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

    There was a R4.5 billion shortfall in the revenue collected by the South African Revenue Service in the first three months of the current fiscal year as against the estimated figure‚ SARS commissioner Tom Moyane revealed Tuesday.

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  • Luvo Manyonga broke a deal with the devil and decided to jump rather than die

    If you had asked Luvo Manyonga’s friends and family two years ago where they saw the now 25-year-old in 2016, some might have replied: “dead.” On Saturday night, the prodigal son lived up to the potential he had shown during his junior career. On the biggest stage in the world, it was the biggest performance of his life. And if this was anything to go by, the best is yet to come. Four years ago, Manyonga’s life was in near ruins. He has said that he was ten or maybe even five percent away from death. He was on regular dates with the devil in the shape of a lightbulb and white crystals. The devil’s name was meth. Having emerged as a young star during the 2010 IAAF Junior World Championships, where

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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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  • 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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  • Academics urge Zuma to intervene in Gordhan matter

    ACADEMICS from four of the country’s tertiary education institutions from across the country on Wednesday urged President Jacob Zuma, Cabinet at the ANC’s national executive committee to intervene in the matter concerning Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and the Hawks. Gordhan received a letter from the Hawks on Monday, demanding that he present himself to provide the unit with a warning statement — implying that he is a suspect and that he could be arrested. Gordhan has maintained that the setting up of the alleged covert unit at SARS was above board and had ministerial approval. In a further indication that knives are out for Gordhan, SARS has also launched an investigation into IT contracts as part of the "modernisation project" awarded during Gordhan’s tenure as SARS commissioner.

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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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  • Trevor Manuel: Firing Gordhan would destroy economy

    The Hawks police unit asked Gordhan and other former officials at Sars to report on Thursday. Pravin Gordhan SARS rogue intelligence unit Pravin Gordhan on economy JOHANNESBURG – The South African economy, the most developed on the continent, will be destroyed if President Jacob Zuma fires Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, ex-finance minister Trevor Manuel said on Wednesday. The Hawks police unit asked Gordhan and other former officials at the South African Revenue Service to report on Thursday in relation to contravention of surveillance regulations, fuelling speculation of a plot to oust him. “Such action (firing Gordhan) will destroy this economy,” Manuel told eNCA television.  “The next move

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  • Hazard ahead: ANC wounded, Zuma unpredictable, Gordhan targeted

    South Africa was very much in a holding pattern during the local government elections period. Politicians were out on the campaign trail and the country was on autopilot. It was also risky to make any controversial moves that might affect voter sentiment. But now that the elections have passed and the councils have all been established, it is back to business. And in this country, back to business in politics means back to scheming, skulduggery and powermongering.  It should be no big surprise that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and former SARS officials Ivan Pillay, Johann van Loggerenberg and Pete Richer have been asked to present themselves to the Hawks headquarters in Pretoria on Thursday.

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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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  • 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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  • Mbalula vs Gigaba: Who is the real Minister of Instagram?

    And subsequently, this elicited Twitter reactions which simply begged the question: Who is the real Minister of Instagram between Malusi, and the ever so popular Fikile Mbalula? Fikile, is by far the most active South African minister on social media. His acute understanding of the "cool kids" language and a keen interest in pop culture has earned him a number of titles from 'Minister of Fun' and 'Minister of Beyoncé,' to 'Minister of Twitter.' However, one thing he has rarely been called is "Minister of Instagram," despite his huge following and constant engagement. Which got us thinking if he were not a better candidate for the position, as opposed to Malusi Gigaba, who was given the title

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  • Enslaved in Libya: How I escaped Islamic State

    Ruta Fisehaye, a 24-year-old Eritrean, was lying on the bed of the truck's first trailer. Beside her lay 85 Eritrean men and women, one of whom was pregnant. A few dozen Egyptians hid in the second trailer. All shared one dream - to reach Europe. The gunmen ordered the migrants off the truck. They separated Muslims from Christians and, then, men from women. They asked those who claimed to be Muslims to recite the Shahada, a pledge to worship only Allah. All of the Egyptians shouted the words in unison. “There is no god but God. Muhammad is the messenger of God.” “Allahu Akbar,” the gunmen called back. Fisehaye realized then that she was in the hands of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Her captors

