• 'Infuriated' Durban mother starts petition to kick Phat Joe off East Coast Radio

    It’s been one week since Phat Joe officially joined KZN-based radio station East Coast Radio (ECR) and there are already calls of boycott from fuming residents. It has on Wednesday emerged that an angry Durban mother named Hayley Going has started a petition to have him removed from the Drive Time slot‚ and is fast gaining momentum. The petition has been started on an online platform and is being circulated on social media under the hashtag #phatjoemustgo. “As a resident of Durban and a mother with a 13 year old child that drives home at 5pm‚ it is time to make a stand. #phatjoemustgo. He is not the right person for the ECR drive slot. I petition the listeners of ECR to join me and sign the petition‚”

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  • ANC is losing values and trust, says Jonas

    Cape Town - Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas said the “poverty” of ideas within the leadership of the ANC was making South Africa go “astray”. Speaking at the memorial service of the former Eastern Cape premier Reverend Makhenkesi Stofile in East London on Monday, Jonas said the ANC was fast losing its values and trust among the people. He was speaking In his capacity as family representative during the memorial service held at Abbotsford Christian Centre outside East London. “Bro Stof”, as he was affectionately known, died at his home in Alice in the Eastern Cape last Monday following a short illness. Jonas, who made headlines in March after he said the Gupta family had offered him a job

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  • Malema calls for all apartheid symbols to be destroyed

    Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema has called on people to take down all statues that are a reminder of apartheid, the Sunday Independent reported. "I'm challenging you, the fighters of the Western Cape, that statue of Louis Botha at Parliament, it must go down and how it goes down it's your business. How it goes down, I'm not interested... Make a plan for that statue." Malema was addressing an EFF Human Rights Day rally in Langa, Cape Town on Saturday. He said people who despised apartheid and everything it represented had the "duty to remove those symbols". "Stop being cry babies, you brought down apartheid, you can't fail to bring down the symbols of apartheid. It is your duty

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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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  • Ramaphosa steps in for Zuma to deliver eulogy at Stofile funeral

    Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has been handed eulogy duties Thursday’s Special Official Funeral for the late Reverend Makhenkesi Stofile. The Presidency said in a statement that President Jacob Zuma‚ who was scheduled to deliver that speech‚ will no longer be able to do so as he “will travel to Nairobi‚ in the Republic of Kenya to participate in the 6th Summit of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development”. “President Zuma has once again extended his deepest condolences to the Stofile family‚” the statement added. It also said that preparations for the funeral “are at an advanced stage”. Stofile — a former minister of sport and recreation and former premier of the Eastern Cape

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  • DA in charge of metros, but Malema the big winner

    The Democratic Alliance (DA) should brace itself for various forms of mass mobilisation by the ANC, especially in the major metros of Tshwane, Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape, political analyst Elvis Masoga said yesterday. The next five years would be the most difficult for the party, he said, especially where it was in charge of the metros. Speaking to The Citizen, Masoga said: “The DA must ready themselves for a climb on Kilimanjaro – the party is relatively inexperienced when it comes to handling mass mobilisation. When we talk about the ANC, we talk about a 104-year-old movement that has mastered the art of mass mobilisation over the years.” Masoga said another great

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  • Bonang or Dj Zinhle? Wayde van Niekerk takes on Q&A

    Olympic gold medallist Wayde van Niekerk was this week kind enough to hold a Q&A session on Twitter. While some of the questions tweeps asked were interesting, others were simply meant to be ridiculous or funny. On what he thought of the “ugly” team SA Olympic tracksuits everyone has been complaining about, Van Niekerk only responded: “Life goes on. As long as I made my country proud.” He may be right, but we will not be ready to forgive as long as the frumpy kit remains engraved in our minds. Things got interesting when one Twitter user asked him if he would choose Bonang Matheba over DJ Zinhle. The poor guy did not want to start another storm, so he decided on a safer, yet irrelevant choice:

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  • ‘Guptas and Zuma are molesting SA without Vaseline’

    Pretoria - Julius Malema has again lashed out at the Gupta-owned media empire and its employees, maintaining that the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) would not legitimise a “gangster” empire and would not engage any of its journalists. Speaking at the Electoral Commission of South Africa’s (IEC) national rules operation centre in Pretoria on Friday, Malema said the EFF had made it clear that they did not want to speak to any journalists working for media companies owned by the Gupta family, who are friends with president Jacob Zuma. Malema was asked what his response was after EFF deputy president, Floyd Shivambu, allegedly “broke the electoral code” by harassing an ANN7 journalist, on Thursday.

