• Zuma calls on black voters to ‘counteract’ whites

    Durban - President Jacob Zuma has called on black people to think about their poverty and use their majority to counteract white voters’ motives during local government elections. He said while black people were normally lazy to register for elections or to vote, white people always liked to do so in large numbers “for their own interest, which I don’t know”. “Vote is important for black people because they are suffering. It is also important for white people for their own reasons,” he said. Although he avoided telling black people to vote for the ANC, he said were they to do so in large numbers, the government would be able to bring about changes that would benefit them.    Also: SA deserves

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  • 'He banna!' Arthur Mafokate shocks Malema

    EFF leader Julius Malema reacted with shock after kwaito star Arthur Mafokate congratulated the man expected to be elected late on Monday as the new mayor of Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba. Mafokate, a die-hard ANC supporter, congratulated Mashaba, who the EFF has openly declared their antagonism towards. Malema responded, saying ‘he banna!’, a Sesotho phrase normally used when someone is shocked. The kwaito star congratulated the Black Like Me entrepreneur, saying he had fond memories of Mashaba who used to sponsor artists such as himself. “Wow! Bra Herman Mashaba who used to sponsor us as dancers is about to be a Mayor of the most powerful city in Africa 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 #JoburgMayor,” said Mafokate.

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  • EFF councillors ordered to forfeit half of their salaries – report

    The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has asked its newly elected councillors to forfeit half of their salaries to help pay off the party’s election debt for a period of three months, the City Press reported at the weekend. The report said the EFF had incurred “serious debt’’ campaigning for the recent municipal elections and had taken a loan worth millions from Standard Bank to fund its campaigns. The salary cuts of all the 761 EFF councillors nationwide are expected to recover at least R24 million, and contributions will come from all councillors, including those from a ward level. The party is also planning ahead – it wants members to buy vans, and not sedans, for the 2019 general election campaigning and for the servicing of their constituencies.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Nigeria: Man Charged for Naming Dog Buhari, Gets Bail

    Joachim Iroko, who named his pet dog Buhari was, yesterday, arraigned and granted bail by an Ota Chief Magistrate (2), B. J. Ojikutu, in Ogun State, at about 10am. The accused, granted bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties, who must be regular payers of their taxes in the state, in the like sum, was charged for conduct likely to cause breach of peace, in a case with suit number MOT/617c/2016. The prosecutor, Inspector Itaita Ebibomini, said the accused committed the offence on Saturday 13 August, 2016 at Hausa section of Ketere Market in Sango-Ota in the Ota Magisterial District. The prosecutor told the court that the offence is punishable under under Section 249 (d) of Criminal Code of

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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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  • There was no R5 million comrades‚ says Gigi Lamayne

    Female rapper Gigi Lamayne who is one of the artists who were caught in the crossfire during the war between EFF leader Julius Malema and Mabala Noise owner Reggie Nkabinde has some strong opinions about the backlash. Mabala Noise and it’s string of artists have been hogging headlines ever since Julius publicly accused Reggie of being embroiled in ‘dodgy tender processes’ and paying artists ‘no less than R5 million.’ Days later Reggie called an urgent press conference where he rubbished the allegations‚ however‚ the EFF on Thursday announced that it had opened a case of fraud and racketeering against the entertainment company. Various artists belonging to the stable including Riky Rick and Khanyi

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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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  • Malema's 'Ndlozi rape accuser' tweet has SA guessing

    The man who he said had accused Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Mbuyiseni Ndlozi of rape and murder had apparently retracted his statements “without reservation”, but only because of an apparent legal threat by a top lawyer. Malema tweeted a screenshot from ANC supporter Thami “Cool Razo” Mthimkhulu’s Twitter account apologising to Ndlozi. Mthimkhulu said: “I retract without reservation all defamatory tweets I posted suggesting that Mr Ndlozi is a rapist and murderer. I apologise to him for all the harm caused by my tweets.” It’s unclear whether Mthimkulu really was responsible for the Ndlozi rape rumours and why he apologised. When The Citizen sent an email to him for comment, his response to

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  • 'EFF sold my vote' accusation angers Ndlozi

