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Mujuru forced to follow Zanu-PF congress on TV as verbal onslaught continues

HARARE – BELEAGURED  Zimbabwean vice-president Joice Mujuru is now watching proceedings at the ongoing Zanu-PF congress from her Harare home, says sources close to the former liberation war fighter. Mujuru, a former guerrilla with the nom de guerre “Spill Blood”, was not present at the meeting,  at the  ruling party congress that is meant to anoint its leadership for the ... Read More »

Dawn of a New Era? as historic, make or break Zanu-PF congress starts

HARARE – ZIMBABWE President Robert Mugabe is – quite literally – paving the way for his wife’s ascent to power. In another sign of the First Lady’s growing clout, Harare residents awoke on Tuesday to a new street, Dr Grace Mugabe Way, leading to the conference centre where Africa’s oldest leader may this week anoint his chosen political successor. -Reuters ... Read More »

Zim journo Emmaunuel Chuma dies in SA

JOHANNESBURG – SA based Zimbabwean journalist Emmanuel Chuma has died Chuma, a former Chronicle chief reporter died after a year long illness in South Africa. “It is with a deep sense of loss, sorrow and devastation that the ZUJ family has learnt of the passing on of Emmanuel Chuma,” says Zimbabwe Union of Journalists Foster Dongozi. Dongozi described Chuma’s death ... Read More »

Cosatu turns 29 tomorrow amidst internal squabbles

JOHANNESBURG – AMID internal friction within the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) the trade union federation will celebrate its 29th anniversary on Monday. Cosatu was launched on December 1, 1985 in Durban. The trade union federation tweeted on Sunday: “This week, on Monday,1st Dec, #COSATU to celebrate its 29th Anniversary since its inception on the 1st, December 1985! Amandla.” ... Read More »

Mbeki insists 2002, Zim election was free and fair

JOHANNESBURG - FORMER SA president Thabo Mbeki insists that the 2002 Zimbabwe elections were free and fair despite the Khampepe report suggesting otherwise. “The South African government did not pluck its views about the outcome of these elections out of thin air,” Mbeki said in a letter published in the Mail & Guardian on Friday. “South Africa sent two fully fledged ... Read More »

Xmas cheer as Zim drops tax on beer as economy continues to limp

HARARE – ZIMBABWE  will increase excise tax on cigarettes, decrease taxes on beer and introduce a tobacco levy on hundreds of thousands of new growers, Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa announced  on Thursday. Excise duty on cigarettes will be upped from  US$15 per 1000 sticks to  US$20  per 1000 sticks from December 1 2014, the minister said in his 2015 budget ... Read More »

Former justice minister Chinamasa rubbishes SA 2002 poll rigging report

JOHANNESBURG – A senior Zimbabwean minister  has  slammed a report by two South African judges that said Zimbabwe’s 2002 elections, won by long-time President Robert Mugabe, were not free and fair. At the time of the vote, then South African president Thabo Mbeki glossed over observer reports of irregularities, including violence and intimidation, to declare it reflected the legitimate will ... Read More »

Benoni man gets 12 year sentence for killing wife

JOHANNESBURG – BENONI insurance broker Martin Badenhorst was sentenced on Tuesday to 12 years’ imprisonment for murdering his wife. More than four years after his trial  started, Judge Lettie Malopa on Tuesday finally sent Badenhorst to jail. She also refused him leave to appeal and bail pending a petition to the chief justice. The judge earlier rejected Badenhorst’s claim that ... Read More »

ZSF applicants now free to travel outside SA, says Gigaba

JOHANNESBURG –  ZIMBABWEANS, who are at various stages of applying for the  Zimbabwe Special Permit (ZSP) can now  travel outside SA, says the South African Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba . Speaking at a press conference held in Cape Town today, Gigaba told reporters that his ministry had reversed its decision not to allow Zimbabweans to travel outside the ... Read More »

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