• Here’s where Judge Masipa got it wrong on Oscar Pistorius sentence: NPA

    The six year sentence imposed on Paralympian Oscar Pistorius for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp is shockingly inappropriate‚ the National Prosecuting Authority said on Thursday‚ as it set out its reasons for wanting a stiffer penalty. The NPA is applying for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Appeal against the prison sentence Judge Thokozile Masipa imposed on Pistorius earlier this month for the 2013 murder. It said the sentence of six years’ imprisonment on the murder charge attracted the epithets “shocking“‚ “startling” and “disturbingly inappropriate“. “We respectfully submit that the sentence of six years’ imprisonment does not adequately reflect the seriousness of the

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  • Outrage over huge Durban mussel-cracker haul - KwaZulu-Natal

    Durban - A photograph of two Durban fishermen with a haul of 10 very big black mussel-crackers has sparked outrage on social media, with calls for both men to be prosecuted and banned by local fishing clubs. The black mussel-cracker (poenskop) is a vulnerable and long-lived fish species whose numbers have crashed by almost 80% in recent times. Licensed anglers are not allowed to catch more than one a day. Now Warner Beach anglers Craig van der Linde and Garth Richardson have been labelled “greedy” (along with some much rougher terms) after the photograph went viral on several social media sites. The fish were said to have been caught near the Aliwal Shoal near Umkomaas. While neither Van der

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  • 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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  • Is Malema above the law?

    Police have to be commended for dealing decisively with the unlawful occupation of the office of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela this week by members of the newly formed Black First, Land First (BLF) led by former Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MP Andile Mngxitama. Some of the issues being raised by Mngxitama are legitimate, but there is absolutely no justification for the unlawful manner in which the group aired their grievances. The lawlessness witnessed at Madonsela’s office is part of a disturbingly growing culture of South Africans to engage in unlawful conduct, instead of peaceful protest – a right guaranteed by our constitution. In most cases, law enforcement agencies have been caught off-guard, as witnessed in Pretoria and Vuwani recently, where public property worth hundreds of millions of rands went up in smoke.

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  • Tanzania/Nigeria: Taifa Stars Coach Squad to Face Eagles of Nigeria

    The national soccer team, Taifa Stars, will move into a one-week residential training in Dar es Salaam on August 1, to prepare for their 2017 Africa Nations Cup (AFCON) qualifiers clash against Nigeria's Super Eagles. On Tuesday, Stars coach, Charles Boniface Mkwasa, will name the players who form the squad the mere formality Group G match in Lagos on September 2, this year Mkwasa popularly known as 'Master,' said the camp aims to prepare players psychologically and technically for the away game. He said Stars will then regroup for another camp at the end of August, few days before the team's departure to Lagos. Mkwasa is expected to retain most of the players who featured in the previous matches

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  • Zuma allies in revolt over Guptas - report

    Cape Town – President Jacob Zuma’s closest political allies this week broke ranks with him over his close ties to the influential Guptas, in a move that has isolated Zuma and laid bare growing hostility in ANC circles to the family, the Sunday Times reported. Although there had long been whispers about the family’s close ties to Zuma and some of his ministers, this week Cosatu and SACP leaders went public with their growing irritation at the influence the Guptas are said to have on some leaders, the newspaper reported on Sunday. The latest development followed a visit to Zurich in December by Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, who met the CEO of the Glencore mining conglomerate in the

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  • My hell at the SABC

    SABC contributing editor and specialist anchor Vuyo Mvoko speaks out about Hlaudi Motsoneng and Jimi Matthews. Johannesburg - The SABC has never been a paragon of a great anything. It has been a work-in-progress, with degrees of success as generations of well-meaning South Africans tackled the extraordinarily and complex task of undoing decades of apartheid misuse of this national asset. Of course not everyone covered themselves in glory at it - including former news tsar Snuki Zikalala, a comical Ali of not insignificant proportions. He did for president Thabo Mbeki at the time, what Motsoeneng is doing for President Jacob Zuma now - singlehandedly arrogated unto himself the right to speak for

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  • 'Have a man and have it all'

