• Zuma: give me six months to be dictator

    ALL PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma wants is six months as a dictator to solve South Africa’s problems. In that six months Zuma would force the unemployed to return to school or get arrested. “If you just give me six months to be a dictator, things will be straight. Right now, to make a decision you need a resolution, decision, collective, petition. Yoh! It’s a lot of work. I am emphasising that let us pay more attention to our children in education,” said a laughing Zuma. He was visiting Marhulana Primary School in Tembisa yesterday along with Gauteng Premier David Makhura, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi as part of the Mandela Month celebrations. Zuma

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  • ANC voted for the 'black genocide De Klerk' – Malema

    Leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema has slated the ANC after they accused the EFF of voting for the “white DA”. Malema said people had rejected the ANC, and it had nothing to do with the EFF. This after the ANC lost key metros Tshwane, Johannesburg, and Nelson Mandela Bay to the DA. Despite it still having control of most municipalities in the country, the ruling party has lost big budgets from these major metros, with Joburg accounting for more than R50 billion on its own. The DA also announced this week that it had uncovered evidence of at least R20 billion in improperly spent money from the metros. “Our people rejected the ANC. The ANC was not rejected by the EFF. The

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  • AT HOME AND ABROAD: ANC mute as arrogant Zuma grabs the reins

    PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma’s response to his humiliating setback in the local government elections has been akin to a personal coup d’etat. In seizing centralised control of all the country’s parastatals, Zuma has assumed personal charge of the entire public sector economy, undercutting not only his finance minister, but the collective authority of his whole Cabinet. The only effective defender who has stood between those leeches and us, the taxpayers — Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan — is being dragged off to the political slaughterhouse by the Hawks, no doubt at Zuma’s behest. Once he is arraigned with whatever charges are to be brought against him and a long trial begins, it is difficult to see how he could continue to function as finance minister, which has now been rendered a nonjob.

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  • Soccer star Linda Shiba accused of not paying back debt

    2016-08-25 09:43:12.0 | AUBREY MOTHOMBENI | Former Orlando Pirates and Chippa United midfielder Linda Shiba has been flagged by his lady friend for allegedly dodging to pay back money he borrowed to finance his girlfriend's "abortion". Ntshako Mmola, a civil servant in Polokwane, alleges the former Polokwane City player came to her cap in hand in May last year and asked for a R1500 loan to give to his girlfriend "to get rid of their baby because she was pregnant". Mmola told Sunday World that Shiba dribbled her every time she asked him for her money. "He would claim that he didn't get paid from Polokwane City and say that he would pay when he has money. But months would go by without him saying

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  • Zimbabwe: Govt to Deploy Army in Streets

    GOVERNMENT will today deploy security forces to quell mass demonstrations organised by a coalition of opposition parties joining forces to push for electoral reforms and change -- should the protest turn violent -- as pressure mounts on President Robert Mugabe to reform or quit, it has been established. Home Affairs minister Ignatius Chombo addressed a press conference in Harare yesterday, threatening to crush today's political demonstrations. The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) yesterday refused to grant permission to the 18 political parties under the auspices of the National Election Reform Agenda and the Coalition of Democrats to march in the streets of Harare, prompting the parties to approach

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  • Dwayne Johnson dethrones Robert Downey Jr as highest paid actor

    Johnson, 44, knocked Downey Jr off the top spot and more than doubled his 2015 earnings. Hollywood Robert Downey Jr Dwayne Johnson NEW YORK – Wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson topped a Forbes magazine list of the world’s highest paid actors on Thursday with an estimated 2016 payday of $64.5 million. Johnson, 44, knocked Robert Downey Jr off the top spot and more than doubled his 2015 earnings, largely thanks to his action comedy Central Intelligence. Johnson, known as ‘The Rock’ during his wrestling career, also collected advance fees from the eighth instalment of the popular Fast and Furious racing movie franchise. The Forbes annual list again highlighted the pay gap between men and women

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  • South Africa: Gordhan's Hawks Response Halts Rand Plunge

    Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's response to the Hawks directive helped the rand ease off its decline, but analysts said if he is arrested or fired the currency is heading for trouble. Gordhan said on Wednesday he would not adhere to a Hawks request to present himself for a warning letter over corruption charges they have come up with, because these are "wholly unfounded on any version of the facts". "I have a job to do in a difficult economic environment and serve South Africa as best I can," he said. "Let me do my job." The rand was down 1.83% against the dollar at R14.15 at 08:30 on Thursday, slightly lower than when the JSE closed on Wednesday. Umkhulu Consulting's Adam Phillips said some

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  • Zimbabwe: Vice President Mnangagwa Dies

    Bulawayo — Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa's elder brother, Mr Philip Mnangagwa (84), has died. Family spokesperson Mr Patrick Mnangagwa said Mr Mnangagwa died on Tuesday after a long illness at his home in Shurugwi. "The Mnangagwa family wishes to announce the death of Mr Philip Mnangagwa, who had become the second eldest boy in the larger Mnangagwa family. Philip was born on August 23, 1932 in Zvishavane and passed away on the same day in 2016 (at 84), after a long illness," he said. "Philip was politically active in supporting the liberation struggle while he was a teacher in Zimbabwe as well as in Zambia. He remained active until he became ill. He was resettled during the land reform programme

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  • EFF asks Pravin to prove his innocence, not 'do a Zuma'

    A delegation of church and civil society leaders are expected to head to the headquarters of the specialised Directorate Priority Crime Investigation, better known as the Hawks, on Thursday after Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan was served with a summons to sign a warning statement. The letter the Hawks sent reveals Gordhan is facing three criminal charges, including allegations that he set up an investigation unit within the SA Revenue Service (Sars) that gathered, collected and evaluated intelligence in an improper way. Gordhan, who said on Wednesday that he would ignore the Hawks summon, has already provided them with a full explanation to the charges and denied any and all wrongdoing. Two

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  • Gordhan: I'm busy saving the economy, the Hawks can wait

    Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, while speaking at a business event on Wednesday night styled as a debate between himself and Justice Malala, made it clear that he was still focused on the immediate task at hand as finance minister: to get the economy growing again, keep South Africa’s fiscal policy secure and sound and see through plans that would fight poverty, contribute to the creation of jobs and undo the legacy of the past. In reaction to that, he repeated his statement from earlier in the day that he was under no obligation to present himself to the Hawks. “I was advised in no uncertain terms by the head of the Hawks, Berning Ntlemeza, that I was not a suspect in their investigations,” said Gordhan. “I have a job to do in a difficult economic environment and to serve South Africa as best I can.

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  • Bonang or Dj Zinhle? Wayde van Niekerk takes on Q&A

    Olympic gold medallist Wayde van Niekerk was this week kind enough to hold a Q&A session on Twitter. While some of the questions tweeps asked were interesting, others were simply meant to be ridiculous or funny. On what he thought of the “ugly” team SA Olympic tracksuits everyone has been complaining about, Van Niekerk only responded: “Life goes on. As long as I made my country proud.” He may be right, but we will not be ready to forgive as long as the frumpy kit remains engraved in our minds. Things got interesting when one Twitter user asked him if he would choose Bonang Matheba over DJ Zinhle. The poor guy did not want to start another storm, so he decided on a safer, yet irrelevant choice:

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  • Chabane's last words

    But the very thing he warned them of killed him and his two bodyguards. Travelling with the two members of the police's VIP protection unit - Lesiba Sekele and Lawrence Lentsoane - Chabane was killed early yesterday morning when his car and a truck collided on the N1 freeway between Polokwane and Mokopane, in Limpopo. Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said C habane's car and the truck were travelling in the same direction, with the truck to the left. The truck driver allegedly made a U-turn and Chabane's car slammed into the truck. What remained was a mangled contortion of steel and fragments of the VW Touareg. The truck - still intact - stood in the middle of the freeway, with a slight

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  • OPINION: ANC Divided. Confused. No plan – except in Gauteng

    President Jacob Zuma 2016 local government elections African National Congress Stephen Grootes looks at how ruling party has begun to weaken in the last two decades. JOHANNESBURG – The gravity pull of the centre of the African National Congress (ANC) has been weakening for nearly two decades. In some ways, it is a myth that it has always had deep roots among the people in all parts of the nation. That is not to dispute the place it may have had in people’s hearts, but merely to point out that it did not have formal structures on the ground in most places. Its powerful branch structure did not exist in the 1980s. When Nelson Mandela came to power, big decisions could be made easily at the centre.

