• Zuma calls on black voters to ‘counteract’ whites

    Durban - President Jacob Zuma has called on black people to think about their poverty and use their majority to counteract white voters’ motives during local government elections. He said while black people were normally lazy to register for elections or to vote, white people always liked to do so in large numbers “for their own interest, which I don’t know”. “Vote is important for black people because they are suffering. It is also important for white people for their own reasons,” he said. Although he avoided telling black people to vote for the ANC, he said were they to do so in large numbers, the government would be able to bring about changes that would benefit them.    Also: SA deserves

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  • ANC is losing values and trust, says Jonas - Politics

    Cape Town - Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas said the “poverty” of ideas within the leadership of the ANC was making South Africa go “astray”. Speaking at the memorial service of the former Eastern Cape premier Reverend Makhenkesi Stofile in East London on Monday, Jonas said the ANC was fast losing its values and trust among the people. He was speaking In his capacity as family representative during the memorial service held at Abbotsford Christian Centre outside East London. “Bro Stof”, as he was affectionately known, died at his home in Alice in the Eastern Cape last Monday following a short illness. Jonas, who made headlines in March after he said the Gupta family had offered him a job

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • ‘Leadership resigning because of poor results not a farfetched idea’

    Gwede Mantashe says the ANC has looked into international trends that relate to party leadership resigning. Nkandla African National Congress Gwede Mantashe JOHANNESBURG – African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says the idea of leadership resigning because of poor results is not a farfetched idea and international trends reflect this. Mantashe has briefed the media at Luthuli House after the party lost a number of metros. Mantashe says the National Executive Committee (NEC) will revisit communities who have voiced concerns with the party this weekend.  He says the ANC has looked into international trends that relate to party leadership resigning, making reference to

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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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  • South Africa: Mkwebane Selected As Public Protector Candidate

    The Public Protector committee has selected Busisiwe Mkhwebane as the last woman standing to fill Thuli Madonsela's shoes. Mkhwebane was lauded for her great communication skills, her experience, and her interview skills. Her age, and how she conducted herself, was also praised by MPs. She was a lady of guts, Inkatha Freedom Party MP Themba Msimang said, while African National Congress' Grace Tseke said she had a fine brain. MPs waxed lyrical about her international experience, and called for Mkhwebane to be nominated for the job. Approval National Freedom Party MP Sibusiso Mncwabe said she was outstanding during the interview. "She is a very brave, young but experienced black female and she

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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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  • Zimbabwe: 65 Cheat Death As Bus Catches Fire

    More than 65 people escaped unhurt when a Proliner bus they were travelling in from South Africa to Harare caught fire near Featherstone along the Harare-Masvingo Road. Police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba, confirmed the incident. "I can confirm the accident happened on the 101km peg along Harare-Masvingo Road and no casualties were reported," she said. She said the fire broke out from the rear end of the bus due to wheel binding. Snr Asst Comm Charamba said the driver noticed the fire and managed to get everyone off the bus safely. According to Proliner agent Mr Lloyd Jiri, most goods were carried out of the bus before the fire spread. "All the people managed to

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  • Another twist in Zuma corruption saga

    Zuma is seeking leave to appeal the recent judgment handed down by a full bench of the High Court in Pretoria, which reinstated the 783 fraud, racketeering and corruption charges controversially withdrawn by former National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Mokotedi Mpshe, paving the way for him to become president in 2009. The full bench of the North Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) fully ventilated the issues and they too came to the determination that an appeal to the SCA would be unsuccessful,” Selfe said. Zuma argued that it was a breach of the separation of powers doctrine for a court to determine whether a prosecution should be discontinued or not, as this prerogative vested with the NPA.

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  • Reborn Sterling leads City’s charge in Europe

    LONDON — As Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City advance upon the Champions League group phase, previously maligned winger Raheem Sterling appears to have been reborn. Sterling, 21, joined City from Liverpool in a fractious £44m move in 2015, but flattered to deceive and ultimately lost his place in the starting XI. He was also derided for insipid England displays at Euro 2016, but he is thriving under Guardiola and inspired City to a 5-0 win at Steaua Bucharest in their Champions League play-off round first leg. "Obviously he’s been criticised a lot in the last year, but the way he’s responding is great," said teammate Kevin De Bruyne ahead of Wednesday’s return leg against Steaua. "He’s a great

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  • Zimbabwe: Mujuru's Children Wallow in Poverty?

