• PICS: EFF MP Hlengiwe Hlophe's 'revolutionary' wedding

    The leadership of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) gathered at the weekend to celebrate the wedding of one of their own, Hlengiwe Hlophe, the party’s deputy secretary and MP. Hlophe tied the knot to her husband at a beautiful ceremony in the presence of family and comrades. The party’s commander-in-chief Julius Malema offered some advice to the groom and bride as they embarked on their life journey. Malema said marriage was an institution “only for the brave” and “cowards do not get married” in his speech of banter and some serious moments. The party’s Twitter accounted quoted his words in a tweet with the hashtag, #revolutionarywedding. A statement by the party congratulated the newlyweds:

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  • Groom files for divorce after two hours of marriage

    A groom in Saudi Arabia has divorced his wife two hours after tying the knot. According to metro.co.uk, the groom filed for divorce after wife shared a wedding picture on snapchat. The couple reportedly had an agreement that they will not share a picture of their wedding ceremony on social media. The groom’s brother said that there had been a prenuptial agreement between his sister and her fiance which stated that no pictures will be shared on social media. “There was a prenuptial agreement between my sister and her fiancé that she would not use social-media applications such as Snapchat, Instagram or Twitter to post or send her pictures,” the brother said. Meanwhile there was a feud between

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  • Why Gwede Mantashe wants a new job

    It looks like Gwede Mantashe has had it with his job. Uncle Gweezy told News24 that he was ready to stop serving as ANC secretary general, saying the job would kill him. He has been the ANC’s secretary general since 2007 after taking over from former SA President and Deputy President, Kgalema Motlanthe. “[The job] is too strenuous for me. I have done 10 years. It’s like 10 years in an oven. You can’t take it beyond 10 years. It’s too strenuous, it will kill me,” Mantashe said. He added the position was also ageing him and that when he started in 2007 his beard was black but had gradually turned completely grey. Despite taking a lot of strain from the job, he is, however, not ruling out the possibility

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  • Madonsela 'not surprised' by Mkhwebane's decision on state capture report

    JOHANNESBURG Advocate Thuli Madonsela says she is not surprised by her successor Busisiwe Mkhwebane's decision not to oppose President Jacob Zuma's application to block the release of the state capture report. Madonsela was speaking on the sidelines of the Association for Certified Fraud Examiners Gala dinner held in Sandton last night, where she received an honorary award. Madonsela says if she was the new Public Protector, she probably would have also chosen not to oppose presidents application. "She didn't get the opportunity to meet with me and get a sense of my thinking, but even if she had gotten my thinking, she has a right to make her own decision." The state capture report, which was

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  • Court will throw out Gordhan case, says former NPA boss

    Former National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Mxolisi Nxasana says the fraud charges levelled against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and two other former South African Revenue Service (SARS) officials will be thrown out in court. NPA head Shaun Abrahams announced on Tuesday that Gordhan, Oupa Magashula and Ivan Pillay had been summonsed to appear in court on November 2 to face charges of fraud.

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  • Zimbabwe: Norton Propaganda Gift for Zanu-PF

    THE outcome of the Norton by-election may be one of the best results for Zanu PF and its propaganda machinery ahead of 2018 elections, an opposition party has warned. The ruling party invested heavily - and illegally too, the opposition reckons - in the weekend vote but its candidate still lost despite ministers dishing out 5,000 housing stands to supporters in the constituency. Independent candidate Temba Mliswa emerged victorious in the fiercely fought by-election, garnering 8,927 votes against Zanu PF's Ronald Chindedza, who polled 6,129. However, the People's Democratic Party (PDP) says while Mliswa's victory was welcome, the outcome likely comes with huge downsides for the country's pro-democracy

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  • South Africa: Cocaine Bust at OR Tambo Airport

