• WATCH: Why Chris Hani had to die

    Released on medical parole 17 months ago after serving 22 years as a co-conspirator in the assassination of Hani, Derby-Lewis died in November. Before he died, Derby-Lewis gave an interview to Forum Films in which he talked about his life, politics, assassination attempts in prison and Hani's murder.  Chris Hani's house to be turned into a museum "Chris Hani was a hard-line communist who was determined, at all costs, even laying the country to waste, to achieve his political aims. He was a radical, he was uncontrollable by the ANC higher authorities. He was a man who targeted civilians in preference to military targets and as far as we were concerned he was public enemy number one," he said.

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  • 'ANC arrogance falls' in by-election

    Despite an aggressive campaign ahead of the by-election‚ the ANC received 44 percent of the vote‚ down from the 46 percent gained in its previous showing. So significant was Ward 32 in Woodlands that both the DA and the ANC deployed their big guns last week. The results also mean the DA's opposition voice is strengthened in the Msunduzi Municipality's powerful executive committee. The DA fired first last Monday when it brought out leader Mmusi Maimane‚ who took his #Change19 campaign to the once coloureds-only township. The ANC retaliated a day later‚ when ANC national executive committee member and deputy agriculture minister Bheki Cele led a legion of three provincial MECs and mayors to the

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  • Gigaba wears pilot gear but has 'never even flown a kite'

    Following Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s appointment by President Jacob Zuma last month, former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor has been throwing some hilarious jabs at the president and the minister and criticising pretty much everything they do. On Monday, Mentor shared a picture of Gigaba in full SAA pilot gear at the State of the Nation Address in 2014 and questioned his choice of outfit. Gigaba has never even flown a kite, she said. Mentor has also criticised the minister trip to the IMF/World Bank Spring meetings in Washington DC. According to National Treasury, Gigaba is attending the roadshow in a bid to restore confidence in South Africa following recent ratings downgrades. Gigaba took his wife,

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  • Ghost of Nkandla comes back to spook the president

    The Sunday Times stirred it back to life at the weekend with a report that millions more are due to be spent on fixing security and other issues at the notorious homestead which has already slurped up R246-million in public funds. While the Presidency vehemently denies the Sunday Times' claims, they were backed by on-the-record confirmations by senior Public Works officials and Police Minister Fikile Mbalula, pretty much guaranteeing a new controversy. As any follower of the Nkandla story will know, there are still enormous holes in the narrative despite a plethora of inquiries and the public protector's Secure in Comfort report. There has been little political accountability outside of two cabinet ministers and one former cabinet minister being given written reprimands after the Constitutional Court ruled against Zuma.

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  • Zuma's 'lie': I never apologised to Zuma, says Mantashe

    African Nation Congress secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has denied apologising to President Jacob Zuma for criticising his Cabinet reshuffle. President Jacob Zuma told the Constitutional Court that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Mantashe apologised to him. The two men apparently made a public apology to Zuma after they slammed his Cabinet reshuffle last month. Zuma made this claim to the court in documents, but Mantashe has come out to suggest the president lied. According to The Sowetan, Mantashe has dismissed Zuma’s claim that he and Ramaphosa apologised. “That is a lie. We didn’t apologise,” he said. “There was no apology because we were not even asked to. We had a discussion which

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  • Ntsiki Mazwai left 'defeated' after thieves 'stole her weed'

    A man in Phuket filmed himself killing his child and then himself on Facebook Live, Thai police said Tuesday, the latest example of the social network's live-streaming function being used to broadcast grisly crimes.

