Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town: VAT hike pays for corruption

The Bishops of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa are concerned that citizens are effectively paying for the impact of corruption through a hike in Value-Added Tax (VAT).

The bishops expressed their “deep concern” at the hike by one percentage point to 15% announced in Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s “tough but hopeful” budget speech.
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The poor in SA are set to suffer after latest budget speech

Increases in fuel and in basic food prices will affect the poor most as a consequence of poor management over the last 9 years, the opposition leader says.

The poor are set to suffer due to the poor management of the country’s fiscus over the past nine years under former president Jacob Zuma, Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane has said.
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how did Morris “KGB” Tshabalala survive in the SAPS for so long considering his record and continued criminal activity?

How did a convict sentenced in 1996 to 10 years for robbery with aggravated circumstances find himself floating around the ANC’s elective conference in Mangaung in 2012, flush with a cool R50-million aimed at stoking factional battles in the ANC?

Continuing the tradition at Nasrec in December 2017, pressure was also allegedly placed on the SAPS to launder R45-million to buy votes. Details of this and other horrors of the Shadow State were revealed by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate at a Scopa report-back on Tuesday. The clean-up has begun. 
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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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‘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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MP’S Mum on Possible Cabinet Reshuffle

Members of Parliament (MPs) who attended the State of The Nation Address have shied away from speculating on a possible Cabinet reshuffle.

Although this was something some opposition party MPs wanted President Cyril Ramaphosa to touch on during his speech, he didn’t mention it.
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Agri SA on SONA – time for a new start

The state-of-the-nation address (Sona) delivered by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday night was a frank admission of the problems negatively impacting on the morale of South Africans and the drivers which are critical to take the nation forward, Agri SA said.

“Agri SA therefore wholeheartedly supports the economic solutions outlined in the [Sona] to turn the country around and to create a future of hope, social cohesion, and prosperity for all,” Agri SA president Dan Kriek said on Saturday.
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Opposition parties give mixed reviews for Ramaphosa’s speech

Cape Town – President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation of Address (SONA) has received mixed reviews from opposition parties, with somearties give mixed rev welcoming his efforts to deal with corruption and reducing the size of government departments.

Ramaphosa gave his first SONA without any interruptions from opposition benches on Friday night.
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Eskom’s Matshela Koko submits letter of resignation

Controversial top Eskom executive Matshela Koko submitted his resignation on Friday, but did not admit to any guilt.

This emerged during his second disciplinary hearing, which was held in Sandton on Friday morning.
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Minister of Finance plays “Candy Crush” on his tablet in Parliament

The Minister of Finance sits in Parliament on one of the most important days in recent political history….and he plays “Candy Crush” on his tablet. Is the data part of his benefits package, by chance? 

Why still wonder what went wrong with the economy? The president had his fingers in the till while the Minister was playing TV games.

That is the summarised explanation for South Africa’s economical woes.
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Breaking News: Zuma has finally resigned

President Jacob Zuma has finally resigned, thereby avoiding a motion of no confidence in him which was planned for Parliament this afternoon.

He said during a live television address at the Union Buildings in Pretoria last night that although he steps aside, he doesn’t agree with the decision of the ANC which forced him to do so. Zuma says he doesn’t fear a no-confidence motion or impeachment since they are the lawful mechanisms for South Africans to remove their president. He added that he came to the decision to resign following his recall by the ANC’s National Executive Committee and speculation about his future as president.
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Malema callsout Zuma over Mbeki’s ouster: ‘He’s talking rubbish’

Julius Malema‚ once one of Jacob Zuma’s biggest supporters‚ has called out the president on what he says is a lie.

Talking on national television‚ Zuma said he was one of those who said Thabo Mbeki should not be recalled, “I was saying we should not recall comrade Mbeki because it will set a bad precedent. Of course I was defeated by the majority.”
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Rand weakens after Zuma’s veiled treats

JOHANNESBURG – Embattled President, Jacob Zuma was on Tuesday given an ultimatum to resign as head of state or otherwise face a motion of no-confidence in Parliament tomorrow.

ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu and ANC treasurer-general, Paul Mashatile on Wednesday afternoon, announced the decision of the ANC caucus; to announce a motion of no-confidence in the President, scheduled to take place on Thursday.
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Zuma says there is no reason for him to resign

President Jacob Zuma has revealed in an interview with the SABC there is no compelling reason for him to resign and he is open to negotiation.

Zuma broke his silence this afternoon after the ANC’s National Executive Committee decided to recall him. In the interview he said he never defined the leadership of the ANC.
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