• Outrage over huge Durban mussel-cracker haul - KwaZulu-Natal

    Durban - A photograph of two Durban fishermen with a haul of 10 very big black mussel-crackers has sparked outrage on social media, with calls for both men to be prosecuted and banned by local fishing clubs. The black mussel-cracker (poenskop) is a vulnerable and long-lived fish species whose numbers have crashed by almost 80% in recent times. Licensed anglers are not allowed to catch more than one a day. Now Warner Beach anglers Craig van der Linde and Garth Richardson have been labelled “greedy” (along with some much rougher terms) after the photograph went viral on several social media sites. The fish were said to have been caught near the Aliwal Shoal near Umkomaas. While neither Van der

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  • Is Malema above the law?

    Police have to be commended for dealing decisively with the unlawful occupation of the office of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela this week by members of the newly formed Black First, Land First (BLF) led by former Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MP Andile Mngxitama. Some of the issues being raised by Mngxitama are legitimate, but there is absolutely no justification for the unlawful manner in which the group aired their grievances. The lawlessness witnessed at Madonsela’s office is part of a disturbingly growing culture of South Africans to engage in unlawful conduct, instead of peaceful protest – a right guaranteed by our constitution. In most cases, law enforcement agencies have been caught off-guard, as witnessed in Pretoria and Vuwani recently, where public property worth hundreds of millions of rands went up in smoke.

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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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  • Mazibuko rips into DA’s white males

    Johannesburg - Former DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko has urged the DA to interrogate the almost exclusive dominance of white males within the party’s “brains trust”. Mazibuko, a resident fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics, has referred to them as “highly disconnected men callously strutting about social media like a law unto themselves”. She commented online about DA leader Mmusi Maimane’s anti-racism pledge this week: “It would be easy to cast aspersions on his timing and see it as reactionary, but one of the vital tasks of any public leader is to read the national mood and interrupt the conversation in a way that is productive and shows leadership. “The party,” she says,

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  • Vilakazi stalled on Sundowns move for Chiefs offer, source says

    Vilakazi’s long-awaited move away from Wits was expected to happen ahead of the 2016/17 season, with Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns as the front runners for his signature. Phakaaathi has been informed by a source close to the player that he wanted to join Amakhosi, and that the midfielder met with head coach Steve Komphela about a possible move to Naturena. According to the source, Komphela made a promise to Vilakazi that he would do everything in his power to have him in his squad next season, but Chiefs didn’t meet Wits’ demands for the player to join the Glamour Boys, forcing the Bafana Bafana man to consider Sundowns’ deal instead. Mike Makaab, Sibusiso Vilakazi’s agent confirmed that a deal with the Brazilians was in its final stages.

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  • Zimbabwe: Bank Loses $79 000 to Manager

    A solution specialist with E-Learning Solution yesterday appeared in court accused of defrauding FBC bank of about $79 000 during the time he was branch manager for the bank. Lawrence Mwerenga (39) was employed by FBC bank as its Makoni, Chitungwiza, branch manager. He appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Tendai Mahwe facing fraud charges. The complainant is FBC represented by its security manager Mr Ndabezihle Moyo. The prosecutor Mr Sebastian Mutizirwa alleged that between December 2012 and April 2013, Mwerenga used dormant accounts at FBC Makoni branch. He allegedly manufactured fake pay slips and letters of confirmation in the name of CITI Med Hospital. It is alleged that he compiled loan

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  • Granddad earns Master's degree at 71 - Western Cape

    Cape Town - A Cape Town grandfather, who has earned his Master’s degree at the age of 71, has now set his sights on starting his PhD studies. Anthony de la Harpe, from Belhar, started his Master’s studies at 68 and graduated with his MA in history from the University of the Western Cape on Thursday. His research centred around a land claim involving a family who had been granted a farm in 1850 and claims that the farm was acquired from them by an English mining company by means that were not above board. De la Harpe said a bad fall on the day he registered for his MA couldn’t stop him in his tracks. “I fell and my leg broke in three places.” He was born in Port Nolloth in the Northern Cape and

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  • UKZN med school quotas biased: ANC - KwaZulu-Natal

