Fri Apr 25 07:32:24 SAST 2014

President's inauguration on May 24

The ceremony would follow the election of the president-elect by Parliament, which was expected to take place on May 21, spokesman Mac Maharaj said in a statement.   9 comments

'Land reform process lawful'

"I want to emphasise that our land reform process is properly regulated, it has been done according to the law and the Constitution," Zuma said in a speech prepared for delivery at an ANC manifesto dinner at the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria.   21 comments

Judgment reserved in textbook case

The education department admitted that hundreds of thousands of textbooks were only ordered in April this year because of budgetary constraints.   9 comments

'Provinces need Sanral's help'

Provinces have asked Sanral to take over certain roads as they recognised their own limitations and challenges, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said in Pretoria on Tuesday.   2 comments

Cope members join the ANC

President of the Cope Youth Movement, Abel Rangata, and three other Cope members have resigned from the party to join the ANC, Rangata said in a statement.   1 comments

Government, Renamo fail to reach agreement

The Mozambican government and Renamo, the rebel movement that turned opposition, failed to agree on a ceasefire after six rounds of talks.   0 comments

'SANDF needs more money'

"For me the arms deal does not affect or impact on the work we are trying to do right now. We are projecting, trying to assist the defence force to survive and to restore its dignity for the next 20 years."   22 comments

'Taxis exceed speed limit'

Minibus taxis exceed the speed limit more often than other passenger vehicles, according to a study released on Wednesday.   10 comments

Charges withdrawn, woman shot husband

Frik Fouche was shot after he apparently used a blowtorch to open the security gate of their house because he could not find his keys.   5 comments

'Orange farm roads a mess'

Driving in Orange Farm and surrounding areas such as Sebokeng and Evaton in Gauteng remained a nightmare, drivers said at the Orange Farm taxi rank, south of Johannesburg.   5 comments

Swaziland opposition leaders, activists detained

Swaziland police detained the leaders of banned political parties and several activists Wednesday at the trial of journalists charged with publishing articles critical of King Mswati III's government, an AFP correspondent and a spokesman said.   0 comments

Three found guilty of KZN farm murder

They confessed to shooting 78-year-old farmer Willem Weites after pretending they wished to buy milk from him.   0 comments

Lekota meets Abathembu king

"The king has indicated that a number of his subjects supported Cope and despite the fact the he is a DA member he wanted the president [Lekota] to address them," spokesman Johann Abrie said.   4 comments

Gauteng's school health program receives a boost

Gauteng's school health programme received a boost with a donation of a mobile clinic to be used by health workers to screen children for conditions that undermine their learning.   5 comments

'ANC, NFP use state money'

Inkatha Freedom Party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi has accused the ANC and the NFP of using government resources to fund their respective election campaigns.   10 comments

'Oscar did not take acting lessons'

"We deny in the strongest terms the contents of her letter in as far it relates to our client and further deny that our client has undergone any 'acting lessons' or any form of emotional coaching," said family spokeswoman Anneliese Burgess.   38 comments

Spaza shops suffer as big retail rolls in

In one of the corners of Soweto, the biggest building used to be the Catholic church. Now it's been overshadowed by a shopping centre and business has only gotten worse for Grace, a 68-year-old shopowner.   12 comments

From ANC to EFF

With the upcoming election, voters are following the lead of politicians and defecting to other parties, with EFF luring a large number of voters from the ANC, according to the Sowetan LIVE Facebook poll.   260 comments

'Million born-frees have not registered'

Only a third [33.6 percent] of those born after 1994 have registered to cast their votes. This meant that 646,313 out of a possible 1.9 million "born-frees" were ready to vote next month.   30 comments

IEC mum on ‘Sidikiwe! Vukani’ campaign

The Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) declined to comment on Wednesday on the "No Vote" campaign of former minister Ronnie Kasrils.   3 comments

Commuters 'don't know what they want'

"They undermine us and call us names, but we carry their lives and they just sit there and fart on our seats."   20 comments

Treatment halted at Johannesburg hospital

A shortage of a key chemotherapy drugs at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital has halted treatment for certain cancer patients, a Gauteng official said on Wednesday.   10 comments

