• Zimbabwe: Mugabe Panics As Soldiers Rampage

    Uniformed soldiers on Friday night emptied Harare's night clubs and ruthlessly attacked people on the streets after police triggered violent protests in the capital earlier in the day as President Robert Mugabe's government fought to suppress dissent against his rule. Zimbabwe's 18 opposition parties including former vice-president Joice Mujuru's Zimbabwe People First and MDC led by Morgan Tsvangirai had obtained a High Court order barring police from interfering with their intended demonstration. The parties under the banner of the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) and Coalition for Democrats wanted to protest against unfair electoral laws and systems, but were violently blocked by the police; minutes after the High Court had okayed the event.

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  • Sars nails Zuma’s son over fraud

    At the centre of the dispute is a raid on ATM’s cigarette manufacturing business in Pietermaritzburg in 2011. The expensive plant was imported from China. ATM was incorporated in 2009. The company is registered as manufacturing and distributing of tobacco related products. A squad of Sars officials swooped on the premises, seized goods and machinery, shutting the plant down. ATM was later allowed to operate, but the legal wrangle has continued and Zuma and his partners are now immersed in a bitter exchange with Sars officials. In legal papers which our sister paper The Sunday Independent has seen, Zuma accuses the taxman of corruption, racism and running a smear campaign against him. In an affidavit

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  • Don't mess with Amanda du-Pont

    Horses like a nice tune. More specifically, music has a calming effect on highly strung thoroughbreds. This was revealed to me way back by a wily old trainer, who swore by a battered ghetto-blaster and the mellifluous strains of Classic FM.

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  • Gexit? Not so fast, Guptas

    Right now the Priority Crimes Investigation Unit (Hawks), which last week summoned Finance Minster Pravin Gordhan and other axed members of the SARS executive to their headquarters in Pretoria, is sitting on a massive “investigation” into the Gupta family’s alleged capture of the South African state through their relationship with President Jacob Zuma and the ANC. Huang was part of a delegation that accompanied President Zuma on a state visit to China in 2010. That same year the SARS National Research Group (NRG), led by Johann van Loggerenberg, initiated a probe into Huang’s Mpisi Trading, an import/export business. In 2012, 10 SARS officials were suspended following a joint investigation by

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  • Zuma's monster cabinet to cost SA R1bn

    He has added two ministries . His cabinet is one of the biggest in the world - he has more cabinet ministers than the US, Germany and Japan, all of which have much bigger economies and broader tax bases. South Africa now has 35 ministers, each of whom earns about R2.1-million a year. T he 37 deputy ministers will each earn R1.7-million. Zuma earns about R2.62-million a year and his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, gets R2.36-million . Economist Mike Schussler said: "I'm not sure if a bigger cabinet is going to make a difference or just add to the cost of government." The budget for The Presidency has soared from R257-million in 2007, during president Thabo Mbeki's tenure, to R329-million in 2009. Kgalema

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  • South Africa: Two Killed After Street Parking Row

    A 40-year-old man has handed himself over to police after he shot three men, killing two, apparently because one of the deceased men had parked in the middle of the road. The incident happened in Butterworth in the Eastern Cape in the early hours of Sunday morning, police said. "The allegation is that the suspect and the deceased were enjoying themselves in a tavern at Zithulele Township... in the early hours of Sunday," said Captain Jackson Manatha. The arrested man had apparently wanted the driver of the car parked in the middle of the road to move, he said. "[He] wanted the deceased to move their car so that he could drive where [they] were parked," said Manatha. Police are still establishing

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  • WATCH: Vusi Kunene, Terry Pheto and Abena Ayivor in new A United Kingdom trailer

    The first trailer for the much-anticipated international film, A United Kingdom, starring local actors Terry Pheto, Vusi Kunene and Abena Ayivor is finally here. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Amma Asante, the film stars Hollywood actors David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike in the lead and was shot late last year in Botswana. The dramatic biopic follows the love story of Seretse Khama (Oyelowo), a member of the Botswana royal family, who shocked the world when he married white British bank clerk Ruth Williams (Pike) in 1948 — at a time when interracial marriage was illegal. Kunene plays Seretse’s uncle Tshekedi Khama, while former Generations actress Ayivor slips into character as his wife Ella

