• Zuma's monster cabinet to cost SA R1bn

    He has added two ministries . His cabinet is one of the biggest in the world - he has more cabinet ministers than the US, Germany and Japan, all of which have much bigger economies and broader tax bases. South Africa now has 35 ministers, each of whom earns about R2.1-million a year. T he 37 deputy ministers will each earn R1.7-million. Zuma earns about R2.62-million a year and his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, gets R2.36-million . Economist Mike Schussler said: "I'm not sure if a bigger cabinet is going to make a difference or just add to the cost of government." The budget for The Presidency has soared from R257-million in 2007, during president Thabo Mbeki's tenure, to R329-million in 2009. Kgalema

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  • Juju and the jet plane

    Mystery tycoon Mohamed Dada, who is said to be flying ANC Youth League president Julius Malema around the country in his private jet, was awarded lucrative tenders by the Limpopo Roads Department - whose projects are managed by Malema's company. Malema's Ratanang Trust owns shares in On-Point Engineering, which scored a R52-million deal to act as "project manager" for Limpopo's roads department. This effectively gave it influence over how tenders are awarded. This week the public protector, Thuli Madonsela, launched a probe into On-Point Engineering as evidence mounted of businessmen giving kickbacks to Malema's company in return for lucrative tenders. Hawks spokesman McIntosh Polela also confirmed

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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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  • Zimbabwe: Is Riot Police Fed On Drugs?

    The picture of a group of riot police assaulting an old woman at the entrance of Rotten Row magistrate courts in Harare on Friday leaves little doubt that these young men are fed on drugs before being deployed to crash riots. What else could explain this sickening scene where a group of eight youthful men, clad in full riot gear including riot helmets, menacing knee and shin protectors and other body armour while armed with batons, riot shields and guns, surround and brutalise this hapless old woman? The woman is on her knees, her frail arms up in a vain attempt to protect herself and apparently pleading with the police. In the picture, the police are clearly not listening to her plea of innocence and one of them is gleefully pumping his boot into the woman's backside.

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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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  • Gexit? Not so fast, Guptas

    Right now the Priority Crimes Investigation Unit (Hawks), which last week summoned Finance Minster Pravin Gordhan and other axed members of the SARS executive to their headquarters in Pretoria, is sitting on a massive “investigation” into the Gupta family’s alleged capture of the South African state through their relationship with President Jacob Zuma and the ANC. Huang was part of a delegation that accompanied President Zuma on a state visit to China in 2010. That same year the SARS National Research Group (NRG), led by Johann van Loggerenberg, initiated a probe into Huang’s Mpisi Trading, an import/export business. In 2012, 10 SARS officials were suspended following a joint investigation by

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  • WATCH: Malema to ANC: 'You can jump into the nearest hell'

    The parents of a toddler who was suffered injuries after falling into a domestic swimming pool have been given the go-ahead to fight for tens of millions of rand in damages.

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  • Zuma charges: court erred, says NPA

    Johannesburg - The National Prosecuting Authority has argued that the full Bench of the high court in Pretoria went too far in ruling that President Jacob Zuma should face corruption charges. The court ruled in April that former NPA head Mokotedi Mpshe’s decision to drop charges against Zuma was irrational and he should face the charges in his indictment. Mpshe’s decision was based on the spy tapes obtained by Zuma’s lawyers which showed former Scorpions boss Leonard McCarthy had political motives in deciding the timing of serving Zuma with an indictment. In its application for leave to appeal the court ruling, the NPA has argued that by saying Zuma should face the charges, the court was interfering

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  • Masechaba Ndlovu opens up about her social struggles: 'I'm an extroverted introvert'

    While Masechaba might seem like the picture of an extrovert on the different media platforms which she occupies, it turns out that she identifies as the opposite. Speaking to Anele Mdoda on SABC 3's Real Talk, the media personality revealed that due to her nomadic childhood - which saw her leaving Zambia (where she was born), for Zimbabwe and then moving to the United States of America before she was eight years old - she grew accustomed to being alone, and therefore, became an introvert. Given that she wears a number of hats in her career, which often requires her to go out, speak and engage in conversations, Masechaba explained that she first has to prepare herself mentally before entering into those social spaces. ''I recently discovered that I'm an extroverted introvert.

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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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  • Analysis: In Zimbabwe, spring is in the air

    On Friday night, after the dust from that afternoon’s ‘mega demonstration’ had settled – after the fires were put out, and the injured admitted to hospital – Robert Mugabe was in defiant mood. Speaking of the growing opposition to his regime, the Zimbabwean president said: “They are thinking that what happened in the Arab Spring is going to happen in this country, but we tell them that it is not going to happen here.” History is on Mugabe’s side. The increasingly doddery nonagenarian has been in charge of Zimbabwe for a scarcely credible 36 years, and in that time has defeated every enemy that dared to challenge his authority. This is his twisted genius: that he hangs on to power better than

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  • Holomisa wants Gupta family to explain acquisition of business shares

    The UDM's Bantu Holomisa says it should be established if the family acquired the shares legally. Gupta family Gupta Bantu Holomisa Guptas Oakbay Investments CAPE TOWN – The United Democratic Movement (UDM) says the Gupta family should explain how it acquired shares in South African businesses before they are sold off. At the weekend, the family, which has courted controversy through allegations of state capture, announced its plans to sell all its local shares before the end of the year. UDM leader Bantu Holomisa says it should be established if the family acquired the shares legally. “It would have been better if at least those findings have been published or the investigation has been completed.

