Why Motsoaledi backed a vote of no co...

Health minister Aaron Motsoaledi knows the political consequences of firing him weigh heavier than the repercussions of keeping him on in his position; that’s why he reportedly seconded a vote of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma this weekend, says political analyst Steven Friedman. On Saturday a vote of no confidence is said to have […]

Proud Wenger hails Arsenal’s &#...

Arsene Wenger said Arsenal’s “spectacular” 2-1 FA Cup final victory over Chelsea was just reward for an outstanding display from his team at the end of a turbulent season. Wenger’s side could have been forgiven for arriving at Wembley on Saturday at a low ebb after last weekend’s devastating failure to qualify for the Champions […]

Proud Wenger hails Arsenal’s &#...

Arsene Wenger said Arsenal’s “spectacular” 2-1 FA Cup final victory over Chelsea was just reward for an outstanding display from his team at the end of a turbulent season. Wenger’s side could have been forgiven for arriving at Wembley on Saturday at a low ebb after last weekend’s devastating failure to qualify for the Champions […]

At war with the West

The ANC has adopted as its official position an intelligence report that claims Western imperialist powers are working through opposition parties, nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) and campaigns such as #ZumaMustFall to bring about “regime change” in countries including South Africa. The report, marked “confidential”, flows from a workshop of secretaries-general of six former liberation movements of […]

Report: Zuma faces the axe yet again ...

A motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma has been tabled at a meeting of the ANC’s national executive committee. When the meeting began on Saturday in Pretoria, a motion of no confidence had not been tabled. Now, however, News24 says that sources have revealed that Zuma is once again fighting to remain in power.  […]

Damian Marley’s Joburg show is ...

Before Damian Marley, the last dancehall artist I had seen perform live was Assassin. One of the best lyricists in Jamaica, Assassin approached the show as his name suggested – with a surprising amount of precision. Although his ambit was strictly dancehall, Assassin kept it old school, much in the same way his compatriot Marley […]

There’s no blood on the floor yet ...

President Jacob Zuma’s supporters and dissenters in the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) were set to square off on Saturday as the meeting discussed his leadership and calls for him to resign as head of state by its alliance partners and society. Secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said the discussions would be difficult, and the 106 member […]

26 killed in fresh attack on Egypt Ch...

Masked gunmen attacked a bus carrying Coptic Christians on a visit to a monastery south of the Egyptian capital on Friday, killing at least 26 people, officials said. The gunmen in three pick-up trucks attacked the bus as it carried visitors to the Saint Samuel monastery in Minya province, more than 200 kilometres from Cairo, […]

‘Maimane was in Zambia to under...

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maine was deported from Zambia because he intended pressurising the courts to release Hakainde Hichilema, the country’s High Commissioner Emmanuel Mwamba said on Friday. Mwamba claimed that Maimane’s comments about Hichilema, who is on trial for treason, were problematic as he intended to mobilise Zambian opposition parties. “DA leader Mmusi Maimane […]

NEC showdown: More than half are now ...

ANALYSIS President Jacob Zuma’s political career will again come under the spotlight when the ANC national executive committee (NEC) meets on Friday to discuss calls by its alliance partners for him to step down. ANC insiders said this week anti-Zuma supporters would push hard to convince him to step down. Although Zuma’s dominant faction has […]

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