• 'Hack and kill all whites' EFF candidate disqualified

    Late on Friday, the Electoral Court found in favour of the IEC’s request to bar from the elections EFF candidate Thabo Mabotja, who was registered to contest Ward 7 in Tshwane on Wednesday. He allegedly wrote on Facebook that all white people needed to be hacked and killed. The IEC made its case in court that the EFF had already distanced itself from Mabotja, and therefore there was no reason why he should be allowed to stand in a country that was diametrically opposed to the hate speech Mabotja is believed to have expressed. Advocate Leah Gcabashe said he should not be elected “at this stage” in South African politics to represent South Africans at municipal level. EFF leader Julius Malema said

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  • Malema labels Arthur Mafokate and Kelly Khumalo 'useless‚ expired artists'

    Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema has accused the African National Congress of spending its election campaign funds on “useless artists“. Poking fun at staunch ANC supporter and Kwaito artist Arthur Mafokate as well as Afro Pop singer Kelly Khumalo‚ Malema labelled their songs as “expired“. “We have seen [the ANC] spend a billion rand on fake celebrities‚ extremely fake celebrities who can’t succeed in their own right‚” said Malema. “As I speak‚ I’m trying to think what is Kelly Khumalo’s hit… what is she known for? But she is pocketing between ten thousand and fifteen thousand rands for every appearance she makes at an ANC event‚” said Malema. Malema’s attacks come after ANC head

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  • Spy tapes: Court dismisses Zuma's corruption charges appeal

    The Democratic Alliance (DA) had earlier on Friday said it was “confident” that the court will "come to a favourable finding by dismissing the NPA’s and Zuma's application when it hands down judgment”. The DA was opposing an application for leave to appeal by the NPA an April judgment that set aside Mpshe’s decision to discontinue Zuma’s prosecution on numerous counts of corruption and racketeering. The party had submitted‚ before the full bench of the high court in Pretoria‚ that the decision in 2009 by Mokotedi Mpshe‚ then acting national director of public prosecutions‚ to discontinue the prosecution of Zuma was irrational. Mpshe discontinued the prosecution of Zuma because he believed the

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  • Obama's brother says he will vote for Trump

    Nairobi - President Barack Obama's half-brother, Malik Obama, says he will vote for Republican nominee Donald Trump in the US election in November because he likes the candidate and he is unhappy with his brother's leadership. Malik, who is in his 50s, told Reuters by phone from Obama's ancestral home of Kogelo in western Kenya that he supports Trump's policies, especially his focus on security. “He appeals to me and also I think that he is down to earth and he speaks from the heart and he is not trying to be politically correct. He's just straight-forward,” he said. Malik, a US citizen, has lived in Washington since 1985 where he worked with various firms before becoming an independent financial

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  • Tbo Touch spills beans on why he left SABC

    The  drive-time presenter left more than a million listeners wondering what had sparked his departure after he resigned  two weeks ago. The reason had nothing to do with rumours that Idols South Africa judge and choreographer Somizi Mhlongo had been foisted on him and his Touchdown show. Molefe said he had quit over the SABC’s refusal to deny reports that he had been taken off air for a week for refusing to read a Hyundai advert, which subsequently lost SABC R15-million in advertising. Tbo Touch to launch record label and entertainment company  He admitted that he had refused to read the advert, but said his suspension was due to a physical confrontation with one of the show’s producers in May.

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  • Zimbabwe in the Eye of a Storm

    AFTER landing at the airport, I realised immediately that I had landed in the eye of a storm when a rifle-wielding storm trooper pointed a gun at me, ordering me to open my suitcase. The civilian officer was annoyed and ordered me to proceed. Yet there is a method to this madness. I was later to learn that soldiers and semi-military police have been deployed along the highways in order to intimidate citizens into paying them "something". The government is broke. In a stretch of 240 kilometres, there were 11 police roadblocks. The police find fault with "something", either on the driver or on his car and levy a spot fine of US$20. The spot fine is, however, negotiable and one can get away with

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  • Nigeria: Stephen Keshi Laid to Rest

    It was an emotion-laden atmosphere at Illah, Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State, on Friday as the remains of former head coach of the Nigeria's Super Eagles, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, were laid to rest. Keshi was buried in a tomb within the compound of his personal house in Ukpologwu Quarters in Illah, the football icon's hometown, after a requiem mass at the Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church, in Illah town. Although Federal Government's presence was again conspicuously absent, like during the ceremony of lying-in-state and tributes at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba on Thursday, the strong presence of numerous former members of the Super Eagles, particularly the victorious

