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Mcebisi Jonas resigns as ANC MP

Former Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas has resigned as an ANC member of Parliament, the party confirmed on Thursday. "Comrade Jonas has served both as Deputy Minister and MP with absolute distinction and dedication," the office of the ANC Chief Whip said in a statement. Jonas was removed from his position along with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan last week during a...

New Finance Minister, Malusi Gigaba bans Lobola

Former home affairs minister Malusi Gigaba has replaced Pravin Gordhan as the new Finance Minister of South Africa and has made his presence felt by abolishing lobola citing it is a waste of finances. Gigaba, born in 1971 in KwaZulu-Natal holds a bachelor-degree in Education and a Masters in Arts degree in Social Policy from the University of Durban Westville. The...

Top ANC leader apologise for criticising Zuma

Three of the ANC's top officials - deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, secretary general Gwede Mantashe, and treasurer general Zweli Mkhize - have accepted that they made a "mistake" by publicly criticising President Jacob Zuma following his Cabinet reshuffle. Zuma has won the day after a special extended ANC National Working Committee meeting rejected calls for him to step down. "Officials had...

Woman stabbed six-year-old step daughter 19 times in full view of police

A 25-year-old Diepsloot woman appeared in the Randburg Magistrate's Court on Tuesday for allegedly stabbing her stepdaughter 19 times. The Randburg Magistrate's Court on Wednesday heard that the woman who stabbed her six-year-old stepdaughter 19 times continued her actions even when police fired warning shots. The 25-year-old woman from Diepsloot cannot be named to protect the identity of the child. She is...

Zuma does not pitch up at his own Rally

President Jacob Zuma failed on Tuesday afternoon to arrive at a rally attended by his supporters. Zuma was locked in meetings with the ANC Working Committee in Luthuli House in Johannesburg. He had been scheduled to attend a rally at Germiston Stadium on the East Rand where he was to address supporters from the ANC Youth League and MK Veterans. The...

Former domestic worker gets a BSc in physics and electronics

Former domestic worker Zanele Sibiya is proof that perseverance is the key to success It took her six long years of ill health, stress, financial strain and struggle to get to where she is, but former domestic worker Zanele Sibiya (27) never gave up on her dream to get her BSc in physics and electronics from the University of Zululand in...

The people will march, despite threats

A national shutdown on Friday to push President Jacob Zuma to quit is expected to go ahead despite government warnings that protesters engaging in civil disobedience would face "the full might of the law". Civil society organisations and businesses voiced support yesterday for mass action in which citizens will hit the streets to protest against the firing of ex- finance...

Gordhan about to launch new political party

The ANC Youth League in KwaZulu-Natal believes that axed finance minster Pravin Gordhan is on the brink of launching a new political party. The provincial wing of the league threatened to "squeeze out" former finance minister Pravin Gordhan following his call for “mass mobilisation against the current problems facing the country”. "I’m unashamedly encouraging mass mobilisation‚" Gordhan said at the Ahmed...

Papa Penny came close to beating up station manager

Musician Penny Penny allegedly assaulted Munghana Lonene station manager Lawrence Ubisi in a scuffle over food and for making him strip half naked in public. The muso, whose reality show Papa Penny Ahee on DStv's Mzansi Magic has taken the country by storm, was also allegedly involved in a stand-off with the station's DJs whom he accused of not wanting...

Downgrade to junk status – what does it mean?

While international markets worry about what a credit downgrade might mean for South Africa‚ an economist says most citizens were unlikely to feel a big impact immediately. Chris Malikane‚ an associate professor of Economics at Wits University‚ said while “there is a lot of hype with the ratings agencies‚ the fact of the matter is that even if they cut...

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