• Cyril, it's time to pick a side

    I expected it to last. The election afterglow, I mean. The “collision” negotiations barely concluded, and then boom, before you knew it, the Sars wars had resumed without even giving the EFF two days to enjoy their “kingmaker” status. It was straight back to the usual destruction of the country’s institutions. Business as (un)usual. So Pravin Gordhan has been thrust back into the limelight, kicking and screaming. But the markets don’t like it when our minister of finance kicks and screams. They prefer him in the background – but some those in charge don’t appear to care that the rand is reasonably important. The markets, that amorphous mass of invisible investors who love stability, are not kind

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  • NEWS ANALYSIS: Zuma’s power checked by backlash over Gordhan probe

    REELING from the ANC’s worst-ever election performance and a public backlash over investigations by the Hawks into Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, President Jacob Zuma’s room to maneuver appears to be shrinking. Anxiety over whether Zuma will fire the finance minister in a cabinet reshuffle has hung over Africa’s largest economy since Tuesday, when the news broke that Gordhan, 67, may face charges over allegations that he set up an illicit investigative unit during his time as head of the South African Revenue Service. While Zuma expressed "full confidence" in the minister, he said he is powerless to stop the probe. Opposition parties and analysts have speculated that Zuma may use the investigation

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  • Guptas, don't think fronting will help you – Malema

    Leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema has written on Twitter about his concern that the Gupta family’s statement that they will be selling all their shares in South Africa by the end of the year may merely be an attempt to keep trading in South Africa by other means. By selling to a company headed by someone not directly linked to the Guptas, that would be “fronting”  if that entity were still somehow indirectly controlled by the family. Malema has long been a thorn in the side of the Guptas, and he even went as far as to allege that President Jacob Zuma had personally worked as a courier using a presidential jet to deliver huge amounts of cash to the family’s new home, Dubai.

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  • I'm prepared to die to save SA from the thieves, says Gordhan

    A defiant Gordhan promised that he would never back down from fighting corruption. The embattled finance minister also told hundreds of Treasury staff members he was aware of speculation over a cabinet reshuffle. "He said ministers come and go and we must just commit to work with whoever is the minister of finance," said a Treasury employee who was at a staff meeting addressed by Gordhan in Pretoria on Friday afternoon. "He said we didn't think what happened to Nhlanhla Nene could happen, but it happened," said another source. A third source said: "He said this is part of a bigger political battle. Don't be surprised if me and the deputy minister [Mcebisi Jonas] are removed this weekend". Gordhan

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  • The night run: how Zimbabwean traders are dodging import restrictions

    ON JUNE 17‚ Zimbabwe’s authorities imposed restrictions on imports of foreign dental fillings‚ kitchen sinks‚ baby formulae‚ pencils and much more. Cross border vendors‚ dependent on this trade to survive‚ have become desperate. Long distance buses with empty trailers can now be seen on the Zimbabwean side of the border. Angry traders set ablaze a warehouse full of seized tomato cans‚ blankets and farming implements at the Beitbridge border crossing in July‚ as police ran for cover. According to Zimbabwe’s Minister of Industry and Commerce‚ Michael Bimha‚ the restrictions have been implemented to "allow our local companies to retool and increase production. It is temporary‚ and we will remove

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  • Bartlett: Promotion is the mandate

    Jomo Sono might be the undisputed king of promoting (and relegating) his beloved Jomo Cosmos. But the “Black Prince” might have to glance over his shoulder to stay watch out for Bartlett, who is determined to guide the University of Pretoria back into the Premier Soccer League in what will be the second time, if successful. Bartlett was the hero when he helped promote Golden Arrows after spending one season in the NFD, and looks to repeat that achievement. “That is the immediate mandate for the team to try and get promoted to the PSL, and we are determined, but we are not under any illusion that it will be easy, it will be very difficult. We need to make sure that we take every game with the

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  • Between the Lines – Denis Goldberg: DA captured ANC’s non-racialism

