• Zuma is ‘in awe’ of Mugabe

    Zimbabwean human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa is sceptical that things will be different should President Robert Mugabe be ousted. She said the reason for this past week’s stand-off was because Zanu-PF’s warring factions had disagreements but not ideological differences. “They have been together for nearly 38 years, all the decisions they have made they have made together,” Mtetwa said. She said the factions only had differences once one of them was thrown out, a clear reference to last week’s ousting of vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa. Delivering the Carlos Cardoso Memorial Lecture at University of the Witwatersrand on Thursday night, Mtetwa said it was unlikely something different would

  • Dlamini-Zuma snubs Ramaphosa's request to meet - report

    A senior political staffer was sent to arrange a meeting with Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma ahead of the ANC elective conference in December. With less than a month to go before the conference, Dlamini-Zuma turned down Ramaphosa’s proposal which also comes on the back of his announcement of six leaders for key positions within the ANC. According to Sunday Times, a source said the request for a meeting was actually a ploy to dislodge Dlamini-Zuma’s campaign as Ramaphosa’s camp had allegedly started spreading rumours stating their campaign was losing steam. “It would have been made to appear that Mama Dlamini-Zuma did not enjoy support and she was going to negotiate for a place on her ticket,” a source said.

  • South Africa: Heavily Armed Men Gun Down Five People in Shopping Complex

    A group of heavily armed gunmen shot and killed five people and injured two more when they stormed the Vulindlela shopping complex in KwaDlangezwa near Empangeni on Friday evening. Police spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane, said the incident had happened at around 7.20pm on Friday evening. "It is alleged that a group of thugs approached the supermarket and opened fire at security guards and others who were in the vicinity. "They stole an undisclosed amount of cash before fleeing scene. When police arrived they found a vehicle suspected to be used by the criminals idling at the scene," Zwane said. Zwane said among the victims who died were two security guards who were performing guard

  • Watchdogs haul Mahlobo back to court over hasty nuclear deal

    Johannesburg - Two civil society watchdogs have hauled Minister of Energy David Mahlobo and Eskom back to court over their “rushed nuclear deal”. On Thursday, Earthlife Africa Johannesburg (ELA-JHB) and the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (SAFCEI) launched an urgent application in the Western Cape High Court. This was “a further attempt to halt what appears to be a rush” by government in decision-making over the nuclear energy deal. The organisations first approached the Western Cape High Court in October 2015, which in a judgment in April this year set aside nuclear agreements signed by the government with Russia, the US and South Korea. Last week, the NGOs asked Mahlobo,

  • Mabuza A No Show For NDZ And CR17 Rallies In Mpumalanga

    ANC Mpumalanga chairperson David "DD" Mabuza failed to make an appearance at ANC presidential hopeful Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma's first campaign visit to his province on Saturday. NDZ, as she became known, and her campaign team held a rally at the Solomon Mahlangu Stadium in Kwamhlanga, Mpumalanga, on Saturday as part of the ANC Women's League's Molo Makhelwane programme. The initiative was aimed at building stronger and more socially cohesive communities. However, the event was mostly used as a platform to praise the former African Union Commission chair and to ask ANC delegates in that province to put their faith in her when the party goes to its national elective conference in December. Mabuza,

  • Fake Presidential security officer nabbed

    Police are investigating a Gabane man who was recently caught with a stolen government walkie talkie. The suspect, who has since been released from police custody, was arrested at Parliament buildings during the recent State of Nation Address after he allegedly posed as part of the presidential security detail. It is alleged that upon arrest he was found in possession of a T.I.D walkie talkie headphone and pretended to be part of the security team. He was also found with a black mint cellphone which the investigations shows it had recorded some conversation of six people. The suspect was also found with a Sedie Community Cluster policing member card and when questioned he said he has been posing

  • Paxton, 17, carries Cape’s ‘Idols’ hopes

    TALENTED Bishop Lavis singer Paxton Fielies, 17, will carry the hopes of Cape Town in tomorrow’s Idols SA finale. Principal of Belhar High, Carl Davids, said he had confidence in Paxton’s ability. “We knew she would make it far in the competition. Belhar High is an arts-focused school that boasts a variety of talent. Paxton is a born singer, here we just refined her singing abilities.” Davids said the first time he heard about Paxton was when the video of her singing at school went viral. “I called her to the office to sing for me and I was blown away because I’m a jazz music lover. She sang a jazz song; I forget which one. “I thought: ‘Wow, she is so young and performed such a big song’.” The