April 23, 2017

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Despite warnings from National Treasury, a Gupta-Zuma owned company was awarded a seven year multi-billion rand contract by Eskom to supply coal to a soon to be mothballed power station. By Susan Comrie for AMABHUNGANE.
Posted: April 22, 2017, 4:44 pm
On the 20th of April 2017, the Speaker of the National Assembly tabled in Parliament’s Announcements, Tabling and Committee (ATC) Report dated 13th April 2017 a reference that I be referred to Parliament’s Disciplinary Committee, and subsequently Parliament Communications issued a statement announcing this decision. This was in response to the correct and proper remarks I made as a member of parliament during the motion of no confidence on the 10th November 2016 against Jacob Zuma wherein I characterised him as a post-colonial disaster, under the puppet control of the Guptas, with potential to kill and eliminate political opponents. Here's why the charges will not stick.
Posted: April 21, 2017, 5:11 pm
When deprived of oxygen, naked mole-rats have a unique ability to convert sugar to energy, a skill that might one day help treat victims of heart attack and stroke, researchers said Thursday.
Posted: April 21, 2017, 12:30 pm
A handwritten note praising the Islamic State group was found near the attacker who shot dead a police officer and wounded two others on Paris's Champs Elysees, a source close to the probe said Friday.
Posted: April 21, 2017, 12:26 pm
A painting by a South African artist showing President Jacob Zuma raping the late Nelson Mandela has caused outrage in the country, with the ruling party Friday describing it as "grotesque".
Posted: April 21, 2017, 12:19 pm
Cape Town – Professor Tim Noakes has been found not guilty of misconduct, a professional conduct committee found on Friday.
Posted: April 21, 2017, 12:13 pm
Fresh protests have broken out on the Wits University campus, this time over accommodation which students claim does not live up to billed promises of cleanliness, safety and connectivity. Now management of the university has been given 24 hours to respond or face further action. By BHEKI C SIMELANE.
Posted: April 21, 2017, 10:26 am
India struggles to put its lofty counter-terrorism policies into practice. What lessons can Africa learn? By Simon Allison for ISS TODAY.
Posted: April 21, 2017, 6:52 am
Terror attack hits Paris, US mulls Assange arrest, and world to march for science.
Posted: April 21, 2017, 3:57 am
The arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is a US "priority," Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday, as media reports indicated his office was preparing charges against the fugitive anti-hero.
Posted: April 21, 2017, 3:22 am
by Kerry SHERIDAN Budget cuts and political assaults on science are expected to draw thousands of demonstrators to the streets in more than 500 cities worldwide Saturday for the first March for Science.
Posted: April 21, 2017, 3:16 am
by Rosie SCAMMELL Britain's Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 91st birthday on Friday, with the world's longest-reigning monarch taking a step back from royal duties to allow the younger generation to step forward.
Posted: April 21, 2017, 3:12 am
by Adam PLOWRIGHT / Katell PRIGENT / Joshua MELVIN A known terror suspect shot dead a French policeman and wounded two others Thursday on Paris's Champs Elysees in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group days before a presidential election.
Posted: April 21, 2017, 3:06 am
On 26 March, shortly before the firing of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, I tweeted in response to a column which argued that Gordhan was an agent of White Monopoly Capital: “Don’t make the mistake of forcing people to choose between a corrupt predatory elite, and parasitic big capital. Both must be opposed.” This two-part article attempts to unpack the implications of that 133-character tweet.
Posted: April 20, 2017, 11:10 pm
A special costs order should be made against President Jacob Zuma for conflating his role as South Africa’s president and ANC president “in an abuse of process” in opposing a secret ballot in Parliament’s motion of no confidence. It’s another twist in the United Democratic Movement’s application to the Constitutional Court on the issue. “(Zuma) then starts to lecture the court about party discipline and gives chapter and verse of the ANC constitution and disciplinary code when his duty as President is to protect the Constitution of the Republic above else,” UDM leader Bantu Holomisa argues in support of such an order. By MARIANNE MERTEN.
