• Uproar over Malema’s ‘R16m palace’

    The politician, who portrays himself as a champion of the poor, has levelled the Sandown house and is building a multi-storey R16m mansion in its place. “It will be modern, very modern,” an insider told Weekend Argus. “It has a saferoom underground – in case he is attacked – garages underground, a ground floor and a first floor which can also be used as a viewing platform, a party deck. You will be able to look out over the swimming pool,” the insider said. Malema and his spokesman Floyd Shivambu refused to comment on the house. Shivambu said: “Go ahead and write what you want. We are not going to comment.” The new building in Silvela Road, Sandown Estate, will have an area of about 917 square

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  • Sars nails Zuma’s son over fraud

    At the centre of the dispute is a raid on ATM’s cigarette manufacturing business in Pietermaritzburg in 2011. The expensive plant was imported from China. ATM was incorporated in 2009. The company is registered as manufacturing and distributing of tobacco related products. A squad of Sars officials swooped on the premises, seized goods and machinery, shutting the plant down. ATM was later allowed to operate, but the legal wrangle has continued and Zuma and his partners are now immersed in a bitter exchange with Sars officials. In legal papers which our sister paper The Sunday Independent has seen, Zuma accuses the taxman of corruption, racism and running a smear campaign against him. In an affidavit

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  • Former Metro FM DJ's furniture sold to pay off debt

    Lebyane owed R65 830 to Fiona Hudgson, and though she had made payments towards her debt, the sheriff of the court sold her furniture to recover the rest of the money. According to Sunday Sun, Lebyane defaulted on payments in 2012, with the matter being taken to court in 2014. Lebyane’s goods were attached by the Randburg Magistrates’ Court and sold off recently. Some of the goods sold include a four-piece bedroom suite, double-door fridge, washing machine, seven-piece dining room suite, gas heater, three TVs, microwave, dishwasher and coffee table. Lebyane told the weekly she was indebted to Hudgson but hade made plans to pay her. She was surprised to learn her furniture was sold to recover

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  • Pressure mounts on Mugabe to step down

    Harare - Another huge protest has been planned for Wednesday with the stated intention of forcing Zimbabwe’s 92-year-old President Robert Mugabe to step down amid a worsening economic meltdown. Coordinators of the protests called #Tajamuka/Sesijikile insist they are going ahead with the planned protests despite the spectre of police heavy-handedness. One of the leaders of #Tajamuka, Promise Mkwananzi, was arrested in connection with last week’s protests that culminated in the setting alight of vehicles and market stalls in the capital city, Harare. Mkwananzi appeared in court on Monday but was denied bail. As many as 67 people, including an old woman and a journalist, were arrested during the

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  • EFF wants all 'former Afrikaans schools' investigated

    During an investigative session at Pretoria Girls High School with Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi, attended by Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga, the EFF Student Command made a request that all “former Afrikaans schools” be investigated for racism. As school headmistress Karen du Toit and some teachers sat quietly and listened, various groups and individuals took turns to state their case. The EFF demanded that radical transformation was required at the school and all schools like it, because black children could no longer be victimised. The EFF asked that the teachers accused of racism be investigated and fired. The DA’s youth league was also present and said that black girls needed to be proud

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  • Pastor Mboro defends his new R2 million BMW: 'God is rewarding me'

    Soon after Mboro flaunted his flashy BMW i8, which retails in the country for about R2 million, eyebrows were raised and Twitter users took to the social media platform to lambaste the pastor, with some labelling him a "false prophet." In response to the slew of backlash, Mboro explained that his latest splurge is one of the ways in which God has changed his life, after embarking on an 8-week journey, called Incredible 8 Weeks, where he apparently prayed for God to transform people's lives, including his. Pastor Mboro's brand new R2million BMW gets tongues wagging  "People don't understand how I am able to afford a BMW," he said during his radio show on Ekurhuleni's Kasie FM. "It's funny because

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  • Bonang to give away 10 bursaries

