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July 24, 2014

Cape Town mayor Patricia De Lille has just taken the stand at the Seriti Commission of inquiry to testify on the 1999 arms deal.  

De Lille was the initial whistle blower calling on President Jacob Zuma to investigate corruption in the multi billion rands deal at the time she was a Pan Africanist Congress Member of Parliament.

The second phase into the hearings resume today, after losing bidder and arms deal critic Richard Young failed to appear before the commission on Monday.

July 23, 2014

Opposition parties are expected to debate President Jacob Zuma's budget speech, that he is currently delivering in parliament.

The DA's Mmusi Maimane and EFF commander in chief Julius Malema, will be among the MP's to take a jab at Zuma's outline of plans, including the implementation of the NDP.

President Zuma says he is encouraged by the overwhelming support for the National development plan since the last parliament sitting.

June 23, 2014

Buffalo City municipality mayor Zukiswa Ncitha and two others were arrested on Monday for alleged fraud involving Nelson Mandela's memorial service, Eastern Cape officials said.

"The arrests are in relation to the Nelson Mandela memorial saga which is currently under investigation by the office of the MEC for DLGTA as well as the Hawks," local government and traditional affairs department (DLGTA) spokesman Mamnkeli Ngam said in a statement.

June 20, 2014

Former president Nelson Mandela's daughter Zindzi Mandela and his grandson Mandla Mandela welcomed a book by the former statesman's personal assistant, The Star reported on Friday.

At Zelda La Grange's book launch, Zindzi Mandela said people who had a close relationship with the apartheid icon were entitled to share their experiences and perspectives of him.

Mandla Mandela said the family expected that people would have experienced his grandfather in different ways and the family could not agree or disagree with the experience of others.

June 20, 2014

President Jacob Zuma has responded to critcism on his State of the Nation Address after two days of heated debates in the National Assembly.

Zuma says government would ensure all levels of administration prioritise the management of complaints, to improve the quality of service delivery across departments.

Zuma re-emphasised that government would bridge mzansi's skills shortage through training 30 000 artisans by 2030 supporting higher education and training and focus on job creation.


June 17, 2014

President Jacob Zuma's state of the nation address is crucial for the economy as investors are growing worried about a lack of direction and the strike in the platinum sector.

The five month strike is seen as a symbol of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union's growing strength in the mining industry.

June 13, 2014

Its all systems go for the State of The Nation address on June 17 , despite concerns around President Jacob Zuma's health.

The ruling party says they are confident the president would be able to carry out his duties, highlighting the country's growth path for the next five year.

Zuma has however had to cancel several engagements because of exhaustion.

June 11, 2014

President Jacob Zuma is to provide parliment with a comprehensive report on the security upgrades at his Nkandla homestead within the next 30 days.

Zuma announced the move in a letter to the speaker of the national assembly Baleka Mbethe, that was published in parliament papers.

Government and the public protector have been at loggerheads over the contents of the report into the R246 mil Nkandla upgrades,with the matter to be heard in court.

Madonsela announced in March that she found that Zuma unduly benefitted from the upgrades.

June 11, 2014

Former finance minister Trevor Manuel will testify on Wednesday before the Seriti Commission of Inquiry into the multi-million rand arms deal.

Manuel was finance minister at the time of the 1999 deal.

High-profile individuals who testified at the commission so far include former trade and industry minister Alec Erwin and former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils. Kasrils was deputy minister of defence at the time of the arms purchase.

Former defence minister Mosiuoa Lekota will finish giving testimony on Wednesday morning.

May 26, 2014

Murder accused blade runner Oscar Pistorius is set to begin his mental evaluation at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital in Pretoria this morning.

Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled Pistorius to undergo 30 days observation as an out patient after forensic pyschiatrist Merryl Vorster told the court the athlete suffers from General Anxiety Disorder.

Pistorius would undergo daily observation by 4 medical personnel appointed by the state and defence, before he returns to court on June 30.


