• WATCH: How Malema predicted Gordhan's arrest

    Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) CIC Julius Malema has recently made accusations against his fellow politicians that have left South Africans in stitches. He always seems to know things no one else does. Lately, it seems, he’s pretty accurate at predicting the future too. Earlier this month, he accused Mabala Noise boss and ANC Youth League treasurer-general Reggie Nkabinde of giving his newly signed artists R5 million each. Nkabinde denied the claims, and later said suing Malema for the claims was “a waste of time”. However, things took a turn for the worse when one of the label’s artists, Khanyi Mbau, came out and confirmed she had been given “lots of money”, denying it was R5 million, though

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  • Cyril, it's time to pick a side

    I expected it to last. The election afterglow, I mean. The “collision” negotiations barely concluded, and then boom, before you knew it, the Sars wars had resumed without even giving the EFF two days to enjoy their “kingmaker” status. It was straight back to the usual destruction of the country’s institutions. Business as (un)usual. So Pravin Gordhan has been thrust back into the limelight, kicking and screaming. But the markets don’t like it when our minister of finance kicks and screams. They prefer him in the background – but some those in charge don’t appear to care that the rand is reasonably important. The markets, that amorphous mass of invisible investors who love stability, are not kind

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  • #SiphoPityana: How South Africans reacted to his hard-hitting speech

    Advocate Dali Mpofu is amongst those who have reacted to Sipho Pityana's speech. Advocate Dali Mpofu Sipho Pityana JOHANNESBURG - Advocate Dali Mpofu is amongst the many South Africans who have reacted to what’s being described as a hard-hitting speech made at the funeral of the late Reverend Makhenkesi Stofile on Thursday.  Former director-general Sipho Pityana slammed the current leadership of the African National Congress under President Jacob Zuma's rule in a 30-minute speech delivered at the service. LISTEN: Sipho Pityana lashed out the ANC in his speech at Makhenkesi Stofile's funeral   Social media users and politicians have since reacted, with some questioning Pityana's timing, suggesting

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  • FW De Klerk weighs in on Gordhan, Hawks tug of war

    Minister Pravin Gordhan refused to present himself to the investigative unit yesterday for a warning. Hawks Finance Minister Pravin Ghordan FW De Klerk JOHANNESBURG – Former President FW de Klerk has described the recent developments around Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and the Hawks as a tragedy. Gordhan refused to present himself to the investigative unit yesterday for a warning statement. The finance minister and three other former South African Revenue Services (Sars) officials have been identified as suspects in a probe into the controversial covert unit. WATCH: Pravin Gordhan explains why he refused Hawks request De Klerk was speaking at the unity in diversity centre in Melrose Arch in

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  • NEWS ANALYSIS: Zuma’s power checked by backlash over Gordhan probe

    REELING from the ANC’s worst-ever election performance and a public backlash over investigations by the Hawks into Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, President Jacob Zuma’s room to maneuver appears to be shrinking. Anxiety over whether Zuma will fire the finance minister in a cabinet reshuffle has hung over Africa’s largest economy since Tuesday, when the news broke that Gordhan, 67, may face charges over allegations that he set up an illicit investigative unit during his time as head of the South African Revenue Service. While Zuma expressed "full confidence" in the minister, he said he is powerless to stop the probe. Opposition parties and analysts have speculated that Zuma may use the investigation

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  • No hope for SA universities, says Jansen

    THERE is no hope for South Africa’s universities. Outgoing University of the Free State vice chancellor‚ Professor Jonathan Jansen‚ said this with disconcerting confidence at a luncheon that he hosted at the Cape Town Club on Wednesday to discuss current events‚ prior to his departure for the US. Jansen said history would show that the turning point in the destruction of South African universities was when President Jacob Zuma‚ despite Minister Blade Nzimande’s position of a 6% fee increase‚ announced a 0% increase for the 2016 academic year in order "to get the kids out of the Union Buildings". "In the meantime‚ the political situation has caught up with us such that‚ it is now impossible to

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  • Thabo Mbeki's full letter on Zuma, Nkandla and the Constitutional Court

