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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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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President Ramaphosa’s maiden State of the Nation

State of the Nation Address by the President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, 16 February 2018, Parliament

Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms Baleka Mbete,

Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, Ms Thandi Modise,
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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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Zuma’s boy Duduzane is hiding from the Hawks

The Hawks are looking for Zuma jnr. after the raid on the Gupta house in Saxonworld.

Atal Gupta was reportedly caught while trying to flee the country.

Meanwhile journalists were not allowed in Bloemfontein court where seven suspects appeared in connection of the Vrede Dairy Farm project’s charges.

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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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Read Jacob Zuma’s resignation statement

Members of the Media, present here,

Fellow South Africans, I address you after weeks of speculation about my future as President of the Republic of South Africa.

In particular, I make reference to the much publicised and awaited decision of the African National Congress issued on 13 February 2018.
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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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SAPO ready to pay SASSA grant

THE South African Post Office (Sapo) has assured Parliament it is ready to pay social grants for the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) from April 1. The portfolio committee on telecommunications and postal services welcomed the news. Briefing the portfolio committee on Sapo’s readiness to take over the payment of social grants, chief operating officer Lindiwe Kwele said the state-owned enterprise was on course to produce a total of 10.6 million Sassa branded bank cards by June 2018.
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Mantashe: Zuma must resign or be devoured by vultures

ANC National chairman Gwede Mantashe says if president Jacob Zuma does not resign, the ANC will be left no choice but to let him be “fried” by “vultures” through a vote of no confidence in parliament.

ANC National chairman Gwede Mantashe was in Butterworth addressing ANC supporters in Msobomvu as part of the Nelson Mandela centenary celebrations.
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Afrikaans-speaking parents in Eastern Cape threaten to close school

On Monday, about 80 disgruntled parents, learners and community members attempted to close Sandisulwazi Secondary School in Paterson, Eastern Cape. The protesters are demanding a teacher to teach Afrikaans as a subject.

Sandisulwazi has nine teachers, eight of whom are Xhosa-speaking and one English-speaking. There are 303 learners at the school, 65 of whom are Afrikaans-speaking.
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SARS double standards, cash flow manipulation

As previously reported, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) only applies rules as it suits them.

Any late income tax payments will be levied with a hefty fine but if SARS money has to be refunded to the general public, the return is referred for audit and when it is done, the amount due will be repaid without any interest.
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