• Zuma in a bind over EFF proposal

    A COUNTER-proposal made to President Jacob Zuma on Thursday by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on paying back the money for Nkandla, has put Mr Zuma in a tight spot. The EFF wants Mr Zuma to accept he has breached the Constitution and his oath of office. The alternative proposal filed in court was in response to Mr Zuma’s climbdown on Tuesday to paying back the money. If Mr Zuma were to agree to this order, it would be an unprecedented concession.

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  • 'I'm not poor, but I'm broke,' DJ Sbu on how MoFaya took toll on his pocket

    Thousands of unemployed Zimbabwe graduates could soon find themselves with first jobs in South Sudan but there's just one catch: President Robert Mugabe's government is thinking of taking 25 percent of their salaries.

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  • 12 things that happened this week you should know about

    1) Zuma proposes plan to 'pay back the money' The Presidency on Tuesday night issued a statement saying President Zuma had asked the Constitutional Court to appoint the auditor-general and minister of finance to “independently and impartially” determine how much money he owes for the Nkandla upgrades.  However opposition parties appeared unimpressed by the move. The Democratic Alliance (DA) said it will go ahead with its Constitutional Court action against the president while EFF leader Julius Malema came out guns blazing, calling Zuma a crook and demanding the influential Gupta family 'get out of South Africa'. 2) Drought hits home and neighbours Ratings firm Moody's this week warned that South

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  • Zuma vs two angry cops

    Yesterday, suspended national police commissioner Riah Phiyega - reacting to recommendations by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate that she be criminally charged - made it clear she will not go down without a fight. Her refusal to accept either a golden handshake or to resign, follows on action by her predecessor, Bheki Cele, who is still fighting Zuma's decision to fire him in 2012. The Times has been reliably informed that Cele's matter is still before court and that settlement negotiations have been under way since late 2013. The negotiations, which include Cele's demand that the board of inquiry report into his fitness to hold office be set aside, began after Zuma realised none

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  • Malema gets taste buds going with ‘derogatory’ curry quip

    Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema’s reference to a curry is taking flak for ethnic stereotyping – while stirring up recommendations on where to find the best plate of the spicy dish‚ as South Africans mockingly put a positive spin on it. “We’re not going to allow a South Africa that is sold over a plate of curry‚” Malema said at a press briefing at the EFF headquarters in Johannesburg on Thursday‚ in a reference to the perceived political influence being wielded by the Gupta family. Back in 2013‚ Malema said: “Zuma sold SA out for a plate of curry”. On Twitter‚ @MiaMthombeni said: “The #Guptas are not my fav but #Malema saying SA will not be bought with plate of curry and they must leave SA is disrespectful.

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  • Watch: We will not sell SA to the Guptas over a curry

    The man on fire, controversial and entertaining, EFF leader Julius Malema cooked up some of his usual rhetoric while addressing the media on Thursday. Watch the top 5 quotes from Malema’s press briefing on Jacob Zuma, Nkandla and the Guptas.

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  • If the ANC lost 'the next day, the country would be burning': Mulder

    Speaking at the Cape Town Press Club on Wednesday, Mulder said this would be the case if parties managed to have a coalition that left the ANC as the opposition. "The next day, the country would be burning. I don’t see the ANC ever respecting that kind of arrangement," he said. He said the new generation of the ANC would make the country ungovernable should they lose power, but that he would would love to see the party accepting the change though. Mulder was speaking on the theme, "President for a day". He said the first major fault line in the current South Africa was that the country had the wrong recipe for nation building and social cohesion. True nation building would only come about when

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  • DA wants Gupta Competition Commission report tabled in Parliament

    The Democratic Alliance (DA)‚ late on Thursday‚ said it “will be urging the Competition Commission to act in terms of Section 21 of the Competition Commission Act (CCA) to ensure that any irregularities – for which the Guptas are infamous- are made known to Parliament”. This comes‚ the DA’s Natasha Mazzone said‚ after “reports this week have confirmed that Competition Commission is to investigate the deal between Glencore‚ who owned Optimum Mines‚ and the Gupta-owned Tegeta Exploration”. Mazzone said the deal was shrouded in “controversy and secrecy” as “Glencore was offered a much higher offer of R3.17-billion from a competitor‚ Endulweni Mining‚ which would have protected workers and provided

