• Zimbabwe: Beitbridge Police Chaos Escalates

    Three hundred and fifty newly deployed Beitbridge police officers are living in offices at the border town's main station with their bosses appealing to the community for accommodation. Accommodation in police camps is still occupied by families of transferred officers who are yet to make arrangements to move them due to financial constraints. The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has not assisted with the transportation of transferred officers' property and no explanation has been given. "We are expected to find our own transport but if the government has no money where are we expected to find it?" asked an affected officer. This comes amid revelations that there was no proper handover-takeover

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Panics As Soldiers Rampage

    Uniformed soldiers on Friday night emptied Harare's night clubs and ruthlessly attacked people on the streets after police triggered violent protests in the capital earlier in the day as President Robert Mugabe's government fought to suppress dissent against his rule. Zimbabwe's 18 opposition parties including former vice-president Joice Mujuru's Zimbabwe People First and MDC led by Morgan Tsvangirai had obtained a High Court order barring police from interfering with their intended demonstration. The parties under the banner of the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) and Coalition for Democrats wanted to protest against unfair electoral laws and systems, but were violently blocked by the police; minutes after the High Court had okayed the event.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • ‘Guptas fleeing doesn’t rid SA of their destructive influence’: Maimane

    A plan to divest their local business interests does not absolve the Gupta family from an “ongoing investigation into state capture in South Africa”‚ Mmusi Maimane said on Monday. The Democratic Alliance (DA) leader said the “weekend’s revelation that the notorious Gupta family has decided to sell all of their business interests in South Africa” had prompted him to write to the public protector for an update on the probe. “It is now absolutely essential that we obtain an update from the public protector as to what progress has been made in this investigation‚ and an estimation as to when a preliminary report will be completed‚” Maimane said. He said he had called for the probe in March this year‚

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  • Zuma digs in, unsettles markets

    Cape Town - Stung by his ruling party’s worst electoral performance since the end of apartheid, President Jacob Zuma is going for broke in a battle to maintain his grip on power. The first casualties have been the nation’s rand and bonds. First came Monday’s announcement that he plans to run a committee that will oversee the nation’s state-owned companies. Then Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, with whom Zuma has had a fractious relationship, said he’d received a letter from a special police unit known as the Hawks to report to it on Thursday in connection with allegations he oversaw an illicit unit to spy on politicians when he ran the state tax agency. Gordhan denied doing any wrongdoing and

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  • Second Earth found, and it could be home to ET

    London - British astronomers have discovered the nearest Earth-like planet that could be home to alien life. Named Proxima b, it orbits Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our sun. At 4.2 light years away, in space terms it is right on the doorstep – and high speed spaceships now being devised could reach it within decades. In time, scientists say, the rocky planet 1.3 times the size of Earth could even be colonised by space travellers. Proxima b is thought to be only 4.7million miles from its star, one-twentieth of the Earth’s distance from the Sun. Its year lasts just 11.2 of our days. One side may be perpetually stuck in daytime, while the other experiences perpetual night. But Proxima Centauri,

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  • PSL mum on payout of insurance policy - Crime & Courts

    Johannesburg - The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has refused to answer questions on why the R5 million insurance payout to the late Orlando Pirates' skipper Senzo Meyiwa is yet to reach his beneficiaries. This comes nearly four months after the league, together with Pirates, publicly announced the insurance payout to Meyiwa’s children. Meyiwa was shot and killed on October 26, 2014 at his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo’s home in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni. Two weeks ago, Meyiwa’s father Sam complained to The Sunday Independent about the non-payment of his son’s insurance money. He said his family was no longer coping financially as Senzo was the breadwinner. “The PSL has not yet paid us Senzo’s money for

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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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  • Start packing your bags and leave SA for good‚ EFF tells Guptas

    The Economic Freedom Fighters have urged the Guptas to “start packing their last bags” and leave South Africa for good‚ saying they have caused enough damage. The party also warned that it would “not rest until the last root and trace of the Guptas has been cleared from our history”. It welcomed “with caution” reports that the Guptas intended selling off their businesses to the highest bidder before the end of this year‚ saying it was long overdue. The Gupta family‚ which has close ties with President Jacob Zuma‚ has been accused of state capture “This corrupt relationship has since caused untold divisions in the ruling party which harbours many elements who have also been captured. They appointed

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  • Africa: MTV Africa Music Awards 2016 to Hold in Johannesburg

    The MTV Africa Music Awards 2016 will take place in Johannesburg South Africa. The definitive annual celebration of African and international talent and achievement, MAMA 2016 recognises and rewards musicians and achievers who have made the most impact on African music and youth culture over the previous year. The ceremony will feature stunning performances from African and international artistes along with the show's signature cross-genre and cross-border collaborations. MAMA 2016 will celebrate African talent across 17 award categories, including Best Male, Best Female, Best Song and Best Collaboration by Absolut. The contribution of artistes from Portuguese and French-speaking Africa will

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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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  • I'm prepared to die to save SA from the thieves

    South Africa flirted with the prospect of economic meltdown this week‚ with President Jacob Zuma’s allies moving yet again to neutralise Pravin Gordhan‚ the finance minister made a dramatic vow: that he is prepared to die to save the country from thieves‚ Sunday Times reported. A defiant Gordhan promised that he would never back down from fighting corruption. The embattled finance minister also told hundreds of Treasury staff members he was aware of speculation over a cabinet reshuffle‚ the Sunday Times report said. “He said ministers come and go and we must just commit to work with whoever is the minister of finance‚” said a Treasury employee who was at a staff meeting addressed by Gordhan in

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