• Zimbabwe: Anti-Mugabe Protests Turn Violent in Capital Harare

    Zimbabwean police have used tear gas, water cannons and batons to disperse an opposition rally protesting against police brutality in the capital Harare. More than 200 supporters, mostly youths, of the main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), took to the streets on Wednesday. Many protesters were reported to have been injured on Wednesday, but police spokeswoman Charity Charamba said she had no information on that. Riot police blocked streets around the MDC headquarters and used water cannon against some youths in downtown Harare. Some protesters threw back tear gas canisters, as well as rocks, towards the police, who fired more tear gas outside the MDC offices. The demonstrators

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • US 2016: Is the Trumpster heading for the electoral dumpster?

    It is not too difficult to spot a flailing, failing presidential campaign in the US. Campaign managers keep getting defenestrated, tossed overboard or forced to walk the plank; new, increasingly strident communications gurus come on board to help; complaints about the candidate’s messaging and calls to let him “be himself” increase; the new polling numbers fail to reflect the candidate’s increasingly frenzied efforts to re-orient the campaigning, and, most of all, there is the increasingly certain knowledge within the campaign itself that this quest is in deep, deep trouble and smart aides are editing resumes already. It has been a pretty rough few days for the Trumpster – at least among those who actually read newspapers or look at anything beyond The Donald’s own angry, sophomoric tweets. Not so long ago, the candidate had jettisoned Corey Lewandowski as his campaign manager and then installed veteran political operative Paul Manafort as the new overall campaign chair.

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  • Mourinho’s giants could have the edge

    LONDON: Size matters. At least it may do in the Premier League this season. Much has been made of the cost of Jose Mourinho’s revamp of Manchester United but not its sheer physical dimensions. Much like Professor Simon Peach, played by Benny Hill in The Italian Job, Mourinho likes them big. Of the four players he bought this season, three are giants: Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Eric Bailly. United had two in David de Gea and Marouane Fellaini already. Some felt United lost their aura after Sir Alex Ferguson left but, lining up in the tunnel, this team are now an intimidating sight. Mourinho knew, some months out, that there was a chance he would be managing at Old Trafford this season.

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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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  • 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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  • ‘EFF’s flimsy political stance’

    STANDING AS ONE: The writer is cynical about the new political relationship that sees the EFF and the DA collaborate to help the DA win some metros and councils saying that EFF’s Julius Malema, right, and DA leader Mmusi Maimane, have made a deal not underpinned by principle but motivated by the sole desire of keeping the ANC out of power. The municipal elections have come and gone, we have lived through two weeks of having waited anxiously for coalition talks to be finalised, political party agreements on what they consider important. The DA has taken over the Johannesburg city council, with the party’s Vasco da Gama confirmed as speaker, with victory of 145 to 126, beating the ANC’s Constance Bapela.

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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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  • Local animators could bring in millions for SA

    International animation powerhouses such as the US, France and the UK are looking to South Africa to provide services because their own animators can't keep up with the demand. Animation SA chairman Nick Cloete said local experience in long format animation, such as that needed for a television series, made South Africa an ideal destination for international investors. But more skilled people were needed to meet the demand. "The domestic capacity in many countries has reached its limits so they have to look for suppliers elsewhere who could work within their parameters. "It turns out South Africa is the perfect place." Local suppliers cost investors 50% to 70% less than in their own countries.

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  • South Africa: Mkwebane Selected As Public Protector Candidate

    The Public Protector committee has selected Busisiwe Mkhwebane as the last woman standing to fill Thuli Madonsela's shoes. Mkhwebane was lauded for her great communication skills, her experience, and her interview skills. Her age, and how she conducted herself, was also praised by MPs. She was a lady of guts, Inkatha Freedom Party MP Themba Msimang said, while African National Congress' Grace Tseke said she had a fine brain. MPs waxed lyrical about her international experience, and called for Mkhwebane to be nominated for the job. Approval National Freedom Party MP Sibusiso Mncwabe said she was outstanding during the interview. "She is a very brave, young but experienced black female and she

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  • Proteas: Four things we learnt from Kingsmead

    1 There is life in the old dogs yet … For a brief period on the second day of the rain-affected first Test, the Proteas looked like the Proteas of old. They had their revered new-ball partnership of Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander back in the saddle, and the duo were intent to lay down a marker. Far away from the dust bowls and humidity of India where they were last paired together, there was an overcast sky above and a green Kingsmead surface staring at them in the face. It has never been about express pace for these two, but rather their ability to make the red cherry sing to their own tune. Steyn hit the seam with regularity early on, taking the ball away from the right-hander Martin Guptill

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  • Tying the knot in SA full of hitches

    Foreigners coming to South Africa to marry face all sorts of challenges, despite the revenue "wedding tourism" brings in. Marriage officers across South Africa complain about the tortuous Home Affairs procedures involved. Three contacted said they now advised foreigners not to marry here because of the arduous process. Among the steps that create such hassles is getting a printed, unabridged marriage certificate, which is so time-consuming that tourists often leave before getting them. Marriage officer Daniel Brits said it was a nightmare. "I tell people to get married where they come from. I have to be honest with them. I see hundreds of couples with the same problems." The most common complaint

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  • ANC weighs risk of calling early elective conference

    THE need to call an early elective conference seems to be the consensus in the ANC across the three factions that are in play at the moment. The similarities are stark — labour federation Cosatu was in the midst of a bitter factional fight in which its leaders where pitted against each other. This had followed a change in trajectory by the federation when some of its leaders decided to throw the organisation’s support behind Jacob Zuma ahead of the Polokwane conference, when it sacrificed principle for expedience by choosing a tsunami of change whose effect was unknown over the interests of workers, its core constituency. The battle that started in Cosatu shortly after 2012 pitted its president against its general secretary.

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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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