    CHILDREN of the late General Solomon Mujuru are wallowing in poverty amid revelations that Dr Joice Mujuru, the surviving spouse and leader of Zimbabwe People First, is allegedly frustrating the execution of the national hero's estate believed to be running into millions of dollars. Thirteen children are named as beneficiaries of Gen Mujuru's estate. Gen Mujuru died in an inferno at his Beatrice farmhouse on August 16, 2011. According to the Administration of Estate Act Chapter 601 Section 5, the estate should have been registered within 14 days of Gen Mujuru's death. Lawyers representing some of Gen Mujuru's children have since written to the executor of the estate Mr Stanley Mufara, highlighting

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  • Rand plunges after Gordhan report

    Johannesburg - South Africa's rand plunged nearly three percent on reports that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan had been ordered to report to a special police unit by the end of the week. The rand sank to a three-week low before recovering slightly. At 1715 GMT, it was 2.5 percent lower at 13.9200 per dollar, its weakest since August 3. National treasury spokeswoman Phumza Macanda confirmed that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan received correspondence from the special police unit, the Hawks. A local news site reported that he had been told to report to the police unit. The Hawks are investigating a surveillance unit within the South African Revenue Service set up in 2007 when Gordhan was the commissioner

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  • Wine lollies set to hit SA market

    Cape Town - Capetonians will have one more way to cool off when summer hits this year. Alcoholic lollies are about to hit our shores, but both the makers and authorities have warned that they are for adults only. And the City of Cape Town says anyone seen sucking on the alcoholic lollies while driving will be prosecuted. PJ Pops will be the first of its kind in South Africa and the suckers will go on sale in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape from September 1. But parents have been warned to educate their children about the difference between the alcoholic version and normal suckers. A concerned Patric Solomons from child rights group Molo Songololo says substance abuse among teens is

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  • EFF not sellouts, insists Malema - Politics

    Parliament – Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema on Tuesday insisted he was not a sellout, saying their collaboration with the Democratic Alliance (DA) was done solely to keep the ruling party out of power in the country’s key metros. “Now people say to us why do you vote for white people when you say you are fighting white monopoly capital? Hey, the country is collapsing. I cannot keep on saying we are fighting white monopoly capital because after defeating white monopoly capital there will not be a country to inherit,” Malema said during an urgent debate on the recent local government elections which saw the African National Congress (ANC) unseated from power in the key metros

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  • South Africa: DA Demands Answers to Zuma's Parastatal Power Grab

    The DA will be submitting written parliamentary questions both to the Presidency and the Minister of Finance regarding the absurd Cabinet decision to place President Zuma in charge of overseeing all strategic decisions related to state owned entities. This is manifestly irrational for the simple reason that President Zuma has no mandate to directly oversee state entities given that he has Cabinet appointments in Ministers Lynne Brown and Pravin Gordhan who are paid in excess of R4 million per annum between them to carry out this very function. This ill-conceived decision by Cabinet will effectively hamstring both Minister Brown and Minister Gordhan even further and block them from fixing our beleaguered state entities as they have to committed to doing.

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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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  • Majority of homeowners under strain - Absa review

    Johannesburg - The percentage of homeowners paying only the minimum amount on their mortgage loans for their primary residences has increased to 67 percent, its highest level since mid-2010, as household financial strain increased significantly in the current almost zero growth economic environment. By comparison, in July 2013 only 54 percent of homeowners made the minimum repayment on the mortgage loans for their primary residences. The percentage of homeowners paying extra into their mortgage loan accounts on a monthly basis has also dropped to its lowest level during this period at 14 percent after peaking at 31 percent in July 2013, according to the latest Absa quarterly housing review. Absa

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  • Jennifer Lawrence once again named highest paid actress

    The 26-year-old actress has managed to retain her title on financial bible Forbes’ annual list. Forbes Jennifer Lawrence Forbes best paid LONDON - Jennifer Lawrence has been named the top paid actress for the second year running, but her earnings are down by 11.5 percent. The 26-year-old actress has managed to retain her title on financial bible Forbes’ annual list after cashing in a whopping $46 million in pretax earnings in the financial period June 2015-June 2016. However, the Silver Linings Playbook star has seen an 11.5 percent fall in earnings compared to last year's $52 million, but she's still managed to stay top of the payroll leaderboard. The blonde beauty - whose earnings this year

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