• 'He banna!' Arthur Mafokate shocks Malema

    EFF leader Julius Malema reacted with shock after kwaito star Arthur Mafokate congratulated the man expected to be elected late on Monday as the new mayor of Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba. Mafokate, a die-hard ANC supporter, congratulated Mashaba, who the EFF has openly declared their antagonism towards. Malema responded, saying ‘he banna!’, a Sesotho phrase normally used when someone is shocked. The kwaito star congratulated the Black Like Me entrepreneur, saying he had fond memories of Mashaba who used to sponsor artists such as himself. “Wow! Bra Herman Mashaba who used to sponsor us as dancers is about to be a Mayor of the most powerful city in Africa 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 #JoburgMayor,” said Mafokate.

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  • Mbeki's letter to the ANC

    The full text of a controversial letter former president Thabo Mbeki addressed to ANC President Jacob Zuma. Comrade President, I imagine that these must be especially trying times for you as president of our movement, the ANC, as they are for many of us as ordinary members of our beloved movement, which we have strived to serve loyally for many decades. I say this to apologise that I impose an additional burden on you by sending you this long letter. I decided to write this letter after I was informed that two days ago, on October 7, the president of the ANC Youth League and you the following day, October 8, told the country, through the media, that you would require me to campaign for the ANC

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  • Luvo Manyonga broke a deal with the devil and decided to jump rather than die

    If you had asked Luvo Manyonga’s friends and family two years ago where they saw the now 25-year-old in 2016, some might have replied: “dead.” On Saturday night, the prodigal son lived up to the potential he had shown during his junior career. On the biggest stage in the world, it was the biggest performance of his life. And if this was anything to go by, the best is yet to come. Four years ago, Manyonga’s life was in near ruins. He has said that he was ten or maybe even five percent away from death. He was on regular dates with the devil in the shape of a lightbulb and white crystals. The devil’s name was meth. Having emerged as a young star during the 2010 IAAF Junior World Championships, where

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  • UK move to bar SA preacher Angus Buchan

    Durban - British lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) organisations want KwaZulu-Natal preacher Angus Buchan barred from preaching at events in the UK. They are unhappy with some of his alleged homophobic and misogynistic comments in the past. According to his website, Buchan’s events in the UK are meant to begin in England on Sunday and include visits to Scotland, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. His stay will conclude with a Mighty Men conference in North Yorkshire between August 26 and 28. Approached for comment about the controversy on Thursday, a representative of his church, Shalom Ministries, said Buchan was unavailable as he was filming his Grassroots

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  • Kebby admits he ran away from MK camp

    Kebby Maphatsoe, the deputy defence minister who accused Thuli Madonsela of being a CIA spy, yesterday admitted he had run away from an ANC military camp during the struggle days. It was during his escape that he lost his right arm, he told the Sunday Times in an interview yesterday. He was shot by soldiers of the Ugandan army. "My escape was for a good intention, I am not a sell-out." said Maphatsoe, who was accused this week by MK veterans of ducking duty. He said conditions in the ANC camp in Uganda were "unbearable". He said he left due to excessive punishment, poor conditions and inadequate food at the camp, in order to report these to senior ANC leaders in South Africa. Previously, there

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  • BREAKING: SARS Wars Endgame – Hawks order Pravin Gordhan and others to “present” themselves

    The convoluted SARS “rogue unit” saga appears to be heading for a dramatic climax as the Hawks are poised to finally make a much anticipated move on Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan this week. This in spite of Gordhan's answering of 27 questions personally delivered by the Hawks head Lieutenant-General Mthandazo Ntlemeza in February with regard to the so-called “rogue unit” in SARS. Gordhan has for some time, since his reinstatement as Minister of Finance in December after President Jacob Zuma's disastrous firing of Nhlanhla Nene, been viewed as an obstacle thwarting the interests of individuals linked to Zuma including SAA's Dudu Myeni, current SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane as well as the Gupta family's interest in the country's nuclear deal, among countless other.

