• 6 cows, R7.8m for Zuma, no bull

    When President Jacob Zuma visited the community of Letlhabile, just outside Brits in North West yesterday, he was looking for ANC votes in next week’s municipal elections, but he may have stumbled on a solution to his personal financial woes. The local business forum were so pleased with his presence they presented the president with a gift of six cows and offered to pay the R7.8 million Nkandla bill the Constitutional Court slapped on him. Yesterday, the people of Madibeng Municipality, beset by water shortages amid other service delivery problems, made Zuma, in town to address a Siyanqoba mini-rally as the campaigning for next week’s elections wraps up, an offer he would find hard to refuse. Zuma dedicated more than half of his speech to history lessons, in an effort to stop the local community from abandoning the ANC.

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  • Paris Hilton gushes over Black Coffee

    South African Communist Party general secretary Blade Nzimande took a swipe at the Democratic Alliance on Saturday saying that the party had been described by former president Nelson Mandela himself as a “party of white bosses and black stooges” and asked why the party...

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  • 'Hack and kill all whites' EFF candidate disqualified

    Late on Friday, the Electoral Court found in favour of the IEC’s request to bar from the elections EFF candidate Thabo Mabotja, who was registered to contest Ward 7 in Tshwane on Wednesday. He allegedly wrote on Facebook that all white people needed to be hacked and killed. The IEC made its case in court that the EFF had already distanced itself from Mabotja, and therefore there was no reason why he should be allowed to stand in a country that was diametrically opposed to the hate speech Mabotja is believed to have expressed. Advocate Leah Gcabashe said he should not be elected “at this stage” in South African politics to represent South Africans at municipal level. EFF leader Julius Malema said

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  • ANC GP says won't be begging anymore for Mbeki to campaign for the party

    ANC Gauteng Chairperson Paul Mashatile says they have now accepted Mbeki won’t be helping. African National Congress African National Congress ANC Thabo Mbeki Tokyo Sexwale Paul Mashatile Former South African president Thabo Mbeki Gauteng Chairperson Paul Mashatile Mbeki Mavuso Msimang JOHANNESBURG – The African National Congress (ANC) Gauteng chairperson Paul Mashatile says the provincial party won’t be begging anymore for former President Thabo Mbeki to help the party campaign for next week’s elections. Mashatile spoke to Eyewitness News on the sidelines of President Jacob Zuma’s address at Thokoza Park in Soweto yesterday. The Gauteng ANC has managed to get the support of ANC stalwarts such

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  • The crucial omission that could scupper Kevin Malunga's ambition to succeed his boss, Thuli Madonsela

    DEPUTY Public Protector Kevin Malunga was dismissed from Wits Law School in 2009 when he failed to pass his probationary period as a lecturer, a fact he has withheld from the parliamentary committee deciding who will replace Thuli Madonsela. Lecturers are placed on probation for a period of three years, extendable for a further four, during which time they must have their work published in a recognised law journal. Malunga took up the post in 2004, but was forced to leave in 2009, having failed to satisfy requirements. Speaking to Business Day from Gabon on Thursday, Malunga admitted he had been dismissed, but claimed he had disclosed this to the committee. However, he had not done so. In a questionnaire

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  • Spy tapes: Court dismisses Zuma's corruption charges appeal

    The Democratic Alliance (DA) had earlier on Friday said it was “confident” that the court will "come to a favourable finding by dismissing the NPA’s and Zuma's application when it hands down judgment”. The DA was opposing an application for leave to appeal by the NPA an April judgment that set aside Mpshe’s decision to discontinue Zuma’s prosecution on numerous counts of corruption and racketeering. The party had submitted‚ before the full bench of the high court in Pretoria‚ that the decision in 2009 by Mokotedi Mpshe‚ then acting national director of public prosecutions‚ to discontinue the prosecution of Zuma was irrational. Mpshe discontinued the prosecution of Zuma because he believed the

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  • Hlaudi’s hellish future apes fellow spin doctors

    IN Zimbabwe, a funny little sesquipedalian called George Charamba is the press secretary at the ministry of information, which makes him President Robert Mugabe’s official spokesman. At the state-owned Herald, where he is a columnist, he is known as Nathaniel Manheru. Charamba or Manheru is prolific; he is outrageous, childish, venomous — and totally brilliant at his job. It is thanks largely to him that so many Africans and Scandinavian sympathisers and other useless apologists genuinely believe Mugabe’s land-reform policies of the late 1990s and early 2000s were a legitimate means to the economic emancipation of Zimbabwe. It is thanks to Charamba’s masterful stoking of nationalism, that blind

