Any hope of a unity deal at the ANC's elective conference next weekend now appears to have disappeared, with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa having dismissed President Jacob Zuma's suggestion that the loser of the presidential race should automatically become deputy for the sake of unity in the party, according to City Press. This is despite numerous attempts by party members to prevent a winner-takes-all scenario unfolding at the elective conference, which starts on Saturday in Johannesburg. On Monday, Business Day reported that ANC Gauteng provincial chairperson Paul Mashatile is still campaigning for a "unity" outcome, following attempts by Zuma to prevent a contest two weeks ago. Zuma reportedly
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Former president Robert Mugabe’s two sons have returned home to Harare after their hectic year in Johannesburg. Robert Jnr, 25, and Bellarmine Chatunga, 21, were reportedly reunited with their parents this week. Robert Mugabe, 93, was ousted from power in a largely peaceful coup d’état last month. His sons’ return was reported on Friday by the Zimbabwe Independent. The former first family is expected to fly to Asia soon to join Bona Mugabe, Mugabe’s eldest child, who is due to give birth to her second child. The Mugabes generally seek medical attention in Asia. They previously went to Malaysia on their annual holiday and later their rented mansion in Dubai. But the Mugabes gave up that home last
Johannesburg - Police on the West Rand have arrested an alleged fraudster and money launderer, Gauteng police said. "A 41-year old suspect will most likely be spending Christmas behind bars following the call to Gauteng police by provincial commissioner Lt-Gen Deliwe de Lange to ensure that criminals do not get to enjoy their festive season, but are rather brought to book," Captain Kay Makhubele said. In an intelligence-driven operation on Saturday, members of the Gauteng provincial investigating unit thwarted what could be a money laundering scheme following the disappearance in November of R5 million from the books of an NGO on the West Rand. "The suspect was to collect a sum of money from
Journalist Jacques Pauw never had the intention to write his controversial book The President’s Keepers until he was approached with tons of information by an influential group led by former finance minister Pravin Gordhan, which is pushing for Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to succeed President Jacob Zuma as the next ANC leader. Among others, the explosive book fingers ANC presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma for allegedly receiving cash and material support for her campaign from controversial cigarette manufacturer Adriano Mazzotti. Dlamini Zuma and Ramaphosa are front runners in the upcoming conference happening at Nasrec from December 16 to 20 when conference delegates will vote
A boxing champion living in London is facing deportation to Nigeria, despite competing for England on six occasions, the UK-based Mail Online reports. Bilal Fawaz, 29, was detained at the Tinsley House immigration centre, after several failed applications for UK residency. Fawaz won the ABA light-middleweight championship about three years ago. "I am a national champion - in 2014 I even boxed for England against Nigeria, the country they want to deport me to," The Sun newspaper quoted him as saying. The boxer was brought to London by his uncle when he was 14. He says he is stateless as his parents are Lebanese migrants in Nigeria who also do not have Nigerian citizenship, according to Mail Online.
JOHANNESBURG - The Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) has elected Narius Moloto as the party’s new president at its two-day national conference in Mpumalanga. Moloto who was the party’s secretary general is filling the post after it was vacant, following the expulsion of Luthando Mbinda for bringing the organisation into disrepute. He says the leadership will focus mainly on building the PAC and defending its policies. “I am honoured and humbled by this appointment. It’s a very huge responsibility that was started by Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe, the first president, therefore it is a very difficult and challenging responsibility but I accept this challenge and will try my best to help take the PAC to