• Zuma's resignation, Guptas and Nene take centre stage

    Zuma delivered his State of the Nation Address in a joint sitting in the National Assembly, but opposition parties made life difficult for him. The Democratic Alliance's MPs heckled, mumbled and laughed throughout Zuma’s speech. This was after the Economic Freedom Fighters and Cope walked out of the National Assembly. The EFF walked out an hour after the start of SONA, chanting “Zupta must fall”.

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  • Madonsela steals the show at #SONA2016

    The public protector made her way down the grey streets towards the Cape Town political landmark, with a grace and deportment that would put many a beauty queen to shame. Earlier, Madonsela tweeted her thanks to fashion designer Gert Johan Coetzee for the gown, adding: “Hope I do justice to it today”. Meanwhile, other parliamentarians also made their sartorial contribution to the traditional fashion extravaganza that marks the SONA. Clearly bouncing back from her recent controversy over a Facebook post, Democratic Alliance MP Dianne Kohler Barnard dressed up for a big night out in a black sleeveless dress, green beaded necklace and drop earrings, as well as a paisley pashmina and blinged-up silver clutch.

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  • Mandla Mandela’s wedding blues - South Africa

    Cape Town - It seems like Mandla Mandela might lose more than his heart to love... he could also love his Xhosa crown. While his new Muslim wife may be the queen of his heart, Mandla may soon be the king of none – or rather chief of none – after traditional leaders slammed his fourth marriage. The Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Controlesa) say they were shocked to learn that Nelson Mandela’s grandson had converted to Islam when he married 22-year-old Rabia Clarke from Pinelands. Mandla is the traditional chief of Mvezo in the Eastern Cape. Contralesa Provincial Chairperson Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana said: “As traditional leaders, we expect the woman to convert to the Thembus, because

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  • South Africa: Malema, EFF Leaders Add Some More Red to SONA Red Carpet

    The top brass of the Economic Freedom Fighters started trickling into Parliament on Thursday ahead of President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address. Most politicians took the event as an opportunity to dress to the nines, but the EFF members chose to walk the red carpet in their signature red overalls. The first batch of EFF leaders to arrive included party chair Dali Mpofu and Magdalene Munusamy. Munusamy swapped her red overall for a red jumpsuit and paired it with some red and white heels, and finished off the outfit with an official red EFF beret. Party leader Julius Malema arrived later, in his red overalls, and an iPhone in one hand. Last year, some EFF members, including Malema were

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  • Minnie Dlamini, Thomas Mlambo exit SABC's Soccerzone

    A public commitment to publish its Social Labour Plan on the company’s website by Mark Cutifani‚ Chief Executive of Anglo American PLC‚ is a step in the right direction and more companies need to follow suit‚ says the Bench Marks Foundation.

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  • EFF's Khawula demands to be addressed in Zulu

    Speaking in isiXhosa, Khawula had stood up in Parliament and questioned why Zuma had not apologised for his wrongdoings ahead of delivering the State of the Nation Address. "Chairperson, I beg, we are not here to play. Please listen to us. First of all our president has not apologised about what he did," Khaula said. She was referring to Zuma finally agreeing to pay back some of the money which had gone into upgrades at his Nkandla homestead. Zuma has for the last two years maintained that he would not pay back the money. He, however, changed his tune earlier this week and said he would pay back some of the money. Speaking in English, Modise ordered Khawula to take her seat. Khawula, however,

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  • Al-Bashir appeal to go before SCA - Crime & Courts

    Pretoria - The Supreme Court of Appeal will on Friday hear the government’s petition for leave to appeal against an order that it was obliged to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir while he was in South Africa last year. A full bench (three judges) earlier ruled that the authorities were obliged, under South African law, to arrest and surrender (to the ICC) al-Bashir while he was here. The controversial handling of the Al-Bashir matter came under the spotlight last June, when the Sudanese head of state came to South Africa to attend the AU summit. The Southern Litigation Centre (SALC), upon hearing that he was not immediately arrested, turned to the high court in Pretoria on an urgent basis.

