• Malema faced tough crowd during debate with Sunter

    Julius Malema pulled no punched in a debate with Clem Sunter in Cape Town. EFF Julius Malema Sunter debates Malema Clem Sunter CAPE TOWN - A day after Julius Malema clashed with Parliament's presiding officers, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader faced another tough crowd. Malema made an argument for his party's policies of expropriation without compensation and nationalisation, to a room full of Cape Town business people. The firebrand politician pulled no punches in a debate with futurist Clem Sunter last night. Sunter and Malema both agree South Africa has economic apartheid. But the two influential men disagree on how to fix the country's problems. Malema says black people remain subjects

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  • Porsche, Prada and plush property: SA's ultra rich living the high life

    A report by Sandton-based wealth intelligence company New World Wealth revealed this week that the number of ultra-rich individuals in South Africa - those with net assets of $30-million (about R475-million) or more - rose 18% from 526 in 2007 to 620 in 2015. EFF leader Julius Malema and his band of men and women in red might choke on the fact that rich South Africans held $556-billion in wealth at the end of last year. It demonstrated a growing wealth gap in South Africa at the top end of the wealth pyramid with "ultra-high net worth individuals getting richer and the average millionaire getting poorer". Andrew Amoils, head of research at New World Wealth, said South Africa's ultra wealthy generally held their assets offshore, were involved in multiple businesses and had political connections.

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  • Woman tells Malema he has no authority to talk about land, he isn't Khoisan

    "Mr Malema, you have no authority to talk about land. "The Khoisan is the only authoritative voice which can talk about land," she said to loud applause and some cheers. The woman said the Khoisan were the "first freedom fighters" who fought the colonials when they came here 360 years ago. "We were the first people of this nation. We were the first people of southern Africa and we still face oppression." She said the country's history did not start in 1910 when the ANC was formed. "We lived here and you, your ancestors, and the white ancestors found us here. Only we can talk about land ownership." Self isolation Malema told the woman that he thought she was "extremely missing a point". "Me and

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  • Ramaphosa car in blue light crash - Western Cape

    Cape Town - A blue light brigade vehicle in Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cavalcade has been involved in a crash in Blouberg. Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, spokesman for the directorate for priority crime investigation (the Hawks) confirmed the incident on Friday, saying “the lead car in deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa’s cavalcade was hit by a bakkie which allegedly jumped the red robot. One member was injured”. Ramaphosa was not in the vehicle involved in the crash on the corner of Blaauwberg Road and the R27, said Mulaudzi. The injured bodyguard is believed to be in intensive care unit in a nearby private hospital, said a police source. The source said a driver faced possible charges of

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  • Jealous Zimbabwean husband axes wife to death

    A jilted Zimbabwe man, Collen Dube, 35, has reportedly killed his wife, Tumelo Ncube, 25, with an axe, as her teenage brother watched helplessly. According to the state-owned Chronicle newspaper, relatives of the couple said the two had been having marital problems, with Dube accusing his wife of cheating on him. The couple had been together for three years and had two children. "Their relationship had never been smooth as Dube was always accusing Tumelo of cheating on him. They were always quarrelling. About two weeks ago, they had a serious dispute and the village head had to intervene. My daughter returned home [to stay with us]," Tumelo's father Joseph was quoted saying. Joseph said his son-in-law

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  • It has got to a stage where they want to kill my son Bellarmine: Grace Mugabe

    The official Chronicle newspaper has reported that Zimbabwe's first lady told rally-goers in the north of the country, "Imagine it has got to a stage where they want to kill my son Bellarmine." "Is it fair to expect me to smile at you," she reportedly asked in a tirade that clearly showed the ambitious former secretary is backing a faction in her husband's party opposed to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Mrs Mugabe also claimed party officials might have killed "dozens" of orphans living in an orphanage she runs next to her dairy in Mazowe, if they hadn't been found out by the authorities first. But Zimbabweans were largely disbelieving on social media. This is not the first time the first

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  • ANC outrage over Zuma's Thuli U-turn

