• Madonsela confirms private meeting with Zuma - Politics

    Parliament - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on Thursday confirmed that she had had a private meeting with President Jacob Zuma ahead of the Constitutional Court hearings this week in which he has conceded that her findings have binding force. Speaking on the red carpet, ahead of Zuma's ninth State of the Nation Address, Madonsela confirmed under urging from reporters: "We had a meeting. It was a private meeting." She declined to give further details and downplayed her wrangle with Zuma over his long-standing refusal to repay the state for luxuries added to his private home at taxpayer's expense. Zuma last week reversed his stance, and his lawyers on Tuesday confirmed in court that he was prepared

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  • Mantashe calls the nation hypocrites on Nkandla

    Gwede Mantashe said apartheid architects haven’t apologised to millions of black people. Nkandla Jacob Zuma Nkandla ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe APARTHEID JOHANNESBURG – African National Congress secretary general Gwede Mantashe says it is hypocritical for South Africans to ask President Jacob Zuma to apologise over the Nkandla saga while the architects of apartheid have not done the same for the suffering of millions of black people. Earlier this week the Economic Freedom Fighters and Democratic Alliance took the president to the Constitutional Court seeking clarity over the powers of the Public Protector. The court found that Zuma failed to uphold the Constitution when he failed to

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  • Mourinho to axe Mata, Fellaini

    Jose Mourinho will begin a ruthless purge of the Manchester United squad by selling £37million Juan Mata and £27m Marouane Fellaini if he is given the job. The former Chelsea manager, who is in advanced talks to replace his friend Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford, has told executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to sell the midfield pair. Mourinho, who has never made any secret of his ambition to manage United, outlined his intentions for the squad during a meeting with Woodward. The Portuguese was behind the decision to cash in on Mata when Chelsea sold him to United with David Moyes still in charge at Old Trafford. Although Mata was named in the PFA team of the year in 2013, Mourinho authorised his

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  • Malema the target of a plot - EFF - Politics

    #SONA2016 / Cape Town - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Thursday night claimed that their leader, Julius Malema, was the target of a government intelligence plot in Parliament. EFF MPs made these allegations when they were addressing their supporters in St George’s Mall in Cape Town on Thursday night after they were ejected from the State of the Nation Address (SONA) delivered by President Jacob Zuma in Parliament. Read: SONA2016: It's all about the money Secretary general of the EFF, Godrich Gardee, said the party had intelligence information that Malema has been targeted since May 2014. “On the 7th of May, 2014, the president (Malema) had to be whisked away due to an intelligence information

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  • A Muslim wife has rights‚ as sober Chief Mandela will find out

    Loved-up Mandla Mandela’s conversion to Islam means he needs to give up vice‚ pledging to live a morally sound life – including fidelity within marriage‚ fasting and prayer. And unlike the Xhosa nation’s self-confessed dagga smoking king‚ the isiXhosa chief needs to give up any intoxicating substance. Chief Mandela of Mvezo married Muslim bride Rabia Clarke in Cape Town last week. “I wish to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Rabia’s parents‚ her extended family and the Muslim community‚ for welcoming me into their hearts‚” Mandela said in a statement.  “Although Rabia and I were raised in different cultural and religious traditions‚ our coming together reflects what we have in common: We are South

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  • Letter to the Editor: “F**k White People”? Seriously?

    Once the human right to dignity is negotiable, there is nothing to relativize apartheid and this shirt against. There is subsequently no justification for saying apartheid was a worse violation of black people’s dignity than the shirt is against white people’s because human dignity – the unchanging basis on which we compare acts of violence in the first place – would have been, in principle, zeroed out of the discussion. This would undermine my argument that black people are owed restitution for apartheid. Many say, “Black people cannot be racist because of historical power systems,” but Chapter 9 institutions would still treat the distinction between racism (a structural reality) and bigoted hate speech (a violation of the right to dignity) as semantic.

