Don’t give in to Zuma’s ‘demands’ in exit talk— DA

The Democratic Alliance (DA) said it was an insult to South Africans that President Jacob Zuma, according to reports, demanded a host of conditions as part of his removal of president.

The DA’s federal council chairperson James Selfe said on Sunday it was unthinkable and an insult to South Africans should he be granted his wishes after breaking his oath of office and disrespecting the constitution.
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A ‘comfortable’ life awaits Zuma if he steps down as president

Should Jacob Zuma heed calls for him to step aside as president of the country‚ he will be entitled to his salary and most of the perks he enjoyed in office – for the rest of his life.

He would be paid his annual R2‚989‚845 salary after stepping down‚ be provided with security and an official vehicle‚ an office and a secretary and be entitled to free domestic flights on the national airline.
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Madibeng Mayor plans extravagant R1 million trip to Malaysia

The Madibeng Mayor, Jostina Mothibe and the Acting Municipal Manager, Morris Maluleka are allegedly in the process of packing their bags for an overseas trip to Malaysia from 7 to 13 February at a cost of R529 595 per person to attend a World Urban Forum.

“The Democratic Alliance has written to the Madibeng(Brits) Mayor, Jostina Mothibe, urging her to reconsider a R1 million overseas trip. We have also referred this matter to the DA Shadow Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Kevin Mileham MP to intervene on a national level to stop this trip,” says, Jan C Van Rhyn, DA Councillor Madibeng.
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VUT scraps upfront payment for ‘poor’ students

The Vaal University of Technology and its student representative council (SRC) have agreed that students who come from households with an income of R350,000 and less will not pay registration fees at the beginning of the year. Students from households whose income is more than R350,000 are required to pay R4,000 upfront. This comes as […]
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Eskom agrees to lower quality coal from Gupta-owned Tegeta but purchasing it at a more expensive rate

Eskom has agreed to allow Gupta-owned mining company Tegeta Resources and Exploration to deliver lower quality coal‚ at a more expensive rate‚ to its Hendrina power station in a show of the family’s continued influence at the power utility. Internal documents seen by TimesLIVE record that during negotiations between Eskom chief procurement officer Jay Pillay […]
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Taxpayers had coughed up a whopping R38 627 159 in salaries to civil servants who had been suspended

Johannesburg – The government has forked out a massive R412 million to 7830 public servants who have been on long periods of sick leave between January last year and August of this year. This was revealed by Public Service Administration Minister Faith Muthambi this week when responding to a written parliamentary question from the UDM’s […]
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How you will pay for Zuma’s free education plan

The government is considering drastic budget cuts to fund free higher education, including cutting social grants, freezing the roll-out of RDP houses and increasing taxes. With the country facing an unpre-cedented R50.8‑billion revenue hole, a treasury document has been put before President Jacob Zuma by the presidential fiscal committee, outlining possible areas where budgets could […]
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SANRAL SCRAPS E-TOLL DEBT OF R3.6BN

Sanral says it will write off R3.6 billion for the current financial year but will continue attempts to recover unpaid e-tolls by taking defaulters to court. The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has confirmed it will be scrapping debt of more than R3 billion in unpaid e-tolls. Sanral says it will write off […]
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Cabinet Ministers set for 4% pay rise as reward for tanking the economy

Unfortunately, it’s not April Fool’s Day. We are deadly serious when we tell you that political heavyweights who’ve overseen a slump in the South African economy are set to receive a 4% pay rise. In a year of recession, junk-status and a declared tax shortfall of R50bn, it seems like our top brass have found […]
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Parastatal waste equals tax shortfall: Treasury will need to find new resources to close the budget gap

The R50‑billion shortfall in tax revenue that the treasury will need to find elsewhere to plug the budget gap is close to how much state-owned entities (SOEs) have thrown down the drain in the past financial year. The auditor general, Kimi Makwetu, released national and provincial audit results on Wednesday. Although the number of clean […]
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#FeesMustFall protest – Naked woman arrested at UCT

The stomach-churning stench of human faeces‚ piles of rubbish‚ ripped curtains and a commotion on campus as the woman was being dragged into a police van greeted students on Thursday. Parts of the campus were sealed off by police in riot gear and private security and at least three people were arrested. Police spokesperson Captain […]
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‘Pay back the money! She is a thief!’ ANC chants at De Lille during council meeting

Patricia De Lille on Thursday said she has not stolen a single cent, insisting she had enough money to even consider lending money to the City of Cape Town – at a low interest rate – to deal with its water crisis. “I don’t need money from anyone,” she said ahead of her address during […]
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FeesMustFall protests descend into chaos in Cape Town

A third wave of #FeesMustFall protests has been marred by violence, as the demonstration marched its way to Parliament. The students are demanding the release of the fees commission report, which details funding of tertiary education. These protesters have made a slashing of tuition fees their main issue to raise, on the day Finance Minister […]
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Gigaba’s first test: Can he ace the mid-term budget?

Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba is in an unenviable position. In his maiden budget – today’s medium-term budget policy statement – he must confront, among other things, low economic growth, a tax revenue hole big enough to fly a plane through and the budgetary consequences of struggling state-owned enterprises. These issues are some of the chief […]
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Road users will pay steep licence fee from next year

The Justice Project South Africa has called on Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi to justify, or at the very least explain, the 71 percent increase in eNaTIS vehicle licence fees for 2018. Earlier in October Maswangani announced that as from 1 February 2018, an amount of R72 (an increase of R30) would be added to the […]
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