Cosatu condemns threats against Vavi

Cosatu president Sidumo Dlamini on Wednesday condemned those who threatened to "dump" general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi if he campaigned for the ANC.   13 comments

Tshwane accuses DA of playing politics

The DA opportunistically used a protest in Olievenhoutbosch, Centurion, for political purposes, the City of Tshwane said on Thursday.   0 comments

Zuma taken aback by "Sidikiwe! Vukani!" campaign

"It's a very funny thing... he [Kasrils] was not just a comrade, he was a friend.   41 comments

Diepsloot: Where South Africa's problems meet

The tavern in Diepsloot township on the outskirts of Johannesburg starts filling up early on a Friday. There are several hours left in the workday but the patrons have no work to go to and little diversion among the dusty streets and iron shacks.   85 comments

Nkandla is a holy space: Mbete

Some of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's remarks about President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home amounted to interference, ANC national chairwoman Baleka Mbete said on Thursday.   90 comments

Zahara's brother shot dead

Award-winning singer Zahara's brother has been murdered, Eastern Cape police said on Tuesday.   34 comments

KZN school boy hit and killed by taxi

A 10-year-old school boy was killed when he was hit by a taxi in Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday morning, paramedics said.   2 comments

Four teens held over KZN bus stabbing

Four high school pupils, aged between 16 and 19, have been arrested for allegedly stabbing four others on a school bus in Cedara, outside Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Saturday.   0 comments

KZN education salaries frozen

The salaries of 388 KwaZulu-Natal education department staff are going to be frozen because they cannot be found, the department said on Thursday.   2 comments

Ad hoc committee to consider Nkandla

An ad hoc committee would be formed to consider the submissions made by President Jacob Zuma in response to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report on upgrades to his Nkandla homestead, Parliament said on Wednesday.   10 comments

Nkandla residents 'not asking questions'

Nkandla locals in KwaZulu-Natal did not raise questions about President Jacob Zuma's private home in the area, ANC treasurer general Zweli Mkhize said on Monday.   37 comments

Zuma draws crowds in Durban

The party faithful turned out in droves as President Jacob Zuma toured several areas of greater Durban where he campaigned for the ANC ahead of the May 7 election.   27 comments

ANC prioritising rural development: Mkhize

The ANC is working to develop rural areas to improve residents' quality of life, ANC treasurer general Zweli Mkhize told potential voters in KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday.   7 comments

Two killed interrupting armed robbery

A man about to drop off his wife who worked at the store saw what was happening and tried to drive off. The robbers fired shots at the car, hitting both of them. Their car was found about a kilometre away in a sugar cane field.   1 comments

'Why should I pay for something I did not ask for': Zuma

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma on Sunday said he did not ask for multi-million dollar state-funded makeover of his private house. PLUS: Facebook comment of the day   122 comments

FFPlus seeks parliamentary debate on Nkandla

The FF Plus is seeking an urgent parliamentary debate on the public protector's report on upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's residence in Nkandla.   11 comments

Not enough time spent on Nkandla report: Sisulu

Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu is sceptical about whether enough time was spent on the public protector's final report on the security upgrades at Nkandla, the Star reported on Monday.   14 comments

IFP wants special corruption court

Special courts to deal with corruption would be established under an IFP government, the party's leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi said in Durban on Sunday.   25 comments

Headless body found in shallow grave

The decapitated body of a four-year-old boy has been found in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, Western Cape police said.   17 comments

Protector probes 'ANC using state resources for election campaign'

"Agang SA's complaint relates to allegations that food parcels were used in the ANC campaign in the Western Cape and that the Gauteng provincial government used ANC-related colours on its billboard."   91 comments

'Victory for freedom of expression': DA

The DA's election adverts will be aired by the SABC following a hearing by the Complaints and Compliance Committee, the Democratic Alliance said on Wednesday.   10 comments

Govt gives 'hands-on' support: Zuma

President Jacob Zuma assured the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality that government would continue to provide hands-on support in order to improve governance, the presidency said on Tuesday.   2 comments

Western Cape economic growth reversed: Mantashe

Economic growth in the Western Cape has been reversed under the DA leadership, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Saturday.   6 comments