    Pretoria — South African Revenue Service (SARS) customs officials have intercepted 7.5kg of cocaine in hidden hair treatment bottles estimated at R2.1 million. The discovery was made at a courier company outlet at OR Tambo International Airport on Saturday. "A detector dog identified a consignment from Sao Paolo via Johannesburg to Cape Town that contained six bottles of 'anti-frizz hair treatment' that tests confirmed to be liquid cocaine with the value of R2 157 750," said SARS spokesperson Sandile Memela. The narcotics were seized and handed over to the SA Police service for further investigation. Lebombo heroin bust Meanwhile, the revenue service confiscated heroin with the value of R7.9

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  • Juju welcomes baby Munzhedzi to the world

    Malema let the cat out of the bag when he posted a picture of him and Mantwa on Friday morning with a caption that read: “Mma Munzhedzi re a leboga‚ Modimo le Badimo ba leboloke"‚ which‚ loosely translated‚ is “Munzhedzi's mother we thank you‚ May god and the gods protect you”. TMG Digital understands that Munzhedzi - a Venda name which means a self-starter or leader - is the name given to the child; it is either a boy or a girl’s name. WATCH: Malema opens up about love, weight loss and politics  Three senior EFF officials declined to comment‚ saying the matter is private. “I have been struggling to say that name‚ but I don’t want to say anything. You should call him yourself‚” EFF commissar

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  • Is this the world's most beautiful dog? - Back Page

    London - With her immaculately groomed long dark locks and dignified poise, she has the same attributes as many a social media superstar. But Tea is not a Hollywood starlet or catwalk model – she’s a five-year-old black Afghan hound whose silky coat has made her an internet sensation. Tea had won many awards as a show dog in Australia but found worldwide fame after her recent retirement – when a photo of her was shared more than a million times. It shows her sitting on a bench staring into the distance, her extraordinarily long hair splayed out so that it covers the wooden seat. Owner Luke Kavanagh said he was not surprised that Tea had created such a following as she was ‘far too pretty to keep

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  • The Big Read: Zuma has nothing to fear

    When the DA first raised concern about Busisiwe Mkhwebane in parliament and refused to vote for her appointment as public protector, many of us chose to hold our tongue and give her a chance. When DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach alleged that Mkhwebane worked as a spy while an immigration officer at the South African embassy in China, many of us were unsettled - but still felt that, just as Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng was pilloried and vilified before he went into his new role, Mkhwebane, too, would rise to the challenge and the role. But if Mkhwebane's first week in office is anything to go by then we are in deep, deep trouble. I am an optimist and would like to believe that Mkhwebane's first week

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  • The men behind Downs' heroics

    Many have credited Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane for the team's successful campaign in Africa, but the man himself has sung the praises of his back-room staff. Here are some of the men behind Sundowns' success: Rulani Mokwena [Assistant coach] The man they call "Mourinho" is Mosimane's right-hand man who has revolutionised the role of assistant coaches. The 30-year-old has come through the ranks at Sundowns since 2011, starting in the development side before moving up to the first team. Manqoba Mngqithi [Assistant coach] His experience on the bench is crucial for Mosimane. Lamontville Golden Arrows played some eye-catching football with Mngqithi at the helm and went on to beat Ajax Cape

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  • Chiefs chairperson congratulates Sundowns

    This comes after the Brazilians beat Zamalek 3-1 on aggregate to clinch the continental title. “On behalf of the Amakhosi Family, I wish to congratulate Masandawana for winning the Caf Champions League,” Motaung told the club’s official website.

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  • Zuma's state capture case: Now Vytjie Mentor steps in

    The outspoken former ANC MP has filed papers with the high court in Pretoria in which she seeks to intervene in the case. Jiba served notice she may be suspended by Zuma   She caused a sensation in March with her allegations that the politically-connected Gupta family had offered her the job of minister of public enterprises in 2010 on condition she cancelled South African Airways routes to India. High stakes - The rifts within the ANC over Pravin Gordhan  Mentor was also among the witnesses interviewed by former public protector Thuli Madonsela in her investigation into state capture. Mandonsela's report is current under lock and key at the offices of her successor‚ Busisiwe Mkhwebane. It is

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  • 'Cowards do not get married' says Julius Malema

    "This institution of marriage is only for the brave. Cowards do not get married‚" he told celebrants attending the wedding of EFF deputy secretary general‚ Hlengiwe Octavia Hlophe. Malema's wife may or may not agree with his advice‚ but he's recently shared that he watches My Perfect Wedding because his wife Mantwa takes charge of the remote controls in their house. To the new Mr and Mrs Mkhaliphi‚ the commander in chief instructed them to make sure their marriage was a success.