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  • Malema delivers his own #SONA2016 - Special Features

    Parliament - Zuma has lost credibility and therefore must go, says Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema. His speech on steps outside the National Assembly shortly after being asked to leave Parliament was billed as the real State of the Nation Address by his spokesperson. Malema pulled no punches calling Zuma a criminal and a thug who had stolen from South Africans and violated the constitution. "We cannot be addressed by a criminal, he is a thug . Zuma has put country in a crisis. That is unacceptable," said Malema He said that Zuma did not deserve respect. This is a man who has not respected the constitution .To us he doesn't exist, we will never respect him," said Malema. Earlier

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  • Madonsela gets request to probe Gupta-Denel link

    Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s office has confirmed receipt of the request to probe the controversial partnership between state arms manufacturer Denel and the Gupta family. Her spokesperson‚ Oupa Segwale‚ said on Thursday they have received the letter from trade union Solidarity requesting that the joint venture be probed. Solidarity’s quest for Madonsela’s probe stems from media reports last Friday that the controversial Gupta family‚ which has come under fire for its alleged state capture through links with President Jacob Zuma‚ have teamed up with Denel to profit from the sale of its products in the East. Denel reportedly announced the formation of joint venture company Denel Asia last

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  • Mourinho tells friends Man Utd job is his

    Jose Mourinho has told friends and associates that he will replace Louis van Gaal as Manchester United manager at the end of the season, according to reports in several British newspapers on Wednesday. The Daily Mail, Daily Star, Daily Mirror and Daily Telegraph all quoted an unnamed source close to the 53-year-old Portuguese as saying his installation at Old Trafford was a “done deal“. The former Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Porto coach was sacked by Chelsea in December but said in an interview last week that he would soon be back in management, preferably in England. Van Gaal, who has another year left on his contract after this season, has had to deal with constant speculation about his position after United made a stuttering start to the season.

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  • Activists retract ‘blackface’ apology - Western Cape

    INSTAGRAM Stellenbosch University (SU) student Poekie Briedenhann says she and her friend were dressed up as purple aliens and not blackfaces, for a residence party.  Cape Town - Open Stellenbosch (OS) has retracted its “blackface” apology and has once again called for the two students involved to be expelled from Stellenbosch University (SU). The student activist group initially condemned the actions of two SU students who dressed up as aliens and painted themselves dark purple for a fancy dress party at the university’s Heemstede residence. OS called for the students to be expelled, and for the residence head and committee to be “removed” for allowing the incident to take place on Friday night.

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe's Ex-Spin Doctor Jubilant After 'Brutal' Politburo Meeting

    If President Robert Mugabe's spokesman thought Wednesday's politburo meeting would signal the political defeat of his long-term rival, Grace Mugabe had another message for him. "You stop it, all of you!" an irate Grace shouted, flanked by her 91-year-old husband. There was little doubt to whom she was referring. Jeered at by a handful of the thousands of ruling party supporters amassed outside ZANU-PF's Rotten Row headquarters, presidential spokesman George Charamba appeared out-manoeuvred even before the politburo meeting got underway. As internal party wrangling reached a peak in the days leading up to the meeting, Charamba had campaigned vigorously against his long-time rival Jonathan Moyo,

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  • SONA 2016: Underwhelmed, opposition parties give Zuma a Zero

    First Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota was asked to leave the House. Then the Economic Freedom Fighters, chanting “Zupta must fall” (a reference to the ties between the Zuma and Gupta families) walked out. EFF leader Julius Malema, standing on top of the stairs of the Marks Building opposite a giant screen showing the president reading his SONA, said: “We do not agree to be addressed by a man who admitted he’s stolen the money and is now prepared to pay back the money”. It was a direct reference to the president’s lawyers who just two days earlier conceded in the Constitutional Court that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s finding that a reasonable proportion of the money spent for at least the cattle kraal, chicken run, swimming (fire) pool, visitors’ centre and amphitheatre should be repaid.

