• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Treasury 'taking Denel to court' to halt Gupta deal

    VR Laser Asia's sole shareholder is Gupta business partner Salim Essa. Its parent firm in South Africa is owned by Essa, the Guptas and President Jacob Zuma's son Duduzane. Two independent government sources confirmed this week that the Treasury was planning to go to court to halt the deal. "Treasury's lawyers are going after them - they've already prepared papers," said one source. The Treasury's legal head, Rebecca Tee, had already sent letters to Denel demanding that it dissolve the partnership or face legal action, said another source. If they didn't deliver they should be replaced. To form a partnership like this with a service provider is outrageous. It could go on indefinitely This flies

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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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  • 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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  • ANC's Masina ready to compete with DA-led governments

    After the DA managed to secure Tshwane & JHB, the ANC was under pressure to retain at least 1 metro. Democratic Alliance African National Congress Mzwandile Masina JOHANNESBURG - Newly appointed Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina has pointed out differences in the African National Congress (ANC)-led coalition government in the metro, compared to those led by the Democratic Alliance (DA) in Tshwane and Johannesburg. Masina was addressing the Ekurhuleni Press Club in Germiston last night. He says he's ready to compete with two other metros in Gauteng under the DA-led coalition governments, saying his government will deliver faster and differently. Masina took some time to thank political parties

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  • Why are SA companies ditching Nigeria?

    Johannesburg - Hotel and gaming group Sun International became the latest South African business to pull out of Nigeria because of weak economic growth and clashes with regulators in the west African country. In January, Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) launched a probe into Sun International's initial investment in the Tourist Company of Nigeria, which owns and operates the 5-star Federal Palace hotel in Lagos. Sun International, which reported a 20 percent fall in diluted adjusted headline earnings per share (AHEPS) to 628 cents for the year to June, said the Federal Palace had been hit by slow economic growth, the low oil price, the threat from Boko Haram and a weakening

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  • Gordhan, Zuma corruption cases similar - Shilowa tells us why

    Estranged politician Mbhazima Shilowa has been absent in the public political sphere for years after being ousted from a political party he co-founded, the Congress of the People (Cope). The same can’t be said about Shilowa on social media, as he often takes to Twitter to air air his political views. Top in all national discussions is the case of the Hawks against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, known as the Hawks, summoned the minister to answer outstanding questions about a so-called rogue unit at the SA Revenue Service (Sars). Upon receiving legal advice, Gordhan refused to avail himself before the unit, saying, “I am advised that I am under

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  • 'Hlaudi deserves a medal': Full six minute SABC praise song released

    It was initially speculated that the song had been commissioned by the public broadcaster and that radio stations were forced to air it. Composed and led by seasoned poet, Mzwakhe Mbuli, the praise song, 'Thank You SABC' aims to celebrate and give thanks to Hlaudi Motsoeneng for instituting the new music airplay format. "SABC has delivered. The music video for the song has been released and is over six minutes long: exactly the type of music you'll need in Friday traffic.

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  • Nigeria: Former Niger Delta Militants Qualify As Aircraft Engineers

    The Presidential Amnesty Office on Friday said 22 beneficiaries of its foreign education programme had graduated as Aircraft Maintenance Engineers and had returned to the country. The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and the Coordinator of Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig.-Gen. Paul Boroh, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. He said the beneficiaries were trained at the Royal Jordanian Air Academy and were equipped with EASA licence on return, adding that without the licence, they would not be useful in the aviation industry. He said that the licence made the beneficiaries certified aircraft maintenance professionals needed in modern

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  • Rohde denied bail as probe into wife's death intensifies

    The CEO of a Geffen International Realty franchise has assembled a formidable defence team‚ including a private pathologist used by the defence in the Oscar Pistorius case‚ and a former policeman who led the Station Strangler investigation. Rohde's team‚ led in court by advocate Pete Mihalik‚ pushed hard to convince the court that Susan Rohde's death was a suicide. They argued that the state had a weak case‚ maintained that his arrest was unlawful and said that he should be released on bail. Susan's body was found in the couple's bathroom at Spier wine estate‚ where they had attended a function‚ in Stellenbosch on July 24. Rohde smiled in the dock on Friday‚ the second day of his court appearance‚

