• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Dead! 5 celebs Malema absolutely nailed

    AKA It's no secret that AKA is firmly ANC, and when the ANC won 43% of the vote in Johannesburg, he celebrated. AKA responds to Malema's 'druggie' remarks: I'm honoured  So when Malema said, "A druggie was saying 'we won Joburg' kere [I said] yoh, drugs are dangerous. These artists, the way he's so innocent, he took nyaope and thought 43% is winning. He thinks it's simple like that," he continued, adding that a "drunkard minister retweeted the druggie." AKA responded, by saying he was honoured. “If Julius is indeed referring to me, man what a day!! With everything on his plate, and he still has time to think of me?! I'm honoured,” AKA tweeted. Kelly Khumalo Afro-pop singer Kelly Khumalo has proven

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  • Are prison nurses trying to kill Oscar Pistorius?

    The People's Bae is taking a break. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) announced on Friday that national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi “will be on study leave effective immediately‚ till 1 November 2016”.

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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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  • Thabo Mbeki's full letter on Zuma, Nkandla and the Constitutional Court

    The Big Read: Zuma acts the chief, scorns our rule of law The court ruled that Zuma had failed to uphold the Constitution by ignoring orders from the Public Protector that he repay some of the $16 million in state funds spent to renovate his residence at Nkandla. No duty to defend JZ, says Gwede Here is former President Thabo Mbeki's full letter on the issue: On 31 March, 2016, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng conveyed the unanimous decision of the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) in the matter of “Economic Freedom Fighters v Speaker of the National Assembly and Others; Democratic Alliance v Speaker of the National Assembly and Others [2016] ZACC 11.” This decision has evoked much understandable

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  • UEFA announce changes to Champions League from 2018/19 season

    Under the present system, the top three leagues -- currently Spain, Germany and England -- have three places each while their fourth-placed teams must contest a playoff over two legs for a place in the group stage. The fourth ranked league, currently Italy, have only two guaranteed places plus one in the playoff round. "Following an extensive consultative process involving all European football stakeholders, UEFA proposed amendments which have been approved by the UEFA Executive Committee, upon recommendations of the UEFA Club Competitions Committee and the European Club Association Board," reads part of a statement posted on the UEFA website on Friday.

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  • Zuma: give me six months to be dictator

    ALL PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma wants is six months as a dictator to solve South Africa’s problems. In that six months Zuma would force the unemployed to return to school or get arrested. “If you just give me six months to be a dictator, things will be straight. Right now, to make a decision you need a resolution, decision, collective, petition. Yoh! It’s a lot of work. I am emphasising that let us pay more attention to our children in education,” said a laughing Zuma. He was visiting Marhulana Primary School in Tembisa yesterday along with Gauteng Premier David Makhura, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi as part of the Mandela Month celebrations. Zuma

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  • Tutu is 1 000th face of gay drive - Western Cape

    Cape Town - Retired archbishop Desmond Tutu has became the 1 000th face of the Scalabrini Centre's "Let's Face It" campaign. The campaign was established in support and understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community. The campaign, which began on Human Rights Day in March, has become a regular feature at Cape Town street festivals. It was organised by the Scalabrini Centre, a refugee outreach centre, particularly for LGBTI refugees from countries such as Uganda and Nigeria where being gay is still a crime. Human rights officer at the Scalabrini Centre Neil Goodwin said: "The archbishop kindly came out of retirement to lend his face to this campaign and

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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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  • 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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  • No black like me in the DA

    Firstly, the Democratic Alliance (DA) needs to be congratulated for scooping three metros: Tshwane, Johannesburg, and the Nelson Mandela Bay, which have long been held by the ANC. Twenty-two years into democracy, the community of Alexandra, which neighbours the plush Sandton, is still embarrassingly shanty. Sixty-one years after the “adoption” of the Freedom Charter, the people of Kliptown still live in abject poverty. The ANC inarguably didn’t cover itself in complete glory when it comes to service delivery. And Now the DA has a big task to overturn these dehumanising conditions, if that’s what it’s planning to do. Corruption, being the ANC’s weakest point, is what the DA hopes to eradicate.

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  • Investigating officer explains why he arrested Rohde - Western Cape

    Stellenbosch - A routine application to remand Sotheby's International Realty South African boss, Jason Rohde, which was vigorously opposed by a six-man high-powered legal team, was granted in the Stellenbosch District Court on Friday. The 47-year-old father of three was arrested at his Bryanston home in Johannesburg early on Tuesday on a charge of murdering his wife Susan, 45, in their hotel room at the Spier Estate near Stellenbosch. The couple had attended a Sotheby's function at the Spier Estate, and the wife was found dead in the bathroom of their room on July 24. A privately-engaged pathologist, who did an autopsy on the body, reported that the death was suicide, while the result of a post

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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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  • Cameroon out to make history in Jordan

    On 1 April 2016, Soline Djoubi could not quite believe what she was seeing. In a room containing FIFA World Cup™ legend Roger Milla, several government ministers and the Chairman of the Cameroonian Football Association, all eyes were instead riveted on the young footballer and her team-mates, who had just helped to qualify Cameroon’s U-17 women’s side for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup for the very first time. Like the other illustrious guests, the captain of the Bébé Lionnes (baby lions) was asked to share her thoughts, and when she spoke, her voice was timid and slightly hesitant – hardly surprising for a 16-year-old thrust into the limelight. A few months later, whenFIFA.com caught up with her, she again spoke in undertones, but there was a marked increase in volume and confidence when the subject of Cameroon’s historic qualification for Jordan 2016 was broached.

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  • Between the Lines – Denis Goldberg: DA captured ANC’s non-racialism

    Because Jacob Zuma ran the ANC’s internal intelligence he had the “dirt on everyone” and was ready to use it, “because he is a clever fox of a man”, Denis Goldberg said. Zuma and much of the leadership had to go in an ANC clean-out, with an amnesty for the president so the country can move on. Goldberg, 83, a University of Cape Town-trained civil engineer who spent 22 years in Pretoria Central Prison for his part as one of the first members of Umkhonto we Sizwe, said the opposition Democratic Alliance had run a nonracial campaign, whereas the ANC’s campaign had been racist in part. “The Opposition Mmusi Maimane has captured the policies of the ANC promoting nonracialism,” while the ANC was associated with separateness, Goldberg said.

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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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  • Listen: Zuma 'raping government of every last cent', says Gareth Cliff

    Cliff's comments come after it emerged that Gordhan had been summoned to appear before the Hawks on Thursday about allegations related to his role in the formation and activities of the so-called "rogue unit" set up when he was head of the SA Revenue Service. Gordhan, who has maintained that the setting-up of the unit was above board and had ministerial approval, said on Wednesday afternoon that he would not be complying with the summons as advised by his legal team. Euphonik, Boity and Thembisa Mdoda to 'tell-all' on new show  Weighing in on the debate surrounding the issue, Cliff levelled accusations against Zuma claiming the president is trying to "escape with as much money as he can from

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