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  • Zimbabwe in the Eye of a Storm

    AFTER landing at the airport, I realised immediately that I had landed in the eye of a storm when a rifle-wielding storm trooper pointed a gun at me, ordering me to open my suitcase. The civilian officer was annoyed and ordered me to proceed. Yet there is a method to this madness. I was later to learn that soldiers and semi-military police have been deployed along the highways in order to intimidate citizens into paying them "something". The government is broke. In a stretch of 240 kilometres, there were 11 police roadblocks. The police find fault with "something", either on the driver or on his car and levy a spot fine of US$20. The spot fine is, however, negotiable and one can get away with

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  • Obama's brother says he will vote for Trump

    Nairobi - President Barack Obama's half-brother, Malik Obama, says he will vote for Republican nominee Donald Trump in the US election in November because he likes the candidate and he is unhappy with his brother's leadership. Malik, who is in his 50s, told Reuters by phone from Obama's ancestral home of Kogelo in western Kenya that he supports Trump's policies, especially his focus on security. “He appeals to me and also I think that he is down to earth and he speaks from the heart and he is not trying to be politically correct. He's just straight-forward,” he said. Malik, a US citizen, has lived in Washington since 1985 where he worked with various firms before becoming an independent financial

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  • Zimbabwe: Three League Games in Bulawayo, Same Referee

    HARARE giants CAPS United have questioned whether it is just coincidence, or it's by design, that all their three Castle Lager Premiership matches in Bulawayo this year have been handled by the same referee. The Green Machine have sought clarification from the Premier Soccer League after it emerged that only one referee, Thabani Bamala, has been assigned to handle their league matches in the City of Kings this year. CAPS United were beaten 1-2 by How Mine and edged Chicken Inn 2-1 in May this year while they lost 0-1 to Highlanders, whom they meet in the reverse league match at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday, earlier this month. Veteran forward Leonard Tsipa was sent off for violent conduct

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  • Jeff Bezos leapfrogs Warren Buffett on Forbes rich list

    NEW YORK — Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has become the world’s third-richest person as of the market close for the first time, Forbes magazine said, passing Warren Buffett, the chairman and chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway. Bezos’ fortune was $65.3bn as of 8.30pm GMT on Thursday, compared with Buffett’s $64.9bn. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates remained the world’s richest person, at $77.7bn, while Spain’s Amancio Ortega, who founded the Zara clothing chain’s owner Inditex SA, was second at $72.7bn. Facebook co-founder and CE Mark Zuckerberg was fifth, at $54bn. Bezos, 52, owns close to 18% of Amazon. Its stock has risen by roughly 50% since early February, as the world’s largest online

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  • 'Who cares'

    The former inmate-turned-“Sushi King” remained a Twitter trend on Friday after his self-publicised purchase of a painting depicting three senior members of the Democratic Alliance (DA) in their birthday suits. Kunene on Thursday posted a photo of himself behind the image saying: “I am now a proud owner of this master piece. Powerful story telling through art...Thanks to the fearless Artist...” The painting‚ by Iven Amali‚ portrays Zille‚ DA leader Mmusi Maimane and what appears to be the DA's federal executive chairperson James Selfe with their private parts exposed. Maimane is pulling a cart carrying the other two‚ the words “modern slavery” are hanging from the cart. Maimane's spokesperson

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  • Ministering to the needs of her master

    While Communications Minister Faith Muthambi may be in charge of communicating, up to now, she has failed dismally in doing so. I attended a discussion on the importance of community news and state-owned enterprises in Pretoria yesterday, at which Muthambi was a guest speaker. The message in her speech boiled down to mainstream media versus community media. Community media needed to be strengthened, she said. Mainstream media was portrayed as the big bad wolf. She went on to praise the SABC for its decision not to give free publicity to commercial newspapers, having gone as far as canning its radio show The Editors, in which newspaper headlines were read. As most people are aware, the SABC was

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  • Steve Komphela prepared to sacrifice job to do what is right for Chiefs

