• WATCH: Why Chris Hani had to die

    Released on medical parole 17 months ago after serving 22 years as a co-conspirator in the assassination of Hani, Derby-Lewis died in November. Before he died, Derby-Lewis gave an interview to Forum Films in which he talked about his life, politics, assassination attempts in prison and Hani's murder.  Chris Hani's house to be turned into a museum "Chris Hani was a hard-line communist who was determined, at all costs, even laying the country to waste, to achieve his political aims. He was a radical, he was uncontrollable by the ANC higher authorities. He was a man who targeted civilians in preference to military targets and as far as we were concerned he was public enemy number one," he said.

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  • 'ANC arrogance falls' in by-election

    Despite an aggressive campaign ahead of the by-election‚ the ANC received 44 percent of the vote‚ down from the 46 percent gained in its previous showing. So significant was Ward 32 in Woodlands that both the DA and the ANC deployed their big guns last week. The results also mean the DA's opposition voice is strengthened in the Msunduzi Municipality's powerful executive committee. The DA fired first last Monday when it brought out leader Mmusi Maimane‚ who took his #Change19 campaign to the once coloureds-only township. The ANC retaliated a day later‚ when ANC national executive committee member and deputy agriculture minister Bheki Cele led a legion of three provincial MECs and mayors to the

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  • Zimbabwean soldiers are causing crime havoc in SA – Mbalula

    Members of the Zimbabwe National Army fleeing from the military service in their country are engaging in violent crimes in South Africa, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula said on Tuesday. “There are people who come here from Zimbabwe, and they cross the line here. They run away from the military in Zimbabwe, and they come here and promote criminality here in South Africa. There are Zimbabwean ex-soldiers who are in this country, robbing banks and promoting criminality. They are running away from uncle Bob [Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe] there,” Mbalula told journalists at a media briefing in Pretoria. “In Zimbabwe once you are a soldier, you are a soldier for life. You can’t get out of it.

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  • SA radio's reduced listenership figures

    The latest release of Radio Audience Measurement (RAM) listenership figures by the Broadcast Research Council (BRC) unveiled some significant changes in audience research. Apart from a change of the research company and a change in survey sample size, new data suggests that there are fewer people listening to SABC radio stations compared to previous years. The way in which radio audiences are measured underwent a radical shift, thanks to the BRC and TNS Research Surveys. For 40 years, the South African Advertising and Research Foundation (SAARF) solely handled all major audience research for all South African radio stations. It made use of the diary method of conducting research. How it worked

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  • Nigeria: South Africans Don't Want Nigerians, So What?

    So, the South Africans do not want Nigerians in their country! The Warri man will say "such is life". Sonny Okosun of blessed memory will turn in his grave. Remember his hit song , Who owns the land?' Same situation applies to Murtala Muhammed, the Nigerian head of state who nationalised British businesses in Nigeria for the sake of apartheid in South Africa and other frontline states. I do not know what is going on in the mind of former President Olusegun Obasanjo's now. He was part of the fight, like in other matters. I hope he has not done an about turn. The South Africans who were in Nigeria during the 70s and 80s are now in leadership positions in present day South Africa and they are watching.

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  • Gigaba wears pilot gear but has 'never even flown a kite'

    Following Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s appointment by President Jacob Zuma last month, former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor has been throwing some hilarious jabs at the president and the minister and criticising pretty much everything they do. On Monday, Mentor shared a picture of Gigaba in full SAA pilot gear at the State of the Nation Address in 2014 and questioned his choice of outfit. Gigaba has never even flown a kite, she said. Mentor has also criticised the minister trip to the IMF/World Bank Spring meetings in Washington DC. According to National Treasury, Gigaba is attending the roadshow in a bid to restore confidence in South Africa following recent ratings downgrades. Gigaba took his wife,

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  • Zuma's 'lie': I never apologised to Zuma, says Mantashe

    African Nation Congress secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has denied apologising to President Jacob Zuma for criticising his Cabinet reshuffle. President Jacob Zuma told the Constitutional Court that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Mantashe apologised to him. The two men apparently made a public apology to Zuma after they slammed his Cabinet reshuffle last month. Zuma made this claim to the court in documents, but Mantashe has come out to suggest the president lied. According to The Sowetan, Mantashe has dismissed Zuma’s claim that he and Ramaphosa apologised. “That is a lie. We didn’t apologise,” he said. “There was no apology because we were not even asked to. We had a discussion which

