• 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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  • Pastor Mboro defends his new R2 million BMW: 'God is rewarding me'

    Soon after Mboro flaunted his flashy BMW i8, which retails in the country for about R2 million, eyebrows were raised and Twitter users took to the social media platform to lambaste the pastor, with some labelling him a "false prophet." In response to the slew of backlash, Mboro explained that his latest splurge is one of the ways in which God has changed his life, after embarking on an 8-week journey, called Incredible 8 Weeks, where he apparently prayed for God to transform people's lives, including his. Pastor Mboro's brand new R2million BMW gets tongues wagging  "People don't understand how I am able to afford a BMW," he said during his radio show on Ekurhuleni's Kasie FM. "It's funny because

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  • Eastern Cape ANC branches make 'Zuma-must-go' call

    The call was made in branch meetings and by the ANC Youth League at the weekend. Heated meetings in the two metros saw frustrated ANC members voicing their frustrations over Zuma's presidency. It is understood that delegates blamed Zuma's association with the Gupta family and the R246-million upgrade to his Nkandla homestead for the ANC's poor performance in the recent poll, which saw the party lose control of Nelson Mandela Bay, among others. Delegates attending the ANC Youth League general council in East London on Sunday called for Zuma's removal. The closed meeting was attended by ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe. Home Affairs Minister and ANC NEC member Malusi Gigaba and Eastern Cape

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  • Zimbabwe: Is Riot Police Fed On Drugs?

    The picture of a group of riot police assaulting an old woman at the entrance of Rotten Row magistrate courts in Harare on Friday leaves little doubt that these young men are fed on drugs before being deployed to crash riots. What else could explain this sickening scene where a group of eight youthful men, clad in full riot gear including riot helmets, menacing knee and shin protectors and other body armour while armed with batons, riot shields and guns, surround and brutalise this hapless old woman? The woman is on her knees, her frail arms up in a vain attempt to protect herself and apparently pleading with the police. In the picture, the police are clearly not listening to her plea of innocence and one of them is gleefully pumping his boot into the woman's backside.

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  • ANCWL could do a better job, says Mlambo-Ngcuka

    UN Women’s Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says the African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) needs to address the issue of their relevance and focus more on the challenges faced by all women. In a wide-ranging interview with Eyewitness News, she has also reflected on the recent protest for Khwezi at the Independent Electoral Commission’s centre, saying she supports the demonstration as it displays a healthy democracy. Four women staged a silent protest against President Jacob Zuma a few weeks ago, in solidarity with a woman who accused him of rape and came to be known as Khwezi. She says it took extraordinary measures for the 1956 generation to get their voices heard. Mlambo-Ngcuka says the ANCWL could do a better job at dealing with issues faced by their constituency.

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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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  • Ndlozi takes a break from politics to hit the books

    The People's Bae is taking a break. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) announced on Friday that national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi “will be on study leave effective immediately‚ till 1 November 2016”.

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  • PICS: Downey dethroned from top of Forbes list

    New York - Wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson topped a Forbes magazine list of the world's highest paid actors on Thursday with an estimated 2016 payday of $64.5 million. Johnson, 44, knocked Robert Downey Jr off the top spot and more than doubled his 2015 earnings, largely thanks to his action comedy Central Intelligence. Johnson, known as “The Rock” during his wrestling career, also collected advance fees from the eighth installment of the popular Fast and Furious racing movie franchise. The Forbes annual list again highlighted the pay gap between men and women in Hollywood. Earlier this week the magazine named Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence the world's highest paid actress for a second

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  • ‘Rand will buckle if Gordhan is charged’ - Currencies

    Johannesburg - South Africa’s credit rating would be cut and the rand would “buckle” if Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is removed from his post, according to Goldman Sachs. The currency has slumped 6.2 percent since August 23, when a news website reported that the Hawks police unit had summoned Gordhan in connection with an investigation into alleged irregularities at the tax-collection authority, which he headed from 1998 to 2009. Gordhan has refused to report to police, saying he has done nothing wrong. Opposition parties and some independent analysts have accused President Jacob Zuma, 74, of trying to gain greater control of the National Treasury, a claim he’s rejected. “The underlying issue

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  • Could this be SA's next finance minister?

    Johannesburg - The man who is tipped to be the next Minister of Finance has come a long way with President Jacob Zuma. The name Sifiso Buthelezi, has been bandied about in some circles as the man Zuma is likely to announce as the next finance minister. He was sworn in as a member of parliament in April and currently is on the standing committee on finance. He has been a member of the ANC from his youth and a commander for Umkhonto we Sizwe. In the mid 1980s he was arrested and imprisoned on Robben Island until 1991. Buthelezi comes from Mahlabathini in northern KwaZulu-Natal. He has an academic background in commerce with a masters through the University of Cape Town. He was Zuma’s economic adviser

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  • IFP expels two councillors suspected of bribery