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  • From hero to zero: International investors turning their backs on South Africa

    This was the stark assessment of former anti-apartheid activist and Labour cabinet minister Peter Hain in a speech at Swansea University Thursday night.  “Can the ANC reclaim (Nelson) Mandela’s vision of the rainbow nation? Perhaps we all expected too much. Perhaps it was naïve to think that the party – for all its moral integrity and constitutionalist traditions – could be immune to human frailty, especially in the face of such immense social inequalities.  Could any political party anywhere (including Britain) have done better?” Hain asked. He said the ANC has to address corruption and cronyism and lead the development of a new social compact if South Africa is to prosper. He pointed to Zuma’s

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  • Got skills? South African employers want you

    The Department of Higher Education’s latest list of occupations that are in high demand lists hundreds of positions for which it says there are either shortages being experienced in the labour market or which have either shown relatively strong employment growth or are likely to show growth in the future. Just for professionals alone‚ there are some 164 occupations listed – ranging from engineers in all fields to educators at all levels and judges. There are also the usual high number of medical or health professionals that are in high demand. ICT continues to remain a popular field where professionals are in demand‚ as does the business world. Managers and technically-skilled people are also

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  • City kick Masenamela out

    Punch Masenamela has been kicked out by Polokwane City following a disciplinary hearing. The former Mamelodi Sundowns left-back arrived at Rise and Shine on a two-year deal at the beginning of this season. He soon became a regular, but a source told Sowetan yesterday that he soon lost his way, which led to disciplinary hearings that resulted in the club terminating the contract between the two parties. "Sometimes he was missing training and the club gave up on him in the end," the source revealed. Masenamela couldn't be reached for comment despite numerous attempts. His agent Jazzman Mahlakgane confirmed his exit and admitted he's disappointed with the player. "They [Polokwane City] informed

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  • Rolls-Royce powers into Africa - Companies

    Rolls-Royce Power Systems plans to replicate the 100 megawatt (MW) Mozambique gas-fired power station it is commissioning elsewhere in Africa as the company expands its footprint across the continent, a top official said. Demand for electricity in southern Africa is rising fast and needed to be addressed quickly by new power generation projects, the chief executive officer of its South African subsidiary MTU South Africa said on Thursday. “Such projects can easily be spread to other African countries,” Andrea Nono told Reuters, without giving details of where the expansion would take place. Rolls-Royce Power Systems was working with partners such as the Norwegian government, World Bank and commercial banks that were willing to help finance the projects, she said.

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  • South Africa: Suspend Two SAA Employees for Fraud

    The South African Transport and Allied Workers' Union (Satawu) on Wednesday called on acting CEO of South African Airways (SAA), Musa Zwane, to suspend two of the airline's employees for alleged fraud. Satawu wanted pilot Captain Sandy Bayne and general manager of operations, Zuks Ramasia, to be suspended with immediate effect. "Bayne forged the signature of chief pilot Eric Manensa and made changes to the Flight Operations Manual," Satawu said in a statement. They believe Bayne's immediate superior, Ramasia, "swept the matter under the carpet" by saying her subordinate "had made a mistake and should be forgiven". 'Unethical' behaviour Satawu expressed its unhappiness with SAA saying employees

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  • Criminal charges laid against 'mass murderers' De Klerk and Vlok

    Former EFF leader Andile Mngxitama did not mince words when he called former president FW De Klerk a mass murderer and a wanted man as he and several others laid charges at the Hillbrow police station on Wednesday. “Yesterday the mass murderer, the criminal, De Klerk was celebrated by people who don’t know this man should be in jail. After 22 years... when you see De Klerk next time you must know he is a wanted man,” said Mngxitama. Mngxitama is a supporter of the newly-formed Anti-Racism Action Forum, which laid 22 criminal charges against De Klerk and apartheid's law and order minister, Adriaan Vlok, for crimes committed against black people.

