• Only whites will be welcome in this Eden

    Project leader Jaqui Gradwell is also one of the administrators of Die Eden Projek’s private Facebook page, which accepts only people without black friends and which has amassed more than 1 500 members. Ten days ago he posted on social media that he and colleagues had started laying out 371 plots on the Karoo farm in the Saartjie Baartman District of the Eastern Cape for the “people of the covenant”. While Gradwell is appealing for people to join the project, which he estimated can house between 20 000 and 40 000 people (20-plus times the more than 1 200 residents of Orania), he has also been asking for contributions. Approached for comment, he told Weekend Argus on Friday that he had no further comment about any aspects of the development.

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  • Madonsela 'not surprised' by Mkhwebane's decision on state capture report

    JOHANNESBURG - Advocate Thuli Madonsela says she is not surprised by her successor Busisiwe Mkhwebane's decision not to oppose President Jacob Zuma's application to block the release of the state capture report. Madonsela was speaking on the sidelines of the Association for Certified Fraud Examiners Gala dinner held in Sandton last night, where she received an honorary award. Madonsela says if she was the new Public Protector, she probably would have also chosen not to oppose the president's application. "She didn't get the opportunity to meet with me and get a sense of my thinking, but even if she had gotten my thinking, she has a right to make her own decision." The state capture report, which

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  • Malema wants to shut down Pretoria to demand Zuma must go

    A prominent Nigerian asylum seeker and activist is being held in solitary at a Tokyo detention centre, a case that has highlighted a growing crackdown on foreigners living in Japan without visas and prompted demands for her release.

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  • Mcebo Dlamini speaks of 'gross reality' from prison

    He has called on members of society to join over 100 academics, university staff and parents who have gathered outside Parliament today to call for government to address “underfunding” in the education sector. Dlamini says being in prison has opened his eyes to “the gross reality that so many young black lives have been condemned to”. The Swaziland-born ANC Youth League member says, even in incarceration, “ours is to awaken the consciousness of society”. “We are reminded each day in prison of the importance of our struggle continuing, whether we are free or whether we are in prison; ours is to awaken the consciousness of society. “Being in prison, my eyes have been opened to the gross reality

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  • ANC parliamentary office lashes Hlaudi Motsoeneng over 'malicious threat' towards Jackson Mthembu

    South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) executive Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s personal attacks are testimony to the crisis at the SABC and points to the lengths he would go to abuse SABC platforms‚ the ANC in Parliament says. African National Congress parliamentary chief whip Jackson Mthembu has threatened to sue the SABC boss after reports that Motsoeneng had threatened to unveil his “files” on Mthembu. The ANC in Parliament labelled the remarks attributed to Motsoeneng as defamatory‚ malicious‚ spurious and laughable. “Our only interest is to ensure a functional‚ efficient and well-managed public broadcaster that executes its public service mandate. “By publicly and deliberately alleging otherwise‚

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  • New public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane changes channel to Gupta TV

    According to the Mail & Guardian, Mkhwebane said she wanted the channel that feeds all the TVs in the building to be changed to the Gupta-owned news channel. Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela had planned to release the report last Friday‚ on the last day of her seven-year term‚ before separate applications by President Jacob Zuma and Cooperative Minister Des Van Rooyen put a stop to that. Mkhwebane said during a press briefing on Thursday that she had not taken a position in the application by Zuma and  Van Rooyen and had yet to read the report‚ which she said was under lock and key.

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  • Child services probes more ‘incidents’ involving Pitt

    The Department of Children and Family Services have reportedly extended their investigation into Brad Pitt. Angelina Jolie, Brad and their children - Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and eight-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne - were previously interviewed after an alleged altercation on a private plane between Brad and Maddox and TMZ reports that the "DCFS has now expanded its investigation to other alleged incidents". The reported incident on the plane - where Brad is alleged to have gotten "verbally abusive" and "physical" with his son while under the influence of alcohol - occurred on September 14 and Angelina filed for divorce just days later. However, it was later reported that

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  • Headmen want R1.1 billion from government

    The University of Cape Town “would have preferred not to have pursued this route”‚ but on Tuesday it turned to the Western Cape High Court to obtain an interim interdict to ensure it “can conclude the year and exams”.