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  • Joburg will never be the same again

    The ANC were hit hard by the Monday blues with the help of a vengeful red tide, writes Madala Thepa. Johannesburg - It was always going to be a day of reckoning at City Hall in Joburg. The shock demise of the ANC-ruled Joburg council made it extraordinarily hard and painful - heartless even - as technology, the producer of speed, began to announce their defeat. The precarious start and countless disruptions at the ballot booths, whether to have the vote secret or not - personal choice versus what the rule book says - only made it worse. As the night drew to a close, outgoing mayor Parks Tau could no longer contain himself. He broke down in tears in the city hall’s foyer and minutes later left

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  • The great Springbok flyhalf debate

    Johannesburg - Will Elton Jantjies be in the No 10 jersey when the Springboks lineup against Australia in 11 days’ time or will Johan Goosen or Morne Steyn fulfil the flyhalf duties? That is the big question ahead of the Boks’ departure to Australia on Thursday. Springbok coach Allister Coetzee names his squad today for the matches in Brisbane on September 10 and against New Zealand in Christchurch a week later. Jantjies’ position in the team - and squad - is the hottest topic of discussion right now. The Lions man, who was so instrumental in helping the Joburg franchise play in their first Super Rugby final a few weeks ago - has had an up and down time of it since being entrusted with the Bok

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  • Zimbabwe: Fake Pregnancy Costs Boyfriend $50 000

    A Harare woman allegedly faked a pregnancy and has used her cousin's new-born baby to claim maintenance from her boyfriend since 2012, defrauding him of $50 000. Lilian Chitanga Marowa (44) and Shylet Taruza (31), the mother of the baby used in the alleged swindle, were facing fraud charges when they appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Tendai Mahwe. They were granted $100 bail each. As part of their bail conditions, the two were ordered to report to CID Serious Fraud once every Friday, reside at their addresses and not to interfere with witnesses. Allegations are that sometime in 2012, Marowa and Taruza connived and devised a plan to swindle the complainant. Marowa, it is alleged, lied to Spencer

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  • I'm prepared to die to save SA from the thieves

    South Africa flirted with the prospect of economic meltdown this week‚ with President Jacob Zuma’s allies moving yet again to neutralise Pravin Gordhan‚ the finance minister made a dramatic vow: that he is prepared to die to save the country from thieves‚ Sunday Times reported. A defiant Gordhan promised that he would never back down from fighting corruption. The embattled finance minister also told hundreds of Treasury staff members he was aware of speculation over a cabinet reshuffle‚ the Sunday Times report said. “He said ministers come and go and we must just commit to work with whoever is the minister of finance‚” said a Treasury employee who was at a staff meeting addressed by Gordhan in

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  • Thabo Mbeki's full letter on Zuma, Nkandla and the Constitutional Court

    The Big Read: Zuma acts the chief, scorns our rule of law The court ruled that Zuma had failed to uphold the Constitution by ignoring orders from the Public Protector that he repay some of the $16 million in state funds spent to renovate his residence at Nkandla. No duty to defend JZ, says Gwede Here is former President Thabo Mbeki's full letter on the issue: On 31 March, 2016, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng conveyed the unanimous decision of the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) in the matter of “Economic Freedom Fighters v Speaker of the National Assembly and Others; Democratic Alliance v Speaker of the National Assembly and Others [2016] ZACC 11.” This decision has evoked much understandable

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  • Second Earth found, and it could be home to ET

    London - British astronomers have discovered the nearest Earth-like planet that could be home to alien life. Named Proxima b, it orbits Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our sun. At 4.2 light years away, in space terms it is right on the doorstep – and high speed spaceships now being devised could reach it within decades. In time, scientists say, the rocky planet 1.3 times the size of Earth could even be colonised by space travellers. Proxima b is thought to be only 4.7million miles from its star, one-twentieth of the Earth’s distance from the Sun. Its year lasts just 11.2 of our days. One side may be perpetually stuck in daytime, while the other experiences perpetual night. But Proxima Centauri,

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  • Echoes of Madonsela in successor