    The Big Read: Zuma acts the chief, scorns our rule of law The court ruled that Zuma had failed to uphold the Constitution by ignoring orders from the Public Protector that he repay some of the $16 million in state funds spent to renovate his residence at Nkandla. No duty to defend JZ, says Gwede Here is former President Thabo Mbeki's full letter on the issue: On 31 March, 2016, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng conveyed the unanimous decision of the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) in the matter of “Economic Freedom Fighters v Speaker of the National Assembly and Others; Democratic Alliance v Speaker of the National Assembly and Others [2016] ZACC 11.” This decision has evoked much understandable

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  • Four arrested for online dating scam

    Cape Town - Two Nigerian men and two local women were arrested in Cape Town on Tuesday night for opening bank accounts with banks in South Africa and using them to receive ill-gotten monies from online dating victims, the Hawks said on Wednesday. The Hawks said a suspect was arrested shortly after receiving a dummy parcel at Postnet Somerset West Mall. The Hawks had sent the parcel. Lieutenant Colonel Robert Netshiunda said the Hawks seized five laptops, two of them with profiles of people who have been fraudulently used to scam people online, as well as 12 cellphones. The suspects, aged between 27 and 38 years, will make their first appearance at the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

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  • Zimbabwe Dogged By High TB Cases

    The number of cases of Tuberculosis (TB) being detected in Zimbabwe remains worryingly high at a time when general information about the silent killer is not readily available to the public, the Financial Gazette can report. The country has an unacceptable TB prevalence rate of 350 per every 100 000 people, while the HIV co-infection in all TB cases is at 68 percent, according to the 2015 Global TB Report. Citizen Health Watch Zimbabwe, a citizens-centered organisation which serves as a platform for debate, information sharing and monitoring of Zimbabwe's health delivery system, has thus concluded: "Tuberculosis is the second leading cause of severe illness and mortality in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe's

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  • Smart ID card applications now open to many more citizens

    All citizens banking with Absa, First National Bank, Nedbank and Standard Bank, can now apply for Smart ID cards and passports, Kempton Express reports. Currently 12 branches of these banks are connected to the system in Gauteng, with one branch in Cape Town. Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba on Wednesday said when they launched the eHomeAffairs portal, only citizens between 30 and 35 years old could use this innovative platform to apply for their Smart ID cards and passports online. “The system is now open to all citizens who bank with these four participating banks. Currently 12 branches of these banks are connected to the system in Gauteng, with one branch in Cape Town. While most of these

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  • ANC veteran tells Zuma: Go now!

    Durban - President Jacob Zuma was told, in the most forthright way, on Thursday: “Go now!” ANC veteran and former director-general of foreign affairs Sipho Pityana, speaking at the funeral of Makhenkesi Stofile at Fort Hare University, lashed Zuma and urged him to step aside. “If the president was here I would have asked him as my leader, I would have begged him, I would have prayed, saying: My big brother, Msholozi, hand over the reins!’ “The next battle cannot be led by a leader who has humiliated our organisation and undermined everything that we represent.” At the funeral Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa became the most senior government official to publicly back Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

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  • CWU accuses 'fleeing' Mantashe of being 'arrogant'

    The Communications Workers’ Union (CWU) has accused ANC general-secretary Gwede Mantashe of being arrogant. The accusations come in the wake of a strike by CWU members employed at Telkom. On Tuesday, CWU members marched to Luthuli House, the ANC headquarters in Johannesburg, to meet the leadership. But according to CWU president Clyde Mervin, instead of meeting the union, Mantashe held a media briefing. “What did he do after that briefing? He ran away,” Mervin said. Labour is demanding a salary increase of 11%, and six months’ fully paid maternity leave. Other unions at Telkom, Solidarity and the SA Communication Workers’ Union, have already reached a deal with Telkom, including no forced retrenchments

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  • Purpose of ANC’s Monty Python squad is clear

    I HAVE experience in uselessness. At school, where I was a useless scholar, I was acquainted with schoolmasters who, outside of drinking whiskey, caning and playing with themselves in pursuit of breaking world records, were utterly useless. Every day in summer in London I pass men who spit on pavements then text on their phones and accidentally walk into lampposts and scream. George Osborne, Remain voters, Belgians, Oscar Pistorius’ running spikes, Wayne Rooney’s hairplugs, Piers Morgan, the Cape Times — all glowing examples of extreme uselessness. But I have never seen anything more useless than the MPs the ANC assembled from its ranks to appoint Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s replacement.

