• Safa ‘asked Sexwale to withdraw from Fifa race’

    TOKYO Sexwale was asked to withdraw from the Fifa presidential race when he faced the South African Football Association’s (Safa’s) emergency committee at OR Tambo International Airport on Tuesday. But in a compromise that saved Sexwale from an embarrassing exit from the race‚ the former Gauteng premier was allowed to stay on as a candidate when Safa decided to leave his fate in the hands of the Confederation of African Football (Caf). Sexwale went to the meeting expecting to receive an endorsement from Safa but as TMG Digital was reliably informed on Thursday‚ he was instead told to cut his losses and call it a day. "He was told to withdraw because he does not have support‚" an insider said.

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  • Maybe we expected too much from the ANC, says former UK cabinet minister Hain

    LONDON — SA has gone from hero to zero under President Jacob Zuma’s poor leadership, with international investors turning their backs on the country. This was the stark assessment of former anti-apartheid activist and Labour cabinet minister Peter Hain in a speech at Swansea University Thursday night. "Can the ANC (African National Congress) reclaim (Nelson) Mandela’s vision of the rainbow nation? Perhaps we all expected too much. Perhaps it was naive to think that the party — for all its moral integrity and constitutionalist traditions — could be immune to human frailty, especially in the face of such immense social inequalities. Could any political party anywhere (including Britain) have done

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  • #NkandlaPayback: Thuli stands firm - Crime & Courts

    Johannesburg - The DA described President Jacob Zuma’s offer to settle the Nkandla matter out of court as bizarre and cheeky, while Public Protector Thuli Madonsela sought to point out how disingenuous Zuma is. In a letter sent to the Constitutional Court by her lawyers on Thursday, Madonsela sought to reinforce her authority. This was in particular reference to parts of the Nkandla report titled Secure in Comfort, parts of which appear to have been overlooked by Zuma on an offer he made this week to settle the matter. In that report, Madonsela recommended that Zuma should pay back a reasonable portion of the R246 million spent on upgrades to Nkandla not related to security. The National Treasury,

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  • Teen hankers after Boko Haram captor - Africa

    Abuja - Almost a year after she was rescued from Boko Haram captivity by the Nigerian army, 16-year-old Zara John is still in love with one of the Islamic militants who abducted her. She was delighted to discover that she was pregnant with his child following a urine and blood test carried out by a doctor in the refugee camp to which she was taken after her rescue. “I wanted to give birth to my child so that I can have someone to replace his father since I cannot reconnect with him again,” said Zara, one of hundreds of girls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants during a seven-year insurgency in northeast Nigeria. But any decision over the baby was taken out of her hands. Her father drowned during

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  • It was proper for me to resign

    Former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene said, on Saturday, he felt it was “proper” for him to resign as an ANC MP. This following his name being put forward to head the African Regional Centre of the New Development Bank/Brics bank. “Yes, I resigned last year,” he confirmed. “In line with my removal [and being nominated for the Brics bank position] I felt it would be the proper thing to do.” While he resigned in December, his resignation was processed only last month. After Nene’s sacking as finance minister, President Jacob Zuma said the "urgency of the changes in the leadership of the National Treasury" was because nominations needed to be sent to Shanghai in terms of the head of the African

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  • Ex-Ferrari chief has no 'good news' on Schumacher

    Sombre ex-Ferrari chief Luca de Montezemolo admitted Thursday that he did not have “good news” regarding the condition of stricken Formula One legend Michael Schumacher. Former seven-time world champion Schumacher suffered head injuries in a skiing accident in the French Alps in December 2013 and spent six months in an induced coma before returning to his home in Switzerland to continue his rehabilitation. “I get news about him constantly, and unfortunately it’s not good,” said Montezemolo when asked about Schumacher in Milan on Thursday. Montezemolo did not elaborate on 47-year-old Schumacher’s condition, but he added: “He was the most successful driver Ferrari ever had. He only suffered one

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  • School bans pupil for his dreadlocks - Western Cape

