• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Zimbabwe: Government Vows to Punish 'Traitorous and Treasonous'

    STUNG by the war veterans' unprecedented and hard-hitting criticism of President Robert Mugabe this week, the government has hit back at the "traitorous" ex-fighters and vowed to punish those behind the "treasonous" development. National and provincial leaders of the Zimbabwe Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) met in Harare Thursday after which an unsigned communique was issued savaging Mugabe's rule and declaring that the former fighters were withdrawing their support for the 92-year-old leader. "(Mugabe's) leadership has presided over unbridled corruption and downright mismanagement of the economy, leading to national economic ruin for which the effects are now felt throughout the land," read the lengthy communique. Reacting through the State media Saturday, the secretary for the war veteran's ministry, Brigadier-General (Retired) Walter Tapfumaneyi, said the government was hunting for those behind the document which he described as "traitorous and treasonous".

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  • A kiss is just a kiss, so button your lip

    LARA DE MATOS lara.dematos@inl.co.za @Lara_de_Matos THERE are many advantages to stepping out of the country for a few weeks. For one, there’s the obvious “a change of scenery” shtick. And then there’s the complete oblivion that being off in some distant destination (where you don’t speak the language) brings… No endless negative news about yet another SA citizen being hijacked/raped/murdered, brazen corruption coupled with complete lack of unaccountability, the incessant race card that is continuously being drawn, or relentless broadcasts of how the world at large has pretty much lost the plot. Okay, so we had to deal with terrorist bombs being detonated and an attempted military coup at our

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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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  • 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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  • Amakhosi, Gaxa contract battle to be resolved?

    Backpagepix Kaizer Chiefs and Siboniso Gaxa will face off in an attempt to resolve what has been a protracted contractual dispute. Johannesbrug - Kaizer Chiefs and out-of-favour defender Siboniso Gaxa will face off at the PSL offices in Parktown in an attempt to resolve what has been a protracted contractual dispute involving the two parties. Chiefs announced on October 21 last year in a Twitter post that Gaxa had signed a new two-year deal to remain at the club before going back on their word two months ago when they declared the right-back a free agent. At 9am on Friday morning, Gaxa’s legal representatives are expected to prove, during a Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC) hearing, that the contract he signed is legitimate, while Chiefs will try to argue against that.

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  • IEC hears charges of parties' alleged violations

    Pretoria - The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) had to date received 12 complaints regarding political parties that had violated the code of conduct, it said on Wednesday. Of these complaints, two were withdrawn due to lack of evidence, IEC head Mosotho Moepya told journalist in Centurion. The remaining complaints were being investigated by the newly-established Directorate of Electoral Offences. “The nature of the complaints varies between allegations of intimidation and political violence, incitement, along with advertising and poster regulations, and allegations of use of state resources in campaigning,” Moepya said. The political parties which have lodged complaints are the DA, EFF,

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Trump leaves Wall Street wary and confused - Markets

    Donald Trump has said a lot of things that, were he a sitting US president instead of a candidate for the job, could be expected to roil financial markets. If investors were taking the Republican presidential nominee at his word, they would be selling shares of Apple, Mondelez International and Ford Motor, and cashing out of Mexican equities - all targets of Trump threats of boycotts, barrier walls or import taxes. Investors betting on a Trump presidency would be buying shares of US companies that dealt exclusively with domestic customers and suppliers. Should Trump win the November 8 election, some investors said, it is not clear how the New York businessman could push through policies that clash with mainstream Republican party views on free trade and low taxes.

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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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  • 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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  • Zuma wants six months as a dictator

    Johannesburg - 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 on Wednesday along with Gauteng Premier David Makhura, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi as part of the Mandela Month celebrations.

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  • Africa’s largest solar farm powers 80 000 homes

    The Jasper Solar Farm is fully operational to power up to 80 000 homes in South Africa. With a $12 million (R171 million) investment from Google, it forms the beginning of an alternative power energy source for the future South Africa. It has a rated capacity of 96 megawatts and will produce about 180 000 hours of clean energy annually for South African residents. The farm won’t stay the biggest solar project for long. A 100-megawatt concentrated solar thermal power (CSP) project called Redstone is also under construction in Postmasburg, near Kimberley. The Jasper Project generated about 1 million man-hours of paid work during construction, peaking at more than 800 on-site construction jobs.

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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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  • Pirates’ transfer listed players not eligible for Carling Cup

    “The players six will therefore not be eligible for selection by fans who had hoped to see them in their starting line-ups for the pre-season fixture, in which the teams are chosen by the fans,” read a statement for the organisers. Two players who were already on the fans’ starting XI, Sifiso Myeni and Lehlohonolo Majoro are among those that Pirates confirmed will play no part in the team next season. The others as confirmed on Thursday are Roger Majafa, Letsie Koapeng, Yassar Mugerwa, and goalkeeper, Felipe Ovono. Majoro has previously played for both Amakhosi and the Buccaneers in the Carling Black Label Champion Cup. The former AmaZulu striker was on target in a 1-0 win for the Amakhosi in

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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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