• The Citizen

    South Africa must resist another captured president

    The African National Congress (ANC) has made a dangerous habit of bringing post-apartheid South Africa to the brink of instability and the common ruin of all. The resignation of former President Jacob Zuma and his replacement by Cyril Ramaphosa was such a moment. It brought home the point that the over-concentration of power in the office of the president has clearly not worked. A rethink on president-centred politics and the threats it poses to the democracy are crucial for the post-Zuma period. South Africa needs to re-imagine democratic practice, leadership and how power works. Some sections of South African society have reduced the Zuma problem to a corruption problem. Dismantle Zuma’s kleptocratic

  • Independent Online

    George went from king to pauper with Sundowns move

    JOHANNESBURG - Thanks to social media, we can hold off on filing a missing persons report for one George Lebese. The Mamelodi Sundowns winger has not disappeared in the true sense of the word, but he has unfortunately discovered that the grass is not always greener on the other side. Lebese wasted no time in joining the Brazilians from Kaizer Chiefs six months ago, making his boyhood dream of one day wearing the yellow jersey and training at Chloorkop - something he said was just wishful thinking when he was a young boy growing up in the streets of Mamelodi - come true. Amakhosi fans were hurt, as you can imagine. Some wished Lebese well, arguing that he would thrive at a club synonymous with

  • ewn.co.za

    Hawks adamant Ajay Gupta is a fugitive

    PRETORIA - The Hawks have re-iterated that a warrant of arrest has been obtained against Ajay Gupta and that he should hand himself over to the authorities. The Gupta’s lawyers have reportedly dismissed the Hawks' claims that their client is a fugitive from justice as malicious and misleading. The Hawks say Gupta was supposed to appear in court last week but failed to present himself to authorities. The Bloemfontein Magistrates Court granted bail to eight others accused of fraud and money laundering in connection with the Estina Dairy Farm project. The Hawks say its unheard of for a lawyer to demand a warrant of arrest on behalf of a suspect, saying the warrant was issued against Gupta, not his

  • Independent Online

    ANC allies' call for consultation 'just vested interests'

    Durban - Zwelinzima Vavi says the only reason ANC allies are calling for consultation before cabinet reshuffles is to ensure that they are not overlooked when placing cadres in ministerial positions. The SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) general secretary said he was most amused when he heard about the SA Communist Party calling for consultation. “I am sure Blade can’t wait to go back to his cushy job and BMW. Consultation to them (the allies) means 'don’t forget about me',” Vavi said, referring to SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande. Nzimande was axed as Minister of Higher Education and replaced by Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize in Zuma’s 11th cabinet reshuffle. ANC allies, the SACP and Cosatu,

  • ewn.co.za

    Cops at EC police station receive counselling after fatal attack

    CAPE TOWN - Police officers who were at the Eastern Cape police station where several officers were shot dead are receiving counselling. Five officers from the Ngcobo police station, between Umtata and Queenstown, were[ ](http://The police)ambushed and shot dead in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Two of the five officers were taken hostage when the suspects fled in a police van. They were shot dead execution style and their bodies dumped. The van has since been recovered. Provincial police spokesperson Khaya Tonjeni says two other officials were wounded during the attack. “What we can point to at the moment is that they had an interest in firearms as they have at least 10. They managed

  • Independent Online

    Sars to investigate the religious moneymakers

    As bookmakers continued to take bets on whether former president Jacob Zuma was going to resign in daylight or late into the night, something else was happening in South Africa. The SA Revenue Service (Sars), which like many other law enforcement agencies had been flying on sleep mode, decided that it was time for it to investigate the religious community for non-compliance with the country’s tax laws. Sars said while it acknowledged that most religious organisations operated within the law, some were enriching themselves at the expense of the fiscus. It said its own investigation and several interactions with the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL) confirmed that there was massive non-compliance in the sector.

  • ewn.co.za

    Gigaba defends first increase in VAT since 1993

    CAPE TOWN - Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba says his Budget will cause economic pain but that its proposals, including a one percentage point hike in the VAT rate and cuts in state spending, are necessary to stabilise the country’s finances. He’s told Parliament that finding the billions needed to phase in fee-free higher education and training required significant changes to the fiscal framework. Gigaba announced R57 billion over the next three years to finance fee-free higher education, which he says will help break the cycle of poverty. Former president Jacob Zuma made the surprise announcement in December. Gigaba’s defended the first increase in VAT since 1993. WATCH: #Budget2018: How you