• 27 Mugabe guards suspended over president's embarrassing fall

    A team from the South African Police Service’s Trans-International Investigation Team based at OR Tambo International Airport has confiscated just over R161‚000 worth of foreign currency from a man who was unable to account for its origin.

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  • What's next for Zuma?

    Talk Radio 702 | Political analyst Prince Mashele makes sense of Jeremy Gauntlett's concession at the ConCourt hearing yesterday. CAPE TOWN – Yesterday, President Jacob Zuma's lawyer Jeremy Gauntlett said the Public Protector’s report on Nkandla was binding. Political analyst Prince Mashele said Gauntlett’s concession in the Constitutional Court hearing against Zuma exposed attempts by the African National Congress (ANC) and Zuma to undermine the Constitution. Mashele says many more embarrassments are coming the ANC’s way. “It appears to me that all along, he has adopted an arrogant posture thinking that this case had no serious implications.” He adds if the Constitutional Court rules against

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  • Minnie Dlamini, Thomas Mlambo exit SABC's Soccerzone

    A public commitment to publish its Social Labour Plan on the company’s website by Mark Cutifani‚ Chief Executive of Anglo American PLC‚ is a step in the right direction and more companies need to follow suit‚ says the Bench Marks Foundation.

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  • Traditional leaders want answers from Mandela over Islamic conversion

    Eastern Cape traditional leaders want answers from Nelson Mandela’s grandson Nkosi Zwelivelile 'Mandla' Mandela about why he reportedly converted to Islam when he married a Muslim woman. “We reacted with shock on the news of his conversion. We were also very concerned. What we know is that the woman converts, not the man. That is our custom,” Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa provincial chairperson Chief Mwelo Nonkonyane said on Tuesday. They were troubled that Mandela married without any traditional leaders present at the ceremony. “Traditional leaders don’t marry secretly. He should have been represented by the traditional council of Mvezo. He is the leader of people of Mvezo.

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  • Guptas boost their security after Malema war talk: picture

    Exactly why the Proteas waited until England had them by the throat, gasping for survival and battling to avoid another series shellacking before producing their best batting performance beggared belief.

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  • Why hate Guptas but love MacImperialism?

    In the past few weeks there have been a barrage of attacks in the mainstream media and across social media networks on the Gupta family that reportedly has significant stakes in several businesses, notably the New Age newspaper and ANN7 TV news channel. Julius Malema, the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters, launched a vicious tirade against the Guptas and their business interests and even threatened staff working for their media outlets that cover EFF events. A number of organisations representing journalists and news editors have correctly condemned Malema’s utterances. There is an allegation that has been regurgitated in the media over the past few years that President Jacob Zuma is disproportionately

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  • Beyonce accused of ‘attacking’ police

    A day after the Super Bowl, people were still parsing over each frame from Beyonce's halftime performance, trying to glean the messages, both subtle and overt, that made for a stunning display of unapologetic blackness and political activism during one of the most-watched events of the year. The halftime show - seen by an estimated 112 million people - is drawing praise from her fans and consternation from critics. While Beyonce hasn't commented on the specifics of the show, and her rep declined comment, the imagery speaks for itself. Beyonce's dancers donned berets, sported Afros and wore all black, similar to the style of the Black Panther party, founded in 50 years by Huey P. Newton and Bobby

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  • Obama to ask Congress for funds to fight Zika

    WASHINGTON/LONDON — President Barack Obama will ask the Congress for more than $1.8bn in emergency funds to fight Zika at home and abroad and pursue a vaccine, the White House said on Monday, but the president added there is no reason to panic over the mosquito-borne virus. Zika, spreading rapidly in South and Central America and the Caribbean, has been linked to severe birth defects in Brazil, and public health officials’ concern is focused on pregnant women and women who may become pregnant. Mr Obama’s request to Congress includes $200m for research, development and commercialisation of new vaccines and diagnostic tests for the virus. On Monday, the London-based European Medicines Agency (EMA), Europe’s drugs regulator, said it had established an expert task force to advise companies working on Zika vaccines and medicines, mirroring similar action during the two-year-long Ebola epidemic that started in December 2013 and the pandemic flu outbreak in 2009.

