• Found in SA … Libya’s trillions

    Johannesburg - The South African government and President Jacob Zuma have been caught in the middle of an international wrangle over as much as R2 trillion in US dollars as well as hundreds of tons of gold and at least six million carats of diamonds in assets belonging to the people of Libya. What could be the world’s largest cash pile is stored in palettes at seven heavily guarded warehouses and bunkers in secret locations between Joburg and Pretoria. The Libyan billions have led to a Hawks investigation into possible violation of exchange controls as well as international interests from the UN and the US. It has also led to heightened interest in the local and international intelligence community

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  • Nel 'hounding' Oscar

    Hitting back at yesterday's announcement by the National Prosecuting Authority that it would appeal against Pistorius's sentence, his uncle, Arnold, said: "It's in Nel's character to do these things. What is not personal?" Judge Thokozile Masipa sentenced Pistorius in the Pretoria High Court to six years in prison for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Her earlier conviction of Pistorius and imposition of a five-year sentence for culpable homicide was overturned by the Supreme Court of Appeal last year. Reeva’s parents had ‘no input’ on decision to appeal Pistorius sentence: lawyer Arnold Pistorius said the appeal was a waste of time and resources. Legal experts believe the NPA

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  • Vote EFF to 'empower' the ANC, Malema tells Cliff

    CliffCentral founder, Idols SA judge and former 5FM DJ Gareth Cliff hosted Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema on web radio on Friday. The EFF leader admitted to feeling a bit tired while criss-crossing the country “back to back” on the campaign trail. The podcast introducing the show says: “Julius Malema is a polarising figure in South Africa, and someone who always attracts a lot of attention for his political actions. But do we really know what he and his EFF party are all about? Gareth gives him an opportunity to talk like never before, providing an interesting pre-election discussion.” Because CliffCentral (punted as “UnRadio”) does not broadcast on air, it is not subject

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  • Fired SARS 'racist' wants his job back

    A former SA Revenue Services official claims the taxman should not have fired him for using the k-word towards his black boss because there was no breakdown of relationship as a result of his utterances. JJ Kruger, a former Sars anti-smuggling officer based at OR Tambo International Airport, went on a racist outburst telling his boss Abel Mboweni in August 2007 that "a ka***r must not tell me what to do". Kruger's papers were filed in the Constitutional Court in May . Mboweni, a long-time Sars employee, is now a specialist tax advisor. At the disciplinary hearing, Kruger blamed stress for his outbursts but failed to provide evidence of stress. The hearing found Kruger guilty and handed him a

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  • 'Have a man and have it all'

    Having it all, here, means achieving a "[balance] between motherhood, a successful career and the role of loving and supportive spouse". It has been a busy few days for Madiba-Zuma. Last week she visited three child-headed homes in rural KwaZulu-Natal for the Nelson Mandela Day activities. She then visited the Leading Lady Lounge at the Durban International Film Festival, where she spoke to young girls aspiring to achieve screen stardom. The event was attended by celebrities such as President Jacob Zuma's daughter, Gugu; Nomzamo Mbatha; Mampho Brescia; Thembi Seete and Thishiwe Ziqubu. Fulu Mugovhani was hired to promote and raise issues facing women in the film industry. After encouraging young

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  • Jose sends warning to Juve over Pogba

    London - Jose Mourinho has warned Juventus that Manchester United have alternative targets to Paul Pogba if the two clubs cannot agree terms over a world-record transfer worth around £100million. United are understood to have raised their offer for Pogba to £92m, but Juve are holding out for more after accepting the 23-year-old has made up his mind to leave Italy. Pogba, who quit United on a free transfer in 2012, has agreed terms of £220 000 a week to return to Old Trafford in anticipation of a deal. But his agent Mino Raiola went on Twitter on Thursday night to deny the clubs have reached an agreement after Mourinho warned that he and United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward could look

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  • The Company Man: Trevor Manuel marries the Rothschilds

