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Double dispossession for rural poor

17 November 2014 6:00

Dispossession is again sweeping KwaZulu-Natal. The dispossessor this time is not a colonial or apartheid government; it is the Ingonyama Trust board, acting in the name of King Goodwill Zwelithini.

Warm welcome: Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott shakes hands with South Africa's President Jacob Zuma at the G20 summit in Brisbane on Saturday (November 15 2014). The meeting of leaders of the Group of 20 economies has opened in Brisbane, with Abbott stressing the importance of global economic issues at a summit that has been dominated by the crisis in Ukraine, climate change and the United States’ Asia-Pacific pivot.

Picture: David Gray/Reuters

Nkandla officials fear for lives

@City_Press 16 November 2014 15:45

Eleven of the public works officials charged in relation to the spending at President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead say they fear for their lives if journalists sit in on their hearings.

Mbeki blames Gwede and Blade

@City_Press 16 November 2014 15:00

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe and SA Communist Party (SACP) general secretary Blade Nzimande are the chief architects of the expulsion of metal workers’ union Numsa from trade federation Cosatu.

Jacob Zuma’s new number one

@City_Press #Nkandla 16 November 2014 15:00

In the corridors of Parliament, Cedric Frolick is described as an “extremely hard-working” man and as a person who sticks to the rules.

Parliament: Opposition promise boycott, disruptions

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema this week warned of a “loss of life caused by police” after riot police removed one of the party’s MPs, Reneilwe Mashabela, from the House for refusing to obey an order by House chairperson Cedric Frolick to withdraw a remark that President Jacob Zuma was a thief.

Hot or Not

  • This Week

    Hot:

    Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke deserves kudos for asking uncomfortable questions and provoking discussions about how power is dispersed in our democratic dispensation. He is correct to ask if we need future presidents to have sweeping powers, and his critique of land reform, the access to justice and inequality is pertinent.

    Not:

    Unpatriotic and “prima donna” behaviour will take you nowhere. Bafana Bafana midfielder May Mahlangu this week shunned the national team’s call, citing fatigue. Mahlangu has no one else to blame but himself if he does not feature for Bafana ever again after Safa imposed an immediate ban on him from playing for the team.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    Barcelona star Lionel Messi is really something special. This week, he equalled Raúl González’s Champions’ League goal tally of 71 and did this after just 90 games in the competition. His rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, is not far off the mark with 70 goals after 111 games. Both will clearly beat the record, but Messi is likely to do this in fewer games than Ronaldo.

    Not:

    Igor Gamula seems determined to entrench racism in sport. The coach of FC Rostov, the Russian Premier League outfit, said this week his club was not going to sign any more black players
    because they had “enough dark-skinned players, we’ve got six of the things” and that they would spread Ebola. What a pillock!

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    Lindiwe Zulu. In three months, the new small business minister has been a bundle of energy, even though she does not have a budget. This week, Zulu told Parliament her department had ensured R400 million was paid to small and medium businesses by defaulting government departments.

    Not:

    Siphelo Makeleni and Siphakamise Ngxowa of Cosas are surely the two most stupid students in the ­country. This week, they vowed to continue with the vile campaign to place pigs heads at Woolworths stores as part of a solidarity ­campaign with Palestinians. Oink!

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    Not all of us can deliver bad news in a way that makes it sound positive, or proactive and certain. Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene did it this week. He said we were going to pay more tax and told his colleagues in government their belts would be tightened. And no one seemed that angry. This was probably because his speech was not hot potatoes; it was just plain hot.

    Not:

    “Doesn’t it just blow your mind,” CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour asked a guest, “to see a township black judge handing down a sentence?” What is a “township black judge”, Ms Amanpour, and why would Judge Thokozile Masipa’s calm, capable handling of the Oscar Pistorius trial blow anyone’s mind? She’s just doing her job.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    Shakes Mashaba for turning no-hopers Bafana Bafana into a respectable outfit. They are unbeaten in four matches, and are on course to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals after a 3-0 away victory over Sudan, a goalless home draw against Nigeria, a 2-0 away win over Congo Brazzaville and a goalless draw at home. Bafana have yet to concede a goal under Mashaba.

    Not:

    A media monitoring company ­reported on Friday that Brett ­Kebble’s killer, Mikey Schultz, snapped up 30% of the previous day’s media coverage of the Oscar Pistorius trial – just by being in court. This may be the highlight
    of Schultz’s life because his only claim to fame up to now is getting away with murder.

Newsmaker – All party stripes flock to Jujutown

@City_Press 16 November 2014 15:00

You’d expect Pretoria’s newest informal settlement to be brimming with red berets. After all, it’s named after Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema.

Vice-president accused of plotting to kill Mugabe

16 November 2014 14:21

Supporters of President Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace have accused vice-president Joice Mujuru of being at the centre of a plot to assassinate the 90-year-old Zimbabwean leader.

The House that fell apart

@City_Press 16 November 2014 8:45

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema this week warned of a “loss of life caused by police” after riot police removed one of the party’s MPs, Reneilwe Mashabela, from the House for refusing to obey an order by House chairperson Cedric Frolick to withdraw a remark that President Jacob Zuma was a thief.

Damning Zim election report released after legal battle

15 November 2014 12:19

A report by two South African High Court judges, which found the Zimbabawe elections of 2002 not to be free or fair, has been made public following a lengthy legal battle.

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If there was an election tomorrow, the ANC would lose in Gauteng.
Political analyst Moeletsi Mbeki on the impact of Cosatu’s imminent split

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