    Bonang ‘Queen B’ Matheba is fast becoming well-known for her generosity, alongside slaying in gorgeous outfits some of us can only dream of wearing, driving nice cars and her perfect presenting skills. She will be awarding 10 bursaries. “Ten full-time bursaries launching at the end of September 2016,” she tweeted on Saturday morning, but without any further details. Earlier this year, a college student took to Twitter to share she was in need of R6 000 for registration and asked people to reshare her tweet. Her plea did not fall on deaf ears as Bonang saw it, responded and asked her to send her details. A few days later, the student was registered. Bonang is not the only celeb who believes in

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  • WATCH: Cassper shows off his bling

    Rapper Refiloe ‘Cassper Nyovest’ Phoolo is living his best life. The Mama I made It hitmaker has a Rolls-Royce, a beautiful house and recently shared that he spends more than a thousand rands on his ponytail. Though he has been sharing money-saving tips, we know he likes the finer things in life, and he makes sure we see it on social media. He recently shared on social media his bling – a Rolex watch and necklace. In the video, Cassper can be seen holding a glass of what we can only assume is expensive too. Watch video below: Life is definitely moving in the right direction for Cassper, as Cellular giant MTN on Friday confirmed it would be sponsoring the Fill Up Orlando Stadium concert set to

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  • Ndlozi takes a break from politics to hit the books

    The People's Bae is taking a break. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) announced on Friday that national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi “will be on study leave effective immediately‚ till 1 November 2016”.

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  • There will be attacks, Zim protesters warn - Africa

    Johannesburg - Mass shutdowns and stayaways have once again been called across Zimbabwe as protests in main cities escalate. On Sunday several Facebook and Twitter accounts in support of the mass protests gripping the nation called on all people to either join or stay away if they didn't want to get hurt. "There will be serious attacks on government properties and properties owned by Zanu-PF chiefs and supporters. Businesses in major cities are advised not to open on Monday and Tuesday," one warning said. A series of images depicting a man believed to be Zimbabwean stabbing and burning his country's flag in solidarity with protests also emerged over the weekend. Reactions to the images were strong,

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  • Watch out SABC, #TouchCentral’s coming: Cliff

    "I feel like I've met somebody I should have met a long time ago," Gareth Cliff said, referring to media personality and entrepreneur Thabo "Tbo Touch" Molefe. During an interview with IOL, Cliff explained that even though both he and Molefe worked at the SABC, they hardly saw each other. "We actually didn't really have any interaction at all. I mean we definitely knew about each other but we didn't meet up in the corridors and have a chat or anything." Touch Central is launching on Monday August 29, along with the Touch Central app and website. He says that they designed the app to have all the necessary features: a live listening feature, information on different shows, the line-up and everything

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  • Treasury’s battle with Guptas turns into open fight

    Johannesburg - The battle over the coal contracts between Eskom and the Guptas, which the National Treasury is investigating, has blown into an open fight. This followed Treasury’s surprise revelation on Monday that the Guptas were taking it to court to block the release of the report into the politically connected family's coal contracts with Eskom. Eskom had said on Sunday the findings by the Treasury into its coal contracts, amounting to hundreds of million of rands, was inconclusive. The power utility denied that the Treasury had finalised its probe into the contracts involving the Gupta family. The Treasury said it was surprised by Tegeta, a Gupta-owned company, was going to court to block

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  • Analysis: Does ‘unreserved confidence’ from NWC (sans Zuma) mean Gordhan has real political support?

    ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe appeared quite emboldened on Tuesday to declare after a national working committee (NWC) meeting: “The ANC reaffirms its unreserved confidence in the Minister of Finance, Comrade Pravin Gordhan and the work of the National Treasury.” This is in relation to the Hawks’ investigation of Gordhan in relation to the operation of a special intelligence unit at the South African Revenue Service (SARS). Mantashe said the public spectacle that had resulted from the Hawks investigation was “hurting the economy”. In response to questions about the credibility of the investigation, Mantashe said the way it was being conducted was “unnatural” and “delegitimises the process”.

