• Madonsela 'not surprised' by Mkhwebane's decision on state capture report

    JOHANNESBURG - Advocate Thuli Madonsela says she is not surprised by her successor Busisiwe Mkhwebane's decision not to oppose President Jacob Zuma's application to block the release of the state capture report. Madonsela was speaking on the sidelines of the Association for Certified Fraud Examiners Gala dinner held in Sandton last night, where she received an honorary award. Madonsela says if she was the new Public Protector, she probably would have also chosen not to oppose the president's application. "She didn't get the opportunity to meet with me and get a sense of my thinking, but even if she had gotten my thinking, she has a right to make her own decision." The state capture report, which

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  • Zim terror cell bust in SA

    Six Zimbabweans suspected of plotting to overthrow President Robert Mugabe’s government are being held by the Hawks in Limpopo following their arrests a fortnight ago. The five men and a woman, aged between 22 and 34, were apprehended at the Grobler’s Bridge border post in Witpoort near Lephalale on their way to Mozambique to receive military training to force regime change in neighbouring Zimbabwe. According to the Hawks, the suspects were arrested with the help of foreign military assistance. Their arrest comes shortly after claims by a Zimbabwean “terrorist” group, Smoke That Thunders, that Mozambique’s Renamo bandits had offered them a military training base. The group claimed they were preparing

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  • Mlangeni slates ANC over Zuma

    Quizzed further, Mlangeni, the 91-year-old who is one of the three remaining Rivonia triallists along with Kathrada and Denis Goldberg, couldn't hold back his criticism. Amid the calls for Zuma to resign, the NEC said it had accepted Zuma’s apology after he had addressed the nation regarding the Nkandla judgment. In August, the NEC resolved, after its four-day meeting, to accept “collective responsibility” for the party's disastrous performance in the municipal election, which has largely been blamed on the scandals associated with Zuma. Mlangeni said the NEC should have realised that persisting with the implementation of e-tolls in Gauteng and the scandals around the Guptas were so damaging that the ANC had “lost 8 percent in the 2014 (national) election”.

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  • Minister Bathabile Dlamini in R300m tender row

    A controversial move to "reshuffle" provincial heads of the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) has got Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini on a collision course with senior managers who accuse her of meddling in an attempt to control R300-million worth of food parcel tenders. This happened at the same time the department had awarded the tenders to three KwaZulu-Natal- based companies to supply food parcels to five provinces - Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and Western Cape. Dlamini is from KwaZulu-Natal. As a result, eight provinces, with the exception of KZN, currently have acting provincial heads, as those who seemed not to support her plans were "reshuffled" or put

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  • Zuma's days are numbered

    Leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema warned on Tuesday morning that President Jacob Zuma’s days in office were numbered. He made a call on all South Africans to unite on November 2 to march in support of embattled Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. The march is to start at Church Square, in Tshwane, at 8am. “Zuma’s days are numbered, the man will go. Let’s unite on the 2nd Nov 2016 at Church Square Tshwane in defence of a democratic state,” wrote the EFF leader. “The power is in the hands of the masses, let’s occupy Tshwane on the 02 November 2016, if u love this country come to the picket lines…” Head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Shaun Abrahams announced that

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  • Lines drawn in ANC succession battle

    Several Cabinet ministers have rallied behind their embattled colleague, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Even President Jacob Zuma, the man accused of being behind the plot to have Gordhan removed from his post, has said he has his full support. Last week, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said Gordhan had the backing of the entire Cabinet. Radebe went as far as assuring the public that Gordhan would deliver his medium-term budget this week. But guess what, the ANC Youth League has singled out Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who it savaged for rallying behind Gordhan. ANCYL secretary-general Njabulo Nzuza criticised Ramaphosa for taking sides, arguing that a leader in government should

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  • Babes Wodumo's Wololo removed from YouTube due to copyright claim

    Babes made history this week in the local music scene, after clocking more than 2 million YouTube views on the music video for Wololo in just three months. However, a copyright claim soon showered on the song's parade as it had to be taken down on Friday, after Mausay Media asserted that one of their artists, Wyzle, released a video with the same title in December last year. Speaking to TshisaLIVE, Cobus Burger, who is the MD at Mausay Media said the issue would have been easily resolved if West Ink Records - Mampintsha's label which Babes is signed to - had responded when they tried to reach out to them. "We released a song by Wyzle in December. But after some time, we were surprised to see

