• Zimbabwe: Is Riot Police Fed On Drugs?

    The picture of a group of riot police assaulting an old woman at the entrance of Rotten Row magistrate courts in Harare on Friday leaves little doubt that these young men are fed on drugs before being deployed to crash riots. What else could explain this sickening scene where a group of eight youthful men, clad in full riot gear including riot helmets, menacing knee and shin protectors and other body armour while armed with batons, riot shields and guns, surround and brutalise this hapless old woman? The woman is on her knees, her frail arms up in a vain attempt to protect herself and apparently pleading with the police. In the picture, the police are clearly not listening to her plea of innocence and one of them is gleefully pumping his boot into the woman's backside.

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  • Sars nails Zuma’s son over fraud

    At the centre of the dispute is a raid on ATM’s cigarette manufacturing business in Pietermaritzburg in 2011. The expensive plant was imported from China. ATM was incorporated in 2009. The company is registered as manufacturing and distributing of tobacco related products. A squad of Sars officials swooped on the premises, seized goods and machinery, shutting the plant down. ATM was later allowed to operate, but the legal wrangle has continued and Zuma and his partners are now immersed in a bitter exchange with Sars officials. In legal papers which our sister paper The Sunday Independent has seen, Zuma accuses the taxman of corruption, racism and running a smear campaign against him. In an affidavit

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  • Gexit? Not so fast, Guptas

    Right now the Priority Crimes Investigation Unit (Hawks), which last week summoned Finance Minster Pravin Gordhan and other axed members of the SARS executive to their headquarters in Pretoria, is sitting on a massive “investigation” into the Gupta family’s alleged capture of the South African state through their relationship with President Jacob Zuma and the ANC. Huang was part of a delegation that accompanied President Zuma on a state visit to China in 2010. That same year the SARS National Research Group (NRG), led by Johann van Loggerenberg, initiated a probe into Huang’s Mpisi Trading, an import/export business. In 2012, 10 SARS officials were suspended following a joint investigation by

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  • Juju and the jet plane

    Mystery tycoon Mohamed Dada, who is said to be flying ANC Youth League president Julius Malema around the country in his private jet, was awarded lucrative tenders by the Limpopo Roads Department - whose projects are managed by Malema's company. Malema's Ratanang Trust owns shares in On-Point Engineering, which scored a R52-million deal to act as "project manager" for Limpopo's roads department. This effectively gave it influence over how tenders are awarded. This week the public protector, Thuli Madonsela, launched a probe into On-Point Engineering as evidence mounted of businessmen giving kickbacks to Malema's company in return for lucrative tenders. Hawks spokesman McIntosh Polela also confirmed

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  • Pastor Mboro defends his new R2 million BMW: 'God is rewarding me'

    Soon after Mboro flaunted his flashy BMW i8, which retails in the country for about R2 million, eyebrows were raised and Twitter users took to the social media platform to lambaste the pastor, with some labelling him a "false prophet." In response to the slew of backlash, Mboro explained that his latest splurge is one of the ways in which God has changed his life, after embarking on an 8-week journey, called Incredible 8 Weeks, where he apparently prayed for God to transform people's lives, including his. Pastor Mboro's brand new R2million BMW gets tongues wagging  "People don't understand how I am able to afford a BMW," he said during his radio show on Ekurhuleni's Kasie FM. "It's funny because

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  • Awestruck! Drake sings Rihanna's praises at the 2016 VMAs

    The rapper, who has been romantically linked with Rihanna, raved about the hit-maker after arriving on stage in his tuxedo with the award in his hands. Beyoncé & Adele lead MTV's VMA nominations   "She's someone I've been in love with since I was 22-years-old," Drake admitted as he delivered a lengthy and laudatory speech in honour of Rihanna following her fourth performance during the awards. "She's one of my best friends in the world. All my adult life, I've looked up to her, even though she's younger than me. She's a living, breathing legend in our industry, ladies and gentleman, the recipient of the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award for 2016, Rihanna," he added. Drake’s new album causes an online

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  • Eastern Cape ANC branches make 'Zuma-must-go' call

    The call was made in branch meetings and by the ANC Youth League at the weekend. Heated meetings in the two metros saw frustrated ANC members voicing their frustrations over Zuma's presidency. It is understood that delegates blamed Zuma's association with the Gupta family and the R246-million upgrade to his Nkandla homestead for the ANC's poor performance in the recent poll, which saw the party lose control of Nelson Mandela Bay, among others. Delegates attending the ANC Youth League general council in East London on Sunday called for Zuma's removal. The closed meeting was attended by ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe. Home Affairs Minister and ANC NEC member Malusi Gigaba and Eastern Cape

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  • WhatsApp to share info with FB

    GLOBAL messaging service WhatsApp has announced that it would start sharing the phone numbers of its users with Facebook, its parent company. Which means WhatsApp users could soon start seeing more targeted ads and Facebook friend suggestions on Facebook, based on WhatsApp information but not on the messaging service itself. The move is a subtle but significant shift for WhatsApp, used by more than 1 billion people around the world. When it was acquired by Facebook for an eye-popping $21.8bn (R313.22bn) two years ago, executives promised privacy would be safeguarded. Centre for Digital Democracy director, Jeff Chester, said this is a strong-arm tactic on the part of Facebook. “They continue on

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  • Ndlozi takes a break from politics to hit the books

    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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  • The calling: A sangoma with Wi-Fi

    "I make use of digital tools for ease of access, so that my practice is not limited only to those who can come to my home," she says. Mkhize has a website where people can get information about her talks and products and an online calendar for booking Skype and phone consultations. She also uses Twitter and Facebook. Mkhize will talk about the ancestral calling in Johannesburg at The Victory Theatre on Saturday and at Durban's KwaMuhle Museum on September 9. She says the talk will address ancestral and spiritual callings in relation to mental health issues. "There is a lot of confusion and misinformation which conflate ubizo [a calling] with mental health issues. The misconceptions continue to

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  • EFF uses Pretoria girls hair protest to show up ‘scared ANC’

    The EFF used the "protest by girls at Pretoria Girls High" to attack the ANC for being "afraid to implement the wishes of our people as prescribed in the Freedom Charter which they have so boldly declared theirs". The party’s acting spokesperson‚ Fana Mokoena‚ on Monday said the "EFF applauds the young black women who protested against their school for their racist practices". "The girls are not allowed to wear their hair naturally‚ in fact they are forced to straighten it; and their indigenous languages are suppressed‚" he said. Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi was due to visit the school to address the controversy after more than 4,500 people signed a petition calling for his intervention.

