• Malema tells ANC: 'You can jump into the nearest hell'

    The ANC should blame themselves for the loss of control of three metros and a number of municipalities, EFF leader Julius Malema told MPs as he wrapped up his local election debate speech in parliament today. "Zuma wants to enrich his family and himself. He will never get our vote. We are here to say to you, take your ministers who are Instagram celebrities to go and vote for you and campaign for you to get the votes." "Don’t blame it on the EFF, it is of your own making. You’ve got yourself to blame. I did not take the votes away from you, you are self destructing and you’ll have yourself to blame." Where is free education, we gave you 6% to take the land, you refused it. Now those who want

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  • Swaziland queen flees to South Africa

    The sixth wife of Swaziland's King Mswati III has bought a house in South Africa and fled to the neighbouring country after leaving the monarch a few months ago, a close family source said. Angela Dlamini, known as LaGija, sought refuge with South African family members in the upmarket Sun City tourist resort north of the capital Pretoria. "She will be coming to Johannesburg to see the new house that she bought. This means she has officially left the royal family. She is too emotionally wrecked and mentally fatigued after years of abuse from the royal family members," a source close to the queen told AFP. LaGija fled the royal palace in May this year claiming years of physical and emotional abuse

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  • DA in charge of metros, but Malema the big winner

    The Democratic Alliance (DA) should brace itself for various forms of mass mobilisation by the ANC, especially in the major metros of Tshwane, Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape, political analyst Elvis Masoga said yesterday. The next five years would be the most difficult for the party, he said, especially where it was in charge of the metros. Speaking to The Citizen, Masoga said: “The DA must ready themselves for a climb on Kilimanjaro – the party is relatively inexperienced when it comes to handling mass mobilisation. When we talk about the ANC, we talk about a 104-year-old movement that has mastered the art of mass mobilisation over the years.” Masoga said another great

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  • AT HOME AND ABROAD: ANC mute as arrogant Zuma grabs the reins

    PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma’s response to his humiliating setback in the local government elections has been akin to a personal coup d’etat. In seizing centralised control of all the country’s parastatals, Zuma has assumed personal charge of the entire public sector economy, undercutting not only his finance minister, but the collective authority of his whole Cabinet. The only effective defender who has stood between those leeches and us, the taxpayers — Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan — is being dragged off to the political slaughterhouse by the Hawks, no doubt at Zuma’s behest. Once he is arraigned with whatever charges are to be brought against him and a long trial begins, it is difficult to see how he could continue to function as finance minister, which has now been rendered a nonjob.

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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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  • Zimbabwe: Vice President Mnangagwa Dies

    Bulawayo — Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa's elder brother, Mr Philip Mnangagwa (84), has died. Family spokesperson Mr Patrick Mnangagwa said Mr Mnangagwa died on Tuesday after a long illness at his home in Shurugwi. "The Mnangagwa family wishes to announce the death of Mr Philip Mnangagwa, who had become the second eldest boy in the larger Mnangagwa family. Philip was born on August 23, 1932 in Zvishavane and passed away on the same day in 2016 (at 84), after a long illness," he said. "Philip was politically active in supporting the liberation struggle while he was a teacher in Zimbabwe as well as in Zambia. He remained active until he became ill. He was resettled during the land reform programme

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  • Mantashe admits ANC is under siege

    ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has painted a bleak scenario facing the party in its quest to reconnect with the people, after it lost key metros in the municipal elections. The ANC lost Joburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay in Port Elizabeth. Yesterday, Mantashe said the ANC acknowledged that a consistent negative narrative towards President Jacob Zuma on Nkandla had harmed the ANC – because the two could not be separated. "It’s like the issue of resigning from the ANC; what we are saying is that if we take collective responsibility, our conscience must allow us to accept that, if need be, we must resign in numbers. “If we made blunders, we did them together.” Mantashe said if the ANC

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  • Semenya gets R500K for winning gold medal

