• ANC voted for the 'black genocide De Klerk' – Malema

    Leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema has slated the ANC after they accused the EFF of voting for the “white DA”. Malema said people had rejected the ANC, and it had nothing to do with the EFF. This after the ANC lost key metros Tshwane, Johannesburg, and Nelson Mandela Bay to the DA. Despite it still having control of most municipalities in the country, the ruling party has lost big budgets from these major metros, with Joburg accounting for more than R50 billion on its own. The DA also announced this week that it had uncovered evidence of at least R20 billion in improperly spent money from the metros. “Our people rejected the ANC. The ANC was not rejected by the EFF. The

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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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  • South Africa: Release Coal Docs At Your Own Peril, Guptas Warn Treasury

    Four days before the Guptas' business chiefs ambushed Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on a radio station, their company Tegeta threatened Treasury over a report into coal contracts with Eskom. The threat occurred when Democratic Alliance MP David Maynier submitted a request under the Promotion of Access to Information Act (Paia) for Treasury to release the documents. Treasury chief procurement officer Kenneth Brown had been tasked with probing contracts over R10m as Gordhan's team focused on spotting corrupt deals. Tegeta opposed the application and Treasury informed Maynier of this outcome. However, the DA shadow minister of finance then submitted another Paia request for the reasons for his

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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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  • 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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  • Kebby admits he ran away from MK camp

    Kebby Maphatsoe, the deputy defence minister who accused Thuli Madonsela of being a CIA spy, yesterday admitted he had run away from an ANC military camp during the struggle days. It was during his escape that he lost his right arm, he told the Sunday Times in an interview yesterday. He was shot by soldiers of the Ugandan army. "My escape was for a good intention, I am not a sell-out." said Maphatsoe, who was accused this week by MK veterans of ducking duty. He said conditions in the ANC camp in Uganda were "unbearable". He said he left due to excessive punishment, poor conditions and inadequate food at the camp, in order to report these to senior ANC leaders in South Africa. Previously, there

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  • Hawks vs Gordhan: The pushback begins as civil society rallies support for finance minister

    In a joint media statement issued on Wednesday, former SARS Deputy Commissioner Ivan Pillay and Group Executive Johann Van Loggerenberg announced that they will, unlike their former boss, Pravin Gordhan, be “presenting” themselves to Crimes Against the State Commander Brigadier Nyameka Xaba at 09:00 on Thursday. Xaba, who was appointed by the Hawks acting Head Mthandazo Ntlemeza in 2015, has spearheaded the investigation into the SARS “rogue unit” after current SARS commissioner, Tom Moyane, lodged a complaint in May last year. Xaba reportedly penned the 27 questions sent to Pravin Gordan in February, days before he was due to deliver his Budget speech. Experts have questioned the involvement

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  • South Africa: 35 000 Apply for ID, Passport Via Ehomeaffairs

    Cape Town — Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says just over 35 000 applications for Smart ID Cards and passports have been received through the recently-launched eHomeAffairs portal to date. The Minister said the system was now open to citizens of all ages to apply. He said this when he briefed the media on the applications that have been received on the eHomeAffairs portal to date. "As at 23 August 2016, a total of 35 751 applications have been submitted through the system, of which 50% has been finalised to date. Online applications are making a huge difference in the time spent in queues. "In April, in the first month following the launch, we were at 4 088 online applications," he said.

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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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  • 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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  • South African Academics Ask Zuma to 'Stop the War' On Finance Minister

    The Conversation's partners View partners of The Conversation South Africa's minister of finance Pravin Gordhan is again on a collision course with the country's Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations. The row has unsettled the country's already shaky currency, the rand. It's also prompted a group of senior academics from nine universities to pen an open letter. The letter, which first appeared on local news site the Rand Daily Mail, is republished below. "In December 2015 the shocking decision by President Jacob Zuma to fire Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene led about 70 senior academic economists from across South African universities to write an open letter to the Business Day to express

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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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  • 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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  • ‘Guptas and Zuma are molesting SA without Vaseline’

    Pretoria - Julius Malema has again lashed out at the Gupta-owned media empire and its employees, maintaining that the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) would not legitimise a “gangster” empire and would not engage any of its journalists. Speaking at the Electoral Commission of South Africa’s (IEC) national rules operation centre in Pretoria on Friday, Malema said the EFF had made it clear that they did not want to speak to any journalists working for media companies owned by the Gupta family, who are friends with president Jacob Zuma. Malema was asked what his response was after EFF deputy president, Floyd Shivambu, allegedly “broke the electoral code” by harassing an ANN7 journalist, on Thursday.

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  • Coega signs R11bn deal with Chinese car maker

    Johannesburg - The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has signed a historic R11 billion investment deal with the Beijing Automobile International Corporation (BAIC) from China for the establishment of a completely knocked down (CKD) vehicle manufacturing plant in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ). The signing follows BAIC committing in December to invest R11bn in a manufacturing plant in South Africa. The BAIC investment is an outcome of the Forum on China-Africa Co-operation (FOCAC) held in Johannesburg in December, where President Jacob Zuma and Chinese Prime Minister Xi Jinping signed 26 bilateral agreements valued at about R100bn. The investment in the plant will be funded largely

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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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  • 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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  • Fingerprints now the key to your cash

    Johannesburg - South African banks can now issue debit and credit cards that store your biometric data and enable users to make payments and withdraw cash through fingerprints rather than a PIN. The Payments Association of SA (Pasa) announced yesterday that a new standardised specification to facilitate biometric authentication on payment cards had been developed in collaboration with Mastercard and Visa. Pasa chief executive Walter Volker said this would enable card holders to use the cards at any of the country’s ATMs and merchants that support the technology. Pasa has the SA Social Security Agency, which facilitates the payment of social grants to almost 14 million recipients, in its sights

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  • ‘No charges were put to Pillay, Van Loggerenberg’

    Pretoria - Warning statements were taken from former SA Revenue Services official Ivan Pillay and Johann van Loggerenberg when they spent more than four hours with investigators from the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), or Hawks, on Thursday morning. However, reliable sources, said no charges were put to the two men in relation to the investigation into a so-called rogue intelligence unit within Sars, nor were they given court dates for possible appearances. Pillay and Van Loggerenberg, respectively former deputy Sars commissioner and the revenue's services group executive, evaded questions from a big media contingent waiting outside. Robert Levine, counsel for the pair, however

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  • South Africa: Gordhan's Hawks Response Halts Rand Plunge

    Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's response to the Hawks directive helped the rand ease off its decline, but analysts said if he is arrested or fired the currency is heading for trouble. Gordhan said on Wednesday he would not adhere to a Hawks request to present himself for a warning letter over corruption charges they have come up with, because these are "wholly unfounded on any version of the facts". "I have a job to do in a difficult economic environment and serve South Africa as best I can," he said. "Let me do my job." The rand was down 1.83% against the dollar at R14.15 at 08:30 on Thursday, slightly lower than when the JSE closed on Wednesday. Umkhulu Consulting's Adam Phillips said some

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