Posted: April 20, 2017, 11:07 pm
The African National Congress (ANC) of today is a political organisation as well as the leading force in government in South Africa. The organisation, the government and the state as a whole are in the midst of multiple crises covering broad areas of economic, social and political life. Gone are the days when the ANC represented hope for a better life, cherished by many, many people. It is no longer trusted as the bearer of aspirations for freedom, dignity and a government that benefits all. By RAYMOND SUTTNER.
Posted: April 20, 2017, 11:00 pm
While the parole system or parole boards cannot fix a wrongful conviction, the “contrition” requirement in the parole process currently functions as a quid pro quo for release. This is disproportionately punitive towards people who still maintain their innocence. By RUTH HOPKINS for Wits Justice Project.
Posted: April 20, 2017, 10:57 pm
After taking out a full-page ad in the Sunday Times calling on ANC members to vote with their conscience, Business Leadership South Africa, representing many large South African corporates, seems to have finally found its voice. It has also demanded a meeting with President Jacob Zuma to discuss the irrevocable breakdown of trust between Business Inc. SA and the government.
Posted: April 20, 2017, 10:54 pm
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa appears to be finally dipping his toe in the presidential campaign pool, suggesting – albeit gingerly – what the priorities of a post-Zuma government might be. “We will not compromise on our fight against corruption, patronage or rent-seeking. We will also not allow the institutions of our state to be captured by anyone – be they individuals, be they families who are intent on narrow self-enrichment.” Everyone knows which family he means – dislodging the Gupta’s grip on the state would be essential to undoing the damage of the Zuma administration. But to get to that point, Ramaphosa needs to get into the game. That means dispensing with coded language and diplomacy, and taking the fight to the ANC. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.
Posted: April 20, 2017, 10:53 pm
It’s been 80 days since Health Ombudsman Malegapuru Makgoba revealed that at least 94 patients, who had been moved from Life Esidimeni, died in brutal conditions at NGOs. The Gauteng government says it’s taking care to move patients back to safe facilities, but family members are concerned. By GREG NICOLSON.
Posted: April 20, 2017, 10:36 pm
A slip of a young UCT student, with nothing but his bare hands – yet a trudging crowd of 30,000 behind him – taking on the armed might of apartheid. That was the awe-inspiring sight I had of Philip Kgosana making history nearly two generations ago. It speaks to us today in newly troubled, even perilous times. We must remember him, and the senior policeman he parleyed with, for decades. Their example is eloquent. By TONY HEARD.
Posted: April 20, 2017, 10:15 pm
Former ANC WC chair, Marius Fransman, has been doing a bit of a Hlaudi ever since his suspension for five years from the party on charges of misconduct in November last year. Fransman has refused to go quietly and has still been signing off statements as the ANC Chair in the region as well as attending various meetings in that capacity. On Thursday the ANC’s National Disciplinary Committee laid the matter to rest, issuing a statement that Fransman is not a member of the ANC – over and out. By MARIANNE THAMM.
Posted: April 20, 2017, 9:06 pm
After the attack on the home of Zambia’s opposition leader, and then his arrest on spurious charges, Zambia’s reputation as a beacon of democracy in Africa is under serious threat. By SIMON ALLISON.
Posted: April 20, 2017, 8:51 pm
Over the course of the last few days, the fight has been taken squarely to South Africa’s banks. What exactly that “fight” is, however, remains to be seen. Cosatu has marched on Absa’s headquarters; the ANC Women’s League has put out a statement slamming a Rand Merchant Bank report, and the Black Empowerment Foundation has laid charges against the banks involved in the forex manipulation scandal. Then there’s the minor detail that the Black Empowerment Foundation announced its actions through the government’s communication unit, which is supposed to be reserved for state business. By REBECCA DAVIS.
Posted: April 20, 2017, 8:48 pm
The Trump presidency already appears to be coming unglued in its handling of international relations, or at the minimum, the various people in his administration, including “The Decider” himself, really need to become serious adults before something truly dreadful happens. J. BROOKS SPECTOR takes a look. Carefully.
Posted: April 20, 2017, 8:46 pm
Andy Murray suffered a shock third-round defeat at the Monte Carlo Masters on Thursday, the world number one beaten by Spain's 15th seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas 2-6, 6-2, 7-5.