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  • South Africa: When Can the Police Detain You for Not Showing Documents?

    GroundUp recently reported the story of Malawian men who were detained by the police for not having documents showing they were legally in the country. Under what circumstances can the police demand that people show identification proving they are legally in the country? We asked Lawyers for Human Rights. Here is an answer from two of their lawyers. The Immigration Act of 2002 regulates the entry of non-nationals into South Africa, their period of stay and the activities they may undertake. It covers the issuance of work visas, study visas, business visas and tourist visas. Every non-national who wishes to enter South Africa must be in possession of a passport and must comply with the requirements

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  • Intrepid Leicester face start of crunch time

    London - Surprise leaders Leicester City face a severe test of their Premier League title credentials over the next 10 days, starting with Saturday's trip to Manchester City. Claudio Ranieri's intrepid side have become a “second club” for football fans bored with the dominance of Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal in the last two decades. With 14 games left they will travel to the Etihad Stadium three points clear of a chasing pack, led by Manchester City but missing some usual suspects. A week later they visit Arsenal. It sounds daunting, but all season Leicester have refused to bow to supposed superiors and rather than fade, the Midlands club are growing in stature at just

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  • Ugly twar leads to Dana taking Mazwai to court

    According to Jozi Gist the twar began when Mazwai was challenged to come up with a concept for a talent show. Mazwai said that Simphiwe Dana had come to an open mic session she had hosted. Dana didn't remember it. Dana clarified the issue - apparently they were both part of a poetry group called Feelah Sista - and not someone engaged in discovering talent. Things went downhill from there, when Dana accused Mazwai of badmouthing her. Now, according to Sowetan LIVE Dana has responded in a statement - and is planning to take Mazwai to court: "There are various tweets that imply that Simphiwe Dana is an alcoholic and has slept her way to the top, Simphiwe distances herself from these tweets as they

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  • ‘Afrikaans has become a punching bag’ - Politics

    Pretoria – Afrikaans-speaking university students should stand up for their right to be taught in their “mother tongue” language, AfriForum Youth said on Thursday. “In the past, especially the last three months, Afrikaans has become a political punching bag. Unfortunately, Afrikaans students are now becoming targets. They are now saying all problems started because of Afrikaans and Afrikaans people,” AfriForum Youth spokesperson Ian Cameron said in Pretoria. Late last year, Stellenbosch University, a traditionally Afrikaans institution, bowed to public pressure and said that in future all learning at the university would be facilitated in English. Cameron said students had to play an active role

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  • Zimbabwe: President Mugabe Faces Tough Choices

    PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe will have to play a delicate balancing act next week Wednesday when his party's supreme decision-making organ, the Politburo, meets in the wake of ugly infighting that has broken out among his trusted lieutenants, the Financial Gazette can report. The wrangling, which has everything to do with the ZANU-PF leader's succession, has spilled into government, with devastating effects on an economy that is shuttling between the intensive care and the high dependency unit. Analysts warned this week that the raging infighting would have serious ramifications on the country's economy and society at large unless President Mugabe quickly moves in to contain the situation. The warnings come in the wake of an unprecedented implosion within the party, with reports suggesting that warring Cabinet ministers were working to undermine each other's work in government, along factional lines.

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  • Cosatu: Gupta influence on govt a serious concern

    Media reports claim the Guptas stand to benefit from a deal with state-owned arms manufacturer Denel. Cosatu Gupta Gupta family Guptagate The Congress of South African Trade Unions Cosatu JOHANNESBURG – As fresh controversy emerges around the Gupta family this morning, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) is warning that their influence on government is a serious concern. But the trade union federation denies it raised their relationship with the Zuma family at a recent African National Congress (ANC) meeting. The Mail & Guardian is this morning reporting that the Guptas stand to benefit from a lucrative deal with state-owned arms manufacturer Denel, which recently expanded into

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