• Guptas: things fall apart

    Cape Town - The screws are tightening on the Gupta family, with several key events that could decide their fate. On Thursday, President Jacob Zuma will appear in the National Assembly and is expected to face tough questions on his controversial relationship with his influential friends the Guptas. On the same day, the Constitutional Court is to rule on a secret ballot vote in a no-confidence motion against him. This comes as the citizenship of the Guptas faces scrutiny in Parliament, with Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba expected to be quizzed over the matter. Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has also given the Guptas a major blow by indicating she will oppose Zuma’s bid to take the State of

  • Prodigal son Steven Pienaar returns home

    Pienaar is as popular as ever in the suburb in which he was born and raised, and continues to give back to in the form of his thriving annual football tournament. The 35 year-old is particularly excited this year, as this is the first time that his tournament, in over a decade of existence, has made space for ladies teams. “Every year a lot of people come out to support, and I am happy we are getting ladies teams, people were saying we are discriminating against women, and now there are a lot of good female players here. Pienaar has previously always had to jet back to Europe after spending time with his family, in a club career that has seen him play for Ajax Amsterdam, Borussia Dortmund, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and lately Sunderland, with whom he was relegated to the English Championship in the 2016/17 season.

  • Hey, Minister Zwane, here's one of those Gupta emails you say you've never seen

    In a frankly astonishing admission of ignorance, Mining Minister Mosebenzi Zwane told reporters that he had “never seen even a single” Gupta email from the #GuptaLeaks. He went as far as to say that he would consider it “nice” if newspapers would publish the actual emails. However, that is precisely what has happened, and continues to happen. Messages about the minister have been widely subjected to media scrutiny and examples of these emails have been available for weeks. In an interview uploaded to Twitter on Tuesday morning by SABC journalist Aldrin Sampear after Sampear asked him if Zwane maintained his innocence on allegations that he was in the pocket of the Gupta family, Zwane responded:

  • Malema leaves followers in stitches after joke about Pedis

    EFF leader Julius Malema has left his Instagram followers in stitches after sharing a joke about his people and how they are said to pronounce some words. Malema, a Mopedi man himself, reminded his followers that the Durban July was here, sharing how Pedis are said to pronounce the name of the event. ”Somewhere in South Africa a Pedi guy is ready to go to Tepen July.” The post was making fun of how Pedis are said to struggle with pronouncing the letter ‘B’. It goes on to say the same Pedi guy would say they’re going to see “Peps Wotumo”. Malema said whoever came up with the joke was just jealous of his people. “Bathomile, akere le ya ba bona. Ba re jela mona, jealous down,” said the EFF leader

  • Busisiwe, like Zuma, likes to sneak around at midnight

    One culture this country will not miss when we finally say good riddance to the current administration is the making of public announcements at midnight. The presidency has been joined in its culture of nocturnal activities by a once very important office: the public protector. Sadly, her late-night announcement differed from the presidency’s in that the former’s have changed the course of this country (for the worse), while her announcement said very little - if anything at all. If there’s an office in this country that has kept quiet in the midst of a storm that has seen the country’s governance move into the hands of a private family, it is Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s. And then the office comes up with “a preliminary investigation to ascertain merits”?

  • Petrol price set to drop

    Rand resilience and a declining oil price have set the scene for a further fuel price drop. This is according to the Automobile Association (AA)‚ commenting on unaudited mid-month data released by the Central Energy Fund (CEF). The current picture suggests that road users could be looking at a petrol price decline of between 60 and 64 cents a litre at month end‚ with diesel showing a 60 cents reduction and illuminating paraffin 57 cents‚ the organisation said in a statement on Tuesday. “The Rand remained mostly stable against the US dollar in the first half of June‚ with strength in the currency contributing three cents a litre to the drop. “The big move was from oil‚ which shrugged off OPEC’s

  • Agent apologises to Chiefs for Bvuma wage saga

    Chiefs issued a statement on Monday saying Bvuma’s inclusion in the first team was due to an “emergency situation” following injuries to first-choice goalkeepers Itumeleng Khune and Brilliant Khuzwayo. “He [Bvuma] is very happy, his parents are happy.