• 6 cows, R7.8m for Zuma, no bull

    When President Jacob Zuma visited the community of Letlhabile, just outside Brits in North West yesterday, he was looking for ANC votes in next week’s municipal elections, but he may have stumbled on a solution to his personal financial woes. The local business forum were so pleased with his presence they presented the president with a gift of six cows and offered to pay the R7.8 million Nkandla bill the Constitutional Court slapped on him. Yesterday, the people of Madibeng Municipality, beset by water shortages amid other service delivery problems, made Zuma, in town to address a Siyanqoba mini-rally as the campaigning for next week’s elections wraps up, an offer he would find hard to refuse. Zuma dedicated more than half of his speech to history lessons, in an effort to stop the local community from abandoning the ANC.

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  • 'Hack and kill all whites' EFF candidate disqualified

    Late on Friday, the Electoral Court found in favour of the IEC’s request to bar from the elections EFF candidate Thabo Mabotja, who was registered to contest Ward 7 in Tshwane on Wednesday. He allegedly wrote on Facebook that all white people needed to be hacked and killed. The IEC made its case in court that the EFF had already distanced itself from Mabotja, and therefore there was no reason why he should be allowed to stand in a country that was diametrically opposed to the hate speech Mabotja is believed to have expressed. Advocate Leah Gcabashe said he should not be elected “at this stage” in South African politics to represent South Africans at municipal level. EFF leader Julius Malema said

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  • Chris Hani foresaw Nkandla coming

    Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane believes slain struggle icon Chris Hani foresaw the emergence of elitist politicians. 'I think Chris Hani foresaw that one day Jacob Zuma will arrive and emerge and as an elitist who drives around in a fancy car and lives in a palace using taxpayers’ money. Another way of saying what Chris Hani said: he said the ANC of today is just another Nkandla coming." The DA leader was speaking at his party's final election rally in Dobsonville‚ Soweto‚ on Saturday ahead of the August 3 local elections. Maimane went on to add that "Zuma governs as if black people and black lives don’t matter". "Under Zuma the ANC is keeping black people in poverty while in fact their

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  • Paris Hilton gushes over Black Coffee

    South African Communist Party general secretary Blade Nzimande took a swipe at the Democratic Alliance on Saturday saying that the party had been described by former president Nelson Mandela himself as a “party of white bosses and black stooges” and asked why the party...

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  • Pogba heads to LA for Man United medical

    London - Paul Pogba will become a Manchester United player again after they agreed a deal close to £100million with Juventus on Thursday night. It means the player who left Old Trafford for next to nothing in 2012 will return as the stellar signing of the summer - in a world record transfer which smashes the British mark by an incredible £40m. The deal for the 23-year-old France midfielder is expected to be formalised on friday after Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola held further talks with Juventus officials and lawyers in Turin on Thursday afternoon. United and Juventus have agreed to pay a fee to Raiola with part of his 20 per cent bonus being accounted for in Pogba’s overall deal. Pogba is due to

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  • Ministering to the needs of her master

    While Communications Minister Faith Muthambi may be in charge of communicating, up to now, she has failed dismally in doing so. I attended a discussion on the importance of community news and state-owned enterprises in Pretoria yesterday, at which Muthambi was a guest speaker. The message in her speech boiled down to mainstream media versus community media. Community media needed to be strengthened, she said. Mainstream media was portrayed as the big bad wolf. She went on to praise the SABC for its decision not to give free publicity to commercial newspapers, having gone as far as canning its radio show The Editors, in which newspaper headlines were read. As most people are aware, the SABC was

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  • 'Who cares'

    The former inmate-turned-“Sushi King” remained a Twitter trend on Friday after his self-publicised purchase of a painting depicting three senior members of the Democratic Alliance (DA) in their birthday suits. Kunene on Thursday posted a photo of himself behind the image saying: “I am now a proud owner of this master piece. Powerful story telling through art...Thanks to the fearless Artist...” The painting‚ by Iven Amali‚ portrays Zille‚ DA leader Mmusi Maimane and what appears to be the DA's federal executive chairperson James Selfe with their private parts exposed. Maimane is pulling a cart carrying the other two‚ the words “modern slavery” are hanging from the cart. Maimane's spokesperson

