• WATCH: Malema to ANC: 'You can jump into the nearest hell'

    There was a R4.5 billion shortfall in the revenue collected by the South African Revenue Service in the first three months of the current fiscal year as against the estimated figure‚ SARS commissioner Tom Moyane revealed Tuesday.

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  • Luvo Manyonga broke a deal with the devil and decided to jump rather than die

    If you had asked Luvo Manyonga’s friends and family two years ago where they saw the now 25-year-old in 2016, some might have replied: “dead.” On Saturday night, the prodigal son lived up to the potential he had shown during his junior career. On the biggest stage in the world, it was the biggest performance of his life. And if this was anything to go by, the best is yet to come. Four years ago, Manyonga’s life was in near ruins. He has said that he was ten or maybe even five percent away from death. He was on regular dates with the devil in the shape of a lightbulb and white crystals. The devil’s name was meth. Having emerged as a young star during the 2010 IAAF Junior World Championships, where

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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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  • Swaziland queen flees to South Africa

    The sixth wife of Swaziland's King Mswati III has bought a house in South Africa and fled to the neighbouring country after leaving the monarch a few months ago, a close family source said. Angela Dlamini, known as LaGija, sought refuge with South African family members in the upmarket Sun City tourist resort north of the capital Pretoria. "She will be coming to Johannesburg to see the new house that she bought. This means she has officially left the royal family. She is too emotionally wrecked and mentally fatigued after years of abuse from the royal family members," a source close to the queen told AFP. LaGija fled the royal palace in May this year claiming years of physical and emotional abuse

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  • DA in charge of metros, but Malema the big winner

    The Democratic Alliance (DA) should brace itself for various forms of mass mobilisation by the ANC, especially in the major metros of Tshwane, Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape, political analyst Elvis Masoga said yesterday. The next five years would be the most difficult for the party, he said, especially where it was in charge of the metros. Speaking to The Citizen, Masoga said: “The DA must ready themselves for a climb on Kilimanjaro – the party is relatively inexperienced when it comes to handling mass mobilisation. When we talk about the ANC, we talk about a 104-year-old movement that has mastered the art of mass mobilisation over the years.” Masoga said another great

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  • And then there was one: The woman likely to be the next Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane

    In March, the damning Constitutional Court Nkandla judgment found Parliament had acted “unlawfully” and “inconsistent with the Constitution” in adopting a resolution absolving President Jacob Zuma from repayments for nonsecurity benefits at his rural homestead. The swimming pool, cattle kraal, chicken run, amphitheatre and visitors’ centre had been identified as “undue” benefits in the 2014 Public Protector’s report “Secure in Comfort” and liable for repayment of a reasonable percentage of costs. While Parliament could adopt its own processes to fulfil its constitutional duty of oversight over the executive, “there was everything wrong with the National Assembly stepping into the shoes of the Public Protector”, according to the Constitutional Court. The Constitutional Court ruled that the Public Protector’s findings and remedial actions were binding – unless found otherwise after a court review – and ordered Zuma to personally repay monies following a National Treasury assessment according to a determined timetable.

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  • Mbalula vs Gigaba: Who is the real Minister of Instagram?

    And subsequently, this elicited Twitter reactions which simply begged the question: Who is the real Minister of Instagram between Malusi, and the ever so popular Fikile Mbalula? Fikile, is by far the most active South African minister on social media. His acute understanding of the "cool kids" language and a keen interest in pop culture has earned him a number of titles from 'Minister of Fun' and 'Minister of Beyoncé,' to 'Minister of Twitter.' However, one thing he has rarely been called is "Minister of Instagram," despite his huge following and constant engagement. Which got us thinking if he were not a better candidate for the position, as opposed to Malusi Gigaba, who was given the title

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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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  • South Africa: EFF Calls On Gordhan to Keep Hawks Appointment

    The EFF on Wednesday called on Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to reconsider his decision to not present himself to the Hawks, even though the party believes he is innocent. "The last thing we need is anyone being treated as if they are above the law. At all times, we ought to respect institutions of the state and uphold them above individuals who may be at their helm," spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said in a statement. EFF president Julius Malema said Gordhan should not be a "cry baby". He should simply go to see the Hawks, otherwise there would always be a dark cloud hanging over him. Ndlozi said: "To refuse to present himself to the Hawks will be to act with the same disrespect shown by Zuma

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  • Mantashe admits ANC is under siege

    ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has painted a bleak scenario facing the party in its quest to reconnect with the people, after it lost key metros in the municipal elections. The ANC lost Joburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay in Port Elizabeth. Yesterday, Mantashe said the ANC acknowledged that a consistent negative narrative towards President Jacob Zuma on Nkandla had harmed the ANC – because the two could not be separated. "It’s like the issue of resigning from the ANC; what we are saying is that if we take collective responsibility, our conscience must allow us to accept that, if need be, we must resign in numbers. “If we made blunders, we did them together.” Mantashe said if the ANC

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  • ANC unable to deliver on promises

    EFF leader Julius Malema has used the living conditions of an impoverished Limpopo family of 11 to demonstrate what he claims is government’s inability to deliver on its pre-election promises. The unit, comprising family matriarch Racheal Malatji, her five children and five grandchildren, have lived in a one-roomed mud hut in Block 12 of the Bolobedu village, near Tzaneen since 1994. “We applied for an RDP house in 2005. But since then, the authorities always send us from pillar to post,” Malatji told The Citizen. “Sometimes, they would tell us to be patient, while some days they would say our house was given to another resident. We are tired of the long wait and we are appealing to the housing

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  • Coke could close SA plants

