• Zuma's resignation, Guptas and Nene take centre stage

    Zuma delivered his State of the Nation Address in a joint sitting in the National Assembly, but opposition parties made life difficult for him. The Democratic Alliance's MPs heckled, mumbled and laughed throughout Zuma’s speech. This was after the Economic Freedom Fighters and Cope walked out of the National Assembly. The EFF walked out an hour after the start of SONA, chanting “Zupta must fall”.

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  • Mandla Mandela’s wedding blues - South Africa

    Cape Town - It seems like Mandla Mandela might lose more than his heart to love... he could also love his Xhosa crown. While his new Muslim wife may be the queen of his heart, Mandla may soon be the king of none – or rather chief of none – after traditional leaders slammed his fourth marriage. The Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Controlesa) say they were shocked to learn that Nelson Mandela’s grandson had converted to Islam when he married 22-year-old Rabia Clarke from Pinelands. Mandla is the traditional chief of Mvezo in the Eastern Cape. Contralesa Provincial Chairperson Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana said: “As traditional leaders, we expect the woman to convert to the Thembus, because

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  • South Africa: Malema, EFF Leaders Add Some More Red to SONA Red Carpet

    The top brass of the Economic Freedom Fighters started trickling into Parliament on Thursday ahead of President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address. Most politicians took the event as an opportunity to dress to the nines, but the EFF members chose to walk the red carpet in their signature red overalls. The first batch of EFF leaders to arrive included party chair Dali Mpofu and Magdalene Munusamy. Munusamy swapped her red overall for a red jumpsuit and paired it with some red and white heels, and finished off the outfit with an official red EFF beret. Party leader Julius Malema arrived later, in his red overalls, and an iPhone in one hand. Last year, some EFF members, including Malema were

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  • Jose’s shadow hangs over United

    Manchester United’s players and staff are worried about the negative impact Jose Mourinho would have if he replaces Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford. Mourinho has told friends that his appointment is a ‘done deal’, although it is understood there is no formal agreement with United, despite reports in Spain yesterday of a three-year contract worth £15million a year. The prospect of working under the 53-year-old Portuguese coach has been met with some consternation at United’s Carrington training base, with players and staff said to be concerned about his confrontational approach. They know of the problems that engulfed the former Chelsea boss before his departure from Stamford Bridge in December

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  • Malema delivers his own #SONA2016 - Special Features

    Parliament - Zuma has lost credibility and therefore must go, says Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema. His speech on steps outside the National Assembly shortly after being asked to leave Parliament was billed as the real State of the Nation Address by his spokesperson. Malema pulled no punches calling Zuma a criminal and a thug who had stolen from South Africans and violated the constitution. "We cannot be addressed by a criminal, he is a thug . Zuma has put country in a crisis. That is unacceptable," said Malema He said that Zuma did not deserve respect. This is a man who has not respected the constitution .To us he doesn't exist, we will never respect him," said Malema. Earlier

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  • South Africa: The Harsh Realities About South Africa That the World Bank Dare Not Speak

    Sometimes silences speak volumes. In his seminal book The Anti-Politics Machine Stanford University anthropologist James Ferguson criticised the World Bank's 1980s understanding of Lesotho as a "traditional subsistence peasant society." Apartheid's migrant labour system was explicitly ignored by the bank, yet remittances from Basotho workers toiling in mines, factories and farms across the Caledon River accounted for 60% of rural people's income: Acknowledging the extent of Lesotho's long-standing involvement in the modern capitalist economy of South Africa would not provide a convincing justification for the "development" agencies to "introduce" roads, markets and credit. Using Michel Foucault's

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  • Madonsela steals the show at #SONA2016

    The public protector made her way down the grey streets towards the Cape Town political landmark, with a grace and deportment that would put many a beauty queen to shame. Earlier, Madonsela tweeted her thanks to fashion designer Gert Johan Coetzee for the gown, adding: “Hope I do justice to it today”. Meanwhile, other parliamentarians also made their sartorial contribution to the traditional fashion extravaganza that marks the SONA. Clearly bouncing back from her recent controversy over a Facebook post, Democratic Alliance MP Dianne Kohler Barnard dressed up for a big night out in a black sleeveless dress, green beaded necklace and drop earrings, as well as a paisley pashmina and blinged-up silver clutch.

