• WATCH: How Malema predicted Gordhan's arrest

    Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) CIC Julius Malema has recently made accusations against his fellow politicians that have left South Africans in stitches. He always seems to know things no one else does. Lately, it seems, he’s pretty accurate at predicting the future too. Earlier this month, he accused Mabala Noise boss and ANC Youth League treasurer-general Reggie Nkabinde of giving his newly signed artists R5 million each. Nkabinde denied the claims, and later said suing Malema for the claims was “a waste of time”. However, things took a turn for the worse when one of the label’s artists, Khanyi Mbau, came out and confirmed she had been given “lots of money”, denying it was R5 million, though

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  • Signals of desperation, not control, from Zuma

    THE renewed assault on Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has President Jacob Zuma’s fingerprints all over it. Given that the creation of an investigative unit inside the South African Revenue Service does not, under any existing law, constitute a criminal offence, and given that the failure of the Hawks to specify the nature of the crime for which the finance minister is supposedly being investigated, it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that we are witnessing a ham-fisted attack on Gordhan’s reputation. At first sight, this move might suggest that Zuma’s hold on power is intensifying. Zuma has clearly been pondering a Cabinet reshuffle for some time, to oust Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas and other South African Communist Party-(SACP-)aligned leaders.

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  • US fugitive’s secret life in Brakpan

    Johannesburg - This week South Africa achieved another spot on the list of Dubious Distinctions, the best place to hide if you're on the run from the FBI is Brakpan. Nichole Michelle King has been one of America's most wanted for the last seven years. And yet she managed to remain elusive and mysterious in the quiet suburb of Sunair Park, Brakpan, where she sought refuge from prying eyes. King arrived on the other side of the N12 in 2009 with neatly cropped blonde hair. She chose the likes of houndstooth print jackets and scarves. By the time she had become a local, she had purple-streaked hair and glitter-rimmed eyes. No one knew her. Not even her estate agent, much less her neighbour. Now local

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  • Smart ID card applications now open to many more citizens

    All citizens banking with Absa, First National Bank, Nedbank and Standard Bank, can now apply for Smart ID cards and passports, Kempton Express reports. Currently 12 branches of these banks are connected to the system in Gauteng, with one branch in Cape Town. Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba on Wednesday said when they launched the eHomeAffairs portal, only citizens between 30 and 35 years old could use this innovative platform to apply for their Smart ID cards and passports online. “The system is now open to all citizens who bank with these four participating banks. Currently 12 branches of these banks are connected to the system in Gauteng, with one branch in Cape Town. While most of these

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  • ANC veteran tells Zuma: Go now!

    Durban - President Jacob Zuma was told, in the most forthright way, on Thursday: “Go now!” ANC veteran and former director-general of foreign affairs Sipho Pityana, speaking at the funeral of Makhenkesi Stofile at Fort Hare University, lashed Zuma and urged him to step aside. “If the president was here I would have asked him as my leader, I would have begged him, I would have prayed, saying: My big brother, Msholozi, hand over the reins!’ “The next battle cannot be led by a leader who has humiliated our organisation and undermined everything that we represent.” At the funeral Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa became the most senior government official to publicly back Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

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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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  • EDITORIAL: Get ready for more jitters

    THE crisis surrounding Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is unfolding faster than anyone anticipated, perhaps even those investigating it. It now seems inevitable that the Hawks will arrest Gordhan perhaps as early as this week, sending SA into another bout of financial and political jitters. On Thursday, three people who may end up being co-accused with Gordhan reported to the Hawks office in Pretoria — former South African Revenue Service commissioners Ivan Pillay and Oupa Magashula, and former employee Johann van Loggerenberg. The notional intention of the visit was to receive a "warning statement", in which a suspect is informed he has the right to remain silent and the right to counsel. In

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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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  • #SiphoPityana: How South Africans reacted to his hard-hitting speech

    Advocate Dali Mpofu is amongst those who have reacted to Sipho Pityana's speech. Advocate Dali Mpofu Sipho Pityana JOHANNESBURG - Advocate Dali Mpofu is amongst the many South Africans who have reacted to what’s being described as a hard-hitting speech made at the funeral of the late Reverend Makhenkesi Stofile on Thursday.  Former director-general Sipho Pityana slammed the current leadership of the African National Congress under President Jacob Zuma's rule in a 30-minute speech delivered at the service. LISTEN: Sipho Pityana lashed out the ANC in his speech at Makhenkesi Stofile's funeral   Social media users and politicians have since reacted, with some questioning Pityana's timing, suggesting

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  • Bonang or Dj Zinhle? Wayde van Niekerk takes on Q&A

    Olympic gold medallist Wayde van Niekerk was this week kind enough to hold a Q&A session on Twitter. While some of the questions tweeps asked were interesting, others were simply meant to be ridiculous or funny. On what he thought of the “ugly” team SA Olympic tracksuits everyone has been complaining about, Van Niekerk only responded: “Life goes on. As long as I made my country proud.” He may be right, but we will not be ready to forgive as long as the frumpy kit remains engraved in our minds. Things got interesting when one Twitter user asked him if he would choose Bonang Matheba over DJ Zinhle. The poor guy did not want to start another storm, so he decided on a safer, yet irrelevant choice:

