• Madonsela confirms private meeting with Zuma - Politics

    Parliament - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on Thursday confirmed that she had had a private meeting with President Jacob Zuma ahead of the Constitutional Court hearings this week in which he has conceded that her findings have binding force. Speaking on the red carpet, ahead of Zuma's ninth State of the Nation Address, Madonsela confirmed under urging from reporters: "We had a meeting. It was a private meeting." She declined to give further details and downplayed her wrangle with Zuma over his long-standing refusal to repay the state for luxuries added to his private home at taxpayer's expense. Zuma last week reversed his stance, and his lawyers on Tuesday confirmed in court that he was prepared

    Independent Online q
  • Mantashe calls the nation hypocrites on Nkandla

    Gwede Mantashe said apartheid architects haven’t apologised to millions of black people. Nkandla Jacob Zuma Nkandla ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe APARTHEID JOHANNESBURG – African National Congress secretary general Gwede Mantashe says it is hypocritical for South Africans to ask President Jacob Zuma to apologise over the Nkandla saga while the architects of apartheid have not done the same for the suffering of millions of black people. Earlier this week the Economic Freedom Fighters and Democratic Alliance took the president to the Constitutional Court seeking clarity over the powers of the Public Protector. The court found that Zuma failed to uphold the Constitution when he failed to

    ewn.co.za q
  • Young African Leadership Initiative asks ANC to recall Zuma for 'betraying SA and party': iLIVE

    The announcement by President Jacob Zuma to replace the finance minister has recklessly endangered the South African economy. This decision can only be described as a disaster. As representatives of a young professional generation, passionate about building a better South Africa, we call on the ANC to recall the President for the betrayal of the people of South Africa. This betrayal will be experienced differently by the rich, the middle class, and the poor; but it will negatively impact everyone. From declines in social services to sky-rocketing interest rates, life in South Africa has just become tougher.   The financial indicators of the announcement yesterday have clearly communicated the

    Times LIVE q
  • In photos: SONA 2016

    Photo: A group of around 400 Ses'khona People's Rights Movement members on Thursday demonstrated before the president's address. They were protesting against the local DA government and at one point threatened a small group of Pan Africanist Congress members for making disparaging remarks about Zuma. (Greg Nicolson) Photo: The Ses'khona demonstration was later joined by student protesters, who police had to keep separate from the Ses'khona group. (Greg Nicolson) Photo: Closer to Parliament, a rally under the banner #ZumaMustFall marched through town chanting, yep, “Zuma must fall.” (Greg Nicolson) Photo: Around 150 people joined the Zuma Must Fall march and the brief addresses focused on supporting

    Daily Maverick q
  • Malema the target of a plot - EFF - Politics

    #SONA2016 / Cape Town - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Thursday night claimed that their leader, Julius Malema, was the target of a government intelligence plot in Parliament. EFF MPs made these allegations when they were addressing their supporters in St George’s Mall in Cape Town on Thursday night after they were ejected from the State of the Nation Address (SONA) delivered by President Jacob Zuma in Parliament. Read: SONA2016: It's all about the money Secretary general of the EFF, Godrich Gardee, said the party had intelligence information that Malema has been targeted since May 2014. “On the 7th of May, 2014, the president (Malema) had to be whisked away due to an intelligence information

    Independent Online q
  • ANCYL ‘will be waiting outside for Malema’ - Special Features

    Cape Town - President of the ANC Youth League Collen Maine declared that the party’s youth would do all it could to protect the nation’s president. “We are prepared to pay the highest cost,” said Maine outside of the City Hall in Darling Street, Cape Town. This just a while before President Jacob Zuma was due to deliver his ninth State of the Nation Address (SONA). It will arguably be his most challenging yet with the Economic Freedom Fighters having already threatened to disrupt proceedings. “The Youth League called on members to come to Parliament. People are here to protect Parliament and the President,” said Maine. Maine, who earlier this month threatened the EFF with “civil war” – a statement

    Independent Online q
  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Juggles Succession Wars

    President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday attempted a balancing act to pacify feuding factions in Zanu PF who are locked in a cut-throat succession battle after he skirted around the contentious issue of factionalism despite berating bigwigs for igniting an unprecedented fight in the party, the Zimbabwe Independent has learnt. Politburo sources said the 10-hour long meeting saw sparks flying from warring members as Zanu PF tried to resolve widening fissures that have seen Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo, presidential spokesperson George Charamba and War Veterans minister Chris Mutsvangwa hurling invectives at each other in public. President Robert Mugabe and First Lady Grace Mugabe arrive for a Zanu PF politburo meeting on Wednesday at the party's headquarters in Harare.

