• 6 cows, R7.8m for Zuma, no bull

    When President Jacob Zuma visited the community of Letlhabile, just outside Brits in North West yesterday, he was looking for ANC votes in next week’s municipal elections, but he may have stumbled on a solution to his personal financial woes. The local business forum were so pleased with his presence they presented the president with a gift of six cows and offered to pay the R7.8 million Nkandla bill the Constitutional Court slapped on him. Yesterday, the people of Madibeng Municipality, beset by water shortages amid other service delivery problems, made Zuma, in town to address a Siyanqoba mini-rally as the campaigning for next week’s elections wraps up, an offer he would find hard to refuse. Zuma dedicated more than half of his speech to history lessons, in an effort to stop the local community from abandoning the ANC.

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  • Spy tapes: Court dismisses Zuma's corruption charges appeal

    The Democratic Alliance (DA) had earlier on Friday said it was “confident” that the court will "come to a favourable finding by dismissing the NPA’s and Zuma's application when it hands down judgment”. The DA was opposing an application for leave to appeal by the NPA an April judgment that set aside Mpshe’s decision to discontinue Zuma’s prosecution on numerous counts of corruption and racketeering. The party had submitted‚ before the full bench of the high court in Pretoria‚ that the decision in 2009 by Mokotedi Mpshe‚ then acting national director of public prosecutions‚ to discontinue the prosecution of Zuma was irrational. Mpshe discontinued the prosecution of Zuma because he believed the

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  • Mazibuko rips into DA’s white males

    Johannesburg - Former DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko has urged the DA to interrogate the almost exclusive dominance of white males within the party’s “brains trust”. Mazibuko, a resident fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics, has referred to them as “highly disconnected men callously strutting about social media like a law unto themselves”. She commented online about DA leader Mmusi Maimane’s anti-racism pledge this week: “It would be easy to cast aspersions on his timing and see it as reactionary, but one of the vital tasks of any public leader is to read the national mood and interrupt the conversation in a way that is productive and shows leadership. “The party,” she says,

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  • Nigeria: Stephen Keshi Laid to Rest

    It was an emotion-laden atmosphere at Illah, Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State, on Friday as the remains of former head coach of the Nigeria's Super Eagles, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, were laid to rest. Keshi was buried in a tomb within the compound of his personal house in Ukpologwu Quarters in Illah, the football icon's hometown, after a requiem mass at the Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church, in Illah town. Although Federal Government's presence was again conspicuously absent, like during the ceremony of lying-in-state and tributes at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba on Thursday, the strong presence of numerous former members of the Super Eagles, particularly the victorious

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  • How to sell a R5 coin for R50000

    The R5 coins with the face of former president Nelson Mandela have a special nostalgic appeal, and the most recently issued one was to celebrate his 90th birthday in 2008. But would you believe it if you were told that one of these 90th birthday coins sold for R2.5 million? Others sell for anything between R50 000 and a couple of thousand rands. These, remember, are simply R5 coins. There is nothing special or rare about them – more than 22 million were issued by the South African Mint. But a lucrative trade has developed in which clever sellers convince gullible buyers that certain R5 Mandela coins are extremely rare and are therefore worth a lot of money. Any coins could be sold in this way,

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  • Zimbabwe: If not Mugabe, then who?

    On Wednesday, Robert Mugabe had an instruction for members of my tribe. “Journalists, tell those you are representing that Robert Mugabe is still here, well and strong. This is me, and my people are going to have me for some time,” he said, in a rousing speech delivered at a supporters rally in Harare. We won’t be implementing this instruction on these pages. Mugabe’s right on one thing: yes, he’s still here, he’s still in charge. But no one’s quite sure for how long, because recent events have left the Zimbabwean president weaker than ever before. The #ThisFlag campaign represents an unprecedented expression of people power which if harnessed effectively could topple the whole system, Arab Spring-style.

