• Sars nails Zuma’s son over fraud

    At the centre of the dispute is a raid on ATM’s cigarette manufacturing business in Pietermaritzburg in 2011. The expensive plant was imported from China. ATM was incorporated in 2009. The company is registered as manufacturing and distributing of tobacco related products. A squad of Sars officials swooped on the premises, seized goods and machinery, shutting the plant down. ATM was later allowed to operate, but the legal wrangle has continued and Zuma and his partners are now immersed in a bitter exchange with Sars officials. In legal papers which our sister paper The Sunday Independent has seen, Zuma accuses the taxman of corruption, racism and running a smear campaign against him. In an affidavit

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  • Zimbabwe: Is Riot Police Fed On Drugs?

    The picture of a group of riot police assaulting an old woman at the entrance of Rotten Row magistrate courts in Harare on Friday leaves little doubt that these young men are fed on drugs before being deployed to crash riots. What else could explain this sickening scene where a group of eight youthful men, clad in full riot gear including riot helmets, menacing knee and shin protectors and other body armour while armed with batons, riot shields and guns, surround and brutalise this hapless old woman? The woman is on her knees, her frail arms up in a vain attempt to protect herself and apparently pleading with the police. In the picture, the police are clearly not listening to her plea of innocence and one of them is gleefully pumping his boot into the woman's backside.

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  • Ndlozi takes a break from politics to hit the 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”.

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  • Juju and the jet plane

    Mystery tycoon Mohamed Dada, who is said to be flying ANC Youth League president Julius Malema around the country in his private jet, was awarded lucrative tenders by the Limpopo Roads Department - whose projects are managed by Malema's company. Malema's Ratanang Trust owns shares in On-Point Engineering, which scored a R52-million deal to act as "project manager" for Limpopo's roads department. This effectively gave it influence over how tenders are awarded. This week the public protector, Thuli Madonsela, launched a probe into On-Point Engineering as evidence mounted of businessmen giving kickbacks to Malema's company in return for lucrative tenders. Hawks spokesman McIntosh Polela also confirmed

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  • Pastor Mboro defends his new R2 million BMW: 'God is rewarding me'

    Soon after Mboro flaunted his flashy BMW i8, which retails in the country for about R2 million, eyebrows were raised and Twitter users took to the social media platform to lambaste the pastor, with some labelling him a "false prophet." In response to the slew of backlash, Mboro explained that his latest splurge is one of the ways in which God has changed his life, after embarking on an 8-week journey, called Incredible 8 Weeks, where he apparently prayed for God to transform people's lives, including his. Pastor Mboro's brand new R2million BMW gets tongues wagging  "People don't understand how I am able to afford a BMW," he said during his radio show on Ekurhuleni's Kasie FM. "It's funny because

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  • Cosatu slams Van Rooyen for Gordhan comments - Business News

    Johannesburg - The Congress of South African Trade Unions on Tuesday condemned statements by Kebby Maphatsoe of the Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans’ Association and Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister David van Rooyen against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, and accused the MKMVA of brewing factional battles within the tri-partite alliance. “Cosatu is deeply disappointed by the actions of MKMVA leaders, comrades Kebby Maphatsoe and Des Van Rooyen, of publicly condemning another minister (Pravin Gordhan) using their different political hats as a justification. We find this insincere and distasteful because these ministers have many forums available at their disposal to

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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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  • The calling: A sangoma with Wi-Fi

    "I make use of digital tools for ease of access, so that my practice is not limited only to those who can come to my home," she says. Mkhize has a website where people can get information about her talks and products and an online calendar for booking Skype and phone consultations. She also uses Twitter and Facebook. Mkhize will talk about the ancestral calling in Johannesburg at The Victory Theatre on Saturday and at Durban's KwaMuhle Museum on September 9. She says the talk will address ancestral and spiritual callings in relation to mental health issues. "There is a lot of confusion and misinformation which conflate ubizo [a calling] with mental health issues. The misconceptions continue to

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  • Eastern Cape ANC branches make 'Zuma-must-go' call

    The call was made in branch meetings and by the ANC Youth League at the weekend. Heated meetings in the two metros saw frustrated ANC members voicing their frustrations over Zuma's presidency. It is understood that delegates blamed Zuma's association with the Gupta family and the R246-million upgrade to his Nkandla homestead for the ANC's poor performance in the recent poll, which saw the party lose control of Nelson Mandela Bay, among others. Delegates attending the ANC Youth League general council in East London on Sunday called for Zuma's removal. The closed meeting was attended by ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe. Home Affairs Minister and ANC NEC member Malusi Gigaba and Eastern Cape

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  • Gexit? Not so fast, Guptas

    Right now the Priority Crimes Investigation Unit (Hawks), which last week summoned Finance Minster Pravin Gordhan and other axed members of the SARS executive to their headquarters in Pretoria, is sitting on a massive “investigation” into the Gupta family’s alleged capture of the South African state through their relationship with President Jacob Zuma and the ANC. Huang was part of a delegation that accompanied President Zuma on a state visit to China in 2010. That same year the SARS National Research Group (NRG), led by Johann van Loggerenberg, initiated a probe into Huang’s Mpisi Trading, an import/export business. In 2012, 10 SARS officials were suspended following a joint investigation by

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  • Could this be SA's next finance minister?

