• 50 Cent's family left 'traumatised' by his manhood

    During his interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live! the rapper said his aunt was left fuming, because he had not warned her about the scene - where his former jailbird character Kanan is seen pleasuring himself - before she tuned in for the episode. Pastor Mboro defends his new R2 million BMW: 'God is rewarding me'  "My aunt sees the show, and she's like, 'I'm traumatised!'" he quipped. "'She texted me like, 'What the f***? Why didn't you tell me?'" 50 Cent explained that he was aware his manhood was going to play some role on the scene but pleaded ignorance when it came to how big it ended up being. Winnie Ntshaba wages war on fake 'Julius is a Grigamba' comments  "I knew it was there, but in the original

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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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  • 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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  • ANC defenders draw the line

    The ANCYL and ANCWL say they stand behind the president & have hit out at his critics. President Jacob Zuma African National Congress JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) Youth and Women’s leagues say they stand firmly behind President Jacob Zuma in the face of criticism by South Africans and some members of the ANC. This comes after ANC veteran and former director general of foreign affairs Sipho Pityana used the funeral of Makhenkesi Stofile, at Fort Hare University last week, to lash out at Zuma and urged him to step down. LISTEN: Pityana lashes out at the ANC.    Following the ANC’s decline at the polls, the party admitted President Jacob Zuma’s controversy around Nkandla was

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  • Hawks to swoop on Gordhan - Crime & Courts

    Johannesburg - The putative charges against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan are politically motivated and a way of stopping his fight against corruption, the ANC’s tripartite alliance partner, the SACP, believes. “They are designed as a pretext to remove Comrade Gordhan from office and weaken Treasury’s struggle against corruption and corporate capture,” SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande said at a media briefing in Joburg on Sunday following the party’s central committee meeting at the weekend. This comes as the Hawks seem to have moved a step closer to arresting Gordhan after the National Prosecuting Authority confirmed it has received the docket relating to the Sars rogue unit This followed

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  • DA Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba to sell Pikitup

    The new DA mayor, Herman Mashaba, might remove these mugshots of his bruised enemies. Or he might retain them as a motivational tool. But he has far tougher calls to make. During an interview with Sunday Times on Day Two of his new life, he's in a jubilant mood, and not above gloating. "The critics wrote me off from day one. Nobody gave me a chance. Where am I sitting right now? Here I am." The critics won't back off, however. The ANC will obstruct him in any way they can. The EFF will gouge concessions on every budget, every bylaw. "Die poppe sal dans [The fat will be in the fire]," warned EFF spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi this week, if they think DA policies betray the black poor. Analysts will

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  • Fans react after Boks lose in Argentina

    The Springboks have suffered their first loss of the Rugby Championship, losing to Argentina in Salta. Springboks Allister Coetzee Argentina Springboks vs Argentina JOHANNESBURG - Allister Coetzee has a lot more questions than answers it seems. The Springboks have suffered their first loss of the Rugby Championship, losing to Argentina in Salta. Another poor performance from the team saw them trail 13-3 at half-time. Second-half tries from Bryan Habana and Pieter-Steph du Toit saw the Boks lead 24-23, but a late penalty saw the Pumas win 26-24. Some unhappy fans took to Twitter to criticise Coetzee and the team: (Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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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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  • Second Earth found, and it could be home to ET

    London - British astronomers have discovered the nearest Earth-like planet that could be home to alien life. Named Proxima b, it orbits Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our sun. At 4.2 light years away, in space terms it is right on the doorstep – and high speed spaceships now being devised could reach it within decades. In time, scientists say, the rocky planet 1.3 times the size of Earth could even be colonised by space travellers. Proxima b is thought to be only 4.7million miles from its star, one-twentieth of the Earth’s distance from the Sun. Its year lasts just 11.2 of our days. One side may be perpetually stuck in daytime, while the other experiences perpetual night. But Proxima Centauri,

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  • SA govt could offer visa waiver for international graduates

    Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has encouraged foreign students in SA to consider working in the country. Home Affairs Visa South Africa visa regulations CAPE TOWN - Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has encouraged foreign students in South Africa to consider working in the country to boost the country’s skills development. Gigaba addressed the International Students Conference hosted by University of Cape Town in Newlands yesterday. He told the gathering more than 20,000 African health professionals who studied on the continent are either working in Europe or in North America. Gigaba says the government wants to change this and his department will issue a visa waiver for international

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  • Zimbabwe: Govt Forced to Reduce Duty On South African Products

    Government has been forced to reduce duty and surtax on some products imported from South Africa in response to concerns raised by that country over the restriction of imports under Statutory Instrument (SI) 64 of 2016. Early this month, South Africa gave Zimbabwe two weeks to remove duty and surtax on 112 products after Zimbabwe had restricted the importation of 43 products under SI 64. Sources told Standardbusiness last week that after Industry and Commerce minister Mike Bimha took the matter to Cabinet, a few concessions would be made. The source said: "government will be falling back on trading protocols from the World Trade Organisation to avoid some of the stipulations in the Sadc Trade Protocol of 1996.

