• ANC see red over DA radio ad

    Pretoria - A recent DA radio advert has sparked controversy among radio listeners and more so among opposition parties. The advert, aired on Jacaranda FM onThursday night had ANC members in a frenzy, calling for it to be scrapped. They deemed the advert racist, tribalistic, divisive and dangerous. The advert follows the nomination of Thoko Didiza, an ANC national executive committee member and former cabinet minister, as mayoral candidate for the capital to replace the incumbent mayor, Kgosientso Ramokgopa. The 56-second advert reads: “Jacob Zuma and Luthuli House forced a mayoral candidate on the Tshwane ANC. “Jacob Zuma’s Thoko Didiza will not bring change to Tshwane. “Zuma’s Didiza, will bring

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  • Malema pushes, 'swears' at restaurant patron

    The patron, Cassie Moller, today laid criminal charges of assault, intimidation and crimen injuria against Malema, a member of parliament for the EFF. The scuffle took place at a take-away restaurant in Tzaneen, Limpopo, on August 6. Moller later managed to get the closed circuit television footage of the altercation with the help of a legal representative. “It was a very intimidating situation,” Moller said in an affidavit. He said he and his wife had stopped at the Steers at around 2:20am. While he remained in the car, his wife waited to place an order. There were a group of men who appeared to have been drinking whiskey on the premises. By 2.40am his wife had not yet received their order of

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  • 'Goodbye Great Britain, hello Little England'

    The globe is still coming to terms with the momentous and planet-changing news that Britain has voted to leave the EU after 43 years of membership. The pound is taking a pounding (down to its lowest level since 1985), Britain may lose its AAA investment grade rating and even the US is concerned because the decision to leave was driven primarily by sentiment against the free movement of Europeans and migrants from refugee-sending countries into its borders. This means that someone like Donald Trump must surely be feeling a lot more confident about his chances of becoming the US president, with similar anti-immigrant sentiment driving his election campaign in America.

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  • Barring a petition to SCA‚ Zuma must face corruption charges

    Barring a petition to the Supreme Court of Appeal‚ President Jacob Zuma must face charges of corruption that were dropped when the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) discontinued his prosecution in April 2009. This follows Friday’s decision by the full bench of the High Court in Pretoria‚ which refused Zuma and the NPA’s application for leave to appeal the judgment the court passed in April which set aside the decision taken by acting National Director of Public Prosecutions Mokotedi Mpshe in April 2009. Mpshe dropped the charges because he believed Scorpions boss Leonard McCarthy had manipulated the timing of when to serve the indictment against Zuma. Mpshe relied on intercepted conversations

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  • Sanders says he will vote for Clinton

    Finance ministers and top central bankers from the Group of Seven warned that Britain's vote to quit the European Union would have "adverse implications" as the pound dived to three decade lows and equity markets flew into a tailspin.

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  • Zimbabwe: Mujuru Turns Heat On Mugabe

    Former Vice-President Joice Mujuru yesterday threw the gauntlet at President Robert Mugabe, accusing her former mentor of wasting money on endless foreign trips at a time the majority of Zimbabweans were suffering due to his misrule. Addressing her maiden rally in Harare, the Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF) leader said Zanu PF leaders were like fools who spent time and energy discussing immaterial things instead of working on turning around the economy. This year alone, Mugabe has gobbled over $60 million on international travel even when the country was facing total economic collapse, as evidenced by the government's failure to pay its workers on time. In apparent reference to Mugabe, Mujuru said: "Our traveling this year should be limited because there is a lot of work to do for the people.

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  • #OscarPistorius: I don’t want to waste my life in jail

    Three short snippets of the interview was released by ITV on Thursday, on the eve of the world seeing the Paralympics’ first television interview since the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day, 2013. An emotional, but dry-eyed Oscar can be seen on these clips, saying that he believed Reeva would not want him to return to jail. The interview promised to give Oscar’s account of what happened in the early hours of that fateful morning when he fired four shots into the toilet door behind which Reeva Steenkamp was. One of the clips released show Oscar on his stumps, talking to investigative journalist Mark Williams-Thomas at his uncle Arnold Pistorius’ Waterkloof mansion, where he tried to explain that it was impossible for him to hit down the toilet door with a cricket bat, as first claimed by the prosecution.

