• '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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  • Another twist in Zuma corruption saga

    Zuma is seeking leave to appeal the recent judgment handed down by a full bench of the High Court in Pretoria, which reinstated the 783 fraud, racketeering and corruption charges controversially withdrawn by former National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Mokotedi Mpshe, paving the way for him to become president in 2009. The full bench of the North Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) fully ventilated the issues and they too came to the determination that an appeal to the SCA would be unsuccessful,” Selfe said. Zuma argued that it was a breach of the separation of powers doctrine for a court to determine whether a prosecution should be discontinued or not, as this prerogative vested with the NPA.

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  • Zuma takes charge of state-owned entities – but where does this leave Ramaphosa?

    Like infrastructure, SOEs have long been placed at the heart of government’s economic and transformative policies. But many are deeply troubled. SAA under chairwoman Dudu Myeni, who also chairs the Jacob Zuma Foundation, remains technically insolvent without a R5-billion government guarantee that National Treasury in these tough economic times is reluctant to hand over. Previous guarantees dating back years have not returned the national airline to financial health. There are issues at Denel, embroiled in controversy over a joint venture with a company with links to the Gupta family and its associates. The Spanish locomotive scandal still hangs over the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa).

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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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  • Treasury confirms Gordhan seeking legal advice after Hawks’ summons

    The Hawks have been investigating the nature and conduct of an alleged covert investigating unit at Sars. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan SARS SARS rogue intelligence unit Breaking News PRETORIA - The Treasury has confirmed to Eyewitness News that the Hawks have contacted Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan but he is seeking legal advice on this latest development.  It’s being reported that the finance minister and former South African Revenue Service (Sars) employees have been asked to report to the Hawks later this week.  The Daily Maverick is reporting that Gordhan, Ivan Pillay and Johan van Loggerenberg have been asked to provide warning statements to detectives.  The Hawks have been investigating

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  • "He pursued me for a long time"- Bonang on how AKA wooed her

    There’s no doubt that AKA and Bonang have quickly won over the hearts of fans earning them the title of SA’s power couple. Even though their romance was marred with controversy at the beginning- all of that is in the past and these days they’re the envy of many. In their first official interview with YOU magazine Bonang and AKA revealed intimate details about their whirlwind romance‚ with the rapper explaining how he wooed his queen. Speaking about their first date together‚ Bonang said there was loads of flowers and balloons. But where did they go? On their first official date together AKA took B to Orient in Melrose Arch. “He pursued me for a long time. And he’s very romantic‚ quite the spoiler‚

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Muthambi faces grilling over Motsoeneng’s Multichoice bonus

    Hlaudi Motsoeneng “most certainly does not deserve a bonus”. “He must be fired‚” demanded the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) Phumzile van Damme‚ who will‚ on Tuesday‚ question Communications Minister Faith Muthambi about whether SABC COO Motsoeneng will be awarded a bonus. “According to media reports‚ acting SABC CEO‚ James Aguma‚ wants to pay Motsoeneng a bonus for negotiating a deal between the SABC and Multichoice‚ three years ago‚” she said. “Not only has the SABC been rocked by scandal after scandal with Motsoeneng at the helm‚ he has overseen the financial mismanagement of the public broadcaster. The SABC is expected to make losses of over a billion for the 2015/16 financial year.” Van Damme

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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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  • Billions of rands leave SA under the radar

    A Washington DC research and advocacy group, Global Financial Integrity, believes South Africa suffered "illicit financial flows" totalling more than $122-billion between 2003 and the end of 2012. Though not all of this money would have found its way into the state's coffers, some of it should have benefited the fiscus. In 2012 alone $29.1-billion left the country under the radar. Only nine other developing countries bled more capital than South Africa that year. As a proportion of the size of the economy, South Africa's illicit financial flows came to 7.6%, nearly twice the average for developing countries. Illicit financial flows are a form of capital flight, according to Dev Kar and Joseph

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  • 'Marikana nothing compared to what whites did to us'

    The only thing the Economic Freedom Fighters gave to the Democratic Alliance is credibility. This was according to ANC supporter and poet Ntsiki Mazwai in a Twitter debate on whether the EFF should have backed the DA in Tshwane. “For one…eff just empowered them…and they have free reign to influence the narrative now,” she tweeted, further saying what the country needed was a leader who grew up in money and among white people “but who is radically pan africanist”. In a series of tweets and responses to her followers, Mazwai says that when a brother messes up, one does not team up with his enemies to teach him a lesson, referring to blacks who voted for DA “to teach the party a lesson”. “I would

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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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  • What’s in Mgosi in this week?

    Here is what you will find in your Mgosi inside Phakaaathi, a 16-page soccer publication available as a stand-alone on Tuesdays.

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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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  • Manchester giants top the table after week two

    United got week two of the league underway with a 2-0 win over Southampton at Old Trafford. Manchester United Premier League Zlatan Ibrahimovic Manchester Paul Pogba JOHANNESBURG – Manchester City and Manchester United have continued their perfect starts to the 2016/2017 English Premier League season with two wins apiece, scoring a combined total of 11 goals and conceding three between them. United got week two of the league underway with a 2-0 win over Southampton at Old Trafford, Zlatan Ibrahimovic showing his class again by netting both goals for the Red Devils. Ibrahimovic put his side in the lead with a towering header in the first half and then sealed the deal from the penalty spot in the

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