• Cyril, it's time to pick a side

    I expected it to last. The election afterglow, I mean. The “collision” negotiations barely concluded, and then boom, before you knew it, the Sars wars had resumed without even giving the EFF two days to enjoy their “kingmaker” status. It was straight back to the usual destruction of the country’s institutions. Business as (un)usual. So Pravin Gordhan has been thrust back into the limelight, kicking and screaming. But the markets don’t like it when our minister of finance kicks and screams. They prefer him in the background – but some those in charge don’t appear to care that the rand is reasonably important. The markets, that amorphous mass of invisible investors who love stability, are not kind

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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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  • Mayor Mashaba appoints 'academics and activists' - Politics

    Johannesburg - Newly-elected Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba on Friday introduced one of the most representative teams as the City's members of mayoral committee with 50-50 gender and 70-30 race representation. In a bid to “professionalise” the administration of the City of Joburg, Mashaba said this team was comprised of both academics and activists whom had dedicated their careers in public service. Mashaba's team is made up of five men and five women, who among them comprise of seven black and three white members. “This team is made up of doctors, a professor, and community development activists that have deep love for Johannesburg, people who have passion for development and people that

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  • Trevor Noah shades Zuma and Malema: There are politicians that are uncontrollable

    In an exclusive interview on eNCA with Jeremy Maggs, The Daily Show host compared Donald Trump to Jacob Zuma and Julius Malema, saying that he comes from a world where "politicians are uncontrollable". Noah was being quizzed on Donald Trump and the possibility of him being elected as the next American president. The comedian said that he was optimistic and believed that Americans would not vote for a man who is divisive. "Maybe I suffer from too much optimism but I don't believe America will vote that way. I do not believe that a majority of a country will vote for a man who is that divisive,  who will vote for an idea that is fundamentally opposed to what America is." Booty game! Who has the

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

    Cape Town - The ANC Youth League says it is “disgusted by the unruly and disruptive character” displayed by Sipho Pityana at the funeral of Makhenkesi Stofile at Fort Hare University. During his 30-minute speech at the funeral on Thursday, Pityana, an ANC veteran and former director-general of foreign affairs, lashed Zuma and urged him to step aside. “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

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  • Police issue N2 smash-and-grab warning

    Durban North police have warned motorists to avoid leaving valuables in plain sight on the front seat. This after an attempted smash-and-grab on the N2 off-ramp, near the M41 (going towards Gateway), Northglen News reports. According police spokesperson Captain Raymond Deokaran, the incident occurred at about 9pm on Tuesday night. “The driver noticed a man walking past her passenger side window, he then rushed at the vehicle, shattering the window and damaging the side mirror, fortunately she was able to get away,” he said. This is the second incident in recent weeks. Last year 20 incidents were reported in that area, but police said the thieves had moved on because of the construction currently

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  • Are prison nurses trying to kill Oscar Pistorius?

    The People's Bae is taking a break. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) announced on Friday that national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi “will be on study leave effective immediately‚ till 1 November 2016”.

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  • UEFA announce changes to Champions League from 2018/19 season

    Under the present system, the top three leagues -- currently Spain, Germany and England -- have three places each while their fourth-placed teams must contest a playoff over two legs for a place in the group stage. The fourth ranked league, currently Italy, have only two guaranteed places plus one in the playoff round. "Following an extensive consultative process involving all European football stakeholders, UEFA proposed amendments which have been approved by the UEFA Executive Committee, upon recommendations of the UEFA Club Competitions Committee and the European Club Association Board," reads part of a statement posted on the UEFA website on Friday.

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  • Magaya charged with rape

    Founder and leader of acclaimed Prophetic Healing and Deliverance (PHD) Ministries, Prophet Walter Magaya appeared at the Harare magistrate’s court on Saturday charged with raping a 24- year- old woman who fellowships at his church. Magaya, who was granted $2000 (P20 000) bail later told his congregants that the allegations are politically motivated because some senior officials within the (Zimbabwean) government are not happy about his deeds. During the Sunday Service beamed through his Yadah TV, Magaya said he had created more enemies than friends by launching a massive and ambitious housing scheme hence he was not surprised by the trumped up charges. Magaya is set to build over 150 000 housing units in Harare and Bulawayo for his followers who will buy them at subsidized prices.

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  • South Africa: Ruling Party Planning to Remove Zuma?

