• SA dismisses Nigeria call

    The South African government yesterday dismissed Nigeria’s call for the AU to intervene and protect its nationals. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) spokesperson Clayson Monyela yesterday dismissed the move by Nigeria saying what happened in Pretoria West at the weekend and Rosettenville recently were “sporadic criminal incidents”. “It was just sporadic criminal incidents, the residents were clear that they were unhappy about drugs and prostitution. You can deduce from that there are no nationalities targeted. South Africans are not xenophobic.” Nigeria’s senior presidential aide on foreign affairs, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said there was a need for the continental

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  • Tshwane residents gear up for march against foreigners

    The capital city is gearing up for a planned march on Friday by South Africans against foreign nationals on various issues, including the employment of foreigners ahead of locals, the hijacking of buildings and alleged drug dealing by foreigners. Mamelodi Concerned Residents spokesperson Makgoka Lekganyane said they organised the march because they were tired of being slaves in their own country. Lekganyane said the question they wanted to ask government was why were they giving Nigerian, Zimbabwean and Pakistani foreigners asylum while there were no wars in their countries? “Unemployment is at 34% in South Africa but they give people asylum while there is not work for South Africans,” said Lekganyane.

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  • WATCH: Sinking cars and street surfers as floods hit SA

    A light aircraft smashed into shops and exploded into a "massive fireball" killing all five on board, including four American passengers reportedly golfers on the trip of a lifetime, officials in Australia said Tuesday.

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  • Nigerian Union slams 'stereotypical views' on its nationals over rampant crime

    JOHANNESBURG – The Nigerian Union of South Africa has condemned what it says are stereotypical views claiming its nationals are responsible for crime. Several Nigerian shops and houses have been targeted in Rosettenville, Atteridgeville, Mamelodi and Pretoria West this month by locals claiming their properties are used as brothels and drug dens. Residents say they have reported these incidents to the police but police are too slow to respond to their information. But the union’s Emaka Collins says the attacks are of a xenophobic nature. “Our appeal to the people of South Africa is not to paint everyone with the brush, criminality has no nationality.” The Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation’s

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  • 'We want Mashaba removed'

    Johannesburg – A social movement that represents the interests of non-governmental organisations in the city has come out with guns blazing against Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba for allegedly being uncaring for his constituency. The Johannesburg Social Movement, which is a network of NGOs, non-profit organisations, co-operatives and business forums, said Mashaba’s decision to remodel and cancel the [email protected] and Jozi bread initiatives would lead to wide-scale job losses, and Mashaba should be “recalled”. Mashaba’s decision to put on hold and remodel the [email protected] programme, as well as shutting down several other projects, has been met with widespread criticism. The programmes were

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  • Bring it on boy – Malema challenges Mokonyane's 'Ben 10'

    Leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema has challenged Luvo Makasi to take him to court for allegations he made against him. Malema said he has been threatened with legal action before. However, there hasn’t been any legal action against him in this matter or other controversial allegations he’s made. He alleged that Makasi has been in a romantic relationship with Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane. The EFF leader has previously accused Makasa of running the water and sanitation department, and that the lawyer is a go-to man if you you need tenders. “Luvo Makasi is running the water affairs in this country, if you want to be paid or tender his the man two speak

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  • Angry Pretoria residents assault church pastor during violent protest

    Police fired stun grenades to disperse the angry crowd‚ who were walking around the area to "search and burn spaces that are known to be selling nyaope to school children". At least two houses were burnt down. The throng of community members‚ some drinking beer‚ entered Celestial Church of Christ in Atteridgeville planning to "search the church for drugs and any illegal activity". Angry residents torch houses in Pretoria West  The church's prophet‚ Samson Sangojinmi‚ was immediately called. When he arrived in his Mercedes Benz he was assaulted by the mob‚ leaving his white robe bloodied before his congregation managed to drag him inside. Prophet Samson Sangijnmi from Central Church of Christ

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  • Mugabe wants rand as currency

    Harare – President Robert Mugabe has hinted that he would prefer the adoption of the rand in Zimbabwe despite the reluctance to adopt the currency from his government. Mugabe, who turned 93 on Tuesday, said in a televised interview to mark his birthday that he had asked Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa and central bank governor John Mangudya to explore use of the rand in Zimbabwe. “We are in a multiple currency system. I don’t know why the finance minister and the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor had not wanted to use other currencies such as the rand, the euro or the yen. They say we are going to do it,” said Mugabe. The Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries has also insisted that Zimbabwe

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  • Bonang loved the breakup stunt, says AKA

    AKA has confirmed our suspicions that his so-called breakup with girlfriend Bonang Matheba was a PR stunt. He said the idea originally came when he was watching the Grammys and thought he should release the song on Valentine’s Day, but then thought to do something unpredictable and anti-Valentine’s Day. After been given the release date on Tuesday, he figured he had to come up with a strategy to keep his name in the news through the weekend for his song to get the publicity he wanted. So, on Friday, he decided to lie to his followers and tell them he had broken up with his girlfriend, news that left his fans heartbroken. “We planned all the tweets from Friday up until the gift on Monday, and

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  • Zuma not backing Hayatou

    A CAF statement made the claim after its president met Zuma at the weekend ahead of the African Super Cup match in Pretoria between Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa and TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Mbalula said the state president had not take sides ahead of the mid-March CAF presidential election in which Hayatou is seeking an eighth successive term and being challenged by Ahmad Ahmad of Madagascar.

