• Listen: Zuma 'raping government of every last cent', says Gareth Cliff

    Cliff's comments come after it emerged that Gordhan had been summoned to appear before the Hawks on Thursday about allegations related to his role in the formation and activities of the so-called "rogue unit" set up when he was head of the SA Revenue Service. Gordhan, who has maintained that the setting-up of the unit was above board and had ministerial approval, said on Wednesday afternoon that he would not be complying with the summons as advised by his legal team. Euphonik, Boity and Thembisa Mdoda to 'tell-all' on new show  Weighing in on the debate surrounding the issue, Cliff levelled accusations against Zuma claiming the president is trying to "escape with as much money as he can from

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  • I'm prepared to die to save SA from the thieves, says Gordhan

    A defiant Gordhan promised that he would never back down from fighting corruption. The embattled finance minister also told hundreds of Treasury staff members he was aware of speculation over a cabinet reshuffle. "He said ministers come and go and we must just commit to work with whoever is the minister of finance," said a Treasury employee who was at a staff meeting addressed by Gordhan in Pretoria on Friday afternoon. "He said we didn't think what happened to Nhlanhla Nene could happen, but it happened," said another source. A third source said: "He said this is part of a bigger political battle. Don't be surprised if me and the deputy minister [Mcebisi Jonas] are removed this weekend". Gordhan

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  • Not so bright and beautiful for DA

    The DA could be tempted to rewrite Cecil Frances Alexander’s All Things Bright and Beautiful. With Trollip in the Bay, Joburg in the bag, Mogale City under Lynn Pannell, Bongani Baloyi in Midvaal, Cape Town under Patricia de Lille with Helen Zille at the helm of the Western Cape, things look bright and beautiful for the DA. The jury is still out as to whether the party succeeded because of, or in spite of, its strategy. The DA couldn’t care about that, at least for now. In a rapidly urbanising country, whose wealth resides in its cities, the DA’s urban creep is remarkable, albeit imperfect and incomplete. And yet the DA’s lyrical recital of All Things Bright and Beautiful could be rudely interrupted

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  • Now, Hawks take aim at Gerrie Nel

    Johannesburg - Controversial Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza is gunning for top prosecutor Gerrie Nel, who is largely credited with ensuring Oscar Pistorius was convicted for Reeva Steenkamp’s murder. Ntlemeza is understood to be implicating Nel in the controversy over the alleged “rogue” unit at the South African Revenue Service. The Sunday Independent has been told that the Hawks have launched a probe into Nel for possible contravention of the Public Finance Management Act. It is alleged he approved a payment of R1.5 million to a member of the unit to install spying equipment in the offices of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) offices. Nel scored a major victory when the Constitutional Court

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Panics As Soldiers Rampage

    Uniformed soldiers on Friday night emptied Harare's night clubs and ruthlessly attacked people on the streets after police triggered violent protests in the capital earlier in the day as President Robert Mugabe's government fought to suppress dissent against his rule. Zimbabwe's 18 opposition parties including former vice-president Joice Mujuru's Zimbabwe People First and MDC led by Morgan Tsvangirai had obtained a High Court order barring police from interfering with their intended demonstration. The parties under the banner of the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) and Coalition for Democrats wanted to protest against unfair electoral laws and systems, but were violently blocked by the police; minutes after the High Court had okayed the event.

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  • PICS: Downey dethroned from top of Forbes list

    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 installment of the popular Fast and Furious racing movie franchise. The Forbes annual list again highlighted the pay gap between men and women in Hollywood. Earlier this week the magazine named Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence the world's highest paid actress for a second

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  • Mezam man of God arrested for impregnating two sisters

    Pastor kokih Emmanuel of the Cross Over Ministry located in kedjom kekuh, Tubah sub division in Mezam in the North West region has been arrested and remanded in custody for impregnating two sisters. The senior of the girls, 18 year old Akombom Marie Claire is 6 months pregnant while her younger sister Brenda Nyingmah, 14, is 3 months pregnant for the said pastor. Pastor Kokih Emmanuel, 29, after police interrogation accepted all the allegations and charges brought against him. The parents of the sexually abused girls have pleaded with the CPDM government to help them get fair justice for the man of God. Source: Cameroon Intelligence Report

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  • Second Earth found, and it could be home to ET

    London - British astronomers have discovered the nearest Earth-like planet that could be home to alien life. Named Proxima b, it orbits Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our sun. At 4.2 light years away, in space terms it is right on the doorstep – and high speed spaceships now being devised could reach it within decades. In time, scientists say, the rocky planet 1.3 times the size of Earth could even be colonised by space travellers. Proxima b is thought to be only 4.7million miles from its star, one-twentieth of the Earth’s distance from the Sun. Its year lasts just 11.2 of our days. One side may be perpetually stuck in daytime, while the other experiences perpetual night. But Proxima Centauri,

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  • Zuma's monster cabinet to cost SA R1bn

    He has added two ministries . His cabinet is one of the biggest in the world - he has more cabinet ministers than the US, Germany and Japan, all of which have much bigger economies and broader tax bases. South Africa now has 35 ministers, each of whom earns about R2.1-million a year. T he 37 deputy ministers will each earn R1.7-million. Zuma earns about R2.62-million a year and his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, gets R2.36-million . Economist Mike Schussler said: "I'm not sure if a bigger cabinet is going to make a difference or just add to the cost of government." The budget for The Presidency has soared from R257-million in 2007, during president Thabo Mbeki's tenure, to R329-million in 2009. Kgalema

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  • Guptas, don't think fronting will help you – Malema

    Leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema has written on Twitter about his concern that the Gupta family’s statement that they will be selling all their shares in South Africa by the end of the year may merely be an attempt to keep trading in South Africa by other means. By selling to a company headed by someone not directly linked to the Guptas, that would be “fronting”  if that entity were still somehow indirectly controlled by the family. Malema has long been a thorn in the side of the Guptas, and he even went as far as to allege that President Jacob Zuma had personally worked as a courier using a presidential jet to deliver huge amounts of cash to the family’s new home, Dubai.

