‘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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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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Cyril Ramaphosa has been elected president of South Africa

Cyril Ramaphosa is the new president of South Africa after he was elected unopposed in the National Assembly on Thursday afternoon.

Ramaphosa was nominated as a candidate by ANC backbencher Patrick Maesela, and the nomination was seconded by his colleague Joan Fubbs.
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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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Ramaphosa will be the country’s next president: Magashule

ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa can now oil his machinery and get fully set to take over the reins from State President Jacob Zuma – it’s just a matter of when.

Ramaphosa’s succession to the highest office in the land was outlined – although in relatively scant detail – by ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule at the party’s Chief Albert Luthuli House headquarters on Tuesday‚ hours after the party held a 13-hour special national executive committee meeting to discuss Zuma’s fate.
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How does Zumas recall work?

Cape Town – The African National Congress (ANC) has decided to recall President Jacob Zuma, ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule announced on Tuesday.

Magashule said that it had communicated a decision to recall Zuma as the country’s head of state, but he has not yet responded.
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Mbete turns down EFF to table motion of no confidence earlier

Parliament – Speaker Baleka Mbete on Monday turned down a request by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to bring forward the debate on their latest motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma as he resists pressure from the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to resign.
“The Speaker has responded in the negative,” an opposition source said.
Mbete had scheduled the vote on the motion for the February 22, the day after the government is due to table the national budget for 2018.
But the EFF asked for it to take place earlier after a week of talks between Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa failed to bring the embattled president to resign.
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Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane to appear before portfolio committee

The parliament’s Portfolio Committee of Justice and Correctional Services called on the Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, to appear before them regarding controversial statements she made in public.

It is also claimed that her office has suppressed or hidden evidence in certain investigations.
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Mogoeng’s ‘very serious’ attack on majority judgment difficult to comprehend

When does a court overreach and thus intrude into a domain exclusively reserved for the executive or the legislature? In an unusually harsh minority judgment, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng was clear that the majority of the Constitutional Court had done just that in ordering Parliament to introduce a mechanism to deal with the possible impeachment […]
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Eskom witnesses refuse to testify against Koko

Eskom witnesses have reportedly declined to testify against former chief executive Matshela Koko at the internal disciplinary hearing against him, making way for him to be possibly reinstated. Eskom’s prosecution case against Koko came to a halt at the weekend after its evidence leader Cassim Moosa told chair of the disciplinary hearing advocate Mzungulu Mthombeni […]
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Gigaba: SA To Raise Revenue By R15bn In 2018’s Budget To Curb Debt

South Africa will implement spending cuts of R25 billion rand and raise revenue by R15 billion in next year’s budget to contain growing debt, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba told Parliament on Wednesday. Gigaba said the extra R40 billion, or 0.8% of GDP, would be used to tackle rising public debt which otherwise could balloon beyond […]
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Breaking News: ‘Military detained Zim’s finance minister’

Zimbabwe’s military said it had seized power in a targeted assault on “criminals” around President Robert Mugabe who were causing social and economic suffering, but gave assurances the 93-year-old leader and his family were “safe and sound”. Zimbabwean soldiers and armoured vehicles blocked roads to the main government offices, parliament and the courts in central […]
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Sassa and Sapo agreement date pushed back yet again

The striking of the elusive deal between the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) and the South African Post Office (Sapo) has been pushed back yet again. MP’s at a joint meeting in Parliament on Tuesday heard that an offer to the Post Office to build an integrated IT payment system for a new “hybrid” […]
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South Africa is held hostage to the toxic politics of the ANC

If it showed anything, the recent medium-term budget policy statement has proven that South Africa does not have a government capable of dealing honestly and head on with the developmental crisis that the country finds itself in. It will not have such a government for some time, at least not until the 2019 general election […]
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