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  • Hlaudi Motsoeneng charged over press conference

    Former SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng held a press conference last week. And it seems as if things haven’t gone as planned. Hlaudi Motsoeneng has landed himself in hot water over his controversial press conference. Or, as it should be called, The Hlaudi Show. Motsoeneng has been served with fresh disciplinary charges and will face a disciplinary hearing. The charges are based on two reasons. One, Motsoeneng violated the broadcaster’s code of conduct. The code says that employees may not engage the media without the permission of the broadcaster. Motsoeneng is still an SABC employee, and he held the press conference without permission from the SABC board or management. Two, he

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  • WATCH: Jub Jub takes us behind bars in emotional new music video

    Three months after being released from prison on parole, rapper Molemo 'Jub Jub' Maarohanye has once again reflected on his incarceration to give fans a glimpse of prison life in his new music video. The star released a music video for his latest single, Ke Kopa Tshwarelo (Please forgive me), recently and recreated several scenes from jail. Eish! Can someone please come fetch Date My Family bachelor, Joseph?  The video documents a day in prison with Jub Jub and contains parts where the rapper breaks down after getting support from jazz veteran Tshepo Tshola. It ends with him, now a free man, visiting the grave of his grandmother. Attempts to get comment from Jub Jub's management about the video

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  • Essop Pahad, Guptas sever business ties

    Essop Pahad has broken all business ties with the Gupta family after years of serving as the billionaire clan's key Mbeki-era ally. Pahad, a former minister in the presidency under Thabo Mbeki, said he resigned "one or two weeks ago" as a director of TNA Media - owners of The New Age newspaper - after launching the daily a year ago. And the Sunday Times can reveal that Pahad's own political magazine, The Thinker, has lost all its funding from the Guptas. Atul Gupta, chairman of TNA, last year appointed Pahad and Telkom chairman Lazarus Zim as the company's two directors. Pahad said: "It had nothing to do with any break-up. We're still friends. I discussed it with them that I really didn't have

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  • Ntlemeza may be right to insist on returning to work

    In March‚ the high court in Pretoria reviewed and set aside Ntlemeza’s appointment as head of the Hawks. The judgment followed a high court judgment in 2015 where the court held that Ntlemeza lacked integrity and honour and had made false statements under oath. On April 12‚ the newly appointed minister Mbalula withdrew his application for leave to appeal against the March judgment. However‚ Ntlemeza went ahead with his application for leave to appeal and his application was dismissed with costs. During the same hearing in Pretoria‚ the Helen Suzman Foundation and Freedom under Law sought an enforcement and execution of the March order‚ despite pending appeals. Ntlemeza to fight Mbalula’s instruction

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  • Former US President Obama makes a comeback!

    Former US president Barack Obama has made a comeback into the public spotlight yesterday, saying he hopes to spend the next phase of his life helping to “prepare the next generation of leadership”. After three months of holiday and bonding with his wife and children, Obama, still looking handsome, broke his silence in his adopted hometown of Chicago, speaking to a packed auditorium of more than 400 high school and college students at the University of Chicago. He was greeted with a standing ovation and was joined on stage by students and recent college graduates for a brief discussion about the need for greater civic engagement among young people. The 55-year-old Democrat, who ended his two terms

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  • WATCH: Black Coffee and Enhle's 'loved-up' dancing will give you the feels

    There is just something beautiful about Mr and Mrs Black Coffee when they take the stage. The couple were at the #AXEBlackCoffee celebration on Monday night and their smooth dance skills had everyone green with envy.

