• If Malema says my wife is cheating, 'I'd divorce her'

    EFF leader Julius Malema has gained some credibility for his supposed prophecy skills in South African politics. Whether it’s prophecy or information he receives from “EFF spies” within the ANC, as some often allege, Malema seems to be call it right almost all the time. National spokesperson of the EFF and MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi took to Twitter to brag about how whatever the “CIC” says comes to light. “You now know that when the CIC of the EFF speaks, one must take note because it shall surely come to light!” said Ndlozi. One Twitter user by the name of “Blesser of my family”, ‏@PilusaTshidi, responded that “if [the] CIC can say my wife is cheating, I would divorce her without hesitation! That man

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  • Nigeria Demands AU Action Over Renewed South Africa Xenophobia

    The Nigerian government has called on the African Union and the South African government to take decisive and definitive measures to protect Nigerian citizens and other Africans within South African borders. The Senior Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, made the call Monday amid reports of renewed violence against Nigerians and other Africans in South Africa. The Nigerian Community in South Africa led by Ikechukwu Anyene confirmed the attacks and looting of Nigerian-owned businesses in Pretoria West on Saturday. Mr. Anyene said the union had reported the incident to the Nigerian mission and South African police. "As we speak, five

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  • Death of another rugby player unleashes more 'inappropriate' black racism

    Shortly after news broke on Sunday of the tragic death of 37-year-old former Wallaby star lock Dan Vickerman, another racial storm broke out on Facebook after a number of users made light of the news. Earlier this month, Riaan Lucas found himself in hot water when he shared a meme of how happy he was to hear the news of Joost van der Westhuizen’s passing. Bantu Qaphelani Zathu Mtika now wrote on Sunday about: “That face you make when a white man dies, priceless,” presumably a reference to the famous MasterCard ad about great things that money can’t buy. When she was taken on for alleged racism, she denied it, saying the “face” she had meant was that she was crying. She later added that her ability

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  • Disgraced SA high commissioner fired after drug conviction exposé

    The woman who allegedly duped officials in government by accepting a high-level diplomatic post as high commissioner to Singapore while she had a criminal record has now been fired, according to the Sunday Times. The paper reported in October that Ngubeni had been jailed twice for drug smuggling when she worked for national carrier SAA. This was confirmed by spokesman Tlali Tlali. During a vetting process by the State Security Agency (SSA), Ngubeni is said to have lied, omitting to state she had a criminal record. In 1999 to 2001, she spent two years in a New York prison for smuggling a bag of cocaine. In 1995, the 55-year-old was arrested for smuggling 9kg of heroine from Thailand to South Africa.

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  • Makhura washes his hands off e-tolls

    Gauteng Premier David Makhura has washed his hands of e-tolls, saying the contentious project was a mistake which his administration had failed to resolve and that only the national government could break the impasse. “I must admit publicly, as I did last year, that all the efforts we have made through the advisory panel have not led to the resolution of concerns of Gauteng motorists regarding affordability. "We have tried our best. The ultimate solution can only come from national level,” said Makhura yesterday. He was delivering his State of the Province address in Randfontein. The premier said his government would continue to engage stakeholders over the matter “in order to represent the interests

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  • ANC NEC members to use special meeting to call for Gordhan to go

    JOHANNESBURG – As the African National Congress (ANC) prepares for Monday's special National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting, some NEC members have told Eyewitness News they will use the meeting to raise concerns about Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, and his suitability for office. This comes as the ANC Youth League, Women’s League and the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) call for Gordhan to be axed saying he’s failed in his duties. ANC NEC members will meet on Monday to prepare for the party’s policy conference in June. But some NEC members say they will push for the meeting to discuss Gordhan’s suitability for office. The members, who regard themselves as President

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  • AKA’s expensive apology to Bonang

