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Guess who's back: Pravin Gordhan is in the lead to replace Lynne Brown as head of SOEs

21 hours ago

- Speculation is rife as to who will stay and will go in Ramaphosa's new Cabinet

- Sources say that Pravin Gordhan is the prime candidate for the position of Public Enterprises Minister

- If he is appointed that means that Lynne Brown may be fired

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has promised to reduce the size of his Cabinet and remove those ministers who are under-performing.

Briefly.co.za learned that in the wake of this announcement, it is believed that Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown might be fired and her replacement appears to be Pravin Gordhan according to the citizen.co.za.

“If there’s anyone who can clean up our state-owned enterprises it is Comrade Gordhan. He cleaned up SARS when he arrived in 1999 – he found a badly run revenue service … and turned it into one of the most competent public entities in the 10 years he spent there,” an ANC NEC member said.

READ ALSO: Cyril Ramaphosa's former teacher has one more lesson the freshly elected president

Gordhan was elected to Parliament in 1994 and hasn't left. He has held a number of Cabinet positions, most recently he was reinstated as Finance Minister only to be axed by former President Jacob Zuma.

South Africans have welcomed the news and Wits Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Adam Habib said this about Gordhan when he appointed him as a visiting professor at Wits Business School.

“Pravin Gordhan has a very successful track record in management of the public service. The skill sets that he has acquired through his years of managerial experience will be the basis of rich learning for the University and its students.”

READ ALSO: Duduzane and Guptas feel the heat as bounty increased to R1.4-million

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Cyril Ramaphosa's former teacher has one more lesson the freshly elected president

22 hours ago

- Cyril Ramaphosa's former teacher offered the new president some sound advice

- He told how he remembered Ramaphosa as a great scholar who was always interested in his shool work

- He is proud to among those who contributed to making him into the man he is today

South Africa's new president, Cyril Ramaphosa received some praise from an old friend. Ramaphosa's former principal and teacher Michael Morapedi says that he extremely proud of his former pupil.

He reveals that Ramaphosa was a brilliant scholar who was always interested in his school work. Morapedi feels honoured that he was able to make a contribution to his life and to an extent South Africa.

Briedly.co.za the former principal had one more lesson for Ramaphosa, he cautioned the newly elected president to learn from his predecessor's mistakes and not repeat them according to sabcnews.com.

He also wished the new president well and asked him to do his best in what he knows is a very difficult position.

READ ALSO: Will Gigaba say how government will pay for free higher education?

Ramaphosa recently delivered his state of the nation address in which he made a series of promises to South Africa. He has a steep hill to climb to regain the trust of the people after the government and senior leaders have been implicated in severe allegations of corruption and maladministration.

He touched on all the key issues which have caused concern for South Africans over the past nine-years from SASSA to State Owned Entities such as Eskom and Transnet.

READ ALSO: 11 lessons Msholozi taught us the hard way

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Duduzane and Guptas feel the heat as bounty increased to R1.4-million

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- The bounty has been increased to a whopping R1.4-million in an effort to draw out any information which would lead to the arrest of the Duduzane and the Guptas

- The money will come from an NGO called Forensics for Justice and the CEO of Sygnia, Magda Wierzycka

- This comes after the Hawks raided the Guptas properties last week in the wake of Jacob Zuma's resignation as state president

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One of South Africa's most influential and richest woman has her claws out for Duduzane Zuma and the Gupta brothers. Magda Wierzycka, CEO of Sygnia, is a fierce opponent of corruption and state capture.

Recently a non-profit organisation, Forensics for Justice, placed a bounty of R100 000 on information which would lead to the arrest of Duduzane and the three Gupta brothers, Ajay, Atul and Tony. A further R100 000 would be paid if the same information led to the arrest of all four together bringing the potential total to R500 000.

Wierzycka was inspired by the concept and matched the bounty bringing it up to R1-million.

READ ALSO: After 40 years in prison wrongfully convicted man disgusted by only receiving R23-million

Briefly.co.za has confirmed that the bounty has been increased by a further R400 000. Wierzycka is prepared to offer R200 000 to the first of Ajay Gupta's bodyguards that phones in with information according to the citizen.co.za.

She has also promised a further R200 000 to any of the eight accused in the Vrede Dairy Farm investigation to turn state witness.

“A bounty is a concept of hunting for people. The idea here is that people keep their eyes open and report Duduzane [Zuma] and the Guptas if spotted to the authorities so there is an arrest. This is not people hunting for criminals and people taking law into their own hands

“I don’t believe that they are walking around in shopping malls. There are people hiding them, there are people shielding them. From my information I know that they are protected by bodyguards, they and their families and anybody else who might be sheltering these people can assist. It is an appeal to those,” she said.

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She doesn't believe that they have fled to other countries such as Dubai but may have been smuggled into one of SA's neighbours such as Lesotho or Swaziland.

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Jobs, growth, healthcare and steady leadership: Ramaphosa's plans for South Africa

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- Newly elected, Cyril Ramaphosa, delivered his first SONA at a joint sitting of parliament just over 24 hours after being sworn in as South Africa’s 5th State President

- During SONA2018, Ramaphosa promised, among many other commitments, to improve the country’s growth prospects and create jobs for the youth who he sees as South Africa’s future.

- In a speech which was heralded as “very hopeful” by many, he also promised to end the legacy of corruption which has, of late, tainted the country’s governing party

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According to Briefly.co.za editor, Genevieve Dlamini, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa SONA2018 made many promises during his speech delivered to a full house, at a joint sitting of parliament.

By the time he was finished and the house erupted in joyous singing. He had, made no less than 43 promises.

Among the commitments he made, was a promise to deal with the corruption which has, of late characterised the government.

READ ALSO: President Cyril Ramaphosa's SONA2018 promises

Other promises included a commitment to revive a flagging economy, restore investor confidence, create millions of new jobs.

In short, he promised to clean house and restore the country to the direction it lost while under the rule of recently recalled, former president, Jacob Zuma.

“We should put behind us the era of diminishing trust in public institutions and weakened confidence in leaders,” Ramaphosa said. “We should put all the negativity that has dogged our country behind us because a new dawn is upon us.”

Like the historical figures taking leading roles in the liberation of the country from apartheid, Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo, Ramaphosa is lawyer. Instructed to be “deployed to the corporate world” by the late president Mandela, he is today, one of the wealthiest black men in South Africa, and by all accounts more than ready to return to the role he was made for, leadership.

He will have to act decisively to convince voters of his determination to revive an economy that’s expected to expand just 1.4% this year, slash a 27% unemployment rate and tackle endemic corruption, but if he can do that, he might well win back the support of those who have lost faith in the liberation movement turned ruling party, the ANC.

