• Cyril, it's time to pick a side

    I expected it to last. The election afterglow, I mean. The “collision” negotiations barely concluded, and then boom, before you knew it, the Sars wars had resumed without even giving the EFF two days to enjoy their “kingmaker” status. It was straight back to the usual destruction of the country’s institutions. Business as (un)usual. So Pravin Gordhan has been thrust back into the limelight, kicking and screaming. But the markets don’t like it when our minister of finance kicks and screams. They prefer him in the background – but some those in charge don’t appear to care that the rand is reasonably important. The markets, that amorphous mass of invisible investors who love stability, are not kind

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  • Are prison nurses trying to kill Oscar Pistorius?

    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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  • Signals of desperation, not control, from Zuma

    THE renewed assault on Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has President Jacob Zuma’s fingerprints all over it. Given that the creation of an investigative unit inside the South African Revenue Service does not, under any existing law, constitute a criminal offence, and given that the failure of the Hawks to specify the nature of the crime for which the finance minister is supposedly being investigated, it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that we are witnessing a ham-fisted attack on Gordhan’s reputation. At first sight, this move might suggest that Zuma’s hold on power is intensifying. Zuma has clearly been pondering a Cabinet reshuffle for some time, to oust Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas and other South African Communist Party-(SACP-)aligned leaders.

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  • Second Earth found, and it could be home to ET

    London - British astronomers have discovered the nearest Earth-like planet that could be home to alien life. Named Proxima b, it orbits Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our sun. At 4.2 light years away, in space terms it is right on the doorstep – and high speed spaceships now being devised could reach it within decades. In time, scientists say, the rocky planet 1.3 times the size of Earth could even be colonised by space travellers. Proxima b is thought to be only 4.7million miles from its star, one-twentieth of the Earth’s distance from the Sun. Its year lasts just 11.2 of our days. One side may be perpetually stuck in daytime, while the other experiences perpetual night. But Proxima Centauri,

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  • ANCYL says elders embarrassing party

    The youth league has slammed the governing party's elders following former DG Sipho Pityana’s speech. African National Congress ANCYL Sipho Pityana JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) says the governing party's elders have been embarrassing the movement through unruly behaviour. The league has accused former foreign affairs former foreign affairs director-general Sipho Pityana of dragging the ANC’s name through the mud. Pityana used the funeral of former sports minister Makhenkesi Stofile to call for President Jacob Zuma’s resignation this week. WATCH: Sipho Pityana's speech at Makhenkesi Stofile's funeral  Pityana believes the ruling party is in denial about its

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  • No law empowers Hawks to summon Gordhan

    There is no law or anything else in the constitution that empowers the Hawks to have “summoned” Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, respected retired justice of the Constitutional Court Johann Kriegler has said. “Let’s start at square one. Do the Hawks have any power to summons? That is a big no,” he told The Citizen. “There is no power under our law and constitution to summons someone.” He also said that the method used by the Hawks, by which it made public its intention to have Gordhan appear at its offices on Thursday, was a device used to intimidate someone. “It’s usually a device used to intimidate and frighten people. It’s also a device used to humiliate the person even more.” Kriegler said,

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  • Smart ID card applications now open to many more citizens

    All citizens banking with Absa, First National Bank, Nedbank and Standard Bank, can now apply for Smart ID cards and passports, Kempton Express reports. Currently 12 branches of these banks are connected to the system in Gauteng, with one branch in Cape Town. Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba on Wednesday said when they launched the eHomeAffairs portal, only citizens between 30 and 35 years old could use this innovative platform to apply for their Smart ID cards and passports online. “The system is now open to all citizens who bank with these four participating banks. Currently 12 branches of these banks are connected to the system in Gauteng, with one branch in Cape Town. While most of these

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  • Purpose of ANC’s Monty Python squad is clear

    I HAVE experience in uselessness. At school, where I was a useless scholar, I was acquainted with schoolmasters who, outside of drinking whiskey, caning and playing with themselves in pursuit of breaking world records, were utterly useless. Every day in summer in London I pass men who spit on pavements then text on their phones and accidentally walk into lampposts and scream. George Osborne, Remain voters, Belgians, Oscar Pistorius’ running spikes, Wayne Rooney’s hairplugs, Piers Morgan, the Cape Times — all glowing examples of extreme uselessness. But I have never seen anything more useless than the MPs the ANC assembled from its ranks to appoint Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s replacement.

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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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  • De Lille sued for R1m over ‘tikkop’ comment

    Cape Town - Community activist Roscoe Jacobs is suing Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille for a whopping R1 million for allegedly calling him a tikkop (meth addict). Jacobs, from the #GangsterismMustFall campaign, is taking De Lille to the Equality Court to “get justice”. He expects the money and an unconditional public apology because he says the insult has tarnished his reputation. He claims he’s been removed from the ANC proportional representative list while people on social media have questioned his crime fighting credentials. “If you type my name on Google, her calling me a tikkop (meth addict) is the top three stories that come up,” an outraged Jacobs said. “She would never have called a

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  • Dead! 5 celebs Malema absolutely nailed

    AKA It's no secret that AKA is firmly ANC, and when the ANC won 43% of the vote in Johannesburg, he celebrated. AKA responds to Malema's 'druggie' remarks: I'm honoured  So when Malema said, "A druggie was saying 'we won Joburg' kere [I said] yoh, drugs are dangerous. These artists, the way he's so innocent, he took nyaope and thought 43% is winning. He thinks it's simple like that," he continued, adding that a "drunkard minister retweeted the druggie." AKA responded, by saying he was honoured. “If Julius is indeed referring to me, man what a day!! With everything on his plate, and he still has time to think of me?! I'm honoured,” AKA tweeted. Kelly Khumalo Afro-pop singer Kelly Khumalo has proven

