• Rohde 'murder' twist

    When contacted by The Times, the woman referred all queries to her lawyer, Leon van der Merwe. Asked about claims his client had been having an affair with Rohde, Van der Merwe said: "I am not going to comment right now." On Monday, Rohde was being driven to Stellenbosch. His legal team wanted to fly him and a police officer from Johannesburg to Cape Town after his arrest early yesterday at his Bryanston home. But officers allegedly insisted the father of three be driven. Rohde left the Randburg police station with a jacket draped over his head and was driven away in an unmarked bakkie with the two officers who had travelled to Gauteng to arrest him. According to his attorney, Daniel Witz, Rohde

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  • Nike pays tribute to Caster Semenya

    Creative collaboration lies at the heart of Arcade Content’s brand philosophy, as was demonstrated beautifully in Unlimited Fight. The idea for the film comes from a long journey between Nike South Africa, their agency Design Futura and Arcade’s co-founder and director Lebogang Rasethaba, who played a key role in developing the delicate tonal and conceptual foundation of the piece. From there, Arcade director Kyle Lewis entered the mix to bring his stylistic and emotional sensibilities to the film, resulting in something the company is deeply proud of - a tribute to Caster that garnered over 500 000 views in the space of a weekend, with Caster herself being proud enough to share it on her social media. Arcade’s co-founder and producer William Nicholson had the task of steering the production from start to finish within the course of five days.

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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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  • Guptas, don't think fronting will help you – Malema

    Leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema has written on Twitter about his concern that the Gupta family’s statement that they will be selling all their shares in South Africa by the end of the year may merely be an attempt to keep trading in South Africa by other means. By selling to a company headed by someone not directly linked to the Guptas, that would be “fronting”  if that entity were still somehow indirectly controlled by the family. Malema has long been a thorn in the side of the Guptas, and he even went as far as to allege that President Jacob Zuma had personally worked as a courier using a presidential jet to deliver huge amounts of cash to the family’s new home, Dubai.

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  • ANC: Divided. Confused. No plan. (Except in Gauteng)

    The gravity pull of the centre of the ANC has been weakening for nearly two decades. In some ways, it is a myth that it has always had deep roots among the people in all parts of the nation. That is not to dispute the place it may have had in people’s hearts, but merely to point out that it did not have formal structures on the ground in most places. Its powerful branch structure did not exist in the 1980s. When Nelson Mandela came to power, big decisions could be made easily at the centre. Since then the centre was hollowed out in favour of the provinces. Still, there was a coherence to the structure, a set of rules were followed, a direction in which the whole body was moving. In the last three

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  • Ntshumayelo slapped with four-year ban after testing positive for cocaine

    Thandani Ntshumayelo has been banned from football for four years for testing positive for cocaine‚ and his contract has been terminated at Orlando Pirates‚ according to media reports. The Bucs midfielder has reportedly failed to provide sufficient evidence in mitigation to permit a hearing panel to reduce his sentence. A statement by the SA Institute for Drug Free Sport (SAIDS) read: “The athlete confessed evidence that he did take three lines of cocaine at a party and that he was influenced by friends to take cocaine and as a result committed a mistake. “The athlete further confessed that he did take the substance three days prior to the date he was tested. The athlete further testified that

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

    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. "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 Pretoria on Friday afternoon. "He said we didn't think what happened to Nhlanhla Nene could happen, but it happened," said another source. A third source said: "He said this is part of a bigger political battle. Don't be surprised if me and the deputy minister [Mcebisi Jonas] are removed this weekend". Gordhan

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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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  • Mezam man of God arrested for impregnating two sisters

    Pastor kokih Emmanuel of the Cross Over Ministry located in kedjom kekuh, Tubah sub division in Mezam in the North West region has been arrested and remanded in custody for impregnating two sisters. The senior of the girls, 18 year old Akombom Marie Claire is 6 months pregnant while her younger sister Brenda Nyingmah, 14, is 3 months pregnant for the said pastor. Pastor Kokih Emmanuel, 29, after police interrogation accepted all the allegations and charges brought against him. The parents of the sexually abused girls have pleaded with the CPDM government to help them get fair justice for the man of God. Source: Cameroon Intelligence Report

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  • NEWS ANALYSIS: Zuma’s power checked by backlash over Gordhan probe

