• Mandela’s granddaughter tells ‘UpFront’ she supports people’s calls for Zuma to step down

    Struggle icon Nelson Mandela’s eldest granddaughter‚ Ndileka Mandela‚ has reiterated her support for calls for President Jacob Zuma to step down. In an interview with Al Jazeera English’s current affairs show UpFront‚ screened on Friday night‚ she was asked whether she supported nationwide calls for Zuma to step down. “If the people are calling for that‚ yes‚ he should listen to the people and then step down‚” Mandela told UpFront host Mehdi Hasan. Mandela’s granddaughter joins call for Zuma to step down  Mandela also said that‚ “The leader must go back to the basic tenets of ANC. Of the Freedom Charter”. She added that the ANC must return to “the legacy of moral integrity and moral leaders”.

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  • These are Africa’s most powerful passports

    LONDON – Visa-free travel is something many of us take for granted in today’s increasingly interconnected world. But for many Africans this modern luxury is much more of a lottery, with citizens of some African countries enjoying similar travel rights to Europeans, while others fare little better than residents of war-torn Syria. Citizens of the Seychelles have the most travel freedom among Africans, with visa-free access to 137 countries, according to the Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index 2017, which ranks each country and territory in the world by the number of countries that their citizens can travel to visa-free. The archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean offers visa-free

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  • EFF’s Floyd Shivambu ties the knot – and the bride is reportedly ANC

    The deputy president of the Economic Freedom Fighters‚ Floyd Shivambu‚ has tied the knot‚ according to the political party’s official twitter account. According to reports‚ he married Siphesihle Pezi in a traditional wedding on Saturday at Mahosini village outside Malamulele in Limpopo. The bride was reportedly recently employed by the ANC in Parliament. Shivambu posted a photograph of the happy couple on his Facebook page‚ saying: “It is done! Thanks for the well wishes and support!” The EFF also posted photographs of the couple as well as one of EFF leader Julius Malema making a speech at the ceremony.  There was also a picture of advocate Dali Mpfu proposing a toast for the newly married couple.

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  • Mistress visited Panayiotou in prison, court told

    Christopher Panayiotou’s mistress Chanelle Coutts together with Panayiotou family members have visited the businessman while he has been incarcerated, the Port Elizabeth High Court heard on Friday. Investigating officer, Kanna Swanepoel, was under cross examination in the murder trial involving Panayiotou, Sinethemba Nenembe and Zolani Sibeko who are charged with conspiring to kidnap and kill school teacher Jayde Panayiotou in April 2015. Defence advocate Terry Price said that he had received information that the contents of Coutts’s statement never came from her. “The statement contain things Coutts did not say and that is why she refused to sign…you wrote the statement and told her to sign,”

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  • The technology behind your traffic fine

    From radar to licence plate recognition, here’s what’s going on. The fixed automatic speed camera Ever wonder exactly how a speed camera knows when to take a snap? Well, there are two ways. Either a speed camera has a radar beam, which triggers photo-capturing when an object travels past at a certain speed. Or there are sensors within the road surface that trigger the camera, according to AutoEvolution. The camera itself snaps images. These include information such as the time and place of the incident, and the speed of the vehicle. Meanwhile, cars travelling below the speed limit are essentially ‘invisible’ to the camera. Red light camera Red light cameras are implemented at intersections with

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  • SABC execs party abroad while producers go unpaid

    While the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) appears to have managed to pay its permanent staff their April salaries, the public broadcaster was unable to pay producers what it owes them this month, as its executives partied lavishly overseas. Three independent sources who deal with finances at the SABC confirmed to the City Press that the broadcaster owes producers R100-million for April. The SABC is reported to have had only R70-million available to pay a production bill believed to be about R170-milion. “At the end of March, SABC was only able to pay R32m of the R150m owed to producers, who create the content that attracts the advertising that is the sole source of its revenue.

