• Mandla Mandela’s wedding blues - South Africa

    Cape Town - It seems like Mandla Mandela might lose more than his heart to love... he could also love his Xhosa crown. While his new Muslim wife may be the queen of his heart, Mandla may soon be the king of none – or rather chief of none – after traditional leaders slammed his fourth marriage. The Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Controlesa) say they were shocked to learn that Nelson Mandela’s grandson had converted to Islam when he married 22-year-old Rabia Clarke from Pinelands. Mandla is the traditional chief of Mvezo in the Eastern Cape. Contralesa Provincial Chairperson Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana said: “As traditional leaders, we expect the woman to convert to the Thembus, because

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  • Madonsela steals the show at #SONA2016

    The public protector made her way down the grey streets towards the Cape Town political landmark, with a grace and deportment that would put many a beauty queen to shame. Earlier, Madonsela tweeted her thanks to fashion designer Gert Johan Coetzee for the gown, adding: “Hope I do justice to it today”. Meanwhile, other parliamentarians also made their sartorial contribution to the traditional fashion extravaganza that marks the SONA. Clearly bouncing back from her recent controversy over a Facebook post, Democratic Alliance MP Dianne Kohler Barnard dressed up for a big night out in a black sleeveless dress, green beaded necklace and drop earrings, as well as a paisley pashmina and blinged-up silver clutch.

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  • Zuma's resignation, Guptas and Nene take centre stage

    Zuma delivered his State of the Nation Address in a joint sitting in the National Assembly, but opposition parties made life difficult for him. The Democratic Alliance's MPs heckled, mumbled and laughed throughout Zuma’s speech. This was after the Economic Freedom Fighters and Cope walked out of the National Assembly. The EFF walked out an hour after the start of SONA, chanting “Zupta must fall”.

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  • South Africa: Malema, EFF Leaders Add Some More Red to SONA Red Carpet

    The top brass of the Economic Freedom Fighters started trickling into Parliament on Thursday ahead of President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address. Most politicians took the event as an opportunity to dress to the nines, but the EFF members chose to walk the red carpet in their signature red overalls. The first batch of EFF leaders to arrive included party chair Dali Mpofu and Magdalene Munusamy. Munusamy swapped her red overall for a red jumpsuit and paired it with some red and white heels, and finished off the outfit with an official red EFF beret. Party leader Julius Malema arrived later, in his red overalls, and an iPhone in one hand. Last year, some EFF members, including Malema were

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  • Malema delivers his own #SONA2016 - Special Features

    Parliament - Zuma has lost credibility and therefore must go, says Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema. His speech on steps outside the National Assembly shortly after being asked to leave Parliament was billed as the real State of the Nation Address by his spokesperson. Malema pulled no punches calling Zuma a criminal and a thug who had stolen from South Africans and violated the constitution. "We cannot be addressed by a criminal, he is a thug . Zuma has put country in a crisis. That is unacceptable," said Malema He said that Zuma did not deserve respect. This is a man who has not respected the constitution .To us he doesn't exist, we will never respect him," said Malema. Earlier

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  • Malema, not Zuma opens parliament at #SONA2016

    He was supporting the Economic Freedom Fighter's Floyd Shivambu, who started saying he was seeking clarity on the rules of the House, to which Speaker Baleka Mbete replied that she would "not like to give attention" to the matter now. Shivambu said he wanted assurance he would be allowed to speak before Zuma took to the podium. Mbete attempted to continue with proceedings, but then she exchanged words with Malema, who told her he wanted to deal with questions to the president before the opening ceremony starts. "I don't want to stand up while the president is there," said Malema. Mbete said: "On this occasion, no business other than the address by the president is [being] entertained." Rumblings

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  • Nigeria: Rev. Fr. Mbaka, Jonathan and Buhari

    The message of the prophet of God should speak against injustice and portend change. It should console the oppressed and bring hope. Whether or not Buhari is able to live up to his new mandate, to the expectations of his new office, is another thing altogether. I think it is important for Nigerians, and social commentators, to keep these two aspects apart. It is the duty of the prophet to announce change, but it does not belong to him to bring it. Of late, media interests have moved from Rev. Fr. Mbaka's political messages to Nigerians to his personal life. This shift of emphasis appears to blur and undermine the value his message might have for our nascent democracy. It is for this reason that

