• Time for the Jonah option for Zuma

    Clearly Jonah had not heard Bob Marley’s song pointing out the futility and impossibility of running away from one’s self. Instructed by God to go and deliver an urgent message to the residents of one city, Jonah chose to show God the finger. Probably rolling his eyes the way Zuma did in his infamous parody of the opposition’s obsession with “Nnkaandlaa”, Jonah jumped into a ship going to a city in the exact opposite direction. Once the ship started moving, Jonah swaggered to the lower deck and with a spring in his step, found a comfortable seat, sat down, and went to sleep. As you can imagine, God was not amused. So He smacked the ship in which Jonah was travelling with a ball of fierce and

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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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  • Zuma charges: court erred, says NPA

    Johannesburg - The National Prosecuting Authority has argued that the full Bench of the high court in Pretoria went too far in ruling that President Jacob Zuma should face corruption charges. The court ruled in April that former NPA head Mokotedi Mpshe’s decision to drop charges against Zuma was irrational and he should face the charges in his indictment. Mpshe’s decision was based on the spy tapes obtained by Zuma’s lawyers which showed former Scorpions boss Leonard McCarthy had political motives in deciding the timing of serving Zuma with an indictment. In its application for leave to appeal the court ruling, the NPA has argued that by saying Zuma should face the charges, the court was interfering

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Masechaba Ndlovu opens up about her social struggles: 'I'm an extroverted introvert'

    While Masechaba might seem like the picture of an extrovert on the different media platforms which she occupies, it turns out that she identifies as the opposite. Speaking to Anele Mdoda on SABC 3's Real Talk, the media personality revealed that due to her nomadic childhood - which saw her leaving Zambia (where she was born), for Zimbabwe and then moving to the United States of America before she was eight years old - she grew accustomed to being alone, and therefore, became an introvert. Given that she wears a number of hats in her career, which often requires her to go out, speak and engage in conversations, Masechaba explained that she first has to prepare herself mentally before entering into those social spaces. ''I recently discovered that I'm an extroverted introvert.

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  • Bok shockers to haunt fans, players and coaches

    THERE is no denying the Argentinians have made giant leaps in recent years, and they have become a highly regarded side in world rugby. But the Springboks’ 24-26 defeat to Los Pumas at the Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena on Saturday irked many South African rugby followers to a point where the match was compared to some of the worst Springbok performances since readmission. We take a look at five of the worst displays by the men in green and gold since 1994. • SA 25-37 Argentina‚ Durban‚ August 8 2015 At this point even some of former Bok coach Heyneke Meyer’s most vociferous supporters also started to wonder whether he was the right man to steer the Springbok ship. This was the first time that

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  • ‘We declare war on all opposition supporters’ – Zanu PF Youth

    Amid mounting unrest in the Zimbabwe, Zanu PF youths have vowed to “violently” crush any anti-government protests as calls by the opposition for 92-year-old President Robert Robert Mugabe and his administration to step down grow louder. The country’s capital, Harare, has seen violent protests taking place. The most recent protests were on Wednesday and Friday last week. ‘We have been fighting with MDC-T for a long time, and they have now gone too far.’ Protesters went on a rampage and destroyed property, looted goods that included shoes, food, clothing, cellphones and computer gadgets. They also set alight a truck belonging to the state broadcaster, Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation. Police responded

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  • Not so bright and beautiful for DA

    The DA could be tempted to rewrite Cecil Frances Alexander’s All Things Bright and Beautiful. With Trollip in the Bay, Joburg in the bag, Mogale City under Lynn Pannell, Bongani Baloyi in Midvaal, Cape Town under Patricia de Lille with Helen Zille at the helm of the Western Cape, things look bright and beautiful for the DA. The jury is still out as to whether the party succeeded because of, or in spite of, its strategy. The DA couldn’t care about that, at least for now. In a rapidly urbanising country, whose wealth resides in its cities, the DA’s urban creep is remarkable, albeit imperfect and incomplete. And yet the DA’s lyrical recital of All Things Bright and Beautiful could be rudely interrupted

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Zimbabwe: I Am Coming Back Home

    Award-winning songbird Cynthia Mare has denied reports that she has settled in the UK where she previously worked as a nurse because of economic hardships in Zimbabwe. Mare who recently released a single with Green Ambassador Derrick Mpofu called "Dzoka Kumba" said she will be coming home in two weeks and had visited UK for her sister's wedding. Mpofu also spoke on the recent collaboration with Mare citing that she is one of the finest female music artistes in the country which is the reason why he worked with her. "Mare is in my top three of female artistes in the country and she has immensely contributed in the music industry over the past decade so she was the best candidate in this collaboration," Mpofu said.

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  • EFF uses Pretoria girls hair protest to show up ‘scared ANC’

    The EFF used the "protest by girls at Pretoria Girls High" to attack the ANC for being "afraid to implement the wishes of our people as prescribed in the Freedom Charter which they have so boldly declared theirs". The party’s acting spokesperson‚ Fana Mokoena‚ on Monday said the "EFF applauds the young black women who protested against their school for their racist practices". "The girls are not allowed to wear their hair naturally‚ in fact they are forced to straighten it; and their indigenous languages are suppressed‚" he said. Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi was due to visit the school to address the controversy after more than 4,500 people signed a petition calling for his intervention.

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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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  • All the 2016 MTV VMAs winners

    It was a night of great performances and a celebration of music at the VMAs held at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The big highlights of the evening was Rihanna's many performances to celebrate her Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award as well as Beyoncé's live performance of Lemonade. Beyoncé won the award for Video of the Year and Best Pop Video for her song Formation, Best Female Video for Hold Up and she also picked up the award for Breakthrough Long Form Video for Lemonade. Song of the Summer Fifth Harmony (featuring Fetty Wap) — "All in My Head (Flex)" The Chainsmokers (featuring Halsey) — "Closer" Drake (featuring Kyla and Wizkid) — "One Dance" Selena Gomez — "Kill Em with Kindness"

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  • Nigeria: The Growing Menace of the Mosanto-Induced Pro-GMO Lobby in Nigeria

    PREMIUM TIMES is very concerned about the determined march by the US-based multinational, Monsanto, to impose Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) into agricultural production in Nigeria. They have found willing accomplices in two government agencies - the National Biotechnology Development Agency and the National Biosafety Management Agency - that are taking the lead in opening doors to GMOs. In mid August 2016, three Nigerian ministries held a meeting of biotechnology and biosafety experts at the Sheraton Hotel in the presence of the ministers of agriculture and rural development, environment and science and technology. Virtually all the scientists invited were prominent proponents of GMOs.

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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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