    This week it emerged for the first time that a defiant Zuma also ignored advice from party structures and senior leaders as early as two years ago to pay back a portion of the R246-million spent on his Nkandla home. ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe yesterday revealed that the NEC had in 2014 - just before the general elections - advised Zuma to take public protector Thuli Madonsela's "Secure in Comfort" report to court for review. But Zuma instead assigned Police Minister Nathi Nhleko to compile his now discredited report that concluded that the president was not liable for any money spent at his private home. "It was the NEC that made that decision [to take Madonsela's report for review],"

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  • Stellenbosch students cleared following 'blackface' incident

    Stellenbosch University will provide support to two students who were at the centre of the incident. Stellenbosch University Stellenbosch Black face White girls dress up with black faces CAPE TOWN - Stellenbosch University says an investigation into two of its students, involved in an alleged "black-face" incident, has found they had no intention of black-facing. The institution's Equality Unity which was tasked with probing the matter recommended that the two women be reinstated into residence. They were temporarily suspended from the Heemstede Residence last week after photos showing them in what appears to be a black-face costume caused outrage. In an apology on Facebook, one of the students

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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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  • New row about Gupta ‘monstrosity’ - Crime & Courts

    Johannesburg - Another showdown is looming between irate residents of the upmarket Joburg suburb of Saxonwold and the embattled Gupta family over an “illegally built” mansion in their multimillion-rand compound. However, in some good news for the family, Judge Johan Louw of the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria said on Friday that no reasonable, right-thinking person would consider the utterances made by Julius Malema against the Gupta family and their employees as mere campaigning for the upcoming elections, and not a threat of violence. He was giving his reasons for this week interdicting Malema and the EFF from threatening or inciting violence against the Gupta family and their employees.

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  • Zuma says disruptive opposition showed 'how useless they are'

    Watch the moment EFF walked out of #SONA2016 "They are showing how useless they are, people will never vote for them," Zuma said a day after seeing his annual state of the nation address interrupted. "They don't understand democracy, how it works." "They just move with the wind when it goes this way, that way, shame on them," said Zuma. Lawmakers from the leftist Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), dressed in their uniforms of red workers' overalls and hard hats, noisily interrupted his speech for an hour before being ordered out of the chamber on Thursday night. "Zuma is no longer a president that deserves respect from anyone," EFF's firebrand leader Julius Malema yelled at the president. But Zuma

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  • 5 drug deaths in a week in Eersterus - Crime & Courts

    Pretoria - In just six months, more than 35 young people from Eersterus, east of Pretoria, have reportedly died from drug-related conditions. They either overdosed, committed suicide from depression caused by drugs, or were killed by drug dealers for failing to settle debts. This week alone, five people lost their lives from drug-related incidents, according to the Eersterus Local Drug Action Committee. Eersterus is known to exhibit a hazardous pattern of drug abuse. Drugs such as tik, Cat, dagga and nyaope are prevalent in the community and children as young as 10 years old, including girls, are reportedly experimenting with them. In August, President Jacob Zuma conducted a community imbizo

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  • ‘When I turned around, he just fell down dead’ - Crime & Courts

    Cape Town - A 16-year-old boy was stabbed to death at a Cape Flats school, allegedly by a fellow pupil. Carlo Basson, a Grade 11 pupil at Scottsdene High School in Kraaifontein, was stabbed through the heart and passed away at the tap where he had his last drink of water. Police have arrested the 15-year-old suspect for the attack. The Western Cape Education Department has now deployed two security guards to the school. A 14-year-old girl tells the Daily Voice she had spoken to Carlo moments before he died: “I saw Carlo during the break and he still asked me for money. “I gave him a R1, and he went to get water at the quad’s tap. “When I turned around again, he just fell down dead. “The bell

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  • Nigeria: FG Discovers 23,000 Ghost Workers, Goes After Banks, Corrupt Civil Servants

    President Muhammadu Buhari's hard-line stance against corruption and financial malfeasance in the country, especially in government business, was further rewarded on Thursday, February 11, 2016, when the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, disclosed that authorities had discovered over 20,000 'ghost workers' in the civil service. Ghost workers, a bugbear almost as old as the civil service, is a payroll scam through which unscrupulous persons impersonate fictitious staff and receive multiple salaries for work not done. The new administration was able to make the recent discovery with the aid of the bank verification numbers introduced by the Central Bank of Nigeria last year. Adeosun told a committee of the Senate Committee on Finance during the finance ministry's 2016 budget defense at the Senate in Abuja on Thursday that government had earlier set up a panel to investigate multiple, fraudulent payments in the civil service, and the panel was able to identify several 'ghosts' attached to one bank account number.

