• Hawks boss Ntlemeza on thin ice

    Ntlemeza is accused of abusing his position and pursuing liberation activists when he was an apartheid-era policeman. "We call on President Zuma to remove Ntlemeza as the head of the Hawks with immediate effect," the league's national secretary, Mluleki Dlelanga, said in Johannesburg yesterday. "It is beyond comprehension as to how a former apartheid security branch operative could be appointed head of the Hawks." Last month, Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko defended Ntlemeza from similar accusations, saying descriptions of Ntlemeza as an apartheid-era policeman were unfair, because blacks joined the police at the time because they needed work, not to uphold the system. Ntlemeza says Hawks’

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  • WATCH: How Malema predicted Gordhan's arrest

    Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) CIC Julius Malema has recently made accusations against his fellow politicians that have left South Africans in stitches. He always seems to know things no one else does. Lately, it seems, he’s pretty accurate at predicting the future too. Earlier this month, he accused Mabala Noise boss and ANC Youth League treasurer-general Reggie Nkabinde of giving his newly signed artists R5 million each. Nkabinde denied the claims, and later said suing Malema for the claims was “a waste of time”. However, things took a turn for the worse when one of the label’s artists, Khanyi Mbau, came out and confirmed she had been given “lots of money”, denying it was R5 million, though

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  • Cyril, it's time to pick a side

    I expected it to last. The election afterglow, I mean. The “collision” negotiations barely concluded, and then boom, before you knew it, the Sars wars had resumed without even giving the EFF two days to enjoy their “kingmaker” status. It was straight back to the usual destruction of the country’s institutions. Business as (un)usual. So Pravin Gordhan has been thrust back into the limelight, kicking and screaming. But the markets don’t like it when our minister of finance kicks and screams. They prefer him in the background – but some those in charge don’t appear to care that the rand is reasonably important. The markets, that amorphous mass of invisible investors who love stability, are not kind

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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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  • FW De Klerk weighs in on Gordhan, Hawks tug of war

    Minister Pravin Gordhan refused to present himself to the investigative unit yesterday for a warning. Hawks Finance Minister Pravin Ghordan FW De Klerk JOHANNESBURG – Former President FW de Klerk has described the recent developments around Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and the Hawks as a tragedy. Gordhan refused to present himself to the investigative unit yesterday for a warning statement. The finance minister and three other former South African Revenue Services (Sars) officials have been identified as suspects in a probe into the controversial covert unit. WATCH: Pravin Gordhan explains why he refused Hawks request De Klerk was speaking at the unity in diversity centre in Melrose Arch in

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  • #SiphoPityana: How South Africans reacted to his hard-hitting speech

    Advocate Dali Mpofu is amongst those who have reacted to Sipho Pityana's speech. Advocate Dali Mpofu Sipho Pityana JOHANNESBURG - Advocate Dali Mpofu is amongst the many South Africans who have reacted to what’s being described as a hard-hitting speech made at the funeral of the late Reverend Makhenkesi Stofile on Thursday.  Former director-general Sipho Pityana slammed the current leadership of the African National Congress under President Jacob Zuma's rule in a 30-minute speech delivered at the service. LISTEN: Sipho Pityana lashed out the ANC in his speech at Makhenkesi Stofile's funeral   Social media users and politicians have since reacted, with some questioning Pityana's timing, suggesting

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  • Signals of desperation, not control, from Zuma

    THE renewed assault on Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has President Jacob Zuma’s fingerprints all over it. Given that the creation of an investigative unit inside the South African Revenue Service does not, under any existing law, constitute a criminal offence, and given that the failure of the Hawks to specify the nature of the crime for which the finance minister is supposedly being investigated, it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that we are witnessing a ham-fisted attack on Gordhan’s reputation. At first sight, this move might suggest that Zuma’s hold on power is intensifying. Zuma has clearly been pondering a Cabinet reshuffle for some time, to oust Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas and other South African Communist Party-(SACP-)aligned leaders.

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  • ANC veteran tells Zuma: Go now!

    Durban - President Jacob Zuma was told, in the most forthright way, on Thursday: “Go now!” ANC veteran and former director-general of foreign affairs Sipho Pityana, speaking at the funeral of Makhenkesi Stofile at Fort Hare University, lashed Zuma and urged him to step aside. “If the president was here I would have asked him as my leader, I would have begged him, I would have prayed, saying: My big brother, Msholozi, hand over the reins!’ “The next battle cannot be led by a leader who has humiliated our organisation and undermined everything that we represent.” At the funeral Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa became the most senior government official to publicly back Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

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  • Schweinsteiger unlikely to play for Man United - Mourinho

    London - Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho indicated to out-of-favour midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger on Friday that there will be no place for him at Old Trafford this season. The Germany international has two years to run on a reported £190 000-a-week contract, but has been frozen out by United's new manager. Schweinsteiger, 32, has declared he will not join another European club and Mourinho suggested that if he stays, he may not even play in the Europa League or the English Football League Cup. Asked if Schweinsteiger might play this season, Mourinho said: “I think it's very difficult to happen. I'm not saying it's impossible. I'm saying it's very difficult. “I have Paul Pogba, Ander

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  • Smart ID card applications now open to many more citizens

    All citizens banking with Absa, First National Bank, Nedbank and Standard Bank, can now apply for Smart ID cards and passports, Kempton Express reports. Currently 12 branches of these banks are connected to the system in Gauteng, with one branch in Cape Town. Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba on Wednesday said when they launched the eHomeAffairs portal, only citizens between 30 and 35 years old could use this innovative platform to apply for their Smart ID cards and passports online. “The system is now open to all citizens who bank with these four participating banks. Currently 12 branches of these banks are connected to the system in Gauteng, with one branch in Cape Town. While most of these

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  • Zimbabwe: Govt to Deploy Army in Streets?

