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Read the judgment: DA SMS battle

2015-01-19 13:44

The Constitutional Court has upheld an appeal by the DA against an Electoral Court ruling that the opposition party could not publish an SMS saying President Jacob Zuma stole taxpayer's money.

Nkandla: Official gets 2-month suspension

2014-12-28 14:47
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A senior public works department employee has become the first official involved in the upgrades of President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead to take the fall for the R246m project, according to a report.

Obama bill wards off govt shutdown threat

2014-12-17 16:30

US President Barack Obama has signed a $1.1trn spending bill passed by Congress that has lifted the threat of a government shutdown.

75% of govt depts didn't get clean audit - AG

2014-11-26 15:33

A quarter of national and provincial departments and entities received a clean audit opinion last year, Auditor General Kimi Makwetu has announced.

SA cabinet costs three times as much as UK’s

2014-11-25 14:45
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As the cost of President Jacob Zuma’s cabinet balloons, News24 looks at how much other countries spend on their ministers and members of parliament.

Top SANDF official first victim of Nkandla project

2014-11-20 08:38
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Lieutenant-General Vejay Ramlakan, former SANDF surgeon-general and one of the alleged planners of the Nkandla project, has become the first victim of the scheme, after being told his services are no longer required.

Tshwane employees get R15m in takeaways

2014-11-19 07:42
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About R15m was spent on takeaways for Tshwane municipal employees in a month, a report says.

DA blasts Premier Mabuza's Merc cabinet

2014-11-06 20:50
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Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza and his MECs have been severely criticised for loving expensive Mercedes Benz vehicles following revelations that the local government spent part of R32m on cars.

Goverment denies R66m bill for new ministries

2014-11-06 07:32

The government has dismissed a report that the president's reconfigured executive has cost taxpayers R66m, despite assurances that it would cost no more than R40m.

Sheriff pitches to attach Gauteng health property

2014-10-30 18:52

A court sheriff has visited the Gauteng health department's head office intending to attach furniture after it failed to settle its bills.

16 million get social grant - minister

2014-10-20 22:04
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Just under 16 million South Africans are receiving some form of social security grant from government last year, according to Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini.

Nkandla files laptop stolen

2014-09-30 10:12
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The office of the man representing the 12 public works officials implicated in the Nkandla upgrade has been burgled, with thieves making off with his laptop containing "valuable information".

Nkandla landscaping cost R16m

2014-09-15 08:11
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More than R16m was spent on plants, paving, lighting and irrigation at President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home - with R1.6m spent on trees alone, according to documents.

Defence dept 'obstructing' Sisulu flight probe

2014-09-02 15:39

The defence department is obstructing an investigation into money spent by its former minister Lindiwe Sisulu for chartered flights on a Gulfstream jet, the DA says.

SIU: No obligation to make Nkandla report public

2014-08-22 18:57
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The Special Investigating Unit says it does not have to make its report on security upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's home public.

Ramaphosa prefers home over state house

2014-08-17 14:19

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa prefers to live in his own house in Hyde Park, Johannesburg rather than move into a state house.

Nkandla project manager knows 'real truth'

2014-08-14 12:48

The project manager of the security upgrade at President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla residence says he knows "the story behind the story" and hopes the truth will emerge.

SABC defends paying R42m in bonuses

2014-07-19 23:07
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The SABC has defended paying around R42m in bonuses to its staff and middle management, saying it has overcome its financial difficulties and can afford to do so.

Zuma 'still working' on Nkandla report

2014-07-17 12:31

President Jacob Zuma is still working on a report on costly upgrades at his Nkandla home, and is waiting to receive all the necessary information required for the report, his spokesperson says.

SIU to probe KZN Treasury

2014-07-10 16:50

President Jacob Zuma has authorised the Special Investigating Unit to investigate irregular expenditure by the KwaZulu-Natal provincial Treasury.

Chief justice's office has R89m budget shortfall

2014-07-08 13:49

The fledgling office of the chief justice faces a budget shortfall of R89.5m over the next two financial years, MPs have heard.

Maternal, child health key to equity - Ramaphosa

2014-06-30 13:14

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says the health of mothers and their children is key to achieving development and equity.

Zulu king questions amounts spent on izimbizo

2014-06-25 22:15

Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini says a lot of money currently used for izimbizo can be channelled to helping the most vulnerable of KwaZulu-Natal's citizens.

ANC calls for govt help in KZN wildfires

2014-06-18 21:54

The ANC has urged government and the private sector to help areas in KwaZulu-Natal affected by wildfires.

North West premier puts the sting in bling

2014-05-28 14:57

Newly sworn-in North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo has told his MECs to stay away from bling and extravagance.

