• Malema the target of a plot - EFF - Politics

    #SONA2016 / Cape Town - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Thursday night claimed that their leader, Julius Malema, was the target of a government intelligence plot in Parliament. EFF MPs made these allegations when they were addressing their supporters in St George’s Mall in Cape Town on Thursday night after they were ejected from the State of the Nation Address (SONA) delivered by President Jacob Zuma in Parliament. Read: SONA2016: It's all about the money Secretary general of the EFF, Godrich Gardee, said the party had intelligence information that Malema has been targeted since May 2014. “On the 7th of May, 2014, the president (Malema) had to be whisked away due to an intelligence information

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  • Madonsela confirms private meeting with Zuma - Politics

    Parliament - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on Thursday confirmed that she had had a private meeting with President Jacob Zuma ahead of the Constitutional Court hearings this week in which he has conceded that her findings have binding force. Speaking on the red carpet, ahead of Zuma's ninth State of the Nation Address, Madonsela confirmed under urging from reporters: "We had a meeting. It was a private meeting." She declined to give further details and downplayed her wrangle with Zuma over his long-standing refusal to repay the state for luxuries added to his private home at taxpayer's expense. Zuma last week reversed his stance, and his lawyers on Tuesday confirmed in court that he was prepared

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  • Mantashe calls the nation hypocrites on Nkandla

    Gwede Mantashe said apartheid architects haven’t apologised to millions of black people. Nkandla Jacob Zuma Nkandla ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe APARTHEID JOHANNESBURG – African National Congress secretary general Gwede Mantashe says it is hypocritical for South Africans to ask President Jacob Zuma to apologise over the Nkandla saga while the architects of apartheid have not done the same for the suffering of millions of black people. Earlier this week the Economic Freedom Fighters and Democratic Alliance took the president to the Constitutional Court seeking clarity over the powers of the Public Protector. The court found that Zuma failed to uphold the Constitution when he failed to

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  • Govt bags P75m from foreign students – The Voice Newspaper

    Botswana has embarked on an ambitious programme to market and recruit tertiary students from Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region, as part of efforts to expand its base of international students and revenue collection. Assistant Education and Skills Development Minister Fidelis Molao made this revelation in his remarks during the official opening of Botho University Francistown campus recently, saying the recruitment drive had as of October 2015, injected P75million into government coffers. “The main objective of the programme is to make Botswana a preferred educational destination in certain niche areas,” he said adding that the idea is to ensure that the country becomes an educational hub in the near future.

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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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  • In photos: SONA 2016

    Photo: A group of around 400 Ses'khona People's Rights Movement members on Thursday demonstrated before the president's address. They were protesting against the local DA government and at one point threatened a small group of Pan Africanist Congress members for making disparaging remarks about Zuma. (Greg Nicolson) Photo: The Ses'khona demonstration was later joined by student protesters, who police had to keep separate from the Ses'khona group. (Greg Nicolson) Photo: Closer to Parliament, a rally under the banner #ZumaMustFall marched through town chanting, yep, “Zuma must fall.” (Greg Nicolson) Photo: Around 150 people joined the Zuma Must Fall march and the brief addresses focused on supporting

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  • ANCYL ‘will be waiting outside for Malema’ - Special Features

    Cape Town - President of the ANC Youth League Collen Maine declared that the party’s youth would do all it could to protect the nation’s president. “We are prepared to pay the highest cost,” said Maine outside of the City Hall in Darling Street, Cape Town. This just a while before President Jacob Zuma was due to deliver his ninth State of the Nation Address (SONA). It will arguably be his most challenging yet with the Economic Freedom Fighters having already threatened to disrupt proceedings. “The Youth League called on members to come to Parliament. People are here to protect Parliament and the President,” said Maine. Maine, who earlier this month threatened the EFF with “civil war” – a statement

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  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Juggles Succession Wars

    President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday attempted a balancing act to pacify feuding factions in Zanu PF who are locked in a cut-throat succession battle after he skirted around the contentious issue of factionalism despite berating bigwigs for igniting an unprecedented fight in the party, the Zimbabwe Independent has learnt. Politburo sources said the 10-hour long meeting saw sparks flying from warring members as Zanu PF tried to resolve widening fissures that have seen Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo, presidential spokesperson George Charamba and War Veterans minister Chris Mutsvangwa hurling invectives at each other in public. President Robert Mugabe and First Lady Grace Mugabe arrive for a Zanu PF politburo meeting on Wednesday at the party's headquarters in Harare.

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  • Green light for Gupta’s mine purchase - Companies

    Johannesburg - A proposal by a company controlled by South African President Jacob Zuma’s son and the Gupta family to buy Optimum Coal Mine was recommended for approval by the country’s Competition Commission. The Competition Commission recommended the approval of the deal by Tegeta Exploration and Resources, a company owned by Oakbay Investments and Mabengela Investments, which had been placed into bankruptcy protection by Glencore, the antitrust body said in an e-mailed statement on Thursday. Oakbay Investments, owned by the Gupta family, controls Oakbay Resources & Energy. Mabengela, in which Zuma’s son Duduzane has a stake, also has an interest in the Shiva Uranium operation, which the Gupta

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  • Zimbabwe government says no to genetically modified food despite food shortages

