• 'He banna!' Arthur Mafokate shocks Malema

    EFF leader Julius Malema reacted with shock after kwaito star Arthur Mafokate congratulated the man expected to be elected late on Monday as the new mayor of Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba. Mafokate, a die-hard ANC supporter, congratulated Mashaba, who the EFF has openly declared their antagonism towards. Malema responded, saying ‘he banna!’, a Sesotho phrase normally used when someone is shocked. The kwaito star congratulated the Black Like Me entrepreneur, saying he had fond memories of Mashaba who used to sponsor artists such as himself. “Wow! Bra Herman Mashaba who used to sponsor us as dancers is about to be a Mayor of the most powerful city in Africa 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 #JoburgMayor,” said Mafokate.

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  • Mbeki's letter to the ANC

    The full text of a controversial letter former president Thabo Mbeki addressed to ANC President Jacob Zuma. Comrade President, I imagine that these must be especially trying times for you as president of our movement, the ANC, as they are for many of us as ordinary members of our beloved movement, which we have strived to serve loyally for many decades. I say this to apologise that I impose an additional burden on you by sending you this long letter. I decided to write this letter after I was informed that two days ago, on October 7, the president of the ANC Youth League and you the following day, October 8, told the country, through the media, that you would require me to campaign for the ANC

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  • Cast resignations! Dropping numbers! Is this the end for 7de Laan?

    The SABC 2 soapie has been hit by several big changes over the last few months, leaving it remarkably different and facing an unclear future. Mass Exodus For a start, the soapie has recently experienced some of its biggest departures in recent history. No less than ten main actors have left the show since the turn of the year, including some of the show's most popular characters. Heino Smit (Altus), Deon Coetzee (Herman Croukamp) and Zane Meas (Neville Meintjies) were some of the first out of the door and were soon joined by Diaan Lawrenson (Paula), Jo da Silva (Gita) and Christo Davids (Errol). At the time of their departure both Jo and Diaan said that they would appear on the show in the future

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  • 'EFF sold my vote' accusation angers Ndlozi

    National spokesperson of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Mbuyiseni Ndlozi has slated those who are accusing the party of “selling” their votes. Following the results of the 2016 local government elections where no party won an outright majority, the EFF refused to go into coalition with what they call “a racist party”, the DA, but they nevertheless decided to vote for the DA so they could unseat the ANC. During interviews last week, EFF leader Julius Malema confirmed that “ideologically speaking”, there was no difference between the ANC and the DA, but the DA was “a better devil”. Now their alleged voters have accused the EFF on Twitter of selling their votes to the DA, which now controls

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  • BREAKING: SARS Wars Endgame – Hawks order Pravin Gordhan and others to “present” themselves

    The convoluted SARS “rogue unit” saga appears to be heading for a dramatic climax as the Hawks are poised to finally make a much anticipated move on Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan this week. This in spite of Gordhan's answering of 27 questions personally delivered by the Hawks head Lieutenant-General Mthandazo Ntlemeza in February with regard to the so-called “rogue unit” in SARS. Gordhan has for some time, since his reinstatement as Minister of Finance in December after President Jacob Zuma's disastrous firing of Nhlanhla Nene, been viewed as an obstacle thwarting the interests of individuals linked to Zuma including SAA's Dudu Myeni, current SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane as well as the Gupta family's interest in the country's nuclear deal, among countless other.

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  • New Tshwane administration faces first protest

    Japan on Monday reacted with a mix of surprise, delight and cynicism at the sight of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dressed up as video game icon Super Mario in a comical cameo at the close of the Rio Olympics.

