• EFF councillors ordered to forfeit half of their salaries – report

    The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has asked its newly elected councillors to forfeit half of their salaries to help pay off the party’s election debt for a period of three months, the City Press reported at the weekend. The report said the EFF had incurred “serious debt’’ campaigning for the recent municipal elections and had taken a loan worth millions from Standard Bank to fund its campaigns. The salary cuts of all the 761 EFF councillors nationwide are expected to recover at least R24 million, and contributions will come from all councillors, including those from a ward level. The party is also planning ahead – it wants members to buy vans, and not sedans, for the 2019 general election campaigning and for the servicing of their constituencies.

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  • ANC arrogance like Maphatsoe’s is partly why Ronnie Kasrils left the party

    THE defamation suit brought by former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils against deputy defence minister Kebby Maphatsoe was stood down until Tuesday morning after the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) was joined by other parties as defendants in the action. Kasrils is suing Maphatsoe‚ who is also chairman of the MKMVA‚ for a statement he made two years ago that Kasrils gave instructions to the young woman‚ known as "Khwezi"‚ who said President Jacob Zuma raped her in 2005. Both Kasrils and Maphatsoe were present in court. After the case had been postponed‚ Kasrils said he had gone to court because he had been maligned‚ with Maphatsoe calling him the enemy of the people and accusing him of working for imperialist agencies.

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  • '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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  • Swaziland queen flees to South Africa

    The sixth wife of Swaziland's King Mswati III has bought a house in South Africa and fled to the neighbouring country after leaving the monarch a few months ago, a close family source said. Angela Dlamini, known as LaGija, sought refuge with South African family members in the upmarket Sun City tourist resort north of the capital Pretoria. "She will be coming to Johannesburg to see the new house that she bought. This means she has officially left the royal family. She is too emotionally wrecked and mentally fatigued after years of abuse from the royal family members," a source close to the queen told AFP. LaGija fled the royal palace in May this year claiming years of physical and emotional abuse

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  • Hazard ahead: ANC wounded, Zuma unpredictable, Gordhan targeted

    South Africa was very much in a holding pattern during the local government elections period. Politicians were out on the campaign trail and the country was on autopilot. It was also risky to make any controversial moves that might affect voter sentiment. But now that the elections have passed and the councils have all been established, it is back to business. And in this country, back to business in politics means back to scheming, skulduggery and powermongering.  It should be no big surprise that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and former SARS officials Ivan Pillay, Johann van Loggerenberg and Pete Richer have been asked to present themselves to the Hawks headquarters in Pretoria on Thursday.

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  • There won’t be runaway Sundowns train this season – Baxter

    Mamelodi Sundowns ran away with the Premier Soccer League title last season, winning the championship by 71 points, opening a 14-point gap in the process, but their rival coach insists that their neighbours will not repeat that feat. “I don’t think there will be a runaway team this year. I think there are too many teams with too much to prove this season,” says SuperSport United’s two-time Premier Soccer League winning coach Stuart Baxter. With the introduction of Baroka FC and Highlands Park this season, who were both promoted from the National First Division, and the league’s newest franchise in Cape Town City, Baxter reckons that this season will be a tougher affair than usual. “There are

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  • Zuma calls on black voters to ‘counteract’ whites

    Durban - President Jacob Zuma has called on black people to think about their poverty and use their majority to counteract white voters’ motives during local government elections. He said while black people were normally lazy to register for elections or to vote, white people always liked to do so in large numbers “for their own interest, which I don’t know”. “Vote is important for black people because they are suffering. It is also important for white people for their own reasons,” he said. Although he avoided telling black people to vote for the ANC, he said were they to do so in large numbers, the government would be able to bring about changes that would benefit them.    Also: SA deserves

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  • Turkey vows action after wedding attack - World News

    Ankara/Istanbul - Turkey vowed on Monday to “completely cleanse” Islamic State militants from its border region after a suicide bomber suspected of links to the group killed 54 people, including 22 children, at a Kurdish wedding. Saturday's attack in the south-eastern city of Gaziantep is the deadliest in Turkey this year. President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday it was carried out by a suicide bomber aged between 12 and 14, adding that initial evidence pointed to Islamic State. But speaking to reporters in Ankara on Monday Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said it was too early to verify the organisation responsible or whether the attack was carried out by a child. A senior security official told

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  • Mozambique: Zimbabwe Style Land Occupation in Maputo

    An abandoned eucalyptus plantation 30 km from the centre of Maputo has been occupied in an organised way by people who are quickly building houses, in a form similar to the organised land occupations in Zimbabwe and Brazil. The 1230 hectare (ha) plantation 30 km from of the centre of Maputo is on the N1 just before Marracuene and was FAO project FO-2 in the 1980s to grow woodfuel for Maputo; it was abandoned with other FAO projects during the war. In 1998 there was a public tender and the land was given to a company called Milhulamente; although land cannot be sold, company spokesman Isidro Macaringue said Milhulamente paid $64,169 for the land. Finally in 2009 it obtained a DUAT (land use title)