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  • Madonsela gets request to probe Gupta-Denel link

    Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s office has confirmed receipt of the request to probe the controversial partnership between state arms manufacturer Denel and the Gupta family. Her spokesperson‚ Oupa Segwale‚ said on Thursday they have received the letter from trade union Solidarity requesting that the joint venture be probed. Solidarity’s quest for Madonsela’s probe stems from media reports last Friday that the controversial Gupta family‚ which has come under fire for its alleged state capture through links with President Jacob Zuma‚ have teamed up with Denel to profit from the sale of its products in the East. Denel reportedly announced the formation of joint venture company Denel Asia last

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  • He wanted to kill my children: Grace - Africa

    Harare - Grace Mugabe, the wife of President Robert Mugabe, on Wednesday sensationally claimed that the leader of a little-known political party who was jailed for attempting to bomb their Alpha Omega Dairy farm, had also wanted to kill all her children and bomb her orphanage in Mazowe. Owen Kuchata, the leader of the Zimbabwe People's Front, was jailed for nine years by a Harare magistrate this week after he pleaded guilty to possession of weaponry for sabotage and money laundering after he and three others were caught attempting to bomb the Mugabes' dairy in Mazowe on January 29. Grace made the revelations while addressing hundreds of Zanu PF supporters at the party's headquarters in Harare,

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  • SONA 2016: Underwhelmed, opposition parties give Zuma a Zero

    First Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota was asked to leave the House. Then the Economic Freedom Fighters, chanting “Zupta must fall” (a reference to the ties between the Zuma and Gupta families) walked out. EFF leader Julius Malema, standing on top of the stairs of the Marks Building opposite a giant screen showing the president reading his SONA, said: “We do not agree to be addressed by a man who admitted he’s stolen the money and is now prepared to pay back the money”. It was a direct reference to the president’s lawyers who just two days earlier conceded in the Constitutional Court that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s finding that a reasonable proportion of the money spent for at least the cattle kraal, chicken run, swimming (fire) pool, visitors’ centre and amphitheatre should be repaid.

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  • More drama for Gandhi’s great-granddaughter - Crime & Courts

    Durban - The Durban businessman who laid a R6.2 million fraud charge against Ashish Ramgobin, the great-granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, has been taken to court by the joint liquidators of Ramgobin’s company. A high court order was granted, on Monday, against the businessman and his companies, interdicting him from removing and selling the linen in containers shipped from India that were intended to supply a private hospital group. Ramgobin’s company, Global Services, is under voluntary liquidation and the joint liquidators brought an urgent application against, among others, the businessman and his companies to recover these containers. The liquidators claim in court papers that this businessman

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  • Islamic State invades vulnerable Africa

    AFRICA’s Muslim belt is getting bloodier. Boko Haram — the regional affiliate of Islamic State (IS) and one of the world’s deadliest terrorist groups — has accelerated its campaign of almost daily suicide bombings. Just last month, the group massacred 86 people, many of them children, in the Nigerian village of Dalori and 32 others in the Cameroonian village of Bodo. To the west, al-Qaeda’s regional franchise has been waging war on the government of Mali and expanded its reach last month to the previously peaceful country of Burkina Faso, slaying at least 30 people — many of them Westerners — in an assault on a luxury hotel. In the east, another al-Qaeda affiliate, Somalia’s al-Shabaab, overran

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  • Soweto rivals to meet in Nedbank Cup

    Johannesburg - The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has confirmed the 2015/16 Nedbank Cup last round of 32 dates, venues and kick-off times. The Nedbank Cup will start in the first week of March. The eight clubs from the SAFA structures (seven from ABC Motsepe and one from SAB League) will be eager to make an impression when they face some of the fancied opponents in this year's edition of the “Cup of Dreams”. The PSL also confirmed ticket prices for this year's edition. Except for one fixture, tickets for the last round of 32 fixtures will be R40 for adults and R10 for children under the age of 12. For the Soweto Derby fixture featuring Orlando Pirates against Kaizer Chiefs, ticket prices will sell

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  • Pressure on Maine to retract threats and EFF monkey jibe

    Pressure is mounting on ANC Youth League (ANCYL) president Collen Maine to retract his threats of a civil war and calling Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members monkeys. Maine‚ in his address at an ANCYL rally in Tshwane last week‚ said there would be civil war should the EFF or anyone disrupt President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address. He specifically directed his threats at EFF leader Julius Malema and his supporters whom he referred to as monkeys. Congress of the People (COPE) spokesman Dennis Bloem on Wednesday led a delegation to open a case of incitement of violence against Maine at Brooklyn Police Station in Pretoria. Bloem said COPE took Maine’s threats of a civil war seriously.

