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State is obstructing probe into Lindiwe Sisulu’s R11m flights – DA

2 September 2014 14:09

It’s been five months, and the defence department has failed to hand over documents regarding an investigation into its former minister’s R11 million bill for chartered flights.

Match-fixing cabal is like conniving ghosts – Fikile Mbalula

@City_Press 2 September 2014 13:44

Sports and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula referred to “a cabal”, “conniving” and “collusion” as he expressed frustration about delays in getting to the bottom of football match-fixing allegations.

Lesotho prime minister leaves SA, wants peace force after coup

2 September 2014 8:40

Lesotho’s prime minister has asked southern African states to send peacekeepers into his mountain kingdom to restore order after an apparent coup over the weekend, his aide said.

Jacob Zuma won’t act on request to remove King Dalindyebo

2 September 2014 8:23

The state has asked for a postponement in the matter between King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo of the abaThembu and President Jacob Zuma, the presidency has said.

Hot or Not

  • This Week

    Hot:

    Beyoncé. And no, she is not hot ­because of that rhinestone bodysuit alone. We salute the singer for proudly proclaiming herself a ­feminist at the MTV Video Music Awards and for so beautifully ­sampling Nigerian writer ­Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s thoughts on what it means to be a feminist today.

    Not:

    Marikana strike leader Xolani ­Nzuza. This week he told the ­Marikana Commission of Inquiry into the deaths of 44 people two years ago that he bore no ­culpability and would not apologise for the brutal deaths of security guards Hassan Fundi and Frans Mabelani at ­Lonmin.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    When it’s your time, it’s really your time. Fresh from a gold in triple jump at the Commonwealth Games, Khotso Mokoena led the South African ­contingent with a solid victory in the men’s long jump event at the ­Diamond League meeting in Stockholm this week. This could prove to be Mokoena’s year to capture the world stage and make it his own.

    Not:

    Ratings agencies have become one of those things we love to hate. Whether anyone agrees with the downgrades or not, the minute they declare a company or country junk, a whole lot of investment protocols kick in, ensuring that the rating is proven correct. We have felt their scorn, and we want them to go away and pick on someone else.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    Laughter is the best medicine, but it wasn’t enough to cure actor Robin Williams of his deep depression. He made us weep with laughter and, in his darker roles, just weep – and hid his own demons behind a wide smile and sad eyes. His ­suicide this week left the world a little emptier.
    Thanks for the memories, Robin – we’re sorry for your pain.

    Not:

    President Jacob Zuma has mastered the art of passing the buck. After keeping us waiting for months for a response to the Public Protector’s Nkandla report, he delivered what was essentially two pages of a reply as most of the 20 pages were a regurgitation of other reports. And the substance was: Ask the police minister.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    When science is cool, it’s really cool. European spacecraft Rosetta caught up with a comet this week. It will ­attach a probe to 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko – Chury to its friends – and gather data from its surface. This will offer a peek into what reports call a kind of “astronomical time capsule” to see what things were like when our solar system was born.

    Not:

    Lending money to poor people at high interest rates is bad enough. Springing one of the biggest shockers in South Africa’s corporate
    history is not hot either. Not long ago, African Bank’s management indicated it was at rock bottom. Almost R10 billion got burnt this week once the extent of its ­problems became clear.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    Team SA for their 37-medal haul with three days to go at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, getting closer to the target of 43 set by Sascoc and already surpassing the 33 from the 2010 Games. The SA lawn bowls (five gold medals), judo (one) and Rugby Sevens teams proved that the nation should not only always rely on swimming and athletics for gold medals.

    Not:

    What will it take for the US to ­finally ditch its “softly, softly” ­approach to Israel? Not even the bombing of a UN-run school in Gaza by Israeli forces could do it. The US called the act “indefensible” and called on Israel to “live up to their own standards” of protecting civilians. That’ll show ’em, Obama. Or not.

NPA boss threw career away for ‘corrupt Zuma’ – Glynnis Breytenbach

1 September 2014 12:48

The Democratic Alliance has called on Justice Minister Michael Masutha to make the necessary recommendations to remove deputy National Prosecuting Authority head Nomgcobo Jiba from office.

What’s next for Thuli Madonsela?

@City_Press 31 August 2014 15:01

After the Public Protector called for an end to hostilities with the ANC this week, City Press sat down with her to ask how she keeps up.

Parly won’t shield JZ

@City_Press 31 August 2014 15:00

Parliament is reviewing its security policy following the disruption last week by Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MPs, but there won’t be any amendment of its rules to protect President Jacob Zuma.

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Fifa is not a small federation from Gugulethu, it is a big, powerful international body.
Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula on efforts to get answers from Fifa about match-fixing allegations

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