Gordhan: I’m busy saving the economy, the Hawks can wait

In a debate in Cape Town on Wednesday night, the finance minister insisted it was actually the elite police unit that was in contravention of the law, not him.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, while speaking at a business event on Wednesday night styled as a debate between himself and Justice Malala, made it clear that he was still focused on the immediate task at hand as finance minister: to get the economy growing again, keep South Africa's fiscal policy secure and sound and see through plans that would fight poverty, contribute to the creation of jobs and undo the legacy of the past.

Gordhan: I’m busy saving the economy, the Hawks can wait

Gordhan: I’m busy saving the economy, the Hawks can wait

In a debate in Cape Town on Wednesday night, the finance minister insisted it was actually the elite police unit that was in contravention of the law, not him.

No decision on 2017 university fee increases, Nzimande tells MPs

No decision on 2017 university fee increases, Nzimande tells MPs

Blade Nzimande on Wednesday insisted his department was still consulting stakeholders about whether to increase 2017 fees.
Transport minister defends decision to end investigation

Transport minister defends decision to end investigation

Dipuo Peters says Werksmans Attorneys have been taking too long to finalise the investigation and she’s hoping to limit rising legal costs.
Gordhan must surrender to Hawks and get it over with – Holomisa

Gordhan must surrender to Hawks and get it over with – Holomisa

UDM leader Bantu Holomisa says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan should just get in his car and settle the matter with the elite crime-fighting unit once and for all.
Pravin Gordhan plans to defy Hawks’ summons

Pravin Gordhan plans to defy Hawks’ summons

The finance minister has issued a statement saying: ‘I will not be reporting to you as demanded’, but he would be happy to help them ‘in good faith’.
Soweto voters unfair on ANC – Masina

Soweto voters unfair on ANC – Masina

Ekurhuleni’s new mayor thinks the ruling party can’t be faulted on service delivery and the media was too fixated on national issues prior to the elections.
Mkhwebane nominated for public protector position

Mkhwebane nominated for public protector position

AS IT HAPPENED: Advocate Busisiswe Mkhwebane will be recommended to the National Assembly for appointment as South Africa’s next Public Protector.

WATCH: Ndlozi gives Gigaba an English lesson

Is there a difference between ‘coalitions’ and ‘collisions’? Apparently the home affairs minister doesn’t think so.

Lentjies wins it for Maritzburg

Kurt Lentjies’ solitary’s goal earned Maritzburg United a 1-0 win over Bloemfontein Celtic in an Absa Premiership clash played at the Dr Molemela Stadium in Bloemfontein on Wednesday night.

Pirates’ Ndoro hat-trick downs

Tendai Ndoro scored the first hat-trick of the 2016/17 Absa Premiership to inspire Orlando Pirates to a 3-1 win over Golden Arrows at Orlando Stadium on Wednesday night.

Ten men Stars thump SuperSport United

Last season’s Absa Premiership third place finishers, Platinum Stars, kicked off the new campaign in fine style when they saw off Stuart Baxter’s men at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium last night.

Danny Jordaan named Nelson Mandela Bay ANC leader

The ANC’s whip in council was announced as Litho Suka.

Blow by blow: Pirates vs Golden Arrows

Orlando Pirates welcome Golden Arrows to the Orlando Stadium, the Buccaneers are set to get their Absa Premiership season underway.

Hawks pile on corruption charge against Gordhan

The rand took a beating on Wednesday amid escalating drama and uncertainty around whether the finance minister will be arrested.

North West mom shares pic of privates on ‘school’ WhatsApp

A meme took over Twitter when a mom from Schweizer-Reneke, North West, accidentally shared a picture of her privates on a school WhatsApp group for parents of hockey players.

your life

‘Exhausted’ Black Coffee takes a break, goes on holiday

Popular DJ Black Coffee took to instagram a few weeks back complaining about how much he misses his family while on tour, and how exhausted he was despite being passionate about his job.

This is when you’re likely to get divorced

A study suggests that divorce filings may be driven by a ‘domestic ritual’ calendar governing family behaviour.

Babes Wodumo’s ‘Wololo’ has a gospel version

This is enough to get you speaking in tongues.

Tumi Morake: I was raped. I’m speaking up after #RememberKhwezi

The First Lady of Comedy told The Citizen she decided to turn the crippling incident into something that’s made her fearless.

sport

Zakri arrives in SA to complete Sundowns move – reports

ASEC Mimosas star Yannick Zakri has arrived in South Africa ahead of his move to Mamelodi Sundowns, according to reports in Egypt.

Chiefs closes in on Chicken Inn’s Hadebe

Kaizer Chiefs are reportedly close to signing Chicken Inn defender Teenage Hadebe after the Zimbabwean defender underwent a successful trial at Amakhosi.

Khune admits Wits were good in the air

Following his side’s loss to Bidvest Wits, Kaizer Chiefs skipper Itumeleng Khune admitted the Clever Boys were good at playing high balls.

Van Heerden shines for Chippa

Marc Van Heerden was delighted to produce a Man-of-the-Match performance in his first game back in the Absa Premiership as Chippa United beat Free State Stars 2-1 on Tuesday evening.

business

Shoprite trading profit up 15% to R7.2bn

Shoprite chief executive Whitey Basson ascribed the overall achievement to the Group’s strengthening of its price advantage.

Outa wants to pull Eskom’s plug

The watchdog has called for independent inquiry after investigative TV show Carte Blanche exposed irregularities at the Ingula scheme.

world

Saudi police foil mosque suicide bombing: ministry

Saudi police shot dead a would-be suicide bomber targeting a mosque in the Shiite-dominated district of Qatif, the interior ministry said on Wednesday.

India moves to ban booming commercial surrogacy business

Foreign couples, along with all single or gay prospective parents, would be barred from surrogacy services in India if parliament passed the bill.

Italy quake leaves 73 dead

The deadly earthquake that struck central Italy before dawn Wednesday occurred in a notorious seismic hotspot, and dangerous aftershocks are possible, scientists said.

Two killed by machete near scene of DR Congo massacre

Two people were killed in a machete attack in an eastern region of Democratic Republic of Congo late Monday where rebels have been blamed for a series of civilian massacres, the army said.

opinion

Come on Radebe, who are you fooling?

The central government is legally tasked with assisting to provide services and infrastructure to all councils – it’s not as though the ANC is being nice about it.

Time to restore order at SABC

It is high time for both the minister and the SABC to realise their duty to the country or admit the lunatics have taken over the asylum.

Jozi is now in uncharted territory

While there were examples of ANC leaders graciously accepting defeat, the general impression was less favourable. There was a perception of sore losers.

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