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  • Now, Hawks take aim at Gerrie Nel

    Johannesburg - Controversial Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza is gunning for top prosecutor Gerrie Nel, who is largely credited with ensuring Oscar Pistorius was convicted for Reeva Steenkamp’s murder. Ntlemeza is understood to be implicating Nel in the controversy over the alleged “rogue” unit at the South African Revenue Service. The Sunday Independent has been told that the Hawks have launched a probe into Nel for possible contravention of the Public Finance Management Act. It is alleged he approved a payment of R1.5 million to a member of the unit to install spying equipment in the offices of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) offices. Nel scored a major victory when the Constitutional Court

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  • Myeni’s salary is too much – Tinkler

    Cape Town City coach Eric Tinkler is keen on signing transfer listed Orlando Pirates winger Sifiso Myeni, but the former Bafana Bafana international says the midfielder’s wages are a bit high to match. Tinkler is obviously speaking from a well-informed position, as he was in charge of the Mayfair-based side last season, where he managed Myeni. “So to try and take him to the club [Cape City], it will be extremely difficult because of his [financial] expectations,” he added.

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  • Pyramid scams thriving in SA

    Hattingh was responding to questions about reports this week that the NCC has concluded a preliminary investigation into nine suspected pyramid schemes and subsequently handed them over to the commercial crimes unit. “Fraud can be investigated only by the police. We assisted them in identifying the characteristics of a pyramid scheme … but only legitimate businesses can be taken to the tribunal,” Hattingh says. The tribunal was established to adjudicate on allegations of business practices that are prohibited in terms of the CPA and the National Credit Act. Applications can be brought by the NCC. The NCC investigation into the schemes began last year and stemmed from concerns raised by the South

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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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  • There was no R5 million comrades‚ says Gigi Lamayne

    Female rapper Gigi Lamayne who is one of the artists who were caught in the crossfire during the war between EFF leader Julius Malema and Mabala Noise owner Reggie Nkabinde has some strong opinions about the backlash. Mabala Noise and it’s string of artists have been hogging headlines ever since Julius publicly accused Reggie of being embroiled in ‘dodgy tender processes’ and paying artists ‘no less than R5 million.’ Days later Reggie called an urgent press conference where he rubbished the allegations‚ however‚ the EFF on Thursday announced that it had opened a case of fraud and racketeering against the entertainment company. Various artists belonging to the stable including Riky Rick and Khanyi

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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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  • Rand plunges after Gordhan report

    Johannesburg - South Africa's rand plunged nearly three percent on reports that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan had been ordered to report to a special police unit by the end of the week. The rand sank to a three-week low before recovering slightly. At 1715 GMT, it was 2.5 percent lower at 13.9200 per dollar, its weakest since August 3. National treasury spokeswoman Phumza Macanda confirmed that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan received correspondence from the special police unit, the Hawks. A local news site reported that he had been told to report to the police unit. The Hawks are investigating a surveillance unit within the South African Revenue Service set up in 2007 when Gordhan was the commissioner

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  • Babes Wodumo issues an apology after failing to pitch at Newcastle event

    Babes Wodumo and West Ink Records have issued an apology to a slew of fans who were left disappointed over the weekend after the singer failed to pitch for an event at Scrapyard Lounge based in Newcastle‚ KZN. Taking to her Instagram account‚ the Wololo hitmaker shared an apology statement from her record label‚ West Ink Records‚ which claims that “unforeseen logistical difficulties” made it impossible for Babes to make it to the event. “We would like to extend our most profound and sincere apologies on Babes Wodumo’s failure to show up at last night’s show‚” the statement reads. Unforeseen logistical difficulties saw all the artist’s efforts to make it to the show defeated. The situation was

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  • South Africa: DA Demands Answers to Zuma's Parastatal Power Grab

    The DA will be submitting written parliamentary questions both to the Presidency and the Minister of Finance regarding the absurd Cabinet decision to place President Zuma in charge of overseeing all strategic decisions related to state owned entities. This is manifestly irrational for the simple reason that President Zuma has no mandate to directly oversee state entities given that he has Cabinet appointments in Ministers Lynne Brown and Pravin Gordhan who are paid in excess of R4 million per annum between them to carry out this very function. This ill-conceived decision by Cabinet will effectively hamstring both Minister Brown and Minister Gordhan even further and block them from fixing our beleaguered state entities as they have to committed to doing.

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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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  • 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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