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  • Visiting athlete's car stolen - Crime & Courts

    Durban - A Zimbabwean couple visiting Durban for the African Games came out of their B&B in Morningside on Wednesday afternoon to find their vehicle had been stolen. They had gone into the B&B at midday and were horrified when they emerged to find the car and expensive athletics equipment gone. “It is possible that someone followed us (to the B&B) because our car had a Zimbabwean registration number. They could have known that our car could not be traced in South Africa,” said Amy Cooke. Amy is with her husband, Keegan Cooke, who is participating in the African Senior Championships held at the Kings Park Athletic Stadium. He is one of the 23 people representing Zimbabwe. Their 1997 Toyota Prado

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  • HHP tackles a Twitter 'demon'

    The rapper found himself in the midst of a Twitter war with a follower he later referred to as a "real demon," with the user bragging to have "just f*cked and roasted" the rapper. The follower threw a series of insults at HHP, some of which have since been deleted and garnered a sarcastic response from the rapper.

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  • News Analysis: Why ANC nominated Didiza as compromise candidate in Tshwane

    The problem, however, is that both the provincial and national leaders failed to communicate their reasoning properly to the regional rank-and-file, a reflection of the party’s arrogance and desperation combined. The first whispers of Didiza’s possible nomination as mayor were heard last year, when the provincial ANC was forced to face the sobering truth that it stood a very good chance of losing the capital city in the August 3 elections. Five years ago, the governing party scraped back into power with only a slither of a majority and its prospects are looking even more grim today, with the DA and the EFF nipping at its heels. Didiza wasn’t the only contender. The other possible nominee was

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  • Hofmeyr now wants a Wexit

    Afrikaner rights activist Steve Hofmeyr is now longing for a sort of Brexit of his own, and even casually tweeted that a Wexit, the exit of the Western Cape from South Africa, might be possible. To one of his followers, ulv løgner @Sinestra_Malum, who responded “@steve_hofmeyr if Wexit happens I’m there tomorrow.” Hofmeyr added: “Brexit did it. The Cape Party, a political party that sought to use all constitutional and legal means to bring about independence for the Western Cape, Northern Cape (excluding two districts), six municipalities in the Eastern Cape, and one municipality in the Free State grew out of a Facebook group in 2007 and is led by Jack Miller, who worked as an actor when he first assumed the leadership. It was on the provincial ballot of the Western Cape in the South African general elections of 2009, where it received 2,552 votes, or 0.13% of the vote.

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  • EFF pickets outside Centurion 'racist' crèche

    Members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have been protesting on Friday at the Centurion crèche that allegedly racially segregated a black toddler. The Koeitjies en Kalfies Kleuterskool crèche came under severe public criticism for allegedly separating a black child from her white classmates. The EFF took to the crèche to march against what they call racism. “EFF Branch in Centurion Picketing outside the racist crèche: Koeitjies & Kalfies in Irene ‪#‎RacismMustFall‬,” said the party’s national spokesperson, Mbuyiseni Quintin Ndlozi. This after the crèche sent a picture to her mother, who was at work at the time. In the picture, which cannot be shown here for legal reasons, there are seven

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  • VIDEO: DJ Gwede hits the decks after Tshwane burns

    With violence and protests besieging a divided Tshwane following the ANC’s decision to back Thoko Didiza for the mayoral post there, you’d expect the ruling party’s top brass to be hard at work to calm the burning city… but you’d be wrong. The ANC’s outspoken secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has been putting a different spin on things in the university town of Grahamstown. DJ Gweezy, adding meat to his ‘spin-doctor’ title, was lighting up the decks on the day Tshwane polls suggested that the ANC has already lost control of the metro to the DA. The video, which the ANC posted to its official Facebook page, shows DJ Gweezy entertaining an enthusiastic crowd in one of Grahastown’s most popular watering holes, Makhaya’s Tavern.