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  • Nigeria: Govt Tasks Nigerian Doctors in Diaspora On Health Sector

    The Federal Government on Tuesday challenged the Nigerian medical doctors in the Diaspora to use their knowledge and expertise to develop the nation's health sector. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, gave the task when the Association of Nigerian Physicians in America (ANPA) visited her in Abuja. The association was led by its President, Dr Johnson Adeyanju. The presidential aide also challenged the Diaspora working in the health sector to build a world class hospital in the country as it was done by their counterparts in Ethiopia. "Nigeria is blessed with human and natural resources and we commend you for what you have been

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  • Zimbabwean soldiers are causing crime havoc in SA – Mbalula

    Members of the Zimbabwe National Army fleeing from the military service in their country are engaging in violent crimes in South Africa, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula said on Tuesday. “There are people who come here from Zimbabwe, and they cross the line here. They run away from the military in Zimbabwe, and they come here and promote criminality here in South Africa. There are Zimbabwean ex-soldiers who are in this country, robbing banks and promoting criminality. They are running away from uncle Bob [Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe] there,” Mbalula told journalists at a media briefing in Pretoria. “In Zimbabwe once you are a soldier, you are a soldier for life. You can’t get out of it.

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  • Former US President Obama makes a comeback!

    Former US president Barack Obama has made a comeback into the public spotlight yesterday, saying he hopes to spend the next phase of his life helping to “prepare the next generation of leadership”. After three months of holiday and bonding with his wife and children, Obama, still looking handsome, broke his silence in his adopted hometown of Chicago, speaking to a packed auditorium of more than 400 high school and college students at the University of Chicago. He was greeted with a standing ovation and was joined on stage by students and recent college graduates for a brief discussion about the need for greater civic engagement among young people. The 55-year-old Democrat, who ended his two terms

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  • Nigeria: Davido Mourns Late Uncle Isiaka Adeleke

    Talented Nigeria song writer, singer and performer, David Adeleke also known as Davido, is currently heartbroken over the death of his uncle, Senator Isiaka Adeleke. The music star who took to his various social media accounts on Monday to express his loss, described him as his hero. Davido wrote on his twitter and Instagram handle @iam davido, "Heartbroken... Rest In Peace My dear uncle.. SHERUBAWON" The three -time senator represented Osun West Senatorial district was also a former governor of Osun State. The 62-year uncle of Davido died at Bikets Hospital in Oshogbo after suffering a heart attack was buried on Monday. Meanwhile, the latest song of the self-acclaimed 'Omo Baba Olowo' "If" is

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  • Nigeria: El Clasico Turned Bloody At Viewing Centre in Abakaliki

    Dare-devil cultists on Sunday night, stormed a soccer viewing centre in Abakaliki during the Spanish League's El Clasico match between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona critically injuring their victims. A Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) who visited the scene reports that the viewing centre is located at Onuebonyi area of the town and witnesses likened the incident to a scene from the American Hollywood movies. The attackers stormed the centre about 7.30 p.m., midway into the match's first half and sat down like other viewers enthralled by the captivating encounter. The attackers realising the urgency of their mission, made for their prey, a second year student of the Ebonyi State

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  • Indictments ready for Joburg terror accused

    National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Luvuyo Mfaku said yesterday that the twins' case would be transferred to the High Court. They are expected to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court today. The state was given more time to build its case against the brothers in January. Terror-accused Thulsie brothers' case to be transferred to high court The Thulsies, of Newclare, western Johannesburg, were arrested on July 9 after their homes were searched by the police. They face three counts relating to terrorism. They are alleged to have attempted to travel to Syria to join Islamic State and to have planned to attack US and Jewish interests in South Africa. Prosecutor Chris Macadam asked for

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  • Griezmann agent confirms 'concrete' move from United

    LONDON - Manchester United have shown "concrete interest" in signing Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann, who has an exit clause of £85 million, the Frenchman's agent Eric Olhats has said. United, who are fifth in the Premier League, have scored the least number of goals among the top six sides and are aiming to strengthen their attack with Griezmann, who has scored 25 goals for Atletico this season. "We're at the stage of gathering information from clubs who have a concrete interest," Olhats told French television programme Téléfoot. "There is an unavoidable €100 million clause so that restricts the number of candidates. You have United, [Manchester] City, Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

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  • South Africa: Opulence and Emptiness of the Gupta Family's Shrimad Bhagwat Katha

