• Thabo Mbeki's full letter on Zuma, Nkandla and the Constitutional Court

    The Big Read: Zuma acts the chief, scorns our rule of law The court ruled that Zuma had failed to uphold the Constitution by ignoring orders from the Public Protector that he repay some of the $16 million in state funds spent to renovate his residence at Nkandla. No duty to defend JZ, says Gwede Here is former President Thabo Mbeki's full letter on the issue: On 31 March, 2016, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng conveyed the unanimous decision of the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) in the matter of “Economic Freedom Fighters v Speaker of the National Assembly and Others; Democratic Alliance v Speaker of the National Assembly and Others [2016] ZACC 11.” This decision has evoked much understandable

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  • Gexit? Not so fast, Guptas

    Right now the Priority Crimes Investigation Unit (Hawks), which last week summoned Finance Minster Pravin Gordhan and other axed members of the SARS executive to their headquarters in Pretoria, is sitting on a massive “investigation” into the Gupta family’s alleged capture of the South African state through their relationship with President Jacob Zuma and the ANC. Huang was part of a delegation that accompanied President Zuma on a state visit to China in 2010. That same year the SARS National Research Group (NRG), led by Johann van Loggerenberg, initiated a probe into Huang’s Mpisi Trading, an import/export business. In 2012, 10 SARS officials were suspended following a joint investigation by

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  • Sars nails Zuma’s son over fraud

    At the centre of the dispute is a raid on ATM’s cigarette manufacturing business in Pietermaritzburg in 2011. The expensive plant was imported from China. ATM was incorporated in 2009. The company is registered as manufacturing and distributing of tobacco related products. A squad of Sars officials swooped on the premises, seized goods and machinery, shutting the plant down. ATM was later allowed to operate, but the legal wrangle has continued and Zuma and his partners are now immersed in a bitter exchange with Sars officials. In legal papers which our sister paper The Sunday Independent has seen, Zuma accuses the taxman of corruption, racism and running a smear campaign against him. In an affidavit

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Panics As Soldiers Rampage

    Uniformed soldiers on Friday night emptied Harare's night clubs and ruthlessly attacked people on the streets after police triggered violent protests in the capital earlier in the day as President Robert Mugabe's government fought to suppress dissent against his rule. Zimbabwe's 18 opposition parties including former vice-president Joice Mujuru's Zimbabwe People First and MDC led by Morgan Tsvangirai had obtained a High Court order barring police from interfering with their intended demonstration. The parties under the banner of the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) and Coalition for Democrats wanted to protest against unfair electoral laws and systems, but were violently blocked by the police; minutes after the High Court had okayed the event.

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  • DA puts e-tolls on poll agenda

    The controversial system, which cost the ANC votes in the 2014 elections, remains a thorn in the side of Gauteng motorists. The DA's mayoral candidates for Gauteng, speaking outside Sanral's offices, pleaded with voters to elect them into power, saying a vote for the party was a vote in favour of eliminating the system. The DA's Tshwane mayoral candidate, Solly Msimang, said if the party won Gauteng's highly coveted metropolitan municipalities, the party would launch multiple efforts to disrupt a further rollout of electronic tolling on the province's freeways. Rethink e-tolls, says ANC Gauteng "When we are elected into government we will ensure that there will be no further e-tolling in Gauteng.

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  • Joburg will never be the same again

    The ANC were hit hard by the Monday blues with the help of a vengeful red tide, writes Madala Thepa. Johannesburg - It was always going to be a day of reckoning at City Hall in Joburg. The shock demise of the ANC-ruled Joburg council made it extraordinarily hard and painful - heartless even - as technology, the producer of speed, began to announce their defeat. The precarious start and countless disruptions at the ballot booths, whether to have the vote secret or not - personal choice versus what the rule book says - only made it worse. As the night drew to a close, outgoing mayor Parks Tau could no longer contain himself. He broke down in tears in the city hall’s foyer and minutes later left

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  • Second Earth found, and it could be home to ET

    London - British astronomers have discovered the nearest Earth-like planet that could be home to alien life. Named Proxima b, it orbits Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our sun. At 4.2 light years away, in space terms it is right on the doorstep – and high speed spaceships now being devised could reach it within decades. In time, scientists say, the rocky planet 1.3 times the size of Earth could even be colonised by space travellers. Proxima b is thought to be only 4.7million miles from its star, one-twentieth of the Earth’s distance from the Sun. Its year lasts just 11.2 of our days. One side may be perpetually stuck in daytime, while the other experiences perpetual night. But Proxima Centauri,

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  • South Africa: 'Can Zuma Be Impeached?'