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  • DA MP a liar and a fraud

    In her profile on the DA website, she claims she was "born in 1983 in Nelspruit but spent my early childhood in Swaziland and Belgium". Asked to comment on her party spokeswoman being caught out in a lie, DA leader Helen Zille said: "Why is this an issue?" When Zille was informed that the constitution required that all South African MPs be either South African or naturalised citizens and that her spokeswoman was neither, she said she was out of the country and "cannot deal with this from here". A Sunday Times investigation has established that: Phumzile Van Damme was born in Nazarene Hospital, now known as Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital, in Manzini, Swaziland, in 1983; Her mother, Lynette van

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  • CWU accuses 'fleeing' Mantashe of being 'arrogant'

    The Communications Workers’ Union (CWU) has accused ANC general-secretary Gwede Mantashe of being arrogant. The accusations come in the wake of a strike by CWU members employed at Telkom. On Tuesday, CWU members marched to Luthuli House, the ANC headquarters in Johannesburg, to meet the leadership. But according to CWU president Clyde Mervin, instead of meeting the union, Mantashe held a media briefing. “What did he do after that briefing? He ran away,” Mervin said. Labour is demanding a salary increase of 11%, and six months’ fully paid maternity leave. Other unions at Telkom, Solidarity and the SA Communication Workers’ Union, have already reached a deal with Telkom, including no forced retrenchments

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  • Nigeria: Crimes Commission Arrests Man Over U.S.$145,000 Love Scam

    The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, said it arrested Iwuchukwu Uche for obtaining money under false pretence to the tune of USD145, 000. Mr. Uche, who said he was a military officer working for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO, in Kabul, Afghanistan, allegedly collected the money from his victim, H. Uyen, a Vietnamese woman, after promising to marry her. The suspect, who also claimed to be a property agent operating in Nigeria and Ghana, allegedly told the victim that he needed the money to procure some documents for the planned wedding. The money was allegedly wired to the suspect's Diamond Bank account number: 0028998256. The suspect will soon be charged

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  • Zimbabwe: High Court Approves 'Mega' Demonstration

    THE much anticipated demonstration organised by opposition parties and civil society organisations is expected to go ahead after High Court permitted the demonstration to be led by MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai and Zimbabwe People First’s Joice Mujuru. Dubbed the Mega Demo, the march hung in the balance after police sought to block it claiming that it stood to cause chaos in central Harare due to the size of crowds anticipated. Moreover, home affairs minister Ignatius Chombo warned the organisers against the march on Thursday, saying government was ready to crush the “illegal” event which he claimed was sponsored by foreign agents. According to organisers, the National Electoral Reform Agenda

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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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  • Don’t assume medical schemes pay for emergency care

    A phone call from a stranger in the middle of the night informing you that your child has been injured in a road accident is every parent’s nightmare. Eileen du Toit was told that the car her 20-year-old son, Mathew, was driving had left the road and rolled several times. An ambulance was called and Mathew was taken to the casualty department at Milnerton Mediclinic in Cape Town just after midnight. He was vomiting, and the doctors recommended X-rays. He was given an intravenous painkiller and placed under observation for two hours. When no fractures or acute injuries were identified, he was discharged. Du Toit submitted the ambulance and casualty accounts to Discovery Health Medical Scheme (DHMS),

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  • Purpose of ANC’s Monty Python squad is clear

    I HAVE experience in uselessness. At school, where I was a useless scholar, I was acquainted with schoolmasters who, outside of drinking whiskey, caning and playing with themselves in pursuit of breaking world records, were utterly useless. Every day in summer in London I pass men who spit on pavements then text on their phones and accidentally walk into lampposts and scream. George Osborne, Remain voters, Belgians, Oscar Pistorius’ running spikes, Wayne Rooney’s hairplugs, Piers Morgan, the Cape Times — all glowing examples of extreme uselessness. But I have never seen anything more useless than the MPs the ANC assembled from its ranks to appoint Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s replacement.

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  • 'ANC poll losses made late councillor weep'

    The day the ANC lost control of Tshwane, councillor Nonhlanhla Mthembu sobbed to the point where she had to be hospitalised. This was revealed by the late councillor’s best friend, Barry Swarts, at her memorial service at Naturena Primary School in Joburg last night. “She then asked me: ‘Do you think we will lose Joburg?’ I just said let’s wait and see,” Swarts recalled. “She (Mthembu) then replied and said ‘I would be very depressed if we lose Joburg’. That is how much she loved the organisation.” Mthembu collapsed and died during the inaugural Joburg council meeting on Monday in the Johannesburg City Hall, where the DA took over control of the city from the ANC. Former executive mayor Parks

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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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  • Zimbabwe: Govt to Deploy Army in Streets?

    GOVERNMENT will today deploy security forces to quell mass demonstrations organised by a coalition of opposition parties joining forces to push for electoral reforms and change -- should the protest turn violent -- as pressure mounts on President Robert Mugabe to reform or quit, it has been established. Home Affairs minister Ignatius Chombo addressed a press conference in Harare yesterday, threatening to crush today's political demonstrations. The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) yesterday refused to grant permission to the 18 political parties under the auspices of the National Election Reform Agenda and the Coalition of Democrats to march in the streets of Harare, prompting the parties to approach

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