance were tycoon Tokyo Sexwale, Minister of Sport Fikile Mbalula and businessman Duduzane Zuma. The line-up of the new station was also unveiled and it sees a collaboration of Cliff Central and touchcentral.fm. The former has now become a podcast platform. Idols SA judge Gareth Cliff is the breakfast host between 6am and 9am, journalist and author Lerato Tshabalala hosts the 9am to 11am slot,

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  • Zimbabwe: Beitbridge Farmer's Lone Battle Against Invasions

    Eighty-year-old Mananje conservancy and Benfer Estate owner Ian Ferguson, has been fighting to hold on to his two properties which have been invaded time and again for over a decade. Ferguson has spared no effort in his quest to protect his properties, the 17 500 hectare game ranch Mananje conservancy and the 1 400 hectare citrus Benfer Estates in Beitbridge. He has knocked on the doors of the two vice-presidents Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko in his battle to retain his conservancy and farm. Mananje has been invaded four times since 2000 with the most recent being in 2013 which has resulted in the killing of animals, the ransacking of lodges and theft of 57km of fencing. The game

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  • Mantashe dodges Ntlemeza credibility question

    Gwede Mantashe says it’s wrong to simplify the spat between Gordhan and Ntlemeza to a credibility contest. African National Congress Hawks ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe Finance Minister Pravin Ghordan JOHANNESBURG – African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says the party is not going to comment on whether Berning Ntlemeza has the credibility to the lead the Hawks, in its dispute with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, after he was found by a judge to have lied under oath. Gordhan has refused to present himself to the Hawks to give a warning statement, saying he believes the unit is trying to intimidate him. Mantashe says it’s wrong to simplify the issue to a credibility

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  • Calls for early ANC elective conference divide the party

    THE call for an early ANC elective conference is gaining traction in the upper echelons of the party, but, branches are being called on to fight against this move. The proposal for an early elective conference was first tabled by the ANC Youth League (ANCYL). Sources in the party, who did not want to be named, said the only consensus between factions in the ANC was that the conference be held before December 2017, when it was originally meant to sit, but the group seen to be aligned to President Jacob Zuma wants no comtestation at the conference. This comes as the governing party is conducting an appraisal of its poor performance in the recent local government elections and ongoing skirmishes within the government.

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  • Maimane asks top cop: ‘Why is SAPS dragging its feet on Gupta charges?’

    As it “has now been almost half a year” since his party laid corruption charges against Atul and Ajay Gupta‚ Mmusi Maimane is demanding that the country’s top cop say when the investigation will be completed. “The public remains in the dark on this matter – while the Guptas and President (Jacob) Zuma continue to raid government in order to benefit themselves personally‚” the Democratic Alliance (DA) leader said on Wednesday. Maimane said he had written to acting national police commissioner Kgomotso Phahlane‚ “requesting that he clarify the following”: - “What progress has been made with regards to these charges? - “Whether an investigation has been initiated by the SAPS?; - “If not‚ why not?;

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  • Whale thanks volunteers after rescue - Western Cape

    Cape Town - A humpback whale appeared to show its gratitude to volunteers who freed it from entanglement in rope and fishing equipment off Cape Point on Sunday by resting its massive head on the gunnel of the rescue craft for about 20 minutes. Volunteers from the SA Whale Disentanglement Network (SAWDN) had responded to reports from fishing boats of a whale entangled in rope and flotation buoys near Rocky Banks off Cape Point on Sunday morning. The network’s spokesman Craig Lambinon said two rescue from the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Simon's Town were dispatched carrying volunteers. A sub-adult 9-metre male Humpback whale was found about five nautical miles offshore of Smitswinkel Bay

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  • Choosing Van Rooyen to speak on Gordhan saga 'a terrible choice’

    African National Congress secretary general Gwede Mantashe has lambasted the uMkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) treasurer-general and local government minister Des van Rooyen for his recent comments relating to issues between Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and the Hawks. Speaking at the party’s National Working Committee media briefing at Luthuli House on Tuesday‚ Mantashe said the MKMVA had made a wrong choice to choose Van Rooyen to speak. “I won’t give Des a public advice on the matter… but if the MKMVA made a choice to choose Des to speak on the matter‚ it was a terrible choice… it was a terrible choice because then you trap Des into saying ‘I will do it‚ there is nothing

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