    A delegation of Indonesian MPs visiting Parliament on Friday asked the Constitutional Review Committee if President Jacob Zuma can be impeached. The Indonesian MPs were visiting guests of the committee this week, having asked earlier this month to sit in on a meeting to observe its processes. During the meeting, a few of the delegates seemed confused as to why the president was not removed from office following the Constitutional Court's ruling that he ignored the Public Protector's findings that he pay back a portion of the money spent on upgrading his Nkandla homestead. Speaking through an interpreter, one visiting MP wanted to know if there were no provisions in South Africa's constitution

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  • Leicester relishing Champions League debut

    Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has said the club will look to enjoy competing against Europe's elite in their Champions League debut. The English champions were drawn in Group G along with Porto, Club Bruges and FC Copenhagen in the Champions League after winning the English top-flight title for the first time in their history. “We'll take anyone. We will always give it our all and it's a new experience for us so we're going to go out and enjoy it,” the 29-year-old told British media on Monday. “They will obviously be doing their homework on us because they won't have seen that much and we'll be doing exactly the same.” The England international scored his first league goal of the season

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  • I'm prepared to die to save SA from the thieves

    South Africa flirted with the prospect of economic meltdown this week‚ with President Jacob Zuma’s allies moving yet again to neutralise Pravin Gordhan‚ the finance minister made a dramatic vow: that he is prepared to die to save the country from thieves‚ Sunday Times reported. A defiant Gordhan promised that he would never back down from fighting corruption. The embattled finance minister also told hundreds of Treasury staff members he was aware of speculation over a cabinet reshuffle‚ the Sunday Times report said. “He said ministers come and go and we must just commit to work with whoever is the minister of finance‚” said a Treasury employee who was at a staff meeting addressed by Gordhan in

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  • Nigeria: Open Letter to President Buhari

    Dear Mr. President, Last year, when you assumed office, the chant of "Change", your campaign slogan, ushered you into the Presidential Villa. Today, cries of "hunger" could be heard across the length and breadth of our vast country. Nigerians hunger, not only for food, but also for good leadership, for peace, security and justice. This letter is to appeal to you to do something fast, and, if you are already doing something, to redouble your effort. May it not be written on the pages of history that Nigerians die of starvation under your watch. As President, you are chief servant of the nation. I therefore urge you to live up to the huge expectation of millions of Nigerians. A stitch in time saves

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  • South Africa: Two Killed After Street Parking Row

    A 40-year-old man has handed himself over to police after he shot three men, killing two, apparently because one of the deceased men had parked in the middle of the road. The incident happened in Butterworth in the Eastern Cape in the early hours of Sunday morning, police said. "The allegation is that the suspect and the deceased were enjoying themselves in a tavern at Zithulele Township... in the early hours of Sunday," said Captain Jackson Manatha. The arrested man had apparently wanted the driver of the car parked in the middle of the road to move, he said. "[He] wanted the deceased to move their car so that he could drive where [they] were parked," said Manatha. Police are still establishing

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  • Not so bright and beautiful for DA

    The DA could be tempted to rewrite Cecil Frances Alexander’s All Things Bright and Beautiful. With Trollip in the Bay, Joburg in the bag, Mogale City under Lynn Pannell, Bongani Baloyi in Midvaal, Cape Town under Patricia de Lille with Helen Zille at the helm of the Western Cape, things look bright and beautiful for the DA. The jury is still out as to whether the party succeeded because of, or in spite of, its strategy. The DA couldn’t care about that, at least for now. In a rapidly urbanising country, whose wealth resides in its cities, the DA’s urban creep is remarkable, albeit imperfect and incomplete. And yet the DA’s lyrical recital of All Things Bright and Beautiful could be rudely interrupted

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  • All the 2016 MTV VMAs winners

