• A Muslim wife has rights‚ as sober Chief Mandela will find out

    Loved-up Mandla Mandela’s conversion to Islam means he needs to give up vice‚ pledging to live a morally sound life – including fidelity within marriage‚ fasting and prayer. And unlike the Xhosa nation’s self-confessed dagga smoking king‚ the isiXhosa chief needs to give up any intoxicating substance. Chief Mandela of Mvezo married Muslim bride Rabia Clarke in Cape Town last week. “I wish to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Rabia’s parents‚ her extended family and the Muslim community‚ for welcoming me into their hearts‚” Mandela said in a statement.  “Although Rabia and I were raised in different cultural and religious traditions‚ our coming together reflects what we have in common: We are South

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  • Madonsela confirms private meeting with Zuma - Politics

    Parliament - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on Thursday confirmed that she had had a private meeting with President Jacob Zuma ahead of the Constitutional Court hearings this week in which he has conceded that her findings have binding force. Speaking on the red carpet, ahead of Zuma's ninth State of the Nation Address, Madonsela confirmed under urging from reporters: "We had a meeting. It was a private meeting." She declined to give further details and downplayed her wrangle with Zuma over his long-standing refusal to repay the state for luxuries added to his private home at taxpayer's expense. Zuma last week reversed his stance, and his lawyers on Tuesday confirmed in court that he was prepared

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  • Malema the target of a plot - EFF - Politics

    #SONA2016 / Cape Town - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Thursday night claimed that their leader, Julius Malema, was the target of a government intelligence plot in Parliament. EFF MPs made these allegations when they were addressing their supporters in St George’s Mall in Cape Town on Thursday night after they were ejected from the State of the Nation Address (SONA) delivered by President Jacob Zuma in Parliament. Read: SONA2016: It's all about the money Secretary general of the EFF, Godrich Gardee, said the party had intelligence information that Malema has been targeted since May 2014. “On the 7th of May, 2014, the president (Malema) had to be whisked away due to an intelligence information

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  • Young African Leadership Initiative asks ANC to recall Zuma for 'betraying SA and party': iLIVE

    The announcement by President Jacob Zuma to replace the finance minister has recklessly endangered the South African economy. This decision can only be described as a disaster. As representatives of a young professional generation, passionate about building a better South Africa, we call on the ANC to recall the President for the betrayal of the people of South Africa. This betrayal will be experienced differently by the rich, the middle class, and the poor; but it will negatively impact everyone. From declines in social services to sky-rocketing interest rates, life in South Africa has just become tougher.   The financial indicators of the announcement yesterday have clearly communicated the

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  • Mantashe calls the nation hypocrites on Nkandla

    Gwede Mantashe said apartheid architects haven’t apologised to millions of black people. Nkandla Jacob Zuma Nkandla ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe APARTHEID JOHANNESBURG – African National Congress secretary general Gwede Mantashe says it is hypocritical for South Africans to ask President Jacob Zuma to apologise over the Nkandla saga while the architects of apartheid have not done the same for the suffering of millions of black people. Earlier this week the Economic Freedom Fighters and Democratic Alliance took the president to the Constitutional Court seeking clarity over the powers of the Public Protector. The court found that Zuma failed to uphold the Constitution when he failed to

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  • Rand sends funds deeper than gold - Markets

    Johannesburg - South African investors are having to look harder to find stocks that benefit from a weaker rand after the currency’s plunge spurred the fastest gains by gold miners on record. Companies that earn in dollars and incur costs in the local currency have soared, with the FTSE/JSE Africa Gold Mining Index more than doubling since December as the rand slid to an all-time low. The gauge rallied 35 percent in January, the biggest monthly advance since Bloomberg began compiling data in 1995, while commodity producers from Harmony Gold Mining to Anglo American Platinum are all among the top 10 gainers this year. “We have been cutting some exposure as the gold miners have risen,” said Andre

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  • Jose’s shadow hangs over United

    Manchester United’s players and staff are worried about the negative impact Jose Mourinho would have if he replaces Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford. Mourinho has told friends that his appointment is a ‘done deal’, although it is understood there is no formal agreement with United, despite reports in Spain yesterday of a three-year contract worth £15million a year. The prospect of working under the 53-year-old Portuguese coach has been met with some consternation at United’s Carrington training base, with players and staff said to be concerned about his confrontational approach. They know of the problems that engulfed the former Chelsea boss before his departure from Stamford Bridge in December

