• Ministers: we will quit if Zuma stays

    The ministers made the dramatic threat on the sidelines of a tense extended national executive (NEC) committee meeting. The threat can be viewed as a pre-emptive strike against Zuma, who has been planning a Cabinet reshuffle to purge his political opponents. The ministers are known to Business Day. It is understood a stalemate in the meeting prompted ANC Northern Cape chairman Zemani Saul to propose a "compromise".

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  • South Africa: President 'Sold Out' Castro

    President Jacob Zuma has sold out Fidel Castro and has no right to be paying tribute to the Cuban revolutionary, EFF leader Julius Malema said on Thursday. "Who are you to say Fidel must rest in peace when you sold him out?" Malema asked at a memorial service the EFF held in Soweto. He spoke at length about the ideals Castro represented which he wanted the EFF to emulate. These included Castro's approach to education, health care, and land. "Like Fidel, we are not fighting. This is a sensible argument. No guns, not fighting, just asking you to return land to its rightful owners." He criticized the ANC for abandoning Castro's ideals. "Why would the ANC stand up and celebrate Fidel? They sold out

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  • My baptism of fire, says Mkhwebane - Crime & Courts

    Cape Town - Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane says the first six weeks of her tenure have been “bumpy and rocky” as she continues to face heavy criticism from some MPs. Mkhwebane has been under fire since taking over from Thuli Madonsela in October, with some accusing her of favouring President Jacob Zuma and defying MPs. Mkhwebane has also faced tough questioning after reports claiming she laid a criminal charge against her predecessor. This was after a recording of Madonsela’s interview with Zuma on state capture was released to a television news channel. MPs expressed their dissatisfaction at Mkhwebane’s response to a request to appear before Parliament’s ad hoc committee looking into the

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  • WATCH: Here's what went down when EFF members visited the Prophet of Doom

    Prophet Lethebo of Mount Zion General Assembly, who has been making headlines for spraying insect repellent on members of his congregation, seems unfazed by the criticism he's received. The prophet shared a video of what went down between churchgoers and members of the EFF recently. "As the EFF tried to stop the main service. As the eff tried to stop the main service.

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  • The phenomenon of skin lightening: Is it right to be light?

    Some chemicals commonly used to bleach skin have been banned yet they still find their way into the hands of consumers in South Africa. Research published in the latest edition of the South African Journal of Science cites a recent study of 600 women of African and Indian ancestry in which 33% confirmed using various cosmetics to lighten their skin. The study was done in South Africa. "The motivation driving the practice is often the desire to lighten one’s skin because of a perceived notion of increased privileges‚ higher social standing‚ better employment and increased marital prospects associated with lighter skin‚” said the journal. "This perception‚ coupled with influential marketing strategies

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  • Guess who Zuma's rooting for in SARS battle with Gordhan

    This from Linda Ensor's story for our sister newspaper, Business Day. "Replying in writing to a question by DA finance spokesman David Maynier about whether SARS has any specialised investigating unit similar to the now disbanded high-risk investigation unit, Gordhan provided the information supplied to him by SARS, cautioning that the ministry could not verify its accuracy 'because of lack of accountability and co-operation from the SARS top management'. "Such a qualification is unprecedented in ministerial replies to parliamentary questions. "It indicates that the relationship between the two men has reached rock bottom." The "two men" are Gordhan and SARS commissioner Tom Moyane. I hate to

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  • Mogoeng: Clean governance & doing away with corruption in SA nonnegotiable

    JOHANNESBURG – Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng says clean good governance and a complete doing away of corruption for South Africa is nonnegotiable. He says South Africa needs to face these issues without comprise if there is to be a future for it. The Chief Justice was speaking at the Unisa School of Business Leadership’s award giving ceremony in Kyalami. Mogoeng says leaders must not deviate from dealing with issues that affect people for the sake of self-interest. The Chief Justice was being awarded the School of Business Leadership award, under the theme Justice Preserved. He says the kind of corruption South Africa is experiencing shocks him because there is enough for everyone. “It’s not

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  • Capital punishment: A thin line between life and death