    When NOMBONISO GASA and her friend ROSHNIE MOONSAMMY decided to attend the Gupta family's supposedly public Hindu Festival, there was more anger and suspicion than peace and love. "Ghee. I have told you to go easy on the ghee. This food is smothered in it. Customers say this food is greasy," shouted a Cordon Bleu chef who, due to an emergency, was forced to help out in his parents' shabby restaurant. This movie came to mind as I watched two tall and heavy-set Gujarati men escort my friend from the Gupta Hindu Festival. A distance from the Military Museum, where the festival was held opposite the Gupta compound, we saw security guards on foot and security cars in the street. We wondered whether

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  • China warns US over North Korea

    Chinese President Xi Jinping urged "restraint" on North Korea in a phone call with Donald Trump yesterday, as Japan joined drills with an American supercarrier heading to the Korean peninsula. The U S leader has repeatedly called on China, the North's sole major ally, to do more to rein in Pyongyang, as tensions in the flashpoint region soar amid speculation it will conduct another nuclear test. "[China] hopes that the relevant parties can maintain restraint and avoid actions that would increase tensions in the Korean peninsula," Xi said according to the foreign ministry. "The only way to realise denuclearisation in the Korean peninsula and quickly resolve North Korea's nuclear problem is for

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  • Nigeria: South Africans Don't Want Nigerians, So What?

    So, the South Africans do not want Nigerians in their country! The Warri man will say "such is life". Sonny Okosun of blessed memory will turn in his grave. Remember his hit song , Who owns the land?' Same situation applies to Murtala Muhammed, the Nigerian head of state who nationalised British businesses in Nigeria for the sake of apartheid in South Africa and other frontline states. I do not know what is going on in the mind of former President Olusegun Obasanjo's now. He was part of the fight, like in other matters. I hope he has not done an about turn. The South Africans who were in Nigeria during the 70s and 80s are now in leadership positions in present day South Africa and they are watching.

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  • Essop Pahad, Guptas sever business ties

    Essop Pahad has broken all business ties with the Gupta family after years of serving as the billionaire clan's key Mbeki-era ally. Pahad, a former minister in the presidency under Thabo Mbeki, said he resigned "one or two weeks ago" as a director of TNA Media - owners of The New Age newspaper - after launching the daily a year ago. And the Sunday Times can reveal that Pahad's own political magazine, The Thinker, has lost all its funding from the Guptas. Atul Gupta, chairman of TNA, last year appointed Pahad and Telkom chairman Lazarus Zim as the company's two directors. Pahad said: "It had nothing to do with any break-up. We're still friends. I discussed it with them that I really didn't have

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  • 'They wanted to kill us': family narrowly escape death after 'cops riddle car with bullets'

    Joseph Ngobeni, 58, relayed how he leapt to use his body to shield his 16-year-old granddaughter as bullets pierced the car and seats‚ hitting the teenager‚ Kutlwano‚ in the left shoulder. The teenager was rushed to George Mukhari hospital in Ga-rankuwa. Four of the bullets that struck the car grazed Ngobeni's right arm. “They clearly wanted to kill us...I was scared for my life‚” he said. Ngobeni said their horror began on Friday around 7pm as they were driving along Buitekant road in Soshanguve when a bakkie tried to push them off the road. Ngobeni said the bakkie did not have clear police markings. Frightened‚ the driver‚ Ngobeni's 33-year-old son‚ Sidwell‚ managed to get away. He said the

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  • Eastern Cape MPs warned to 'vote correctly' in vote of no-confidence against Zuma

    The Daily Dispatch has learnt that the governing party in the Eastern Cape has contacted its deployees in parliament‚ warning them against siding with the opposition. ANC provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane confirmed they had issued reminders to Eastern Cape-based MPs to vote “correctly” on the date – still to be determined pending a decision of the Constitutional Court. Vote against Zuma at your peril‚ ANC KZN warns its MPs  “What we are saying is that all ANC deployees will have to vote in support of the President when they have to vote on the matter in parliament‚ no matter how hard people feel about the President. “We will never understand any ANC deployee who chooses to vote in support of

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  • [WATCH] Satellite images show IS 'capital' Raqqa

    CNN | CNN has obtained satellite images of Islamic State's self-declared capital Raqqa. The images show intriguing details of life in the isolated city. Syria Islamic State Isis Raqqa

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