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Juggles Succession Wars

    President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday attempted a balancing act to pacify feuding factions in Zanu PF who are locked in a cut-throat succession battle after he skirted around the contentious issue of factionalism despite berating bigwigs for igniting an unprecedented fight in the party, the Zimbabwe Independent has learnt. Politburo sources said the 10-hour long meeting saw sparks flying from warring members as Zanu PF tried to resolve widening fissures that have seen Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo, presidential spokesperson George Charamba and War Veterans minister Chris Mutsvangwa hurling invectives at each other in public. President Robert Mugabe and First Lady Grace Mugabe arrive for a Zanu PF politburo meeting on Wednesday at the party's headquarters in Harare.

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  • SA’s peanut crop fails - Business News

    Johannesburg - South Africa will probably return to being a net importer of peanuts as the worst drought in living memory cuts the country’s crop to the smallest on record. The nation may need to bring in 20 000 metric tons of groundnuts, as they’re also known, in the 2016-17 season starting March to supplement local supply, according to Wandile Sihlobo, an economist at farm lobby Grain SA. The country, which was last a net importer in 2013-14, risks losing its position as the third-biggest supplier to Japan. South Africa had the lowest rainfall last year since records began more than a century ago as the El Nino weather pattern decimated crops of everything from corn to wheat. The nation has

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  • Maine spoils it for the savvy party propagandists

    COLLEN Maine, once suspected to be a closet member of the Congress of the People, was appointed leader of the reconstituted African National Congress (ANC) Youth League last year. Last weekend he delivered a speech in Pretoria during which he stumbled over a set of notes in his hand that he — alarmingly — kept turning upside down. With a justifiably puzzled expression on his face, he insulted his political opponents, threatened them and spoke of civil war. Reports that he had to be persuaded to postpone detonating a hydrogen bomb he may or may not have procured from his friend Kim Jong-un over Seshego in Limpopo later that evening could not be confirmed. The expulsion of Julius Malema and the

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  • Courts can't stop us saying we don't like Guptas' curries: Malema

    “We must respect the courts. But the courts can't stop us from saying that we don't love the Guptas. We don't want their curry‚” Malema said. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and its leader were indicted earlier on Tuesday by the Gauteng North High Court from inciting acts of violence against the company’s shareholders‚ staff and property‚ according to Oakbay Investments‚ one of the plaintiffs that also included Ajay‚ Atul and Rajesh Kumar Gupta. This follows the “get out Gupta” statements made by Malema and the Gauteng region of the party last week‚ which the brothers and their lawyers say “we have interpreted as an incitement to violence”. The court document stated that some of the Gupta

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  • South Africa: De Lille Weighs in On Possible Parliament Move

    The national government needs to cut the Cabinet and streamline Parliament, Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille said on Friday. This follows President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address on Thursday, in which he raised the possibility of moving Parliament to Pretoria. De Lille said the issue was not about moving Parliament to Pretoria to cut government wastage. "The key issue is that government is too big," she said. "National government needs to cut the Cabinet, [and] streamline and rationalise Parliament in order to save costs to the taxpayer, and work more efficiently." She said regardless of the possible move, the City of Cape Town "would always be open to the people of Gauteng". During

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  • Nigeria: Buhari Appoints Personal Assistant On New Media

    President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Bashir Ahmad as his Personal Assistant on New Media. Mr. Bashir, 24, is an indigene of Kano state. Until his appointment, he was the Online Editor (Hausa) for Leadership Newspaper. Mr. Bashir graduated from Bayero University Kano in 2013, with Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication. He worked as an online editor and reporter at Rariya Hausa Newspaper, before joining Leadership as an online editor. Mr. Bashir also worked as the personal assistant on new media to Sam Nda-Isaiah, the publisher of Leadership, who contested along Mr. Buhari for the All Progressives Congress, APC's presidential ticket for the 2015 election. He later served at the Buhari Support

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  • Protester: 'That germ from Germany, Helen Zille, must go'