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  • Jeff Bezos leapfrogs Warren Buffett on Forbes rich list

    NEW YORK — Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has become the world’s third-richest person as of the market close for the first time, Forbes magazine said, passing Warren Buffett, the chairman and chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway. Bezos’ fortune was $65.3bn as of 8.30pm GMT on Thursday, compared with Buffett’s $64.9bn. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates remained the world’s richest person, at $77.7bn, while Spain’s Amancio Ortega, who founded the Zara clothing chain’s owner Inditex SA, was second at $72.7bn. Facebook co-founder and CE Mark Zuckerberg was fifth, at $54bn. Bezos, 52, owns close to 18% of Amazon. Its stock has risen by roughly 50% since early February, as the world’s largest online

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  • 'Hack and kill all whites' EFF candidate disqualified

    Late on Friday, the Electoral Court found in favour of the IEC’s request to bar from the elections EFF candidate Thabo Mabotja, who was registered to contest Ward 7 in Tshwane on Wednesday. He allegedly wrote on Facebook that all white people needed to be hacked and killed. The IEC made its case in court that the EFF had already distanced itself from Mabotja, and therefore there was no reason why he should be allowed to stand in a country that was diametrically opposed to the hate speech Mabotja is believed to have expressed. Advocate Leah Gcabashe said he should not be elected “at this stage” in South African politics to represent South Africans at municipal level. EFF leader Julius Malema said

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  • Paris Hilton gushes over Black Coffee

    South African Communist Party general secretary Blade Nzimande took a swipe at the Democratic Alliance on Saturday saying that the party had been described by former president Nelson Mandela himself as a “party of white bosses and black stooges” and asked why the party...

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  • WATCH: Is the ANC destined to become a rural party?

    NEXT week’s local government elections will give South Africans an indication of whether the ANC is destined to become a rural party, says Dumisani Hlophe, CEO of the Kunjalo Centre for Democracy. The polls on Wednesday are the most hotly contested since 1994 and according to an Ipsos opinion poll, the DA could get the majority of votes in the Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay municipalities. Hlophe tells Business Day TV that should the DA manage to capture the main metros in Gauteng and elsewhere, the ANC will know if, sooner or later, it will become a party that dominates only in rural areas, like Zanu (PF) in Zimbabwe. This would be a big blow to the ANC as there is no real financial muscle there, and "to exact the real political power, you need to have control of the metros", says Hlophe.

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  • 'All whites must be hacked and killed'

    National spokesperson of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said the party was looking into a matter that allegedly involves one of its members. A screenshot bearing what appears to be the name of EFF member Thabo Mabotja is making the rounds on social media. In the screenshot are the words “All white people must be hacked and killed”. Mabotja could not be immediately reached for comment regarding the matter. The Independent Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) was also reportedly trying to contact him to summon him for an official investigation, but could also not locate him on Thursday. Ndlozi said the party was aware of the incident, but they were still looking into the factuality

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  • Pogba heads to LA for Man United medical

    London - Paul Pogba will become a Manchester United player again after they agreed a deal close to £100million with Juventus on Thursday night. It means the player who left Old Trafford for next to nothing in 2012 will return as the stellar signing of the summer - in a world record transfer which smashes the British mark by an incredible £40m. The deal for the 23-year-old France midfielder is expected to be formalised on friday after Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola held further talks with Juventus officials and lawyers in Turin on Thursday afternoon. United and Juventus have agreed to pay a fee to Raiola with part of his 20 per cent bonus being accounted for in Pogba’s overall deal. Pogba is due to

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  • THICK END OF THE WEDGE: Apartheid relic Eskom holds back transformation

    IMAGINE, for a moment, a world in which South African Airways (SAA) owned all the airports in the country. Imagine all the food stores in the country were owned by farmers. Or that all the roads were owned by BMW. Whenever SAA couldn’t fill its seats, it would just charge other airlines more to arrive and depart. Whenever farmers’ harvests were poor, they could charge people more to buy food. Whenever car sales fell, BMW would simply charge more to use the roads. Monopolies have the same effect on economies as cartels do. They charge consumers what they like — and what they like is inevitably high. But only cartels are illegal. Instead, in a country in which a whole ministry, economic development,

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  • The crucial omission that could scupper Kevin Malunga's ambition to succeed his boss, Thuli Madonsela