    Zimbabwe's agricultural minister Joseph Made has said that the country would not allow millers to import genetically modified food (GMO) although the southern African country is experiencing severe food shortages, reports New Zimbabwe. Made said the government will not allow millers to import genetically modified grain into the country despite estimations that at least 3 million people are set to starve this year. This came as Zimbabwe launched its appeal for $1.5 million drought relief assistance. "When it comes to GMO you know the position of government is very clear, we do not accept GMO as we are protecting the environment from the grain point of view. So far, there are places one can obtain

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  • Al-Bashir appeal to go before SCA - Crime & Courts

    Pretoria - The Supreme Court of Appeal will on Friday hear the government’s petition for leave to appeal against an order that it was obliged to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir while he was in South Africa last year. A full bench (three judges) earlier ruled that the authorities were obliged, under South African law, to arrest and surrender (to the ICC) al-Bashir while he was here. The controversial handling of the Al-Bashir matter came under the spotlight last June, when the Sudanese head of state came to South Africa to attend the AU summit. The Southern Litigation Centre (SALC), upon hearing that he was not immediately arrested, turned to the high court in Pretoria on an urgent basis.

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  • Rand sends funds deeper than gold - Markets

    Johannesburg - South African investors are having to look harder to find stocks that benefit from a weaker rand after the currency’s plunge spurred the fastest gains by gold miners on record. Companies that earn in dollars and incur costs in the local currency have soared, with the FTSE/JSE Africa Gold Mining Index more than doubling since December as the rand slid to an all-time low. The gauge rallied 35 percent in January, the biggest monthly advance since Bloomberg began compiling data in 1995, while commodity producers from Harmony Gold Mining to Anglo American Platinum are all among the top 10 gainers this year. “We have been cutting some exposure as the gold miners have risen,” said Andre

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  • #SONA2016 protesters show humanity - Crime & Courts

    Cape Town - During the chaos outside of Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday, strangers came together to help an injured elderly man. “Excuse me sir, may I help you?” asked a towering man in a two-tone blue shirt. He was talking to elderly African National Congress (ANC) supporter, Ntombeko Adonis, who had fallen during a scuffle between party protesters and the police. The elderly man, who was dressed smartly in a suit with his ANC t-shirt, had fallen and dislocated his shoulder. The stranger knelt down in front of the elderly man and began to explain some basic first aid. Soon, with the help of fellow ANC members and Townhouse Hotel staff, the man's arm was in a makeshift sling, made from bedsheets.

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  • Scuffle breaks out at Ses’khona gathering in downtown Cape Town

    A MAN carrying a #ZumaMustFall poster was reportedly pushed around at the Ses’khona People’s Rights Movement gathering in the Cape Town central business district. Witnesses say the man, believed to be a Pan Africanist Congress member, was part of a group of members of the party taking part in the march. "Leadership stopped the scuffle before it got out of hand," one protester said. "We are not here to be violent." Police have managed to keep the group in Keizergracht street, despite the group’s planning to make its way through the streets to the Democratic Alliance’s (DA’s) Mill Street office. They only had permission for a gathering, not for a march, the City of Cape Town said on Thursday morning.

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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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  • Violence breaks out outside Parliament precinct ahead of #SONA2016

    Police used stun grenades to disperse EFF and ANC members who clashed on Adderley Street near Parliament on Thursday afternoon. At least four stun grenades exploded. Pictures from the scene showed people believed to be ANC supporters attacking EFF members with planks broken off public benches. Some EFF members tried to pull bricks from the paving. It is reported that the EFF members were picketing without obtaining the permit to protest and the police were pushing them away from the Parliament precinct. The police also formed a barricade between the Ses'Khona marchers and EFF members to prevent them from clashing further. The Ses'Khona marchers were given permission to march. Source: News24 Additional

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  • Narrative accounts obsessed with the negative

    THERE are two narratives that dominate the public debate on SA and its future. The one blames all our ills on apartheid and its enduring legacy; the other casts the African National Congress (ANC) government as virtually the sole culprit. Both are partly right, but also grandly wrong. In the estimation of the average white person, the government is stuffing up just about everything. Corrupt, misguided, racist and monumentally inept, on this view it is simply a matter of time before we turn into Zimbabwe or some other hopeless banana republic. There is only one realm where President Jacob Zuma et al get any credit, and that is their stewardship of the economy. Even the most one-eyed right wingers

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  • Fire threatens property near Cape Town CBD - Western Cape

    Cape Town – The City of Cape Town said a fire was threatening property in Zonnebloem, near the city centre on Thursday. Spokesperson for the City’s Traffic Services, Richard Coleman, said helicopters had not yet been dispatched, but three pumps were on the scene. He said vegetation had caught alight and was now threatening houses in the vicinity. Huge plumes of smoke billowed over property within the fire’s vicinity, hours before President Jacob Zuma is scheduled to give his State of the Nation Address in Parliament. Coleman said there were no road closures at this stage as firefighters attempted to put out the blaze. African News Agency * Use IOL’s Facebook and Twitter pages to comment on our

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  • Chelsea a team of 'Zorros', says Hiddink

    London - Chelsea striker Diego Costa will become the latest Chelsea player to wear a protective mask after breaking his nose, leading interim manager Guus Hiddink to liken his side to a “team of Zorros”. Spain forward Costa suffered the injury in an accidental clash in training and will become the third Chelsea player to wear a mask this season after Cesar Azpilicueta and Nemanja Matic. “Diego got in a duel on the pitch, got his nose broken,” Hiddink told a news conference on Friday. “It was one of the youngsters in the academy, we like them to participate in the game. Diego put his nose on the back of the player and was very unlucky. “His nose was broken, but he will return today, he will have

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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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