• WATCH: How Malema predicted Gordhan's arrest

    Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) CIC Julius Malema has recently made accusations against his fellow politicians that have left South Africans in stitches. He always seems to know things no one else does. Lately, it seems, he’s pretty accurate at predicting the future too. Earlier this month, he accused Mabala Noise boss and ANC Youth League treasurer-general Reggie Nkabinde of giving his newly signed artists R5 million each. Nkabinde denied the claims, and later said suing Malema for the claims was “a waste of time”. However, things took a turn for the worse when one of the label’s artists, Khanyi Mbau, came out and confirmed she had been given “lots of money”, denying it was R5 million, though

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Zuma digs in, unsettles markets

    Cape Town - Stung by his ruling party’s worst electoral performance since the end of apartheid, President Jacob Zuma is going for broke in a battle to maintain his grip on power. The first casualties have been the nation’s rand and bonds. First came Monday’s announcement that he plans to run a committee that will oversee the nation’s state-owned companies. Then Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, with whom Zuma has had a fractious relationship, said he’d received a letter from a special police unit known as the Hawks to report to it on Thursday in connection with allegations he oversaw an illicit unit to spy on politicians when he ran the state tax agency. Gordhan denied doing any wrongdoing and

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  • South African Academics Ask Zuma to 'Stop the War' On Finance Minister

    The Conversation's partners View partners of The Conversation South Africa's minister of finance Pravin Gordhan is again on a collision course with the country's Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations. The row has unsettled the country's already shaky currency, the rand. It's also prompted a group of senior academics from nine universities to pen an open letter. The letter, which first appeared on local news site the Rand Daily Mail, is republished below. "In December 2015 the shocking decision by President Jacob Zuma to fire Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene led about 70 senior academic economists from across South African universities to write an open letter to the Business Day to express

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  • eHomeAffairs open to teenagers

    Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has extended the age bracket of South Africa citizens able to use the eHomeAffairs online portal to apply for the new Smart ID Card and passport to 16 years and above. The system, launched four months ago, was initially only accessible for citizens aged between 30 and 35. “As from today, the system is now open to all citizens [16 years and over] who bank with the four participating banks: Absa, First National Bank, Nedbank and Standard Bank,” the minister told a media briefing in Cape Town yesterday. “Currently, 12 branches of these banks are connected to the system in Gauteng, with one branch in Cape Town.” According to Gigaba, a total of 35 751 applications

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  • Signals of desperation, not control, from Zuma

    THE renewed assault on Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has President Jacob Zuma’s fingerprints all over it. Given that the creation of an investigative unit inside the South African Revenue Service does not, under any existing law, constitute a criminal offence, and given that the failure of the Hawks to specify the nature of the crime for which the finance minister is supposedly being investigated, it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that we are witnessing a ham-fisted attack on Gordhan’s reputation. At first sight, this move might suggest that Zuma’s hold on power is intensifying. Zuma has clearly been pondering a Cabinet reshuffle for some time, to oust Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas and other South African Communist Party-(SACP-)aligned leaders.

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  • Zimbabwe: Vice President Mnangagwa Dies

    Bulawayo — Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa's elder brother, Mr Philip Mnangagwa (84), has died. Family spokesperson Mr Patrick Mnangagwa said Mr Mnangagwa died on Tuesday after a long illness at his home in Shurugwi. "The Mnangagwa family wishes to announce the death of Mr Philip Mnangagwa, who had become the second eldest boy in the larger Mnangagwa family. Philip was born on August 23, 1932 in Zvishavane and passed away on the same day in 2016 (at 84), after a long illness," he said. "Philip was politically active in supporting the liberation struggle while he was a teacher in Zimbabwe as well as in Zambia. He remained active until he became ill. He was resettled during the land reform programme

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  • 60% white = diverse, says DA

    National spokesperson of the DA Phumzile van Damme has dismissed allegations that the race and gender representation of the party in Nelson Mandela Bay is “too white”. The DA won the metro from the ANC and is run by a coalition government led by the DA, with Athol Trollip as mayor. Besides Nelson Mandela Bay, the DA also dislodged Tshwane and Johannesburg from the 20-year grip of the ANC. Van Damme, who clearly showed unhappiness with the criticism when asked about it, told The Citizen that race and gender representation in Nelson Mandela Bay was “diverse”, despite the fact that Trollip’s mayoral committee is majority male and 60% white. Here are the names of the city’s executive, as published

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  • You can finance your home the Islamic way

    One of the “big four” banks has been offering an Islamic home loan, an alternative to conventional property financing, since the beginning of the year. First National Bank (FNB) Islamic Banking says its product is aimed at Muslims who want to finance their homes in a manner consistent with the requirements of their faith. But, like all Islamic financial products and services, it is open to everyone. Islamic finance operates according to strict ethical principles, not least of which is that charging interest on a loan (in other words, putting a time value on money) is prohibited (see “Principles of Islamic finance”, right). FNB Islamic Banking’s home loan is not strictly a loan. It is modelled

