- Zwelinzima Vavi
In April, residents of a building in Jeppestown protested when they were served with eviction notices. On Tuesday, the eviction took place unexpectedly. The Red Ants arrived and evicted people in one building. Some residents responding by throwing rocks. The Red Ants hit back by firing rubber bullets. Later the building caught fire. No one knew who was responsible but one thing was clear: those evicted had nowhere to sleep on Tuesday night. KGOMOTSO TLEANE and KHOTSO MAHLANGU were there.
A statement from ANC treasurer general Zweli Mkhize on the stunning news that Hitachi, Ltd. had paid $19 million to settle charges by the US Securities and Exchange Commission in relation to its Eskom contracts, distanced the party from anything to do with the matter. “The organisation was not involved”. What the statement does not say is whether the ANC derived benefits from the deal and from “success fees” paid to Chancellor House. While the entire arrangement smells fishy, this is the crux of the matter. It will be difficult to secure answers or any real investigation as every institution that can investigate it is ultimately controlled by the ANC. So yet another set of damning allegations will be sucked into the black hole where political accountability lives in South Africa. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.
Compensation for the victims of Marikana won't bring back the dead. It won't put killers on trial. Still, it's something. On Tuesday, President Jacob Zuma announced plans to engage victims on out-of-court compensation. With justice continually delayed and denied, victims' lawyers are tentatively welcoming the announcement, but they will wait for a formal communication before responding. By GREG NICOLSON.
Teachers' unions say the annual national assessments are not achieving their intended purpose: measuring the health of the education system and assessing whether there is an improvement from year to year. GROUNDUP asked two academic experts and the leader of a teachers' union to share their views on how they think the tests could be remodelled. By SIBUSISO TSHABALALA.
There was a noticeable disconnect between the manner in which top police officials presented the country’s most recent crime statistics, and the impressions that strike you if you give the figures a long, hard, look. Despite the ‘glass half-full’ approach adopted by Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega, the reality is that most categories of crime are on the rise in most provinces. By REBECCA DAVIS.
Violence erupted in Masiphumelele outside Cape on Tuesday, with police using teargas and rubber bullets to disperse a crowd of more than 1,000 residents who had blockaded the road to Kommetjie. The protest occurred because many Masiphumelele residents believe seven people arrested for public violence last week are innocent. By BERNARD CHIGUVARE, MASIXOLE FENI and GROUNDUP STAFF for GROUNDUP.
This factsheet provides an overview of property crime trends between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015 as recorded by the South African Police Service. The Institute for Security Studies is using the recalculated figures released by the South African Police Service on 29 September 2015 for the years 2004/05 to 2014/15 and takes no responsibility for the accuracy of these statistics. Researched by the Institute for Security Studies with AFRICA CHECK.
This factsheet provides an overview of murder and robbery trends between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015 as recorded by the South African Police Service. The Institute for Security Studies is using the recalculated figures released by the South African Police Service on 29 September 2015 for the years 2004/05 to 2014/15. Researched by the Institute for Security Studies with AFRICA CHECK.
This factsheet provides an overview of assault and sexual crime trends between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015 as recorded by the South African Police Service. The Institute for Security Studies is using the recalculated figures released by the South African Police Service on 29 September 2015 for the years 2004/05 to 2014/15 and takes no responsibility for the accuracy of these statistics.Researched by the Institute for Security Studies with AFRICA CHECK.
As United Against Corruption make final preparations for Wednesday's anti-corruption march, the DAILY MAVERICK SHOW on CliffCentral spoke to former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi and Mbali Donna Khumalo from Students for Law and Social Justice. They detail their demands, what went into organising the march, and respond to allegations that it's all about politics.
Chancellor House is well and truly in the spotlight again after an investigation by the US Securities and Exchange Commission, which claimed Hitachi had breached the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in its business deals with the ANC's front company. In the end, Hitachi paid $19-million to make the problem go away. By JUDITH FEBRUARY.