Most pressing in the tasks he has ahead of him is the selection of a replacement for the position he held since May 2014 of deputy president. He also needs to reshuffle the Zuma-appointed cabinet which many believe as as important to get out of their positions as it was to remove Zuma himself.

With the budget speech scheduled for Feb 21, those interested in the investment prospects of the country are keenly watching to see if he retains or replaces Malusi Gigaba as finance minister.

During SONA2018, Ramaphosa made no mention of a plan to shuffle his cabinet, but did hint that he might trim the size by reviewing the number of government departments.

A negotiator in the discussions to end to white minority rule and draft South Africa’s first democratic constitution, Ramaphosa, has promised to call discuss ways to create new jobs, finalise mining rules that have stifled investment in consultation with the industry and speed up the pace of land reform. He also said he wanted to increase access to AIDS drugs, as well as set up universal health care and deal with lifestyle related illnesses.

READ ALSO: Makhosi Khoza plans to free South Africa from state capture and corruption

Ramaphosa’s past experiences bode well for his ability to make good on his promises, but it certainly isn’t going to be easy either. “We should not expect change to happen overnight,” Peter Hain, a former U.K. cabinet minister, who has campaigned against graft in South Africa where he was born, said in an interview in Johannesburg.

“The South African economy is bequeath with corruption that needs to be worked out. Cyril is the perfect leader to do this though. He pulled a blinder in getting Zuma out. It’s a momentous moment for South Africa, that brings new opportunity.”

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Free higher education: Will it be Gigaba providing details of how government plans to pay?

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- In this year’s SONA, State President, Cyril Ramaphosa, announced that he would be implementing the decision announced by former president, Jacob Zuma, last year to provide free higher education

- During SONA2018, Ramaphosa announced that the finance minister will next week provide details of how the treasury will fund the free higher education

- When Zuma made the announcement last year on the eve of the ANC’s elective conference it was perceived by many as political manoeuvring to create pressure on those electing the new ANC leadership

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If president Cyril Ramaphosa is to be believed, all will be revealed next week when the Minister of Finance delivers his budget speech.

Exactly who that finance minister will be, however, is a topic which has seen much debate on twitter and other social media with Briefly.co.za learning that many have been calling for Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba to be removed as soon as possible.

However, Ramaphosa’s promise that the plan of how government plans to fund the free higher education for academically deserving students hailing from families earning below a threshold of R350 000 per annum, would be explained as part of the budget speech scheduled to be delivered next week, has set the cat among the pigeons.

READ ALSO: Now's the time to say ‘send me’: Cyril Ramaphosa

In Friday night’s SONA2018, Ramaphosa said his government would go ahead and implement the decision announced by Zuma last December – on the eve of the ANC national conference. “Starting this year‚ free higher education and training will be available to first-year students from households with a gross combined annual income of up to R350‚000.

“The Minister of Higher Education and Training will lead the implementation of this policy‚ while the Minister of Finance will clarify all aspects of the financing of the scheme during his Budget Speech next week‚” he said, while not elaborating who he would be appoint as his Finance Minister.

READ ALSO: In memes: Proof South Africans are over Jacob Zuma

The announcement by Zuma last year was widely perceived as a populist decision intended to give Zuma’s preferred candidate, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, an advantage on the eve of the election of a new ANC president.

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Now is the time for each of us to say ‘send me’: President Cyril Ramaphosa's SONA2018 promises

a day ago

Editor's note: Many might not have been able to watch the 2018 SONA live, or, even if having watched it, would find it helpful to have a breakdown of the promises made during the speech. Briefly.co.za editor, Genevieve Dlamini, breaks it down here for you.

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1. Celebrations of Mandela and Sisulu centenary

"We will recount Madiba’s long walk to freedom, his wisdom, his unfailing humility, his abiding compassion and his essential integrity.

"We have dedicated this year to his memory and we will devote our every action, every effort, every utterance to the realisation of his vision of a democratic, just and equitable society.

"Guided by his example, we will use this year to reinforce our commitment to ethical behaviour and ethical leadership.

He also went on to mention the celebrations this year of "the centenary of another giant of our struggle, Albertina Nontsikelelo Sisulu."

"Through her remarkable life and outstanding contribution, she defined what it means to be a freedom fighter, a leader and a diligent and disciplined servant of the people.

"As we mark her centenary, we reaffirm that no liberation can be complete and no nation can be free until its women are free.

"We honour this son and this daughter of the African soil in a year of change, in a year of renewal, in a year of hope."

Promising more than just honouring them in word but saying the country would celebrate them "in direct action towards the achievement of their shared vision of a better society." He added that putting disunity and disillusionment which has characterised an "era of discord" would honour Madiba.

2. National unity

Ramaphosa said South Africa is "a nation at one", and as such should work together to do all that is needed to "build a society defined by decency and integrity that does not tolerate the plunder of public resources, nor the theft by corporate criminals of the hard-earned savings of ordinary people."

READ ALSO: South Africa divided over SONA2018, some miss the drama others are hopeful for the future

3. Work to be done

The president listed the tasks needed to make to build a better country, economy, society, and infrastructure. These included jobs for the youth, more factories and roads, houses and clinics, the preparation of children for a changing world, building of cities and towns where families are able to be "safe, productive and content."

4. End of corruption

"We are determined to build a society defined by decency and integrity that does not tolerate the plunder of public resources, nor the theft by corporate criminals of the hard-earned savings of ordinary people," he said.

5. Dealing with an unequal society

"We remain a highly unequal society, in which poverty and prosperity are still defined by race and gender," said Ramaphosa, adding that South Africa is called to "confront the injustices of the past and the inequalities of the present," while suffering under difficult conditions at the moment. "The state we are in as a nation is that while poverty declined significantly following the democratic breakthrough of 1994, we have seen reverses in recent years," he said mentioning that povery levels rose in 2015 while unemployment has increased in the midst of persisting unemployment. "For several years our economy has not grown at the pace needed to create enough jobs or lift our people out of poverty."

6. Reduction of poverty and unemployment

Ramaphosa said that public employment programmes have created more than 3.2 million work opportunities and continues to provide much needed income, work experience and training.

"We have taken measures to reduce the cost of living, especially for the poor," he said explaining that "government’s free basic services programme currently supports more than 3.5 million indigent households."

7. Education

"If we are to break the cycle of poverty, we need to educate the children of the poor," said Ramaphosa. "We have insisted that this should start in early childhood."

Citing the numbers of "a million children in early childhood development facilities," the president said "we are seeing improvements in the outcomes of our basic education system.

8. Building a prosperous and equitable society

Mentioning the improvements of the past he looked to the future. "As we enter a new era, we are determined to build on these achievements, confront the challenges we face and accelerate progress in building a more prosperous and equitable society."

