Zuma to face trial for corruption

South Africa’s former President, Jacob Zuma, is to face prosecution for 18 charges of corruption, the director of public prosecutions has confirmed. They include more than 700 counts of fraud, racketeering and money laundering. He denies the charges. Mr. Zuma, 75, was forced to resign as president last month by his party, the ruling African National Congress (ANC). He was facing his ninth no-confidence vote in parliament before he left office. The charges against Mr. Zuma relate to a 30bn rand ($2.5bn; £1.7bn) government arms deal in the late 1990s…

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Mugabe desperate to meet Mnangagwa

DEPOSED President Robert Mugabe is desperate to engage President Emmerson Mnangagwa to ironically correct the illegality that led to his military-led ouster last November. In his first interview since his resignation, Mugabe claimed he was forced out through a military coup and accused Mnangagwa of betraying him. “I don’t hate him (Mnangagwa). I brought him into government. Emmerson is improper where he is. He is illegal,” Mugabe said. “We want to correct this illegality. That he wants to discuss with me. We have to correct this disgrace which was imposed…

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White South African farmers packing for Perth

Australian Minister of Home Affairs Peter Dutton on Wednesday said his department is looking into methods that would facilitate the fast-tracking of visas for white South African farmers who want to relocate to Australia, according to reports. Dutton, who also holds the ministerial post for immigration and border protection, told the Daily Telegraph that white South African farmers “deserve special attention” because of the “horrific circumstances” of land seizures and violence in the country. Calls for land expropriation without compensation to redress the imbalances of South Africa’s past have been…

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“ANC would be better off with Malema” – ANC Vice President

Pretoria – The ANC would be better off with Julius Malema inside rather than being a leader of an opposition party says Deputy President David “DD” Mabuza. Speaking to reporters during the party’s registration drive in Mamelodi, Tshwane, Mabuza said he would do his best to bring the EFF’s commander-in-chief Julius Malema back to the governing party. Malema was expelled from the ANC in 2012 and has since established the Economic Freedom Fighters, which garnered 6% of the electoral support in the 2014 elections. The political party has also gone…

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ANC VP Mabuza begs Malema back into the ANC

Deputy President of the African National Congress (ANC), David Mabuza, said the time had come to set foolish pride aside and restore the relationship with former Youth League President Julius Malema. Mabuza, who has recently been sworn in as Deputy President of South Africa, said the governing party would be better off with one of its young lions back in the den. “I have got a special, special space in my heart for Julius. We had times together. He knows, when he was in the ANC I supported him to…

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Fikile Mbalula resigns as ANC MP

JOHANNESBURG. – Former police minister Fikile Mbalula is the latest ANC Member of Parliament to step down. Last week, former minister of public enterprises Lynne Browne resigned. This followed a late-night Cabinet reshuffle announcement from President Cyril Ramaphosa which resulted in the two – along with several others – being booted out of the national executive. Mbalula has since taken up a full-time post at the ANC’s headquarters as chair of the party’s subcommittee on elections. He has started getting the governing party ready for the 2019 general elections by…

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Who is in and who is out: Ramaphosa’s Cabinet reshuffle

Pretoria – President Cyril Ramphosa announced significant changes to his Cabinet on Monday. He also appointed Mpumalanga Premier and ANC deputy president David “DD” Mabuza as deputy president of the country. Mabuza will be sworn in as an MP on Tuesday. Here follows a list of new ministers, those that have been fired and those who were moved. IN: Deputy President David “DD” Mabuza Finance Nhlanhla Nene Mineral Resources: Gwede Mantashe Public Enterprises: Pravin Gordhan Presidency (Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation): Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma Tourism: Derek Hanekom Transport: Blade Nzimande Cooperative Governance…

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Ramaphosa grounds ministers as cabinet reshuffle looms Ordered to focus on service delivery ahead of changes

President Cyril Ramaphosa has grounded all ministers and deputy ministers as talks of an imminent cabinet reshuffle intensify. The Presidency informed cabinet ministers this week that they would not be permitted to travel overseas on official duty until further notice, well-placed sources said. Ministers and their deputies told the Sunday Times that the memo from the Presidency also said they should prioritise service delivery and focus on issues affecting their departments. The move was widely seen as the clearest indication yet that Ramaphosa planned to wield his axe soon. Those…

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Police killings no longer a matter for police only‚ but for society as a whole – ANC

As condolences are pouring in for the families of the slain police officers in Engcobo‚ Eastern Cape‚ the ANC leadership in the province say that the incident indicates that the continued spate of police killings means that this is no longer a matter for police only‚ but for society as a whole. TimesLive The party reacted to the murder of five police officials and an off-duty soldier in a police station in the small town between Mtata and Komani. On Wednesday morning Eastern Cape police spokesperson Captain Khaya Tonjeni said…

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Mabuza looks set for role as deputy president

NELSPRUIT, SOUTH AFRICA – FEBRUARY 23: Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza gestures during an interview about talks about his career and his future plans in politics during an interview on February 23, 2017 in Nelspruit, South Africa. Mabuza confided that the time was right for him to move on from provincial politics. (Photo by Masi Losi) Mabuza looks set for role as deputy president Mpumalanga premier David Mabuza has told his provincial cabinet that he will be vacating his office soon because of his new responsibilities as ANC deputy president. Mabuza looks…

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