    Johannesburg - Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, the bottling joint venture between the US soft-drink maker and brewer SABMiller may close South African plants and see profit more than halve if the government pushes ahead with a proposed sugar tax. South Africa’s National Treasury last month recommended a levy on sugar-sweetened beverages that would generate almost R11 billion ($813 million) in government revenue, based on 2012 consumption data cited in the policy paper. The charge is aimed at reducing consumption of sugar and encouraging producers and suppliers to cut the sugar content of their drinks, according to the government. The newly created bottler’s volumes in South Africa would probably

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  • Chabane's last words

    But the very thing he warned them of killed him and his two bodyguards. Travelling with the two members of the police's VIP protection unit - Lesiba Sekele and Lawrence Lentsoane - Chabane was killed early yesterday morning when his car and a truck collided on the N1 freeway between Polokwane and Mokopane, in Limpopo. Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said C habane's car and the truck were travelling in the same direction, with the truck to the left. The truck driver allegedly made a U-turn and Chabane's car slammed into the truck. What remained was a mangled contortion of steel and fragments of the VW Touareg. The truck - still intact - stood in the middle of the freeway, with a slight

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  • Trevor Manuel: Firing Gordhan would destroy economy

    The Hawks police unit asked Gordhan and other former officials at Sars to report on Thursday. Pravin Gordhan SARS rogue intelligence unit Pravin Gordhan on economy JOHANNESBURG – The South African economy, the most developed on the continent, will be destroyed if President Jacob Zuma fires Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, ex-finance minister Trevor Manuel said on Wednesday. The Hawks police unit asked Gordhan and other former officials at the South African Revenue Service to report on Thursday in relation to contravention of surveillance regulations, fuelling speculation of a plot to oust him. “Such action (firing Gordhan) will destroy this economy,” Manuel told eNCA television.  “The next move

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  • Academics urge Zuma to intervene in Gordhan matter

    ACADEMICS from four of the country’s tertiary education institutions from across the country on Wednesday urged President Jacob Zuma, Cabinet at the ANC’s national executive committee to intervene in the matter concerning Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and the Hawks. Gordhan received a letter from the Hawks on Monday, demanding that he present himself to provide the unit with a warning statement — implying that he is a suspect and that he could be arrested. Gordhan has maintained that the setting up of the alleged covert unit at SARS was above board and had ministerial approval. In a further indication that knives are out for Gordhan, SARS has also launched an investigation into IT contracts as part of the "modernisation project" awarded during Gordhan’s tenure as SARS commissioner.

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  • Orania goes to the polls - differently

    Orania - A total of 300 voters, out of a population of 750 registered voters, had cast their votes for the new Orania council on Wednesday afternoon - the same day the local government elections took place. Residents elected the independent committee to represent the town, community and businesses at government level and inform them of any council decisions. Orania spokesman Jaco Kleynhans said the elections took place at two venues. “A reasonable amount of residents came to vote for the council. The wind and cold weather most probably kept many voters indoors.” He said any resident staying for more than three months in Orania was eligible to be nominated on to the council. “The council is apolitical.”

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  • Enslaved in Libya: How I escaped Islamic State

    Ruta Fisehaye, a 24-year-old Eritrean, was lying on the bed of the truck's first trailer. Beside her lay 85 Eritrean men and women, one of whom was pregnant. A few dozen Egyptians hid in the second trailer. All shared one dream - to reach Europe. The gunmen ordered the migrants off the truck. They separated Muslims from Christians and, then, men from women. They asked those who claimed to be Muslims to recite the Shahada, a pledge to worship only Allah. All of the Egyptians shouted the words in unison. “There is no god but God. Muhammad is the messenger of God.” “Allahu Akbar,” the gunmen called back. Fisehaye realized then that she was in the hands of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Her captors

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  • Mourinho’s giants could have the edge

    LONDON: Size matters. At least it may do in the Premier League this season. Much has been made of the cost of Jose Mourinho’s revamp of Manchester United but not its sheer physical dimensions. Much like Professor Simon Peach, played by Benny Hill in The Italian Job, Mourinho likes them big. Of the four players he bought this season, three are giants: Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Eric Bailly. United had two in David de Gea and Marouane Fellaini already. Some felt United lost their aura after Sir Alex Ferguson left but, lining up in the tunnel, this team are now an intimidating sight. Mourinho knew, some months out, that there was a chance he would be managing at Old Trafford this season.

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  • Nasa to land on asteroid in search for origin of life

    The $1 billion mission, known as OSIRIS-REx, is scheduled for launch on September 8, 2016 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The solar-powered robotic spacecraft, built by Lockheed Martin, is set to rendezvous with asteroid 1999 RQ36, nicknamed Bennu, in two years' time for mapping and surveys, then use a robotic arm to collect samples for return in 2023. Similar asteroids crashing into Earth are believed to have provided the organic materials and water needed for life to form. “We expect to find materials that pre-date our solar system,” said Lauretta, adding that physical samples from the 1960s and 1970s Apollo moon missions are still bearing scientific fruit to this day.

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  • Where did Malema get the money? Sars reveals why deal collapsed

    In court papers explaining why it dumped its deal with the Economic Freedom Fighters' leader, the South African Revenue Service says Malema lied about the source of the funds used to settle part of his tax bill. SARS also says Malema tried to dodge paying donation tax and had received money from questionable sources to settle an R18-million tax bill - reduced to R7.2-million in a deal in May last year. These, SARS says, are some of the reasons for the collapse of the compromise deal. The revenue service has now launched an application for Malema's final sequestration. If the court grants the final order when the case returns to court in June, Malema will be kicked out of parliament, where his

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