    GOVERNMENT will today deploy security forces to quell mass demonstrations organised by a coalition of opposition parties joining forces to push for electoral reforms and change -- should the protest turn violent -- as pressure mounts on President Robert Mugabe to reform or quit, it has been established. Home Affairs minister Ignatius Chombo addressed a press conference in Harare yesterday, threatening to crush today's political demonstrations. The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) yesterday refused to grant permission to the 18 political parties under the auspices of the National Election Reform Agenda and the Coalition of Democrats to march in the streets of Harare, prompting the parties to approach

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  • New DA mayors must be wary

    It could have come as no surprise to the Democratic Alliance that the biggest challenge in the metropoles, where they now hold somewhat tenuous sway, will be service delivery. Much of the swing away from the ANC-led councils was fuelled by the perception that the ratepayers had been fed a succession of empty promises, a secondary, integrally linked challenge, which the DA councils will be desperate to distance themselves from. It is not without cause that the prognostications of the analysts running along the lines that the ousted ANC would attempt to make the new DA councils ungovernable were given some credence by the invasion of housing – and the subsequent violent evictions – in Mamelodi, Nellmapius and Mabopane this week. It is also of more than passing interest that the EFF, who have propelled the DA into their hold on the key Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay municipalities by refusing to vote for the ANC, have strong – some might argue iconoclastic – views on land distribution.

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  • YCLSA: How can 'apartheid cop' Hawks boss prosecute 'struggle heroes' like McBride?

    This comes as Ntlemeza was recently allegedly overheard saying “communists must be harassed” and that the South African Communist Party North West secretary Madoda Sambatha would be next. Ntlemeza says Hawks’ ‘claws are out’ for cop killers after three arrested  "It is beyond comprehension as to how a former apartheid security branch operative could be appointed as the Head of the Hawks. Apartheid was declared a crime against humanity by the United Nations‚" said YCLSA National Secretary Mluleki Dlelanga. Mantashe 'ignored' spy report on Guptas' influence  Chairperson of the YCLSA Yershen Pillay also weighed in on the current discourse saying Ntlemeza's appointment was not legitimate as he was

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  • CWU accuses 'fleeing' Mantashe of being 'arrogant'

    The Communications Workers’ Union (CWU) has accused ANC general-secretary Gwede Mantashe of being arrogant. The accusations come in the wake of a strike by CWU members employed at Telkom. On Tuesday, CWU members marched to Luthuli House, the ANC headquarters in Johannesburg, to meet the leadership. But according to CWU president Clyde Mervin, instead of meeting the union, Mantashe held a media briefing. “What did he do after that briefing? He ran away,” Mervin said. Labour is demanding a salary increase of 11%, and six months’ fully paid maternity leave. Other unions at Telkom, Solidarity and the SA Communication Workers’ Union, have already reached a deal with Telkom, including no forced retrenchments

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  • 'ANC poll losses made late councillor weep'

    The day the ANC lost control of Tshwane, councillor Nonhlanhla Mthembu sobbed to the point where she had to be hospitalised. This was revealed by the late councillor’s best friend, Barry Swarts, at her memorial service at Naturena Primary School in Joburg last night. “She then asked me: ‘Do you think we will lose Joburg?’ I just said let’s wait and see,” Swarts recalled. “She (Mthembu) then replied and said ‘I would be very depressed if we lose Joburg’. That is how much she loved the organisation.” Mthembu collapsed and died during the inaugural Joburg council meeting on Monday in the Johannesburg City Hall, where the DA took over control of the city from the ANC. Former executive mayor Parks

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  • Nigeria: Real Reason Central Bank Barred 9 Banks

    The nine commercial banks suspended from inter-bank foreign exchange market operations on Monday failed to remit crude oil sales revenues from oil blocks operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) and its joint venture (JV) partners, PREMIUM TIMES investigations revealed. The NPDC is the upstream oil industry subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC. Further findings showed some of the banks were indicted for refusing to transfer funds in some in domiciliary accounts belonging to some government ministries, departments and agencies, including the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG), despite government's directives. Some of the oil blocks include those

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  • No black like me in the DA

    Firstly, the Democratic Alliance (DA) needs to be congratulated for scooping three metros: Tshwane, Johannesburg, and the Nelson Mandela Bay, which have long been held by the ANC. Twenty-two years into democracy, the community of Alexandra, which neighbours the plush Sandton, is still embarrassingly shanty. Sixty-one years after the “adoption” of the Freedom Charter, the people of Kliptown still live in abject poverty. The ANC inarguably didn’t cover itself in complete glory when it comes to service delivery. And Now the DA has a big task to overturn these dehumanising conditions, if that’s what it’s planning to do. Corruption, being the ANC’s weakest point, is what the DA hopes to eradicate.

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  • ANCYL says elders embarrassing party

    The youth league has slammed the governing party's elders following former DG Sipho Pityana’s speech. African National Congress ANCYL Sipho Pityana JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) says the governing party's elders have been embarrassing the movement through unruly behaviour. The league has accused former foreign affairs former foreign affairs director-general Sipho Pityana of dragging the ANC’s name through the mud. Pityana used the funeral of former sports minister Makhenkesi Stofile to call for President Jacob Zuma’s resignation this week. WATCH: Sipho Pityana's speech at Makhenkesi Stofile's funeral  Pityana believes the ruling party is in denial about its

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  • Twitter roasts DJ Shimza over 'EFF comments'

    Riot police in Zimbabwe fired tear gas, beat up several people and blocked off the site of an opposition demonstration on Friday, an AFP correspondent said, the latest in a string of protests to hit the country.

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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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