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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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  • Zimbabwe: Anti-Mugabe Protests Turn Violent in Capital Harare

    Zimbabwean police have used tear gas, water cannons and batons to disperse an opposition rally protesting against police brutality in the capital Harare. More than 200 supporters, mostly youths, of the main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), took to the streets on Wednesday. Many protesters were reported to have been injured on Wednesday, but police spokeswoman Charity Charamba said she had no information on that. Riot police blocked streets around the MDC headquarters and used water cannon against some youths in downtown Harare. Some protesters threw back tear gas canisters, as well as rocks, towards the police, who fired more tear gas outside the MDC offices. The demonstrators

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  • 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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  • Kasrils settles for R500,000

    The spat between former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils and Deputy Defence Minister Kebby Maphatsoe played itself out like a drawn-out soapie. The battle ended when the two reached a settlement. Maphatsoe apologised to Kasrils, conceding he had made false claims. The R500000 settlement will be put in a trust for the woman known as Khwezi, President Jacob Zuma's rape accuser. Kasrils was suing Maphatsoe for R1-million over statements he made about Kasrils in 2014. Khwezi called me and said, 'Uncle Ronnie‚ Jacob Zuma has raped me’  Maphatsoe had accused Kasrils, a former high-ranking Umkhonto weSizwe leader, of sending Khwezi to Zuma's home on the night she claimed she was raped and of being

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  • EFF asks Pravin to prove his innocence, not 'do a Zuma'

    A delegation of church and civil society leaders are expected to head to the headquarters of the specialised Directorate Priority Crime Investigation, better known as the Hawks, on Thursday after Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan was served with a summons to sign a warning statement. The letter the Hawks sent reveals Gordhan is facing three criminal charges, including allegations that he set up an investigation unit within the SA Revenue Service (Sars) that gathered, collected and evaluated intelligence in an improper way. Gordhan, who said on Wednesday that he would ignore the Hawks summon, has already provided them with a full explanation to the charges and denied any and all wrongdoing. Two

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  • Zimbabwe: Vice President Mnangagwa Dies

    Bulawayo — Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa's elder brother, Mr Philip Mnangagwa (84), has died. Family spokesperson Mr Patrick Mnangagwa said Mr Mnangagwa died on Tuesday after a long illness at his home in Shurugwi. "The Mnangagwa family wishes to announce the death of Mr Philip Mnangagwa, who had become the second eldest boy in the larger Mnangagwa family. Philip was born on August 23, 1932 in Zvishavane and passed away on the same day in 2016 (at 84), after a long illness," he said. "Philip was politically active in supporting the liberation struggle while he was a teacher in Zimbabwe as well as in Zambia. He remained active until he became ill. He was resettled during the land reform programme

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  • Government to pay R1 billion for Mala Mala game reserve

    The deal between Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti and multimillionaire lodge owner Michael Rattray will wipe out a vast chunk of the national Land Claims Commission budget for the year. The system was set up to restore white-owned land to black South Africans forcibly dispossessed under apartheid, but this huge deal could result in a major setback for land reform throughout South Africa. The Mpumalanga community that stands to benefit from the deal said that paying the land owners market value would seriously impede land reform, and that it was "unfair to offer such an owner full market value for the property, as he would then benefit twice from apartheid". If successful, it will dwarf all past land claims.

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  • Zimbabwe: Parched Zimbabwe Faces Dire Water Shortages As New Dry Season Nears

    Gutaurare — "The water in our dam is now very low. The local rivers have dried up. The situation is really bad," says one farmer The only dam in this small-scale farming community in eastern Zimbabwe used to provide water for both people and cattle. Now, dried to a dirty puddle, it is a source of competition rather than refreshment. As a small boy tries to fill two containers with the muddy water, a herd of cattle crowd in for a drink. The boy tries to wave them away, but the desperate animals defy him, bellowing and crowding to the edge of the puddle. Though the water is no longer fit for people to consume, farmers depend on it for washing and other uses. "Water is now very scarce in this area.

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  • How Hart became his own worst enemy

    Whether it was the weakness dealing with low shots to his left or the chest-beating patriotism prior to England's Euro 2016 fixtures, something happened in France this summer to convince Pep Guardiola that Joe Hart could not be relied upon as his first-choice goalkeeper at Manchester City. The new City manager's concern over Hart's distribution of the ball with his feet was already a flaw that the Catalan had identified as something which required work, but the die had not been cast for the England number one when Guardiola was confirmed as Manuel Pellegrini's successor last February. Guardiola believed that Hart's footwork could be improved - he insisted 24 hours prior to the season opener against Sunderland that he had seen signs of the 29-year-old's ability to grasp the nettle - but when push came to shove on the opening weekend, it was Willy Caballero who stood in goal for City, with a brooding Hart forced to watch from the bench.

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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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  • Zim court to decide on opposition march today

    Leaders from 18 political parties, including MDC’s Morgan Tsvangirai, are due to lead Friday’s demonstration. Zimbabwe Morgan Tsvangirai Mugabe Robert Mugabes party Zimbabwe government Zimbabwes police Mugabes government Morgan Tsvangirais party Zimbabwean court HARARE – Zimbabwe’s High Court will on Friday decide whether President Robert Mugabe’s opponents can proceed with a planned march calling for electoral reform after police chiefs suggested they present a petition instead, an opposition official said. Leaders from 18 political parties, including Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai and former vice president Joice Mujuru are due to lead Friday’s demonstration, which

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  • South Africa: EFF Betrayed Us

    Cosatu feels betrayed by the marriage between the DA and the EFF, president Sdumo Dlamini has told journalists. "You are looking at the combination of the odds which have enjoined at one point [to] ensure the ANC does not stay in power... They even say they are happy with the devil. We feel betrayed because some of the parties... we voted for them on their ideological outlook." Dlamini said the EFF has abandoned the principal and ideological outlook as a left formation. He questioned how the DA and the EFF would handle a call for the ban of labour brokers or a national minimum wage. "Who loses the worker? What you have deposited yourself to be in society wearing a red helmet, but at the alter

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