• Mbeki's quiet campaigning diplomacy

    This week’s ghost cartoon is a comment on the fact that former president Thabo Mbeki is yet to publicly utter the words ‘vote ANC’.

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  • 'Don't anger the Islamic State' – expert

    Government is being warned to tread carefully with regards to the religion factor in the terrorism trial of the Thulsie brothers. They were arrested earlier this month for allegedly planning to bomb the United States embassy and Jewish institutions in South Africa. A security analyst said both the Islamic State (IS) and the Muslim community would be paying very close attention to this case, given the media attention it has been receiving. The twins, Brandon-Lee and Toni-Lee Thulsie, are set to appear again today in the Johannesburg Magistrates’ Court for their bail hearing. The 23-year-olds have since acquired the services of Czech mobster Radovan Krecjir’s lawyer Annelene van den Heever. In

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  • AKA comments on Bonang’s ASSets

    Up-and-coming graphic designer Fresh, who goes by @Freshboi_DBN on Twitter, posted an animation of Bonang, with her “mean mugging” face wearing nothing but black panties - or skimpy bikini bottoms - and a denim jacket. The jacket features AKA’s trademark sneer (with his gold grills showing of course). The picture was shared and eventually seen by AKA, who the commented that the picture is “dope” but Bonang’s ass is ... in real life. We assume he means bigger, as other tweeps hinted as much on the artist’s timeline. Check it out: And isn’t this just cute? IOL Related Stories

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  • Malema heaps praise on old ANC rival Maile

    EFF leader Julius Malema tweeted on Wednesday evening about the “enormous respect” he had for his former ANC Youth League comrade Lebogang Maile, who is now the MEC for economic development and an ANC Gauteng provincial executive committee member. Maile served as head of social transformation in the ANC Youth League’s provincial executive committee. Malema tweeted: “I have enormous respect for Lebogang Maile, the guy is real and not fake. I hope @MYANC won’t destroy him, this country needs people like him.” In 2010, the Youth League in Gauteng elected Maile as the organisation’s chairman in Gauteng. He was unofficially backed by Gauteng ANC chairman Paul Mashatile, who was contesting the position

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  • 'Fake Mazibuko' thinks DA is racist

    DA member of parliament Ian Ollis has taken to social media to warn the public against fake Twitter accounts that are trying to mischaracterise DA leaders such as Helen Zille, Mmusi Maimane and Lindiwe Mazibuko. On Tuesday morning, on his personal Facebook account, Ollis wrote: “Hi all. There are a number of fake tweets purporting to come from Helen Zille, Lindiwe Mazibuko and Mmusi Maimane claiming that the DA is racist, that the ANC is great, etc. They have actually recreated the Twitter profiles with relevant photos, etc. Our enemies are clearly desperate. Please don’t be taken in by ANC people on social media posting these fake tweets!” He also shared the warning on Twitter. The Citizen did

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  • Austerity is no longer the answer - Gordhan

    Gordhan has been trying to find a balance between reining in spending to contain South Africa's budget deficit and avoid credit rating downgrades, while also finding ways to boost economic growth and provide basic services to the poor. “What's very clear is that austerity, which we in some parts of the G20 thought was absolutely necessary ... is no longer the answer,” Gordhan told business leaders. Africa's most developed economy is barely growing after a drop in commodity prices crippled the mining sector, a severe drought hammered farming output and policy uncertainty spooked investors. The ruling African National Congress will face tough competition in local elections next week with all parties campaigning on promises to tackle high unemployment and deliver better lives for millions of poor people.

