• Letter to the Editor: “F**k White People”? Seriously?

    Once the human right to dignity is negotiable, there is nothing to relativize apartheid and this shirt against. There is subsequently no justification for saying apartheid was a worse violation of black people’s dignity than the shirt is against white people’s because human dignity – the unchanging basis on which we compare acts of violence in the first place – would have been, in principle, zeroed out of the discussion. This would undermine my argument that black people are owed restitution for apartheid. Many say, “Black people cannot be racist because of historical power systems,” but Chapter 9 institutions would still treat the distinction between racism (a structural reality) and bigoted hate speech (a violation of the right to dignity) as semantic.

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  • A Muslim wife has rights‚ as sober Chief Mandela will find out

    Loved-up Mandla Mandela’s conversion to Islam means he needs to give up vice‚ pledging to live a morally sound life – including fidelity within marriage‚ fasting and prayer. And unlike the Xhosa nation’s self-confessed dagga smoking king‚ the isiXhosa chief needs to give up any intoxicating substance. Chief Mandela of Mvezo married Muslim bride Rabia Clarke in Cape Town last week. “I wish to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Rabia’s parents‚ her extended family and the Muslim community‚ for welcoming me into their hearts‚” Mandela said in a statement.  “Although Rabia and I were raised in different cultural and religious traditions‚ our coming together reflects what we have in common: We are South

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  • Jose’s shadow hangs over United

    Manchester United’s players and staff are worried about the negative impact Jose Mourinho would have if he replaces Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford. Mourinho has told friends that his appointment is a ‘done deal’, although it is understood there is no formal agreement with United, despite reports in Spain yesterday of a three-year contract worth £15million a year. The prospect of working under the 53-year-old Portuguese coach has been met with some consternation at United’s Carrington training base, with players and staff said to be concerned about his confrontational approach. They know of the problems that engulfed the former Chelsea boss before his departure from Stamford Bridge in December

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  • Madonsela confirms private meeting with Zuma - Politics

    Parliament - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on Thursday confirmed that she had had a private meeting with President Jacob Zuma ahead of the Constitutional Court hearings this week in which he has conceded that her findings have binding force. Speaking on the red carpet, ahead of Zuma's ninth State of the Nation Address, Madonsela confirmed under urging from reporters: "We had a meeting. It was a private meeting." She declined to give further details and downplayed her wrangle with Zuma over his long-standing refusal to repay the state for luxuries added to his private home at taxpayer's expense. Zuma last week reversed his stance, and his lawyers on Tuesday confirmed in court that he was prepared

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  • Mantashe calls the nation hypocrites on Nkandla

    Gwede Mantashe said apartheid architects haven’t apologised to millions of black people. Nkandla Jacob Zuma Nkandla ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe APARTHEID JOHANNESBURG – African National Congress secretary general Gwede Mantashe says it is hypocritical for South Africans to ask President Jacob Zuma to apologise over the Nkandla saga while the architects of apartheid have not done the same for the suffering of millions of black people. Earlier this week the Economic Freedom Fighters and Democratic Alliance took the president to the Constitutional Court seeking clarity over the powers of the Public Protector. The court found that Zuma failed to uphold the Constitution when he failed to

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  • Young African Leadership Initiative asks ANC to recall Zuma for 'betraying SA and party': iLIVE

    The announcement by President Jacob Zuma to replace the finance minister has recklessly endangered the South African economy. This decision can only be described as a disaster. As representatives of a young professional generation, passionate about building a better South Africa, we call on the ANC to recall the President for the betrayal of the people of South Africa. This betrayal will be experienced differently by the rich, the middle class, and the poor; but it will negatively impact everyone. From declines in social services to sky-rocketing interest rates, life in South Africa has just become tougher.   The financial indicators of the announcement yesterday have clearly communicated the

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  • Malema the target of a plot - EFF - Politics

    #SONA2016 / Cape Town - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Thursday night claimed that their leader, Julius Malema, was the target of a government intelligence plot in Parliament. EFF MPs made these allegations when they were addressing their supporters in St George’s Mall in Cape Town on Thursday night after they were ejected from the State of the Nation Address (SONA) delivered by President Jacob Zuma in Parliament. Read: SONA2016: It's all about the money Secretary general of the EFF, Godrich Gardee, said the party had intelligence information that Malema has been targeted since May 2014. “On the 7th of May, 2014, the president (Malema) had to be whisked away due to an intelligence information

