• 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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  • Uproar over Malema’s ‘R16m palace’

    The politician, who portrays himself as a champion of the poor, has levelled the Sandown house and is building a multi-storey R16m mansion in its place. “It will be modern, very modern,” an insider told Weekend Argus. “It has a saferoom underground – in case he is attacked – garages underground, a ground floor and a first floor which can also be used as a viewing platform, a party deck. You will be able to look out over the swimming pool,” the insider said. Malema and his spokesman Floyd Shivambu refused to comment on the house. Shivambu said: “Go ahead and write what you want. We are not going to comment.” The new building in Silvela Road, Sandown Estate, will have an area of about 917 square

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  • Former Metro FM DJ's furniture sold to pay off debt

    Lebyane owed R65 830 to Fiona Hudgson, and though she had made payments towards her debt, the sheriff of the court sold her furniture to recover the rest of the money. According to Sunday Sun, Lebyane defaulted on payments in 2012, with the matter being taken to court in 2014. Lebyane’s goods were attached by the Randburg Magistrates’ Court and sold off recently. Some of the goods sold include a four-piece bedroom suite, double-door fridge, washing machine, seven-piece dining room suite, gas heater, three TVs, microwave, dishwasher and coffee table. Lebyane told the weekly she was indebted to Hudgson but hade made plans to pay her. She was surprised to learn her furniture was sold to recover

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  • Pastor Mboro defends his new R2 million BMW: 'God is rewarding me'

    Soon after Mboro flaunted his flashy BMW i8, which retails in the country for about R2 million, eyebrows were raised and Twitter users took to the social media platform to lambaste the pastor, with some labelling him a "false prophet." In response to the slew of backlash, Mboro explained that his latest splurge is one of the ways in which God has changed his life, after embarking on an 8-week journey, called Incredible 8 Weeks, where he apparently prayed for God to transform people's lives, including his. Pastor Mboro's brand new R2million BMW gets tongues wagging  "People don't understand how I am able to afford a BMW," he said during his radio show on Ekurhuleni's Kasie FM. "It's funny because

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  • Zuma has too much power

    The South African Communist Party (SACP) has drawn a line in the sand for President Jacob Zuma, suggesting he is too powerful both in the cabinet and the national executive committee of the ANC. The party, which for a long time was silent about Zuma's administration, also said he could not be seen to be leading a faction in the ANC. Members of the SACP are under fire from the dominant faction in the ANC - comprising the chairmen of the North West, Mpumalanga, Free State and KwaZulu-Natal - and are among those likely to face the chop in Zuma's next cabinet reshuffle. The three chairman are informally known as the premier league SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande said yesterday: "Don't hang

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  • Bonang to give away 10 bursaries

    Bonang ‘Queen B’ Matheba is fast becoming well-known for her generosity, alongside slaying in gorgeous outfits some of us can only dream of wearing, driving nice cars and her perfect presenting skills. She will be awarding 10 bursaries. “Ten full-time bursaries launching at the end of September 2016,” she tweeted on Saturday morning, but without any further details. Earlier this year, a college student took to Twitter to share she was in need of R6 000 for registration and asked people to reshare her tweet. Her plea did not fall on deaf ears as Bonang saw it, responded and asked her to send her details. A few days later, the student was registered. Bonang is not the only celeb who believes in

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  • Nigeria: Special Report

    One of the issues believed to have been discussed by President Muhammadu Buhari and the visiting U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, during a closed-door meeting last Tuesday was the return of millions of dollars of Nigeria's money looted by late military dictator, Sani Abacha. However, Nigeria stands the risk of forfeiting a hefty N218.3 billion ($550 million) already recovered from Mr Abacha's estate if a suit filed by an American-based Nigerian lawyer against the Nigerian government in a United States federal court is not quickly resolved. Texas-based attorney, Godson Nnaka, who was contracted by the Nigerian government in 2004 to help find and recover funds siphoned by Mr Abacha and his

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  • EFF wants all 'former Afrikaans schools' investigated

    During an investigative session at Pretoria Girls High School with Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi, attended by Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga, the EFF Student Command made a request that all “former Afrikaans schools” be investigated for racism. As school headmistress Karen du Toit and some teachers sat quietly and listened, various groups and individuals took turns to state their case. The EFF demanded that radical transformation was required at the school and all schools like it, because black children could no longer be victimised. The EFF asked that the teachers accused of racism be investigated and fired. The DA’s youth league was also present and said that black girls needed to be proud

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  • WATCH: Cassper shows off his bling

    Rapper Refiloe ‘Cassper Nyovest’ Phoolo is living his best life. The Mama I made It hitmaker has a Rolls-Royce, a beautiful house and recently shared that he spends more than a thousand rands on his ponytail. Though he has been sharing money-saving tips, we know he likes the finer things in life, and he makes sure we see it on social media. He recently shared on social media his bling – a Rolex watch and necklace. In the video, Cassper can be seen holding a glass of what we can only assume is expensive too. Watch video below: Life is definitely moving in the right direction for Cassper, as Cellular giant MTN on Friday confirmed it would be sponsoring the Fill Up Orlando Stadium concert set to

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  • Ndlozi takes a break from politics to hit the books

    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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  • Transfer dilemmas for PSL clubs

    With the transfer window set to close tomorrow, a mad rush is expected at the PSL offices as teams will be jostling to register players for the 2016/17 Absa Premiership season. Most of the big teams have made signings but there are some that need to beef up. What will the Gauteng teams do? Bidvest Wits Together with SuperSport United, Bidvest Wits is one of the teams that have bought right. Gavin Hunt has acquired players that have added value to his side. So far, Hunt doesn’t need to make any additions as he has a team that can compete for silverware. Kaizer Chiefs The fact that Steve Komphela persists with the likes of Bernard Parker and Edward Manqele points to lack of depth and quality in

