• Nigeria: South Africa Threatens to Arrest Nigeria's Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

    The South African government has threatened a jail term for Chris Oyakhilome if his church, Christ Embassy, fails to release its financial records, the South African based News24 is reporting. The Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities said several religious leaders in the country could be jailed if they fail to comply with the demands of the commission. ‎The commission said it was investigating the commercialization of religion and abuse of people's beliefs and had summoned several churches to appear before it with their ordination certificate, registration certificate, bank statements, and annual financial statements from 2012. Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva

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  • Trevor Noah leaves SA fans in stitches

    Kgothatso Mogale & Neo Koza | Trevor Noah entertained a sold out crowd at the Silverstar Casino in Joburg as part of the Comedy Central International Comedy Festival.

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  • THICK END OF THE WEDGE: What Zuma must still break to survive

    Last week, one of the world’s best public economists — the lead economics writer on the Financial Times — Martin Wolf, was in SA. He returned to London to basically write us off unless we reverse economic policy. The redistributive efforts of the African National Congress (ANC) were, he said (and we know it ourselves), a zero-sum game. Wolf speaks for and to the international economic community and his article follows a Bloomberg report last week that the insurance being required to trade SA’s government-backed bonds was now so high they indicated the markets were already treating South African debt as if it were sub-investment standard or, in the parlance of the bond markets, junk. It reminds us that Reserve Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago was telling an audience in Cape Town last month that raising local interest rates was unavoidable.

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  • Malema refuses chamber’s request to tone down rhetoric

    JULIUS Malema was asked by concerned members of the South African Chamber of Commerce (SACC) in London to tone down his rhetoric — and he refused. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, continuing his UK tour, had a lively and robust private meeting with members of the SACC at Deloitte’s London headquarters on Thursday morning. But in characteristic style, Mr Malema told Business Day: "Well that meeting was governed by Chatham House rules … but when it comes to the EFF, the posture we’ve taken in South African politics and internationally has made us who we are. And that strategy is working, there’s no need to change that posture to suit whoever’s uncomfortable." While he admitted that he

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  • Nigeria: 48 Nigerians Deported From UK, Arrive Lagos

    Lagos — Forty eight Nigerians who were deported from the United Kingdom, arrived the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, at about 8am aboard a chartered flight, yesterday. Some of the deportees queried the action of the British government. Spokesperson of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Kings Ekpedeme, confirmed the development, but said the figure was not up to 500 as speculated. He said those who arrived include 44 men and four females. "About 48 Nigerians were deported by the government of the United Kingdom. They arrived Lagos yesterday onboard a chartered flight. They were allowed to go because the offence they were accused of are immigration related. They are 48

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  • ‘ANC is bordering on lying to SA’ - Politics | IOL News

    Cape Town - “The ANC is bordering on lying to the masses.” This was one of the revealing remarks made by former ANC treasurer general, Mathews Phosa, in recent interview with eNCA when he spoke about the promises the political party made when it came into power. “We made many promises, now the expectations of our people are around those issues, there are founded on our own promises, there is an extent to which we tried to meet those expectations but the backlog is huge and massive, and it has become intolerable to the masses.” Phosa elaborated that the ANC understood the scale of the problem they faced when they came into power. “The ANC understood the scale of the problem, we had many arguments

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  • Afrikaners want own community - Gauteng | IOL News

    Pretoria - Afrikaners want their own community which looks after itself in Pretoria, something along the lines of Kleinfontein and Orania. This should happen as early as after the municipal elections next year, and the area would have its own schools and universities where children are taught in Afrikaans. The statue of Paul Kruger at Church Square could also be moved there. The areas that have been identified are those where many Afrikaans-speaking people live, such as Centurion and Pretoria Moot. Orania in the Northern Cape and Kleinfontein in Gauteng were established by Afrikaners. Only people who identify themselves as Afrikaners are welcome there. And now the Front Nasionaal political party

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  • Zikalala puts his foot (or bum) in it - Politics | IOL News

