WATCH The Anti-Racism Song to Help South Africa “Dance Against Racism”

By SAPeople 30-06-16 08:57

Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa launched an Anti-Racism Song on Wednesday to “tackle the continuing salience of race and racism and the negative role social media has played in spewing the racial bigotry”. Speaking at the Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg yesterday the Minister said music can play an important role in fostering social cohesion and building a non-racial society. In […]

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Breaking: Treasury Report Orders Zuma to Pay R7.8 Million for #Nkandla

By SAPeople 27-06-16 18:20

The National Treasury of South Africa has confirmed in a media statement this afternoon that it has submitted its report to the Constitutional Court (ConCourt), in line with the Court’s order, regarding the SA President’s homestead in Nkandla. On 31 March 2016 ConCourt ordered that: “The National Treasury must determine a reasonable percentage of the costs of […]


21 Nominations for South Africa’s New Public Protector

By SAPeople Contributor 24-06-16 15:10

Twenty-one nominations have been received to fill the Office of the Public Protector, the Ad Hoc Committee, established to facilitate the appointment, announced this week. Dr Makhosi Khoza, the chairperson of the committee, said nominations had largely come from members of the public. “The Ad Hoc Committee has thus far received 21 nominations and applications […]

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Tshwane Protests in Photos

By SAPeople Contributor 24-06-16 13:37

Dispute over ANC mayoral candidate Residents of Atteridgeville confront some of the ANC’s Gauteng leadership during a town hall meeting held in an attempt to restore calm to the township of Atteridgeville. Angry residents torched trucks and buses and blocked roads into various Tshwane townships after the naming of Thoko Didiza as the ANC’s Tshwane mayoral candidate. […]

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Corruption has become ‘The New Normal’

By SAPeople Contributor 21-06-16 12:28

“I want you to get up right now. Go to your windows. Open them and stick your head out and yell: I’m as mad as hell and I’m not gonna take this anymore! Things have got to change. But first, you’ve gotta get mad! You’ve got to say, I’m as mad as hell, and I’m […]

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Why South Africa Would Do Well to Fire All Its Deputy Ministers

By SAPeople 20-06-16 14:55

The South African government recently outlined several measures to cut its running cost. This includes a R7 billion reduction in the public sector wage bill over the next three years as well as a reduction in travel costs, entertainment budgets, catering expenses and restrictions on conferences. The cuts come in the wake of a weakened […]

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Spirits are High as South African Rand Rises

By SAPeople 07-06-16 23:22

Judging by the looks on the faces of President Jacob Zuma and Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan, there’s a lot to smile about regarding the state of South Africa’s economy. The two politicians, and their teams, met today to discuss the economy. The Presidency’s office released these photos (on this page) of the meeting. The South […]

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Record Number of South Africans Registered for 2016 Elections

By SAPeople Contributor 07-06-16 11:32

When South Africa goes to the polls for the next municipal elections on 3 August, a record number of voters will be eligible to cast their ballots, 11 percent more than in 2011 – or 26.3-million. The increase of 2.68 million voters means that 77 percent of eligible citizens are now registered to vote, according to Mosotho Moepya, the […]


US Warns Islamist Terrorists Planning Attacks in South Africa

By SAPeople Staff Writer 04-06-16 23:03

JOHANNESBURG – The United States warned its citizens on Saturday of possible attacks by Islamist militants on U.S. facilities or shopping malls in South Africa during the upcoming month of Ramadan, but the South African government said the country was safe. It was the second such warning in under a year from the embassy, which issued […]

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SA Foreign Minister Tells Al Jazeera About Hole in Her Head VIDEO

By SAPeople 30-05-16 22:25

In a heated and sometimes odd exchange with the South African journalist Jane Dutton on Al Jazeera, SA’s Minister of International Relations and Co-operation said she had a hole in her head from carrying water buckets when she was a child, that she had a lot of respect for President Jacob Zuma, and expressed disinterest in the […]


No Room at the (Holiday) Inn for Des

By SAPeople 27-05-16 17:44

The short-lived minister of finance, appointed by President Jacob Zuma to take over from Nhlanhla Nene, has been staying at a luxury boutique hotel in Pretoria with his family since the beginning of the year – at a cost so far of R500,000 – according to a news report on Friday. Even though Des van […]

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SA High Commissioner to Australia Facing Fraud Charges Recalled by Pretoria

By SAPeople 25-05-16 15:26

The South African high commissioner to Australia, who is facing charges of corruption and fraud, has been recalled by the government, according to news reports on Wednesday. Sibusiso Ndebele, South Africa’s former transport minister, has been charged with corruption for allegedly accepting more than R10 million in kickbacks, according to news reports. Ndebele, who was a […]

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The ANC Endgame in Progress?

