• NPA surprised by court challenge in Gordhan case

    JOHANNESBURG The National Prosecuting Authority(NPA) says it is surprised that Freedom Under Law and the Helen Suzman Foundation have gone to court to challenge the fraud charge against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. It says the institution had already told the two organisations that NPA head advocate Shaun Abrahams has asked investigators to clarify some details, before making a final decision on whether the prosecution will go ahead. The two groups have strongly criticised the NPAin their papers suggesting an ulterior motive could be behind its decision. The NPA's Luvuyo Mfaku says that Abrahams received the submissions from former Sars commissioner Oupa Magashula and his former deputy Ivan

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  • South Africa: What The Hell Happened at MTV Africa Music Awards?!

    The MTV Video Music Awards were held over the weekend. If you didn't watch, you missed quite a bit of music, a handful of speeches, and not too much else. The ceremony was originally set to be hosted by South African comedian Trevor Noah, but he pulled out at the last minute due to a severe respiratory and ear infection. We were all disappointed and wondering who would replace him. The organisers announced that the show was to be hosted by South Africa's Bonang Matheba. Then all of a sudden we hear South African actress Nomzamo Mbatha and Nigeria's Yemi Alade had been added to the hosting duties, with disastrous results. The trio were tasked with the mission of delivering their best on the biggest

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  • Zuma’s personal security beefed up

    President Jacob Zuma’s personal protection unit has been beefed up‚ Eyewitness News (EWN) reported on Sunday. It said the unit now includes members of the special task force and heavily armed soldiers from the South African National Defence Force‚ making it the largest contingent of personal guards for a president since the dawn of democracy. The report quoted Defence Force spokesperson Brigadier Xolani Mabanga as saying says he was in no position to discuss the security and protection of the president with the media.

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  • Wedding bells ring for EFF leader

    The Economic Freedom Fighters turned out in full force — with beaming smiles — at the weekend for the wedding of their deputy secretary general‚ Hlengiwe Octavia Hlophe. Her dreamy gown had a crystal encrusted‚ close fitting bodice with a full skirt while her groom wore a turquoise waistcoat with a navy suit EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu was “inspired” by the ceremony‚ taking to social media to share the day. See his photos here‚ captioned: “Congratulations to the EFF Deputy Secretary General Hlengiwe Hlophe on her marriage and beautiful wedding! Inspiring stuff!“ Shivambu also shared a photo of the party’s leadership with the bride and groom. Hlope has been a MP since 2014. She sits in

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  • PICS: EFF MP Hlengiwe Hlophe's 'revolutionary' wedding

    The leadership of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) gathered at the weekend to celebrate the wedding of one of their own, Hlengiwe Hlophe, the party’s deputy secretary and MP. Hlophe tied the knot to her husband at a beautiful ceremony in the presence of family and comrades. The party’s commander-in-chief Julius Malema offered some advice to the groom and bride as they embarked on their life journey. Malema said marriage was an institution “only for the brave” and “cowards do not get married” in his speech of banter and some serious moments. The party’s Twitter accounted quoted his words in a tweet with the hashtag, #revolutionarywedding. A statement by the party congratulated the newlyweds:

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  • Cassper cuts the ponytail, Minnie asks if he still wants to marry her

    Refiloe ‘Cassper Nyovest’ Phoolo may have more reasons to celebrate after winning Best Live Act at the MTV Africa Music Awards that took place at the Coca-Cola Dome on Saturday night. Cassper rocked the red carpet looking slimmer and slick in a suit, a first for him when attending awards. However, Cassper has not only lost a few kilos but also his ponytail – fans still have not said much about the dramatic change. One fan, however, said he had to cut it as it had become too heavy for the Mama I made It hit maker. We love that the awards organisers are aware of what is happening with the celebs, especially Cassper, who has not kept his crush on Minnie Dlamini much of a secret. As a result they

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  • Guptas and Zuma arranged R6 billion drop off in Dubai: Malema

    "Zuma was in UAE recently in Dubai. That was not an official visit, it was a personal one. Zuma took money to UAE. That is where they are dumping money. The Guptas have taken R6 billion to Dubai,” Malema told reporters at a press conference following the Constitutional Court judgment. "Zuma goes to Dubai on some unexplained trip. Why did Zuma go to Dubai? Because when Zuma travels, he doesn’t get searched by customs. He left with bags of money to be dumped in Dubai. That is where they are dumping our money with the Guptas." The presidency could not be immediately reached to get comment on Malema's claims.  On Monday, the Presidency said Zuma had gone to the UAE for a working visit. It was said

