• WATCH: 'Burglar' forced to dig his own grave‚ buried alive

    The video starts innocently enough. People are walking. They surround a suspected thief – buried up to his chest. He’s been forced to dig his own grave. Cars drive past casually‚ a bystander bums a light for his cigarette. Thwack. The defenceless man is struck on the head with the back of a shovel. This chilling scene played out on Monday‚ as angry residents of Dwarsloop village in Bushbuckridge‚ Mpumalanga‚ took the law into their own hands and threatened to bury a man alive. Tumelo Dibakwane‚ who captured the moment in a cellphone video clip‚ said the police arrived just in the nick of time to rescue the man as the mob prepared to douse him with petrol and turn him into a human torch. The same

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  • When Zuma might fire Gordhan and Jonas, according to Malema

    Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has given us an inside scoop on what may soon transpire in the whole drama of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy, Mcebisi Jonas. President Jacob Zuma on Monday recalled Gordhan and Jonas from National Treasury’s international investment roadshow in London, a call that raised eyebrows, with many suspecting the president would soon fire the minister and replace him with former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe. After being spotted at the ANC’s headquarters at Luthuli House earlier on Tuesday, Gordhan later said he was there “to have a discussion”. However, Gordhan further said he had not yet been told why he was recalled from London. According

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  • 'Pravin Gordhan' raps about London recall, says it's a game of cat and mouse

    If you’ve been wanting to follow the finance minister on Twitter, then you’ll have to settle for a parody account that showcases ‘Gordhan’s’ rapping skills. The minister has come under the spotlight again after he was ordered to return form an investor roadshow with his deputy, Mcebisi Jonas. His recall has raised speculation that a Cabinet reshuffle is on the cards after the top six met at Luthuli house on Monday. Here are some of the most noteworthy tweets from the account: ALSO READ: For more news your way, follow The Citizen on Facebook and Twitter.

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  • Jaws drop in court as airport heist accused reveals he earns R400,000 a month

    In his affidavit‚ Prince Dube said his exhibition stalls business generate R400,000 a month and he could afford R30,000 bail. Meanwhile‚ his co-accused Thando Sonqishe‚ the man who appeared in social media with a multi-million-rand Lamborghini‚ said that if he stayed in jail he would contact diseases given the poor state of prison facilities. Robbery charges against one of airport heist accused withdrawn  Sonqishe's lawyer Victor Nkwashu told the court that his client could also afford R30,000 bail. "My client was embarrassed by the manner in which the police handled his arrest and publicised in the media. And if he continues in prison his transport business will suffer and his family will be

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  • WATCH: Skolopad performs at Hlaudi gig where Rebecca 'opens for her'

    Singer Skolopad performed for crowds at a bash held in former SABC boss Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s honour. The Maluti-A-Phofung municipality in the Free State threw a “homecoming” concert for former SABC chief financial officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng in Phuthaditjhaba, with music stars such as Rebecca Malope and Dr Malinga performing. Skolopad took to Twitter to share her joy that gospel star Rebecca had performed before, effectively “opening” for her. Skolopad also shared an image of herself and Motsoeneng looking cosy. She is from the Free State, and it is likely she was chosen to perform because of that. “I was born in QwaQwa, and I was raised there, too. I completed my tertiary studies in nursing in

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  • Analysis: Why Zuma is moving on Gordhan now

    Zuma may once have been master of his own destiny‚ but that point has long passed. South Africa’s banks – and others such as the Bank of China‚ for that matter – have all given the Gupta companies their marching orders because of their discomfort with certain transactions. This has led to a liquidity problem for the Guptas and that in turn has caused a liquidity problem for a range of others who rely on the crumbs that fall off the table‚ so to speak. While the technical‚ legal argument over whether or not the finance minister ought to intervene is interesting‚ the case may be awkward for the Guptas because it will require them to explain a string of transactions listed by the Treasury as dodgy.

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  • 'Gordhan, Jonas are definitely out'

    Cape Town – Two people are in the running to take Pravin Gordhan’s place as Minister of Finance in what is likely to be a much-changed Cabinet named by President Jacob Zuma either on Sunday evening or Monday. Plans to name the new Cabinet members were put on hold on Tuesday, following the death of Struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada. A reliable source told Independent Media that both Gordhan and his deputy, Mcebesi Jonas are definitely out. “It’s just a matter now of who takes over from Gordhan,” he said. He said Gordhan has been completely isolated. He has no support in the top 6. Even the SA Communist party, is prepared to see him go. The source said that Zuma wanted Brian Molefe as the new minister.

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  • WATCH: Khune scores from corner kick in training

    Bafana Bafana captain Itumeleng Khune is known for being the best distributor of the ball in the PSL.

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  • South Africa: Minister Gugile Nkwinti On Land Reform Matters

    Minister Gugile Nkwinti Press Briefing Statement Ladies and gentlemen Good Morning I welcome you to this media briefing on land reform matters I have called you this morning to this media briefing session so that I can provide you and the public with an update around several land issues. These land issues include: the Regulation of Agricultural Land Holdings Bill; the electronic Deeds Amendment Bill; the Extension of Security of Tenure Amendment Bill; the Communal Land Tenure Bill; the Communal Property Association Amendment Bill; the Land Valuation Regulations under the Property Valuation Act of 2014; the appointment of the Chief Directorate Labour Tenants and Farm Dwellers; and the Common Property

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  • Zimbabwe: 'White Rhodesians' Own 90% of City

    MASVINGO city council is failing to enforce sprucing up of buildings in the Central Business District (CBD) to meet world class standards as 90 percent of the properties are owned by exiled white Rhodesians, a senior official has said. Town Clerk Adolf Gusha said the "sad reality" was forcing the country's first urban settlement to leg behind in infrastructural development as most property owners are only receiving rentals from tenants without refurbishing the buildings. He said the situation was also putting off investment in the city due to high rentals being charged by the exiled property owners. "It is a sad reality that 90 percent of commercial buildings owners in the CBD are whites who