    Because Jacob Zuma ran the ANC’s internal intelligence he had the “dirt on everyone” and was ready to use it, “because he is a clever fox of a man”, Denis Goldberg said. Zuma and much of the leadership had to go in an ANC clean-out, with an amnesty for the president so the country can move on. Goldberg, 83, a University of Cape Town-trained civil engineer who spent 22 years in Pretoria Central Prison for his part as one of the first members of Umkhonto we Sizwe, said the opposition Democratic Alliance had run a nonracial campaign, whereas the ANC’s campaign had been racist in part. “The Opposition Mmusi Maimane has captured the policies of the ANC promoting nonracialism,” while the ANC was associated with separateness, Goldberg said.

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  • VIDEO: Clinton ties Trump to Ku Klux Klan - World News

    New York - Donald Trump has spent the past week talking up his efforts to attract African American voters. On Thursday, the Clinton campaign revealed its response: a one-minute video making the case that Donald Trump remains the candidate of choice for white supremacists and neo-Nazis. The montage features leaders of the Ku Klux Klan and other white nationalist groups offering resounding endorsements to the New York businessman, whom Hillary Clinton accused of "taking a hate movement mainstream". "The reason a lot of Klan members like Donald Trump is because a lot of what he believes, we believe in," said a robed Imperial Wizard of the Rebel Brigade of the Knights of the KKK. The advert comes

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  • Now, Hawks take aim at Gerrie Nel

    Johannesburg - Controversial Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza is gunning for top prosecutor Gerrie Nel, who is largely credited with ensuring Oscar Pistorius was convicted for Reeva Steenkamp’s murder. Ntlemeza is understood to be implicating Nel in the controversy over the alleged “rogue” unit at the South African Revenue Service. The Sunday Independent has been told that the Hawks have launched a probe into Nel for possible contravention of the Public Finance Management Act. It is alleged he approved a payment of R1.5 million to a member of the unit to install spying equipment in the offices of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) offices. Nel scored a major victory when the Constitutional Court

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  • ‘Uncontrollable’ people are in power in SA, says funnyman Noah

    TREVOR Noah has spoken out about the state of South African politics‚ saying "uncontrollable" people have been put in power. "You put them in the right position‚ you get them in the right place‚ and you realise that controlling them is not something that is manageable," the comedian said in a television interview. "There were people who thought they could control (EFF leader) Julius Malema. There were people who thought they could control (President) Jacob Zuma. But you come to realise that when you put the wrong man in the right place he can do the utmost damage," Noah told eNCA. He compared them to US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Quizzed about Trump and the possibility of his

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  • South Africa: Ruling Party Planning to Remove Zuma?

    While the leadership of the ANC embarks on a tour of branches across the country in search of answers for the party's decline in support in the municipal elections ordinary members are calling for the occupation of the party's national headquarters Luthuli House to demand President Jacob Zuma and the ANC's National Executive Committee's resignations. One of the organisers, Bonolo Ramokhele, has said the idea is to have a demonstration at the party's head offices on September 5 when the president is expected to attend a National Working Committee meeting. Previously he had been part of attempts to demonstrate outside an NEC meeting following state capture claims by deputy finance minister Mcebisi

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  • The arrogance of the Hawks is unacceptable, FW de Klerk says

    FORMER president FW de Klerk has weighed in on the furore surrounding Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. JacarandaFM reported on Friday that De Klerk‚ speaking on the sidelines of the launch of the Centre for Unity in Diversity in Johannesburg‚ said: "What is happening around the minister of finance is a tragedy." He went further to say that the "form of arrogance" displayed by the Hawks was "unacceptable". "What is happening around the minister of finance is a tragedy. He is adopting an attitude that he is guilty of nothing‚ that he has given all explanations he has been asked to give and I think he is within his rights in doing so," De Klerk said. "The way in which it is being handled and what

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  • No law empowers Hawks to summon Gordhan

