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2 found guilty of stabbing Dali Mpofu in East London

23 April 2014 17:46

Two men have been convicted of assaulting prominent human rights lawyer Dali Mpofu by the East London Regional Court.

Sad inventory: An updated list on Wednesday (April 23 2014) displays the names of people who died when a South Korean ferry carrying 476 passengers and crew sank last week. Only 174 people have been rescued and the remainder are all presumed to have drowned.

Picture: Issei Kato/Reuters

Jacob Zuma slams opposition: ‘Nkandla, Nkandla is all they can say’

@PaddyHarper1 23 April 2014 17:42

President Jacob Zuma has torn into opposition parties for harping on about the more than R200 million upgrade to his Nkandla home, saying they should have waited until the legal processes around the matter were concluded.

Textbooks: Blame game doesn’t help pupils, court hears

@vercingetorics 23 April 2014 17:37

It was clear that pupils’ rights to education had been violated, counsel for Basic Education For All and Section27 Adila Hassim told the North Gauteng High Court today. This was in response to the claim that principals were responsible for the delay in the delivery of textbooks.

Charges withdrawn against woman who shot husband after mistaking him for intruder

23 April 2014 17:01

Attempted murder charges were withdrawn against a Free State pharmacist who allegedly shot her husband after mistaking him for an intruder.

Gayton McKenzie to Malema: ‘We’re not revolutionaries, we both shop at Louis Vuitton’

23 April 2014 16:11

Ex-convict and president of the Patriotic Alliance Gayton McKenzie said Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema is “the biggest thief I ever met”.

A better life cannot be in Nkandla – Mmusi Maimane

@City_Press 23 April 2014 15:46

He could offer office space in the Gauteng premier’s office at R1 a year to small businesses by taking from the money spent on Nkandla, DA Gauteng premier candidate Mmusi Maimane told supporters who participated in the party’s jobs march in Joburg today.

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.

Marius Fransman faces sanctions after walking out of Scopa meeting

23 April 2014 12:58

Western Cape ANC leader Marius Fransman and former health MEC Pierre Uys today walked out of a provincial public accounts committee (Scopa) hearing on the mismanagement of public funds.

Textbooks: Principals are to blame, says department

@vercingetorics 23 April 2014 12:24

The department of basic education has accused principals in Limpopo of dereliction of duty for failing to report textbook shortages and retrieve them from pupils at the end of the academic year.

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You truly are the Con-mander in Thief.
Ex-convict and president of the Patriotic Alliance Gayton McKenzie in an open letter to EFF leader Julius Malema

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