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22 October 2016 13:35 (South Africa)

Jackson Mthembu: In the land of the dishonest, an honest man is a kingmaker

  • Stephen Grootes
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    Stephen Grootes

    Grootes is the host of the Midday Report on 702 and Cape Talk, and the Senior Political Correspondent for Eyewitness News. He's been part of the political hack pack since before the Polokwane Tsunami, and covers politics in a slightly obsessive manner. Those who love him have recommended help for his politics addiction. He quotes Amy Winehouse.

Photo: Jackson Mthembu before the start of the party’s elective conference in Mangaung, December 2012. Photo: Greg Nicolson/NewsFire
Photo: Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane (YouTube via TechCentral)

Op-Ed: New Public Protector has to allay apprehensions

By Frans Viljoen
Photo: South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) president Jacob Zuma (R) hugs ANC Youth League president Julius Malema (L) after a signing ceremony committing parties to the electoral code of conduct in Midrand, north of Johannesburg, South Africa, 11 March 2009.  EPA/JON HRUSA

The Way We Are: The judge, the opposition leader, the tax settlement and the mysterious break-ins

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: South African President Jacob Zuma speaks during a press conference with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta (not pictured) after holding bilateral talks at Statehouse in Nairobi, Kenya, October 11, 2016. EPA/DANIEL IRUNGU

Zuma: Students, you’re noble – but academics must go on

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: South African President Jacob Zuma attends a luncheon for world leaders during the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York, New York, USA, 20 September 2016. EPA/PETER FOLEY / POOL

Seven days in October: How two women bookend the beginning of the end for Jacob Zuma

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: NPA head Shaun Abrahams (GCIS), former Oakbay CEO Nazeem Howa (TNA)

Analysis: Dizzy days at State Capture central

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: South Africa's President Jacob Zuma (R) jokes with his party’s newly appointed Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the National Conference of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in Bloemfontein on December 18, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Ramaphosa’s Gordhan surprise: A sign of the turbulent times to come

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: Retired Noluzile Mbeki poses in the tiny coastal town of Coffee Bay, South Africa, 05 November 2014. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Social Grants: Catastrophe looms for 17-million poor recipients, opposition warns

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: South Africa’s Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan speaks to President Jacob Zuma (R) during closing remarks during the 5th BRICS Summit in Durban, March 27, 2013. REUTERS/Rogan Ward

Op-Ed: Truth (Lies) and Long-term Consequences of the probe into Gordhan

By Stephen Grootes
Main photo: People stand in a queue to cast their vote during the municipal elections in Alexandra township, Johannesburg, South Africa, 03 August 2016. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Bheki’s People: NPA’s move to charge Gordhan

Photo: SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane (GCIS), Jonas Makwakwa (SARS media), Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan (Greg Nicolson/Daily Maverick)

SARS Wars – Makwakwa scandal: Gordhan has serious concerns about Moyane’s stewardship of vital fiscal institution

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Students walk out of the burned and damaged entrance to the Cape Peninsula University of Technology’s (CPUT) Bellville campus after it was torched overnight during student protests, South Africa, 12 October 2016. A case of attempted murder has been opened after two private security guards were allegedly locked inside a burning building. The student fees issue has intensified across the country with most campuses closed whilst government is yet to respond to the student crisis. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Op-Ed: The road to destruction of our universities

By Dirk de Vos
Photo: Former Archbishop of Cape Town Njongonkulu Ndungane arrives at the East London airport upon his arrival to attend the late South African president Nelson Mandela’s funeral, in Eastern Cape, South Africa, 14 December 2013. EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

Between The Lines: ‘Scrap nuclear deal to aide students’ – Archbishop Ndungane

By John Matisonn
Photo of Raymond Suttner by Ivor Markman.

Op-Ed: South Africa in crisis – how do we get out of it?

By Raymond Suttner
Photo: Supporters of former South African Deputy-President Jacob Zuma demonstrate outside the Johannesburg high court where the judgment of Zuma’s rape trial was expected, May 8, 2006. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Op-Ed: I will never forget Khwezi

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: President Jacob Zuma, 6 August 2016, IEC (Greg Nicolson/Daily Maverick)

Two worlds? The gap between Zuma and his party widens

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: Student protesters give flowers to Police forces as ongoing protests continue against the cost of higher education at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, 04 October 2016. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

DA: Subsidise universities and reform NSFAS

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Hlaudi Motsoeneng, former chief operating officer of the SABC, holds the corporation’s first quarterly media briefing in Johannesburg on Wednesday, 28 January 2015. Picture: SAPA stringer

#HlaudiHasFallen: End of the road for the SABC emperor and his board

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Julius Malema, the firebrand leader of South Africa’s Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) looks on before addressing his supporters during his campaign, ahead of the August 3 local government elections, in Etwatwa, a township near Benoni, South Africa. July 27,2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko.

Analysis: Malema’s curious switch on his political nemesis

By Stephen Grootes

SARS Wars: ROGUE – reclaiming the narrative from the inside out

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: President Jacob Zuma, has a moment to himself after retaining his position as ANC president. Mangaung, Free State, South Africa, 18 December, 2012. Photo Greg Nicolson/NewsFire

Op-Ed: We need an Integrity Commission... now

By Paul Hoffman
Photo: SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane, suspended SARS executive Jonas Makwakwa. (GCIS, SARS)

SARS Wars: Makwakwa, Elskie. What more will it take before the Hawks investigate?

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (L) speaks as her husband former US President Bill Clinton (C) and her daughter Chelsea Clinton (R) look on, during the Democratic Caucuses night campaign rally at Olmsted Center, Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, USA, 01 February 2016. EPA/CRAIG LASSIG

US 2016: It’s time for a Man to Stand By His Woman in the White House

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Leader of the oppositional Democratic Alliance (DA) party, Mmusi Maimane ©, walks at the launch of the party’s election manifesto in Johannesburg, South Africa, 23 April 2016.  EPA/KEVIN SUTHERLAND

Eyes on the Prize: DA leadership centralises control, prepares for slouching towards 2019

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: [L] Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump (L) embraces Indiana Governor and Republican Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence (R) during the third day of the 2016 Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, 20 July 2016. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS [R] Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (R) and Democratic Vice Presidential Nominee Tim Kaine (L) on stage after accepting the nomination as the Democratic presidential candidate at the conclusion of the Democratic National Convention held at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, 28 July 2016. EPA/SHAWN THEW

US 2016: Hillary won the first debate – now time for the Veeps to fight

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Students from Wits University run as police force fire a stun grenade during the 3rd day of #feemustfall demonstration, against fee increases at universities across the country were announced, in Johannesburg, South Africa, 21 September 2016. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Student protests: Only the start of greater pain

By Greg Nicolson
Photo: [L]  Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte (Wikimedia Commons) [R] President Jacob Zuma (EPA)

Op-Ed: Lessons for the Zuma era in Marx’s account of Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte’s coup d’etat

By Vashna Jagarnath
Photo: A frame grab from CCTV interview with President Jacob Zuma.

TRAINSPOTTER: How Jacob Zuma channelled Donald Trump in the worst TV interview in history

By Richard Poplak
Photo by Zeke duPlessis / WycliffeSA via Flickr

The Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill: Apartheid, Ver 2.0?

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: A woman sits beneath a recruitment poster for the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) near Rustenburg in the North West province October 13, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings.

Ramaphosa for President, says NUM, because it’s the right thing to do

By Stephen Grootes