• Vote EFF to 'empower' the ANC, Malema tells Cliff

    CliffCentral founder, Idols SA judge and former 5FM DJ Gareth Cliff hosted Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema on web radio on Friday. The EFF leader admitted to feeling a bit tired while criss-crossing the country “back to back” on the campaign trail. The podcast introducing the show says: “Julius Malema is a polarising figure in South Africa, and someone who always attracts a lot of attention for his political actions. But do we really know what he and his EFF party are all about? Gareth gives him an opportunity to talk like never before, providing an interesting pre-election discussion.” Because CliffCentral (punted as “UnRadio”) does not broadcast on air, it is not subject

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  • Oo La La. Her New Year's Wish Turned Into This.

    Oo La La. Her New Year's Wish Turned Into This.

  • The Company Man: Trevor Manuel marries the Rothschilds

    Earlier this week, a press release printed on parchment fashioned from the bark of the Tree of Knowledge was placed in the beaks of gold-plated carrier pigeons and sent forth into bright blue skies of a mining town. Paradoxically, the release was both the announcement of a union and a note of bereavement—a wedding and a funeral, if you will. In calligraphy painted by angels with diamonds for eyes, it stated that long-serving former minister Trevor Manuel was recently appointed “a senior advisor to the Group worldwide and Deputy Chairman of Rothschild in South Africa”. He would be whisked to Johannesburg on October 1 by one of those angels, and start generating capital forthwith. I sort of made

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  • Madonsela 'destroying' blacks - Politics

    Cape Town - The public protector is “destroying” black people, charged Sapho Mahilihili as he toyi-toyied and sang alongside 16 other protesters in front of the Western Cape offices of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on Friday. The group demanded the office investigate apartheid corruption. Mahilihili said the focus on Nkandla was “misguided” and a “drop in the ocean” compared with white corruption “that lasted 400 years”. He also took a swipe at Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa who, he said, had made an about-turn since founding the National Union of Mineworkers 34 years ago. He “has jumped out of his black skin and is not a black person anymore”. Black people in power were considered white

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  • South Africa in crisis: Is there a way out?

    With instability in Zimbabwe, where we are seeing demonstrations that would have been impossible to imagine in recent years, the possibility of change may be on the horizon. It may not be an orderly transition. If the ruling Zanu-PF tries to manage a transition we could end up seeing more of the same, just without Robert Mugabe. It is unclear what will happen partly because there is no mass-based, organised force with a concrete programme for a post-Mugabe Zimbabwe. The opposition MDC and unions are in disarray so it may well be that Zanu-PF (despite internal divisions) could oversee whatever the post-Mugabe era may become. Some believe that the potential for change in Zimbabwe also holds warnings

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  • Grace Mugabe turns 51

    The ministry of defence has called Grace Mugabe a pillar of strength to her husband, who is 92. Zimbabwe Grace Mugabe Grace Mugabe turns 50 HARARE – Zimbabwe’s first lady, Grace Mugabe turns 51 today and state media has published a 12-page supplement in her honour.  The supplement carries adverts from struggling state-run firms, which had been asked to pay for advertising despite the country's crippling economic crisis. For the second year in a row, the first lady is being given near-presidential treatment by Zimbabwe's state media.  Firms like the loss-making Air Zimbabwe have published full colour adverts in the Herald's birthday supplement.  The ministry of defence calls her a pillar of strength

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  • Children play with HIV blood

    Durban - Horrified Pietermaritzburg parents are still in shock after finding their children covered in blood from test tubes at a private laboratory in a nearby property. It is believed the children, who are aged between 3 and 7 years old, found the blood samples in a box and parents are concerned that their children may have drunk some of the blood from the test tubes. Sindi Mthembu, mother of one of the affected children, said her child came home last Sunday with blood on his hands, but when questioned he said “I was killing a monster”. When she took her child to school the following morning, other parents asked her if she knew what had happened the previous day. “They told me what really happened

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  • Gang rape at primary school

