• AT HOME AND ABROAD: ANC mute as arrogant Zuma grabs the reins

    PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma’s response to his humiliating setback in the local government elections has been akin to a personal coup d’etat. In seizing centralised control of all the country’s parastatals, Zuma has assumed personal charge of the entire public sector economy, undercutting not only his finance minister, but the collective authority of his whole Cabinet. The only effective defender who has stood between those leeches and us, the taxpayers — Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan — is being dragged off to the political slaughterhouse by the Hawks, no doubt at Zuma’s behest. Once he is arraigned with whatever charges are to be brought against him and a long trial begins, it is difficult to see how he could continue to function as finance minister, which has now been rendered a nonjob.

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  • If you’re innocent‚ there’s nothing they can do to you – EFF to Gordhan

    Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s refusal to report to the Hawks office‚ as requested‚ will be to “act with the same disrespect” shown by President Jacob Zuma and his “faction” of the state‚ the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) said on Thursday. The party called on Gordhan to rethink his position and present himself to the Hawks. “If he is innocent‚ which we believe he is‚ there is nothing the Hawks can do‚” national spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said. “The last thing we need is anyone being treated as if they are above the law. At all times‚ we ought to respect institutions of the state and uphold them above individuals who may be at their helm.” Gordhan received a letter from the Hawks on Monday‚

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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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  • DA in charge of metros, but Malema the big winner

    The Democratic Alliance (DA) should brace itself for various forms of mass mobilisation by the ANC, especially in the major metros of Tshwane, Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape, political analyst Elvis Masoga said yesterday. The next five years would be the most difficult for the party, he said, especially where it was in charge of the metros. Speaking to The Citizen, Masoga said: “The DA must ready themselves for a climb on Kilimanjaro – the party is relatively inexperienced when it comes to handling mass mobilisation. When we talk about the ANC, we talk about a 104-year-old movement that has mastered the art of mass mobilisation over the years.” Masoga said another great

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  • Swaziland queen flees to South Africa

    The sixth wife of Swaziland's King Mswati III has bought a house in South Africa and fled to the neighbouring country after leaving the monarch a few months ago, a close family source said. Angela Dlamini, known as LaGija, sought refuge with South African family members in the upmarket Sun City tourist resort north of the capital Pretoria. "She will be coming to Johannesburg to see the new house that she bought. This means she has officially left the royal family. She is too emotionally wrecked and mentally fatigued after years of abuse from the royal family members," a source close to the queen told AFP. LaGija fled the royal palace in May this year claiming years of physical and emotional abuse

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  • Chabane's last words

    But the very thing he warned them of killed him and his two bodyguards. Travelling with the two members of the police's VIP protection unit - Lesiba Sekele and Lawrence Lentsoane - Chabane was killed early yesterday morning when his car and a truck collided on the N1 freeway between Polokwane and Mokopane, in Limpopo. Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said C habane's car and the truck were travelling in the same direction, with the truck to the left. The truck driver allegedly made a U-turn and Chabane's car slammed into the truck. What remained was a mangled contortion of steel and fragments of the VW Touareg. The truck - still intact - stood in the middle of the freeway, with a slight

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  • Zimbabwe: Comedian Mr Pak Bean in Harare for Comedy Night

    Pakistan comedian Mr Pak Bean, real name Asif Muhammad, arrived in Zimbabwe on Monday ahead of comedy night that will be held at the Harare International Conference Centre on September 3. The comedian who is a look-alike of British actor Rowan Atkinson who is the original Mr Bean, is in the country courtesy of Splash Paints. He is expected to be at the stand of the painting company at the Harare Agricultural Show before embarking on several road shows, a trip to Mutare and a comedy show at HICC. In an interview Mr Pak Bean said he was a follower of Atkinson. "I am his follower though we have never met. I wish to meet him in one of the days," he said. The comedian who got a warm welcome in the

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  • Being told you are ugly is not nice, says Muvhango's Maumela Mahuwa

    In a revealing interview with Drum magazine Maumela shared painful memories of how she's had to deal with people calling her 'ugly' for most of her life. Maumela revealed that looking back at what she calls her "dark past" she realises that it "overshadowed" her life until she made numerous changes. "Being told you are ugly is not nice. Maumela explained that as a child she was told that she was too dark, her nose is flat and her lips are too big.

