- Sipho Hlongwane
I must apologise. A senior ANC cadre was to present this 2015 Luthuli Housekeeping Report today, but unfortunately Comrade Marius Fransman was suddenly called away. So I agreed to step in and try and fill his shoes. Of course as a member of the ANC, I am not permitted to have any opinions in public, or speak for the party without politburo clearance, so therefore I am here today speaking to you in a personal capacity as a Gogo, a Citizen and a Christian. By PIETER-DIRK UYS.
After two years of deflections, denials and parallel investigations, President Jacob Zuma, through lawyers, on Tuesday conceded the Public Protector’s remedial actions are binding and other Nkandla investigations are invalid. What does it mean for a president under pressure? GREG NICOLSON reports from the Constitutional Court.
After two years of bitter wrangling, the matter regarding the exorbitant security upgrades to President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla residence finally hit the Constitutional Court. The legal proceedings and their outcome—to be continued!—were not the only interesting part of a day that was proved a vindication of the bare-knuckle politic tactics of the ANC’s youthful breakaway faction—the Economic Freedom Fighters, and their leader, Julius Malema. By RICHARD POPLAK.
According to the latest Afrobarometer survey, six out of ten South Africans are ready to forego elections in favour of guaranteed basic services. There is also a decline in trusting the country’s democracy. The drop in satisfaction with South Africa’s democracy is twinned with an all-time-low trust and approval rating of President Jacob Zuma. By MARIANNE MERTEN.
Nkandla has become a symbol of broken politics. Nothing can convey the political havoc wrought by the Nkandla scandal than the sight of lawyers for the President, the EFF, the DA, the National Assembly, the Police Minister, the Public Protector and Corruption Watch all arguing in front of a bench. The judgment, when it comes, is likely to have deep significance. Perhaps we're reaching a tipping-point. By STEPHEN GROOTES.
To this day in places such as Mpumalanga township in Hammarsdale, the epicentre of much of the blood-letting, the ruins of destroyed homes remain a stark reminder of the horrors. Those who recall the bloody low-level civil war that raged between the IFP and the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal during the eighties fear that the tensions between the ANC and its alliance partner the SACP fear a similar chapter may have begun. By CYRIL MADLALA.
The rains have come and the hills of Msinga, KwaZulu-Natal, are green again. The stench of rotting cattle that clogged the air in October, November and December is gone, but here and there white ribcages of the thousands of cattle that have died dot the fields. The toll on the 75,000 cattle farmers in the area has been great. By YVES VANDERHAEGHEN & DONNA HORNBY.
Parliament is determined to host the State of the Nation Address by President Jacob Zuma as an orderly, high-level event of national importance. But questions surrounding the tough - some say paranoid - security measures remained unanswered by Parliament’s presiding officers and administration. The securocrat shadow hangs over Thursday 11th presidential setting out of priorities for the year at the traditional opening of the national legislature. By MARIANNE MERTEN.
Politicians have the right to criticise anyone without the fear of intimidation, Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema said on Tuesday, while the Gupta family has accused the EFF of threatening violence and xenophobia in its urgent application to interdict the party's leader Julius Malema and its members from further tough talk. By Karabo Ngoepe, Mpho Raborife and Jeff Wicks for News24
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.