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  • Motaung pours cold water on Kaizer Chiefs move for Steven Pienaar

    Pienaar’s second spell at English Premier League side Everton came to an end last month and he has been linked with several clubs in SA and in the cash-rich Chinese Super League. The 34-year-old dribbling wizard told Times Media Digital that he still has two seasons left in him but is yet to decide where he is headed next. Chiefs sign Bryce Moon’s younger brother Ryan ‘for the future’  He added that the idea of playing in the Soweto derby for either Chiefs or their rivals Orlando Pirates remains one of his unfulfilled ambitions and he hopes to change that before calling time on his career. But Motaung said on Wednesday it is highly unlikely that the midfielder will turn out in the Amakhosi gold

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  • DA, EFF won't let Zuma off hook over Nkandla

    The DA insists Jacob Zuma is liable for R63.9 million, while the EFF says he must go to jail. President Jacob Zuma Nkandla Democratic Alliance Economic Freedom Fighters CAPE TOWN - South Africa’s two largest opposition parties have warned that President Jacob Zuma will not be off the hook once he repays the R7.8 million owed to the state for the Nkandla upgrades. The Democratic Alliance (DA) insists Zuma is liable for R63.9 million in fringe-benefit tax, while the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says the President must be held criminally liable for the abuse of taxpayers’ money. The two parties took Zuma to the Constitutional Court earlier this year for an order compelling him to pay back a reasonable

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  • Hlaudi throws in towel‚ reinstates fired journalists

    The South African Broadcasting Corporation will reinstate the seven news employees who challenged their dismissal for speaking out against a decision by the public broadcaster’s chief operating officer‚ Hlaudi Motsoeneng‚ to ban news coverage of violent protests. “The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) management has instructed its legal team not to proceed with further legal action and the SABC will reinstate the seven dismissed news employees‚” SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago said in a statement on Wednesday afternoon. Kganyago added: “The SABC remains committed to fulfilling its public service mandate“.  Four of the seven won their case in the Labour Court in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

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  • Frugal Cassper rents his house out online for R2K a night

    Keegan Dolly took a morning plane on Thursday from OR Tambo International to Sao Paulo in excited mood as participation in this year's Olympic Games follows fast on the heels of Mamelodi Sundowns reaching the semifinals of the African Champions League.

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  • Tutu’s open letter to baby goes viral - Western Cape

    Cape Town - It's not every day that someone gets a heart-warming open letter written to them from Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. A letter was written earlier this month after the father of an American infant wrote to Tutu, saying that he was collecting letters for his newborn daughter Juliet. All the way from his Cape Town abode, Archbishop wrote the following: Hello, little sister. You don't know me. I am a very old grandfather from South Africa nearing the end of my journey on earth while your journey - on another continent many miles away - is just beginning. We may never meet on earth, so I thought to send you a secret. Well, it's not really a secret because we should all know it. So I

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  • Zimbabwe: 'Well and Strong' Mugabe Vows to Cling to Power for 'A Long Time'

    PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe vowed Wednesday that he shall remain the country's leader "for a long time" as he dismissed calls for his resignation. He was addressing supporters who turned up in numbers at the Zanu PF headquarters in Harare to show their solidarity with him in the wake of renewed attempts by war veterans to force his exit. "I am created, as president, by the people; the people of Zimbabwe," said the 92 year old leader, who has also been named as the Zanu PF candidate for the 2018 elections. The veteran leader said he will only give up his job when his party asks him to or if he felt it within himself that he should take a rest. "Once the party says you rest, fine, or if I ask the party

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  • Weak rand bolsters tourism

    The rand’s 31 percent nosedive against the dollar since the start of last year has made it a whole lot cheaper for foreign tourists to view giraffes and elephants in South Africa’s national parks and get to its sandy white beaches. “South Africa is very good value,” John Porter, a photographer from the UK, said during a visit with his wife to Cape Town’s Waterfront complex, the country’s biggest tourist attraction that has shops, restaurants, an aquarium and boat rides. The new visa regulations introduced in May 2014 require travelers from countries including China, Russia and India to apply for visas in person, while visitors accompanied by children need to be in possession of their detailed birth certificates — measures the government said were necessary to bolster state security and combat child trafficking. The Southern Africa Tourism Services Association, or SATSA, last year warned the stricter laws would cost the economy about R7.5 billion a year in lost revenue.

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  • While you were sleeping: 27 July 2016

    Two-and-a-half years after his passing, who would’ve thought that Nelson Mandela would be featuring in this year’s local government elections? Instead of big issues that should be in contention in this poll, the African National Congress and Democratic Alliance are fighting over which party is entitled to use Mandela as a campaign weapon. Mandela’s legacy might belong to the world but his political affiliation was not universal. The question is: why should Mandela even be a factor when people make a decision about who to vote for? The answer says a lot about our politics. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.