May 23, 2014

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela will probe the development of a R2 billion town in President Jacob Zuma's home village of Nkandla.

Lobby group AfriForum lodged a complaint with the Public Protector in 2012, asking her to probe the Umlalazi Nkandla Smart Growth Centre project, dubbed "Zumaville".

More than R1bn of taxpayers' money is reported to have been  directed into the development, while a further R1bn would be raised from the private sector.

May 21, 2014

New and old members of parliament  are being sworn in by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng presiding over the country's fifth parliament.

 MP's who have taken oath so far are President Jacob Zuma -deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa,EFF leader Juliuas Malema and the DA's Mmusi Maimane amoung many.

Zuma is expected to remain as an MP until he is formally elected for a second term by members of the National Assembly.



May 16, 2014

Mzansi's film industry is coming into its own with  a handful of locally produced movies expected to showcase at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

iNumber Number - Miners Shot Down - One Humanity and Nelson Mandela: The myth and me ,are all set to Screen from today, with hopes of exposing SA talent to the world.

Earlier this year ,the local production Mandela ,Long Walk to Freedom received three nod from the Golden Globes

May 15, 2014

Tight Security measures are being Implemented to ensure the instability in the Rustenburg platinum belt doesn't affect the upcoming inauguration ceremony.

President Jacob Zuma will be sworn in for his second term at the union buildings in Pretoria next Saturday.

Violent protests and killings in and around Marikana have led to tensions in the area with rising fears the situation may worsen further into clashes between SAPS and striking AMCU member

May 15, 2014

The security cluster on the Nkandla report is taking public protector Thuli Madonsela to the high court on grounds with which she conducted her investigations.

The ministers say Madonsela's findings and recommendations for president Jacob Zuma are irrational and trespass section 198 of the constitution.

The ministers legal team has prepared and filed a review papers which will be taken to court.

Madonsela found that  Zuma had unduly benefited from the security upgrades and ordered him to pay a portion of it.

May 14, 2014

Judge Thokozile Maseepa is expected to give her verdict this morning after Gerrie Nel argued that Oscar Pistorius be sent for mental observation as his anxiety is listed under Psychiatric disorders.

Both councils argued for and against the application With Barry Roux putting it to the court that Nel's arguments were baseless according to the criminal procedure act.

May 8, 2014

Ballistic expert Thomas Mangena gave his insight on the tests conducted on the firearm and the bathroom door.

Captain Mangena's statement correlates with Oscar Pistorius' version that he was wearing his prosthetic when he fired the shots that killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

April 28, 2014

Freedom day celebrations continue  with SA once again pay tribute to late President Nelson Mandela in Cape town this morning.

A bronze bust of the former president has been unveiled outside Parliament to commemorate 20 years of freedomand mzansi's first democratically elected President.

Meanwhile President Jacob Zuma said SA would not forget the solidarity recieved from foreign nationals in the liberation of the country.

April 28, 2014

President Jacob Zuma has bestowed 53 national orders to people whose work has benefited and changed the lives of South Africans.

The award is the single highest honour that a country can bestow singling out orders in bronze silver and gold based on the degrees of achievement.

Among those honoured were Caster Semenya ,Lucas Sithole,Cameran van der Burgh and Zakes Mda .

Dr Alex Boraine and Popo Molefe - spoke to the public broadcaster...

April 24, 2014

The Ad-hoc committee expected to consider President Jacob Zuma's response to the public protectors findings of the Nkandla report will continue on Monday.

The 12 member committee chaired by Cedric Frolick sat for the first the time today and is expected to finish with their report on April 30.

Public Protector Thuli Madosenla found the President unduly benefited from the R246 million upgrades made at his Nkandla homestead.

April 9, 2014

Pretoria - Oscar Pistorius insisted on Wednesday that he did not intend to kill Reeva Steenkamp before the State began a tough line of cross-examination.

Pretoria - Oscar Pistorius insisted on Wednesday that he did not intend to kill Reeva Steenkamp before the State began a tough line of cross-examination.