• WATCH: Malema to ANC: 'You can jump into the nearest hell'

    There was a R4.5 billion shortfall in the revenue collected by the South African Revenue Service in the first three months of the current fiscal year as against the estimated figure‚ SARS commissioner Tom Moyane revealed Tuesday.

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  • Luvo Manyonga broke a deal with the devil and decided to jump rather than die

    If you had asked Luvo Manyonga’s friends and family two years ago where they saw the now 25-year-old in 2016, some might have replied: “dead.” On Saturday night, the prodigal son lived up to the potential he had shown during his junior career. On the biggest stage in the world, it was the biggest performance of his life. And if this was anything to go by, the best is yet to come. Four years ago, Manyonga’s life was in near ruins. He has said that he was ten or maybe even five percent away from death. He was on regular dates with the devil in the shape of a lightbulb and white crystals. The devil’s name was meth. Having emerged as a young star during the 2010 IAAF Junior World Championships, where

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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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  • Former minister Kasrils fears for his life

    Testifying in his R1 million defamation suit against Kebby Maphatsoe, the deputy defence minister and national chairperson of the Umkhonto We Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA), former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils testified that allegations that he was an “agent”, a counter-revolutionary and an enemy of the people were not only untrue, but embarrassing and endangered his life. The damages claim stems from reported remarks by Maphatsoe that Karils was behind the rape allegations against President Jacob Zuma and that he was a counter-agent and an enemy of the people who had fired MK cadres from Intelligence Services because he “wanted to sell information to the imperialists”.

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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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  • ANC weighs risk of calling early elective conference

    THE need to call an early elective conference seems to be the consensus in the ANC across the three factions that are in play at the moment. The similarities are stark — labour federation Cosatu was in the midst of a bitter factional fight in which its leaders where pitted against each other. This had followed a change in trajectory by the federation when some of its leaders decided to throw the organisation’s support behind Jacob Zuma ahead of the Polokwane conference, when it sacrificed principle for expedience by choosing a tsunami of change whose effect was unknown over the interests of workers, its core constituency. The battle that started in Cosatu shortly after 2012 pitted its president against its general secretary.

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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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  • Malema tells ANC: 'You can jump into the nearest hell'

    The ANC should blame themselves for the loss of control of three metros and a number of municipalities, EFF leader Julius Malema told MPs as he wrapped up his local election debate speech in parliament today. "Zuma wants to enrich his family and himself. He will never get our vote. We are here to say to you, take your ministers who are Instagram celebrities to go and vote for you and campaign for you to get the votes." "Don’t blame it on the EFF, it is of your own making. You’ve got yourself to blame. I did not take the votes away from you, you are self destructing and you’ll have yourself to blame." Where is free education, we gave you 6% to take the land, you refused it. Now those who want

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Mbalula vs Gigaba: Who is the real Minister of Instagram?

    And subsequently, this elicited Twitter reactions which simply begged the question: Who is the real Minister of Instagram between Malusi, and the ever so popular Fikile Mbalula? Fikile, is by far the most active South African minister on social media. His acute understanding of the "cool kids" language and a keen interest in pop culture has earned him a number of titles from 'Minister of Fun' and 'Minister of Beyoncé,' to 'Minister of Twitter.' However, one thing he has rarely been called is "Minister of Instagram," despite his huge following and constant engagement. Which got us thinking if he were not a better candidate for the position, as opposed to Malusi Gigaba, who was given the title

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  • Coke could close SA plants

    Johannesburg - Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, the bottling joint venture between the US soft-drink maker and brewer SABMiller may close South African plants and see profit more than halve if the government pushes ahead with a proposed sugar tax. South Africa’s National Treasury last month recommended a levy on sugar-sweetened beverages that would generate almost R11 billion ($813 million) in government revenue, based on 2012 consumption data cited in the policy paper. The charge is aimed at reducing consumption of sugar and encouraging producers and suppliers to cut the sugar content of their drinks, according to the government. The newly created bottler’s volumes in South Africa would probably