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  • Something fishy about 'anti-Gordhan' campaign, church says

    “Something is fishy here, and we are worried, especially since people who are at the forefront of driving this campaign against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan are themselves compromised from the president (Jacob Zuma) down.” ‘We are not saying anyone is above the law, but something is fishy.’ General secretary of the Evangelical Alliance of South Africa Reverend Moss Ntla said this was a crisis in our democracy, where you have one arm of the state coming and moving against the other arm of the state (Gordhan), and forcing him literally to become engaged in civil disobedience. “Something is fishy. This is a very serious matter. It says there is factionalism that is tearing apart our institutions

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  • Holomisa calls for Madonsela to finish Gupta investigation before they sell shares

    Bantu Holomisa says there is a legitimate expectation from SA about the outcomes of the investigation. Thuli Madonsela Gupta family Gupta JOHANNESBURG – United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa says the investigation into the Gupta family by the Public Protector should be finalised and published before they sell their shares in the country.  Yesterday, the controversial family which allegedly has close ties with President Jacob Zuma, announced its plans to pull out all of its South African shareholding before the end of the year. The Guptas claim this is in the best interests of their existing employees and the country, after seeing its local management team has grown exponentially,

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  • EFF welcomes Gupta's decision to sell all SA shares with caution

    The EFF says the party will wait to see if the shares will be sold to honest and trustworthy citizens. EFF Gupta family Gupta Fana Mokoena JOHANNESBURG – The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says it welcomes, with caution, the Gupta family's announcement to sell all its shares in South Africa by the end of the year.   Yesterday, the controversial family released a statement saying the decision will be beneficial for the country.   The family also claimed that its local management team had grown exponentially since their decision to step down from executive and non-executive positions earlier this year.  The EFF's Fana Mokoena says they will keep a close eye on the sale of the shares because they

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  • ANCWL, ANCYL condemn Zuma's critics

    The ANCWL's Meokgo Matuba says no one must be allowed to criticise the ANC in public. Jacob Zuma JOHANNESBURG – The African National Congress (ANC) Youth and Women’s leagues have come out strongly against critics of President Jacob Zuma saying those who speak negatively about him in public must be disciplined. This comes after ANC veteran and former director general of foreign affairs Sipho Pityana used the funeral of reverend Makhenkesi Stofile, at Fort Hare University this week to lash out at Zuma, and urged him to step down. LISTEN: Pityana lashes out at the ANC.   When Pityana came out guns blazing against the president, the ANCYL called his actions disruptive and unruly. ANYCL general secretary

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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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  • The Dissident, the Despot & the Divine: A tale of two Zimbabwean churches

    And on the seventh day, Zimbabwe rested. After a tumultuous week, the streets of Harare are empty of traffic, troubled by neither protesters nor police. There is little to suggest that we are in the middle of an epochal period of Zimbabwean history; that we appear to be at the beginning of the endgame for President Robert Mugabe. The city’s churches, however, are full. This is a deeply religious country, a deeply Christian country, and Sunday is the day to worship, and to be seen to worship. Nowhere is this latter aim more obvious than at the Church of Celebration Ministries International, in rich, leafy Borrowdale, where government ministers, ruling party apparatchiks and well connected businessmen

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  • SACP deputy denounces Number One

    The SACP’s central committee is meeting for the first time since the elections and is expected to take a strong stance on the reasons the ANC had experienced its worst electoral performance since 1994. Deputy general-secretary Jeremy Cronin said on Friday the party was doubtful whether the ANC had the capacity to arrest what has been a consistent decline of support. While the SACP has refrained from an outright call for Zuma to step down, the party said it was clear that opposition parties had capitalised on the weaknesses directly related to Zuma. “It is no secret that the opposition parties ran their campaigns... on national issues, especially the clumsy manner with which the ANC handled the Nkandla matter for instance and other things.

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