    Pretoria - Tears rolled down a father’s cheeks as he broke down and cried in horror after confirmation that his little girl had been raped at school. He had just spoken to police officers from Boschkop police station, who had taken his 8-year-old daughter and her classmate for an examination following reports that they had been raped. “I am so hurt; the principal has been aware of this for two weeks. Despite telling parents that he has taken the matter to the police, he has done nothing,” the father said. The father had discovered possible sexual assault on his daughter two weeks ago. When he investigated it emerged that his little girl had been one of four girls, aged between 7 and 9, raped

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  • Zimbabwe threatens 'traitorous' war veterans after Mugabe attack

    Zimbabwe's government denounced leading independence war veterans as traitors on Saturday for an unprecedented attack on ageing President Robert Mugabe and vowed to identify its unnamed authors and put them on trial. Veterans who fought against white minority rule in the former British colony turned on their long-time ally and commander on Thursday, calling him a dictator in a jolting rebuke highlighting political manoeuvring over his succession and mounting anger over economic woes. State-owned newspapers reflected the power struggle on Saturday with a highly unusual 12-page supplement praising his wife Grace on her 51st birthday. War veterans have accused her of having too much influence over her 92-year-old husband.

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  • Zimbabwe: Pastor Evan Mawarire Is No Saint

    To the world, Evan Mawarire is a hero who stands up to Government, an upright man who represents the downtrodden. His touching story is that he is an honest hardworking Zimbabwean who struggled to raise school fees for his two daughters, leading him into action under the #ThisFlag, Mugabe Must Go Now cam- paign. His emotional breakdown during an interview with Sky News made millions around the world empathise with this poor preacher. At least that is the story that has been sold to the world. What the world has not been told is that Mawarire is a fraudster who collected money from gullible believers in the United Kingdom through his church, only to evade tax. Failure by Mawarire and his wife,

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  • Thousands brave rain for ANC rally in Port Elizabeth

    Thousands of people have gathered at the Dan Qeqe Stadium in Zwide in the Eastern Cape for the ANC’s Siyanqoba rally despite heavy rain and cold weather. President Jacob Zuma is expected to address the crowd in the party’s last election campaign rally in Nelson Mandela Bay ahead of the August 3 local government elections. Among those already at the stadium are ANC national executive committee member Bheki Cele and other provincial ANC leaders. The crowd is being entertained while they await Zuma’s arrival. TMG Digital/ The Herald

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  • SOS Coalition expects Motsoeneng to act harshly against broadcaster's silent protesters

    The SOS Coalition says Hlaudi Motsoeneng and his affiliates may intimidate employees who show solidarity. SABC Hlaudi Motsoeneng Censorship allegations at the SABC SABC protest Save Our SABC SABC Chief Operating Officer JOHANNESBURG – The Save Our South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Coalition says it expects COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng to react harshly towards employees at the broadcaster who have held a symbolic "blackout" on air. On Friday, TV reporters and anchors wore black clothing, on the same day that four of their colleagues appeared in the Labour Court to fight their dismissal. This showed solidarity with the SABC eight but also signified the contradiction to Motsoeneng's statements

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  • Conte still wants four new signings

    London - Antonio Conte wants four more players in place before Chelsea start the Premier League season. Conte is determined to sign a top-class centre forward and at least one more defender, possibly two. His back-up goalkeeper is set to be Diego Lopez, 34, from AC Milan who will work with new coach Gianluca Spinelli. Benfica’s young, versatile Swedish defender Victor Lindelof has emerged as a possible target, especially if Chelsea fail to sign Kalidou Koulibaly, 25, who is valued at £50m by Napoli. Everton are also prepared to go close to this figure as they expect to complete the sale of John Stones to Manchester City. However, Koulibaly prefers a move to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are considering

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  • The day Jessie Duarte lost her cool

    Politics reporter Luyolo Mkentane recounts the tongue-lashing he received from ANC secretary-general Jesse Duarte for Independent Media’s coverage of the SABC saga. The dimunitive ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte was probably a school playground bully growing up. How else can I describe the unnecessary abuse she dealt me in her Luthuli House office on Monday afternoon, except bullying? Without any cause, I was belittled, harangued and accused of pushing an anti-ANC agenda. Her attitude was harsh and brutal is an understatement. I had gone to the ruling party’s headquarters, situated across The Star building in central Joburg, to give Duarte a hearing after she demanded her “right of