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  • 'Our boss calls us baboons'

    A worker at an aircraft services company has quit his job after his boss allegedly called him and his colleagues k****s and baboons. Sowetan is in possession of the shocking audio clip in which the man insults his employees. Ephraim Seema, 33, of Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria, said he endured the abuse for six years asking himself why his boss, Sandro Strimer, owner of Multi Aircraft Services, was insulting black people like that. In one of the audio clips a male voice, believed to be that of Strimer, is heard calling the workers by the k-word. The insults apparently started when Seema went to his room to fetch his lunch box. He said Strimer then got angry and complained that he was using his

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  • Malema, not Zuma opens parliament at #SONA2016

    He was supporting the Economic Freedom Fighter's Floyd Shivambu, who started saying he was seeking clarity on the rules of the House, to which Speaker Baleka Mbete replied that she would "not like to give attention" to the matter now. Shivambu said he wanted assurance he would be allowed to speak before Zuma took to the podium. Mbete attempted to continue with proceedings, but then she exchanged words with Malema, who told her he wanted to deal with questions to the president before the opening ceremony starts. "I don't want to stand up while the president is there," said Malema. Mbete said: "On this occasion, no business other than the address by the president is [being] entertained." Rumblings

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  • South Africa opens doors to US chicken imports

    South Africa imposes "anti-dumping" duties of above 100% on certain chicken products and industry groups said removing those import barriers opened a market which had been closed for the last 15 years. The deal was "within the tolerance of the (South African poultry) industry and is something we can all live with," Rob Davies told Reuters in a telephone conversation from Paris, where the deal was concluded. The agreement, which would see the United States emerge as one of the top poultry exporters to Africa's most advanced economy, should help smooth the passage of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) currently before American lawmakers.

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  • Gaddafi billions found in SA

    The Sunday Times has established that Libyan investigators have already met top government officials to discuss locating, securing and repatriating the loot brought here by Gaddafi and his children. The investigators believe there is evidence of more than $1-billion in cash, gold and diamonds being held by four banks and two security companies in South Africa. It could be the largest haul of Libyan assets found until now, although it is only a fraction of the estimated $80-billion of Gaddafi's foreign assets. It has been established that the Libyans: Met President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria on December 10 2012; Held a follow-up meeting with Zuma at Nkandla on April 20, which was also attended by

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  • Mancini targets City duo

    Inter Milan will lead the chase for Yaya Toure and Pablo Zabaleta if they become part of a Manchester City clear-out when Pep Guardiola takes over this summer. Zabaleta revealed after last weekend’s defeat by Leicester that the players expect changes once Guardiola moves from Bayern Munich to replace Manuel Pellegrini. Both players were in City’s title-winning side of 2012 under Roberto Mancini, now manager at Inter and who made no secret of his desire to sign Toure last summer. The Ivorian, 32, is unsettled by the prospect of working under Guardiola, who offloaded him from Barcelona to City for £24million in 2010. Mancini is also interested in 31-year-old Zabaleta, who will be out of contract

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  • Simelane was murdered in 1983, Tutu asks why it took until 2016 to charge his killers

    He welcomed the decision of the National Prosecution Authority (NPA) to prosecute suspects accused of being involved in her killing‚ describing it as a “most significant and historic decision”. But he queried: “What has taken them so long? Why did the authorities turn their backs on the family of Nokuthula‚ and so many other families‚ for so many years? “Why did the pleas of her family fall on deaf ears for decades? Why did it take a substantial application to the High Court to get the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) and the police to do their jobs? Why did successive South African governments take extraordinary steps to obstruct the course of justice?” A Nobel peace prize laureate‚

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  • #RandReport: Rand firmer as dollar weakens, stocks track global markets lower

    The rand traded at 15.7100 versus the dollar, up 1.13 percent from Wednesday's New York at 15,8950. Economy The rand JOHANNESBURG – The rand firmed against the dollar on Thursday, buoyed by a weaker greenback that was hurt by worries over the global economic outlook. The weaker dollar, which reached lows last seen in October against a basket of currencies on the back of cautious comments from US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen, helped drive the rand to its firmest level in six weeks Locally, the market was nervous ahead of President Jacob Zuma's state of the nation address, which will be scrutinized for any signs of restoring confidence in the battered economy. At 1556 GMT, the rand traded

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