- Rebecca Davis & Kate Stegemann
The Constitutional Court case on Thuli Madonsela's remedial action regarding the upgrades at President Zuma's Nkandla home will be a key moment in Madonsela's career and the future role of her office. But this October, the Public Protector will finish her term. Corruption Watch is preparing the public to engage on her successor. By GREG NICOLSON.
The ANC government’s fixation with its developmental state as the apex service delivery vehicle is proving to be the major impediment to the delivery of South Africa Connect, an ambitious and inclusive broadband policy to connect 100% of the population to high-speed communications infrastructure by 2030. By MARIAN SHINN.
After a protracted legal battle, the Port Elizabeth Refugee Reception Office was to open its doors on Tuesday morning, as ordered by the Supreme Court of Appeal. But those doors will remain firmly closed leaving thousands of asylum seekers vulnerable. The department of Home Affairs is in real danger of being held in contempt of court. By SIMON ALLISON.
After a lacklustre campaign, Tokyo Sexwale has lost the support of African countries in his bid to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA president. This should come as no surprise to those who follow the ANC’s attitude to Africans north of our country's borders where South Africans are often seen as arrogant and imperialist. By ISMAIL LAGARDIEN.
Exactly a month has passed since a 20-year-old Cape Town woman alleged that she had been sexually assaulted by ANC Western Cape Chairperson Marius Fransman. While Fransman has been asked by the National office to step aside while the investigation is completed, it appears police are taking their time. Last week the DA claimed it was unable to find any trace of the case in its 10-day investigation. By MARIANNE THAMM.
Despite the dire economic state of affairs, we can expect more of the same in the SONA parliamentary address on Thursday. The numbers game dominates government-speak throughout the year. The devil, of course, is in the detail – and in quality assessment - rather than ticking the boxes. By MARIANNE MERTEN.
President Jacob Zuma might be forgiven for wondering what has happened in the last two months. A short while ago he was on top of the world. Now he faces the Constitutional Court on Tuesday and Malema in Parliament on Thursday. While Zuma has faced problems before and somehow he has always recovered, this time it may not be so easy. By STEPHEN GROOTES.
“Ultimately, Zuma must be removed from office,” was Julius Malema’s parting shot at an Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) press conference last week. The fiery briefing saw Malema shift the agenda from making President Jacob Zuma compensate the state for upgrades at his Nkandla residence to hounding out the president’s friends, the Gupta family, from the country and removing Zuma from power. This is no idle threat. Malema has Zuma squarely in the crosshairs and much rests on what happens at the Constitutional Court on Tuesday. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.
South African anthropologist, Steven Robins, has just published a memoir tracing the history of his family who perished in the Holocaust in Europe. Far from focussing narrowly on this cataclysmic 20th Century event, this extraordinary account of trauma, history and silence is a layered excavation, tracing the roots of the racial science that informed it; all the way back to South Africa and indeed Stellenbosch University where Robins is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology. By MARIANNE THAMM.
Next week President Jacob Zuma and Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema will face off on two different platforms, two days apart. The first will be at the highest court in the land, where an almost two-year battle over Nkandla reaches a climax. The second will be in Parliament at the State of the Nation Address (SONA), where Malema intends challenging Zuma on his mismanagement of the economy. It is the dance of death between the president and his nemesis. Zuma and Malema pushed each other to this point, a collision between political power and the rule of law, while they hold the country’s destiny in their hands. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.
In further developments in the ongoing dispute of a R5-billion contract award by Eskom to Areva, Westinghouse has opposed their applications to the Constitutional Court for leave to appeal a Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) judgement on 9 December 2015. The SCA judgement had set aside the contract, declared it “unlawful”, and ordered that it be remitted back to Eskom for reconsideration. By Chris Yelland and Aimee Clarke for EE PUBLISHERS
Officially, the United States has one military base in Africa. Unofficially, the story is a little different, according to investigative journalist Nick Turse. Turse has uncovered a massive network of secret US military locations that span the length and breadth of the continent, an unmistakeable clue that indicates that Africa is where the US is planning to fight its future wars. By SIMON ALLISON.
Drought, fire, high temperatures and strong winds have wreaked havoc in the Western Cape’s farming sector, with the fruit and wine industries suffering substantial losses. The province will need a substantial bailout if its farmers are to survive, it was revealed at a briefing on Wednesday. By MARELISE VAN DER MERWE.
News of President Jacob Zuma’s commitment to, finally, pay back a portion of the money spent on upgrades to his private residence in Nkandla, as per the public protector Thuli Madonsela’s recommendations, has spread like wildfire since the announcement on Tuesday night. South Africans of all walks of life have been weighing in on the latest news, which prompted different reactions from the public. We spoke to some South Africans in the aftermath of the news and this is what they told BHEKI C. SIMELANE
Daily Maverick has never hidden our distaste for the ersatz media empire created by the Gupta family, which includes the newspaper property The New Age, and the television station ANN7. But nothing—absolutely nothing—justifies the threats extended to New Age and ANN7 reporters earlier on Thursday by Julius Malema, President and Commander in Chief of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). By DAILY MAVERICK.
The general public is regularly encouraged to report illegal electricity connections. While some may choose to turn a blind eye and let the poor steal what government has not yet provided, other citizens do what they are asked to do and call the designated municipal and Eskom hotlines. There is, it seems, scant concern for power to the people. Safety? That comes last. By Aimee Clarke for EE PUBLISHERS.
President Jacob Zuma’s decision to make a “proposal” to solve the issues arising out of Nkandla is a massive victory for Julius Malema and the Economic Freedom Fighters. It is a lesson in the politics of pressure, and the virtues of asymmetric warfare. Finally, years after this first started, Zuma has blinked. He has felt the pressure. And the danger of the imminent humiliation of being forced by judges, as sitting president, to pay back some of the money spent on his home. It is unlikely Zuma did this because he truly wanted to, which tells us more about his particular situation. By STEPHEN GROOTES.
South Africa’s Cabinet has endorsed nuclear power. However Gwede Mantashe, ANC's Secretary-General, has stated that those who claim that South Africa can't afford it are "mischievous". Bishop GEOFF DAVIES believes that Mantashe is missing the point. It is not only a question of whether nuclear energy is affordable, but whether it is right for our nation and planet.