Posted: April 20, 2017, 12:06 pm
Three masked robbers snatched a suitcase stuffed with millions of dollars in cash from a businessman who had just withdrawn the money from a bank in western Japan on Thursday, police said.
Posted: April 20, 2017, 10:49 am
Two of the three child shepherds to whom the Virgin Mary supposedly appeared in Fatima, Portugal a century ago will be declared saints on May 13, Pope Francis announced Thursday.
Posted: April 20, 2017, 10:12 am
Johannesburg – About 100 students from the University of the Witwatersrand are protesting at the institution's Empire Road entrance over residence related issues, the university said.
Posted: April 20, 2017, 9:53 am
Venezuela vows to continue protests, Williams confirms pregnancy, and Bill O'Reilly canned.
Posted: April 20, 2017, 4:00 am
by Alex VASQUEZ Opponents of the Venezuelan government vowed fresh huge protests on Thursday, upping the ante in their bid to oust President Nicolas Maduro after a day of deadly clashes in the oil-rich but beleaguered nation.
Posted: April 20, 2017, 3:26 am
by Jennie MATTHEW Fox News on Wednesday severed its ties with Bill O'Reilly, sacking its biggest star and America's most-watched cable news anchor over a flood of sexual harassment allegations and crashing advertising sales.
Posted: April 20, 2017, 3:16 am
A state of emergency that has been in force almost non-stop for 17 months in Mali was extended by 10 days from Thursday, the government said.
Posted: April 20, 2017, 3:13 am
by Rebecca BRYAN Serena Williams is expecting a baby this year her spokesperson confirmed Wednesday, hours after the tennis great hinted at the news in a Snapchat post.
Posted: April 20, 2017, 3:07 am
In this most hurly-burly of the ANC’s years it is Zweli Mkhize, the Treasurer-General of the ANC, who is seen in some quarters as the man who could bridge the yawning divide between the populist party of President Jacob Zuma and the sober movement of deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. So it would be foolish to expect him to say anything dramatic at this stage of the game. But it’s the nuance of not saying anything that makes him so interesting. Especially over the course of an interview that took more than 50 minutes. By STEPHEN GROOTES.
Posted: April 19, 2017, 11:21 pm
To make sure that a popular debate about the history curriculum and its Eurocentrism is informed by facts, I have created a cheat sheet for those interested in what the official government curriculum actually states.
Posted: April 19, 2017, 10:57 pm
How undocumented children are unlawfully denied access to education. By Amanda Rinquest for GROUNDUP.
Posted: April 19, 2017, 10:53 pm
The investment company has been urged to consider pulling out of Net1. By Trevor Bohatch for GROUNDUP.
Posted: April 19, 2017, 10:35 pm
It seems two decades later, there is little holding us together aside from our shared history. We are still on one side the oppressor and on the other, the oppressed. President Jacob Zuma knows and exploits this at every turn and so we find ourselves stuck – prisoners of our history even as we want desperately to be liberated from it. But perhaps President Zuma has been sent to provide us with an opportunity to remember what we promised ourselves we would be.
Posted: April 19, 2017, 10:31 pm
In the recent past, the EFF, the SACP, Cosatu and civil society have often been at loggerheads. But at a discussion in Cape Town on Wednesday night, there was much common ground to be found. Over one central point, all parties bonded: the need to remove President Jacob Zuma – and mea culpas from those who helped put him in power. The idea that Cyril Ramaphosa in the top spot would mean a more stable future for South Africa came in for much scepticism, however. By REBECCA DAVIS.
Posted: April 19, 2017, 10:30 pm
Zimbabwe is used as a case study of a broken society; a country in which those in power concern themselves only with maintaining power and amassing wealth. Zimbabwe is also often cited as an exceptional case. However, while it’s situation undoubtedly has its own peculiarities, Zimbabwe has not followed a path that is impassable for others. It is dangerous to think otherwise. By TENDAI BITI.
