• 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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  • Is Malema above the law?

    Police have to be commended for dealing decisively with the unlawful occupation of the office of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela this week by members of the newly formed Black First, Land First (BLF) led by former Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MP Andile Mngxitama. Some of the issues being raised by Mngxitama are legitimate, but there is absolutely no justification for the unlawful manner in which the group aired their grievances. The lawlessness witnessed at Madonsela’s office is part of a disturbingly growing culture of South Africans to engage in unlawful conduct, instead of peaceful protest – a right guaranteed by our constitution. In most cases, law enforcement agencies have been caught off-guard, as witnessed in Pretoria and Vuwani recently, where public property worth hundreds of millions of rands went up in smoke.

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  • Outrage over huge Durban mussel-cracker haul - KwaZulu-Natal

    Durban - A photograph of two Durban fishermen with a haul of 10 very big black mussel-crackers has sparked outrage on social media, with calls for both men to be prosecuted and banned by local fishing clubs. The black mussel-cracker (poenskop) is a vulnerable and long-lived fish species whose numbers have crashed by almost 80% in recent times. Licensed anglers are not allowed to catch more than one a day. Now Warner Beach anglers Craig van der Linde and Garth Richardson have been labelled “greedy” (along with some much rougher terms) after the photograph went viral on several social media sites. The fish were said to have been caught near the Aliwal Shoal near Umkomaas. While neither Van der

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  • Gang rape at primary school

    Pretoria - Tears rolled down a father’s cheeks as he broke down and cried in horror after confirmation that his little girl had been raped at school. He had just spoken to police officers from Boschkop police station, who had taken his 8-year-old daughter and her classmate for an examination following reports that they had been raped. “I am so hurt; the principal has been aware of this for two weeks. Despite telling parents that he has taken the matter to the police, he has done nothing,” the father said. The father had discovered possible sexual assault on his daughter two weeks ago. When he investigated it emerged that his little girl had been one of four girls, aged between 7 and 9, raped

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  • Former minister slams ANC

    Durban - The founding secretary of Cosatu and a former minister in Nelson Mandela’s cabinet, Jay Naidoo, said the people needed to reclaim their power from the leaders. Addressing the Kendra Business Forum in Durban on Tuesday night, Naidoo said it was “time to reclaim that power” and slammed the ANC, saying it had lost its moral compass. “When a system gets corrupt at the top, what does it inspire at the bottom? It’s about me, my dreams, it’s about my individualism, it’s about my success. That’s something we’ve lost, success being success of the community, solidarity and praying for my neighbour, I think that’s where we’ve got to revert to as society and take some tough stands. “We have given

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  • Is Baleka Mbete haunted by the EFF?

    Port Elizabeth - The Economic Freedom Fighters seem to be haunting National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete beyond Parliament. In a hushed tone, the ANC national chairwoman asked a party supporter: “Who is the EFF mayoral candidate?” Mbete was campaigning for the ruling party at the France informal settlement near KwaZakhele in Nelson Mandela Bay on Thursday morning. Her first stop was at the shack of resident Mbongeni Mdolomba, 50, who had lived in the area for the past 22 years. He told Mbete they needed houses and proper electrification. “You guys only come here during election time and disappear once we have voted you into power,” he lamented, looking Mbete in the eye. Deputy mayor Bicks Ndoni

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  • Med school race quotas questioned

    Durban - The dreams of hundreds of matriculants with ‘A’ aggregate passes to study medicine are dashed by the limited places on offer at universities. And some say the race- based quota system, which gives enrolment priority to many under-performers, patronises such candidates. Doctors believe tertiary institutions should be encouraging the previously disadvantaged to raise their academic standards instead of accepting mediocre matric results and offering enrolment over academic high achievers. Former Miss India South Africa and Miss India Worldwide, Dr Kajal Lutchminarian, 27, said it baffled her how matriculants with average marks continued to be accepted into medical schools. Lutchminarian,

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  • 'Have a man and have it all'

