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27 May 2016 14:19 (South Africa)
South Africa

KwaZulu-Natal props up its strawman; Nkandla scandal deepens

  • Ranjeni Munusamy
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    Ranjeni Munusamy

    Ranjeni Munusamy is a survivor of the Salem witch trials and has the scars to show it. She has a substantial collection of tattered t-shirts from having “been there and done it” – from government, the Zuma trials, spin-doctoring and upsetting the applecart in South African newsrooms. Following a rather unexciting exorcism ceremony, she traded her femme-fatale gear for a Macbook and a packet of Liquorice Allsorts. Her graduation Cum Laude from the School of Hard Knocks means she knows a thing or two about telling the South African story.

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Schönbrunn Palace is illuminated as the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performs at the annual 'Summer Night Concert' in Vienna, Austria, 26 May 2016. Every year, around 100,000 people attend the popular open-air concert with free admission to Schönbrunn Palace – a Unesco World Heritage Site – and its Baroque gardens. EPA/LISI NIESNER

While you were sleeping: 27 May 2016

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Photo: Protesters in Ennerdale south of Johannesburg. Photo: JMPD

Ennerdale protests: Trust lost is hard to regain

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Photo: (in the Pic - Minister Blade Nzimande delivering his SoNA speech Debate in parliament). The joint sitting of PArliament to debate President Jacob Zuma's State of the nation address held at the National Assembly, Parliament. 18/02/2015, Siyasanga Mbambani, DoC

Bad Blood: SACP waves red flag on Zuma-Gupta foul play

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Photo: Speaker of parliament Baleka Mbete (R) listens during a debate in parliament Cape Town, South Africa, 05 April 2016. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Parliamentary Diary: Cabinet keeps its concerns to itself

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Photo: A man walks in front of burning tires during on going clashes with police forces in Bekkersdal near Johannesburg, South Africa, 24 October 2013. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Operation Rescue SA: Possible, doable, feasible?

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Photo: Uber drivers wait at Airport Industria for their next ride. (Photo: Kimon de Greef)

GroundUp: Uber and Out in Cape Town

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Photo: South African motorists wait in line at a petrol station on the eve of a 41 cents per litre price hike for petrol in Cape Town, South Africa, 01 March 2011. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

DA calls for criminal inquiry after R5 billion sale of SA's strategic fuel reserves

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Children play in Happy Valley, Cape Town, South Africa, 05 May 2016. Happy Valley in the greater Blue Downs area is one of the poorest communities on the Cape Flats an area dubbed the apartheid dumping ground. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Status report on SA youth: The good, the bad and the ugly

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Photo: A South African woman and resident of Masiphumelele walks with her child after a fire devastated parts of the informal shack settlement in Cape Town, South Africa, 29 November 2015. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

GroundUp: Bathabile Dlamini wins children's grants battle with Lion of Africa

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Photo: Beach goers walk in front of the Koeberg power facility in Cape Town, South Africa 21 January 2011. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Analysis: Awaiting ConCourt's decision on Eskom's R5bn nuclear contract

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South African school children from Chris Hani High dance during Africa Day celebrations at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town, South Africa, 25 May 2016. Africa Day is celebrated across the continent each year on 25 May to celebrate the 1963 founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). On this day in 1963, 30 leaders of the 32 independent African states signed a founding charter in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which later led to the current organization known as the African Union (AU). EPA/NIC BOTHMA

While you were sleeping: 26 May 2016

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Photo: Children watch as a clean-up operation by a local shop owner takes place after overnight violence in the Alexandra township, Johannesburg, South Africa, 10 May 2014. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Election violence, out of the bottle

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Photo of Raymond Suttner by Ivor Markman.

Op-Ed: How do we identify ethical leadership and politics?

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Photo: The City of Cape Town and the SJC are at loggerheads over whether the City is doing enough to improve sanitation for informal settlement residents. Photo: Masixole Feni

GroundUp Op-Ed: Cape Town’s sanitation delivery ‘best in country’

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Serena Williams of the US in action against Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia during the first round of the women's singles matches at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, 24 May 2016. EPA/IAN LANGSDON

While you were sleeping: 25 May 2016

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Photo: Mangaung, Free State, South Africa, 18 December, 2012. Delegates at the ANC's national elective conference celebrate the re-election of President Jacob Zuma, over Kgalema Motlanthe (centre). Photo Greg Nicolson/NewsFire

On the chopping block: Why a slashed ANC suits Zuma and the premier league

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Photo: Khayelitsha, Cape Town, South Africa, 22 June 2010. EPA/HELMUT FOHRINGER

GroundUp Op-Ed: Does the Social Justice Coalition understand Cape Town’s budget?

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II visits the Chelsea Flower Show in London, Britain, 23 May 2016. This year's theme focuses on health and happiness in the garden. EPA/STR UK OUT

While you were sleeping: 24 May 2016

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Photo: Louisa Wynand accused Marius Fransman of sexually assaulting her on January 6. 2016.

Marius Fransman bounces back, accuser considers other legal options

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Main photo: Uncollected rubbish next to a playground in East London. Glass, tins and condoms were among the garbage. (Photo: Rebecca Hodes)

Trashocracy: What rubbish reveals about our nation

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Photo: Prof Kevin Naidoo. (Michael Hammond)

Cancer care meets big data: SA’s latest treatment breakthrough

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Photo: The Free State Department of Health has failed to hire nurses to whom it awarded bursaries, leaving them unemployed. Photo from Facebook.

GroundUp: In Free State, no jobs for newly qualified nurses

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Photo: Equal Education Deputy Secretary Ntuthuzo Ndzomo, members Ziyanda Gaxa and Zukhanye Gibe, and Head of Equal Education Eastern Cape Luya Sidimba during a press briefing at Qonce High last week. Photo: Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik.

GroundUp: Eastern Cape students challenge Motshekga in court

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Photo: President Jacob Zuma, NPA head Shaun Abrahams, NPA deputy head Nomgcobo Jiba. (Reuters, GCIS, EWN)

Zuma, Jiba, Abrahams – a day of delaying the delayed delay

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Photo: National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams (R) walks past his deputy Adv Nomgcobo Jiba as he leaves at the end of a media briefing in Pretoria, South Africa, May 23, 2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Op-Ed: Shaun Abrahams’ Moment of Truth

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Photo: SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng (Photo by Stephen Lang)

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Photo: NPA head Shaun Abrahams (GCIS)

NPA to appeal the Spy Tapes ruling

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Lotus-shaped illuminated lanterns float on Beira Lake during Vesak celebrations in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 22 May 2016. Vesak is a holiday for Buddhists. The day marks the birth, enlightenment and demise of Buddha and is celebrated in Sri Lanka with illuminated pandals, lanterns and 'dansals' or free offers of food, drinks and refreshment to the wayfarers. This year, most of these dansals were absent following devastating monsoonal floods and landslides in some areas. EPA/M.A.PUSHPA KUMARA

While you were sleeping: 23 May 2016

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Video: Evita's Free Speech, Ep.39 – Evita OD's on her Sunday media

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