• Outrage over huge Durban mussel-cracker haul - KwaZulu-Natal

    Durban - A photograph of two Durban fishermen with a haul of 10 very big black mussel-crackers has sparked outrage on social media, with calls for both men to be prosecuted and banned by local fishing clubs. The black mussel-cracker (poenskop) is a vulnerable and long-lived fish species whose numbers have crashed by almost 80% in recent times. Licensed anglers are not allowed to catch more than one a day. Now Warner Beach anglers Craig van der Linde and Garth Richardson have been labelled “greedy” (along with some much rougher terms) after the photograph went viral on several social media sites. The fish were said to have been caught near the Aliwal Shoal near Umkomaas. While neither Van der

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  • Pogba agent denies United deal

    Paul Pogba's agent denied a potential world record transfer sending the France star to Manchester United from Juventus had been finalised as Jose Mourinho looks to reinforce the Premier League giants. United have reportedly had an £86 million offer ($113 million, 102 million euros) turned down by the Italian champions as they try to lure France international Pogba back to Old Trafford four years after allowing him to leave on a free transfer. But Mourinho's side are expected to return with an improved bid that approaches Juventus's £100 million asking price after United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward met Pogba's agent Mino Raiola to thrash out personal terms this week. However, Raiola took

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  • The Company Man: Trevor Manuel marries the Rothschilds

    Earlier this week, a press release printed on parchment fashioned from the bark of the Tree of Knowledge was placed in the beaks of gold-plated carrier pigeons and sent forth into bright blue skies of a mining town. Paradoxically, the release was both the announcement of a union and a note of bereavement—a wedding and a funeral, if you will. In calligraphy painted by angels with diamonds for eyes, it stated that long-serving former minister Trevor Manuel was recently appointed “a senior advisor to the Group worldwide and Deputy Chairman of Rothschild in South Africa”. He would be whisked to Johannesburg on October 1 by one of those angels, and start generating capital forthwith. I sort of made

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  • Is Malema above the law?

    Police have to be commended for dealing decisively with the unlawful occupation of the office of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela this week by members of the newly formed Black First, Land First (BLF) led by former Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MP Andile Mngxitama. Some of the issues being raised by Mngxitama are legitimate, but there is absolutely no justification for the unlawful manner in which the group aired their grievances. The lawlessness witnessed at Madonsela’s office is part of a disturbingly growing culture of South Africans to engage in unlawful conduct, instead of peaceful protest – a right guaranteed by our constitution. In most cases, law enforcement agencies have been caught off-guard, as witnessed in Pretoria and Vuwani recently, where public property worth hundreds of millions of rands went up in smoke.

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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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  • EFF rebel-for-life candidate guns for Polokwane ward

    Len Meyer, an Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) ward councillor candidate for Ward 22 in Polokwane, tells Review Online he has always been a rebel. Born in Pretoria, Len grew up in the town of Komatipoort, in Mpumalanga, and always had the interests of others at heart. Growing up during apartheid, Len never agreed with the old regime and strongly disagreed with oppression. “My father once told me that there was a man locked up in jail (Nelson Mandela) and he is being wrongfully incarcerated and I thought ‘Why would you lock up an innocent man?’, and that is where my consciousness about the plight of others under the apartheid regime started,” he explains. Len says his rebellious nature was stirred

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  • 'Have a man and have it all'

    Having it all, here, means achieving a "[balance] between motherhood, a successful career and the role of loving and supportive spouse". It has been a busy few days for Madiba-Zuma. Last week she visited three child-headed homes in rural KwaZulu-Natal for the Nelson Mandela Day activities. She then visited the Leading Lady Lounge at the Durban International Film Festival, where she spoke to young girls aspiring to achieve screen stardom. The event was attended by celebrities such as President Jacob Zuma's daughter, Gugu; Nomzamo Mbatha; Mampho Brescia; Thembi Seete and Thishiwe Ziqubu. Fulu Mugovhani was hired to promote and raise issues facing women in the film industry. After encouraging young

