• Zuma is raping govt of every last cent before he exits – Gareth Cliff

    Controversial media personality Gareth Cliff says President Jacob Zuma is raping the country’s state-owned enterprises of every last cent of cash he can before he leaves office. Cliff reacted on his radio show on Wednesday – The Gareth Cliff Show – to reports that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has been summoned to appear before the elite crime-fighting unit the Hawks on Thursday over the so-called Sars rogue unit. ‘”… He’s got this thing about state capture, his whole point, his whole purpose. Gareth also gave his speculative thoughts on what Zuma intended to do with the amount of pressure he faces after the African National Congress’ steep decline of voter confidence and calls for the party to hold an early leadership contest race.

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  • Hawks pile on corruption charge against Gordhan

    News24 is reporting that the case against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan appears to be related to corruption, not only the so-called rogue spy unit established during his time at the SA Revenue Service (Sars), as has previously been speculated. The website claims that “this is the first time it has been revealed that the law enforcement agencies are investigating Gordhan for corruption”. A letter sent by the Hawks to Gordhan on Monday suggests Gordhan will be charged with unauthorised expenditure and/or fruitless and wasteful expenditure in terms of the Public Finance Management Act and corruption in terms of the Prevention of Corrupt Activities Act. The letter claims that Gordhan, as finance minister, “approved that then deputy commission of Sars, Ivan Pillay, could take early retirement at 56 with full retirement benefits” from 1 August 2010 and that his employer should pay his early retirement penalty to the amount of R1 258 359 “despite the early retirement being for personal considerations of the employee when ordinarily the employee must pay the early retirement penalty in terms of the law”.

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  • AKA and Bonang’s first date: All the details

    While people thought the relationship wasn’t planned and the two just happened to fall for each another, that is not the case. By the sound of things AKA, or rather Kiernan, as Queen-B prefers to call him, planned the whole thing, meaning that him cheating on his baby-mama Dj Zinhle was, in fact, intentional. The power couple revealed all in an interview with You magazine, with AKA explaining Bonang was a very, very expensive date. He pursued me for a long time. And he is such a romantic. Queen B on the other hand took time to explain the romantic atmosphere AKA created to win her over, regardless of being another woman’s man at that point in time. “He pursued me for a long time. And he is such

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  • 'Infuriated' Durban mother starts petition to kick Phat Joe off East Coast Radio

    It’s been one week since Phat Joe officially joined KZN-based radio station East Coast Radio (ECR) and there are already calls of boycott from fuming residents. It has on Wednesday emerged that an angry Durban mother named Hayley Going has started a petition to have him removed from the Drive Time slot‚ and is fast gaining momentum. The petition has been started on an online platform and is being circulated on social media under the hashtag #phatjoemustgo. “As a resident of Durban and a mother with a 13 year old child that drives home at 5pm‚ it is time to make a stand. #phatjoemustgo. He is not the right person for the ECR drive slot. I petition the listeners of ECR to join me and sign the petition‚”

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  • Mbeki's letter to the ANC

    The full text of a controversial letter former president Thabo Mbeki addressed to ANC President Jacob Zuma. Comrade President, I imagine that these must be especially trying times for you as president of our movement, the ANC, as they are for many of us as ordinary members of our beloved movement, which we have strived to serve loyally for many decades. I say this to apologise that I impose an additional burden on you by sending you this long letter. I decided to write this letter after I was informed that two days ago, on October 7, the president of the ANC Youth League and you the following day, October 8, told the country, through the media, that you would require me to campaign for the ANC

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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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  • 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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  • Ronaldo crowned UEFA Best Player in Europe

    Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo won the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award on Thursday after winning both last season's Champions League and Euro 2016 with Portugal. Ronaldo, 31, received the accolade for the second time in his career after finishing ahead of Real team-mate Gareth Bale and Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann. "I'm obviously delighted to receive this award, it's been an incredible season. But these two other players deserve it as well," said Ronaldo, who also won the prize in 2013-14. Ronaldo struck the winning spot-kick as Real claimed a record 11th European Cup title, beating city rivals Atletico on penalties in May, before leading his country to Euro 2016 glory. Ronaldo

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  • Gordhan: 'Stop the bloody nonsense'

    When Pravin Gordhan was reappointed finance minister in December, he said he was focused on regaining the confidence lost after “9/12”. President Jacob Zuma had just fired Nhlanhla Nene, appointed Des van Rooyen, and days later, as the markets dived, given the job back to Gordhan. Amidst the turmoil, Gordhan was determined to arrest the immediate economic dive and then get the economy working to improve the lives of South Africans. Speaking on Wednesday evening, during another crisis that could sink the country's economy, Gordhan again remained positive. He was hopeful South Africa could improve, but was realistic about its challenges. “Congratulate yourself as South Africans. There's hope for

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  • Zimbabwe: Police Fire Warning Shots to Disperse Protesters