    Having it all, here, means achieving a "[balance] between motherhood, a successful career and the role of loving and supportive spouse". It has been a busy few days for Madiba-Zuma. Last week she visited three child-headed homes in rural KwaZulu-Natal for the Nelson Mandela Day activities. She then visited the Leading Lady Lounge at the Durban International Film Festival, where she spoke to young girls aspiring to achieve screen stardom. The event was attended by celebrities such as President Jacob Zuma's daughter, Gugu; Nomzamo Mbatha; Mampho Brescia; Thembi Seete and Thishiwe Ziqubu. Fulu Mugovhani was hired to promote and raise issues facing women in the film industry. After encouraging young

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  • AKA leads SA’s #AFRIMMA2016 nominees

    He’s also been nominated for Best Collaboration for Diamond Platnumz’s Make Me Sing and Video of The Year on Stanley Enow’s Bounce. Host for the event is ‘Africa’s #1 comedian‘ Basketmouth and Real Housewives of Atlanta star Cynthia Bailey. The show is billed as “the sole award ceremony in the Diaspora that caters to all musical genres including but not limited to: Afrobeats, Assiko, Bongo, Decale, Funana, Genge, Highlife, Hiplife, Kwaito, Lingala and Soukous.” South Africans were nominated in the following categories: Best Male Southern Africa AKA - South Africa Dj Bongz - South Africa Emtee - South Africa Black Coffee - South Africa Cassper Nyovest - South Africa The Dogg - Namibia Vee Mampeezy

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  • Nel 'hounding' Oscar

    Hitting back at yesterday's announcement by the National Prosecuting Authority that it would appeal against Pistorius's sentence, his uncle, Arnold, said: "It's in Nel's character to do these things. What is not personal?" Judge Thokozile Masipa sentenced Pistorius in the Pretoria High Court to six years in prison for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Her earlier conviction of Pistorius and imposition of a five-year sentence for culpable homicide was overturned by the Supreme Court of Appeal last year. Reeva’s parents had ‘no input’ on decision to appeal Pistorius sentence: lawyer Arnold Pistorius said the appeal was a waste of time and resources. Legal experts believe the NPA

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  • Bonang Matheba bursaries coming soon

    The popular TV personality wants to aid, transform and inspire the lives of young women in South Africa. Matheba took to social media recently to express how grateful she was to have a platform that permitted her to change people’s lives. Queen B revealed that she was currently paying university tuition fees for two young ladies and that she would be launching “Bonang Matheba Bursaries” soon. “I work for an amazing radio station. A platform that allows me to change lives,” she captioned one of her Instagram pictures. “Xoli called into my show a while ago, begging me to pay for her tuition. A few weeks later, she’s registered for her course,” she explained. Matheba further elaborated that she

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  • Zuma allies in revolt over Guptas - report

    Cape Town – President Jacob Zuma’s closest political allies this week broke ranks with him over his close ties to the influential Guptas, in a move that has isolated Zuma and laid bare growing hostility in ANC circles to the family, the Sunday Times reported. Although there had long been whispers about the family’s close ties to Zuma and some of his ministers, this week Cosatu and SACP leaders went public with their growing irritation at the influence the Guptas are said to have on some leaders, the newspaper reported on Sunday. The latest development followed a visit to Zurich in December by Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, who met the CEO of the Glencore mining conglomerate in the

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  • Zimbabwe: Pastor Evan Mawarire Is No Saint

    To the world, Evan Mawarire is a hero who stands up to Government, an upright man who represents the downtrodden. His touching story is that he is an honest hardworking Zimbabwean who struggled to raise school fees for his two daughters, leading him into action under the #ThisFlag, Mugabe Must Go Now cam- paign. His emotional breakdown during an interview with Sky News made millions around the world empathise with this poor preacher. At least that is the story that has been sold to the world. What the world has not been told is that Mawarire is a fraudster who collected money from gullible believers in the United Kingdom through his church, only to evade tax. Failure by Mawarire and his wife,

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  • Zimbabwe: Vice President Mphoko Moving to $2 Million Mansion

    PRESIDENT Phelekezela Mphoko will soon move out of the luxurious presidential suite at Rainbow Towers Hotel where he has been staying for the past 587 days under a storm of controversy as government nears completion of renovations at his US$2 million Highlands mansion in Harare. Disclosures that Mphoko is set to move out come as it emerged the cash-strapped government is paying a US$1 023 bill a day for his stay at the former Sheraton hotel. The amount covers expenses for bed, breakfast and dinner. To date Mphoko has gobbled close to US$600 000 in hotel bills at a time government is struggling to pay civil servants' salaries. An average civil servant earns US$500. This also comes as latest details

