• Malema tells ANC: 'You can jump into the nearest hell'

    The ANC should blame themselves for the loss of control of three metros and a number of municipalities, EFF leader Julius Malema told MPs as he wrapped up his local election debate speech in parliament today. "Zuma wants to enrich his family and himself. He will never get our vote. We are here to say to you, take your ministers who are Instagram celebrities to go and vote for you and campaign for you to get the votes." "Don’t blame it on the EFF, it is of your own making. You’ve got yourself to blame. I did not take the votes away from you, you are self destructing and you’ll have yourself to blame." Where is free education, we gave you 6% to take the land, you refused it. Now those who want

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  • AT HOME AND ABROAD: ANC mute as arrogant Zuma grabs the reins

    PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma’s response to his humiliating setback in the local government elections has been akin to a personal coup d’etat. In seizing centralised control of all the country’s parastatals, Zuma has assumed personal charge of the entire public sector economy, undercutting not only his finance minister, but the collective authority of his whole Cabinet. The only effective defender who has stood between those leeches and us, the taxpayers — Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan — is being dragged off to the political slaughterhouse by the Hawks, no doubt at Zuma’s behest. Once he is arraigned with whatever charges are to be brought against him and a long trial begins, it is difficult to see how he could continue to function as finance minister, which has now been rendered a nonjob.

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  • Swaziland queen flees to South Africa

    The sixth wife of Swaziland's King Mswati III has bought a house in South Africa and fled to the neighbouring country after leaving the monarch a few months ago, a close family source said. Angela Dlamini, known as LaGija, sought refuge with South African family members in the upmarket Sun City tourist resort north of the capital Pretoria. "She will be coming to Johannesburg to see the new house that she bought. This means she has officially left the royal family. She is too emotionally wrecked and mentally fatigued after years of abuse from the royal family members," a source close to the queen told AFP. LaGija fled the royal palace in May this year claiming years of physical and emotional abuse

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  • DA in charge of metros, but Malema the big winner

    The Democratic Alliance (DA) should brace itself for various forms of mass mobilisation by the ANC, especially in the major metros of Tshwane, Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape, political analyst Elvis Masoga said yesterday. The next five years would be the most difficult for the party, he said, especially where it was in charge of the metros. Speaking to The Citizen, Masoga said: “The DA must ready themselves for a climb on Kilimanjaro – the party is relatively inexperienced when it comes to handling mass mobilisation. When we talk about the ANC, we talk about a 104-year-old movement that has mastered the art of mass mobilisation over the years.” Masoga said another great

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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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  • Semenya gets R500K for winning gold medal

    Describing this year’s Olympic team as “a bunch of winners”, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula today announced generous cash rewards for the country’s returning sportsmen and women. “Boys and girls, you really made South Africa proud by collecting those bronze, silver and gold medals,” Mbalula said yesterday on the arrival of Team SA at OR Tambo International Airport from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where they won 10 medals. “I know Gideon Sam [president of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee] said he would give athletes R500 000, but today when I woke up, I was so happy and I decided to increase the offer.” Mbalula said 400m champion and world record holder Wayde van Niekerk

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  • Mantashe admits ANC is under siege

    ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has painted a bleak scenario facing the party in its quest to reconnect with the people, after it lost key metros in the municipal elections. The ANC lost Joburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay in Port Elizabeth. Yesterday, Mantashe said the ANC acknowledged that a consistent negative narrative towards President Jacob Zuma on Nkandla had harmed the ANC – because the two could not be separated. "It’s like the issue of resigning from the ANC; what we are saying is that if we take collective responsibility, our conscience must allow us to accept that, if need be, we must resign in numbers. “If we made blunders, we did them together.” Mantashe said if the ANC

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  • Coke could close SA plants

    Johannesburg - Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, the bottling joint venture between the US soft-drink maker and brewer SABMiller may close South African plants and see profit more than halve if the government pushes ahead with a proposed sugar tax. South Africa’s National Treasury last month recommended a levy on sugar-sweetened beverages that would generate almost R11 billion ($813 million) in government revenue, based on 2012 consumption data cited in the policy paper. The charge is aimed at reducing consumption of sugar and encouraging producers and suppliers to cut the sugar content of their drinks, according to the government. The newly created bottler’s volumes in South Africa would probably

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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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  • Orania goes to the polls - differently

    Orania - A total of 300 voters, out of a population of 750 registered voters, had cast their votes for the new Orania council on Wednesday afternoon - the same day the local government elections took place. Residents elected the independent committee to represent the town, community and businesses at government level and inform them of any council decisions. Orania spokesman Jaco Kleynhans said the elections took place at two venues. “A reasonable amount of residents came to vote for the council. The wind and cold weather most probably kept many voters indoors.” He said any resident staying for more than three months in Orania was eligible to be nominated on to the council. “The council is apolitical.”

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  • Live report: Malema says Mkhwebane is 'Zuma's favourite'

    3:51 Honourable Mncwabe says he’s the one who propose Professor Majola’s “excellent CV”.  But he doesn’t like the fact the Majola declined his public protector nomination. “I still stand by Mkhwebane.” 3:47 Shivambu says Professor Majola’s fundraising ideas “must fall”. “He was not familiar with the office of the public protector,” says Shivambu. 3:44 Now they are discussing Professor Majola. 3:43 Breytenbach says although Lukhaimane had a good interview, she however lacks experience in practicing law. 3:41 Breytenbach says Lukhaimane and Mkhwebane look “remarkably alike”. 3:39 Shivambu believes Lukhaimane would do better as a deputy to Mkhwebane. 3:35 Next on the hotseat is Adv Muvhango Lukhaimane.

