• Malema wants to shut down Pretoria to demand Zuma must go

    A prominent Nigerian asylum seeker and activist is being held in solitary at a Tokyo detention centre, a case that has highlighted a growing crackdown on foreigners living in Japan without visas and prompted demands for her release.

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  • Babes Wodumo's Wololo removed from YouTube due to copyright claim

    Babes made history this week in the local music scene, after clocking more than 2 million YouTube views on the music video for Wololo in just three months. However, a copyright claim soon showered on the song's parade as it had to be taken down on Friday, after Mausay Media asserted that one of their artists, Wyzle, released a video with the same title in December last year. Speaking to TshisaLIVE, Cobus Burger, who is the MD at Mausay Media said the issue would have been easily resolved if West Ink Records - Mampintsha's label which Babes is signed to - had responded when they tried to reach out to them. "We released a song by Wyzle in December. But after some time, we were surprised to see

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  • Save South Africa campaign calls for sacking of Abrahams‚ Moyane

    The Save South Africa campaign has called for the immediate sacking of National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Shaun Abrahams and South African Revenue Service head Tom Moyane. The campaign — which is to stage the “People’s Assembly Against State Capture” next Wednesday when Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan appears in court on fraud charges — called for Abrahams and Moyane to be dismissed because of their “criminal collusion” in manufacturing the charges against Gordhan. “Every day that passes provides further confirmation that the charges against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and former SARS official Ivan Pillay and Oupa Magashula‚ are not just politically motivated‚ but are legally without

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  • LOL! We found out #WarrapenKeegan after fight video went viral

    The video which has been circulating on all social media platforms has gone completely viral,which has resulted in the hashtag #WarrapenKeegan topping the Twitter trends list. Throughout the video all that can be heard loud and clear is 'Warrapen Keegan.' Speaking to East Coast Radio on Wednesday morning Keegan, a Tongaat resident explained what caused the fight between him and his friend. "They picked on my wife actually. We were having a few beers and a braai, and then it just got out of hand," he explained. Boity lashes out at policemen: 'Vile, blood-hungry savages'  Keegan added that he didn't want to get into details about the fight because the guy who he beat up was actually his friend.

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  • We need to work like hell - Gordhan

    Cape Town - South Africa will increase taxes and limit spending as it tries to fend off a junk credit rating after signaling it will miss budget deficit, debt and growth targets for the next three years. Additional taxes, details of which will be announced in February, will raise an extra R43 billion ($3.1 billion) over the next two years, while the government’s expenditure ceiling will be trimmed by R26 billion, the National Treasury said in its mid-term budget, released in Cape Town on Wednesday. It lowered growth forecasts until 2018 and projected wider fiscal deficits. “The numbers that we talk about here demonstrate our commitment to fiscal consolidation,” Lungisa Fuzile, the Treasury’s

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  • Black farmers: 'Foreigners are our landlords'

    Black farmers marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria yesterday to protest against the slow pace of land reform and demand better support for emergent farmers. “We are indigenous but we do not have land. Foreigners are our landlords” was on one of the placards waved by about 300 black farmers yesterday. The African Farmers’ Association of South Africa (Afasa) and Nerpo (National Emergent Red Meat Producers Organisation) say land reform is a ticking time bomb – adding that that is no exaggeration. Neither President Jacob Zuma nor his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, were available to receive the memorandum, which the farmers handed over to his office. But they warned should Zuma not call them directly

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  • Mthembu to sue Motsoeneng for defamation

    ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu has threatened to sue demoted former SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng for defamation of character after the man claimed he held a secret meeting with him in a hotel where the chief whip also got “captured”. Motsoeneng told the Gupta-sponsored TNA Business Brief on SABC2’s Morning Live yesterday morning that he held the meeting in a “captured hotel” with Mthembu. Without elaborating and in an apparent attempt to shut him up, Motsoeneng implied Mthembu was involved in a clandestine meeting where he was captured but did not state who captured the politician. Even when programme host Peter Ndoro pressed Motsoeneng to elaborate on his allegations about