Northern Cape man held for killing family with axe

A man was arrested on Sunday for allegedly killing two of his family members and injuring two others with an axe in Douglas, Northern Cape police said.   0 comments

First Ocean View subsidised houses handed over

"By 2015, 543 houses will have been built here at a cost of R46 million. Not only will these houses give people dignity, they will be reminders of everything that is possible when communities come together and work with the city to transform the way that they live."   21 comments

'I do not owe Numsa'

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has indicated that he does not owe Numsa for its support to have him reinstated at the trade union federation, The Star newspaper reported on Wednesday.   42 comments

Policeman killed in Tsolo robbery

"Four armed men robbed Boxer Superstore of an undisclosed amount of money around 5pm. The police were called and followed the robbers," said Lt-Col Mzukisi Fatyela.   0 comments

Dali Tambo’s company did not follow regulations in Mandela statue tender: Report

The contract for a R1.8 million bust of former president Nelson Mandela was awarded to a company owned by Dali Tambo without being put out to tender, the Sunday Times reports.   51 comments

ANCWL wants fair Dewani trial

The ANC Women's League wants to ensure a fair trial against Shrien Dewani who is accused of involvement in the murder of his wife.   20 comments

Hawks warn of 'Wonga' loan scam

An e-mail scam is using the name of short-term loan company Wonga Finance SA to trick people out of their money, Western Cape police said on Tuesday.   15 comments

Court hears Limpopo textbook case

The Limpopo education department has admitted that textbooks for certain subjects have not yet been delivered to 39 schools in the province.   2 comments

Zuma loudly booed: Report

Residents jeered at President Jacob Zuma at Malamulele in Limpopo on Wednesday when he told them their grievances would be attended to, City Press reported.   96 comments

Department disappointed over textbook allegation

Limpopo's education department on Thursday expressed disappointment with "false claims" that undelivered textbooks were found in a warehouse in Fetakgomo.   1 comments

Limpopo health department meets hospital to resolve strike

"It must be noted that strikes in the essential services sector must be a measure of last resort and must not be used to seek attention that has not been denied," African National Congress provincial spokeswoman Khumbudzo Ntshavheni said in a statement.   1 comments

'Malema's co-accused case dismissed'

EFF leader Julius Malema's business associates have been acquitted on corruption charges in the Mokopane Regional Court, The Star reported on Thursday.   2 comments

Six arrested over explosives, guns, in Limpopo

The men, five of whom are South African and the other a foreign national, were arrested on the N11 between Steilloop and Mokopane on Monday night, Lt-Gen Solomon Makgale said.   2 comments

Man kills girlfriend, four children

A 44-year-old man killed his girlfriend and four children in Tlou village, Ga-Matlala, Limpopo police said on Sunday.   2 comments

Three home affairs officials arrested

"Two officials were arrested at the Beit Bridge border post for allegedly taking bribes from travellers passing through Beit Bridge," department investigation unit director Connie Moitse said in a statement.   5 comments

Limpopo officials charged

Nine senior Limpopo co-operative governance officials have been charged with tender irregularities, the department said.   6 comments

Limpopo policemen's houses torched

Two houses belonging to policemen were torched in Namakgale on Sunday morning, Limpopo police said.   1 comments

Rhino horns worth millions stolen from safe in SA

Around 40 rhino horns worth millions of dollars have been stolen from the safe of a state tourism organisation in South Africa, a press report said Monday.   9 comments

Mpumalanga amputee admits killing wife

An amputee convicted of killing his wife admitted to the crime in the Nelspruit Circuit of the High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday.   10 comments

Old age homes are for whites: Mabuza

Mpumulanga premier David Mabuza has said old age homes are for whites and that blacks must not adopt the practice, the Sunday Times reports.   221 comments

Seven to appear for allegedly stealing from Absa

Seven people arrested in connection with R4 million stolen from 17 Absa ATMs were expected to appear in the Nelspruit Magistrate's Court on Friday, Mpumalanga police said.   2 comments

Mpumalanga mom jailed over pistol

An Mpumalanga security guard, whose one-year-old son was seen walking around with her service pistol, was handed a two-month prison sentence with an option to pay an R800 fine.   44 comments

