• Insults, humiliation getting to Zuma

    President Jacob Zuma is tired of being insulted and humiliated in Parliament. He is going to write a letter to National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete so she can put a stop to it. Speaking to community radio listeners, he said other African leaders were shocked by the behaviour of MPs in the House. “I meet heads of state in Africa who look at our television. They ask what is happening to you guys. We are learning from South Africa. We are even learning how you are dealing with democracy. How could you fail us the way you do?” He criticised the EFF and said he didn’t understand why people voted for it. “If a party stands in Parliament to deprive people to get a report from the president, (This)

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  • Two scandals that are shocking even by SA standards

    Just how do we explain that almost every single day, another scandalous revelation is reported, leaked or dragged into the public domain through court proceedings? Every day evidence emerges of gross acts of corruption involving state capture and plain old theft, compounded by the selling out of the public interest for factional advantage. It is bad enough that we have a president who has more than 783 corruption, fraud, money-laundering and racketeering charges hanging over his head, and presides over a government that is riven by a toxic mix of rampant corruption and factional politics. At every level of our society, be it at local ward or community level, or at provincial and national level, scandals continue to unfold, and have now become so commonplace that many of us have learnt to expect that almost every government initiative will be tainted in some way by corruption, mismanagement and a disregard for the real needs of our people.

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  • Fears of xenophobic attacks looms in Pretoria

    Pretoria – Xenophobic violence is brewing yet again, with a massive march against foreign presence in the capital planned to take place next week. And the organisers have vowed that the march would go ahead full steam despite calls to accept foreigners and treat them fairly. They declared the march wouldn't be called off despite some foreigners contributing to the economy of the communities they lived in. The march is scheduled for February 24, and the organisers – from Mamelodi – on Tuesday said it would see residents from across Pretoria participate and march from Marabastad to the Home Affairs Department offices in the CBD. The protesters would be given a platform to voice grievances against

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  • No bail for Nigerian man charged with human trafficking, rape

    Pretoria – The Nigerian man accused of kidnapping and raping a 12-year-old Mamelodi girl was on Thursday denied bail in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court. Augustine Obono, 36, is also facing a charge of human trafficking, which could see him having to pay a R100 million fine or face life in prison if convicted. The State, led by advocate Andrew Mphaga, opposed his bail application. The investigating officer, Constable Mapule Mahlaba, submitted an affidavit detailing why the accused should be denied bail. She said the accused was a Nigerian national with no fixed address as the caretaker of the flat he listed his address said he moved into the room on the day of his arrest on December 1. There was

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  • Bonang was chopping onions for AKA's dins 22 hours ago

    If there were doubts that Mamelodi Sundowns have been the best team in Africa of the past year there can be no more, after they lifted one more continental trophy, the Caf Super Cup, with Saturday’s 1-0 win against Tout Puissant Mazembe.

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  • Molefe's appointment will strengthen state capture efforts

    The Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) on Sunday expressed dismay that former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe, who was linked to the wealthy politically-connected Gupta family in former public protector Thuli Madonsela’s “State of Capture” report, is to be sworn in as an African National Congress (ANC) MP. In the report, Madonsela had revealed that Molefe and Ajay Gupta, the eldest of the Gupta brothers, exchanged 58 telephone conversations between August 2015 and March 2016. Cellphone records secured by Madonsela also located Molefe at or near the Guptas’ Saxonwold, Johannesburg, compound 19 times between August 5 and November 17, 2015, Fedusa said in a statement. “The allusion to an improper

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  • Angry residents torch houses in Pretoria West

    Police spokeswoman Captain Augustinah Selepe said that the group of people who targeted foreign nationals‚ started demonstrating in the early hours of Saturday morning. “[The violence was] around residential and industrial area of Pretoria West. There was burning of houses by a mob of people who are suspected to be from Atteridgeville accusing foreigners of drug dealing and keeping brothels‚” Selepe said. She said that by the time police responded to the scene‚ two houses had already been burnt down. “Police are keeping a strong presence and are on the ground monitoring the situation‚” she said. This comes after similar violent scenes played out in the crime-riddled Rosettenville area. Residents

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  • Onlookers film stabbed man's last moments