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  • Zimbabwe: Gospel Diva Joyce Simeti Dies

    Gospel musician-cum-designer and dress maker, Joyce Simeti has died, close relatives have confirmed. Simeti died in Harare, Tuesday, afternoon of heart failure. Her cousin, Melody Shainet, told NewZimbabwe.com that the late gospel diva had been struggling with a heart ailment for a long time. "She passed on this (Tuesday) afternoon at around lunch time, after she had gone to her work place. "She has not been well for some time with the heart problem which was attacking her on intervals," said the late Simeti's cousin. Fellow musician, Derick Mpofu, said he had lost a mentor and a "big sister". "I knew Joyce Simeti as a big sister and worked with her from 2005 when I left school," said Mpofu "She

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  • Only whites will be welcome in this Eden

    Project leader Jaqui Gradwell is also one of the administrators of Die Eden Projek’s private Facebook page, which accepts only people without black friends and which has amassed more than 1 500 members. Ten days ago he posted on social media that he and colleagues had started laying out 371 plots on the Karoo farm in the Saartjie Baartman District of the Eastern Cape for the “people of the covenant”. While Gradwell is appealing for people to join the project, which he estimated can house between 20 000 and 40 000 people (20-plus times the more than 1 200 residents of Orania), he has also been asking for contributions. Approached for comment, he told Weekend Argus on Friday that he had no further comment about any aspects of the development.

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  • I was dead for two-and-a-half minutes, says Tovey

    Independent Media Former Bafana Bafana captain and Safa Technical director Neil Tovey has spoken about his close brush with death. Neil Tovey plans to make the most of a ‘second chance I have been given’ - much like one of the clubs he has coached, Sundowns, which used a lucky break in the CAF Champions League to claim the trophy at the weekend. Tovey, who suffered a heart attack during the Amashova Cycle Classic on October 16, said he had received a double boost on Sunday: he had been allowed to leave Hillcrest Hospital after a ‘heavy week’ and then watched the television highlights of how Sundowns clinched Africa’s biggest prize for clubs against powerful Egyptian team, Zamalek, in Alexandria. As the respected technical director of the SA Football Association (Safa) and former Bafana Bafana skipper, he was well aware that Sundowns had been eliminated earlier in the competition by Congolese club AS Vita but regained their place through the sudden disqualification of Vita for unlawful conduct.

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  • Etwatwa father recalls seeing dead son 'lying there like a dog'

    JOHANNESBURG - The father of one of the suspected gangsters who was murdered, allegedly by community members in Etwatwa, has told Eyewitness News hes been left shocked and distraught. On Monday, two suspected members of the OVL gang were killed and their bodies were left near the railway line. Police have since arrested 53 members of the community, who are believed to have attacked the pair along with others. Norman Sibeko says he was at home on Monday when a mob suddenly descended on his house looking for his son. He says when they didnt find him at home, they tracked him down at a friends house, and killed him. By the time I arrived at the friends house, he was dead. A sobbing Sibeko says he

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  • Child services probes more ‘incidents’ involving Pitt

    The Department of Children and Family Services have reportedly extended their investigation into Brad Pitt. Angelina Jolie, Brad and their children - Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and eight-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne - were previously interviewed after an alleged altercation on a private plane between Brad and Maddox and TMZ reports that the "DCFS has now expanded its investigation to other alleged incidents". The reported incident on the plane - where Brad is alleged to have gotten "verbally abusive" and "physical" with his son while under the influence of alcohol - occurred on September 14 and Angelina filed for divorce just days later. However, it was later reported that

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  • New public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane changes channel to Gupta TV

    According to the Mail & Guardian, Mkhwebane said she wanted the channel that feeds all the TVs in the building to be changed to the Gupta-owned news channel. Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela had planned to release the report last Friday‚ on the last day of her seven-year term‚ before separate applications by President Jacob Zuma and Cooperative Minister Des Van Rooyen put a stop to that. Mkhwebane said during a press briefing on Thursday that she had not taken a position in the application by Zuma and  Van Rooyen and had yet to read the report‚ which she said was under lock and key.