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  • Malema's 'Ndlozi rape accuser' tweet has SA guessing

    The man who he said had accused Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Mbuyiseni Ndlozi of rape and murder had apparently retracted his statements “without reservation”, but only because of an apparent legal threat by a top lawyer. Malema tweeted a screenshot from ANC supporter Thami “Cool Razo” Mthimkhulu’s Twitter account apologising to Ndlozi. Mthimkhulu said: “I retract without reservation all defamatory tweets I posted suggesting that Mr Ndlozi is a rapist and murderer. I apologise to him for all the harm caused by my tweets.” It’s unclear whether Mthimkulu really was responsible for the Ndlozi rape rumours and why he apologised. When The Citizen sent an email to him for comment, his response to

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  • WATCH: Papa Pope threatens Trevor Noah before his show

    We’ve watched this video of Joe Morton, aka Command or Papa Pope, and Trevor Noah a million times and we still think it’s hilarious. The video posted on The Daily Show‘s Facebook page in May shows Papa Pope doing what he does best: making threats and just telling the other person they’re not good enough. This time, it was not Olivia on the receiving end but our poor Trevor Noah and there was no Huck to save him. He walked backstage with a smile on his face, ready to meet Papa Pope, and asked him if he was ready for the show. Let’s just say the response he got was not what he was expecting. We must say though, their acting was brilliant. How they managed to keep a straight face, we have no idea.

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  • DA MP a liar and a fraud

    In her profile on the DA website, she claims she was "born in 1983 in Nelspruit but spent my early childhood in Swaziland and Belgium". Asked to comment on her party spokeswoman being caught out in a lie, DA leader Helen Zille said: "Why is this an issue?" When Zille was informed that the constitution required that all South African MPs be either South African or naturalised citizens and that her spokeswoman was neither, she said she was out of the country and "cannot deal with this from here". A Sunday Times investigation has established that: Phumzile Van Damme was born in Nazarene Hospital, now known as Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital, in Manzini, Swaziland, in 1983; Her mother, Lynette van

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  • Government to pay R1 billion for Mala Mala game reserve

    The deal between Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti and multimillionaire lodge owner Michael Rattray will wipe out a vast chunk of the national Land Claims Commission budget for the year. The system was set up to restore white-owned land to black South Africans forcibly dispossessed under apartheid, but this huge deal could result in a major setback for land reform throughout South Africa. The Mpumalanga community that stands to benefit from the deal said that paying the land owners market value would seriously impede land reform, and that it was "unfair to offer such an owner full market value for the property, as he would then benefit twice from apartheid". If successful, it will dwarf all past land claims.

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  • Being told you are ugly is not nice, says Muvhango's Maumela Mahuwa

    In a revealing interview with Drum magazine Maumela shared painful memories of how she's had to deal with people calling her 'ugly' for most of her life. Maumela revealed that looking back at what she calls her "dark past" she realises that it "overshadowed" her life until she made numerous changes. "Being told you are ugly is not nice. Maumela explained that as a child she was told that she was too dark, her nose is flat and her lips are too big.

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  • New Tshwane administration faces first protest

    Japan on Monday reacted with a mix of surprise, delight and cynicism at the sight of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dressed up as video game icon Super Mario in a comical cameo at the close of the Rio Olympics.

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  • 'EFF sold my vote' accusation angers Ndlozi

    National spokesperson of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Mbuyiseni Ndlozi has slated those who are accusing the party of “selling” their votes. Following the results of the 2016 local government elections where no party won an outright majority, the EFF refused to go into coalition with what they call “a racist party”, the DA, but they nevertheless decided to vote for the DA so they could unseat the ANC. During interviews last week, EFF leader Julius Malema confirmed that “ideologically speaking”, there was no difference between the ANC and the DA, but the DA was “a better devil”. Now their alleged voters have accused the EFF on Twitter of selling their votes to the DA, which now controls

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  • Cast resignations! Dropping numbers! Is this the end for 7de Laan?