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  • Gordhan flies economy as government cuts costs

    Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan flew economy on his way to Johannesburg from Sona 2016. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan SAA Gordhan Pravin Gordhan on economy CAPE TOWN - Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan was spotted flying economy class on board a South African Airways (SAA) flight to Johannesburg from Cape Town. Gordhan was returning from the State of the Nation Address where President Jacob Zuma announced measures to cut costs as the South African economy continues to struggle. His picture which was shared on social media, received praise from South Africans. This is not the first time that Gordhan is flying economy class. Last September, he flew economy class to Durban.

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  • Spurs following Pochettino’s plan

    London - Tottenham Hotspur will not waver from manager Mauricio Pochettino's plan as they travel to Manchester City on Sunday seeking a victory that would fuel hopes of a first English top-flight title since 1961. The north London club are second in the Premier League, five points behind Leicester City, and are on a roll having won their last six matches in all competitions. They beat City 4-1 at home in September, a result Pochettino said ignited Tottenham's season after a sluggish start, and despite heavy defeats in their last two trips to the Etihad Stadium, will go there full of belief. “We have a plan, and that is the most important thing,” the 43-year-old told reporters on Friday. “When

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  • Can we have the Juju v Oros sumo wrestling match already?

    This is one week when anybody worth being called a politician would do their damnest to make some column space in newspapers and a mention on the airwaves. Battle of the lard THIS is one week when anybody worth being called a politician would do their damnest to make some column space in newspapers and a mention on the airwaves. Vera couldn't help but notice that some people are just not cut out for this game. In township lingo they say "Uya fosta". One comes to mind: Collen Maine, the uncle masquerading as head mantshingilane at the ANC youth desk . oops that's what that veteran of streetwise politicking Juju calls his old home. Oros is such a misfit at the Youth League that no one seems to

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  • Zimbabwe: Prof Jonathan Moyo Misses Stem Engine!

    THE Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Prof Moyo must be hailed for his STEM initiative. His program of sponsoring A' level students to study Math, Biology, Chemistry and Physics with a full government scholarship and even with C grades at O level is a step in the right direction. However, worryingly, the program excludes Computer Science which is the most important subject for the 21st century. Recently, the World Economic Forum in Davos ran under the theme, "the Fourth Industrial Revolution" and put STEM education as an answer to the challenges of the coming decade. Therefore, Prof Moyo is in lock step with global approach to education in the 21st

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  • Granny gets her RDP house back

    An ANC councillor in North West is in hot water after she fraudulently occupied and rented out an RDP house belonging to a blind pensioner in Redirile township, Derby. Yesterday, Kgetleng municipality mayor Kim Medupe, accompanied by ANC provincial executive member Matthews Wolmarans, expressed disappointment, shock and embarrassment at Kgetleng municipality proportional representation councillor Mamikie Molefe. Molefe last week confessed to Sowetan that she had occupied a house belonging to Lenah Lesomo, 72, who is her aunt, and pocketed R1200 in monthly rental since last year. Molefe has been staying in the RDP house since 2013. She, however, denied that Lesomo paid her R2000 for the registration

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  • TV channel airs anti-Malala ‘hate speech’ - World News

    Islamabad - Pakistan's TV regulator on Friday censured a leading news channel for airing “hate speech” against Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai and her family, warning that accusations of blasphemy could endanger lives. Malala, who moved to England after being shot in the head by the Taliban, is both admired and hated in her native Pakistan where some conservatives view her as a Western agent on a mission to shame her country. In its ruling, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) said that a programme aired by the 24-hour ARY news channel on February 7 used “indecent and uncivilised” language to describe the 18-year-old, branding her “a traitor, a blasphemer of Allah

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