• South Africa: 'Kill All Whites' T-Shirt Culprit Identified

    The person who wore a "Kill all whites" T-shirt at the University of Cape Town has been identified and all relevant evidence gathered, the university's executive director, Gerda Kruger, said on Friday. Kruger said the individual involved was not currently enrolled as a UCT student, although he had been involved in Rhodes Must Fall activities on campus. "Other legal channels are being pursued urgently and charges are being brought against the person, including reporting the matter to the SA Police Service and the Human Rights Commission," Kruger said She said the T-shirt message breached all limits of free speech and was hateful and vindictive. The university executive condemned it in the strongest

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  • The Glencore mine, the Guptas and Zuma’s son - Business News

    Johannesburg - South African President Jacob Zuma’s son, Duduzane, has a stake in a company that’s buying Glencore’s Optimum Coal mine along with the Gupta family, according to the country’s antitrust regulator. The Guptas have been criticised because of their links to the nation’s leader. Before Duduzane’s involvement was disclosed, the transaction attracted criticism from opposition parties and labour unions because Mines Minister Mosebenzi Zwane said he travelled to Switzerland to meet Glencore’s Chief Executive Officer Ivan Glasenberg to help advance the deal in what he said was an attempt to save jobs. Optimum is now selling coal to the Arnot power plant owned by the state power company

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  • Tax increases, including a ‘wealth tax’, could constrain growth

    THE South African economy has pneumonia, and the best medicine would be relaxation from some stifling laws and regulations and perhaps a few drops of tax relief. However, speculations about what medicine Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is going to apply seems to indicate none of this. Keith Engel, CEO of the South African Institute of Tax Professionals (SAIT), says to make matters more difficult, tax increases can easily constrain growth even further. "This in turn comes at a price with additional taxes hindering future tax revenue itself as a slowdown in growth leads to a slowdown in growth of tax revenue. South African consumers are already under pressure from increased interest rates, low

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  • Thug to Thug

    Dear fellow thug Julius Malema, our Conmander in Thief, you haven’t held back in expressing your disdain for me. So allow me to respond. Pull up a chair. I have no problem with someone drawing attention to my dark past, because it’s not something I’ve ever tried to hide. I did do despicable things; I was a criminal. I know other people who did the kinds of things I did and today it doesn’t seem to bother them. Some of them are still doing crime and are better at it than ever. But unlike them, my past bothers me, which is why I give back today and have spent the past decade making amends wherever and however I can. But I find that what bothers many people more than the fact that I once committed

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  • Ramaphosa car in blue light crash - Western Cape

    Cape Town - A blue light brigade vehicle in Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cavalcade has been involved in a crash in Blouberg. Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, spokesman for the directorate for priority crime investigation (the Hawks) confirmed the incident on Friday, saying “the lead car in deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa’s cavalcade was hit by a bakkie which allegedly jumped the red robot. One member was injured”. Ramaphosa was not in the vehicle involved in the crash on the corner of Blaauwberg Road and the R27, said Mulaudzi. The injured bodyguard is believed to be in intensive care unit in a nearby private hospital, said a police source. The source said a driver faced possible charges of

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  • Young African Leadership Initiative asks ANC to recall Zuma for 'betraying SA and party': iLIVE

    The announcement by President Jacob Zuma to replace the finance minister has recklessly endangered the South African economy. This decision can only be described as a disaster. As representatives of a young professional generation, passionate about building a better South Africa, we call on the ANC to recall the President for the betrayal of the people of South Africa. This betrayal will be experienced differently by the rich, the middle class, and the poor; but it will negatively impact everyone. From declines in social services to sky-rocketing interest rates, life in South Africa has just become tougher.   The financial indicators of the announcement yesterday have clearly communicated the

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  • Zimbabwe: Grace Says Not Fooled By Mnangagwa's Games, Mphoko, Kasukuwere Throw Weight Behind Her

    FIRST Lady Grace Mugabe has given the clearest hint yet that she is out to get Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa. After fronting the assault on former Vice President Joice Mujuru and her lieutenants in 2014 and in the aftermath of the Zanu PF congress that year, Grace now says "we made a mistake". She was adressing a rally in Chiweshe Friday. "In 2014 we went around denouncing factionalism but what we did not know was that we were empowering the other. So, we are saying to the other faction; Stop It. Many people go around calling me Mazoe Crush. "I cannot then go around and claim I do not know what that means. This is the problem with our colleagues. There are children being paraded in apparel