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Juggles Succession Wars

    President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday attempted a balancing act to pacify feuding factions in Zanu PF who are locked in a cut-throat succession battle after he skirted around the contentious issue of factionalism despite berating bigwigs for igniting an unprecedented fight in the party, the Zimbabwe Independent has learnt. Politburo sources said the 10-hour long meeting saw sparks flying from warring members as Zanu PF tried to resolve widening fissures that have seen Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo, presidential spokesperson George Charamba and War Veterans minister Chris Mutsvangwa hurling invectives at each other in public. President Robert Mugabe and First Lady Grace Mugabe arrive for a Zanu PF politburo meeting on Wednesday at the party's headquarters in Harare.

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  • In photos: SONA 2016

    Photo: A group of around 400 Ses'khona People's Rights Movement members on Thursday demonstrated before the president's address. They were protesting against the local DA government and at one point threatened a small group of Pan Africanist Congress members for making disparaging remarks about Zuma. (Greg Nicolson) Photo: The Ses'khona demonstration was later joined by student protesters, who police had to keep separate from the Ses'khona group. (Greg Nicolson) Photo: Closer to Parliament, a rally under the banner #ZumaMustFall marched through town chanting, yep, “Zuma must fall.” (Greg Nicolson) Photo: Around 150 people joined the Zuma Must Fall march and the brief addresses focused on supporting

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  • Fire threatens property near Cape Town CBD - Western Cape

    Cape Town – The City of Cape Town said a fire was threatening property in Zonnebloem, near the city centre on Thursday. Spokesperson for the City’s Traffic Services, Richard Coleman, said helicopters had not yet been dispatched, but three pumps were on the scene. He said vegetation had caught alight and was now threatening houses in the vicinity. Huge plumes of smoke billowed over property within the fire’s vicinity, hours before President Jacob Zuma is scheduled to give his State of the Nation Address in Parliament. Coleman said there were no road closures at this stage as firefighters attempted to put out the blaze. African News Agency * Use IOL’s Facebook and Twitter pages to comment on our

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  • South Africa: EFF, ANC Members Clash Ahead of SONA

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  • Courts can't stop us saying we don't like Guptas' curries: Malema

    “We must respect the courts. But the courts can't stop us from saying that we don't love the Guptas. We don't want their curry‚” Malema said. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and its leader were indicted earlier on Tuesday by the Gauteng North High Court from inciting acts of violence against the company’s shareholders‚ staff and property‚ according to Oakbay Investments‚ one of the plaintiffs that also included Ajay‚ Atul and Rajesh Kumar Gupta. This follows the “get out Gupta” statements made by Malema and the Gauteng region of the party last week‚ which the brothers and their lawyers say “we have interpreted as an incitement to violence”. The court document stated that some of the Gupta

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  • Rand weaker as market prices in early response to Zuma’s speech

    THE rand was weaker at midday on Thursday, despite a softer dollar, as investors await President Jacob Zuma’s state of the nation address. The dollar weakened following Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen’s first day of testimony to Congress and crossed the important $1.13 level to the euro earlier on Ms Yellen’s dovish sentiment. The rand usually firms on dollar weakness, but negative sentiment surrounding Mr Zuma’s speech is hampering the local currency. At 11.25am the rand was at R15.9953 against the dollar from a previous close of R15.8836. Against the euro, the rand was at R18.1392 from R17.9428 and was at R23.0866 against the pound from R23.0800 previously. The euro was at $1.1340 from

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  • Nigeria: Buhari Appoints Personal Assistant On New Media

    President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Bashir Ahmad as his Personal Assistant on New Media. Mr. Bashir, 24, is an indigene of Kano state. Until his appointment, he was the Online Editor (Hausa) for Leadership Newspaper. Mr. Bashir graduated from Bayero University Kano in 2013, with Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication. He worked as an online editor and reporter at Rariya Hausa Newspaper, before joining Leadership as an online editor. Mr. Bashir also worked as the personal assistant on new media to Sam Nda-Isaiah, the publisher of Leadership, who contested along Mr. Buhari for the All Progressives Congress, APC's presidential ticket for the 2015 election. He later served at the Buhari Support

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  • Op-Ed: Eskom is beyond the tipping point. What's next?