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  • Zuma’s ex appears ready to lead SA

    Outgoing African Union (AU) Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is ready and willing to take over the ANC reins. Yesterday, Dlamini-Zuma gave the strongest indication yet that she has ambitions to succeed her former husband, President Jacob Zuma, as ANC leader next year and ultimately head of state in 2019. “Women need to take their rightful place in society,” Dlamini-Zuma said in response to The Citizen’s question on the sidelines of a joint sitting of the Africa Editors’ Forum and Press Officers in Pretoria. “They need to be in leadership, academia, the economy and the judiciary.” Even though the ANC tradition favours Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to take over from Zuma, the ANC

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  • Inside Justin Bieber’s £4.75m rural retreat

    London - Having rented a £25-million (about R425-million) home while he performed in London, Justin Bieber is clearly keen not to rough it on the northern leg of his UK tour. The 22-year-old pop singer has rented a £17 000-a-month rural retreat for his gigs in Manchester and Sheffield. And he might need a hideaway after stomping off stage in Manchester at the weekend when fans refused to stop screaming between songs. The futuristic £4.75-million property has a helipad, five-a-side football pitch, indoor pool and gym. There is a sports bar – with three TV screens – that overlooks an open hall used for indoor games, including table football. The seven-bedroom home also has a wine cellar and outdoor

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  • First mega mall in Africa set to open

    Pretoria - When the newly-refurbished R2.5 billion Menlyn Park Shopping Centre opens at the end of next month, it will join the ranks of the biggest shopping centres in the country and continent. In addition, Menlyn Park will consolidate Pretoria East’s position of having the biggest formal retail space in the country. The new-look mall also re-enters the retail sector as a strong rival to the three malls which hold the position as the largest shopping malls on the continent. “This redevelopment is an ambitious undertaking that has been two years in the making, and once complete, the new shopping centre will be the largest mall in Africa,” said Malose Kekana, group chief executive for Menlyn

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  • Analysis: Zuma’s True Expendables

    (Note: The people listed in this story are but a tip of a massive iceberg. It would have been impossible to fit them all meaningfully in a daily newspaper article.) On Monday, Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha had a spectacularly ill-timed press conference to discuss the proposed Hate Speech Bill. The day before had seen revelations that he had attended a meeting with the head of the National Prosecuting Authority, and the current leader of the Pravin Gordhan Fan Club, Advocate Shaun Abrahams. The location of this meeting: ANC's headquarters, Luthuli House. The date was only one day before Abrahams had his press conference to announce a spectacularly ill-informed decision

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  • Madonsela to take up post at Stellenbosch University

    The focus of the chair will be on issues of social justice – including administrative justice,” said the university. “In her new role, Madonsela will be able to continue her work on those themes that became synonymous with her seven-year tenure as South Africa’s third Public Protector. “These include ethical governance in public institutions and realising the Constitution’s mandate of a public administration that responds to people’s needs, is accountable and transparent and that promotes efficient, economic and effective use of resources. Madonsela has been praised for her knowledge of the law and successful investigations into President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead and SABC’s controversial top official Hlaudi Motsoeneng, among others.

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  • NPA surprised by court challenge in Gordhan case

    JOHANNESBURG The National Prosecuting Authority(NPA) says it is surprised that Freedom Under Law and the Helen Suzman Foundation have gone to court to challenge the fraud charge against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. It says the institution had already told the two organisations that NPA head advocate Shaun Abrahams has asked investigators to clarify some details, before making a final decision on whether the prosecution will go ahead. The two groups have strongly criticised the NPAin their papers suggesting an ulterior motive could be behind its decision. The NPA's Luvuyo Mfaku says that Abrahams received the submissions from former Sars commissioner Oupa Magashula and his former deputy Ivan

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