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  • Lines drawn in ANC succession battle

    Several Cabinet ministers have rallied behind their embattled colleague, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Even President Jacob Zuma, the man accused of being behind the plot to have Gordhan removed from his post, has said he has his full support. Last week, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said Gordhan had the backing of the entire Cabinet. Radebe went as far as assuring the public that Gordhan would deliver his medium-term budget this week. But guess what, the ANC Youth League has singled out Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who it savaged for rallying behind Gordhan. ANCYL secretary-general Njabulo Nzuza criticised Ramaphosa for taking sides, arguing that a leader in government should

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  • Mkhwebane confirms state capture report is final

    Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has confirmed that an investigation into possible undue political influence by the Guptas, who are said to be friends of President Jacob Zuma, was final. Zuma filed an affidavit to court on Tuesday seeking clarification over whether he would be able to question witnesses himself before Thuli Madonsela finalised its report. In President Zuma's replying affidavit, he states that he only became an implicated person in the state capture report on the second of this month. "The Public Protector has the President's latest affidavit and has through the attorneys confirmed that the report was finalised and signed ... on 14 October 2016," Mkhwebane's spokesperson Kgalalelo Masibi said.

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  • Etwatwa father recalls seeing dead son 'lying there like a dog'

    JOHANNESBURG - The father of one of the suspected gangsters who was murdered, allegedly by community members in Etwatwa, has told Eyewitness News hes been left shocked and distraught. On Monday, two suspected members of the OVL gang were killed and their bodies were left near the railway line. Police have since arrested 53 members of the community, who are believed to have attacked the pair along with others. Norman Sibeko says he was at home on Monday when a mob suddenly descended on his house looking for his son. He says when they didnt find him at home, they tracked him down at a friends house, and killed him. By the time I arrived at the friends house, he was dead. A sobbing Sibeko says he

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  • Guardiola: We can beat you with our reserves, United

    London - Faced with his worst run as a coach and his greatest adversary, Pep Guardiola will put Manchester City’s needs ahead of personal pride and rotate his squad at Old Trafford on Wednesday night. Whether that constitutes as much of an affront to Jose Mourinho’s ego as Chelsea’s 4-0 demolition of Manchester United on his return to Stamford Bridge on Sunday is another matter. But Guardiola will not allow himself to be distracted by the EFL Cup, even though the fourth round tie pits him against Mourinho for the second time in six weeks and threatens to extend the Spaniard’s winless run to six games. ‘I think everyone can believe this competition is not the big one,’ said Guardiola on Tuesday.

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  • WATCH: Everything is about Minnie, obsessed Cassper admits

    Progress in closing the global workplace gender gap is slowing dramatically, according to a World Economic Forum study, with a notable exception in Rwanda, a country still emerging from the aftermath of genocide that has become the world's leader on equal pay.

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  • Zimbabwe: Gospel Diva Joyce Simeti Dies

    Gospel musician-cum-designer and dress maker, Joyce Simeti has died, close relatives have confirmed. Simeti died in Harare, Tuesday, afternoon of heart failure. Her cousin, Melody Shainet, told NewZimbabwe.com that the late gospel diva had been struggling with a heart ailment for a long time. "She passed on this (Tuesday) afternoon at around lunch time, after she had gone to her work place. "She has not been well for some time with the heart problem which was attacking her on intervals," said the late Simeti's cousin. Fellow musician, Derick Mpofu, said he had lost a mentor and a "big sister". "I knew Joyce Simeti as a big sister and worked with her from 2005 when I left school," said Mpofu "She

