• AT HOME AND ABROAD: ANC mute as arrogant Zuma grabs the reins

    PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma’s response to his humiliating setback in the local government elections has been akin to a personal coup d’etat. In seizing centralised control of all the country’s parastatals, Zuma has assumed personal charge of the entire public sector economy, undercutting not only his finance minister, but the collective authority of his whole Cabinet. The only effective defender who has stood between those leeches and us, the taxpayers — Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan — is being dragged off to the political slaughterhouse by the Hawks, no doubt at Zuma’s behest. Once he is arraigned with whatever charges are to be brought against him and a long trial begins, it is difficult to see how he could continue to function as finance minister, which has now been rendered a nonjob.

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  • 'Crybaby' Lynsey dissed on Twitter

    Shortly after finishing 6th in the final of the woman's 800m at the Rio Olympics yesterday - a race won by South Africa's Caster Semenya - Sharp cried, saying how "difficult" it was to compete against Semenya. This was in reference to Semenya's hyperandrogenism, which means she has higher testosterone levels than most women, which gives her a perceived physical advantage. The International Athletics Federation has said it would push for hyperandrogenic athletes not to be allowed to compete. The Court for Arbitration in Sports gave the IAAF two years to prove how much of a benefit these athletes have. Sharp, who ran a personal best and still finished nearly two-and-a-half seconds behind Semenya,

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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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  • Zimbabwe: Comedian Mr Pak Bean in Harare for Comedy Night

    Pakistan comedian Mr Pak Bean, real name Asif Muhammad, arrived in Zimbabwe on Monday ahead of comedy night that will be held at the Harare International Conference Centre on September 3. The comedian who is a look-alike of British actor Rowan Atkinson who is the original Mr Bean, is in the country courtesy of Splash Paints. He is expected to be at the stand of the painting company at the Harare Agricultural Show before embarking on several road shows, a trip to Mutare and a comedy show at HICC. In an interview Mr Pak Bean said he was a follower of Atkinson. "I am his follower though we have never met. I wish to meet him in one of the days," he said. The comedian who got a warm welcome in the

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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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  • Komphela not panicking after defeat

    Steve Komphela has called for calm following Kaizer Chiefs’ 2-1 opening round Absa Premiership defeat to title rivals Bidvest Wits on Tuesday, but accepts that several mistakes were made in a game that should have probably set the tone for the rest of the season. The coach who is in his second year with Amakhosi is desperate to improve on a barren first campaign and going down to the Clever Boys has brought back fresh criticism from fans that Komphela will again struggle to compete for silverware. Wits were the complete contrast in the way they approached the match in their own backyard, pressing and proving to be far superior to their opponents as they powered their way to their first three

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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 unable to deliver on promises

    EFF leader Julius Malema has used the living conditions of an impoverished Limpopo family of 11 to demonstrate what he claims is government’s inability to deliver on its pre-election promises. The unit, comprising family matriarch Racheal Malatji, her five children and five grandchildren, have lived in a one-roomed mud hut in Block 12 of the Bolobedu village, near Tzaneen since 1994. “We applied for an RDP house in 2005. But since then, the authorities always send us from pillar to post,” Malatji told The Citizen. “Sometimes, they would tell us to be patient, while some days they would say our house was given to another resident. We are tired of the long wait and we are appealing to the housing

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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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  • Trevor Manuel: Firing Gordhan would destroy economy

    The Hawks police unit asked Gordhan and other former officials at Sars to report on Thursday. Pravin Gordhan SARS rogue intelligence unit Pravin Gordhan on economy JOHANNESBURG – The South African economy, the most developed on the continent, will be destroyed if President Jacob Zuma fires Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, ex-finance minister Trevor Manuel said on Wednesday. The Hawks police unit asked Gordhan and other former officials at the South African Revenue Service to report on Thursday in relation to contravention of surveillance regulations, fuelling speculation of a plot to oust him. “Such action (firing Gordhan) will destroy this economy,” Manuel told eNCA television.  “The next move

