Mthembu speaks on Zuma no-confidence vote

CAPE TOWN. – Voting in favour of the motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma would be like “throwing a nuclear bomb at the country”, ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu said yesterday. “The removal of the president will have disastrous consequences that can only have a negative impact on the people of South Africa,”…
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LIVE: Mash-West Presidential Youth Interface Rally

President Mugabe is in his home province of Mashonaland West (updated) today where he is due to address another massive crowd of Zanu-PF supporters, mainly youths in the fifth leg of the nationwide Presidential Youth Interface Rallies being organized by the revolutionary party’s Youth League. The historical event takes place at Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT)…
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WB sets aside $600m for Zambia

LUSAKA. – The World Bank has set aside $600 million for Zambia to invest in agriculture, energy, rural roads and budget support over the next three years. Minister of Finance Felix Mutati said the World Bank has committed itself to increasing its support to Zambia under the International Development Association (IDA). Mutati said this yesterday…
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10-year jail sentence hangs over Mandela doctor

JOHANNESBURG. – The backlash about former surgeon-general Doctor Vejay Ramlakan’s book on Nelson Mandela’s final years may not yet be over, as a possible 10-year prison sentence hangs over his head. In writing Mandela’s Last Years, Ramlakan would have been bound, as a member of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF), by laws including the…
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Graca threatens to sue Mandela’s doc

JOHANNESBURG. – Former South African First Lady Graca Machel wants to sue a doctor who treated her late husband‚ former South African president Nelson Mandela‚ over explosive claims in a book published this week. Lieutenant-General Vejay Ramlakan‚ who was Madiba’s doctor for nearly a decade‚ published the book “Mandela’s Last Years” on Monday, the eve…
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Ex-presidents treated like animals, says Obasanjo

PRETORIA. -African leaders should treat their former presidents with more dignity because currently “we are being seen as animals”, former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo has said. Obasanjo told a tale of how Zambia’s independence leader and first president Kenneth Kaunda, who is now 93 and was hospitalised on Wednesday, was treated by his successors over…
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SA celebrates Mandela Day, calls to champion his values

JOHANNESBURG. – The Nelson Mandela International Day must be used to unify South Africans and everyone who lives in South Africa, several South Africans and immigrants in Johannesburg said yesterday. The day is an opportunity to deal with issues of inequality and xenophobia which are derailing social cohesion and economic development of South Africa, they…
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SACP sets to contest elections on its own

JOHANNESBURG. — The South African Communist Party (SACP) resolved on Saturday to contest future elections on its own but remain on the reconfigured alliance with the ruling African National Congress. At the closing of the SACP Congress in Johannesburg, Chris Matlhako, the party’s second deputy general secretary said, SACP Central Committee will draw modalities and…
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SA no-confidence vote: D-Day for submissions

CAPE TOWN. – South African political parties and MPs had until yesterday to submit reasons for and against the use of a secret ballot to Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete in the motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma. Mbete two weeks ago scheduled the Democratic Alliance’s request for a motion of no confidence…
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Dos Santos’ son-in-law jailed 1 year in absentia

LUANDA. – The son-in-law of Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos said yesterday that a Congolese court had sentenced him in absentia to one year in prison for real estate fraud, a move that could further strain relations between the neighbouring countries. Sindika Dokolo, a Congolese businessman and art collector, is married to dos Santos’…
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