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  • The Big Read: Zuma has nothing to fear

    When the DA first raised concern about Busisiwe Mkhwebane in parliament and refused to vote for her appointment as public protector, many of us chose to hold our tongue and give her a chance. When DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach alleged that Mkhwebane worked as a spy while an immigration officer at the South African embassy in China, many of us were unsettled - but still felt that, just as Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng was pilloried and vilified before he went into his new role, Mkhwebane, too, would rise to the challenge and the role. But if Mkhwebane's first week in office is anything to go by then we are in deep, deep trouble. I am an optimist and would like to believe that Mkhwebane's first week

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  • Sundowns used muti in Champions League final first leg in Pretoria, says Zamalek chair

    It appears he does not believe the simplest reasons available – that they were outplayed by a better team on the day – and has turned his attention to claims that Sundowns‚ or disgruntled former Zamalek players‚ used muti or “magic” in the goal of keeper Ahmed El-Shenawy. Mansour‚ known for his outlandish statements‚ told a press conference in Cairo that Sundowns had defeated his side using non-footballing means‚ leading to the own goal from Islam Gamal‚ especially as Ali Gabr had also scored an own goal in the same net during the pool phase. “I want to tell everybody to not make fun of our claims that there was something suspicious in Islam Gamal’s own goal‚” Mansour said. “It is abnormal that Islam Gamal scores an own goal in the same way Ali Gabr scored with before with the same foot and in the same net.

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  • Headmen want R1.1 billion from government

    The University of Cape Town “would have preferred not to have pursued this route”‚ but on Tuesday it turned to the Western Cape High Court to obtain an interim interdict to ensure it “can conclude the year and exams”.

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  • Sexwale launches probes into claims that Trillian knew of Nene’s axing

    Tokyo Sexwale said that he has launched an “independent investigation” to “test the veracity of allegations” that people within Trillian Capital Partners knew of the axing of former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene two months before it happened. The claims were carried in a story in the Sunday Times‚ which also said the “Gupta-linked company” had “scored millions from state-owned companies for work it never did”. On Tuesday‚ Sexwale‚ who is its independent non-executive chairman‚ said that “although the alleged matters took place last year before I joined the company in April of this year‚ I should initiate an independent investigation in order to fully test the veracity of these allegations”.

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  • 'Fork-tongued' Mthembu 'lucky' to be NEC member

    Cracks within the ANC widened yesterday as President Jacob Zuma supporters called on the ruling party to take disciplinary action against party chief whip Jackson Mthembu. Pro-Zuma supporters responded furiously to the remarks made by Mthembu, who called on the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC), including Zuma, to resign. The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in Gauteng accused Mthembu of behaving like a “criminal”. ANCYL Gauteng chairperson Matome Chiloane told The Citizen individuals such as Mthembu must be isolated by society. “Society must condemn such individuals who are part of the collective, yet they define themselves outside,” Chiloane said. “They are fork-tongued.” ANC under Zuma worse

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  • First mega mall in Africa set to open

    Pretoria - When the newly-refurbished R2.5 billion Menlyn Park Shopping Centre opens at the end of next month, it will join the ranks of the biggest shopping centres in the country and continent. In addition, Menlyn Park will consolidate Pretoria East’s position of having the biggest formal retail space in the country. The new-look mall also re-enters the retail sector as a strong rival to the three malls which hold the position as the largest shopping malls on the continent. “This redevelopment is an ambitious undertaking that has been two years in the making, and once complete, the new shopping centre will be the largest mall in Africa,” said Malose Kekana, group chief executive for Menlyn

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  • Super rich dump SA

    Experts believe that the exodus will continue as taxes on the rich - including on their often hidden offshore assets - continue to be increased. New Wealth Management, which tracks the movement and ownership of high net-worth individuals, estimates that 950 dollar millionaires left South Africa last year, up from 600 in 2014. It said the exodus was similar to that of the very wealthy who fled Zimbabwe before it s economy collapsed. Andrew Amoils, New Wealth's research head, said high net-worth individuals had been leaving since 2000 but the numbers were now spiking. Colen Garrow, an economics analyst at Lefika Securities, said: "South Africa is the poorer for this migration. "Loss of productivity

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