• Chabane's last words

    But the very thing he warned them of killed him and his two bodyguards. Travelling with the two members of the police's VIP protection unit - Lesiba Sekele and Lawrence Lentsoane - Chabane was killed early yesterday morning when his car and a truck collided on the N1 freeway between Polokwane and Mokopane, in Limpopo. Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said C habane's car and the truck were travelling in the same direction, with the truck to the left. The truck driver allegedly made a U-turn and Chabane's car slammed into the truck. What remained was a mangled contortion of steel and fragments of the VW Touareg. The truck - still intact - stood in the middle of the freeway, with a slight

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  • Being told you are ugly is not nice, says Muvhango's Maumela Mahuwa

    In a revealing interview with Drum magazine Maumela shared painful memories of how she's had to deal with people calling her 'ugly' for most of her life. Maumela revealed that looking back at what she calls her "dark past" she realises that it "overshadowed" her life until she made numerous changes. "Being told you are ugly is not nice. Maumela explained that as a child she was told that she was too dark, her nose is flat and her lips are too big.

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  • WATCH: Malema to ANC: 'You can jump into the nearest hell'

    There was a R4.5 billion shortfall in the revenue collected by the South African Revenue Service in the first three months of the current fiscal year as against the estimated figure‚ SARS commissioner Tom Moyane revealed Tuesday.

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  • Luvo Manyonga broke a deal with the devil and decided to jump rather than die

    If you had asked Luvo Manyonga’s friends and family two years ago where they saw the now 25-year-old in 2016, some might have replied: “dead.” On Saturday night, the prodigal son lived up to the potential he had shown during his junior career. On the biggest stage in the world, it was the biggest performance of his life. And if this was anything to go by, the best is yet to come. Four years ago, Manyonga’s life was in near ruins. He has said that he was ten or maybe even five percent away from death. He was on regular dates with the devil in the shape of a lightbulb and white crystals. The devil’s name was meth. Having emerged as a young star during the 2010 IAAF Junior World Championships, where

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  • Hazard ahead: ANC wounded, Zuma unpredictable, Gordhan targeted

    South Africa was very much in a holding pattern during the local government elections period. Politicians were out on the campaign trail and the country was on autopilot. It was also risky to make any controversial moves that might affect voter sentiment. But now that the elections have passed and the councils have all been established, it is back to business. And in this country, back to business in politics means back to scheming, skulduggery and powermongering.  It should be no big surprise that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and former SARS officials Ivan Pillay, Johann van Loggerenberg and Pete Richer have been asked to present themselves to the Hawks headquarters in Pretoria on Thursday.

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  • Swaziland queen flees to South Africa

    The sixth wife of Swaziland's King Mswati III has bought a house in South Africa and fled to the neighbouring country after leaving the monarch a few months ago, a close family source said. Angela Dlamini, known as LaGija, sought refuge with South African family members in the upmarket Sun City tourist resort north of the capital Pretoria. "She will be coming to Johannesburg to see the new house that she bought. This means she has officially left the royal family. She is too emotionally wrecked and mentally fatigued after years of abuse from the royal family members," a source close to the queen told AFP. LaGija fled the royal palace in May this year claiming years of physical and emotional abuse

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  • Trevor Manuel: Firing Gordhan would destroy economy

    The Hawks police unit asked Gordhan and other former officials at Sars to report on Thursday. Pravin Gordhan SARS rogue intelligence unit Pravin Gordhan on economy JOHANNESBURG – The South African economy, the most developed on the continent, will be destroyed if President Jacob Zuma fires Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, ex-finance minister Trevor Manuel said on Wednesday. The Hawks police unit asked Gordhan and other former officials at the South African Revenue Service to report on Thursday in relation to contravention of surveillance regulations, fuelling speculation of a plot to oust him. “Such action (firing Gordhan) will destroy this economy,” Manuel told eNCA television.  “The next move

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  • DA in charge of metros, but Malema the big winner