    Zimbabwean police fired shots into the air and used water cannon and tear gas in downtown Harare to disperse an anti-government protest Wednesday. Protesters looted a shop belonging to the country's vice president, while some people, including a journalist, were assaulted by police. The siren of a water cannon vehicle was wailing as Zimbabwean police tried to break up a protest calling for the resignation of President Robert Mugabe. The demonstrators accused the 92-year-old leader of ruining Zimbabwe’s economy and disregarding human rights. They clashed with police, and refused to disperse until officers fired gunshots into the air. Harrison Nkomo of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights condemned

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  • Bonang or Dj Zinhle? Wayde van Niekerk takes on Q&A

    Olympic gold medallist Wayde van Niekerk was this week kind enough to hold a Q&A session on Twitter. While some of the questions tweeps asked were interesting, others were simply meant to be ridiculous or funny. On what he thought of the “ugly” team SA Olympic tracksuits everyone has been complaining about, Van Niekerk only responded: “Life goes on. As long as I made my country proud.” He may be right, but we will not be ready to forgive as long as the frumpy kit remains engraved in our minds. Things got interesting when one Twitter user asked him if he would choose Bonang Matheba over DJ Zinhle. The poor guy did not want to start another storm, so he decided on a safer, yet irrelevant choice:

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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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  • Dwayne Johnson dethrones Robert Downey Jr as highest paid actor

    Johnson, 44, knocked Downey Jr off the top spot and more than doubled his 2015 earnings. Hollywood Robert Downey Jr Dwayne Johnson NEW YORK – Wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson topped a Forbes magazine list of the world’s highest paid actors on Thursday with an estimated 2016 payday of $64.5 million. Johnson, 44, knocked Robert Downey Jr off the top spot and more than doubled his 2015 earnings, largely thanks to his action comedy Central Intelligence. Johnson, known as ‘The Rock’ during his wrestling career, also collected advance fees from the eighth instalment of the popular Fast and Furious racing movie franchise. The Forbes annual list again highlighted the pay gap between men and women

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  • Zimbabwe: Vice President Mnangagwa Dies

    Bulawayo — Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa's elder brother, Mr Philip Mnangagwa (84), has died. Family spokesperson Mr Patrick Mnangagwa said Mr Mnangagwa died on Tuesday after a long illness at his home in Shurugwi. "The Mnangagwa family wishes to announce the death of Mr Philip Mnangagwa, who had become the second eldest boy in the larger Mnangagwa family. Philip was born on August 23, 1932 in Zvishavane and passed away on the same day in 2016 (at 84), after a long illness," he said. "Philip was politically active in supporting the liberation struggle while he was a teacher in Zimbabwe as well as in Zambia. He remained active until he became ill. He was resettled during the land reform programme

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  • Trevor Manuel warns: Arrest of Gordhan will ‘destroy this economy’

    FORMER finance minister Trevor Manuel has come to the defence of the current minister, Pravin Gordhan, saying it is ridiculous that an 'acting' head of the Hawks is persecuting him on baseless charges. Speaking on eNCA, Manuel warned that should Gordhan be arrested, the effect would be catastrophic — far worse than the damage done by the firing of Nhlanhla Nene in December last year. "It will do much more damage. "To go back to that is really to scream fire in a crowded theatre. Such action will destroy this economy. "The next move is up to the head of state to say: If you have any evidence, let's handle this in a responsible way," he said. Manuel said he agreed with Gordhan's decision not to

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  • OPINION: Joburg & Jesus

    Democratic Alliance Mmusi Maimane Herman Mashaba City of Johannesburg Haji Mohamed Dawjee consults the blue bible of the DA to find out why Herman Mashaba has come to Joburg. It is the season of advent. Many things have changed since the results of the recent municipal elections. And we must not miss the true meaning of Herman Mashaba. The symbolic significance of Mashaba – the first DA-elected mayor in Johannesburg since 1994, cannot be ignored. The meaning underlying the coming of Mashaba is both refined and rudimentary.   He is the emblematic Jesus that has come back. “The ANC will rule until Jesus Christ returns”, said President Jacob Zuma, in an effort to convince people that the DA or any

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  • EFF asks Pravin to prove his innocence, not 'do a Zuma'

    A delegation of church and civil society leaders are expected to head to the headquarters of the specialised Directorate Priority Crime Investigation, better known as the Hawks, on Thursday after Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan was served with a summons to sign a warning statement. The letter the Hawks sent reveals Gordhan is facing three criminal charges, including allegations that he set up an investigation unit within the SA Revenue Service (Sars) that gathered, collected and evaluated intelligence in an improper way. Gordhan, who said on Wednesday that he would ignore the Hawks summon, has already provided them with a full explanation to the charges and denied any and all wrongdoing. Two

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  • Zuma calls on black voters to ‘counteract’ whites

    Durban - President Jacob Zuma has called on black people to think about their poverty and use their majority to counteract white voters’ motives during local government elections. He said while black people were normally lazy to register for elections or to vote, white people always liked to do so in large numbers “for their own interest, which I don’t know”. “Vote is important for black people because they are suffering. It is also important for white people for their own reasons,” he said. Although he avoided telling black people to vote for the ANC, he said were they to do so in large numbers, the government would be able to bring about changes that would benefit them.    Also: SA deserves

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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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  • 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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