• Zuma in a bind over EFF proposal

    A COUNTER-proposal made to President Jacob Zuma on Thursday by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on paying back the money for Nkandla, has put Mr Zuma in a tight spot. The EFF wants Mr Zuma to accept he has breached the Constitution and his oath of office. The alternative proposal filed in court was in response to Mr Zuma’s climbdown on Tuesday to paying back the money. If Mr Zuma were to agree to this order, it would be an unprecedented concession.

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  • Safa ‘asked Sexwale to withdraw from Fifa race’

    TOKYO Sexwale was asked to withdraw from the Fifa presidential race when he faced the South African Football Association’s (Safa’s) emergency committee at OR Tambo International Airport on Tuesday. But in a compromise that saved Sexwale from an embarrassing exit from the race‚ the former Gauteng premier was allowed to stay on as a candidate when Safa decided to leave his fate in the hands of the Confederation of African Football (Caf). Sexwale went to the meeting expecting to receive an endorsement from Safa but as TMG Digital was reliably informed on Thursday‚ he was instead told to cut his losses and call it a day. "He was told to withdraw because he does not have support‚" an insider said.

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  • The biggest losers in the Nkandla saga

    Police Minister Nathi Nhleko has come out as the biggest loser in the Nkandla debacle. Former ANC chief whip Mathole Motshekga and Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi also have egg on their faces due to the saga. The three led the pack in arguing that President Jacob Zuma should not pay for the upgrades at Nkandla. But Zuma's proposal to pay has left his defenders in a corner. While the ANC and Cosatu welcomed Zuma's announcement to pay back some money spent on non-security upgrades at his private home, opposition parties still want him to appear before court. Cosatu said in a statement Zuma's proposal would bring an end to the drawn-out controversy regarding the public protector's report on Nkandla.

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  • It was proper for me to resign

    Former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene said, on Saturday, he felt it was “proper” for him to resign as an ANC MP. This following his name being put forward to head the African Regional Centre of the New Development Bank/Brics bank. “Yes, I resigned last year,” he confirmed. “In line with my removal [and being nominated for the Brics bank position] I felt it would be the proper thing to do.” While he resigned in December, his resignation was processed only last month. After Nene’s sacking as finance minister, President Jacob Zuma said the "urgency of the changes in the leadership of the National Treasury" was because nominations needed to be sent to Shanghai in terms of the head of the African

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  • 'I'm not poor, but I'm broke,' DJ Sbu on how MoFaya took toll on his pocket

    Thousands of unemployed Zimbabwe graduates could soon find themselves with first jobs in South Sudan but there's just one catch: President Robert Mugabe's government is thinking of taking 25 percent of their salaries.

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  • The silence of trauma: A Holocaust story finds unique roots and resonance in South Africa

    South Africa is a country weighted by the burden of generations of silent histories. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission excavated many of those testimonies in the raw aftermath at the end of 48-years of National Party rule. It is the children of those who have been silenced by history who will be tasked with the burden of speaking their truth as many children of Holocaust survivors, like Steve Robins, have done. The result is Robins' extraordinary memoir “Letters of Stone – From Nazi Germany to South Africa” (Published by Penguin), a 27-year labour of love that saw Robins criss-crossing several continents – the US, Europe and South Africa - in an attempt to piece together the stories of the mute relatives who stared out of a family photograph that perched on a black wooden table in the dining room of his childhood home.

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  • Zuma drags ANC 'into a dark hole'

    Yesterday ANC members spoke openly of being ''embarrassed'' and ''pained'' by the president after he was forced into a second dramatic climbdown in two months - this time over Nkandla. Two years after denying liability for the splurging of millions in taxpayers' money on his private KwaZulu-Natal homestead, Zuma announced late on Tuesday that he had written to the Constitutional Court proposing to repay some of the money in line with the recommendations of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. The U-turn came just days before the court was due to decide whether he should foot a portion of the bill for supposed security upgrades, including a swimming pool described as a fire-fighting facility, a chicken run and a cattle kraal, which Madonsela found were undue benefits. It followed years of political fallout during which an ANC-dominated parliamentary committee and the police minister controversially absolved Zuma of liability.