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  • Treasury’s battle with Guptas turns into open fight

    Johannesburg - The battle over the coal contracts between Eskom and the Guptas, which the National Treasury is investigating, has blown into an open fight. This followed Treasury’s surprise revelation on Monday that the Guptas were taking it to court to block the release of the report into the politically connected family's coal contracts with Eskom. Eskom had said on Sunday the findings by the Treasury into its coal contracts, amounting to hundreds of million of rands, was inconclusive. The power utility denied that the Treasury had finalised its probe into the contracts involving the Gupta family. The Treasury said it was surprised by Tegeta, a Gupta-owned company, was going to court to block

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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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  • OPINION: Why I won't leave the sinking ship

    Evita Bezuidenhout explains why she will not resign as a member of the ANC and leave her comrades to party. Dear Comrades I am not writing this in my personal capacity as a gogo, a citizen and a democrat, but as a member of the ANC. I have been a member since July 2014 and, as a loyal cadre, have been operational where the party has deployed me without question - in the kitchen of Luthuli House, cooking for reconciliation. I asked a simple question: “What do people think of when they see a fat politician in parliament?” They immediately think of a thin voter. And many ANC voters are poorer and thinner than ever before. All Julius Malema has to do this 2019 General Election is promise them everything

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  • Africa: How Social Media Has Changed the Way We Connect

    It is believed that technology makes the world small. Social media with various apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter among others, have influenced users worldwide. For good and bad, the arrival of the instant messaging apps on smart phones has completely revolutionised the way we connect. Esperance Nyirabaruta, a resident in Kicukiro, says the new apps on social media have eased communication because one can now tell whether someone has received a particular message sent them. "Back in the day, the only form of sending a message on a mobile telephone was a text which you can never be sure whether the intended receipt has received but with whatssap, am sure that the person has got

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  • Hawks to swoop on Gordhan - Crime & Courts

    Johannesburg - The putative charges against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan are politically motivated and a way of stopping his fight against corruption, the ANC’s tripartite alliance partner, the SACP, believes. “They are designed as a pretext to remove Comrade Gordhan from office and weaken Treasury’s struggle against corruption and corporate capture,” SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande said at a media briefing in Joburg on Sunday following the party’s central committee meeting at the weekend. This comes as the Hawks seem to have moved a step closer to arresting Gordhan after the National Prosecuting Authority confirmed it has received the docket relating to the Sars rogue unit This followed

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  • South Africa: 'Can Zuma Be Impeached?'

    A delegation of Indonesian MPs visiting Parliament on Friday asked the Constitutional Review Committee if President Jacob Zuma can be impeached. The Indonesian MPs were visiting guests of the committee this week, having asked earlier this month to sit in on a meeting to observe its processes. During the meeting, a few of the delegates seemed confused as to why the president was not removed from office following the Constitutional Court's ruling that he ignored the Public Protector's findings that he pay back a portion of the money spent on upgrading his Nkandla homestead. Speaking through an interpreter, one visiting MP wanted to know if there were no provisions in South Africa's constitution

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  • Zimbabwe: Fake Pregnancy Costs Boyfriend $50 000

    A Harare woman allegedly faked a pregnancy and has used her cousin's new-born baby to claim maintenance from her boyfriend since 2012, defrauding him of $50 000. Lilian Chitanga Marowa (44) and Shylet Taruza (31), the mother of the baby used in the alleged swindle, were facing fraud charges when they appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Tendai Mahwe. They were granted $100 bail each. As part of their bail conditions, the two were ordered to report to CID Serious Fraud once every Friday, reside at their addresses and not to interfere with witnesses. Allegations are that sometime in 2012, Marowa and Taruza connived and devised a plan to swindle the complainant. Marowa, it is alleged, lied to Spencer

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  • Africa: Importing Food 'Harming' Africa

    Despite agriculture employing more than 80 per cent of the African population, the continent generates only 10 per cent of global agricultural output. Yet another shocking reality is that Africa still spends $35 billion a year on importing food, despite having a quarter of the world's arable land, according to latest findings from the UN's International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Kanayo F. Nwanze, president of IFAD, said the money Africa spends on food imports would have been used to create more and improved jobs in agriculture. Nwanze, who is expected to be part of the ongoing sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), which opens today in Nairobi, Kenya,

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  • Zuma's monster cabinet to cost SA R1bn

    He has added two ministries . His cabinet is one of the biggest in the world - he has more cabinet ministers than the US, Germany and Japan, all of which have much bigger economies and broader tax bases. South Africa now has 35 ministers, each of whom earns about R2.1-million a year. T he 37 deputy ministers will each earn R1.7-million. Zuma earns about R2.62-million a year and his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, gets R2.36-million . Economist Mike Schussler said: "I'm not sure if a bigger cabinet is going to make a difference or just add to the cost of government." The budget for The Presidency has soared from R257-million in 2007, during president Thabo Mbeki's tenure, to R329-million in 2009. Kgalema

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