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  • The crucial omission that could scupper Kevin Malunga's ambition to succeed his boss, Thuli Madonsela

    DEPUTY Public Protector Kevin Malunga was dismissed from Wits Law School in 2009 when he failed to pass his probationary period as a lecturer, a fact he has withheld from the parliamentary committee deciding who will replace Thuli Madonsela. Lecturers are placed on probation for a period of three years, extendable for a further four, during which time they must have their work published in a recognised law journal. Malunga took up the post in 2004, but was forced to leave in 2009, having failed to satisfy requirements. Speaking to Business Day from Gabon on Thursday, Malunga admitted he had been dismissed, but claimed he had disclosed this to the committee. However, he had not done so. In a questionnaire

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  • Malema: Don't ask for a t-shirt, ask for a better future

    Julius Malema says voters should demand quality services and not accept free t-shirts from politicians. 2016 local government elections 2016 Municipal Elections Economic Freedom Fighters Elections campaign HAMMANSKRAAL – Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says voters should not just accept free t-shirts from politicians but demand quality services. "Don’t ask me for a t-shirt, ask me to fight for a better future and ask me to fight for jobs." Malema hit the campaign trail in Tshwane yesterday where he addressed community members living in Soshanguve, Hammanskraal and Atteridgeville. He says the African National Congress (ANC) has failed poor black people, while the Democratic

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  • Police rescue 57 children trafficked from Malawi

    Three Malawian nationals who were transporting the children are in police custody. The men - aged between 25 and 36 - had refused to open the back of truck when they were apprehended by the police on Sunday. When police opened the truck‚ two children fell to the ground‚ acting National Police Commissioner Kgomotso Phahlane said. "This tells you that these children were being transported as if they were goats. "They are well looked after by under the auspices of the Department of Social Development in the North West Province [as] these centres provide support and care in line with the Child Care Act‚" said Phahlane. He was speaking at the SAPS Tshwane Training Academy in Pretoria on Tuesday where

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  • Nigeria: Indonesia to Execute Nigerian, 13 Others Drug Convicts This Week

    Indonesia will execute 14 drug offenders, most of whom are non-Indonesians, said the country's attorney general on Wednesday. The announcement spurred United Nations human right officials to urge the country's government to rethink the "unjust" use of capital punishment. Though four are reportedly Indonesian, 10 others are from South Africa, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Pakistan and India. Attorney General Muhammad Prasetyo said the executions are expected to begin as early as Friday and completed no later than Sunday. The planned executions come after the 14 executions of drug offenders last year. The government has put more men to death in the last two years than it had in the previous decade. "The increasing

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  • Nigeria: Stephen Keshi Laid to Rest

    It was an emotion-laden atmosphere at Illah, Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State, on Friday as the remains of former head coach of the Nigeria's Super Eagles, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, were laid to rest. Keshi was buried in a tomb within the compound of his personal house in Ukpologwu Quarters in Illah, the football icon's hometown, after a requiem mass at the Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church, in Illah town. Although Federal Government's presence was again conspicuously absent, like during the ceremony of lying-in-state and tributes at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba on Thursday, the strong presence of numerous former members of the Super Eagles, particularly the victorious

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  • EFF Limpopo boss rejoins ANC, saying EFF lives in dreamland

    Economic Freedom Fighters Limpopo’s MPL and chairman Mike Mathebe rejoined the ANC on Thursday, claiming that Julius Malema’s party policy was mere theory. “At that time there was a theory, but when we look at the practice it looks impossible to implement. I see that there is no any practicality in terms of what EFF is thinking about their policy,” Mathebe said when he was welcomed by ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe on Thursday in Polokwane. Mathebe said he would not want to settle in EFF’s “dreamland” but wanted to live to see a practical policy. However, he failed to point out which EFF policy he deemed impractical. He denied the notion that he was joining the ANC as a spy. “There were

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  • Jeff Bezos leapfrogs Warren Buffett on Forbes rich list

