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Jacob Zuma takes the ‘good story’ to church

@Bhintsintsi 18 April 2014 14:02

President Jacob Zuma has asked the church to pray for peaceful elections next month, saying many people had made sacrifices for the right to vote.

Baleka Mbete: ‘You don’t interfere with a man’s kraal’

17 April 2014 13:41

There are no plans to legally challenge Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report on Nkandla, African National Congress national chairwoman Baleka Mbete has said.

DA advert back on air – for now

@City_Press 16 April 2014 20:00

“It’s a victory for common sense,” was DA leader Helen Zille’s reaction after the Icasa’s Complaints and Compliance Committee (CCC) granted a postponement to the SABC, provided that the DA’s “Ayisafani” advert is flighted by the SABC in the meantime.

Is Jacob Zuma afraid of the hungry people at his gate?

@City_Press 15 April 2014 16:26

She wonders if President Jacob Zuma fears the hungry people knocking at his gate, former deputy health minister Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge has said about the R246 million security upgrades to his Nkandla home.

Hot or Not

  • This Week

    Hot:

    Julius Malema or Juju, as we have come to know him. He is a master at the stumps. Last week, he boobed by going from place to place in a chopper. Not quite the right image for the radical Bolivarian revolutionary he wants to be. This week, Juju was a political Jesus of Nazareth of sorts. He arrived at an election pit stop on a donkey cart!

    Not:

    Roger Dixon, the geologist who testified about ballistics, crime scene reconstructions and human anatomy for the defence in the ­Oscar Pistorius murder trial. ­Experts like Dixon charge thousands of rands. But the experience of hearing your expert witness ­admit that he’s a “layman” when it comes to ballistics? Priceless.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    National Assembly Speaker Max ­Sisulu for at least setting up the ad hoc committee to consider the ­president’s submission on the ­Nkandla matter. His ANC colleagues wanted the issue buried and ­forgotten, but Sisulu has ensured it will be transparently considered by a multiparty committee, even if the ANC has a majority in Parliament.

    Not:

    Clearly a high-profile individual accused of murder deserves high-class treatment from our government. The R2.9 million spent on a private jet to fly Shrien Dewani to the country from the UK shows the justice department paid way too much. We all want justice in this matter, but several cheaper options could have been explored.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    Police constable Beauty-Queen Nchabeleng donned a school uniform and posed as a pupil to catch a brutal serial rapist in Limpopo. She was among the winners at the SAPS’ annual National Excellence Awards late last week – a well-deserved honour for an officer who went above and beyond to remind us just how much good cops can achieve.

    Not:

    Shinawaaz Ahmento and Kyle Fredericks, both 21, were convicted and sentenced this week for
    the rape and murder of young Eldorado Park mother Tracey-Lee Martins. The two posed for
    reporters outside court, grinning proudly as though they were at a party. Criminals as self-made
    celebrities? Sickening.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    Female leaders in the ANC don’t often publicly challenge the sexism that’s endemic across the political spectrum. Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula deserves praise for defending Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. She criticised those in the alliance who decried Madonsela’s “big nose”, saying Madonsela’s detractors should play the ball, not the woman.

    Not:

    Reading up on a subject lends credence to anyone who wants to speak with authority on a matter. So ANC parliamentary chief whip Stone Sizani should have known better when he called a press ­conference to discuss Public ­Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report on Nkandla spending. Sizani had not read the report.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    During the course of the Nkandla ­investigation, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela was stymied, bullied, insulted and threatened by governing party leaders and supporters.
    She stood her ground and proceeded to fulfil her duties of safeguarding the public interest. South Africans are ­fortunate to have someone of her integrity and courage in that office.

    Not:

    How does one begin to describe Thulas Nxesi? Puppet? Suck-up? Manipulator of truth?
    As the frontline man in the defence of the Nkandla plunder, Nxesi has dreamt up wild stories that would make residents of the Weskoppies mental institution envious. He is really working hard to hold on to his R2 million salary.

‘Poor’ Malema uses helicopter to ‘be everywhere like the Holy Spirit’

@PolokoTau #EFFrally 13 April 2014 17:58

Moments after pleading poverty in front of several thousands of his supporters, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema hit the skies in a helicopter, heading to his next rally.

Julius Malema says it was a mistake to oust Mbeki in favour of ‘domkop’ Zuma

@City_Press 13 April 2014 6:00

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has ridiculed President Jacob Zuma, calling him a “domkop” (fool) while slamming the rest of the ANC and union federation Cosatu for having “sold out”.

Gwede Mantashe: Youth can only run the country if they are in the ANC

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe told university students they could only run the country if they belonged to the ANC.

Thuli Madonsela won’t discuss Nkandla findings with ministers

11 April 2014 16:45

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela will not discuss her findings on Nkandla with the government’s security cluster of ministers, her office has said.

Blade Nzimande hijacks Chris Hani event

@Bhintsintsi 10 April 2014 15:26

The event to mark the 21st anniversary of the murder of SA Communist Party and ANC leader Chris Hani degenerated into an electioneering circus when communist party boss Blade Nzimande used it to attack his political rivals.

Limpopo EFF told people to occupy vacant state-owned land

@PolokoTau 8 April 2014 16:16

The Economic Freedom Fighters’ premier candidate in Limpopo, Michael Mathebe, has admitted that his party is behind the illegal occupation of council-owned land on the outskirts of Polokwane.

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When they come, it should be for worship, not to canvass for membership.
SA Council of Churches general secretary, Mautji Pataki, on politicians taking to churches over the Easter weekend to campaign for the upcoming elections

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