    The Democratic Alliance (DA) should brace itself for various forms of mass mobilisation by the ANC, especially in the major metros of Tshwane, Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape, political analyst Elvis Masoga said yesterday. The next five years would be the most difficult for the party, he said, especially where it was in charge of the metros. Speaking to The Citizen, Masoga said: “The DA must ready themselves for a climb on Kilimanjaro – the party is relatively inexperienced when it comes to handling mass mobilisation. When we talk about the ANC, we talk about a 104-year-old movement that has mastered the art of mass mobilisation over the years.” Masoga said another great

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  • Majority of homeowners under strain - Absa review

    Johannesburg - The percentage of homeowners paying only the minimum amount on their mortgage loans for their primary residences has increased to 67 percent, its highest level since mid-2010, as household financial strain increased significantly in the current almost zero growth economic environment. By comparison, in July 2013 only 54 percent of homeowners made the minimum repayment on the mortgage loans for their primary residences. The percentage of homeowners paying extra into their mortgage loan accounts on a monthly basis has also dropped to its lowest level during this period at 14 percent after peaking at 31 percent in July 2013, according to the latest Absa quarterly housing review. Absa

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  • Caster not the first Olympics athlete to have their gender questioned

    Here is a look at nine other athletes who underwent numerous gender tests and public scrutiny surrounding their gender. Dutee Chand Indian athlete Chand‚ who has just represented her country in the 2016 Rio Olympics is hailed as one of the bravest alleged intersex athletes in the Olympics. Chand challenged the IAAF’s ruling at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and won after she was barred from competing in 2014 due to high testesterone levels in her body. Caster Semenya wins 800m heats to qualify  Pinki Pramanik Another Indian female track runner was found to be ‘male pseudo-hermophrodite’ in 2012 after she won a silver medal for her country as part of the 400-metre women’s relay team

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  • South Africa: Mkwebane Selected As Public Protector Candidate

    The Public Protector committee has selected Busisiwe Mkhwebane as the last woman standing to fill Thuli Madonsela's shoes. Mkhwebane was lauded for her great communication skills, her experience, and her interview skills. Her age, and how she conducted herself, was also praised by MPs. She was a lady of guts, Inkatha Freedom Party MP Themba Msimang said, while African National Congress' Grace Tseke said she had a fine brain. MPs waxed lyrical about her international experience, and called for Mkhwebane to be nominated for the job. Approval National Freedom Party MP Sibusiso Mncwabe said she was outstanding during the interview. "She is a very brave, young but experienced black female and she

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  • Tying the knot in SA full of hitches

    Foreigners coming to South Africa to marry face all sorts of challenges, despite the revenue "wedding tourism" brings in. Marriage officers across South Africa complain about the tortuous Home Affairs procedures involved. Three contacted said they now advised foreigners not to marry here because of the arduous process. Among the steps that create such hassles is getting a printed, unabridged marriage certificate, which is so time-consuming that tourists often leave before getting them. Marriage officer Daniel Brits said it was a nightmare. "I tell people to get married where they come from. I have to be honest with them. I see hundreds of couples with the same problems." The most common complaint

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  • Mbalula vs Gigaba: Who is the real Minister of Instagram?

    And subsequently, this elicited Twitter reactions which simply begged the question: Who is the real Minister of Instagram between Malusi, and the ever so popular Fikile Mbalula? Fikile, is by far the most active South African minister on social media. His acute understanding of the "cool kids" language and a keen interest in pop culture has earned him a number of titles from 'Minister of Fun' and 'Minister of Beyoncé,' to 'Minister of Twitter.' However, one thing he has rarely been called is "Minister of Instagram," despite his huge following and constant engagement. Which got us thinking if he were not a better candidate for the position, as opposed to Malusi Gigaba, who was given the title

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  • Now, Hawks take aim at Gerrie Nel

    Johannesburg - Controversial Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza is gunning for top prosecutor Gerrie Nel, who is largely credited with ensuring Oscar Pistorius was convicted for Reeva Steenkamp’s murder. Ntlemeza is understood to be implicating Nel in the controversy over the alleged “rogue” unit at the South African Revenue Service. The Sunday Independent has been told that the Hawks have launched a probe into Nel for possible contravention of the Public Finance Management Act. It is alleged he approved a payment of R1.5 million to a member of the unit to install spying equipment in the offices of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) offices. Nel scored a major victory when the Constitutional Court

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  • Why Gordhan? Because he is a bulwark between SA and state capture. And they need him out of the way.

