• 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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  • Trump buys SA Inc for R3bn

    Afbekistan - US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has bought out all of South Africa for R3 billion, sources close to the deal say. The move comes as Trump’s hopes of winning the next election in the United States, set for later this year, fade. The multi-billionaire, whose net worth is pegged at $4 billion - or around R59 trillion - is said to have met with President Jacob Zuma earlier this month in a bid to secure SA Inc. His purchase of all of SA comes in the midst of several probes into the so-called state capture saga in which the Gupta family is alleged to have offered several government ministers high-profile positions and also to have abused their close ties with Zuma. This

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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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  • Zuma: give me six months to be dictator

    ALL PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma wants is six months as a dictator to solve South Africa’s problems. In that six months Zuma would force the unemployed to return to school or get arrested. “If you just give me six months to be a dictator, things will be straight. Right now, to make a decision you need a resolution, decision, collective, petition. Yoh! It’s a lot of work. I am emphasising that let us pay more attention to our children in education,” said a laughing Zuma. He was visiting Marhulana Primary School in Tembisa yesterday along with Gauteng Premier David Makhura, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi as part of the Mandela Month celebrations. Zuma

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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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  • Chabane's last words

    But the very thing he warned them of killed him and his two bodyguards. Travelling with the two members of the police's VIP protection unit - Lesiba Sekele and Lawrence Lentsoane - Chabane was killed early yesterday morning when his car and a truck collided on the N1 freeway between Polokwane and Mokopane, in Limpopo. Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said C habane's car and the truck were travelling in the same direction, with the truck to the left. The truck driver allegedly made a U-turn and Chabane's car slammed into the truck. What remained was a mangled contortion of steel and fragments of the VW Touareg. The truck - still intact - stood in the middle of the freeway, with a slight

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Zimbabwe: Agric Show Activity Peaks

    Activity has peaked at the Harare Agricultural Show which yesterday registered over 10 000 attendances. Exhibitors also confirmed that enquiries for their products had improved with stands registering an increase in visits. Zimbabwe Agricultural Society chief executive Dr Anxious Masuka yesterday said the attendances had increased compared to last year. "We are expecting about 70 000 attendance on Saturday. In total, we are expecting over 200 000 people to attend the show this year. The attendances have increased compared to last year," he said. Dr Masuka said the quality of exhibitions had improved compared to last year. "If you compare the quality of exhibitions, you can notice that there is

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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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  • 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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  • ANC weighs risk of calling early elective conference

    THE need to call an early elective conference seems to be the consensus in the ANC across the three factions that are in play at the moment. The similarities are stark — labour federation Cosatu was in the midst of a bitter factional fight in which its leaders where pitted against each other. This had followed a change in trajectory by the federation when some of its leaders decided to throw the organisation’s support behind Jacob Zuma ahead of the Polokwane conference, when it sacrificed principle for expedience by choosing a tsunami of change whose effect was unknown over the interests of workers, its core constituency. The battle that started in Cosatu shortly after 2012 pitted its president against its general secretary.

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  • South Africa: Gordhan's Hawks Response Halts Rand Plunge

    Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's response to the Hawks directive helped the rand ease off its decline, but analysts said if he is arrested or fired the currency is heading for trouble. Gordhan said on Wednesday he would not adhere to a Hawks request to present himself for a warning letter over corruption charges they have come up with, because these are "wholly unfounded on any version of the facts". "I have a job to do in a difficult economic environment and serve South Africa as best I can," he said. "Let me do my job." The rand was down 1.83% against the dollar at R14.15 at 08:30 on Thursday, slightly lower than when the JSE closed on Wednesday. Umkhulu Consulting's Adam Phillips said some

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Maradona criticises Messi over international retirement

    Argentina great Diego Maradona has criticised Lionel Messi, suggesting that the Barcelona star's retirement from international football, and subsequent change of heart, was "staged". "I don't know whether this was staged to make us understand that he'd lost three finals, but we never lost by big margins," said Maradona to radio station La Red. Messi announced his retirement from international football after Argentina lost the Copa America final to Chile on penalties in June, with the Barcelona forward crucially missing in the shoot-out. "This is the end for me with the national team, it's not for me," said Messi at the time. "I think it's best for everyone, for me and for many people who want

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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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  • You can finance your home the Islamic way

    One of the “big four” banks has been offering an Islamic home loan, an alternative to conventional property financing, since the beginning of the year. First National Bank (FNB) Islamic Banking says its product is aimed at Muslims who want to finance their homes in a manner consistent with the requirements of their faith. But, like all Islamic financial products and services, it is open to everyone. Islamic finance operates according to strict ethical principles, not least of which is that charging interest on a loan (in other words, putting a time value on money) is prohibited (see “Principles of Islamic finance”, right). FNB Islamic Banking’s home loan is not strictly a loan. It is modelled

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  • South Africa: Release Coal Docs At Your Own Peril, Guptas Warn Treasury

    Four days before the Guptas' business chiefs ambushed Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on a radio station, their company Tegeta threatened Treasury over a report into coal contracts with Eskom. The threat occurred when Democratic Alliance MP David Maynier submitted a request under the Promotion of Access to Information Act (Paia) for Treasury to release the documents. Treasury chief procurement officer Kenneth Brown had been tasked with probing contracts over R10m as Gordhan's team focused on spotting corrupt deals. Tegeta opposed the application and Treasury informed Maynier of this outcome. However, the DA shadow minister of finance then submitted another Paia request for the reasons for his

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