• ANC voted for the 'black genocide De Klerk' – Malema

    Leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema has slated the ANC after they accused the EFF of voting for the “white DA”. Malema said people had rejected the ANC, and it had nothing to do with the EFF. This after the ANC lost key metros Tshwane, Johannesburg, and Nelson Mandela Bay to the DA. Despite it still having control of most municipalities in the country, the ruling party has lost big budgets from these major metros, with Joburg accounting for more than R50 billion on its own. The DA also announced this week that it had uncovered evidence of at least R20 billion in improperly spent money from the metros. “Our people rejected the ANC. The ANC was not rejected by the EFF. The

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  • Zuma digs in, unsettles markets

    Cape Town - Stung by his ruling party’s worst electoral performance since the end of apartheid, President Jacob Zuma is going for broke in a battle to maintain his grip on power. The first casualties have been the nation’s rand and bonds. First came Monday’s announcement that he plans to run a committee that will oversee the nation’s state-owned companies. Then Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, with whom Zuma has had a fractious relationship, said he’d received a letter from a special police unit known as the Hawks to report to it on Thursday in connection with allegations he oversaw an illicit unit to spy on politicians when he ran the state tax agency. Gordhan denied doing any wrongdoing and

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  • Mmusi Maimane's SONA debate speech: A broken man, presiding over a broken society

    Professor Brink taught us a powerful lesson. He taught us that you cannot blame a faceless system for the evils in society. It is human beings that perpetrate wrongs against others. And it human beings that have the power to correct these wrongs. We would do well to heed this lesson as we debate the State of the Nation today. Because, if we are to succeed as a nation, we need to start believing in the power of human agency. We need to resurrect the idea that the choices we make, and the actions we take, matter. It is true that the uneven legacy of the apartheid system weighs heavy on us. It is a fact that black children still do not have the same opportunities as white children. This is a human

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  • Why are SA companies ditching Nigeria?

    Johannesburg - Hotel and gaming group Sun International became the latest South African business to pull out of Nigeria because of weak economic growth and clashes with regulators in the west African country. In January, Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) launched a probe into Sun International's initial investment in the Tourist Company of Nigeria, which owns and operates the 5-star Federal Palace hotel in Lagos. Sun International, which reported a 20 percent fall in diluted adjusted headline earnings per share (AHEPS) to 628 cents for the year to June, said the Federal Palace had been hit by slow economic growth, the low oil price, the threat from Boko Haram and a weakening

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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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  • 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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  • Hawks pile on corruption charge against Gordhan

    News24 is reporting that the case against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan appears to be related to corruption, not only the so-called rogue spy unit established during his time at the SA Revenue Service (Sars), as has previously been speculated. The website claims that “this is the first time it has been revealed that the law enforcement agencies are investigating Gordhan for corruption”. A letter sent by the Hawks to Gordhan on Monday suggests Gordhan will be charged with unauthorised expenditure and/or fruitless and wasteful expenditure in terms of the Public Finance Management Act and corruption in terms of the Prevention of Corrupt Activities Act. The letter claims that Gordhan, as finance minister, “approved that then deputy commission of Sars, Ivan Pillay, could take early retirement at 56 with full retirement benefits” from 1 August 2010 and that his employer should pay his early retirement penalty to the amount of R1 258 359 “despite the early retirement being for personal considerations of the employee when ordinarily the employee must pay the early retirement penalty in terms of the law”.

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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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  • 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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  • eHomeAffairs open to teenagers

    Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has extended the age bracket of South Africa citizens able to use the eHomeAffairs online portal to apply for the new Smart ID Card and passport to 16 years and above. The system, launched four months ago, was initially only accessible for citizens aged between 30 and 35. “As from today, the system is now open to all citizens [16 years and over] who bank with the four participating banks: Absa, First National Bank, Nedbank and Standard Bank,” the minister told a media briefing in Cape Town yesterday. “Currently, 12 branches of these banks are connected to the system in Gauteng, with one branch in Cape Town.” According to Gigaba, a total of 35 751 applications

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  • Bonang or Dj Zinhle? Wayde van Niekerk takes on Q&A

    Olympic gold medallist Wayde van Niekerk was this week kind enough to hold a Q&A session on Twitter. While some of the questions tweeps asked were interesting, others were simply meant to be ridiculous or funny. On what he thought of the “ugly” team SA Olympic tracksuits everyone has been complaining about, Van Niekerk only responded: “Life goes on. As long as I made my country proud.” He may be right, but we will not be ready to forgive as long as the frumpy kit remains engraved in our minds. Things got interesting when one Twitter user asked him if he would choose Bonang Matheba over DJ Zinhle. The poor guy did not want to start another storm, so he decided on a safer, yet irrelevant choice:

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  • Trevor Manuel warns: Arrest of Gordhan will ‘destroy this economy’

    FORMER finance minister Trevor Manuel has come to the defence of the current minister, Pravin Gordhan, saying it is ridiculous that an 'acting' head of the Hawks is persecuting him on baseless charges. Speaking on eNCA, Manuel warned that should Gordhan be arrested, the effect would be catastrophic — far worse than the damage done by the firing of Nhlanhla Nene in December last year. "It will do much more damage. "To go back to that is really to scream fire in a crowded theatre. Such action will destroy this economy. "The next move is up to the head of state to say: If you have any evidence, let's handle this in a responsible way," he said. Manuel said he agreed with Gordhan's decision not to

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  • OPINION: Joburg & Jesus

    Democratic Alliance Mmusi Maimane Herman Mashaba City of Johannesburg Haji Mohamed Dawjee consults the blue bible of the DA to find out why Herman Mashaba has come to Joburg. It is the season of advent. Many things have changed since the results of the recent municipal elections. And we must not miss the true meaning of Herman Mashaba. The symbolic significance of Mashaba – the first DA-elected mayor in Johannesburg since 1994, cannot be ignored. The meaning underlying the coming of Mashaba is both refined and rudimentary.   He is the emblematic Jesus that has come back. “The ANC will rule until Jesus Christ returns”, said President Jacob Zuma, in an effort to convince people that the DA or any

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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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  • 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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  • Academics urge Zuma to intervene in Gordhan matter

    ACADEMICS from four of the country’s tertiary education institutions from across the country on Wednesday urged President Jacob Zuma, Cabinet at the ANC’s national executive committee to intervene in the matter concerning Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and the Hawks. Gordhan received a letter from the Hawks on Monday, demanding that he present himself to provide the unit with a warning statement — implying that he is a suspect and that he could be arrested. Gordhan has maintained that the setting up of the alleged covert unit at SARS was above board and had ministerial approval. In a further indication that knives are out for Gordhan, SARS has also launched an investigation into IT contracts as part of the "modernisation project" awarded during Gordhan’s tenure as SARS commissioner.

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  • South Africa: EFF Betrayed Us

    Cosatu feels betrayed by the marriage between the DA and the EFF, president Sdumo Dlamini has told journalists. "You are looking at the combination of the odds which have enjoined at one point [to] ensure the ANC does not stay in power... They even say they are happy with the devil. We feel betrayed because some of the parties... we voted for them on their ideological outlook." Dlamini said the EFF has abandoned the principal and ideological outlook as a left formation. He questioned how the DA and the EFF would handle a call for the ban of labour brokers or a national minimum wage. "Who loses the worker? What you have deposited yourself to be in society wearing a red helmet, but at the alter

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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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  • 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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  • 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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