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  • Activists retract ‘blackface’ apology - Western Cape

    INSTAGRAM Stellenbosch University (SU) student Poekie Briedenhann says she and her friend were dressed up as purple aliens and not blackfaces, for a residence party.  Cape Town - Open Stellenbosch (OS) has retracted its “blackface” apology and has once again called for the two students involved to be expelled from Stellenbosch University (SU). The student activist group initially condemned the actions of two SU students who dressed up as aliens and painted themselves dark purple for a fancy dress party at the university’s Heemstede residence. OS called for the students to be expelled, and for the residence head and committee to be “removed” for allowing the incident to take place on Friday night.

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  • Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa Demands Apology From Mahoka

    Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has demanded an apology from Zanu PF Women's League secretary for finance Sarah Mahoka who on Wednesday taunted him, in the presence of President Robert Mugabe and thousands of party supporters, saying he was behaving like a duck. Mnangagwa used the politburo meeting to protest to Mugabe over his public humiliation, although he indicated he would forgive Mahoka if she extended an apology. Mahoka, a strong Generation 40 (G40) proponent and an ally of First Lady Grace Mugabe, challenged Mnangagwa to come clean on his presidential ambitions, before equating his silence to a duck, which takes no action even when its ducklets are attacked. She shocked many by stating

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  • Young African Leadership Initiative asks ANC to recall Zuma for 'betraying SA and party': iLIVE

    The announcement by President Jacob Zuma to replace the finance minister has recklessly endangered the South African economy. This decision can only be described as a disaster. As representatives of a young professional generation, passionate about building a better South Africa, we call on the ANC to recall the President for the betrayal of the people of South Africa. This betrayal will be experienced differently by the rich, the middle class, and the poor; but it will negatively impact everyone. From declines in social services to sky-rocketing interest rates, life in South Africa has just become tougher.   The financial indicators of the announcement yesterday have clearly communicated the

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  • South Africa: EFF, ANC Members Clash Ahead of SONA

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  • Rand weaker as market prices in early response to Zuma’s speech

    THE rand was weaker at midday on Thursday, despite a softer dollar, as investors await President Jacob Zuma’s state of the nation address. The dollar weakened following Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen’s first day of testimony to Congress and crossed the important $1.13 level to the euro earlier on Ms Yellen’s dovish sentiment. The rand usually firms on dollar weakness, but negative sentiment surrounding Mr Zuma’s speech is hampering the local currency. At 11.25am the rand was at R15.9953 against the dollar from a previous close of R15.8836. Against the euro, the rand was at R18.1392 from R17.9428 and was at R23.0866 against the pound from R23.0800 previously. The euro was at $1.1340 from

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  • Courts can't stop us saying we don't like Guptas' curries: Malema

    “We must respect the courts. But the courts can't stop us from saying that we don't love the Guptas. We don't want their curry‚” Malema said. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and its leader were indicted earlier on Tuesday by the Gauteng North High Court from inciting acts of violence against the company’s shareholders‚ staff and property‚ according to Oakbay Investments‚ one of the plaintiffs that also included Ajay‚ Atul and Rajesh Kumar Gupta. This follows the “get out Gupta” statements made by Malema and the Gauteng region of the party last week‚ which the brothers and their lawyers say “we have interpreted as an incitement to violence”. The court document stated that some of the Gupta

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  • In photos: SONA 2016

    Photo: A group of around 400 Ses'khona People's Rights Movement members on Thursday demonstrated before the president's address. They were protesting against the local DA government and at one point threatened a small group of Pan Africanist Congress members for making disparaging remarks about Zuma. (Greg Nicolson) Photo: The Ses'khona demonstration was later joined by student protesters, who police had to keep separate from the Ses'khona group. (Greg Nicolson) Photo: Closer to Parliament, a rally under the banner #ZumaMustFall marched through town chanting, yep, “Zuma must fall.” (Greg Nicolson) Photo: Around 150 people joined the Zuma Must Fall march and the brief addresses focused on supporting

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  • Woolworths sees tough year in SA - Companies

