• Urgent medicine recall in South Africa

    The potentially life-threatening labelling error led this week to the recall of at least 60 000 bottles of the generic drug‚ distributed mainly in the Western Cape. A pharmacist there raised the alarm last month after discovering that a container of Mylan Oxybutynin 5mg 100’s tablets — used to treat urinary incontinence and urgency — actually contained Mylan Indapamide 2.5mg 30’s. Indapmide is given to patients suffering from hypertension. The mix-up at Mylan's packaging plant in Germiston means patients who are not hypertensive are taking pills that drop their blood pressure. Not only could the wrong medication lead to them urinating more‚ rather than less‚ it could also lead to nausea and dizziness.

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  • DA puts e-tolls on poll agenda

    The controversial system, which cost the ANC votes in the 2014 elections, remains a thorn in the side of Gauteng motorists. The DA's mayoral candidates for Gauteng, speaking outside Sanral's offices, pleaded with voters to elect them into power, saying a vote for the party was a vote in favour of eliminating the system. The DA's Tshwane mayoral candidate, Solly Msimang, said if the party won Gauteng's highly coveted metropolitan municipalities, the party would launch multiple efforts to disrupt a further rollout of electronic tolling on the province's freeways. Rethink e-tolls, says ANC Gauteng "When we are elected into government we will ensure that there will be no further e-tolling in Gauteng.

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  • Sars nails Zuma’s son over fraud

    At the centre of the dispute is a raid on ATM’s cigarette manufacturing business in Pietermaritzburg in 2011. The expensive plant was imported from China. ATM was incorporated in 2009. The company is registered as manufacturing and distributing of tobacco related products. A squad of Sars officials swooped on the premises, seized goods and machinery, shutting the plant down. ATM was later allowed to operate, but the legal wrangle has continued and Zuma and his partners are now immersed in a bitter exchange with Sars officials. In legal papers which our sister paper The Sunday Independent has seen, Zuma accuses the taxman of corruption, racism and running a smear campaign against him. In an affidavit

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  • DA Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba to sell Pikitup

    The new DA mayor, Herman Mashaba, might remove these mugshots of his bruised enemies. Or he might retain them as a motivational tool. But he has far tougher calls to make. During an interview with Sunday Times on Day Two of his new life, he's in a jubilant mood, and not above gloating. "The critics wrote me off from day one. Nobody gave me a chance. Where am I sitting right now? Here I am." The critics won't back off, however. The ANC will obstruct him in any way they can. The EFF will gouge concessions on every budget, every bylaw. "Die poppe sal dans [The fat will be in the fire]," warned EFF spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi this week, if they think DA policies betray the black poor. Analysts will

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Panics As Soldiers Rampage

    Uniformed soldiers on Friday night emptied Harare's night clubs and ruthlessly attacked people on the streets after police triggered violent protests in the capital earlier in the day as President Robert Mugabe's government fought to suppress dissent against his rule. Zimbabwe's 18 opposition parties including former vice-president Joice Mujuru's Zimbabwe People First and MDC led by Morgan Tsvangirai had obtained a High Court order barring police from interfering with their intended demonstration. The parties under the banner of the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) and Coalition for Democrats wanted to protest against unfair electoral laws and systems, but were violently blocked by the police; minutes after the High Court had okayed the event.

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  • Joburg will never be the same again

    The ANC were hit hard by the Monday blues with the help of a vengeful red tide, writes Madala Thepa. Johannesburg - It was always going to be a day of reckoning at City Hall in Joburg. The shock demise of the ANC-ruled Joburg council made it extraordinarily hard and painful - heartless even - as technology, the producer of speed, began to announce their defeat. The precarious start and countless disruptions at the ballot booths, whether to have the vote secret or not - personal choice versus what the rule book says - only made it worse. As the night drew to a close, outgoing mayor Parks Tau could no longer contain himself. He broke down in tears in the city hall’s foyer and minutes later left

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  • ‘We never expected Sipho Pityana to stoop so low’

    “If the president was here I would have asked him as my leader, I would have begged him, I would have prayed, saying: My big brother, Msholozi, hand over the reins!’ “The next battle cannot be led by a leader who has humiliated our organisation and undermined everything that we represent.” On Friday the ANCYL said: “We expect former leaders of our government and structures to allow those that are currently in charge and elected a space to govern and lead. “In a case of any advice being ... given, we expect such to be done in a comradely and respectful manner. These comrades, who chose a funeral service to vent their anger and frustration, should have known better that African value systems and

