• 6 cows, R7.8m for Zuma, no bull

    When President Jacob Zuma visited the community of Letlhabile, just outside Brits in North West yesterday, he was looking for ANC votes in next week’s municipal elections, but he may have stumbled on a solution to his personal financial woes. The local business forum were so pleased with his presence they presented the president with a gift of six cows and offered to pay the R7.8 million Nkandla bill the Constitutional Court slapped on him. Yesterday, the people of Madibeng Municipality, beset by water shortages amid other service delivery problems, made Zuma, in town to address a Siyanqoba mini-rally as the campaigning for next week’s elections wraps up, an offer he would find hard to refuse. Zuma dedicated more than half of his speech to history lessons, in an effort to stop the local community from abandoning the ANC.

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  • 'Hack and kill all whites' EFF candidate disqualified

    Late on Friday, the Electoral Court found in favour of the IEC’s request to bar from the elections EFF candidate Thabo Mabotja, who was registered to contest Ward 7 in Tshwane on Wednesday. He allegedly wrote on Facebook that all white people needed to be hacked and killed. The IEC made its case in court that the EFF had already distanced itself from Mabotja, and therefore there was no reason why he should be allowed to stand in a country that was diametrically opposed to the hate speech Mabotja is believed to have expressed. Advocate Leah Gcabashe said he should not be elected “at this stage” in South African politics to represent South Africans at municipal level. EFF leader Julius Malema said

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  • Pogba heads to LA for Man United medical

    London - Paul Pogba will become a Manchester United player again after they agreed a deal close to £100million with Juventus on Thursday night. It means the player who left Old Trafford for next to nothing in 2012 will return as the stellar signing of the summer - in a world record transfer which smashes the British mark by an incredible £40m. The deal for the 23-year-old France midfielder is expected to be formalised on friday after Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola held further talks with Juventus officials and lawyers in Turin on Thursday afternoon. United and Juventus have agreed to pay a fee to Raiola with part of his 20 per cent bonus being accounted for in Pogba’s overall deal. Pogba is due to

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  • Nigeria: Stephen Keshi Laid to Rest

    It was an emotion-laden atmosphere at Illah, Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State, on Friday as the remains of former head coach of the Nigeria's Super Eagles, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, were laid to rest. Keshi was buried in a tomb within the compound of his personal house in Ukpologwu Quarters in Illah, the football icon's hometown, after a requiem mass at the Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church, in Illah town. Although Federal Government's presence was again conspicuously absent, like during the ceremony of lying-in-state and tributes at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba on Thursday, the strong presence of numerous former members of the Super Eagles, particularly the victorious

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  • Paris Hilton gushes over Black Coffee

    South African Communist Party general secretary Blade Nzimande took a swipe at the Democratic Alliance on Saturday saying that the party had been described by former president Nelson Mandela himself as a “party of white bosses and black stooges” and asked why the party...

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  • Zimbabwe: If not Mugabe, then who?

    On Wednesday, Robert Mugabe had an instruction for members of my tribe. “Journalists, tell those you are representing that Robert Mugabe is still here, well and strong. This is me, and my people are going to have me for some time,” he said, in a rousing speech delivered at a supporters rally in Harare. We won’t be implementing this instruction on these pages. Mugabe’s right on one thing: yes, he’s still here, he’s still in charge. But no one’s quite sure for how long, because recent events have left the Zimbabwean president weaker than ever before. The #ThisFlag campaign represents an unprecedented expression of people power which if harnessed effectively could topple the whole system, Arab Spring-style.

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  • Nigeria: Indonesia to Execute Nigerian, 13 Others Drug Convicts This Week

    Indonesia will execute 14 drug offenders, most of whom are non-Indonesians, said the country's attorney general on Wednesday. The announcement spurred United Nations human right officials to urge the country's government to rethink the "unjust" use of capital punishment. Though four are reportedly Indonesian, 10 others are from South Africa, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Pakistan and India. Attorney General Muhammad Prasetyo said the executions are expected to begin as early as Friday and completed no later than Sunday. The planned executions come after the 14 executions of drug offenders last year. The government has put more men to death in the last two years than it had in the previous decade. "The increasing

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  • Jeff Bezos leapfrogs Warren Buffett on Forbes rich list