    AKA makes up with Bonang and spoils her with an expensive Gucci bag estimated to be worth R46,000. This followed after AKA took to Twitter to announce his split with Bonang Matheba. The supposed break-up was very brief. We believe this was just another one of AKA’s stunts just to get attention. Anyway his bae “Bonang” is happy and seems to be over that unnecessary drama. I mean who wouldn’t easily forget after this gift. https://twitter.com/bonang_m/status/833622136774414336 Following Bonang’s tweet, AKA posted a picture of them hugging each other in front of a box of the Gucci bag. Of course Tweeps didn’t let these posts slide. They immediately threw shade. (Featured Image: Instagram) For the

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  • Casac: Molefe’s Parly appointment undermines Constitution

    JOHANNESBURG - The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (Casac) says the appointment of Brain Molefe as an African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament further undermines efforts to ensure ethical and principled leadership in both politics and in business in South Africa. Last week Parliament confirmed that Molefe will be sworn in soon after he was nominated by the ANC in the North West to fill a vacancy in the National Assembly. Molefe resigned from Eskom last year after being implicated in the Public Protector’s State of Capture report. It was found that he had communicated regularly with one of the Gupta brothers and was often in the area of the controversial

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  • South Africa: ANC Premier League With Gupta Links Determined to Take Control of Cabinet

    press release The controversy surrounding Brian Molefe's deployment to Parliament is not isolated. The Zuma-Gupta linked Premier League is determined to take control of the Cabinet. It started with another controversial deployment of Msebenzi Zwane from the Free State straight into Cabinet , sacrificing a highly competent person by the name of Ngoako Ramatlhodi. The Gupta Captured Premier of the Free State, Ace Magashule and his handlers the Guptas, were determined to take complete control of the Mines. The latest deployment is that of Brian Molefe to Parliament, another Gupta captured Premier of the North West Supra Mahumapelo is busy executing their dirty Zuma-Gupta agenda . Congress of the

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  • Mathews Phosa has never been more disgusted with the ANC

    ANC member and outspoken former Mpumalanga premier Mathews Phosa made waves on Sunday in a column printed in The Sunday Independent in which he expressed his greatest disillusionment yet with his party. He said that having been in the gallery in the National Assembly during the state of the nation address was like a Damascene moment for him. “In every politician’s life there is a Damascus moment, and in some cases, more than one.” He slammed parliamentary Speaker Baleka Mbete for “callously, coldly and clinically [refusing] to allow Parliament to bow their heads to show that they feel the pain of the families of the [Esedimeni] 94 who had died because the government looked the other way”. He

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  • Ghost cartoon: Zuma's toilet paper

    Ghost Cartoonist 19.2.2017 10:01 pm Ghost cartoon: Zuma’s toilet paper

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  • Fifteen children found after allegedly being kidnapped

    Fifteen children who were allegedly kidnapped at the Khutsong South play ground on Saturday have been found‚ police said on Sunday. They did not say where or how the children had been found‚ but said the suspect was still at large. Police said earlier that on Saturday morning a “man known as Tebogo Molefe came and called 29 children‚ aged between 13 and 15 years‚ to hire a taxi to Khutsong for a soccer match”. “The children did as instructed and trusted the man because he was their soccer coach. They arrived at Khutsong South play grounds and waited for him. At 17:00‚ he arrived and chose nine girls and six boys and he took them to Oberholzer train station with a taxi.” From there‚ he had taken

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  • Nigeria: Xenophobic Attacks On Nigerians

    Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora has called on the South African government to take decisive and definitive measures to protect Nigerian citizens and other Africans within South African borders. She equally called on the African Union to intervene urgently in the renewed xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other Africans in South Africa. In a statement issued in Abuja, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, described the attacks as an unnecessary setback. The Nigerian Community in South Africa led by Mr Ikechukwu Anyene confirmed the attacks and looting of Nigerian-owned businesses in Pretoria West on Saturday. Anyene said that the union had

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  • Royal St Georges to host 2020 British Open

    LONDON - The British Open will be held at Royal St George's in 2020, golf authorities announced on Monday, returning the major to the Kent coast club two years after it lifted a ban on women members. The club came under fire in 2011 for its "men only" policy but has since opened its doors to women after 90% of members voted for change. Failure to do so could have seen it removed from the Open rota, a fate that befell Scottish course Muirfield after members voted against allowing women to join. The 2020 tournament will be the 149th edition of Britain's golf major and the 15th time it has been held on the links course at Sandwich. Northern Irishman Darren Clarke was the last to triumph there in