    Describing this year’s Olympic team as “a bunch of winners”, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula today announced generous cash rewards for the country’s returning sportsmen and women. “Boys and girls, you really made South Africa proud by collecting those bronze, silver and gold medals,” Mbalula said yesterday on the arrival of Team SA at OR Tambo International Airport from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where they won 10 medals. “I know Gideon Sam [president of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee] said he would give athletes R500 000, but today when I woke up, I was so happy and I decided to increase the offer.” Mbalula said 400m champion and world record holder Wayde van Niekerk

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  • Live report: Malema says Mkhwebane is 'Zuma's favourite'

    3:51 Honourable Mncwabe says he’s the one who propose Professor Majola’s “excellent CV”.  But he doesn’t like the fact the Majola declined his public protector nomination. “I still stand by Mkhwebane.” 3:47 Shivambu says Professor Majola’s fundraising ideas “must fall”. “He was not familiar with the office of the public protector,” says Shivambu. 3:44 Now they are discussing Professor Majola. 3:43 Breytenbach says although Lukhaimane had a good interview, she however lacks experience in practicing law. 3:41 Breytenbach says Lukhaimane and Mkhwebane look “remarkably alike”. 3:39 Shivambu believes Lukhaimane would do better as a deputy to Mkhwebane. 3:35 Next on the hotseat is Adv Muvhango Lukhaimane.

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  • NEWS ANALYSIS: Mission is to create narrative justifying Pravin Gordhan’s removal

    FINANCE Minister Pravin Gordhan might not be arrested but he is likely to be fired. In the flimsy letter from the Hawks, in which he is warned that he was now a suspect, two issues are named: his role in establishing the covert unit at the South African Revenue Service (SARS); and his decision to provide his former deputy SARS commissioner (and close comrade) Ivan Pillay a cushy early retirement deal. On the matter of the covert unit, as Gordhan’s lawyers tell the Hawks in their response, the chance of a successful prosecution is really pie in the sky. Gordhan had the permissions in hand. The collection of covert information is not against the law. Where the law was broken — the notorious Project

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  • Coke could close SA plants

    Johannesburg - Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, the bottling joint venture between the US soft-drink maker and brewer SABMiller may close South African plants and see profit more than halve if the government pushes ahead with a proposed sugar tax. South Africa’s National Treasury last month recommended a levy on sugar-sweetened beverages that would generate almost R11 billion ($813 million) in government revenue, based on 2012 consumption data cited in the policy paper. The charge is aimed at reducing consumption of sugar and encouraging producers and suppliers to cut the sugar content of their drinks, according to the government. The newly created bottler’s volumes in South Africa would probably

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  • South Africa: Komphela Woes Mount

    Johannesburg — KAIZER Chiefs coach Steve Komphela's future at AmaKhosi looks bleak after an indifferent start to the season following his side's 2-1 defeat to city rivals Bidvest Wits at Bidvest Stadium on Tuesday night. Goals from Elias Pelembe and Thulani Hlatshwayo ensured the Clever Boys got off to a flying start in the new season while Lorenzo Gordinho scored the consolation with eight minutes remaining. It was a sweet victory for the hosts, but bitter pill for Komphela, who despite signing over 10 players continued with a poor spell at the Naturena. Chippa United edged out Free State Stars 2-1 in a match clash played at the Nelson Mandela Stadium while newboys Baroka FC were held 1-1 by

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  • Mbalula vs Gigaba: Who is the real Minister of Instagram?

