• R91m Lotto family flees

    The Cape Town family who won R91-million in Friday night's PowerBall draw has been spirited away, apparently by employees of the National Lottery. Philander and his wife of 12 years, Diana - who is also deaf - told a Cape Town tabloid newspaper that they had been inundated with requests for money since their ticket matched Friday night's winning numbers. Diana Philander's sister, Wilma Vlok, said that after news of Philander's win had spread on Friday night, "family members and people that I don't even know" had started visiting her home in Parkwood. Sometime yesterday people, who Vlok believed were from the National Lottery, had taken Philander, his wife and their children, Logan and Kirsten, to an undisclosed location.

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  • Guptas' opulent mansion irks neighbours - Gauteng

    THE STAR City of Joburg officials are seen entering the Gupta residence in Saxonwold to investigate the complaints. Johannesburg - It’s four floors of luxury that might be empty, but it’s still causing ructions with the neighbours. On Wednesday, the battle between the Gupta family and irate residents of Saxonwold over an “illegally built” mansion that was allegedly devaluing the upmarket Joburg suburb raged on, with City of Joburg officials stepping in to conduct their own inspections. Joining officials during the inspection of the multimillion- rand property was a lawyer representing the Gupta family as well as urban planner Craig Pretorius, who was representing residents belonging to the Saxonwold and Parkwood Residents Association.

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  • 'All whites must be hacked and killed'

    National spokesperson of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said the party was looking into a matter that allegedly involves one of its members. A screenshot bearing what appears to be the name of EFF member Thabo Mabotja is making the rounds on social media. In the screenshot are the words “All white people must be hacked and killed”. Mabotja could not be immediately reached for comment regarding the matter. Ndlozi said the party was aware of the incident, but they were still looking into the factuality of the matter. “Well, as you would know, we are going to familiarise ourselves with the facts of the case.” The party spokesperson said he was in a rally and could not comment

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  • Zuma calls on black voters to ‘counteract’ whites

    Durban - President Jacob Zuma has called on black people to think about their poverty and use their majority to counteract white voters’ motives during local government elections. He said while black people were normally lazy to register for elections or to vote, white people always liked to do so in large numbers “for their own interest, which I don’t know”. “Vote is important for black people because they are suffering. It is also important for white people for their own reasons,” he said. Although he avoided telling black people to vote for the ANC, he said were they to do so in large numbers, the government would be able to bring about changes that would benefit them.    Also: SA deserves

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  • How to sell a R5 coin for R50000

    The R5 coins with the face of former president Nelson Mandela have a special nostalgic appeal, and the most recently issued one was to celebrate his 90th birthday in 2008. But would you believe it if you were told that one of these 90th birthday coins sold for R2.5 million? Others sell for anything between R50 000 and a couple of thousand rands. These, remember, are simply R5 coins. There is nothing special or rare about them – more than 22 million were issued by the South African Mint. But a lucrative trade has developed in which clever sellers convince gullible buyers that certain R5 Mandela coins are extremely rare and are therefore worth a lot of money. Any coins could be sold in this way,

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  • Found in SA … Libya’s trillions

    Johannesburg - The South African government and President Jacob Zuma have been caught in the middle of an international wrangle over as much as R2 trillion in US dollars as well as hundreds of tons of gold and at least six million carats of diamonds in assets belonging to the people of Libya. What could be the world’s largest cash pile is stored in palettes at seven heavily guarded warehouses and bunkers in secret locations between Joburg and Pretoria. The Libyan billions have led to a Hawks investigation into possible violation of exchange controls as well as international interests from the UN and the US. It has also led to heightened interest in the local and international intelligence community

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  • Frugal Cassper rents his house out online for R2K a night

    Keegan Dolly took a morning plane on Thursday from OR Tambo International to Sao Paulo in excited mood as participation in this year's Olympic Games follows fast on the heels of Mamelodi Sundowns reaching the semifinals of the African Champions League.

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  • #SABC8: The fight is not over, says SACP - Crime & Courts

    Johannesburg - The SACP says it will not stop its campaigning against the SABC until all of the eight journalists who were taken off air for questioning its censorship policies are back behind their desks. While seven reporters were allowed back at work yesterday after a Labour Court ruling in their favour, independent contractor and the most prominent of the group, Vuyo Mvoko, is still fighting for his return. Mvoko went to the high court to Johannesburg on Thursday to fight the broadcaster, but the case was postponed to next Tuesday. “We, the SACP, have stuck to our vow to continue campaigning until all the SABC 8 are reinstated,” the party said ion a statement. “Mvoko’s case is complicated

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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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  • No coalitions — the EFF will win in Port Elizabeth, Julius Malema says

    EFF leader Julius Malema has vehemently rejected the possibility of his party entering into a coalition in any municipality after the August 3 elections. Speaking to journalists on Wednesday during a visit to victims of the tornado disaster in Tembisa‚ Malema said his party was not thinking about partnerships‚ but rather about governing metros across the country. "We don’t have a manifesto of coalitions. We have a manifesto of governing. We will deal with those issues after the elections. But the mandate of our party has been that we must not go to coalition with the ANC‚" Malema said. He warned that the party would surprise a lot of people when it claimed major metros across the country. "We

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  • Fancy a stay at Cassper’s diggs? - Travel News