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  • Another twist in Zuma corruption saga

    Zuma is seeking leave to appeal the recent judgment handed down by a full bench of the High Court in Pretoria, which reinstated the 783 fraud, racketeering and corruption charges controversially withdrawn by former National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Mokotedi Mpshe, paving the way for him to become president in 2009. The full bench of the North Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) fully ventilated the issues and they too came to the determination that an appeal to the SCA would be unsuccessful,” Selfe said. Zuma argued that it was a breach of the separation of powers doctrine for a court to determine whether a prosecution should be discontinued or not, as this prerogative vested with the NPA.

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  • Nasa to land on asteroid in search for origin of life

    The $1 billion mission, known as OSIRIS-REx, is scheduled for launch on September 8, 2016 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The solar-powered robotic spacecraft, built by Lockheed Martin, is set to rendezvous with asteroid 1999 RQ36, nicknamed Bennu, in two years' time for mapping and surveys, then use a robotic arm to collect samples for return in 2023. Similar asteroids crashing into Earth are believed to have provided the organic materials and water needed for life to form. “We expect to find materials that pre-date our solar system,” said Lauretta, adding that physical samples from the 1960s and 1970s Apollo moon missions are still bearing scientific fruit to this day.

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  • Hiring and firing crunch time looms for Coetzee

    ALLISTER Coetzee has had four Tests in charge of the Springboks and the time is approaching when he will have to make some big decisions about key personnel. The Springboks have only played at home under Coetzee and have yet to put in a fully convincing 80-minute performance. Three wins from four is a satisfactory start‚ but it could just as easily have been zero from four. Character and resilience have been demonstrated‚ but mistakes and poor decision-making have been more evident. Coetzee’s problem is that the backline is creaking on the back of vital players underperforming. Flyhalf Elton Jantjies’ cannot replicate his Super Rugby form at Test level, and inside centre Damian de Allende is

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  • Warnings of ‘uncertainty, market calamity’ if Hawks arrest Gordhan

    Economists say a new team with no trust from the global financial markets would have to take over. Hawks Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan SARS SARS rogue intelligence unit PRETORIA - Economists have warned of uncertainty and market calamity if the Hawks arrest Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan when he’s summoned to report to a detective tomorrow.  Gordhan and three former South African Revenue Services (Sars) officials have been asked to present themselves to police to provide warning statements. The Hawks are investigating the nature and conduct of a disbanded Sars covert unit, which was established during Gordhan’s tenure as Sars commissioner.  Economist Azar Jammine says if the finance minister

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  • The EFF’s noisy council debut

    Cape Town - The EFF made sure its presence was felt on Thursday as it made its debut in the City of Cape Town in the first meeting after the August 3 elections. Right off the bat, the party refused to agree to the first order of business - the adoption of the rules of the house - because they had not had input into them. The party’s provincial secretary and whip, Melikhaya Xego, said the EFF weren’t “babies” and were ready for their new jobs. “It’s not a political gimmick that people don’t have access to land. Cape Town is still prioritising bicycle lanes over housing. We are here to engage you in a very radical way,” he said. Notable at the sitting were three former deputy mayors who returned

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  • Where did Malema get the money? Sars reveals why deal collapsed

    In court papers explaining why it dumped its deal with the Economic Freedom Fighters' leader, the South African Revenue Service says Malema lied about the source of the funds used to settle part of his tax bill. SARS also says Malema tried to dodge paying donation tax and had received money from questionable sources to settle an R18-million tax bill - reduced to R7.2-million in a deal in May last year. These, SARS says, are some of the reasons for the collapse of the compromise deal. The revenue service has now launched an application for Malema's final sequestration. If the court grants the final order when the case returns to court in June, Malema will be kicked out of parliament, where his

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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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  • I got cash but not R5m, says Mabala artist Gigi Lamayne

    Owned by ANC Youth League (ANCYL) treasurer-general Reggie Nkabinde, the record label has been making headlines since it was revealed it supposedly gave its artists R5 million each. Rapper Riky Rick denied he had been given the amount despite splurging on several high-performance and luxury Mercedez-Benz vehicles of late, while Nkabinde hosted a press conference in which he also denied the claims made by EFF leader Julius Malema. Khanyi Mbau though, spoke openly about receiving “lots of money”, which she said had changed lives. Now another artist, Gigi La Mayne, has spoken about the R5 million. Speaking to Zkhiphani.com, Gigi said she didn’t get that much money but was proud to be a part of a

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  • NSPCA fights for justice for tortured camel

    The right for juristic persons to pursue private prosecutions was the subject of intense debate in the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg yesterday as the National Council of Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) fought for the right to go after people the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has refused to. In law, a “juristic person” is recognised as an organisation or business. Basically, a private person may bring a private prosecution, while a juristic person is forbidden from doing so. The Constitutional Court application is the NSPCA’s last-gasp attempt at having people prosecuted for allegedly torturing a camel so badly during a religious ceremony that,“in an act

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