    Cape Town – A man who was stabbed to death in Atlantis in the Western Cape last week was filmed by onlookers as he took his last breath. The 27-year-old man was stabbed in Robinvale on Wednesday. A video clip shows him bleeding and writhing in pain on the ground. [IOL has chosen not to show the video] While a few concerned women ask people to call the ambulance, no one lifts a finger to assist the injured man, who later died of his injuries. Police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk said a murder case was under investigation. “Circumstances surrounding the death of a 27-year-old man, who was fatally wounded in a stabbing incident at about 16:10 in Bunting Crescent, is under investigation,” Van Wyk

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  • DA proposes strategy to tackle Durban water crisis

    Durban – The DA in eThekwini says it has come up with a plan to deal with the city’s water issues. The party on Sunday announced its three-pronged water-saving proposal which revolves around the strategy of “using what we’ve got”, “saving what we’ve got” and “appreciating what we’ve got”. Party members plan to hand over their proposal to eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede soon. DA leader Zwakele Mncwango said the party believed that the municipality was not tackling the issue. “I don’t believe her (Gumede) office has a plan for the water crisis,” he said. In the auditor-general’s report, an estimated revenue loss of R710 million was attributed to water losses in the municipality. DA councillor Martin

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  • Ex-Man United star Yorke denied entry to USA

    Former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke said he was "made to feel like a criminal" after being denied entry to the United States. The 45-year-old from Trinidad and Tobago said he was prevented from entering the US on Friday due to having played in a charity match in the Iranian capital Tehran in 2015. He was travelling from Doha in Qatar, where he had been working for broadcaster beIN Sports, and intended to return to his home in the Caribbean via Miami. "I couldn't quite believe what was happening" Yorke told Saturday's edition of British newspaper The Sun. "I have lost count of the number of times I have been to America. I love the country, yet I was being made to feel like a criminal.

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  • LISTEN: Jub Jub's 'forgiveness' song released

    According to Drum, the troubled rapper wrote an apology song entitled Ke Kopa Tshwarelo (Please forgive me) while in prison and offered their journalists a listen to it. Jub Jub's release sparks heated social media debate  A song by the same name found its way online hours after Jub Jub was released on parole on Thursday morning and features jazz singer Tsepo Tshola.   TshisaLIVE has reached out to both Jub Jub's legal team and Tsepo Tshola to confirm the validity of the song. Jub Jub's attorney, Rudi Krause, could not confirm or deny news of the song, while Tsepo did not respond to requests for comment. According to Sowetan, the rapper, who was jailed for crashing his Mini Cooper into a group

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  • Mathews Phosa has never been more disgusted with the ANC

    ANC member and outspoken former Mpumalanga premier Mathews Phosa made waves on Sunday in a column printed in The Sunday Independent in which he expressed his greatest disillusionment yet with his party. He said that having been in the gallery in the National Assembly during the state of the nation address was like a Damascene moment for him. “In every politician’s life there is a Damascus moment, and in some cases, more than one.” He slammed parliamentary Speaker Baleka Mbete for “callously, coldly and clinically [refusing] to allow Parliament to bow their heads to show that they feel the pain of the families of the [Esedimeni] 94 who had died because the government looked the other way”. He

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  • Zille: ANCYL wants Pravin out so they can get busy looting

    Western Cape Premier and former leader of the DA Helen Zille posted a picture of a headline from the Weekend Argus on Saturday morning to comment on the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) statement that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan needs to be “redeployed”. The league believes the minister is a stumbling block against “radical economic transformation”, but Zille reckons the ANCYL and those they are aligned with are actually simply more keen to get their hands on the billions in Treasury’s coffers so that they can “loot” them. It’s widely speculated that the next finance minister will be the controversial former CEO of parastatals Eskom and Transnet, Brian Molefe. Although he won praise at Eskom for overseeing a period in which load shedding came to an end, he was linked to several suspect deals at both parastatals, and he appears very uncomfortable about discussing his close relationship with his friends the Guptas, who won a highly favourable coal deal at Eskom under his watch.