    REELING from the ANC’s worst-ever election performance and a public backlash over investigations by the Hawks into Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, President Jacob Zuma’s room to maneuver appears to be shrinking. Anxiety over whether Zuma will fire the finance minister in a cabinet reshuffle has hung over Africa’s largest economy since Tuesday, when the news broke that Gordhan, 67, may face charges over allegations that he set up an illicit investigative unit during his time as head of the South African Revenue Service. While Zuma expressed "full confidence" in the minister, he said he is powerless to stop the probe. Opposition parties and analysts have speculated that Zuma may use the investigation

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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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  • Joburg will never be the same again

    The ANC were hit hard by the Monday blues with the help of a vengeful red tide, writes Madala Thepa. Johannesburg - It was always going to be a day of reckoning at City Hall in Joburg. The shock demise of the ANC-ruled Joburg council made it extraordinarily hard and painful - heartless even - as technology, the producer of speed, began to announce their defeat. The precarious start and countless disruptions at the ballot booths, whether to have the vote secret or not - personal choice versus what the rule book says - only made it worse. As the night drew to a close, outgoing mayor Parks Tau could no longer contain himself. He broke down in tears in the city hall’s foyer and minutes later left

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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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  • 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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  • Scorpions raid highest office in the land

    While all eyes were on former deputy president Jacob Zuma's Johannesburg home on Thursday, about 60km away the highest executive office in the land was also being raided by the elite Scorpions unit. In an unprecedented move the Scorpions swooped on the Union Buildings in Pretoria, as well as the Tuynhuys office in Cape Town. In Pretoria they occupied a large part of the second floor, in which most of Zuma's former offices and staff were based. Among the offices targeted was that of Zuma's former spokesperson, Lakela Kaunda, who continues to be employed in the office under new Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. By 8pm, the Scorpions had yet to complete their search at the Union Buildings

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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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  • Rashford rescues United at Hull

    London – Substitute Marcus Rashford scored a stoppage-time winner as Manchester United sank Hull City 1-0 at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday to keep up Jose Mourinho’s 100 percent Premier League record at his new club. United laboured in wet conditions as they struggled to break down the hosts but Rashford provided a late spark after replacing Juan Mata, converting Wayne Rooney’s cross to crown a lively cameo appearance. “We did everything to win,” manager Mourinho told BT Sport after making it three victories in three league games this season. “When you score at 90-something you always talk about luck but the fact is we deserved it. “We were so intense in our attacking ways, I always believed the

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  • What will Zuma do: What does turning tide mean for Yesterday’s Man?

    Had it not been revealed that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan was ordered by the Hawks to present himself at their offices and had he decided to comply with the order, one has to wonder what might have happened last week. Would Zuma have decided that Gordhan was effectively a suspect and removed him from his position? Would the economy have bottomed out? Who would be our finance minister now? The big question is, if events had gone according to plan, would the Gupta family have announced on Saturday that they would be selling all their shareholding in their South African businesses? The family said in a media statement that they were “already in discussions with several international prospective

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  • Bring your evidence or leave us alone, say Guptas

    THE Gupta family on Saturday challenged its "detractors" that if they had any evidence against them to "please bring it"‚ adding that they were prepared to answer any allegations. "Otherwise‚ please leave us alone‚" they implored in a statement in response to media reports on News24 regarding alleged comments by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to his Treasury staff about the Guptas‚ which they said they had read with "with deep disappointment". A statement released by APO on behalf of the Gupta-controlled company Oakbay Investments‚ said that the Gupta family had "repeatedly pointed out that our family has been a victim of a political campaign against it". "We repeat the challenge to our detractors — if you have evidence against us‚ please bring it.

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  • Zimbabwe: Govt, South Africa in Trade Dispute?

    The current dispute between South Africa and Zimbabwe relating to the latter's import restrictions on groceries and other products such as building materials underlines the importance of a vibrant dispute resolution system in trade relations. The import restrictions at issue were imposed in terms of Statutory Instrument 64 of 2016 (SI 64) under the auspices of Zimbabwe's Control of Goods Act. According to the press statement issued by Zimbabwean Minister of Industry and Commerce Mike Bimha on June 22, the aim of SI 64 is not to "ban" the importation of the goods in question, but rather to "regulate" them. The products in the SI 64 can only be imported under licence issued by the Minister of Industry and Commerce whose ministry, based on the press statement, "will allow importation of goods which can be produced locally, when local production cannot meet the national demand; in an endeavour to avoid shortages on the local market".

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