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  • Kelly Khumalo on Senzo: I feel like he did not have a backbone

    Ever since MTV Base Africa revealed that it would be running the feature Behind the Story: Kelly Khumalo, fans had been eagerly waiting for the interview, which aimed to set the record straight on issues which have seen Kelly become the talk of the town. During the interview, Kelly bared her soul to the entire nation about her controversial romance with slain Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa. Kelly found herself making headlines on tabloids across the country when news emerged that she was carrying Senzo's child, who was still married at the time. When Senzo was killed during a botched robbery outside Kelly's family home in Vosloorus, the singer once again faced an immense amount of public backlash and Senzo's family.

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  • Bank scurries to find funds to avoid Gupta takeover

    Johannesburg - Trustees of cash-strapped UBank are in a race against time to raise funds in a bid to stave off a potential takeover by the Guptas. The Star understands that a crucial meeting of the bank’s owners, Teba Trust, will be convened on Tuesday to finalise plans to recapitalise, which is in line with a Reserve Bank directive. Teba Trust is administered jointly by the Chamber of Mines and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM). The Star revealed on Thursday how executives of the Gupta-owned Oakbay Investments have been lobbying leaders of NUM to back their move to buy UBank. Their efforts included a R1 million “donation” to the union to cover costs for its central committee meeting, the

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  • Maimane sees red over guest house ban on blacks - Politics

    Johannesburg - DA leader Mmusi Maimane has called on South Africans of all races to boycott a KwaZulu-Natal guest house after its owner refused to accommodate “blacks and government workers”. “This is unacceptable and I urge all black, white, coloured and Indian South Africans to be united and stay away and not book at this guest house,” he told The Star on Thursday. This week, André Slade, who runs the Sodwana Bay Guest House, told Sizakele Msimango, who tried to book there, that “it’s God’s law” to segregate people by race. “We do not accommodate blacks or government employees any longer,” he replied in an email response to her reservation. In his blog Wheretofromhere.org, Slade refers to Maimane

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  • If ANC refuses to go, ‘EFF will force them out’

    The ANC would never relinquish power if it were to lose the upcoming elections, but if that was the case, the EFF would force them out, Julius Malema said. Speaking during a recorded interview that was aired on Power FM yesterday, Malema said should such a scenario play itself out, they would never fold their arms and sit back. “If the ANC were to lose the elections to the EFF or the DA, they will fight to remain in power by force, but they must know that we don’t play games; we don’t entertain hooligans … we deal with them decisively. “The ANC must pray that the EFF must not win in Tshwane because if it is us in power and they refuse to leave, we will force them out of power because we would have that democratic mandate from our people,” he said.

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  • SHINE! Bonang Matheba to host the BET Awards red carpet...again!

    It seems South Africa's favourite ladies will be taking over the BET Awards red carpet this upcoming weekend. Hot on the heels of reporting that Nandi Mngoma will be covering the red carpet for BET Africa, news just came in that Bonang Matheba will, yet again, be doing some red carpet hosting of her own.

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  • Kaizer Chiefs to announce new signings

    Chiefs have already signed Sibusiso Khumalo from SuperSport United in a swap deal involving Keagan Ritchie, while midfielder Keagan Buchanan has also joined, though no official announcement has been made. The Zimbabwean duo of Edmore Chirambadoro, Mitchell Katsvairo are also reported to have signed, while the likes of Bidvest Wits’ Sibusiso Vilakazi and Swaziland midfielder Felix Badenhorst have been linked with a move to Naturena. “You will have to ask Wits, he is a Wits player,” Motaung told Phakaaathi, when asked about Vilakazi.

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  • Mbeki questions African leaders' vision at book launch

    Yesterday he launched his book The Mbeki I Know in Hyde Park, Johannesburg. Thabo Mbeki JOHANNESBURG - Former president Thabo Mbeki has questioned the role of African leaders and their vision for the continent. Yesterday he launched his book The Mbeki I Know in Hyde Park, Johannesburg. It’s a collection of essays from people who worked with Mbeki or know him personally. Botswana's former president Sir Ketumile Masire has described Mbeki as a remarkable man who is a true African. “He’s played a critical role in helping us in Botswana and to help the ANC.” Ambassador Lindiwe Mabuza, who is said to be the brainchild of the book, says the essays will display Mbeki through their eyes. A variety of

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