• Man shot dead outside Boksburg guesthouse

    A man, 21, from Pretoria, Reinhard Louw, was shot dead in his vehicle outside the Boksburg guesthouse he had been staying in for the past three years. The incident took place when the owner of the guesthouse, Nita Pienaar, 63, arrived at the property on Williams Road, Beyers Park, in Boksburg, on August 19 at around 11.30am, reports the Boksburg Advertiser. According to the Boksburg North police communication officer Captain Juanita Coetzer, Pienaar noticed a maroon Range Rover in the entrance of the driveway. The suspects fled the scene in the Range Rover before they ditched it and proceeded to commandeer, at gunpoint, a security vehicle that they used to continue their escape to Kempton Park taxi rank.

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  • Cyril, it's time to pick a side

    I expected it to last. The election afterglow, I mean. The “collision” negotiations barely concluded, and then boom, before you knew it, the Sars wars had resumed without even giving the EFF two days to enjoy their “kingmaker” status. It was straight back to the usual destruction of the country’s institutions. Business as (un)usual. So Pravin Gordhan has been thrust back into the limelight, kicking and screaming. But the markets don’t like it when our minister of finance kicks and screams. They prefer him in the background – but some those in charge don’t appear to care that the rand is reasonably important. The markets, that amorphous mass of invisible investors who love stability, are not kind

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Panics As Soldiers Rampage

    Uniformed soldiers on Friday night emptied Harare's night clubs and ruthlessly attacked people on the streets after police triggered violent protests in the capital earlier in the day as President Robert Mugabe's government fought to suppress dissent against his rule. Zimbabwe's 18 opposition parties including former vice-president Joice Mujuru's Zimbabwe People First and MDC led by Morgan Tsvangirai had obtained a High Court order barring police from interfering with their intended demonstration. The parties under the banner of the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) and Coalition for Democrats wanted to protest against unfair electoral laws and systems, but were violently blocked by the police; minutes after the High Court had okayed the event.

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  • NEWS ANALYSIS: Zuma’s power checked by backlash over Gordhan probe

    REELING from the ANC’s worst-ever election performance and a public backlash over investigations by the Hawks into Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, President Jacob Zuma’s room to maneuver appears to be shrinking. Anxiety over whether Zuma will fire the finance minister in a cabinet reshuffle has hung over Africa’s largest economy since Tuesday, when the news broke that Gordhan, 67, may face charges over allegations that he set up an illicit investigative unit during his time as head of the South African Revenue Service. While Zuma expressed "full confidence" in the minister, he said he is powerless to stop the probe. Opposition parties and analysts have speculated that Zuma may use the investigation

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  • I'm prepared to die to save SA from the thieves, says Gordhan

    A defiant Gordhan promised that he would never back down from fighting corruption. The embattled finance minister also told hundreds of Treasury staff members he was aware of speculation over a cabinet reshuffle. "He said ministers come and go and we must just commit to work with whoever is the minister of finance," said a Treasury employee who was at a staff meeting addressed by Gordhan in Pretoria on Friday afternoon. "He said we didn't think what happened to Nhlanhla Nene could happen, but it happened," said another source. A third source said: "He said this is part of a bigger political battle. Don't be surprised if me and the deputy minister [Mcebisi Jonas] are removed this weekend". Gordhan

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  • Guptas, don't think fronting will help you – Malema

    Leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema has written on Twitter about his concern that the Gupta family’s statement that they will be selling all their shares in South Africa by the end of the year may merely be an attempt to keep trading in South Africa by other means. By selling to a company headed by someone not directly linked to the Guptas, that would be “fronting”  if that entity were still somehow indirectly controlled by the family. Malema has long been a thorn in the side of the Guptas, and he even went as far as to allege that President Jacob Zuma had personally worked as a courier using a presidential jet to deliver huge amounts of cash to the family’s new home, Dubai.