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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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  • Bonang or Dj Zinhle? Wayde van Niekerk takes on Q&A

    Olympic gold medallist Wayde van Niekerk was this week kind enough to hold a Q&A session on Twitter. While some of the questions tweeps asked were interesting, others were simply meant to be ridiculous or funny. On what he thought of the “ugly” team SA Olympic tracksuits everyone has been complaining about, Van Niekerk only responded: “Life goes on. As long as I made my country proud.” He may be right, but we will not be ready to forgive as long as the frumpy kit remains engraved in our minds. Things got interesting when one Twitter user asked him if he would choose Bonang Matheba over DJ Zinhle. The poor guy did not want to start another storm, so he decided on a safer, yet irrelevant choice:

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  • DA MP a liar and a fraud

    In her profile on the DA website, she claims she was "born in 1983 in Nelspruit but spent my early childhood in Swaziland and Belgium". Asked to comment on her party spokeswoman being caught out in a lie, DA leader Helen Zille said: "Why is this an issue?" When Zille was informed that the constitution required that all South African MPs be either South African or naturalised citizens and that her spokeswoman was neither, she said she was out of the country and "cannot deal with this from here". A Sunday Times investigation has established that: Phumzile Van Damme was born in Nazarene Hospital, now known as Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital, in Manzini, Swaziland, in 1983; Her mother, Lynette van

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  • Hawks saga: Zuma says he can’t intervene

    Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma on Thursday broke his silence on the Hawks’ summons issued to Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, saying he had no power to stop the elite unit’s investigation. “President Jacob Zuma wishes to express his full support and confidence in the Minister of Finance and emphasises the fact that the minister has not been found guilty of any wrongdoing,” said Zuma. “The Presidency wishes to also emphasise that President Zuma does not have powers to stop any investigations into any individual/s. Our constitutional democracy, the strength of our state institutions and the effectiveness of our courts in upholding and protecting rights is our guarantee of justice and fairness.”

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  • Rashford pays the price under Mourinho

    Marcus Rashford will begin the Sam Allardyce era playing for England’s Under 21s after he was dropped from the senior squad. The Manchester United striker was one of the few England players to emerge with credit from Euro 2016 after a scintillating breakthrough season at Old Trafford saw him earn a late call-up to Roy Hodgson’s squad. However, the 18-year-old has struggled for playing time under new United boss Jose Mourinho, amassing just 20 minutes of action in the Community Shield final against Leicester. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial are all ahead of him in Mourinho’s pecking order. That lack of first-team action has persuaded Allardyce to omit Rashford from his first

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  • Zimbabwe: Pastor Evan Mawarire Sold a Dummy

    EUPHORIA gripped Zimbabwe when firebrand pastor, Evan Mawarire, began ranting and raving, through the #ThisFlag campaign, to express his frustration over the country's deteriorating economic situation. His frustrations resonated well with almost everyone and his support grew as many people believed that "salvation" was finally knocking on the country's doors. From just a mere tweet, what began as a social media pastime, #ThisFlag gathered momentum to incarnate into protests which many believed was the only way ZANU-PF would succumb as Zimbabweans, followed the bandwagon to the "Hatichada" (we are fed up), "Hatichatya" (We are not afraid) mantra. Armed with his mobile phone, a flag and the Bible,

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  • ‘No charges were put to Pillay, Van Loggerenberg’

    Pretoria - Warning statements were taken from former SA Revenue Services official Ivan Pillay and Johann van Loggerenberg when they spent more than four hours with investigators from the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), or Hawks, on Thursday morning. However, reliable sources, said no charges were put to the two men in relation to the investigation into a so-called rogue intelligence unit within Sars, nor were they given court dates for possible appearances. Pillay and Van Loggerenberg, respectively former deputy Sars commissioner and the revenue's services group executive, evaded questions from a big media contingent waiting outside. Robert Levine, counsel for the pair, however

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  • ANC weighs risk of calling early elective conference

    THE need to call an early elective conference seems to be the consensus in the ANC across the three factions that are in play at the moment. The similarities are stark — labour federation Cosatu was in the midst of a bitter factional fight in which its leaders where pitted against each other. This had followed a change in trajectory by the federation when some of its leaders decided to throw the organisation’s support behind Jacob Zuma ahead of the Polokwane conference, when it sacrificed principle for expedience by choosing a tsunami of change whose effect was unknown over the interests of workers, its core constituency. The battle that started in Cosatu shortly after 2012 pitted its president against its general secretary.

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  • Why are SA companies ditching Nigeria?

    Johannesburg - Hotel and gaming group Sun International became the latest South African business to pull out of Nigeria because of weak economic growth and clashes with regulators in the west African country. In January, Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) launched a probe into Sun International's initial investment in the Tourist Company of Nigeria, which owns and operates the 5-star Federal Palace hotel in Lagos. Sun International, which reported a 20 percent fall in diluted adjusted headline earnings per share (AHEPS) to 628 cents for the year to June, said the Federal Palace had been hit by slow economic growth, the low oil price, the threat from Boko Haram and a weakening

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