• AT HOME AND ABROAD: ANC mute as arrogant Zuma grabs the reins

    PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma’s response to his humiliating setback in the local government elections has been akin to a personal coup d’etat. In seizing centralised control of all the country’s parastatals, Zuma has assumed personal charge of the entire public sector economy, undercutting not only his finance minister, but the collective authority of his whole Cabinet. The only effective defender who has stood between those leeches and us, the taxpayers — Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan — is being dragged off to the political slaughterhouse by the Hawks, no doubt at Zuma’s behest. Once he is arraigned with whatever charges are to be brought against him and a long trial begins, it is difficult to see how he could continue to function as finance minister, which has now been rendered a nonjob.

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  • Zuma: give me six months to be dictator

    ALL PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma wants is six months as a dictator to solve South Africa’s problems. In that six months Zuma would force the unemployed to return to school or get arrested. “If you just give me six months to be a dictator, things will be straight. Right now, to make a decision you need a resolution, decision, collective, petition. Yoh! It’s a lot of work. I am emphasising that let us pay more attention to our children in education,” said a laughing Zuma. He was visiting Marhulana Primary School in Tembisa yesterday along with Gauteng Premier David Makhura, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi as part of the Mandela Month celebrations. Zuma

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  • Nigeria: Blasphemy - Zamfara Eight Killed Over False Alarm

    Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State, yesterday, explained that the murder of eight persons at Talata-Mafara over alleged blasphemy against Islam was caused by false alarm. The governor, who spoke to newsmen after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, described the act as unnecessary and 'act of the devil.' Yari said: "From the intelligence I gathered from security agencies, there was a fight between two students of Abdu Gusau Polytechnic. One of them started shouting that the other person abused Prophet Muhammad. "Other students came and beat the other boy, who is Yoruba from Kogi State. Some people say he was a Muslim, others say he was a Christian. They beat

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  • Nigeria: Naira Hits New Low As Forex Crisis Worsens

    The naira yesterday dropped to 402 to a dollar at the parallel market after nine banks were barred fro foreign exchange market for failure to remit about $2.3bn NNPC/NLNG dollar deposit to the Treasury Single Account. On Tuesday, traders exchanged naira at 395 to a dollar, but a day after, it depreciated by about 1.8 percent against the greenback. At the interbank market, the naira went from 305 on Tuesday to 335 to a dollar yesterday. The banks affected and their respective indebtedness to the TSA were United Bank for Africa (UBA), $530m; First Bank of Nigeria (FBN) $469m; Diamond Bank Plc ($287m); Sterling Bank Plc ($269m); Skye Bank Plc ($221m); Fidelity Bank ($209m); Keystone Bank ($139); First City Monument Bank (FCMB) $125m; and Heritage Bank ($85m).

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  • '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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  • Hawks pile on corruption charge against Gordhan

    News24 is reporting that the case against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan appears to be related to corruption, not only the so-called rogue spy unit established during his time at the SA Revenue Service (Sars), as has previously been speculated. The website claims that “this is the first time it has been revealed that the law enforcement agencies are investigating Gordhan for corruption”. A letter sent by the Hawks to Gordhan on Monday suggests Gordhan will be charged with unauthorised expenditure and/or fruitless and wasteful expenditure in terms of the Public Finance Management Act and corruption in terms of the Prevention of Corrupt Activities Act. The letter claims that Gordhan, as finance minister, “approved that then deputy commission of Sars, Ivan Pillay, could take early retirement at 56 with full retirement benefits” from 1 August 2010 and that his employer should pay his early retirement penalty to the amount of R1 258 359 “despite the early retirement being for personal considerations of the employee when ordinarily the employee must pay the early retirement penalty in terms of the law”.

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  • Nigeria: Governor Explains How Eight People Were Killed in Zamfara

    Abuja — Zamfara State Governor and Chairman of Nigerian Governors' Forum, Alhaji Abdulazeez Yari, has stated that perpetrators of the violence in Talata-Mafara in the state on Monday, which resulted in the death of eight persons, will be arrested and prosecuted. The governor, who explained the incident which led to the killing of the eight persons and burning of a house in the village to newsmen after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday at the State House, said even though no arrest had been made by the security personnel, investigation was going on to ensure that the perpetrators of the crime did not go unpunished. Yari said "As at the time I left Zamfara, no arrest yet. Immediately