 

Surprise over official's Nkandla trial plea deal

2014-12-31 12:16
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The guilty plea deal reached by a senior public works official for his involvement in the Nkandla scandal has reportedly caught everyone by surprise.

Ramaphosa ditches official flights for holiday

2014-12-21 14:22

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has taken a commercial flight for his family holiday in Havana, Cuba, even though he was entitled to use an official aircraft,a report says.

Nene hints at action on govt cuts

2014-11-27 07:00

The February budget is likely to give more meat to cuts in government spending, including withdrawing funding for a large portion of vacant posts.

Arms deal inquiry cost taxpayers R80m

2014-11-25 17:26

Taxpayers have forked out over R80m so far to fund the Seriti Commission of Inquiry into allegations of corruption in the multi-billion rand 1999 arms deal, Justice Minister Mike Masutha has revealed.

R1m set aside for officials'pictures

2014-11-20 14:16
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The Eastern Cape health department has set aside nearly R1m to have 1 520 framed photographs of Premier Phumulo Masualle and health MEC Pumza Dyantyi at all its health facilities.

City dismisses 'R15m takeaway' report

2014-11-20 05:00
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The City of Tshwane has dismissed a media report that R15m was spent on takeaways for municipal employees in a month.

DA wants answers from Mapisa-Nqakula

2014-11-10 16:19

The DA wants National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete to order Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula to answer questions on SANDF chief Solly Shoke's travel expenses.

Eskom pay debate: State mulls uniform salaries

2014-11-06 13:13

Government is looking at standardisation of salaries of top public sector executives, including parastals like Eskom, says Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe.

Nkandla officials to discuss settlement - report

2014-11-02 13:02

The department of public works is to hold discussions about a settlement proposal with 12 officials charged in connection with upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home, according to a report.

Gambling board blew R4m on trips

2014-10-24 14:14

The suspended National Gambling Board has spent R4.1m on foreign travel in the past three years, almost a quarter of it on a trip to Las Vegas.

Nkandla project manager 'won't take the hit'

2014-10-01 10:16
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The public works department's Nkandla project manager says he is determined not to take the fall for somebody else's transgression relating to the R246m upgrade.

ANC govt has history of kleptomania - EFF

2014-09-29 18:30

EFF says the irregular expenditure in the department of public works amounting to R34.9bn indicates a culture of kleptomania in government.

Officials, not politicians blamed for Nkandla

2014-09-14 11:23
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Three former directors-general and at least 12 senior officials are set to take the fall over the Nkandla drama, while the politicians involved will probably get off scot-free, according to a report.

SANDF chief under fire over R100k first class flight

2014-08-26 11:37

The chief of the SANDF, General Solly Shoke has been criticised after allegedly spending more than R100 000 on a first class ticket to attend a conference in Malaysia in April.

SIU hands over final Nkandla report

2014-08-21 13:42

The Special Investigating Unit says it has handed over its final report on Nkandla to President Jacob Zuma.

The Nkandla 'hit list'

2014-08-15 09:40
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President Jacob Zuma's report on the Nkandla scandal hints at who will take the fall, with 19 department of public works employees set to face charges.

Gauteng to get 11 new 'smart' schools

2014-07-29 11:43

Eleven new "smart" schools will be constructed in Gauteng this year and some will be ready next year, the province's infrastructure development MEC has announced.

Costs a consideration in arms deal - Mbeki

2014-07-17 14:50

Costs were always a consideration during the arms procurement process as "you need to pay for everything", former president Thabo Mbeki has told the Seriti inquiry.

Taxpayers' millions wasted on vacant properties

2014-07-16 19:08

Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi has announced that millions of rand in taxpayers' money has been paid for government leases with the private sector for unoccupied properties.

Cops spent R45m on accommodation, meals

2014-07-09 14:41

The SA Policing Union has urged Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko to take drastic steps against those involved in a R45m police accommodation and meals scandal.

Official spends R17 000 a month on 'entertainment'

2014-07-02 19:27

A State Security Agency official has spent over R17 000 on "entertainment" in less than a month, it has been revealed.

Release of Nkandla report delayed - SIU

2014-06-27 10:04
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The Special Investigating Unit says the release of its report on the security upgrades at President Jacob Zuma's private homestead has been delayed due to circumstances beyond its control.

Emergency relief for Eastern Cape farmers

2014-06-19 05:00

The Eastern Cape rural development department will provide emergency relief support to farmers affected by veld fires.

Speaker waiting for Zuma's Nkandla response

2014-06-12 14:23

Speaker Baleka Mbete says she will decide how to handle the findings of the Nkandla expenditure once President Jacob Zuma hands her his response to investigations into the controversy.

KZN MEC spent R4m on cars - report

2014-05-23 11:24
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A KwaZulu-Natal MEC has come under fire for spending about R4m on vehicles over the past four years, it has been reported.

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