He said there are early indications that increased investor confidence is on the horizon. "We have seen a moderate recovery in our economy and a broader, sustained recovery in the global economy.

"Commodity prices have improved, the stock market has risen, the rand has strengthened."

9. Political stability, policy certainty, and consistency

"We have taken decisive measures to address concerns about political instability and are committed to ensure policy certainty and consistency."

He described the sense of optimism and hope among people in South African. "Business confidence among South African companies has improved and foreign investors are looking anew at opportunities in our country," he said. "Some financial institutions have identified South Africa as one of the hot emerging markets for 2018.

"Our task, as South Africans, is to seize this moment of hope and renewal, and to work together to ensure that it makes a meaningful difference in the lives of our people."

10. Co-operation between labour, public, private sectors

Promising that 2018 will be a year when measures will be set to lead the the country towards the path of growth, employment and transformation. "We will do this by getting social partners in our country to collaborate in building a social compact on which we will create drivers of economic recovery. We have to build further on the collaboration with business and labour to restore confidence and prevent an investment downgrade."

11. Job creation

"At the centre of our national agenda in 2018 is the creation of jobs, especially for the youth," promised Ramaphosa in his speech. "We are going to embark on a number of measures to address the unemployment challenge."

He mentioned the Jobs Summit which would be convened within the next few months to align the efforts of the multiple stakeholders and sectors towards "the imperative of job creation."

"We will expect this summit to come up with practical solutions and initiatives that will be implemented immediately."

12. Investment conference

"We will make a major push this year to encourage significant new investment in our economy, " said the president speaking of the Investment Conference government is planning in the next three months which will cast it's net both locally and internationally to gather investors and "market the compelling investment opportunities to be found in our country."

13. Re-industrialisation

Moving to the industrial and manufacturing sectors, Ramaphosa said the decline over many years which has "deeply affected employment and exports," needed to be addressed.

"We will seek to re-industrialise on a scale and at a pace that draws millions of job seekers into the economy," he promised. "We are going to promote greater investment in key manufacturing sectors through the strategic use of incentives and other measures."

14.Transformation and radical economic development

He added that the plan is to forge ahead with the localisation programme which he said needed to be underpinned by transformation, to further stimulate manufacturing.

"Through measures like preferential procurement and the black industrialists programme, we are developing a new generation of black and women producers that are able to build enterprises of significant scale and capability.

"We will improve our capacity to support black professionals, deal decisively with companies that resist transformation, use competition policy to open markets up to new black entrants, and invest in the development of businesses in townships and rural areas.

"Radical economic transformation requires that we fundamentally improve the position of black women and communities in the economy, ensuring that they are owners, managers, producers and financiers."

15. Tackling youth unemployment

"Our most grave and most pressing challenge is youth unemployment," said Ramaphosa emphasising the great urgency in drawing young people in far greater numbers into productive economic activity.

"We continue to draw young people in far greater numbers into productive economic activity through programmes such as the Employment Tax Incentive," he said adding that the government is working in partnership with various stakeholders to create opportunities.

"Next month, we will launch the Youth Employment Service initiative, which will place unemployed youth in paid internships in companies across the economy."

16. Increased engagement between youth and government

"I will be establishing a Youth Working Group that is representative of all young South Africans to ensure that our policies and programmes advance their interests."

17. Infrastructure investment

"Infrastructure investment is key to our efforts to grow the economy, create jobs, empower small businesses and provide services to our people. We have invested heavily in new roads, power stations, schools and other infrastructure."

However, he did also accede that some projects were lagging behind. "As some of our projects are taking time to get off the ground and to enhance our efforts, I will assemble a team to speed up implementation of new projects, particularly water projects, health facilities and road maintenance," he promised, saying the government would draw from the lessons they had learned from the experience in building all the new infrastructure.

18. Budget and monitoring

"We will focus on improvements in our budget and monitoring systems, improve the integration of projects and build a broad compact on infrastructure with business and organised labour."

19. Mining potential to be realised and safety addressed

"We need to see mining as a sunrise industry," said Ramaphosa, who has direct experience in the mining industry as a businessman man. "Mining is another area that has massive unrealised potential for growth and job creation is mining."

"This year, we will intensify engagements with all stakeholders on the Mining Charter to ensure that it is truly an effective instrument to sustainable transform the face of mining in South Africa," he promised adding his belief that a resolution of the current impasse could be achieved by "working together, in a genuine partnership, underscored by trust and a shared vision," towards an agreement which he feels will accelerate transformation and grow "this vital sector of our economy."

"Processing of the MPRDA Amendment Bill through both houses of parliament is at an advanced stage, with an indication by Parliament that the Bill will reasonably be finalised during the first quarter of 2018. The Bill, once enacted into law, will entrench existing regulatory certainty, provide for security of tenure and advance the socio-economic interests of all South Africans."

Moving toward the issue of mining fatalities of late he said the government will call on mining companies to work together with all stake holders to help ensure that mine accidents are dramatically reduced. "One mining fatality is one too many. Fellow South Africans," he said.

20. Small business growth and support

Saying that in South Africa, as is the case in many other countries, the growth of the economy will only be sustained by small businesses. Because of that, he said, "it is our shared responsibility to grow this vital sector of the economy."

"We will work with our social partners to build a small business support ecosystem that assists, nourishes and promotes entrepreneurs. Government will honour its undertaking to set aside at least 30 percent of public procurement to SMMEs, cooperatives and township and rural enterprises. We will continue to invest in small business incubation. We encourage business to do the same."

Ramaphosa said the establishment through the CEOs Initiative of a small business fund – which currently stands at R1.5 billion – is an outstanding example of the role that the private sector can play in helping small bussiness development.

"Government is finalising a small business and innovation fund targeted at start-ups," he added. "We will reduce the regulatory barriers for small businesses."

21. Increased economic opportunities for disabled

We are also working to expand economic opportunities for people with disabilities," he said.

"Among other things, the Small Enterprise Finance Agency – SEFA – has launched a scheme to develop and fund entrepreneurs with disabilities called the Amavulandlela Funding Scheme."

22. Agriculture revitalisation and land reform

Ramaphosa then shifted his focus to farming. "Agriculture presents one of the greatest opportunities to significantly grow our economy and create jobs," he said.

"This year, we will take decisive action to realise the enormous economic potential of agriculture," he promised. "We will accelerate our land redistribution programme not only to redress a grave historical injustice, but also to bring more producers into the agricultural sector and to make more land available for cultivation."

He said the government would pursue an approach making effective use of all the mechanisms at our disposal.

He said that the government would be guided by the resolutions of the 54th National Conference of the governing party. "This approach will include the expropriation of land without compensation but should be implemented in a way that increases agricultural production, improves food security and ensure that the land is returned to those from whom it was taken under colonialism and apartheid," he said.

