• Zuma and Mantashe clash

    Cape Town - ANC Western Cape chairman Marius Fransman has inadvertently blown the lid off the best known open political secret: that there is a major rift between ANC president Jacob Zuma and the party’s secretary-general Gwede Mantashe. In an unprecedented move, Mantashe on Monday openly questioned Zuma’s authority and discretion as to whom he deploys in the Western Cape election campaign, which is gutted by the absence of decisive leadership. Zuma and the ANC election head, Nomvula Mokonyane, last week made it clear they want Fransman to lead the battle for the hearts and minds of Western Cape voters, but Mantashe effectively thwarted the move by declaring Fransman was not back in the ANC’s

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  • AKA comments on Bonang’s ASSets

    Up-and-coming graphic designer Fresh, who goes by @Freshboi_DBN on Twitter, posted an animation of Bonang, with her “mean mugging” face wearing nothing but black panties - or skimpy bikini bottoms - and a denim jacket. The jacket features AKA’s trademark sneer (with his gold grills showing of course). The picture was shared and eventually seen by AKA, who the commented that the picture is “dope” but Bonang’s ass is ... in real life. We assume he means bigger, as other tweeps hinted as much on the artist’s timeline. Check it out: And isn’t this just cute? IOL Related Stories

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  • Mbeki's quiet campaigning diplomacy

    This week’s ghost cartoon is a comment on the fact that former president Thabo Mbeki is yet to publicly utter the words ‘vote ANC’.

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  • Frugal Cassper rents his house out online for R2K a night

    Keegan Dolly took a morning plane on Thursday from OR Tambo International to Sao Paulo in excited mood as participation in this year's Olympic Games follows fast on the heels of Mamelodi Sundowns reaching the semifinals of the African Champions League.

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  • Mokonyane could be disciplined for comments on ANC's R1bn campaign

    Mokonyane‚ who is Minister of Water Affairs and Sanitation‚ appears to have irked senior members of the party by stating that the ANC had spent more than R1-billion campaigning for the local government elections. She made the comment in Cape Town last week‚ where‚ to the surprise of many‚ she also stated that ANC provincial chair Marius Fransman – embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal – was back at work. Eyewitness News reported on Tuesday that Mokonyane could be disciplined by the party for commenting on its finances. ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa said: "The secretary-general indicated that anybody that comments about this issue to the media would need to be disciplined in line with the of the

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  • Motaung pours cold water on Kaizer Chiefs move for Steven Pienaar

    Pienaar’s second spell at English Premier League side Everton came to an end last month and he has been linked with several clubs in SA and in the cash-rich Chinese Super League. The 34-year-old dribbling wizard told Times Media Digital that he still has two seasons left in him but is yet to decide where he is headed next. Chiefs sign Bryce Moon’s younger brother Ryan ‘for the future’  He added that the idea of playing in the Soweto derby for either Chiefs or their rivals Orlando Pirates remains one of his unfulfilled ambitions and he hopes to change that before calling time on his career. But Motaung said on Wednesday it is highly unlikely that the midfielder will turn out in the Amakhosi gold

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  • Lafarge dismisses Cosatu’s accusations - Companies

    Johannesburg - Lafarge South Africa, which last week dismissed about 150 of its employees, has refuted accusations by Cosatu that the cement and building materials producer is arrogant and engages in union bashing. The employees were dismissed after they had embarked on an illegal strike and ignored two written ultimatums to return to work. They allegedly downed tools to demand the reinstatement of the National Union of Mineworkers’ (NUM) national full-time shop steward, who has been suspended for contravening company policy. Cosatu claimed Lafarge SA had attempted to forcefully relocate the full-time shop stewards from Lichtenburg to its head office so the company could “exploit members of NUM”.