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  • Mpofu throws shade at AKA

    On Tuesday, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) were celebrating their third birthday and its national chairperson Advocate Dali Mpofu could not hold back but share on Twitter what the party had achieved so far. In one of his tweets, Mpofu took the time to congratulate the party’s leaders who had graduated in their respective fields, implying that his party was for the educated. “Happy3rdAnniversary to these LEARNED FRIENDS & all fellow Fighters for Economic Freedom,” he tweeted. As he was busy with the celebrations on Twitter, one user tweeted at him, thanking him for paying for music group Entity’s album. Mpofu’s son Sizwe was a member of the group. According to the user, the group’s separation

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  • Bobby 'loving' new-look Chiefs

    Amakhosi's football manager believes coach Steve Komphela has been given something to work with as Chiefs prepare to parade a new-look squad in the 2016-17 season, after going without a trophy in 2015-16. Yesterday Chiefs added two more youngsters - striker Ryan Moon and centreback Siyabonga Ngezana - to the squad. Motaung said, along with new signings such as rightback Ramahlwe Mphahlele from Mamelodi Sundowns, and forwards Edmore Chirambadare and Mitchell Katsvairo from Zimbabwe's Chicken Inn, the additions had brought a new energy to Chiefs. "I'm loving this team. I'm loving it. Since the pre-season we've been with these boys and the energy is wonderful," he said. Left-back Sibusiso Khumalo

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  • Mass action threat over SABC staff’s reinstatement - Crime & Courts

    Johannesburg - The SOS Support Public Broadcasting coalition says if the public broadcasters’ journalists are not allowed to return back to work on Wednesday as ordered by the Labour Court, the organisation will enforce the judgment in a mass action campaign. The SOS’ Sekoetlane Phamodi said the NGO would ensure that all aspects of the judgment were followed by the SABC, including the cost order. “We will ensure that the principles of the judgment are enforced both within the court and on the streets,” said Phamodi. “Should the workers not be admitted back into the office we will be out in full force in mass public action to see the matter enforced,” he warned. The court ruled on Tuesday that

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  • Calm down, there's no import ban – Zimbabwe

    Speaking to The Citizen, Industry and Commerce Minister Mike Bimha said the control of the import of goods as per the Statutory Instrument 64 of 2016 was not a ban, as reported by the media. Bimha said the move was to encourage people to support local businesses and promote the production of goods within Zimbabwe, leading to the creation of job opportunities. In what was believed to have contributed hugely to the recent spate of riots in the country, the Zimbabwean government had reportedly banned the import of certain goods from South Africa as part of President Robert Mugabe’s plan to promote domestic trade. What people bring in for individual consumption is catered for administratively by the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority.

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  • Outa urges Gordhan to bring back former SAA talent

    The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has on Wednesday urged Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to turn to former South African Airways (SAA)  management staff who fell foul of the troubled national carrier’s current board to help turn it around. Gordhan on Tuesday said SAA needed a “whole new board”, adding that “political homework” was needed to find the right people. Outa chairman Wayne Duvenhage said: “Over the past few years, SAA has lost a lot of fine talent with considerable airline management experience and it would be wise for Minister Gordhan to bring these very same, relatively young and energized people back to fix the mess and damage created by the current board.” Duvenhage listed

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  • Nel 'hounding' Oscar

    Hitting back at yesterday's announcement by the National Prosecuting Authority that it would appeal against Pistorius's sentence, his uncle, Arnold, said: "It's in Nel's character to do these things. What is not personal?" Judge Thokozile Masipa sentenced Pistorius in the Pretoria High Court to six years in prison for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Her earlier conviction of Pistorius and imposition of a five-year sentence for culpable homicide was overturned by the Supreme Court of Appeal last year. Reeva’s parents had ‘no input’ on decision to appeal Pistorius sentence: lawyer Arnold Pistorius said the appeal was a waste of time and resources. Legal experts believe the NPA

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