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DA’s momentum growing – Zille

27 November 2014 11:52

The results of municipal by-elections this week show that the Democratic Alliance’s momentum is growing, says party leader Helen Zille.

Good relations: Gabon president Ali Bongo and Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara talk during a news conference at the presidential palace in Yamoussoukro on Wednesday (November 26 2014). During Bongo’s visit to the Ivory Coast, 27 partnership agreements in various fields were signed.

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Zuma: We can’t disband youth league again

President Jacob Zuma has strongly defended the ANC’s eleventh hour decision to postpone its youth wing’s elective conference, saying it would otherwise have ended up disbanding the league a second time.

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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.

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    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.

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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.

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    Barcelona star Lionel Messi is really something special. This week, he equalled Raúl González’s Champions’ League goal tally of 71 and did this after just 90 games in the competition. His rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, is not far off the mark with 70 goals after 111 games. Both will clearly beat the record, but Messi is likely to do this in fewer games than Ronaldo.

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    Igor Gamula seems determined to entrench racism in sport. The coach of FC Rostov, the Russian Premier League outfit, said this week his club was not going to sign any more black players
    because they had “enough dark-skinned players, we’ve got six of the things” and that they would spread Ebola. What a pillock!

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    Lindiwe Zulu. In three months, the new small business minister has been a bundle of energy, even though she does not have a budget. This week, Zulu told Parliament her department had ensured R400 million was paid to small and medium businesses by defaulting government departments.

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    Siphelo Makeleni and Siphakamise Ngxowa of Cosas are surely the two most stupid students in the ­country. This week, they vowed to continue with the vile campaign to place pigs heads at Woolworths stores as part of a solidarity ­campaign with Palestinians. Oink!

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    Not all of us can deliver bad news in a way that makes it sound positive, or proactive and certain. Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene did it this week. He said we were going to pay more tax and told his colleagues in government their belts would be tightened. And no one seemed that angry. This was probably because his speech was not hot potatoes; it was just plain hot.

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    “Doesn’t it just blow your mind,” CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour asked a guest, “to see a township black judge handing down a sentence?” What is a “township black judge”, Ms Amanpour, and why would Judge Thokozile Masipa’s calm, capable handling of the Oscar Pistorius trial blow anyone’s mind? She’s just doing her job.

Zuma, Abbas agree on two-state solution

26 November 2014 19:00

President Jacob Zuma met Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in Pretoria where he pledged South Africa’s support for a two-state solution to the situation in the Middle East.

Don’t defy your leaders, Maphatsoe tells ANCYL

26 November 2014 17:01

Defiant but well-behaved ANC Youth League delegates at its consultative congress have complained that their national congress has been turned into a “picnic”.

‘Dr Death violated human rights’

@City_Press 26 November 2014 16:19

Local healthcare practitioners have called on the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) to impose the harshest sentence on Dr Wouter, who is dubbed Dr Death.

Key state departments can’t account for spending

@mbanjwax 26 November 2014 14:55

Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu has expressed concern that the departments of health, education and public works, which are key to basic service delivery, cannot “adequately and accurately” account for how they spent 37% of government’s R1 trillion of last year’s budget.

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It certainly is a sweet victory considering all the resources and time that both the NFP and the ANC invested.
IFP national chair Blessed Gwala on winning a ward previously held by the National Freedom Party

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