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  • Zimbabwe: Govt to Deploy Army in Streets?

    GOVERNMENT will today deploy security forces to quell mass demonstrations organised by a coalition of opposition parties joining forces to push for electoral reforms and change -- should the protest turn violent -- as pressure mounts on President Robert Mugabe to reform or quit, it has been established. Home Affairs minister Ignatius Chombo addressed a press conference in Harare yesterday, threatening to crush today's political demonstrations. The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) yesterday refused to grant permission to the 18 political parties under the auspices of the National Election Reform Agenda and the Coalition of Democrats to march in the streets of Harare, prompting the parties to approach

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  • 'ANC poll losses made late councillor weep'

    The day the ANC lost control of Tshwane, councillor Nonhlanhla Mthembu sobbed to the point where she had to be hospitalised. This was revealed by the late councillor’s best friend, Barry Swarts, at her memorial service at Naturena Primary School in Joburg last night. “She then asked me: ‘Do you think we will lose Joburg?’ I just said let’s wait and see,” Swarts recalled. “She (Mthembu) then replied and said ‘I would be very depressed if we lose Joburg’. That is how much she loved the organisation.” Mthembu collapsed and died during the inaugural Joburg council meeting on Monday in the Johannesburg City Hall, where the DA took over control of the city from the ANC. Former executive mayor Parks

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  • Cosatu backs students’ call for 0% fee increase next year

    THE Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) fully endorses a call by students for a 0% fee increase in the 2017 academic year‚ until the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education tables its final report. President Jacob Zuma established the commission earlier this year to explore the viability of free tertiary education. In the absence of a feedback from the commission‚ which will complete its work in mid-2017‚ Cosatu said it believes there should be "no discussions about any fee increments" by universities. It said in a statement‚ issued after its central committee executive meeting this week‚ that it supported "the students’ argument that this country has enough resources

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  • Are prison nurses trying to kill Oscar Pistorius?

    The People's Bae is taking a break. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) announced on Friday that national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi “will be on study leave effective immediately‚ till 1 November 2016”.

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  • Lufuno Gogoro fearing for his life – again

    Former EFF member Lufuno Gogoro says he fears for his life and the health of his mother. This after he was accused of working with outgoing Johannesburg MMC for housing and ANC member Dan Bovu, who allegedly wanted to bribe EFF councillors to vote for the ANC in Monday’s elections for the mayoral and speaker positions. Speaking to The Citizen yesterday, Gogoro confirmed a case of corruption had since been opened against him by the EFF. “How can they accuse me of working with Bovu, somebody that I have not even spoken to in long time? I don’t have any business with the ANC because I am now a member of the Patriotic Alliance,” said Gogoro. He said the last time he was as scared as this was when

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  • Nigeria: Real Reason Central Bank Barred 9 Banks

    The nine commercial banks suspended from inter-bank foreign exchange market operations on Monday failed to remit crude oil sales revenues from oil blocks operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) and its joint venture (JV) partners, PREMIUM TIMES investigations revealed. The NPDC is the upstream oil industry subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC. Further findings showed some of the banks were indicted for refusing to transfer funds in some in domiciliary accounts belonging to some government ministries, departments and agencies, including the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG), despite government's directives. Some of the oil blocks include those

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  • New DA mayors must be wary

    It could have come as no surprise to the Democratic Alliance that the biggest challenge in the metropoles, where they now hold somewhat tenuous sway, will be service delivery. Much of the swing away from the ANC-led councils was fuelled by the perception that the ratepayers had been fed a succession of empty promises, a secondary, integrally linked challenge, which the DA councils will be desperate to distance themselves from. It is not without cause that the prognostications of the analysts running along the lines that the ousted ANC would attempt to make the new DA councils ungovernable were given some credence by the invasion of housing – and the subsequent violent evictions – in Mamelodi, Nellmapius and Mabopane this week. It is also of more than passing interest that the EFF, who have propelled the DA into their hold on the key Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay municipalities by refusing to vote for the ANC, have strong – some might argue iconoclastic – views on land distribution.

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