• South Africa: All SA Wants for SONA Is Zuma's Resignation

    All South Africans want to hear during President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address is "I am retiring", non-governmental organisation Accountability Now said on Wednesday. Zuma's credibility was at an all-time low, its director Paul Hoffman told reporters in Cape Town. However, Zuma would neither resign nor retire on his own as he was too compromised and too protected. "But the interests of the country would be served if he resigned," he said. Hoffman said the main problem was lack of confidence in the president as a result of "Nenegate" and the "flip-flop on Nkandla". Zuma axed Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene in December, replacing him with relatively unknown ANC member and former Merafong

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  • Bonang Matheba now a global brand

    Bonang Matheba is making waves all over Africa and the rest of the world. Being nominated for a Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Award and named the new face of E-Africa. On Wednesday the TV and radio personality announced on an Instagram post that she’s been nominated for a Nigerian Broadcasters’ Merit Award in the African Broadcaster of the Year: People’s Choice category. This is following the announcement the she is the host of E-Africa, which falls under the E! Entertainment family. Bonang has been open about her plans to expand her brand into the rest of the world and shes doing it.  Bonang’s hustle is on point. Also on Connect: #Sona2016: Expectation for Zuma to resign remains high #CouplesWorkOut

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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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  • Traditional leaders want answers from Mandela over Islamic conversion

    Eastern Cape traditional leaders want answers from Nelson Mandela’s grandson Nkosi Zwelivelile 'Mandla' Mandela about why he reportedly converted to Islam when he married a Muslim woman. “We reacted with shock on the news of his conversion. We were also very concerned. What we know is that the woman converts, not the man. That is our custom,” Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa provincial chairperson Chief Mwelo Nonkonyane said on Tuesday. They were troubled that Mandela married without any traditional leaders present at the ceremony. “Traditional leaders don’t marry secretly. He should have been represented by the traditional council of Mvezo. He is the leader of people of Mvezo.

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  • Guptas focus helping mining firms get away with murder: Mantashe

    African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe said big mining companies operating in South Africa lack patriotism and a focus on the Gupta family was not helping in dealing with mischief committed by these companies. Speaking to the SABC ahead of President Zuma’s State of the Nation Address, Mantashe said a concerted focus on Gupta family was actually helping big mining companies like Exxaro, Glencore and Anglo American evade tough questions about their transformative roles in the South African economy. Asked whether he thinks there is a Gupta obsession, Mantashe said: “The point I am making is that the obsession is when you leave Exxaro, Glencore and Anglo American scot-free

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  • Messi, Suarez, Neymar left out of Copa del Rey semi-final

    Barcelona’s star attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar were all left out of coach Luis Enrique’s squad for their Copa del Rey semi-final, second-leg against Gary Neville’s Valencia on Wednesday with Barca already leading 7-0. Messi underwent treatment on kidney stones which affected his participation in the Club World Cup last month on Monday and Tuesday, but is expected to be fit to face Celta Vigo on Sunday. Suarez, who scored four times in the first-leg, and Neymar have been rested along with the likes of Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique as Enrique takes advantage of the dead rubber amongst a hectic schedule, which sees Barca play six games in the next 18 days.

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  • Nigeria: Buhari Never Called Nigerians 'Criminals', Presidency Clarifies

    Abuja — The State House has described as misconstrued, the various interpretations of President Muhammadu Buhari's comments in an interview granted to the UK's Daily Telegraph newspaper on February 5. In a statement yesterday by his media aide, Mr. Garba Shehu, the presidency stated that the wave of negative reactions to the president's remarks about the reputation of Nigerians abroad was as a result of an incomplete understanding of the president's point. Shehu said: "President Buhari was asked about the flood of migrants from Nigeria and the fraudulent applications for asylum put in by people desperate to leave their motherland at any cost, and it was this question that elicited his response."

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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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  • Why hate Guptas but love MacImperialism?

    In the past few weeks there have been a barrage of attacks in the mainstream media and across social media networks on the Gupta family that reportedly has significant stakes in several businesses, notably the New Age newspaper and ANN7 TV news channel. Julius Malema, the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters, launched a vicious tirade against the Guptas and their business interests and even threatened staff working for their media outlets that cover EFF events. A number of organisations representing journalists and news editors have correctly condemned Malema’s utterances. There is an allegation that has been regurgitated in the media over the past few years that President Jacob Zuma is disproportionately

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  • South Africa: Protests After Cape Town Cops Nab 'Machine Gun Gangster'

    The arrest of a suspected gangster found with an Uzi sub-machine gun and ammunition near Bishop Lavis on Wednesday morning sparked a protest by some residents. Western Cape police said they arrested the man for illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. They profiled the man and believed that he was linked to the 28s gang. "However this [arrest] sparked an uprising within the community that supports the activities of these gangsters," said police spokesperson FC van Wyk. He said some residents threw stones at police officers and passers-by. The protest led to Robert Sobukwe Road being closed at the intersections of Valhalla Drive and the N2, according to traffic services spokesperson Maxine

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  • South Africa is not Zimbabwe-in-waiting