    NEW YORK — Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has become the world’s third-richest person as of the market close for the first time, Forbes magazine said, passing Warren Buffett, the chairman and chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway. Bezos’ fortune was $65.3bn as of 8.30pm GMT on Thursday, compared with Buffett’s $64.9bn. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates remained the world’s richest person, at $77.7bn, while Spain’s Amancio Ortega, who founded the Zara clothing chain’s owner Inditex SA, was second at $72.7bn. Facebook co-founder and CE Mark Zuckerberg was fifth, at $54bn. Bezos, 52, owns close to 18% of Amazon. Its stock has risen by roughly 50% since early February, as the world’s largest online

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  • Fransman abandons court case against ANC - Politics

     Cape Town - African National Congress chairman in the Western Cape, Marius Fransman, has abandoned his court bid to get his job back after he was informed that disciplinary processes will be instituted against him, his lawyer Ashley Meyer confirmed on Thursday. “We’ve now served a formal notice of withdrawal of our court application,” said Meyer. Fransman turned to the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday, and was granted an order compelling his party to provide him with the report of an internal integrity commission which investigated sexual harassment allegations against him. Fransman, who has been accused of sexually harassing 21-year-old Louisa Wynand while they were travelling to Rustenburg in January, was suspended pending a disciplinary enquiry.

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  • Zimbabwe: Fed Up, Unafraid, and Just Getting Started

    Through social media, Zimbabweans in the country and diaspora have been organising, debating and planning with great effect. But the movement must now evolve if it is to continue to grow. When the Zimbabwean government arrested Pastor Evan Mawarire earlier this month, it came as no surprise. Legal harassment has become a standard tactic of the ruling ZANU-PF in dealing with individuals it sees as a threat. However, by prosecuting Mawarire - the social media savvy man behind the popular #ThisFlag movement and a successful national "stay away" on 6 July - the government inadvertently gave the movement a substantial boost. On 13 July, the day of the pastor's trial, the government's miscalculation

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  • Zimbabwe in the Eye of a Storm

    AFTER landing at the airport, I realised immediately that I had landed in the eye of a storm when a rifle-wielding storm trooper pointed a gun at me, ordering me to open my suitcase. The civilian officer was annoyed and ordered me to proceed. Yet there is a method to this madness. I was later to learn that soldiers and semi-military police have been deployed along the highways in order to intimidate citizens into paying them "something". The government is broke. In a stretch of 240 kilometres, there were 11 police roadblocks. The police find fault with "something", either on the driver or on his car and levy a spot fine of US$20. The spot fine is, however, negotiable and one can get away with

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  • Mantashe 'was warned' about KZN chaos

    ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe was warned in April that the party would face legal action if it failed to address grievances over the party’s provincial conference, which saw the KwaZulu-Natal premier Senzo Mchunu ousted as provincial leader. While ANC provincial leaders have questioned the timing over the application brought last Friday that seeks to have any resolutions from the conference set aside as unlawful and invalid, they have refused to comment on the application until after the local government elections next Wednesday. Sihle Zikalala, the man who replaced Mchunu as party chairman, and current KwaZulu-Natal premier, Willies Mchunu, are among the respondents, as are other members of the executive. Party members Lawrence Dube, Lindiwe Buthelezi, Martin Mzangwa, Mzweni Ngcobo and Sibahle Zikalala lodged the notice of application, without affidavits, in Pietermaritzburg’s high court on July 22.

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  • All set for EFF’s final Tshela Thupa rally tomorrow

    EFF’s Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says a motorcade has been doing the rounds in the area garnering more support. 2016 Municipal Elections Economic Freedom Fighters EFF Tshela Thupa rally POLOKWANE - The stage is set and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says its ready for its final mass rally in Polokwane tomorrow As the Democratic Alliance wraps up its final rally, the EFF will tomorrow aim to fill up the Peter Mokaba Stadium while the African National Congress host its Siyanqoba rally at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg. All roads lead to the Peter Mokaba Stadium tomorrow, that’s according to the EFF’s Mbuyiseni Ndlozi. He says the party leaders are already in Polokwane at the stadium and everything

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  • AKA smashes Twitter user: You piece of sh*t. Where is your compassion