    AllAfrica.com q
  • Govt bags P75m from foreign students – The Voice Newspaper

    Botswana has embarked on an ambitious programme to market and recruit tertiary students from Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region, as part of efforts to expand its base of international students and revenue collection. Assistant Education and Skills Development Minister Fidelis Molao made this revelation in his remarks during the official opening of Botho University Francistown campus recently, saying the recruitment drive had as of October 2015, injected P75million into government coffers. “The main objective of the programme is to make Botswana a preferred educational destination in certain niche areas,” he said adding that the idea is to ensure that the country becomes an educational hub in the near future.

    The Voice Newspaper q
  • Zuma says disruptive opposition showed 'how useless they are'

    Watch the moment EFF walked out of #SONA2016 "They are showing how useless they are, people will never vote for them," Zuma said a day after seeing his annual state of the nation address interrupted. "They don't understand democracy, how it works." "They just move with the wind when it goes this way, that way, shame on them," said Zuma. Lawmakers from the leftist Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), dressed in their uniforms of red workers' overalls and hard hats, noisily interrupted his speech for an hour before being ordered out of the chamber on Thursday night. "Zuma is no longer a president that deserves respect from anyone," EFF's firebrand leader Julius Malema yelled at the president. But Zuma

    Times LIVE q
  • Violence breaks out outside Parliament precinct ahead of #SONA2016

    Police used stun grenades to disperse EFF and ANC members who clashed on Adderley Street near Parliament on Thursday afternoon. At least four stun grenades exploded. Pictures from the scene showed people believed to be ANC supporters attacking EFF members with planks broken off public benches. Some EFF members tried to pull bricks from the paving. It is reported that the EFF members were picketing without obtaining the permit to protest and the police were pushing them away from the Parliament precinct. The police also formed a barricade between the Ses'Khona marchers and EFF members to prevent them from clashing further. The Ses'Khona marchers were given permission to march. Source: News24 Additional

    Sowetan LIVE q
  • Zimbabwe: Qatar, Etihad to Fly Into Victoria Falls

    Victoria Falls — Qatar and Etihad are among a string of global airlines lining up to start flights into Victoria Falls following the extensive upgrade of the Victoria Falls International Airport to modernise and increase its capacity. The $150 million upgrade to increase the airport's capacity and give it a new modern look has been touted as a game changer that will allow the biggest, reputable global airlines to fly into the resort town and boost arrivals. Initially designed to handle just 500 000 travellers per year, the extensive upgrades have increased the airport's capacity to 2 million while making it possible for the biggest airliners to land at the airport. The expansion followed realisation

    AllAfrica.com q
  • Woodward drops player exit hint

    Ed Woodward believes Manchester United could sell some of their unwanted players to China this summer. While much of the focus has been on a possible managerial change at Old Trafford, it is inevitable some of their players will leave the club at the end of the season. Although Louis van Gaal is not blessed with a deep squad, either he or his replacement will want to bring in new faces this summer, so some of the current crop will have to move on. Marouane Fellaini continues to be linked with a move away from the club despite returning to the starting XI for the last seven games, and others could depart. Woodward is not fazed by the prospect of losing his top stars to the Chinese Super League,

    Independent Online q
  • South Africa: 10 Moments From Sona2016 That Killed Us

    Since 2015, the State of the Nation Address has become an event marked by drama and plenty of crazy antics to look out for. AAISHA DADI PATEL rounds up the ten most ridiculous moments that had us tweeting flame emojis during #SONA2016. 1. "Honourable Malema, take a seat." The proceedings had barely begun at 7:13pm. As the speaker of the House Baleka Mbete began to introduce the president, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) were already trying to raise points of order. Her patience was obviously running thin as she remembered the events of last year, Mbete had no qualms about threatening to throw the EFF out, and told Malema to take a seat. 2. "Mr Zupta" When President Zuma tried to begin his