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  • Zimbabwe: Dodgy Companies Get Money-Spinning Deals

    MORE improprieties and shady backgrounds have emerged in Zimbabwe's energy power deals as it surfaced that virtually all companies that have been awarded tenders have been beneficiaries of corrupt deals with irregularities ranging from inflation of prices, awarding of contracts to companies with neither experience nor capacity and some to elements with criminal records which include fraud and drug trafficking. This comes at a time when the energy deals, as reported by the Zimbabwe Independent, have been inflated by more than US$500 million, possibly to benefit the companies as well as corrupt government officials. Apart from convicted fraudster Wicknell Chivayo who secured the largest chunk of the energy contracts for Intratrek Zimbabwe, background checks reveal foreign firms like Chinese company ZTE Corporation were also awarded tenders despite being mired in serious corruption scandals in several countries where they had been engaged for other projects. ZTE was one of three companies, including Intratrek, which won controversial tenders to build solar power stations.

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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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  • Show me any other PSL coach who is not under pressure

    An inability to put the ball in the back of the net lies at the heart of the growing crisis at Kaizer Chiefs‚ says captain Itumeleng Khune after they were bundled out of the MTN8 on Friday night. Chiefs lost 1-0 to new PSL team Cape Town City at Cape Town Stadium‚ downed by a Matthew Sim goal in the seventh minute. A second defeat in the matter of four days means Chiefs have now won only once in their last 14 competitive matches since February in a poor run of form unprecedented in the club’s history. “We are trying everything we can. The coach is planning well‚ he’s training us well‚ he’s preparing us well‚ we just can’t score goals. I think that’s where the problem is‚” explained Khune. “We

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  • Analysis: The Presidency, our anthem and unnecessary rules

    They’re enshrined like  scripture in one of those “official statements” that has no real news value in and of itself, but tells us far more about our country, about our national psyche and about the manner in which we should conduct ourselves than any amount of ideological posturing can. Y’see, it’s all about protocol. And dignity and respect and decorum and not behaving as if South Africans are a bunch of soccer louts. This is serious stuff. There will be 32 anthems sung in the coming weeks – one of them is ours, Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika (God Bless Africa) – and there will be at least 64 occasions featuring two anthems apiece. That’s a lot of singing and standing and, for us, mostly listening.

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  • Guptas have had enough of SA

    The statement said: “Since our decision to step down from all executive and non-executive positions in all our South African business in April 2016, the local management team has grown our businesses from strength to strength, with turnover and profits showing good growth and more jobs created. “As a family, we now believe that the time is right for us to exit our shareholding of the South African businesses, which we believe will benefit our existing employees, and lead to further growth in the businesses.” They said buyers were already potentially lined up and would be announced in time. “We believe that this decision is in the best interests of our business, the country and our colleagues,”

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  • Nightmare in Salta for beaten Boks

    The dark dream of Durban last year turned into the nightmare in Salta for the Springboks after Argentina pulled off an historic 26-24 Rugby Championship victory on Saturday night. Replacement back Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias kicked a long-range penalty with two minutes to go to put his side back in front following a spirited fightback from the South Africans in the second half, and Los Pumas did enough to hold on for their first ever win over the Boks at home. Argentina showed glimpses of the game that saw them record a 37-25 victory at Kings Park last year, but Allister Coetzee’s team fought their way into a 24-23 lead after tries by Bryan Habana and Pieter-Steph du Toit, as well as two late

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  • ANC: Divided. Confused. No plan. (Except in Gauteng)

    The gravity pull of the centre of the 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. Since then the centre was hollowed out in favour of the provinces. Still, there was a coherence to the structure, a set of rules were followed, a direction in which the whole body was moving. In the last three

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  • Treasury 'taking Denel to court' to halt Gupta deal

    VR Laser Asia's sole shareholder is Gupta business partner Salim Essa. Its parent firm in South Africa is owned by Essa, the Guptas and President Jacob Zuma's son Duduzane. Two independent government sources confirmed this week that the Treasury was planning to go to court to halt the deal. "Treasury's lawyers are going after them - they've already prepared papers," said one source. The Treasury's legal head, Rebecca Tee, had already sent letters to Denel demanding that it dissolve the partnership or face legal action, said another source. If they didn't deliver they should be replaced. To form a partnership like this with a service provider is outrageous. It could go on indefinitely This flies

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  • Arthur’s warning to Pakistan stars

    Reuters Mickey Arthur has warned his Pakistan team that anyone unable to adapt to the fast-scoring demands of the modern one-day game can expect to lose their place. England will have to overcome two obstacles at Lord’s today if they are to take a 2-0 lead over Pakistan in their five-match one-day series. The second is a Pakistan team who have been warned by coach Mickey Arthur that anyone unable to adapt to the fast-scoring demands of the modern game can expect to lose their place. The tourists’ sluggish advance to 260 for six in Wednesday’s rain-affected series opener at the Ageas Bowl, won by Eoin Morgan’s side at a canter, was reminiscent of the cricket England played before last summer’s white-ball revolution.

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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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