• Mantashe admits ANC is under siege

    ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has painted a bleak scenario facing the party in its quest to reconnect with the people, after it lost key metros in the municipal elections. The ANC lost Joburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay in Port Elizabeth. Yesterday, Mantashe said the ANC acknowledged that a consistent negative narrative towards President Jacob Zuma on Nkandla had harmed the ANC – because the two could not be separated. "It’s like the issue of resigning from the ANC; what we are saying is that if we take collective responsibility, our conscience must allow us to accept that, if need be, we must resign in numbers. “If we made blunders, we did them together.” Mantashe said if the ANC

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  • AT HOME AND ABROAD: ANC mute as arrogant Zuma grabs the reins

    PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma’s response to his humiliating setback in the local government elections has been akin to a personal coup d’etat. In seizing centralised control of all the country’s parastatals, Zuma has assumed personal charge of the entire public sector economy, undercutting not only his finance minister, but the collective authority of his whole Cabinet. The only effective defender who has stood between those leeches and us, the taxpayers — Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan — is being dragged off to the political slaughterhouse by the Hawks, no doubt at Zuma’s behest. Once he is arraigned with whatever charges are to be brought against him and a long trial begins, it is difficult to see how he could continue to function as finance minister, which has now been rendered a nonjob.

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  • Swaziland queen flees to South Africa

    The sixth wife of Swaziland's King Mswati III has bought a house in South Africa and fled to the neighbouring country after leaving the monarch a few months ago, a close family source said. Angela Dlamini, known as LaGija, sought refuge with South African family members in the upmarket Sun City tourist resort north of the capital Pretoria. "She will be coming to Johannesburg to see the new house that she bought. This means she has officially left the royal family. She is too emotionally wrecked and mentally fatigued after years of abuse from the royal family members," a source close to the queen told AFP. LaGija fled the royal palace in May this year claiming years of physical and emotional abuse

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  • Gordhan: I'm busy saving the economy, the Hawks can wait

    Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, while speaking at a business event on Wednesday night styled as a debate between himself and Justice Malala, made it clear that he was still focused on the immediate task at hand as finance minister: to get the economy growing again, keep South Africa’s fiscal policy secure and sound and see through plans that would fight poverty, contribute to the creation of jobs and undo the legacy of the past. In reaction to that, he repeated his statement from earlier in the day that he was under no obligation to present himself to the Hawks. “I was advised in no uncertain terms by the head of the Hawks, Berning Ntlemeza, that I was not a suspect in their investigations,” said Gordhan. “I have a job to do in a difficult economic environment and to serve South Africa as best I can.

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  • Zimbabwe: Comedian Mr Pak Bean in Harare for Comedy Night

    Pakistan comedian Mr Pak Bean, real name Asif Muhammad, arrived in Zimbabwe on Monday ahead of comedy night that will be held at the Harare International Conference Centre on September 3. The comedian who is a look-alike of British actor Rowan Atkinson who is the original Mr Bean, is in the country courtesy of Splash Paints. He is expected to be at the stand of the painting company at the Harare Agricultural Show before embarking on several road shows, a trip to Mutare and a comedy show at HICC. In an interview Mr Pak Bean said he was a follower of Atkinson. "I am his follower though we have never met. I wish to meet him in one of the days," he said. The comedian who got a warm welcome in the

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  • Malema also wants to 'sue' Kebby now

    Yesterday, following the deal brokered between Umkhonto weSizwe head and deputy minister of defence Kebby Maphatsoe and former minister of intelligence Ronnie Kasrils, EFF leader Julius Malema tweeted that it was perhaps time for him to also get in on the action. It’s likely the tweet was a joke, as it’s unclear when Maphatsoe made the allegation, if at all. What he was referring to was the fact that Kasrils had been suing Maphatsoe for defamation after the veteran accused him in 2014 of, among other things, being behind a plot to smear President Jacob Zuma by getting “Khwezi” to lay rape charges against him. Kasrils, in a gesture of “magnanimity”, tried to get Maphatsoe to apologise in the flesh in full view of the media, while smiling and saying that he was happy to move on in the spirit of reconciliation.

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  • Why are SA companies ditching Nigeria?

