• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Hawks investigating 18 politically-motivated murders

    Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza says 15 people have been arrested in connection with the murders. Hawks Political killings Major General Berning Ntlemeza CAPE TOWN - Hawks officials say they are making progress in investigations into politically-motivated killings, with several arrests already executed. Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza has briefed Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on its successes over the past five months and other issues. One of the matters raised by Members of Parliament (MPs) was the murders of election candidates leading up to the local government elections. Ntlemeza confirms to the committee the Hawks is investigating 18 murders, related to political violence. “It’s two [murders]

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  • Myeni’s salary is too much – Tinkler

    Cape Town City coach Eric Tinkler is keen on signing transfer listed Orlando Pirates winger Sifiso Myeni, but the former Bafana Bafana international says the midfielder’s wages are a bit high to match. Tinkler is obviously speaking from a well-informed position, as he was in charge of the Mayfair-based side last season, where he managed Myeni. “So to try and take him to the club [Cape City], it will be extremely difficult because of his [financial] expectations,” he added.

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  • Pyramid scams thriving in SA

    Hattingh was responding to questions about reports this week that the NCC has concluded a preliminary investigation into nine suspected pyramid schemes and subsequently handed them over to the commercial crimes unit. “Fraud can be investigated only by the police. We assisted them in identifying the characteristics of a pyramid scheme … but only legitimate businesses can be taken to the tribunal,” Hattingh says. The tribunal was established to adjudicate on allegations of business practices that are prohibited in terms of the CPA and the National Credit Act. Applications can be brought by the NCC. The NCC investigation into the schemes began last year and stemmed from concerns raised by the South

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  • Upgrade to Zimbabwe’s highway to SA will cost $2.7bn

    ZIMBABWE has agreed to a $2.7bn deal with companies from Austria and China to upgrade the country’s busiest road linking SA with countries to the north. The deal will be one of the country’s biggest road projects since independence. The highway is economically significant as it links landlocked Zimbabwe and Zambia to the Indian Ocean ports of Durban and Richards Bay. The contract was agreed with closely held Geiger International of Austria and state-owned China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), Transport Minister Joram Gumbo told reporters in the capital, Harare, on Monday. CHEC, a subsidiary of China Communications Construction, will team up with Geiger to upgrade and add more lanes to the

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  • Twitter goes into battle mode with Loyiso Gola after Caster joke

    African policy makers are increasingly called on to use evidence-based research to inform development decisions. But this requires the rigorous collection of data as well as a coordinated system to disseminate it.

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  • South Africa: Protesters Call for Dismissal of Broadcasting Chief, Communications Minister

    "They are becoming opposition" Motsoeneng reportedly says in Parliament About 50 supporters of Right2Know protested outside Parliament this morning, demanding that steps be taken to resolve the SABC crisis. According to Busi Mtabane, Right2Know National Coordinator, the organisation picketed today because the Portfolio Committee on Communications was meeting the SABC board. "We are worried about censorship at the public broadcaster. SABC is a public broadcaster but is slowly becoming a state broadcaster pushing government propaganda," said Mtabane before she and several others attended the portfolio committee meeting. In the meeting they intended to hand a letter to the portfolio committee. Part

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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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  • 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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  • ‘Leadership resigning because of poor results not a farfetched idea’

    Gwede Mantashe says the ANC has looked into international trends that relate to party leadership resigning. Nkandla African National Congress Gwede Mantashe JOHANNESBURG – African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says the idea of leadership resigning because of poor results is not a farfetched idea and international trends reflect this. Mantashe has briefed the media at Luthuli House after the party lost a number of metros. Mantashe says the National Executive Committee (NEC) will revisit communities who have voiced concerns with the party this weekend.  He says the ANC has looked into international trends that relate to party leadership resigning, making reference 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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  • 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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  • Wisani case: call for more media coverage - Crime & Courts

    Johannesburg - A coalition of civil society groups is calling for increased monitoring of the murder trial of former ANC Youth League leader Patrick Wisani. Wisani, the former chairman of the Joburg inner-city branch of the youth league, is being tried for the murder of his girlfriend, Nosipho Mandleleni, whom he allegedly sjambokked to death last September. Throughout his trial, which is taking place in the high court in Joburg, reports have emerged that Wisani tried to intimidate witnesses, including Mandleleni's twin sister, Siphokazi, whom he allegedly assaulted too. While his trial was expected to continue on August 11, the judge presiding over the case recused himself after both the defence

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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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  • ‘Cheaper’ homes in demand

    Cape Town - There has been a 14 percent increase in houses under R1 million sold over the past year. Pam Golding Property Group chairperson Andrew Golding said more people were looking for smaller houses in conveniently located suburbs. “Despite economic pressures, South Africa’s housing market continued to reflect an ongoing demand for homes to buy and rent, with stock shortages still evident in sought-after hubs and growth nodes,” said Golding. Buyers are also increasingly looking at sectional title houses. He added that an increasing focus on smaller, more affordable and conveniently located residential accommodation will continue to fuel the demand for sectional title living. “It also appears

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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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