    Durban - The IFP suspects foul play over the decision by two of its councillors in Edumbe to vote with the ANC, violating a co-operation agreement that the party has with the DA and the EFF. One of the councillors had allegedly accepted a position of deputy mayor when he was nominated by the ANC. The ANC denied it had bribed anyone. Nonetheless, the party expelled the two on Tuesday. They are said to be proportional representation councillors and the party could replace them with “loyal councillors” as early as Wednesday. According to the Electoral Commission, in the Edumbe Municipality the ANC achieved 50.65% support with eight seats, while the DA received 29.26% with five seats and the IFP

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  • Juju and the jet plane

    Mystery tycoon Mohamed Dada, who is said to be flying ANC Youth League president Julius Malema around the country in his private jet, was awarded lucrative tenders by the Limpopo Roads Department - whose projects are managed by Malema's company. Malema's Ratanang Trust owns shares in On-Point Engineering, which scored a R52-million deal to act as "project manager" for Limpopo's roads department. This effectively gave it influence over how tenders are awarded. This week the public protector, Thuli Madonsela, launched a probe into On-Point Engineering as evidence mounted of businessmen giving kickbacks to Malema's company in return for lucrative tenders. Hawks spokesman McIntosh Polela also confirmed

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  • Holomisa wants Gupta family to explain acquisition of business shares

    The UDM's Bantu Holomisa says it should be established if the family acquired the shares legally. Gupta family Gupta Bantu Holomisa Guptas Oakbay Investments CAPE TOWN – The United Democratic Movement (UDM) says the Gupta family should explain how it acquired shares in South African businesses before they are sold off. At the weekend, the family, which has courted controversy through allegations of state capture, announced its plans to sell all its local shares before the end of the year. UDM leader Bantu Holomisa says it should be established if the family acquired the shares legally. “It would have been better if at least those findings have been published or the investigation has been completed.

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  • NEWS ANALYSIS: Who told minister to scupper Prasa fraud probe?

    A FRESH storm lies ahead for the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa), which is only months into procuring construction work to modernise rail infrastructure in time for the arrival of 600 new trains purchased in a R51bn deal. Prasa board chairman Popo Molefe and Transport Minister Dipuo Peters appear to be at loggerheads over how to handle allegations of tender fraud and claims that the ANC was a key beneficiary of irregular transactions. Peters has struggled to bring stability at Prasa, whose administration and board she has described as being “in shambles and disarray”. The fallout comes at a critical time for Prasa, which has just begun modernising its urban Metrorail commuter service.

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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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  • SACP deputy denounces Number One

    The SACP’s central committee is meeting for the first time since the elections and is expected to take a strong stance on the reasons the ANC had experienced its worst electoral performance since 1994. Deputy general-secretary Jeremy Cronin said on Friday the party was doubtful whether the ANC had the capacity to arrest what has been a consistent decline of support. While the SACP has refrained from an outright call for Zuma to step down, the party said it was clear that opposition parties had capitalised on the weaknesses directly related to Zuma. “It is no secret that the opposition parties ran their campaigns... on national issues, especially the clumsy manner with which the ANC handled the Nkandla matter for instance and other things.

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  • How Komphela can turn things around at Chiefs

    Yet another defeat, this time to Cape Town City in the quarter-finals of the MTN8, has put Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela under an even bigger microscope. There is no denying the man in charge needs to quickly find a winning formula or otherwise risk his tenure with the Glamour Boys coming to a premature end. Several key points have led to this poor start, and this is where Komphela must improve: Make new signings count The Chiefs coach hasn’t been brave enough. Yes, he gave strikers Lewis Macha and Edmore Chirambadare their full debuts against City, but a few more players should have made way for the new faces. Komphela looked peeved when asked whether he agreed that he has started the season

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  • SAA’s latest move indicates desperation of its ‘delinquent board’

    THE move by South African Airways (SAA) to take out an advert in Sunday newspapers calling "for tenders to provide R16bn in loan funds" indicates the desperate financial position that the SAA board‚ under the leadership of Dudu Myeni‚ finds itself in. This is according to DA finance spokesperson Alf Lees said, who also said the act "reinforces the urgent need for Parliament to intervene and to have an emergency meeting with SAA". Lees said he had written to standing committee on finance chairperson Yunus Carrim "to reconsider my original request for an emergency meeting with SAA on Wednesday this week". On Friday he called for the next meeting with SAA to be brought forward in an effort to stave off the "increasingly certain" liquidation of the embattled airline — the next meeting is scheduled for September 20.

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  • WATCH: Malema to ANC: 'You can jump into the nearest hell'

    The parents of a toddler who was suffered injuries after falling into a domestic swimming pool have been given the go-ahead to fight for tens of millions of rand in damages.

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  • ‘Everybody needs to calm down over Gordhan’: Duarte

    African National Congress (ANC) deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte has called on all South Africans to remain calm in the wake of the battle between the Hawks and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. “Everybody needs to calm down. We need to put the facts on the table and not make irreparable statements. I think the statement by the SACP (South African Communist Party) is a bit dangerous for all of us at the moment‚ but there is always tomorrow and a room for discussion‚” Duarte told SABC Morning Live today. SACP leader Blade Nzimande had on Sunday said the “putative charges…are designed to remove Gordhan from office and weaken the Treasury’s struggle against corruption and corporate capture”.

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