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  • BREAKING: Zuma withdraws interdict against state capture report

    The full bench of the High Court in Pretoria had been set to hear arguments for and against the issuing of the findings. “My instructions are to withdraw the application‚” Zuma’s advocate Anthea Platt told the court. Opposition parties call for immediate release of state capture report after Zuma backs down  She added that she had no instructions about costs. The court on Tuesday afternoon had granted the Democratic Alliance (DA)‚ Economic Freedom Fighters‚ the Congress of the People and the United Democratic Movement leave to intervene in the Zuma application. A lawyer for the DA asked the court to order that‚ should costs be awarded‚ Zuma should pay them from “his own resources”. He said the

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  • Sarah Langa blasts Twitter: Don't tell me what race category I fall under

    The department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs has warned communities to be alert as more rain is expected in a week that has already seen heavy flooding and road damage in some parts of the country.

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  • Home Affairs official nabbed for corruption

    The Hawks Limpopo Anti-Corruption Unit has arrested a 32-year-old Modimolle Home Affairs official for corruption. The suspect allegedly confiscated the passport of a foreign national during a joint operation between the SAPS‚ SARS and Home Affairs in Modimolle in January and then allegedly demanded R3‚000 from the complainant in order to get his passport back. “The matter was reported to the Hawks and the entrapment was set and the suspect was arrested immediately after receiving the money he had demanded‚” said Hawks spokesperson Captain Matimba Maluleke. The suspect would appear in the Modimolle Magistrate’s Court soon‚ Maluleke added.

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  • A few things you might not know about Pravin Gordhan

    - Pravin Jamnadas Gordhan was born on April 12 1949 in Durban. The name Pravin is of Sanskrit origin and means knowledgeable skillful and proficient. - Gordhan is married to Vanitha Raju and has two children.  - His star sign is Aries. Money and career is the strength of an Aries. They are often driven to handle tasks to the best of their abilities. Being a natural born leader‚ they prefer to give instructions rather than receiving it. Aries are excellent predictors of the future and competition does not deter them it just forces them to work harder. Student expectations low on Gordhan budget speech  - Gordhan attended Sastri College‚ which was formerly an all-Indian boys' school‚ in Durban.

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  • 'Unsuitable for office: A Pence presidency inevitable'

    Donald Trump's presidency is likely to be the second shortest ever, a leading historian and author has claimed.  Professor Ronald L Feinman predicted that the former reality TV star will stay in the top job "between the 31 days of William Henry Harrison in 1841", who died of pneumonia, and the "199 days of James A. Garfield in 1881", who died 79 days after he was shot by an assassin "after terrible suffering and medical malpractice". Even if his time in office is "dragged out", Feinman predicted that Trump is unlikely to last the 16 months and five days of 12th president Zachary Taylor, who died of a digestive ailment while head of state in 1850. The 20th century American history professor, who

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  • Personal income tax: This is what you’ll pay

    National Treasury has proposed the introduction of a new top personal income tax rate of 45% for individuals with taxable incomes above R1.5 million. It is estimated that 1.4% or roughly 103 300 registered taxpaying individual taxpayers will fall into this category during the 2017/18 tax year accounting for about 26% of the overall income tax payable. Finance minister Pravin Gordhan steered clear of a VAT rate hike during his 2017 Budget Speech, with R16.5 billion of the additional tax revenue of R28 billion coming from the new super tax bracket (R4.4 billion) as well as granting only partial relief for bracket creep (R12.1 billion). Bracket creep is the increased real tax liability that arises when personal income tax tables are not fully adjusted to account for inflationary increases in wages.

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  • De Lille faces expulsion from DA if found guilty

    They are accused of leaking "confidential party documentation to the media" as the race to succeed De Lille as Western Cape DA leader turns ugly. De Lille quit the party leadership role last month and August, the DA's Cape Town metro chairman, is the candidate she is backing on Saturday. Anneke Scheepers, spokesman for the DA, said the charges against De Lille and August were serious and could lead to their expulsion from the party. "This is not a lightweight situation ... there could be a serious outcome. If there is due cause, people will be sanctioned. "The investigation is basically to see what transpired and then what role the individuals had in this incident." On Sunday Rapport said Josh

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  • ANC moves top finance MP to make way for Molefe – report

    As the controversy over former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe’s deployment to Parliament rages on, it has emerged that one of the African National Congress’ (ANC) top MPs from the finance committee, Makhosi Khoza, has been reportedly removed from the portfolio to make way for Molefe. The Business Day reports that Khoza – who has gained much public respect for speaking truth to power as a member of the parliamentary ad-hoc committee that conducted the inquiry into the fitness of the SABC board – has been moved to the public service and administration portfolio committee. The national legislature announced on Friday that Molefe had been included on the list of MPs of North West, to much opposition from

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  • Amcu loses argument in Constitutional Court

    The crucial issue argued before the Constitutional Court on Tuesday was whether a “workplace” in the statutory provision referred to each individual mining operation‚ or all the mining operations of each mining company‚ taken together. If each individual mine was a “workplace” under the statute‚ then AMCU had majority representation and would not be bound by the agreement. But if the workplace was each mining organisation as a whole‚ with individual mines included‚ then AMCU was a minority union and was bound by the terms of the agreement‚ one of which prohibited striking whilst the agreement was in force. The Constitutional Court held that the agreement was validly extended to AMCU members at

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  • Jolie has warm words for estranged husband Pitt

    Jolie and Pitt, once Hollywood’s most celebrated couple known as “Brangelina,” are in the midst of a high-profile divorce and last month reached an agreement to keep private the details of their split and battle over custody of their six children. “We are focusing on the health of our family,” Jolie said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “We will be stronger when we come out of this because that’s what we’re determined to do as a family.” The actress was asked if she still thought of Pitt as a wonderful father, which is how she had described him in the past. “Of course. Of course. We will always be a family. Always.” Jolie, 41, filed for divorce in September, citing irreconcilable differences.

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