• Malema labels Arthur Mafokate and Kelly Khumalo 'useless‚ expired artists'

    Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema has accused the African National Congress of spending its election campaign funds on “useless artists“. Poking fun at staunch ANC supporter and Kwaito artist Arthur Mafokate as well as Afro Pop singer Kelly Khumalo‚ Malema labelled their songs as “expired“. “We have seen [the ANC] spend a billion rand on fake celebrities‚ extremely fake celebrities who can’t succeed in their own right‚” said Malema. “As I speak‚ I’m trying to think what is Kelly Khumalo’s hit… what is she known for? But she is pocketing between ten thousand and fifteen thousand rands for every appearance she makes at an ANC event‚” said Malema. Malema’s attacks come after ANC head

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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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  • Tbo Touch spills beans on why he left SABC

    The  drive-time presenter left more than a million listeners wondering what had sparked his departure after he resigned  two weeks ago. The reason had nothing to do with rumours that Idols South Africa judge and choreographer Somizi Mhlongo had been foisted on him and his Touchdown show. Molefe said he had quit over the SABC’s refusal to deny reports that he had been taken off air for a week for refusing to read a Hyundai advert, which subsequently lost SABC R15-million in advertising. Tbo Touch to launch record label and entertainment company  He admitted that he had refused to read the advert, but said his suspension was due to a physical confrontation with one of the show’s producers in May.

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  • ANC has made South Africa more racist: de Klerk

    This was the view expressed by former president FW de Klerk at a conference held in Cape Town today to commemorate the 26th anniversary of his speech that initiated South Africa's transition into democracy. "Racism is too much a part of the narrative of political leaders. Politicians including Jacob Zuma must avoid utterances that feed racism which is divisive." His advice to the president was to  focus on nation building and develop a "peaceful, positive and constructive co- existence". "The overwhelming majority of South Africans are not racist," said De Klerk. He said there was no hierarchy of racism in SA, but that the ANC was "guilty of imposing such a hierarchy". The conference tackles

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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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  • Zimbabwe: VP Mnangagwa a 'Dead Man Walking' After War Vets Storm

    VICE-President Emmerson Mnangagwa -- considered one of the front runners to succeed President Robert Mugabe -- is facing his toughest test yet in his bid to become Zimbabwe's next leader. Mnangagwa is in the spotlight after war veterans a fortnight ago issued a shocking communique announcing that they were withdrawing their support for Mugabe and throwing their lot behind the VP. The move by the influential former liberation war fighters triggered a swift response from the G40 faction in Zanu PF that hastily arranged a solidarity rally for Mugabe on Wednesday. One of the faction's "court jesters", Mandiitawepi Chimene threw the gauntlet down at the rally and publicly accused Mnangagwa of plotting to oust the 92-year-old ruler.

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  • Zimbabwe: Govt Issues 6 000 Import Licences

    GOVERNMENT has issued over 6 000 import certificates, with three quarters of those for South African products, five months after it tightened the flow of imports to curb dumping of substandard products onto the local market. The southern African country enforced a Consignment-Based Conformity Assessment (CBCA) programme in March this year under Statutory Instrument 132 of 2015 to ensure that the goods imported into Zimbabwe comply with accepted quality. A French company Bureau Veritas, has been contracted to enforce the import standards. South Africa is Zimbabwe's largest trading partner, accounting for about 70 percent of imported goods in the southern African country and over 60 percent of its total trade, official figures show.

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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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  • Obama's brother says he will vote for Trump

    Nairobi - President Barack Obama's half-brother, Malik Obama, says he will vote for Republican nominee Donald Trump in the US election in November because he likes the candidate and he is unhappy with his brother's leadership. Malik, who is in his 50s, told Reuters by phone from Obama's ancestral home of Kogelo in western Kenya that he supports Trump's policies, especially his focus on security. “He appeals to me and also I think that he is down to earth and he speaks from the heart and he is not trying to be politically correct. He's just straight-forward,” he said. Malik, a US citizen, has lived in Washington since 1985 where he worked with various firms before becoming an independent financial

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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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  • 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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  • ANC GP says won't be begging anymore for Mbeki to campaign for the party

    ANC Gauteng Chairperson Paul Mashatile says they have now accepted Mbeki won’t be helping. African National Congress African National Congress ANC Thabo Mbeki Tokyo Sexwale Paul Mashatile Former South African president Thabo Mbeki Gauteng Chairperson Paul Mashatile Mbeki Mavuso Msimang JOHANNESBURG – The African National Congress (ANC) Gauteng chairperson Paul Mashatile says the provincial party won’t be begging anymore for former President Thabo Mbeki to help the party campaign for next week’s elections. Mashatile spoke to Eyewitness News on the sidelines of President Jacob Zuma’s address at Thokoza Park in Soweto yesterday. The Gauteng ANC has managed to get the support of ANC stalwarts such

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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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  • 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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  • DA should win in Tshwane, Nelson Mandela Bay and Joburg, latest poll shows

    THE DA appears to be in line to win Tshwane, Nelson Mandela Bay and Johannesburg metropolitan municipalities in next week’s local government elections, according to the final pre-election survey by eNCA and research consulting firm Ipsos. The poll results, released on Friday, reflect an earlier survey by Ipsos showing the DA to be a likely winner in Nelson Mandela Bay and Tshwane. The latest poll adds Johannesburg to the list of metros that the DA could snatch from the ANC. In terms of newest poll, the DA will get 35.81% of the vote in Johannesburg, compared to the ANC’s 32.28%. The survey also shows the DA capturing 40% of vote in Tshwane — 14.5% more than the ANC. In Nelson Mandela Bay, 43.57%

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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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  • Tau seeks counsel from Mbeki after nomination

    Mbeki had a brief meeting with Tau on Monday in his foundation’s offices in Killarney to discuss the nomination and get a brief on what the city is doing on the transformation of apartheid spatial patterns. Watch: We help you choose Johannesburg’s next mayor  “We were here to brief former president Mbeki on the work that we are doing as a city but also the international responsibilities. We had to seek his advice on the work that we are doing internationally. As you know I have been nominated to be president of United Cities and Local Government which is a global responsibility. I thought it would be appropriate to seek counsel and advice from our elders and leaders on that work‚” Tau told reporters

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  • AKA smashes Twitter user: You piece of sh*t. Where is your compassion

    This is what caused the drama: Nick Theodoropoulos tweeted: "Hope the #tornado coverage is not on SABC. Images of its destruction may incite violence and looting. #SABCcensorship" AKA replied with this: The anger continued with AKA taking shots at political parties: "Don't even get me started on The DA using Mandela's name to campaign. White privilege has now, truly .... Lost its mind and its bearings." "Mandela was considered the head of a "terrorist organization" ....today he's a part of their narrative." "Did Mandela ever denounce the ANC or Jacob Zuma? .... Ok, I get it ... So he died and made you his spokesperson. Gotcha!" Extreme weather conditions have hit various parts of South Africa

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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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  • 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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