• Malema failed woodwork again‚ says Mandla Mandela

    Mandla Mandela issued a scathing attack on Julius Malema on Friday‚ accusing the EFF leader of “trash can politics“. In a statement defending ANC policy and practice‚ the grandson of Nelson Mandela said: “It appears‚ though‚ that Julius Malema has capitulated to the kind of thinking that characterised Eugene Terreblanche’s mission to undermine our nascent democracy at any cost.” Mandla Mandela was reacting to a stinging attack on his grandfather by Malema at Oxford University in the United Kingdom on Wednesday. Malema also attacked Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and businessman Patrice Motsepe at the student forum. “The deviation from the Freedom Charter was the beginning of selling out of

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  • ‘Outsiders in our own land’ - Politics | IOL News

    Johannesburg - Afrikaner political party Front Nasionaal set itself on a collision course with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) by burning an EFF T-shirt and a poster showing the face of leader Julius Malema. The party led a march to the Union Buildings from the Pretoria Art Museum on Friday to hand over a memorandum, addressed to President Jacob Zuma, signalling its intention to have areas for Afrikaners to live out their heritage and exercise their right to self-determination as per the constitution. The relatively small group, led by Marius Coertze, Front Nasionaal’s legal representative, set the red EFF T-shirt, as well as a poster with Malema’s face on it, alight. Soon afterwards the

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  • Motsepe shares his riches

    Billionaire Patrice Motsepe's mining business has not done well to the extent that for the first time his African Rainbow Minerals failed to fund his multi-million rand annual donation programme to traditional authorities and faith-based organisations. Motsepe revealed this yesterday at the Sandton Convention Centre while he was disbursing millions of rands to churches and traditional leaders. He said "the mining industry is going through serious challenges". He said the donation funds this year came from the Ubuntu Botho, a partnership between his Motsepe Foundation and insurance group Sanlam. Ubuntu Botho is also the main sponsor for Motsepe's football team Mamelodi Sundowns. "The global mining

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  • Drogba just selling books, says Jose - Premier League

    London - Jose Mourinho has slapped down Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, accusing his former player of criticising the club in order to sell books, before telling current striker Diego Costa that he is “not reading the game properly”. Drogba, who scored 164 goals and won 12 major trophies at Chelsea, many of them under Mourinho, had said Chelsea did not have as many leaders as they used to. But the Portuguese hit back last night, saying he had little interest in what he thought was merely promotional material for Drogba's autobiography. “When you speak because you want to sell books, I don't read,” Mourinho said. “I like interviews, I like interviews from big guys like Didier with good journalists

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  • No more Mr shy guy

    Karabo Mogane describes himself as cripplingly shy - the type to compete with wallflowers at events. But the next minute the timidity is out of the window as he belts out a soulful tune on the stage and pleases the crowd with his moves. So I ask if he has an alter ego or if he just has multiple-personality disorder. Mogane, who was crowned Idols SA winner on Sunday, has gone through the claws of judge Somizi Mhlongo who rather bitchily told him that he had the personality of dish-washing water. Mogane rolled with the punches and fixed himself up. He laughs: "I've just had to learn to separate my personality from my persona. I don't let the shy guy take over anymore. "It was my dream to win, so

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  • Kill thy neighbour: Alex attack brings home SA's shame

    His attackers had followed him down a street, keeping their prey at arm's length, waiting for an opening to land the fatal blow. They circled him as, on his knees amid rubbish, he pleaded for mercy. In those moments, Emmanuel Sithole was no longer a man, a neighbour, a human being. The intensity on his attackers' faces showed that he had become a thing to kill - each thrust aimed with ferocity. Around the macabre scene - where children had played and adults had strolled moments before - some now held their hands to their mouths in horror. Others stood seemingly detached, as if watching a movie. The attack on Sithole lasted about two minutes. Alexandra township, next door to Sandton, had just

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  • Samson Moyo Guma; isolated, alone and on a slippery ground | Sunday Standard

    On Friday 29th May, Tati East Member of Parliament, Samson Moyo Guma alighted from his Range Rover at Game City and sauntered into the premises of Standard Chartered bank to facilitate transactions that would enable him to pay his numerous employees and creditors. It was the beginning of a fight for political survival by Moyo Guma, who is now fending off escalating attacks from his political enemies and the threat of jail, if on-going investigations unearth corrupt activities on his part. Last month the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP), acting on behalf of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC), filed a miscellaneous application for the bank accounts of Moyo Guma’s company, IRB Transport and those of his business associate Thapelo Olopeng, to be frozen. When he became Minister of Youth Sports and Culture, Olopeng sold his shareholding in Executive Closets lodge in Phase IV to Moyo Guma, a long time friend and business partner.