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  • EFF's Floyd marries his ANC sweetheart

    Johannesburg - The saying that love knows no bounds appears to have found resonance in EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu. Julius Malema’s right-hand man married Siphesihle Pezi in a traditional wedding on Saturday at Mahosini village outside Malamulele in Limpopo. Apparently she was recently employed by the ANC in Parliament and news of her wedding to Shivambu on Saturday set tongues wagging. Pezi looked glamorous in her traditional Xitshonga outfit, Xibelani. EFF leaders Julius Malema and Dali Mpofu as well as former Limpopo MEC David Masondo and former ANCYL deputy president Ronald Lamola were among the guests, along with the Vhavenda King Mphephu Ramabulana. Media personality Given Mkhari

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  • Eskom describes DA claims over anti-nuclear meddling as misleading & malicious

    JOHANNESBURG – Eskom has described as misleading and malicious claims that it bought the silence of anti-nuclear research groups such as the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies (CRSES) with millions of rands. This comes after the Democratic Alliance (DA) made known its intensions to write to Parliament, requesting that the power utility urgently appear to respond to the allegations. The state entity’s Khulu Phasiwe says the two organisations have done work for Eskom in the past and have indeed been beneficiaries of funding from them, which he says could not be referred to as pay outs. He says Eskom is ready to respond

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  • Blood from Van Breda axe killing flew out of window and hit neighbour's house

    In what is likely to be a long and gruelling trial‚ the third day saw him sitting quietly behind his defence advocate‚ Piet Botha‚ who claimed it would be possible to scale a gate at a section of De Zalze’s perimeter. Judge Siraj Desai responded in the High Court in Cape Town on Wednesday that it would be extremely “difficult and hazardous" for someone to climb the gate as there was electric fencing on top that could trigger security alarms if it was touched. The submissions come a day after the inspection of the crime scene‚ where Van Breda’s attorney‚ Lorinda Van Niekerk‚ demonstrated that once on the premises of the estate‚ it would be possible to breach the boundary of 12 Goske Street via a side gate at number 11.

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  • These are some of the best Twitter reactions to 'coup plotter'

    We combined a list of the most fascinating tweets and meme reactions to the alleged coup plotter. Elvis Ramosebudi became an instant Twitter sensation on Friday following his court appearance over his alleged plot to assassinate South African government officials including President Jacob Zuma. Ramosebudi became the talk of town after a list of the people he allegedly planned on murdering was released. Here are some of the reactions to the coup plotter saga: ALSO READ:  For more news your way, follow The Citizen on Facebook and Twitter.

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  • Malema: Apartheid was better

    "We are worse [off] than we were during the times of apartheid. We are being killed by our own people. We are being oppressed by our own government," he told workers at the Aurora mine in Grootvlei, Springs, on the East Rand. The mine was one of two run by President Jacob Zuma's nephew, Khulubuse, and former president Nelson Mandela's grandson, Zondwa. The mines were liquidated last year. Malema told the workers that politicians would not help them because they benefited from the mines and had shares in them. "Every mine has a politician inside. They give them money every month, they call it shares. But it is a protection fee to protect whites against the workers." He said the fact that the Aurora

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  • Vodacom still hasn't paid Please Call Me inventor

    It has been more than a year since the Constitutional Court ruled in favour of Nkosana Makate, the guy who invented ‘Please Call Me’ for Vodacom. However, according to SowetanLive, Makate is yet to receive his money from the mobile company. Makate created the ‘Please Call Me’ SMS service when he was still employed by Vodacom over a decade ago. Makate took Vodacom to court demanding 15% of the service’s proceedings, and following the ConCourt victory, Justice Chris Jafta ordered Vodacom to start negotiating a suitable payout with Makate. “It’s been a long battle that has taken its toll on me and my family. I’m a soldier and I will never give up,” Makate said. Vodacom’s Byron Kennedy said: “Negotiations

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  • Afrikaans more black than white