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  • Chris Hani foresaw Nkandla coming

    Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane believes slain struggle icon Chris Hani foresaw the emergence of elitist politicians. 'I think Chris Hani foresaw that one day Jacob Zuma will arrive and emerge and as an elitist who drives around in a fancy car and lives in a palace using taxpayers’ money. Another way of saying what Chris Hani said: he said the ANC of today is just another Nkandla coming." The DA leader was speaking at his party's final election rally in Dobsonville‚ Soweto‚ on Saturday ahead of the August 3 local elections. Maimane went on to add that "Zuma governs as if black people and black lives don’t matter". "Under Zuma the ANC is keeping black people in poverty while in fact their

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  • Paris Hilton gushes over Black Coffee

    South African Communist Party general secretary Blade Nzimande took a swipe at the Democratic Alliance on Saturday saying that the party had been described by former president Nelson Mandela himself as a “party of white bosses and black stooges” and asked why the party...

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  • Zuma: Independents are treacherous witches

    Durban - President Jacob Zuma launched a scathing attack against independent candidates contesting the local government elections on Tuesday, calling them treacherous “witches” who would have been “impaled back in the day”. Zuma accused the independents of dividing the ANC by standing against the party. However, he said they could not be killed because “we are now living in a democratic system”. As many as 12 local politicians have been gunned down in KwaZulu-Natal in the past month, before next week’s elections. Zuma was addressing thousands of ANC supporters who packed a huge white marquee in Inchanga’s Ward 4, home of eThekwini mayor James Nxumalo, who did not attend. Inchanga is among a number

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  • Zimbabwe: Govt Issues 6 000 Import Licences

    GOVERNMENT has issued over 6 000 import certificates, with three quarters of those for South African products, five months after it tightened the flow of imports to curb dumping of substandard products onto the local market. The southern African country enforced a Consignment-Based Conformity Assessment (CBCA) programme in March this year under Statutory Instrument 132 of 2015 to ensure that the goods imported into Zimbabwe comply with accepted quality. A French company Bureau Veritas, has been contracted to enforce the import standards. South Africa is Zimbabwe's largest trading partner, accounting for about 70 percent of imported goods in the southern African country and over 60 percent of its total trade, official figures show.

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  • Tau seeks counsel from Mbeki after nomination

    Mbeki had a brief meeting with Tau on Monday in his foundation’s offices in Killarney to discuss the nomination and get a brief on what the city is doing on the transformation of apartheid spatial patterns. Watch: We help you choose Johannesburg’s next mayor  “We were here to brief former president Mbeki on the work that we are doing as a city but also the international responsibilities. We had to seek his advice on the work that we are doing internationally. As you know I have been nominated to be president of United Cities and Local Government which is a global responsibility. I thought it would be appropriate to seek counsel and advice from our elders and leaders on that work‚” Tau told reporters

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  • ANC GP says won't be begging anymore for Mbeki to campaign for the party

    ANC Gauteng Chairperson Paul Mashatile says they have now accepted Mbeki won’t be helping. African National Congress African National Congress ANC Thabo Mbeki Tokyo Sexwale Paul Mashatile Former South African president Thabo Mbeki Gauteng Chairperson Paul Mashatile Mbeki Mavuso Msimang JOHANNESBURG – The African National Congress (ANC) Gauteng chairperson Paul Mashatile says the provincial party won’t be begging anymore for former President Thabo Mbeki to help the party campaign for next week’s elections. Mashatile spoke to Eyewitness News on the sidelines of President Jacob Zuma’s address at Thokoza Park in Soweto yesterday. The Gauteng ANC has managed to get the support of ANC stalwarts such

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  • All share Mandela’s legacy

    A Cape Times headline (July 27), so reminiscent of the dark days of apartheid, “White supremacy, arrogance at core of DA abusing Mandela legacy”, nauseates. More than being vexatious, this kind of alarmist racist language belongs in the dustbin along with the Independent Group. The headline accompanies Zizi Kodwa’s racist diatribe against the Democratic Alliance for “appropriating Madiba’s legacy”. As much as Nelson Mandela was a political icon, he was not God. As such any organisation that honours his values and principles can claim him as a hero and his legacy if they honour the constitution, the Bill of Rights and the rule of law. Loyal opposition is one of the pillars of democracy and any

