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Nkandla draft report says Madonsela’s report isn’t binding

31 October 2014 8:28

A draft report by the parliamentary committee on the Nkandla controversy has concluded that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s findings against President Jacob Zuma on misspending on his private home were not binding.

Steve Hofmeyr sponsorship questioned

30 October 2014 14:11

Supermarket group Pick n Pay and car manufacturer Land Rover found themselves the subject of a war of words over whether they should be sponsoring an Afrikaans music festival at which Steve Hofmeyr will perform.

Kelly Khumalo’s friends get messages from stolen phone

Kelly Khumalo’s friends have been receiving messages from her phone which was reported stolen during the robbery in which her boyfriend Senzo Meyiwa was killed.

Noncompliance derails major HIV trial

@City_Press 29 October 2014 17:09

A major HIV trial might have failed because seven out of 10 participants did not use as directed products given to prevent the infection, a new study has revealed.

Hot or Not

  • This Week

    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.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    He was hot as director-general in the Treasury and hotter as deputy governor of the Reserve Bank. But you can’t get much hotter than having your signature on every SA banknote. Lesetja Kganyago will succeed Gill Marcus as Reserve Bank governor next month. It was only a matter of time before someone of his calibre was rewarded with a top post.

    Not:

    Lonmin has failed to show it did all it could to improve labour relations at its Marikana mine, which exploded into mayhem in 2012. Its executives performed dismally at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry when they took the stand. This week, it gagged an NGO that sought to present findings of transfer pricing and tax dodging.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    National Under-17 side Amajimbos for completing a hat-trick of SA soccer teams to qualify for next year’s major continental competitions. It has been a fairy tale for the national teams since Banyana qualified for the African Women’s Championship, followed by Amajita (U-20) and now Amajimbos, who are going to Niger. Bafana have many reasons to follow suit.

    Not:

    Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane attributed the three weeks of water stoppages around Gauteng to “a technical glitch”. Clearly, the minister lives in a bubble. Water is a basic right and being deprived of this for three weeks while officials try to figure out the problem, is just
    not on.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    Since the collapse of the guesthouse at Nigerian preacher TB Joshua’s Synagogue Church of All Nations, the South African government has been there to lend its hand. Even through a difficult time to get information from its counterpart in Nigeria and from Joshua, our government has looked after the South African victims. A caring government leads from the front.

    Not:

    God comes in different forms and is worshipped differently. First, Pastor Lesego Daniel of Rabboni Centre Ministries in Tshwane made his congregants eat grass. But his latest stunt is really worrying. His church members are now drinking petrol, which he claims he has turned into juice through prayer, all in the name of the lord.

Malema has reason to be angry – Zelda la Grange

29 October 2014 15:42

The anger displayed by Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema is justifiable, Nelson Mandela’s former private secretary Zelda la Grange has said.

Meyiwa murder: PIs ‘put pressure’ on cops

29 October 2014 15:08

Reports that Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa’s family appointed private investigators to help solve his murder put pressure on police, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) has said.

Capital flight a bigger problem than corruption – SACP

29 October 2014 14:42

Capital flight is the biggest impediment to radical economic transformation and is a bigger problem than corruption, SA Communist Party deputy general secretary Jeremy Cronin has said.

Dear struggle elder …

29 October 2014 13:45

Please stop telling me about respect because you only have oppression, corruption and ageism to give in return. Do not hide your incapacity, insecurity and unintelligibility with age – it’s stale and it’s embarrassing.

Meyiwa: Mboro gives police reward R20 000 boost

@City_Press #SenzoMeyiwa 29 October 2014 12:18

A pastor and self-proclaimed “prophet” who likens himself to Nigeria’s TB Joshua has offered R20 000 to the police as part of the reward for catching Senzo Meyiwa’s killers.

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His lips turned blue, and he took a deep breath.
Kelly Khumalo on Senzo Meyiwa dying in her arms

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