    The controversy over the medium of instruction at traditionally Afrikaans universities such as Stellenbosch has brought this to the fore again. Should it be in Afrikaans, English, a combination, or a hybrid which will include other South African languages? The institution has to find ways to continue to advance Afrikaans without the perceptions and experiences of racist behaviour associated with early and ruling Afrikaner nationalist practices. It’s essential to consider the current status of Afrikaans, as well as its history. Many South Africans of every hue have contributed to the language’s formation and development. Afrikaans also has a “black history” rather than just the known hegemonic

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  • ‘Ramaphosa has constitutional powers to implement state capture inquiry’

    JOHANNESBURG - With Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa calling for a commission of inquiry into state capture, a prominent law professor says Ramaphosa actually has the constitutional powers to implement such an inquiry. Last week, Ramaphosa said he supports the establishment of the commission, saying the allegations could destroy the African National Congress if they’re not tested. Legal expert Paul Hoffman says Ramaphosa has the power to institute a commission under the Constitution if the president is unable to act. The Public Protector's State of Capture report, released last year, recommended the inquiry. Hoffman says Ramaphosa must act because President Jacob Zuma has failed to do so. “The

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  • Pretoria man aged 75 arrested in Australia in huge drug bust

    Australian police have charged four men, including an elderly South African man, after finding cocaine and methamphetamines worth A$186 million hidden in mining equipment thanks to high-tech X-ray equipment. ABC quoted Australian Federal Police as saying the drugs arrived by sea cargo to Melbourne from South Africa on December 5. A fourth man was arrested in Melbourne on Wednesday this week. One of the suspects is a 75-year-old South African citizen.

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  • WATCH: Zanrie struggles to walk after HPV shot

    Cape Town – The parents of 11-year-old Zanrie Nieuwoudt say she is suffering from lower motor neuron infection which she contracted after receiving the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil at her school. Zanrie's parents came forward after the Cape Argus reported on a ten-year-old Kraaifontein pupil who has been battling with 'HPV vaccine associated encephalopathy' after being vaccinated at school against cervical cancer.

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  • Modise picks his player of the season

    Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Teko Modise has nominated his player of the season.

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  • Nelson Mandela Bay deputy mayor allegedly made 'advances' to married city executive

    “I refused to avail myself on his three attempts [to tell] me that he is available to me (a happily married woman) 24 hours a day‚” Zitumane said on Wednesday. The fightback by the municipality’s acting corporate services head includes claims that Bobani tried to get her to recall two suspended officials and authorise irregular payments to two companies. Adding to the bombshell allegations‚ Zitumane – who described Bobani as an unhappy‚ wounded person – said that despite subsequently calling her incompetent‚ he had encouraged her three times to apply for the city manager position “as his preferred choice” as well as the chief operating officer post. The Herald reported on Wednesday that she was preparing to sue Bobani for defamation after he allegedly called her corrupt on several occasions.

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  • Teens are dying for lack of sleep

    The US Academy of Sleep Medicine warned that early lessons caused sleep deprivation for pupils, which had a huge impact on their lives. They said later start times optimised daytime alertness, reduced tardiness and improved school attendance. Teenagers aged between 13 and 18 are advised to sleep between eight and 10 hours but most report sleeping seven hours or less on school nights. Experts warned that school times worked against adolescent circadian physiology, which could be nearly three hours behind that of an adult, leading to chronic sleep deprivation. A lack of sleep could lead to poor school performance, obesity, heart problems, metabolic disorders, suicidal thoughts, risk-taking behaviours

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  • Truman Prince: I was defending myself against DA councillor

    CAPE TOWN - Controversial former Beaufort West mayor Truman Prince says he was merely defending himself during an incident involving a Democratic Alliance (DA) councillor. DA activist Joe Johnson reported Prince to the police earlier this week after the African National Congress councillor allegedly assaulted him. But Prince claims that is not what happened. “He drives recklessly and tried to bump into my car. So, I’ve got a lot of cases against him.” Swarts says the problem could also lie with the brakes. “We went to the police, opened a case and they are busy investigating these charges against him. If he feels so strongly that he has a case, go to the police, lay a complaint and let them investigate

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