• Trump buys SA Inc for R3bn

    Afbekistan - US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has bought out all of South Africa for R3 billion, sources close to the deal say. The move comes as Trump’s hopes of winning the next election in the United States, set for later this year, fade. The multi-billionaire, whose net worth is pegged at $4 billion - or around R59 trillion - is said to have met with President Jacob Zuma earlier this month in a bid to secure SA Inc. His purchase of all of SA comes in the midst of several probes into the so-called state capture saga in which the Gupta family is alleged to have offered several government ministers high-profile positions and also to have abused their close ties with Zuma. This

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  • Cyril, it's time to pick a side

    I expected it to last. The election afterglow, I mean. The “collision” negotiations barely concluded, and then boom, before you knew it, the Sars wars had resumed without even giving the EFF two days to enjoy their “kingmaker” status. It was straight back to the usual destruction of the country’s institutions. Business as (un)usual. So Pravin Gordhan has been thrust back into the limelight, kicking and screaming. But the markets don’t like it when our minister of finance kicks and screams. They prefer him in the background – but some those in charge don’t appear to care that the rand is reasonably important. The markets, that amorphous mass of invisible investors who love stability, are not kind

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

    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. "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 Pretoria on Friday afternoon. "He said we didn't think what happened to Nhlanhla Nene could happen, but it happened," said another source. A third source said: "He said this is part of a bigger political battle. Don't be surprised if me and the deputy minister [Mcebisi Jonas] are removed this weekend". Gordhan

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  • Dead! 5 celebs Malema absolutely nailed

    AKA It's no secret that AKA is firmly ANC, and when the ANC won 43% of the vote in Johannesburg, he celebrated. AKA responds to Malema's 'druggie' remarks: I'm honoured  So when Malema said, "A druggie was saying 'we won Joburg' kere [I said] yoh, drugs are dangerous. These artists, the way he's so innocent, he took nyaope and thought 43% is winning. He thinks it's simple like that," he continued, adding that a "drunkard minister retweeted the druggie." AKA responded, by saying he was honoured. “If Julius is indeed referring to me, man what a day!! With everything on his plate, and he still has time to think of me?! I'm honoured,” AKA tweeted. Kelly Khumalo Afro-pop singer Kelly Khumalo has proven

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  • South Africa: Woman Caught With R5.4m Drugs at Airport

    A Johannesburg woman is expected in the Khayelitsha Priority Crimes Court on Friday after she was caught with tik worth R5.4m at Cape Town International Airport. Western Cape police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk said the 26-year-old from Wanderers was nabbed with the foil-wrapped packages in her luggage after landing on a flight from East London on Wednesday night. "After the passengers had collected their luggage from the carousel, the border police members conducted random stop and search operations," he said. "When searching the suitcase of the woman, they found numerous parcels wrapped in tin foil and further examination led to the discovery of tik with an estimated street value of R5.4m,

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  • SAA in liquidation danger

    Yakhe Kwinana‚ the former head of South African Airways’ (SAA’s) audit and risk committee who resigned earlier this week‚ says she feared the damage to her reputation‚ as the possibility of the liquidation or business rescue of SAA came into sharp focus at the end of July. Risks were heightened by a demand from Standard Bank to repay a R250m loan immediately and the September 6 deadline from the Hong Kong registrar of companies‚ which threatened to terminate routes to the city due to concerns about the airline’s financial sustainability. The registrar wants SAA to submit its financial statements. SAA urgently requires a R5bn loan guarantee from the Treasury in order to be considered a going concern and to assure lenders of its sustainability.

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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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  • Are prison nurses trying to kill Oscar Pistorius?

    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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  • De Lille sued for R1m over ‘tikkop’ comment

    Cape Town - Community activist Roscoe Jacobs is suing Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille for a whopping R1 million for allegedly calling him a tikkop (meth addict). Jacobs, from the #GangsterismMustFall campaign, is taking De Lille to the Equality Court to “get justice”. He expects the money and an unconditional public apology because he says the insult has tarnished his reputation. He claims he’s been removed from the ANC proportional representative list while people on social media have questioned his crime fighting credentials. “If you type my name on Google, her calling me a tikkop (meth addict) is the top three stories that come up,” an outraged Jacobs said. “She would never have called a

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  • Zimbabwe: Govt to Deploy Army in Streets?

    GOVERNMENT will today deploy security forces to quell mass demonstrations organised by a coalition of opposition parties joining forces to push for electoral reforms and change -- should the protest turn violent -- as pressure mounts on President Robert Mugabe to reform or quit, it has been established. Home Affairs minister Ignatius Chombo addressed a press conference in Harare yesterday, threatening to crush today's political demonstrations. The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) yesterday refused to grant permission to the 18 political parties under the auspices of the National Election Reform Agenda and the Coalition of Democrats to march in the streets of Harare, prompting the parties to approach

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  • No black like me in the DA

    Firstly, the Democratic Alliance (DA) needs to be congratulated for scooping three metros: Tshwane, Johannesburg, and the Nelson Mandela Bay, which have long been held by the ANC. Twenty-two years into democracy, the community of Alexandra, which neighbours the plush Sandton, is still embarrassingly shanty. Sixty-one years after the “adoption” of the Freedom Charter, the people of Kliptown still live in abject poverty. The ANC inarguably didn’t cover itself in complete glory when it comes to service delivery. And Now the DA has a big task to overturn these dehumanising conditions, if that’s what it’s planning to do. Corruption, being the ANC’s weakest point, is what the DA hopes to eradicate.

