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We flatly reject any special deal for Zuma

South Africa can’t keep on being in limbo while Cyril Ramaphosa and Jacob Zuma, and their respective factions, keep on fighting over the terms of his exit. Democratic Alliance (DA) Leader Mmusi Maimane said [we] flatly reject any reprieve agreement or special deal arrangement for President Zuma. “He isn’t exempt from the rules that everyone else follows, and must still …

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Phahlane and his better half faces corruption charges

Former Acting National Police Commissioner, Kgomotso Phahlane‚ his wife Brigadier Beauty Phahlane and used car salesman Durand Snyman were on Thursday released on R10‚000 bail each. The couple, alongside a businessman, appeared in a Specialised Commercial Crimes Court facing corruption and money laundering charges. Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister of Police Zakhele Mbhele said before the trio appears in court …

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SONA and NEC meeting have been put off

Following a mounting pressure inside the ANC and from opposition parties calling for President Jacob Zuma to leave office, the National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete has announced that the 2018 State of the Nation Address (SONA) has been postponed. This takes after a meeting on Tuesday with the Chief Whips of all political parties in Parliament. Mbete said SONA planned …

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Petrol price drops on Wednesday

Motorists can expect to pay 30 cents less for petrol, while diesel will be 17 cents cheaper per litre, at the pumps from Wednesday. Illuminating paraffin is also down by 19 cents, while LP gas will trade at 23 cents less per kilogram, Department of Energy announced on Sunday. The latest announcement will come as a relief for motorists following …

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Hawks must investigate Guptas R70 million tax refund

Democratic Alliance (DA) is calling on the Hawks to investigate the Gupta tax refund, implicating the family in a questionable R70 million payout a year ago from the South African Revenue Service (SARS). DA Shadow Minister of Police Zakhele Mbhele said in a statement on Friday they were encouraged by the Hawks and SARS move, arresting nine suspects connected to …

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Parties urged to respect dispute resolution on social grants

Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Jeff Radebe, has appealed to all the parties, who signed a dispute resolution protocol on the payment of social grants, to respect and use the agreement. This follows the article published on Sunday, 28 January, which makes reference to a supposed complaint letter by South African Post Office (SAPO) CEO, Mark …

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Arrest Magashule, Zwane and the Guptas for stealing from poor black farmers, says DA

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called on the Hawks to arrest the Guptas, Ace Magashule, Msebenzi Zwane, and all others embroiled in the alleged theft of R200 million belonging to poor black farmers. DA Leader  Mmusi Maimane said in a statement on Friday following search and seizure operation at the Free State Premier’s Office and the Department of Agriculture related …

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Hawks confirm raids at Free State Premier’s office

The Hawks have confirmed that they are currently conducting search and seizure operations at both the office of Free State Premier Ace Magashule and the provincial office of the Department of Agriculture. “Yes I can confirm that we have been here since around 8:30am. We are targeting the office of the Premier as well as the offices of the Department …

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Terms of Reference for State Capture Inquiry released

The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development has published the Terms of Reference for the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into State Capture in the Government Gazette. The terms of reference act as a guideline for the Commission in their investigations. They were signed into effect by President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday. “In the terms of the reference, the Commission must …

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Molefe ordered to pay back golden handshake

Embattled former Eskom boss Brain Molefe’s golden handshake got revolting when the North Gauteng High Court on Thursday ordered him to pay back the cash. The ruling was pronounced by Judge Elias Matojane. When he left the power utility, the former CEO was granted R30 million golden handshake. In 2016, Eskom paid Molefe R11 million as part of the money. …

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