    DEPUTY Public Protector Kevin Malunga was dismissed from Wits Law School in 2009 when he failed to pass his probationary period as a lecturer, a fact he has withheld from the parliamentary committee deciding who will replace Thuli Madonsela. Lecturers are placed on probation for a period of three years, extendable for a further four, during which time they must have their work published in a recognised law journal. Malunga took up the post in 2004, but was forced to leave in 2009, having failed to satisfy requirements. Speaking to Business Day from Gabon on Thursday, Malunga admitted he had been dismissed, but claimed he had disclosed this to the committee. However, he had not done so. In a questionnaire

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  • Obama's brother says he will vote for Trump

    Nairobi - President Barack Obama's half-brother, Malik Obama, says he will vote for Republican nominee Donald Trump in the US election in November because he likes the candidate and he is unhappy with his brother's leadership. Malik, who is in his 50s, told Reuters by phone from Obama's ancestral home of Kogelo in western Kenya that he supports Trump's policies, especially his focus on security. “He appeals to me and also I think that he is down to earth and he speaks from the heart and he is not trying to be politically correct. He's just straight-forward,” he said. Malik, a US citizen, has lived in Washington since 1985 where he worked with various firms before becoming an independent financial

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  • Tau seeks counsel from Mbeki after nomination

    Mbeki had a brief meeting with Tau on Monday in his foundation’s offices in Killarney to discuss the nomination and get a brief on what the city is doing on the transformation of apartheid spatial patterns. Watch: We help you choose Johannesburg’s next mayor  “We were here to brief former president Mbeki on the work that we are doing as a city but also the international responsibilities. We had to seek his advice on the work that we are doing internationally. As you know I have been nominated to be president of United Cities and Local Government which is a global responsibility. I thought it would be appropriate to seek counsel and advice from our elders and leaders on that work‚” Tau told reporters

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  • Terror suspect’s wife Aadila Alben says police ‘degraded’ mother-in-law

    THE wife of one of the Newclare twins arrested for their alleged involvement in a terror plot says police officers disrespected the Koran on the day her husband and brother-in-law were taken into custody. In a sworn affidavit before the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court‚ Aadila Alben claims that the arrests of her husband‚ Tony-Lee Thulsie‚ and brother-in-law‚ Brandon-Lee Thulsie‚ were unlawful. The brothers on Thursday launched an application in court to have their arrests and subsequent detentions declared unlawful‚ claiming they were carried out without arrest warrants. In her statement, Alben gave a detailed account of the arrest of Brandon-Lee in Newclare‚ west of Johannesburg‚ on July 9.

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  • I see plenty of land, you can have it – Malema

    Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema on Thursday took his campaign trail to Cullinan, east of Tshwane, promising decent houses and title deeds should his party ascend to power. “When driving on all the roads leading to this community, there is plenty of land, but this land is owned by whites who don’t even know how Cullinan looks like because they bought this land from only seeing it on the newspapers,” Malema told thousands of supporters. Malema said the majority of South Africans who did not own land did not enjoy the benefits of freedom and democracy. “However, our white counterparts who found us here, all do have title deeds.

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  • Nigeria: Indonesia to Execute Nigerian, 13 Others Drug Convicts This Week

    Indonesia will execute 14 drug offenders, most of whom are non-Indonesians, said the country's attorney general on Wednesday. The announcement spurred United Nations human right officials to urge the country's government to rethink the "unjust" use of capital punishment. Though four are reportedly Indonesian, 10 others are from South Africa, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Pakistan and India. Attorney General Muhammad Prasetyo said the executions are expected to begin as early as Friday and completed no later than Sunday. The planned executions come after the 14 executions of drug offenders last year. The government has put more men to death in the last two years than it had in the previous decade. "The increasing

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  • Zimbabwe: Fed Up, Unafraid, and Just Getting Started

    Through social media, Zimbabweans in the country and diaspora have been organising, debating and planning with great effect. But the movement must now evolve if it is to continue to grow. When the Zimbabwean government arrested Pastor Evan Mawarire earlier this month, it came as no surprise. Legal harassment has become a standard tactic of the ruling ZANU-PF in dealing with individuals it sees as a threat. However, by prosecuting Mawarire - the social media savvy man behind the popular #ThisFlag movement and a successful national "stay away" on 6 July - the government inadvertently gave the movement a substantial boost. On 13 July, the day of the pastor's trial, the government's miscalculation

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