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Water crisis: Gauteng on high alert, says MEC

1 October 2014 7:00

Gauteng’s provincial leaders are on high alert and ready to respond to water-related problems that may re-surface in the near future, co-operative governance MEC Jacob Mamabolo has said.

Danger zone: Volcanic fumes and smoke rise from craters of Mount Ontake in central Japan on Tuesday (September 30 2014). Increased seismic activity raised concern on Tuesday about the possibility of another eruption at the Japanese volcano where dozens of people were killed, forcing rescuers to suspend plans to try to recover at least two dozen bodies still near the summit.

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Jacob Zuma must face disciplinary committee – Julius Malema

@PolokoTau 30 September 2014 18:00

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema says Jacob Zuma should be the one hauled before a disciplinary committee, not his party for demanding that the president pay back the money for upgrades to his Nkandla home.

Julius Malema: It is not cold outside the ANC

@PolokoTau 30 September 2014 17:00

Julius Malema said he was out to prove that “it is not cold outside the ANC” and that there is life outside the governing party, which expelled him before he formed the Economic Freedom Fighters.

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    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.

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    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.

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    But this is not the case in the tiny mountain kingdom of Lesotho, where there was an attempted coup last month. On Friday, police and ­military exchanged fire as the country battles to return to ­normality. Only strict adherence to democratic rule can free the country of its problems.

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    School kids are not sex objects for teachers. This is the message ­Gauteng and Free State education MECs ­Panyaza Lesufi and Tate Makgoe, ­respectively, are sending out. The ­politicians have axed several teachers found guilty of having sex with schoolchildren. Such brave action means ­culprits cannot hide behind their ­profession while abusing our children.

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    It’s obvious. No words necessary. Bleddie agent!

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    South Africans are closer to knowing the contents of the spy tapes that saw President Jacob
    Zuma evading criminal prosecution. For years, the DA has gone to the courts to force the National Prosecuting Authority to hand over the recordings. In it, we can only hope, are the answers the country has been waiting for.

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    Mpumalanga culture, sport and recreation MEC Norah Mahlangu-Mabena seems not to know how to divide her duties between the party and the government.
    Addressing a Women’s Day event, she lashed the Public Protector for being sent to destroy Zuma. Really. Clearly, the MEC knows more than we know. We’re listening...

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    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.

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    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.

I leave Nkandla in Parliament’s hands – Thuli Madonsela

30 September 2014 15:51

The outcome of recommendations made by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela in her report on the upgrades to President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home is no longer in her hands, she said.

Journalists granted access to Nkandla scapegoat’s hearing

@City_Press 30 September 2014 15:03

In what’s been described as a big win for media freedom, Media24 – including City Press – has been granted access to a disciplinary hearing of one of the department of public works officials who’s been charged in connection with upgrades to President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home.

Julius Malema unimpressed with 11-month trial delay

@PolokoTau 30 September 2014 14:22

Julius Malema says his lawyers are ready to go ahead with his trial – and he wants to appear alone because his co-accused’s lawyers are not able to agree on a date.

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