• 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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  • I'm prepared to die to save SA from the thieves, says Gordhan

    A defiant Gordhan promised that he would never back down from fighting corruption. The embattled finance minister also told hundreds of Treasury staff members he was aware of speculation over a cabinet reshuffle. "He said ministers come and go and we must just commit to work with whoever is the minister of finance," said a Treasury employee who was at a staff meeting addressed by Gordhan in Pretoria on Friday afternoon. "He said we didn't think what happened to Nhlanhla Nene could happen, but it happened," said another source. A third source said: "He said this is part of a bigger political battle. Don't be surprised if me and the deputy minister [Mcebisi Jonas] are removed this weekend". Gordhan

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  • ANC's Masina ready to compete with DA-led governments

    After the DA managed to secure Tshwane & JHB, the ANC was under pressure to retain at least 1 metro. Democratic Alliance African National Congress Mzwandile Masina JOHANNESBURG - Newly appointed Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina has pointed out differences in the African National Congress (ANC)-led coalition government in the metro, compared to those led by the Democratic Alliance (DA) in Tshwane and Johannesburg. Masina was addressing the Ekurhuleni Press Club in Germiston last night. He says he's ready to compete with two other metros in Gauteng under the DA-led coalition governments, saying his government will deliver faster and differently. Masina took some time to thank political parties

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  • Now, Hawks take aim at Gerrie Nel

    Johannesburg - Controversial Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza is gunning for top prosecutor Gerrie Nel, who is largely credited with ensuring Oscar Pistorius was convicted for Reeva Steenkamp’s murder. Ntlemeza is understood to be implicating Nel in the controversy over the alleged “rogue” unit at the South African Revenue Service. The Sunday Independent has been told that the Hawks have launched a probe into Nel for possible contravention of the Public Finance Management Act. It is alleged he approved a payment of R1.5 million to a member of the unit to install spying equipment in the offices of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) offices. Nel scored a major victory when the Constitutional Court

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Panics As Soldiers Rampage

    Uniformed soldiers on Friday night emptied Harare's night clubs and ruthlessly attacked people on the streets after police triggered violent protests in the capital earlier in the day as President Robert Mugabe's government fought to suppress dissent against his rule. Zimbabwe's 18 opposition parties including former vice-president Joice Mujuru's Zimbabwe People First and MDC led by Morgan Tsvangirai had obtained a High Court order barring police from interfering with their intended demonstration. The parties under the banner of the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) and Coalition for Democrats wanted to protest against unfair electoral laws and systems, but were violently blocked by the police; minutes after the High Court had okayed the event.

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  • Guptas, don't think fronting will help you – Malema

    Leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema has written on Twitter about his concern that the Gupta family’s statement that they will be selling all their shares in South Africa by the end of the year may merely be an attempt to keep trading in South Africa by other means. By selling to a company headed by someone not directly linked to the Guptas, that would be “fronting”  if that entity were still somehow indirectly controlled by the family. Malema has long been a thorn in the side of the Guptas, and he even went as far as to allege that President Jacob Zuma had personally worked as a courier using a presidential jet to deliver huge amounts of cash to the family’s new home, Dubai.

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  • Hlophe gets his day in court

    It’s time for Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe to face the music, the Constitutional Court found in Johannesburg on Wednesday. In 2008, the court issued a statement alleging Hlophe had approached some of its judges “in an improper attempt to influence [the] court’s pending judgment in one or more cases.” The cases involved the lawfulness of searches and seizures conducted in connection with the investigation and prosecution of President Jacob Zuma and french arms company Thint. TimesLIVE reported that Bess Nkabinde and Chris Jafta were among the 11 justices who‚ in 2008‚ accused Hlophe of trying to influence the outcome of cases involving Zuma. According to a statement from the court,

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  • NEWS ANALYSIS: Zuma’s power checked by backlash over Gordhan probe

    REELING from the ANC’s worst-ever election performance and a public backlash over investigations by the Hawks into Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, President Jacob Zuma’s room to maneuver appears to be shrinking. Anxiety over whether Zuma will fire the finance minister in a cabinet reshuffle has hung over Africa’s largest economy since Tuesday, when the news broke that Gordhan, 67, may face charges over allegations that he set up an illicit investigative unit during his time as head of the South African Revenue Service. While Zuma expressed "full confidence" in the minister, he said he is powerless to stop the probe. Opposition parties and analysts have speculated that Zuma may use the investigation

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  • As racial politics loom over election, Obama's legacy is seen as mixed

    Nearly eight years later, with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton attacking each other over racial politics, the legacy of Obama's presidency looks decidedly mixed, black leaders said. Having a black president, two attorneys general and a chief of homeland security did not result in basic fairness for victims of racially charged violence, said Cornel West, an academic and former Obama supporter who has become a high-profile critic of the Democratic president. "How many policemen who have murdered unarmed innocent black civilians have gone to jail with that kind of black power at the top? Obama could have acted more directly while in office to help blacks, West added, citing persistently high childhood poverty among African-Americans.