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  • Mantashe admits ANC is under siege

    ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has painted a bleak scenario facing the party in its quest to reconnect with the people, after it lost key metros in the municipal elections. The ANC lost Joburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay in Port Elizabeth. Yesterday, Mantashe said the ANC acknowledged that a consistent negative narrative towards President Jacob Zuma on Nkandla had harmed the ANC – because the two could not be separated. "It’s like the issue of resigning from the ANC; what we are saying is that if we take collective responsibility, our conscience must allow us to accept that, if need be, we must resign in numbers. “If we made blunders, we did them together.” Mantashe said if the ANC

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  • Semenya gets R500K for winning gold medal

    Describing this year’s Olympic team as “a bunch of winners”, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula today announced generous cash rewards for the country’s returning sportsmen and women. “Boys and girls, you really made South Africa proud by collecting those bronze, silver and gold medals,” Mbalula said yesterday on the arrival of Team SA at OR Tambo International Airport from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where they won 10 medals. “I know Gideon Sam [president of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee] said he would give athletes R500 000, but today when I woke up, I was so happy and I decided to increase the offer.” Mbalula said 400m champion and world record holder Wayde van Niekerk

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  • Trevor Manuel: Firing Gordhan would destroy economy

    The Hawks police unit asked Gordhan and other former officials at Sars to report on Thursday. Pravin Gordhan SARS rogue intelligence unit Pravin Gordhan on economy JOHANNESBURG – The South African economy, the most developed on the continent, will be destroyed if President Jacob Zuma fires Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, ex-finance minister Trevor Manuel said on Wednesday. The Hawks police unit asked Gordhan and other former officials at the South African Revenue Service to report on Thursday in relation to contravention of surveillance regulations, fuelling speculation of a plot to oust him. “Such action (firing Gordhan) will destroy this economy,” Manuel told eNCA television.  “The next move

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  • Zlatan proves United's unlikely team player

    London - Zlatan Ibrahimovic has ability and talent to burn. Ever since he burst on to the stage at Malmo, everybody knew that. What has surprised a lot of people at Manchester United has been how willing a man who glories in his arrogance and individuality has been to hand out help and advice. To be part of a team. The United manager, Jose Mourinho, remarked that in the canteen at the Carrington training complex, his players would often crowd around Ibrahimovic asking him about aspects of the game. The player was always happy to talk. The reason, Ibrahimovic said, after scoring both goals in Manchester United's 2-0 win over Southampton, lies in his children - Max who is nine and eight-year-old

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  • Zimbabwe: Vice President Mnangagwa Dies

    Bulawayo — Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa's elder brother, Mr Philip Mnangagwa (84), has died. Family spokesperson Mr Patrick Mnangagwa said Mr Mnangagwa died on Tuesday after a long illness at his home in Shurugwi. "The Mnangagwa family wishes to announce the death of Mr Philip Mnangagwa, who had become the second eldest boy in the larger Mnangagwa family. Philip was born on August 23, 1932 in Zvishavane and passed away on the same day in 2016 (at 84), after a long illness," he said. "Philip was politically active in supporting the liberation struggle while he was a teacher in Zimbabwe as well as in Zambia. He remained active until he became ill. He was resettled during the land reform programme

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  • Zimbabwe: Police Fire Warning Shots to Disperse Protesters