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  • Tutu is 1 000th face of gay drive - Western Cape

    Cape Town - Retired archbishop Desmond Tutu has became the 1 000th face of the Scalabrini Centre's "Let's Face It" campaign. The campaign was established in support and understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community. The campaign, which began on Human Rights Day in March, has become a regular feature at Cape Town street festivals. It was organised by the Scalabrini Centre, a refugee outreach centre, particularly for LGBTI refugees from countries such as Uganda and Nigeria where being gay is still a crime. Human rights officer at the Scalabrini Centre Neil Goodwin said: "The archbishop kindly came out of retirement to lend his face to this campaign and

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  • Wenger set to splash the cash

    Arsene Wenger will splash out more than £50million before the transfer deadline on centre half Shkodran Mustafi and striker Lucas Perez. Arsenal have had bids accepted on both players and are confident of clinching the deals before the transfer window closes on Wednesday. It should ease the pressure on Wenger with supporters demanding that he bolster his squad after only one point from their first two Premier League games. Germany international Mustafi, a long-standing defensive target for Wenger, is set to cost £35m. Valencia have resisted Arsenal’s advances this summer, but are finally prepared to do business after lining up a deal for Brazilian defender Sidnei for £8m from Deportivo La Coruna

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  • No law empowers Hawks to summon Gordhan

    There is no law or anything else in the constitution that empowers the Hawks to have “summoned” Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, respected retired justice of the Constitutional Court Johann Kriegler has said. “Let’s start at square one. Do the Hawks have any power to summons? That is a big no,” he told The Citizen. “There is no power under our law and constitution to summons someone.” He also said that the method used by the Hawks, by which it made public its intention to have Gordhan appear at its offices on Thursday, was a device used to intimidate someone. “It’s usually a device used to intimidate and frighten people. It’s also a device used to humiliate the person even more.” Kriegler said,

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  • ‘We never expected Sipho Pityana to stoop so low’ - Politics

    Cape Town - The ANC Youth League says it is “disgusted by the unruly and disruptive character” displayed by Sipho Pityana at the funeral of Makhenkesi Stofile at Fort Hare University. During his 30-minute speech at the funeral on Thursday, Pityana, an ANC veteran and former director-general of foreign affairs, lashed Zuma and urged him to step aside. “If the president was here I would have asked him as my leader, I would have begged him, I would have prayed, saying: My big brother, Msholozi, hand over the reins!’ “The next battle cannot be led by a leader who has humiliated our organisation and undermined everything that we represent.” On Friday the ANCYL said: “We expect former leaders of our

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  • ANCYL says elders embarrassing party

    The youth league has slammed the governing party's elders following former DG Sipho Pityana’s speech. African National Congress ANCYL Sipho Pityana JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) says the governing party's elders have been embarrassing the movement through unruly behaviour. The league has accused former foreign affairs former foreign affairs director-general Sipho Pityana of dragging the ANC’s name through the mud. Pityana used the funeral of former sports minister Makhenkesi Stofile to call for President Jacob Zuma’s resignation this week. WATCH: Sipho Pityana's speech at Makhenkesi Stofile's funeral  Pityana believes the ruling party is in denial about its

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  • Purpose of ANC’s Monty Python squad is clear

    I HAVE experience in uselessness. At school, where I was a useless scholar, I was acquainted with schoolmasters who, outside of drinking whiskey, caning and playing with themselves in pursuit of breaking world records, were utterly useless. Every day in summer in London I pass men who spit on pavements then text on their phones and accidentally walk into lampposts and scream. George Osborne, Remain voters, Belgians, Oscar Pistorius’ running spikes, Wayne Rooney’s hairplugs, Piers Morgan, the Cape Times — all glowing examples of extreme uselessness. But I have never seen anything more useless than the MPs the ANC assembled from its ranks to appoint Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s replacement.

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  • Twitter roasts DJ Shimza over 'EFF comments'

    Riot police in Zimbabwe fired tear gas, beat up several people and blocked off the site of an opposition demonstration on Friday, an AFP correspondent said, the latest in a string of protests to hit the country.

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  • Nigeria: Prison, a Good Experience, Says Man Who Named Dog 'Buhari'

    Joachin Iroko, the man who named his dog Buhari and was arraigned for conduct likely to cause breach of peace has finally regained freedom, four days after he was remanded in Ibara Prisons in Abeokuta, Ogun State. Iroko, 40, a father of two and a native of Delta State was arraigned on Monday before an Ota Magistrate's Court, Ogun State, on a two-count charge and was subsequently granted bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties, who must be regular tax payers in the state, in like sum. However, the accused could not perfect the bail conditions until yesterday. Iroko, who spoke with newsmen shortly after he left the prison ward in Abeokuta, described his experience as good and educative. When

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