"We make a special call to financial institutions to be our partners in mobilising resources to accelerate the land redistribution programme as increased investment will be needed in this sector."

23.Tourism

"Tourism currently sustains 700 000 direct jobs and is performing better than most other growth sectors," said Ramaphosa. "There is no reason why it can’t double in size! We have the most beautiful country in the world and the most hospitable people."

He promised that this year government will "enhance support for destination marketing in key tourism markets and take further measures to reduce regulatory barriers and develop emerging tourism businesses."

24. Digital Industrial Revolution Commission

Noting that the prosperity of South Africa is contingent on its ability to take full advantage rapid technological change, he said: "This means that we urgently need to develop our capabilities in the areas of science, technology and innovation."

"We will soon establish a Digital Industrial Revolution Commission, which will include the private sector and civil society, to ensure that our country is in a position to seize the opportunities and manage the challenges of rapid advances in information and communication technology."

25. Data costs must fall

Related to his earlier reference to technology he then moved towards how the drive towards the digital industrial revolution is underpinned by the availability of efficient networks. "We will finalise our engagements with the telecommunications industry and other stakeholders to ensure that the allocation of spectrum reduces barriers to entry, promotes competition and reduces the cost to consumers."

26. Free trade area for open market access opportunities

"South Africa has acceded to the Tripartite Free Trade Area agreement, which brings together SADC, COMESA and the East African Community," said Ramaphosa adding that the combined markets within the free trade area covers 26 countries with a population of nearly 635 million.

"Negotiations towards the Continental Free Trade Agreement are progressing at a brisk pace, and it is expected that the framework agreement could be concluded soon," he said.

27. National minimum wage

"On the 1st of May this year, we will introduce the first national minimum wage in South Africa. This historic achievement – a realisation of one of the demands of the Freedom Charter – is expected to increase the earnings of more than six million working South Africans and improve the living conditions of households across the country."

28. Presidential Economic Advisory Council

"To ensure greater coherence and consistency in the implementation of economic policy – and to ensure that we are better equipped to respond to changing economic circumstances – I will be appointing a Presidential Economic Advisory Council. It will draw on the expertise and capabilities that reside in labour, business, civil society and academia."

29. National state of disaster elevation of drought areas

"The drought situation in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Northern Cape has been elevated to a national state of disaster. This gives national government the authority to manage and coordinate our response nationally with support from all provinces."

"This will ensure that we also heighten integrated measures to support the provinces that are hardest hit," said Ramaphosa adding that government is looking at activating the needed extraordinary measures permitted by law. "I commend the people of Cape Town and the rest of the Western Cape for diligently observing water saving measures. We call on everyone in the country to use water sparingly as we are a water-scarce country that relies on this vital resource to realise our development aspirations.

30. Phasing in free higher education over 5-year period

"Starting this year, free higher education and training will be available to first year students from households with a gross combined annual income of up to R350 000.

Ramaphosa said this would be implemented by the ministry of Higher Education and the Minister of Finance will clarify all aspects of how the scheme will be financed during next week's budget speech.

31. National Senior Certificate on SA Sign Language

Also significant is the implementation of the first National Senior Certificate examination on South African Sign Language, which will be offered to deaf learners at the end of 2018.

The Accelerated Schools Infrastructure Delivery Initiative programme continues to deliver modern facilities to schools in rural and underprivileged urban areas across the country, with at least 187 schools being complete to date.

The programme will complete all outstanding projects by the end of the next financial year.

32. Fixing the broken social grant mess

"Social grants remain a vital lifeline for millions of our people living in poverty," said Ramaphosa touching on the recent mess of the ongoing Sassa saga. "We will urgently take decisive steps to comply with the all directions of the Constitutional Court," he said adding a personal reassurance to those who rely on grants. "I want to personally allay fears of any disruption to the efficient delivery of this critical service, and will take action to ensure no person in government is undermining implementation deadlines set by the court."

33. Eliminating HIV

"This year, we will take the next critical steps to eliminate HIV from our midst," said Ramaphosa describing how through scaling up of testing and treatment campaigns there are plans to initiate an additional two million people on ARV treatment by the end of the 2018.

34. Improving fights against lifestyle diseases

Ramaphosa said there is also a need to confront lifestyles diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, cancers and cardiovascular diseases. "In the next three months we will launch a huge cancer campaign similar to the HIV counselling and testing campaign. This will also involve the private sector as we need to mobilise all resources to fight this disease," he said adding that it was time to finally implement universal health coverage through the National Health Insurance.

35. Rollout of universal healthcare

"The NHI Bill is now ready to be processed through government and will be submitted to Parliament in the next few weeks. Certain NHI projects targeting the most vulnerable people in society will commence in April this year."

36. Plans to improve security

"In improving the quality of life of all South Africans, we must intensify our efforts to tackle crime and build safer communities," said Ramaphosa.

"During the course of this year, the Community Policing Strategy will be implemented, with the aim of gaining the trust of the community and to secure their full involvement in the fight against crime."

37. Social Sector Summit

"In recognising the critical role that NGOs and community-based organisation play in tackling poverty, inequality and related social problems, we will convene a Social Sector Summit during the course of this year. Among other things, this Summit should seek to improve the interface between the state and civil society and address the challenges that NGOs and CBOs face. "

38. Streamline government departments

"We will therefore initiate a process to review the configuration, number and size of national government departments," promised Ramaphosa touching on the many state owned enterprises facing challenges. "We will intervene decisively to stabilise and revitalise state owned enterprises," he promised, "the recent action we have taken at Eskom to strengthen governance, root out corruption and restore its financial position is just the beginning."

He said SOEs will not just be able to borrow their way out of difficulty and that government would "change the way that boards are appointed so that only people with expertise, experience and integrity serve in these vital positions."

39. Fight against corruption in public institutions

"This is the year in which we will turn the tide of corruption in our public institutions. The criminal justice institutions have been taking initiatives that will enable us to deal effectively with corruption," said Ramaphosa saying the commission of inquiry into state capture headed by the Deputy Chief Justice, Judge Raymond Zondo, is expected to commence its work shortly.

"The Commission is critical to ensuring that the extent and nature of state capture is established, that confidence in public institutions is restored and that those responsible for any wrongdoing are identified.

But he also said the Commission should not displace the regular work of the country’s law enforcement agencies in investigating and prosecuting any and all acts of corruption. "We must fight corruption, fraud and collusion in the private sector with the same purpose and intensity. We must remember that every time someone receives a bribe there is someone who is prepared to pay it," he said.

40. Strengthen law enforcement institutions

"We will urgently attend to the leadership issues at the National Prosecuting Authority to ensure that this critical institution is stabilised and able to perform its mandate unhindered."