    Earlier this week, a press release printed on parchment fashioned from the bark of the Tree of Knowledge was placed in the beaks of gold-plated carrier pigeons and sent forth into bright blue skies of a mining town. Paradoxically, the release was both the announcement of a union and a note of bereavement—a wedding and a funeral, if you will. In calligraphy painted by angels with diamonds for eyes, it stated that long-serving former minister Trevor Manuel was recently appointed “a senior advisor to the Group worldwide and Deputy Chairman of Rothschild in South Africa”. He would be whisked to Johannesburg on October 1 by one of those angels, and start generating capital forthwith. I sort of made

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  • Nigeria: IOCs' Disregard for Cabotage, Environmental Laws No Longer Acceptable

    The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, has said the agency will no longer tolerate the disregard for cabotage and environmental laws by the International Oil Companies operating in Nigeria. The Director General, NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside disclosed this when he held an engagement with representatives of the IOCs in Lagos on ways of fostering a closer synergy towards Nigeria's economic development. He also charged the IOCs to be mindful of all existing laws and regulations in the discharge of their duties as applicable sanctions will be meted out to erring companies. The DG highlighted areas of interest to NIMASA to include the flouting of Cabotage law, negative impact to the

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  • Analysis: South Africa can, and must, act to prevent a disaster in Zimbabwe

    HARARE – Activists and opposition groups in Zimbabwe are rightly proud of their recent efforts to resist the repressive regime led by President Robert Mugabe. It’s not every day in Harare that thousands of ordinary citizens gather in defiance outside the city’s Magistrate’s Court, forcing a usually-pliant magistrate to uphold the law through the sheer force of their collective will. They deserve to celebrate Pastor Evan Mawarire’s release, and the huge publicity generated by the #ThisFlag campaign. But they are also the first to admit that this unprecedented public action against the government is driven foremost by a factor completely out of their control: the economy. To cut a long and convoluted

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  • Park inspector crushed by elephant in KZN

    Durban - Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park workers who witnessed their colleague being crushed to death by an elephant are traumatised at the sight. Thembisile Mchunu, 47, of Ngwelezane, Empangeni, died on Tuesday after being attacked by an elephant while inspecting alien plants. It is reported that they were on their way out of the park when a herd of elephants approached. Amon Sithole, one of the workers with Mchunu, said the incident happened shortly after they had completed their inspection. “We had gone right inside the park and had left our car quite far away. One of the elephants made a sound and we thought it was warning the other ones that it had spotted human beings. “After that it sprinted towards

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  • McCarthy's Bafana dream

    Benni McCarthy has been patient but is keen on coaching Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates. The former FC Port striker was strongly linked with the job of assistant coach at his former club Pirates – a job which was given to Bradley Carnell. McCarthy has a Uefa A licence and he is currently busy with his Uefa Pro Licence which he is expected to finish in 2017. “I am keen on coaching and on a return to Mzansi to impart my knowledge to the country,” McCarthy was quoted as saying on SunSport.

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  • Vilakazi stalled on Sundowns move for Chiefs offer, source says

    Vilakazi’s long-awaited move away from Wits was expected to happen ahead of the 2016/17 season, with Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns as the front runners for his signature. Phakaaathi has been informed by a source close to the player that he wanted to join Amakhosi, and that the midfielder met with head coach Steve Komphela about a possible move to Naturena. According to the source, Komphela made a promise to Vilakazi that he would do everything in his power to have him in his squad next season, but Chiefs didn’t meet Wits’ demands for the player to join the Glamour Boys, forcing the Bafana Bafana man to consider Sundowns’ deal instead. Mike Makaab, Sibusiso Vilakazi’s agent confirmed that a deal with the Brazilians was in its final stages.

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  • Hlaudi strikes again: SABC caught in R167m Zuma TV deal

    SABC boss Hlaudi Motsoeneng pushed through a R167-million contract with a production company co-owned by President Jacob Zuma’s daughter Gugu Zuma-Ncube, going  against the advice of a six-member review panel at the state broadcaster.