    National spokesperson of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Mbuyiseni Ndlozi has slated those who are accusing the party of “selling” their votes. Following the results of the 2016 local government elections where no party won an outright majority, the EFF refused to go into coalition with what they call “a racist party”, the DA, but they nevertheless decided to vote for the DA so they could unseat the ANC. During interviews last week, EFF leader Julius Malema confirmed that “ideologically speaking”, there was no difference between the ANC and the DA, but the DA was “a better devil”. Now their alleged voters have accused the EFF on Twitter of selling their votes to the DA, which now controls

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  • ‘Politicians playing perilous game with Pravin’ - Crime & Courts

    Johannesburg - South Africa’s political leadership is playing a dangerous and short-sighted game at the expense of the country’s economic growth, according to Wits University economist Kenneth Creamer. He said this in reaction to the announcement that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan had been instructed to present himself to the Hawks head office at 10am on Friday morning. “It would appear that opportunistic forces are trying to weaken Gordhan in order to advance narrow commercial interests. “South Africa’s growth prospects will be further weakened as good governance is compromised and important institutions like the criminal justice system, the National Treasury and Sars are damaged and abused,”

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  • South Africa: DA Demands Answers to Zuma's Parastatal Power Grab

    The DA will be submitting written parliamentary questions both to the Presidency and the Minister of Finance regarding the absurd Cabinet decision to place President Zuma in charge of overseeing all strategic decisions related to state owned entities. This is manifestly irrational for the simple reason that President Zuma has no mandate to directly oversee state entities given that he has Cabinet appointments in Ministers Lynne Brown and Pravin Gordhan who are paid in excess of R4 million per annum between them to carry out this very function. This ill-conceived decision by Cabinet will effectively hamstring both Minister Brown and Minister Gordhan even further and block them from fixing our beleaguered state entities as they have to committed to doing.

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  • Competition brings down banking charges

    Johannesburg - Banking charges are becoming more affordable to customers due to stiff competition by South African banks, according to the seventh bank charges report by Solidarity Research Institute (SRI). The report analyses transactional accounts from banks, including Absa, Nedbank, Standard Bank, Capitec and First National Bank (FNB). Paul Joubert, a senior researcher at SRI, said that as a result of strong competition in the basic bank account market, all four major South African banks were keeping the cost of these accounts relatively low, as was the case last year. Competition Joubert said: “Unlike in the past, Nedbank, with its new pay-as-you-use account, now also competes well with the

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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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  • Babes Wodumo issues an apology after failing to pitch at Newcastle event

    Babes Wodumo and West Ink Records have issued an apology to a slew of fans who were left disappointed over the weekend after the singer failed to pitch for an event at Scrapyard Lounge based in Newcastle‚ KZN. Taking to her Instagram account‚ the Wololo hitmaker shared an apology statement from her record label‚ West Ink Records‚ which claims that “unforeseen logistical difficulties” made it impossible for Babes to make it to the event. “We would like to extend our most profound and sincere apologies on Babes Wodumo’s failure to show up at last night’s show‚” the statement reads. Unforeseen logistical difficulties saw all the artist’s efforts to make it to the show defeated. The situation was

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  • New signings set to have a big impact on the teams they have joined in this PSL transfer window

    Sibusiso Vilakazi and Abbubaker Mobara are high-profile transfers who are likely to make a significant impact at their new clubs. But who are some of the lesser-known names who could also have a big impact on the teams they have joined in this transfer window? CLEOPAS DUBE (BAROKA FC) Dube scored 13 goals in the National First Division for Witbank Spurs last season and has been signed by Baroka FC as a replacement for Thabiso Kutumela‚ who left for Orlando Pirates.  The Zimbabwean forward has cut his teeth in the second division for the last few seasons and deserves his shot at the big-time. He is likely to be the one to lead the line for Baroka. ANDREA FILECCIA (MARITZBURG UNITED) The Belgian

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  • Where did Malema get the money? Sars reveals why deal collapsed

    In court papers explaining why it dumped its deal with the Economic Freedom Fighters' leader, the South African Revenue Service says Malema lied about the source of the funds used to settle part of his tax bill. SARS also says Malema tried to dodge paying donation tax and had received money from questionable sources to settle an R18-million tax bill - reduced to R7.2-million in a deal in May last year. These, SARS says, are some of the reasons for the collapse of the compromise deal. The revenue service has now launched an application for Malema's final sequestration. If the court grants the final order when the case returns to court in June, Malema will be kicked out of parliament, where his

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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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