    Pietermaritzburg - Sihle Zikalala’s first day in the KwaZulu-Natal provincial legislature as leader of the ruling African National Congress kicked off in dramatic fashion on Thursday when three opposition parties stormed out in a huff over his decision to sit in the seat normally reserved for the province’s premier. Members of the provincial legislature (MPL) from the Democratic Alliance, the Inkatha Freedom Party and the National Freedom Party staged a walkout during the sitting. The problem, according to them, was that although Zikalala had replaced Senzo Mchunu as chairman of the ANC, Mchunu was still the province’s premier. “We want to say that this is unprecedented when a new member gets

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  • The big Capitec question

    HOW long can this upward trajectory continue? For yet another year, Capitec is kicking the bottoms of the big banks, in its quest to break into the big four of the South African banking sector. As the best-performing banking share on the JSE this year, it has risen by a staggering 75%. Barclays, Standard Bank, FirstRand and Nedbank have all reversed their gains. Nedbank, mostly notably, has felt the heat of Capitec’s growth and has fallen 16% year to date. Capitec’s rise from nowhere to universal hero is the biggest success story in the local banking sector in recent decades. Started in March 2001 by the team at Jannie Mouton’s Stellenbosch-based investment company PSG, Capitec listed on the

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  • Watch: Mugabe's slow Turkey walk sets tongues wagging

    The 91-year-old's less-than-speedy progression up a long blue carpet was filmed by New China TV, Xinhua news agency's official TV channel, and then posted on YouTube. "As [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan waited while Mugabe walked ever so gingerly the short distance from his Mercedes limousine to the entrance of the conference venue, the Turkish leader probably wondered whether he should not have let the Zimbabwean stay at home," news website NewZimbabwe quipped. The report said Mugabe "appeared to walk with some difficulty". Mugabe attended the G-20 summit as head of the African Union, though Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change said he had "no business" there and his attendance at the meeting was "a serious national embarrassment".

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  • Dlamini stays, Vavi voted out for good

    Dlamini was re-elected unopposed, along with Bheki Ntshalintshali (general secretary), James Tyotyo (1st deputy president), Zingiswa Losi (2nd deputy president) and Freda Oosthuysen (treasurer general) at Cosatu's four-day congress in Midrand, north of Johannesburg. Solly Phetoe, outgoing Cosatu North West secretary and known ally of ousted Zwelinzima Vavi - whose expulsion was confirmed yesterday - was elected deputy general secretary. Dlamini assured Phetoe, "you are welcome" as a national office bearer. Cosatu has been in the wars since its last congress in 2012, at which a negotiated leadership emerged which has since been blamed for its woes. Dlamini yesterday moved to assure delegates "this

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  • Get real, white South Africa

    We did it in 1910 when the Union of South Africa was birthed by the British. We did it in 1948 when our new apartheid laws turned us into the most unethically dressed nation in Africa. We did it again in 1961 when the National Party declared South Africa a republic, free from the British Commonwealth. Our newest outfit, the dress from our historic Autumn/Winter 1994 collection, is now 21 years old, and evidently in tatters. Unfortunately, South Africa has never fundamentally changed over the years, we simply changed clothes. The greatest problem we face as a nation is not our neo-liberal imperialist economy that favours US and British capitalist endeavours. It's not that the police criminalise

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  • ICG: An alarming new escalation in the Syria War | Daily Maverick

    What will be the impact of this new layer of conflict in the Syrian war? This is a new sign of how internationalised the Syrian war has become, and how dangerous it can still get. In a way, it’s a slap in the face that could bring Syria’s external stakeholders to their senses, but risks sending the war hurtling down another precipice. Precisely because it feared such an uncalculated escalation, Crisis Group has long argued that all regional and international parties to the conflict must come together on a compromise solution to calm the Syrian war, not add fuel to its flames. The Vienna talks have been a small step in the right direction. But the process to which Vienna gives birth must not turn

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  • 'Who are you calling a Teletubby?' - EFF MP