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  • Where did Malema get the money? Sars reveals why deal collapsed

    In court papers explaining why it dumped its deal with the Economic Freedom Fighters' leader, the South African Revenue Service says Malema lied about the source of the funds used to settle part of his tax bill. SARS also says Malema tried to dodge paying donation tax and had received money from questionable sources to settle an R18-million tax bill - reduced to R7.2-million in a deal in May last year. These, SARS says, are some of the reasons for the collapse of the compromise deal. The revenue service has now launched an application for Malema's final sequestration. If the court grants the final order when the case returns to court in June, Malema will be kicked out of parliament, where his

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  • South Africa: EFF Calls On Gordhan to Keep Hawks Appointment

    The EFF on Wednesday called on Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to reconsider his decision to not present himself to the Hawks, even though the party believes he is innocent. "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," spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said in a statement. EFF president Julius Malema said Gordhan should not be a "cry baby". He should simply go to see the Hawks, otherwise there would always be a dark cloud hanging over him. Ndlozi said: "To refuse to present himself to the Hawks will be to act with the same disrespect shown by Zuma

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  • Mbalula calls himself 'Mr Christmas' as he dishes out cash

    Team South Africa returned on Tuesday with their best Olympics haul since isolation and equalling the 10 medals from Antwerp (1920) and Helsinki (1952). At the press conference shortly after their arrival, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula announced that his administration had decided to reward the medal earners with extra cash. He jokingly called himself “Razzmatazz and Mr Christmas” even though it’s unclear what the source of the funding is: taxpayers or sponsors. Wayde van Niekerk would get R150 000 for a new world record in the 400m and Caster Semenya had another R100 000 slapped on for getting gold in her 800m run. The silver medallists could expect an extra R70 000, while the bronze winners

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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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  • Majority of homeowners under strain - Absa review

    Johannesburg - The percentage of homeowners paying only the minimum amount on their mortgage loans for their primary residences has increased to 67 percent, its highest level since mid-2010, as household financial strain increased significantly in the current almost zero growth economic environment. By comparison, in July 2013 only 54 percent of homeowners made the minimum repayment on the mortgage loans for their primary residences. The percentage of homeowners paying extra into their mortgage loan accounts on a monthly basis has also dropped to its lowest level during this period at 14 percent after peaking at 31 percent in July 2013, according to the latest Absa quarterly housing review. Absa

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  • And then there was one: The woman likely to be the next Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane

    In March, the damning Constitutional Court Nkandla judgment found Parliament had acted “unlawfully” and “inconsistent with the Constitution” in adopting a resolution absolving President Jacob Zuma from repayments for nonsecurity benefits at his rural homestead. The swimming pool, cattle kraal, chicken run, amphitheatre and visitors’ centre had been identified as “undue” benefits in the 2014 Public Protector’s report “Secure in Comfort” and liable for repayment of a reasonable percentage of costs. While Parliament could adopt its own processes to fulfil its constitutional duty of oversight over the executive, “there was everything wrong with the National Assembly stepping into the shoes of the Public Protector”, according to the Constitutional Court. The Constitutional Court ruled that the Public Protector’s findings and remedial actions were binding – unless found otherwise after a court review – and ordered Zuma to personally repay monies following a National Treasury assessment according to a determined timetable.

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  • Tying the knot in SA full of hitches

    Foreigners coming to South Africa to marry face all sorts of challenges, despite the revenue "wedding tourism" brings in. Marriage officers across South Africa complain about the tortuous Home Affairs procedures involved. Three contacted said they now advised foreigners not to marry here because of the arduous process. Among the steps that create such hassles is getting a printed, unabridged marriage certificate, which is so time-consuming that tourists often leave before getting them. Marriage officer Daniel Brits said it was a nightmare. "I tell people to get married where they come from. I have to be honest with them. I see hundreds of couples with the same problems." The most common complaint

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