    Cape Town - “I will serve my country with all my might.” That’s how public protector-in-waiting Busisiwe Mkhwebane ended her interview for the job. She has served with distinction so far - a fact none of the political parties on the ad hoc committee on the public protector disputed when members made their final selection. She graduated from the University of the North with a law degree, received a diploma in corporate law from the then Rand Afrikaans University in 1997, before signing up as a senior researcher at the SA Human Rights Commission. Concern for the vulnerable appears to have informed her next move as a senior investigator with the Gauteng office of the public protector. One thing

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  • Parks Tau: ANC must confront corruption, abuse of state agencies

    Tau says the ANC must be bold enough to confront the wrongs happening within the party and government. Hawks Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan SARS Pravin Gordhan Parks Tau JOHANNESBURG – Former Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau says the African National Congress (ANC) must confront the abuses of state agencies. Tau appeared to throw his weight behind Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan who failed to report to the Hawks last week for a warning statement. Gordhan and three other former South African Revenue Services (Sars) officials have been identified as suspects in an investigation into a controversial unit.  Tau says the ANC must be bold enough to confront the wrongs happening within the organisation

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  • All the 2016 MTV VMAs winners

    It was a night of great performances and a celebration of music at the VMAs held at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The big highlights of the evening was Rihanna's many performances to celebrate her Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award as well as Beyoncé's live performance of Lemonade. Beyoncé won the award for Video of the Year and Best Pop Video for her song Formation, Best Female Video for Hold Up and she also picked up the award for Breakthrough Long Form Video for Lemonade. Song of the Summer Fifth Harmony (featuring Fetty Wap) — "All in My Head (Flex)" The Chainsmokers (featuring Halsey) — "Closer" Drake (featuring Kyla and Wizkid) — "One Dance" Selena Gomez — "Kill Em with Kindness"

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  • EFF ‘salutes gallant forces of young black women’ in #StopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh protest

    The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) used the “protest by girls at Pretoria Girls High” to attack the African National Congress (ANC) for being “afraid to implement the wishes of our people as prescribed in the Freedom Charter which they have so boldly declared theirs”.  The party’s acting spokesperson‚ Fana Mokoena‚ on Monday said the “EFF applauds the young black women who protested against their school for their racist practices”. “The girls are not allowed to wear their hair naturally‚ in fact they are forced to straighten it; and their indigenous languages are suppressed‚” he said. Earlier on Monday‚ TMG Digital reported that Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi is due to visit the school

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  • Start packing your bags and leave SA for good‚ EFF tells Guptas

    The Economic Freedom Fighters have urged the Guptas to “start packing their last bags” and leave South Africa for good‚ saying they have caused enough damage. The party also warned that it would “not rest until the last root and trace of the Guptas has been cleared from our history”. It welcomed “with caution” reports that the Guptas intended selling off their businesses to the highest bidder before the end of this year‚ saying it was long overdue. The Gupta family‚ which has close ties with President Jacob Zuma‚ has been accused of state capture “This corrupt relationship has since caused untold divisions in the ruling party which harbours many elements who have also been captured. They appointed

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  • Listen: Zuma 'raping government of every last cent', says Gareth Cliff

    Cliff's comments come after it emerged that Gordhan had been summoned to appear before the Hawks on Thursday about allegations related to his role in the formation and activities of the so-called "rogue unit" set up when he was head of the SA Revenue Service. Gordhan, who has maintained that the setting-up of the unit was above board and had ministerial approval, said on Wednesday afternoon that he would not be complying with the summons as advised by his legal team. Euphonik, Boity and Thembisa Mdoda to 'tell-all' on new show  Weighing in on the debate surrounding the issue, Cliff levelled accusations against Zuma claiming the president is trying to "escape with as much money as he can from

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  • What will Zuma do: What does turning tide mean for Yesterday’s Man?

    Had it not been revealed that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan was ordered by the Hawks to present himself at their offices and had he decided to comply with the order, one has to wonder what might have happened last week. Would Zuma have decided that Gordhan was effectively a suspect and removed him from his position? Would the economy have bottomed out? Who would be our finance minister now? The big question is, if events had gone according to plan, would the Gupta family have announced on Saturday that they would be selling all their shareholding in their South African businesses? The family said in a media statement that they were “already in discussions with several international prospective

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