    There was high police visibility as members of the Ses'khona People's Rights Movement gathered in Keizergracht Street in Cape Town on Thursday. Supporters arrived by the busload for the group's anti-racism march, in which the group plans to take to the streets of the CBD. "That germ from Germany, Helen Zille, must go...," spokesperson Sulyman Stellenboom said. "She is not welcome here. She must go back where she came from." As the mother of the Mother City, she is not delivering, Stellenboom said. "Our people in the Western Cape are dying on a daily basis," he insisted. "If they won't allow us to march in Cape Town, they won't work in the rural areas." This after authorisation was not granted

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  • Fire threatens property near Cape Town CBD - Western Cape

    Cape Town – The City of Cape Town said a fire was threatening property in Zonnebloem, near the city centre on Thursday. Spokesperson for the City’s Traffic Services, Richard Coleman, said helicopters had not yet been dispatched, but three pumps were on the scene. He said vegetation had caught alight and was now threatening houses in the vicinity. Huge plumes of smoke billowed over property within the fire’s vicinity, hours before President Jacob Zuma is scheduled to give his State of the Nation Address in Parliament. Coleman said there were no road closures at this stage as firefighters attempted to put out the blaze. African News Agency * Use IOL’s Facebook and Twitter pages to comment on our

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  • In photos: SONA 2016

    Photo: A group of around 400 Ses'khona People's Rights Movement members on Thursday demonstrated before the president's address. They were protesting against the local DA government and at one point threatened a small group of Pan Africanist Congress members for making disparaging remarks about Zuma. (Greg Nicolson) Photo: The Ses'khona demonstration was later joined by student protesters, who police had to keep separate from the Ses'khona group. (Greg Nicolson) Photo: Closer to Parliament, a rally under the banner #ZumaMustFall marched through town chanting, yep, “Zuma must fall.” (Greg Nicolson) Photo: Around 150 people joined the Zuma Must Fall march and the brief addresses focused on supporting

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  • Cope leader booted out of #SONA2016 - Politics

    Parliament - There was disorder in the National Assembly on Thursday night, first as EFF MPs tried unsuccessfully to raise “points of order” in the House, then as Congress of the People president Mosiuoa Lekota interrupted President Jacob Zuma shortly after he started delivering his State of the Nation Address. Economic Freedom Fighters MPs sat down after Speaker Baleka Mbete told them they would be ordered out of the House if they don't allow Zuma to speak. But, Lekota was later booted when he suggested Zuma should not be allowed to speak because: “He broke his oath of office. He is no longer honourable. He is no longer fit to lead...” Lekota gave a fiery media interview shortly after he was

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  • South Africa: What's Fashion Got to Do With the State of the Nation Anyway?

    There is a certain element of celebrity in the State of the Nation Address (Sona) that has almost taken over the real importance of the president's speech. PRESANTIE REDDY wonders whether the fashion choices our politicians make have any relation to their actual politics. The red carpet at Sona has become synonymous with fashion statements that scream louder than the work of our politicians, or the president for that matter. Writing for EWN in 2014, The Daily Vox executive editor Khadija Patel says the fashion focus of Sona proves the emptiness of South African politics. "[It] is indicative of the way parliamentary procedure in South Africa has become vacuous, a theatrical performance with little

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  • Chelsea a team of 'Zorros', says Hiddink

    London - Chelsea striker Diego Costa will become the latest Chelsea player to wear a protective mask after breaking his nose, leading interim manager Guus Hiddink to liken his side to a “team of Zorros”. Spain forward Costa suffered the injury in an accidental clash in training and will become the third Chelsea player to wear a mask this season after Cesar Azpilicueta and Nemanja Matic. “Diego got in a duel on the pitch, got his nose broken,” Hiddink told a news conference on Friday. “It was one of the youngsters in the academy, we like them to participate in the game. Diego put his nose on the back of the player and was very unlucky. “His nose was broken, but he will return today, he will have

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  • Green light for Gupta’s mine purchase - Companies

    Johannesburg - A proposal by a company controlled by South African President Jacob Zuma’s son and the Gupta family to buy Optimum Coal Mine was recommended for approval by the country’s Competition Commission. The Competition Commission recommended the approval of the deal by Tegeta Exploration and Resources, a company owned by Oakbay Investments and Mabengela Investments, which had been placed into bankruptcy protection by Glencore, the antitrust body said in an e-mailed statement on Thursday. Oakbay Investments, owned by the Gupta family, controls Oakbay Resources & Energy. Mabengela, in which Zuma’s son Duduzane has a stake, also has an interest in the Shiva Uranium operation, which the Gupta

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