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  • PSL mum on payout of insurance policy - Crime & Courts

    Johannesburg - The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has refused to answer questions on why the R5 million insurance payout to the late Orlando Pirates' skipper Senzo Meyiwa is yet to reach his beneficiaries. This comes nearly four months after the league, together with Pirates, publicly announced the insurance payout to Meyiwa’s children. Meyiwa was shot and killed on October 26, 2014 at his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo’s home in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni. Two weeks ago, Meyiwa’s father Sam complained to The Sunday Independent about the non-payment of his son’s insurance money. He said his family was no longer coping financially as Senzo was the breadwinner. “The PSL has not yet paid us Senzo’s money for

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  • Second Earth found, and it could be home to ET

    London - British astronomers have discovered the nearest Earth-like planet that could be home to alien life. Named Proxima b, it orbits Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our sun. At 4.2 light years away, in space terms it is right on the doorstep – and high speed spaceships now being devised could reach it within decades. In time, scientists say, the rocky planet 1.3 times the size of Earth could even be colonised by space travellers. Proxima b is thought to be only 4.7million miles from its star, one-twentieth of the Earth’s distance from the Sun. Its year lasts just 11.2 of our days. One side may be perpetually stuck in daytime, while the other experiences perpetual night. But Proxima Centauri,

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  • Dead! 5 celebs Malema absolutely nailed

    AKA It's no secret that AKA is firmly ANC, and when the ANC won 43% of the vote in Johannesburg, he celebrated. AKA responds to Malema's 'druggie' remarks: I'm honoured  So when Malema said, "A druggie was saying 'we won Joburg' kere [I said] yoh, drugs are dangerous. These artists, the way he's so innocent, he took nyaope and thought 43% is winning. He thinks it's simple like that," he continued, adding that a "drunkard minister retweeted the druggie." AKA responded, by saying he was honoured. “If Julius is indeed referring to me, man what a day!! With everything on his plate, and he still has time to think of me?! I'm honoured,” AKA tweeted. Kelly Khumalo Afro-pop singer Kelly Khumalo has proven

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  • Thabo Mbeki's full letter on Zuma, Nkandla and the Constitutional Court

    The Big Read: Zuma acts the chief, scorns our rule of law The court ruled that Zuma had failed to uphold the Constitution by ignoring orders from the Public Protector that he repay some of the $16 million in state funds spent to renovate his residence at Nkandla. No duty to defend JZ, says Gwede Here is former President Thabo Mbeki's full letter on the issue: On 31 March, 2016, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng conveyed the unanimous decision of the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) in the matter of “Economic Freedom Fighters v Speaker of the National Assembly and Others; Democratic Alliance v Speaker of the National Assembly and Others [2016] ZACC 11.” This decision has evoked much understandable

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  • NPA quashes reports of Gordhan’s imminent arrest

    THE National Prosecution Authority (NPA) has denied media reports that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan could soon be charged for corruption. City Press on Sunday said the NPA was on the verge of charging the minister in a case dating back to the time headed the South African Revenue Service (SARS). The case is linked to a covert investigative unit set up within the tax agency between 1999 and 2009, when Gordhan was commissioner, to allegedly spy on politicians, including President Jacob Zuma. "There is no decision whatsoever to prosecute anyone," NPA spokesman Luvuyo Mfaku said on Sunday. Mfaku said the prosecution had on Friday been handed a docket by the police. "We have received a docket relating

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  • Lawyer confident she'll get off - Independent on Saturday

    Durban - A lawyer among a group of seven people charged with the murder of moneylender Narend Anandrai is confident she will get off the hook. “I’m a criminal lawyer,’ Jayshree Baijnath told The Independent on Saturday yesterday after appearing briefly with the others in the Durban High Court. “The chances of them getting a conviction are slim.’ Less cheerful was the widow of Anandrai, Jayshree Pillay, who sat in the gallery with her sister-in-law and one of her late husband’s employees. Pillay gave birth to her third child just a month after her husband was killed. She said attending the hearings was difficult. Gregory Pillay - a drug addict and no relation - is serving 18 years behind bars

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  • Start packing your bags and leave SA for good‚ EFF tells Guptas