    Johannesburg - Hotel and gaming group Sun International became the latest South African business to pull out of Nigeria because of weak economic growth and clashes with regulators in the west African country. In January, Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) launched a probe into Sun International's initial investment in the Tourist Company of Nigeria, which owns and operates the 5-star Federal Palace hotel in Lagos. Sun International, which reported a 20 percent fall in diluted adjusted headline earnings per share (AHEPS) to 628 cents for the year to June, said the Federal Palace had been hit by slow economic growth, the low oil price, the threat from Boko Haram and a weakening

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  • DA in charge of metros, but Malema the big winner

    The Democratic Alliance (DA) should brace itself for various forms of mass mobilisation by the ANC, especially in the major metros of Tshwane, Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape, political analyst Elvis Masoga said yesterday. The next five years would be the most difficult for the party, he said, especially where it was in charge of the metros. Speaking to The Citizen, Masoga said: “The DA must ready themselves for a climb on Kilimanjaro – the party is relatively inexperienced when it comes to handling mass mobilisation. When we talk about the ANC, we talk about a 104-year-old movement that has mastered the art of mass mobilisation over the years.” Masoga said another great

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  • Trevor Manuel: Firing Gordhan would destroy economy

    The Hawks police unit asked Gordhan and other former officials at Sars to report on Thursday. Pravin Gordhan SARS rogue intelligence unit Pravin Gordhan on economy JOHANNESBURG – The South African economy, the most developed on the continent, will be destroyed if President Jacob Zuma fires Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, ex-finance minister Trevor Manuel said on Wednesday. The Hawks police unit asked Gordhan and other former officials at the South African Revenue Service to report on Thursday in relation to contravention of surveillance regulations, fuelling speculation of a plot to oust him. “Such action (firing Gordhan) will destroy this economy,” Manuel told eNCA television.  “The next move

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  • Live report: Malema says Mkhwebane is 'Zuma's favourite'

    3:51 Honourable Mncwabe says he’s the one who propose Professor Majola’s “excellent CV”.  But he doesn’t like the fact the Majola declined his public protector nomination. “I still stand by Mkhwebane.” 3:47 Shivambu says Professor Majola’s fundraising ideas “must fall”. “He was not familiar with the office of the public protector,” says Shivambu. 3:44 Now they are discussing Professor Majola. 3:43 Breytenbach says although Lukhaimane had a good interview, she however lacks experience in practicing law. 3:41 Breytenbach says Lukhaimane and Mkhwebane look “remarkably alike”. 3:39 Shivambu believes Lukhaimane would do better as a deputy to Mkhwebane. 3:35 Next on the hotseat is Adv Muvhango Lukhaimane.

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  • Mourinho’s giants could have the edge

    LONDON: Size matters. At least it may do in the Premier League this season. Much has been made of the cost of Jose Mourinho’s revamp of Manchester United but not its sheer physical dimensions. Much like Professor Simon Peach, played by Benny Hill in The Italian Job, Mourinho likes them big. Of the four players he bought this season, three are giants: Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Eric Bailly. United had two in David de Gea and Marouane Fellaini already. Some felt United lost their aura after Sir Alex Ferguson left but, lining up in the tunnel, this team are now an intimidating sight. Mourinho knew, some months out, that there was a chance he would be managing at Old Trafford this season.

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  • US 2016: Is the Trumpster heading for the electoral dumpster?

    It is not too difficult to spot a flailing, failing presidential campaign in the US. Campaign managers keep getting defenestrated, tossed overboard or forced to walk the plank; new, increasingly strident communications gurus come on board to help; complaints about the candidate’s messaging and calls to let him “be himself” increase; the new polling numbers fail to reflect the candidate’s increasingly frenzied efforts to re-orient the campaigning, and, most of all, there is the increasingly certain knowledge within the campaign itself that this quest is in deep, deep trouble and smart aides are editing resumes already. It has been a pretty rough few days for the Trumpster – at least among those who actually read newspapers or look at anything beyond The Donald’s own angry, sophomoric tweets. Not so long ago, the candidate had jettisoned Corey Lewandowski as his campaign manager and then installed veteran political operative Paul Manafort as the new overall campaign chair.