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  • Malema’s DA choice has merit

    Reports of about a dozen supposed Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members or voters protesting against their party outside Joburg’s city hall yesterday called for a rather large pinch of salt. Sections of social media were also playing host to the complaint by some party members that the EFF was somehow selling them out by agreeing to vote with the DA for the election of the speaker, mayor and other senior positions in the new mayoral committee. If these really are EFF supporters angry at the party’s leadership over the decision to side with what they call the “racist DA”, they are displaying a level of political naivety that the relatively young people leading their party are not. The EFF spokesperson was particularly annoyed by it all, accusing those behind the campaign of being members of the ANC in disguise – but of course that is mere speculation.

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  • Zimbabwe: Mujuru's Children Wallow in Poverty?

    CHILDREN of the late General Solomon Mujuru are wallowing in poverty amid revelations that Dr Joice Mujuru, the surviving spouse and leader of Zimbabwe People First, is allegedly frustrating the execution of the national hero's estate believed to be running into millions of dollars. Thirteen children are named as beneficiaries of Gen Mujuru's estate. Gen Mujuru died in an inferno at his Beatrice farmhouse on August 16, 2011. According to the Administration of Estate Act Chapter 601 Section 5, the estate should have been registered within 14 days of Gen Mujuru's death. Lawyers representing some of Gen Mujuru's children have since written to the executor of the estate Mr Stanley Mufara, highlighting

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  • Majority of homeowners under strain - Absa review

    Johannesburg - The percentage of homeowners paying only the minimum amount on their mortgage loans for their primary residences has increased to 67 percent, its highest level since mid-2010, as household financial strain increased significantly in the current almost zero growth economic environment. By comparison, in July 2013 only 54 percent of homeowners made the minimum repayment on the mortgage loans for their primary residences. The percentage of homeowners paying extra into their mortgage loan accounts on a monthly basis has also dropped to its lowest level during this period at 14 percent after peaking at 31 percent in July 2013, according to the latest Absa quarterly housing review. Absa

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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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  • Tying the knot in SA full of hitches

    Foreigners coming to South Africa to marry face all sorts of challenges, despite the revenue "wedding tourism" brings in. Marriage officers across South Africa complain about the tortuous Home Affairs procedures involved. Three contacted said they now advised foreigners not to marry here because of the arduous process. Among the steps that create such hassles is getting a printed, unabridged marriage certificate, which is so time-consuming that tourists often leave before getting them. Marriage officer Daniel Brits said it was a nightmare. "I tell people to get married where they come from. I have to be honest with them. I see hundreds of couples with the same problems." The most common complaint

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  • South Africa: Mkwebane Selected As Public Protector Candidate

    The Public Protector committee has selected Busisiwe Mkhwebane as the last woman standing to fill Thuli Madonsela's shoes. Mkhwebane was lauded for her great communication skills, her experience, and her interview skills. Her age, and how she conducted herself, was also praised by MPs. She was a lady of guts, Inkatha Freedom Party MP Themba Msimang said, while African National Congress' Grace Tseke said she had a fine brain. MPs waxed lyrical about her international experience, and called for Mkhwebane to be nominated for the job. Approval National Freedom Party MP Sibusiso Mncwabe said she was outstanding during the interview. "She is a very brave, young but experienced black female and she

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  • ‘EFF’s flimsy political stance’

    STANDING AS ONE: The writer is cynical about the new political relationship that sees the EFF and the DA collaborate to help the DA win some metros and councils saying that EFF’s Julius Malema, right, and DA leader Mmusi Maimane, have made a deal not underpinned by principle but motivated by the sole desire of keeping the ANC out of power. The municipal elections have come and gone, we have lived through two weeks of having waited anxiously for coalition talks to be finalised, political party agreements on what they consider important. The DA has taken over the Johannesburg city council, with the party’s Vasco da Gama confirmed as speaker, with victory of 145 to 126, beating the ANC’s Constance Bapela.

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