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  • Nigeria: Inside Lagos 'Ghost' Markets Where People Pay Millions to Sell Nothing (2)

    Temitope Oluwatobi displays her goods on the Yaba railway line everyday with her heart literally in her mouth. Sometimes, she spends more time being on the lookout for an oncoming train than she does attending to her customers, she said. Often, whenever a train approaches, she would hurriedly pack her provisions off the rail line, with many of her items falling on the floor in the process. She hates the fact that she trades in fear, but says she has no alternative. "We just have to survive. If we don't do this, we are likely going to starve to death. After all, we cannot afford to rent shops in Tejuoso new market," she told PREMIUM TIMES. Ms. Oluwatobi is not alone on the rail line. She is in

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  • 2017 Budget: Huge shortfall and collections need to improve

    South Africans cannot discount the possibility of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan raising the VAT rate this year as he tries to fund the largest revenue shortfall in recent years. A VAT increase would be difficult to sell – and the minister may therefore decide to raise the marginal tax rate for high-income earners instead. But more crucial than ever before for this year will be the ability of SARS to follow through and collect. During last year’s budget speech, Minister Gordhan said the country needed to raise R30-billion over the next two years.  In his October medium-term budget, he revised this number to R43-billion. There are two major ways to fund the revenue shortfall: by increasing VAT

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  • AKA makes it up to his Queen B, buys her an expensive Gucci bag

    To make up for putting her on blast to his 1 million Twitter followers last week, AKA has bought Bonang a luxury item – an expensive Gucci bag – to show he is remorseful. Bonang showed off her bag on Instagram, posting a video and saying she was so happy that AKA had even visited her at work to give her the gift. The Supa Mega appears to be in the dog box after he tweeted that he and Bonang were over. He said he had reached his limit with the bullsh*t and told men to never love their women more than they were loved. But he quickly retracted his tweets, apologising to Bonang and adding that couples fight. Bonang finally spoke out about the short-lived breakup, tweeting her man that things wouldn’t

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  • [LISTEN] Medical marijuana closer to being legalised

    Inkatha Freedom Party Member of Parliament Narend Singh says Parliament is very close to approving the legalisation of medical marijuana. The use of marijuana for prescribed medication could potentially be legalised in South Africa this month. The IFP has continued to press on President Jacob Zuma to legalise the use of medical marijuana, a call made by the late IFP MP Mario Oriani-Ambrosini. In 2013, the MP was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. Regulation of the medicinal use of cannabis is in the pipelines as plans to recognise dagga as a prescription drug (rather than a banned substance) move forward.

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  • Six arrested after Pretoria West 'brothel vigilantism'

    Six people have been arrested after violence targeted at foreign nationals, particularly Nigerians, flared up in Pretoria West on Saturday, Gauteng police said. “One female suspect was arrested for public violence after police opened cases of arson and public violence,” Captain Augustinah Selepe said on Sunday. “While monitoring and patrolling the area, police arrested a further five suspects in three separate incidents – two for dealing with drugs, two for possession of stolen property, and the fifth for possession of a dangerous weapon.” At least two houses and numerous cars were torched on Saturday when a vigilante group went on the rampage, accusing foreign nationals of peddling drugs and

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  • PICS: Teamwork the mantra as Chiefs chase PSL title

    As the country prepares to celebrate Armed Forces Day this week, another show of force is emerging in the Absa Premiership where Kaizer Chiefs underline their title ambitions. It was a fighting performance, more than a classy one, against rugged opponents as tactics took precedence over thrills when Amakhosi shot to the top of the standings. Having survived a let-off when veteran winger Franklin Cale fluffed a chance to open the scoring, Chiefs hit back with a set piece headed goal from defender Lorenzo Gordinho in the 40th minute off a corner kick to take leadership of the title race, a point ahead of Cape Town City. With 12 games left in the title race, there was no room for Chiefs coach Steve Komphela to play coy about their ambitions.

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