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  • Winnie's helper takes her to task

    Struggle stalwart and ANC MP Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is being hauled before labour authorities for alleged irregular deductions from the salary of her former domestic worker. Nomathamsanqa Dunga of Orlando East in Soweto has laid a complaint with the department of labour at Maponya Mall, Soweto. The two parties were scheduled to appear before the department's inspection and enforcement officer, but Madikizela-Mandela did not show up. Dunga, who was employed at Madikizela-Mandela's Orlando West home, alleges she made three deductions from her salary without her approval. The two had agreed on a R1500 monthly salary in early 2013. Dunga said Madikizela-Mandela would occasionally pay her as much

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  • DA ‘will use state funds for polls’ - Politics | IOL News

    Cape Town - Finance MEC Ivan Meyer has the cash to save the provincial parliament from collapse, but instead plans to put these funds towards next year’s DA municipal election campaign, the ANC alleged this week. Pierre Uys, ANC chief whip in the provincial parliament, said Meyer last week allocated only R300 000 to the local legislature, which needs R34 million to address staff and operational challenges. In his medium-term provincial budget allocations last week, Meyer described how millions of rands would be shifted within the provincial government before the end of the current financial year. Uys said he had concluded that the provincial Treasury had a surplus of R217m. The national Treasury

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  • It’s Tinkler’s time to twinkle... - Soccer Cup Competitions

    Johannesburg - Let’s cut Eric Tinkler some slack. No one would have been more disappointed than the Orlando Pirates coach when the scoreboard read 1-1 at the end of his side’s first-leg CAF Confederation Cup final against Etoile du Sahel in Soweto a week ago. You see, rumour has it that the Bucs’ coach is holding on to his job by a thread, and winning the continental title could be his saving grace. The former Bafana Bafana midfielder described the clash against the Tunisians as the “game of his career” as a coach and elaborated further by claiming it ranked as high as winning the Africa Cup of Nations championship with the national team back in 1996. That’s a loaded statement if you read between

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  • Collusion claims rejected

    A businesswoman who boasts of providing catering services for ANC bigwigs, including President Jacob Zuma, is at the centre of a R1.4-billion tender battle. Ethel Ruth Shongwe, who allegedly has close links to Mpumalanga legislature speaker Thandi Shongwe, is also a former deputy chairwoman of the Mpumalanga tender board. In May last year, North Gauteng High Court Judge Nicolene Janse van Nieuwenhuizen found that Shongwe had submitted two bids under two companies and should have been disqualified in terms of the resolution adopted by the bid evaluation committee. Van Nieuwenhuizen also found that Shongwe hastily formed Mabeke Women and Mbetse Ladies about a month before the closing date of bid submissions.

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  • Banks under fire over R99 debit order scam

    Fin24 has been inundated with emails from irate bank customers following an expose on Special Assignment on Sunday which lifted the lid on how easy it is for dubious companies operating in the call centre space to gain access to bank accounts through unauthorised debit orders. Banks in the South Africa process about 56 million debit orders a month and from these close to a million inter-bank debit orders, including non-authenticated early debit orders, are disputed every month, according to the Payments Association of South Africa (PASA). The dispute ratio for non-authenticated debit orders is between 4.5% and 6%. Lucas Mlangeni said it worried him that his bank account has been invaded by fraudsters.

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  • Get real, white South Africa

    We did it in 1910 when the Union of South Africa was birthed by the British. We did it in 1948 when our new apartheid laws turned us into the most unethically dressed nation in Africa. We did it again in 1961 when the National Party declared South Africa a republic, free from the British Commonwealth. Our newest outfit, the dress from our historic Autumn/Winter 1994 collection, is now 21 years old, and evidently in tatters. Unfortunately, South Africa has never fundamentally changed over the years, we simply changed clothes. The greatest problem we face as a nation is not our neo-liberal imperialist economy that favours US and British capitalist endeavours. It's not that the police criminalise

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  • 2015: shock, awe in world rugby

    All Black captain Richie McCaw has walked away from the game he graced across 148 Test matches and the giant New Zealand wing Jonah Lomu, a man who truly revolutionised the game, tragically died at just 40. It is a matter for the history books now, but just consider some of the walls of perception that came tumbling down when the giants and minnows battled it out for the Webb Ellis Cup. Chief among these was the All Blacks becoming the first side to retain the championship. England, considered one of the pre-tournament favourites playing on their home territory, suffered the humiliation of becoming the first host nation to crash out during the pool stages after falling to Wales and Australia.