    "Who are you calling a Teletubby?" demanded Mmabatho Mokause, standing up in the bright red attire that her party wears in Parliament. Earlier, when DA leader Mmusi Maimane went to the podium, somebody had called him a "sellout". An attempt was being made to find out who had called Maimane a sellout when DA MP John Steenhuisen waved his hand seemingly in the direction of the EFF benches and said: "Ask that Teletubby over there." An annoyed Mokause complained: This man stood here and called one member a Teletubby." After the debate, Speaker Baleka Mbete wanted to know who had called Maimane "a sellout" and when all she got was blank faces, she moved on to root out the person who had made the Teletubby

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  • Zimbabwe's Mr Ugly pageant turns ugly

    Maison Sere, who was missing several teeth and dressed in torn overalls, beat off five other contestants for the $500 Mr Ugly prize -- a large sum in a country facing massive unemployment. Show organiser David Machowa said he created the pageant in 2012 to celebrate "beauty in ugliness".

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  • THE INSIDER: Red-carpet treatment by royal command

    THE excesses of Swaziland’s King Mswati have long since ceased to surprise, although he continues to do his utmost to raise eyebrows. According to the Swaziland Solidarity Network, which is admittedly somewhat biased towards democracy as a system of government rather than absolute monarchy, the king ordered the police to enforce a ban on ordinary Swazis and nonroyal visiting dignitaries using red carpets when attending events. In a "most shocking example of dictatorship, insecurity and blatant madness", the Times of Swaziland reported that events managers say whenever they put down red or white carpets to welcome guests to their events, police remove them. The newspaper avoided revealing the source of this bizarre instruction, but the network reported that police were given the order by their commissioner, who was either acting of his own accord or relaying an instruction from Mswati himself that only royalty should be allowed to strut up red or white carpets.

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  • Banks under fire over R99 debit order scam

    Fin24 has been inundated with emails from irate bank customers following an expose on Special Assignment on Sunday which lifted the lid on how easy it is for dubious companies operating in the call centre space to gain access to bank accounts through unauthorised debit orders. Banks in the South Africa process about 56 million debit orders a month and from these close to a million inter-bank debit orders, including non-authenticated early debit orders, are disputed every month, according to the Payments Association of South Africa (PASA). The dispute ratio for non-authenticated debit orders is between 4.5% and 6%. Lucas Mlangeni said it worried him that his bank account has been invaded by fraudsters.

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  • No exceptions to visa laws, even for Mandela actor Elba: Gigaba

    So believes Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba, who was addressing the media in Parliament on the implementation of cabinet concessions to the immigration regulations on Wednesday. This comes after award-winning British actor Idris Elba reportedly cancelled a trip to South Africa at the last minute after his daughter, Isan, failed to meet the new immigration requirements passed into law earlier this year. Elba played the role of Nelson Mandela in the award-winning film based on the icon's life, Long Walk to Freedom. Sovereign laws Gigaba said that as Elba was a British national, he did not have to apply for a visa and therefore only found out when he was told by an airline that he could not

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  • Sanchez is like a hunting lion, says Arsenal boss Wenger

    Alexis Sanchez has been compared to a hunting lion by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who says he is amazed by the Chile forward’s resilience and powers of recovery. Sanchez, Arsenal’s joint top scorer this season alongside Olivier Giroud, has lit up the Premier League with a series of eye-catching performances since signing from Barcelona last season. He scored two and set up the third in the Champions League win over Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday and, according to Wenger, is likely to recover in time to play against Norwich City in the Premier League on Sunday despite tweaking his hamstring in midweek. “His resistance is remarkable,” Wenger was quoted as saying by the club’s website (www.arsenal.com).

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  • Oscar ‘had a normal jail experience’ - Gauteng | IOL News

    Johannesburg - Oscar Pistorius didn't receive preferential treatment while in jail at the Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Centre in Pretoria. And the authorities plan to open the facility to prove their case. “We will start opening the doors of our facilities to allow the media to see that we did not give him preferential treatment,” said Correctional Services acting regional commissioner Mandla Mkabela. He was speaking at the Gauteng regional 30-year service recognition ceremony on Wednesday morning. Warders from various Correctional Services facilities across the country were given awards. Mkabela said the department had been on the receiving end of negative publicity from the media, and opening

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