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Nkandla ad-hoc committee to be re-established – Stone Sizani

#Nkandla 28 July 2014 11:43

A parliamentary ad-hoc committee will again be established to consider President Jacob Zuma’s response to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report on Nkandla.

Jacob Zuma ‘can’t be alleged transgressor and judge in Nkandla case’

#Nkandla 28 July 2014 9:25

President Jacob Zuma’s failure to meet the deadline and respond to the Public Protector’s Nkandla report demonstrates the urgent need to fix the existing code of ethics for the national and provincial cabinets.

19 Cabinet members still have private business interests

Nineteen members of President Jacob Zuma’s new Cabinet – including the president himself – have private business interests.

Free State’s ‘missing’ MEC

27 July 2014 15:00

Free State health MEC Benny Malakoane could face another criminal charge after failing to appear in court on Monday, saying he was going to the International Aids Conference in Melbourne.

Jacob Zuma’s family empire

Besides a lucrative government job, members of President Jacob Zuma’s family have also scored contracts in the oil, gold, cigarette, diamond, airline and retail industries in the five years since he first took office.

Hot or Not

  • This Week

    Hot:

    It is common cause that when a minister’s official car breaks down, the department hires a replacement. Not for Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor, who chose to drive her own private car when her state car was not in use. At a time when government is calling for cuts in excessive spending, Pandor’s action shows a minister leading by example.

    Not:

    Dragged for kilometres during a hijacking and then dying. That’s the end of life for four-year-old Taegrin Morris. His death should shock us all into taking a stand against crime. The fight against crime cannot be relegated to the police alone. It will also take society’s efforts to clear our country of violent criminals.

  • Previous Weeks

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    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.

    Not:

    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

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    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.

    Not:

    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

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    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.

    Not:

    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

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    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!

    Not:

    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.

R50 million to sit at home

@City_Press 27 July 2014 15:00

About 400 public servants sitting at home on paid suspension have collected nearly R50 million in salaries and benefits while waiting for their disciplinary cases to be finalised.

Court bid to unmask political funders

@City_Press 27 July 2014 15:00

Nobody knows which big businesses, foreign governments and super-rich individuals are keeping our political parties afloat – but now there’s a court bid to change this.

EFF will liberate Africa and the world – Julius Malema

#EFFAnniversary 26 July 2014 19:09

The Economic Freedom Fighters will liberate all the oppressed people of the world, leader Julius Malema has said.

Motorists owe R1bn in unpaid e-tolls

26 July 2014 14:05

Unregistered motorists in Gauteng owe the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) over R1 billion in unpaid e-toll accounts, said Transport Minister Dipuo Peters.

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.

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All of us here must stop paying TV licences; there must be a march where all of us are going to burn our TV licences in front of the SABC.
said Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema during the party’s one-year anniversary rally on Saturday.

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