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  • Nel 'hounding' Oscar

    Hitting back at yesterday's announcement by the National Prosecuting Authority that it would appeal against Pistorius's sentence, his uncle, Arnold, said: "It's in Nel's character to do these things. What is not personal?" Judge Thokozile Masipa sentenced Pistorius in the Pretoria High Court to six years in prison for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Her earlier conviction of Pistorius and imposition of a five-year sentence for culpable homicide was overturned by the Supreme Court of Appeal last year. Reeva’s parents had ‘no input’ on decision to appeal Pistorius sentence: lawyer Arnold Pistorius said the appeal was a waste of time and resources. Legal experts believe the NPA

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  • Found in SA … Libya’s trillions

    Johannesburg - The South African government and President Jacob Zuma have been caught in the middle of an international wrangle over as much as R2 trillion in US dollars as well as hundreds of tons of gold and at least six million carats of diamonds in assets belonging to the people of Libya. What could be the world’s largest cash pile is stored in palettes at seven heavily guarded warehouses and bunkers in secret locations between Joburg and Pretoria. The Libyan billions have led to a Hawks investigation into possible violation of exchange controls as well as international interests from the UN and the US. It has also led to heightened interest in the local and international intelligence community

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  • A million a line for Damon's new Jason Bourne

    In Jason Bourne, the fifth film in the hit franchise, Damon is up against Alicia Vikander's Heather Lee, head of the CIA's Cyber Ops department who is determined to flush out her nemesis. Paul Greengrass, director of The Bourne Supremacy (2004) and The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) was persuaded to rejoin Damon for the next chapter after both men sat out 2012's The Bourne Legacy.

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  • ‘Trollip won’t run Nelson Mandela Bay’ - Politics

    Port Elizabeth - Nelson Mandela Bay DA mayoral candidate came in for a lashing at the ANC’s Eastern Cape Siyanqoba rally in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. Provincial rural development and agrarian reform MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane, who is also the ANC provincial spokesman, said there was absolutely no way DA mayoral candidate Athol Trollip would run the metro. He criticised Trollip for portraying himself as the “martyr and saviour” of the people of the metro while the ANC still existed. The DA believes that is stands a strong chance of winning the metro following a steady decline for the ruling party in the area. ANC national spokesman Zizi Kodwa characterised Trollip him as the biggest liar to have

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  • Park inspector crushed by elephant in KZN

    Durban - Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park workers who witnessed their colleague being crushed to death by an elephant are traumatised at the sight. Thembisile Mchunu, 47, of Ngwelezane, Empangeni, died on Tuesday after being attacked by an elephant while inspecting alien plants. It is reported that they were on their way out of the park when a herd of elephants approached. Amon Sithole, one of the workers with Mchunu, said the incident happened shortly after they had completed their inspection. “We had gone right inside the park and had left our car quite far away. One of the elephants made a sound and we thought it was warning the other ones that it had spotted human beings. “After that it sprinted towards

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  • SABC snubs labour court

    The South African Broadcasting Corporation yesterday failed to file its affidavits in time to oppose trade union Solidarity’s application in the Labour Court in Johannesburg to have four of the eight fired SABC journalists reinstated. It had until 7pm on Wednesday night to file its papers. This led Judge Robert La Grange to postponing proceedings, and at the request of senior counsel advocate Steven Budlender, on behalf of Foeta Krige, Suna Venter, Krivani Pillay and  Jacques Steenkamp, La Grange made the SABC liable for the days court costs before remanding court. There was little SABC senior counsel advocate Bantubonke Tokota could do to avert it, and he was left with a deadline of 10am on

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  • Judgment in SABC dismissals case looms

    Four former South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) journalists will find out next week whether or not they will be reinstated at the public broadcaster with their lawyer arguing that their dismissals were unconstitutional. Judge Robert Lagrange says he'll try to hand down his ruling on Monday. This comes after the public broadcaster agreed to enforce Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa)’s recommendation which called for a reversal of its ban on violent protest footage, something the journalists had criticised. Yesterday, the SABC's lawyer Themba Skosana argued that the journalists needed to allege unfair dismissal in order to approach the Labour Court. He says in this case they should have gone to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

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