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  • Hlaudi robbed of more than 'R800k'

    Tabloid Sunday World has reported that it came into possession of an affidavit deposed to by demoted SABC “shot-caller” Hlaudi Motsoeneng in which is revealed that he was defrauded of nearly R1 million last year. It’s unlikely the former SABC chief operating officer is short of money, however, as it emerged that he gave himself, through the SABC board, yet another hefty salary hike in the last financial year along with a reported bonus of more than R11 million despite the SABC making a loss of R411 million. Motsoeneng and the SABC have not confirmed the bonus or what it was for, though it was reportedly for a content deal with MultiChoice that broadcasting experts described as a bad deal that actually short-changed the public broadcaster. The DA is continuing with its crusade against the man found not to be qualified for his job by both the Supreme Court of Appeal and former public protector.

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  • EFF student leader suspended after 'kill whites' post

    Pretoria - Luvuyo Menziwa, EFF Student Command senior official at the University of Pretoria, has been suspended from the SRC for posting on Facebook on Monday that he hated whites and would shoot them. Menziwa, who occupies the student finance portfolio in the SRC, was summoned to the disciplinary committee on Tuesdayand slapped with a suspension with immediate effect. He has been given until Friday to vacate his office. In the post, Menziwa listed five reasons why he hated white people - white privilege, dominance, monopoly capital, arrogance and superiority. He said: "F*** white people. Just get me a bazooka or AK-47 so I can do the right thing and kill these demon possessed humans." Menziwa

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  • Analysis: Zuma’s True Expendables

    (Note: The people listed in this story are but a tip of a massive iceberg. It would have been impossible to fit them all meaningfully in a daily newspaper article.) On Monday, Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha had a spectacularly ill-timed press conference to discuss the proposed Hate Speech Bill. The day before had seen revelations that he had attended a meeting with the head of the National Prosecuting Authority, and the current leader of the Pravin Gordhan Fan Club, Advocate Shaun Abrahams. The location of this meeting: ANC's headquarters, Luthuli House. The date was only one day before Abrahams had his press conference to announce a spectacularly ill-informed decision

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  • Zuma loyalties divide youth league

    INFIGHTING within the ANC Youth League over who will be the party’s next deputy president has seen the league’s provincial secretary, Andile Mbali, being served with a 15-day suspension letter, pending an investigation. But Mbali laughed it off, saying he was still the league’s provincial secretary and would go ahead with his usual tasks despite facing the axe. The ANCYL is split over whether to support Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane or Mpumalanga Premier David “DD” Mabuza. What complicates matters is that Mabuza is part of the “Premier League” faction of the ANC, who are allies of President Jacob Zuma, while Mokonyane is also viewed as a Zuma ally. According to a source

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  • Bathabile Dlamini pays tribute to ma-Ntuli

    Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini and others on Sunday paid tribute to former social development deputy minister Bongi Maria Ntuli, fondly known as “ma-Ntuli”. Ntuli died of heart failure on Saturday on arrival at the Pretoria Heart Hospital after her children noted that she was not well, the department said in a statement. Ntuli, one of the women who participated in the Convention for a Democratic South Africa (Codesa) in the early 1990s, was a Member of Parliament since 1994 where she served in various committees, including the joint committee on the improvement of quality of life and status of women and the portfolio committee on trade and industry. In 2010, she was deployed to the social development ministry where she served until 2014.

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  • Mourinho’s United stuck in reverse gear

    Awful, shambolic, clueless and humiliated, but definitely not special. Jose Mourinho, Chelsea’s Special One, is looking very ordinary at Manchester United, but it took a 4-0 hammering against his old team at Stamford Bridge to expose the magnitude of the job he now has on his hands at Old Trafford. By the end of his first return to Chelsea with United, the Stamford Bridge crowd were sarcastically chanting Mourinho’s name and giving out ‘oles’ as Antonio Conte’s team stroked the ball around against their shell-shocked opponents. Mourinho has landed into a black hole at United. He has inherited a team which cannot defend properly or attack with intent. It is a team bereft of top quality, with expensive

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  • South Africa: Truck Driver Honoured for Stopping Drunk Driver