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  • OR Tambo heist suspect receives death threats for 'cooperating with police'

    Police are investigating claims that one of the accused in the OR Tambo airport cash heist has received death threats for ‘cooperating with police’. This was revealed during a formal bail application heard by the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court for two of the eight men arrested in connection with the crime. During the reading of an affidavit by the investigating officer‚ Col Samuel Mhlangu of the Hawks‚ submitted to the State in opposition of bail for Prince Dube and Thando Sonqishe‚ it came to light that either Dube or Sonqishe had received death threats. The State could not reveal which one of the men had made these claims‚ but confirmed the claim was being investigated. It is also not clear

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  • Zimbabwe: Pro-Mugabe Youth Run Riot At Ancient Township

    Harare — YOUTH militia belonging to the ruling party of President Robert Mugabe have struck fear into the hearts of traders and opposition members in the oldest township of Zimbabwe ahead of watershed elections next year. The Zanu-PF terror gangs have imposed an economic embargo against members of other political parties in Mbare and are carrying out violations with impunity with police officers reluctant to deal with the known perpetrators. The youth have run amok at Mbare Musika Market and in one incident burnt furniture and locked the premises at a bottle store whose management they accused of using to hold opposition meetings. Operators of the Ngaritutwe Bottle Store have been ordered to

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  • Zim retiree sues Old Mutual to recover pension

    Harare – For the first time since Zimbabwe’s 2008 financial crash, a policy holder of South Africa’s Old Mutual has taken the company to the Harare High Court claiming he was cheated of his pension. A veterinary surgeon, Alan Park, is seeking to recover the amount he paid into Old Mutual over 42 years – the life of the policy in which he invested. When Zimbabwe abandoned the Zimbabwe dollar in 2009 after years of hyper-inflation, many pensioners, not only from Old Mutual, were left penniless and were paid out small amounts after lifetimes of investment in those companies. One pensioner recalled this week: “I was able to pay half my monthly water bill after more than 20 years’ paying into a pension

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  • Zimbabwe urges citizens to switch to rand

    An acute shortage of US dollars last year forced Zimbabwe to introduce a locally bonded currency, but it has not been able to address the country's cash challenges. There is only $200-million (about R2.5-billion) in circulation, but the economy requires $1-billion. "We will be happy in the central bank if people use the rand more than they would use the other currencies," said Reserve Bank deputy governor Kupukile Mlambo. This, he said, was because Zimbabwe's biggest trade partner was South Africa and the country had an insignificant amount of trade with the US. "We can benchmark pricing with the rand, which we can't do with the dollar because we trade almost nothing with the US," Mlambo added.

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  • Presidency clarifies involvement in Gupta case against Gordhan

    PRETORIA – The Presidency has moved to clarify its attempt to be involved in the Pretoria High Court case brought by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan against Gupta-owned companies. The court on Tuesday rejected the president’s attempt to be joined as an interested party. Gordhan has asked the court to declare that he is not authorised to intervene in the fight between the Gupta-owned companies and the banks. Between December 2015 and April last year the country’s big four banks cut ties with the Gupta companies. The Presidency says Standard Bank is seeking relief which would affect President Jacob Zuma and other members of the Cabinet. The president is concerned that the court could issue an order

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  • Think twice before you tweet, Helen Zille

    It would be accurate to say that Western Cape Premier Helen Zille and US President Donald Trump have both stepped into the ever open jaws of the trap social media offers. The initial problem for high profile users is the very accessibility and instantaneous nature of Twitter as a medium. The true down side is the fact that once a thought has been wafted into the willing ether, it remains indelibly. Trump, an inveterate user of social media – he has both personal and presidential accounts – has never been known for restraint in what he puts out there. His tweeted promise for the future is just one such case. “Today, I was thrilled to announce a commitment of $25 BILLION & 20K AMERICAN JOBS over

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  • More questions than answers as Kruger park continues shooting buffalo

    Last year‚ SANParks officials justified culling of hippo as drought-related – explaining it was better to kill the animals before they suffered from the drought that ravaged much of the first half of 2016 – but given the protracted rainfall in the area recently‚ the explanations for the continued killing has shifted to that of feeding impoverished rural populations that border the western boundary of the park. Kruger Park rangers will shoot 300 to 400 buffalo and 200 hippo in 2017‚ on the back of 105 buffalo and 52 hippo killed in 2016 and the refurbishment of the Skukuza abattoir to process the carcasses for sale of meat for human consumption. “This re-direction of culling to feed settlements

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  • Public meeting to address Durban warehouse fire

    As the dust settles on the fire that raged though a Bayhead-based warehouse, in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, for three full days, local communities are now turning their attention to the future and how to prevent such a catastrophe from reoccurring, reports the Southlands Sun. The South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA) hopes to get answers at a public meeting at the Bluff’s Pigeon Hall on Thursday from 6.30pm to 8pm. Rumours of a mass evacuation and toxic clouds spread almost as rapidly as the warehouse fire, causing a frenzy. With the fire under control, communities are not only looking to the future, but expressing their admiration for the gallant firefighters who faced the flames for days on end.

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  • Caster Semenya slays the ramp at fashion show

    Forensic auditors who probed a North West's tribal authority's financial irregularities amounting to R400 million struggled to obtain information relating to the appointment of service providers and beneficiaries.

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  • Woman stabbed to death on busy road

    Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said that detectives had already begun their probe into the brutal slaying of the woman‚ who has yet to be named. “On Huntley Road in Seaview‚ a body of a 38-year-old woman was found lying on the road.

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