• Zuma and Mantashe clash

    Cape Town - ANC Western Cape chairman Marius Fransman has inadvertently blown the lid off the best known open political secret: that there is a major rift between ANC president Jacob Zuma and the party’s secretary-general Gwede Mantashe. In an unprecedented move, Mantashe on Monday openly questioned Zuma’s authority and discretion as to whom he deploys in the Western Cape election campaign, which is gutted by the absence of decisive leadership. Zuma and the ANC election head, Nomvula Mokonyane, last week made it clear they want Fransman to lead the battle for the hearts and minds of Western Cape voters, but Mantashe effectively thwarted the move by declaring Fransman was not back in the ANC’s

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  • MJ kept pic of my son in his bedroom: doc

    Conrad Murray's partner wouldn't allow Michael Jackson to be left alone with their son. The late King of Pop's former physician - who was jailed for four years for administering a fatal dose of prescription drugs to the singer in 2009 - claims the 'Thriller' singer became fixated with his baby boy, Che, and would keep a picture of him in his bedroom. Speaking about when Michael asked him and his girlfriend Nicole Alverez to move next door, Murray told Daily Mail Australia: "I wanted to really scrutinise Michael and make sure he was safe because I had a young child, Che. When Michael met him, he loved the boy, he loved the picture. "He kept the picture in his bedroom and moved it to the grand

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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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  • 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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  • '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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Zimbabwe: Jonathan Moyo Snubbed in Masvingo

    ALLIES of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa forced a high-powered delegation from the ruling party's supreme decision-making body in between congresses, the Politburo, to abort a meeting convened mid this month in a bid to douse factional flames engulfing Masvingo province. Led by Politburo member, Jonathan Moyo, the delegation had to call off the meeting midway after most of the participants walked out on them as factionalism reared its ugly head again in the restive Masvingo region. According to sources from Masvingo, Moyo was accompanied by a senior ZANU-PF official, George Rutanhire and three other ZANU-PF members seconded by the Politburo. The province has turned into one of ZANU-PF's political

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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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  • Montecasino death highlights high suicide risk amongst problem gamblers

    By the time they seek help‚ about 22% of problem gamblers have attempted suicide and 52% are thinking of committing suicide‚ the South African Responsible Gambling Foundation says. This comes as a man died after dousing himself with petrol and set himself alight at Montecasino in Fourways‚ Johannesburg‚ on Sunday afternoon. According to News24‚ the man had asked for a lighter from a smoker near one of the entertainment venue’s entrances to light the fuel. Apparently‚ the man had lost R800‚000 gambling. Douglasdale police spokesperson‚ Balan Muthan‚ told TMG Digital that the Montecasino victim has now been identified‚ and his family has been notified. “Yes we are aware of this incident… We are

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  • Big fuel price drop likely in August

    After months of being squeezed by higher fuel prices, South African motorists are likely to receive some relief at the pumps in August. According to the Automobile Association, mid-month fuel data is pointing towards a petrol price decrease of up to 83 cents a litre, with diesel coming down by around 45 cents and illuminating paraffin by around 42 cents. The usual 'don't get your hopes up too high' disclaimer applies here though as these predictions are based on mid-month data and the final price for August will depend on how the rand and international oil prices perform between now and the end of the month, but so far both factors have been working in our favour. Brexit has been playing to our

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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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  • South Africa: Cut-Off Low Causing Adverse Weather Conditions Over the Greater Parts of South Africa

    Significant amounts of rain have already been reported over the eastern and south-eastern parts, with heavy rain (50mm or more in 24 hours) reported along the south coast and  adjacent  interior  of  KwaZulu-Natal. Due to a significant drop in freezing levels, snowfalls have already been reported in  places  over  the  south-western  parts  of  KwaZulu-Natal  and  north-eastern  parts  of  the  Eastern  Cape,  with significant amounts in some places and reports of road closures. Heavy  rainfall, leading to localised flooding, is expected over the central and south-eastern parts of the country as well as over the southern parts of the Western Cape from this evening. Snowfalls are expected to continue over the eastern and south-eastern interior, with some light snowfalls on the eastern mountains of the Western Cape.

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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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  • SABC to look into complaints over Khanyi, Somizi and Ntombi's show

    The 8-10AM show, which recently debuted and is presented by Ntombi Ngcobo, Khanyi Mbau and Somizi Mhlongo, has seen relentless bashing from Metro FM listeners on social media platforms. Some fans have said on Twitter that Mhlongo is more suited for the graveyard shift, whereas some said the trio is too loud to be listened to in the morning. Other fans even tweeted that they will be migrating to other radio stations. SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago said management will have to look at exactly what is not working. "The show has been on air for just one week, and I think most of the negative comments about the show have been emotional. "Obviously management would have to do a thorough evaluation

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  • Tresor and Berita quash dating rumours

    This comes after Sunday Sun sources claimed that the two have been "dating for a few months now," and have kept their supposed love life under wraps. However, speaking to the local publication, both Tresor and Berita have dismissed the sources' claims, pointing out that they work closely together, and thus maintain a professional relationship. "We’re signed under Vth Season, we work closely together, so people assume we’re dating. My focus is to make my new single Nguwe Wedwa a success," Berita explained. In a statement to TMG Entertainment, Benza, who is the Managing Director of Vth Season echoed the same sentiment: "Berita is very happy and in a good space at the moment. Her new single, Nguwe

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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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  • ‘Failed NFP/ANC coalition drawing voters to IFP’

    Durban - Voters were calling for the return of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) following the failure of the coalition between the African National Congress and the National Freedom Party, IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi said on Monday. Buthelezi, speaking in Durban at the launch of the party’s branded bus to traverse the province, said: “The coalition was an utter disaster and an utter failure.” Following the 2011 local government elections a number of municipalities that had been previously controlled by the IFP were divided between the IFP, the ANC and the NFP, with no clear majority. A deal was later struck between the ANC and the NFP to enter into coalitions that would govern these municipalities.

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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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  • Africa: Ranking Universities

    Nearly ten years ago I confronted an expert about what she claimed was an "African phenomenon" in higher education. She was reluctant to provide me with the raw data upon which this "phenomenon" was premised, so I vigorously contested her claim. Later I managed to access that data through a credible international organisation. The conclusion she'd reached about Africa was based on feedback from just one country, Algeria. I am sharing this story because so much of the talk about ranking higher education institutions in Africa goes on without meaningful, let alone credible, data. Research has found that some African universities can't answer basic questions about their own operations because they

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