READ ALSO: Treasury officials jobs were threatened if they tried to expose corruption - Treasury official

41. Restore credibility of SARS

"At the request of the Minister of Finance, I will shortly appoint a Commission of Inquiry into Tax Administration and Governance of SARS, to ensure that we restore the credibility of the Service and strengthen its capacity to meet its revenue targets."

42. Visits to every national department

"During the course of the next few months, I will visit every national department to engage with the senior leadership to ensure that the work of government is effectively aligned.

"I will also find time to meet with provincial and local government leaders to ensure that the state, in its entirety, responds to the pressing needs of our people."

43. Everything's going to be Ok!

At the end of his speech his general promise to the country was in short that everything was going to be ok.

Without actually promising that he was going to right the boat on a stormy ocean, he did offer reassurance and hope.

"While change can produce uncertainty, even anxiety, it also offers great opportunities for renewal and revitalisation, and for progress," he said. "Together we are going to make history."

"We have done it before and we will do it again – bonded by our common love for our country, resolute in our determination to overcome the challenges that lie ahead and convinced that by working together we will build the fair and just and decent society to which Nelson Mandela dedicated his life."

He then also added to the feels of everyone watching his speech by quoting the words of the words of the late Bra Hugh Masekela.

"In his song, ‘Thuma Mina’, he anticipated a day of renewal, of new beginnings. He sang:“I wanna be there when the people start to turn it around, When they triumph over poverty, I wanna be there when the people win the battle against AIDS, I wanna lend a hand, I wanna be there for the alcoholic, I wanna be there for the drug addict, I wanna be there for the victims of violence and abuse, I wanna lend a hand, Send me.”

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University Professor who awarded Grace Mugabe's 'fake' PhD arrested

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- Grace Mugabe's PhD has been deemed fake and the awarding professor has been arrested

- The vice chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe has been taken into custody on charges of abuse of office

- Grace received her doctorate one month after she began her studies

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Zimbabwe's anti-corruption unit has arrested the vice-chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe on charges of abuse of office.

Levi Nyagura awarded Grace Mugagbe with a PhD in 2014 after only one month of study. He was arrested after the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) investigated the bogus PhD.

Briefly.co.za learned that a PhD usually takes several years of full-time study and research to complete.

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"Nyagura has been arrested. We cannot have people who award fake degrees," Goodson Nguni said, a ZACC commissioner.

He will be charged with abuse of office but Nguni was silent on whether Grace would also face possible charges for her involvement according to news24.com.

Her 226-page doctoral thesis, titled "The Changing Social Structure and Functions of the Family" was only published in January of this year after calls for her PhD to be declared null and void.

Critics of the former first lady claim that she had not studied or conducted any research at all to earn the doctorate.

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When she received her PhD she was personally capped by the President Robert Mugabe.

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Mkhwebane left reeling after the High Court sets her CIEX report aside

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- The Public Protector is in shock after the high court set her report aside

- Her report's remedial action had wanted ABSA to pay back over R1-billion dating back to an apartheid-era bailout

- Her office has promised to study the report before deciding what action to take

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Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane says that she is shocked by the judgement issued against her report by the High Court in Pretoria.

The report had ordered ABSA to pay over R1-billion. ABSA, the Reserve Bank and Treasury had challenged that the report was procedurally unfair and rested on material errors of fact and law.

Briefly.co.za learned that Mkhwebane's report had investigated an apartheid-era bailout which she reported must be paid back to the government. In an about turn, Mkhwebane claimed that her remedial action was only a recommendation according to ewn.co.za.

Mkhwebane had also met with Black Land First (BLF) who wanted ABSA to pay back the money. She had refused to meet with ABSA before releasing the report.

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Her office released a statement saying that it would study the report and decide on a course of action thereafter.

Spokesperson Cleopatra Mosana said: “The Public Protector indicated that she's shocked and she’s still studying the judgement and will reveal her reasons in due course.”

The court had awarded costs to ABSA, 15% of which must be paid personally by Mkhwebane and the remaining 85% by her office.

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11 lessons Msholozi taught us the hard way

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Jacob Zuma was sometimes referred to as the 'Teflon President' has resigned. He had managed to outmanoeuvre all of his opponents in the past. That is until his opponent became the ANC itself.

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Some people can't wait to forget about the last nine years but there are valuable lessons hidden in the story of Zuma's rise and fall that South Africa must learn from.

Briefly.co.za put together this list with the help of news24.com of 12 important lessons we can learn from Jacob Zuma's time in office.

1. Don't try and pick your new boss

Jacob Zuma tried to interfere with the succession politics of the ANC. He wanted his ex-wife to succeed him and actively lobbied for him. It almost worked but when Cyril Ramaphosa won the ANC presidency its spelt disaster for Zuma.

Thabo Mbeki has also tried to influence who his successor would be with disastrous results. A mistake that Zuma failed to learn from.

The lesson we can learn is that while you have the power to change the country for the better use it and leave behind a legacy that South Africa would be proud of. Don't end up on the wrong side of history.

2. Don't blindly follow your boss

ANC MPs cheered and defended Zuma at every turn and at some times became quite hostile when it was insinuated that Zuma was corrupt.

When the ANC had enough of Zuma suddenly the ANC MPs were baying for his blood. The lesson here is, live up the title of 'honourable member of Parliament' and don't bring dishonour to yourself or your party.

3. Opposition parties will always be relevant

Without a robust opposition in Parliament, a country may slip into a form of democratic dictatorship and morph into a one-party state. Opposition parties play a vital role in keeping the ruling party on its toes and wide awake.

Their continued and tireless efforts to unseat Zuma have been rewarded and that must not give up. They will always have relevance in a healthy democracy.

The lesson we can learn is that opposition parties are valuable and will always have work to do.

4. Honesty is the best policy

Sometimes keeping quiet is easier than standing up and speaking out against corruption and wrongdoing. Blowing a whistle might even be life-threatening. The temptation of get rich schemes can also result in public servants going astray themselves.

Just because corruption seemed to go unpunished is not a reason to keep quiet or join in. Once the political will had been restored to fight graft the court benches are being filled with civil servants being charged with misdemeanour crimes and charges of corruption.

5. Cabinet ministers blinded by bling

The motivation for some in Cabinet is to get rich and live a life of luxury. This becomes a problem when there is a Cabinet reshuffle and the former Cabinet members no longer enjoy their lives of luxury.

Being in Cabinet is an honour and an opportunity to serve your country at its highest levels. Don't be lured by promises of wealth but do your best for those who are most vulnerable in our country.

6. Politicians and family

Politicians should never allow their families to become involved in government or public office. In the case of Zuma, his family members publicly attacked elected members of Parliament which is unacceptable.

As a politician, your party or country have elected you and not your family.