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  • JZ throws allies under the bus

    One by one their counsel conceded before Constitutional Court justices that they were wrong to act against Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report that found Zuma to have unduly benefited from non-security upgrades to his home. In her report in 2014 titled "Secure in Comfort", Madonsela said some features included in the R246-million security upgrades to Zuma's Nkandla residence were not security features. First to concede was Zuma's counsel, Jeremy Gauntlett SC, who told the court that the president did not want to obstruct but bring an end to the Nkandla matter. Gauntlett said the Supreme Court of Appeal, in another case last year, had said that remedial action prescribed by the public protector was binding."It is not necessary for this court to replough the furrow," he said.

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  • Guptas focus helping mining firms get away with murder: Mantashe

    African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe said big mining companies operating in South Africa lack patriotism and a focus on the Gupta family was not helping in dealing with mischief committed by these companies. Speaking to the SABC ahead of President Zuma’s State of the Nation Address, Mantashe said a concerted focus on Gupta family was actually helping big mining companies like Exxaro, Glencore and Anglo American evade tough questions about their transformative roles in the South African economy. Asked whether he thinks there is a Gupta obsession, Mantashe said: “The point I am making is that the obsession is when you leave Exxaro, Glencore and Anglo American scot-free

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  • Boko Haram leader may have been replaced

    Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau may have been replaced by another commander. Speaking during an interview with British publication The Telegraph, Buhari said that he had received conflicting information on the militant leader's whereabouts, saying that he may have been replaced by a less charismatic leader. Buhari's remarks comes at a time when it is widely believed that Shekau may have been wounded or killed in one of the Nigerian military's many raids on Boko Haram territory. According to Nigerian website Naij, Shekau's voice was last heard in an audio message dated March 7 2015, pledging allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS). Shekau

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Backs Neither of Rival Factions, but Mnangagwa Mauled By Grace Ally

    PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe met with his bickering lieutenants for a marathon 10 hours on Wednesday and, going by the statement issued at the end of the gathering, the veteran leader chose not to back either of the two rival Zanu PF factions. But in the one-upmanship contest between the group reportedly rallying behind vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa and the G40 faction said to back First Lady Grace Mugabe, the latter group might have reason to brag. War veterans showed no fight after threatening to block claimed G40 man, Jonathan Moyo, from attending; the higher education minister turned up to no incident. Again, Grace and top ally Kasukuwere brought to party headquarters hundreds of supporters

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  • Bobby Brown is holding on

    The 47-year-old singer's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away in July, six months after she was found unresponsive in her bathtub, and Bobby is still coming to terms with the tragedy. A source told E! News: “This has been a difficult year. When a person goes through something like this it makes you look around and think, 'What the hell is going on?' When you bury your child, it's just really hard—it's not how it's supposed to go. “Under the circumstances, he is doing as good as can be expected.” Bobby turned 47 on Friday February 05, and had planned a low-key celebration with his wife Alicia Etheredge-Brown and their two children, son Cassius, six, and six-month-old daughter Bodhi. The insider

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  • IS widow charged over American’s death - World News

    Washington - The wife of a deceased Islamic State leader was charged on Monday in federal court in Virginia with conspiracy in the death of American aid worker Kayla Mueller who was killed a year ago while being held hostage in Syria by the militant group, the US Justice Department said. Nisreen Assad Ibrahim Bahar, aka Umm Sayyaf, 25, admitted to FBI agents last year that Islamic State head Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi “owned” Mueller during her captivity at Sayyaf's residence, and that “owning” her was equivalent to enslaving her, according to the complaint. Mueller was raped repeatedly by al-Baghdadi while in captivity in Syria, US officials and the Mueller family spokeswoman said last August. Mueller's

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  • Van Gaal refuses to see he is failing