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  • Malema heaps praise on old ANC rival Maile

    EFF leader Julius Malema tweeted on Wednesday evening about the “enormous respect” he had for his former ANC Youth League comrade Lebogang Maile, who is now the MEC for economic development and an ANC Gauteng provincial executive committee member. Maile served as head of social transformation in the ANC Youth League’s provincial executive committee. Malema tweeted: “I have enormous respect for Lebogang Maile, the guy is real and not fake. I hope @MYANC won’t destroy him, this country needs people like him.” In 2010, the Youth League in Gauteng elected Maile as the organisation’s chairman in Gauteng. He was unofficially backed by Gauteng ANC chairman Paul Mashatile, who was contesting the position

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  • Mpofu throws shade at AKA

    On Tuesday, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) were celebrating their third birthday and its national chairperson Advocate Dali Mpofu could not hold back but share on Twitter what the party had achieved so far. In one of his tweets, Mpofu took the time to congratulate the party’s leaders who had graduated in their respective fields, implying that his party was for the educated. “Happy3rdAnniversary to these LEARNED FRIENDS & all fellow Fighters for Economic Freedom,” he tweeted. As he was busy with the celebrations on Twitter, one user tweeted at him, thanking him for paying for music group Entity’s album. Mpofu’s son Sizwe was a member of the group. According to the user, the group’s separation

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  • Too many Trumps in SA politics

    Politicians could learn from the one nation, one future approach taken by Theresa May and Mmusi Maimane, says Douglas Gibson. It was one of the most inspiring speeches I have heard in a long time. I am not referring to Melania Trump’s speech, cribbed word for word from Michelle Obama. I refer to the speech made by Theresa May, the new British Prime Minister. May talked about “one nation” politics: “We believe in a union, not just between the nations of the United Kingdom, but between all of our citizens - every one of us - whoever we are and wherever we’re from.” Promising to fight “burning injustice”, she said: “That means fighting against the burning injustice that if you’re born poor you will

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  • SABC to look into complaints over Khanyi, Somizi and Ntombi's show

    The 8-10AM show, which recently debuted and is presented by Ntombi Ngcobo, Khanyi Mbau and Somizi Mhlongo, has seen relentless bashing from Metro FM listeners on social media platforms. Some fans have said on Twitter that Mhlongo is more suited for the graveyard shift, whereas some said the trio is too loud to be listened to in the morning. Other fans even tweeted that they will be migrating to other radio stations. SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago said management will have to look at exactly what is not working. "The show has been on air for just one week, and I think most of the negative comments about the show have been emotional. "Obviously management would have to do a thorough evaluation

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  • Big fuel price drop likely in August

    After months of being squeezed by higher fuel prices, South African motorists are likely to receive some relief at the pumps in August. According to the Automobile Association, mid-month fuel data is pointing towards a petrol price decrease of up to 83 cents a litre, with diesel coming down by around 45 cents and illuminating paraffin by around 42 cents. The usual 'don't get your hopes up too high' disclaimer applies here though as these predictions are based on mid-month data and the final price for August will depend on how the rand and international oil prices perform between now and the end of the month, but so far both factors have been working in our favour. Brexit has been playing to our

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  • I was soaked in my mother's blood, says traumatised son

    When Zamakuhle Sibisi heard a volley of gunshots as he waited for his mother to deliver blankets as part of the 67 minutes for Mandela Day project, he exclaimed to himself that the gunman had indeed hit his target. What he did not know then was that the target was his mother, Khanyisile Ngobese-Sibisi, the ANC Women's League secretary in KwaZulu-Natal's Ukhahlamba region. She was also a candidate in ward 20 for next week's local government elections. Zamakuhle told mourners at Ngobese-Sibisi's funeral in Ladysmith on Saturday that she had mentioned to him before the shooting that she no longer felt safe and was in the process of organising security for her protection. "What I saw, seeing my mother

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  • Montecasino death highlights high suicide risk amongst problem gamblers

    By the time they seek help‚ about 22% of problem gamblers have attempted suicide and 52% are thinking of committing suicide‚ the South African Responsible Gambling Foundation says. This comes as a man died after dousing himself with petrol and set himself alight at Montecasino in Fourways‚ Johannesburg‚ on Sunday afternoon. According to News24‚ the man had asked for a lighter from a smoker near one of the entertainment venue’s entrances to light the fuel. Apparently‚ the man had lost R800‚000 gambling. Douglasdale police spokesperson‚ Balan Muthan‚ told TMG Digital that the Montecasino victim has now been identified‚ and his family has been notified. “Yes we are aware of this incident… We are

