• 'He banna!' Arthur Mafokate shocks Malema

    EFF leader Julius Malema reacted with shock after kwaito star Arthur Mafokate congratulated the man expected to be elected late on Monday as the new mayor of Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba. Mafokate, a die-hard ANC supporter, congratulated Mashaba, who the EFF has openly declared their antagonism towards. Malema responded, saying ‘he banna!’, a Sesotho phrase normally used when someone is shocked. The kwaito star congratulated the Black Like Me entrepreneur, saying he had fond memories of Mashaba who used to sponsor artists such as himself. “Wow! Bra Herman Mashaba who used to sponsor us as dancers is about to be a Mayor of the most powerful city in Africa 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 #JoburgMayor,” said Mafokate.

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  • 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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  • Zuma takes charge of state-owned entities – but where does this leave Ramaphosa?

    Like infrastructure, SOEs have long been placed at the heart of government’s economic and transformative policies. But many are deeply troubled. SAA under chairwoman Dudu Myeni, who also chairs the Jacob Zuma Foundation, remains technically insolvent without a R5-billion government guarantee that National Treasury in these tough economic times is reluctant to hand over. Previous guarantees dating back years have not returned the national airline to financial health. There are issues at Denel, embroiled in controversy over a joint venture with a company with links to the Gupta family and its associates. The Spanish locomotive scandal still hangs over the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa).

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  • Malema's 'Ndlozi rape accuser' tweet has SA guessing

    The man who he said had accused Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Mbuyiseni Ndlozi of rape and murder had apparently retracted his statements “without reservation”, but only because of an apparent legal threat by a top lawyer. Malema tweeted a screenshot from ANC supporter Thami “Cool Razo” Mthimkhulu’s Twitter account apologising to Ndlozi. Mthimkhulu said: “I retract without reservation all defamatory tweets I posted suggesting that Mr Ndlozi is a rapist and murderer. I apologise to him for all the harm caused by my tweets.” It’s unclear whether Mthimkulu really was responsible for the Ndlozi rape rumours and why he apologised. When The Citizen sent an email to him for comment, his response to

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  • ANC leadership shirks responsibility and ignores political crisis

    OCCASIONALLY, a seismic event takes place that changes the political landscape completely. The horror of Marikana was one, and the recent local government elections constitute another, reminding us all of the magnitude of the task that lies ahead in building our country. The lashing of the governing party received in major urban centres around the country must surely kick it out of its slumber and humble it, for the sake of the people it purports to represent. There is no undermining the loyalty of an ANC voter — 2019 is not going to be a walk in the park for the opposition, since there is every possibility that those who boycotted the polls will re-emerge to defend their beloved movement if

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  • Presidency dismisses Sunday Times report on SAA as gossip

    THE Presidency has described as "rumours and gossip" a Sunday Times report that said a standoff between President Jacob Zuma and the National Treasury is propelling South African Airways (SAA) towards an "unprecedented crisis". The newspaper said Hong Kong’s registrar of companies had given the airline until September 6 to submit its annual financial statements or face possible deregistration‚ which would mean SAA would no longer be able to fly there. The airline‚ which has endured scandal after scandal for the better part of 2016‚ is unlikely to meet this deadline as a critical R5bn guarantee from the Treasury has yet to be provided. It is understood that the reason for Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s delay in granting the money is due to a disagreement over who should lead the embattled SAA.

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  • UK move to bar SA preacher Angus Buchan

    Durban - British lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) organisations want KwaZulu-Natal preacher Angus Buchan barred from preaching at events in the UK. They are unhappy with some of his alleged homophobic and misogynistic comments in the past. According to his website, Buchan’s events in the UK are meant to begin in England on Sunday and include visits to Scotland, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. His stay will conclude with a Mighty Men conference in North Yorkshire between August 26 and 28. Approached for comment about the controversy on Thursday, a representative of his church, Shalom Ministries, said Buchan was unavailable as he was filming his Grassroots

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  • New Tshwane administration faces first protest

    Japan on Monday reacted with a mix of surprise, delight and cynicism at the sight of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dressed up as video game icon Super Mario in a comical cameo at the close of the Rio Olympics.

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  • The 15 things that white people should know about black people

    Every now and again I try to use this column for the greater good of mankind. Like Superman, Batman and Catwoman (okay maybe she's not such a good example), I take my civil duties quite seriously. I've often noticed how we continuously misunderstand each other as a nation. Black people in particular, often feel as though they have to explain themselves to their fellow white brothers and sisters. This is normal for a 17-year-old democracy. However, I do believe the time has come for some things to be set straight and myths be busted. Therefore, my South African people, being the model citizen I am, I have put together a little guide which should help accelerate the positive trajectory of race

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  • WATCH: Papa Pope threatens Trevor Noah before his show

    We’ve watched this video of Joe Morton, aka Command or Papa Pope, and Trevor Noah a million times and we still think it’s hilarious. The video posted on The Daily Show‘s Facebook page in May shows Papa Pope doing what he does best: making threats and just telling the other person they’re not good enough. This time, it was not Olivia on the receiving end but our poor Trevor Noah and there was no Huck to save him. He walked backstage with a smile on his face, ready to meet Papa Pope, and asked him if he was ready for the show. Let’s just say the response he got was not what he was expecting. We must say though, their acting was brilliant. How they managed to keep a straight face, we have no idea.