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  • Woman tells Malema he has no authority to talk about land, he isn't Khoisan

    "Mr Malema, you have no authority to talk about land. "The Khoisan is the only authoritative voice which can talk about land," she said to loud applause and some cheers. The woman said the Khoisan were the "first freedom fighters" who fought the colonials when they came here 360 years ago. "We were the first people of this nation. We were the first people of southern Africa and we still face oppression." She said the country's history did not start in 1910 when the ANC was formed. "We lived here and you, your ancestors, and the white ancestors found us here. Only we can talk about land ownership." Self isolation Malema told the woman that he thought she was "extremely missing a point". "Me and

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  • Zuma says disruptive opposition showed 'how useless they are'

    Watch the moment EFF walked out of #SONA2016 "They are showing how useless they are, people will never vote for them," Zuma said a day after seeing his annual state of the nation address interrupted. "They don't understand democracy, how it works." "They just move with the wind when it goes this way, that way, shame on them," said Zuma. Lawmakers from the leftist Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), dressed in their uniforms of red workers' overalls and hard hats, noisily interrupted his speech for an hour before being ordered out of the chamber on Thursday night. "Zuma is no longer a president that deserves respect from anyone," EFF's firebrand leader Julius Malema yelled at the president. But Zuma

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  • Maine spoils it for the savvy party propagandists

    COLLEN Maine, once suspected to be a closet member of the Congress of the People, was appointed leader of the reconstituted African National Congress (ANC) Youth League last year. Last weekend he delivered a speech in Pretoria during which he stumbled over a set of notes in his hand that he — alarmingly — kept turning upside down. With a justifiably puzzled expression on his face, he insulted his political opponents, threatened them and spoke of civil war. Reports that he had to be persuaded to postpone detonating a hydrogen bomb he may or may not have procured from his friend Kim Jong-un over Seshego in Limpopo later that evening could not be confirmed. The expulsion of Julius Malema and the

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  • SA's car industry faces tough 2016 - IOL Motoring Industry News

    Johannesburg - South Africa's motor industry faces a third successive year of declining sales as a weak economy and rising interest rates hit demand for vehicles, Naamsa said on Thursday. After four successive years of growth in new vehicle sales from 2010 to 2013, total sales in 2014 fell 0.7 percent, followed by a 4.1 percent drop last year. The Reserve Bank has cut its economic growth forecast for this year to 0.9 percent from 1.5 percent, slightly above the 0.7 percent and 0.8 percent estimated by the International Monetary Fund and the Wold Bank respectively. “The industry's outlook has become more pessimistic for 2016. The industry is looking at a rather unfavorable environment as far as

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  • Unprotected Krejcir witness fears for life - Crime & Courts

    INDEPENDENT MEDIA Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir is being held in Kokstad C-Max prison. Johannesburg - A key witness against Czech criminal Radovan Krejcir is fearing for his life after he was removed from a state protection programme. This was revealed through a letter of demand written by the man’s attorneys, Darryl Furman and Associates, to Deputy National Commissioner of Police Lieutenant-General Khehla John Sithole, as well as affidavits and transcripts of meetings the witness had with the police. The letter of demand asks that the witness protection funding previously afforded to him for nearly two years be reinstated this week, failing which he would approach the high court to ask that his life be protected.

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  • Zuma upbeat on HIV policy turnaround

    Two days after her humiliating New Hampshire defeat, White House hopeful Hillary Clinton sought to regain the upper hand against her Democratic rival Bernie Sanders in their debate Thursday, denouncing his proposals as unrealistic and costly.