Posted: April 19, 2017, 10:24 pm
This year by all accounts will be defined as a watershed year. In the aftermath of the recent global recession, populism, protectionism and corruption are on the rise globally. A series of populist electoral and referenda victories have swept the world, most recently in Turkey. What does this seeming retreat of democracy mean for Africa? By JOHN FILITZ.
Posted: April 19, 2017, 10:23 pm
Author Jacqui L’Ange’s outstanding debut novel, The Seed Thief, is a gripping love story that bursts with spirituality, mythology and ecology – and a family secret. By JONATHAN ANCER.
Posted: April 19, 2017, 10:19 pm
The South African Constitution does not provide any clarity on the nature of the relationship between extra-parliamentary political parties and their elected representatives in the national and provincial legislatures. Can extra-parliamentary leaders of political parties dictate to their MPs how to exercise their constitutional duties, including their duty to vote in a motion of no confidence against the president? If parties can dictate to their MPs, it means that power shifts from the democratically elected legislature to the leadership of the governing party which, at most, is “elected” by a few thousand carefully selected party members (possibly after money has changed hands to sway that “vote”).
Posted: April 19, 2017, 10:13 pm
The events that are currently unfolding in Zambia should be deeply concerning to those committed to democracy in Africa.
Posted: April 19, 2017, 10:08 pm
Posted: April 19, 2017, 10:00 pm
This is a critical moment in the development of our young democracy. Our economy is currently under great strain, affected by both global and domestic pressures and by the lasting structural constraints of the apartheid economy. By CYRIL RAMAPHOSA.
Posted: April 19, 2017, 9:38 pm
The SABC’s on-again, off-again leader Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s Wednesday press conference was billed as a game changer. Yet he regurgitated the same denials. Even Hlaudi’s soundbites have become boring – and it’s time to move on. By GREG NICOLSON.
Posted: April 19, 2017, 9:26 pm
Recent legal developments surrounding personal cost orders against rogue and mindless public officials that request or give the go-ahead for the frivolous institution or defence of litigation, is going to play an increasingly important role in South Africa’s raging war on impunity. By IVAN HERSELMAN.
Posted: April 19, 2017, 9:08 pm
We all know that southern Africa is resource-rich. We also know that these resources are rarely managed well. A new study from the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa looks at what exactly states are doing wrong. By SIMON ALLISON.
Posted: April 19, 2017, 8:59 pm
As the opposition unravels, the ruling alliance is using these rifts to keep Kabila in office. By Stephanie Wolters for ISS TODAY.
Posted: April 19, 2017, 8:54 pm
Four weeks ago, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was familiar, and yet unknown. A month into her re-entry into South African politics, a picture has formed. It’s not a good one. The former African Union chairperson is an extension of the Zuma looting project – she and her former husband share the same friends, the same rhetoric, and the same dark outlook: what remains of the ANC will swallow what remains of the South African state. By RICHARD POPLAK.
Posted: April 19, 2017, 8:51 pm
The "real political" negotiations on Britain's exit from the European Union will start after the snap British election in June, European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said Wednesday.
Posted: April 19, 2017, 1:11 pm
A court in South Africa Wednesday dropped the case against two students who freed a penguin from a marine park and released it into the sea as protest against animal captivity.
Posted: April 19, 2017, 1:05 pm
The US will counter any North Korean attack with an "overwhelming and effective" response, Vice President Mike Pence has said.
Posted: April 19, 2017, 12:58 pm
South Africa’s Champions Trophy squad is much the same as the one which has been swaggering around winning crunch matches for fun. However, it’s the “A” team squads that offer the most intrigue and perhaps a glimpse into the future. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Posted: April 19, 2017, 12:35 pm
DM brings comments back, leopards threatened in South Africa, and Ancelotti calls for video refs.
Posted: April 19, 2017, 4:07 am
by Kieran CANNING Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti said UEFA must swiftly introduce video technology after the Germans lost a controversial Champions League quarter-final second leg to Real Madrid in extra time.
Posted: April 19, 2017, 3:27 am
by Marlowe HOOD The leopard population in a region of South Africa once thick with the big cats is crashing, and could be wiped out within a few years, scientists warned Wednesday.
Posted: April 19, 2017, 3:18 am
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