    Johannesburg - The man who is tipped to be the next Minister of Finance has come a long way with President Jacob Zuma. The name Sifiso Buthelezi, has been bandied about in some circles as the man Zuma is likely to announce as the next finance minister. He was sworn in as a member of parliament in April and currently is on the standing committee on finance. He has been a member of the ANC from his youth and a commander for Umkhonto we Sizwe. In the mid 1980s he was arrested and imprisoned on Robben Island until 1991. Buthelezi comes from Mahlabathini in northern KwaZulu-Natal. He has an academic background in commerce with a masters through the University of Cape Town. He was Zuma’s economic adviser

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  • WhatsApp to share info with FB

    GLOBAL messaging service WhatsApp has announced that it would start sharing the phone numbers of its users with Facebook, its parent company. Which means WhatsApp users could soon start seeing more targeted ads and Facebook friend suggestions on Facebook, based on WhatsApp information but not on the messaging service itself. The move is a subtle but significant shift for WhatsApp, used by more than 1 billion people around the world. When it was acquired by Facebook for an eye-popping $21.8bn (R313.22bn) two years ago, executives promised privacy would be safeguarded. Centre for Digital Democracy director, Jeff Chester, said this is a strong-arm tactic on the part of Facebook. “They continue on

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  • All the 2016 MTV VMAs winners

    It was a night of great performances and a celebration of music at the VMAs held at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The big highlights of the evening was Rihanna's many performances to celebrate her Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award as well as Beyoncé's live performance of Lemonade. Beyoncé won the award for Video of the Year and Best Pop Video for her song Formation, Best Female Video for Hold Up and she also picked up the award for Breakthrough Long Form Video for Lemonade. Song of the Summer Fifth Harmony (featuring Fetty Wap) — "All in My Head (Flex)" The Chainsmokers (featuring Halsey) — "Closer" Drake (featuring Kyla and Wizkid) — "One Dance" Selena Gomez — "Kill Em with Kindness"

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  • Transfer dilemmas for PSL clubs

    With the transfer window set to close tomorrow, a mad rush is expected at the PSL offices as teams will be jostling to register players for the 2016/17 Absa Premiership season. Most of the big teams have made signings but there are some that need to beef up. What will the Gauteng teams do? Bidvest Wits Together with SuperSport United, Bidvest Wits is one of the teams that have bought right. Gavin Hunt has acquired players that have added value to his side. So far, Hunt doesn’t need to make any additions as he has a team that can compete for silverware. Kaizer Chiefs The fact that Steve Komphela persists with the likes of Bernard Parker and Edward Manqele points to lack of depth and quality in

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  • Treasury’s battle with Guptas turns into open fight

    Johannesburg - The battle over the coal contracts between Eskom and the Guptas, which the National Treasury is investigating, has blown into an open fight. This followed Treasury’s surprise revelation on Monday that the Guptas were taking it to court to block the release of the report into the politically connected family's coal contracts with Eskom. Eskom had said on Sunday the findings by the Treasury into its coal contracts, amounting to hundreds of million of rands, was inconclusive. The power utility denied that the Treasury had finalised its probe into the contracts involving the Gupta family. The Treasury said it was surprised by Tegeta, a Gupta-owned company, was going to court to block

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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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  • EFF uses Pretoria girls hair protest to show up ‘scared ANC’

    The EFF used the "protest by girls at Pretoria Girls High" to attack the ANC for being "afraid to implement the wishes of our people as prescribed in the Freedom Charter which they have so boldly declared theirs". The party’s acting spokesperson‚ Fana Mokoena‚ on Monday said the "EFF applauds the young black women who protested against their school for their racist practices". "The girls are not allowed to wear their hair naturally‚ in fact they are forced to straighten it; and their indigenous languages are suppressed‚" he said. Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi was due to visit the school to address the controversy after more than 4,500 people signed a petition calling for his intervention.

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  • What’s in Mgosi in this week?

    Here is what you can look forward to in Mgosi inside your 16-pager Phakaaathi on Tuesday.

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  • 5 steps to building your wealth

    As July is Savings Month, now is the perfect time to look at practical ways in which you can achieve the wealth you need even though times are tough. Yet, there is a disturbing trend where many South Africans who are facing increasing financial pressures have become vulnerable to enticing stories of impossibly high returns offered by pyramid and Ponzi schemes. These schemes inevitably collapse, leaving investors with nothing. You must be careful to distinguish between legitimate savings and investment products offered by regulated financial institutions and schemes that make unrealistic promises where you could lose your savings without recourse. Read also: Women more likely to face poverty during

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  • SAA’s latest move indicates desperation of its ‘delinquent board’

    THE move by South African Airways (SAA) to take out an advert in Sunday newspapers calling "for tenders to provide R16bn in loan funds" indicates the desperate financial position that the SAA board‚ under the leadership of Dudu Myeni‚ finds itself in. This is according to DA finance spokesperson Alf Lees said, who also said the act "reinforces the urgent need for Parliament to intervene and to have an emergency meeting with SAA". Lees said he had written to standing committee on finance chairperson Yunus Carrim "to reconsider my original request for an emergency meeting with SAA on Wednesday this week". On Friday he called for the next meeting with SAA to be brought forward in an effort to stave off the "increasingly certain" liquidation of the embattled airline — the next meeting is scheduled for September 20.

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