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900 police charged, 40 fired for aiding escapes

25 July 2014 15:16

More than 900 police officers were charged in the past three years for helping with escapes, but only 40 of them have been fired, according to Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko.

Julius Malema: ‘People hide their stupidity behind ties’

@City_Press 25 July 2014 0:44

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema says nothing will make EFF representatives shed their signature red regalia because “if you take off the overall, you are going to look like the rest of them”.

Show some respect – Jacob Zuma

@City_Press 24 July 2014 16:43

President Jacob Zuma has rebuked MPs, reminding them of the importance of respecting each other and of adhering to decorum when in the National Assembly.

Cyril Ramaphosa: What’s wrong with wanting a patriotic media?

@City_Press 24 July 2014 12:52

Calling for a patriotic media does not amount to censorship, deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa has said.

Two ‘undermined’ evidence leaders quit arms deal commission

@City_Press 24 July 2014 8:59

After more than two years of investigating South Africa’s controversial multi-billion rand arms procurements, another two evidence leaders employed by the commission of inquiry have called it quits.

Show leadership and respond to Nkandla report, Maimane tells Zuma

@CaiphusK_11 23 July 2014 18:06

DA Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane has dared President Jacob Zuma to show leadership or step aside.

Hot or Not

  • This Week


    Nelson Mandela, who has provided one of the very few reasons to believe in humanity this week. Even after death, the statesman has us out on Mandela Day doing our 67 minutes for the needy. In the week of atrocities like the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 and the escalating carnage in Gaza, we needed this. Thanks again, Madiba.


    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who ordered ground troops into Gaza this week after his armed forces rained bombs on the area, killing more than 260 Palestinian civilians. Among them were four cousins, aged between
    9 and 11, who were photographed running for their lives on the beach before being killed.

  • Previous Weeks


    After hammering hosts Brazil 7-1 in the World Cup semifinal, Germany’s national soccer squad could have chosen to gloat. Instead, the team posted a message on its official Facebook page thanking the country for its hospitality, praising its amazing football tradition and telling Brazilians not to lose heart. Good sportsmanship is worth celebrating.


    New Communications Minister Faith Muthambi has started off her term in the worst possible way. Muthambi decided to lend credibility to a dubious process to hire Mr Teflon himself, Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Muthambi did not have to be bound by an SABC board decision that has more to do with factional politics than competence.

  • Previous Weeks


    After being in office for only a few weeks, Panyaza Lesufi, the ­Gauteng education MEC, has to be commended for dismissing 10 teachers who were “found in compromising positions with girl children”. For years, teachers have taken advantage of vulnerable ­schoolgirls without paying the penalty. ­Lesufi’s new broom must sweep clean and be a deterrent to others.


    The wanton violence perpetrated by National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) members on strike is purely criminal. It is not enough for Numsa leaders to say they are “unaware” of the violence. Numsa is the largest trade union in the country and the strength should be in their numbers and voluntary solidarity, not violence.

  • Previous Weeks


    Africa sent five nations to the soccer World Cup in Brazil. After the first round, three of them have returned home. It is not an easy task ahead, but Nigeria and Algeria carry the hopes of the continent’s population to advance further than the second round. With a crowd as huge as ours, nothing can stand in the way. Go Nigeria, go Algeria, go!


    He has done a sterling job in ensuring his country advanced to the knockout stages, but Uruguayan striker Luis Suárez, aka Jaws, went and did it again – exposing his teeth on the pitch. As he struggled to find the net, the striker bit an opponent on the shoulder. Fifa’s nine-game ban and fine are welcome, but ­maybe he deserves more.

  • Previous Weeks


    Uruguayan striker Luis Suárez – ­because even total jerks can be hot sometimes. So he’s bitten two players, is fond of diving, and stopped Ghana’s shot at the semifinals of the 2010 World Cup. But in Brazil this week, he scored twice against England, a side with several of his Liverpool mates. Hand it to him, the dude has sizable cojones. Even if he is a prize jerk.


    Lindiwe Sisulu apparently harbours ambitions for higher office but has been shunned and demoted by her party over the years. But that has not stopped her from singing for her supper. This week, she repeated (and later withdrew) the old line about the DA’s black leaders being “hired natives”. C’mon Lindi, that line is so, so tired.

Afrikaner group to talk to government about independence

23 July 2014 13:16

Members of an Afrikaner group who call themselves the Boere-Afrikaner Volksraad view forthcoming talks with the government as a step closer to their “right for self-determination for our own people in a peaceful way”.

SA lawyers support bid to expel Israeli ambassador

@City_Press 22 July 2014 17:22

A prominent grouping of South African lawyers has supported the ANC in Parliament’s call for Israel’s ambassador to South Africa, Arthur Lenk, to be expelled.



In politics, symbolism is important. No one should tell you to take off what identifies you because if you take off the overall, you are going to look like the rest of them.
Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema on his party’s dress code

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