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  • Mazibuko rips into DA’s white males

    Johannesburg - Former DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko has urged the DA to interrogate the almost exclusive dominance of white males within the party’s “brains trust”. Mazibuko, a resident fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics, has referred to them as “highly disconnected men callously strutting about social media like a law unto themselves”. She commented online about DA leader Mmusi Maimane’s anti-racism pledge this week: “It would be easy to cast aspersions on his timing and see it as reactionary, but one of the vital tasks of any public leader is to read the national mood and interrupt the conversation in a way that is productive and shows leadership. “The party,” she says,

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  • Watch: Smile, South Africa! Happy dance video goes viral

    A video of two men dancing at a fuel-station forecourt is putting a smile on South Africans' faces‚ as an antidote to seemingly continuous negative racial interactions and recent footage of a brutal attack on a petrol attendant.

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  • Thuli’s report best captures SABC rot

    Johannesburg - There is no document that better gives a full glimpse into the genesis of the SABC chaos than the public protector’s report, “When Governance and Ethics Fail.” The report dealt with systemic corporate governance failures at public broadcaster’s core - expediency, poor human resources management and a dysfunctional board - which were said to be primarily due to manipulative scheming by the SABC’s chief operating officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Thuli Madonsela’s probe followed claims that Motsoeneng lacked the requisite competencies for his post and “manipulated” primarily new boards to have his way and purge colleagues who stood in his way. Madonsela found all these to be true. She

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  • WATCH: DJ Sbu gets 'attacked' during his radio show

    In a video posted to his social media accounts on Thursday morning, a man is seen trying to charge at Sbu in studio, alleging that the radio personality made derogatory remarks about his favourite soccer team, Moroko Swallows live on air. Massive love for DJ Sbu on day one of radio return  Soon after a security guard tried to stop the irate man from attacking Sbu, he explained that he was sent to beat him up. "My boss paid me to hit you," said the man, adding that Sbu is very "disrespectful." It's understood that the 'attack' was a joke on the show, with insiders telling TMG Entertainment that it was all planned. Watch: I was taken out of context - Lerato Tshabalala 

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  • Limpopo family quits ANC for DA - Politics

    Limpopo - “When all else failed, we tried the DA,” a beaming China Mochoeneng says in support of his decision to openly back a party shunned by most others in his Limpopo village. The blue DA T-shirt he is wearing as he went about his chores stands out. It draws the eyes of passer byes on the dusty gravel road near his home in Juno, a village falling under the soon to be disestablished Aganang municipality in Limpopo. “Everyone around here knows we support the DA, and proudly so. What’s the point of choosing the same people who failed to bring us change,” he asks, referring to the ANC. The ruling party still enjoys the support of many villagers here, who told Independent Media they could never

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe dumps war vets in high stakes gamble

    Last week, in an extraordinary central committee meeting of the ruling party, Robert Mugabe identified a new enemy. This time, it was Zimbabwe’s infamous war veterans that have fallen foul of the Zimbabwean president – despite having done much of his dirty work over the last few decades. Mugabe, apparently without irony, told the Zanu-PF top branch that he was tired of war veterans interfering in politics. “That is dissident behaviour and we will not allow it. It is not your business to talk of who should succeed the president and worse still I am stunned you threatened that unless your wish is fulfilled, there shall be bloodshed.” Mugabe’s comments came shortly after the war veterans’ association

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  • Zuma allies in revolt over Guptas - report

    Cape Town – President Jacob Zuma’s closest political allies this week broke ranks with him over his close ties to the influential Guptas, in a move that has isolated Zuma and laid bare growing hostility in ANC circles to the family, the Sunday Times reported. Although there had long been whispers about the family’s close ties to Zuma and some of his ministers, this week Cosatu and SACP leaders went public with their growing irritation at the influence the Guptas are said to have on some leaders, the newspaper reported on Sunday. The latest development followed a visit to Zurich in December by Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, who met the CEO of the Glencore mining conglomerate in the

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  • SA suffering more than Zimbabwe

