There is no purge at the South African Revenue Service, says commissioner Tom Moyane.
After years of alleged rigging and irregularities to keep Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza in power, the gauntlet has finally been thrown down by ANC members who say they have had enough.
The black business community should stop lamenting about a lack of government services because only those from Nkandla have a right to do so, President Jacob Zuma has said.
South Africans will not easily forget the murder of Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa in October last year. As terrible as his death might have been, he was one of more than 17 000 South Africans murdered last year, most of them at the barrel of a gun.
Independent Police Investigative Directorate head Robert McBride has been suspended.
The name of an ANC-favoured candidate to fill a vacancy left by Ellen Tshabalala in the SABC board was withdrawn at the 11th hour because he had failed to submit proof of his listed qualifications.
President Jacob Zuma has slammed civil servants who misuse consultants and employ their friends and relatives who cannot do their jobs properly.
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JP Duminy for taking a hat-trick of wickets as the Proteas booked their semifinal spot in the 2015 World Cup with a victory over Sri Lanka this past week. JP’s hat-trick was the second in South African one-day international history, but the first at a World Cup. He was also the second spinner to take a World Cup hat-trick, behind Pakistan’s Saqlain Mushtaq.Not:
The world would be better if people like Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu weren’t in power. For a long time now, neighbouring Palestine has been living under Israel’s oppressive rules. In the run-up to the election this past week, Netanyahu vowed not to create a separate state for Palestine. Clearly, power corrupts – absolutely.
Sizwe Nxasana, the man with the Midas touch, has announced his decision to step down as FirstRand CEO. Under his tenure, FirstRand has become a top-eight firm on the JSE and is Africa’s largest bank by market value and earnings. The group reported stellar profit, a trend that has followed Nxasana through a star-studded career. A role model for generations to come.Not:
Speaker Baleka Mbete has never been everyone’s cup of tea. This week she vindicated her critics. When President Zuma ignored her intervention in Parliament – four times – she made excuses that he could not hear her “pleas for him to sit”. To top it all, she told MPs they were not equal to Zuma. Has she ever read the Constitution?
South Africa loves a bunch of winners. The national Under-17 soccer team reached today’s CAF Junior Championships final, where they meet Mali. They also qualified for the Fifa World Cup in Chile in October when they beat giants Nigeria in the semifinal on Wednesday. We can only say “well done, boys”. Bringing the cup home will be the cherry on top.Not:
Anyone who has heard Mohau Pheko speaking of matters political and economic would testify that she is well schooled. She understands these issues and speaks with authority. Why then did she have to embellish her qualification? It is such a pity she thought she needed to be called “Dr Pheko” to be taken seriously.
South Africans aren’t known for their “put up and shut up” attitudes, which the ANC should have remembered before it arranged to have the 3G signal jammed in Parliament during the state of the nation address. Ordinary citizens, civil society and journalists collectively lost their tempers – and signal was restored. Just a reminder to our leaders: we won’t be silenced.Not:
State Security Minister David Mahlobo left the National Assembly when chants of “Bring back the signal!” reached fever pitch on Thursday night. When he returned, so did the cellphone signal. Coincidence? We think not, Mr Minister. South Africa needs leaders, not mindless securocrats who try to throttle dialogue and dissent.
Our sister paper, the Daily Sun, tells some of SA’s most important stories. One of the best things about this flagship tabloid is its sense of humour, as evidenced by a poster that we imagine nearly led to a number of multiple car pile-ups on Wednesday. “Tokoloshe blow job terror!” it shouted from lampposts. Sadly, the tokoloshe could not be reached for comment.Not:
Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula for telling the Proteas “Don’t be like Shakes Mashaba” before they left for the World Cup. While his office has tried to play down the comment, saying it was made in jest, this was not a cool thing to say. Mbaks should know better and should look no further than his “bunch of losers” comment about Bafana Bafana.
Gauteng Hawks boss Major General Shadrack Sibiya will today return to his office following a court ruling overturning his suspension.
It has been quite a week at the SABC. Its board has allegedly removed a sitting nonexecutive board member, Hope Zinde, by passing a motion of no confidence in her.
I have travelled across our continent and have seen that despite much progress, millions of people still do not have access to basic health services. This injustice is hindering the potential of our citizens, communities, and the entire continent.
Forbes Africa has released a statement calling a cover shared by businessman and media personality DJ Sbu aka Sibusiso Leope “fictitious”
More black students are enrolling in South Africa’s universities, but the drop-out rates for university and high school students are still alarmingly high.
White South Africa does not want to bridge the chasms and heal the wounds of the past.
Remorse comes from within. Coerced remorse has no value, writes Tim du Plessis.
I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight.
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Rhodes was a nasty piece of work. The statue should have been pulled down and given to the Apartheid Museum in about May 1994.
Hendrik Verwoerd and the Broederbond must be happy that Africans have accepted the term ‘blacks’.
The problems at Eskom came to a head late this week when Standard & Poor’s relegated it to junk status. The ratings agency said it had less confidence in Eskom because of the suspension last week of four of its senior executives.