Zuma hands over land to Mpumalanga claimants

The N'wandlamhlarhi Community Property Association (CPA) in Lillydale village near Hazyview in Mpumalanga are officially the owners of 13,184 hectares of land that includes the Mala Mala game reserve, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday.   41 comments

Mpumalanga lightening deaths to be probed

"The conditions they are living in is not acceptable," director of public safety Selati Matlejoane said.   15 comments

Zuma shocked at Moloto Road bus crash

President Jacob Zuma is shocked at the deaths of 29 people in an accident involving a bus and a truck on the Moloto Road near Kwaggafontein, Mpumalanga, the presidency said on Tuesday.   70 comments

Mathale's wife in court

Kgohloane faces a possible R5 million fine or 10 years' imprisonment if found guilty of mining illegally.   32 comments

Pastor jailed for 15 years

A self-proclaimed Mpumalanga pastor who bludgeoned a suspected thief to death was jailed for 15 years by the Nelspruit Regional Court.   10 comments

Family killing in Thabong

Mokhuoane said a 53-year-old man, Teboho Tleru, was found inside the house, on the couch, with a wound to the head. He had a firearm in his hand.   3 comments

'Intelligence service has become a tool for Luthuli House': Kasrils

The intelligence service has become a tool for Luthuli House and the president.   23 comments

SA sends condolences to Nigeria

South Africa sent its "deepest condolences" to Nigeria on Monday after a bomb blast in Abuja that killed over 70 people.   0 comments

ANC trying to delay Nkandla committee: DA

The DA accused the ANC on Monday of deliberately trying to delay the work of the ad hoc committee on Nkandla.   36 comments

Sars seize R14.8 million of drugs in March

Drugs with an estimated street value of over R14.8 million were prevented from entering South Africa in March after being seized by the SA Revenue Service (Sars), it said on Monday.   3 comments

ANC wishes 'no vote campaign' luck: Report

The ANC wishes former minister Ronnie Kasrils luck if he is campaigning for spoilt votes, the Sunday Independent reports.   53 comments

Zuma built his own house: Nzimande

President Jacob Zuma built his house in Nkandla with his own money, SA Communist Party general secretary Blade Nzimande said on Saturday.   55 comments

Exercise Christian values during Easter: Peters

Motorists should exercise Christian and Constitutional values when using the roads during the Easter break, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said on Thursday.   5 comments

All ministers' homes upgraded and cost R100m: Nzimande

President Jacob Zuma built his house in Nkandla with his own money, SA Communist Party general secretary Blade Nzimande said on Saturday.   7 comments

Afrikaners want economic freedom: EFF

"I believe any South African who has an interest in democracy will be interested in the economic freedom that the EFF seeks."   44 comments

Criticism essence of politics: DA

The content of the DA's election campaign advertisements is legitimate and should be aired, the party's legal team said on Tuesday.   1 comments

Fraud a growing problem for hospital cash-back plans

Seven months after Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi claimed that insurance companies were “selling ill-health” and promoting collusion between policyholders and hospitals, concerns are growing about the increasing number of fraudulent claims.   1 comments

ANCYL distances itself from Mzwandile Masina's Instagram post

The ANC Youth League distanced itself on Monday from a comment made by its national convenor Mzwandile Masina about two party stalwarts on photo-sharing site Instagram.   46 comments

ANC needs strong Cosatu: Ramaphosa

The ANC needs a strong Cosatu, not a weak, divided one, African National Congress deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa said on Friday.   52 comments

Malema trust launched to settle Sars bill

A trust was launched on Wednesday to collect funds to settle EFF leader Julius Malema's R16 million SA Revenue Service (Sars) bill.   85 comments

Arms deal cost more than R46bn: Report

The arms deal cost R46.666 billion, The Star newspaper reported on Thursday.   6 comments

SA still faces remnants of apartheid: Oliphant

Twenty years since South Africa's first democratic election, remnants of apartheid remain in the workplace, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant said on Wednesday.   55 comments

Bullying of teachers a serious problem: Study

Bullying of teachers against other teachers is a serious problem, a study by the University of the Free State's education faculty has found.   3 comments

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