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  • Not so bright and beautiful for DA

    The DA could be tempted to rewrite Cecil Frances Alexander’s All Things Bright and Beautiful. With Trollip in the Bay, Joburg in the bag, Mogale City under Lynn Pannell, Bongani Baloyi in Midvaal, Cape Town under Patricia de Lille with Helen Zille at the helm of the Western Cape, things look bright and beautiful for the DA. The jury is still out as to whether the party succeeded because of, or in spite of, its strategy. The DA couldn’t care about that, at least for now. In a rapidly urbanising country, whose wealth resides in its cities, the DA’s urban creep is remarkable, albeit imperfect and incomplete. And yet the DA’s lyrical recital of All Things Bright and Beautiful could be rudely interrupted

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  • A nation again deeply divided

    Right now there’s an ugly atmosphere of death and division, fixated with the lowest common denominator, says Imraan Buccus. Durban - A fortnight ago, a Durban newspaper headline screamed, “Indians benefited from apartheid: economists”. Predictably, that riled a good many folk and soaked up column inches. More than once in recent months the subject of race has come into sharp focus. Much of it has to do with a highly polarised election campaign in which race kept bobbing up its ugly head. It’s no good second-guessing politicians who tailor messages to suit particular moments in time. Whether it was the Freedom Charter-touting ANC or the fast-talking DA leader Mmusi Maimane, each did a jig with

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  • Scorpions raid highest office in the land

    While all eyes were on former deputy president Jacob Zuma's Johannesburg home on Thursday, about 60km away the highest executive office in the land was also being raided by the elite Scorpions unit. In an unprecedented move the Scorpions swooped on the Union Buildings in Pretoria, as well as the Tuynhuys office in Cape Town. In Pretoria they occupied a large part of the second floor, in which most of Zuma's former offices and staff were based. Among the offices targeted was that of Zuma's former spokesperson, Lakela Kaunda, who continues to be employed in the office under new Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. By 8pm, the Scorpions had yet to complete their search at the Union Buildings

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  • Dog owners cautioned after toddler attacked

    On Friday, a one-year-old girl died after the family pit bull attacked her at their home in Hermanus. Dogs Dog attack CAPE TOWN - Dog owners have been cautioned to be responsible with regards to large dogs following the death of a toddler. On Friday, a one-year-old girl died after the family pit bull attacked her at their home in Hermanus. The girl’s grandmother also sustained injuries and had to be treated in hospital. The child’s father, who owned the dog, now faces possible charges. The Hermanus Animal Welfare Society's Lenke Elferink says, “We plea with people who have dogs to consider what they want the dog for, especially with power breeds.” (Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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  • Thabo Mbeki's full letter on Zuma, Nkandla and the Constitutional Court

    The Big Read: Zuma acts the chief, scorns our rule of law The court ruled that Zuma had failed to uphold the Constitution by ignoring orders from the Public Protector that he repay some of the $16 million in state funds spent to renovate his residence at Nkandla. No duty to defend JZ, says Gwede Here is former President Thabo Mbeki's full letter on the issue: On 31 March, 2016, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng conveyed the unanimous decision of the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) in the matter of “Economic Freedom Fighters v Speaker of the National Assembly and Others; Democratic Alliance v Speaker of the National Assembly and Others [2016] ZACC 11.” This decision has evoked much understandable

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  • Family-linked firm's R167m Transnet bonanza

    AmaBhungane has obtained copies of Trillian invoices totalling R74-million signed off for payment by Transnet chief financial officer Garry Pita at the end of June. The payments underscore how big the stakes are in the battle over state-owned enterprises raging between Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and President Jacob Zuma. Trillian Capital Partners, the apex operational company in the Trillian group, is 60% held by Trillian Holdings, whose sole director is close Gupta associate Salim Essa. AmaBhungane has been trying for months to access Trillian Holdings' share register - a legal right under the Companies Act - and has had a summons served at Essa's home and business addresses to force him to comply with the law.

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  • Start packing your bags and leave SA for good‚ EFF tells Guptas

    The Economic Freedom Fighters have urged the Guptas to “start packing their last bags” and leave South Africa for good‚ saying they have caused enough damage. The party also warned that it would “not rest until the last root and trace of the Guptas has been cleared from our history”. It welcomed “with caution” reports that the Guptas intended selling off their businesses to the highest bidder before the end of this year‚ saying it was long overdue. The Gupta family‚ which has close ties with President Jacob Zuma‚ has been accused of state capture “This corrupt relationship has since caused untold divisions in the ruling party which harbours many elements who have also been captured. They appointed

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  • Joburg will never be the same again

    The ANC were hit hard by the Monday blues with the help of a vengeful red tide, writes Madala Thepa. Johannesburg - It was always going to be a day of reckoning at City Hall in Joburg. The shock demise of the ANC-ruled Joburg council made it extraordinarily hard and painful - heartless even - as technology, the producer of speed, began to announce their defeat. The precarious start and countless disruptions at the ballot booths, whether to have the vote secret or not - personal choice versus what the rule book says - only made it worse. As the night drew to a close, outgoing mayor Parks Tau could no longer contain himself. He broke down in tears in the city hall’s foyer and minutes later left

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  • I'm prepared to die to save SA from the thieves

    South Africa flirted with the prospect of economic meltdown this week‚ with President Jacob Zuma’s allies moving yet again to neutralise Pravin Gordhan‚ the finance minister made a dramatic vow: that he is prepared to die to save the country from thieves‚ Sunday Times reported. 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‚ the Sunday Times report said. “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

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