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  • Expropriation Bill sets out process for property grabbing

    The ANC voted in favour of the bill. The DA and UDM voted against it, the IFP abstained and the EFF was absent from proceedings. The bill will now be debated in the National Assembly, and voted upon. If passed, public hearings and a vote in the National Council of Provinces follow. Should the bill be adopted, it will be sent to President Jacob Zuma to sign into law. The bill gives the minister of public works the right to expropriate land for a public purpose [such as building a road or erecting a power line] or in the public interest, for instance to institute land reform. It sets out the law of general application for property expropriation, as required in section 25 of the constitution. The

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  • Malema gets taste buds going with ‘derogatory’ curry quip

    Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema’s reference to a curry is taking flak for ethnic stereotyping – while stirring up recommendations on where to find the best plate of the spicy dish‚ as South Africans mockingly put a positive spin on it. “We’re not going to allow a South Africa that is sold over a plate of curry‚” Malema said at a press briefing at the EFF headquarters in Johannesburg on Thursday‚ in a reference to the perceived political influence being wielded by the Gupta family. Back in 2013‚ Malema said: “Zuma sold SA out for a plate of curry”. On Twitter‚ @MiaMthombeni said: “The #Guptas are not my fav but #Malema saying SA will not be bought with plate of curry and they must leave SA is disrespectful.

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  • Baxter awake to the possibilities at SuperSport

    Cape Town - Stuart Baxter is already working his special brand of coaching magic at SuperSport United. The former Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs mentor had high praise for his new club after a 1-1 draw with Bloemfontein Celtic on Wednesday night, and he is now preparing the team for a tricky PSL encounter against the erratic Ajax Cape Town in Atteridgeville on Sunday (kick-off 3.30pm). Baxter had a hugely successful three-year spell at Chiefs between 2012 and 2015, which included two PSL titles. He was respected for the manner in which he bravely changed the Soweto club’s style, bringing more discipline and shape to the team. His work in the PSL is legendary, which is why SuperSport, after booting

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  • ANCYL slams Makhura reshuffle - Politics

    Johannesburg - The ANC Youth League in Gauteng has broken ranks with the provincial government over Premier David Makhura’s latest reshuffle of his cabinet that saw the return of Paul Mashatile. The Gauteng ANCYL described Mashatile’s return as “unspectacular” and a “recycling of old faces and friends”. The league’s provincial chairman Matome Chiloane described Mashatile’s appointment as “nothing strategic” but a move aimed at “pleasing the ruling cartel”. He said this was a missed opportunity to give space to young people. “He (Mashatile) has been an MEC since 1994, you bring him back in 2016 and you expect us to applaud,” he said on Thursday. “This is a missed opportunity. People can go clap

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  • Rihanna: I haven't got time for dating

    Rihanna has confirmed she is single and insists she doesn't have time for a ''steady relationship'' at the moment. The 27-year-old singer - who was recently rumoured to have romantically reconciled with Leonardo DiCaprio - confirmed she isn't dating anyone at the moment because there aren't enough hours in the day for her to spend time with a potential partner. She said: ''I'm single right now. And it's not that I'm like, 'Oh, pro single. Yes, I hate men.' I just think that I just have so much on my plate that I can't even find the time to entertain a steady relationship or anything serious.'' The Bajan beauty, who released her eighth studio album 'Anti' last week, admitted she cannot even spare

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  • LETTER: Furiously misleading

    MIKKI Xayiya accuses me of being a "former propagandist of the apartheid war machinery" (Leon’s boundless fury, February 4). Presumably, this is a reference to my military conscription in the South African Defence Force at Paratus magazine, where among my predecessors and successors were Edwin Cameron of the Constitutional Court; Shaun Johnson, CEO of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation; and Hugo Cassirer, the son of Nadine Gordimer. "Apartheid propagandists" all? My own 24 years in political life began in the anti-apartheid Progressive Federal Party, a fact Mr Xayiya ignores in his determination to brand me as a member of a "racist ilk". He accuses me of "fury" for daring to remind readers that Thabo