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  • Now, Hawks take aim at Gerrie Nel

    Johannesburg - Controversial Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza is gunning for top prosecutor Gerrie Nel, who is largely credited with ensuring Oscar Pistorius was convicted for Reeva Steenkamp’s murder. Ntlemeza is understood to be implicating Nel in the controversy over the alleged “rogue” unit at the South African Revenue Service. The Sunday Independent has been told that the Hawks have launched a probe into Nel for possible contravention of the Public Finance Management Act. It is alleged he approved a payment of R1.5 million to a member of the unit to install spying equipment in the offices of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) offices. Nel scored a major victory when the Constitutional Court

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  • If you’re innocent‚ there’s nothing they can do to you – EFF to Gordhan

    Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s refusal to report to the Hawks office‚ as requested‚ will be to “act with the same disrespect” shown by President Jacob Zuma and his “faction” of the state‚ the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) said on Thursday. The party called on Gordhan to rethink his position and present himself to the Hawks. “If he is innocent‚ which we believe he is‚ there is nothing the Hawks can do‚” national spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said. “The last thing we need is anyone being treated as if they are above the law. At all times‚ we ought to respect institutions of the state and uphold them above individuals who may be at their helm.” Gordhan received a letter from the Hawks on Monday‚

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  • Being told you are ugly is not nice, says Muvhango's Maumela Mahuwa

    In a revealing interview with Drum magazine Maumela shared painful memories of how she's had to deal with people calling her 'ugly' for most of her life. Maumela revealed that looking back at what she calls her "dark past" she realises that it "overshadowed" her life until she made numerous changes. "Being told you are ugly is not nice. Maumela explained that as a child she was told that she was too dark, her nose is flat and her lips are too big.

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  • Chabane's last words

    But the very thing he warned them of killed him and his two bodyguards. Travelling with the two members of the police's VIP protection unit - Lesiba Sekele and Lawrence Lentsoane - Chabane was killed early yesterday morning when his car and a truck collided on the N1 freeway between Polokwane and Mokopane, in Limpopo. Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said C habane's car and the truck were travelling in the same direction, with the truck to the left. The truck driver allegedly made a U-turn and Chabane's car slammed into the truck. What remained was a mangled contortion of steel and fragments of the VW Touareg. The truck - still intact - stood in the middle of the freeway, with a slight

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  • The Big Read: EFF's coming like a wrecking ball

    They received massive kudos last week after rejecting the amorous advances of both the ANC and the DA in hung municipalities across the country. Coupled with the optics of its announcement - made in the open veld with the shacks and poverty of Stjwetla, an informal settlement adjacent to the equally horrendous Alexandra township - the party was lauded for what was seen as a masterstroke. And for the EFF, it was. The party avoids being tainted by the rot of corruption that hangs over President Jacob Zuma and his party like a steaming turd. It is also not touched by the particular South African pathologies that continue to dog the DA. For Brand EFF this is great: the party can continue to be the

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  • South Africa: Mkwebane Selected As Public Protector Candidate

    The Public Protector committee has selected Busisiwe Mkhwebane as the last woman standing to fill Thuli Madonsela's shoes. Mkhwebane was lauded for her great communication skills, her experience, and her interview skills. Her age, and how she conducted herself, was also praised by MPs. She was a lady of guts, Inkatha Freedom Party MP Themba Msimang said, while African National Congress' Grace Tseke said she had a fine brain. MPs waxed lyrical about her international experience, and called for Mkhwebane to be nominated for the job. Approval National Freedom Party MP Sibusiso Mncwabe said she was outstanding during the interview. "She is a very brave, young but experienced black female and she

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  • Don’t assume medical schemes pay for emergency care

    A phone call from a stranger in the middle of the night informing you that your child has been injured in a road accident is every parent’s nightmare. Eileen du Toit was told that the car her 20-year-old son, Mathew, was driving had left the road and rolled several times. An ambulance was called and Mathew was taken to the casualty department at Milnerton Mediclinic in Cape Town just after midnight. He was vomiting, and the doctors recommended X-rays. He was given an intravenous painkiller and placed under observation for two hours. When no fractures or acute injuries were identified, he was discharged. Du Toit submitted the ambulance and casualty accounts to Discovery Health Medical Scheme (DHMS),

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  • Live report: Majola did not fight apartheid

    4:15 All committee members, except the DA, agree that Mkhwebane will be the person who will be tabled before parliament as the most capable candidate for the public protector position. And Mkhwebane it is! 4:05 Malema says the public protector’s office “is not a place to learn”. He says Majola didn’t participate in the fight against apartheid in Turfloop, Limpopo. He didn’t see anything wrong with apartheid, said Malema. 3:57 Breytenbach points to the fact that Majola was interviewed around 3am in the morning. She praises him for his international experience. 3:51 Honourable Mncwabe says he’s the one who propose Professor Majola’s “excellent CV”.  But he doesn’t like the fact the Majola declined

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