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  • South Africa: The Harsh Realities About South Africa That the World Bank Dare Not Speak

    Sometimes silences speak volumes. In his seminal book The Anti-Politics Machine Stanford University anthropologist James Ferguson criticised the World Bank's 1980s understanding of Lesotho as a "traditional subsistence peasant society." Apartheid's migrant labour system was explicitly ignored by the bank, yet remittances from Basotho workers toiling in mines, factories and farms across the Caledon River accounted for 60% of rural people's income: Acknowledging the extent of Lesotho's long-standing involvement in the modern capitalist economy of South Africa would not provide a convincing justification for the "development" agencies to "introduce" roads, markets and credit. Using Michel Foucault's

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  • EFF's Khawula demands to be addressed in Zulu

    Speaking in isiXhosa, Khawula had stood up in Parliament and questioned why Zuma had not apologised for his wrongdoings ahead of delivering the State of the Nation Address. "Chairperson, I beg, we are not here to play. Please listen to us. First of all our president has not apologised about what he did," Khaula said. She was referring to Zuma finally agreeing to pay back some of the money which had gone into upgrades at his Nkandla homestead. Zuma has for the last two years maintained that he would not pay back the money. He, however, changed his tune earlier this week and said he would pay back some of the money. Speaking in English, Modise ordered Khawula to take her seat. Khawula, however,

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  • Maine spoils it for the savvy party propagandists

    COLLEN Maine, once suspected to be a closet member of the Congress of the People, was appointed leader of the reconstituted African National Congress (ANC) Youth League last year. Last weekend he delivered a speech in Pretoria during which he stumbled over a set of notes in his hand that he — alarmingly — kept turning upside down. With a justifiably puzzled expression on his face, he insulted his political opponents, threatened them and spoke of civil war. Reports that he had to be persuaded to postpone detonating a hydrogen bomb he may or may not have procured from his friend Kim Jong-un over Seshego in Limpopo later that evening could not be confirmed. The expulsion of Julius Malema and the

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  • South Africa opens doors to US chicken imports

    South Africa imposes "anti-dumping" duties of above 100% on certain chicken products and industry groups said removing those import barriers opened a market which had been closed for the last 15 years. The deal was "within the tolerance of the (South African poultry) industry and is something we can all live with," Rob Davies told Reuters in a telephone conversation from Paris, where the deal was concluded. The agreement, which would see the United States emerge as one of the top poultry exporters to Africa's most advanced economy, should help smooth the passage of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) currently before American lawmakers.

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  • CEOs want state to take ‘decisive action’

    THE CEOs who recently met with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and President Jacob Zuma want one major thing — and that is action, AngloGold CEO Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan says. While he did not attend the meeting with Mr Zuma on Tuesday, Mr Venkatakrishnan was part of a delegation of about 60 CEOs of major companies in SA who met with Mr Gordhan last week. A sense of growing urgency to tackle deepening economic problems in SA has seized the business community and the government. Both sides want to avert the rating downgrades expected if SA continues o n its current trajectory. "There is huge support from the business community for what Pravin is trying to do," Mr Venkatakrishnan said. "Everybody

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  • Cyber-crime: SA the most targeted on the continent

    Cisco Annual Security report said that “today’s attackers launch more sophisticated‚ bold and resilient campaigns”. Greg Griessel‚ Consulting Systems Engineer Security Solutions at Cisco South Africa‚ said: “Cyber criminals are getting smarter and employing a number of personalised tactics‚ which places businesses at greater risk. 92% of business leaders agree that regulators and investors will expect companies to manage cyber-security risk exposure. These leaders need to essentially increase measures to secure their organizations’ future‚ particularly as they digitize their operations.” Griessel believes that an understanding of the tactics employed by cyber criminals is an absolute necessity.

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