• 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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  • South Africa: Ruling Party Planning to Remove Zuma?

    While the leadership of the ANC embarks on a tour of branches across the country in search of answers for the party's decline in support in the municipal elections ordinary members are calling for the occupation of the party's national headquarters Luthuli House to demand President Jacob Zuma and the ANC's National Executive Committee's resignations. One of the organisers, Bonolo Ramokhele, has said the idea is to have a demonstration at the party's head offices on September 5 when the president is expected to attend a National Working Committee meeting. Previously he had been part of attempts to demonstrate outside an NEC meeting following state capture claims by deputy finance minister Mcebisi

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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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  • 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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  • The arrogance of the Hawks is unacceptable, FW de Klerk says

    FORMER president FW de Klerk has weighed in on the furore surrounding Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. JacarandaFM reported on Friday that De Klerk‚ speaking on the sidelines of the launch of the Centre for Unity in Diversity in Johannesburg‚ said: "What is happening around the minister of finance is a tragedy." He went further to say that the "form of arrogance" displayed by the Hawks was "unacceptable". "What is happening around the minister of finance is a tragedy. He is adopting an attitude that he is guilty of nothing‚ that he has given all explanations he has been asked to give and I think he is within his rights in doing so," De Klerk said. "The way in which it is being handled and what

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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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  • Ndlozi takes a break from politics to focus on his 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”. “Commissar Fana Mokoena has therefore been appointed to the position of acting national spokesperson until Commissar Ndlozi can resume his duties in November‚” it said in a statement. As well as being known for his hard-hitting‚ and often humorous‚ press statements‚ Ndlozi’s personality and good looks have garnered him a huge female fan following. He brushed this off earlier this year in an interview with Drum magazine‚ saying: “I don’t know what to think of it. I’m not going to engage it because

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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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  • ‘Uncontrollable’ people are in power in SA, says funnyman Noah

    TREVOR Noah has spoken out about the state of South African politics‚ saying "uncontrollable" people have been put in power. "You put them in the right position‚ you get them in the right place‚ and you realise that controlling them is not something that is manageable," the comedian said in a television interview. "There were people who thought they could control (EFF leader) Julius Malema. There were people who thought they could control (President) Jacob Zuma. But you come to realise that when you put the wrong man in the right place he can do the utmost damage," Noah told eNCA. He compared them to US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Quizzed about Trump and the possibility of his

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  • US sees the rand plummeting against the dollar by the end of 2016

    THE rand will have weakened to R16/$ by the end of 2016 due to SA’s rising political risk premium, Bank of America Merrill Lynch said in a research note on Friday. The rand recovered about 0.65% to R14.12/$ at 1.42pm ahead of US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen’s speech scheduled for 4pm SA time at the Jackson Hole banking conference in Wyoming. Since Monday, the rand has lost about 4% on the Hawks demanding Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan appear at its offices at noon on Thursday for a warning — a summons Gordhan did not heed following advice from his lawyers. Gordhan’s summons was widely interpreted as an attempt by President Jacob Zuma to replace him with a more malleable finance minister.

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  • No black like me in the DA

    Firstly, the Democratic Alliance (DA) needs to be congratulated for scooping three metros: Tshwane, Johannesburg, and the Nelson Mandela Bay, which have long been held by the ANC. Twenty-two years into democracy, the community of Alexandra, which neighbours the plush Sandton, is still embarrassingly shanty. Sixty-one years after the “adoption” of the Freedom Charter, the people of Kliptown still live in abject poverty. The ANC inarguably didn’t cover itself in complete glory when it comes to service delivery. And Now the DA has a big task to overturn these dehumanising conditions, if that’s what it’s planning to do. Corruption, being the ANC’s weakest point, is what the DA hopes to eradicate.

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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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  • Cyril, it's time to pick a side

    I expected it to last. The election afterglow, I mean. The “collision” negotiations barely concluded, and then boom, before you knew it, the Sars wars had resumed without even giving the EFF two days to enjoy their “kingmaker” status. It was straight back to the usual destruction of the country’s institutions. Business as (un)usual. So Pravin Gordhan has been thrust back into the limelight, kicking and screaming. But the markets don’t like it when our minister of finance kicks and screams. They prefer him in the background – but some those in charge don’t appear to care that the rand is reasonably important. The markets, that amorphous mass of invisible investors who love stability, are not kind

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  • Are prison nurses trying to kill Oscar Pistorius?

    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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  • 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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  • VIDEO: Clinton ties Trump to Ku Klux Klan - World News

    New York - Donald Trump has spent the past week talking up his efforts to attract African American voters. On Thursday, the Clinton campaign revealed its response: a one-minute video making the case that Donald Trump remains the candidate of choice for white supremacists and neo-Nazis. The montage features leaders of the Ku Klux Klan and other white nationalist groups offering resounding endorsements to the New York businessman, whom Hillary Clinton accused of "taking a hate movement mainstream". "The reason a lot of Klan members like Donald Trump is because a lot of what he believes, we believe in," said a robed Imperial Wizard of the Rebel Brigade of the Knights of the KKK. The advert comes

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  • There’s no such thing as a coloured identity

    Denying this or fighting this unfortunate reality would only strengthen apartheid’s hold on them as this will mean they accept the dominance and legitimacy of apartheid over their identity, their plight and their destiny. Subscribing to the “coloured” tag also celebrates as victorious the attempts of the architects of apartheid to make people feel inferior, to determine their cultural destiny and to, in a programmed way, question themselves and accept what is enforced upon them. More than that, it dishonours the struggles of those who fought against apartheid, died in their struggle against the evil system that denied people their identity, rights and land. Fact is, when the Population Registration Act was enacted in 1950, it simply defined a “coloured person” as “a person who is not a white person or a native”.

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  • Chikane warned ANC its soul was in jeopardy

    Mantashe, who said he did not want to talk to Chikane via the media, was speaking ahead of the party’s crucial four-day special national executive committee meeting at St George’s Hotel in Irene, Tshwane, on Thursday. The meeting will deal with the aftermath of the ANC’s poor performance in the local government elections, especially in the Gauteng metros and Nelson Mandela Bay Metro in Port Elizabeth. Chikane is not the only prominent former ANC leader to speak out this week about having warned the ANC prior to the elections about the possibility of voters turning against it. In a series of social media posts, former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi suggested he had also hinted of the current state of affairs during his time as a leader in the tripartite alliance.

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  • Africa’s wild, beating heart

    Harare - As guide Livingstone Sana cuts the engine and we glide to a slow stop, the wind ruffles the silence. A few hundred metres away, across the open plain, they watch us, suspicious. Our scent is heading towards them and they don’t like it: even though they are four young, strong bachelor males, the Sable antelope are jittery. Even though they are fast and possess sharp, scimitar-curved horns, they don’t want us anywhere near their space. So, they take off, a symphony of flexing muscle and sinews, their glossy black, white and brown coats shimmering in the early morning sunshine. As they hit top speed, they look as though they could run down any thoroughbred racehorse. Sana, a guide with

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  • No PSL return for Jali … for now – agent

    Jali is rumoured to be moving back to South Africa, with Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates mentioned as his possible destinations, but Makaab says the Bafana Bafana midfielder will stay in Europe for now. Jali caused a stir on Thursday when he tweeted something that seems to suggest he is flying home to South Africa to join Pirates.

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