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  • Tutu’s open letter to baby goes viral - Western Cape

    Cape Town - It's not every day that someone gets a heart-warming open letter written to them from Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. A letter was written earlier this month after the father of an American infant wrote to Tutu, saying that he was collecting letters for his newborn daughter Juliet. All the way from his Cape Town abode, Archbishop wrote the following: Hello, little sister. You don't know me. I am a very old grandfather from South Africa nearing the end of my journey on earth while your journey - on another continent many miles away - is just beginning. We may never meet on earth, so I thought to send you a secret. Well, it's not really a secret because we should all know it. So I

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  • Nel 'hounding' Oscar

    Hitting back at yesterday's announcement by the National Prosecuting Authority that it would appeal against Pistorius's sentence, his uncle, Arnold, said: "It's in Nel's character to do these things. What is not personal?" Judge Thokozile Masipa sentenced Pistorius in the Pretoria High Court to six years in prison for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Her earlier conviction of Pistorius and imposition of a five-year sentence for culpable homicide was overturned by the Supreme Court of Appeal last year. Reeva’s parents had ‘no input’ on decision to appeal Pistorius sentence: lawyer Arnold Pistorius said the appeal was a waste of time and resources. Legal experts believe the NPA

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  • 'Fake Mazibuko' thinks DA is racist

    DA member of parliament Ian Ollis has taken to social media to warn the public against fake Twitter accounts that are trying to mischaracterise DA leaders such as Helen Zille, Mmusi Maimane and Lindiwe Mazibuko. On Tuesday morning, on his personal Facebook account, Ollis wrote: “Hi all. There are a number of fake tweets purporting to come from Helen Zille, Lindiwe Mazibuko and Mmusi Maimane claiming that the DA is racist, that the ANC is great, etc. They have actually recreated the Twitter profiles with relevant photos, etc. Our enemies are clearly desperate. Please don’t be taken in by ANC people on social media posting these fake tweets!” He also shared the warning on Twitter. The Citizen did

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  • Guardiola wants City’s fat boys slimmer

    Pep Guardiola has banished overweight players from training as he whips Manchester City into shape. He has wasted no time imposing the strict discipline that served him well at Barcelona and Bayern Munich to make sure his players are as fit as possible for the new season. Defender Gael Clichy revealed that anyone who fails to meet Guardiola’s requirements cannot work with the first-team squad until they are the right weight and the Spaniard has also banned certain foods and drinks from his players’ diet. Sportsmail understands Samir Nasri, 29, is one of those Guardiola has ordered to diet before he can rejoin his team-mates. ‘You often hear managers say being healthy is really important,’ said

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  • Reserve Bank caught in JSE error

    The JSE said on Sunday that its statistical data indicating purchases by nonresidents of domestic shares of R98.1bn between May and July 22 was an error and should have reflected an outflow of R36.4bn over the period. The Reserve Bank in its monetary policy committee (MPC) statement on Thursday last week painted a positive picture of the rand that it said was supported by the global search for yield. In the statement, the Bank said since the beginning of June, net purchases of equities by nonresidents of R107.3bn had been recorded, reflecting the incorrect data. The Bank admitted that incorrect data was quoted in the MPC statement on Thursday, but said it had not had any bearing on the committee’s decision not to hike rates.

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  • Juju’s the man of the moment in Seshego

    Limpopo - EFF leader Julius Malema's name is known by many in Limpopo, but it's not enough to draw them to the party come election time. However, not so for those residing in his Seshego township outside Polokwane. Some affectionately refer to him as Juju, a name he seemed to have shed elsewhere in the country. Young men recite his rhetoric on land and on jobs for all, and against corruption. “It’s obvious,” they say enthusiastically when asked if they will be backing Malema’s party in the elections. The discontent with President Jacob Zuma’s presidency has made it easier for them to choose Malema over their traditional party, the ANC. In Zone 8, Tiny Rakgatla, 48, closely inspected a plumber

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