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  • Dieselgate judge pushes for settlement - IOL Motoring Industry News

    Volkswagen dealerships in the United States have thousands of diesel cars like this Passat in stock that that they can't sell. San Francisco, California - The judge hearing the case against Volkswagen over its emissions scandal has increased pressure on the company to come up with a solution to cover tens of thousands of three-litre V6 TDIs equipped with the cheating software. US District Judge Charles Breyer said the clock was ticking in the case involving the 85 000 Volkswagen diesel cars sold in the United States with three-litre engines. During a hearing in his San Francisco courtroom, he made clear the cars didn't meet US specifications and were therefore illegally operating on US streets.

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  • Are prison nurses trying to kill Oscar Pistorius?

    The People's Bae is taking a break. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) announced on Friday that national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi “will be on study leave effective immediately‚ till 1 November 2016”.

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  • Botswana warns SA tour operators over 'k-word' - Africa

    Gaborone - The Botswana government has warned South African tourism industry operators who have been accused of routinely calling locals “k****rs” that they will be charged with crimen injuria and deported soon after prosecution if they continued “degrading and impairing” the dignity of the Batswana. Addressing tourism workers in the tourism capital of Maun in the north of the country, Labour and Home Affairs minister Edwin Batshu said as crimen injuria was a crime back home in South Africa, offenders should not expect to get away with it in Botswana. The k-word is a derogatory term used to describe black people. “We have received several reports from Batswana workers in the tourism sector in

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  • Simbine takes on Vicaut in Paris

    Cape Town - Akani Simbine produced the run of his life to finish fifth in the Olympic 100m final in Rio, and is officially ranked fifth in terms of times this year. But the 22-year-old South African record holder will hope to pull victory in his penultimate event of the season when he lines up in the Paris Diamond League meeting at the Stade de France on Saturday night. Simbine was the quickest out of the blocks and was in the top three after 50 metres in the blue-riband race at Rio’s Joao Havelange Olympic Stadium on August 14, but the closer he got to the line, the more Usain Bolt started to move past Justin Gatlin. Bolt (9.81) won his third consecutive Olympic 100m title and Gatlin (9.89)

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  • South Africa: Ruling Party Planning to Remove Zuma?

    While the leadership of the ANC embarks on a tour of branches across the country in search of answers for the party's decline in support in the municipal elections ordinary members are calling for the occupation of the party's national headquarters Luthuli House to demand President Jacob Zuma and the ANC's National Executive Committee's resignations. One of the organisers, Bonolo Ramokhele, has said the idea is to have a demonstration at the party's head offices on September 5 when the president is expected to attend a National Working Committee meeting. Previously he had been part of attempts to demonstrate outside an NEC meeting following state capture claims by deputy finance minister Mcebisi

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  • ANCWL, ANCYL condemn Zuma's critics

    The ANCWL's Meokgo Matuba says no one must be allowed to criticise the ANC in public. Jacob Zuma JOHANNESBURG – The African National Congress (ANC) Youth and Women’s leagues have come out strongly against critics of President Jacob Zuma saying those who speak negatively about him in public must be disciplined. This comes after ANC veteran and former director general of foreign affairs Sipho Pityana used the funeral of reverend Makhenkesi Stofile, at Fort Hare University this week to lash out at Zuma, and urged him to step down. LISTEN: Pityana lashes out at the ANC.   When Pityana came out guns blazing against the president, the ANCYL called his actions disruptive and unruly. ANYCL general secretary

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  • Between the Lines – Denis Goldberg: DA captured ANC’s non-racialism

    Because Jacob Zuma ran the ANC’s internal intelligence he had the “dirt on everyone” and was ready to use it, “because he is a clever fox of a man”, Denis Goldberg said. Zuma and much of the leadership had to go in an ANC clean-out, with an amnesty for the president so the country can move on. Goldberg, 83, a University of Cape Town-trained civil engineer who spent 22 years in Pretoria Central Prison for his part as one of the first members of Umkhonto we Sizwe, said the opposition Democratic Alliance had run a nonracial campaign, whereas the ANC’s campaign had been racist in part. “The Opposition Mmusi Maimane has captured the policies of the ANC promoting nonracialism,” while the ANC was associated with separateness, Goldberg said.