Two days ago, the luminaries behind Unite Against Corruption, who have scheduled mass marches for Cape Town and Pretoria on Wednesday, hit a big roadblock. Their application for a strike with Nedlac was delayed by two weeks. Instead of bumping back the date (again), they’ve come up with a plan: a “phased launch.” If you’re a corruption hater, your calendar is filling up. By RICHARD POPLAK
Changes in the energy sector could happen quickly. Embracing the inevitable, if yet uncertain, changes is hard to do and South Africa and Eskom are uniquely unprepared for the future. Perhaps the challenge should be put this way: it is far more risky to hold onto the legacy energy system than to adapt and change the electricity system. By DIRK DE VOS.
Why is it that rather than public, safe spaces to access essential information on abortion to make informed decisions, women in South Africa are reduced to whispered phone calls to friends-of-friends for a non-judgemental voice that provides accurate information? Why is it that we have reduced women to such despair for wishing to exercise autonomy over their own bodies and their own lives? By MARION STEVENS and RISHITA NANDAGIRI.
If the anti-corruption march goes ahead on Wednesday, it will be remiss if it doesn't address one of the key issues of 2015: illicit financial flows. Institutions around the world are committing to combatting these and Unite Against Corruption needs to push the government to take action locally while lobbying for international change. By GREG NICOLSON.
The world’s latest vision of our global future lies buried beneath a litany of numbers and words in 17 goals and nearly 170 targets. For the next 15 years, these new Sustainable Development Goals will guide what donors fund and what countries push – and the world may take a page from Africa’s play book as it moves towards healthcare for all, writes LAURA LOPEZ GONZALEZ for HEALTH-E NEWS.
Organisers of the mass anti-corruption campaign scheduled for Wednesday met till late Sunday night, with intense discussions about whether to go ahead with the protest action this week. The Unite Against Corruption campaign hit a stumbling block when Nedlac granted metalworkers’ union Numsa’s application for a strike certificate but declared it only valid from 8 October. Plans for mass marches in five cities, including to the Union Buildings in Pretoria, look wobbly with no protection for workers who stay away from work to join in. Unions argued for a postponement to mid-October but most civil society organisations believe another postponement will derail the campaign completely. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.
The march against corruption will go ahead on Wednesday, 30 September. The permits have been issued, the marshals are ready. But whatever your thoughts on the event, it has managed to bring a diverse range of groups together. The question is not what it will achieve this time, but what it may achieve for the future of activism. By GREG NICOLSON.
The ANC announced after its weekend national executive committee meeting that it wants to review its internal electoral system “as part of dealing decisively with slate politics and the corrosive impact of money in the election of leaders of the movement”. Stopping the practice of slate politics is a monumental task considering how factional battles have become so deep-rooted in the ANC. Fights in the ANC are not for singular positions, they are about dominance and control. As was evident with the appointment of the new Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane this week, power is about having your people in the right places. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.
Last week, Amnesty International presented the sobering outcome of 18 months of fieldwork in the area of maternal healthcare to the Third World Social Sciences Forum in Durban. Lack of access, lack of privacy and lack of knowledge remain the great barriers to maternal and child health, and as a result, thousands of preventable deaths occur each year. But there is some light at the end of the tunnel. By MARELISE VAN DER MERWE.
If there is a state all human beings understand it is that of hunger. While those of us with the means and access to food often glibly remark “I'm starving”, there are millions in the world who literally are and who find themselves in regions where food security, due to a variety of environmental, political and socio-economic issues, is critical or non existent. This month a food producer accredited by the United Nations Children's Fund, a partnership between Norway and South Africa, officially opened in Cape Town, revealing that while hunger make take from some, it gives to others. By MARIANNE THAMM.
On Tuesday night President Jacob Zuma announced a strange mini-reshuffle of his cabinet: Ngoako Ramatlhodi was moving to Public Service and Administration, and a complete newcomer Mosebenzi Zwane was now in charge of Mineral Resources. Immediately, the search started for a motive: Why move Ramatlhodi? And what is it about this move that seems odd? And why would Zuma make such a move at this particular time? The conspiracy theorists immediately blamed the Guptas. They could well be right. By STEPHEN GROOTES.