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  • ANCWL, ANCYL condemn Zuma's critics

    The ANCWL's Meokgo Matuba says no one must be allowed to criticise the ANC in public. Jacob Zuma JOHANNESBURG – The African National Congress (ANC) Youth and Women’s leagues have come out strongly against critics of President Jacob Zuma saying those who speak negatively about him in public must be disciplined. This comes after ANC veteran and former director general of foreign affairs Sipho Pityana used the funeral of reverend Makhenkesi Stofile, at Fort Hare University this week to lash out at Zuma, and urged him to step down. LISTEN: Pityana lashes out at the ANC.   When Pityana came out guns blazing against the president, the ANCYL called his actions disruptive and unruly. ANYCL general secretary

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  • Treasury 'taking Denel to court' to halt Gupta deal

    VR Laser Asia's sole shareholder is Gupta business partner Salim Essa. Its parent firm in South Africa is owned by Essa, the Guptas and President Jacob Zuma's son Duduzane. Two independent government sources confirmed this week that the Treasury was planning to go to court to halt the deal. "Treasury's lawyers are going after them - they've already prepared papers," said one source. The Treasury's legal head, Rebecca Tee, had already sent letters to Denel demanding that it dissolve the partnership or face legal action, said another source. If they didn't deliver they should be replaced. To form a partnership like this with a service provider is outrageous. It could go on indefinitely This flies

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  • South Africa: Ruling Party Planning to Remove Zuma?

    While the leadership of the ANC embarks on a tour of branches across the country in search of answers for the party's decline in support in the municipal elections ordinary members are calling for the occupation of the party's national headquarters Luthuli House to demand President Jacob Zuma and the ANC's National Executive Committee's resignations. One of the organisers, Bonolo Ramokhele, has said the idea is to have a demonstration at the party's head offices on September 5 when the president is expected to attend a National Working Committee meeting. Previously he had been part of attempts to demonstrate outside an NEC meeting following state capture claims by deputy finance minister Mcebisi

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  • Not so bright and beautiful for DA

    The DA could be tempted to rewrite Cecil Frances Alexander’s All Things Bright and Beautiful. With Trollip in the Bay, Joburg in the bag, Mogale City under Lynn Pannell, Bongani Baloyi in Midvaal, Cape Town under Patricia de Lille with Helen Zille at the helm of the Western Cape, things look bright and beautiful for the DA. The jury is still out as to whether the party succeeded because of, or in spite of, its strategy. The DA couldn’t care about that, at least for now. In a rapidly urbanising country, whose wealth resides in its cities, the DA’s urban creep is remarkable, albeit imperfect and incomplete. And yet the DA’s lyrical recital of All Things Bright and Beautiful could be rudely interrupted

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  • Holomisa calls for Madonsela to finish Gupta investigation before they sell shares

    Bantu Holomisa says there is a legitimate expectation from SA about the outcomes of the investigation. Thuli Madonsela Gupta family Gupta JOHANNESBURG – United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa says the investigation into the Gupta family by the Public Protector should be finalised and published before they sell their shares in the country.  Yesterday, the controversial family which allegedly has close ties with President Jacob Zuma, announced its plans to pull out all of its South African shareholding before the end of the year. The Guptas claim this is in the best interests of their existing employees and the country, after seeing its local management team has grown exponentially,

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  • Something fishy about 'anti-Gordhan' campaign, church says

    “Something is fishy here, and we are worried, especially since people who are at the forefront of driving this campaign against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan are themselves compromised from the president (Jacob Zuma) down.” ‘We are not saying anyone is above the law, but something is fishy.’ General secretary of the Evangelical Alliance of South Africa Reverend Moss Ntla said this was a crisis in our democracy, where you have one arm of the state coming and moving against the other arm of the state (Gordhan), and forcing him literally to become engaged in civil disobedience. “Something is fishy. This is a very serious matter. It says there is factionalism that is tearing apart our institutions

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  • Human trafficking: A crime hidden in plain sight

    Cape Town - At least 248 700 people live in conditions of modern-day slavery. This is according to a Global Slavery Index survey released this year. A21 Campaign, an anti-human trafficking NGO said via manager Katie Modrau that nearly 49 out of 100 people are at risk of being trafficked or are vulnerable to human trafficking. More than 150 women were rescued from being sold into slavery in South Africa this year. This announcement comes as authorities clamped down on human trafficking during Women’s Month. The women were “rescued” in operations across the country in co-ordination with authorities from the US and neighbouring countries. Although human trafficking was described as a “serious issue”

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  • Apple issues update after security flaws laid bare: media

    The company released its latest iOS version, 9.3.5, on Thursday, which the New York Times said was meant to fix three security vulnerabilities in Apple products. Those vulnerabilities had been targeted by the NSO Group, an Israeli spyware company, which has created a product that can rifle through a phone to read texts, track calls and record sounds, among other capabilities, the New York Times reported. Apple told various US media outlets that it fixed the vulnerabilities as soon it learned about them. WhatsApp plans to share your info with Facebook: 6 things you need to know  The spyware was detected when used against Ahmed Mansoor, a human rights activist in the United Arab Emirates, who has

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  • Why are SA companies ditching Nigeria?

    Johannesburg - Hotel and gaming group Sun International became the latest South African business to pull out of Nigeria because of weak economic growth and clashes with regulators in the west African country. In January, Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) launched a probe into Sun International's initial investment in the Tourist Company of Nigeria, which owns and operates the 5-star Federal Palace hotel in Lagos. Sun International, which reported a 20 percent fall in diluted adjusted headline earnings per share (AHEPS) to 628 cents for the year to June, said the Federal Palace had been hit by slow economic growth, the low oil price, the threat from Boko Haram and a weakening

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  • Nigeria: Former Niger Delta Militants Qualify As Aircraft Engineers

    The Presidential Amnesty Office on Friday said 22 beneficiaries of its foreign education programme had graduated as Aircraft Maintenance Engineers and had returned to the country. The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and the Coordinator of Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig.-Gen. Paul Boroh, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. He said the beneficiaries were trained at the Royal Jordanian Air Academy and were equipped with EASA licence on return, adding that without the licence, they would not be useful in the aviation industry. He said that the licence made the beneficiaries certified aircraft maintenance professionals needed in modern

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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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