    As he frequently likes to remind the world, Louis van Gaal is a smart man. So it is perplexing that he refuses to grasp why speculation about his future at Manchester United will not go away. It is because this season, his job was easy: and he has made it hard. In this, of all years, it did not need a genius to manage Manchester United. Knowing what we now know, that Chelsea would mount quite the poorest defence of any champions in Premier League history, and that an outlay of more than £100million on players would not greatly improve Manchester City, to have Manchester United in the top four, and challenging for the title, really wasn’t rocket science. Yet Van Gaal has been battling the odds

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  • Offers of help give hope to Bonteheuwel teen - Western Cape

    Cape Town - Bonteheuwel teen Clayton Pieters is confident he will finally be able to achieve his dream of becoming a physiotherapist. The 19-year-old has been inundated with offers of help after the Cape Argus published a story about his battle to improve his maths and science marks in order for him to be accepted into his chosen field of study. On the days Pieters was due to write his matric exams, there had been gang-related shootings in the suburb, resulting in him scoring 22 percent for maths and science. He achieved good grades for his other subjects and achieved a Bachelor’s pass. Pieters said the assistance he has been offered has given him hope. “I have been stressing a lot about what

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  • South African cricket hotties

    Full name Mohammad Imran Tahir Born March 27, 1979, Lahore, Punjab Current age 36 years 320 days Major teams South Africa, Delhi Daredevils, Dolphins,Durham 2nd XI, Easterns, Hampshire, Hampshire 2nd XI,Lahore City, Lahore Lions, Lahore Ravi, Lahore Whites, Lions,Middlesex, Middlesex 2nd XI, Nottinghamshire, Pakistan A,Pakistan International Airlines, Pakistan Under-19s,Redco Pakistan Ltd, Sialkot, South Africa A, Staffordshire,Sui Gas Corporation of Pakistan, Sussex 2nd XI, Titans,Warwickshire, Warwickshire 2nd XI,Water and Power Development Authority, Yorkshire Playing role Bowler Batting style Right-hand bat Bowling style Legbreak googly

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  • EFF gives 25 reasons why ‘the Guptas must go’

    THE Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Wednesday released the full list of the "25 reasons why the Guptas must leave or be made to leave the country immediately #Guptasmustgo". The party had launched the campaign on Tuesday night‚ hours after it and its leader‚ Julius Malema‚ were indicted by the North Gauteng High Court from inciting acts of violence against the Gupta family‚ Oakbay Investments‚ The New Age‚ ANN7 and other of the family’s subsidiary company’s shareholders‚ staff and property. By Tuesday night‚ the EFF had shared the first three reasons on its Instagram account‚ and on Wednesday morning released the full list. A defiant Mr Malema had‚ in reaction to the High Court ruling‚ said: "We must respect the courts.

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  • Vandals, addicts take over heritage site - Politics

    Durban - A historic Durban anti-apartheid site - opened by Nelson Mandela in 2002 - has fallen into a shocking state of disrepair, with fingers being pointed at the eThekwini Municipality for allowing it to be overrun by drug addicts and vandals. The Passive Resistance Park in Umbilo Road, which has recently been earmarked for a “liberation heritage route”, is where the leaders of the Natal Indian Congress launched an important campaign in the struggle for the country’s freedom. Seventy years later, the perimeter fence of the park has been broken in several places, the paving leading to the memorial is cracked and several tiles on the memorial itself have been broken. Beer bottles, dirty clothes

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  • Public Protector 'the biggest winner' in ConCourt case

    Public Protector Thuli Madonsela was the biggest winner after Tuesday’s Constitutional Court hearing into the Nkandla saga, a legal expert has said. President Jacob Zuma’s lawyers accepted that her report about Nkandla was binding and had to be implemented, University of Cape Town constitutional law expert Professor Pierre de Vos said. Zuma further conceded he had been in the wrong and that his actions were based on the fear of further political fallout which could lead to impeachment. "Thirdly, Parliament did not concede that it acted wrongly, but given the other concessions, it is almost certain that the court will find Parliament completely stuffed up the way it dealt with the Public Protector's

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