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  • UK move to bar SA preacher Angus Buchan

    Durban - British lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) organisations want KwaZulu-Natal preacher Angus Buchan barred from preaching at events in the UK. They are unhappy with some of his alleged homophobic and misogynistic comments in the past. According to his website, Buchan’s events in the UK are meant to begin in England on Sunday and include visits to Scotland, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. His stay will conclude with a Mighty Men conference in North Yorkshire between August 26 and 28. Approached for comment about the controversy on Thursday, a representative of his church, Shalom Ministries, said Buchan was unavailable as he was filming his Grassroots

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  • Nigeria: Mikel Leads Under-23 Team to 'Defy' NFF

    While millions of Nigerians are still celebrating the solitary medal (bronze) won in the football event last Saturday by the gallant Under-23 team at the just concluded Rio Olympics, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the players led by their captain John Mikel Obi have been at daggers drawn over the money donated to the team by a generous Japanese billionaire, Katsuya Takasu. Although the NFF had officially denied the news making the rounds that it wanted to collect the $390,000 on behalf of the team which the reports stated that the players flatly rejected, it was gathered that hours after the team's victory over Honduras, coach Samson Siasia and Obi received the money from the Japanese plastic surgeon. Earlier on Saturday, the NFF had issued a statement quoting president Amaju Pinnick as saying it was mischievous to say that the body planned to use the donation to offset the backlog of salaries owed its coaches, adding that the NFF was merely conducting an integrity test on the donation and the donor.

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  • "He pursued me for a long time"- Bonang on how AKA wooed her

    There’s no doubt that AKA and Bonang have quickly won over the hearts of fans earning them the title of SA’s power couple. Even though their romance was marred with controversy at the beginning- all of that is in the past and these days they’re the envy of many. In their first official interview with YOU magazine Bonang and AKA revealed intimate details about their whirlwind romance‚ with the rapper explaining how he wooed his queen. Speaking about their first date together‚ Bonang said there was loads of flowers and balloons. But where did they go? On their first official date together AKA took B to Orient in Melrose Arch. “He pursued me for a long time. And he’s very romantic‚ quite the spoiler‚

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  • The 15 things that white people should know about black people

    Every now and again I try to use this column for the greater good of mankind. Like Superman, Batman and Catwoman (okay maybe she's not such a good example), I take my civil duties quite seriously. I've often noticed how we continuously misunderstand each other as a nation. Black people in particular, often feel as though they have to explain themselves to their fellow white brothers and sisters. This is normal for a 17-year-old democracy. However, I do believe the time has come for some things to be set straight and myths be busted. Therefore, my South African people, being the model citizen I am, I have put together a little guide which should help accelerate the positive trajectory of race

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  • Malema's 'Ndlozi rape accuser' tweet has SA guessing

    The man who he said had accused Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Mbuyiseni Ndlozi of rape and murder had apparently retracted his statements “without reservation”, but only because of an apparent legal threat by a top lawyer. Malema tweeted a screenshot from ANC supporter Thami “Cool Razo” Mthimkhulu’s Twitter account apologising to Ndlozi. Mthimkhulu said: “I retract without reservation all defamatory tweets I posted suggesting that Mr Ndlozi is a rapist and murderer. I apologise to him for all the harm caused by my tweets.” It’s unclear whether Mthimkulu really was responsible for the Ndlozi rape rumours and why he apologised. When The Citizen sent an email to him for comment, his response to

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  • Emirates’ study warns of losses to tourism

    SA WOULD lose more than 140,000 inbound foreign tourists if Emirates Airline were to halt flights to the country, an economic impact study by the airline shows. This would amount to a R2.3bn loss to SA’s economy because the airline provides "80 unique one-stop connections" to SA, it found. It commissioned the study after being embroiled in a dispute with the Department of Transport, which in 2014 tried to prevent the airline from adding a fourth daily flight between Johannesburg and Abu Dhabi. In a separate development, the airline is under investigation by the Competition Commission for abuse of dominance after allegations surfaced that the carrier offered incentives to travel agents to divert sales from competitors.

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  • Kebby admits he ran away from MK camp

    Kebby Maphatsoe, the deputy defence minister who accused Thuli Madonsela of being a CIA spy, yesterday admitted he had run away from an ANC military camp during the struggle days. It was during his escape that he lost his right arm, he told the Sunday Times in an interview yesterday. He was shot by soldiers of the Ugandan army. "My escape was for a good intention, I am not a sell-out." said Maphatsoe, who was accused this week by MK veterans of ducking duty. He said conditions in the ANC camp in Uganda were "unbearable". He said he left due to excessive punishment, poor conditions and inadequate food at the camp, in order to report these to senior ANC leaders in South Africa. Previously, there

