Malusi Gigaba – Prepare for a tough budget

President Cyril Ramaphosa has been pressuring the finance ministry to reduce spending and increase revenue, and South Africans should thus prepare for another tough budget, finance minister Malusi Gigaba told the Mail & Guardian.

Amid speculation that Gigaba could be reshuffled out of the paramount ministry by Ramaphosa after his takeover as head of state,
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‘Whose land will you take? Who is not our people?’ – Lekota

Congress of the People leader Mosiuoa Lekota has asked President Cyril Ramaphosa and Parliament who will decide who gets the land, if they go ahead with plans for land expropriation without compensation.

Ramaphosa told Parliament, during his maiden State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Friday, that the ANC will go ahead with plans to amend the Constitution to allow expropriation without compensation.
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Farm murders and attacks the past weekend is shocking

Several farm attacks and murders have occurred this past weekend, and in one case, “Kort” Hans Meyer was brutaly killed on his farm near Charl Cilliers, a town near Secunda in the Eastern Transvaal.

Aranda Nel-Buitendag, FF + councilor in the Govan Mbeki municipality, said this form of violence against the country’s food suppliers has long been handed out and it’s time to declare farm attacks and murders to priority crime.
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Explosion erupts at Johannesburg International Airport

There was an explosion at the Johannesburg International Airport.

A person on the scène at the airport has informed Die Vryburger and confirmed it.

At this point of time, no official statement is issued by the airport company or the police yet
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#FARMATTACK: Couple Remain Calm During Farm Attack – Shoot One Thug In The Face – Vredendal

A family of Vredendal in the Western Cape says they are “grateful to still be alive” after they were the victims of another farm attack on Saturday shortly before midnight.
 
On Sunday Nico Greeff said he and his wife, Rene, woke up at 23:30 when their dogs barked aggressively.
 
Greeff says although the couple did not immediately notice anything suspicious, they were awoken a few minutes later by very loud hammering and noise.
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Only stagnant pools remain after the Zunami

Former president Jacob Zuma’s rambling monologue on the SABC on Wednesday afternoon wasn’t just an arrogant, delusional act of defiance in the face of the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) instruction to step down as head of state.

It was his final act of working outside the structures of the governing party, and of the state, and of using the resources that his deployment to government had enabled him to pursue his own agenda, often to the detriment of both.
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Community and police joins hands after brutal murder of fifteen year old girl

Community and police joined hands against the brutal murder and rape of a 15 year old girl in Motherwell.

This follows after the body of 15 year old Ntombikayise Socenywa was found on Saturday, 10 February 2018 at 13:00. Her naked body was found wrapped in plastic in a drain in an open field in NU5, Motherwell. A post mortem revealed that she was raped and strangled.
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Suspect accused of raping a goat in Hammanskraal area commits suicide

Samuel Senwamadi (40) had been on the run since Sunday after he was found with his pants down, raping a goat in Stinkwater, Hammanskraal.

“The 40-year-old man was discovered busy having intercourse with a goat around 03:45 on Sunday,” said police spokesperson Constable Herman Moremi.

This article was written David Matsena and published in Rekord North Newspaper on February 14 2018

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SABC Anchor To Take Break After after mistakenly announcing that new President Cyril Ramaphosa had died

Popular SABC news anchor Peter Ndoro is taking a break from his slot to rest after mistakenly announcing that new President Cyril Ramaphosa had died.

On Thursday night during his 6 o’clock news bulletin, Ndoro erroneously referred to Ramaphosa while he was reading a story about Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai who died earlier this week.
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SA’s richest woman offers R1.4m reward for Ajay Gupta and Duduzane Zuma

One of the country’s richest women Magda Wierzycka is offering R900 000 of her own money to help authorities track down and arrest Ajay Gupta and Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane who are understood to be fugitives.

She is topping the R500 000 rewards orginially offered by NGO Forensics for Justice. The organisation said it is offering the money because “These people have almost brought South Africa to its knees, it’s now time to bring them to justice. We are offering R100,000 for information leading to the arrest of each one of them and a bonus of R100,000 if the same informant gives information leading to the arrest of all four of them.”
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‘Zuma is going to have his day in court soon and it’s going to be ugly’

Former president Jacob Zuma is set to face the music — soon he will be charged with the arms-deal corruption case and he might face ill-discipline charges by his party.

The Sunday Times can reveal that the National Prosecuting Authority is going to recommend that some of the charges against Zuma be reinstated, having lined up more than 200 witnesses to testify against him.
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We’ve Not Seen The Last Of  Zuma?

What a difference eight hours makes! Or was Jacob Zuma’s late-night resignation on Wednesday predictable? His interview with the public broadcaster’s Mzwandile Mbetshe earlier in the day suggested that he’d rather face a vote of no confidence than resigning voluntarily. In hindsight, however, the afternoon interview appears to have been necessary, paving the way for the resignation. The interview also signaled that his resignation might not mean the end of this saga.

For starters, Mbetshe’s interview was quite insightful, especially because, and correctly so, he allowed Zuma to express his thoughts and emotions. Zuma saw the interview as a way to influence how the public should see his resignation. His merely reading his resignation speech on television, as he did on Wednesday night, created an impression of a meek figure being hounded out of office. That goes against everything Zuma believes about himself.
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Woman Stabbed And Robbed Whilst Taking A Walk On The Beach With Her Family

A woman was stabbed on Noordhoek Beach in the small town of Kommetjie in the Western Cape whilst taking a walk with her husband and daughter on Saturday morning. The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said the family was accosted by a man who robbed them of their personal belongings and stabbed the wife as they were walking along the beach at 08:00.
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#FARMMURDER: Man (73) Murdered In Cold Blood, Dogs Shot Dead – Charl Cilliers, Mpumalanga

A 73-year-old man died and his wife was extremely traumatised after the couple was attacked on their farm in Charl Cilliers in Mpumalanga on Friday night.

Brigadier Leonard Hlathi, Police Spokesperson, confirmed the incident.

He identified the couple as Johannes Cornelius (73) and Ilse Jakoba Meyer (69).

According to Hlathi the incident took place at approximately 22:30. He said the couple was apparently watching television in their living room when three armed thugs attacked them.

“The men apparently penetrated the house and insisted on the keys of the safe,” he said.

According to him, the thugs then forced Johannes into the bedroom and took the safe keys from him. After that, the group of thugs shot and killed him.

“The thugs allegedly stole a revolver and two hunting rifles during the incident. They also stole jewelry, an undisclosed amount of money, a television and a Ford Ranger bakkie,” he said.

Hlathi said the thugs fled shortly thereafter, but before they did. also shot the couple’s two dogs.

According to him, Ilse was viciously attacked but is in a stable condition.

No one has thus far been arrested in connection with the incident.

The registration number of the Ford Ranger bakkie is JKP 436 MP. The Police called on anyone with more information about the incident to contact Constable Phakisa Motau, the Investigation Officer, at 082 053 0306.

By: Cyril Blackburn / Maroela

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‘Sex-For-Marks’ Scandal Rocks Eastern Cape School

Angry parents have shut down a school in the Eastern Cape in the wake of a scandal in which schoolgirls were extorted for sex in exchange for passing the year, and which left one schoolgirl pregnant.
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