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  • Weapon of Mass Instruction: Apartheid SA’s nuclear arsenal in mixed media

    In 1993, then president FW de Klerk admitted that South Africa had built six nuclear weapons and was working on its seventh when it opted to dismantle its arsenal. The programme, De Klerk explained, had been under way since 1974, arguably signalling an increasingly paranoid and isolated government, but also – according to De Klerk – a response to a perceived Soviet threat, particularly during the Cold War. In 1989, after De Klerk took office, the weapons were destroyed, the blueprints shredded. Cynics speculated at the time that the dying apartheid government may not have dismantled the weapons for entirely altruistic reasons. Today, South Africa remains the only country to have voluntarily destroyed

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  • SABC’s Vuyo Mvoko awaits fate

    Johannesburg - The future for one the SABC’s most senior journalists, Vuyo Mvoko, hangs in the balance on Monday - despite the temporary reprieve granted to seven of his colleagues, who together make up the #SABC8. The Star understands that Mvoko, the most senior member of the eight-person group of journalists to speak out against the reign of repression and censorship being waged by SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng, was served with a letter on Friday by the public broadcaster's human resources department to provide reasons why his contract should not be terminated. Last week, in a scathing exclusive to The Star, Mvoko, a contributing editor and specialist anchor, told of the increasingly

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  • Gang rape at primary school

    Pretoria - Tears rolled down a father’s cheeks as he broke down and cried in horror after confirmation that his little girl had been raped at school. He had just spoken to police officers from Boschkop police station, who had taken his 8-year-old daughter and her classmate for an examination following reports that they had been raped. “I am so hurt; the principal has been aware of this for two weeks. Despite telling parents that he has taken the matter to the police, he has done nothing,” the father said. The father had discovered possible sexual assault on his daughter two weeks ago. When he investigated it emerged that his little girl had been one of four girls, aged between 7 and 9, raped

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  • Watch: Smile, South Africa! Happy dance video goes viral

    A video of two men dancing at a fuel-station forecourt is putting a smile on South Africans' faces‚ as an antidote to seemingly continuous negative racial interactions and recent footage of a brutal attack on a petrol attendant.

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  • Gupta-linked company in line for R800m contract at Transnet

    A company with close ties to the Gupta family stands to make a handsome profit from an information technology contract worth R800 million at Transnet. The Mail and Guardian reported on Friday that the contract had been “confined” to a single bidder‚ global software firm SAP‚ although it had yet to be awarded. SAP’s bid documentation showed that it would allocate 60% of the value of the contract to a subcontractor‚ Global Softech Solutions (GSS)‚ owned by the Gupta’s Sahara Systems and a family associate. Gupta holding company Oakbay Investments told the newspaper that it was “preposterous” that a global firm such as SAP could be pressured into the partnership. However‚ minutes of a meeting between

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  • Mazibuko rips into DA’s white males

    Johannesburg - Former DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko has urged the DA to interrogate the almost exclusive dominance of white males within the party’s “brains trust”. Mazibuko, a resident fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics, has referred to them as “highly disconnected men callously strutting about social media like a law unto themselves”. She commented online about DA leader Mmusi Maimane’s anti-racism pledge this week: “It would be easy to cast aspersions on his timing and see it as reactionary, but one of the vital tasks of any public leader is to read the national mood and interrupt the conversation in a way that is productive and shows leadership. “The party,” she says,

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  • Zimbabwe: Pastor Evan Mawarire Is No Saint

    To the world, Evan Mawarire is a hero who stands up to Government, an upright man who represents the downtrodden. His touching story is that he is an honest hardworking Zimbabwean who struggled to raise school fees for his two daughters, leading him into action under the #ThisFlag, Mugabe Must Go Now cam- paign. His emotional breakdown during an interview with Sky News made millions around the world empathise with this poor preacher. At least that is the story that has been sold to the world. What the world has not been told is that Mawarire is a fraudster who collected money from gullible believers in the United Kingdom through his church, only to evade tax. Failure by Mawarire and his wife,

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