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  • The calling: A sangoma with Wi-Fi

    "I make use of digital tools for ease of access, so that my practice is not limited only to those who can come to my home," she says. Mkhize has a website where people can get information about her talks and products and an online calendar for booking Skype and phone consultations. She also uses Twitter and Facebook. Mkhize will talk about the ancestral calling in Johannesburg at The Victory Theatre on Saturday and at Durban's KwaMuhle Museum on September 9. She says the talk will address ancestral and spiritual callings in relation to mental health issues. "There is a lot of confusion and misinformation which conflate ubizo [a calling] with mental health issues. The misconceptions continue to

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  • OPINION: Why I won't leave the sinking ship

    Evita Bezuidenhout explains why she will not resign as a member of the ANC and leave her comrades to party. Dear Comrades I am not writing this in my personal capacity as a gogo, a citizen and a democrat, but as a member of the ANC. I have been a member since July 2014 and, as a loyal cadre, have been operational where the party has deployed me without question - in the kitchen of Luthuli House, cooking for reconciliation. I asked a simple question: “What do people think of when they see a fat politician in parliament?” They immediately think of a thin voter. And many ANC voters are poorer and thinner than ever before. All Julius Malema has to do this 2019 General Election is promise them everything

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  • Eastern Cape ANC branches make 'Zuma-must-go' call

    The call was made in branch meetings and by the ANC Youth League at the weekend. Heated meetings in the two metros saw frustrated ANC members voicing their frustrations over Zuma's presidency. It is understood that delegates blamed Zuma's association with the Gupta family and the R246-million upgrade to his Nkandla homestead for the ANC's poor performance in the recent poll, which saw the party lose control of Nelson Mandela Bay, among others. Delegates attending the ANC Youth League general council in East London on Sunday called for Zuma's removal. The closed meeting was attended by ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe. Home Affairs Minister and ANC NEC member Malusi Gigaba and Eastern Cape

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  • Crowd-free weekend breaks in SA

    INDEPENDENT MEDIA One of the world's largest aquariums, uShaka Sea World, is the centrepiece of the 40-acre uShaka Marine World. Johannesburg - South Africa is an amazing country for travellers: We have sophisticated infrastructure and a variety of destinations. Shaun Pozyn, Head of marketing for British Airways (operated by Comair), says this diversity means you can cherry-pick your getaway: if one coastal city is crowded with a major sporting event or conference that's not to your taste, simply sidestep the crowds to another locale. Take a guided walking tour of the district around Dr Yusuf Dadoo (Grey) and Bertha Mkhize (Victoria) Streets to immerse your senses in the city's Indian heritage and history.

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  • Could this be SA's next finance minister?

    Johannesburg - The man who is tipped to be the next Minister of Finance has come a long way with President Jacob Zuma. The name Sifiso Buthelezi, has been bandied about in some circles as the man Zuma is likely to announce as the next finance minister. He was sworn in as a member of parliament in April and currently is on the standing committee on finance. He has been a member of the ANC from his youth and a commander for Umkhonto we Sizwe. In the mid 1980s he was arrested and imprisoned on Robben Island until 1991. Buthelezi comes from Mahlabathini in northern KwaZulu-Natal. He has an academic background in commerce with a masters through the University of Cape Town. He was Zuma’s economic adviser

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  • EFF uses Pretoria girls hair protest to show up ‘scared ANC’

    The EFF used the "protest by girls at Pretoria Girls High" to attack the ANC for being "afraid to implement the wishes of our people as prescribed in the Freedom Charter which they have so boldly declared theirs". The party’s acting spokesperson‚ Fana Mokoena‚ on Monday said the "EFF applauds the young black women who protested against their school for their racist practices". "The girls are not allowed to wear their hair naturally‚ in fact they are forced to straighten it; and their indigenous languages are suppressed‚" he said. Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi was due to visit the school to address the controversy after more than 4,500 people signed a petition calling for his intervention.

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  • Why Tau, Pitso sometimes fight

    When Percy Tau was asked what makes him so confident to take opponents head-on the way he did on Sunday, the Mamelodi Sundowns attacker turned to coach Pitso Mosimane with a huge smile on his face. There's a father-son relationship between Mosimane and Tau, and the coach admits there are days when they fight, particularly when Tau wants to hold on to the ball too much. On Sunday in the MTN8 against Tshwane rivals SuperSport United, Tau was guilty of holding on to the ball too much at times, but it was to great effect as he dribbled past seasoned players such as Dean Furman and Morgan Gould to create openings in the Matsatsantsa defence. The 22-year-old, who was on loan to Witbank Spurs in the

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