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  • Why are SA companies ditching Nigeria?

    Johannesburg - Hotel and gaming group Sun International became the latest South African business to pull out of Nigeria because of weak economic growth and clashes with regulators in the west African country. In January, Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) launched a probe into Sun International's initial investment in the Tourist Company of Nigeria, which owns and operates the 5-star Federal Palace hotel in Lagos. Sun International, which reported a 20 percent fall in diluted adjusted headline earnings per share (AHEPS) to 628 cents for the year to June, said the Federal Palace had been hit by slow economic growth, the low oil price, the threat from Boko Haram and a weakening

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  • Zimbabwe: I Am Coming Back Home

    Award-winning songbird Cynthia Mare has denied reports that she has settled in the UK where she previously worked as a nurse because of economic hardships in Zimbabwe. Mare who recently released a single with Green Ambassador Derrick Mpofu called "Dzoka Kumba" said she will be coming home in two weeks and had visited UK for her sister's wedding. Mpofu also spoke on the recent collaboration with Mare citing that she is one of the finest female music artistes in the country which is the reason why he worked with her. "Mare is in my top three of female artistes in the country and she has immensely contributed in the music industry over the past decade so she was the best candidate in this collaboration," Mpofu said.

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  • Rashford delights Mourinho with late winner for United

    KINGSTON UPON HULL — Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes Marcus Rashford is proving his value to the side after the young striker scored the late goal that defeated Hull City on Saturday. Rashford hit eight goals in 18 matches for United last season, having broken into the first team in February, and went on to win a place in England’s Euro 2016 squad. However, the 18-year-old had been named as a substitute for all three of his club’s Premier League matches so far this season and had not come on at all until Saturday’s game, with Mourinho preferring new signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic in attack. Rashford has also dropped down to the England Under-21 squad, for whom he has been selected

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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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  • SACP deputy denounces Number One

    The SACP’s central committee is meeting for the first time since the elections and is expected to take a strong stance on the reasons the ANC had experienced its worst electoral performance since 1994. Deputy general-secretary Jeremy Cronin said on Friday the party was doubtful whether the ANC had the capacity to arrest what has been a consistent decline of support. While the SACP has refrained from an outright call for Zuma to step down, the party said it was clear that opposition parties had capitalised on the weaknesses directly related to Zuma. “It is no secret that the opposition parties ran their campaigns... on national issues, especially the clumsy manner with which the ANC handled the Nkandla matter for instance and other things.

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  • Treasury to continue Gupta probe despite family's SA exit

    Treasury looks set to continue investigating the Gupta family's contracts with the state. Gupta family National Treasury Guptas Oakbay Investments JOHANNESBURG - Treasury looks set to continue probing state contracts with Gupta companies, despite the family announcing that it’s pulling out of all its businesses in South Africa. The Sunday Times reported that some of the contracts being investigated include a contract that coal company Tegeta has with Eskom, a partnership between the Gupta-linked arms company VR Laser Asia and state weapons maker Denel. There are also lucrative deals that another Gupta-linked company Trillian enjoys with Transnet. The Gupta family says it hopes to sell its South

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  • How the Boks rated

    The Boks produced an all-round shocking display against Argentina in Salta, writes Wynona Louw. Johan Goosen 4/10: He sometimes looked good when he joined the line as he found space. Made some crucial tackles. But his handling was dicey at times and we saw a little too much of that ‘let me kick and hope for the best’ kicking. Ruan Combrinck 6/10: His monster kicks to touch relieved great pressure and he was solid on defence. Good under the high ball. Didn’t have any real chances with the ball. Left the field in the 33rd minute with a serious leg injury. Lionel Mapoe 4/10: Messed up one of the few good things Elton Jantjies did (after he put the Boks into Argentina 22 with a superb touchfinder)

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  • NEWS ANALYSIS: Who told minister to scupper Prasa fraud probe?

    A FRESH storm lies ahead for the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa), which is only months into procuring construction work to modernise rail infrastructure in time for the arrival of 600 new trains purchased in a R51bn deal. Prasa board chairman Popo Molefe and Transport Minister Dipuo Peters appear to be at loggerheads over how to handle allegations of tender fraud and claims that the ANC was a key beneficiary of irregular transactions. Peters has struggled to bring stability at Prasa, whose administration and board she has described as being “in shambles and disarray”. The fallout comes at a critical time for Prasa, which has just begun modernising its urban Metrorail commuter service.

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