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  • ANC parliamentary office lashes Hlaudi Motsoeneng over 'malicious threat' towards Jackson Mthembu

    South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) executive Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s personal attacks are testimony to the crisis at the SABC and points to the lengths he would go to abuse SABC platforms‚ the ANC in Parliament says. African National Congress parliamentary chief whip Jackson Mthembu has threatened to sue the SABC boss after reports that Motsoeneng had threatened to unveil his “files” on Mthembu. The ANC in Parliament labelled the remarks attributed to Motsoeneng as defamatory‚ malicious‚ spurious and laughable. “Our only interest is to ensure a functional‚ efficient and well-managed public broadcaster that executes its public service mandate. “By publicly and deliberately alleging otherwise‚

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  • HHP is going through a lot at the moment, says Cassper Nyovest

    HHP, or Jabba as he is affectionately known, has had a rollercoaster last few months. In April, the star revealed that he had tried to commit suicide at least three times last year. He later booked himself into rehab to detox himself from antidepressants. To add to the pain, HHP's hardrive with all his "life's works" was stolen from his home. SABC says it hasn't banned Babes Wodumo's new song, but can't say if it is being aired  And the events of the recent past has left Cassper concerned. Speaking to DJ Fresh on 5FM on Monday, Cassper said that he tried to reach out to HHP and offer his support but has not heard from his idol. "Jabba is just going through a lot at the moment. I haven't spoken

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  • You're going to pay more tax

    Pretoria - South Africans should brace themselves for a tax hike to be announced next February as government continues to grapple with a stagnant revenue base and a need to trim its debt. In documents tabled on the occasion of the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement in Parliament on Wednesday, National Treasury indicated that taxes will be hiked from next year. There are no details as to whether this will come in the form of an increase in Value-Added Tax, which hasn't been raised since its introduction in 1993s, corporate tax, private tax, sin tax or in the fuel levy. However, a table in the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement, shows that the rate of tax South Africans pay will go up from an

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  • EU visas: Exemptions for SA travellers on the cards

    “We took a decision last year in South Africa that frequent travellers to our country will be given a three-year multi-entry visa. “This is because if somebody is a frequent visitor to the country and spends their money in South Africa, they have not breached our immigration laws. “They have not even overstayed on a single occasion, and such people should be able to enjoy the benefits and exemptions, incentives and rewards that recognise the positive contribution they have made to South African society,” Gigaba said. Another topic discussed was work permits, looking to make it easier for South Africans who wanted to work in EU countries and providing critical skills to travel there and stay for a certain amount of time.

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  • South Africa: Prosecution of Finance Minister 'Proven' As Political

    A dramatic turn of events has yielded fresh evidence that the prosecution of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is a political hit and that NPA head Shaun Abrahams has overplayed his hand. Not only did SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane's own legal counsel refuse to get involved in the prosecution for "ethical reasons" but it is clear now that the HAWKS and the NPA sought, after the fact, to find evidence to prop up the charges. Also, a senior deputy director of law administration at SARS was threatened and held hostage in the boardroom at the revenue service's headquarters by Crimes Against the State commander, Brigadier Nyameka Xaba, after refusing to sign an affidavit. By MARIANNE THAMM. An application

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  • Kudos to ANC leaders who stand against 'state Gupture'

    In years to come, when you look back, will you be able honestly to say you did the right thing in 2016? Or will you be ashamed? Did you side with those trying to make the country better for all, or with the greedy ones who seek to grab as much as possible? Are you a passenger on the gravy train? Or did you do nothing but watch, as if this were merely a passing show? For those who follow political events, there is a tangible sense that a showdown is looming. Stripped of obfuscatory ideological jargon, it is an archetypal clash between good and evil. That classification may seem too simple but it contains truths. Those people who use devious means to remove billions of rands from the public purse