    The Economic Freedom Fighters have urged the Guptas to “start packing their last bags” and leave South Africa for good‚ saying they have caused enough damage. The party also warned that it would “not rest until the last root and trace of the Guptas has been cleared from our history”. It welcomed “with caution” reports that the Guptas intended selling off their businesses to the highest bidder before the end of this year‚ saying it was long overdue. The Gupta family‚ which has close ties with President Jacob Zuma‚ has been accused of state capture “This corrupt relationship has since caused untold divisions in the ruling party which harbours many elements who have also been captured. They appointed

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  • I'm prepared to die to save SA from the thieves, says Gordhan

    A defiant Gordhan promised that he would never back down from fighting corruption. The embattled finance minister also told hundreds of Treasury staff members he was aware of speculation over a cabinet reshuffle. "He said ministers come and go and we must just commit to work with whoever is the minister of finance," said a Treasury employee who was at a staff meeting addressed by Gordhan in Pretoria on Friday afternoon. "He said we didn't think what happened to Nhlanhla Nene could happen, but it happened," said another source. A third source said: "He said this is part of a bigger political battle. Don't be surprised if me and the deputy minister [Mcebisi Jonas] are removed this weekend". Gordhan

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  • Family-linked firm's R167m Transnet bonanza

    AmaBhungane has obtained copies of Trillian invoices totalling R74-million signed off for payment by Transnet chief financial officer Garry Pita at the end of June. The payments underscore how big the stakes are in the battle over state-owned enterprises raging between Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and President Jacob Zuma. Trillian Capital Partners, the apex operational company in the Trillian group, is 60% held by Trillian Holdings, whose sole director is close Gupta associate Salim Essa. AmaBhungane has been trying for months to access Trillian Holdings' share register - a legal right under the Companies Act - and has had a summons served at Essa's home and business addresses to force him to comply with the law.

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  • Love triangle rocks Limpopo ANC

    2016-08-22 15:31:57.0 | AUBREY MOTHOMBENI | Top ANC officials in Limpopo, including premier and chairman Stan Mathabatha, secretary Knocks Seabi and deputy secretary Makoma Makhurupetje, have been embroiled in a sex scandal involving the newly appointed mayor of Molemole municipality and the wife of his friend, who is a councillor.Next This comes after Conti Mokobane, who is mayor Edward Paya's personal friend wrote to Mathabatha and Seabi seeking an urgent meeting to discuss his marital issues. He alleged in his letter to the provincial leadership of the ANC that Paya was bonking his wife. Sunday World understands that the meeting took place on Thursday at the ANC Limpopo headquarters in Polokwane

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  • No hope for SA universities: Jansen

    Jansen said that history would show that the turning point in the destruction of South African universities was when President Jacob Zuma‚ despite Minister Blade Nzimande's position of a 6% fee increase‚ announced a 0% increase for the 2016 academic year in order "to get the kids out of the union buildings". "In the meantime‚ the political situation has caught up with us such that‚ it is now impossible to ask for anything in terms of a fee increase and that is our dilemma." Jansen also offered insights into the moment he decided to step down – after receiving a WhatsApp message at 2.30am – and the personal strain endured by other vice-chancellors who are grappling with financial constraints at

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  • Trump buys SA Inc for R3bn

    Afbekistan - US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has bought out all of South Africa for R3 billion, sources close to the deal say. The move comes as Trump’s hopes of winning the next election in the United States, set for later this year, fade. The multi-billionaire, whose net worth is pegged at $4 billion - or around R59 trillion - is said to have met with President Jacob Zuma earlier this month in a bid to secure SA Inc. His purchase of all of SA comes in the midst of several probes into the so-called state capture saga in which the Gupta family is alleged to have offered several government ministers high-profile positions and also to have abused their close ties with Zuma. This

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  • Facebook post costs couple R40 000

    Pretoria - An extremely scandalous posting on Facebook will cost a Pretoria woman - the author of the damned posting, and her husband, who was tagged in the message - R40 000 in damages following a ruling by the Pretoria High Court. Acting Judge Jan Hiemstra on Wednesday ruled that a senior manager at Sars and mother of two, who instituted the damages claim, be compensated. None of the parties is being named, as there are young children involved. The mother (the plaintiff) turned to the court claiming that her former husband and his new wife were badmouthing her in cyberspace. She especially felt aggrieved by two postings on Facebook by her former husband’s wife and certain comments which followed

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