    Cape Town - Being money savvy is the new cool. South African superstar Cassper Nyovest is leading the way, showing everyone that saving a few bucks doesn’t necessarily have to mean cutting back on your lifestyle. Renting out your home on Airbnb could have the biggest impact on your savings. A report from Airbnb, the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company reveals how millions of people are potentially missing out on the opportunity to use their home to help pay for a vacation of their own. Almost half (44 percent) of Americans leave their homes empty when they go on holiday according to research commissioned by Airbnb. Makes you consider your options, and how you too can make money

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  • Cyril hints that Mbeki is needed

    In the wake of speculation about whether former president Thabo Mbeki is willing to assist the ruling ANC to campaign for the local government elections on August 3, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa yesterday called on “all ANC heavyweights” to campaign for the party. “All hands have to be on deck,” Ramaphosa said at the ANC’s call centre in Randburg, Johannesburg, in what could be interpreted as a reference to Mbeki. Last week, The Citizen quoted reliable sources as saying that Mbeki, who was recalled nine months before the end of his term in 2008, was not keen to canvass for the ANC. The ANC in Greater Johannesburg has described as “mischievous” the reports that Mbeki was “not keen” to assist

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  • Gay-bashing US pastor feeling the heat from SA

    Johannesburg - The now infamous “kill-the-gays” American pastor, Steven L Anderson, has claimed he is being persecuted by South Africans, following a series of pranks against him and his evangelical church. An online petition addressed to the Department of Home Affairs to keep Anderson from entering South Africa for a recruitment drive in September has received more than 36 000 signatures. The Arizona-based preacher and Holocaust denier initially achieved online notoriety in 2014 after calling for gay people to be executed. He again brought negative attention to himself this year when, a day after 49 LGBTI people were gunned down in the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, Florida, he said: “The

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  • Nigeria: Meet the 'Yahoo Boys'

    Many undergraduates in Nigerian universities dabble in internet fraud. Nicknamed "yahoo-yahoo" after the international web portal and search engine, this perfidy has become a way of life for the young con-artists. Many of these fraudsters - dubbed "yahoo-boys" - have become filthy rich. Some have been caught by the law. In April 2012, Olasaidi Dare, an undergraduate of the Olabisi Onabanjo University in Ago-Iwoye, was sentenced to five years' imprisonment for an attempt to obtain money under false pretences in a cyber-café. On June 5 2012, a Federal High Court in Kaduna State sentenced Imonina Kingsley, of the University of Ilorin, to 20 years' imprisonment. He defrauded an Australian of US$1,000

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  • Cricket SA fired me for social media reaction, says Australia-bound HD Ackerman

    Ackerman posted the below message on his Facebook page on Thursday. Wow, just been pulled off hosting the cricket South Africa Awards on the 26th because a few people on social media feel... Posted by HD Ackerman on  Thursday, July 14, 2016 Former Proteas test batsman HD Ackerman quits SA for Australia  He was supported on the site by former test fast bowler Meyrick Pringle‚ who advised him to “let it fly over your head and keep smiling‚ china. Family comes first.” Ackerman first posted news of his move‚ which will happen in September‚ on Monday. “SA has so much potential‚” he wrote. It is with a heavy heart that I have to let all my friends know that Kerryn , James, Tannah and I will be moving

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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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  • Motaung pours cold water on Kaizer Chiefs move for Steven Pienaar

    Pienaar’s second spell at English Premier League side Everton came to an end last month and he has been linked with several clubs in SA and in the cash-rich Chinese Super League. The 34-year-old dribbling wizard told Times Media Digital that he still has two seasons left in him but is yet to decide where he is headed next. Chiefs sign Bryce Moon’s younger brother Ryan ‘for the future’  He added that the idea of playing in the Soweto derby for either Chiefs or their rivals Orlando Pirates remains one of his unfulfilled ambitions and he hopes to change that before calling time on his career. But Motaung said on Wednesday it is highly unlikely that the midfielder will turn out in the Amakhosi gold

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  • Mazibuko rips into DA’s white males

    Johannesburg - Former DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko has urged the DA to interrogate the almost exclusive dominance of white males within the party’s “brains trust”. Mazibuko, a resident fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics, has referred to them as “highly disconnected men callously strutting about social media like a law unto themselves”. She commented online about DA leader Mmusi Maimane’s anti-racism pledge this week: “It would be easy to cast aspersions on his timing and see it as reactionary, but one of the vital tasks of any public leader is to read the national mood and interrupt the conversation in a way that is productive and shows leadership. “The party,” she says,

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  • Nigeria: Nigerians Convicted of Drug Smuggling to be Executed in Indonesia

    Indonesia will execute 14 drug convicts including Nigerians this weekend, the attorney general said yesterday, stepping up a "war on drugs" that has drawn international condemnation. Those to be executed will include nationals of Zimbabwe, Pakistan and India, H. Muhammad Prasetyo told journalists at the state palace. News of the impending executions prompted condemnation from the United Nations and the European Union. "We understand that there is a camp that does not agree with us, but no matter what, this is not a pleasant work but it still has to be done," Prasetyo said, adding that notifications had been sent to the foreign embassies. He did not say which day of the weekend the executions

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  • 'Crude‚ silly painting won't distract us': Mmusi Maimane

    The Democratic Alliance's leader (DA) says a painting posted on Twitter by controversial “Sushi King” Kenny Kunene‚ depicting three of its members in their birthday suits‚ is irrelevant. Kunene 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 portrays what appears to be Western Cape premier Helen Zille‚ DA leader Mmusi Maimane and DA shadow minister of correctional services James Selfe with their private parts exposed. Maimane is pulling a cart carrying Zille and Selfe. The words "modern slavery" are hanging from the cart. The DA leader is no strangers to accusations

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