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  • The Big Read: Animal farm rules, not OK

    Somewhere in the bush a suited teacher behind a desk addresses a row of pupils: "For a fair selection everybody has to take the same exam: Please climb that tree." The problem is that the "pupils" include a monkey, an elephant, a fish in a bowl of water, a dog etc. There should be no need for further explanation but I find that when a privileged parent comes to complain about their child not being selected for medical school or architecture or physiotherapy, two things happen. First, they find the cartoon funny, even embarrassing, for its message is incontestable - not all students start examinations equally because some are, by design, advantaged. Then, as if the cartoon no longer exists, the

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  • South African pets have medical aid, but not workers - Malema tells Oxford students

    "We have got a situation where the rich love animals [more] than the people," he told the Oxford Union at Oxford University in the United Kingdom on Wednesday.  "The dogs of rich people in South Africa have got medical aid but their domestic workers, and the university workers, and the farm workers, the petrol attendants, the security guards, do not have medical aid.  "Neither do they have rights as workers." Malema said the recent student protests against fees, and the protests by university workers showed that the interests of the poor are being put on the African agenda.   He added that some university workers who have worked for more than 30 years have nothing to show for it.  Malema said

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  • Does Cassper Nyovest deserve to be named Africa's best rapper?

    For the past year, Cassper Nyovest has gone head to head with fellow rapper AKA. The duo have battled it out in terms of hot lyrics, eye catching videos, awards and record sales. Their hip hop beef has made for interesting headlines and stories, I mean who could forget AKA's team member allegedly pulling a gun on Nyovest at a recording of Sabc 1's Live AMP? Then there is the constant flaunting of iTunes sales between the two. Screen grabs on Instagram and Twitter of who sits higher on iTunes sales has become standard for both rappers. They tend to perform at the same gigs but none dare ask them to share a stage for the fear that shots could literally be fired. While the two rappers have embraced

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  • Local not always lekker – Morné - Springboks

    Johannesburg – Former Springbok great Morné du Plessis believes South African rugby should not hesitate to employ a foreign coach to take the national side forward. Speculation is rife over the future of incumbent Bok coach Heyneke Meyer and possible successors should his tenure come to an end. Meyer’s fate will be decided at the SA Rugby Union (Saru) general council meeting in Cape Town on December 11. Saru have been reluctant to appoint a foreign coach to take the reins of the national team but Du Plessis, who managed the World Cup-winning Springboks of 1995, said it was time South Africa moved with the times. “The world is small today, it is not just in your backyard, and you’ve got to look

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  • Nigeria: Ndlea Arrests Six Suspected Drug Trafficker At Mmia

    Lagos. — The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA has arrested six suspects in Lagos for Drug trafficking. Among the arrested suspects is a twenty-five year old single lady, a Brazil based freelance journalist and a patent medicine dealer. They are currently being interrogated by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) over drug trafficking. The six suspects were said to have been apprehended at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos with 13.410kg of substances that tested positive for narcotics. NDLEA commander at the Lagos airport, Ahmadu Garba gave the names of the suspects as follows; Gabriel Chidimma Juliet, 25, caught with 2.900kg of cocaine

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  • Russia slaps economic sanctions on Turkey over jet downing

    With the row showing no sign of abating, the Kremlin released the text of a decree signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin that announced an end to charter flights between the two countries, a ban on Russian businesses hiring any new Turkish nationals and import restrictions on certain Turkish goods. It also asked Russian tour operators to refrain from selling trips to Turkey, normally a top holiday destination for Russian tourists. The Kremlin announcement came just hours after Erdogan made his most conciliatory comments to date over the shooting down of the jet, saying he wished Tuesday’s incident had never happened. Turkey claims the Su-24 warplane strayed into its airspace and ignored repeated warnings to change course, but Russia has insists it did not cross the border from Syria.

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