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe's Ex-Spin Doctor Jubilant After 'Brutal' Politburo Meeting

    If President Robert Mugabe's spokesman thought Wednesday's politburo meeting would signal the political defeat of his long-term rival, Grace Mugabe had another message for him. "You stop it, all of you!" an irate Grace shouted, flanked by her 91-year-old husband. There was little doubt to whom she was referring. Jeered at by a handful of the thousands of ruling party supporters amassed outside ZANU-PF's Rotten Row headquarters, presidential spokesman George Charamba appeared out-manoeuvred even before the politburo meeting got underway. As internal party wrangling reached a peak in the days leading up to the meeting, Charamba had campaigned vigorously against his long-time rival Jonathan Moyo,

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  • Nigeria: Rev. Fr. Mbaka, Jonathan and Buhari

    The message of the prophet of God should speak against injustice and portend change. It should console the oppressed and bring hope. Whether or not Buhari is able to live up to his new mandate, to the expectations of his new office, is another thing altogether. I think it is important for Nigerians, and social commentators, to keep these two aspects apart. It is the duty of the prophet to announce change, but it does not belong to him to bring it. Of late, media interests have moved from Rev. Fr. Mbaka's political messages to Nigerians to his personal life. This shift of emphasis appears to blur and undermine the value his message might have for our nascent democracy. It is for this reason that

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  • Maine spoils it for the savvy party propagandists

    COLLEN Maine, once suspected to be a closet member of the Congress of the People, was appointed leader of the reconstituted African National Congress (ANC) Youth League last year. Last weekend he delivered a speech in Pretoria during which he stumbled over a set of notes in his hand that he — alarmingly — kept turning upside down. With a justifiably puzzled expression on his face, he insulted his political opponents, threatened them and spoke of civil war. Reports that he had to be persuaded to postpone detonating a hydrogen bomb he may or may not have procured from his friend Kim Jong-un over Seshego in Limpopo later that evening could not be confirmed. The expulsion of Julius Malema and the

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  • Activists retract ‘blackface’ apology - Western Cape

    INSTAGRAM Stellenbosch University (SU) student Poekie Briedenhann says she and her friend were dressed up as purple aliens and not blackfaces, for a residence party.  Cape Town - Open Stellenbosch (OS) has retracted its “blackface” apology and has once again called for the two students involved to be expelled from Stellenbosch University (SU). The student activist group initially condemned the actions of two SU students who dressed up as aliens and painted themselves dark purple for a fancy dress party at the university’s Heemstede residence. OS called for the students to be expelled, and for the residence head and committee to be “removed” for allowing the incident to take place on Friday night.

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  • Malema, not Zuma opens parliament at #SONA2016

    He was supporting the Economic Freedom Fighter's Floyd Shivambu, who started saying he was seeking clarity on the rules of the House, to which Speaker Baleka Mbete replied that she would "not like to give attention" to the matter now. Shivambu said he wanted assurance he would be allowed to speak before Zuma took to the podium. Mbete attempted to continue with proceedings, but then she exchanged words with Malema, who told her he wanted to deal with questions to the president before the opening ceremony starts. "I don't want to stand up while the president is there," said Malema. Mbete said: "On this occasion, no business other than the address by the president is [being] entertained." Rumblings

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  • Madonsela gets request to probe Gupta-Denel link

    Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s office has confirmed receipt of the request to probe the controversial partnership between state arms manufacturer Denel and the Gupta family. Her spokesperson‚ Oupa Segwale‚ said on Thursday they have received the letter from trade union Solidarity requesting that the joint venture be probed. Solidarity’s quest for Madonsela’s probe stems from media reports last Friday that the controversial Gupta family‚ which has come under fire for its alleged state capture through links with President Jacob Zuma‚ have teamed up with Denel to profit from the sale of its products in the East. Denel reportedly announced the formation of joint venture company Denel Asia last

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  • Zimbabwe: Barclays Pays U.S $2,5 Million to Us Department of Treaury for Breaching Zimbabwe Sanctions