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  • All set for EFF’s final Tshela Thupa rally tomorrow

    EFF’s Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says a motorcade has been doing the rounds in the area garnering more support. 2016 Municipal Elections Economic Freedom Fighters EFF Tshela Thupa rally POLOKWANE - The stage is set and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says its ready for its final mass rally in Polokwane tomorrow As the Democratic Alliance wraps up its final rally, the EFF will tomorrow aim to fill up the Peter Mokaba Stadium while the African National Congress host its Siyanqoba rally at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg. All roads lead to the Peter Mokaba Stadium tomorrow, that’s according to the EFF’s Mbuyiseni Ndlozi. He says the party leaders are already in Polokwane at the stadium and everything

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  • DA should win in Tshwane, Nelson Mandela Bay and Joburg, latest poll shows

    THE DA appears to be in line to win Tshwane, Nelson Mandela Bay and Johannesburg metropolitan municipalities in next week’s local government elections, according to the final pre-election survey by eNCA and research consulting firm Ipsos. The poll results, released on Friday, reflect an earlier survey by Ipsos showing the DA to be a likely winner in Nelson Mandela Bay and Tshwane. The latest poll adds Johannesburg to the list of metros that the DA could snatch from the ANC. In terms of newest poll, the DA will get 35.81% of the vote in Johannesburg, compared to the ANC’s 32.28%. The survey also shows the DA capturing 40% of vote in Tshwane — 14.5% more than the ANC. In Nelson Mandela Bay, 43.57%

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  • We were better off under apartheid‚ say EC villagers

    Tsholomnqa villagers had been waiting for a tarred road and decent houses for decades‚ said community leader‚ Wele Ntshongola. Premier Willies Mchunu announces a commission of inquiry will probe KwaZulu-Natal political killings #Election2016  He said the dawn of democracy had marked the beginning of the collapse of quality service delivery for the Eastern Cape rural area which is situated on the R72 outside East London. Anna Madonsela is stabbed to death while putting up an election poster in KwaZulu-Natal  "This village was in a good state under the Ciskei homeland led by LL Sebe. We used to have a tarred road... with workers who used to maintain it as well as free seed‚ crops and livestock."

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  • ANC has made South Africa more racist: de Klerk

    This was the view expressed by former president FW de Klerk at a conference held in Cape Town today to commemorate the 26th anniversary of his speech that initiated South Africa's transition into democracy. "Racism is too much a part of the narrative of political leaders. Politicians including Jacob Zuma must avoid utterances that feed racism which is divisive." His advice to the president was to  focus on nation building and develop a "peaceful, positive and constructive co- existence". "The overwhelming majority of South Africans are not racist," said De Klerk. He said there was no hierarchy of racism in SA, but that the ANC was "guilty of imposing such a hierarchy". The conference tackles

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  • Jeff Bezos leapfrogs Warren Buffett on Forbes rich list

    NEW YORK — Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has become the world’s third-richest person as of the market close for the first time, Forbes magazine said, passing Warren Buffett, the chairman and chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway. Bezos’ fortune was $65.3bn as of 8.30pm GMT on Thursday, compared with Buffett’s $64.9bn. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates remained the world’s richest person, at $77.7bn, while Spain’s Amancio Ortega, who founded the Zara clothing chain’s owner Inditex SA, was second at $72.7bn. Facebook co-founder and CE Mark Zuckerberg was fifth, at $54bn. Bezos, 52, owns close to 18% of Amazon. Its stock has risen by roughly 50% since early February, as the world’s largest online

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  • THICK END OF THE WEDGE: Apartheid relic Eskom holds back transformation

    IMAGINE, for a moment, a world in which South African Airways (SAA) owned all the airports in the country. Imagine all the food stores in the country were owned by farmers. Or that all the roads were owned by BMW. Whenever SAA couldn’t fill its seats, it would just charge other airlines more to arrive and depart. Whenever farmers’ harvests were poor, they could charge people more to buy food. Whenever car sales fell, BMW would simply charge more to use the roads. Monopolies have the same effect on economies as cartels do. They charge consumers what they like — and what they like is inevitably high. But only cartels are illegal. Instead, in a country in which a whole ministry, economic development,

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