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The City of Cape Town has started renovations on a historic cottage in the Bo-Kaap which will enable the elderly tenant to take ownership of the property, as the law requires. The City hopes that this could lead the way for the resolution of similar cases which the City has been investigating. Read more below:

The property, one of some 20-odd similar properties in the area, was expropriated by the then Council under the Slums Act of 1934. The owners were ‘permitted’ to stay and were charged a very minimal rental in exchange for losing ownership of their homes.

An agreement was reached with the National Monuments Council (NMC) at the time that ‘tenants’ could buy back their homes at a minimal selling price on condition that tenants restored the properties to standards stipulated by the NMC. Continue reading

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Kim Kardashian has said OPENLY that her idol is Elizabeth Taylor – a woman known for marrying EIght TIMES, and cheating on ALL her husbands.

That didn’t stop Kanye West from marrying Kim, and putting two babies inside her. Well he may be realizing his worst nightmare. According to the NY Daily News, Kanye caught Kim flirting with her security guard. Kanye reportedly flew “into a rage” and fired the guard on the spot.

The security guard – who is happily married – denies that there was anything inappropriate with the conversation. But here’s what the NY Daily News has to say about it:

“Something happened at the Waldorf Astoria where Kanye just lost it,” said a source who was on the 36th floor of the hotel Monday afternoon when West allegedly got upset.

His rage was aimed at Steve Stanulis — a bodyguard well-known to entertainment industry insiders, thanks to a gig that’s seen him looking after stars, including Leonardo DiCaprio and Alanis Morissette.

According to a second source, an assistant from Kim Kardashian and West’s camp called down to the pair’s security detail, asking that one of them bring up a package that was slated to arrive from a local store around 1:30 p.m. When Stanulis volunteered for the task, West, who was in an adjacent room in the same hallway, was heard asking loudly why the muscle for hire was chatting with his wife outside her door and saying, “This isn’t right!”

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Rory Steyn, former chief bodyguard to Nelson Mandela, believes betting syndicates were behind the poisoning of the All Blacks before the 1995 World Cup final.

The Springboks claimed a historic victory over the All Blacks in a thrilling final at Ellis Park, but Steyn told the New Zealand Herald that he believed players had been poisoned by betting syndicates.

‘On the Thursday [22 June] before the final, which was on Saturday [24 June], they were poisoned. About two-thirds of the squad got very sick, properly sick,’ he said. ‘I believe it was the water that was got at, because the food that was served at lunch time … was chicken burgers and hamburgers. I don’t think it was the food, I think it was the coffee and the tea, and possibly even the drinking water.’

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Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille condemned Theunissen’s comments, saying ‘there are laws and processes to ensure that racists are brought to book’.

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille has vowed to investigate the utterances by Matthew Theunissen who caused an uproar on social media when he made racist slurs directed at the South African government following Sports and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula’s action against a number of sporting codes over a lack of transformation.

De Lille said on Tuesday that she condemned Theunissen’s “despicable racial slurs” and has referred the matter to the South African Human Rights Commission for further investigation.

She said the remarks were unacceptable and “there are laws and processes to ensure that racists are brought to book”.

Theunissen, who lives in Cape Town, made the comment on his Facebook account as he vented his frustration over the ban by Mbalula on several South African sporting codes from hosting international events.

His comments provoked the ire of many South Africans.

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At 12h30 today, a 30 year old man suffered severe seizures while hiking up Table Mountain. Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical Services airlifted him by AMS helicopter to Grootte Schuur Hospital in a critical condition.

The malicious damage to community facilities during protest action has reached unacceptable proportions. While the City counts the cost to continually fix these much-needed facilities, we cannot put a price tag on the loss experienced by residents in these communities. 


In the past three years, the vandalism of three City of Cape Town community facilities due to protest action has added up to over R12 million. This money could have been better spent on providing additional recreational facilities, spray parks, smart parks, or synthetic soccer pitches in communities where these facilities are sorely needed.  Continue reading

Following today’s judgment by Judge Aubrey Ledwaba in the spy tapes matter, we can once again celebrate the independence of our judiciary.

The judiciary has proven time and time again that where there are wrongdoings or excesses that they will act.

The De Lille Dossier which I tabled in Parliament led to two convictions of Schabir Shaik and Tony Yengeni and these very charges being laid against President Zuma.

Today’s judgment further vindicates the fact that the Seriti Commission was nothing but an instrument used by the ANC to investigate itself and to find the ANC not guilty.

His comrade in arms, Schabir Shaik who has already been found guilty must find solace in the fact that charges have been reinstated against President Zuma and Zuma must face an open court of law.

President Zuma must accept that he is not above the law.


Today, 28 April 2016, the City of Cape Town Council voted in favour of a motion which defends our Constitution.

Section 2 of our Constitution reads:

‘This Constitution is the supreme law of the Republic; law or conduct inconsistent with it is invalid, and the obligations imposed by it must be fulfilled’.

While it is the duty of each and every South African to defend the Constitution and for each of us to work together to build on the sacrifices made before us, this responsibility is heightened for those who have the honour of working as public servants.

According to the Constitution in Section 83, the President ‘must uphold, defend and respect the Constitution as the supreme law of the Republic’. On 31 March 2016, the Constitutional Court ruled that President Jacob Zuma failed in that very important duty. Continue reading

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