    The SABC 2 soapie has been hit by several big changes over the last few months, leaving it remarkably different and facing an unclear future. Mass Exodus For a start, the soapie has recently experienced some of its biggest departures in recent history. No less than ten main actors have left the show since the turn of the year, including some of the show's most popular characters. Heino Smit (Altus), Deon Coetzee (Herman Croukamp) and Zane Meas (Neville Meintjies) were some of the first out of the door and were soon joined by Diaan Lawrenson (Paula), Jo da Silva (Gita) and Christo Davids (Errol). At the time of their departure both Jo and Diaan said that they would appear on the show in the future

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  • The 15 things that white people should know about black people

    Every now and again I try to use this column for the greater good of mankind. Like Superman, Batman and Catwoman (okay maybe she's not such a good example), I take my civil duties quite seriously. I've often noticed how we continuously misunderstand each other as a nation. Black people in particular, often feel as though they have to explain themselves to their fellow white brothers and sisters. This is normal for a 17-year-old democracy. However, I do believe the time has come for some things to be set straight and myths be busted. Therefore, my South African people, being the model citizen I am, I have put together a little guide which should help accelerate the positive trajectory of race

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  • Village slumbers after Caster's gold

    MOLETJIE: It’s a few hours after Caster Semenya’s glorious, golden Olympic run in far-away Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Here at her home village of Masehlong life continues as normal, as though the residents are unaware they have just been catapulted into international status. Her parents’ home on the main road of the village looks deserted; her family no doubt still fast asleep, having been up to watch their daughter and sister collect Team South Africa’s 10th medal of the 2016 Games, just the second gold. A block to the right of Semenya’s home, Caster’s great-aunt “Mma Lamola” – resplendent in her black-and-white uniform – is battling to find her way into the church. “It’s locked,” she says, upon

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  • South Africa: Cape Town Man Gives Confused Hijacker a Backhand

    A group of hijackers who thought they would get away with a snazzy sports car in Cape Town ended up dazed and empty-handed when their victim fought back. Being attacked was the last thing on JB Meyer SNR's, 52, mind as he locked up his auto repairs shop on Friday afternoon and made his way home through Uitsig. Driving his burnt orange Toyota GT86, he stopped behind a car at an intersection with his window down. "I was still having a sip of ice tea, relaxed, and they must have run from my blind side because this fist connected with my head," he told News24 on Monday. The punch gave him whiplash and left him with a loose tooth and a cut on his upper lip. Two men tried leaning in through the window

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  • Emirates’ study warns of losses to tourism

    SA WOULD lose more than 140,000 inbound foreign tourists if Emirates Airline were to halt flights to the country, an economic impact study by the airline shows. This would amount to a R2.3bn loss to SA’s economy because the airline provides "80 unique one-stop connections" to SA, it found. It commissioned the study after being embroiled in a dispute with the Department of Transport, which in 2014 tried to prevent the airline from adding a fourth daily flight between Johannesburg and Abu Dhabi. In a separate development, the airline is under investigation by the Competition Commission for abuse of dominance after allegations surfaced that the carrier offered incentives to travel agents to divert sales from competitors.

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  • EFF vows to remove councillors in alleged Joburg council bribe scandal

    The ANC's Dan Bovu allegedly offered EFF councillors money to vote for them in the council meeting. 2016 local government elections EFF Elections African National Congress 2016 Municipal Elections Dan Bovu JOHANNESBURG – The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says it will make sure councillors who are found to have accepted an alleged bribe from Housing MMC Dan Bovu to vote for the African National Congress (ANC) to retain power in Johannesburg will be removed. The EFF claims Bovu has offered several of its councillors money amounting to R500,000 in exchange for them to vote for the ANC at today’s council meeting. Bovu has yet to comment and the ANC says it’s investigating. The EFF’s Mbuyiseni Ndlozi

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  • Presidency dismisses Sunday Times report on SAA as gossip

    THE Presidency has described as "rumours and gossip" a Sunday Times report that said a standoff between President Jacob Zuma and the National Treasury is propelling South African Airways (SAA) towards an "unprecedented crisis". The newspaper said Hong Kong’s registrar of companies had given the airline until September 6 to submit its annual financial statements or face possible deregistration‚ which would mean SAA would no longer be able to fly there. The airline‚ which has endured scandal after scandal for the better part of 2016‚ is unlikely to meet this deadline as a critical R5bn guarantee from the Treasury has yet to be provided. It is understood that the reason for Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s delay in granting the money is due to a disagreement over who should lead the embattled SAA.

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