    Cape Town - A Rastafarian pupil says his school’s governing body will not allow him to return to class until he has cut off his dreadlocks, while teachers have refused him textbooks and other resources. Anathi Mare’s case is the second complaint of alleged discrimination against a Rastafarian pupil brought to the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) over the past few weeks. Last month, a Rastafarian family from Khayelitsha reported that their son, Azania Stofile, was not allowed to attend classes at Bulumko Secondary because he had dreadlocks. He missed several days of school before he was allowed to return to class. On Thursday, Neziswa Mare told the Cape Argus that during a meeting earlier

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  • The biggest losers in the Nkandla saga

    Police Minister Nathi Nhleko has come out as the biggest loser in the Nkandla debacle. Former ANC chief whip Mathole Motshekga and Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi also have egg on their faces due to the saga. The three led the pack in arguing that President Jacob Zuma should not pay for the upgrades at Nkandla. But Zuma's proposal to pay has left his defenders in a corner. While the ANC and Cosatu welcomed Zuma's announcement to pay back some money spent on non-security upgrades at his private home, opposition parties still want him to appear before court. Cosatu said in a statement Zuma's proposal would bring an end to the drawn-out controversy regarding the public protector's report on Nkandla.

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  • Sensational return for Special One?

    London - Jose Mourinho is on the brink of getting the job of his dreams by becoming Manchester United manager this summer. In a dramatic twist for Manchester football, it means he would resume his toxic rivalry with Pep Guardiola, who was announced last Monday as City’s new boss for next season. No deal has been signed but talks have opened and Mourinho has his heart set on the job. United see him as the one man who can go head to head with Guardiola when trying to lure new talent to the club. City already wish to land Paul Pogba from Juventus and John Stones from Everton. United hope the arrival of Mourinho, who calls himself the Special One, will give them the chance to compete. The Portuguese

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  • Nigeria: Senate President Reacts to Supreme Court Ruling

    press release After listening to the ruling of the Supreme Court in the appeal he filed to challenge the process of arraigning him before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki hereby states as follows: 1. He expresses disappointment over the Judgment of the apex court in the country on the six grounds of his appeal 2. He however will like to put it on record that the facts of the substantial matter are not before the Supreme Court since the apex court was only invited to rule on some preliminary issues in the process of commencing the trial. 3. The Senate President believes he will have his day in the court to prove his innocence of the charges preferred against

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  • Pravin utters P-word

    Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is said to believe there would be huge interest if a 49% stake in the parastatal was offered to the private sector. In a meeting last week of ANC leaders and government officials, he argued for a sale. His proposal has put him in conflict with Eskom boss Brian Molefe, who has begun turning the utility around, a person with knowledge of the discussion said. The minister suggested private shareholders be able to buy as much as 49%, said the insider who did not want to be named. Molefe disagreed, said the insider. The proposal follows Gordhan's recent meeting with business investors and comes ahead of a meeting this week between President Jacob Zuma and big business.

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  • Guptas’ safety can’t be guaranteed, warns EFF - Special Features

     Johannesburg - The Economic Freedom Fighters in Gauteng on Saturday warned that the politically-connected Guptas' safety in Gauteng cannot be guaranteed and threatened to drive them out of the province and the country. “Our message is simple, the Guptas, otherwise known as the Zuptas must heed the call of the commander in chief of the EFF [Julius Malema] and vacate South Africa, otherwise, the predictability of what could happen to them and any of their properties, becomes a highly volatile matter. No one can guarantee their safety in this Gauteng,” EFF provincial spokesman Ntobeng Ntobeng said. “We are sick and tired of massaging the cheap and thug-like egos of counter revolutionary neo-capital

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  • Friends of JZ Trust ready to help Zuma pay back the money on Nkandla

    DURBAN – "As an organisation we are virtually non-existent because we did what we had to do back then. But if he needs us individually, we will always support him, like we always did in the past," businessman Don Mkhwanazi told News24.  He said Zuma had not approached the organisation for financial help. He would also not comment when asked if he would personally help Zuma out.  On Tuesday, Zuma asked the Constitutional Court for an order that Auditor General Thembekile Kimi Makwetu and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan determine how much he should repay for those upgrades to his private Nkandla homestead not related to security, namely the visitors' centre, amphitheatre, cattle kraal, chicken