    Zimbabwean police fired shots into the air and used water cannon and tear gas in downtown Harare to disperse an anti-government protest Wednesday. Protesters looted a shop belonging to the country's vice president, while some people, including a journalist, were assaulted by police. The siren of a water cannon vehicle was wailing as Zimbabwean police tried to break up a protest calling for the resignation of President Robert Mugabe. The demonstrators accused the 92-year-old leader of ruining Zimbabwe’s economy and disregarding human rights. They clashed with police, and refused to disperse until officers fired gunshots into the air. Harrison Nkomo of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights condemned

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  • Live report: Malema says Mkhwebane is 'Zuma's favourite'

    3:51 Honourable Mncwabe says he’s the one who propose Professor Majola’s “excellent CV”.  But he doesn’t like the fact the Majola declined his public protector nomination. “I still stand by Mkhwebane.” 3:47 Shivambu says Professor Majola’s fundraising ideas “must fall”. “He was not familiar with the office of the public protector,” says Shivambu. 3:44 Now they are discussing Professor Majola. 3:43 Breytenbach says although Lukhaimane had a good interview, she however lacks experience in practicing law. 3:41 Breytenbach says Lukhaimane and Mkhwebane look “remarkably alike”. 3:39 Shivambu believes Lukhaimane would do better as a deputy to Mkhwebane. 3:35 Next on the hotseat is Adv Muvhango Lukhaimane.

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  • Another twist in Zuma corruption saga

    Zuma is seeking leave to appeal the recent judgment handed down by a full bench of the High Court in Pretoria, which reinstated the 783 fraud, racketeering and corruption charges controversially withdrawn by former National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Mokotedi Mpshe, paving the way for him to become president in 2009. The full bench of the North Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) fully ventilated the issues and they too came to the determination that an appeal to the SCA would be unsuccessful,” Selfe said. Zuma argued that it was a breach of the separation of powers doctrine for a court to determine whether a prosecution should be discontinued or not, as this prerogative vested with the NPA.

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  • Winnie takes fight for Mandela Qunu home to SCA

    Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is reportedly taking her fight for the Qunu homestead of her ex-husband, late former President Nelson Mandela, to the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA). The Daily Dispatch reports that the struggle stalwart’s lawyers filed a petition to the appeals court on Friday in Bloemfontein. This is against the Mthatha High Court’s decision to dismiss her previous legal efforts to acquire the property, which the global icon bequeathed for the benefit of his family‚ including his third wife Graca Machel and her children to the Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela Family Trust. Attorney Mvuzo Notyesi‚ was quoted by the paper saying they will challenge the high court’s ruling based on customary

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  • Zimbabwe: Being Optimistic With Bond Notes

    THE Government's plans to introduce bond notes in October this year has been under much criticism and attack from the general public but it is also wise to analyse the other positive side of this policy in order to fully explore and understand the policymaker's intention. According to the Reserve Bank Governor Dr John Mangudya, the bond notes will only work as an export incentive, and exporters will start redeeming their 5 percent incentive that accrued starting May 2016 upon the bond notes launch in October. Dr Mangudya also said the bond notes will be added tothe multi-currency basket that is mainly dominated (to the tune of 95 percent) by the US dollar. The RBZ boss said "it is well" to launch the bond notes despite the resistance that the authorities have faced.

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  • WATCH: Malema to ANC: 'You can jump into the nearest hell'

    Burundi could scrap presidential term limits from its constitution after a commission set up to hear public views on governance said most citizens wanted no curbs on the number of times the head of state may seek re-election.

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  • The EFF’s noisy council debut

    Cape Town - The EFF made sure its presence was felt on Thursday as it made its debut in the City of Cape Town in the first meeting after the August 3 elections. Right off the bat, the party refused to agree to the first order of business - the adoption of the rules of the house - because they had not had input into them. The party’s provincial secretary and whip, Melikhaya Xego, said the EFF weren’t “babies” and were ready for their new jobs. “It’s not a political gimmick that people don’t have access to land. Cape Town is still prioritising bicycle lanes over housing. We are here to engage you in a very radical way,” he said. Notable at the sitting were three former deputy mayors who returned

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