    It was a night of great performances and a celebration of music at the VMAs held at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The big highlights of the evening was Rihanna's many performances to celebrate her Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award as well as Beyoncé's live performance of Lemonade. Beyoncé won the award for Video of the Year and Best Pop Video for her song Formation, Best Female Video for Hold Up and she also picked up the award for Breakthrough Long Form Video for Lemonade. Song of the Summer Fifth Harmony (featuring Fetty Wap) — "All in My Head (Flex)" The Chainsmokers (featuring Halsey) — "Closer" Drake (featuring Kyla and Wizkid) — "One Dance" Selena Gomez — "Kill Em with Kindness"

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  • Zuma's monster cabinet to cost SA R1bn

    He has added two ministries . His cabinet is one of the biggest in the world - he has more cabinet ministers than the US, Germany and Japan, all of which have much bigger economies and broader tax bases. South Africa now has 35 ministers, each of whom earns about R2.1-million a year. T he 37 deputy ministers will each earn R1.7-million. Zuma earns about R2.62-million a year and his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, gets R2.36-million . Economist Mike Schussler said: "I'm not sure if a bigger cabinet is going to make a difference or just add to the cost of government." The budget for The Presidency has soared from R257-million in 2007, during president Thabo Mbeki's tenure, to R329-million in 2009. Kgalema

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  • Parks Tau: ANC must confront corruption, abuse of state agencies

    Tau says the ANC must be bold enough to confront the wrongs happening within the party and government. Hawks Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan SARS Pravin Gordhan Parks Tau JOHANNESBURG – Former Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau says the African National Congress (ANC) must confront the abuses of state agencies. Tau appeared to throw his weight behind Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan who failed to report to the Hawks last week for a warning statement. Gordhan and three other former South African Revenue Services (Sars) officials have been identified as suspects in an investigation into a controversial unit.  Tau says the ANC must be bold enough to confront the wrongs happening within the organisation

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  • EFF ‘salutes gallant forces of young black women’ in #StopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh protest

    The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) used the “protest by girls at Pretoria Girls High” to attack the African National Congress (ANC) for being “afraid to implement the wishes of our people as prescribed in the Freedom Charter which they have so boldly declared theirs”.  The party’s acting spokesperson‚ Fana Mokoena‚ on Monday said the “EFF applauds the young black women who protested against their school for their racist practices”. “The girls are not allowed to wear their hair naturally‚ in fact they are forced to straighten it; and their indigenous languages are suppressed‚” he said. Earlier on Monday‚ TMG Digital reported that Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi is due to visit the school

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  • PSL mum on payout of insurance policy - Crime & Courts

    Johannesburg - The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has refused to answer questions on why the R5 million insurance payout to the late Orlando Pirates' skipper Senzo Meyiwa is yet to reach his beneficiaries. This comes nearly four months after the league, together with Pirates, publicly announced the insurance payout to Meyiwa’s children. Meyiwa was shot and killed on October 26, 2014 at his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo’s home in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni. Two weeks ago, Meyiwa’s father Sam complained to The Sunday Independent about the non-payment of his son’s insurance money. He said his family was no longer coping financially as Senzo was the breadwinner. “The PSL has not yet paid us Senzo’s money for

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  • How Komphela can turn things around at Chiefs

    Yet another defeat, this time to Cape Town City in the quarter-finals of the MTN8, has put Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela under an even bigger microscope. There is no denying the man in charge needs to quickly find a winning formula or otherwise risk his tenure with the Glamour Boys coming to a premature end. Several key points have led to this poor start, and this is where Komphela must improve: Make new signings count The Chiefs coach hasn’t been brave enough. Yes, he gave strikers Lewis Macha and Edmore Chirambadare their full debuts against City, but a few more players should have made way for the new faces. Komphela looked peeved when asked whether he agreed that he has started the season

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  • Listen: Zuma 'raping government of every last cent', says Gareth Cliff

    Cliff's comments come after it emerged that Gordhan had been summoned to appear before the Hawks on Thursday about allegations related to his role in the formation and activities of the so-called "rogue unit" set up when he was head of the SA Revenue Service. Gordhan, who has maintained that the setting-up of the unit was above board and had ministerial approval, said on Wednesday afternoon that he would not be complying with the summons as advised by his legal team. Euphonik, Boity and Thembisa Mdoda to 'tell-all' on new show  Weighing in on the debate surrounding the issue, Cliff levelled accusations against Zuma claiming the president is trying to "escape with as much money as he can from

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