    NEW YORK — Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has become the world’s third-richest person as of the market close for the first time, Forbes magazine said, passing Warren Buffett, the chairman and chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway. Bezos’ fortune was $65.3bn as of 8.30pm GMT on Thursday, compared with Buffett’s $64.9bn. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates remained the world’s richest person, at $77.7bn, while Spain’s Amancio Ortega, who founded the Zara clothing chain’s owner Inditex SA, was second at $72.7bn. Facebook co-founder and CE Mark Zuckerberg was fifth, at $54bn. Bezos, 52, owns close to 18% of Amazon. Its stock has risen by roughly 50% since early February, as the world’s largest online

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  • Spy tapes: Court dismisses Zuma's corruption charges appeal

    The Democratic Alliance (DA) had earlier on Friday said it was “confident” that the court will "come to a favourable finding by dismissing the NPA’s and Zuma's application when it hands down judgment”. The DA was opposing an application for leave to appeal by the NPA an April judgment that set aside Mpshe’s decision to discontinue Zuma’s prosecution on numerous counts of corruption and racketeering. The party had submitted‚ before the full bench of the high court in Pretoria‚ that the decision in 2009 by Mokotedi Mpshe‚ then acting national director of public prosecutions‚ to discontinue the prosecution of Zuma was irrational. Mpshe discontinued the prosecution of Zuma because he believed the

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  • Zimbabwe: If not Mugabe, then who?

    On Wednesday, Robert Mugabe had an instruction for members of my tribe. “Journalists, tell those you are representing that Robert Mugabe is still here, well and strong. This is me, and my people are going to have me for some time,” he said, in a rousing speech delivered at a supporters rally in Harare. We won’t be implementing this instruction on these pages. Mugabe’s right on one thing: yes, he’s still here, he’s still in charge. But no one’s quite sure for how long, because recent events have left the Zimbabwean president weaker than ever before. The #ThisFlag campaign represents an unprecedented expression of people power which if harnessed effectively could topple the whole system, Arab Spring-style.

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  • Steve Komphela prepared to sacrifice job to do what is right for Chiefs

    Steve Komphela will do the right thing and continue attempting to implement the type of football he believes Kaizer Chiefs need to play to become a winning combination again‚ rather than trying to protect his own job. From the beginning of Komphela’s long-awaited first stint at a big club – the biggest of them all in South African football – the former Bafana Bafana captain has been on the edge and in a difficult position. He had a tough act to follow in one-time Bafana mentor Stuart Baxter‚ whom Komphela assisted in the national technical team from 2004 to 2005 and who had won league and cup doubles with Chiefs in 2013 and 2015. Baxter left for a reason – he felt the club would not rebuild an

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  • THICK END OF THE WEDGE: Apartheid relic Eskom holds back transformation

    IMAGINE, for a moment, a world in which South African Airways (SAA) owned all the airports in the country. Imagine all the food stores in the country were owned by farmers. Or that all the roads were owned by BMW. Whenever SAA couldn’t fill its seats, it would just charge other airlines more to arrive and depart. Whenever farmers’ harvests were poor, they could charge people more to buy food. Whenever car sales fell, BMW would simply charge more to use the roads. Monopolies have the same effect on economies as cartels do. They charge consumers what they like — and what they like is inevitably high. But only cartels are illegal. Instead, in a country in which a whole ministry, economic development,

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  • Zimbabwe in the Eye of a Storm

    AFTER landing at the airport, I realised immediately that I had landed in the eye of a storm when a rifle-wielding storm trooper pointed a gun at me, ordering me to open my suitcase. The civilian officer was annoyed and ordered me to proceed. Yet there is a method to this madness. I was later to learn that soldiers and semi-military police have been deployed along the highways in order to intimidate citizens into paying them "something". The government is broke. In a stretch of 240 kilometres, there were 11 police roadblocks. The police find fault with "something", either on the driver or on his car and levy a spot fine of US$20. The spot fine is, however, negotiable and one can get away with

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  • Nigeria Flags Off Commercial Operation On China-Assisted Rail Project

    Abuja — Nigeria marked a symbolic progress of railway service on Tuesday when its first completed standard gauge railway modernization project assisted by China, was open for commercial operation. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari flagged off the commercial operation of the rail service, linking the capital city Abuja and the northwestern state of Kaduna, following the smooth completion of the railway construction by China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC). The completed project is part of the railway modernization initiative by the West African superpower which aims at replacing the existing narrow gauge system with the wider standard gauge system, while allowing high-speed

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