7. Public leaders are not entitled to anything

As a public leader you hold a privileged position in society and should never feel entitled to anything, especially if it is not available to the poor and vulnerable.

Zuma should have been grateful for the opportunity to serve and the perks and benefits that were available to him and simply feel he was entitled to whatever his heart desired.

8. Civil action

To those who marched against Zuma, unemployment, crime and apartheid. No amount of civil action is insignificant. Even though at times, it did not achieve the desired result it was the culmination of all those marches that helped to sway public opinion.

Civil action is vital to a healthy democracy, its your right to protest.

9. To all academics, lawyers and accountants

Never allow your skills or positions to help others to commit crimes. Those lawyers who provide legal opinions that enable the looting of state coffers have disgraced themselves and their professions.

10. Multinational companies

Directors and CEO of multinational companies must always be aware of the social and political situation of a country before doing business. Do not allow yourselves to be fooled by politicians who ask for kickbacks for political protection.

Companies such as SAP, China South Rail, McKinsey, KPMG, Bell Pottinger and the Bank of Baroda were fooled into thinking that they could profit from a corrupt leader. These companies have had their reputations damaged, in some cases permanently.

It might seem like a way to make some money fast but it might cost you more than you can pay.

11. To journalists and honest citizens

Never give up, keep digging and asking questions, history will judge you. Without you, our chances of fighting corruption are much poorer.

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Treasury officials jobs were threatened if they tried to expose corruption - Treasury official

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- A top treasury official has revealed that under Jacob Zuma it was nearly impossible to report on corruption

- Those that did were removed from the Treasury Department

- He remarked that it was highly irregular that Jacob Zuma did not act on any of the allegations of state capture which essentially undermined his powers as state president

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When Cyril Ramaphosa was sworn in as president of South Africa a weight was lifted off the shoulders of the Treasury Department.

Ismail Momoniat, head of tax and financial sector policy at National Treasury revealed some shocking facts.

“In our country, it’s been extremely frustrating in the Treasury… you would get fired if you acted. There’s reports on the Vrede dairy farm, there’s reports on Tegeta, yet you couldn’t act, because the man at the top didn’t want you to act and would fire people," he said.

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Briefly.co.za confirmed that he said that it was no coincidence that the Hawks acted on the Guptas the same week that Jacob Zuma resigned as president. He likened the difficulty for those trying act against corruption from within the government to those who were powerless to fight against apartheid from with the system according to fin24.com.

Momoniat recalled when deputy minister Jonas was allegedly offered a position as finance minster by the Guptas and that it didn't seem to bother Jacob Zuma that a private individual was undermining his authority.

He believed that the current system punished the innocent while instead those who fail to act on wrongdoing should be fired.

Momoniat said that the rampant corruption within Eskom and Transnet was shocking and he was happy that Ramaphosa had addressed the issue in his address.

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He even took a jab at his boss, Malusi Gigaba, saying that if he didn't have a bank account in his name in Dubai he must give Treasury the authority to investigate and prove his innocence.

Dubai is one of the few countries which makes it difficult for the Treasury to obtain information. Agreements exist with other countries that make such invesitgations much easier.

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Where's Zuma? Mbeki and De Klerk show up to Sona but there's no sign of Zuma

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The former head of state was no where to be found at the annual state of nation address, which was delivered by new South African president Cyril Ramaphosa.

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What makes his absence even more notable was that he was invited, just as all former South African leaders.

Briefly.co.za learned Thabo Mbeki and FW de Klerk attended the Sona, which started at 7pm on Friday.

READ ALSO: Ramaphosa's sister and Peter Hain show him support: "He won't disappoint"

However, Zuma might be thankful he decided to skip the event, since just the mention of his name sparked a negative reaction from the crowd.

When Ramphosa thanked Zuma in his speech, the National Assembly heckled and booed just at the mention of his name, Times LIVE reported.

“Yes‚ I do wish to thank former president Jacob Zuma for the manner in which he approached this very difficult and sensitive process‚” he said.

One attendee, who would be happy about the absence of Zuma, was Anglican church Archbishop Thabo Makgoba.

During the lengthy fight to remove Zuma as the head of state, the Archbishop said he would boycott all events where the former president was set to speak.

The former National Assembly speakers Frene Ginwala and Max Sisulu were also present at this year's Sona.

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South Africa is divided over SONA some miss the drama others are hopeful for the future

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Presidcent Cyril Ramaphosa delivered his innaugarul SONA address in Parliament. His powerful speech was full of rhetoric promising a new dawn for South Africa.

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His speech was performed with almost no interuptions, even the EFF sat attentively while Ramaphosa spoke at length about where the country was and where he wanted to take it.

The ANC has gone through two weeks of dramatic changes which culmintated in the resignation of Jacob Zuma as president of South Africa. This has resulted in an entirely new atmosphere Parliament, absent of the hostility which had been the order of the day in the past.

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Briefly.co.za learned from Twitter users expressed how they felt about the SONA, some of them missed the drama which was often the highlight of such occasions according to huffingtonpost.co.za.

Before the SONA was marked by walk-outs, fiery out bursts and threats of violence.

Some users were delighted with the change in atmosphere at the SONA others craved the hysteria and drama that the EFF often caused.

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Unemployment and Jacob Zuma's promise of free education were highlights for some users.

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Sona 2018: Land expropriation is a reality, says President Ramaphosa

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- Ramaphosa said while delivering the Sona that the redistribution of land was still on the table

- He added the government would be handling the project with the help of the country’s financial institutes

- Ramaphosa also said the youth would be a priority as they plan on creating jobs for unemployed

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On Friday, during his first Sona, Cyril Ramphosa assured South Africans the ANC’s land without compensation promise has not been forgotten.

However, the new president was not able to give details on the project, which was announced in December at the party’s national elections conference.

Briefly.co.za gathered Ramaphosa said the process of consultation would be undertaken by the government, so that they could determine the modalities of the implementation of this resolution.

"We are determined that expropriation without compensation should be implemented in a way that increases agricultural production, improves food security and ensure that the land is returned to those from whom it was taken under colonialism and apartheid.", the new head of state said as he addressed Parliament.

However, Ramaphosa pointed out the importance that the expropriation project should not affect food security, production and jobs in the agriculture sector, which was responsible for the largest contribution to economic growth in the second and third quarters of 2017.

IOL reported the president said the banks would be asked to aid with the project.

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Land expropriation without compensation is part of Rampahosa’s “new dawn” philosophy, which aims to better the lives of all South Africans.

“Our task, as South Africans, is to seize this moment of hope and renewal, and to work together to ensure that it makes a meaningful difference in the lives of our people,” he said.

Ramaphosa also concentrated on the job creation, especially for unemployed youth, and the overall economic growth.