    We are not Zimbabwe-in-waiting. I have personally heard this complaint from every race in this country. “SA is becoming worse than Zimbabwe.”  Since our new cricketers have recently scored so well I would like to try and smack the Doomsday Ball for six.  First – four against one. The greatest gift the ANC has given us is four presidents. They have varied in quality. From Mandela, who lead by superb example; to Mbeki, whose intelligence was undermined by defeatist introspection; to Motlanthe, who took the poisoned chalice and returned it cleaner than it was before; and to Zuma, the most successful political operator and the most erratic leader. The transition of leadership from one individual

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  • Pressure on Maine to retract threats and EFF monkey jibe

    Maine‚ in his address at an ANCYL rally in Tshwane last week‚ said there would be civil war should the EFF or anyone disrupt President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address. He specifically directed his threats at EFF leader Julius Malema and his supporters whom he referred to as monkeys. Congress of the People (COPE) spokesman Dennis Bloem on Wednesday led a delegation to open a case of incitement of violence against Maine at Brooklyn Police Station in Pretoria. Bloem said COPE took Maine’s threats of a civil war seriously. "If you look in Africa we had many civil wars because of reckless talks such as those from Maine. When leaders say such things supporters and people on the grounds literally

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  • Mbete's lawyer involved in SAA debacle

    National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete's lawyer Lindi Nkosi-Thomas, who fumbled through her submissions in the Nkandla matter in the Constitutional Court on Tuesday, was previously accused of doctoring a legal opinion while she was an SAA board member. BDlive reported in December 2014 that the allegation was the basis of a complaint to the public protector and the Johannesburg Bar Council in 2013. Nkosi-Thomas resigned from the airline's board in early 2014. The council said at the time that the complaint did not sustain a case of professional misconduct. The public protector's office told the website that its investigation was continuing. Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's office and Parliament

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  • Alleged Islamic State Recruiter Arrested in Nigeria

    Nigeria: DSS Arrests Isis Recruiter in Nigeria Guardian, 9 February 2016 The Department of State Service on Tuesday announced the arrest of a 400-level student of Federal University of Technology, Minna, for being the operational arrowhead of the ... read more » Nigeria: DSS Arrests Alleged Isis Recruiter in Kano, Others Vanguard, 9 February 2016 The Department State Services (DSS), has announced the arrest of one Abdussalam Enesi Yunusa, alleged to be a recruiter for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). read more » Nigeria: Terrorism - DSS Arrest Isil Recruiter in Kano Daily Trust, 9 February 2016 The Department of State Services (DSS) said it has arrested an alleged Islamic State of

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  • EFF gives 25 reasons why ‘the Guptas must go’

    THE Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Wednesday released the full list of the "25 reasons why the Guptas must leave or be made to leave the country immediately #Guptasmustgo". The party had launched the campaign on Tuesday night‚ hours after it and its leader‚ Julius Malema‚ were indicted by the North Gauteng High Court from inciting acts of violence against the Gupta family‚ Oakbay Investments‚ The New Age‚ ANN7 and other of the family’s subsidiary company’s shareholders‚ staff and property. By Tuesday night‚ the EFF had shared the first three reasons on its Instagram account‚ and on Wednesday morning released the full list. A defiant Mr Malema had‚ in reaction to the High Court ruling‚ said: "We must respect the courts.

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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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  • Mourinho’s United job claim

    London - 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

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  • Trump: Celebrity billionaire, next US president?

    Donald Trump is a billionaire real estate tycoon with bravado to spare, a former reality television star who says winning is everything. The unlikely Republican presidential frontrunner now can claim his first victory in the political arena after notching up a win in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday — to the horror of the political establishment. The 69-year-old New Yorker has upended the 2016 presidential election by casting a spell over grassroots conservatives and not shying away from talking tough. To his fans, he is the definition of American success, the cut-throat tycoon who can magically fix all that’s wrong with a country no longer sure of its place in the world, and home to an increasingly frustrated white working and middle class.

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  • Vandals, addicts take over heritage site - Politics

    Durban - A historic Durban anti-apartheid site - opened by Nelson Mandela in 2002 - has fallen into a shocking state of disrepair, with fingers being pointed at the eThekwini Municipality for allowing it to be overrun by drug addicts and vandals. The Passive Resistance Park in Umbilo Road, which has recently been earmarked for a “liberation heritage route”, is where the leaders of the Natal Indian Congress launched an important campaign in the struggle for the country’s freedom. Seventy years later, the perimeter fence of the park has been broken in several places, the paving leading to the memorial is cracked and several tiles on the memorial itself have been broken. Beer bottles, dirty clothes

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  • South Africa: 'I Kind of Gave Up On Harvard'

    A KwaZulu-Natal teenager, through persistence and perseverance, will be attending the prestigious Harvard University in the United States after being accepted on a full scholarship for 2016. Mfundo Radebe, 18, an Umlazi resident, was awarded an all expenses scholarship worth $69 000 per year to study political sciences. The straight A student spoke to News24, saying it was diligence and a hunger for wanting more that saw him accepted to Harvard. According to the teen, he planned his future since the tender age of 13 when he was at Addington Primary School. "I just thought that I needed to seriously look forward. I know it's weird for a kid to think that, but it was what happened." After speaking

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