    BARCLAYS PLC agreed to shell out nearly $2.5 million to the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) as penalty for the violation of U.S. sanctions after processing transactions for government-backed entities in Zimbabwe. According to the Treasury, Barclays processed 159 transactions totalling around $3.4 million from July 2008 to September 2013 through financial institutions in the U.S., including the company's New York branch, for corporate customers of Barclays Bank of Zimbabwe, which were majority-owned by people that are on U.S. sanctions lists. Also, as per OFAC, the apparent sanctions breaches, which represent a non-egregious case, were not voluntarily

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  • Pressure on Maine to retract threats and EFF monkey jibe

    Pressure is mounting on ANC Youth League (ANCYL) president Collen Maine to retract his threats of a civil war and calling Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members monkeys. Maine‚ in his address at an ANCYL rally in Tshwane last week‚ said there would be civil war should the EFF or anyone disrupt President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address. He specifically directed his threats at EFF leader Julius Malema and his supporters whom he referred to as monkeys. Congress of the People (COPE) spokesman Dennis Bloem on Wednesday led a delegation to open a case of incitement of violence against Maine at Brooklyn Police Station in Pretoria. Bloem said COPE took Maine’s threats of a civil war seriously.

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  • Cope walks out of #SONA2016

    Lekota arose on a point of order, and was initially shot down by Speaker Baleka Mbete, who explained that she had already dealt with "spurious" points of order from the Economic Freedom Fighters. "On the basis that I have already explained, I am prevailing on you to take your seat and allow the State of the Nation Address to be delivered," she told him. Lekota then insisted, and Zuma took his seat. The Congress of the People leader then said Zuma admitted to the nation in the Constitutional Court that he had broken his oath of office. "Zuma broke his oath of office and is no longer honourable... We can't listen to someone who has broken his oath. "He is no longer fit to lead our people." The

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  • Soweto rivals to meet in Nedbank Cup

    Johannesburg - The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has confirmed the 2015/16 Nedbank Cup last round of 32 dates, venues and kick-off times. The Nedbank Cup will start in the first week of March. The eight clubs from the SAFA structures (seven from ABC Motsepe and one from SAB League) will be eager to make an impression when they face some of the fancied opponents in this year's edition of the “Cup of Dreams”. The PSL also confirmed ticket prices for this year's edition. Except for one fixture, tickets for the last round of 32 fixtures will be R40 for adults and R10 for children under the age of 12. For the Soweto Derby fixture featuring Orlando Pirates against Kaizer Chiefs, ticket prices will sell

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  • South Africa opens doors to US chicken imports

    South Africa imposes "anti-dumping" duties of above 100% on certain chicken products and industry groups said removing those import barriers opened a market which had been closed for the last 15 years. The deal was "within the tolerance of the (South African poultry) industry and is something we can all live with," Rob Davies told Reuters in a telephone conversation from Paris, where the deal was concluded. The agreement, which would see the United States emerge as one of the top poultry exporters to Africa's most advanced economy, should help smooth the passage of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) currently before American lawmakers.

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  • More drama for Gandhi’s great-granddaughter - Crime & Courts

    Durban - The Durban businessman who laid a R6.2 million fraud charge against Ashish Ramgobin, the great-granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, has been taken to court by the joint liquidators of Ramgobin’s company. A high court order was granted, on Monday, against the businessman and his companies, interdicting him from removing and selling the linen in containers shipped from India that were intended to supply a private hospital group. Ramgobin’s company, Global Services, is under voluntary liquidation and the joint liquidators brought an urgent application against, among others, the businessman and his companies to recover these containers. The liquidators claim in court papers that this businessman

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  • Islamic State invades vulnerable Africa

    AFRICA’s Muslim belt is getting bloodier. Boko Haram — the regional affiliate of Islamic State (IS) and one of the world’s deadliest terrorist groups — has accelerated its campaign of almost daily suicide bombings. Just last month, the group massacred 86 people, many of them children, in the Nigerian village of Dalori and 32 others in the Cameroonian village of Bodo. To the west, al-Qaeda’s regional franchise has been waging war on the government of Mali and expanded its reach last month to the previously peaceful country of Burkina Faso, slaying at least 30 people — many of them Westerners — in an assault on a luxury hotel. In the east, another al-Qaeda affiliate, Somalia’s al-Shabaab, overran

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