• 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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  • 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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  • '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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  • 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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  • 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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  • OPINION: ANC Divided. Confused. No plan – except in Gauteng

    President Jacob Zuma 2016 local government elections African National Congress Stephen Grootes looks at how ruling party has begun to weaken in the last two decades. JOHANNESBURG – The gravity pull of the centre of the African National Congress (ANC) has been weakening for nearly two decades. In some ways, it is a myth that it has always had deep roots among the people in all parts of the nation. That is not to dispute the place it may have had in people’s hearts, but merely to point out that it did not have formal structures on the ground in most places. Its powerful branch structure did not exist in the 1980s. When Nelson Mandela came to power, big decisions could be made easily at the centre.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Car makers flag SA as base for drive into Africa

    THE global automotive industry produced more than 91-million vehicles in 2015, 1.1% up from 2014. Of that number, Africa accounted for 960,527 units, with SA producing the bulk of these at 615,658. In 2016, Ford announced a R2.4bn investment in SA to build its Everest sports utility vehicle (SUV). BMW is spending R6bn to switch production at Rosslyn from the 3 Series to the X3 in 2018. Chinese car maker Beijing Automotive Industry Company will invest R12bn in a new plant in the Eastern Cape. Nissan SA is expected to announce it will join its global counterparts in producing the new NP300 Navara. Renault SA CEO Nicholas de Canha has confirmed that his company is keen to see the Nissan factory

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  • Mourinho’s giants could have the edge

    LONDON: Size matters. At least it may do in the Premier League this season. Much has been made of the cost of Jose Mourinho’s revamp of Manchester United but not its sheer physical dimensions. Much like Professor Simon Peach, played by Benny Hill in The Italian Job, Mourinho likes them big. Of the four players he bought this season, three are giants: Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Eric Bailly. United had two in David de Gea and Marouane Fellaini already. Some felt United lost their aura after Sir Alex Ferguson left but, lining up in the tunnel, this team are now an intimidating sight. Mourinho knew, some months out, that there was a chance he would be managing at Old Trafford this season.

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

    Burundi could scrap presidential term limits from its constitution after a commission set up to hear public views on governance said most citizens wanted no curbs on the number of times the head of state may seek re-election.

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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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  • Chiefs closes in on Chicken Inn’s Hadebe

    Hadebe underwent a week-long trial at Chiefs and is said to have impressed Steve Komphela and his technical team. Now Hadebe’s agent Gibson Mahachi has confirmed that negotiations between Chiefs and Chicken Inn have started. “Kaizer Chiefs indicated that Hadebe, who returned from South Africa on Sunday, made the grade, and as it is they’ve started negotiations with his club. Negotiations are a process, but if all the parties agree, he will join Chiefs before the (South African) transfer window closes at the end of the month,” Mahachi told Bulawayo24.

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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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  • Fingerprints now the key to your cash

    Johannesburg - South African banks can now issue debit and credit cards that store your biometric data and enable users to make payments and withdraw cash through fingerprints rather than a PIN. The Payments Association of SA (Pasa) announced yesterday that a new standardised specification to facilitate biometric authentication on payment cards had been developed in collaboration with Mastercard and Visa. Pasa chief executive Walter Volker said this would enable card holders to use the cards at any of the country’s ATMs and merchants that support the technology. Pasa has the SA Social Security Agency, which facilitates the payment of social grants to almost 14 million recipients, in its sights

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