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  • Rashford pays the price under Mourinho

    Marcus Rashford will begin the Sam Allardyce era playing for England’s Under 21s after he was dropped from the senior squad. The Manchester United striker was one of the few England players to emerge with credit from Euro 2016 after a scintillating breakthrough season at Old Trafford saw him earn a late call-up to Roy Hodgson’s squad. However, the 18-year-old has struggled for playing time under new United boss Jose Mourinho, amassing just 20 minutes of action in the Community Shield final against Leicester. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial are all ahead of him in Mourinho’s pecking order. That lack of first-team action has persuaded Allardyce to omit Rashford from his first

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  • SAA in liquidation danger

    Yakhe Kwinana‚ the former head of South African Airways’ (SAA’s) audit and risk committee who resigned earlier this week‚ says she feared the damage to her reputation‚ as the possibility of the liquidation or business rescue of SAA came into sharp focus at the end of July. Risks were heightened by a demand from Standard Bank to repay a R250m loan immediately and the September 6 deadline from the Hong Kong registrar of companies‚ which threatened to terminate routes to the city due to concerns about the airline’s financial sustainability. The registrar wants SAA to submit its financial statements. SAA urgently requires a R5bn loan guarantee from the Treasury in order to be considered a going concern and to assure lenders of its sustainability.

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  • No black like me in the DA

    Firstly, the Democratic Alliance (DA) needs to be congratulated for scooping three metros: Tshwane, Johannesburg, and the Nelson Mandela Bay, which have long been held by the ANC. Twenty-two years into democracy, the community of Alexandra, which neighbours the plush Sandton, is still embarrassingly shanty. Sixty-one years after the “adoption” of the Freedom Charter, the people of Kliptown still live in abject poverty. The ANC inarguably didn’t cover itself in complete glory when it comes to service delivery. And Now the DA has a big task to overturn these dehumanising conditions, if that’s what it’s planning to do. Corruption, being the ANC’s weakest point, is what the DA hopes to eradicate.

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  • Twitter roasts DJ Shimza over 'EFF comments'

    Riot police in Zimbabwe fired tear gas, beat up several people and blocked off the site of an opposition demonstration on Friday, an AFP correspondent said, the latest in a string of protests to hit the country.

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  • Zimbabwe: Govt to Deploy Army in Streets?

    GOVERNMENT will today deploy security forces to quell mass demonstrations organised by a coalition of opposition parties joining forces to push for electoral reforms and change -- should the protest turn violent -- as pressure mounts on President Robert Mugabe to reform or quit, it has been established. Home Affairs minister Ignatius Chombo addressed a press conference in Harare yesterday, threatening to crush today's political demonstrations. The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) yesterday refused to grant permission to the 18 political parties under the auspices of the National Election Reform Agenda and the Coalition of Democrats to march in the streets of Harare, prompting the parties to approach

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  • US sees the rand plummeting against the dollar by the end of 2016

    THE rand will have weakened to R16/$ by the end of 2016 due to SA’s rising political risk premium, Bank of America Merrill Lynch said in a research note on Friday. The rand recovered about 0.65% to R14.12/$ at 1.42pm ahead of US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen’s speech scheduled for 4pm SA time at the Jackson Hole banking conference in Wyoming. Since Monday, the rand has lost about 4% on the Hawks demanding Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan appear at its offices at noon on Thursday for a warning — a summons Gordhan did not heed following advice from his lawyers. Gordhan’s summons was widely interpreted as an attempt by President Jacob Zuma to replace him with a more malleable finance minister.

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  • Nigeria: Prison, a Good Experience, Says Man Who Named Dog 'Buhari'

    Joachin Iroko, the man who named his dog Buhari and was arraigned for conduct likely to cause breach of peace has finally regained freedom, four days after he was remanded in Ibara Prisons in Abeokuta, Ogun State. Iroko, 40, a father of two and a native of Delta State was arraigned on Monday before an Ota Magistrate's Court, Ogun State, on a two-count charge and was subsequently granted bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties, who must be regular tax payers in the state, in like sum. However, the accused could not perfect the bail conditions until yesterday. Iroko, who spoke with newsmen shortly after he left the prison ward in Abeokuta, described his experience as good and educative. When

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  • ANC veteran tells Zuma: Go now!

    Durban - President Jacob Zuma was told, in the most forthright way, on Thursday: “Go now!” ANC veteran and former director-general of foreign affairs Sipho Pityana, speaking at the funeral of Makhenkesi Stofile at Fort Hare University, lashed Zuma and urged him to step aside. “If the president was here I would have asked him as my leader, I would have begged him, I would have prayed, saying: My big brother, Msholozi, hand over the reins!’ “The next battle cannot be led by a leader who has humiliated our organisation and undermined everything that we represent.” At the funeral Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa became the most senior government official to publicly back Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

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  • Hunt fires sobering warning at Pirates ahead of explosive MTN8 quarterfinal

    Bidvest Wits have the look of a team that means business this season and they appear to be carrying enough guns to challenge on all fronts. Their systematic dismantling of Kaizer Chiefs in their opening Premier League match on Tuesday night was made all the more impressive by the fact that new marquee signings Cuthbert Malajila and Mogakolodi Ngele started from the bench. Gabadinho Mhango‚ Xola Mlambo‚ Thabang Monare and Eleazar Rodgers all impressed on the night and will have made even reluctant neutrals sit up and take notice. While the Wits squad looks impressive‚ coach Gavin Hunt is not satisfied and is planning to make two more signings before the PSL transfer window closes at the end of

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