    Recent reports suggest that Treasury is seriously considering a sale of 49 percent of Eskom although Eskom’s management - the bulk of the ANC and Cosatu - are strongly opposed to the idea. But here’s a thought: The tipping point for Eskom’s restructuring and privatization has already happened. The politics playing out are merely akin to the 5 stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and, finally, acceptance. Just when the tipping point occurred is hard to establish. Was it Eskom’s 1991 price pact that kept electricity cheaper than what it cost to supply for so many years? Was it that Eskom funded the vast electrification program almost on its own? Was it the delays in building new

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  • Maine spoils it for the savvy party propagandists

    COLLEN Maine, once suspected to be a closet member of the Congress of the People, was appointed leader of the reconstituted African National Congress (ANC) Youth League last year. Last weekend he delivered a speech in Pretoria during which he stumbled over a set of notes in his hand that he — alarmingly — kept turning upside down. With a justifiably puzzled expression on his face, he insulted his political opponents, threatened them and spoke of civil war. Reports that he had to be persuaded to postpone detonating a hydrogen bomb he may or may not have procured from his friend Kim Jong-un over Seshego in Limpopo later that evening could not be confirmed. The expulsion of Julius Malema and the

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  • Zimbabwe government says no to genetically modified food despite food shortages

    Zimbabwe's agricultural minister Joseph Made has said that the country would not allow millers to import genetically modified food (GMO) although the southern African country is experiencing severe food shortages, reports New Zimbabwe. Made said the government will not allow millers to import genetically modified grain into the country despite estimations that at least 3 million people are set to starve this year. This came as Zimbabwe launched its appeal for $1.5 million drought relief assistance. "When it comes to GMO you know the position of government is very clear, we do not accept GMO as we are protecting the environment from the grain point of view. So far, there are places one can obtain

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  • Public institutions could end up stronger

    AMID the scandal and despair that surrounds so many public institutions in SA, the Constitutional Court’s proceedings this week have come as a welcome breath of fresh air. The undoubted highlight was the breathtaking concession by President Jacob Zuma’s legal team that findings of the public protector are binding unless taken on review. Not only did this fly in the face of Zuma’s protestations over the past year, it was a humiliation for pliant ministers who have fudged fact and law to cover for him. Given the findings of the public protector’s report on Nkandla, Zuma will now be obliged to repay a reasonable share of the money spent on "nonsecurity upgrades". This conceivably opens a remote

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  • SONA 2016: Underwhelmed, opposition parties give Zuma a Zero

    First Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota was asked to leave the House. Then the Economic Freedom Fighters, chanting “Zupta must fall” (a reference to the ties between the Zuma and Gupta families) walked out. EFF leader Julius Malema, standing on top of the stairs of the Marks Building opposite a giant screen showing the president reading his SONA, said: “We do not agree to be addressed by a man who admitted he’s stolen the money and is now prepared to pay back the money”. It was a direct reference to the president’s lawyers who just two days earlier conceded in the Constitutional Court that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s finding that a reasonable proportion of the money spent for at least the cattle kraal, chicken run, swimming (fire) pool, visitors’ centre and amphitheatre should be repaid.

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  • Woolworths sees tough year in SA - Companies

    Johannesburg - South African food and clothing retailer Woolworths said weaker consumer spending and economic growth would make trading conditions more difficult this year in both its Australian and domestic market. “It’s going to get tougher in South Africa,” Chief Executive Officer Ian Moir said on a conference call from Cape Town on Thursday. “I think we will take market share, but we need to keep on top of costs.” Read: Food sales feed Woolworths' earnings South African retailers and consumer spending are under pressure as the country’s worst drought in more than a century pushes prices higher, with December food inflation climbing to 5.8 percent. Meanwhile a weakening rand against the dollar

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