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  • Why are SA companies ditching Nigeria?

    Johannesburg - Hotel and gaming group Sun International became the latest South African business to pull out of Nigeria because of weak economic growth and clashes with regulators in the west African country. In January, Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) launched a probe into Sun International's initial investment in the Tourist Company of Nigeria, which owns and operates the 5-star Federal Palace hotel in Lagos. Sun International, which reported a 20 percent fall in diluted adjusted headline earnings per share (AHEPS) to 628 cents for the year to June, said the Federal Palace had been hit by slow economic growth, the low oil price, the threat from Boko Haram and a weakening

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  • Maradona criticises Messi over international retirement

    Argentina great Diego Maradona has criticised Lionel Messi, suggesting that the Barcelona star's retirement from international football, and subsequent change of heart, was "staged". "I don't know whether this was staged to make us understand that he'd lost three finals, but we never lost by big margins," said Maradona to radio station La Red. Messi announced his retirement from international football after Argentina lost the Copa America final to Chile on penalties in June, with the Barcelona forward crucially missing in the shoot-out. "This is the end for me with the national team, it's not for me," said Messi at the time. "I think it's best for everyone, for me and for many people who want

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  • WATCH: Malema to ANC: 'You can jump into the nearest hell'

    Burundi could scrap presidential term limits from its constitution after a commission set up to hear public views on governance said most citizens wanted no curbs on the number of times the head of state may seek re-election.

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  • ANCYL’s early conference motion rejected

    Johannesburg - ANC structures and alliance partners have taken a dim view of the ANC Youth League’s call for an early leadership conference following the ANC’s poor performance in the key metros during the municipal elections. On Tuesday, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said the call was “not a bad idea” and that the structures of the party were currently discussing it. This came after the ANCYL asked for the early conference where a new leadership of the ANC would be elected to take it forward. The youth league said the current leadership was no longer capable of helping the ANC overcome its slump. But on Wednesday, the ANC in North West, one of the provinces that is part of the so-called

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  • eHomeAffairs open to teenagers

    Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has extended the age bracket of South Africa citizens able to use the eHomeAffairs online portal to apply for the new Smart ID Card and passport to 16 years and above. The system, launched four months ago, was initially only accessible for citizens aged between 30 and 35. “As from today, the system is now open to all citizens [16 years and over] who bank with the four participating banks: Absa, First National Bank, Nedbank and Standard Bank,” the minister told a media briefing in Cape Town yesterday. “Currently, 12 branches of these banks are connected to the system in Gauteng, with one branch in Cape Town.” According to Gigaba, a total of 35 751 applications

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  • Being told you are ugly is not nice, says Muvhango's Maumela Mahuwa

    In a revealing interview with Drum magazine Maumela shared painful memories of how she's had to deal with people calling her 'ugly' for most of her life. Maumela revealed that looking back at what she calls her "dark past" she realises that it "overshadowed" her life until she made numerous changes. "Being told you are ugly is not nice. Maumela explained that as a child she was told that she was too dark, her nose is flat and her lips are too big.

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  • Academics urge Zuma to intervene in Gordhan matter

    ACADEMICS from four of the country’s tertiary education institutions from across the country on Wednesday urged President Jacob Zuma, Cabinet at the ANC’s national executive committee to intervene in the matter concerning Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and the Hawks. Gordhan received a letter from the Hawks on Monday, demanding that he present himself to provide the unit with a warning statement — implying that he is a suspect and that he could be arrested. Gordhan has maintained that the setting up of the alleged covert unit at SARS was above board and had ministerial approval. In a further indication that knives are out for Gordhan, SARS has also launched an investigation into IT contracts as part of the "modernisation project" awarded during Gordhan’s tenure as SARS commissioner.

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