    Johannesburg - South African food and clothing retailer Woolworths said weaker consumer spending and economic growth would make trading conditions more difficult this year in both its Australian and domestic market. “It’s going to get tougher in South Africa,” Chief Executive Officer Ian Moir said on a conference call from Cape Town on Thursday. “I think we will take market share, but we need to keep on top of costs.” Read: Food sales feed Woolworths' earnings South African retailers and consumer spending are under pressure as the country’s worst drought in more than a century pushes prices higher, with December food inflation climbing to 5.8 percent. Meanwhile a weakening rand against the dollar

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  • South Africa: Police Captain Granted Bail for Parys Farm Murders

    A Free State police captain, who was arrested in connection with the killing of two suspected farm attackers, was granted bail in the Parys Magistrate's Court on Thursday. Hendrick Prinsloo, 46, was granted bail of R5 000. Prinsloo was arrested on Wednesday after he was linked to the farm murders, said Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi. He was expected to appear in court on Friday with his four co-accused. Earlier, Mulaudzi said he could not divulge any further information on how Prinsloo was linked to the murders. "We are determined to get to the bottom of this matter and we still call upon the community of Parys to come forward if they have any information." Last month, four Free

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  • Downs looking unstoppable

    Sundowns continued last night with their habit of picking up three points and spanking anything in front of them. Leonardo Castro, Khama Billiat and Keagan Dolly (christened CBD) once again inspired the Brazilians as they keep moving closer to claiming the Holy Grail that is the Absa Premiership. Nothing could save Pirates, who were chasing shadows while Sundowns schooled them. Sundowns, on the other hand, had plenty of style with the CBD combination dazzling with their telepathic understanding. The trio led the Brazilians’ attack with their arrow-shaped formation that has pierced many defences. They went into this match with a combined 19 goals. Their strength is how well they complement each

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  • Op-Ed: Eskom is beyond the tipping point. What's next?

    Recent reports suggest that Treasury is seriously considering a sale of 49 percent of Eskom although Eskom’s management - the bulk of the ANC and Cosatu - are strongly opposed to the idea. But here’s a thought: The tipping point for Eskom’s restructuring and privatization has already happened. The politics playing out are merely akin to the 5 stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and, finally, acceptance. Just when the tipping point occurred is hard to establish. Was it Eskom’s 1991 price pact that kept electricity cheaper than what it cost to supply for so many years? Was it that Eskom funded the vast electrification program almost on its own? Was it the delays in building new

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  • South Africa: What's Fashion Got to Do With the State of the Nation Anyway?

    There is a certain element of celebrity in the State of the Nation Address (Sona) that has almost taken over the real importance of the president's speech. PRESANTIE REDDY wonders whether the fashion choices our politicians make have any relation to their actual politics. The red carpet at Sona has become synonymous with fashion statements that scream louder than the work of our politicians, or the president for that matter. Writing for EWN in 2014, The Daily Vox executive editor Khadija Patel says the fashion focus of Sona proves the emptiness of South African politics. "[It] is indicative of the way parliamentary procedure in South Africa has become vacuous, a theatrical performance with little

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  • Maine spoils it for the savvy party propagandists

    COLLEN Maine, once suspected to be a closet member of the Congress of the People, was appointed leader of the reconstituted African National Congress (ANC) Youth League last year. Last weekend he delivered a speech in Pretoria during which he stumbled over a set of notes in his hand that he — alarmingly — kept turning upside down. With a justifiably puzzled expression on his face, he insulted his political opponents, threatened them and spoke of civil war. Reports that he had to be persuaded to postpone detonating a hydrogen bomb he may or may not have procured from his friend Kim Jong-un over Seshego in Limpopo later that evening could not be confirmed. The expulsion of Julius Malema and the

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  • DA seeks review of ‘sham’ SABC probe

    THE Democratic Alliance (DA) has set its sights on having Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s "sham" disciplinary hearing taken to legal review, while he has pulled out of his Constitutional Court fight to challenge a court order that he be suspended. Mr Motsoeneng’s lawyer, Zola Majavu, confirmed on Thursday that the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) head had dropped the Constitutional Court appeal, citing the outcome of his disciplinary hearing in December. However, James Selfe, chairman of the DA’s federal executive, said the party would take the results of the hearing under legal review. Mr Motsoeneng was cleared of misrepresenting his qualifications and abusing his power at the state broadcaster,

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