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  • Assassin thought it was a prank

    Indonesia - Indonesia’s vice-president said on Friday the woman held in Malaysia for suspected involvement in the murder of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s half-brother thought she was taking part in a TV prank. “She was deceived into doing what was thought to be a media prank, a reality show,” Jusuf Kalla was quoted as saying by Detik.com news website. “That’s what they told us.” Three people, including Indonesian national Siti Aisyah, have been arrested in Malaysia in connection with the murder of Kim Jong-nam at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Aisyah’s mother, Benah, told Detik that the family found out about her arrest from television news. “We were shocked,” she said. “We didn’t know

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  • What EFF wants from Reserve Bank

    Johannesburg - The EFF handed a memorandum to the South African Reserve Bank during the party’s Economic Freedom March on Tuesday. The party said that if the Reserve Bank did not respond to their demands in 30 days they would shut down the institution. SARB deputy governor said they would study the contents of the memorandum before responding. The demands of the memorandum include: 1. Greater state intervention‚ ownership and control of the Reserve Bank given its strategic role in our economy. Private shareholders of the Reserve Bank should all concede their shares to the State without compensation. 2. Cut interest rates and abandon inflation targeting to incentivise more money into a productive

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  • Gautrain brass deny hiding cause of derailment

    Pretoria - The Gautrain Management Agency yesterday denied it was hiding the cause of the derailment this week of South Africa’s passenger speed-train, which caused serious delays in Pretoria. This comes after the rail link between Hatfield and Pretoria stations was closed around 8.30am on Thursday allegedly due to the derailment. Hundreds of passengers were forced to use alternative transport after they were evacuated from the Gautrain following the suspension of operations as a “minor derailment” had occurred when the train approached Hatfield station. DA Gauteng spokesperson on roads and transport, Neil Campbell, accused the agency of keeping the investigation away from the public. “A derailment

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  • Safa can’t afford to drop the ball with Bafana coach appointment

    It is wonderful news to hear that the South African Football Association (Safa) are taking the appointment of their new national coach very seriously. South Africa’s record for chopping and changing coaches over the years is not ideal. The fact that this will be the 24th coaching change since readmission in 1992 is testament to this. And they’ve only got the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations title in 1996, a 1998 Africa Cup of Nations runners-up medal and two World Cup appearances in 1998 and 2002 to show for it, bearing in mind that they qualified for the 2010 World Cup as hosts. South Africa have also failed to qualify for the continental showpiece in three of the last five tournaments. With our resources

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  • Schalk paid farmworkers between R6 and R10 a day

    Cape Town -  Schalk Burger Snr could be in trouble with the Labour Department for allegedly underpaying his farmworkers. Employees this week protested outside his house on his wine farm in Wellington, after he failed to pay their full wages last week. The workers, who are all permanently employed and live on the farm, say for the past two weeks, Burger paid them between R6 and R10 a day. In five payslips shown to the Daily Voice, issued by Burger Boerdery, workers earned between R42 and R94 for a seven-day week. This falls far short of the national minimum wage - which for farmworkers currently stands at R128 for a nine-hour day. Burger made headlines last year, after workers accused him of attempted

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  • Zimbabwe: Grace Guns for Mnangagwa

    First lady Grace Mugabe has revealed that some senior Zanu PF officials hatched a plot to sabotage her rallies and intimidate donors supporting her political activities as the ugly battle to succeed her husband unfolds. Grace resumed her rallies on Thursday with a stop in Buhera where she made a thinly-veiled attack on Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa. She said none of the people touted as President Robert Mugabe's potential successors could fill his shoes, suggesting Zanu PF could still field the soon-to-be 93-year-old leader even after his death. Grace told the Buhera rally that her enemies in Zanu PF were writing letters so that she would not receive material support for her rallies. "I,

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  • Facebook CEO warns against reversal of global thinking

    Facebook CEO Zuckerberg laid out a vision on Thursday of his company serving as a bulwark against rising isolationism, writing in a letter to users that the company's platform could be the "social infrastructure" for the globe. In a 5 700-word manifesto, Zuckerberg, founder of the world's largest social network, quoted Abraham Lincoln, the US president during the country's 19th century Civil War known for his eloquence, and offered a philosophical sweep that was unusual for a business magnate. Zuckerberg's comments come at a time when many people and nations around the world are taking an increasingly inward view. U.S. President Donald Trump pledged to put "America first" in his inaugural address in January.

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