    AllAfrica.com q
  • End of season for Sangweni

    Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler does not expect defender Siyabonga Sangweni to return from injury this season. The former Golden Arrows defender, who last featured for the Buccaneers against Ajax Cape Town in November, has played only seven matches in the league this season and three in knockout competitions "Siya has a knee ligament injury. I don't think we will see him again for the rest of the season," said Tinkler, as he gave an update on the progress of other players who have been out on the sidelines. "Rooi Mahamutsa is still out with a hamstring. Happy Jele is doing a bit of field work now and hopefully we will have him back in a week or two. (Thandani) Ntshumayelo is down with flu

    Sowetan LIVE q
  • South Africa: Bashir Not Immune From Arrest, Appeal Court Hears

    Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was not immune from arrest when he was in South Africa last year, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein heard on Friday. The State wants the SCA to overturn a ruling by the High Court in Pretoria that the government's failure to arrest him was inconsistent with its constitutional duties. However, the South African Litigation Centre (SALC) told the court that Bashir was not immune from arrest and South Africa was supposed to be committed to bringing war crimes suspects to book. When Bashir entered South Africa last June for an African Union summit, the SALC approached the high court for an order that the government enforce an International Criminal

    AllAfrica.com q
  • Nigeria: Buhari Appoints Personal Assistant On New Media

    President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Bashir Ahmad as his Personal Assistant on New Media. Mr. Bashir, 24, is an indigene of Kano state. Until his appointment, he was the Online Editor (Hausa) for Leadership Newspaper. Mr. Bashir graduated from Bayero University Kano in 2013, with Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication. He worked as an online editor and reporter at Rariya Hausa Newspaper, before joining Leadership as an online editor. Mr. Bashir also worked as the personal assistant on new media to Sam Nda-Isaiah, the publisher of Leadership, who contested along Mr. Buhari for the All Progressives Congress, APC's presidential ticket for the 2015 election. He later served at the Buhari Support

    AllAfrica.com q
  • #Sona2016 leaves little room for finance minister to manoeuvre

    Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will deliver his budget speech at the end of this month. President Jacob Zuma Jacob Zuma SONA Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan Sona 2016 JOHANNESBURG – Based on President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address (Sona) in Parliament last night, it appears the finance minister has little room to manoeuvre ahead of his budget speech at the end of this month. While international investors will be looking to Pravin Gordhan for more clarity, emerging market economist at Nomura, Peter Attard Montalto, is warning that government needs to do more to grow the struggling economy. Montalto says government made the right noises when it comes to cutting spending. But he says

    ewn.co.za q
  • More pressure on England than SA - Abbott

    Cape Town - Now that the batting problems have been resolved, it’s time for the Proteas bowling attack to come to the party against England at the Wanderers on Friday. While AB de Villiers’ team may have conceded big totals in all three one-day internationals against England, but Kyle Abbott believes that his team have the ability to restrict them and square the series in the fourth ODI at the Bullring on Friday. After missing the 399/9 mauling at the hands of the English in Bloemfontein due to his niggling hamstring strain, seam bowler Abbott returned with relative aplomb in Port Elizabeth and Centurion to top the series bowling averages and be joint-first on the wicket-takers’ list on five.

    Independent Online q
  • Narrative accounts obsessed with the negative

    THERE are two narratives that dominate the public debate on SA and its future. The one blames all our ills on apartheid and its enduring legacy; the other casts the African National Congress (ANC) government as virtually the sole culprit. Both are partly right, but also grandly wrong. In the estimation of the average white person, the government is stuffing up just about everything. Corrupt, misguided, racist and monumentally inept, on this view it is simply a matter of time before we turn into Zimbabwe or some other hopeless banana republic. There is only one realm where President Jacob Zuma et al get any credit, and that is their stewardship of the economy. Even the most one-eyed right wingers

    Business Day Live q
  • #SONA2016 protesters show humanity - Crime & Courts

    Cape Town - During the chaos outside of Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday, strangers came together to help an injured elderly man. “Excuse me sir, may I help you?” asked a towering man in a two-tone blue shirt. He was talking to elderly African National Congress (ANC) supporter, Ntombeko Adonis, who had fallen during a scuffle between party protesters and the police. The elderly man, who was dressed smartly in a suit with his ANC t-shirt, had fallen and dislocated his shoulder. The stranger knelt down in front of the elderly man and began to explain some basic first aid. Soon, with the help of fellow ANC members and Townhouse Hotel staff, the man's arm was in a makeshift sling, made from bedsheets.

    Independent Online q