    And subsequently, this elicited Twitter reactions which simply begged the question: Who is the real Minister of Instagram between Malusi, and the ever so popular Fikile Mbalula? Fikile, is by far the most active South African minister on social media. His acute understanding of the "cool kids" language and a keen interest in pop culture has earned him a number of titles from 'Minister of Fun' and 'Minister of Beyoncé,' to 'Minister of Twitter.' However, one thing he has rarely been called is "Minister of Instagram," despite his huge following and constant engagement. Which got us thinking if he were not a better candidate for the position, as opposed to Malusi Gigaba, who was given the title

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  • Being told you are ugly is not nice, says Muvhango's Maumela Mahuwa

    In a revealing interview with Drum magazine Maumela shared painful memories of how she's had to deal with people calling her 'ugly' for most of her life. Maumela revealed that looking back at what she calls her "dark past" she realises that it "overshadowed" her life until she made numerous changes. "Being told you are ugly is not nice. Maumela explained that as a child she was told that she was too dark, her nose is flat and her lips are too big.

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  • WATCH: Malema to ANC: 'You can jump into the nearest hell'

    Burundi could scrap presidential term limits from its constitution after a commission set up to hear public views on governance said most citizens wanted no curbs on the number of times the head of state may seek re-election.

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  • ANC weighs risk of calling early elective conference

    THE need to call an early elective conference seems to be the consensus in the ANC across the three factions that are in play at the moment. The similarities are stark — labour federation Cosatu was in the midst of a bitter factional fight in which its leaders where pitted against each other. This had followed a change in trajectory by the federation when some of its leaders decided to throw the organisation’s support behind Jacob Zuma ahead of the Polokwane conference, when it sacrificed principle for expedience by choosing a tsunami of change whose effect was unknown over the interests of workers, its core constituency. The battle that started in Cosatu shortly after 2012 pitted its president against its general secretary.

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  • Former minister Kasrils fears for his life

    Testifying in his R1 million defamation suit against Kebby Maphatsoe, the deputy defence minister and national chairperson of the Umkhonto We Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA), former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils testified that allegations that he was an “agent”, a counter-revolutionary and an enemy of the people were not only untrue, but embarrassing and endangered his life. The damages claim stems from reported remarks by Maphatsoe that Karils was behind the rape allegations against President Jacob Zuma and that he was a counter-agent and an enemy of the people who had fired MK cadres from Intelligence Services because he “wanted to sell information to the imperialists”.

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  • Where did Malema get the money? Sars reveals why deal collapsed

    In court papers explaining why it dumped its deal with the Economic Freedom Fighters' leader, the South African Revenue Service says Malema lied about the source of the funds used to settle part of his tax bill. SARS also says Malema tried to dodge paying donation tax and had received money from questionable sources to settle an R18-million tax bill - reduced to R7.2-million in a deal in May last year. These, SARS says, are some of the reasons for the collapse of the compromise deal. The revenue service has now launched an application for Malema's final sequestration. If the court grants the final order when the case returns to court in June, Malema will be kicked out of parliament, where his

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  • Tying the knot in SA full of hitches

    Foreigners coming to South Africa to marry face all sorts of challenges, despite the revenue "wedding tourism" brings in. Marriage officers across South Africa complain about the tortuous Home Affairs procedures involved. Three contacted said they now advised foreigners not to marry here because of the arduous process. Among the steps that create such hassles is getting a printed, unabridged marriage certificate, which is so time-consuming that tourists often leave before getting them. Marriage officer Daniel Brits said it was a nightmare. "I tell people to get married where they come from. I have to be honest with them. I see hundreds of couples with the same problems." The most common complaint

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  • Enslaved in Libya: How I escaped Islamic State

    Ruta Fisehaye, a 24-year-old Eritrean, was lying on the bed of the truck's first trailer. Beside her lay 85 Eritrean men and women, one of whom was pregnant. A few dozen Egyptians hid in the second trailer. All shared one dream - to reach Europe. The gunmen ordered the migrants off the truck. They separated Muslims from Christians and, then, men from women. They asked those who claimed to be Muslims to recite the Shahada, a pledge to worship only Allah. All of the Egyptians shouted the words in unison. “There is no god but God. Muhammad is the messenger of God.” “Allahu Akbar,” the gunmen called back. Fisehaye realized then that she was in the hands of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Her captors

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