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  • Billions of rands leave SA under the radar

    A Washington DC research and advocacy group, Global Financial Integrity, believes South Africa suffered "illicit financial flows" totalling more than $122-billion between 2003 and the end of 2012. Though not all of this money would have found its way into the state's coffers, some of it should have benefited the fiscus. In 2012 alone $29.1-billion left the country under the radar. Only nine other developing countries bled more capital than South Africa that year. As a proportion of the size of the economy, South Africa's illicit financial flows came to 7.6%, nearly twice the average for developing countries. Illicit financial flows are a form of capital flight, according to Dev Kar and Joseph

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  • DA MP a liar and a fraud

    In her profile on the DA website, she claims she was "born in 1983 in Nelspruit but spent my early childhood in Swaziland and Belgium". Asked to comment on her party spokeswoman being caught out in a lie, DA leader Helen Zille said: "Why is this an issue?" When Zille was informed that the constitution required that all South African MPs be either South African or naturalised citizens and that her spokeswoman was neither, she said she was out of the country and "cannot deal with this from here". A Sunday Times investigation has established that: Phumzile Van Damme was born in Nazarene Hospital, now known as Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital, in Manzini, Swaziland, in 1983; Her mother, Lynette van

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  • Kebby admits he ran away from MK camp

    Kebby Maphatsoe, the deputy defence minister who accused Thuli Madonsela of being a CIA spy, yesterday admitted he had run away from an ANC military camp during the struggle days. It was during his escape that he lost his right arm, he told the Sunday Times in an interview yesterday. He was shot by soldiers of the Ugandan army. "My escape was for a good intention, I am not a sell-out." said Maphatsoe, who was accused this week by MK veterans of ducking duty. He said conditions in the ANC camp in Uganda were "unbearable". He said he left due to excessive punishment, poor conditions and inadequate food at the camp, in order to report these to senior ANC leaders in South Africa. Previously, there

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  • Village slumbers after Caster's gold

    MOLETJIE: It’s a few hours after Caster Semenya’s glorious, golden Olympic run in far-away Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Here at her home village of Masehlong life continues as normal, as though the residents are unaware they have just been catapulted into international status. Her parents’ home on the main road of the village looks deserted; her family no doubt still fast asleep, having been up to watch their daughter and sister collect Team South Africa’s 10th medal of the 2016 Games, just the second gold. A block to the right of Semenya’s home, Caster’s great-aunt “Mma Lamola” – resplendent in her black-and-white uniform – is battling to find her way into the church. “It’s locked,” she says, upon

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  • South Africa: Cape Town Man Gives Confused Hijacker a Backhand

    A group of hijackers who thought they would get away with a snazzy sports car in Cape Town ended up dazed and empty-handed when their victim fought back. Being attacked was the last thing on JB Meyer SNR's, 52, mind as he locked up his auto repairs shop on Friday afternoon and made his way home through Uitsig. Driving his burnt orange Toyota GT86, he stopped behind a car at an intersection with his window down. "I was still having a sip of ice tea, relaxed, and they must have run from my blind side because this fist connected with my head," he told News24 on Monday. The punch gave him whiplash and left him with a loose tooth and a cut on his upper lip. Two men tried leaning in through the window

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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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  • The Big Read: EFF's coming like a wrecking ball

    Julius Malema and his self-satisfied fellow leaders of the EFF are holding a tiger by the tail. They received massive kudos last week after rejecting the amorous advances of both the ANC and the DA in hung municipalities across the country. Coupled with the optics of its announcement - made in the open veld with the shacks and poverty of Stjwetla, an informal settlement adjacent to the equally horrendous Alexandra township - the party was lauded for what was seen as a masterstroke. And for the EFF, it was. The party avoids being tainted by the rot of corruption that hangs over President Jacob Zuma and his party like a steaming turd. It is also not touched by the particular South African pathologies

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  • Government to pay R1 billion for Mala Mala game reserve

    The deal between Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti and multimillionaire lodge owner Michael Rattray will wipe out a vast chunk of the national Land Claims Commission budget for the year. The system was set up to restore white-owned land to black South Africans forcibly dispossessed under apartheid, but this huge deal could result in a major setback for land reform throughout South Africa. The Mpumalanga community that stands to benefit from the deal said that paying the land owners market value would seriously impede land reform, and that it was "unfair to offer such an owner full market value for the property, as he would then benefit twice from apartheid". If successful, it will dwarf all past land claims.

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  • Zimbabwe: War Veterans Flee Mugabe's Sinking Ship

    8 August is Heroes' Day in Zimbabwe. The annual holiday celebrates the men and women who fought on the winning side in Zimbabwe's brutal war of independence, and is synonymous with parades, pageantry and pro-government propaganda. But this year, the heroes themselves didn't show up. Despite being among Robert Mugabe's loudest cheerleaders over the past few decades, Zimbabwe's surviving war veterans have made a decisive break with the nonagenarian president. Their umbrella group, the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA), issued a statement last month condemning 'the systematic entrenchment of dictatorial tendencies, personified by the president and his cohorts, which

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  • Monument for Khoi interpreter who helped create Afrikaans language

    The event‚ on Friday‚ was geared to be another milestone in the pursuit of national reconciliation‚ healing and nation-building‚ the SA National Defence Force said in a statement. Krotoa worked as a servant in the household of Dutch settlers' leader in the Cape of Good Hope‚ Jan Van Riebeeck‚ from the age of 10 and is credited with being instrumental in working out terms for ending the first Dutch-Khoi-Khoi War. Krotoa demonstrated an aptness for languages‚ and later established herself as a reliable interpreter between the Dutch and the Khoi tribes. "Having foreseen the inevitability of change‚ following the arrival and settling of the Dutch in the Cape of Good Hope in 1652‚ Krotoa acted as facilitator between the Dutch and the Khoi‚ resulting in her being ostracised by the Khoi people.

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