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  • Where to invest in Africa

    According to the index‚ by Quantum Global’s independent research arm‚ Quantum Global Research Lab‚ Botswana is the continent’s most attractive economy for investment. Morocco was ranked second‚ followed by Egypt. Zambia was ranked fifth‚ after South Africa Botswana‚ it says‚ scores highly based on a range of factors that include improved credit rating‚ current account ratio‚ import cover and ease of doing business. South Africa‚ scored well on the growth factor of GDP‚ ease of doing business in the country and significant population. South Africa could suffer further downgrades if political uncertainty stalls growth: S&P  The top five countries attracted an overall FDI of $13.6bn in 2016. Somalia

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  • Griezmann agent confirms 'concrete' move from United

    LONDON - Manchester United have shown "concrete interest" in signing Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann, who has an exit clause of £85 million, the Frenchman's agent Eric Olhats has said. United, who are fifth in the Premier League, have scored the least number of goals among the top six sides and are aiming to strengthen their attack with Griezmann, who has scored 25 goals for Atletico this season. "We're at the stage of gathering information from clubs who have a concrete interest," Olhats told French television programme Téléfoot. "There is an unavoidable €100 million clause so that restricts the number of candidates. You have United, [Manchester] City, Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

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  • China warns US over North Korea

    Chinese President Xi Jinping urged "restraint" on North Korea in a phone call with Donald Trump yesterday, as Japan joined drills with an American supercarrier heading to the Korean peninsula. The U S leader has repeatedly called on China, the North's sole major ally, to do more to rein in Pyongyang, as tensions in the flashpoint region soar amid speculation it will conduct another nuclear test. "[China] hopes that the relevant parties can maintain restraint and avoid actions that would increase tensions in the Korean peninsula," Xi said according to the foreign ministry. "The only way to realise denuclearisation in the Korean peninsula and quickly resolve North Korea's nuclear problem is for

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  • ‘State capture’ by the Guptas or Oppenheimers is wrong – Zikalala

    African National Congress (ANC) KwaZulu-Natal chairperson Sihle Zikalala says “state capture” perpetuated by either the Guptas or the Oppenheimers family is wrong. Speaking at a public lecture at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) on Monday evening, Zikalala argued the idea of state capture happens because of different competing forces that pursue “antagonistic interests”‚ enter into a permanent struggle for influence and control of the state, TimesLIVE reports. “State capture is wrong‚ whether done by the Oppenheimers or the Guptas. No member of the ANC should praise both families‚” he was quoted as saying. According to the report, he said South Africans should move away from believing that

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  • Two wounded in Kempton Park mall robbery

    Two people were wounded in an apparent robbery at a mall in Kempton Park east of Johannesburg on Monday afternoon‚ paramedics said. “ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene and found a security guard lying in the parking lot of the mall. The man was assessed and found to be in a critical condition‚ having sustained a gunshot wound to his chest‚” said ER24 spokesman Russel Meiring. He said a woman was also found in a jewellery store with a gunshot wound to the leg. “Paramedics treated both patients and provided the security guard with advanced life support interventions. Once treated‚ both patients were transported to Arwyp Hospital for further treatment‚” Meiring said. He said it was understood

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  • Nigeria: 'Nigerian Prince' Proposed Movie On Email Scammers Wins $1 Million Grant

    "Nigerian Prince", a proposed movie on email scammers, has won a one million dollar AT&T grant at the Tribeca Film Festival. The movie, written and directed by Nigeria's Biyi Bandele and Oscar Hernandez-Topete, was announced the winner on April 20, at the Film Festival in New York. According to media reports, AT&T will provide funding of up to one million for Bandele to create his movie. Tribeca will also provide mentorship from seasoned industry professionals. The telecommunications conglomerate also plans to distribute the winning film across several of its video platforms. Nigerian Prince is based on the notorious email scams from Nigerians. It is centred on a stubborn Nigerian-American teenager

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  • Family mourn loss of a loving father in shoot-out

    Nare‚ 40‚ died in a hail of bullets in an apparent shoot-out with police‚ now being probed by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID)‚ last week near his home in Florida on Johannesburg's West Rand. The shooting has raised more questions than answers. And it has been devastating for his young family. "It's very difficult. I told the two older kids (aged 10 and six) but I haven't told the little one‚" said Khumalo. "I don’t know if they understand." She said that her husband loved his family. "He was hard working and dedicated. The only thing he loved more than the church and his job was his family‚" she told TimesLIVE‚ sitting between Nare's mother‚ Bokang Moyo‚ and his sister‚

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