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  • Rihanna: I haven't got time for dating

    Rihanna has confirmed she is single and insists she doesn't have time for a ''steady relationship'' at the moment. The 27-year-old singer - who was recently rumoured to have romantically reconciled with Leonardo DiCaprio - confirmed she isn't dating anyone at the moment because there aren't enough hours in the day for her to spend time with a potential partner. She said: ''I'm single right now. And it's not that I'm like, 'Oh, pro single. Yes, I hate men.' I just think that I just have so much on my plate that I can't even find the time to entertain a steady relationship or anything serious.'' The Bajan beauty, who released her eighth studio album 'Anti' last week, admitted she cannot even spare

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  • From hero to zero: International investors turning their backs on South Africa

    This was the stark assessment of former anti-apartheid activist and Labour cabinet minister Peter Hain in a speech at Swansea University Thursday night.  “Can the ANC reclaim (Nelson) Mandela’s vision of the rainbow nation? Perhaps we all expected too much. Perhaps it was naïve to think that the party – for all its moral integrity and constitutionalist traditions – could be immune to human frailty, especially in the face of such immense social inequalities.  Could any political party anywhere (including Britain) have done better?” Hain asked. He said the ANC has to address corruption and cronyism and lead the development of a new social compact if South Africa is to prosper. He pointed to Zuma’s

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  • Nigeria: Buhari Begins Vacation, Osinbajo is Acting President

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  • Zimbabwe: Smoke, Mirrors in Mugabe's Call for United Nations Reform

    NO ONE can ever begrudge former African Union (AU) chairperson President Robert Mugabe his gift of the gab which was in evidence last week as he spoke so eloquently about the long overdue reform of the United Nations (UN) Security Council which sadly continues to be dominated by just five world powers, long after the Second World War which ended in 1945. The Security Council was established in October 1945, a month after the second World War ended, and has United States of America, Britain, China, France and Russia as permanent members. The UN Security Council which according to political analyst and academic Eldred Masunungure continues to "represent and serve the interests of the victors long after the end of the Second World War" is responsible for the maintenance of international peace and security, according to the body's website.

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  • Dumped Rantie faces uncertain future

    Tokelo Rantie is mulling over a number of options as he chooses the next step in his career, but his long-term future may still lie at English Premier League side Bournemouth. The Bafana Bafana striker has not been registered for the second half of the Premier League season by the South Coast club. Currently back in South Africa receiving treatment for a bone injury in his leg picked up in an FA Cup tie against Birmingham City early last month, he faces more time on the sidelines before he will be able to play again. One option would be a loan move to the English Championship, and Sowetan understands that there has been concrete interest from that division. Sowetan can also confirm interest from

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  • New #blackface row at Stellenbosch - Politics

    Cape Town - Stellenbosch University authorities are reportedly investigating an incident in which two white students wore black paint to a residence party. According to News24, the Heemstede Koshuis party was supposed to have a space theme. In an apology reportedly posted on Facebook, one of the students apologised for the incident , saying they painted themselves dark purple and covered their bodies in glitter. News24 reports that Stellenbosch University spokesperson Martin Viljoen said the university’s equality unit was investigating. Read: Blackface scandal hits Stellenbosch “In the light of a similar incident in 2014, as well as national reports on acts of racism in our country, management

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  • Mbeki was cool, formal and stiff but not aloof: Mboweni

    "Many of the meanings of 'aloof'... do not describe him. Cool, yes, forbidding, maybe, formal, yes, stiff, perhaps, reserved, yes. The rest NO!!” he said in a post on his Facebook page. He said he had known Mbeki for many years. On Monday, Mbeki published the fourth in his series of letters. The latest one was entitled "Dare you ponder the obvious: of course Mbeki is aloof". Mboweni provided a variety of definitions of the word: "Not friendly or forthcoming, cool and distant. Distant, detached, unresponsive, remote, unapproachable, forbidding, stand-offish, formal, impersonal, stiff, austere, stuffy, withdrawn, reserved, unforthcoming, uncommunicative, indifferent." He said he did not agree with

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