    Having it all, here, means achieving a "[balance] between motherhood, a successful career and the role of loving and supportive spouse". It has been a busy few days for Madiba-Zuma. Last week she visited three child-headed homes in rural KwaZulu-Natal for the Nelson Mandela Day activities. She then visited the Leading Lady Lounge at the Durban International Film Festival, where she spoke to young girls aspiring to achieve screen stardom. The event was attended by celebrities such as President Jacob Zuma's daughter, Gugu; Nomzamo Mbatha; Mampho Brescia; Thembi Seete and Thishiwe Ziqubu. Fulu Mugovhani was hired to promote and raise issues facing women in the film industry. After encouraging young

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  • Bob's your uncle, and soon he may be gone

    This week, Mugabe’s Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa was in London, cap in hand, addressing a conference, looking for money. Assuring any investor who would listen that Mugabe’s controversial and investor unfriendly “indigenisation” policy no longer counts and insisting Zimbabwe has changed and it would also massively revamp its land policies to pay out evicted white farmers. “The past is over, let’s look to the future,” Chinamasa said. The UK Economist, which covered the Tuesday conference in London, said Chinamasa was hoping to finalise a deal to borrow about R15 billion to pay off its debts to the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and the African Development Bank, so that it can borrow again and restart the economy.

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  • Tempers flare as principal bars Radebe from entering East London school

    A bossy East London school governing body member came to Jeff Radebe’s rescue on Thursday after the school’s head barred the Minister in the Presidency and his entourage from entering the premises. Lumanyano Primary’s acting school principal Wendy Kuse told Radebe’s entourage that they would not be allowed to campaign within the school grounds as the school was apolitical. The drama unfolded in Phumlani village near East London airport. Radebe was one of many senior ANC leaders who took the party’s campaign trail to the Buffalo City Metro where the party is trying to lure votes away from independent candidates from within its ranks. Lumanyano Primary School children were enjoying their lunch

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  • Zimbabwe: Pastor Evan Mawarire Is No Saint

    To the world, Evan Mawarire is a hero who stands up to Government, an upright man who represents the downtrodden. His touching story is that he is an honest hardworking Zimbabwean who struggled to raise school fees for his two daughters, leading him into action under the #ThisFlag, Mugabe Must Go Now cam- paign. His emotional breakdown during an interview with Sky News made millions around the world empathise with this poor preacher. At least that is the story that has been sold to the world. What the world has not been told is that Mawarire is a fraudster who collected money from gullible believers in the United Kingdom through his church, only to evade tax. Failure by Mawarire and his wife,

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  • KwaZulu-Natal: All quiet on the eastern front as Ramaphosa meets ‘clever blacks’

    Across the province, there has been a breeze of unhappiness about certain “imposed” candidates. In three wards, ANC supporters will be voting for murdered candidates. Intra-party conflict is suspected. But if the organisation is panicking, it was hard to tell when Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa sat down with Durban’s professionals this week to enlist their support ahead of the elections. Members of the Black Management Forum and the ANC-aligned Progressive Professionals Forum were joined by public servants, business leaders, doctors, advocates, entrepreneurs and tenderpreneurs, accountants and such types – all very “clever blacks”, if you asked President Zuma. The ever-deferential Ramaphosa

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  • Zimbabwe: Bank Loses $79 000 to Manager

    A solution specialist with E-Learning Solution yesterday appeared in court accused of defrauding FBC bank of about $79 000 during the time he was branch manager for the bank. Lawrence Mwerenga (39) was employed by FBC bank as its Makoni, Chitungwiza, branch manager. He appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Tendai Mahwe facing fraud charges. The complainant is FBC represented by its security manager Mr Ndabezihle Moyo. The prosecutor Mr Sebastian Mutizirwa alleged that between December 2012 and April 2013, Mwerenga used dormant accounts at FBC Makoni branch. He allegedly manufactured fake pay slips and letters of confirmation in the name of CITI Med Hospital. It is alleged that he compiled loan

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  • Gugu Zulu lived in Madiba's footsteps: Mandla Mandela

    Child hunger and deaths are rising in Zimbabwe due to the worst drought in two decades, with thousands facing starvation by the end of the year without additional aid, an international charity said on Thursday.