    Zimbabwe’s land reform programme, in which land was taken from white farmers, may have left the country in an economic bind, but black Zimbabweans are better off than their South African counterparts, says EFF leader Julius Malema. He was speaking in Mogalakwena, Limpopo, on Tuesday night as he campaigned ahead of the local government elections. The EFF would give Africans land if the party was voted into power, he added. “When we push for land reform, they say we are mad, we want South Africa to be like Zimbabwe, but South Africa is worse than Zimbabwe, because Zimbabweans are suffering with their land in their hands,” said Malema. He said Zimbabwe had the potential to recover after attaining

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  • Tempers flare as principal bars Radebe from entering East London school

    A bossy East London school governing body member came to Jeff Radebe’s rescue on Thursday after the school’s head barred the Minister in the Presidency and his entourage from entering the premises. Lumanyano Primary’s acting school principal Wendy Kuse told Radebe’s entourage that they would not be allowed to campaign within the school grounds as the school was apolitical. The drama unfolded in Phumlani village near East London airport. Radebe was one of many senior ANC leaders who took the party’s campaign trail to the Buffalo City Metro where the party is trying to lure votes away from independent candidates from within its ranks. Lumanyano Primary School children were enjoying their lunch

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  • Adolf Hitler's racism still apparent

    More than 90 years after the Aryan fanatic put it all in his book, a new generation of racists has emerged, says Angela Mudukuti. On July 18, 1925, volume one of Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf was published. It was a detailed account of his vision for the Third Reich. In particular, Hitler spoke of racial purity and said: “(F)or men do not perish as the result of lost wars, but by the loss of pure blood.” His racism and disdain for anyone he did not consider to be “Aryan” constituted a major source of inspiration for the devastating war that engulfed the world from 1939 to 1945. Racism pre-dates Hitler, but his actions marked an all-time low for race relations. Ninety-one years later, racism continues

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  • We were better off under apartheid‚ say EC villagers

    “We shot ourselves in the foot by toppling the apartheid government‚” residents of an Eastern Cape village said on Thursday. Tsholomnqa villagers had been waiting for a tarred road and decent houses for decades‚ said community leader‚ Wele Ntshongola. He said the dawn of democracy had marked the beginning of the collapse of quality service delivery for the Eastern Cape rural area which is situated on the R72 outside East London. “This village was in a good state under the Ciskei homeland led by LL Sebe. We used to have a tarred road... with workers who used to maintain it as well as free seed‚ crops and livestock.” He said they celebrated when democracy dawned. “Little did we know that democracy

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  • AfriForum is selfish and use of Constitution’s preamble is ‘ironic’, Mogoeng says

    AFRIFORUM’S attitude to the change of street names in Pretoria was selfish and did not accommodate the feelings of black South Africans, Constitutional Court justices said in a judgment on Thursday. The emotive dispute over the decision by the Tshwane municipality to change 25 street names in Pretoria’s CBD is now in its fourth year, with the High Court yet to even hear the merits of the case. The Constitutional Court’s judgment on Thursday dealt only with the interim arrangement: whether, as the dispute is being fought in court, the old street names should remain displayed. In a passionate judgment, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng said the values in the preamble of the Constitution — on which AfriForum relied to make its case — could not be achieved "when one race almost always has its way".

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  • Vilakazi stalled on Sundowns move for Chiefs offer, source says

    Vilakazi’s long-awaited move away from Wits was expected to happen ahead of the 2016/17 season, with Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns as the front runners for his signature. Phakaaathi has been informed by a source close to the player that he wanted to join Amakhosi, and that the midfielder met with head coach Steve Komphela about a possible move to Naturena. According to the source, Komphela made a promise to Vilakazi that he would do everything in his power to have him in his squad next season, but Chiefs didn’t meet Wits’ demands for the player to join the Glamour Boys, forcing the Bafana Bafana man to consider Sundowns’ deal instead. Mike Makaab, Sibusiso Vilakazi’s agent confirmed that a deal with the Brazilians was in its final stages.

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