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  • Uganda: Cranes' 'Super Goalie' Onyango to Get Land

    Uganda Cranes and Mamelodi Sundowns history-making shot stopper Denis Onyango will hope Fufa keep their word this time after being promised a land title for his Caf Champions League heroics. Fufa president Moses Magogo yesterday during the weekly press briefing, assured the nation that the federation is set to reward Onyango with a land title in a prime area in the country for his extraordinary achievements. As South African history makers Sundowns overcame Zamalek 3-1 to lift aloft the Caf Champions League title, Onyango broke a damning jinx by becoming the first Ugandan to achieve the feat - and is in line to win two Caf awards. "He deserves to be recognised because he bravely represented the

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  • Ajay Comes to Jo’burg: From selling shoes to assailing the State

    In 1993, Ajay Gupta, a young man from Saharanpur in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, arrived in Johannesburg. Uttar Pradesh is a notoriously corrupt state in which gangsters frequently double as politicians. Business is regularly conducted though the intersection of gangsterism and politics. To contain the fallout from the acute social costs of these kinds of arrangements, a rapacious political elite, divided along caste lines, has often backed authoritarian and violent forms of far-right populism, often termed fascism. The aim is to turn the working class and poor against vulnerable minorities, especially Muslims, rather than an endemically criminal and predatory political class. Under these

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  • South Africa: Prosecuting Authority Confirms Ongoing Investigation Into Finance Minister

    The NPA confirmed on Thursday that it was still investigating a case against Finance Minister Gordhan, former SARS commissioner Oupa Magashula and former deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay. The three men are due to appear in the Pretoria Regional Court next Wednesday on charges of fraud. They relate to Gordhan and Magashula having approved an early retirement for Pillay in 2010, who was later rehired on a contract basis. News24 asked the NPA why its prosecutors were asking the Hawks to question witnesses if its case had been completed. It emerged on Wednesday that a senior SARS employee, Vlok Symington, had been asked to answer questions by the Hawks about a legal opinion he had previously written

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  • Extra effort of investing offshore directly can pay off

    But investment managers who advise local financial advisers on how to set up portfolios for their clients are looking beyond the rand-denominated and offshore offerings that can be marketed to South African investors, as they are of the view that other international managers charge less and have more experience. Rory Maguire, the managing director of Fundhouse, which rates funds and provides what are known as discretionary investment management services to financial advisers, says there are some world-class managers that have their origins in South Africa, including Orbis, Contrarius, Old Mutual and Investec. Brandon Zeitsman, the chief executive at Portfoliometrix, also a discretionary investment

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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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  • Zuma's state capture case: Now Vytjie Mentor steps in

    The outspoken former ANC MP has filed papers with the high court in Pretoria in which she seeks to intervene in the case. Jiba served notice she may be suspended by Zuma   She caused a sensation in March with her allegations that the politically-connected Gupta family had offered her the job of minister of public enterprises in 2010 on condition she cancelled South African Airways routes to India. High stakes - The rifts within the ANC over Pravin Gordhan  Mentor was also among the witnesses interviewed by former public protector Thuli Madonsela in her investigation into state capture. Mandonsela's report is current under lock and key at the offices of her successor‚ Busisiwe Mkhwebane. It is

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  • How the Donald could be good for world peace - World News

    If we really want world peace, Trump might be a better option than Clinton, writes Sean O'Grady. London - Like Donald Trump or not - and I like him no more than, well, Hillary Clinton - there is one thing he might be good for. Peace. A small matter, I know, when set against his serial (alleged) philandering and worse, but worth pondering for a moment. A hideous, but necessary thought experiment runs something like this. What is the single most important relationship the United States of America could build to secure world peace? Why, the same one that, when it goes horribly wrong, leaves us all sliding towards testing the doctrine of mutually assured destruction in a nuclear age. Always a bit

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