    “Let me do my job,” said Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan as yet another day of sound and fury and smoke and mirrors came to an end. Gordhan, who was ordered to “present himself” to the Hawks on Thursday in relation to the SARS investigative unit set up in 2007, has thrown down the gauntlet. In a dramatic twist, Gordhan, following legal advice, declined to appear before the Hawks. At that point in the drama, all the clichés were applicable. Gordhan was throwing down the gauntlet, he would not blink first, this was a war of attrition and the endgame for sure. Certainly they all apply. The skullduggery could be from a Shakespearean play. He has steadfastly refused to grant SAA a R5-billion bailout

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  • Malema’s DA choice has merit

    Reports of about a dozen supposed Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members or voters protesting against their party outside Joburg’s city hall yesterday called for a rather large pinch of salt. Sections of social media were also playing host to the complaint by some party members that the EFF was somehow selling them out by agreeing to vote with the DA for the election of the speaker, mayor and other senior positions in the new mayoral committee. If these really are EFF supporters angry at the party’s leadership over the decision to side with what they call the “racist DA”, they are displaying a level of political naivety that the relatively young people leading their party are not. The EFF spokesperson was particularly annoyed by it all, accusing those behind the campaign of being members of the ANC in disguise – but of course that is mere speculation.

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  • Rand plunges after Gordhan report

    Johannesburg - South Africa's rand plunged nearly three percent on reports that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan had been ordered to report to a special police unit by the end of the week. The rand sank to a three-week low before recovering slightly. At 1715 GMT, it was 2.5 percent lower at 13.9200 per dollar, its weakest since August 3. National treasury spokeswoman Phumza Macanda confirmed that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan received correspondence from the special police unit, the Hawks. A local news site reported that he had been told to report to the police unit. The Hawks are investigating a surveillance unit within the South African Revenue Service set up in 2007 when Gordhan was the commissioner

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  • Zimbabwe: Mujuru's Children Wallow in Poverty?

    CHILDREN of the late General Solomon Mujuru are wallowing in poverty amid revelations that Dr Joice Mujuru, the surviving spouse and leader of Zimbabwe People First, is allegedly frustrating the execution of the national hero's estate believed to be running into millions of dollars. Thirteen children are named as beneficiaries of Gen Mujuru's estate. Gen Mujuru died in an inferno at his Beatrice farmhouse on August 16, 2011. According to the Administration of Estate Act Chapter 601 Section 5, the estate should have been registered within 14 days of Gen Mujuru's death. Lawyers representing some of Gen Mujuru's children have since written to the executor of the estate Mr Stanley Mufara, highlighting

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  • Another twist in Zuma corruption saga

    Zuma is seeking leave to appeal the recent judgment handed down by a full bench of the High Court in Pretoria, which reinstated the 783 fraud, racketeering and corruption charges controversially withdrawn by former National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Mokotedi Mpshe, paving the way for him to become president in 2009. The full bench of the North Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) fully ventilated the issues and they too came to the determination that an appeal to the SCA would be unsuccessful,” Selfe said. Zuma argued that it was a breach of the separation of powers doctrine for a court to determine whether a prosecution should be discontinued or not, as this prerogative vested with the NPA.

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  • Enslaved in Libya: How I escaped Islamic State

    Ruta Fisehaye, a 24-year-old Eritrean, was lying on the bed of the truck's first trailer. Beside her lay 85 Eritrean men and women, one of whom was pregnant. A few dozen Egyptians hid in the second trailer. All shared one dream - to reach Europe. The gunmen ordered the migrants off the truck. They separated Muslims from Christians and, then, men from women. They asked those who claimed to be Muslims to recite the Shahada, a pledge to worship only Allah. All of the Egyptians shouted the words in unison. “There is no god but God. Muhammad is the messenger of God.” “Allahu Akbar,” the gunmen called back. Fisehaye realized then that she was in the hands of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Her captors

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