    While the leadership of the ANC embarks on a tour of branches across the country in search of answers for the party's decline in support in the municipal elections ordinary members are calling for the occupation of the party's national headquarters Luthuli House to demand President Jacob Zuma and the ANC's National Executive Committee's resignations. One of the organisers, Bonolo Ramokhele, has said the idea is to have a demonstration at the party's head offices on September 5 when the president is expected to attend a National Working Committee meeting. Previously he had been part of attempts to demonstrate outside an NEC meeting following state capture claims by deputy finance minister Mcebisi

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  • Guardiola excited about Barcelona reunion

    Pep Guardiola is excited about the prospect of returning to his former club Barcelona, though he acknowledges that Manchester City have their work cut out to advance from a testing Champions League group. City have been drawn in Group C alongside Barca, Borussia Moenchengladbach and Celtic, with Guardiola set to return to the club where he began his career and managed with distinction for four seasons. “I can't deny it's something special for me to return to Barcelona,” he told reporters on Friday. “I grew up there, to play there at 13 to become a footballer. “Most of my life I spent there, I know the people, the club, the media, most of the players, the emotion is there.” Guardiola has come

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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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  • 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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  • Treasury 'taking Denel to court' to halt Gupta deal

    VR Laser Asia's sole shareholder is Gupta business partner Salim Essa. Its parent firm in South Africa is owned by Essa, the Guptas and President Jacob Zuma's son Duduzane. Two independent government sources confirmed this week that the Treasury was planning to go to court to halt the deal. "Treasury's lawyers are going after them - they've already prepared papers," said one source. The Treasury's legal head, Rebecca Tee, had already sent letters to Denel demanding that it dissolve the partnership or face legal action, said another source. If they didn't deliver they should be replaced. To form a partnership like this with a service provider is outrageous. It could go on indefinitely This flies

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  • The arrogance of the Hawks is unacceptable, FW de Klerk says

    FORMER president FW de Klerk has weighed in on the furore surrounding Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. JacarandaFM reported on Friday that De Klerk‚ speaking on the sidelines of the launch of the Centre for Unity in Diversity in Johannesburg‚ said: "What is happening around the minister of finance is a tragedy." He went further to say that the "form of arrogance" displayed by the Hawks was "unacceptable". "What is happening around the minister of finance is a tragedy. He is adopting an attitude that he is guilty of nothing‚ that he has given all explanations he has been asked to give and I think he is within his rights in doing so," De Klerk said. "The way in which it is being handled and what

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  • Listen: Zuma 'raping government of every last cent', says Gareth Cliff

    Cliff's comments come after it emerged that Gordhan had been summoned to appear before the Hawks on Thursday about allegations related to his role in the formation and activities of the so-called "rogue unit" set up when he was head of the SA Revenue Service. Gordhan, who has maintained that the setting-up of the unit was above board and had ministerial approval, said on Wednesday afternoon that he would not be complying with the summons as advised by his legal team. Euphonik, Boity and Thembisa Mdoda to 'tell-all' on new show  Weighing in on the debate surrounding the issue, Cliff levelled accusations against Zuma claiming the president is trying to "escape with as much money as he can from

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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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  • ANCWL, ANCYL condemn Zuma's critics

    The ANCWL's Meokgo Matuba says no one must be allowed to criticise the ANC in public. Jacob Zuma JOHANNESBURG – The African National Congress (ANC) Youth and Women’s leagues have come out strongly against critics of President Jacob Zuma saying those who speak negatively about him in public must be disciplined. This comes after ANC veteran and former director general of foreign affairs Sipho Pityana used the funeral of reverend Makhenkesi Stofile, at Fort Hare University this week to lash out at Zuma, and urged him to step down. LISTEN: Pityana lashes out at the ANC.   When Pityana came out guns blazing against the president, the ANCYL called his actions disruptive and unruly. ANYCL general secretary

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  • Hijacker nabbed in SA

    An armed hijacker who, together with his partner, robbed a Mochudi man of his double cab Toyota Hilux at gun-point last week was arrested in South Africa after the vehicle overturned in a police chase. The Zimbabwean suspect, Patrick Lovemore Chirunga, is under heavy police escort at Mafikeng Provincial Hospital after he was found in possession of a South African Police service pistol suspected to have been used in the cross-border crime. It is alleged that on Wednesday afternoon last week Chirunga and his partner in crime, who were driving a Toyota Corolla, accosted the Hilux owner, Freddy Mogomotsi, in Mochudi before robbing him of the vehicle. The two suspects are said to have flashed their

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