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  • Confirmed! Pearl Thusi bids farewell to Metro FM

    Speaking to Sowetan, Sarit Tomlinson, managing director of Capacity Relations, which represents Pearl, confirmed the news, adding that it is highly unlikely that Pearl will return to South Africa this year. "She's no longer there (at Metro FM). She's going to be in New York for a while, she definitely won't be back this year," she told the local publication. Pearl had been dropping hints that she won't be returning to the station, when she spoke to  U.S beauty and lifestyle publication Hello Beautiful about her future in America. Reading out a tweet from a fan on the show who said "Pearl come back. You are so beautiful," the actress responded "I ain't coming back, girl. What! No, look. I'll come

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  • Boks need time to gel

    Let’s be honest, the Springboks were pretty darn poor in Nelspruit on Saturday. In fact, they’ve been poor for a while now. Let’s go back to last year. Remember the Boks lost to the Pumas in Durban, 37-25, they lost to Japan at the World Cup, and they battled, under new coach Allister Coetzee, to get past an injury-hit Ireland in June. On Saturday in Nelspruit, they just got past the Pumas, thanks mainly to the visitors gifting the Boks a few soft late penalties and the hosts scoring two pretty good tries. It was desperate stuff though. The fact is the Boks, whether now under Coetzee or in the four years under Heyneke Meyer, have been pretty average. There’s no consistency in performance and

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  • Don’t assume medical schemes pay for emergency care

    A phone call from a stranger in the middle of the night informing you that your child has been injured in a road accident is every parent’s nightmare. Eileen du Toit was told that the car her 20-year-old son, Mathew, was driving had left the road and rolled several times. An ambulance was called and Mathew was taken to the casualty department at Milnerton Mediclinic in Cape Town just after midnight. He was vomiting, and the doctors recommended X-rays. He was given an intravenous painkiller and placed under observation for two hours. When no fractures or acute injuries were identified, he was discharged. Du Toit submitted the ambulance and casualty accounts to Discovery Health Medical Scheme (DHMS),

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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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  • Tying the knot in SA full of hitches

    Foreigners coming to South Africa to marry face all sorts of challenges, despite the revenue "wedding tourism" brings in. Marriage officers across South Africa complain about the tortuous Home Affairs procedures involved. Three contacted said they now advised foreigners not to marry here because of the arduous process. Among the steps that create such hassles is getting a printed, unabridged marriage certificate, which is so time-consuming that tourists often leave before getting them. Marriage officer Daniel Brits said it was a nightmare. "I tell people to get married where they come from. I have to be honest with them. I see hundreds of couples with the same problems." The most common complaint

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  • More arrests imminent in connection with DA councillor's murder

    A suspect was arrested on Friday and is expected to appear in the Postmasburg Magistrate’s Court today. Democratic Alliance Hannes Baaitjies DA councillor killed CAPE TOWN – The Hawks say more arrests are imminent in connection with the murder of Democratic Alliance (DA) councillor Hannes Baatjies. A suspect was arrested on Friday and is expected to appear in the Postmasburg Magistrate’s Court today.  Baatjies was reportedly lured to what he believed was a business meeting last week, where he was then shot and killed. Baatjies, 49, was found dead near his car in Groenwater in the Northern Cape, just hours before he was due to be sworn in as a DA councillor.  A 29-year-old suspect who was arrested

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  • Nigeria: Army, NSCDC Uncover Illegal Oil Well in Lagos

    The Nigerian Army and officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC have uncovered another illegal oil well in Lagos State. This came barely two weeks after the police and other security agencies discovered about 10 houses on Ibadan and Abeokuta streets in Ilasamaja axis of the state, where wells where linked to oil pipelines through which diesel was siphoned. Vanguard gathered that the supposed dug well was discovered last Thursday within the premises of Winners Satellite Church, Iyana-Odo, Igando-Ikotun Local Council Development Area, LCDA, it was filled Petroleum Motor Spirit, PMS. The resident pastor, Oladela Paul who narrated to NSCDC Lagos Commandant, Tajudeen Balogun, who led the operation, said that the church had sent a formal complain to Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC when they noticed the well was filled with PMS.

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