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EFF MPs could have economic freedom by Christmas

19 December 2014 17:10

The Western Cape High Court will deliver judgment next week on the EFF’s quest for an urgent interdict against sanctions implemented by Parliament against 20 of its MPs.

Agang asks ConCourt for secret Zuma vote

19 December 2014 9:43

Agang SA has filed papers in the Constitutional Court asking that a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma be voted on by way of secret ballot.

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  • This Week

    Hot:

    Musician John Legend and his wife, model Chrissy Teigen, sponsored food trucks in New York so that crowds protesting against the Michael Brown and Eric Garner killings by white ­policemen didn’t have to go hungry. They paid for the trucks on behalf of a Twitter-based activist group, Operation Help or Hush. Nice to know the gorgeous couple are good citizens, too.

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    ‘Harsh’ and ‘abhorrent’ were the toughest words CIA boss John Brennan could find to defend revelations that his agency tortured and brutalised detainees after 9/11. Declassified pages from a massive secret report exposed ­harrowing details of just how the agency operated – and how the US government knew all about it.

  • Previous Weeks

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    Chad le Clos keeps getting ­better every time he dives into a swimming pool. On Thursday night, he broke ­another world record and picked up a second gold medal at the world short-course championships in Qatar. The young swimmer is the kind of sports star who makes us look ­forward to the next Olympics. After all, he’s our golden boy.

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    We all have bad days at work, but it seems a little career limiting to complain publicly about how much the job bores us. Gauteng’s ­community safety MEC, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, who earns R1.7 million a year, took to ­Facebook to bemoan the “boring” legislature this week. We’re sorry your life’s so tough, ma’am.

  • Previous Weeks

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    Only in South Africa would a puppet emerge as the champion of the ­freedom of speech and the battle against racism. Puppet Chester Missing claimed victory for these causes when he ­defeated Steve Hofmeyr and his ­representative Dan Roodt in court this week. ­
    Viva SA’s favourite puppet. Viva!

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    Spare a thought for poor Dan Roodt, whose life in post-1994 South Africa is worse than we thought. Roodt, who represented Steve Hofmeyr against Chester Missing, told 702 that Hofmeyr and other Afrikaans pop singers were the only “consolation” Afrikaners had now that ­democracy is here to stay. Someone buy the man a Beyoncé CD.

  • Previous Weeks

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    Cyril Ramaphosa, ANC deputy ­president and leader of the ANC’s ­political committee in ­Parliament, made an effort to rise above the petty politics of political parties to provide a solution to arrest the decline of the ­institution. Although his deal fell apart after reaching the parties’ caucuses, his efforts were a step in the right ­direction and should continue.

    Not:

    Political parties in Parliament should be ashamed of themselves for further dragging down the name and reputation of the institution. Even with attempts to mediate a solution to restore Parliament’s dignity, the hostility among MPs appears to be deep-seated. At this rate, we’re not far from open ­violence in the House.

  • Previous Weeks

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    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.

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    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.

House arrest for Lenasia land fraudster

18 December 2014 13:23

Former City of Johannesburg employee Sifiso Handsome Litau was handed a five-year sentence for fraud, wholly suspended for five years, for illegally selling state land in Lenasia.

Ivan Pillay’s suspension found unlawful

@City_Press #Sars 18 December 2014 11:29

The battle for the control of the South African Revenue Service took another turn when the Labour Court ordered that suspended deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay be reinstated immediately.

ANC prepares for EFF ‘mass exodus’

17 December 2014 17:14

The African National Congress has called on its members and leaders to ready themselves for the return of EFF members to the ruling party. “This mass exodus of EFF members back to the ANC is imminent given the high degree of unhappiness among its members and dictatorial leadership,” said ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa today. The […]

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