    Steve Komphela will do the right thing and continue attempting to implement the type of football he believes Kaizer Chiefs need to play to become a winning combination again‚ rather than trying to protect his own job. From the beginning of Komphela’s long-awaited first stint at a big club – the biggest of them all in South African football – the former Bafana Bafana captain has been on the edge and in a difficult position. He had a tough act to follow in one-time Bafana mentor Stuart Baxter‚ whom Komphela assisted in the national technical team from 2004 to 2005 and who had won league and cup doubles with Chiefs in 2013 and 2015. Baxter left for a reason – he felt the club would not rebuild an

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  • Nigeria: Stephen Keshi Laid to Rest

    It was an emotion-laden atmosphere at Illah, Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State, on Friday as the remains of former head coach of the Nigeria's Super Eagles, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, were laid to rest. Keshi was buried in a tomb within the compound of his personal house in Ukpologwu Quarters in Illah, the football icon's hometown, after a requiem mass at the Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church, in Illah town. Although Federal Government's presence was again conspicuously absent, like during the ceremony of lying-in-state and tributes at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba on Thursday, the strong presence of numerous former members of the Super Eagles, particularly the victorious

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  • Zimbabwe: Women's League Congratulates First Lady

    Zanu-PF deputy secretary for Women's Affairs Cde Eunice Sandi Moyo yesterday congratulated First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe on her 51st birthday. Amai Mugabe turned 51 last Saturday. In a statement, Cde Sandi Moyo described Amai Mugabe as a dedicated mother of the nation. "The Zanu-PF Deputy Secretary for Women's Affairs, Honourable E.N Sandi Moyo, the entire Women's League of Zimbabwe and staff wish to congratulate Her Excellency, the First Lady and National Secretary for Women's Affairs, Amai Dr G. Mugabe on her 51st birthday. "We applaud you Amai, the Mother of the Nation, for your philanthropic works and devotion in taking care of the needy in our society. "Your love for the vulnerable and children

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  • Zimbabwe: If not Mugabe, then who?

    On Wednesday, Robert Mugabe had an instruction for members of my tribe. “Journalists, tell those you are representing that Robert Mugabe is still here, well and strong. This is me, and my people are going to have me for some time,” he said, in a rousing speech delivered at a supporters rally in Harare. We won’t be implementing this instruction on these pages. Mugabe’s right on one thing: yes, he’s still here, he’s still in charge. But no one’s quite sure for how long, because recent events have left the Zimbabwean president weaker than ever before. The #ThisFlag campaign represents an unprecedented expression of people power which if harnessed effectively could topple the whole system, Arab Spring-style.

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  • AKA smashes Twitter user: You piece of sh*t. Where is your compassion

    This is what caused the drama: Nick Theodoropoulos tweeted: "Hope the #tornado coverage is not on SABC. Images of its destruction may incite violence and looting. #SABCcensorship" AKA replied with this: The anger continued with AKA taking shots at political parties: "Don't even get me started on The DA using Mandela's name to campaign. White privilege has now, truly .... Lost its mind and its bearings." "Mandela was considered the head of a "terrorist organization" ....today he's a part of their narrative." "Did Mandela ever denounce the ANC or Jacob Zuma? .... Ok, I get it ... So he died and made you his spokesperson. Gotcha!" Extreme weather conditions have hit various parts of South Africa

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  • Nigeria: Indonesia to Execute Nigerian, 13 Others Drug Convicts This Week

    Indonesia will execute 14 drug offenders, most of whom are non-Indonesians, said the country's attorney general on Wednesday. The announcement spurred United Nations human right officials to urge the country's government to rethink the "unjust" use of capital punishment. Though four are reportedly Indonesian, 10 others are from South Africa, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Pakistan and India. Attorney General Muhammad Prasetyo said the executions are expected to begin as early as Friday and completed no later than Sunday. The planned executions come after the 14 executions of drug offenders last year. The government has put more men to death in the last two years than it had in the previous decade. "The increasing

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  • Tau seeks counsel from Mbeki after nomination

    Mbeki had a brief meeting with Tau on Monday in his foundation’s offices in Killarney to discuss the nomination and get a brief on what the city is doing on the transformation of apartheid spatial patterns. Watch: We help you choose Johannesburg’s next mayor  “We were here to brief former president Mbeki on the work that we are doing as a city but also the international responsibilities. We had to seek his advice on the work that we are doing internationally. As you know I have been nominated to be president of United Cities and Local Government which is a global responsibility. I thought it would be appropriate to seek counsel and advice from our elders and leaders on that work‚” Tau told reporters

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