• South Africa: Will Of The People Being Undermined At Some Municipalities

    press release The Inkatha Freedom Party is extremely concerned by the ANC's abuse of legislation that allows for the number of Municipal Executive Committee members to be reduced. "It is of grave concern to us that the abuse of legislation to reduce the number of executive committee members to ensure dominance of the ANC in certain municipalities is ongoing. We are aware that the legislation allows for executive committees to be reduced when there are financial constraints but that legislation should never be used to seek political dominance. This pattern of abuse has been evident after every local government election and we have noted that it is only the ANC that does it to remove a member of

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  • "He pursued me for a long time"- Bonang on how AKA wooed her

    There’s no doubt that AKA and Bonang have quickly won over the hearts of fans earning them the title of SA’s power couple. Even though their romance was marred with controversy at the beginning- all of that is in the past and these days they’re the envy of many. In their first official interview with YOU magazine Bonang and AKA revealed intimate details about their whirlwind romance‚ with the rapper explaining how he wooed his queen. Speaking about their first date together‚ Bonang said there was loads of flowers and balloons. But where did they go? On their first official date together AKA took B to Orient in Melrose Arch. “He pursued me for a long time. And he’s very romantic‚ quite the spoiler‚

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • '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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  • BREAKING: SARS Wars Endgame – Hawks order Pravin Gordhan and others to “present” themselves

    The convoluted SARS “rogue unit” saga appears to be heading for a dramatic climax as the Hawks are poised to finally make a much anticipated move on Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan this week. This in spite of Gordhan's answering of 27 questions personally delivered by the Hawks head Lieutenant-General Mthandazo Ntlemeza in February with regard to the so-called “rogue unit” in SARS. Gordhan has for some time, since his reinstatement as Minister of Finance in December after President Jacob Zuma's disastrous firing of Nhlanhla Nene, been viewed as an obstacle thwarting the interests of individuals linked to Zuma including SAA's Dudu Myeni, current SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane as well as the Gupta family's interest in the country's nuclear deal, among countless other.

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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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  • 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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  • South Africa: Cape Town Man Gives Confused Hijacker a Backhand

    A group of hijackers who thought they would get away with a snazzy sports car in Cape Town ended up dazed and empty-handed when their victim fought back. Being attacked was the last thing on JB Meyer SNR's, 52, mind as he locked up his auto repairs shop on Friday afternoon and made his way home through Uitsig. Driving his burnt orange Toyota GT86, he stopped behind a car at an intersection with his window down. "I was still having a sip of ice tea, relaxed, and they must have run from my blind side because this fist connected with my head," he told News24 on Monday. The punch gave him whiplash and left him with a loose tooth and a cut on his upper lip. Two men tried leaning in through the window

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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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  • Here's how golden girl Caster inspired Queen Bonang!

    It is a little over three months since Sunderland's fourth feat of Premier League escapology in a row, but just two games into this campaign David Moyes has already warned supporters to expect the same again.

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  • Confirmed! Pearl Thusi bids farewell to Metro FM

    Speaking to Sowetan, Sarit Tomlinson, managing director of Capacity Relations, which represents Pearl, confirmed the news, adding that it is highly unlikely that Pearl will return to South Africa this year. "She's no longer there (at Metro FM). She's going to be in New York for a while, she definitely won't be back this year," she told the local publication. Pearl had been dropping hints that she won't be returning to the station, when she spoke to  U.S beauty and lifestyle publication Hello Beautiful about her future in America. Reading out a tweet from a fan on the show who said "Pearl come back. You are so beautiful," the actress responded "I ain't coming back, girl. What! No, look. I'll come

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  • New Tshwane administration faces first protest

    Japan on Monday reacted with a mix of surprise, delight and cynicism at the sight of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dressed up as video game icon Super Mario in a comical cameo at the close of the Rio Olympics.

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  • The 15 things that white people should know about black people

    Every now and again I try to use this column for the greater good of mankind. Like Superman, Batman and Catwoman (okay maybe she's not such a good example), I take my civil duties quite seriously. I've often noticed how we continuously misunderstand each other as a nation. Black people in particular, often feel as though they have to explain themselves to their fellow white brothers and sisters. This is normal for a 17-year-old democracy. However, I do believe the time has come for some things to be set straight and myths be busted. Therefore, my South African people, being the model citizen I am, I have put together a little guide which should help accelerate the positive trajectory of race

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  • South Africa: Sun International to Ditch Nigeria

    Hotel and leisure conglomerate Sun International [JSE:SUI] announced on Monday that it will exit Nigeria. In its results announcement for the year to end-June 2016, Sun International said its hotel and casino complex Federal Palace continues to operate in a difficult environment with the Nigerian economy facing a number of crises including the low oil price, Boko Haram and a weakening naira. In addition to problems faced by the country, there are a number of issues specific to the local Nigerian partners in the Federal Palace and these have further exacerbated matters, Sun International said. Sun International, which had invested more than $50m in its Nigerian operations, said continued setbacks in Nigeria - including the ongoing shareholder dispute - have frustrated all attempts to develop and improve the property.

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  • Pitso challenges the chasing pack

    Ask anyone whether Mamelodi Sundowns have what it takes to retain the Absa Premiership and the answer is a resounding yes. Even the other title challengers for the 2016/17 season, which kicks off tonight, would have to admit that the Brazilians are somewhat favourites for yet another championship - they are that good. Pitso Mosimane, the Sundowns coach who has won two league titles since his arrival at the club in December 2012, remains modest about his hard-to-beat side, but knows he has set the bar so high that it is almost unnecessary to do any tinkering. Who can blame him after the Chloorkop outfit won the championship with two games to spare and still went on to achieve a record points haul

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  • Zimbabwe to upgrade 900km road - International

    Harare - Zimbabwe signed an agreement on Monday with Chinese and Austrian firms to upgrade a busy highway, a deal that will be one of the country's biggest road projects since independence 36 years ago. China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), a subsidiary of China Communications Construction, will partner Austria's Geiger International to upgrade and add more lanes to the 900km highway from Beitbridge on the border with South Africa to Chirundu on the Zambian border. The highway is economically significant as it links landlocked Zimbabwe and Zambia to the Indian Ocean ports of Durban and Richards Bay in South Africa. Transport Minister Joram Gumbo said the cost of the project, which the minister

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