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  • Vilakazi stalled on Sundowns move for Chiefs offer, source says

    Vilakazi’s long-awaited move away from Wits was expected to happen ahead of the 2016/17 season, with Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns as the front runners for his signature. Phakaaathi has been informed by a source close to the player that he wanted to join Amakhosi, and that the midfielder met with head coach Steve Komphela about a possible move to Naturena. According to the source, Komphela made a promise to Vilakazi that he would do everything in his power to have him in his squad next season, but Chiefs didn’t meet Wits’ demands for the player to join the Glamour Boys, forcing the Bafana Bafana man to consider Sundowns’ deal instead. Mike Makaab, Sibusiso Vilakazi’s agent confirmed that a deal with the Brazilians was in its final stages.

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  • Ndlozi, Malema team up against Manamela on Twitter

    As August 3 approaches, political parties have been making all-out efforts in a bid to convince people to vote for them. The Citizen previously compared the parties’ election ads, asking readers which party has the best. Recently, the DA used Nelson Mandela in their campaigns, receiving a backlash from the ruling party, saying the party was showing desperation. However, the DA defended its decision, saying: “Mandela belongs to us all”. In a funny twist, Club 808 last month had Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, Mayihlome Tshwete and Bongani Baloyi go against each other in a dance-off. Watch video below to refresh your memory: Recently, it was Ndlozi and Julius Malema against Buti Manamela in a hilarious exchange

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  • SA suffering more than Zimbabwe

    Zimbabwe’s land reform programme, in which land was taken from white farmers, may have left the country in an economic bind, but black Zimbabweans are better off than their South African counterparts, says EFF leader Julius Malema. He was speaking in Mogalakwena, Limpopo, on Tuesday night as he campaigned ahead of the local government elections. The EFF would give Africans land if the party was voted into power, he added. “When we push for land reform, they say we are mad, we want South Africa to be like Zimbabwe, but South Africa is worse than Zimbabwe, because Zimbabweans are suffering with their land in their hands,” said Malema. He said Zimbabwe had the potential to recover after attaining

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  • Mourinho tight-lipped on £100m Pogba signing

    SHANGHAI — Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho admitted on Thursday the club needed one more signing before the season started, but would not confirm it would be record target Paul Pogba. Media reports in the UK on Wednesday suggested United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward had pulled out of the club’s pre-season tour to China so he could meet and agree personal terms with Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola. British media reported that United, Woodward and Raiola had negotiated a prospective five-year contract worth £220,000 a week after tax. Mourinho was asked at a news conference in Shanghai whether he could confirm the reports. "I don’t confirm and I don’t deny. I cannot tell you," Mourinho

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  • WATCH: DJ Sbu gets 'attacked' during his radio show

    In a video posted to his social media accounts on Thursday morning, a man is seen trying to charge at Sbu in studio, alleging that the radio personality made derogatory remarks about his favourite soccer team, Moroko Swallows live on air. Massive love for DJ Sbu on day one of radio return  Soon after a security guard tried to stop the irate man from attacking Sbu, he explained that he was sent to beat him up. "My boss paid me to hit you," said the man, adding that Sbu is very "disrespectful." It's understood that the 'attack' was a joke on the show, with insiders telling TMG Entertainment that it was all planned. Watch: I was taken out of context - Lerato Tshabalala 

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  • Gugu Zulu's body expected to arrive in South Africa on Friday

    Gugu Zulu’s body is expected to arrive in South Africa by Friday‚ the Nelson Mandela Foundation said. “We are hoping the body will be here by Friday‚” said Sello Hatang‚ the Foundation’s chief executive. Zulu died while taking part on the Trek4Mandela charity expedition on Mount Kilimanjaro on Monday — International Nelson Mandela Day. He complained of having flu-like symptoms on Saturday and posted on his Instagram account that he was “struggling with the mountain”. His memorial service will be held on Tuesday‚ Hatang said. A special mass will be held at the Kyalami race track in Zulu’s honour. He will be buried on Thursday next week.

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