By SAPeople 25-05-16 14:44

It is difficult to escape the sense of an endgame in progress, not between the ruling ANC government and its assorted opposition, but within the ANC. Thus the cleavages between parties has now finally come out in the open inside the ruling party, too. Between the forces of modernism and tribalism, populism and order, radicalism […]

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Why Zuma and the EFF Can’t Win in South Africa

By SAPeople Staff Writer 20-05-16 10:34

The American republic survived Richard Nixon. South Africa’s will survive Jacob Zuma. Of that John Campbell sounded confident when I spoke to him this week about his new book. He has called it Morning in South Africa. No “u”. If you’re looking for a Washington establishment view on South Africa, Campbell is a good place […]

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President Zuma Arrives in Doha for State Visit

By SAPeople Contributor 19-05-16 13:14

President Jacob Zuma, accompanied by Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, arrived in Doha, Qatar, on Wednesday for a State Visit. (Both are seen in the photo below arriving at Hamad International Airport). The visit is intended to strengthen and elevate bilateral relations between South Africa and the State of Qatar. According to a statement from the Presidency, these […]

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Thuli Madonsela Reportedly Fears for Her Life

By SAPeople 08-05-16 14:17

Today’s Sunday Times newspaper in South Africa reports that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela fears for her life after being informed that a hit had been put out on her. Madonsela, who has become a popular heroine in the country due to her bravery in standing up to and exposing corruption, allegedly received a tip off last […]

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SA President Condemns ‘Suspicious’ Torching of Vuwani Schools

By SAPeople Contributor 06-05-16 10:53

President Jacob Zuma has condemned the burning of 23 schools in Vuwani in Limpopo in protests that have turned violent and which he describes as suspicious. Today it has been reported that 50 schools in the area have been closed indefinitely, affecting almost 30,000 pupils (26,987 to be exact). The South African president said: “I wish […]

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BREAKING #SpyTapes: President Zuma Will Face Corruption Charges

By SAPeople 29-04-16 13:08

The North Gauteng (Pretoria) High Court has Friday found that the NPA’s decision to drop 783 charges of corruption against President Jacob Zuma was irrational, and have added that the South African president should face his charges. A full bench of judges – led by Deputy Judge President Aubrey Ledwaba – gave the go-ahead for […]

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National Prayer for Peace and Rain in South Africa Postponed

By SAPeople Contributor 29-04-16 11:20

The Presidency announced Friday morning that the National Day of Prayer that was to take place today, at Absa Stadium in Durban, has been postponed. No reasons were given. The Day of Prayer and launch of Africa Month was to be addressed by President Jacob Zuma with religious leaders officiating as well in leading prayers […]

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SA Sports Minister Bans Rugby and Cricket from Hosting Major Events

By SAPeople 25-04-16 15:30

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula announced Monday that he has revoked the right of Athletics South Africa (ASA), Cricket SA (CSA), Netball SA (NSA) and SA Rugby Union (SARU) to host international tournaments because of their failure to reach the agreed transformation targets. He said the measures are to speed up transformation which is vital morally and […]

WATCH Malema on “White Monopoly” and Maimane on Not Fighting a Race

By SAPeople 24-04-16 23:18

Watch the full versions of Al Jazeera’s interviews with South African opposition leaders Julius Malema (EFF) and Mmusi Maimane (Democratic Alliance) which have been making headlines in the press over the past few days. In his interview with ‘Talk to Al Jazeera’, Malema talks about being ready to remove the Zuma ANC government by force if necessary, going as […]


Alleged Link Revealed Between Foreign Visas and Gupta / Zuma Family Members

By SAPeople 24-04-16 00:13

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has revealed that the directors of VFS, the company which processes – and profits – from foreigners’ visa applications to visit South Africa, are allegedly President Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane Zuma and Rajesh Gupta (one of the Gupta brothers). The Shadow Minister of Home Affairs, Haniff Hoosen, exposed the directors’ names in parliament yesterday. […]

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