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  • South Africa: 10 Moments From Sona2016 That Killed Us

    Since 2015, the State of the Nation Address has become an event marked by drama and plenty of crazy antics to look out for. AAISHA DADI PATEL rounds up the ten most ridiculous moments that had us tweeting flame emojis during #SONA2016. 1. "Honourable Malema, take a seat." The proceedings had barely begun at 7:13pm. As the speaker of the House Baleka Mbete began to introduce the president, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) were already trying to raise points of order. Her patience was obviously running thin as she remembered the events of last year, Mbete had no qualms about threatening to throw the EFF out, and told Malema to take a seat. 2. "Mr Zupta" When President Zuma tried to begin his

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  • Billiat vows he won't be chicken

    If Zimbabwe club Chicken Inn have been studying South African football lately, they'll know who to keep a close eye on when they host Mamelodi Sundowns in the CAF Champions League at Luveve Stadium tomorrow. A man they should know very well, Khama Billiat, is giving opposition defenders sleepless nights and he'll show no mercy to his compatriots as Sundowns look to get their continental campaign off to a good start. Billiat, who bagged his eighth league goal and the man of the match award against Orlando Pirates on Wednesday, says he will put his emotions aside to get the job done when he returns to his home country to face players he is familiar with. "We had to take care of the Pirates game first and then we prepare for the game against Chicken Inn," said Billiat.

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  • Moses Kotane’s widow turns 104 - Politics

    Rustenburg - Rebecca Kotane, the widow of the late struggle stalwart Moses Kotane, celebrated her 104th birthday on Friday. “Mme Rebecca Kotane is our mother and we love her. We thank God for blessing us with her life. She is 104 years old today,” said Fetsang Mokati-Thebe, from the Moses Kotane local municipality, wishing her a happy birthday. The Moses Kotane municipality in North West was named after her husband. Moses Kotane was the former treasurer-general of the ANC and secretary general of the South African Communist Party. He suffered a stroke in 1968. Kotane sought treatment in the Soviet Union where he died on May 19, 1978. Kotane's remains were returned to South Africa on March 1 last

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  • Granny gets her RDP house back

    An ANC councillor in North West is in hot water after she fraudulently occupied and rented out an RDP house belonging to a blind pensioner in Redirile township, Derby. Yesterday, Kgetleng municipality mayor Kim Medupe, accompanied by ANC provincial executive member Matthews Wolmarans, expressed disappointment, shock and embarrassment at Kgetleng municipality proportional representation councillor Mamikie Molefe. Molefe last week confessed to Sowetan that she had occupied a house belonging to Lenah Lesomo, 72, who is her aunt, and pocketed R1200 in monthly rental since last year. Molefe has been staying in the RDP house since 2013. She, however, denied that Lesomo paid her R2000 for the registration

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  • Gordhan flies economy as government cuts costs

    Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan flew economy on his way to Johannesburg from Sona 2016. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan SAA Gordhan Pravin Gordhan on economy CAPE TOWN - Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan was spotted flying economy class on board a South African Airways (SAA) flight to Johannesburg from Cape Town. Gordhan was returning from the State of the Nation Address where President Jacob Zuma announced measures to cut costs as the South African economy continues to struggle. His picture which was shared on social media, received praise from South Africans. This is not the first time that Gordhan is flying economy class. Last September, he flew economy class to Durban.

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  • State sitting on 'over 300' murder cases from apartheid era

    Following its declaration this week to prosecute four men linked to the kidnapping, torture and murder of ANC operative Nokuthula Simelane in 1983, The Times has learnt that the state is in possession of more than 300 similar cases. Yesterday advocate Muzi Sithakhane, representing the Simelane family, said it was a "scandalous indictment" on the NPA that the family had to "force" a post- apartheid government to prosecute the case. Legal experts involved in the case have suggested that the delays were due to political interference. Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza said an inquiry was needed to look into "arrangements and deals struck between those representing the old order and the new order". Archbishop

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  • South Africa: Paramedics and Patient Flee On Foot After Being Robbed At Gunpoint

    Two paramedics and a patient were forced to flee on foot after they were robbed at gunpoint in Hurst Hill, Johannesburg on Friday morning. The team had responded to a call at around 04:00 and were attacked as they attended to a patient, said EMS spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi. "While the crews were busy treating the patient in... the ambulance, five armed man came from nowhere, pointed the firearm at the driver and demanded his wallet. He handed the wallet to them and managed to run for his life," said Mulaudzi. His partner at the back of the ambulance heard the commotion, grabbed the patient and both of them ran down the main road where the flagged down a taxi. The taxi driver took them to the

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