    Durban - The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal wants to meet the University of KZN’s Medical School over its quota policy, which excludes hundreds of Indian students each year. Party provincial chairman, Sihle Zikalala, on Wednesday said the Indian community had approached the party to complain they were being “unduly prejudiced” by the quota system which allocates 19% of the first year intake to Indian students. “The exclusion of clearly deserving cases is of special concern,” Zikalala said. He said the ANC was committed to the redress of past imbalances that marginalised black South Africans. “We recognise the differentiated discrimination that was experienced by our people. “The ANC leadership is now seeking

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  • 'Have a man and have it all'

    Having it all, here, means achieving a "[balance] between motherhood, a successful career and the role of loving and supportive spouse". It has been a busy few days for Madiba-Zuma. Last week she visited three child-headed homes in rural KwaZulu-Natal for the Nelson Mandela Day activities. She then visited the Leading Lady Lounge at the Durban International Film Festival, where she spoke to young girls aspiring to achieve screen stardom. The event was attended by celebrities such as President Jacob Zuma's daughter, Gugu; Nomzamo Mbatha; Mampho Brescia; Thembi Seete and Thishiwe Ziqubu. Fulu Mugovhani was hired to promote and raise issues facing women in the film industry. After encouraging young

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  • Gang rape at primary school

    Pretoria - Tears rolled down a father’s cheeks as he broke down and cried in horror after confirmation that his little girl had been raped at school. He had just spoken to police officers from Boschkop police station, who had taken his 8-year-old daughter and her classmate for an examination following reports that they had been raped. “I am so hurt; the principal has been aware of this for two weeks. Despite telling parents that he has taken the matter to the police, he has done nothing,” the father said. The father had discovered possible sexual assault on his daughter two weeks ago. When he investigated it emerged that his little girl had been one of four girls, aged between 7 and 9, raped

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  • Zimbabwe: Vice President Mphoko Moving to $2 Million Mansion

    PRESIDENT Phelekezela Mphoko will soon move out of the luxurious presidential suite at Rainbow Towers Hotel where he has been staying for the past 587 days under a storm of controversy as government nears completion of renovations at his US$2 million Highlands mansion in Harare. Disclosures that Mphoko is set to move out come as it emerged the cash-strapped government is paying a US$1 023 bill a day for his stay at the former Sheraton hotel. The amount covers expenses for bed, breakfast and dinner. To date Mphoko has gobbled close to US$600 000 in hotel bills at a time government is struggling to pay civil servants' salaries. An average civil servant earns US$500. This also comes as latest details

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  • Zuma allies in revolt over Guptas - report

    Cape Town – President Jacob Zuma’s closest political allies this week broke ranks with him over his close ties to the influential Guptas, in a move that has isolated Zuma and laid bare growing hostility in ANC circles to the family, the Sunday Times reported. Although there had long been whispers about the family’s close ties to Zuma and some of his ministers, this week Cosatu and SACP leaders went public with their growing irritation at the influence the Guptas are said to have on some leaders, the newspaper reported on Sunday. The latest development followed a visit to Zurich in December by Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, who met the CEO of the Glencore mining conglomerate in the

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  • Zimbabwe: Pastor Evan Mawarire Is No Saint

    To the world, Evan Mawarire is a hero who stands up to Government, an upright man who represents the downtrodden. His touching story is that he is an honest hardworking Zimbabwean who struggled to raise school fees for his two daughters, leading him into action under the #ThisFlag, Mugabe Must Go Now cam- paign. His emotional breakdown during an interview with Sky News made millions around the world empathise with this poor preacher. At least that is the story that has been sold to the world. What the world has not been told is that Mawarire is a fraudster who collected money from gullible believers in the United Kingdom through his church, only to evade tax. Failure by Mawarire and his wife,

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  • Newly-engaged Pippa Middleton’s top 5 fashion moments

    Kate Middleton's sister Pippa just got engaged to handsome hedgefund manager, James Matthews. We have put together our top 5 fashion moments from the world's most stylish socialite. 1 Match point! Pippa is 'blooming' at Wimbledon in this gorgeous peony-printed dress by designer Suzannah. 2 Perfect pose! Pippa promotes her first book "Celebrate", on the subject of party planning wearing a classic tweed Stella McCartney dress with black suede heels. 3 Pippa Middleton arrives on Centre Court at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London with a trendsetting two-piece monochrome outfit. She rounded off the look with aviator sunglasses and a small white clutch. 4 Excuse my trench! Pippa leaves after