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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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  • 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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  • Another twist in Zuma corruption saga

    Zuma is seeking leave to appeal the recent judgment handed down by a full bench of the High Court in Pretoria, which reinstated the 783 fraud, racketeering and corruption charges controversially withdrawn by former National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Mokotedi Mpshe, paving the way for him to become president in 2009. The full bench of the North Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) fully ventilated the issues and they too came to the determination that an appeal to the SCA would be unsuccessful,” Selfe said. Zuma argued that it was a breach of the separation of powers doctrine for a court to determine whether a prosecution should be discontinued or not, as this prerogative vested with the NPA.

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  • Deputy defence minister Kebby Maphatsoe loses defamation case brought by ex-MK man

    DEPUTY defence minister Kebby Maphatsoe and the ANC’s parliamentary chief whip Jackson Mthembu have defamed a politician who broke away from the ruling party to form his own movement. Tshidiso Mokhoanatse‚ also known as Alex Mashinini when he was in uMkhonto we Sizwe‚ won his case in the Johannesburg High Court on Tuesday. In 2013‚ Mokhoanatse and other ex-members of MK resigned from the ANC and formed a political party called South Africa First (SAF). In statements issued by both Maphatsoe and Mthembu in the aftermath of the formation of SAF‚ personal remarks were made about Mokhoanatse. SAF was later changed to Agency for New Agenda (ANA). Judge Kathy Satchwell found that Mokhoanatse had been

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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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  • I got cash but not R5m, says Mabala artist Gigi Lamayne

    Owned by ANC Youth League (ANCYL) treasurer-general Reggie Nkabinde, the record label has been making headlines since it was revealed it supposedly gave its artists R5 million each. Rapper Riky Rick denied he had been given the amount despite splurging on several high-performance and luxury Mercedez-Benz vehicles of late, while Nkabinde hosted a press conference in which he also denied the claims made by EFF leader Julius Malema. Khanyi Mbau though, spoke openly about receiving “lots of money”, which she said had changed lives. Now another artist, Gigi La Mayne, has spoken about the R5 million. Speaking to Zkhiphani.com, Gigi said she didn’t get that much money but was proud to be a part of a

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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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  • NSPCA fights for justice for tortured camel

    The right for juristic persons to pursue private prosecutions was the subject of intense debate in the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg yesterday as the National Council of Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) fought for the right to go after people the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has refused to. In law, a “juristic person” is recognised as an organisation or business. Basically, a private person may bring a private prosecution, while a juristic person is forbidden from doing so. The Constitutional Court application is the NSPCA’s last-gasp attempt at having people prosecuted for allegedly torturing a camel so badly during a religious ceremony that,“in an act

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  • Nasa to land on asteroid in search for origin of life

    The $1 billion mission, known as OSIRIS-REx, is scheduled for launch on September 8, 2016 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The solar-powered robotic spacecraft, built by Lockheed Martin, is set to rendezvous with asteroid 1999 RQ36, nicknamed Bennu, in two years' time for mapping and surveys, then use a robotic arm to collect samples for return in 2023. Similar asteroids crashing into Earth are believed to have provided the organic materials and water needed for life to form. “We expect to find materials that pre-date our solar system,” said Lauretta, adding that physical samples from the 1960s and 1970s Apollo moon missions are still bearing scientific fruit to this day.

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  • Zlatan proves United's unlikely team player

    London - Zlatan Ibrahimovic has ability and talent to burn. Ever since he burst on to the stage at Malmo, everybody knew that. What has surprised a lot of people at Manchester United has been how willing a man who glories in his arrogance and individuality has been to hand out help and advice. To be part of a team. The United manager, Jose Mourinho, remarked that in the canteen at the Carrington training complex, his players would often crowd around Ibrahimovic asking him about aspects of the game. The player was always happy to talk. The reason, Ibrahimovic said, after scoring both goals in Manchester United's 2-0 win over Southampton, lies in his children - Max who is nine and eight-year-old

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