    There is no law or anything else in the constitution that empowers the Hawks to have “summoned” Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, respected retired justice of the Constitutional Court Johann Kriegler has said. “Let’s start at square one. Do the Hawks have any power to summons? That is a big no,” he told The Citizen. “There is no power under our law and constitution to summons someone.” He also said that the method used by the Hawks, by which it made public its intention to have Gordhan appear at its offices on Thursday, was a device used to intimidate someone. “It’s usually a device used to intimidate and frighten people. It’s also a device used to humiliate the person even more.” Kriegler said,

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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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  • Thabo Mbeki's full letter on Zuma, Nkandla and the Constitutional Court

    The Big Read: Zuma acts the chief, scorns our rule of law The court ruled that Zuma had failed to uphold the Constitution by ignoring orders from the Public Protector that he repay some of the $16 million in state funds spent to renovate his residence at Nkandla. No duty to defend JZ, says Gwede Here is former President Thabo Mbeki's full letter on the issue: On 31 March, 2016, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng conveyed the unanimous decision of the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) in the matter of “Economic Freedom Fighters v Speaker of the National Assembly and Others; Democratic Alliance v Speaker of the National Assembly and Others [2016] ZACC 11.” This decision has evoked much understandable

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  • Uefa changes Champions League qualifying rules

    Uefa, European soccer’s ruling body, announced significant changes to the Champions League on Friday, with the top four European leagues each guaranteed four places in the group stage from the 2018-19 season. Under the present system, the top three leagues — currently Spain, Germany and England — have three places each, while the fourth-placed teams must play off over two legs for a place in the group stage. The changes came after Europe’s top clubs discussed the possibility of forming a Super League, possibly without Uefa’s authorisation. Several big clubs, such as Manchester United, Liverpool, Inter Milan and AC Milan, have missed out on this season’s group stage after performing poorly in their leagues last season.

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  • There’s no such thing as a coloured identity

    Denying this or fighting this unfortunate reality would only strengthen apartheid’s hold on them as this will mean they accept the dominance and legitimacy of apartheid over their identity, their plight and their destiny. Subscribing to the “coloured” tag also celebrates as victorious the attempts of the architects of apartheid to make people feel inferior, to determine their cultural destiny and to, in a programmed way, question themselves and accept what is enforced upon them. More than that, it dishonours the struggles of those who fought against apartheid, died in their struggle against the evil system that denied people their identity, rights and land. Fact is, when the Population Registration Act was enacted in 1950, it simply defined a “coloured person” as “a person who is not a white person or a native”.

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  • Are prison nurses trying to kill Oscar Pistorius?

    The People's Bae is taking a break. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) announced on Friday that national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi “will be on study leave effective immediately‚ till 1 November 2016”.

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  • No black like me in the DA

    Firstly, the Democratic Alliance (DA) needs to be congratulated for scooping three metros: Tshwane, Johannesburg, and the Nelson Mandela Bay, which have long been held by the ANC. Twenty-two years into democracy, the community of Alexandra, which neighbours the plush Sandton, is still embarrassingly shanty. Sixty-one years after the “adoption” of the Freedom Charter, the people of Kliptown still live in abject poverty. The ANC inarguably didn’t cover itself in complete glory when it comes to service delivery. And Now the DA has a big task to overturn these dehumanising conditions, if that’s what it’s planning to do. Corruption, being the ANC’s weakest point, is what the DA hopes to eradicate.

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  • ‘We never expected Sipho Pityana to stoop so low’ - Politics

    Cape Town - The ANC Youth League says it is “disgusted by the unruly and disruptive character” displayed by Sipho Pityana at the funeral of Makhenkesi Stofile at Fort Hare University. During his 30-minute speech at the funeral on Thursday, Pityana, an ANC veteran and former director-general of foreign affairs, lashed Zuma and urged him to step aside. “If the president was here I would have asked him as my leader, I would have begged him, I would have prayed, saying: My big brother, Msholozi, hand over the reins!’ “The next battle cannot be led by a leader who has humiliated our organisation and undermined everything that we represent.” On Friday the ANCYL said: “We expect former leaders of our

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