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  • Botswana Unmoved On ICC

    Botswana government has broken ranks with the rest of Africa that wants to withdraw their International Criminal Court (ICC) membership. Addressing the media Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi said Botswana has opted for a friendly disagreement with the rest of Africa regarding the pulling out of ICC. He said that the African Union is not a state party to the Roman Statues as such does not have any relevance to the agreement. Masisi, who normally represents President Ian Khama in international gatherings, said that they were not surprised by the gesture as they differed with most African states when ICC wanted to prosecute Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. He said that Botswana is committed to the

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  • Teen hankers after Boko Haram captor - Africa

    Abuja - Almost a year after she was rescued from Boko Haram captivity by the Nigerian army, 16-year-old Zara John is still in love with one of the Islamic militants who abducted her. She was delighted to discover that she was pregnant with his child following a urine and blood test carried out by a doctor in the refugee camp to which she was taken after her rescue. “I wanted to give birth to my child so that I can have someone to replace his father since I cannot reconnect with him again,” said Zara, one of hundreds of girls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants during a seven-year insurgency in northeast Nigeria. But any decision over the baby was taken out of her hands. Her father drowned during

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  • Offshore funds burst through Reserve Bank limits

    SOME asset managers are turning away money destined for rand-denominated offshore funds after the currency’s weakness resulted in breaches of maximum portfolio allocation rules. This has seen certain portfolios exceed their allowed foreign retail asset allocations that exchange controls cap at 25% for retirement funds and long-term insurers. The controls allow an additional 5% to be invested in African assets, while collective investment schemes may invest up to 35% in foreign assets. The exchange controls were introduced in an effort to preserve foreign currency reserves.

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  • Eskom's coal now supplied by the Guptas

    Eskom Holdings did not renew Exxaro's contract to supply Arnot from a nearby mine at the end of December because, it said, the prices were too high. Arnot was supplying 20% of the 2000MW power station's coal needs, Eskom said. Optimum Coal, the mine now supplying Arnot, is being acquired by a company controlled by the Guptas after the operation, formerly owned by Glencore, was placed under administration because Eskom would not relax the terms of a contract for the supply of coal to its Hendrina power station. Glencore said the mine had become loss-making because of Eskom's stance. Tegeta, which is buying Optimum, is owned by the Gupta family's Oakbay Resources & Energy. Tegeta official Jacques

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  • Is SA legalising weed anytime soon?

    As World Cancer Day was commemorated on Thursday, South Africa’s chance of using medical marijuana for still lingers. The Medical Innovations Bill, presented in Parliament by late IFP MP Mario Ambrosini – who suffered from lung cancer – eventually leading to him taking his own life, was tabled in Parliament in 2014. IFP MP Narend Singh said the bill is still being processed and was sitting before the Portfolio Committee on Health since early last year. “The bill has gone through to the Medicines Control Council. We are looking at amendments to the bill following informal meetings with the ANC,” Singh told The Citizen. Ambrosini shot himself after battling with cancer. Visibly weakened when tabling

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  • Vavi slams govt over new tax laws, warns of demonstrations

    Zwelinzima Vavi says the nine progressive unions will demonstrate every week till the new laws are scrapped. Cosatu NUMSA Zwelinzima Vavi Tax Various unions supporting the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) formed a human chain at the Union Buildings today in protest against the new tax reforms that prohibit workers from cashing in all their pension funds when they retire. The law, set to go into effect in March, has been met with fierce opposition from Cosatu. He also slammed President Jacob Zuma and his Cabinet for allowing the laws to go ahead. “How dare does he thinks he can now be a father to workers, take our wages, keep it for himself and give it to us as if we are

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  • Nigeria: Osinbajo

    Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is under pressure from the elite to slow down the fight against corruption. This was contained in a statement issued yesterday by the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande. The statement quoted the vice president as saying that pressure from some Nigerian elite to slow down the ongoing fight against graft would not deter the Buhari presidency from ridding the country of the problem of corruption. "We get regular messages from some Nigerian elite saying cool down," the vice-president disclosed the pressures on the presidency to relent in the anti-corruption fight, during a meeting yesterday in his office with a delegation from the Moslem Congress of Nigeria.

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