City Press ICYMI: Jacob Zuma's long shadow over ANC | Gupta fight goes to Dubai

2018-04-01 21:27

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Jacob Zuma's long shadow over ANC

The yellow ANC T-shirts bearing former president Jacob Zuma’s image will make a comeback outside the Durban High Court this Friday, in a week that could see President Cyril Ramaphosa’s tenuous grip on power in the party tested.

Last weekend’s national executive committee (NEC) meeting left a number of loose ends, including uncertainty around early elections, indecisiveness about whether to hold provincial elective conferences and confusion about supporting Zuma in court.

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Gupta fight goes to Dubai

Prosecutors are taking the state’s battle against the Guptas to Dubai, where officials have asked the United Arab Emirates government to preserve an amount of R169m that the family allegedly stole and transferred out of South Africa.

This follows an order granted this week by the high court in Bloemfontein in favour of the Asset Forfeiture Unit, increasing the preservation order first granted in January to R250m.

This is the amount the controversial family and their lieutenants allegedly looted from the failed Estina dairy project in Vrede, Free State.

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DA might turn on Athol Trollip

Nelson Mandela Bay metro Mayor Athol Trollip survived a motion of no confidence this week, when council proceedings collapsed in chaos. But he may in be for a major surprise when the council reconvenes in 14 days to debate and vote on the motion. His DA councillors might turn against him.

City Press has learnt from some DA councillors that unhappiness with Trollip’s deal with minority party Patriotic Alliance (PA) might lead to their voting against him.

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Out with the old, in with the new

Outgoing Free State Premier Ace Magashule sat quietly next to his successor, Sisi Ntombela, scanning the crowd of mainly municipal workers who barely filled the venue for his farewell party on Thursday.

Although a few faint boos could be heard from a small section of the crowd, they were drowned out by the ululations that came from the big stage erected on the pitch where ANC leaders and former president Jacob Zuma’s staunchest supporters led everyone in song and dance.

A slew of dignitaries attended the event, including ambassadors and government officials from countries such as Russia, China and Portugal.

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Mondli Makhanya: EFF must stop regression

The mother of the toddler had just alighted from the aeroplane with her child and had begun walking towards baggage when it suddenly dawned on the little one that the ride was over.

He started screaming that he wanted to get back on the plane, broke free of his mother’s hand and started running towards the gate from which we had come. The mother grabbed him and he, as rebellious toddlers do, lay on the ground and kicked wildly. The mother ignored the stares of fellow passengers and dragged the kicking and screaming youngster. The attitude of onlookers ranged from sympathy to amusement to judgement. But she soldiered on.

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