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  • Zuma: give me six months to be dictator

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

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  • KZN fisherman reels in body of drowned teen

    The body of 19-year-old teenager Rylan Blaze Moses, who drowned in Umdloti last Sunday, has been found, the North Coast Courier. ‘I jumped in and grabbed him by his shorts, but the weight pulled me in deeper.’ Fisherman Amith Sewsunker discovered the body of the young man near Seabelle in La Mercy on Friday morning. “I was just about to cast when I saw a body floating about 10 metres from the shore. I jumped in and grabbed him by his shorts, but the weight pulled me in deeper. I waited for the second wave and floated back to shore with the body. It was a sad discovery, but we can not leave anyone out there,” said Sewsunker. The body was recovered by IPSS Medical Rescue and the police search and

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  • The arrogance of the Hawks is unacceptable, FW de Klerk says

    FORMER president FW de Klerk has weighed in on the furore surrounding Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. JacarandaFM reported on Friday that De Klerk‚ speaking on the sidelines of the launch of the Centre for Unity in Diversity in Johannesburg‚ said: "What is happening around the minister of finance is a tragedy." He went further to say that the "form of arrogance" displayed by the Hawks was "unacceptable". "What is happening around the minister of finance is a tragedy. He is adopting an attitude that he is guilty of nothing‚ that he has given all explanations he has been asked to give and I think he is within his rights in doing so," De Klerk said. "The way in which it is being handled and what

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  • SACP deputy denounces Number One

    The SACP’s central committee is meeting for the first time since the elections and is expected to take a strong stance on the reasons the ANC had experienced its worst electoral performance since 1994. Deputy general-secretary Jeremy Cronin said on Friday the party was doubtful whether the ANC had the capacity to arrest what has been a consistent decline of support. While the SACP has refrained from an outright call for Zuma to step down, the party said it was clear that opposition parties had capitalised on the weaknesses directly related to Zuma. “It is no secret that the opposition parties ran their campaigns... on national issues, especially the clumsy manner with which the ANC handled the Nkandla matter for instance and other things.

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  • Apple issues update after security flaws laid bare: media

    The company released its latest iOS version, 9.3.5, on Thursday, which the New York Times said was meant to fix three security vulnerabilities in Apple products. Those vulnerabilities had been targeted by the NSO Group, an Israeli spyware company, which has created a product that can rifle through a phone to read texts, track calls and record sounds, among other capabilities, the New York Times reported. Apple told various US media outlets that it fixed the vulnerabilities as soon it learned about them. WhatsApp plans to share your info with Facebook: 6 things you need to know  The spyware was detected when used against Ahmed Mansoor, a human rights activist in the United Arab Emirates, who has

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  • Thabo Mbeki's full letter on Zuma, Nkandla and the Constitutional Court

    The Big Read: Zuma acts the chief, scorns our rule of law The court ruled that Zuma had failed to uphold the Constitution by ignoring orders from the Public Protector that he repay some of the $16 million in state funds spent to renovate his residence at Nkandla. No duty to defend JZ, says Gwede Here is former President Thabo Mbeki's full letter on the issue: On 31 March, 2016, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng conveyed the unanimous decision of the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) in the matter of “Economic Freedom Fighters v Speaker of the National Assembly and Others; Democratic Alliance v Speaker of the National Assembly and Others [2016] ZACC 11.” This decision has evoked much understandable

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  • Listen: Zuma 'raping government of every last cent', says Gareth Cliff

    Cliff's comments come after it emerged that Gordhan had been summoned to appear before the Hawks on Thursday about allegations related to his role in the formation and activities of the so-called "rogue unit" set up when he was head of the SA Revenue Service. Gordhan, who has maintained that the setting-up of the unit was above board and had ministerial approval, said on Wednesday afternoon that he would not be complying with the summons as advised by his legal team. Euphonik, Boity and Thembisa Mdoda to 'tell-all' on new show  Weighing in on the debate surrounding the issue, Cliff levelled accusations against Zuma claiming the president is trying to "escape with as much money as he can from

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