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  • My hell at the SABC

    SABC contributing editor and specialist anchor Vuyo Mvoko speaks out about Hlaudi Motsoneng and Jimi Matthews. Johannesburg - The SABC has never been a paragon of a great anything. It has been a work-in-progress, with degrees of success as generations of well-meaning South Africans tackled the extraordinarily and complex task of undoing decades of apartheid misuse of this national asset. Of course not everyone covered themselves in glory at it - including former news tsar Snuki Zikalala, a comical Ali of not insignificant proportions. He did for president Thabo Mbeki at the time, what Motsoeneng is doing for President Jacob Zuma now - singlehandedly arrogated unto himself the right to speak for

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  • Tempers flare as principal bars Radebe from entering East London school

    A bossy East London school governing body member came to Jeff Radebe’s rescue on Thursday after the school’s head barred the Minister in the Presidency and his entourage from entering the premises. Lumanyano Primary’s acting school principal Wendy Kuse told Radebe’s entourage that they would not be allowed to campaign within the school grounds as the school was apolitical. The drama unfolded in Phumlani village near East London airport. Radebe was one of many senior ANC leaders who took the party’s campaign trail to the Buffalo City Metro where the party is trying to lure votes away from independent candidates from within its ranks. Lumanyano Primary School children were enjoying their lunch

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  • Get the show on the road to depose Emperor Hlaudi

    OVER the past few days we have witnessed the SABC kicking out some of its most illustrious and dedicated journalists and media workers. Busisiwe Ntuli, Lukhanyo Calata, Foeta Krige, Suna Venter, Krivani Pillay and Jacques Steenkamp have all been summarily dismissed. Vuyo Mvoko’s contract with the corporation has ended and is not being renewed. Last week, the very same people were awarded the prestigious Nat Nakase award for fearless journalism. This week they have been fired for practising just that, and for approaching the Constitutional Court to intervene on their behalf against their arbitrary and senseless dismissals. What is at stake here is not some small or insignificant workplace dispute.

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  • SA suffering more than Zimbabwe

    Zimbabwe’s land reform programme, in which land was taken from white farmers, may have left the country in an economic bind, but black Zimbabweans are better off than their South African counterparts, says EFF leader Julius Malema. He was speaking in Mogalakwena, Limpopo, on Tuesday night as he campaigned ahead of the local government elections. The EFF would give Africans land if the party was voted into power, he added. “When we push for land reform, they say we are mad, we want South Africa to be like Zimbabwe, but South Africa is worse than Zimbabwe, because Zimbabweans are suffering with their land in their hands,” said Malema. He said Zimbabwe had the potential to recover after attaining

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  • Gupta-linked company in line for R800m contract at Transnet

    A company with close ties to the Gupta family stands to make a handsome profit from an information technology contract worth R800 million at Transnet. The Mail and Guardian reported on Friday that the contract had been “confined” to a single bidder‚ global software firm SAP‚ although it had yet to be awarded. SAP’s bid documentation showed that it would allocate 60% of the value of the contract to a subcontractor‚ Global Softech Solutions (GSS)‚ owned by the Gupta’s Sahara Systems and a family associate. Gupta holding company Oakbay Investments told the newspaper that it was “preposterous” that a global firm such as SAP could be pressured into the partnership. However‚ minutes of a meeting between

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe dumps war vets in high stakes gamble

    Last week, in an extraordinary central committee meeting of the ruling party, Robert Mugabe identified a new enemy. This time, it was Zimbabwe’s infamous war veterans that have fallen foul of the Zimbabwean president – despite having done much of his dirty work over the last few decades. Mugabe, apparently without irony, told the Zanu-PF top branch that he was tired of war veterans interfering in politics. “That is dissident behaviour and we will not allow it. It is not your business to talk of who should succeed the president and worse still I am stunned you threatened that unless your wish is fulfilled, there shall be bloodshed.” Mugabe’s comments came shortly after the war veterans’ association

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