    For 28 years, Anthony Ray Hinton woke up every day in a 5ft by 7 ft death cell. From that cramped space, he saw 54 men being led to the execution chamber, where electrocution put an end to their lives. The next day the air would be thick with the smell of burnt human flesh. Awaiting your death in prison is a horrible fate for anyone, but having to survive in those circumstances while you’re innocent, like Hinton, is unimaginably harsh and cruel. According to the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), who assisted Hinton in proving his innocence and securing his release, 152 people have thus far been wrongfully convicted to death. Polls in this country consistently reveal a majority of South Africans

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  • Zimbabwe: Man Jumps to Death From Moving Bus

    Victoria Falls — A man from Matobo District in Matabeleland South Province allegedly committed suicide by throwing himself headlong through the window of a moving bus near a tollgate at Dinde area outside Hwange on Wednesday night. Police have identified the deceased as Nkululeko Ndlovu (42) from Gulathi Village in Matobo District. Ndlovu was a passenger in an Extra City Bus, which was heading towards Bulawayo, en-route to Harare from Hwange where it had departed at 9pm. Police spokesperson for Matabeleland North Province Sergeant Namatirai Mashona confirmed the incident, which was reported as sudden death. "We received a report of sudden death by jumping through the window of an Extra City Bus

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  • South African cave pebble outshines treasures at British Museum

    It is the Makapansgat pebble, on display for the first time in its three-million-year history, curators reckon - an object that, in its own way, outshines the other treasures in the museum's halls. Experts theorise a very early ancestor of humans, Australopithecus africanus, picked up the pebble and took it home, mainly because it was interested in a pattern of lines on the surface that, even today, look startlingly like a face. "This is an example of early curiosity, a pre-cursor to true art that some people have called the earliest piece of art of anywhere in the world, the earliest piece of found art," said John Giblin, co-curator of the show "South Africa: the Art of a Nation". The naturally-formed pebble - also known as the stone of many faces - was found in Makapan valley in Limpopo province near some Australopithecus remains in the 1920s, several kilometres away from its likely source.

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  • SARS hits back at Gordhan’s ‘aspersions’

    Tension between the South African Revenue Service (SARS) and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan mounted on Thursday‚ with the tax agency issuing a statement in which it noted “with dismay” what it said was the unjustified accusation that its leadership lacked accountability. Gordhan made the comment earlier this week in his reply to a parliamentary question by DA finance spokesman David Maynier. SARS informed Gordhan for the purpose of his reply to Maynier that it did not have a specialised investigating unit similar to the covert “rogue” unit which has caused such a controversy over the past year. The existence of this unit when Gordhan was the SARS commissioner led to his being hounded by the

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  • Mkhwebane defends legal action against Madonsela

    CAPE TOWN - Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane says she lodged a criminal complaint against her predecessor Thuli Madonsela to protect the credibility of her office. Mkhwebane was speaking on the sidelines of a 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children event in Khayelitsha on Thursday. She's taken action against Madonsela over the apparent leaking of audio clips of three interviews, one of them between the president and her predecessor, linked to the probe into state capture. The audio was released and disproved Zuma's claims that he did not get a chance to give his side of the story on state capture allegations. Mkhwebane says the "leak" can damage the chapter nine institution's

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  • Bafana coach Mashaba’s DC hearing postponed

    Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba’s disciplinary hearing has been postponed to next week after he and his legal team called for extra time. The South African Football Association’s disciplinary committee hearing was set to be heard from Thursday‚ with an outcome expected next week. But at Mashaba’s request the hearing‚ originally postponed from last week‚ was held back again‚ said Safa communications head Dominic Chimhavi. “The coach requested the postponement. He said he needed more time to gather his defence‚” Chimhavi said on Thursday afternoon. “The coach arrived [for the hearing] with his legal team‚ and they said they wanted a postponement to organise their defence further.”