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  • SA suffering more than Zimbabwe

    Zimbabwe’s land reform programme, in which land was taken from white farmers, may have left the country in an economic bind, but black Zimbabweans are better off than their South African counterparts, says EFF leader Julius Malema. He was speaking in Mogalakwena, Limpopo, on Tuesday night as he campaigned ahead of the local government elections. The EFF would give Africans land if the party was voted into power, he added. “When we push for land reform, they say we are mad, we want South Africa to be like Zimbabwe, but South Africa is worse than Zimbabwe, because Zimbabweans are suffering with their land in their hands,” said Malema. He said Zimbabwe had the potential to recover after attaining

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  • Newly-engaged Pippa Middleton’s top 5 fashion moments

    Kate Middleton's sister Pippa just got engaged to handsome hedgefund manager, James Matthews. We have put together our top 5 fashion moments from the world's most stylish socialite. 1 Match point! Pippa is 'blooming' at Wimbledon in this gorgeous peony-printed dress by designer Suzannah. 2 Perfect pose! Pippa promotes her first book "Celebrate", on the subject of party planning wearing a classic tweed Stella McCartney dress with black suede heels. 3 Pippa Middleton arrives on Centre Court at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London with a trendsetting two-piece monochrome outfit. She rounded off the look with aviator sunglasses and a small white clutch. 4 Excuse my trench! Pippa leaves after

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  • Gupta-linked company in line for R800m contract at Transnet

    A company with close ties to the Gupta family stands to make a handsome profit from an information technology contract worth R800 million at Transnet. The Mail and Guardian reported on Friday that the contract had been “confined” to a single bidder‚ global software firm SAP‚ although it had yet to be awarded. SAP’s bid documentation showed that it would allocate 60% of the value of the contract to a subcontractor‚ Global Softech Solutions (GSS)‚ owned by the Gupta’s Sahara Systems and a family associate. Gupta holding company Oakbay Investments told the newspaper that it was “preposterous” that a global firm such as SAP could be pressured into the partnership. However‚ minutes of a meeting between

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  • Tempers flare as principal bars Radebe from entering East London school

    A bossy East London school governing body member came to Jeff Radebe’s rescue on Thursday after the school’s head barred the Minister in the Presidency and his entourage from entering the premises. Lumanyano Primary’s acting school principal Wendy Kuse told Radebe’s entourage that they would not be allowed to campaign within the school grounds as the school was apolitical. The drama unfolded in Phumlani village near East London airport. Radebe was one of many senior ANC leaders who took the party’s campaign trail to the Buffalo City Metro where the party is trying to lure votes away from independent candidates from within its ranks. Lumanyano Primary School children were enjoying their lunch

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  • Mazibuko rips into DA’s white males

    Johannesburg - Former DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko has urged the DA to interrogate the almost exclusive dominance of white males within the party’s “brains trust”. Mazibuko, a resident fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics, has referred to them as “highly disconnected men callously strutting about social media like a law unto themselves”. She commented online about DA leader Mmusi Maimane’s anti-racism pledge this week: “It would be easy to cast aspersions on his timing and see it as reactionary, but one of the vital tasks of any public leader is to read the national mood and interrupt the conversation in a way that is productive and shows leadership. “The party,” she says,

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  • Twitter responds to Zuma's 'blessing' of Fransman

    A picture by photographer Esa Alexander of Fransman taking a selfie with President Jacob Zuma - used on the front page of the Cape Town edition of The Times on Friday - sparked ironic ripostes. Fransman wore an ANC leather jacket that matched Zuma's when he joined the party leader on the campaign trail in the Cape Flats on Thursday‚ his first ANC event since he agreed to step aside for allegedly sexually harassing his assistant. ‘Women sexually harassed by ANC big wigs don’t get justice’: EFF  ANC national executive committee member and elections head Nomvula Mokonyane told reporters in Philippi that Fransman was back in his old job and "the issues have been resolved".  Is he back in the ANC

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