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  • Sexwale to probe claims against Trillian Capital over Van Rooyen appointment

    JOHANNESBURG - Tokyo Sexwale says as chairperson of Trillian Capital, which has been accused of knowing in advance that Des Van Rooyen was going to be appointed finance minister, he's going to set up an independent investigation into the matter. TheSunday Timeshas claimed that senior members of the firm told staff that Van Rooyen was going to give them contracts when he became Finance Minister. Van Rooyen was only in the position for four days after President Jacob Zuma fired Nhlanhla Nene. Pravin Gordhan was later appointed to the position and Van Rooyen redeployed to head up the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs. In a statement, Sexwale says he views the claims against

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  • The Big Read: Zuma has nothing to fear

    When the DA first raised concern about Busisiwe Mkhwebane in parliament and refused to vote for her appointment as public protector, many of us chose to hold our tongue and give her a chance. When DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach alleged that Mkhwebane worked as a spy while an immigration officer at the South African embassy in China, many of us were unsettled - but still felt that, just as Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng was pilloried and vilified before he went into his new role, Mkhwebane, too, would rise to the challenge and the role. But if Mkhwebane's first week in office is anything to go by then we are in deep, deep trouble. I am an optimist and would like to believe that Mkhwebane's first week

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  • Zim terror cell bust in SA

    Six Zimbabweans suspected of plotting to overthrow President Robert Mugabe’s government are being held by the Hawks in Limpopo following their arrests a fortnight ago. The five men and a woman, aged between 22 and 34, were apprehended at the Grobler’s Bridge border post in Witpoort near Lephalale on their way to Mozambique to receive military training to force regime change in neighbouring Zimbabwe. According to the Hawks, the suspects were arrested with the help of foreign military assistance. Their arrest comes shortly after claims by a Zimbabwean “terrorist” group, Smoke That Thunders, that Mozambique’s Renamo bandits had offered them a military training base. The group claimed they were preparing

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  • Nxasana: It would be sad if NPA victim of state capture

    JOHANNESBURG - Former National Prosecuting Authority(NPA) boss Mxolisi Nxasana says it would be very sad if it turns out that the organisation is a victim of state capture. The NPAs current boss Shaun Abrahams has been criticised for charging Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan with fraud. It's also emerged that Abrahams visited Luthuli House the day before announcing Gordhans charge in connection with an early retirement package for former Sars executive Ivan Pillay. Nxasana says he's worried the latest developments could harm the image of the organisation. You have a situation where the national director of public prosecutions has been to Luthuli House. The very next day theres an announcement

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  • Could this derail case against Gordhan? - Crime & Courts

    Parliament - The case against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan could be dealt a serious blow after it emerged on Wednesday that more than 3 000 public servants were granted early retirement before reaching 60 years of age over a five-year period. This is the supplementary affidavit of the director of the Helen Suzman Foundation, Francis Antonie, in the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria. Gordhan has been charged for approving the early retirement of former Sars deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay. This is the charge that Gordhan faces in the Pretoria Regional Court next Wednesday. Gordhan delivered his Medium Term Budget Policy Statement in Parliament on Wednesday. The Helen Suzman Foundation and Freedom

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  • Nigeria: Ighalo Risks Two-Year Prison Sentence

    Spanish publication, Marca, reports that the provincial district attorney's office of Granada has requested a two-year prison term and a fine of 3,000 Euros for Ighalo, his ex-Granada teammate, Diego Buonanotte, and 93 others for allegedly bribing their way to pass a driving test. According to the provisional writing of the prosecution, in 2012 and 2013 someone was hired to write the exams for Ighalo and the other accused. Investigation further revealed that three syndicates of Íllora (Granada), Mengíbar (Jaén) and Ciudad Real who moved to Granada allegedly recruited students to help write exams for clients who wanted to pass the driving license exams, and were charged between 1,500 and 2,500 Euros.

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