- Daily Maverick Staff Reporter
When South Africa’s swimmers go to compete at the Fina World Championships later this year, a number of them will have to dig into their own pockets to make up the shortfall in costs. Meanwhile, Sascoc is offering an all-expenses-paid business class trip to three lucky South African MPs. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
The EFF has something in the 2016 local government elections that its two main opponents, the ANC and Democratic Alliance, do not have: a blank slate. With the EFF never having contested municipal elections before, all eyes were on their manifesto to see what would be on their target list. True to form, the EFF is setting out to do things differently and is exploiting what the ANC tried and failed to do – introducing a New Age revolutionary fighter, and perhaps some radical social engineering, coming soon to a local council near you. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.
Predators rely on camouflage, fear and invisibility to operate. We know that the men who beat, rape and murder women in South Africa live among us. Statistics tell us they are our fathers, our boyfriends, our brothers, our uncles, our neighbours, our pastors. Their camouflage is their very ordinariness, their protection the power imbalance in a hyper-masculine age, their freedom an unreliable justice system. So what happens if you are a young man who finds himself exposed on a list of alleged rapists that is circulated publicly? And what if you claim you are innocent? By MARIANNE THAMM.
As the ANC undergoes a kind of inner turmoil that could, perhaps, mark the start of the final break-up of the all-inclusive party as we know it, the search for clues about what is really going on inside is only going to grow more intense. Such is the nature of politics today that politicians regularly mislead and distract those who are watching. But it’s not only words that are important: in politics, tone also matters. And the tone of some in the ANC when defending President Jacob Zuma appears to have changed markedly. What could that mean? By STEPHEN GROOTES.
In a stunning move that took almost every political analyst in the country by surprise, sacked Cosatu Secretary General Zwelinzima Vavi will replace Julius Malema at the head of the Economic Freedom Fighters until the Commander in Chief has warded off corruption charges. And along with him comes another out-of-left-field appointment. By DAILY MAVERICK STUFF REPORTER.
Friday's North Gauteng High Court finding that President Zuma should have had his day in court in 2009 is not the end of the road for the president, but it's damning. The court found there was no valid reason for dropping corruption charges against Zuma and while the process of appeals is likely to begin, opposition parties now have extra fuel to take into the local government elections. By GREG NICOLSON.
On Friday, judgment will be delivered in the Pretoria High Court on whether the decision to drop corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma in 2009 was unlawful. The judgment, whichever way it falls, is likely to set off another chain of events that will drag the presidency and the country through more complex legal action and more muck. The Office of the President, through its incumbent, could be edging closer to being put on trial. As he has done with all his scandals, Zuma is likely to pretend this has nothing to do with him and continue to go through the motions of running the country as a hollowed out leader. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.
In what is described as a historic meeting, about 50 unions are set to meet this weekend to form a federation that could rival Cosatu and unite workers. They hope to rally the majority of South African workers who aren’t union members, while Cosatu has called the Workers Summit a self-serving sideshow. By GREG NICOLSON.
Thirteen months and counting. That’s how long the constitutionally-established post of civilian oversight over the intelligence services, the inspector-general of intelligence, has been vacant. Recently Parliament’s joint standing committee on intelligence (JSCI) took a second run at filling the post in a bizarre display of secrecy in the open. Six candidates were chosen from CVs in thick lever arch files, not made available to anyone but MPs, in a mechanistic process without any discussions. By MARIANNE MERTEN.
While discredited Hawks head Lieutenant-General Mthandazo Ntlemeza didn’t get the jet or helicopter he asked for, Minister of Police Nathi Nhleko did allocate a cool R1.431-billion to the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, also known as the Hawks. While the stash is part of the R80.8-billion allocated to police, it will be disbursed separately by Treasury over two years. This, reckons Nhleko, should fulfil compliance with three Constitutional Court rulings seeking to entrench the unit’s independence. But more than financial independence it is the isolation of the Hawks from political pressure that is critical. By MARIANNE THAMM.
The ANC was formed to wage the struggle for the emancipation of all our people – black and white – from all forms of domination as proclaimed in the Freedom Charter in 1955. Thus, the country or its state cannot be captured again by any one or power for the price will be too high. South Africans love their country and will resist as history has shown. By TOKYO SEXWALE.
The older white liberals of UCT are a fascinating bunch of academics. With fully fleshed out ideological paradigms they have experience enough to immediately conceptualise current affairs within the larger historic narrative that has made up their life in academia. Ken Hughes is such a man. By MOHAMMED JAMEEL ABDULLA.
Transformation, despite what many seem to fear, is not about taking sport X or Y “away from white people” and it’s certainly not crying over the loss of Kevin Pietersen or Grant Elliott. Transformation is crying over every Temba Bavuma, Kagiso Rabada and Siya Kolisi we haven’t found. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
It was the summer of racism and now ’tis the autumn of treason as an increasingly hostile government, led by President Jacob Zuma, surrounded by securocrats, turns on students, private investigators, opposition party members, NGOs and private citizens, accusing them either of treason, of being traitors or “agents”. This is the same president who violated the Constitution, the same government that oversaw the massacre at Marikana and the earlier fatal shooting of protester Andries Tatane, the same government that has allowed one family to influence ministerial appointments. By MARIANNE THAMM.
As the Constitutional Court’s Nkandla decision fades into the scandal-ridden continuum that is Zuma’s presidency, and the municipal elections loom, it is becoming clear that elements within the ANC are preparing to fight dirty to protect themselves and their hold on power. While Luthuli House could well argue against this statement, when we look at the conduct of the Ministers in charge of State Security and Police, it is becoming much more difficult to argue against it. David Mahlobo and Nkosinathi Nhleko have now crossed an already crossed line, this time from dangerous to laughable. And Mahlobo is now not just being incompetent, he is insulting our intelligence too. By STEPHEN GROOTES.
State Security Minister David Mahlobo is pushing the securocrat line in the interests of national security. Racism generally, and “those political parties harbouring racists” in particular, are now in the intelligence services’ viewfinder, as are those who “seek to provoke law enforcement agencies”, those promoting “unconstitutional change of government”, and NGOs fronting as “security agents”. His budget vote speech on Tuesday, and subsequent media briefing, was a spine-chilling reminder of how, when the state feels under threat, it has the power to deploy against those it perceives as undesirable. By MARIANNE MERTEN.
About 150 people gathered in Johannesburg on Wednesday calling for President Jacob Zuma’s resignation. Civil society organisations have rallied against the president since the Constitutional Court’s Nkandla judgment, but so far have failed to attract wide support. The president meanwhile has remained resolute. By GREG NICOLSON.