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  • Choosing Van Rooyen to speak on Gordhan saga 'a terrible choice’

    African National Congress secretary general Gwede Mantashe has lambasted the uMkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) treasurer-general and local government minister Des van Rooyen for his recent comments relating to issues between Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and the Hawks. Speaking at the party’s National Working Committee media briefing at Luthuli House on Tuesday‚ Mantashe said the MKMVA had made a wrong choice to choose Van Rooyen to speak. “I won’t give Des a public advice on the matter… but if the MKMVA made a choice to choose Des to speak on the matter‚ it was a terrible choice… it was a terrible choice because then you trap Des into saying ‘I will do it‚ there is nothing

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  • There will be attacks, Zim protesters warn - Africa

    Johannesburg - Mass shutdowns and stayaways have once again been called across Zimbabwe as protests in main cities escalate. On Sunday several Facebook and Twitter accounts in support of the mass protests gripping the nation called on all people to either join or stay away if they didn't want to get hurt. "There will be serious attacks on government properties and properties owned by Zanu-PF chiefs and supporters. Businesses in major cities are advised not to open on Monday and Tuesday," one warning said. A series of images depicting a man believed to be Zimbabwean stabbing and burning his country's flag in solidarity with protests also emerged over the weekend. Reactions to the images were strong,

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  • Watch out SABC, #TouchCentral’s coming: Cliff

    "I feel like I've met somebody I should have met a long time ago," Gareth Cliff said, referring to media personality and entrepreneur Thabo "Tbo Touch" Molefe. During an interview with IOL, Cliff explained that even though both he and Molefe worked at the SABC, they hardly saw each other. "We actually didn't really have any interaction at all. I mean we definitely knew about each other but we didn't meet up in the corridors and have a chat or anything." Touch Central is launching on Monday August 29, along with the Touch Central app and website. He says that they designed the app to have all the necessary features: a live listening feature, information on different shows, the line-up and everything

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  • The calling: A sangoma with Wi-Fi

    "I make use of digital tools for ease of access, so that my practice is not limited only to those who can come to my home," she says. Mkhize has a website where people can get information about her talks and products and an online calendar for booking Skype and phone consultations. She also uses Twitter and Facebook. Mkhize will talk about the ancestral calling in Johannesburg at The Victory Theatre on Saturday and at Durban's KwaMuhle Museum on September 9. She says the talk will address ancestral and spiritual callings in relation to mental health issues. "There is a lot of confusion and misinformation which conflate ubizo [a calling] with mental health issues. The misconceptions continue to

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  • Calls for early ANC elective conference divide the party

    THE call for an early ANC elective conference is gaining traction in the upper echelons of the party, but, branches are being called on to fight against this move. The proposal for an early elective conference was first tabled by the ANC Youth League (ANCYL). Sources in the party, who did not want to be named, said the only consensus between factions in the ANC was that the conference be held before December 2017, when it was originally meant to sit, but the group seen to be aligned to President Jacob Zuma wants no comtestation at the conference. This comes as the governing party is conducting an appraisal of its poor performance in the recent local government elections and ongoing skirmishes within the government.

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  • Treasury’s battle with Guptas turns into open fight

    Johannesburg - The battle over the coal contracts between Eskom and the Guptas, which the National Treasury is investigating, has blown into an open fight. This followed Treasury’s surprise revelation on Monday that the Guptas were taking it to court to block the release of the report into the politically connected family's coal contracts with Eskom. Eskom had said on Sunday the findings by the Treasury into its coal contracts, amounting to hundreds of million of rands, was inconclusive. The power utility denied that the Treasury had finalised its probe into the contracts involving the Gupta family. The Treasury said it was surprised by Tegeta, a Gupta-owned company, was going to court to block

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  • Cosatu slams Van Rooyen for Gordhan comments - Business News

    Johannesburg - The Congress of South African Trade Unions on Tuesday condemned statements by Kebby Maphatsoe of the Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans’ Association and Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister David van Rooyen against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, and accused the MKMVA of brewing factional battles within the tri-partite alliance. “Cosatu is deeply disappointed by the actions of MKMVA leaders, comrades Kebby Maphatsoe and Des Van Rooyen, of publicly condemning another minister (Pravin Gordhan) using their different political hats as a justification. We find this insincere and distasteful because these ministers have many forums available at their disposal to

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  • Thuli fears being Hawks's next target

    Speaking to The Times on Friday, Madonsela said: "I do not want to get into [a discussion about] law enforcement but what is happening to Gordhan worries me." Gordhan is supposedly being investigated for his role in setting up an investigative unit within SARS along with four other former top officials - Ivan Pillay, Johann van Loggerenberg, Pete Richer and Andries van Rensburg. He maintains that he has broken no law. Yesterday City Press reported that the Hawks investigation was in high gear, with 30 witnesses lined up to testify against Gordhan. The case docket was referred to the National Prosecuting Authority on Friday. Madonsela said the way the investigation was being conducted worried

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  • All the 2016 MTV VMAs winners

    It was a night of great performances and a celebration of music at the VMAs held at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The big highlights of the evening was Rihanna's many performances to celebrate her Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award as well as Beyoncé's live performance of Lemonade. Beyoncé won the award for Video of the Year and Best Pop Video for her song Formation, Best Female Video for Hold Up and she also picked up the award for Breakthrough Long Form Video for Lemonade. Song of the Summer Fifth Harmony (featuring Fetty Wap) — "All in My Head (Flex)" The Chainsmokers (featuring Halsey) — "Closer" Drake (featuring Kyla and Wizkid) — "One Dance" Selena Gomez — "Kill Em with Kindness"

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