    This is what caused the drama: Nick Theodoropoulos tweeted: "Hope the #tornado coverage is not on SABC. Images of its destruction may incite violence and looting. #SABCcensorship" AKA replied with this: The anger continued with AKA taking shots at political parties: "Don't even get me started on The DA using Mandela's name to campaign. White privilege has now, truly .... Lost its mind and its bearings." "Mandela was considered the head of a "terrorist organization" ....today he's a part of their narrative." "Did Mandela ever denounce the ANC or Jacob Zuma? .... Ok, I get it ... So he died and made you his spokesperson. Gotcha!" Extreme weather conditions have hit various parts of South Africa

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  • Ministering to the needs of her master

    While Communications Minister Faith Muthambi may be in charge of communicating, up to now, she has failed dismally in doing so. I attended a discussion on the importance of community news and state-owned enterprises in Pretoria yesterday, at which Muthambi was a guest speaker. The message in her speech boiled down to mainstream media versus community media. Community media needed to be strengthened, she said. Mainstream media was portrayed as the big bad wolf. She went on to praise the SABC for its decision not to give free publicity to commercial newspapers, having gone as far as canning its radio show The Editors, in which newspaper headlines were read. As most people are aware, the SABC was

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  • Nigeria Flags Off Commercial Operation On China-Assisted Rail Project

    Abuja — Nigeria marked a symbolic progress of railway service on Tuesday when its first completed standard gauge railway modernization project assisted by China, was open for commercial operation. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari flagged off the commercial operation of the rail service, linking the capital city Abuja and the northwestern state of Kaduna, following the smooth completion of the railway construction by China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC). The completed project is part of the railway modernization initiative by the West African superpower which aims at replacing the existing narrow gauge system with the wider standard gauge system, while allowing high-speed

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  • Obama's brother says he will vote for Trump

    Nairobi - President Barack Obama's half-brother, Malik Obama, says he will vote for Republican nominee Donald Trump in the US election in November because he likes the candidate and he is unhappy with his brother's leadership. Malik, who is in his 50s, told Reuters by phone from Obama's ancestral home of Kogelo in western Kenya that he supports Trump's policies, especially his focus on security. “He appeals to me and also I think that he is down to earth and he speaks from the heart and he is not trying to be politically correct. He's just straight-forward,” he said. Malik, a US citizen, has lived in Washington since 1985 where he worked with various firms before becoming an independent financial

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  • Chris Hani foresaw Nkandla coming

    Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane believes slain struggle icon Chris Hani foresaw the emergence of elitist politicians. 'I think Chris Hani foresaw that one day Jacob Zuma will arrive and emerge and as an elitist who drives around in a fancy car and lives in a palace using taxpayers’ money. Another way of saying what Chris Hani said: he said the ANC of today is just another Nkandla coming." The DA leader was speaking at his party's final election rally in Dobsonville‚ Soweto‚ on Saturday ahead of the August 3 local elections. Maimane went on to add that "Zuma governs as if black people and black lives don’t matter". "Under Zuma the ANC is keeping black people in poverty while in fact their

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  • 'Who cares'

    The former inmate-turned-“Sushi King” remained a Twitter trend on Friday after his self-publicised purchase of a painting depicting three senior members of the Democratic Alliance (DA) in their birthday suits. Kunene on Thursday posted a photo of himself behind the image saying: “I am now a proud owner of this master piece. Powerful story telling through art...Thanks to the fearless Artist...” The painting‚ by Iven Amali‚ portrays Zille‚ DA leader Mmusi Maimane and what appears to be the DA's federal executive chairperson James Selfe with their private parts exposed. Maimane is pulling a cart carrying the other two‚ the words “modern slavery” are hanging from the cart. Maimane's spokesperson

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  • THICK END OF THE WEDGE: Apartheid relic Eskom holds back transformation

    IMAGINE, for a moment, a world in which South African Airways (SAA) owned all the airports in the country. Imagine all the food stores in the country were owned by farmers. Or that all the roads were owned by BMW. Whenever SAA couldn’t fill its seats, it would just charge other airlines more to arrive and depart. Whenever farmers’ harvests were poor, they could charge people more to buy food. Whenever car sales fell, BMW would simply charge more to use the roads. Monopolies have the same effect on economies as cartels do. They charge consumers what they like — and what they like is inevitably high. But only cartels are illegal. Instead, in a country in which a whole ministry, economic development,

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