He said the ANC would be aiming to create better living standards for all South Africans and also an economy where everyone had a chance, regardless of race or birthplace. The president then repeated his statement in Afrikaans to make the point.

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Ramaphosa's sister and Peter Hain show him support: "He won't disappoint"

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- Cyril Ramaphosa’s sister and Peter Hain have showed their support for the new president

- Ramaphosa’s older sibling said her brother would not disappoint the people,

- However, Peter Hain agrees Ramaphosa would be a great president but states he would face daunting challenges

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President Cril Ramaphosa’s sister is confident her brother would not disappoint the country’s people.

Ivy Ramaphosa, the older sibling of the South African president, described her brother as a honest and God-fearing person.

Ivy added their upbringing had a lot to do with Ramaphosa’s great values, which includes his love for others, the respect he has and his calm demeanor.

The City Press reported Ivy was proud of her brother’s accomplishment, stating the family had prayed for “this day”, adding it was finally there.

“I knew this was the next step after he was elected the leader of the ANC in December,” his proud sister added.

Ramaphosa, who is the third president to come from Soweto, was elected the new head of state on Thursday.

Briefly.co.za gathered his sister said it was because of God that Ramaphosa received the position as president, saying “he is where he is today because of the good Lord”.

“We have never thought as the family that one of the good days he will be president, but he was chosen by the people. I wish him all the best in his new responsibility but knowing him, I know he will do his best for South Africa.”, Ivy added.

Meanwhile, former anti-apartheid activist and South African-born British politician Lord Peter Hain arrived in Johannes recently.

READ ALSO: In memes: Proof South Africans are over Jacob Zuma

Hain spoke to Fin24 about Ramaphosa’s election as the new head of state, as well as the challenges the new head of state faced in his goals to rid the government of corruption.

According to Hain, who is well known for demanding UK-based companies implicated in the state capture allegations to stand accountable, it was extraordinary and amazing to witness the momentous change in the country.

Hain credited the pressure South Africans placed on the ANC for the change now taking place.

“I don’t think this would have happened had it not been for the vigorous civil society pressure”, he said.

Although Hain and Ramaphosa are not friends, the UK politicians said he met Ramaphosa a few times, adding the new president was an “exceptional individual”.

Hain also called Ramaphosa a “skilled negotiator”, referring to the part he played in Zuma’s resignation.

“He’s a detail man as well as a vision man, very, very bright, so I think South Africa is blessed to have him as a leader in the Mandela mould”, Hain continued to praise Ramaphosa.

However, despite all Ramaphosa’s good qualities, Hain said the new president would be facing a challenging road ahead.

Hain said it would not be an easy task for Ramaphosa to rid the ANC of corruption since it was “in the DNA of the whole system of government now".

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Guptas abandon Sahara Computers as their empire crumbles

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- The company was once the face of the Gupta empire

- It now lies abandoned and discarded as the empire crumbles

- All that remains are a few boxes of hardware and scattered papers

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As the Hawks zone in on the Guptas they are starting to feel the heat, Ajay Gupta has allegedly fled the country effectivley making himself a fugitive at large.

The Estina Dairy Farm is being investigated and some of the Guptas business associates have been arrested after a raid on Gupta-owned properties.

Briefly.co.za learned thatSahara Computers, once the flaghship of the Gupta empire is now abandoned. The premises in Johannesburg now lies vacant according to news24.com.

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The company was once the proud sponsors of popular cricket grounds in South Africa and former Proteas cricket stars Graeme Smith, Shaun Pollock and Makhaya Ntini, among others, acted as brand ambassadors and brand representatives for the company.

The property is on the market, valued at R50-million. It is still under the ownership of Islandsite Investments 180, a holding company which also controls the sprawling residential and commercial assets of the Gupta family in South Africa including the luxurious mansion in Saxonwald.

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Islandsite Investments 180 has two remaining directors who were among the eight arrested in the early morning raids conducted by the Hawks.

The Asset Forfeiture Unit has obtained preservation orders for Islandsite's bank account but the order does not extend to the company's fixed assets.

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Opinion: Zuma started and ended his presidency on a lie

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Editor's note: Jacob Zuma's presidency started out on a high with big promises being made including to uphold the Constitution of the country. When he left he was in complete denial as to why he was being forced out. Briefly.co.za editor, Stefan Mack, takes a look at how a presidency so full of potential turned so foul.

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By the time Jacob Zuma resigned he had overstayed his welcome and the public were delighted by his departure. Zuma's presidency became one of self-enrichment and dishonesty.

What most of us did not know is that Zuma had a plan that he wanted to implement when he got into power that had nothing to do with helping South Africa reach its potential.

His plan was to get some payback for the sacrifices that he had made during his youth and in the struggle for liberation during apartheid.

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Zuma's closest allies were completely in the dark about his true motives, only Mbeki knew and his opinion was dismissed as easily as he was from his position as president.

His presidency seemed legitimate on the surface but soon scandals began to escape through the cracks in the facade. Before we knew it there was Nkandla and we hoped that it was an isolated event.

We were wrong, the Guptas landed at Waterkloof Airbase, a top secret military base. The Constitutional Court ruled that he had broken his oath of office by refusing to adhere to the public protector's remedial action.

His first term ended on a lie as well, he said he only wanted one term, then denied he had ever said this.

We are grateful that Zuma is not finally gone, he will be missed only by his cronies who made themselves rich through him.

His last days in office were full of half-truths and outright lies. He planned to address the country at 10:00 am on Wednesday then denied that a press briefing was scheduled.

He then went on TV in an interview and told the most bold-faced lies of his presidency. He was now facing a similar fate that Mbeki experienced and all of a sudden he revealed that he was opposed to Mbeki's recall.

However, the same argument he made about not having two centres of powers was being used against him.

He was lying when he said that he did not know why he was being recalled. The night of his resignation he said that he was not resigning over fears of losing his perks and privileges as a former president in the face of a no-confidence vote or impeachment.

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In the end, Zuma resigned, not to save face or to keep the little dignity he had left. He resigned to save his pension.

The most important speech of his career was based on a lie, his presidency started and ended with him lying and trying to make himself as much money as possible.

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Sona: 7 Reasons why it is an important political event

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It has been a battle for the ANC to get to this year’s State of the Nation Address (Sona). The event was supposed to be held on 8 February but was postponed after opposing parties threatened to disrupt it and turn it into a motion of no confidence against Zuma.

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However, after the resignation of Zuma and election of Ramaphosa, the party can finally move ahead with the annual Sona, which would take place on Friday.

Briefly.co.za gathered seven reasons why the Sona is important, as written by government communications.