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Chabane's last words

    But the very thing he warned them of killed him and his two bodyguards. Travelling with the two members of the police's VIP protection unit - Lesiba Sekele and Lawrence Lentsoane - Chabane was killed early yesterday morning when his car and a truck collided on the N1 freeway between Polokwane and Mokopane, in Limpopo. Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said C habane's car and the truck were travelling in the same direction, with the truck to the left. The truck driver allegedly made a U-turn and Chabane's car slammed into the truck. What remained was a mangled contortion of steel and fragments of the VW Touareg. The truck - still intact - stood in the middle of the freeway, with a slight

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  • OPINION: ANC Divided. Confused. No plan – except in Gauteng

    President Jacob Zuma 2016 local government elections African National Congress Stephen Grootes looks at how ruling party has begun to weaken in the last two decades. JOHANNESBURG – The gravity pull of the centre of the African National Congress (ANC) has been weakening for nearly two decades. In some ways, it is a myth that it has always had deep roots among the people in all parts of the nation. That is not to dispute the place it may have had in people’s hearts, but merely to point out that it did not have formal structures on the ground in most places. Its powerful branch structure did not exist in the 1980s. When Nelson Mandela came to power, big decisions could be made easily at the centre.

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  • Trevor Manuel warns: Arrest of Gordhan will ‘destroy this economy’

    FORMER finance minister Trevor Manuel has come to the defence of the current minister, Pravin Gordhan, saying it is ridiculous that an 'acting' head of the Hawks is persecuting him on baseless charges. Speaking on eNCA, Manuel warned that should Gordhan be arrested, the effect would be catastrophic — far worse than the damage done by the firing of Nhlanhla Nene in December last year. "It will do much more damage. "To go back to that is really to scream fire in a crowded theatre. Such action will destroy this economy. "The next move is up to the head of state to say: If you have any evidence, let's handle this in a responsible way," he said. Manuel said he agreed with Gordhan's decision not to

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  • Why are SA companies ditching Nigeria?

    Johannesburg - Hotel and gaming group Sun International became the latest South African business to pull out of Nigeria because of weak economic growth and clashes with regulators in the west African country. In January, Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) launched a probe into Sun International's initial investment in the Tourist Company of Nigeria, which owns and operates the 5-star Federal Palace hotel in Lagos. Sun International, which reported a 20 percent fall in diluted adjusted headline earnings per share (AHEPS) to 628 cents for the year to June, said the Federal Palace had been hit by slow economic growth, the low oil price, the threat from Boko Haram and a weakening

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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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  • Maradona criticises Messi over international retirement

    Argentina great Diego Maradona has criticised Lionel Messi, suggesting that the Barcelona star's retirement from international football, and subsequent change of heart, was "staged". "I don't know whether this was staged to make us understand that he'd lost three finals, but we never lost by big margins," said Maradona to radio station La Red. Messi announced his retirement from international football after Argentina lost the Copa America final to Chile on penalties in June, with the Barcelona forward crucially missing in the shoot-out. "This is the end for me with the national team, it's not for me," said Messi at the time. "I think it's best for everyone, for me and for many people who want

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  • Two former SARS officials Ivan Pillay and Johann Van Loggerenberg will meet Hawks

    WHILE Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has snubbed the Hawks, former South African Revenue Service (SARS) officials Ivan Pillay and Johann Van Loggerenberg will meet the unit. The pair will be accompanied by Advocate George Bizos and retired Constitutional Court judge Johan Kriegler who will be providing them with moral and legal support. A number of civil society groups are also set to accompany the pair when they present themselves at the Hawks offices at 9am on Thursday. Mark Heywood from Section 27, in a statement on Wednesday, said he and representatives from various civil society and church organisations will be present when the pair appear. "This is a civil society observer delegation to

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  • Durban tile shop shooting captured on camera‚ posted on Facebook

    A man in his thirties was critically injured when he was shot in the parking lot of a major tile retailer in Garth Road in Durban around noon on Wednesday. The incident was captured on camera and posted on Facebook shortly afterwards. Paramedics arrived on the scene at Malls Tiles off Brickfield Road to find the man in a critical condition. “Advanced Life Support Paramedics worked to stabilise the man on scene who had sustained gunshot wounds to his upper body. Once the man had been stabilised on the scene he was transported to a nearby hospital‚” said Rescue Care operations manager Garrith Jamieson. Jamieson said the exact circumstances of the shooting were unclear. “However South African Police

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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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  • 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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