    A Cape Town truck driver will be honoured for bravery after he tried to stop the drunk driver of a Jaguar - as well as warn other motorists about the danger, the City said on Sunday. Last Thursday, just after 23:00, traffic officials received a report that a white Jaguar was driving into oncoming traffic on the N1 near Monte Vista, said the City's mayoral committee member for safety and security, JP Smith. CCTV footage then picked up that it was being followed by a white truck. "First impressions were that both vehicles were driving negligently," said Smith. "However further examination revealed that the truck driver was attempting to stop the Jaguar, as well as warn oncoming traffic of the hazard

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  • Guptas are just a red herring

    The fundamental contradiction in South Africa has always been recognised by the whole liberation movement (the ANC, Pan Africanist Congress, Black Consciousness Movement) as settler colonialism that gives rise to white monopoly capitalism, which in turn renders the black majority powerless. So how did the gaze turn away from this historical enemy of black liberation to the Guptas so neatly? In political analysis the intentions of the actors don’t often matter - what matters is the impact of their actions. So it matters little to say one is involved in “economic freedom” when one’s actions and their consequences entrench the status quo. That is why it’s so important that all political movements

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  • Juju welcomes baby Munzhedzi to the world

    Malema let the cat out of the bag when he posted a picture of him and Mantwa on Friday morning with a caption that read: “Mma Munzhedzi re a leboga‚ Modimo le Badimo ba leboloke"‚ which‚ loosely translated‚ is “Munzhedzi's mother we thank you‚ May god and the gods protect you”. TMG Digital understands that Munzhedzi - a Venda name which means a self-starter or leader - is the name given to the child; it is either a boy or a girl’s name. WATCH: Malema opens up about love, weight loss and politics  Three senior EFF officials declined to comment‚ saying the matter is private. “I have been struggling to say that name‚ but I don’t want to say anything. You should call him yourself‚” EFF commissar

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  • Obama offers advice to ‘whining’ Trump

    Washington - US President Barack Obama lacerated Donald Trump on Tuesday over his repeated assertions that the November 8 election is rigged against him, telling the Republican presidential candidate to “stop whining and go try to make his case to get votes”. With opinion polls showing him falling further back against his White House rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, Trump has intensified his allegations, although numerous studies have shown that voter fraud in US elections is rare. At a campaign rally in Grand Junction, Colorado, Trump continued his attack, saying: “The press has created a rigged system and poisoned the minds of the voters.” But he also used his speech to detail a new initiative

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  • Guptas allegedly offered Jonas R600m to be their finance man

    The Sunday Times has revealed that it has been given information about some of the explosive details contained in Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas’ affidavit to former public protector Thuli Madonsela. Madonsela was investigating allegations of so-called state capture attempts by the controversial Gupta family. ANC under Zuma worse than apartheid, says Mthembu Earlier this year, Jonas made headlines when he revealed that he had allegedly been earmarked by the family to be the next finance minister. Ajay Gupta told him he wanted him to “work with us”. It’s only now, however, that further details have emerged. Allegedly, he deposed to Madonsela that: “Work with us” meant pushing for approval

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  • Sniffer dog finds 7.5kg of cocaine at OR Tambo airport

    A South African Revenue Service (SARS) customs official and a drug sniffer dog intercepted 7.5kg of cocaine worth about R2.1 million hidden in hair treatment bottles at a courier company outlet at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, SARS said on Sunday. The sniffer dog identified a consignment of six bottles of “anti-frizz hair treatment” from Sao Paolo in Brazil, destined for Cape Town. Tests confirmed the bottles contained liquid cocaine with a value of R2 157 750. The narcotics were seized and handed over to the South African Police Service for further investigation, SARS said in a statement. – African News Agency (ANA)

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  • Africa: Ladies, Do You Belong to the 'Other Room?'

    Or perhaps he thought that because he was far away in Germany, the people back home wouldn't get wind of it despite the presence of several media people, ironically at a joint press conference with one of the world's most powerful women, German Chancellor Angela Merkel who also appeared shocked by what she had just heard. US Presidential contender Donald Trump was crucified for his comments about groping women and dismissing them as locker room banter but he's right. Do you think if Aisha was truly independent her husband would have made those remarks? If you follow the NBA, you know Steph Curry and probably heard about the Media fallout after his wife Ayesha Curry suggested that the NBA is rigged and that the Referees were biased against her husband and his team, Golden State Warriors during last Season's NBA Finals.

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