1. The Sona informs the public about the work the ANC has done over the past year

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2. It reflects on the country’s domestic affairs and international relations

3. The Sona highlights the government’s plans and project for the upcoming year

4. It is an important event in the national political programme of Parliament

5. The Sona includes all three arms of the state: the Executive, the Judiciary and the Legislature

6. It will see the two houses of Parliament, National Assembly and National Council, sitting together

7. The Sona creates a transparency with the public and accountability on the part of government

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Honouring Zuma: ANC plans spectacular heroes party in KwaZulu-Natal

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- ANC members backing Zuma announced they would be accepting the decision to recall him as well as his decision to step down

- His supporters added even though they hoped Zuma would finish his term, they would be throwing their weight behind the new leadership

- Meanwhile, Zuma's supporters in the KwaZulu-Natal ANC has stated they would be throwing the former president a welcome home party

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Leaders in the ANC Youth League and MKMVA said they would reluctantly accept the ruling party's decision to recall Zuma, as well as his choice to step down, adding they have no other choice.

The pro-Zuma ANC members said they were hopeful that he would be allowed to finish his term as president, but they would not be boycotting the party's decision to remove the former head of state.

However, Briefly.co.za gathered the ANCYL and MKMVA leaders said just because they accepted the decision does not mean they agree with it.

Kebby Maphatsoe said he was one of the people opposing Zuma's removal, adding however, that it was not what they said, but what the ANC said.

“It’s a view of the majority that the president must be recalled. We who were against that, must be seen to be the ones who understand better. We’d have liked to see him finish his term.”, Maphatsoe added.

Meanwhile, the KwaZulu-Natal ANC announced it would be throwing a party in Zuma's honour.

On Thursday, the party’s provincial interim committee coordinator Sihle Zikalala said they would be throwing a welcome home heroes bash in Zuma's name.

READ ALSO: A losing battle: Public Protector loses war against Absa, with costs

The Daily Sun reported Zikala said they felt a party should be thrown in Zuma's honour to celebrate 60 years of his revolutionary service to South Africans, as well as to welcome him back home.

“We call upon people from all sectors of our society to join us as we thank this son of the soil,” Zikalala added.

Unlike the ANCYL and MKMVA, who said they did not agree with Zuma stepping down, Zikalala praised the former president for resigning.

“Zuma proved that he is disciplined, dedicated and committed revolutionary who always put the organisation’s interests first,” Zikalala said about his decision to step down.

According to Nkandla Councillor Bongokwakhe Mbambo, they were excited to welcome Zuma back home.

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Madiba’s wisdom lives on in his foundation after release of powerful statement following Zuma’s resignation

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- Nelson Mandela is one of South Africa’s most loved politicians and presidents

- It was his life’s mission to create a better life for all living in Mzansi

- Now, his foundation follows in his footsteps by releasing a powerful statement following Jacob Zuma’s resignation

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The Nelson Mandela Foundation released a powerful statement relating to Jacob Zuma’s resignation this week.

In the statement, the organisation shared words of praise for the people responsible, as well as wise words for moving forward to a better South Africa.

Nelson Mandela, arguably SA’s most loved and respected president, was a wise man. With the release of this statement, his organisation follows in his footsteps with equally profound words.

Briefly.co.za found the foundation released a statement praising all those involved in ousting former president Jacob Zuma:

“The Nelson Mandela Foundation welcomes the decision made by President Jacob Zuma to resign from office. That it took him so long to do the honourable thing attests again to the degree to which he had come to see the presidency as his personal fiefdom.

“His departure marks the end of our country’s highest office being used to systematically loot state coffers. We trust that it will also mark the beginning of a politics which places the most vulnerable at the centre.

“We acknowledge the sterling work done by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and many other leaders of the African National Congress (ANC) in forcing the 14 February breakthrough. We note also the unprecedented spirit of cooperation between opposition political parties which played a key role in sealing Zuma’s ouster. This spirit will be essential as the long work of cleaning up and fixing unfolds.”

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The foundation also went on to urge new leaders of the ANC to hold all that have wronged South Africa accountable.

According to a report by Good Things Guy, the organisation also acknowledged it will take time to recover and repair the damage caused.

“We welcome the decisive moves by organs of the state to act against the networks of criminality which have crippled our democracy in the last decade. While Zuma remains the symbol of this criminality, all those involved must be held to account.

“Of course, it is not going to be enough simply to clean up and fix. Our flagship project on poverty and inequality, the Mandela Initiative, which concluded a national workshop in Cape Town on 14 February, offered analysis on how this state capture has taken place in democratic South Africa. In part, the explanation lies in the failure to ensure a fundamental restructuring of the economy after 1994. Without such transformation, the country has been (and will remain) vulnerable to leaders who extract private wealth in the guise of progressive change.

“As we enter the centenary of Madiba’s birth, there is a need to reckon with the failures of the democratic era. We believe that we are at a critical moment in our history, one which offers us the unique opportunity to reflect, to rebuild, and to transform. Making this moment work for the vast majority of South Africans would be to honour Madiba in the best way possible.”

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It’s clear that South Africans are looking forward to a better, brighter future for all.

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Julius Malema is dead serious about dissolving Parliament

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- The EFF are preparing to launch an application to force Parliament to dissolve itself

- The party believes that Parliament failed to uphold the Constitution by not hold the executive accountable

- Cyril Ramaphosa is under pressure from opposition parties and members of the ANC to appoint a new Cabinet

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The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) walked out of Parliament on Thursday, not in protest against Jacob Zuma but against the swearing in of ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa as head of state.

The party believes that the ANC and Parliament are making a mistake by rushing to appoint Ramaphosa as president.

This was due to the damning judgement handed down by the Constitutional Court which found the Parliament had failed to hold the executive accountable for how the Nkandla matter was handled.

Briefly.co.za learned that the EFF believes that Parliament had failed to uphold the Constitution and therefore needed to be dissolved to allow for new elections and a new Parliament to be sworn in according to news24.com.

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Julius Malema has said that the EFF's lawyers have begun investigating a way to use the Constitutional Court judgement to force Parliament to be dissolved and allow for fresh elections.

Cyril Ramaphosa is under pressure to reshuffle his Cabinet by opposition parties who want the ANC to fire incompetent ministers.

Ramaphosa will soon be delivering his first State of the Nation Address this evening. He was elected as the new President of South Africa.

He is expected to make changes soon but there is fierce speculation as to who will stay and who will go. A number of ministers have been identified as potential targets in Ramaphosa's reshuffle.

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These include Des Van Rooyan, Faith Muthambi, Bathabile Dlamini, David Mahlobo and Mosebenzi Zwane.

ANC treasurer-general Paul Mashatile has also expressed a desire for Ramaphosa to examine Zuma's Cabinet.

“Clean government, effective government. So, he will make assessment about who is doing what, who is doing the right things.”

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