• WATCH: How Malema predicted Gordhan's arrest

    Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) CIC Julius Malema has recently made accusations against his fellow politicians that have left South Africans in stitches. He always seems to know things no one else does. Lately, it seems, he’s pretty accurate at predicting the future too. Earlier this month, he accused Mabala Noise boss and ANC Youth League treasurer-general Reggie Nkabinde of giving his newly signed artists R5 million each. Nkabinde denied the claims, and later said suing Malema for the claims was “a waste of time”. However, things took a turn for the worse when one of the label’s artists, Khanyi Mbau, came out and confirmed she had been given “lots of money”, denying it was R5 million, though

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  • #SiphoPityana: How South Africans reacted to his hard-hitting speech

    Advocate Dali Mpofu is amongst those who have reacted to Sipho Pityana's speech. Advocate Dali Mpofu Sipho Pityana JOHANNESBURG - Advocate Dali Mpofu is amongst the many South Africans who have reacted to what’s being described as a hard-hitting speech made at the funeral of the late Reverend Makhenkesi Stofile on Thursday.  Former director-general Sipho Pityana slammed the current leadership of the African National Congress under President Jacob Zuma's rule in a 30-minute speech delivered at the service. LISTEN: Sipho Pityana lashed out the ANC in his speech at Makhenkesi Stofile's funeral   Social media users and politicians have since reacted, with some questioning Pityana's timing, suggesting

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  • Signals of desperation, not control, from Zuma

    THE renewed assault on Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has President Jacob Zuma’s fingerprints all over it. Given that the creation of an investigative unit inside the South African Revenue Service does not, under any existing law, constitute a criminal offence, and given that the failure of the Hawks to specify the nature of the crime for which the finance minister is supposedly being investigated, it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that we are witnessing a ham-fisted attack on Gordhan’s reputation. At first sight, this move might suggest that Zuma’s hold on power is intensifying. Zuma has clearly been pondering a Cabinet reshuffle for some time, to oust Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas and other South African Communist Party-(SACP-)aligned leaders.

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  • Smart ID card applications now open to many more citizens

    All citizens banking with Absa, First National Bank, Nedbank and Standard Bank, can now apply for Smart ID cards and passports, Kempton Express reports. Currently 12 branches of these banks are connected to the system in Gauteng, with one branch in Cape Town. Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba on Wednesday said when they launched the eHomeAffairs portal, only citizens between 30 and 35 years old could use this innovative platform to apply for their Smart ID cards and passports online. “The system is now open to all citizens who bank with these four participating banks. Currently 12 branches of these banks are connected to the system in Gauteng, with one branch in Cape Town. While most of these

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Zimbabwe: Mafikizolo Jets in

    South African group Mafikizolo is expected in the country today for a gig scheduled for Belgravia Sports Club on Saturday. The South African group will share the stage with Wallace Chirumiko, better known as Winky D, and Jah Prayzah. One of the event organisers Benjamin Nyandoro of Jive Zimbabwe said upon arrival the group will make a ghetto tour to meet their fans."Everything is in place for the arrival of the group as well as their ghetto tour where they will be meeting their fans," said Nyandoro. Fun-loving people are in for a treat as curtains come down on the Harare Agricultural Show. Several events are lined up for this weekend. FRIDAY South African comedian Riaad Moosa will be cracking

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  • ANC veteran tells Zuma: Go now!

    Durban - President Jacob Zuma was told, in the most forthright way, on Thursday: “Go now!” ANC veteran and former director-general of foreign affairs Sipho Pityana, speaking at the funeral of Makhenkesi Stofile at Fort Hare University, 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.” At the funeral Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa became the most senior government official to publicly back Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

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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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  • Something fishy about 'anti-Gordhan' campaign, church says

    “Something is fishy here, and we are worried, especially since people who are at the forefront of driving this campaign against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan are themselves compromised from the president (Jacob Zuma) down.” ‘We are not saying anyone is above the law, but something is fishy.’ General secretary of the Evangelical Alliance of South Africa Reverend Moss Ntla said this was a crisis in our democracy, where you have one arm of the state coming and moving against the other arm of the state (Gordhan), and forcing him literally to become engaged in civil disobedience. “Something is fishy. This is a very serious matter. It says there is factionalism that is tearing apart our institutions

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  • CWU accuses 'fleeing' Mantashe of being 'arrogant'

    The Communications Workers’ Union (CWU) has accused ANC general-secretary Gwede Mantashe of being arrogant. The accusations come in the wake of a strike by CWU members employed at Telkom. On Tuesday, CWU members marched to Luthuli House, the ANC headquarters in Johannesburg, to meet the leadership. But according to CWU president Clyde Mervin, instead of meeting the union, Mantashe held a media briefing. “What did he do after that briefing? He ran away,” Mervin said. Labour is demanding a salary increase of 11%, and six months’ fully paid maternity leave. Other unions at Telkom, Solidarity and the SA Communication Workers’ Union, have already reached a deal with Telkom, including no forced retrenchments

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  • 'ANC poll losses made late councillor weep'

    The day the ANC lost control of Tshwane, councillor Nonhlanhla Mthembu sobbed to the point where she had to be hospitalised. This was revealed by the late councillor’s best friend, Barry Swarts, at her memorial service at Naturena Primary School in Joburg last night. “She then asked me: ‘Do you think we will lose Joburg?’ I just said let’s wait and see,” Swarts recalled. “She (Mthembu) then replied and said ‘I would be very depressed if we lose Joburg’. That is how much she loved the organisation.” Mthembu collapsed and died during the inaugural Joburg council meeting on Monday in the Johannesburg City Hall, where the DA took over control of the city from the ANC. Former executive mayor Parks

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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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  • PICS: Downey dethroned from top of Forbes list - International

    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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  • Schweinsteiger unlikely to play for Man United - Mourinho

    London - Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho indicated to out-of-favour midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger on Friday that there will be no place for him at Old Trafford this season. The Germany international has two years to run on a reported £190 000-a-week contract, but has been frozen out by United's new manager. Schweinsteiger, 32, has declared he will not join another European club and Mourinho suggested that if he stays, he may not even play in the Europa League or the English Football League Cup. Asked if Schweinsteiger might play this season, Mourinho said: “I think it's very difficult to happen. I'm not saying it's impossible. I'm saying it's very difficult. “I have Paul Pogba, Ander

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  • Don’t assume medical schemes pay for emergency care

    A phone call from a stranger in the middle of the night informing you that your child has been injured in a road accident is every parent’s nightmare. Eileen du Toit was told that the car her 20-year-old son, Mathew, was driving had left the road and rolled several times. An ambulance was called and Mathew was taken to the casualty department at Milnerton Mediclinic in Cape Town just after midnight. He was vomiting, and the doctors recommended X-rays. He was given an intravenous painkiller and placed under observation for two hours. When no fractures or acute injuries were identified, he was discharged. Du Toit submitted the ambulance and casualty accounts to Discovery Health Medical Scheme (DHMS),

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  • DA MP a liar and a fraud

    In her profile on the DA website, she claims she was "born in 1983 in Nelspruit but spent my early childhood in Swaziland and Belgium". Asked to comment on her party spokeswoman being caught out in a lie, DA leader Helen Zille said: "Why is this an issue?" When Zille was informed that the constitution required that all South African MPs be either South African or naturalised citizens and that her spokeswoman was neither, she said she was out of the country and "cannot deal with this from here". A Sunday Times investigation has established that: Phumzile Van Damme was born in Nazarene Hospital, now known as Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital, in Manzini, Swaziland, in 1983; Her mother, Lynette van

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