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  • Coalition politics‚ does it work? Here is the answer after 100 days in SA

    After governing in coalition for 100 days‚ opposition parties are confident that their model of coalition governance could be the way forward in the 2019 elections. Briefing the media on their first 100 days in office in the Johannesburg‚ Tshwane‚ and Nelson Mandela Bay metros plus other municipalities across the country‚ the parties said it was a case of “so far so good“. Present were the DA‚ the IFP‚ UDM‚ FF+‚ the ACDP and Cope. The EFF did not enter coalitions after the August 3 election‚ but agreed to co-operate. IFP chief whip Narend Singh said‚ “we are convinced we did the right thing for the right reasons“. The party won six municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal outright and govern four more

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  • Dad shot dead after struggle with intruders

    Durban - Gary Mackay died a hero, trying to protect his wife and two children at their Duncan Road, Westville, home on Saturday. Three intruders shot him in his abdomen, before fleeing with items from the house. The 35-year-old web company manager heard noises in his home at about 4am. Curious, he went to check what was going on downstairs. He was confronted by the three armed men and after a struggle, he was shot. His wife, Symone, and his two children, aged 19 months and four years, were awake upstairs. After shooting Mackay, the criminals held Symone at knifepoint while they stole goods from the house. His father-in-law, Orlando Pereira, said everyone was in shock. “Gary was an active, social

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  • South Africa: Motsoeneng's How-to Guide On Saving Nation

    SABC acting head of corporate affairs Hlaudi Motsoeneng waxed lyrical on job creation, business economics and empowerment at an ANCYL KwaZulu-Natal lecture on economic freedom in Durban on Thursday night. The agenda was set early in the evening when the ANCYL in eThekwini backed Motsoeneng to be voted onto the ANC's national executive committee (NEC) in 2017. Motsoeneng weighed in on race relations and gave suggestions for what he would do if he were the country's president. "There is no problem when it comes to white people. There are problems with black people. Black people are in charge and they can't complain about transformation when they are in charge of transformation themselves," he said.

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  • Ancestors have turned against ANC: EFF

    Rustenburg – The ancestors have turned against the African National Congress, mourners at former Rustenburg councillor and freedom fighter Rocky Malebana-Metsing’s memorial heard on Thursday. “The ancestors have turned their back on the ANC, the trouble in the ANC is clear indication that God and the gods have turned against the ANC,” said Abinaar Matlhako, Economic Freedom Fighter councillor in Rustenburg. “The ANC owes Rocky Malebana-Metsing an apology, the municipality stopped his salary from June until August, now in November you came here and tell us that Rocky, was a great man, you are telling us a lie. The municipality docked his salary unlawfully, please pay back Rocky’s money and other

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  • Maguvhe applies to interdict inquiry into his fitness to be SABC board member

    Maguvhe also wants the members of parliament who serve on the ad hoc committee “disqualified” from being members of the ad hoc committee set up to probe the SABC board’s fitness to hold office. In his last ditch effort to have the inquiry halted‚ Maguvhe states in court papers lodged with the Western Cape High Court on Monday that the ad hoc committee‚ chaired by ANC MP Vincent Smith‚ should be “reconstituted”. But Maguvhe will have to wait a bit longer after the matter was postponed to Friday. Maguvhe sought an order “directing that the ad hoc committee on the SABC is suspended and prohibited from continuing to perform the inquiry until the National Assembly has complied with order in paragraph

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  • We’re throwing money away on plastic bags

    Consumer watchdog Georgina Crouth investigates. In 2003, it was hoped the situation would be transformed with the introduction of the plastic bag tax. It started out, as many things tend to, with the best of intentions: the plastic bag tax would be introduced to reduce consumption and litter and be used for the greater good. Dr Linda Godfrey from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) explained: “According to the Memorandum of Agreement that was put in place between the (then) Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, organised labour and business at the start of the plastic bag levy process in South Africa, the revenue generated from the plastic bag levy was to be reinvested in the plastic recycling sector, in support of increased recycling, and with it, job creation.

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  • 7 amazing Steve Komphela quotes that should be motivational posters

    1. On an unconvincing win in a Nedbank Cup match: 2. On repeating your mistakes: 3. On keeping the hope alive: 4. On the Bafana coaching job: 5. On the nature of coaching: 6. Referring to Mamelodi Sundowns: 7. The context of this doesn't even matter - it's simply an amazing statement:   -This article was originally published on Daily Planet.

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